Do you remember the old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? Research on the brain has proven that statement is false. The brain can be rewired or reprogrammed more easily than you may think.
Most people understand the concept of being ‘traumatized’ by a specific experience. In fact many of my clients suffer from the result of an uncomfortable experiences from the past. They become focused on the event and replay it in their mind renewing the experience over and over in their mind. The more it replays the bigger and scarier it gets. If your brain is so easily programmed, you should realize it can be reprogrammed!
Teaching my clients how to use their own mind to accomplish their goals is one of my greatest joys! A belief is just a thought they repeat over and over again. It’s not necessarily true.
If you are willing to let go of your old outdated fears and beliefs you can enjoy your life! Fears, phobias and negative thoughts are debilitating and very unnecessary.
A common theme with many of my clients is a desire for more confidence and better self esteem. They often focus on their mistakes whether in a bad relationship choice or mistakes made in life that they continue to beat themselves up about. Often there is someone in their life who likes to remind them of past mistakes or failures. You can retrain your brain by changing your self talk and repeatedly focus on the change you want to achieve. Although there may be a million things you did right the mind often only focuses on the negative stuff. That can be changed and hypnosis makes it easier. Remember, beliefs you have about yourself aren’t necessarily true! Even if they were true, learning from mistakes and changing your perspective about those lessons can completely change those old beliefs. Confidence and healthy self esteem, in my opinion, is the key to happiness.
Another example of retraining your brain relates to weight loss. People tell me they love chocolate or pizza or ice cream. Imagine how difficult it is to give up something you love. Begin by telling yourself you used to love it but now you just don’t. I know, it sounds simple and it is! It’s easier to give up something that is making you fat if you like it but don’t love it anymore. Think about the number of things you have given up and don’t think about anymore. Repetition is the secret to success. You must be willing to change your relationship with those things that create unwanted fat. Training your brain requires a real willingness to give up your old story and replace it with a new one.
There are red flags to be aware of in your mind. When you hear yourself say, ‘I can’t ….” Stop and change the statement to, “ I just haven’t done it yet, but now I’m ready.” So much of our negative destructive self talk is habitual and being aware of it is the first step to reprogramming your mind.
Learning to train your brain is like learning self hypnosis. Your new programming becomes a new habit with repetition. You must be repetitive! The things in your mind you have repeated millions of times so don’t give up when change is not immediate. Most people are already doing self hypnosis, just the negative kind!