At a New year brunch with his ex-college mates, quoting a popular meme, Ayyub exclaimed, “My New Year’s resolution is to stop hanging out with people who ask me about my New Year’s resolutions!” and laughed out loud. Just like Ayyub, so many of us refrain from making any resolutions for the new year for fear of never fulfilling them. Attempting multiple things, lack of clarity in planning and giving oneself a sense of false hope are some very common reasons why most resolutions fail.
Goals give us direction and according to neuroscience research, creating goals causes our brains to change. Setting goals has been associated with increased motivation, self-worth, confidence, and autonomy. Goal setting affects how our neurons are organized and so we are physiologically programming our brains to alter or develop new behaviors and achieve them.
The act of setting goals stimulates the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain involved in judgement, problem-solving, and self-control. We can plan and carry out behaviours that are consistent with our long-term goals thanks to this area of the brain. When we set goals, the prefrontal cortex becomes active, assisting us in prioritising and directing our resources towards achieving our desired results.
Additionally, establishing goals can boost our motivation levels. When we set goals, the brain’s reward system is triggered because we anticipate the satisfaction that will come from completing our objectives. Even in the face of obstacles and disappointments, we may maintain our resolve and commitment to our goals by using this positive feedback loop.
We can monitor our goals using science-based SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) strategies.
Brain training exercises can help to strengthen the neural pathways associated with goal setting. The training strengthens the regions of the brain involved in judgement, problem-solving, and self-control improving your ability to achieve your objectives. By combining goal setting with brain training, we can maximize our potential for success and personal growth.
The CognoSkillz brain training aims to improve mental performance and alter how the brain processes and makes use of new information. If you want to improve your ability to pay more attention, remember information better, improve your reasoning and organizing skills, we can help. Our scientific research based, and targeted BrainRx brain training is focused on improving cognitive skills. We set goals, monitor progress, and reinforce progress made at every step of the training to achieve amazing results. Better cognitive abilities translate into better and faster mental performance, which is excellent news for those who want to achieve their personal and professional goals for the new year.
Schedule your evaluation right away if you’re interested in learning more about how the experts at the CognoSkillz can support you as you work toward your objectives and fulfill your resolutions.