by Jean-Paul Cortes
This is a pretty BIG statement. After all, when you think about it, no
matter how much we tell ourselves that we're going to change, for a lot of us things
just seem to fall back to the way they were. Am I right?
Just think back to all those New Year's resolutions made over
the years, how many of them really resulted in significant change? At least for me, the scales aren't tipped favorably.
Our understanding of what's going on within our brains may help us circumvent our natural tendency to resist change. What you'll find, is that this process has more to do how we ask ourselves to change, rather than willpower or determination.
The fact is, that throughout our lives we unknowingly program ourselves to be and act a certain way. The manner in which we perceive our world is largely determined by a gamut of personal experiences. As humans, it's hard for us to realize how we're affecting the input.
For the most part, we usually don't consciously pay attention to what we're doing; we just do it. Once you learned how to walk for example, it became pretty much second nature.
Over a lifetime, there are many activities that we do that are carried on seemingly on autopilot. Inside our heads, our brains have worked hard to make sure that all the neural circuitry is just so, so that without any conscious effort on our part we can go about doing the things we do.
The reason we resist change is that it's much easier for us to remain the same; rather, it's much easier and less energy consuming on our brains to revert back to familiar patterns of behavior, ones that we already have the neural circuitry for.
The good part about our brains is, that it has a wonderful capacity to make new neural connections; in effect it can rewire itself and therefore change the output.
We just have to figure out a way of asking it to change...
Although there's still a lot to learn about how our brains work, with every new finding in the field of neuro-science we gain a greater understanding of what exactly goes on within.
The process of finding solutions to our need to change, may be found in an technique that's been in use for ages...and you may find yourself surprised at just how easy it can be.
Most of us can remember the famous children's book "The Little Engine That Could", along with its main theme of "I think I can, I think I can..." In a sense, we readily identify with this little engine's push for getting up that hill.
When it comes to people, all it may take is a creative adaptation to how we tell ourselves that we can.
In order to make the process work, we enlist the use of our imagination.
Albert Einstein remarked that, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."
The technique that I'm proposing makes good use of our ability to imagine a desired outcome and it harnesses our brains ability to create new neural connections.
Scientists have found that the same brain networks used in executing a task, are also involved in imagining it. The implication of this, is that we can effectively tie in our affirmations with the rich mental imagery of our imagination.
The cognitive dissonance that's created between our current reality and the imagined reality, reinforced by our affirmations will push our subconscious mind to create that which we ask of it. In a nutshell, our subconscious mind will strive to achieve the image of whatever we ask of it.
Many studies have shown the efficacy of using a process of affirmation-visualization to elicit change. In simple terms, you can use the following rules:
There's an additional structure to the language we use to craft our affirmations, you can use the following guide to help you:
Some of the results you can achieve by using this technique include:
That's it, now you have a baseline of creating your own affirmations and beating your resistance to change.
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