The latest neuroscience shows that the human brain, and specifically the limbic regions which we call the A.P.E. Brain, is not naturally suited for success in the 21st century; and by extension for effective business performance, where we need to be productive and efficient.
In simple terms, the A.P.E. Brain stops you and your colleagues from being as effective as you can be, and eats into your organisation profits.
In fact the brain has evolved for the primary purpose of helping us survive, and solve problems, in an unstable outdoor environment, while we are on the move. It does not support our desire to be healthy, happy and high-performing and, if left unchecked, this predisposition can have a powerful negative effect on our habitual thinking and daily behaviour. It makes us more likely to lose concentration, to lack motivation, to not stick to a particular task, and to lack confidence.
The good news is that for anybody interested in improving their performance in life and in business, you can break unhelpful instinctive habits and develop new, beneficial ones. To start this process you need to understand more about your current unhelpful behaviour by using the technique known as self-watching.
Use the same method as Novak Djokovic
An example of the successful use of self-watching can be found in the world of elite tennis.
To assist in his quest to be the best player on the planet, current Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic used self-watching techniques and in an interview prior to his win in the 2015 tournament, he explained more about his approach.
That led The Telegraph’s tennis writer Simon Briggs to suggest that the Serb had the equivalent of a small camera on his shoulder, which allowed him to observe, and thus break bad habits.
Djokovic apparently liked the image and agrees that he is constantly monitoring himself for negative energy, and wasted potential. Essentially, he uses “his camera” to self-watch.
Remember, most of our behaviour is just a habit, so self-watching is a powerful technique that you can use to identify and ultimately change your bad habits.
Improve your business performance – efficiency, productivity, concentration, motivation and confidence
Tougher Minds resources including our Performance Planner, and ‘Yes I Can’® Plans have been developed using the understanding from the latest neuroscience about how our brains work. They are highly effective self-watching, and habit forming tools.
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