In this blogging series I want to post in a comprehensive way on how to accomplish your goals using neuroscience. So this post will be on developing discipline.
Discipline’s the key to success in anything. Anything in life takes discipline wether it’s showing up to the job everyday, or building a multinational company. Discipline itself takes practice, and with a continued effort we develop more discipline.
I’m going to start with an example of a study I read in a book called The Brain by David Eagleman.
He rehabilitated a 20 year crack cocaine addict using neuroscience. The addict said when she sees crack she can’t turn it down. Her impulse to do crack cocaine is stronger then her will not too.
Networks in our brains are in constant competition. It’s how we make decisions based on many different benefits. To make the final decision one neural network wins over the other.
He put a device on her to read her brain waves, and showed her pictures of crack cocaine. The device registered her impulse to do crack cocaine, and the willpower not to do crack cocaine.
If her impulse to do crack was stronger then her will power a gauge needle was on red. If her will power to not do crack was stronger the needle was on blue.
To make her will power strong she had to think of reasons not to do crack like finances, or a job.
Overtime of practicing willpower she developed a stronger will, and was able to keep the needle on blue every time she seen crack.
What happened was she practiced discipline, and the neural pathway of willpower got stronger. And the impulse to do drugs neuro pathway got weaker.
We can use this in our day to day lives. We can use it to create financial discipline to build great wealth, or even to go to a hard job every day. The more disciplin we gain, the more we can gain discipline.
We have to think of the long-term rewards, and the why to do something. These reasons practiced for a long time will create discipline, we need to achieve success.