If Anne Frank’s words resonate, How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world, then you’re likely ready to unleash hope’s mental possibilities for your day. The next question becomes – What needs to change or improve in your world and how can hope fuel your innovative proposal to support change?
First, Pick a Problem You See that Could Use a Novel Solution
We are drowning as a society, George Lucas said, But we need to create knowledge and pass it on to the next generation. It’s more natural to create new solutions than many people realize, but it takes stepping in a new direction. It also involves looking beyond the problem you identify to propose a possibility that will release chemicals in your brain and in others, to spark creative energy.
Second, Spot a Personal Ability or Talent You Enjoy
Let’s say you deep dive into your DNA pool with a two-footed question that links your abilities to the problem you see. How would you respond to the question, What do you like to be thanked for most, and why so?
One response that pops into my mind, for example, is that I like to be thanked for writing clearly, and raising significant topics that can be improved, as well as proposing solutions with the brain in mind. Recently a very well known writer and editor at UCLA, thanked me for my international textbook chapter and original ideas on a brain based mentoring approach. This book happens to be a collaborative handbook on mentoring, but that unexpected gift of thanks for valuable and progressive ideas, meant the world to me. It also spotlighted one strength or ability.
The question, What do you like to be thanked for most … ? generated my writing strength. Would you agree that I can use this capability to design and propose an innovative solution to a nagging problem? Let’s say the problem is that leadership cannot seem to disagree while building goodwill among those who differ.
At this point, two namungos (fictional characters with real brain parts) BAS and WM, leap into action. How so?
Check Out Your Brain’s Warehouse to Store Problems or Possibilities
Enter BAS (the character that represents your brain’s basal ganglia), and who reminds us that our brains often default to comfortable routines. Your basal ganglia, may have stored your past responses that have you naming a problem such as weak leadership for instance, as somebody else’s problem.Think of it as a huge backpack which warehouses everything you’ve ever done in life, things you remember and those actions you may have forgotten.
The best way to move beyond our comfort zones, or BAS is to take one small step forward in the direction of tackling a problem with a novel solution. Even a tiny nudge forward builds a new neuron pathway toward a selected change we hope to see. Did you know that a neuron pathway created by your actions for change literally will rewire and re-shape your brain in this new direction, as you sleep tonight? Yes, it takes action to change the brain just as action may also resolve your problem with benefits to all concerned.
Then Recruit Your Working Memory
Enter WM (the character that represents our brain’s working memory), and who reminds us to boldly step up and learn new skills that can help to bring about change. Your working memory is like a sticky note at the front of your brain. It holds brief facts in its small capacity while you use these facts and skills to resolve complex problems. Focus on a solution to a significant problem, and your working memory hands you the mental equipment you need, and enlarges its mental capacity at the same time. Your working memory keeps you at the cutting edges, solving problems and trying out new skills.
Use and apply your working memory and over time, the solutions you create will store in your basal ganglia warehouse. It happens nightly after you enter deep sleep or REM. Not surprisingly, people who complain more or rely on ruts, routines or comfort zones use less working memory, while people who risk new initiatives or solutions, use more.
Onward to Multiple Intelligences and Possibilities of Hope
One of your eight unique intelligences, intrapersonal intelligence, (which includes emotional IQ) can help you to find contentment for yourself and others, in its intuitive ability to make good decisions or act with what some call, common sense. It’s rather extravagant in that it enhances your keen insights for change, while also nudging you to laugh at yourself easily.
In the same way that all of your unique intelligences sharpen with use, so too intrapersonal capabilities grow whenever you try new skills to solve old problems. Yes, that means your intelligence is fluid, and continues to grow in any healthy brain well past your senior years. In spite of our past belief that IQ was fixed and part of your DNA, science now shows how intelligences are fluid and grow when used to solve problems. Whenever you act by using your intrapersonal intelligence to do related tasks, such as proposing new possibilities to a tired tradition, your brain reboots for a more clever you.
Ready to Tackle a Problem and Propose a Brain Based Solution?
Engage these neuro-discoveries to propose an innovative solution and hope will begin to fortify new prosperity as well as raise immunity to stress and sickness. In Doctor Jerome Groopman’s book, Anatomy of Hope, he states:
Hope does not cast a veil over perception and thought. In this way, it is different from blind optimism: it brings reality into sharp focus.
Hope here is triggered by multiple intelligences as hopelessness tends to fade when intrapersonal activities increase thickness in the cerebral cortex, especially in areas of attention and sensation. Your proposed innovation can reconnect neurons of wellbeing, and in that way support neuron pathways to hope.
Spark hope for yourself and you will increase neurons in your hippocampus for more of the same. How can your awesome brain inspire you to look at challenges today with more hope in mind?
A Final Word
Discover more about: 1. hope’s mental possibilities; 2. two-footed questions:3. namungo fiction characters with real brain parts: 4. multiple intelligences that can grow your IQ; 5. fun tools to awaken new neuro discoveries; and, brain based tasks to unleash innovative solutions at my TpT site.
Specifically, see more about two-footed questions and every other tool or brain fact discussed here. See all pages and references used in this post in the book 2-Footed questions to Lead Innovation with the Brain in Mind, as illustrated below.
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