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In the world of knowledge, there is a concept called “cognitive flexibility,” which is the brain’s ability to adapt behavior and thinking in changing, unexpected, surprising, or novel contexts. and at the same time the ability to think about several things at the same time.
This state of affairs contrasts with cognitive rigidity, which mostly arises from beliefs, paradigms, and prejudices that limit progress and progress.
To achieve this, you have to learn to design strategies that help integrate the new, rather than automatically responding.
To do this way stretch permanently in our minds to adapt to changing situations, invites us to go beyond what we know.
This may be a challenge for many people because the fear of change in generalTop tenFrom uncomfortable situations.
How to practice stretch mentally
The ability to solve problems, to negotiate, to communicate our basic needs without aggression are some of the advantages of the cognitive flexibility put into practice.
Imagine this situation: your manager at work announces restructuring in the organization chart to adapt to the new reality, and most people resist. However, if a critical mass of, say, 70% of people see it as a challenge to survive as a team, everyone, including the remaining 30%, may be given priority if they can look at this situation in perspective.
Peruvian human resources specialist Alfredo Alfaro shares a concept that can help us understand how we can stretch in a targeted manner: He explains that it can be useful to identify a strength (individual or team) and ask: “What would happen when you move + 5%? What do I do every day? “: The results would certainly be significantly influenced even in challenging contexts. And considering a weakness, ask yourself, “What would happen if I moved -5%? You will surely notice a noticeable drop in performance or results.
Then this additional mile of + 5% contributes to the overall result as a team, and thus adversity can be overcome better.
What is clear is that in V.I.C.A. (Volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) It may not be possible to achieve 20% progress or results in any way, although + 5% is a more achievable goal. And then + 5% and so on. The key is awareness, attitude, ability and constant progress.
The 4 buttons for the stretch mental work
Starting a process of cognitive flexibility requires permanent training. Every day you can do this in different situations and gradually observe how your results change. In addition to working on your beliefs and paradigms that may limit you, here are the four first steps:
1. Flexible thinking
If you find the same answers, you may need to change the questions. The same paths always lead to identical results. And thinking (left brain) is valuable for this, especially if you add the emotional and feeling meaning of the soft aspects (right brain). Building these bridges can help you see things in different ways, train the plasticity of brain neurons, and get other types of reactions.
2. Suppress irrelevant stimuli
For him stretch mentally, it is important to have the greatest possible resources not only from a rational point of view, but also from the point of view of thinking. In this way, you can eliminate the unnecessary that does not contribute to the desired end result: distractions, non-contributing emotions, several tasks at the same time. These are examples of aspects that can release mental energy to focus on the essentials.
3. Train skills
Including knowledge, relationships with others, for example through education Networking and the constant encounter with new people and the encouragement of the empirical experience that results from the immediate implementation of everything you learn, including those based on trial and error, are essential aspects through which the muscle can be stimulated stretch mentally. In order to give yourself the internal permission to take responsibility for your human development, it is important, among other things, to have planning, organization, strategies, development of emotional intelligence and memory.
4. Make decisions and solve problems
Another great option is to train the ability to solve complex situations, as it encourages you to look at problems from different perspectives, to relax before others’ opinions that may not match yours, and your behavior or reactions calibrate that normally occur automatically when something internally doesn’t match your requirements. There you show the temperament required to decide, to act, to measure the consequences and to take risks.
People with cognitive flexibility learn to tolerate challenges and adapt to changes. They can also develop strategies that provide answers to complex problems with completely different mindsets.
The selective focus on solutions (instead of focusing on “problems”) means that they are less stressed or less anxious overall. This happens again because they learn to deal with mistakes better and to put themselves in the shoes of others. If necessary, you can think of several topics at the same time.
In conclusion, the existence of multiple perspectives opens up an infinite area of the possible versus the impossible or impossible, a paradigm in which many people stagnate.