The neuroscience of change is based on two factors – our thoughts and emotions. Thoughts are an awareness created by the electrical impulses in our brain, usually stimulated by the sensory input from our external environment or other thoughts, and emotions are the result of the experiences created by our thoughts.
These emotions or feelings are actually caused by chemical injections (neuropeptides) in our brain creating the positive feelings of love, happiness, and peace or the negative feelings of anger, frustration and regret, etc.
Thoughts Create Experiences
Everything we experience begins with a thought. Our thoughts lead to choices, and those choices lead to actions and behaviors, which result in the experiences that we have. The end product of an experience is an emotion and based on how we relate to the experience, we can see it as good or bad. This feeling then causes us to have more thoughts about what we are feeling, which produces similar thoughts that then promote the same feelings. So, if every experience we have begins with a thought, and if we are not happy with the experiences that we are having, then the logical step is to change our thoughts!
This sounds simple, and it is, but it is not always easy to change. We have 60-70,000 thoughts in any given day and 90% of those thoughts are the same thoughts we had the day before. In addition, 95% of our thoughts are unconscious. We are not even aware that we are having them! That leaves us trying to change 95% of our thoughts with only 5% of our conscious mind. This is why change is so difficult.
According to neuroscience, the mind is the brain in action and to master your mind, you have to master your thoughts. What does that mean? It means you have to first be aware of what you are thinking. Follow the logic; If your thoughts lead to the choices you make, and the choices you make lead you to specific actions and behaviors, and those behaviors lead to experiences, and the end product of every experience is an emotion or a feeling, then . . .
Are you ready?
Your thoughts create the reality that you are experiencing!
There is nothing mystical or magical about this, this truth is based in neuroscience. Every experience you have creates a neural network of connections that form a memory of what you have experienced. These “thoughts” are complex relationships in your brain that form your perception of what “reality” is. Your reality is made up of these thoughts, and these thoughts are the basis for what you experience.
Do you want a different life? Then you have to change your thoughts! Your personality is made up of how you think, act and feel and this is how you create the personal reality known as your life. If you want to change your personal reality then you have to change your personality. You cannot change your reality as the same person who created it in the first place. You have to be a different person and change begins with how you are thinking.
Conscious vs. Unconscious
The mind has been likened to an iceberg with 95% of it lying beneath the surface, meaning 95% of what we are thinking is not available to our conscious mind and therefore not available to change or reprogram. So, what do we do? How do we begin?
We begin by becoming conscious, becoming aware of our thoughts, every moment of every day. We can think about the thoughts we are having and make a choice about whether we want to continue having those thoughts or not. A simple gauge for whether a thought is productive or not is to ask yourself the question: Does this thought(s) make me happy? Does it make me unhappy? If it makes you unhappy, then I suggest changing your thought. If it makes you happy, then decide to have more thoughts like that. This process allows you to take conscious control of how your neural networks in your brain are being formed. You are now reprogramming your mind. You are becoming a master of your life! Copyright 2019 © John Longhill – All Rights Reserved