Thursday, August 09, 2007

Accepting Our Current Realities

One of the things I learned in I-Phase was the concept of "neural chunking." Simply put, everything you think and feel is associated with what you do, more specifically, what you are currently doing when you are thinking and feeling that particular thing. The more you do those things (thinking, feeling, doing) together, the more they are cemented in your brain as distinct patterns.

Here's a personal construct which I recently changed: "Every time I bend my right knee under load, it hurts." So based on one or two experiences, I came to expect the same experience associated with that movement. Reversing those thoughts, I am now able to move in ROMs without pain that I haven't been able to for 18 years. Sounds "New Age-y," I know. Dr. Cobb spoke of the specific scientific evidences based on PET scans (I think he said PET--maybe CAT--my hearing's going I swear...) So you can limit or amplify your movements, your pain, everything through your thoughts.

I just got off the phone with a friend of mine. He gave me a swift kick in the butt regarding some of my goals based on a book that we've both read. He has a great way of lovingly (humorously) pointing out where I'm failing based on what I've told him. So, I'm accepting my current reality. I forgot that I don't want to. And the great thing is I don't have to. I can change my current reality, supported by science through thought, feeling, and movement.

Here are two songs I've heard in the last two days regarding accepting your current reality:

The point? Some things in life happen to you and you have to live with, like gravity. The rest you can change. It just takes getting the reps in.


Blogger Tim Anderson said...


"I can change my current reality"

That's strong and I needed it. Thanks.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Franz Snideman said...

Nice post Geoff!

What was the book you were recently reading?

Thanks for sharing the switchfoot videos!

7:00 PM  
Blogger Geoff Neupert said...

No problem, Tim. I needed it too.

Franz, it's "the 4-Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferriss. Good stuff.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Mark Reifkind said...

very very interesting stuff. very cool.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Mike T Nelson said...

"The Four Hour Work Week" ROCKS! I LOVE that book.

For info on chunking/neural priming and all things subconscious, check out the book "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell--AWESOME book

David Allen's more advanced workshops cover this aspect also.

Excellent stuff Geoff!
Mike N

1:35 PM  
Blogger Geoff Neupert said...

Thanks for the added info, Mike. I'll look into "Blink" and I've still gotta get thru that DA book you gave me...

5:23 PM  

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