Neuroplasticity and Potential- What do you Believe?

I have been studying certain areas of neuroscience and psychology recently. The advances in these fields have been quite astounding over the last decade or so, especially in regard to the concept of neuroplasticity. However, I wonder whether most of us have truly embraced this now accepted concept, which is quite incredible? Have we thought about how neuroplasticity relates to our view of the self and human potential?

Human potential is our greatest asset. Warrant Buffett recently commented that he primarily invests in human potential. Business people know that our own potential, and that of our team is indeed what determines success and failure.

However, have we taken a deeper look at potential and asked about its limits, if any? Have we thought about limiting beliefs or values which can interfere with human potential?

Neuroplasticity is simply the power of the human brain to repair itself, even to ‘rewire’ itself. I remember studying early neuroscience as a teenager, and the orthodox belief was the opposite- brain cells cannot repair themselves, they are fixed. Once they die, that’s it.

If we think about neuroplasticity deeply, we immediately realise that it follows, the potential of the human mind is infinite. Is there a limit to how often or in what ways the human brain can repair or rewire?

If we accept the infinite potential that logically flows from the concept of neuroplasticity, does this square with the beliefs about our selves and our own potential? Do we have fixed, limiting beliefs about our own potential or that of others? Do we think, ‘I cannot change, this is just the way I am?’ Or, ‘I will never understand x, because it is just beyond me?’

I am currently reading a quite brilliant book by Dweck, Carol, ‘Mindset: How You Can Fulfill Your Potential’. Here, the author draws from recent research in Psychology that establishes people have two dominant mindsets. First, the Fixed Mindset, which says our potential is fixed- we are either ‘smart’ or not, based on our genetics- our potential is fixed from birth. Second, the Growth Mindset, which says our potential is never fixed, we can grow, learn and train to do almost anything.

It is clear, if we take the now established fact of neuroplasticity that the Growth Mindset accords with the evidence, and our better understanding of the human brain. The problem that still remains is our limiting beliefs. Many of us are still stuck in the wrong paradigm. We still believe we are either ‘smart’ or not, that we can do x, or we simply never will be able to do x because, ‘I am not that good.’ This is wrong, very wrong.

We are all that good. We all have infinite potential. We just need to change our limiting beliefs.

The personal development literature has for decades stressed the power of beliefs. Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich’ was the watershed work. Yet many critics still scoff at this knowledge. However, now they too must admit they are wrong. Neuroplasticity and science have caught up. The evidence is now clear- potential is unlimited, and they are facilitated by belief.

Further evidence here comes from general science. In the book, ‘The Biology of Belief’ by Dr. Bruce Lipton, the author mounts clear evidence about the power of beliefs and how they shape our potential. Not only, this, but beliefs can change our genes! The consequence is clear- positive beliefs facilitate great potential, and negative, limiting beliefs inhibit our potential.

So, what do you now believe about your potential? What do you believe about the potential of your business partner, your business or work team? If we truly embrace our infinite potential, then another thing becomes clear- anything is possible if we believe.

Regards, Lee M. Spano, Creatness International CEO

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