Our brains remain relatively adaptable throughout our lifetime. The key to change and growth is the brain's ability to adapt and reorganize itself by forming new connections. This is known as neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity allows us the flexibility to change our thinking and as a result create new behaviors, or improve upon old ones.
We generate these new connections by learning, thinking and choosing new experiences, then strengthening them through repeated practice.
When practicing new ways of thinking and behaving it is beneficial to have someone like a coach, trained to guide you in building the structure, accountability, and support needed to ensure sustained commitment and momentum toward behavioral change. The 'feel good' of having someone cheer you on, further supports long lasting positive change, as it helps to establish a positive feedback loop -- if something feels good we are more likely to repeat that behavior.
A coach also creates a safe space in which you begin to have a deeper understanding of yourself. This is done by listening, asking questions, challenging, and acknowledging you. A coach helps you to build a psychological skill set in sustaining lasting change via:
Making changes with the brain in mind deepens your adaptabilities by facilitating changes in:
This natural adaptation guides us at a biological level toward lasting change and overall wellbeing.