Your favorite sweater
I bet you have a favorite sweater in your wardrobe. Or at least another piece of clothing that you love the most. Everyone or at least the majority do, and I am curious to know what your is?
Can you think of one piece of clothing that suits you best and always make you feel good, comfortable? That one piece that is the first and easiest choice, hence the one you tend to grab of or with facility and wear the most?
This doesn’t mean you don’t HAVE other sweaters though.
This doesn’t mean you don’t WEAR the other sweaters either.
You do have other sweaters and you do wear them when you choose to. But when you are in a hurry, don’t know what to wear or just want to be comfortable, you open the closet and go for the familiar again. The first thing you do is take that favorite sweater out.
This one suits you best in the broadest sense of the word.
In other words, this sweater is your preference!
The Brain and Preferences
When I debrief the Neuro Agility Profile™, which explains how our brain is uniquely wired, and talk about preferences – the way you naturally like to use your brain best – I often explain ‘preference’ by using this example with the sweater.
We all use our whole brain and are able to reach and use every region of it.
We do, however, have a preference in how to use our brains in any given situation.
Yes, you guessed right.
It’s the way that suits you best and is the one you always feel good with. It is what makes you, who you are!
Like we all have a favorite piece of clothing, we also have a preference for how to think, learn and process information. A preference for how to explore new situations, a preference for the way we approach and do things, communicate with and listen to others etc.
Does this mean you don’t use the other brain regions or aren’t able to use your brain in other ways? Not at all. Preferences don’t have anything to do with competencies. (Competences are acquired.) Just as with your sweaters, you can choose to wear ‘another one’.
You can choose to use your brain differently and adopt another communication style and behavior for example. Depending on the situation, mood, setting you are in, you probably do that as it is.
– Is this easy? Well, it depends. Not always. Especially when you are under pressure it isn’t.
As mentioned above, we are all uniquely wired and all have a favorite way of looking at and doing things. And especially in first-time situations or when things get tough and stress or fatigue sets in, the brain goes for what it knows best to preserve energy and get the needed comfort and solution. The first thing we grab for is that favorite ‘sweater’, our natural wiring. Our default setting.
– Can it become easier? Yes! Easier than you might think.
The good thing is that the brain has ‘neuroplasticity’, and we know we can create new neural pathways to use more of our brain capacity. We can learn how to use more of other regions that are not our current default setting. That’s to say, with this, just like we can choose our sweater we allow ourselves to have more choice between so-called ‘brain settings’ to ‘wear’.
Smooth, Easy and Fast!
Would you like to know more about how to enable yourself to adapt to any given situation? Smooth, easy, and fast?
For a group of our clients our observation following a close measure over a period of 3 to 6 months, showed already a 10 to 15% increase in Neuro Agility.
The results each individual shared on a personal level are: feeling much better and fitter, happier, less bothered and calmer. They share their relationships improved. They experience less stress and make fewer mistakes. They can do more in the same amount of time (more productive) and at the end of the day, they still have enough energy to enjoy life with their family or do sports – given this is an issue for most of us, a big one if you ask me.
- Karen van Hout