Every day we create or reinforce current “I AM…” statements about who we are professionally. We often do this unconsciously, which can have a negative effect on our professional image. Using Neurosculpting® practices, we can consciously own our professional “I AM…” statements, which has a positive effect on our image.
What do you want your professionally “I AM…” statements to be? That is the first, most important question you can ask yourself in the process of changing, controlling, and owning your own professional image.
The 5-Step Neurosculpting® Practice Can Help
Neurosculpting® follows a systematic 5-step practice designed the quiet the fight-or-flight response and tease the brain with creativity so that we can work through old stories and write new ones for our lives. In just 5 minutes a day, you can use the Neurosculpting® methodology to rewrite the “I AM…” statements that could be blocking you from more success and better working relationships.
As part of your personal Neurosculpting® practice, start by writing out your current professional “I AM…” statements. Review what those are and then decide which statements you want to keep and which you want to discard or alter. Once you have culled the list, you can systematically work on a statement a week: one that you want to reinforce, one you want to discard, or one you want to alter.
You can use the Neurosculpting® 5-step process as follows to work through these “I AM…” statements:
- Quiet the fight-or-flight response by focusing on safety, support, and security. To do this, possibly notice your breath coming to you naturally and without effort or maybe you notice that you are supported by the ground as you sit.
- Engage the prefrontal cortex with benign novelty. To do this, possibly think of a shape only you can create in your mind or maybe picture a purple elephant riding a bike around your head.
- Create cross talk between hemispheres by using concrete details and abstract imagery. To do this, consider spelling out a word you are thinking or saying you are at step 3 in your mind.
- Link a somatic cue with tapping if comfortable where you are having a feeling as you consider your statement.
- Name the meditation to create a linguistic reference to the experience as a way to cue it throughout the day.
Then between step 3 and step 4 of the process add the following:
To reinforce an “I AM…” statement you want to keep, add this to the process:
- Think of the “I AM…” statement you want to reinforce and consider creating a space for that statement in your mind where you can quickly recall it throughout the day. Perhaps you “write” the keywords on the statement on your eyelids so you see it during your day as you blink.
To release an “I AM…” statement add this to the process:
- Think of the “I AM…” statement you want to release and consider creating a container to put that statement into.
- Next maybe you bury that container or possibly build a rocket and launch it into space, whatever you choose to do to send the statement out of your mind.
To alter or introduce an “I AM…” statement add this to the process:
- Think of the “I AM…” statement you want to alter and perhaps write it on a piece of paper or on a whiteboard in your mind. Now consider burning the paper or mailing it far away. Maybe you erase the whiteboard or shake it so the words fall off. Whatever you do, physically alter the statement in your head.
- Next consider what statement you might want to exchange for the former “I AM…” statement. Now write that on an imaginary piece of paper or a whiteboard or maybe a beautiful card. Send that statement to your mind either in the mail or maybe via carrier pigeon. Whatever you choose, be sure to put the statement into your mind in a way that works for you.
Commit to starting your workdays with the 5-step Neurosculpting® process and working
through your “I AM…” statement for the week for 5 minutes a day. You might see a change in how you view yourself internally as a professional, which will translate to your external presentations.
For more support and skill development in owning your professional image visit the resource library at https://neurosculptinginstitute.com/featured-products/. I would especially recommend the online, self-paced Warrior 1 Immersion with our founder, Lisa Wimberger.
Susan Aplin Pogue
Susan focuses on the development and support of our corporate client programs. Joining our team after extensive time in both the natural foods and financial services industries, she brings over 20 years of corporate management and training to the Neurosculpting® team. Her experience in strategic planning, human capital assessment, training program design and delivery, and execution-focused project management gives our corporate clients an internal partner at the institute who creates results-oriented, skills development programs. If your organization is looking to develop a resilient, focused, and effective workforce, please contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org to start a solutions-based conversation on how our Neurosculpting Corporate Programs ® can be a cornerstone in your human capital plan.