Can Your Inner Self Really Help You Succeed?
Much has been written about the importance of knowing oneself and getting to know our true personalities, motivations and priorities. It’s no coincidence that lots of fairy tales and popular legends centre around the main character going on a journey, experiencing challenges along the way and ultimately discovering key truths about themselves and their place in the world around them.
It’s no different in the business world (well, perhaps there aren’t quite so many actual dragons to fight…). The best way to grow and develop in our careers is to get out of our comfort zones, face challenges and, above, all, discover more about our inner self to find out what we really can achieve.
mBraining begins with learning how to tap into multiple intelligences and the highest expressions of our three brains; namely creativity from the head, compassion from the heart and courage from the gut. This last brain, the gut is key to discovering more about your inner self and applying what you can learn from it to business. It is all about courage and mobilising yourself towards success. It is also about self-preservation – making sure that your ‘outer-self’ is safe from physical harm is vital if you want to explore its inner counterpart, after all.
change that you want to make is not completely possible unless you integrate
the gut into your new ways of thinking. We need to tune into our entire body
before we can understand our inner-self. We need to understand how our nervous
system is communicating with us, why certain situations cause physiological symptoms,
such as nausea, light-headedness or feeling distracted. Engaging with mBraining
techniques to align all three brains can help us appreciate the ‘here and now’
and to trust our instincts, rather than worrying about endless ‘what-ifs’ to
the point that it renders us paralysed in our thoughts and too afraid to do
anything even remotely risky or challenging.
Intuition is a powerful tool that can make a huge difference in the way that you conduct business, lead a team and, indeed, go about your daily life. A large part of this is trust and building confidence in your own reactions and beliefs. When faced with a situation requiring action, try trusting in the relevance of your initial reactions and then allow yourself to explore how your head, heart and gut react to what you first think.
Make small adjustments to your planned response as your brains go deeper into the thought process and acknowledge the quiet but persistent voice of your inner-self, guiding your sensations and emotional reactions. Without input from all three of your brains and careful analysis of each one, you are only getting a partial picture of your inner self and its potential.
Just as with our intuition, our sense of self-preservation harks back to the gut and its associations with courage and mobilisation. At the most basic biological level, our gut tells us when food is nourishing and good to eat, and when there is something wrong with it, such as a toxin or dangerous bacteria, that could be detrimental to our physical wellbeing. When our guts reject food that is harmful to us, therefore, it forces us to act in our own best interests to ensure survival.
Going back to the stone age days of our ancestors, self-preservation has always been a powerful driving force for our actions. From developing the hunting skills to feed ourselves and our family back at the cave to seeing off competition for the most virile, fertile mate, our sense of self-preservation has always been what keeps us alive, kicking and aspiring for more. Yet self-preservation doesn’t necessarily mean stepping on everyone else to make sure we come out on top. Our ancestors have also shown us the importance of building a strong team around us to help fight off common enemies (Care to take a bet on who would win the fight between a lone human hunter and a huge woolly mammoth?) and offer each other mutual protection, nurture and support.
our inner self and its sense of self-preservation and protection for the wider community
that we belong to can really help us develop a healthy management style that
combines inspiring leadership and ambition with teamwork and mutual trust and
support. Just like our inner-selves, we must learn to trust each other’s instincts
and work together as a team to achieve self-preservation, however contrary that
might initially seem.
Motivation And Mobilisation
Leadership expert, John Addison has said that “we are not human beings, we are human becomings”, referring to our innate desire to evolve and grow beyond what we already are. Our inner self and its strong link to our gut brain means that we have a powerful internal compulsion to mobilise, or to move towards opportunity and away from threat of harm. This compulsion can be compromised, however, by what is known in the mBraining philosophy as NIBs, nor neural integration blocks. These NIBs are involuntary reactions from our bodies that stop our neural pathways from connecting up our three brains, causing us to stall through fear of the unknown, reluctance to step out of the comfort zone and failure to engage with our emotional state and instinctive responses to a situation.
are several strategies that you can use to bypass NIBs and to get your three
brains to talk to each other properly. These are covered in detail in the
various mBraining courses and publications currently out there, and are
extremely effective ways to understand our inner selves and circumvent any unwanted
personal inaction towards achieving our goals. Knowledge is power, after all,
and it is only by knowing our enemy and its intentions towards us and available
weapons that we can start to fight back. One really good way to start this
process off is psychometric testing, that really delves into our inner self, discovers
what makes us tick and unearths the subconscious and conscious NIBs that threaten
The whole topic of how mBraining can help managers with their decision-making has already been discussed in a previous blog, however, it is worth mentioning once more how deeply one’s inner self is ingrained in the process. Knowing how to align all three brains to make a fully informed and considered decision requires the ability to listen to the head brain’s clarity of thought and rationality, as well as the heart’s emotional reactions and connection to others involved and finally the gut’s core areas of self-preservation, courage and motivation to act.
all, listening to our inner self when it comes to making decisions enables us to
remain authentic and true to our values and ethical code. It isn’t always easy
making a decision, especially when you know that it will be contrary to other
people’s wishes or requirements. However, by using mBraining techniques, you can
learn how to trust in your own judgement and be able to justify your actions with
integrity. The key is including all three brains in the process to create a richly
detailed, complete picture.
It is impossible to separate out your physical and mental wellbeing when it comes to your inner self, as it is all deeply connected. From a biological perspective, the brain in your head is a complex system of neurons and cells that make up pathways that connect to other places all over your body. It drives everything and ensures our ongoing survival. So, it is imperative for our physical survival and mental wellbeing that it is protected, listened to and supported. However, mBraining wisdom places our heart and gut brains on an equally important footing when it comes to learning from and tapping into our inner self in business and beyond. For the sake of all three hearts, we must take steps to protect our overall physical and mental health.
There is a huge amount of advice online and in the world in general about taking care of our physical health and it is worth doing plenty of research to find the right way forward for your individual physical needs. Eating properly, taking lots of exercise and avoiding risky behaviours will help establish healthy routines and keep your body performing as it should. Paying close attention to the immune system is crucial, as this helps us fight off threats to our health, such as infections, viruses and the like.
The importance of the gut in all of this has been known for centuries. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek scholar and undisputed father of modern medicine said that all diseases start in the gut. Around 80% of our immune system originates in the gut, making it the obvious place to start when it comes to protecting yourself from illness by eating well, taking probiotic supplements and keeping the whole area fit and healthy. Neural, endocrine and immune detecting systems all pass through the gut and provide direct input into various regulatory systems and, eventually, to other organs in the body and the central nervous system.
Moving onto mental wellbeing, this too is strongly associated with the inner self and nurturing our need for emotional stability and support. In today’s society, we have a tendency to look outwards for answers, trying to seek solace in external stimulus and solutions. By paying attention to our inner selves instead, through a series of mBraining techniques designed to remove NIBs and promote understanding of our internal processing networks, we can work towards establishing better mental health.
Researching and engaging ways to find inner peace and to nourish the inner self is the best possible thing you can do to help further your business career and leadership aspirations, ads well as enhance the many other areas of your life. No-one can run on an empty fuel tank, physically or emotionally. By understanding and accepting that you can find answers by looking inside yourself and tapping into your three brains, you will unlock a very powerful tool for life. You will be able to see beyond your current dilemmas and concerns and start to ask, “what’s next for me?”
In our next series of blogs, we will explore the crucial area of mental health and wellbeing further, looking at how we can safeguard our emotional stability, learn to trust in our instincts and take better care of our inner selves.
If you would like to find out more about speaking – and listening – to your inner self, why not get in touch to find out how we can help you get started
 mBraining: Using your multiple brains to do cool stuff, pg. 61 (paperback)– 25 Apr 2012
 mBraining: Using your multiple brains to do cool stuff, pg. 189-222 (paperback)– 25 Apr 2012
 Decision-making blog link