What if you could? What if it were possible to change your brain for instant success?
After reading What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter, I knew that it was possible. I just had to put in the work on myself. Yes, it is possible to change the way your brain works!
How can you change your brain?
In a simple answer, neuroplasticity. What is neuroplasticity? The easiest explanation is that it is the way that the brain changes itself, based on new situations or changes made in your environment. The brain will make new connections and remove ones that are no longer necessary or useful.
How amazing is that?!
The most important piece to getting these new connections = repetition. The more often you repeat a behavior the faster your brain will start making those new connections.
Making new connections in your brain, changing how your brain works, comes down to the root of your self-talk. This chatter is influenced by…
The actions you take.
Whether it is good or bad, positive or negative, the things you repeatedly do make those connections strong, and keep them strong. There is a saying “Practice makes Perfect“… I would argue that this one is better: “Practice makes Permanent.”
The things that you do, the words that you speak, the choices you make… all of these contribute to how things are going to turn out for you.
All of these things are influenced by…
How you feel.
Let’s get real for a moment. Whether we mean to or not, we don’t make any decisions without feeling them first. We don’t take action without feeling something about the decision.
Here’s the thing, your feelings are very real, and they affect how you do anything and everything. How you feel about your finances, relationships, career, and especially yourself!
Recognizing your feelings takes practice. After becoming aware of what the feeling is, then you must identify where it is coming from.
By doing this, you can influence…
Yes, attitudes, plural. You have more than one… some good and some less than good.
Your attitude about something will determine how you will act or behave. This will then determine whether or not it will have a positive outcome. Attitude plays a huge role in your success.
Your attitude does not happen by accident and it doesn’t just “happen”.
Choosing your attitude can create major positive momentum, build more neural pathways, and can even affect…
What you believe.
One key thing to keep in mind is, beliefs do not reflect truth, you only have to believe it to be true. The majority of the things we think of as reality, is truly based on what we believe – true or not!
This is especially true of the things you believe about yourself. You have THOUSANDS of things that you believe about yourself. Some may be true – but I have a hunch that many of them are not. However, your brain (until you change your mind) will believe them.
Your beliefs will be created and changed by…
Your brain programming.
You believe what you have been PROGRAMMED to believe. From the day you are born, programs are being placed in your mind.
Lucky for all of us, the brains are a super-computer – which means we can change the programs running them!
- Programming creates beliefs.
- Beliefs create attitudes.
- Attitudes create feelings.
- Feelings determine actions.
- Actions create results.
That is how your brain functions, and you can change those functions (programs) by making changes to the way you talk to yourself.
How do you change the way you talk to yourself?
You are constantly talking to yourself. Telling yourself things that may be positive and uplifting, or depressing and negative.
Here are few ways that you can start feeding more positive and uplifting messages into your self-dialogue:
- Silent-speak: Telling yourself things, silently in your mind, that you want or need to hear. Examples: I am strong. I am enough. I can do ______.
- Self-speak: Verbally to yourself or talking to others about yourself. For example, this means you should avoid criticizing yourself to others. Accepting your failures or shortcomings is different than insulting yourself. Learn and know the difference.
- Self-conversation: Carry on a two-party conversation with yourself. Literally play the role of two persons discussing You. Think of the little cartoon angel and devil on your shoulders and play both roles.
- Self-write: Using good old-fashioned pen and paper, write out the phrases that you want to re-write and program into your brain.
- Recorded talk: Pre-recorded pep talks to yourself. Listening to yourself repeating the phrases will aid in the re-programming of your mind.
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