Let’s start with just these two facts:
- A person is in control of their thoughts, emotions, perceptions, reactions… their mind.
- A major shift will happen in a person’s perspective, in their future, in their life, in their world, once they understand how they can hack their own mind.
- What happens internally (e.g., health, mindset, goals, motivation) and externally (e.g., career, life, relationships, success) to a person when they are critical of themselves? When they are constantly tearing themselves down mentally.
- What happens internally (e.g., health, mindset, goals, motivation) and externally (e.g., career, life, relationships, success) to a person when they compare themselves to others? Ever seen the following quote: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Since the time we are born we have been putting information into our brain (like programming a computer) and some of that information may be useful and some may be damaging. Think about it.
During the younger years of a small child’s life, she hears from her parents that she is shy, and then through simple comprehension of that heard term, the child’s mind reaches out to learn what the word “shy” means, and how a “shy” person should act and behave, and then she knows how she is to act, because she was told (programed) she was that way.
Or if a young child continually hears from family, friends and teachers that he will be lucky to ever score a “B” on his school work…just based on those opinions he may truly believe and strive accordingly.
A person’s beliefs and values have a very strong hold on a person’s perspective, actions, emotions and personality. Deep within one’s subconscious mind, that past program is used to see the world a certain way, how to act and behave, how to emotionally react, and what one’s personality should be like. But what happens when someone is shown that they don’t have to follow that past programming – that they have the power within themselves already to hack into that past programming and insist on an update?
Perhaps the following thoughts are rolling around in your mind:
- Update (change) how one thinks and feels?
- Can a person change their personality – become someone different?
- Is it possible to control thoughts and reactions / perceptions?
Want to become a mind hacker? Willing to give it a try? What are you out by giving it a try… a better you?
Below are some basic mind-hacking techniques (Will provide more complicated ones later – let’s build up that brain muscle first):
1. Start with putting a reminder somewhere, on your mobile device, a post-it on your comp, some reminder: To have yourself write down DAILY what you are grateful for.
Now how will that help? It will help by having the mind focus on the good instead of the bad. According to Psychology Today: “Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness–especially expression of it to others–is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy (1)”.
2. Start by truly listening to what you are saying to yourself. Write it down if you like. It will take time to get the hang of this (starting to build brain muscle). But if the words you are using (past programing or not) are unkind or hindering, then replace them.
By changing or breaking even the smallest of the past programming (subconscious habits), you will be increasing your mental strength to product more positive results (momentum). And once you pick up just enough momentum, the habit of creating the best for your life will take over instead of the worst.
Quote from Henry Ford: “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
Or another: Earl Nightingale wrote “The Strangest Secret” in an attempt to teach people the power of the mind, the power of thought. He said, “you become what you think about all day long.”
Or another from William James: “The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
There are so many more hacks a person can do, but these are excellent starters for finding ways to hack into that outdated programming.
Now Fact #2.
- What would happen if someone changes the way they think for the better (internally & externally)?
- What would happen if someone changed the way they see themselves (internally & externally)?
Think about what would happen if someone changed their beliefs — to help themselves, help their family and others, then reflect on how this new programming would run more efficiently and effectively for that person’s future, and how their life would be easier instead of harder, and then what their own contribution, their brilliance could do for the world!
Additional support for the two forementioned facts:
- “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” –Willie Nelson
- “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” –Vincent van Gogh
- “Always be yourself and have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and try to duplicate it.” –Bruce Lee
- “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” –Brené Brown
- “Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” –T. Harv Eker
- “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” –Thomas Jefferson
Just start with one small mind-hack…