We, humans, want to envolve, this is wired in our DNA. Once we start with a new sport, we train to become better. The same is true for our careers. We start at a certain point, and from there we want to grow.
Learning and practice are important habits to get better results. But is this the fundamental level? Are we able to perform consistently with only focusing on these variables?
What are the first principles to set the stage in order to achieve better results? Or for example, learn more effectively?
Let’s find out.
Our behavior has an impact on what we do (e.g our practice), which is influenced by how we think. If someone gives you advice, but you think this person is not qualified enough, you won’t change your behavior.
The way we think is not the foundation yet, because how we think is influenced by how we feel, And feelings are the awareness of our emotions, which again is a level deeper.
But where do our emotions come from?
Our physiology. And this is the foundation we need to focus on, to perform more consistently. Physiology is nothing else then streams of data. Everything you do, the conversation you have, the things you read, or the nutritions you consume are data streams that influence your physiology > your emotions.
While training for the marathon, I measured what calories I took in. Being aware of what I ate, had a lot of influence on my energy levels, I was able to run more miles. If you want to perform more consistently you need to track the streams of data, on how they impact different emotions.
Some people (in most cases men) can’t even differentiate thinking from feeling. If that is true it will be a constant struggle to perform at the same level. And only if you are consistent, your input compounds to better results.
Once we are under stress, our heart rate increases and the sinus becomes inconsistent, palms get sweaty with and our frontal lobe shuts off. Taking the right decisions, or performing well, is not possible anymore (your brain stopped working properly). These biological effects, influence our emotions > how we feel > our behavior > our results.
How do we change our physiology?
By focusing on your breath. Dr. Alan Watkins has a simple exercise where you Breath Ritmictly ‘through’ the chest/heart area (not the stomach).
Oh and before you think ‘yeah yeah, feelings, emotions, who cares!’ This is all backend by science, and the core level is our physiology, what is ‘soft’ about that?
Life is a series of random events, which makes life chaotic. These random events, answering difficult questions have an impact on your heartbeat, your physiology will change. Therefor your emotions. Taking rhythmic even breaths (e.g 4sec in, 4sec out) will make the spikes of your heartbeat (sinus) more consistently.
In cases like this, it’s not super important that your heartbeat is high or low, what is important is the fact that it is coherent. Smooth, rhythmic breaths will have a direct impact on achieving this.
With the result that you now have ‘more space’ in your frontal lobe, and start to think more positively. Your emotions, therefore your feelings, improve. You are able to make better decisions and think more clearly.
Being aware of your feelings is important to change your physiology. Without the recognizing of your own feelings, you can’t get consistently better with whatever you want to improve.