We Live our Lives Based on What we Want to Avoid

By Dr. Ron Bonnstetter

We’ve been told our whole lives to go after what we want. What do you want to be when you grow up? What do you want for dinner? What do you want to do this weekend?

Even though it’s good to know what you want, our research is showing that our brains are more decisive on what we don’t want and do not like. And, that makes sense. Think of when go you to a restaurant. You look at the menu and see a plethora of things that you would like, but there are always a few things that you definitely will not eat. You may ask your family what they’re getting or ask the waiter to help narrow down your choices, but you know what dishes you will avoid.

Almost two years ago, we started conducting brain research using EEG and we quickly began learning that our brains have opinions on all nouns and adjectives. That opinion can be positive, negative or both, which often shows confliction in your brain and leads to an uncertain feeling. Our EEG protocol reads these opinions from the subconscious in a fraction of a second. There’s no time for the conscious mind to deliberate about the meaning and feelings behind each word. We measure gut reactions – how you really feel deep down inside.

This research is changing the way we do business here at TTI. The research coming out of our Center for Applied Cognitive Research is showing that more weight should be given to what we say we are not and the traits we say we definitely do not possess.

We have recently improved our behaviors and motivators assessments to include issues that our brain wishes us to avoid.

Tips for Using Your Mind for an Inspired 2013

Watch dr. Ron Bonnstetter’s webinar providing tips about how to make the year 2013 the best year for you:

Below you can find a summary of the main points made by dr. Ron Bonnstetter:

Bill Bonnstetter, co-founder of Target Training International, despite being over 70, keeps saying “My best is yet to come!“. Attitude we should all adopt in order to challenge and motivate ourselves to aim for constant progress – dr. Bonnstetter provides a few valuable hints how to achieve that in 2013.

We should increase positivity – numerous research show that positive attitude helps with stress management and increases efficiency. But positive thinking is only a beginning, before we move on to 2013, we should definitely find time to reflect on the past. It happens far too often that our past dictates our future, we tend to make the same mistakes – in order to avoid them, we first have to take our time to fully realize them and come up with solutions how not to repeat them.

With positive thinking and past reflected on, it is time to move on to setting goals for 2013, keeping in mind that however big ambitions we may have, the goals have to be realistic. Dr. Bonnstetter suggests playing with the idea of benchmarking the task, the same way as TTI and Success Insights tools enable job benchmarking. The same as people can be matched to the particular job, your talents can be matched to your goals. First you need to identify the challenge and then follow by identifying talents and skills needed for meeting this challange. Human brain doesn’t like ambiguity, the more detailed your task and plan is, the better. By doing task benchmarking you create more commitment, which in turn leads to more accountability, which makes it easier to achieve set goals.

One last thing that dr. Bonnstetter mentiones is luck. We tend to say that this year we were lucky or unlucky and that’s why particular things happened. Truth is that we should redefine luck and start understading it as being prepared when opportunity knocks on the door. In order to do that, we need to set goals and work on them both in 2013 and all the next years to come.

9 Scientifically Proven Ways to Increase Your Happiness at Work

Dr. Ron Bonnstetter from TTI talks about how to increase your happiness at work looking at the issue from both employer’s and employee’s perspective. Webinar provides practical advice how to feel happier in your workplace and as a result how to increase efficiency of your work.

Dr. Bonnstetter divided his lecture into 3 main parts:Motivation and Dedication, Daily Routine and Physical Environment. It is extremely important to have different people in your company to provide diversity of abilities and talents, this way performance will be the most efficient. Research shows that building sense of identity within group at work might also increase our efficiency. Sense of identity is one of the ways to keep employees engaged and devoted to what they do – we all appreciate recognition for what we do and connection to other members of the team. To create a positive workplace it is important however to keep in mind differences between older and younger employees when it comes to what motivates them and how to show them your recognition.

When we think about our daily routine at work it is crucial to realize what multitasking myth is about. Doing many tasks at the same time reduces our focus, makes us slower and leads to making more mistakes. There is a crucial need to focus on quality of what we do to perform adequately and to achieve that every employee needs to create a scheduleand what is even more important – stick to this schedule. This way all the tasks will be done in the right time and with enough concentration.

Among factors that companies should pay close attention to there is also EQ andflexibility that has to be provided. Research shows that companies that are flexible benefit from more efficient workers who are 3 times less likely to quit.

Last but not least, Dr. Bonnstetter mentiones physical environment in the workplace, which includes temperature, comfort, arrangement, sounds, colours, plants and lighting. However obvious these things might seem they are often overlooked while arranging the workplace. We shouldn’t undermine importance of physical exercise either – already a bit of physical movement during the day can significantly increase our efficiency.

For more details and examples, watch the Dr. Ron Bonnstetter’s webinar: