Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.
I am in the process of reading a book called Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind
Ever wonder why you repeat the same negative thoughts in your head? Why you keep coming back for more from hurtful family members, friends, or significant others? Why you keep falling into the same detrimental habits or limiting attitudes―even when you know that they are going to make you feel bad?
Dr. Joe Dispenza has spent decades studying the human mind―how it works, how it stores information, and why it perpetuates the same behavioral patterns over and over. In the acclaimed film What the Bleep Do We Know!? he began to explain how the brain evolves―by learning new skills, developing the ability to concentrate in the midst of chaos, and even healing the body and the psyche.
Evolve Your Brain presents this information in depth, while helping you take control of your mind, explaining how thoughts can create chemical reactions that keep you addicted to patterns and feelings―including ones that make you unhappy. And when you know how these bad habits are created, it’s possible to not only break these patterns, but also reprogram and evolve your brain, so that new, positive, and beneficial habits can take over.
I am finding it fascinating to delve into the area of thought and how we can literally shape our lives with our thoughts.
Our thoughts become matter. It turns out that our brains and our very thought patterns can be reprogrammed.
The power of positive thinking is not just some New Age thing. It is backed by some pretty powerful science.
I have struggled for pretty much my entire life with thoughts of “I am not good enough”. Now I am not sure exactly when, how or why these thoughts have dominated my life, but now I am realizing that I can change my thinking. I can actually change my brain and re-wire it to think differently. Thusly I am a different person that I was even a month ago.
I do have to train my brain to accomplish this transformation. Whether it be for happiness, positivity, success, money, contentedness, it does not matter. Your thoughts are what will allow you to accomplish whatever it is that you want to accomplish.
If you think it, you can achieve it.
How To Train Your Brain
Scan for the daily positives. At the end of each day, make a list of three specific good things that happened that day and reflect on what caused them to happen. The good things could be anything — bumping into an old friend, a positive remark from someone at work, a pretty sunset. Celebrating small wins also has a proven effect of powering motivation and igniting joy. As you record your good things daily, the better you will get and feel.
Give one shout-out to someone (daily). Take the positive things you’re getting better at recognizing and let people know you’ve noticed! Take a minute to say thanks or recognize someone for their efforts, from friends and family to people at work. A great way to go about this is by sending 1 daily email to someone. It can be your old school teacher, who’s advice you are now appreciating every day. A co-worker or someone you’ve only met. Show courage and say thanks, I love doing this and just checking in with a nice note.
Do something nice. Acts of kindness boost happiness levels. Something as small and simple as making someone smile works. Pausing to do something thoughtful has the power to get you out of that negativity loop. Do something nice that is small and concrete like buying someone a coffee. You can try and have that even on your to do list – have you done anything nice for someone today? I love this technique and it’s one of the most amazing ways to feel happier.
Mind your mind. Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Opening our awareness beyond the narrowness of negativity can help bring back more balance and positivity into the picture.
The regular practice of mindfulness meditation has also been shown to affect the brain’s neuroplasticity, increasing gray matter in the hippocampus, an area of the brain important for learning, memory, and emotion, and reducing gray matter in the amygdala, an area of the brain associated with stress and anxiety. Take a look at these tips on mindfulness and meditation to get started.
All I know is that I am fascinated by this topic and feel that some of this should be taught in school to even young students.
We are our thoughts.