We live according to our deeply ingrained habits. And we develop our habits from our identity.
This is why many of us make resolutions for change, such as weight loss or more exercise, and go after the “behavior” only to find ourselves back to square one because we didn’t change our identity.
Our identity determines what we do. We cannot do what we are not. It’s easy for a smoker to pick up a cigarette and start smoking because they identify with being a smoker. For people who don’t smoke, it’s easy to NOT pick up a cigarette because they identify with being a non-smoker. That is their habit. You likely will not smoke if you’re not a smoker because of the identity that you hold for yourself.
In the same way, our patients and clients struggle to make necessary changes because many times they are on focused on changing their behavior, not their identity. If you are reading this, it is likely you often find yourself telling patients to “do” this or “do” that. But, the compliance isn’t there.
For over 21 years, I’ve tried to get my patients to improve posture, eat better, and participate in an exercise regimen to reach their goals. But I’ve learned that unless they are “being” the person who does those things, all the things they are “doing” will only last so long.
This is because we are highly habituated, conditioned, and have automated responses in our lives. In order to understand this, rather than understanding the anatomical or physiological aspects of the brain, we must understand how it processes information and makes decisions.
There are three levels of the brain, all which influence our decisions.
Survival + Emotional Brain
The most primitive brain is the reptilian brain which runs our lives based on what is easy, convenient, and familiar. It’s at this level that we automatically make decisions. We think we are making decisions in each moment of our lives, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. 95% of the time, our brain has already made our decisions for us.
Before we process our options, we make decisions. And our habits are what’s influencing our brain to make these decisions. Think of a traffic light. When the light is red, you don’t think “it’s red, I must break”. When you see green you don’t make the decision to step on the gas. These behavioral decisions are already automated for you.
In the same way, this is how we make our decisions based. We decide based on what’s familiar and easy for us, even if that decision is not serving us.
This is why your patients have a hard time with follow-through.
Meanwhile, the second level of the brain is the mammalian brain. It’s highly emotional. We take action based on our feelings, not logic. Most of us think we take action based on logical reasoning, but this is often not the case. Let’s say you wake up and you’re supposed to be at the gym by 7 am, yet you “feel” tired. Your brain has already made the decision for you. It will keep you from going to the gym and instead press the snooze button.
You don’t have to feel bad, this is what we do. And it’s not because of us, it’s just the way our brains are wired.
Finally, the higher part of your brain is the neocortex. It is the executive part of your brain which makes analytical decisions based on logic. But, we don’t use this part of our brain very much.
So to understand human behavior and to shift your clients from unhealthy to healthy, you must learn the tendencies of human behavior. Also, you need to learn the tools to coach them through in order to shift them at the foundation – which is their identity.
We use the Alkaline Method™ as a tool to bring awareness from the inside-out. I believe that you as the practitioner also needs to go through your own transformation to deeply understand how to apply the method.
Four Elements of the Alkaline Method™
- Inner Awakening
c. Core Values
2. Outer Manifestation
c. Balance – Self love
3. Modern Medicine
a. Stress Brain
b. Gut Brain
c. Immune Brain
4. Ancient Wisdom
a. Y-O-G-A: Your Opportunity for Growth and Abundance
b. Energy Medicine
c. Meditation/Hypnosis/ Silence
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We often focus on the thing we don’t want vs the thing we want. Fear, doubt, and self-pity are what keep us on a hamster wheel of suffering and unproductivity.
In order to push through and be more, you must learn and master the Alkaline Methodology, and all the coaching tools to help you stand apart from the rest.
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