Understanding the Compass Framework (part 3)

Before a brain can register a thought, a mind must think it... every step of the way is mind over matter... We override our brains all the time.

—Deepak Chopra


The Complexity of the Mind

We are learning new things about the brain through the study of neuroscience, neuropsychology, neurobiology and neuroeconomics. From the simple fact that the brain is a lazy organ to the complexity of neuroplasticity where the brain can actually learn and make new neural pathways that lead to better thinking and responses in behavior, we are constantly stretching the domain of what we know about the human brain and its function.

But really, you just want to do the work you love and want to do, right? How does that relate to the brain? It does in that you will learn through Compass Playbook creative exercises (Plays) exactly how to do it and have fun while you're drawing, writing, visualizing and conjuring the best expression of your perfect work.

Compass Distinction #3:

Anyone can train the mind to focus properly and create with deliberate intentionality.

Deliberate vs. Default

brain beauty

Working in the Compass Playbook framework will help you become a more deliberate thinker. What goes through your mind will be focused toward achieving what you want, instead of what you're afraid of or don't want. How that translates into ideal work is that you will learn how to look at your current work situation with appreciation instead of what's missing.

You will discover that you have so much more potential and become more hopeful, eager and adventurous. Instead of defaulting to thoughts that focus on frustration, lack of appreciation, no customers, poor pay or whatever you're noticing about your current work situation, you will learn to deliberately focus and your experience of work will shift to a more happy, joy-filled and wallet-filled experience.

Retraining the Mind

If you have desire, you have beliefs that surround, support and do battle with your desire. When you doubt getting the ideal work because of your beliefs ("I'm not smart enough, my boss is a jerk, I don't have what it takes, the economy sucks, nobody wants what I do best," etc.), you create expectancy of outcomes you don't want. What Compass Playbook does—and what you'll learn to do in this Course—is retrain your mind to focus on the aspects of your ideal work that you most desire. You'll learn to give up "stinkin' thinkin" that gets you reliving the same outcomes over and over.

You'll learn how to identify the beliefs that are holding you back and how to reframe them and adopt more productive beliefs. By paying attention to your emotions, deliberately and creatively getting your focus onto things that you enjoy and learning how to allow inspiration to come more readily to you, the ideal work—and many other wonderful things—will begin flowing into your life.

List Template (PDF)

List Template (PDF)

Course Practice

Thought Microscope Play

This clip is from the 2004 sleeper film What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?, and in it, Marlee Matlin is introduced to the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto and how positive thoughts/words/blessings effect the crystallization of water molecules.

After watching, make a list of the positive and negative thoughts you have throughout the day about your ideal work. In the left column, write positive thoughts, in the right, negative thoughts.

When finished, you will have already experienced a vibrational shift in your awareness of how much attention you're giving to thoughts that don't serve you or your ideal work coming to you. Those thoughts include those where you notice more that you're not living your ideal work to thoughts of not deserving or being worthy of an amazing success using your gifts and talents (which you are, by the way, and so much more).

Make a deliberate effort to spend more time thinking positive thoughts around doing your ideal work. Think about loving yourself more, accepting that it is coming to you and that you do deserve to do the work you love to do. Add new positive thoughts to your list and practice thinking those positive thoughts until you've retrained your brain (established new, permanent neural connections) to naturally think more positively about your situation.

You'll know if you're on the right track by how you feel!

Happy :-) = good, positive thoughts

Sad :-( = Notsomuch

What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?  Image courtesy IMDB.com

What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? Image courtesy IMDB.com


Recommended Reads on Brain Science and Creativity

Here are a few great reads about the brain, neuroscience, appreciative inquiry, creativity and confidence. These are just some of the books on our shelves at Compass Playbook. (Just look at the bookshelf behind Terry in her videos!)