Mind Over Matter: 5 Ways to Re-Set Your Brain
This time of year always gets me excited as it’s an opportunity to re-set from sofa seal to super siren. If this was a movie, this would be where the power track starts to play and a slick montage of you doing a host of kick ass activities would ensue.
But how do you sustain your goals in the long term? How do you stay inspired? Keep on track?
Here Are 5 Ways to Re-Set Your Mind:
1. Write it out.
Writing down your goals, penning your thoughts and journaling your process is a valuable way of gaining mental clarity and staying focused. Why? Because writing it down is an expression of commitment.
Be concise. Be practical. Write down your long term goals and then break down into smaller manageable chunks which you can start to work on right away.
2. Visualise your future.
‘Everything that has ever been accomplished has been done by visualisation.’
Dr Venice J Bloodworth
Take time each day to visualise where and who you want to be. Imagine achieving your goals and what that looks like. Pin your goals to your wall. Make a vision board on Pinterest. Imagine your outcomes. When you are bogged down in the daily grind this will help you make decisions that are aligned with your greater calling.
3. Change negative thought patterns.
In her book Switch on Your Brain, Dr Caroline Leaf explains how negative thoughts actually produce unhealthy proteins – causing visible damage to the brain. Since the brain is the control centre of your body, this can affect everything from your mood to your immune system, and in turn affect your progress.
Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s amazing ability to keep changing. If depression, anxiety or fear have held you back in the past, understanding that you have the power to renew your mind through the thoughts you engage with can literally change your life from the inside out.
4. Stop making big decisions when you are tired, hungry, stressed or upset.
Resist decision making when your mind is not functioning at it’s best. Look out for mood swings or dips in energy – as you will be reacting under raw emotion rather than rationality. Learn to self-assess when you need to take a break and refuel. Don’t undo progress with poor decisions.
5. Stay spiritually fed.
Keeping spiritually fed is key to long term achievement and happiness. Why? Because a foundation of faith produces a state of internal peace, greater confidence and outward grace. It’s an opportunity to stop and reflect. Taking time to recharge internally is ass-kicking rule 101. You can’t give out what you don’t have. When you are spiritually fed you will find it easier to produce work that is aligned with your values and purpose. Huzzah!
The way you think and look after your mind will greatly impact your achievements. In fact, neuroscience is providing more concrete evidence that your thought life directly impacts the way proteins are built in brain. This is why, if you are planning of pursuing big goals in the forthcoming year, you need to keep in-check the way you think and look after your mind. Everything you achieve, do or produce will be a product of your mental and psychological activity, it’s just a case of mind over matter.