Scientists are beginning to prove more and more convincingly that thoughts are POWERFUL things.
Goal setting, the "law of attraction" and "positive thinking"
all work, regardless of whether you look at them from a metaphysical or a scientific perspective.
Whatever you have been thinking about, picturing in your mind repeatedly on a daily basis, and putting emotional energy towards
is what you are now experiencing.
Scientists have identified specific parts of the brain, such as
the reticular activating system (RAS), which works with the visual
parts of our brain to call our conscious attention to those things
that have been focused on, and to filter out other things that have
not. The RAS is activated by "programming" thoughts, phrases
and images into our sub-conscious minds. Our sub conscious mind
is the "power center" and THIS is the mechanism that explains
why visualization and positive thinking are now being accepted as
scientific methods for change.
In the 1970's, the Soviets and East Germans were the first to formally
use structured mental rehearsal. At that time, they dominated in
several Olympic sports. Today virtually all elite athletes use visualization
extensively, as we now know that the brain cannot differentiate
between real practice and practice that is vividly imagined. Look at my blog for
more clinical studies on the effectiveness of imagery, relaxation, meditation and the most effective ways to exercise.
OUR BRAINS ARE LIKE COMPUTERS, WAITING FOR A PROGRAM TO BE INSTALLED.
We are discovering that our brain is cybernetic in nature, which
means that it is literally like a computer, waiting for a program
to be installed. Here's the kicker - the subconscious is completely
neutral and impartial. It will carry out any instructions you give
it. Unfortunately, many of us are still running negative programs
we picked up from others as children when our non-conscious minds
were totally open and impressionable, or which we developed over
the years as a result of repetition of our own negative thinking.
As it turns out, our own thoughts, repeated daily, are one of the
primary ways that our "mental computer" is programmed
on a sub-conscious level, which is the level of beliefs, habits
and automatic behavior.
CHOOSING TO FOCUS ON NEW POSITIVE THOUGHTS, FEELINGS AND IMAGES
WILL LITERALLY CREATE NEW NEURAL PATTERNS IN YOUR BRAIN.
If you are getting more of the same negative results in your life
such as the same health problems, or the same body fat that continues
to return even after you lose it, then you have probably been
un-consciously running old negative programs and re-enforcing them
with negative thought patterns.
Neuroscientists have discovered that you have the capacity to create an almost infinite number of new neural connections in your brain
when you run new thought patterns. Old neural pathways are like grooves in a record, and if you are struggling with your health related behaviors
or behaviors in any other area of your life, you have been playing these "old records" over and over again. If you were to carve a new
groove into that record, it would never play the same way again. The old pattern would weaken and the new one would take over. Brand
new positive thoughts, feelings and images begin to create new neural patterns—new grooves.
Psychologists estimate that it takes 21 to 30 days to establish
a new pattern in your brain. During this time, the focus of sticking
with your practice and repeating your new thought patterns is critical.
This isn't always easy. In fact, controlling your thinking and keeping
it constructive may be one of the most difficult challenges you
have ever faced. This website is designed to coach you through those
days, until your own good habits and thoughts take over.
Every one of us has a need of some coaching at one time in our lives
or another. With the help of affirmations and releasing of old emotions,
you can quite literally re-program your brain. This in turn creates
new behaviors, which move you physically toward whatever you have
been thinking about and focusing on.