Discover the Missing Link to Improve Your Quality of Life
If you're reading this post, chances are you believe to a certain degree that your thoughts have an impact on your life.
Change your thoughts, change your life.
This catchy phrase took books, blogs and the internet by storm in the last 20 years as people began opening up to the idea that thought, alone, had some kind of significance.
Well, I want to share with you just how significant your thoughts are on your brain, your body and your overall quality of life.
Let's start with your brain. Neuroscience has made epic strides over the last 15 years in studying how the brain responds to certain environmental triggers. Study after study has been conducted showing that when people think certain thoughts, it sets off certain chemical reactions in the brain. The thoughts could be positive or negative; the brain does not differentiate. It simply runs on cause>effect.
Then once the brain gets the signal, the body follows directions. Think of the brain as the CEO of your body. It tells all of its worker bees what to do and how to do it. So when the CEO (brain) receives a signal from a thought, it sends out an "email" to the body, telling it what to do. The body has no choice but to listen and respond accordingly, lest it get fired.
And (while awake) since you're constantly in a state of thinking thoughts and experiencing how your body feels, there is a direct correlation between your health and your overall quality of life.
Studies have even gone so far as to say that the brain is capable of making you feel stressed just by thinking about the things that stress you out.
So the simple solution here would be to start thinking thoughts that send out favorable signals so that your body feels good and your overall quality of life is healthy and exhilarating.
The problem so many people face is most of our thoughts are so automated that it takes a complete overhaul of your personality to see big changes in your quality of life. Plus, the older you get, the more hardwired your brain gets. Essentially, the CEO gets used to operating off the original business plan and now it's your job to come in and pitch a new blueprint. But it's not enough to just pitch the idea. You have to make the CEO feel something.
The missing link between your thoughts and an improved quality of life is emotion.
Everything you believe about yourself and the world around you was solidified by thinking a thought, reinforcing it with a supporting emotion and claiming it as your own.
As an adult, your business plan is already laid out for you, per your childhood experiences, so now you are in the position of having to pitch a new business plan to an otherwise stubborn CEO. But if you can make the CEO feel something, you might just change its mind.
In other words, in order to change your overall quality of life by thought alone, you must practice associating those thoughts with emotions. And when you realize that that's all it takes, one by one you begin to train your mind into a better state of being.
➜ Here is an easy example to get you started:
Desired thought pattern: I am successful.
Emotions: Confidence, excitement, hope, pride, joy.
If you want to be successful but don't feel like you are yet, you need to convince your brain first. As often as you can, practice the thought, "I am successful", and while you repeat that to yourself, feel confident, excited, hopeful, proud and joyous. Do it so often that when you hear, think or read the word 'success' or 'successful', your brain automatically feels those emotions.
Over time, that will become your new normal. Still unsure whether there is value in changing your thoughts? Try it out and see what happens. You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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