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The word ‘adventure’ means different things to different people. For some, they imagine skydiving or climbing mountains or racing a supercar. For others, it means taking a different route to work. Leadership skills need fresh ideas to continually improve and evolve, and a little adventure can give anyone a kick start.
It takes courage to step out of your comfort zone. We tend to become settled in our routines, and we don’t really want to deviate from our norms. But your leadership skills will also ‘settle,' with this kind of attitude. If you're going to remain relevant in this Imagination Age, settling isn’t going to work.
The things you experience in your life help determine how well you can cope with stressful conditions. Neuroscience has shown us that positive experiences, or those that give you increased social, physical, cognitive and sensory stimulation, can overcome the negatives of stress. Fortunately, fear memory, or the memory of bad experiences, can be altered by diverting the flow of information coming from the amygdala in the brain (Hegde, 2017).
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves—in finding themselves.
Take a moment to think about your life. What is something that you have ALWAYS wanted to do? Is it learning an instrument, hiking a tough trail, exploring Rome? Whatever your heart desires. This is the adventure that you need.
As a leader, you want to inspire people to find the passion within themselves. Our global economy requires a level of collaboration that was simply unimaginable a hundred years ago, or even thirty years ago. You have to first overcome your own FEAR response that occurs in your brain (FEAR means False Evidence Appearing Real). Science has shown us that it is possible to recognise the false threats that bombard us constantly.
If not today, then when? To say that you will get around to something so important to you ‘someday' means that you will likely never get to it. If financial issues are a concern, then start small. There are home-grown adventures out there, just waiting to be found. Whether it’s trying a new park or museum or restaurant, or even finding a group of new people to explore your area with, you can begin an adventure without spending anything at all.
The most significant hurdle you can say is probably the time. But your time is the most valuable thing you have, and do you not deserve some of this time for yourself?
The can ensure that your leadership skills are up to par with this hectic, fast-paced, electronic world. You can find the courage to embrace this adventure that we all call life. Recondition your brain to alert you only when there are actual dangers, and not imaginary, perceived risks. The adventures are out there—so what are you waiting for?
Hegde, P., O’Mara, S., Laxmi, T. R. (2017). Extinction of Contextual Fear with Timed Exposure to Enriched Environment: A Differential Effect. Annals of Neurosciences, 24(2), 90–104. http://doi.org/10.1159/000475898
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About my Brain Institute
Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist, filmmaker and creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology.
Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.
Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership
In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.
Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.
Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.