We used to believe the adult brain was incapable of growth and change, but we now know our brain changes and adapts throughout our lifetime. This capacity for change is known as neuroplasticity.
The complex neural architecture of the human brain can be endlessly remodeled and reorganized. This process can be healthy and positive, as when we learn a new skill or recover from an injury. Sometimes, though, it can be harmful, as when stress or trauma interferes with normal functioning.
The good news is that you have the ability to intentionally rewire your brain to achieve your goals and improve your life. You can literally “change your mind.”
Why Do We Change?
We may dislike change and try to resist it. But change—whether we call it evolution, transformation, achieving goals, dealing with crisis or something else—is inevitable.
Personal change often results from either desperation or inspiration.
Desperation comes from some kind of stressor or forced change, such as pain or discomfort, addiction, or a financial, existential or health crisis. Desperation is distressing, but highly motivating.
Inspiration usually entails some kind of goal, such as lifestyle change, education, a career move, or seeking a new level of happiness. Inspiration gives a sense of being in control and choosing to change. It’s more comfortable than desperation, but may not be as motivating.