You have high aspirations and ambitious goals, dream big dreams, and set all kinds of plans into motion. Sometimes your grasp exceeds your reach. You want to make a difference. You can imagine a better world and you can imagine a better you.
So have you ever wondered why all the insight, awareness, information, and tools you’ve tried haven’t had the impact you hoped they would?
Have you sometimes ended up feeling more stuck and less powerful and effective than before?
Have you struggled trying to make changes and the difference you want to make—and know you’re capable of making—in the world?
If so, this message is for you.
Change is difficult not because there’s something wrong with you, but because of the way your brain is wired. And it’s because of the way your brain is wired that change rarely happens as quickly as you’d probably like it to happen.
It isn’t that you lack willpower or self-control, or that you don’t want it enough, or because of some event from your past, or because you’re sabotaging yourself. It’s because, as David DiSalvo says in What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite:
We have a big brain capable of greatness
with hardwiring for survival.
The part of our brain that imagines things that do not now, and may never, exist, that envisions problems being solved without yet knowing the solutions, that wants to travel not just to the mall, or to another state or country, but to the moon or to another planet is the conscious part, called System 2.
But the part of the brain that runs us most of the time is concerned only with our immediate survival. This unconscious part of the brain, called System 1, is intent on maintaining the status quo because that’s what’s safest, easiest, and most energy-efficient. System 1 is the hamster on the wheel that keeps us moving in the same direction, doing the same things over and over again, whether we want to do them or not.
Change is difficult because the unconscious part of your brain, which processes 11,000,000 bits of information at a time, keeps “correcting” you back to your old well-worn paths. System 1 is fast, vast, and always on. It is an extremely compelling force, a high-speed processor that can’t be overpowered, moment-to-moment, by the slow, lazy, and easily depleted conscious part of the brain (System 2), which processes a mere 40 bits of information at a time.
But real, sustainable, positive change
is absolutely possible!
If you’re ready to learn how to use your brain instead of letting your brain use you, the first step is to find out how the two parts of your brain operate and what you must know in order to get them to work together to take you where you want to go.
It’s truly the journey of a lifetime!
I wish I had known about these concepts years ago. It’s the kind of training that can help me be more productive and more satisfied with my life and pursuits. —J.M.
The ideas and processes I have been exposed to will be part of me and my psyche for the rest of my life. —A.S.
The tools I’ve learned have had a considerable impact on numerous areas of my life. Thank you! —S.T.
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Note: The terms System 1 and System 2 were first used in 2000 by Professor Keith E. Stanovich of the University of Toronto and Professor Richard F. West of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.