Optimizing Mindsets

December 16th, 2021

“Change your words, shift your mindset –Belief creates reality.”

Our words are a vehicle for expressing and sharing our experiences with others, but you may not realize the far-reaching impacts of the words you use on a daily basis.

Dr. Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Walden wrote a book “Words can change your Brain”, they write: “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.” Their research highlights how negative and positive words change our biochemistry and affect the brain.

  • The words we attach to our experience become our experience. The first place to start is to become mindful or conscious of what you are feeling, what you are thinking, what you are saying about certain experience that trigger you to feel something you don’t enjoy or a discomfort response to a situation…Become aware of any incident, comment, situation or person that triggers in you some kind of discomfort response…when you feel something you don’t enjoy feeling, or think something you don’t enjoy thinking.” Words have a biochemical effect on the body. Positive words promote brain health and can directly connect us to brain activity in the motor cortex that is responsible for moving us into action. Which means your dominant focus is literally determining the actions you take and the direction of your life.
  • Language creates the meaning we place on things. Our words shape beliefs and our reality. Anxiety, biases, judgements, agreements all live in language. Language shapes the frame of reference for what the brain looks for. We can change how the brain is processing and shift perspective through language. In order to shift perspective we must use words to shift how things are occurring to us.
  • We can use our words to create opportunity and possibility. Our vocabulary should focus on where we want to go and how we want to feel, and not to complain on what we have to deal with, what we fear or are frustrated with.
  • Remember words are containers that carry constructive or destructive power. The language we use creates meaning.
  • Try to be more mindful of what words make up your habitual vocabulary. What pattern of language are you using on a daily basis around the challenges in your life?
  • Use declarative sentences, affirmations, incantations. Declare the outcome you are heading towards. Visualize all that you want in your life. “I am, I choose, I feel”

I AM, I FEEL, I CHOOSE

I AM optimistic, enthusiastic, and hopeful.

I AM strong, tenacious,  and resilient.

I feel strong, tenacious, and resilient.

I choose to be optimistic, enthusiastic and hopeful.

Now your turn! Pick from this word bank below and fill in the blanks. You have a choice each and every single day to choose how you want to feel! Declare how you want feel and create that feeling more in your life.

 

I AM _________________________

I FEEL ________________________

I CHOOSE _____________________

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Meet Neva: Cognitive Enhancement Specialist

Neva believes we all experience setbacks and challenges that we need to overcome in life, whether that’s in the athletic/performance realm or everyday life. And even if nothing is going “wrong”, there are skills that we may need to learn to optimize our well-being.

“I personally believe that every day I wake up, I should strive to be better. What can I do? What can I learn to be better? How can I invest in myself today? What skills can I put in my tool belt? What do I not know about myself that I need to know to be better?”

Neva is excited to bring individuals’ performance from level 5 to 10; she wants to take people to a new level of excellence that they have never experienced before. One of Neva’s many passions with mental performance is assisting patients in overcoming injuries, in a multitude of ways, including but not limited to: injury rehab, conditioning the mental state while enduring injuries, overcoming injuries to produce optimum performance, and coming back from high-stress injury environments with a clear mind.