Redesign Your Brain, The Cycle For Creating New Generative Outcomes On Purpose
To do what has been done before is to follow. Real leadership breaks new ground and makes sense of the new so that others can follow.
Being conscious and mindful of constantly applying new knowledge within yourself and in your organisation creates momentum for progression. This is the leading dynamic of innovators and advanced thinkers. To do what has been done before is to follow. Real leadership breaks new ground and makes sense of the new so that others can follow.
Your mind is naturally configured to learn, the benefits of applying a method such as this are to keep it well fueled with new data and recognise when it becomes distracted by negating and negative thoughts. Having a model also gives you the ability to identify blind spots and purposefully apply a strategy that will bring new, more positive results.
True self-leadership comes from mastering this entire flow of creating and applying wisdom which helps yourself and others.
True self-leadership comes from mastering this entire flow of creating and applying wisdom which helps yourself and others. Using this model you can help your brain develop new neural pathways that enable you to perform this process with the efficiency of precision and on purpose.
The five steps of the cycle always work in the same order with 5 moving to 1. These are:
- New Information. New information comes from being alert to continuous changes, the adage that nothing stays the same is true despite, for most, your mind works to pick out similarities you find it difficult to acknowledge what has changed. Micro changes are happening to you all the time. Learning how to spot the smallest to the largest bits of information will help you develop a smooth learning flow of new data. Getting used to exposing your mind to new information is a challenge as too much information can be overwhelming or cause analysis-paralysis while too little can create mental stagnation or even confusion.
- Comprehension for Meaning. More often than not, you will unconsciously dismiss information that you don't understand. This is an automatic reaction to filter out relevance. You will easily understand new facts that resonate with you due to common knowledge or past exposure. Taking in new information that you don't readily understand is more challenging and complex. The search for comprehension and meaning creates new neural pathways thicken the prefrontal cortex area of your brain which develops objectivity and rational thinking. If you have ever taken an intense academic course that required you to concentrate so hard to understand the concepts, you how your brain releases, dopamine, the happiness chemical. Your brain's reward centres get stimulated by understanding new meaning like solving a puzzle or figuring out a complex situation.
- Benefits of Usage or Application. Once understood, the application process thickens the neural pathways even more. Understanding new knowledge is one thing but developing the application makes that information useful. This stage often requires the knowledge to sink in. This is where time spent reflecting and contemplating is so important. It converts something inert to something that can have a positive and practical impact, at least in theory. Many of our most successful leaders like Warren Buffet, Malcolm Gladwell, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Gates talk about dedicating time to reflection and learning.
- Expressive Communication. Communication encompasses both verbal and nonverbal expression. Anything that evolves the theory of application into an actionable concept. The scope of expression is vast and includes physical behaviours, touch, feeling and movement; visual design/aesthetic arts and graphics in all its forms including writing, auditory methods of sound and speech from music to the tone of voice; as well as smells and tastes. Expression takes a theory of application and processes it into something that can be experienced by your senses and by other people.
- Impact from Action. Acting on something that derived from a new bit of information and turning knowledge into something that can be applied changes the object or situation as it brings with it a new element to the equation. Like adding yellow to pink to make peach, the moment a new aspect is introduced, the result will change. Purposeful evaluation is required to understand the specific nature of the action and impact. Models like TOTE (Test, Operate, Test, Exit) are useful in creating systematic ways to stay objective and focused. Like a science experiment, the process of taking action and the result of that action provides new information that initiates a new learning cycle.
Conventional ways of thinking have taught you to believe that the drama from the actions and reactions that come from negative thinking patterns is what your mind should be using to learn. While it feeds your natural learning cycle, dopamine hits and all, it feeds your mind like artificially processed food feeds your body - toxic, unhealthy, unsatisfying and overtime creates disease rather than energy and healing.
Thought patterns are habitual as much as physical actions. As new neural pathways strengthen, the ones that are no longer used are trimmed by the brain.
As a framework, the cycle takes self-reflection and mindfulness as a given approach. Without them, personal development cannot take place. With a focus on progression, any actions that used to cause friction soon become old habits and the competences become new habits, performed automatically. Thought patterns are habitual as much as physical actions. As new neural pathways strengthen, the ones that are no longer used are trimmed by the brain. This process increases momentum further and speeds up the development and ultimately, the value creation process.