“Your brain will constantly rewire itself to suit the information that you feed into it.
If you constantly complain, gossip, find excuses, etc., it will make it much easier to find things to be upset about, regardless of what is happening around you.
Likewise, if you constantly search for opportunities. abundance, love, and things to be grateful for, it will make it much easier to find a reflection of those things around you.
It takes practice, but over time, this is a very powerful way to reshape reality.”
Scientifically, “Neural Pathway” is the term used for the “wiring” in our brains. (Here’s a much more technical post, written by Robert F. Mullen: Proactive Neuroplasticity and Positive Behavioral Change)
When we consider that our brain creates Neural Pathways with each thought we make, and when we repetitively have the same thoughts, our Neural Pathways overlay each other to form a “roadway system”, which then become our quick “go-to’s” allowing us to perform actions without needing to constantly think through each step.
For example, when we brush our teeth often enough, we can properly complete this task no matter how sleepy we might feel, because we go into “automatic pilot”.
Repetitive actions and repetitive thoughts become more and more ingrained in our brains, even creating habits.
Habits we consider to be unproductive, even hurtful to ourselves, we’ll label them “bad”, while those which are helpful to our lives we’ll call “good”.
When we remove the labels, we see these habits are simply the accumulation of repetitive actions and thoughts, creating very strong Neural Pathways!
Changing a “bad” habit
As we all know, trying to stop a “bad” habit is very challenging, especially if it’s very ingrained.
When we give it a few tries, we start to get very down on ourselves, figuring that we’ve failed, or it’s just something beyond our capabilities.
The trick to changing a “bad” habit is not to do battle with it!
That actually will reinforce another “bad” habit of speaking negatively towards yourself!
Remember, that “bad” habit got started and ingrained through repetition!
What if you were to try something different?
What if you were to practice speaking nicely to yourself, with kind words and encouragement?
Then, practice a new positive action.
For example, if you regularly reach for unhealthy foods and eat portions which are too large, you can change that habit by shopping and preparing some delicious and healthy foods, of which you serve yourself a saner portion size!
A Secret Ingredient to change:
I have found that when I’m looking to implement a new, healthier action in my life, that frequently speaking kindly and encouragingly to myself really helps me!
I prepare myself ahead of time by not expecting perfection right away!
I know that it will take practice before I feel comfortable, even confident with the new action, so giving myself frequent pep-talks really helps me to keep the momentum going!
Even if I fall down and don’t do as well as I want, I have found that I respond so much better when I reassure myself, and boost myself up.
I’ll tell myself that I’ll do better next time!
Interestingly, I discovered I want to make myself proud, so when I encourage myself, I feel inspired to keep going and trying!
Our inner self talk is the key to our success!
Positive self talk is a crucial piece to rewiring our brains, and teaching ourselves new, positive habits!
My positive pep-talk for you
I believe in you!
I know this is possible!
Even the worst habits can gradually be changed, and new positive ones created!
Give yourself time!
Don’t give up on yourself! If you’re going through a tough time right now and you feel you want to give up on yourself, this is the time to infuse gentle words into your spirit!
The worse you may feel, the more you need gentleness right now!
Don’t worry about trying to force yourself into the new actions you want to implement.
Right now just take some time to boost yourself up with gentle and positive words!
As your spirit regains it’s inner strength, you will find the motivation will return!
Sending love and positive vibes to you!
I’m sharing more posts that may be helpful for you:
- 10 Steps to Owning Our Happiness
- Setting “Boundaries with consequences”
- Making a change… “How do I take that first step?”
- Affirmation: Today is a new day! I can do this!
- As we practice being gentle and kind with ourselves, we actually help to speed the process of helping our lives become more positive!
- Always believe that wonderful things can happen!
- A healthy outside starts from the inside!
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