Be Careful What You Wish for
You’ve probably heard that phrase earlier. But did you know that there is actual science behind that advice?
Researchers in the field of neuroscience now know that the brain is a goal seeking organism. Whenever idea, image, or outcome you think about, talk about, and feel strongly about, you will bring about.
Of course, far from being a dark and gloomy prospect, this powerful scientific phenomenon actually has the ability to improve every area of your life — in ways you can’t even imagine today.
There is even a tool you can use to focus your thoughts and accelerate the process of achieving your goals. It’s called an affirmation: a statement that describes a goal as if, it’s already been achieved.
What does an affirmation look like? They are statements that stretch your mind with new thoughts and lavish images–and actually work with the brain’s own process to bring about change in your life.
When you bombard your brain with colorful pictures, exciting details, and joyful emotions of what will be, a phenomenon called cognitive dissonance occurs in your mind.
Cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort — the uncomfortable feelings — you get when you hold two conflicting beliefs or ideas:
- your life as you are living it today and
- your life as you would like it to be in the future.
When you continue continue the limiting behaviors that got you where you are today or believe strongly that somehow you are not capable of getting what you want — then you suddenly begin using daily affirmations to visualize a better life — you create a form of mental tension that your brain will do everything in its power to resolve by actually creating the better, more desirable lifestyle for you!
Compare this process to how your brain reacts when you are hungry. It sends signals to your body to eat. In other words, it causes you to take necessary steps to resolve your hunger. In the same way, when you begin using affirmations to visualize your exciting new future with compelling pictures and emotions, your brain will likewise cause you to take those steps necessary to bring about that exciting new future.