The first time we rode a bike, it was unnatural. We were wobbling around the footpath and had someone by our side in case we turned too hard or wobbled too much. We may have been able to ride 20 metres initially without falling off. But as we began to get on the bike day after day, we quickly began developing the ability to ride with greater ease. It transitioned from something that was a little scary and unknown, to something that most of us can do with little effort or thought. That's because our brain became trained in the action we repeated.
That's neuroplasticity in action.
It refers to the brain's incredible capacity for change. It means that by constantly repeating a thought, action or emotion our brain will build new pathways to enable that particular action to be more easily accessed in the future. It means that with a commitment to the repetition certain tasks and thoughts the brain will take this as a sign that the new way of doing things is becoming our major focus, which will force our brain to as rewire and become more efficient in more quickly allowing us to reproduce the same results.
Neuroplasticity completely tears open the doors to the possibilities on what we're able to create in our lives. As a result, we seeing huge breakthroughs in our ability to heal chronic illnesses, pain, anxiety, depression and OCD just to name a few. The best part of all of this is that change has more to do with the focus and commitment of the person trying to make the changes than how long they've been sick for. Whether they've been sick for one year or twenty years, change is possible.
This is why training your neural pathways is a major focus of the work we do. We're not simply aiming to motivate people to change (a lot of the people we work with already have the motivation) we're educating them on how to use their motivation to create new pathways in their brain.