Growth Mindset Neuroplasticity: The Secret Business and Personal Growth

How to Have More Eureka! Moments

“Eureka!” cried Archimedes, standing up in the bath. He’d found the solution to a problem he had been pondering for months. How could he tell if the king was being conned with a crown made not of pure gold, but one laced with silver in place of the gold? Or so the story goes.

Have you noticed that your eureka moments come to you when you least expect them? Let us explain growth mindset neuroplasticity.

What is neuroplasticity?

Scientists have discovered that the brain is not a fixed state (here’s a summary of the science). For the non-scientific among us, neuroplasticity is the way that the brain recovers after a trauma. It reorganizes itself and the way it functions, and adapts to the environment.

“What’s this got to do with my eureka moments?” you ask.

Well, understanding how adaptive the brain is helps you understand how you can rewire your brain to be in a solution mindset even when you’re away from the office. Like Archimedes in his bath.

Where does the growth mindset come in?

A growth mindset is a state of belief that you can do anything you set out to do. Like the Wright Brothers. They were convinced that, if they put their mind to it, they could fly. Not unaided, of course, but by building a flying machine that would get them airborne.

In short, with a growth mindset you believe that effort, learning, and persistence will develop your abilities. Your potential is not limited, and any failures are analyzed and learned from, and the next attempt is improved. Eventually, your idea becomes airborne.

The problem, of course, is that our brainpower is limited. Except it isn’t. We know that our brain can grow. The trick is to grow it in the direction we want it to grow.

Train your brain

If you want to learn to fly, you don’t spend your time reading about digging tunnels. We also know that you can overwork your brain, at which point it says, “hey, enough is enough,” and shuts down. You slow down. The quality and quantity of your output reduces.

To train your brain to be ‘switched on’ all the time, even when you’re not in work mode, you must be intentional about what you do and how you spend your time.

When discussing getting out of your own way, Ken Andrukow says, “I think it starts with realizing that by not managing your time and intention appropriately, you’re working on things that are beyond your capability.

So, how do you manage your time more intentionally to train your brain to grow in line with your mindset?

  • Never stop learning

You exercise to reduce your weight, increase your strength, and tone your body. Usain Bolt didn’t become the world’s greatest sprinter by not training. He analyzed what he needed to do, and exercised to a regime that developed his body as a sprinter.

Your brain needs to exercise, too. Analyze your goals. Figure out what you need to do and how to achieve them, and create a list of complimentary learning to work through.

Don’t stop there, either. Any learning that you do improves the capacity for you to learn. Your brain muscle becomes more powerful.

  • Know your purpose

Motivation is crucial, and the strongest motivation comes from within. There’s a huge difference between extrinsically and intrinsically motivated people. When you’re motivated by your values and purpose, rather than by external rewards such as money, you’ll retain your focus on your goals and be more productive toward achieving them.

At the end of the day,” Ken says, “how much money you make is not important. Those that think it is, just don’t get it. There are a lot of people in the world who live in what most other people would call poverty, but you see a smile on their face every day.” (From our Podcast ‘Defining the entrepreneur’.)

  • Rest, relax, recharge

Your brain also needs time to recharge, and so it’s important to rest and relax. But there are also ways that you can relax to help your brain grow.

Reading fiction, for example, has been shown to help develop better connectivity in the brain. It’s also relaxing and helps to open your brain to creativity.

Physical exercise, time chatting to loved ones, connecting with others socially, healthy eating, and memory exercises are all ways in which you can help to train your brain. Take time out to do different things that are not connected with work, too. 

The most important day and most important intention is when to stop,Ken will tell you. “When you take a day where you don’t do anything that feels like work, you can rejuvenate back to a creative state and be excited about going back into either creative days or focus days.

Finally, sleep well. Give your brain the rest it needs. Give time to repair and heal, strengthen the brain connectivity you have built during the day, and come back stronger tomorrow.

Be prepared for more eureka! moments

Train your brain to grow in line with your growth mindset. Start today. Write down your major goal, and break it down into the pieces that must be accomplished to achieve it.

  • What do you need to learn?

  • What are the complimentary skills that can help you achieve each step toward your goal?

  • Select a work of fiction to read that compliments your goal.

  • Be intentional about your time.

Ken runs successful businesses by working three and a half days a week. Do you want to know how he does that? Get in touch, and we’ll share our most productive time management secrets.

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