The human brain is arguably one of the most complex and fascinating organs in the body. And when we talk about getting the most out of our Life, our brain takes center stage: it is the source of our thoughts, memories, learning and choices. A huge chunk of how we see, respond and behave in Life is controlled — even dictated — by the brain.

The Six Seconds Blog has posted an article entitled “It’s Just Like Riding a Bike?”. It shares a video documenting unlearning how to ride a normal bicycle, learning how to ride a new type of bicycle and then having to re-learn riding riding an ordinary bicycle (video embedded below). It is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Our brain stores information as patterns of neurons. It’s how we learn new things, store memories and conserve energy (old, unconscious habits require less energy than new actions that require conscious effort). But it isn’t enough to know how to build new habits, we have to get our hands dirty and do it. Paraphrasing the video, Knowledge does not equal Understanding.

Building new habits (or neural pathways in the brain) requires Practice. It means getting on that bicycle as regularly as possible (every day, perhaps?) for as long as is required to earn that new skill. It also means falling down more than a few times but getting back up again.

My key take-aways:

  1. Knowing is one thing but having the ability to put Knowledge into practice is something else.
  2. Learning a new habit, like unlearning an old one, takes time, energy, dedication & patience.
  3. Life reveals the “truth”. I may think I know something but demonstrating it in real life may prove otherwise.

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