How you can use your three brains for ef­fec­tive new year’s res­o­lu­tions

New year’s res­o­lu­tions – an­other re­li­able dis­ap­point­ment or an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing spe­cial?

Living Now - - Personal Development - By Bill Lee-emery

It came with the Christ­mas lights, bon-bons and mince pies: mak­ing up my new year’s res­o­lu­tions! loved do­ing this as a young boy, and I con­tin­ued to find it thrilling even as a teenager. There was some­thing mag­i­cal and in­no­cent about it. It was ex­cit­ing, hinted of pos­i­tive change, ad­ven­ture and hope of a bet­ter new year.

Some­how, that all changed with time. My res­o­lu­tions be­came ‘re­li­able dis­ap­point­ments’. Dreams and as­pi­ra­tions were re­placed by a sense of per­sonal fail­ure as I weighed up what I planned, and what I ac­tu­ally achieved. In a nut­shell, I didn’t take all the ac­tions that were needed; I lost my oomph and sparkle. And, when my res­o­lu­tions be­came ‘shoulds’, I knew that was the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin. I gave up new year’s res­o­lu­tions some­time in my early 30s.

Pro­fes­sion­ally, I did learn to set smart goals in­stead, but qui­etly longed for the thrill of set­ting up new year res­o­lu­tions with my child­like hope and in­no­cence. From my un­der­stand­ing of neu­ro­science, it’s clear my past res­o­lu­tions were as pro­duc­tive as try­ing to herd cats. It looks like some­thing is hap­pen­ing but it ends up a scat­tered mess.

Here’s the thing. We all want in­spi­ra­tion at New Year; some­thing to hang onto to al­lay the up­sets and fail­ures of the pre­vi­ous year – a sparkle of hope per­haps; a glimpse of a bet­ter fu­ture for our­selves and fam­ily; a yearn­ing of the heart. It’s a warm sen­ti­ment, but yearn­ings of the heart alone just don’t cut it in the world. It’s a great start, but ul­ti­mately that’s all it is. Let’s break this down a lit­tle. Based on the work of Grant Soos­alu and Marvin Oka, au­thors of ‘mbrain­ing, us­ing your mul­ti­ple brains to do cool stuff’, the lat­est neu­ro­science re­search shows we have three ‘brains’ or ‘ in­tel­li­gences’: • The Cephalic Brain – in your head, and con­cerned with cog­ni­tive per­cep­tion, think­ing and mak­ing mean­ing. • The Car­diac Brain – in your heart, and con­nected to emot­ing, re­la­tion­ships and your deep­est core values. • The En­teric Brain – in your gut, and is charged with self-preser­va­tion, your core sense of iden­tity, and the ca­pac­ity to act. Each brain has a dis­tinct role to play and just as in a com­pany or or­gan­i­sa­tion where peo­ple have dif­fer­ent roles to per­form; each brain has its own spe­cialised tasks.

The heart brain is con­nected to our core values at a deep level, but heart brain res­o­lu­tions can be fickle. Think of high school days and fall­ing madly in love one day, only to to­tally for­get the love in­ter­est when some­one else comes along!

Head brain res­o­lu­tions can also be fickle. With no deep foun­da­tion of

tap­ping into a deeper yearn­ing of the heart they fall away at the first sign of any hard ef­fort or chal­lenge; “Nah… changed my mind. Ohh, look! There’s a but­ter­fly”!

When I look back at my failed res­o­lu­tions of past years, they were not as in­te­grated into mean­ing­ful be­hav­iours and ac­tions as they needed to be.

Here’s how you can use your three brains for ef­fec­tive new year’s res­o­lu­tions: • Be­come still on the in­side by breath­ing slowly and deeply into your belly. Place your hand on your heart and feel the pulse of your life. From a place of quiet­ness, con­nect with the deeper yearn­ings of your heart. Ask what your heart truly wants to ex­pe­ri­ence, cre­ate and con­trib­ute to the world. What would make your heart sing? • Then ask your head brain to come

up with cre­ative ideas to sup­port the hearts’ values and as­pi­ra­tions. Take your time and in­vite a flow of ideas. Pay at­ten­tion to what pops up. • Now in­vite your heart to se­lect which of these ideas it par­tic­u­larly likes. What res­onates more than oth­ers? • Next take the favoured idea or ideas down to your belly and in­vite the gut brain to mo­bilise you and your ac­tions, around those ideas, to get you where you want to be. This may mean say­ing ‘ Yes’ to some things and ‘ No’ to oth­ers. • Fi­nally, con­nect back with your heart brain and thank each brain for its con­tri­bu­tion. It is team work at its best! New year’s res­o­lu­tions can work, when we start with the deeper yearn­ings of the heart, add the power of our in­nate cre­atively and jump into in­spired ac­tion. This can hap­pen only when all three brains are aligned and on the same page. Col­lab­o­ra­tion, mu­tual re­spect and un­der­stand­ing the role of each brain is cru­cial. Happy New Year… and may it be packed with heart in­spired, cre­ative and gutsy achieve­ments!

Bill Lee-emery is an MBIT (mul­ti­ple brain in­te­gra­tion) coach and mas­ter trainer based on the Gold Coast. Be­sides train­ing peo­ple pro­fes­sion­als to be­come cer­ti­fied MBIT coaches and train­ers, he col­lab­o­rates with his coach­ing clients to stop chas­ing but­ter­flies and do what they are truly here for… to make their hearts sing. n


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