Want to make a major change this year? With this hack from David Hamilton, it’s as simple as thinking it so…
Did you know that your brain can’t tell the difference between real and imaginary? It’s true. Neuroscience studies show that when the brain of a person making a particular movement is compared with the brain of a person imagining the movement, the neurological changes are almost identical. Similarly, people imagining lifting weights gain almost as much strength improvement as people actually lifting them.
But the same general principle extends into all areas of our lives. The brain can’t tell the difference between how you feel and how you imagine yourself to feel, nor between how your life is and how you imagine it to be, or even between who you are and who you imagine yourself to be. In a sense, your brain offers you a blank canvas to imagine whatever you want – to see yourself in a new way, for example.
Let’s say you wanted to transform something about yourself or some aspect of your life. The secret is just to spend a few moments each day imagining yourself in this new way or in this new set of circumstances. And while you do this, don’t give any thought to the contrary. Don’t remind yourself how things are. Don’t think that it couldn’t possibly happen for you. For those few moments, play pretend, and just give your full, undivided attention to what you imagine, then forget about it. Just get on with your day as normal. And then do the same the next day, and the next, until you don’t need to any more.
A few things begin to happen. Since the brain processes what you imagine as real, natural resources are mobilised to deliver it. You find yourself feeling a little differently at first, and you find yourself knowing the right thing to say and when. You also seem to find yourself in the right places at the right times. This is all because your brain thinks that what you imagine is real and so if it were, these things would be happening. Your brain simply works to create what you imagine as real. So, you really can imagine yourself to be whatever you want to be.
NOW TRY SOMETHING NEW
Perform a ritual to commit to your transformation
1. Take a piece of paper or a journal and write down what you want. Is it to transform yourself in some way? To transform some aspect of your life? Be very clear about it.
2. Write a couple of sentences describing why this is so important to you. This helps you to get clarity and to maintain your focus every day. We can all admit that it’s easy to forget our goals and get caught up in day-to-day living.
3. Write down what you’re going to visualise every day. What will you picture in your mind? Will it be a specific scenario, a conversation or a way of acting in a specific situation?
4. Find somewhere quiet and comfortable where you can spend five minutes alone each day and decide on a time that you will spend visualising. This step tells your subconscious mind that you are serious about this transformation.
5. Now, every day, go to your quiet place, close your eyes and visualise. You can even do it to music if you wish. If so, choose a song whose tone and lyrics resonate with what you are visualising for yourself.
6. Repeat this every time you need a reminder that you’re on the right path.
Dr. David Hamilton is a Scottish author with a PhD in organic chemistry, and tours the UK giving speeches on the mind-body connection. Go to drdavidhamilton.com
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