Did you know our minds are geared towards the negative?
We’re programmed to think on the more -ve side of things, in order to keep us safe. So, if you’re scared of heights, it’s your brain’s way of keeping you safe. Often though, it keeps us a little too safe and a little nervousness can easily turn into a phobia.
So, how do we create more positive ways of thinking?
Our minds are like muscles, the more we lift weights, the stronger we become. The more we practice positive thinking, the stronger we make our neural pathways of positivity.
It’s like walking through a field of long grass. The first time you walk through, there might be a slight change in the grass, but the more you walk that path, the more worn it becomes, gradually becoming so worn that people know there’s a path to follow and they’re going the right way!
Not Always What What We Think
It’s not just about suddenly becoming super positive. Or changing our habits and sticking to the new ones 100% of the time. That’s not always easy and effortless. It takes time to create these new neural pathways. It’s also easy to slip into old habits again, but, with the right help and motivation, you can create a more positive you. You just have to work at it – like the weights and the new pathway through the grass.
If you want to stop drinking, but have the habit of getting home, stressed, after a long day at work and go straight to the fridge for a wine to relax, that is your path in the grass.
To Make A Change
- Think of something else that will relax you e.g. going for a swim, a walk barefoot on the beach, having a bath with gorgeous smelling oils etc.
- Choose which makes you feel happy and relaxed when you think of it, the one you maybe wish you could do more.
- Do that as soon as you get home, or drive from work to the beach
- Continue to do this everyday for at least 30 – 60 days to create the new neural pathways and better habit for you.
Let me know how it goes 🙂