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We are currently recruiting Middle School partners who may be interested in participating in a Brainology® efficacy study in the 2017-18 or 2018-19 school years. Eligible schools will receive programs, resources & teacher training for free!
I have a question for our readers - How many of you have a bad habit?
Exactly! We all have them, but here's something important to remember: We can both curb old habits and create new, better habits using our brain.
I want you to think about your "bad" habits as these strong neural pathways that your brain has built up. They're those old familiar paths that you know how to do so well (and then you can be really hard on yourself when you do them). But they are habits because they are strong responses you have developed in your brain - it's so easy to keep doing them! And so are your established "good" habits. I know you have those too.
This new year, how about we all promise to be kinder to ourselves about our bad habits and see them for what they are: proof that we have grown strong neural pathways in the past to develop habits, and inspiration that we CAN DO SO AGAIN.
As highlighted by this artwork by W.E. Hill, perception powerfully influences what we see. Looking at this picture some will see a young woman staring off in the distance, others an elderly woman sadly looking downward. Similarly, as educators, parents or professionals our perceptions can cause us to look at the same child and reach different conclusions depending on the mindset we are operating from. Mindset research aims to help people shift their perceptions about the causes of success or failure.