Monthly Archives: February 2014

Changing the brains neural pathways can change behavior: creating more success in your life

Jo Anne Bishop, PhD, MPA is an accomplished motivational speaker, coach,
educator and author. She helps people develop success strategies as investments
in their futures. She has coauthored three books with Deepak Chopra, Mark Hansen
and Steven Covey. Jo Anne has done work and research on changing the brain’s
neural pathways to change behavior and specifically to encourage success
motivation with brain chemical changes.
The human brain can adapt to changing demands even in adulthood, but MIT
neuroscientists have now found evidence of it changing with unsuspected speed.
Their findings suggest that the brain has a network of silent connections that
underlie its plasticity.
Her techniques are based upon current brain research that combines the power of
both the brain’s conscious and subconscious mind. Her presentations utilize
innovative strategies to access and integrate the power of both brain
hemispheres. These strategies develop new brain neural pathways which overcome
obstacles to SUCCESS. In Jo Anne’s book, “Success is State of Mind.” she speaks
of the essential components for success and happiness. It is important to give
yourself recognition daily for all your accomplishments and victories. And to be
free from judgment and self-reflective instead. To be compassionate– toward
yourself and others. And to determine your own definitions of success.

Author : Chrys Rosen

lf you are interested in having a life coach or a motivational speaker, Jo Anne
Bishop can be contacted at Crossing Bridges & Associates on the Mainland at (562) 760-3009, in

Hawaii at (808)772-A266 or email: crossingbridges(@)

Self-Awareness: Emotional Intelligence and the Interplay of Mind, Body and Spirit PART 1

Why is self-awareness so important in individual growth and development? What is self-awareness? How can we effectively use it to increase self-knowledge, serenity, balance and personal growth?
Self-awareness is defined by Encyclopedia Britannica as the “Conscious knowledge of one’s character, feelings, motives and desires”.
Self-awareness is the ability to self-reflect the many levels of consciousness within which we exist. It allows us to reflect and navigate effectively, the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms of consciousness by re-enforcing our innate physical biofeedback system that allows us to bring balance, serenity and focus in the midst of chaos and challenge. Self-awareness includes the ability to evaluate the strengths and challenges of our personalities, the ability to understand and recognize our emotions and the impact they have on our equilibrium and the impact that they have on others. It also includes the ability to use gut reactions and intuition to help guide decision-making, building a sense of clarity and self-worth.
We are all born with a level of self-awareness that increases through life experience and the stages of human development that are present at birth. Although there is controversy over the validity of emotional intelligence at this time, most health care and business professionals acknowledge its existence and validity. It still remains as an acceptable model that explains why some of us are more apt to be successful than others. Dr. Goleman in the late 1990s, along with Drs. Mayer and Salovey, discovered certain patterns that indicated an explanation for why some people were more successful than other individuals. In evaluating successful people, they found that these traits could not be solely evaluated by using a IQ index (Intelligence Quotient). Through their research, they discovered another factor that they called EI (Emotional Intelligence). They found that people who used their ability to be self-aware along with three other factors were more capable of leadership and conflict management than others who were unable to manage their emotions and create self-direction and social awareness in their lives.
In his book entitled “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ”, Dr. Goleman noted that the ability to be self-aware increased personal knowledge and ability to influence the world around us. He called this ability “emotional competency”. He suggested that there were four emotional competencies: self-awareness, self-management, self-direction and social awareness. It was his theory that ten percent of the population was born with a highly developed ability to innately utilize emotional intelligence. However, he also theorized that through a commitment to self-discovery and growth that these four competencies would automatically increase.
Dr. Goleman’s definition of emotional intelligence is “the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships”.
Dr. Goleman believed that a conscious commitment to the development of these four emotional competencies accelerated our ability to apply these skills in our everyday life, gaining mastery at different levels of consciousness. For many of us, his definition of emotional intelligence can also be applied to the idea of living a spiritual life. He also believed that the more emotionally intelligent one was, the more successful the individual would be in life and personal relationships. This means that someone who is emotionally intelligent would be self-aware of the impact of their actions, attitudes, thoughts and behaviors within themselves and their personal relationships. Emotionally intelligent individuals would have increased knowledge of mediating internal conflict, managing emotions and developing ability to use intuition and gut reactions for decision-making and innovation. The self-awareness components is one of the key factors in subjective evaluation of one’s ability to be creative, intuitive and decisive, while maintaining limits and boundaries with self and others. In other words, by his definition, our ability to perceive our emotions, our physical reactions and thought processes increase the amount of information available for us to empower our lives.
The ability to use emotions effectively is learned through the balancing of right and left brain hemispheres that bring together thought, analysis, executive decision-making, ability to tap into our subconscious, intuitive abilities and gut reaction.