You Are Not Your Brain! Presented by Dr Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Josephine Thomson, MCC

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An introduction to the masterclass series for 'You Are Not Your Brain'. The four step solution to changing bad habits, ending unhealthy thinking and taking control of your life.

Register your interest in attending the masterclass (live or on demand) here: http://josiethomson.com/brain

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  • The wonderful thing about our brains is that we can reprogram them. I have an acronym for F.E.A.R. which is one of the main reasons we deprive ourselves from progress in life. We fear change, we fear failure, we fear judgement, we fear our ability, we fear success and the responsibility that comes with it! FEAR - Forget everything and reboot. We can reboot our brains and relearn to think. Training the brain to think positively is one of the best things you can do for yourself!
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You Are Not Your Brain! Presented by Dr Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Josephine Thomson, MCC

  1. 1. You Are NOT Your Brain! Presented by: Dr Jeffrey M. Schwartz & Josie Thomson, MCC Introducing the 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking & Taking Control of Your Life
  2. 2. Your Presenters As one of the world’s leading experts in neuroplasticity and the co-founder of the NeuroLeadership field, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz is a sought after speaker, and best selling author of 'Brain Lock' and more recently 'You Are Not Your Brain’. Dr Schwartz has been practicing mindfulness within a structured cultural tradition for over 35 years. He has sustained a formal daily practice for at least one hour every day for over 25 years. Josie Thomson is an internationally certified master coach, a neuroleadership graduate, lifestyle author, acclaimed business woman, mum and two-time cancer survivor. As a specialist in neuroleadership, change and resilience, Josie partners with her clients to achieve sustainable change and breakthrough business/lifestyle results. JoSIE Thomson, MCC Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D.
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  4. 4. Webinar 1: Foundation Webinar 2: Step 1 - Relabel – The Art of Being Aware Webinar 3: Step 2 – Reframe – The Different Perspective Webinar 4: Step 3 – Refocus – The Power of Attention Webinar 5: Step 4 - Revalue – The Power of the Future Webinar 6: Open Forum Masterclass Overview
  5. 5. •  Deceptive brain messages •  The mind vs the brain •  Meta-cognition, meta-attention, meta- awareness •  You can break the cycle of habits -  Hebb’s law -  Attention density - Quantum Zeno Effect -  Veto - free will & free won’t •  Your 2 allies: -  True Self -  Wise Advocate •  Self-directed neuroplasticity - The Four Steps •  The importance of mindfulness Key Concepts
  6. 6. The brain puts out the call. The mind decides whether to listen. Brain vs Mind
  7. 7. Mindfulness Practice
  8. 8. Any false or inaccurate thought or any unhelpful or distracting impulse, urge, or desire that takes you away from your true goals and intentions in life i.e. your True Self. Deceptive Brain Messages
  9. 9. Living according to your true self means seeing yourself for who you really are based on your sincere striving to embody the values and achieve the goals you truly believe in. It includes approaching yourself, your true emotions and needs, from a loving, caring, nurturing perspective that is consistent with how your loving inner guide (Wise Advocate) sees you. True Self
  10. 10. The aspect of your attentive mind that can see the bigger picture, including your inherent worth, capabilities and accomplishments. Your Wise Advocate
  11. 11. The aspect of your mind that knows what you are thinking, can see the deceptive brain messages for what they are and where they came from, understands how you feel (physically & emotionally) and is aware of how destructive and unhealthy your habitual, automatic responses have been for you. The wise advocate wants the best for you, it loves and cares for you, so it encourages you to value your true self and make decisions in a rational way based on what is in your overall best interest in the long- term. Your Wise Advocate
  12. 12. The 4 Steps: Overview RELABEL Identify the intrusive thoughts and urges as uncomfortable sensations. Call them what they really are. REFRAME Say why these thoughts and urges keep bothering you. They are deceptive brain messages (It’s NOT ME, it’s just my BRAIN!). REFOCUS Direct your attention by focusing your attention on something else, that is productive and wholesome; DO ANOTHER BEHAVIOR REVALUE Do not take the thoughts and urges at face value. They are simply sensations caused by deceptive brain messages. 1 2 3 4
  13. 13. Break the Cycle of Deceptive Brain Messages Deceptive brain message (thoughts, urges, desires) Uncomfortable physical or emotional sensations (including craving) Habitual unhealthy responses Distress momentarily relieved The Four Steps were developed to help you break the unhealthy cycle of Deceptive Brain Messages
  14. 14. Step 2: Reframe •  Changing your perception - DBMs are ‘false’ •  It’s the brain, not me! •  Thinking errors: o  All-or-nothing o  Catastrophizing o  Discounting the Positive o  Emotional Reasoning o  Mind Reading o  “Should” Statements o  False Expectations o  Faulty comparisons
  15. 15. RELABEL Identify the intrusive thoughts and urges as uncomfortable sensations. Call them what they really are. REFRAME Say why these thoughts and urges keep bothering you. They are deceptive brain messages (It’s NOT ME, it’s just my BRAIN!). REFOCUS Direct your attention by focusing your attention on something else, that is productive and wholesome; DO ANOTHER BEHAVIOR REVALUE Do not take the thoughts and urges at face value. They are simply sensations caused by deceptive brain messages. 1 2 3 4 The 4 Steps
  16. 16. Hebb‘s Law Cells that fire together, wire together Attention Density (Quantum Zeno) Focus your attention long enough (attention density) in order to make Hebb‘s Law happen Neuroplasticity Repetition builds new neuro- pathways and changes the plasticity of the brain Habits Free Won‘t Veto Power Self-Directed Neuroplasticity Focus your attention on constructive, healthy behaviors, which rewires your brain via Self- Directed neuroplasticity to make those actions the preferred. This is how you change your brain. NewHabits Learn the master keys in the upcoming Masterclass
  17. 17. Teach you how to notice Deceptive Brain Messages so that you can make informed choices about where to focus your attention and thereby shape your brain so that it supports you in healthy helpful, and adaptive ways. Overarching Goal
  18. 18. Meta- Awareness Meta- Cognition 4 STEPS Meta- Attention Meta Layers of the 4 Steps
  19. 19. •  Do things gradually – don’t try to change all your habits or behaviours at once •  If you engage in an unhealthy habit, at least be aware of it and Relabel what you are doing •  Reframe and increase your awareness of your DBMs and habits – pay attention to thinking errors and emotional sensations so that you can see them for what they are. It’s not me it’s just my brain. Points to Note
  20. 20. •  At the beginning you may feel overwhelmed but try as hard as you can not to give in to the DBMs or unhealthy habits •  Accept uncertainty and stay with the sensations – do not try to change them •  Just do it – don’t let your brain procrastinate or make excuses Points to Note
  21. 21. •  Journal your successes – it encourages you and shows you the progress you’ve made •  Be gentle with yourself – remember you are on a journey of change and it takes time •  Practicing the Four Steps furthers your progress Points to Note
  22. 22. •  “I constantly over-think problems or worry about things that don’t even happen!” •  “I expect way too much from myself (and/or others).” •  “I’m often anxious or panicking because I’m so stressed!” •  “No one else needs to criticise me because I’m my own worst critic.” •  “There are things I do that aren’t good for me to cope with the stress of my life.” Does this sound like you?
  23. 23. What if we told you that you CAN take back the wheel in your life? That you CAN stop the negative self talk and silence the inner critic, so you CAN achieve so much more, feel more confident, happy, peaceful and fulfilled? It doesn’t have to be this way
  24. 24. •  How to identify deceptive brain messages & unhealthy thoughts as they happen •  How to change your perception on the importance of these thoughts •  Techniques for shifting your attention to something positive, healthy and beneficial for you •  The importance of truly understanding and believing that DBM’s are not real and have little to no value to you in your life •  Practical strategies to take charge of life! Join us - what you’ll learn:
  25. 25. •  6 weekly one hour webinars (6 ICF CCEUs) •  Recordings to access and review for 6 months post training •  Tools and techniques for changing bad habits and ending unhealthy thinking •  Q&A in each session •  “Open” forum at the end of the training to address your specific questions/experiences •  Access to two of the world’s leading thought leaders in coaching & neuroscience What you get:
  26. 26. •  Sign up for our next masterclass which is commencing April •  Use this code: WEBINAR and receive $300 off the standard price •  Offer expires Tuesday 25th March at 7:30pm •  Other upcoming dates and registration: http://josiethomson.com/brain Now it’s over to YOU!
  27. 27. The 4 Steps - Questions RELABEL Identify the intrusive thoughts and urges as uncomfortable sensations. Call them what they really are. REFRAME Say why these thoughts and urges keep bothering you. They are deceptive brain messages (It’s NOT ME, it’s just my BRAIN!). REFOCUS Direct your attention by focusing your attention on something else, that is productive and wholesome; DO ANOTHER BEHAVIOR REVALUE Do not take the thoughts and urges at face value. They are simply sensations caused by deceptive brain messages. 1 2 3 4
  28. 28. We hope you have enjoyed this introduction to our Masterclass Series as much as we have enjoyed sharing it with you. We encourage you and hope you will join us next month. Dr J M Schwartz & Josie Thomson, MCC Thank You!

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