Conscious Leadership, Part 2: Neuroplasticity and Expanding My Comfort Zone

In Part 1 of my “Embracing Conscious Leadership” blog series, we began a journey with a question, my own answer to which has become my guiding light, my North Star: “Who’s the me I want to be,” especially when life presents challenges.

For many, the answer to this question may feel like a distant goal, an aspiration that’s not quite within arm’s reach.

That was true for me. As a terribly shy child, I had z-e-r-o self confidence. I knew in my mind that I wanted it. I surely knew in my heart that I wanted it. I did not know how to “BE” it.

Confidence was outside my comfort zone. I tried and tried and tried, and it remained outside my reach.

It wasn’t until creating this work, that rather unintentionally, confidence became a part of who I was. It shocked me. And I wondered how, all of a sudden, it was easy to speak up, take a stand for my thoughts, my ideas, my feelings, for who I am.

My comfort zone expanded because confidence was now inside it. Something I could draw on whenever it was needed. And then, it was there, easily and naturally.

If there’s a “way of being” that you’ve been striving for without success, that’s because it’s outside your current comfort zone. That’s where the magic of neuroplasticity comes into play.

Conscious Leadership Part 2 - Neuroplasticity and Expanding My Comfort Zone - PlaydoughNeuroplasticity is the mind’s ability to change and adapt. This reminds me of being a kid, molding a piece of playdough.

Just like that malleable childhood toy, our brains have the remarkable capacity to reshape itself according to our desires.

Our brains are like a sculpture and we are the sculptor, constantly shaping the mold that supports us in living in alignment with our answer to the question, “Who’s the me I want to be?”

What makes this true is that we can facilitate this transformation through the intentional creation of new neural pathways. This concept forms the bedrock of my Emotional Mastery method.

We expand our emotional range and increase our emotional flexibility, much like working with playdough, stretching and shaping it to fit our vision. In this process, we cultivate emotional intelligence and strive towards Emotional Mastery.

However, if you find this journey challenging, it doesn’t mean there’s a deficiency on your part. Instead, it most often indicates the presence of an old emotional “scar” that has been obstructing your progress.

Just like an old, stiff piece of playdough can be reinvigorated, these emotional wounds can heal and the scars can be diminished and even eradicated.

Once the scar is removed, creating new neural pathways becomes significantly easier, allowing you to live your life in answer to the question, “Who’s the me I want to be?”

If you have any questions, comments or insights of your own, please don’t hesitate to reach out –  post your question below.

I’m here to support your journey to become your best and highest self, no matter the challenges you face.

To living as your best and highest self, no matter what!
Andrea

PS – This is Part 2 in the “Embrace Conscious Leadership” series.
Click here if you missed Part 1, “The Journey: Your Guiding Light”
And stay tuned for Part 3: “Embody the next version of you.”

 


 

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2 thoughts on “Conscious Leadership, Part 2: Neuroplasticity and Expanding My Comfort Zone”

  1. I appreciate your perspective: focusing on the question, Who’s the me I want to be, which is the cosmic rabbit hole because the query, unveils levels of desires beyond the ego all the way to deep self-knowledge. You combine that with the the capacity of the nervous system’s built-in ability to upgrade to functioning at a higher level when new habits of thought are engaged.

    Thank you for letting your light shine brightly, because you inspire me.

    Keep up the good work.

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