One significant key to Success…
One significant key to Success…
By Douglas Vermeeren
As I have had the opportunity to study more than 400 of the world’s top achievers I have found a single interesting key to creating greater productivity and success in all areas of life. This key can be readily seen in behavior, but it really begins in our thoughts. In fact, as I have studied neuroscience and how the brain works it begins at a level even more precise than thinking. It begins with how thinking is made.
It begins with our neurotransmitters.
Thoughts move through our brain over a pathway that begins with a neuron, then crosses a bridge called a synapse and is received ultimately by a receptor called a dendrite. Neurotransmitters are the agents (either chemical or electrical) which send signals over the synaptic bridge between neurons and dendrites. This is the exact place where the critical thing happens. The information in the thought either makes the jump over the synaptic bridge and continues on or it does not.
To be simplistic there are really only two kinds of neurotransmitters. Those that activate or allow the impulse to go forward and those that inhibit the continuation of the impulse message and prevent it from going forward.
So when it comes to creating success which one is more important? The neurotransmitters that activate or the ones that inhibit? While they both are important I would argue that there is one that may play a more significant role in creating success. Which one do you think it is?
Most people would say instinctively that it is the neurotransmitter that activates that connections leads us to greater success. After all, we hear and read so many messages from modern gurus that say we need to be proactive and those that are out there “doing more are getting more done.” But is this true?
In fact, success on the inside at a molecular level all the way to success at an outside level is a matter of inhibitors.
Think about it. Everyday and in every way there is an overwhelming amount of information coming in at us from all six of our senses. (That’s right six, balance is one of our senses too.)1. In fact, too much information is coming in that we can possibly process. If our brain had to analyze and sort every bit of information it reacted with it would be paralyzed by processing. That is why our inhibitors are so important. They sort everything into either important or non-important. The most important things it lets become activated the non-important it eliminates.
We see the same effect in the world outside our brains. Successful people do not try to participate in everything. They understand that they can only succeed if they eliminate or inhibit things that are not important. They understand that success means a clear focus on the most valuable opportunities. 2. Less successful people on the other hand let every small distraction and meaningless opportunity steal their attention from the most valuable things. When the valuable things come last your cannot every create that which is most meaningful.
The one significant key to success that we alluded to at the beginning is simple. It is to learn how to inhibit those things that are unnecessary or unimportant. That is called productivity.
Often times people erroneously consider that the definition of productivity is simply to get things done. And they argue that productivity is increased when you get more done. While that is partially true, the real definition of productivity is better stated as minimizing input while increasing output.
The definition of productivity must include the decreasing of input, which demonstrates that you have learned how to create a better and more effective level of input.
The key to become a success in anything in life is not to do more. It is to do less, but to ensure that which we do is done more effectively. (That is something we teach in our Primed for Power event.)
When we can learn to inhibit more of the distractions that are keeping us from the important things in our life we will find that our levels of success will increase.
Douglas Vermeeren is the director of the SUCCEED Research Center which is dedicated to sharing research on the systems that top achievers use to create lasting success. Over the last decade Vermeeren has interviewed more than 400 of the world’s top achievers, including business leaders, celebrities and professional or Olympic athletes. Douglas Vermeeren is the author of Guerrilla Achiever (With Jay Levinson) and the creator of The Opus (with Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dr. Joe Vitale, Dr. John Demartini, Dr. Sue Morter, Marci Shimoff, Bill Bartmann, Bob Doyle and Morris Goodman.) Currently Doug is completing another film entitled, How Thoughts Become Things. This film will explore the process of how our thoughts become manifest in our lives as reality. For more on this film go to: www.HowThoughtsBecomeThings.com For more on Douglas Vermeeren go to: www.SucceedResearch.com Douglas Vermeeren can be reached for speaking engagements and training at 1.877.393.9496.
1. The Brain that changes itself., Norman Doidge, M.D. p.3
2. Guerrilla Achiever, Douglas Vermeeren & Jay Conrad Levinson P.188