© Charles Donoghue APS, FNZIM
Performance Psychology Coach
To cope with life and all it’s challenges you have to accept the fact that change is inevitable as life does not stand still. Nature is proof of that. Time is moving on, planets change and according to scientists, even the sun is decreasing in size. Clouds change, plants grow and die, all human life dies. Once you can accept all this, it is time to adapt to the changes in the world without losing your own individual identity and spiritual being. You can maintain that identity by taking control over your own mind. There are some things in life over which you have a certain amount of control such as relationships, decision-making, and the directions you choose to go in but you have no control over the weather, traffic lights or earthquakes.
Too many individuals carry their past experiences into the present and without being fully aware of the fact that they are actually living IN the past. In order to cope with the future and it’s changes and challenges, we have to understand the concept of what I call the ‘LINE.’ The line represents the present as we move through time. On one side of the line we have the past moments of our living where we did and said things that we wished we hadn’t said and done. There are also the good and positive things that we experienced, however, it makes no difference whether they were good or bad, they happened through the choices we made, good or bad. In other words we are where we are today because of choices. Unfortunately we cannot remake those choices of the past. The line keeps moving; we are constantly on the move time-wise, and on this other side of the line is the power you hold over your future which lies in the choices you make and the control you take over your life.
You have some control over many situations, through the medium of adaptation, such as changing jobs, technology, or even the world economy. Electronic technology is a big constant part of this. There is a choice to adapt to this power or ignore its advance and suffer the consequences as many businesses are just beginning to realize.
One of the greatest tools at your disposal is mind power, an area totally underestimated by many. In the past, business strategic planning was predicated on management skills and knowledge. Sales growth was driven by “motivation” and “sales” principles or techniques. Today you have to think differently in order to adapt to the great metamorphosis taking place in the hi-tech world we live in especially, in light of the recent global financial melt-down. No longer can businesses rely on old strategies. The greatest power that corporations can utilize, is to teach mega-thinking to Management and Staff. What we are talking about is not thinking big, but big thinking; a quantum leap in creating more use of the billions of brain cells that everyone possesses.
The human brain is incredibly adaptive to change. Our mental capacity is astonishingly large, and our ability to process widely varied information and complex new experiences with relative ease can often be surprising. The brain’s ability to act and react in ever-changing ways is referred to by neuroscientists as “neuroplasticity.” This special characteristic allows the brain’s estimated 100 billion nerve cells to constantly lay down new pathways for neural communication and to rearrange existing ones throughout life, thereby aiding the processes of learning, memory, and adaptation through experience.
Research by neuroscientists over the past decade or so, has proven that our neural connections do not ever reach, by some late age, a fixed pattern that thereafter cannot change. Rather, the ongoing process of brain cell connection reformation and death of the cell, is what gives the brain its plasticity – its ability to learn and remember, to adapt to its environment and all the challenges brought with it, to acquire new knowledge and learn from fresh experiences – throughout an individual’s lifetime.
Neuroplasticity can work in two directions; it is responsible for deleting old connections as frequently as it enables the creation of new ones and thus laying the groundwork for adaptation to new ideas and concepts. In business as well as in your personal life, this opens up unlimited possibilities.
Change is an integral part of today’s business climate. Those business owners, managers or employees who make a choice to initiate and embrace change will forge ahead of their competitors, while those who remain static in their thinking and fear change, will recede and remain in ignorance if they think that resisting new ideas and adaptive changes will prevent those changes from happening.
Many companies and individuals will be content to survive by playing it safe because of some fear. They might even be good at giving all the best reasons why this particular change is not right for the business, the organization, or the customer. However, their underlying concern may be their fear about how the change will affect them, their job, and their lives.
Its time to cross the line and create a profitable future!