The more I learn about the brain, the more it fascinates me. Scott Halford, an expert in brain-based behavioral science, spoke at a meeting of the National Speakers Association Washington, DC, chapter, sharing a wealth of information during a fast-paced session.
If you’ve attended my Getting Organized (GO System) workshop in recent years, you’ve heard me talk about the brain’s neural pathways and their role in our habits.
A few quick thoughts Scott shared with us that I’d like to share with you:
- The difference between an amateur and a pro is the 10,000 repetitions. If you want to be great at something, you have to practice it again and again.
- To change a habit, you have to start small. And start now.
- Have a vision at the end. Sports coaches encourage their athletes to do this. If you want to have an organized and structured day, picture what it will look like.
- The brain hates nonspecificity. Don’t have a goal to “get organized” or “lose weight.” Instead have a goal to “plan tomorrow today each day for the next three days” or “lose two pounds by July 15.”
- Have something you can “check off” your list—something you’ve accomplished. It gives you momentum to do more of the same.
All of what he said is so true! I was the only professional organizer in the room, so to me he was “preaching to the choir.” If you’ve attended my sessions, or worked one on one with me, you may have heard these before, including the importance of focus. It’s said you have to hear something seven times before you act on it. So I thought I’d add Scott’s voice.
I was very impressed with him, and ordered his book Activate Your Brain: How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work–and Your Life.”
Copyright 2018 Susan Kousek
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