Neuroplasticity provides the flexibility of rewiring our brain. Our brain’s ability to create new neural pathways depends on the thoughts we have and the actions we take is called neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity wires habits
Every time we take an action or think about something, a divot is formed on the brain. Each time that action or thought is repeated, divot gets deeper and deeper forming a new habit or default thought. Your brain’s neurons come together in a specific pattern, firing in a sequence. The more that happens, the more the neurons ‘wire’ together.
Similarly over time, the brain also sheds the neural connections that are no longer being used through a process called synaptic wiring. When you withdraw doing certain actions for a significant amount of time, the divots that were formed starts getting filled. This shows that we can get rid of our unwanted habits by making and following through a conscious decision.
Our brains don’t need any help in finding the negatives. When you are not doing anything, your brain shifts into your “default network mode” which is negative. We were wired to look for threats so that we can protect ourselves from any dangers. It happens at a sub-conscious level without our awareness. What we can do is, deliberately make positive attempts to rewire our brain, the way we want to live and see our life.
The key aspect to rewire our brain is by visualization. Visualization works because neurons in our brains, those electrically excitable cells that transmit information, interpret imagery as equivalent to a real-life action. When we visualize an act, the brain generates an impulse that tells our neurons to “perform” the movement. This creates a new neural pathway.
Each neural pathway has a capability to override the other neural pathway depending on how consistently you are repeating that particular action. This gives us the flexibility to make new habits, automate them and free up our mind for complex tasks to pursue.
Donald O. Hebb said, “Neurons that fire together wire together.”