Prefrontal Cortex – The Bridge, For Women Leaders !
- Written by preethab30
How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you have to make important decisions but you are just not able to do it. It could be due to anxiety or fear. I’m sure we all have faced such incidents, and what’s more appalling is that these emotions can be controlled if you pay attention to the driver of your body, your brain. Let’s dive in to know more…
The prefrontal cortex is one of the most important parts of the brain. It is small in size but it is the mastermind. The PFC is responsible for conscious thought like understanding, decision making, recalling, memorization and inhibitions. It is like a director; many important actions taken by you are governed by the PFC.
I have often used the analogy where I have compared the PFC to a stage, where decisions are made, recapitulation is done and things are memorized. All these actions are performed by our conscious thoughts. Now thoughts can be categorized into two types, simple and complex.
As mentioned earlier, PFC is a stage, and like many stages it cannot accommodate an unlimited number of actors. Actors are information that you hold in your mind. For a phenomenal theatrical performance the stage should be clutter free, that is, only a few actors should be present at a time, who can deliver a good performance.
From this analogy we can deduce that the PFC cannot handle too many thoughts. For better decision making our thoughts have to be limited. Neuroscience research says that the prefrontal cortex can handle four conscious thoughts at a time. Now, these four thoughts cannot be random. For example, if you have an exam tomorrow and you are thinking about a football match you have to play in the evening then the PFC will not be able to perform memorization properly which is actually the need of the hour. Hence, the four thoughts should be related to the situation in hand.
Simple, isn’t it? Well, that’s not the case, some of you might say that whenever you are involved in decision making, you are unable to focus, not because your mind is preoccupied with other thoughts that are not related to the situation, but it’s your emotions that create havoc.
This is where your limbic system comes into play. It’s the driver of human emotions and acts both like a friend and a foe. The limbic system is a part of the prefrontal cortex and for proper functioning, the limbic system, as well as the PFC, have to be in resonance with each other.
Remember, every influential woman has consciously or unconsciously learned to strike a fine balance between the two and I can help you get there. I can help you create inspiring goals to reach it. Whether it is becoming an entrepreneur, or replenish your corporate life or whatever it is you are looking at so as to attain financial independence?
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