Its a neurological fact that our brains can’t distinguish between an event from the past that we are thinking about or an event that is actually happening now.
Whether it is in our imagination, or actually happening, it has same impact on our brain, and our body.
So, when we constantly recall all the tragedies of our past, it’s as if we’re reliving them NOW. When we visualize the future we experience the same neural firing.
Hebb’s Law states, ‘Neurons that fire together, Wire Together’. Following Hebb’s Law, those memories and future visualizations will continue to fire and wire together, keeping those experiences fresh in our consciousness and ready for recall.
It does make me pause and ask “Am I feeding disappointment or tragedies from the past?” “Am I feeding anxiety for the unknown future?” Or “Am I creating and reinforcing the neural pathways that will support me in how I want to be?
Visualizing the end result isn’t enough. Instead, imagine taking each step that will take to get there.
If you are about to run a race. Don’t think about yourself on the podium or crossing the finish line. (That’s just wishful thinking.) Instead go over in your mind every detail on how you can get there.
If you are about to have an interview for a new job, go through each step in your mind of the interview process. Anticipate every detail and how you will think and act. That is what grooves the neural pathways for the experience that will lead to success.
The neurons in our brain are constantly changing, dependent on what we are thinking, feeling or behaving. At any moment we have the opportunity to change them. Just like a skilled musician, we all have the ability to become skilled Neural Workers and Networkers! The more active the neurons in a certain part of the brain, the more they will recruit and use more neurons, which in turn increases the neural network.
Have I opened up your thinking? I hope so.
Bring awareness to your thinking and change the outcome you want.