You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. . . .

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You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. . . .

. . . .but can you teach him to carve?

This time of the year, we do a lot of carving. We carve pumpkins. We carve turkeys. We carve cakes and pies. We carve out time for friends, family and football. We are pretty good carvers. So, what if I told you, you could also carve new pathways in your brain? Not possible, you say? Well, if you buy into that idea that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks, then you are right.

But, if you are willing to consider a new truth, you will celebrate knowing that your brain is like a big ball of silly putty – able to be shaped into a zillion different configurations to serve up your very best you! What makes that possible? Neuroplasticity, according to MedicineNet, is “the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to . . . adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.”

Why celebrate this? Well, put simply, old dog, it means you don’t have to learn any new tricks. You just have to carve – carve new pathways in the brain. Not only is it possible, but it’s scientifically proven. What’s more, the brain was designed to do it and it’s doing this all the time whether we apply conscious effort or not. The brain’s ability to learn, wire and rewire and re-use pathways is an adaptation that has evolved in the interest of your survival. So, if you don’t like your reality, you can carve out new pathways by simply changing your beliefs, thoughts and behaviors and reinforcing them. It’s that simple.

Check out this video by Sentis and pay attention to the part where the white arrows are replaced by the yellow arrows. This is new pathways overwriting old pathways. This is brain change. This is life change. Think about it. What if this was your brain overwriting old beliefs and limitations, or how you respond to certain people, or certain situations or even how you respond to pie! The possibilities are endless!

So this autumn, create a new reality by carving out some time to carve out some new pathways in the brain. Not sure how to get started?

Step 1 – Breathe, imagine a new reality and believe it’s possible to be in that reality. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Bang. New pathway created. Wasn’t that easy?

Step 2 – contact me and let me help you take it to a whole new level. I’m a living breathing example that even old dogs can carve out a new life.

Happy carving!