The Neuroscience of Habits

Creating Lasting Habits and Keeping Your Resolutions
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

The Neuroscience of Habits

Learn the latest research coming out of neuroscience about how to rewire our brains for lasting habit change and creation.

If New Year’s resolutions haven’t worked for you in the past, and they don’t for most, it’s likely that the real problem is not you, rather the approach or thinking patterns you are using.

Our habits are real cornerstones for our happiness in ways that most people don’t realise : 40% of the actions/behaviours we perform each day aren’t actual decisions but habits – this is something research shows and a huge proportion of our brain activity is actually unconscious brain activity (95%).

Is there something in your life you are trying to change or stop?

Neuroscience provides the answer. Scientific research proves that brain training rewires the brain.

The “Hard-Wiring” in your brain is your current level of programming or conditioning. You may not like it, but it’s the truth.

You can’t achieve more in your life without adding new and “better programming”.

Here’s the good news:

Using the latest in brain research we now have brand new ways to get “inside” your head to help you make the mental shifts you must make first, in order to see the changes in your life on the outside.

People have been using the wrong tools for making change and that is why it’s so frustrating when we can’t stick to our resolutions or create change in our lives.

Understanding the practical neuroscience behind making and keeping habits and resolutions is your key to success. It’s simply not enough to state an intention and believe that the change will miraculously occur. This is why most people fail.

In this course we delve into the neuroscience of our behaviors, the habit loop and how cravings are created. The real insight here is that habits are not broken, rather they are transformed. If you make your resolutions into habits then they become a part of your life

It has been scientifically shown that the brain is structurally altered by changes in your behavior patterns. You can conquer toxic thinking patterns and old limiting beliefs by conscious shifts in your views, having a new vision, reframing problems. You get to consciously choose what you will create or change.

The main objective for this course is to review the latest research coming out of neuroplasticity that relates to habits and behaviour, teach you how to develop your own positive, new habits and teach you the secrets of making New Year’s resolutions that stick.

Through our understanding of the neuroscience of habits, we can transform detrimental patterns and thereby develop healthier, more productive patterns of behavior that become new habits!

This is just some of what I’ll cover in this course:

    -Brain Training 101: the science of the brain.

    -What neuroplasticity is, how it impacts habit formation and our behavior and how to change our brains using this knowledge. Scientific research proves that brain training rewires the brain.

    -We can create and change neural pathways by altering them or establishing new ones. We’ll look at what neural pathways are and how to change the neural associations in your brain.

    -Brain plasticity and the mechanisms of behavior change: taking on new patterns of behavior means overriding existing neural circuits.

    -The foundations of habit: the anchor, the routine and the reward and how to build a habit.

    -The practical steps involved in getting your brain on auto-pilot.

    -How task avoidance is a habit, how it is created and reinforced and how we break the procrastination habit.

    -What bad habits are, how to change our relationship to them and how we can rewire our brains to change bad habits.

    -How to develop new positive habits without willpower and how to identify triggers of bad habits.

    -How to focus on new behaviors to form new neural networks that will result in new habits.

    -How to respond positively to change, turning potential stressors into opportunities for growth and success.

    -The effects of negative self-talk and patterns of faulty thinking.

    -The key role of dopamine (the reward molecule) in compulsive behavior.

    -How a positive attitude affects our mind and health and tips to develop one.

    -How compulsive behaviors are just habits.

    -Internal and external motivation.

    -The types of motivation that set high achievers apart and their 6 core beliefs.

    -How awareness (mindfulness) relates to procrastination and how it affects self-regulatory behavior.

    -The 5 facets of mindfulness that help us to break out of bad habits and create new ones.

    -Get clear about why you’re pursuing a resolution – what is motivating you to make this lasting change?

    -We’ll be thinking in terms of good habits rather than quitting something.

    -What does your new habit look like and what behaviors are involved?

    -We’ll look at how to identify the answers to these questions and many more in determining the right resolution.

    -How focusing our mind on developing new skills, habits or insights, imprints new neural pathways to support the new habit.

    -Preparation activities that help us break from our usual patterns of thought.

    -The Five factors that can make or break the deal in terms of setting the stage for your brain to adapt to learning new ideas or behaviors.

    -We learn to identify and replace reactive thinking patterns.

    -How learning depends on your attitude toward the behaviour you want to change.

    -The key habit breaking tips to take back control of your eating and spending.

    -I discuss proven methods of rewiring the brain by altering current thought-response patterns

    -How current patterns and problem behaviors can be learned and unlearned.

    -How creating habits leads to goal achievement.

    -Strategies to keep resolutions.

    -How to shift away from bad habits of rumination and worry.

    -Instead of relying on willpower we create the right environment and eliminate the distractions and cues that facilitated your bad habit.

    -How mindful motivation for goals and willpower moves you step by step towards your goals.

    -Mindfulness techniques and surfing the urge.

    -Habit intentions and how to create positive statements to help build them.

    -Changing negative thought patterns to relieve daily stress which undermines habit formation.

    -Why are we so impulsive?

    -How can we deal with unwanted thoughts more successfully.

    -How our brains evolved to have a negativity bias that was essential for survival.

    -The vagus nerve is, how it functions in our bodies and mind and how we can stimulate it to our benefit.

    -The neurochemical effects of toxic thinking patterns.

    -What neuroscientists have discovered about goal setting and why some of our best intentions fail.

    -How the music we listen to engages the neurobiological systems that affect our psychology.

    -Improve how we pursue our goals and ultimately increase our chances at success.

    -Procrastination as an intention-action gap. We look at how task avoidance is a habit, how it is created and reinforced and how we break the procrastination habit.

What are the requirements?

  • No materials or prerequisite knowledge is needed for this course. The student just needs the passion and drive to want to learn and to be motivated to work hard to make changes in their lives.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • The objective of this course is to give you all of the powerful neuroscientific research that shows us how to rewire our brains. Our brains are capable of conscious behavior change, we just need to know how it works so that we can work with it. By the end of the course you'll be fully equipped to create any habit you want to create and implement any changes you want in your life.
  • This course consists of video lectures and downloadable materials to further aid your learning.I am always available for any questions anyone would like to ask.
  • I have included a 106 page PDF document of all of the course slides from each lecture to download.

What is the target audience?

  • This course if for anyone who is ready to change their lives and lead a happier more positive and fulfilling life. It's for people who are frustrated with not breaking their resolutions and promises to themselves because they simple don't have the tools to create lasting habits. No scientific knowledge or experience is required.This is a practical course that will benefit anybody who wants to change their lives in any aspect.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: INTRODUCTION
05:32

Welcome to my course!I hope you're excited to get started and I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Send me a message if you like and tell me a little about yourself and what you hope to get out of the course.

Section 2: LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS
08:39

In this lecture we look at the findings in neuroscience that show how your brain, language and emotions all played an important role when you actually made your resolution. We discuss neurolinguistics and using re-intentions instead of resolutions.

08:40

We look at setting small, attainable goals and how, by making resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance we will keep them and incorporate new healthy behaviors into our lives.

Section 3: NEUROPLASTICITY
09:00

This lecture is Brain Training 101.It covers the science of the brain. We look at what neuroplasticity is, how it impacts habit formation and our behaviour and how to change our brains using this knowledge. Scientific research proves that brain training rewires the brain.

11:08

We can create and change neural pathways by altering them or establishing new ones. In this lecture we’ll look at what neural pathways are and how to change the neural associations in your brain.

Section 4: REWIRING THE BRAIN
07:51

The brain actively grows and rewires itself in response to stimulation and learning. We’ll look at how focusing our mind on developing new skills, habits or insights, imprints new neural pathways to support the new habit. The lecture covers the preparation activities that help us break from our usual patterns of thought.

08:32

In this lecture I discuss proven methods of rewiring the brain by altering current thought-response patterns; how current patterns and problem behaviors can be learned and unlearned.

08:45

Five factors can make or break the deal in terms of setting the stage for your brain to adapt to learning new ideas or behaviors. We learn to identify and replace reactive thinking pattern and how learning depends on your attitude toward the behaviour you want to change.

07:33

In this lecture I’ll discuss what bad habits are, how to change our relationship to them and how we can rewire our brains to change bad habits. We look at how to focus on new behaviors to form new neural networks that will result in new habits.

Section 5: BEHAVIOR CHANGE
15:08

In this lecture we cover brain plasticity and the mechanisms of behaviour change, how to make healthy behaviour a choice and reshaping behaviour. Taking on new patterns of behaviour means overriding existing neural circuits.

07:11

The aim of this lecture is to understand the elements of change, the stages of change, and the ways to work through each stage to help you achieve your goals. Change requires a gradual progression of small steps toward a larger goal. Readiness to change and barriers to change are essential to understand here

Section 6: MOTIVATION
07:36

In this lecture we look at the recent neuroscientific research to help us improve how we pursue our goals and ultimately increase our chances at success. The way we think about a goal can impact our success or failure.

05:57

Music is one of the most powerful neurobiological tools we have to change our mood, mindset, and behaviour. The music we listen to engages the neurobiological systems that affect our psychology.

10:49

In this lecture we focus on how to make neuroscientific knowledge a tool that can be used to create behavioral changes in your life with simple prescriptive ways to trigger the release of dopamine. This then guides us in creating a habit of perseverance.

06:47

In this lecture we look at the different types of motivation that set high achievers apart and their 6 core beliefs. How we view success is a key motivator. Achievement motivated individuals have a strong desire to accomplish demanding tasks while failure-avoiding individuals are more focused on protecting themselves.

Section 7: GOAL PURSUIT
11:37

In this lecture we’ll discuss what neuroscientists have discovered about goal setting, why some of our best intentions fail, and 3 key concepts for success in goal setting.

12:10

In this lecture we look at SMART goals, how creating habits leads to goal achievement, making habits your goal and strategies to keep resolutions.

09:24

Daily habits of mindset and behaviour can create a positive feedback loop that stimulates the vagus nerve and gives us grace under pressure. In this lecture we look at what the vagus nerve is, how it functions in our bodies and mind and how we can stimulate it to our benefit.

Section 8: MINDFULNESS
08:44

Mindful motivation for goals and willpower moves you step by step towards your goals. We look at how you can achieve your goals more easily with mindfulness and how to define your goals and work towards them in ways that will keep you motivated.

07:37

Mindfulness techniques can help you work on those small tasks so you can gain inner strength and develop the ability to fulfill your bigger intentions. In this lecture we’ll look at mindfulness techniques, mindful willpower, surfing the urge, and mindfulness for living in the moment.

10:21

In this lecture we look at the link between mindfulness and neuroscience and rewiring for well-being. We’ll answer: How does mindfulness meditation reduce anxiety at a neural level? and learn simple mindfulness training techniques.

08:14

In this lecture we look at how awareness (mindfulness) relates to procrastination and how it affects self-regulatory behaviour. We’ll look at the 5 facets of mindfulness and internal and external motivation. Mindfulness is the cornerstone of increasing one’s awareness of emotions and thoughts. Mindful attention can help us to break out of bad habits and create new ones.

Section 9: POSITIVE THINKING PATTERNS
04:23

Positive affirmations are a great tool to reprogram our unconscious mind from negative to positive thinking. In this lecture we look at our habit intentions and how to create positive statements to help build them.

05:01

In this lecture we look at how to develop a more positive way of thinking thereby reducing stress. Also we’ll cover techniques for cognitive restructuring that can be helpful in changing negative thought patterns to relieve daily stress which undermines habit formation.

Section 10: NEGATIVE THINKING PATTERNS
05:25

In this lecture we look at the neurochemical effects of toxic thinking patterns and how modifications in how we think or act have the power to rework our brain and body’s communication system.

07:20

We’ll look at recent insights into habit formation and how they can help us to shift away from bad habits of rumination and its effects. We discuss how automatic cues trigger rumination and how change this.

08:21

In this lecture we’ll look at how to respond positively to change, turning potential stressors into opportunities for growth and success. We discuss how a positive attitude affects our mind and health and tips to develop one. Also we look at the effects of negative self-talk and patterns of faulty thinking.

Section 11: WILLPOWER AND SELF-CONTROL
06:35

Why are we so impulsive? How can we deal with unwanted thoughts more successfully? We answer these questions and explore the link between self-concept and self-control.

08:40

In this lecture we look at the neuroscience behind the complex way our brains respond to temptation and what it takes to successfully exercise choice. We look at the impact of biochemistry and the primitive areas of our brain and techniques to develop willpower.

04:27

We look at how we can overcome resistance to tasks by just tinkering around the edges of them. This means starting by taking small actions that will actually move the task forward.

05:53

In this lecture we cover how to develop new positive habits without willpower and how to identify triggers of bad habits. Instead of relying on willpower we create the right environment and eliminate the distractions and cues that facilitated your bad habit.

Section 12: THE NEUROSCIENCE OF HABITS
09:51

Changing our behaviour is possible on a conscious and neurological level. In this lecture we look at the BJ Fogg Behavior Model and the processes to use to rewire the brain to enable a new habit to form and replace an old one. We look at 9 powerful ways to retrain the brain.

06:12

In this lecture we look at how compulsive behaviors are just habits, the difference between stimulus-response and goal-directed habits and how they trigger different reactions in the body and mind. We’ll also look at the key role of dopamine (the reward molecule) in compulsive behaviour.

06:19

Procrastination as an intention-action gap. We look at how task avoidance is a habit, how it is created and reinforced and how we break the procrastination habit.

05:02

In this lecture we’ll look at the key habit breaking tips to take back control of your eating and spending.

Section 13: LET'S GET PRACTICAL - TYING IT ALL TOGETHER
11:08

Get clear about why you’re pursuing a resolution – what is motivating you to make this lasting change? We’ll be thinking in terms of good habits rather than quitting something. What does your new habit look like and what behaviors are involved? We’ll look at how to identify the answers to these questions and many more in determining the right resolution.

13:55

In this lecture we discuss the practical steps involved in getting your brain on auto-pilot. We look at the foundations of habit: the anchor, the routine and the reward and how to build a habit.

08:13

In this lecture we explore the concept of creating habits by starting small and going slow. We talk about early wins or keystone habits, how to create tiny habits and why they work. This process creates new neural pathways that support the habit center of your brain.

Section 14: IT'S A WRAP!
02:24

You've made it to the end of the course. Well done everyone!

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Instructor Biography

Brigitte Najjar, Certified Life and Wellness Coach and MBSR Teacher

Brigitte Najjar is a Certified Professional Life Coach and Wellness Coach specialising in Wellness Coaching and Mindfulness Coaching. She is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher (MBSR) obtaining her qualifications from the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Brigitte is also a meditation teacher and the founder of Awakening Mindfulness. Brigitte has also studied Positive Neuroplasticity with one of the world's leading Neuropsychologists, Dr Rick Hanson.

After a long career in finance as a financial accountant and many years working as a professional photographer and studying film making she has now dedicated her time to helping others to achieve their goals and fulfil their dreams through her coaching businesses. Brigitte is passionate about helping people to transform their lives and believes with the right tools we can all realise our limitless potential.

As a committed Buddhist she has a strong interest in the mind/body connection and how our thoughts, behaviors and habits affect every aspect of our lives. In order to create programs for lasting benefit for her clients she has spent hundreds of hours researching the science behind why we think and act the way we do. She believes that we all have the same potential, we just need the right knowledge and tools to be able to achieve it.

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