Our brain will create a story in order to make sense of a situation. Sometimes the story is true and sometimes, it is not so accurate. Ever noticed that? For this reason it is critical to check in with your story, inquire - is this true for me? Can you change your mind about it?
Sometimes our stories that we live in stress us out and this can be really damaging to your mindset and health. Sometimes this stress is warranted and the stories are very real. Even in this scenario, we can attempt to alter how we are perceiving the stress as this is always a choice.
Your brain will believe what you tell yourself. How you perceive what you believe typically goes one of two ways in your body. You body will either respond to protect you, prioritising survival. Or it will decide that it can prioritise growth and repair pathways instead. It cannot do both at the same time.
How you think and feel is a mirror image of what occurs biochemically in your body.
An example of how this works : close your eyes and imagine you are putting half a lemon in your mouth. Now imagine you you chewing the flesh, sucking the sour juices of the lemon, Keep chewing and swallowing that beautiful succulent lemon juice. Do you feel extra saliva in your mouth? Open your eyes, there is no lemon there. But using your thoughts your brain believed there was and a biochemical reaction occurred.
How you think and feel is a mirror image of what signals you will fire in your body.
Your thoughts also are a mirror of how you’ll interpret your reality around you.
When you are wanting to optimise your health, maximise your recovery or to be resilient in times of change, give your body the best environment for it to choose repair and growth pathways.
Inner dialogue is key, what you tell yourself not only creates a signal to your cells. Your actions will mimic what you believe and you will inevitably create more of this around you. We try and make our beliefs true all day and that is how triggers work.
For example : let’s say you lost your keys and you were late to work. Pretend you reacted like this : “of course I lost my keys, not another thing to happen to me today”. That reaction shows that you may believe that nothing really works out for you and losing your keys confirmed your belief for you. That is how we sabotage ourselves. If you believed that things do work out for you and had more of a positive belief, you may have reacted more like this : “oh bugga I lost my keys” and the reaction would have ended there.
It is amazing how much energy we used getting stressed in our reactions. Our reactions are a clue as to what we are deeply believing about ourselves and our circumstances.
Catch yourself when you are being critical to yourself and choose your thoughts. Flip the sentence around immediately and repeat the positive statement :
“I am not good enough” - “I am magnificent"
“I am not safe” - “I have everything that I need”
“I am not heard” - “I am heard and acknowledged”
“I am not worthy” - “I am enough”
“I am not liked” - “I am lovable”
“I am not successful” “I have achieved so much”
It takes 21 time to create a new habit. Have a morning and evening ritual to check in with your mind, thoughts, feelings and body. It is great to have a wristband on during the day to catch yourself in those moments where you are being critical of yourself too.
Train yourself to be more present in the moment, forget about the past and don’t think too much into the future. Right here and right now all there is and all you need to focus on and when you are being conscious and present you are in your most suggestible state as from this place you can choose a new program and who you want to be.
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