Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning

”Shift” Author, Adele Spraggon on ”Using Science to Break Up with Your Bad Habits for a Successful 2022!”

December 8, 2021

As we are finalizing Q4 of 2021, with the holidays on the horizon, I know that you are probably like like me, and on the lookout for any new strategy that we can learn that will take our game to a new level in 2022. I’ll cover our lessons learned this year in another episode, and have some fun ideas coming up as we approach episode #200, but as you know, we are always looking for brain-aligned strategies that we can all use to implement immediately, and I found something that I think we should all know about, with our next speaker. She was recognized in 2021 as the Top Behavior Expert of the Year[i] with her 4 STEP re-patterning approach that digs deep into our subconscious mind, so we can change those habits or behaviors that we’ve got running on auto-pilot, for new and improved results in 2022. If there are ANY new brain-aligned strategies that I come across in my research,  I will find them, and share them with you here.

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Learn more about Adele Spraggon and her Shift book  

On this episode you will learn:

✔︎  ONE question you can ask yourself at the end of the year, to free up your energy for 2022.

✔︎  How habits are formed in the brain (good and bad ones).

✔︎  How Adele Spraggon found a NEW 4 STEP re-patterning approach that does NOT involve replacing an OLD habit with a NEW one.

✔︎  How to know if our habits and patterns are working for us, or not.

✔︎  How Adele's simple and easy to use 4-STEP re-patterning method can help you to jumpstart your 2022.

✔︎  The benefits of re-patterning old, outdated habits.

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast for EPISODE #184 with an award-winning author, thought leader, international trainer and fearless speaker, Adele Spraggon[ii]. Her book, Shift, 4 Steps to Personal Empowerment[iii] has won three awards for its powerful message of inspiration and hope and is sweeping the globe, transforming how people are setting and achieving their goals.

For those new, or returning guests, welcome back! I'm Andrea Samadi, author, and educator from Toronto, Canada, now in Arizona, and like many of you listening, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies that we can use to improve our productivity in our schools, our sports, and workplace environments. My vision is to bring the experts to you, share their books, resources, and ideas to help you to implement their proven strategies, whether you are a teacher working in the classroom or online, a student, or in the corporate environment.

I want to welcome Adele Spraggon, from my hometown of Toronto, Canada today, and get straight to some questions that I hope will give us a new look at goal setting/achieving with our brain in mind, and be the perfect episode for us as we leap into 2022.

Welcome Adele, thank you very much for joining me today and sharing your book and proprietary 4 STEP repatterning approach with our listeners at this very important time of year.

Adele, we have a common thread that I learned when I began reading your book and studying your work. We both began our work in the personal development field and before I get to my first question for you, I noticed as we connected on LinkedIn that we have a couple of speakers and authors in common from my hometown. Just curious to see if we were in similar circles when I lived in Toronto, did you attend Gerry’s Book Publishing seminar or any of Bob’s events?

I know we both noticed there was something wrong with the way that we were initially taught HOW to set and achieve goals. (think/feel/act (that I learned in the late 1990s)  vs FEEL/ACT/THINK) where we use what neuroscientists call interoception to FEEL before we act. This was missing from everything we were taught right from our first days in school, through college and into our careers. I noticed this distinction over the past couple of years of interviewing experts on the podcast, but when I heard you explain it, I understood it at a whole new level  and you created your proprietary 4 STEP re-patterning approach when you saw it, which I think is brilliant.

INTRO Q: Can you share WHEN you first saw the need to teach others how to use their brain to achieve their goals or whatever it is we are working on and why it’s important to notice that FEELING must precede our ACTIONS?

Q1: I have done a lot of thinking (and episodes) on breaking habits and one of my earlier episodes #35 was on “How to Use Your Brain to Break Bad Habits”[iv] where we talk about the fact that “Neurons that fire together, wire together” when we are reinforcing a habit or something we are doing over and over again with this neural pathway. Then I discovered from Stefanie Faye on episode #133[v] that the brain creates high priority pathways with skills we are practicing over and over again, and how the brain re-wires itself using myelin that actually increases the speed and efficiency of these electrical impulses along the nerve cells with what we are practicing, which makes it easier for us to understand how habits are formed and reinformed in the brain. Then, I even heard on EPISODE #143 with Dr. Jon Lieff[vi], on his new book, The Secret Language of Cells, that anything we do AFTER exercise is further reinforced in the brain.

With these three brain facts in mind, with how habits are formed and reinforced in the brain, can you explain WHY some of our habits are so difficult to BREAK, (while some we can break without any effort at all)?

1B) What needs to be in place FIRST in order to change behaviors that aren’t working for us?

Q2- In your book, you say that no patterns are wrong—they either work for the given situation you are in they don’t. This question took me beyond where my thinking usually goes, because as we try new strategies to achieve new results, we will learn new habits.  What question can we ask ourselves to identify the habits quickly and easily that we need to shift?

Q3- Adele, Can you take us through your 4 step re-patterning process to help us once we have identified what we want to change? How does the old pattern disappear? Is it just from no longer thinking about it? That pathway in the brain eventually just stops being reinforced and disappears? How long can we expect this to process to take?

Q3B) How do we know if the NEW patterns we’ve created (in its place) will work for us?

Q4: Is there anything important that I have missed that is important for us to think about at this time of year about habit breaking?

Q5- What are the benefits of repatterning old habits? What will this process do for us?

Q6-For people who want to learn more about the book, what’s the best place for someone to find it?

Adele, I want to thank you very much for sharing this powerful 4 STEP process to rewire our brain, especially at this time of year when many of us are looking back at the year at what didn’t work and thinking of changes we make immediately for an improved 2022.

For people to learn more about you, I will link all of your social media channels in the show notes, as well as where you have a clear call to action to help people to get unstuck with this 4 step process?

Thank you!



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Interview with Adele Spraggon and Kerri Macaulay on the Choose Unstoppable Podcast


[i] Adele Spraggon selected as Top Behavioral Change Expert of the Year 2021


[iii] Shift: 4 Steps to Personal Empowerment by Adele Spraggon

[iv]Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #35 on “How to Use Your Brain to Break Bad Habits”

[v]Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #133

[vi] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #143 with Dr. Jon Lieff on “The Secret Language of Cells”

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