Last week I hosted the first Maximized Mindset Transformation workshop.
There are a few people who weren’t able to make it out, so I was asked to share the notes from our session as well as the homework. If you’d like to join us this week, we are meeting at 55-11 Reenders Drive at 7:00 pm, in Winnipeg.
Here’s what we covered!
- What is Mindset? Mindset is comprised of our assumptions, methods, or behaviours. It’s how we behave in the world and how we view our lives, it’s our perspectives and our perceptions.
- How does Mindset develop? It’s made by our experiences and the words spoken to us. It’s what we’ve learned that works and what doesn’t work for us.
Your Brain: Your physical brain is made up of over 100 Billion neurons. It’s capable of 10 000 trillion operations per second. That’s a lot!
The reason we want to understand our brain is that there is a physical element to how our brain operates and our understanding of it can aid in transforming our thinking.
Our Subconscious Brain is 83% of our brain mass, it controls 98% of perceptions and behaviour and it can process 10 billion actions per second (conscious brain 2-2000 actions per second). It sees best in pictures – meaning that everything someone (or you) say, is transformed into a picture. It doesn’t know a truth from a lie and it works 24/7.
Why is this important?
Because it is possible to choose what you want consciously and program that into your subconscious, this will begin to create new automated behaviours that will seek success.
This is done by programming your Reticular Activating System.
Your Reticular Activating System (RAS) is the filter that allows information we need (or don’t). If we didn’t have it, we would be bombarded with so much information we would be in massive overwhelm. Instead, our brain registers what matters to us based on our goals, needs, interests and desires.
For example: I’m hanging out with my single friends, looking for places to eat. I’m looking for salads and grass-fed beef. She’s looking for potential husbands… This one too: My husband bought a Jeep YJ. Now that it’s important to someone I care about, it’s important to me & I notice Jeeps everywhere. My RAS recognizes what’s important and allows that information in.
So this is why affirmations are important! A very clear message to your RAS is sent. “This is important to you.” Your RAS gets busy noticing ways to achieve your goals. If ideal weight is your goal, you will suddenly see all the gyms and weight loss products you’ve not seen before. The affirmation will kick your creativity into high gear.
Dynamic Tension: Affirmations create dynamic tension.
If what I am saying is at a higher vibration than what I perceive the truth to be, the dynamic tension will be uncomfortable.
For example, if my affirmation is: “I am happily and healthily at my ideal weight.” But I am 20, 30, 40 lbs overweight, the incongruence in your spirit (innate) will be felt, if you aren’t doing anything to get to your goals.
There are only 2 ways to stop the Dynamic Tension: 1. Stop saying the affirmation OR 2. Raise the bar.
How to make an Affirmation:
- Determine what kind of transformation you want. ie: a goal or an intention.
- Determine what quality, attitude, value or characteristic you want to develop or remind yourself of.
If it fits, add an emotion to the mix (or a word that qualifies the statement)
“I am happily living in my own home.”
“I offer gratitude in every step and for every breath.”
Make it positive rather than negative:
“I am healthy and fit” vs “I am no longer fat.”
Some say it takes 21 days of repetition for an affirmation to make it’s mark. Keep up for affirmation for at least a month.
In the beginning, you will have to purpose to say your affirmation often.
Put random reminders on your phone, sticky notes in your books, in your car, on your computer screen. (pay attention to what you are watching and listening to) I put several affirmations as a calendar event randomly every day and made them repeat. I’d get lots of reminders per day, retraining my brain to follow my affirmations.
If you repeat them at every opportunity, the positive will start to outweigh the negative mindset that can take over when we are not monitoring our thoughts.
Here are some sample Affirmations:
I am authentic and present.
I am successful.
When faced with a choice, I take the high road.
I am energetic and strong.
I see the best in everyone.
What is my internal dialogue?
What do I believe about myself?
What are my blind spots?