Can We Actually “Rewire” Our Brains?

 Let’s Start Some Positive Self-Talk!

 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Gandhi

In last week’s blog, we discussed the 7 ways that we self-sabotage ourselves – being our worst enemy at times, rather than our best friend.  I also introduced the topic of neuroplasticity – the ability of our brains to form new pathways, changing our futures and our lives. 

Can we actually “rewire” our brains? 

YES we can!  By being mindful of our beliefs, our thoughts, and our words we can change our destiny.  These hold far more power than we can imagine.  As Gandhi says in his quote, these ultimately become our destiny.  

How do you “talk” to yourself?  What are some of your negative beliefs?  It’s amazing, but the majority of us speak to ourselves in a very negative tone fueling the fire of our thoughts and beliefs.  I call this type of self-communication, negative self-talk, which causes us to feel depressed, less motivated, and hopeless for changes to occur.

Some examples of negative self-talk include:

  • I don’t like my body – I dread looking in the mirror. 
  • I’m so fat - no matter how much I try, I never can lose weight
  • Why do I even try?  It’s all hopeless…

Sound familiar?

Well, scientists have found that if you change your self-talk and the reverberating thoughts in your head, you can change your behavior and your LIFE!

Let’s take the above statements and change them to positive affirmations.

  • I love and accept my body.  My body is my palace.
  • I am able to change my body if I choose to.
  • I have the ability to make smart choices regarding nutrition and exercise.  I can be happier!
  • There is HOPE!

What a difference, right?

Share some of your negative self-talk and how you changed these statements to positive affirmations.

We all would love to hear them!  

In health and happiness,

Dr. Diana

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