Henry Ford, the inventor of the automobile, was bang on the money when he said, "He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law."
He was right, because Belief is Everything.
Deep down, I think we all know this to be true - we wouldn’t buy self-help books by the shedload and talk about Positive Mental Attitude and recite affirmations if we didn’t. But here’s the thing:
All the positive thinking in the world isn’t going to improve your life unless you remove your emotional blocks first.
These blocks are created as we perceive what we’re being told or shown by the outside world. The biggest blocks are usually always created during our childhood, the majority between birth and the age of seven. This is because we are the most impressionable at this age - we accept everything we experience as being ‘normal’ for want of having been exposed to anything else. It can happen at any age though, and particularly during our teenage years when we are eager to find out about the world in our own way. These blocks are like a straight download, and we program ourselves to function within the constraints of that particular download, no matter what it is, or whether it’s positive for us or not.
Blocks start out firstly as thoughts - but negative ones. Thoughts that are thought repetitively then become beliefs. Like learning to walk as a baby, repetitive actions are taken by the subconscious mind and then played constantly on a loop, essentially to help us out. To be fair, this subconscious repetition has its place (nobody wants to have to think about how to walk or talk every time they do it), but if it’s constantly telling you that you’re worthless or not good enough or a failure, we will unwittingly project that perception into our external experience, which will then reinforce your belief ... and there’s no let up.
Let’s see how this works in a bit more detail:
- You have a belief that’s negative, and is holding you back.
- That belief shapes the filters of perception in your mind through the reticular activation system. Your brain can only take on between 5 and 9 pieces of information at any second. How does your brain know which ones you want to let through? Via what you believe (the habituated thought).
- You go out into the world. An event takes place.
- Based on what you believe, you perceive the event in a certain way, from a specific point of view, using your pre-set filters.
- Your brain sends neurotransmitters and hormones out to the body via the blood based on your perception of the event.
- Your body responds emotionally to whatever message your brain wants it to receive about the event, based on your perception of it.
- Your body will respond physically to the emotional response; perhaps resulting in an action, perhaps not. (Think fight, flight or freeze as an example.)
- The reaction you have created to the event loops back to the brain via the neurotransmitters and hormones, backing up your perception of the event.
It’s a loop, and it’s subconscious, which means we do it without any giving it any conscious thought. And your perceptions feel like truth, like law, because the loop keeps showing you the same result. It’s always been like that for you; why should it change now?
This is where I come in. My techniques have been developed to work with the subconscious mind and reprogram it, so that you can reset your mental filters to a behaviour or belief that will work for you in life as opposed to against you. EFT, NLP and non-trance hypnosis are all extremely effective at jamming that subconscious playback system and changing the tape. Your subconscious mind makes up for 90% of your mental programming, which is why, even with the best intentions, your attempts to get to the gym on Monday night won't help if you've spent every Monday night for the last two years sitting in front of the TV eating stuff. Gym? 10% of your mind. TV and crisps? 90%. Which do you think is going to win, unless you take steps to change it?
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