“Everything has beauty, just not everybody sees it”. Andy Warhol.
October 30, 2015 § 9 Comments
It is a long established personal goal to continue to see the beauty in life, no matter the circumstance. The fact of this being a long term endeavour makes the realisation and attainment of it no easier. The good news is that it’s not illusive or complex. It’s a practice (so can be learnt), and remains one of my success secrets.
Understanding the connection between mindset (negative thoughts / destructive thinking patterns) and how this ‘interface’ interacts by suppressing the immune system via neural pathways, I began to truly comprehend that our words and thoughts have an actual physical power – imbuing near tangibility to the power of thought (meaning our thought becomes reality). This motivated me to make positive personal change.
During the focussed learning of a new skill – a language for instance, the brain’s electrical messengers target neurons located within the relevant region of the brain. The neurons continue to link together and strengthen the more they are used, thus creating long-term connections, memory and neural network (ingrained pattern / habit). What I find particularly interesting is the nature of the external factors which change the actual neurons – plus the way they connect to each other. The aphorism that “neurons that fire together, wire together”/”neurons that fire apart, wire apart,” is an intriguing aspect of neuroscience. I digress. Before you commence, you will need :
- Dedication to bettering yourself each and every day
- Identify any destructive thinking patterns. Recognising and perceiving associated limiting beliefs etc will increase awareness – making it easier to consciously train your mind to focus on the positive aspect of life.
- Re-frame by supplanting negative thoughts with positive thoughts. You will literally be creating new neural pathways.
- Be patient – this will take time, consistency and effort (as does anything worth having).
- Support the new thought process(es) with complementary habits and actions. For example, I express gratitude daily for at least 10 things. It didn’t come naturally and took time. However, with practise, it’s now an unconscious (ingrained) habit which is accessorised by hope.
- Focus on achieving your actual goal – whether that involves reviewing a list of goals, thinking about / visualising how or who you want to be, asking yourself “what can I do to make my life better?”, doing a vision board or using affirmations. Explore different approaches to find what works best for you.
You have to believe that something different can happen and decide to work to this end (to the realisation and actuality of this). Think thoughts of who you can be – rather than who you were or your defining habits. What would a person like the one you’re trying to be – do?
Once you’ve successfully eradicated some of your destructive thinking patterns, you’ll ideally feel empowered to work on any others. Let no one discourage you, nor fear immobilise you. Don’t forget that you create your own reality, happiness and success.