So what would you think if I told you that your thoughts have an impact on your very neurology and that you can hardwire your brain to develop your abilities?
If you’re like most people, you leave your brain in charge instead of remembering it’s there to serve you.
First of all, understand that you are not your thoughts. And despite what “everyone” says, you are not your behaviour, either… but we’ll save that for another post.
Let’s get back to understanding that you have the power to adapt and to learn how to train your brain for your greater good instead of letting your brain train you.
It makes more sense to choose to engage with thoughts and emotions that actually serve you, doesn’t it?
Did you know that your thoughts and actions produce neurochemical changes in your body?
The type of chemical produced and released is a direct result of the types of thoughts you choose to indulge in. These chemicals influence the choices you make because they influence how you feel.
Think about that. EVERY thought you have, changes your neurochemistry and your molecular make up.
When you choose to indulge in negative thoughts you may not have any idea how much harm you are actually doing to yourself. Your own unguarded thoughts can do you more harm than most any enemy you can imagine. If you truly understood how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought again.
Depression, reactive behaviours, unsuccessful strategies, feelings of inadequacy, as well as various other physical and mental health issues are just some of the results of allowing your thoughts to run rampant.
Every single thought you choose to engage with creates a cascade of physical reactions that you feel in your body. This is called the mind-body connection.
I have heard a lot of people declare that they have the right to be angry. And, of course, we all get to make our own choices.
Most people do not seem to recognise that such choices impact their mental, emotional, and physical well-being, as well as impacting others.
It is really important to understand that consciously choosing to embrace anger or any other negative thought or emotion always has a price and takes a toll:
When your fight or flight response is activated, your body releases hormones that increase your heart rate, muscle tension, and stress levels, among other side effects. These hormones change your body’s chemistry, further accelerating the anxiety, which then continues to cycle and to further install the anger and fear into your neurology.
Everything you choose to grapple with in your mind, literally changes your body’s chemistry and your physiology. The more you engage with negative thoughts and emotions, the unhappier you become. The longer you engage with negative thoughts and emotions, the more it will impact your mental and physical health. Not only will it zap your energy, but it can lead to all sorts of short and long-term health problems including high blood pressure, stress and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
If you decide to have a problem with something or someone instead of seeing an opportunity to bridge a gap, realise that you are choosing to have a problem!
Your thoughts, which are also energy, are transmitted outward like a radio frequency and join together with other energies vibrating at a harmonious frequency to shape what you come to see and experience in your physical world.
Did you know you were such a powerful creator?
Let’s have a closer look…
If you believe you’re not good enough to get the promotion you’re after, you will project that energy and your life will reflect that belief.
If you believe money is hard to earn and that it does not come easily to you, it will not.
You are always responsible for the results you are experiencing in life. If you want different results, you need to learn to change your thoughts.
Begin by recognising the negative energy your past thoughts and behaviours bring to your experience and to the world around you.
You manifest what you focus on, whether you want it or not, because energy flows to where the attention goes. Your thoughts are that powerful. Your thoughts will always determine your experience.
Choose to be grateful for your blessings and for the opportunities that are there waiting for you to see them. When you radiate positivity, you will attract positive outcomes.
Every new experience, new learning, new practices and new insights will create neural pathways for processing information. The old unproductive patterns you’ move away from and fail to reinforce will eventually dissipate. Likewise, every time you make choices to own your path and to honour who you are, you reinforce those new neural pathways and those new patterns of behaviour will eventually become automatic conditioned responses.
As you can’t just snap your fingers and make those pesky undermining thoughts disappear, here are some helpful steps you can take to create a brighter future and a happier NOW:
- Be fully present in the moment. Leave the perceived problems of the past behind and do not engage in anxiety for the future.
- As soon any negative thoughts or feelings come, re-label them and file them under false messages.
- Step back from the thoughts and make room for them to pass right on through
- Figure out why the thoughts are there and what you need to learn to let go of them and the limiting beliefs that frame them
- Let go of limiting beliefs about yourself and the world around you and open yourself to possibility
- Believe in and love yourself and consciously choose strategies that serve who you are and wish to be
- Take action toward what you want and allow abundance to flow to you
As you actively take these steps to create change, you will begin to change your faulty brain chemistry and step into your role as creator.
Remember, all your hopes and dreams already exist as a wave in the quantum field and are just waiting for you to make them real.
Shelley Lundquist is an international best-selling author, motivational speaker, and Self-Mastery & Success Coach who uses her intuitive gifts and powerful transformational breakthrough processes to empower audiences all over the world in leveraging the unlimited power of their own potential.
By guiding you through a journey of self-discovery and a shift in the way you perceive yourself and the world, Shelley will help you create your best life—a peaceful, harmonious life of joy and abundance, that acknowledges body, mind, and spirit.
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