Have you ever thought about what has caused you to react to a situation in a certain way? In this Expert Insight Interview, Dr. James Justin Kennedy discusses his book Brain Reboot. Dr. J.J Kennedy is an author, neuroscientist, executive coach, talent management expert, and TEDx speaker.
The interview discusses:
- Learning how to manipulate the brain
- Emotional triggers
- Brain Functioning
- drChanging the way of looking at things
Self-awareness and Discipline
By training our brains, we can change our minds and be more emotionally in control. The primary factor in doing that is to become self-aware. Becoming self-aware is a long journey of discovering and accepting yourself the way you are. The next thing to do is to stay disciplined in changing the things that we are now aware of that need to change. Not everything in life comes immediately, and sustainable change requires discipline and dedication over a longer time. It is okay to have big goals, but it is crucial to start with small steps. Taking small steps builds momentum, which naturally brings the motivation to push forward.
We all have emotional triggers which hold us back if we do not recognize them in time. There is a difference between emotion and feeling. An emotion is an unconscious reflex in an event. When we become conscious of the event, we get feelings about it. Emotional triggers play a significant role in how we think, perceive, and behave. Those triggers often come from people’s past, but they still manage to influence their present. By recognizing the triggers, identifying the roots, and working on them, we will feel better and be more persistent in making a sustainable behavioral change.
How Brain Works
Neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, and neuroeconomics are three processes related to our brain functioning. Neuroplasticity shows our brain’s ability to grow if we practice it regularly. For instance, to recover from traumatic injuries, store new memories, or learn new skills. With that comes neurogenesis, which is a rebirth of new brain cells. And lastly, neuroeconomics shows us how our thinking is a messy process influenced by our opinions, emotions, and previous experiences. Our brain can make simple errors only because we jump to conclusions thinking that we understand things based on our previous experiences.
There is a skill set to teach yourself to get in a different mindset from the one in which your bias usually resides. You have to specify what you want to change and start with small steps. Many times those small steps include boring and routine things. However, with the constant doing of things that are for your benefit, you will start to feel pleasure in doing them. That is how you build sustainable habits.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.