Take Hold of Positive Thinking

During tough times we often find ourselves grasping for good news.  Although we can’t completely control what goes on each day, we can still control our thinking and our attitudes.  Rapidly “Shifting” to higher level thinking is a critical tool everyone who wants to live a better life needs to learn.  

It doesn’t matter if you want to increase your financial success, improve a challenging relationship, stop struggling to change a bad habit, or no longer have to deal with issues like procrastination, fear, doubt, negative self-talk, or stress and anxiety.  “Shifting” thought patterns to rewire the brain, and Unlearn some of the useless beliefs that rule your ineffective decisions, is the first essential step to take and tool to MASTER!

As Abraham Lincoln once said, “I’ve come to realize that people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  I believe this wholeheartedly and have come to understand that imagined perception has power to produce its self. 

The first critical step to moving forward in a more positive direction is to think positive.  Just thinking a positive thought often produces a positive outcome. 

Why is positive thinking so critical?

Conclusive evidence proves that believing in a specific thought produces an outcome that is similar to that which is imagined; positive or negative.  Studies even prove that realists, who form views based on facts only, are more depressed.

Thinking that medicine will make you feel better actually may – even if it’s fake, according to research examining the placebo effect. Many people question if Hypnosis is beneficial or is it fake.  Based on my practice and experience with clients I say astonishingly YES!

In one study, they found that a specific region of the brain is activated by an “expectation”.   The expectation being of pain relief, researchers said, shifts the focus from pain to pain relief, thus activating a reduction of activity in the portion of the brain that senses pain.

In a placebo study, volunteers put inside MRI machines had either electric shocks or heat applied to the arm. The pain activated all the expected neural pathways, researchers from the University of Michigan and Princeton University reported.

Then, researchers smeared on a cream they said would block the pain. In fact, it was a regular skin lotion.  When the volunteers were zapped again, they reported significantly less pain – and pain circuits in the brain showed they really felt better. Those were the same brain regions that respond to painkilling medication.

Then researchers spread on cream again, this time telling the volunteers it was a placebo – and they hurt all over again.  The lead researcher, Dr. Tania Singer of University College of London, likened it to a vivid feeling when imminent pain is “imagined” and the heart speeds up before the actual sensation arrives.

The message is clear, “Manage your Mind”.  It’s important that you realistically expect something to work, so you enhance the positive effect. In this same way, Coaching can really help you change limiting beliefs that no longer serve you well.

 Your brain works to affect what you think, learn, remember, feel, and all the actions you will take.  Do you understand that it is your mind that allows you to be happy, maximize your potential, and live physically healthy?  Do you know that it is your mind that affects the mental and physical responses that react to stress, causing chronic heightening of blood pressure and muscle tension, irritability, anxiety and depression—and a lowering of immune effectiveness?

 If you have any doubt that your thoughts affect everything in, and around you, I certainly can provide you with the research that will change your mind and alter your beliefs, profoundly.

 Studies reveal, time and time again that thought energy-intentions, beliefs, faith, all affect our physical body’s molecular structure. 

 I’ve often heard people say, “Stick and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt me.”  Don’t believe that for one second!  Personally I have been affected by the damage words can do mentally and emotionally, to destroy a human being’s sense of self worth, desire to succeed, mislead, create a domino affect of panic, and influence a person’s ability to live according to their full potential.  Additionally, I have seen words empower others to do things beyond their wildest dreams. 

 Words, language both verbal and non-verbal, pictures, music, all have the power to destroy or build your “self” and your future.  They produce “mindsets” that are the guiding principles you live by.  These mindsets paint a portrait in the landscape of your mind which sets the stage that affects every area of your life.  From your minds landscape and the perceptions it forms, everything comes to life or dies from there.  

In my “Breaking Free” Workshop individuals learn about how the hidden persuaders-negative programming, work in the unseen realm of the mind.  Everything we think, believe and do is an expression of our “mindset”.  Whether we are thinking or expressing we are shaping our future and others. 

Today especially, we must learn Mind Management skills, how to think positive, and how to communicate effectively.  People who worry all the time can change that ineffective thinking by listening to “At Peace and Confident” every day until they remember to remember the messages and start feeling more at peace.  By the choices we make, by the attitudes we exhibit, and the ways we communicate are all influencing lives every day in a positive or negative way…our family, our friends, our businesses, our co-workers and clients, and even strangers we’ve never met before and will never meet again.

When I started MindScapes Unlimited, shortly after a 20 year marriage ended and living on a bare bones budget, I remember having to sew up the holes in my socks. At first I whined because I was focusing on my financial situation.  Not being able to just throw them away and buy a new pair as in the past, I felt sad, mad, and helpless.  

 In this period of surviving, I shaved off the balls on my sweaters, polished my shoes, trimmed my own bangs, painted my own nails, cleaned my own house, and washed my own truck.  I made simple but soulful gifts that came from my heart like putting together a gift bag of bath salts, tealites, and a sweet poem telling friends and family to take time for their self.  I bought beautiful water goblets for a dollar, put some chocolates, a candy cane, a lottery ticket, and a statue of some sort inside and tied a bow around the stem with a name tag-all under $5.  

 The important thing to remember is to always look at the brightest side of every situation, adding some color and flavor to spice life up a bit to feel better.  Gratitude is essential to staying happy and positive in times of economic challenges.  

 My philosophy in life has always been to make the most of where you are while on your way to where you what to grow and go!  To do that you must believe that life is good, people are good over-all, and getting better all the time.  You must move beyond what used to be-stuck in lack mindedness, and focus on what you can do and what can be-all fresh possibilities.  Anything less is a waste of thought energy.

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Lori Bestler is a nationally recognized Mind EmPowerment Coach, Award Winning Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer, and Self Help Recording Artist with MindScapes Unlimited.

Lori has helped to transform thousands of men and women’s lives through her Strategic Mind System of Success, Rapid Results Coaching Program and Audios, Retreats, Seminars and Speaking engagements. She specializes in working with high level entrepreneurs and independent business professionals with busy minds as well as empathic and high sensory individuals. Lori helps clients overcome barriers in thought patterns, limiting beliefs and behavior which can lead to issues such as stress, anxiety, negative thinking, and weight problems, lack of focus and follow-through, and procrastination.  Clients experience results in areas such as financial success, improved relationships, confidence, high self-esteem, stress reduction, behavior change, better health, and greater fulfillment in life.  Ms. Bestler runs a private coaching and hypnotherapy practice in Anoka, MN, assisting clients in the Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding Twin Cities Metropolitan Areas, as well as all over the U.S.  www.mindscapesunlimited.com

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