The Neuroscience of Responding vs Reacting

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The new buzz-word for many is neuroscience.

If you are like me you’re probably sick of buzz-words – but neuroscience is my new best friend….

Why? It’s the nuts & bolts of our brain’s impact on our behaviour. And as behaviour is the “observable acts” for the world to see – wouldn’t it be great if we understood more about how to easily manage our behaviour?

In the workplace our behaviour drives our culture, so being able to manage our behaviours is key to ourselves, our workplaces, our businesses. To the everyday person, creating better behaviours and habits is a ‘roll of the dice’ – they close their eyes and hope for the best!

With the help of neuroscience we can now understand what biologically drives our behaviours and at what stage we can step in and change thought processes to ultimately change unwanted behaviours.

Neuroscience teaches us the process of how our values and beliefs can drive our behaviours and outcomes.

Alan Watkins said it best when he stated: “We must learn to become response-able. Able to control our response to others, situations, & events.”

If I want to change my behaviours, I really have to create:

  • new habits
  • new ways of self-regulating bad behaviours
  • new ways of interpreting my emotions
  • It’s my emotions which drive my behaviours. Learning to stop, pause, and think before I open my mouth is critical to being fair and just to all in my circle of influence.

There is a very big difference between reacting vs. pausing to respond appropriately.

Let’s all make this week’s motto: “Learn to respond, not to react”.