Key to Momentum’s work is the core understanding that all behaviour at the most fundamental level, is driven by the human brain and it’s hard wired survival mechanisms. Much of our work with individuals and groups is therefore about helping people to learn how to self-regulate, or “down regulate” their nervous system in the face of this prevailing mechanism; to be able to pause in the moment, reflect, and open to conscious choice in terms of behavior and communication, all in service of showing up as the very best version of self.
Likewise, this capacity can be anchored through continuous practice and result in actual structural change at the level of the brain. “The discovery of neuroplasticity, that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains, even into old age, is the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years” (Norman Doidge MD). This theory, in short, is that changes can be made to the brain by strengthening neural pathways. This can be achieved simply through where the mind places its focus, new experiences or the way we think about things, and it can be within our control. Neurons that “fire together, wire together” and thus, new circuits (or more desired and helpful thinking patterns) become hardwired. These new circuits drive new behaviours towards what we focus on and want.