Change Habits Using the Power of the Mind

October 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Upbeat Ideas

You have approximaely 30 billion neurons, the nerve cells that conduct information throughout your brain and down into your body.

It has  been estimated that your brain has  100,000 miles of neural fibers  created as your neurons  communicate with each other.

How Power of Mind Works. Everything making up your power of mind is stored on such physical neural-pathways. Each time you think a thought, it is communicated among your neurons via tiny electro-chemical messages.

The first time you learn something new, a new neural pathway is created. The next time you have that experience, your brain will follow the same pathway. This is how a thought or action becomes a habit.

Then each time you act out that habit, the more physically durable the neural pathway holding it will become.  That is why it is so hard to break a habit. Your habit is wired into your brain as actual physical connections.

Using Mind Power to Change Habits.

If you have  habits you would like to change, start by recognizing the fact that you cannot just  rationalize them away. You will have to create neural pathways that are stronger that the one you wish to change. Two things create strong neural pathways: Repetition, and intense emotion.

You can use your mind power to change a habit by: (1)  Allowing yourself to feel some intense emotion about the habit you want to change, (2) choosing a new positive behavior or thought pattern, (3) associating your new pattern with even stronger positive emotion, (4) rewarding yourself with praise each time you replace the old pattern with the new one, and (5)  repeating this as often as possible.

By doing this you are  creating physical changes in your brain – rewiring the neural pathways that will change that habit.


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Posted by Dr. Jill Ammon-Wexler
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