Will your heart or mind lead you to success in your goals?
It’s commonly accepted that we’re all divided into two groups: those who follow their heart and those who follow their mind. The theory that supports this is The Left Brain, Right Brain Theory which states that an individual is either more left-brain, (logical, analytical and methodical) or more right-brain (emotional, creative and artistic). So it is safe to say that if you are more left-brained, then your are more mind-led, versus if you are more right-brained then you are more heart-led.
Right Brain = Heart = Emotional, creative, artistic
Left Brain = Mind = Logical, analytical, methodical
Why is this important to know though?
If you accept this theory as truth, then you likely know that most individuals tend to have somewhat of a balance of left- and right- brain thinking and processing, though each person tends to favor one over the other. The left brain is said to be best adept for tasks involving language, logic, reasoning, critical thinking, numbers and analyzing. The right side of the brain is best used for expressing emotion, reading emotions, creativity, color, intuition and imagination.
Believe it or not, when it comes to successfully meeting your goals, knowing your favored side can help determine your best approach and possibly help you predict the workload or obstacles that you may face. If you have a goal to paint a painting from emotion, this may ebb well for you if you are a right-brain dominant individual. So you can just let your creative juices flow. Whereas if you are more left-brained, this task could present itself as daunting, difficulty or impossible according to this theory.
Let’s take a closer look.
So let’s say that you have a goal to learn a new language. Evidence points out that this is certainly a more left brained activity. So what if you are more right-brained? Well, there are two well-constructed different approaches you could try.
- Lean into your strengths. Being right-brained dominant, you can try to figure out different ways of learning that appeal more to this aspect of yourself. For example you may get creative and draw colorful pictures or practice facial expressions related to the words you are learning in a new language. These now right-brained tasks can help you recognize the words a little easier.
- Practice your weakness to grow stronger. You have heard that practice makes perfect, so practicing using your left brain in this scenario could help you develop greater abilities to utilize this portion of the brain. You may try exercises or tasks that can help develop your left brain such as mathematics. As a result, language learning may become a littler easier as you grow your left-brain muscle.
The converse would then apply to right brain activity and a left brain dominant individual. So the question remains, does this concept then reveal to you a different approach that you might like to try for your personal goals?
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– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC
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