Ever heard of the old adage. ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?’ Well, this doesn’t hold true where neuroplasticity is concerned. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to adapt to change. The idea being that the brain is ‘plastic’ at all ages and as such, we can continue to learn and create changes in our brains and nervous systems throughout our lifespans.
In his best-selling book, “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One,” Dr. Joe Dispenza asserts that we can achieve anything once we learn how to rewire our brains and recondition our bodies to make lasting changes. This includes things such as fitness, wellness, financial or any other life goals that we may possess.
Dr. Dispenza believes that stress can often be triggered by a physical object or an event which in turn throws our bodies out of balance. And because our unconscious can’t tell the difference between a memorized emotion of an event — the event can trigger an emotion – which causes us to mentally and physically feel as though it were happening all over again. An example of this might be how we feel when we recall being called ‘fat’ as a child.
As a result, many people are physically and emotionally “stuck” in the negative happenings of the past. Not only does this make our mind an unhappy place to be, it also means we’re continually shaping and rewiring our brain and bodies as a result of these negative emotions.
So how do we rectify this? By replacing negative thoughts that don’t serve us, with ideas or behaviors that uplift us. But keep in mind like most things, this skill takes a lot of persistence and practice. As the saying goes, repetition is the mother of all skill, so we must used focused attention and practice until eventually the new thought, idea or behaviour overrides the old negative one.
In short, if we want to make any life change, harnessing the power of our own minds, believing in ourselves, and relentlessly pursuing our dreams with certainty and conviction, is the only way to create a new personal reality.
Take for instance, wanting to achieve a specific fitness goal, if we don’t make concerted efforts to unlearn negative habits and emotions to eliminate self-destructive behaviours then just simply working out is futile. We will achieve only a modicum of success but will not progress any further.
When we truly have a desire to change, be it our health, weight, career or finances–we can access the power within our own mind to take control of our lives and create new destinies.