In a world where we are bombarded daily with the importance of education and status.... it is hard to believe that there might be something in the world that is ACTUALLY MORE IMPORTANT than LEARNING
.... but there IS...IT's DOING !
In fact, KNOWLEDGE is at the VERY BOTTOM
of The Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Pyramid,
with COMPREHENSION on the next lowest level,
while the skills required for ACTION are at the TOP.
So... what does Neuroscience have to say about the importance of DOING?
Harvard Health published a study from it's Alumni
after following a group of men over many years
who were asked to start taking SMALL DAILY ACTIONS
toward their health rather than PLANNING
to join a gym or start some BIG MAJOR workout routine.
AND... the results were astonishing....
for those who TOOK DAILY ACTION
and just took several flights of stairs each day
rather than remaining sedentary or taking the elevator....
those men had a 33% lower rate of mortality!
KNOWING or DECIDING
to get in shape, eat healthy, start a GRATITUDE practice...
is NOT ACTION.
Knowledge is just something that remains INSIDE your head
providing no benefit without ACTION!
To achieve ANY results, we must COMBINE the KNOWLEDGE we acquire
with the ACTION steps needed to "DO SOMETHING" ...even if it's wrong.
IN fact, recent studies show there is a great deal of benefit "to the brain"
for taking ACTIONS (that are later found to be incorrect)
because your brain creates what Neuroscience calls
Bayesian Brain Updating
to rewire information via trial and error.
So... the best formula for achieving successful results is:
KNOW x DO = RESULTS
The Benefits of DOING or Taking ACTION are incredible for the Brain:
1. DOING...is your brains way of activating INFORMATION and moving it to a higher levels of comprehension, which is why most all of us learn better from actual EXPERIENCE rather than just reading about something in a book.
2. DOING creates trial and error circuits in the brain that force your cognitive functions to update and rewire. (Extremely Beneficial for Cognition)
3. DOING or taking DAILY ACTIONs helps to form HABIT LOOPS in the brain. When your brain forms healthy habit loops it is much easier to live a healthy life!
4. DOING small DAILY ACTIONS is more Beneficial and much EASIER to maintain than trying to start a Huge new Program.
5. ACTIONS you choose purposely, create a sense of accomplishment in the brain which registers in the reward center of the brain releasing Dopamine (feel good chemicals) that boost your emotional state. ANY goal.... even small daily ones, give your brain a sense of accomplishment releasing dopamine.
START today..... and STOP Deciding and START DOING!
Even small daily actions over time can move your life to levels you never dreamed possible. You can begin with something as small as a daily practice of GRATITUDE. It takes less than 5 minutes to give your brain a boost that can last the entire day!
One might ask, "HOW can trying to be Perfect be a BAD thing?"
That's a good question, and one of which I am often asked.
However, new research on the subject shows an immense correlation
and overwhelming stress, anxiety, and depression.
According to the Webster Dictionary, Perfection is described as:
A REFUSAL to accept any situation which is less than perfect!
and... there in lies the answer.
If our brains are unable to accept anything less than perfection (which RARELY if ever comes) .... then we have just sent a signal to our brain, and our body chemicals, that WE ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Research around the world will confirm that continual feelings such as this are one of the leading causes of CHRONIC STRESS!
The research data on Perfectionism
did not even begin to build until the early 90's,
yet study after study has shown it has
devastatingly destructive consequences to our health
as well as leading the charge in debilitating anxiety and depression.
And, if that isn't bad enough, according to
a Journal by The American Psychological Association,
50% of SUICIDE victims family and friends
describe them as PERFECTIONISTS.
Click (Read More) to watch the video below
to help explain what NEUROSCIENCE says
about how Parents unknowingly
contribute to our children's Perfectionism
as well as our own.... and how
The Practice of GRATITUDE can help change it!
OMG! I am so excited to be back on the BLOg.
I had to take a bit of time to build my new business
and do some traveling to get things rolling.
BUT... what an eXcItInG adventure I have been on these last 6 months.
All my recent travels were my inspiration for this post however,
so it seemed fitting that
SETTING DOWN THE SUITCASE
would be the 1st POST back.
This.... is the most insanely overpriced suitcase I have ever purchased.
I bought it INSIDE the AIRPORT at Phoenix, Arizona a few months ago.
I'd been in Phoenix for almost a week doing different speaking and training events
and had A LOT of stuff with me....
as well as had gathered NEW STUFF during my week there.
HEAVY stuff I might add!
Books, training manuals, computer equipment and even a new light for my videos.... SO... When I got to the airport to come back to TEXAS,
I was overloaded to say the least.
My original bag was packed to the BRIM,
and was over the 50 lb. weight limit by almost 4 lbs.
So.... I had to take out items out of my main bag
and put them in my little tote style carry-on.
NOW, I was walking around the airport (IN HEELS)
because I'd some straight from a speaking event
with my already HEAVY carry-on and a new 4 extra pounds!
Staci is a one-of-a-kind mix of JOY and Neuroscience who is teaching people all over the world to BUILD a BETTER BRAIN by using Gratitude to create a BRIGHTER future. She has a Master's Degree in Educational NEUROSCIENCE and 25 years of teaching experience where she developed a reputation for being able to uncover potential in others like no one else could. Let her teach you how to live a HAPPIER Life by using the neuroscience of GRATITUDE to rewire your brain and build a better future!