Brain Heart Gut

I have something that I think you are going to find very helpful when it comes to relationships, both at work and at home. How many times do you have an argument or a debate about the right way of making a decision? The right way to process information? In actual fact, the latest information that’s coming from body/brain science is telling us that there are 3 great ways to tackle challenges and issues. The crux of this new body of research is that we do not just have one brain—the traditional brain—the logical brain that we know we’ve got in our head, but that there are about as many neural connections and activity that happen in our gut and our heart as well.

So, no wonder people say they trust their ‘gut instinct’ because they have a ‘gut feeling’ about something. No wonder people say, “My heart is telling me it’s not the right decision.” Now there is some science behind it.

So why does this help us magnify our greatness? Well, it’s been a game changer with a lot of coaches who are finding value in embracing multiple ways to look at an issue. The traditional, logical orientation does not always help find the best solution, strategy or path forward. That’s when this holistic approach comes in. We have three powerful pathways to insight!

  1. Curiosity

When you look at something with your logical head brain, you get to enjoy the power of curiosity. What are all the ways in which we can contemplate a possible decision or situation?

  1. Compassion

Then, when you add in the heart brain, you get to add in compassion. If I were being compassionate with myself, with the other person, with their circumstance, how might that impact how I see this situation? My decision? My next steps?

  1. Courage

And then we add in our gut brain. Our gut allows us to be courageous. What is the option that is not easy? The one that you haven’t even considered yet, or perhaps thought of quickly but ruled it out? What if there were no risks, what might you consider?

You can come at an issue or decision from any of these three brains. The point is layering on other perspectives, harnessing the power of curiosity, compassion and courage along the way. What would be the power of this triad of decision making and options available?

I invite you to bring this to your boardroom, to your meal table, your next crucial conversation. Anytime, anyplace where you need to tackle tough challenges or complex issues. I bet you will find you have a lot more creativity and common ground, as a result. Share with others too. Forward on. You never know when this might help unlock someone who’s feeling stuck and help them get momentum!

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