Prospective Hindsight

By Padraig King

“Prospective Hindsight” (Daniel Levitin) doing the post mortem before the event and seeing what steps could have been taken to prevent it.

You’re not at your best when you’re stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion.

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there’s a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. “We all are going to fail now and then,” he says. “The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be.”

Cortisol clouds the brain and when you get stressed it is produced to help save your life but can be involved in shutting down logical, sensible, rational thinking. Its why we lose our keys and leave our passport behind, why we lock ourselves out of the car or the house when we are in a rush or we say the one thing we shouldn’t and didn’t want to mention when we are having that difficult conversation, interview or call to someone who stresses us out.

In stressful situations the blood flow is redirected into the areas of your brain and body that will help you to fight or run away from danger and for organised, logical thinking in stressful situations you need to look ahead and plan the best response you could give in the situation before you go there.

With a Brain Gym® Positive Attitude Balance and in the F.A.S.T. Action Balance you may take the opportunity to plan the positive outcome you want and then reverse engineer back to the first thing you need to do to start the journey there. Then, like planning a road trip with a map, you think about the next thing you will do. This is like looking at the map and setting your sights on the next town or landmark on the map as you plot your journey to the destination you have chosen.

When you use this process then you can expect to be feeling calmer, more relaxed and confident.  Your ability to respond rather than react will be accessible to you and you may be able to detour, Segway or find a shortcut that will save you time and energy.  

Brain Gym has been using this process to help millions of people perform better in stressful situations since 1989 when the brain Gym Course was launched and long before that in the work of developers and founders Paul and Gail Dennison.  

From the first time you use the Brain Gym Positive Attitude Balance you will be delighted with the way it gives you the opportunity to be more relaxed and in control even in challenging situations where you might previously have “gone to pieces”, “lost your head” or “blurted out the words that you were not to mention”.

Learn More about what Brain Gym can do you at a Brain Gym course or message Padraig King +353861723510 to arrange an appointment for yourself, a friend or family member, to arrange a talk, workshop, course or series of training events.

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