Our brain believes everything we tell it. The power of our thoughts and feelings have a tremendous impact on our behaviour.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” ― Gandhi
Our subconscious mind receives what we say as factual.
As we live and breathe our brain works continually processing everything it is exposed to. It’s similar to a computer taking in information and storing files. Everything we involve ourselves in affects what we absorb daily.
We are the Product of our Thoughts
Social influence shapes our opinions and everyone around us including various types of media impact our thoughts. Trusting our thoughts fuel their power and impacts our behaviour. This can become problematic especially when the information is incorrect.
How many of us have negative thoughts about ourselves? I do! We all do, and it’s quite common. Oftentimes, we are our own worst enemy using internal conversation a.k.a. negative self-talk that isn’t factual, but enforces self-imposed limitations on us.
The more we tell ourselves this, the stronger the belief becomes. It’s similar to the self-fulfilling prophecy when you consistently predict or expect something, it generally comes true merely because you are certain it will. It’s all about mindset.
If we keep our attitude, thoughts, and beliefs positive, they will shape our thought habits and change our behaviour.
Our Brain is like Plastic
Neuroplasticity otherwise known as brain plasticity is a term that describes our brain’s capacity to change. Our brain is malleable and can modify its synaptic connections to re-write itself.
Dr. Travis Bradberry, explains, “As you discover and practice new emotional intelligence skills, the billions of microscopic neurons lining the road between the rational and emotional centers of your brain branch off small “arms” (much like a tree) to reach out to the other cells. A single cell can grow 15,000 connections with its neighbors. This chain reaction of growth ensures it’s easier to kick a new behavior into action in the future.”
We can Train our Brain
Basically, the idiom “practice makes perfect” describes how we can train our brain. When we repeat an activity on a regular basis we become good at it. If we want to become more emotionally intelligent and learn new habits and/or change our behaviour, we must practice emotionally intelligence skills and strategies.
Over time our new behaviours will be reinforced and the old behaviours will disappear as we reduce our use of them. If you’re interested in enhancing your personal and professional life, learn ways we can work together to strengthen your emotional intelligence and change your life.