Rewire Your Brain For Greater Achievement, Control, and Happiness: A Conversation with Joycelyn Campbell
Have you ever found yourself determined to improve some aspect of your life; diet, exercise, time efficiency, yet when faced with the actual issue you go right back to your old habits? According to Farther To Go founder Joycelyn Campbell, this isn’t really your fault. Our brains function in two ways, consciously and unconsciously, and our unconscious brain has a bit more influence over our day-to-day actions. This means that we may make a conscious decision to do something, but our unconscious brain will sabotage that decision and influence us to maintain past habits.
Thankfully, there are ways to overcome this dynamic. Today I speak with Joycelyn Campbell about how to rewire your brain so that your conscious self is in control, instead of your unconscious brain controlling you.
What You’ll Discover in This Episode:
- How to break old habits and create and sustain new ones
- Tools to connect your day-to-day habits to your larger life goals
- How to overcome communication difficulties with people in your life
- Why those communication issues arise and tricks you can use to overcome or avoid them in the future
More about Joycelyn
Prior to founding Farther To Go, Joycelyn had had a variety of professional roles. She has been a substance abuse counselor, an administrator of accounting, a graphic designer, and a writer; all of which have played a part in leading her to develop Farther To Go. The seeds for the Farther To Go concept began to take shape particularly in her work as a substance abuse counselor. That position required expert people skills and the flexibility to know exactly what sort of communication style worked best for individual clients. Using enneagram typing, a personality typing system, Joycelyn began to see that when she could figure out an individual’s personality type, she could anticipate their reactions in various situations. Further, she could aid those individuals to understand their personal communication styles and act accordingly, and teach those around them how to interact with them in the most productive ways.
While those communication comprehension skills were especially pertinent in her substance abuse position, Joycelyn has been using them her whole life. She has always been one to figure out problems with unique, often social, solutions. She didn’t fully recognize this ability until an event occurred a few years prior to her development of Farther To Go. She found herself in a state of general dissatisfaction with her life and she didn’t know what to do about it. She recognized that there had been many times in her life that she had been happy, and she began to contemplate what the circumstances were that created a happy life in those times past. She began to look into what she calls her ‘big picture wants’ and understood that if she could find a way to get to those, she would have joy back in her life. To do so she began to develop a system of goals, habits, and intentions to direct her toward that end goal, a project that eventually became Farther To Go.
More About Farther To Go
Farther To Go is based off of the principle that our brains are primarily driven to maintain the status quo because that is the safest, easiest, and most energy-efficient option. This is a survival mechanism; if our past habits have lead to our survival, our brain wants to continue to maintain those habits. This can make change very difficult, as this unconscious part of your brain keeps on ‘correcting’ you back toward your old habits when you try to switch things up. Farther To Go overcomes this barrier through education. By better understanding the interactions between your conscious and unconscious brain you can rewire those interactions, making autopilot work for you rather than against you. Ultimately this allows you to achieve small goals, such as a healthier diet, as well as larger ones such as career or lifestyle changes.
Joycelyn also incorporates her background as an enneagram specialist into the program. The Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator is a way to determine what sort of personality type you have. This information reveals how and why you interact with the world and others in the ways that you do, and how to bring greater clarity and understanding to those interactions. Today’s freebie is a Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator sampler with 36 questions so you can determine your personality type!
Describe one personal habit that contributes to your well-being:
My morning routine.
What super power did you discover you had only to realize it was there all the time?
I come up with atypical solutions to problems, that are often social.
What advice would you give to your 25 or 30 year old self?
Keep on doing what you’re doing.
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