Webinar “How to change your brain”

Resources, Slides, Innercises, Notes and Extras from our Webinar on the 11th April 2020


Turn the lockdown into an opportunity to expand your brain:

1) Feed your brain with new ideas and points of view by:

  • Reading something different from your usual reading list
  • Meeting people from other countries online, get exposed to their culture
  • Listening more actively to interesting people’s points of view
  • Nurturing your new ideas, insights and thoughts (more on this below)

2)  Process your intuitions:

  • Get the habit of checking in how you feel by time to time
  • Learn to recognise your sensations: when you have an intuition, how do you feel?
  • If you feel a brief rush of dopamine that accompanies a new, quick thought, most likely you had an insight: protect it, nurture it, water it, take care of it, don’t let it simply go away.
  • Process it means: write about it, talk about it, make a mind map to expand its meaning (that’s a precious contribution from our Breakthrougher Elena), turn it into a visual, engage with that thoughts. The more you do it, the more powerful it becomes and it will help you get closer to your bigger goal. Remember that everything that you feel, has a meaning for you and needs to be nurture. Thers is always a reason if you had an insight.
  • You do not need to take actions upon it immediately, just learn to trust it and nurture it, at one point it will show you its meaning into the wider picture of your life. Simply keep it alive, protect it. 

3) Build a grand, vivid vision of what you’d like to achieve in your new, upcoming life. Focus on your emotions. How do you want to feel? How will it look like being in that life/career? What will it give you? Where do you want to be? Who do you want to be surrounded by? What will you devote your time to? Build a comprehensive, exciting vision of you in the future and nurture it by visualising it. Mental imagery is your best tool here (sneak peak: you’ll learn more about this in our next webinar, shhhh!). For now, following the example we discussed in the webinar, learn and practice what mental imagery is. Steve Jobs has used mental imagery throughout his career to realise his vision to revolutionise the world. You see the power of a “vivid vision + visualisation”? 

4) Act as if…” you were already where you want to be. You want to be a healthier person? Ask yourself how a healthier person would behave, think, dress up, what she would do in her spare time, how she shows up in the world and, as much as possible, behave as if you were already the healthier you you want to become. 
Research has proved that by acting as if you were already the person you want to become is the fastest and most effective way to direct your brain towards that goal. It’s the most used tools by champions and entrepreneurs. Think about Muhammad Ali: by continuously saying “I’m the greatest” he learned to feel and behave like the greatest. And so he became the greatest boxer in the world. Never, ever underestimate the power of your body as it directly influence your brain, as much as the opposite is true. Use your vision to guide you in the “Act as if…” new behaviour.

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In our 3rd webinar we learnt how our mind changes our brain and how we can leverage our neuroplasticity to create a more fulfilling life.

Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows.

Daniel J. Siegel

Recommended Resources

Book: The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. It’s a book full of inspiring and touching stories about people that learned to repair their damaged brain by using their mind. By psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge.

Book: The Eureka Factor, John Kounios & Mark Beeman.
It’s a book on the neuroscience of insights which will help you understand more your intuition, how it works and why you should trust it. 

Article: “5 Predictions About How Coronavirus Will Change The Future Of Work
When you feel worried about the future of your job, read this article to expand your mindset and see possibilities you may underestimate right now!

Video: here the Olympian skier Emily Cook explains how she uses mental imagery (visualisation) to train herself for her competition (be patient, the video takes a while to appear).

Video: Bob Proctor explains the “Act as if…” tool. Don’t miss it! Here’s the movie he suggests to watch: Lawrence of Arabia.

Insights from our participants:

“The sheer fact of making somebody else’s brain work is curative in of itself. There was an incredible survey regarding cancer patients in which a small but still numerically relevant number of cancer patients were misdiagnosed (no cancer in their bodies upon autopsy) yet their bodies managed to make physical changes and make them die according to the end date that the doctors told to them.” Gloria

“If you expand your insight you can see its connections with the rest of your life, put it on paper, use a mind map, visualise it in front of you so that you can see its meaning into the wider picture of your life. Make a list of the points that prevent you from realizing your ideas/dreams and for each point find how you can solve it. Make sure that this point/problem really exist or it’s just a problem in your mind.” Elena

Support for the

Our project is dedicated to the NHS staff and key workers and in this webinar we watched a great video to remind us of the incredible effort the NHS staff is making to save our lives.
We’ll never forget it. 

If you know someone who can benefit from all this, please share.

and all the people who are guiding, feeding, protecting and encouraging us.
We won’t forget it.