Join Arianna Huffington for an in-depth discussion in this video Holding yourself accountable to change, part of Thriving @ Work: Leveraging the Connection between Well-Being and Productivity.
- I think there's a couple of elements that are involved in people achieving the goals they set. One if they need to believe that they deserve the goal, and when we looked at how we designed the training, the first part of the training is all around, as I mentioned, beliefs, and what beliefs do you have that are potentially limiting your success. Years ago, they discovered an aspect of the brain that resides right at the base of the skull called the reticular activating system, and what that is is the filtering system for the brain, and it filters specifically what you hear, auditorily, and what you see, visually.
And it filters it because our brain is constantly getting data sent to us, and we cannot process all the data that's coming to us every second. So how does the brain decide what we take in and what we don't take in? Simply based on what we tell it, meaning what we believe, now becomes the filtering system for the brain. So for example, whenever you said, "I see this car, I love it. "I want to actually buy that car." And you walk outside and all of a sudden, everywhere you go, you see that car, and you say, "Well, what happened? "Did everyone go buy that car yesterday? "I didn't see it before." It's simply because we told our brain that that car is important, so now, visually, it opens up the spectrum so we now see that car.
So when you think about it, if you don't believe something is true, you won't ever see it or hear it, because the brain is designed to filter that out. So part of the way that we support people in actually achieving what they want is getting them to understand what their beliefs are about it. So if I believe I actually deserve to have whatever this goal might be. I deserve to be in shape, I deserve to sleep, I deserve whatever those things are around taking better care of ourselves, then our brain actually sees opportunities that we may not have seen it before.
And all of a sudden, I'm walking the stairs every day. At lunch, I walk around the block three times. I stand up and I pace in my office every time a phone call comes in. By the end of the day, I've got 13,000 steps that I didn't have before because I just moved all day. Maybe I didn't have an hour to go exercise, but I created another way of making sure my body is moving and having what it needs to take care of itself. So we start with beliefs, and when people understand that their beliefs are driving their experience and they start shifting their beliefs, then it becomes actually easier to implement whatever the change is that they want to happen.
- The importance of well-being
- Bringing your whole self to work
- Knowing your boundaries and limitations
- Investing in your relationships
- Working towards your strengths
- Knowing when to say no
- Holding yourself accountable to change