36All those talks about vision flying in and out our daily office life have become a bit played out so I fully realize my chances to coax you into another discussion of the kind are really slim. So instead, let me share some thoughts on how human brain works.
 
The major differentiator between humans and animals is the ability to exercise willpower – the self-control to make choices that are consistent with our highest goals and values even when we have competing desires and motivation. It is not a personality trait or something based on genetics, but a process and a skill that could be supported and trained.
 
The brain basis for willpower is a neural real estate called the prefrontal cortex, situated right behind our forehead and eyes. For most evolutionary history, the prefrontal cortex mainly controlled physical movements but as humans evolved, it got bigger and better connected to other areas of the brain, taking on new functions controlling what we pay attention to, what we think about, how we feel and what we do. Robert Sapolsky, a Stanford University neurobiologist, argues that the main job of the modern prefrontal cortex is to bias the brain – it makes us get up and exercise when it's easier to stay on the couch, and helps us open the laptop and dig into the spreadsheets when it's easier to put the project off until tomorrow.
 
A growing body of neuroscience studies have proved recently that our willpower is executed by three brain regions. One region, near the upper left side of the prefrontal cortex, specializes in "I will" power. It helps us start and stick to boring, difficult, and stressful tasks. The right side, in contrast, handles "I won't" power, holding us back from following every immediate impulse or craving. The third region, just in the middle of the prefrontal cortex, keeps track on our goals and our desires. It decides what we want, focusing our mental attention not so much on what but on why. The more rapidly its cells fire, the more motivated we are to take action or resist temptation. This part of the brain remembers what we really want, what really matters and what's really important, even when the rest of us is screaming, "Eat that! Postpone that! Stay in bed! Get a longer lunch break!"
 
The "Want" type of willpower is critical as it fuels energy and drives the execution of the other two.
 
The best way to train the willpower is to focus not just on our immediate "what" steps but on the long-term goals and vision about our future that gives us strength to dedicate efforts, overcome challenges and make difficult choices. Certain long-term motivations seem to be more effective than others, and the scientists' top three list is as follows:

• meaning,
 
• mastery,
 
• interpersonal relationships.
 
When we mindfully put focus on our meaningful, expansive, transformational goals, and even better - make this a collective effort in reaching out important collective objectives, we set the stage of our best selves to exercise the ultimate human advantage – the strength of our conscious will.
 
This is not a talk about vision, but it has sooo much to do with it, huh?
 
Best regards,
Violeta

Add comment


Security code
Refresh