Be at your best when it matters most

Business brain and thinking

This series of articles covers evidence based practices that support your mental, physical and emotional health. You will discover practices that support your ability to be at your best, when it matters most. 

In this first article we will introduce the Brain and Behaviour Model.

This series of articles was originally published in our Be At Your Best Community in January 2018. They have been updated and republished here.

Articles in this series

Part 1: Introduction + Brain and Behaviour Model (this article)

Part 2: Brain functioning and performance basics

Part 3: The benefits of having a sense of Purpose

Part 4: Meeting Basic Social and Emotional Needs

Part 5: Meeting Physical Needs

Learning Outcomes

In these articles we cover:

  • Practical tools for optimising brain health and performance when you need to be at your best
  • How to optimise and manage energy
  • A simple model for understanding how our brain works and influences our behaviour
  • How your physiology (physical energy and capacity) impacts your brain’s functioning
  • How a sense of belonging, recognition, respect and factors such as self-esteem/self-worth impact our brain in social settings such as work
  • The impact of having a sense of meaning and purpose in what you do

Brain & Behaviour Model

We will get started by introducing the brain and behaviour model. This model represents the key factors in building healthy brain functioning and effective behaviour. We will use this model throughout this series of articles.

Effective Behaviour

By detecting and determining your effective and ineffective behaviours, you can minimise what is ineffective and develop and embed what is effective.

With practice, you develop a sustainable change in habits, whilst developing the required competencies; achieving meaningful growth and the desired results.

You can more about our approach to habits here (requires sign-up to our free community).

Brain Performance

Our brain drives our behaviour. By building awareness on how your brain functions and influences your behaviour; you better understand what drains and gains your mental resources. Hence you can develop habits that improve your management of your mental resources and your brain’s capabilities.

Physical Needs

The brain is an immensely complex organ, but it is not a machine that can work optimally at high speeds for long periods of time. Our executive brain’s functioning requires a lot of energy and it tires easily. Sleep, rest, movement and achieving an optimal stress and recovery balance, helps us to maintain an optimal amount of available resources.

Social Needs

We naturally seek social settings and environments in which we feel safe. We also want to feel accepted for who we are, to be recognised and feel a sense of belonging. It is important to sense, that we are able to influence our own future and to make decisions for ourselves. Meeting these social needs helps to create motivation and engagement. We can measure how much time we spend collaborating: in email and in meetings. Using this information we can determine whether we are spending enough time with the right people.


Having a sense of purpose is related to having the intention to accomplish something that is meaningful to you and makes a positive difference for others. Having a sense of purpose not only increases our brain performance, it also helps us to channel and focus our brain’s capabilities, with full motivation, no matter the challenges we face. We are also better able to keep our mind open, to be creative and to better explore our options.

In the next article we explore the basics of how our brain functions and influences how we think, feel, behave and perform.

If you are looking for more information and practical tools to manage stress, energy and attention; our Energy & Attention course provides science based approaches that you can embed in your day-to-day schedule.

If you are looking to understand your brain and change your behaviour or form habits; we address these topics in our FOCUSWRX Habits digital course. 

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