No matter what your age, what do you think it takes to be able to achieve success in work and life?
I ask my clients at Patten Coaching this question all the time and help them determine what their strengths are. When I ask the above question, I usually get a variety of answers, almost always including a high IQ. But science doesn't support this view. Many times a high IQ isn't relevant to high-achievement. However, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is.
From Emotional Intelligence research and in the recent book The Winner's Brain, authors Jeff Brown and Mark Fenske write about strategies great minds use to achieve success.
Here are the four strengths of what can be called "winners' brains:"
- Focus: Winners' brains are adept at tuning out distractions and choosing the best way to focus on a task to achieve a desired outcome.
- Energy: Winners' brains learn how to maintain a bottomless supply of effort.
- Persistence: Winners' brains have learned to persist longer than average ones.
- Practice: Winners' brains adapt in exceptional ways over time, harnessing neuroplasticity (rewiring your brain) to create new strengths through deliberate practice.
We don't have to win a gold medal, an Oscar, or receive a multi-million dollar paycheck to be considered successful. Some people are winners by virtue of being successful at their jobs, raising families, creating art or whatever they've chosen as worthwhile goals. Choices you make as you consider changes in your future need to allow you to live your values.
People aren't born for success, nor does being raised in advantageous environments ensure success. Nurturing the brain works best for improving brain power.
Your brain changes based on what you choose to do. People who achieve true success are often forced to overcome obstacles and in doing so, rewire their brains to get where they want to go. This takes motivation and resilience.
As you mature, your brain evolves accordingly. You have a significant amount of control over this development. Through deliberate, proactive practice, you can change the way you think and behave.
What do you think is most important as far as developing the strengths you need to meet your goals?
Check my previous blog post below "What Do You Need to Have a Better Brain?" for more background about this topic.
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