How Neuroscience Advances Are Taking The Guesswork Out Of Performance

by | Jan 23, 2023

The age-old adage of ‘done is better than perfect’ can be applied to most things in life, but it doesn’t always ring true when it comes to professional or personal performance. It is true that an enemy of action is inaction, as we often find ourselves stuck in a state of analysis paralysis trying to make the perfect decision before taking action.

But the truth is, the greatest enemy of action is not inaction, but the wrong action.

Taking the wrong step, spending energy and resources on things that don’t matter, or strengthening areas that don’t help you move closer to your outcomes can set you back, turn you around in the wrong direction and have you ending up further away from your goals than where you originally started. This is where neuroscience is helping to get it right, with recent advances now providing targeted insights that let you put focus precisely where it matters and make sure you’re always making the right movements.

To start with, it’s important to acknowledge that individual and team performance is a complex and multi-faceted concept that is influenced by a variety of factors. One key aspect is cognitive performance, which refers to the ability to process, analyse, and utilise information effectively. Another important factor is mental workload, which refers to the amount of mental effort required to complete a task or reach a goal. Motivation, which is the drive to accomplish a goal or task, is also a crucial component of performance. Your individual brain type can impact the way you process and approach tasks as can your performance blocks, which are things like your ability to make good decisions, manage stress, and communicate, which can also inhibit your ability to perform to the best of your abilities. Thanks to neuroscience and qEEG, we can now understand and measure these key factors and how they influence your performance on a daily basis so that you can improve performance in a sustainable way.

By setting challenges and targeting your outcomes, it helps to narrow down your focus and give you a clear direction to work towards. When you combine this with an assessment of your current performance blocks, you can identify any obstacles that may be preventing you from achieving your goals the quickest. Identifying the causes of those blocks allows you to develop strategies to overcome them.

Taking time to dig into simple questions like ‘Why do I keep making those bad decisions?’ and ‘Why do I never have enough time in the week?’ will give you a clear understanding of how well you are doing, and allow you to make adjustments as needed. But now that you know what you want, it’s time to start working towards them.

This is where the science (and not magic!) of qEEG brain scans for peak performance comes in!

In the past, identifying areas of improvement could be a difficult task, as it often relied on self-reflection and subjective assessments. However, qEEG brain scans are now able to map and measure individual, team and organisational performance in a more objective and unbiased way.
qEEG (quantitative electroencephalography) is a method of measuring brain activity by recording electrical impulses from the brain. Once we have mapped your brain and measured the results using qEEG, you get a detailed and incredibly focused assessment of your performance.

For example, our brilliance scan can provide a wealth of information on key areas of brain function and overall performance including:
– Cognitive Performance: This includes measures of critical thinking, efficiency, and learning, which can indicate areas of strengths and weaknesses in cognitive function and help identify strategies to improve performance.
– Mental Workload: The results can provide information on the brain’s ability to manage and process information, and indicate potential areas of overload or underload.
– Motivation: The results can provide information on the brain’s reward and motivation systems, and indicate areas where an individual may be more or less motivated.
– Brain Type: The results can provide information on an individual’s unique brain pattern and can be used to identify specific cognitive styles and characteristics.
– Performance Blocks: The results can provide information on individual skills and traits that can be improved for performance.

One of the biggest benefits of using qEEG brain scans for performance is that it eliminates the need for guesswork. Instead of trying to figure out where to focus your efforts, the results provide a clear and objective analysis highlighting areas of strengths and weaknesses, and identifying specific performance blocks.

And while the technology is amazing, the real bonus is being able to give your brain the clarity, focus and structure it needs to let you be your best version. You see, the human brain is an incredibly powerful tool, capable of accomplishing incredible feats. However, in order for it to perform at its best, it requires clear structure and organisation. Just like a well-oiled machine, the brain needs a certain level of order and predictability in order to function at its best. Without these elements, the brain can become overwhelmed, leading to poor performance and decreased productivity.

By providing your brain with a clear framework to work within, it can focus on the task at hand, rather than getting bogged down in confusion and uncertainty. This leads to improved productivity, better decision-making, and increased overall performance. Clear structure and organization also allow the brain to work more efficiently and effectively, reducing mental fatigue and burnout.

So rather than guessing about what may be impacting your performance, you can now use qEEG brain scans as a tool for understanding your brain function and identifying areas for improvement. It eliminates the need for guesswork, and instead provides clear, objective, and actionable data, which allows individuals and professionals to make informed decisions and achieve their goals.

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