Besides working to maintain ever expanding brain plasticity as we age, I believe it is essential that we keep turning our negative thought patterns into positive ones.
The potential to do ANYTHING you set your mind to, is already present within your own mind right now, but unfortunately so are all those nasty little irritating limiting thoughts and doubts. They are always happy to share with you the many perfectly good reasons why you do not deserve or cannot have whatever it is you want.
If you are anything like me, you constantly struggle to reconcile what you feel like you are supposed to do, with what you want to do. Or perhaps you don’t even know what you want to do or be, because you’re so busy doing what everyone else around you wants or needs you to do.
Why do we keep re-creating the same realities for ourselves? Why do we repeat the same mistakes in our relationships with others? It is because all too often we believe everything we think.
The first step in changing this internal limiting mental pattern is to understand exactly how your brain works. New discoveries in the brain sciences suggest that you can take control of your mind instead of letting it control you.
It is estimated that the human brain has about 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses. Each one of our neurons may be connected to hundreds of other brain cells by as many as 10,000 synapses. The average person thinks between 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, most of which we are not even conscious of.
Every thought we think is used by the same network of brain cells and synapses—every single time. Every thought attracts thoughts of a similar nature because neural electrical branches are capable of growing secondary branches leading to similar thoughts.
So our brains have a tendency to hold on to those thoughts we think most often. What happens in our brains determines what happens in our lives. That’s why we need to stop believing everything we think.
Subconscious thoughts come to us effortlessly because the synapses that give life to them are wider and information can pass through them more easily. They usually represent the sights and sounds from our past which we have mentally revisited the most often or have affected us on the deepest emotional level—whether positive or negative.
One of the worst difficulties anyone can cope with is to be haunted by negative thoughts that constantly repeat themselves in our mind seemingly without our conscious control. Negative thoughts serve no beneficial use to us whatsoever and can even drive us insane.
If you let them, they will take away all of your confidence, all of your happiness, and even your desire to better yourself. The negative unconscious thoughts from our childhoods are particularly brutal because they are the most deeply-ingrained and we have the tendency to believe their messages and then let them define who we are in every life situation.
Fortunately, one of the greatest discoveries ever made about the human mind is the fact that we can choose which thoughts to develop and which to eliminate.
I’ll teach you how next time.