Every day we’re reshaping our brains. The field of neuroplasticity is gaining a growing body of information about how our brains change, even throughout our lives. But the question is, how exactly are we changing them?
The more we use different parts of our brains the more efficiently and effectively they function. And the less we use them in certain ways, the less they will help us out when we need them.
In many cases we think we know what we’re doing to enhance our intellectual development. We know the topics we’re studying and the kinds of exercises we’re doing. But there are other ways in which our brains are being wired that relate, not to what we’re doing, but to what we’re thinking.
That voice in your head that chatters constantly has an effect on your overall thought patterns. If you’re always putting yourself down for your failures and chastising yourself every time you make a mistake, your brain learns that’s the default response for you under the majority of circumstances and it very kindly does its job for you by offering negative thoughts as soon as something bad happens. So if anything goes wrong and you don’t mentally bash yourself right away, your mind kicks in and offers you a few negative words in order to follow protocol. But, if, on the other hand, your internal self talk is one of encouragement and progress, your brain will follow suit with that as well. Your default response will be one of positive thought and motion, and that’s what we’re really looking for.
We can change our minds and, as a result, change our brains, one connection at a time.
So if you’re finding things repeatedly showing up in your life that you really don’t want there, take a look at the way that you’re talking to yourself. If you like what you’re hearing, keep it up. If you don’t, then start making a conscious effort to catch yourself before you complete a negative thought, and turn it into a positive one instead.
For more information about this field, try reading the article Self-Directed Neuroplasticity.