(Daniel DiPiazza is the Founder of Rich20Something and Contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine)
Using insightful examples, the author highlights the psychological ramifications behind how we generally respond when hearing, saying, or thinking the word: “DON’T”
Don’t think of a blue tree.
Did you think of a blue tree?
You thought of the tree didn’t you!
Even though I specifically told you not to think of a blue tree…That’s what you did.
His point: When you repeatedly preface your thought(s) with the word “don’t” psychologically your unconscious mind can actually interpret this in a manner that you quite unintended. For example, when you say to yourself “I don’t want to fail” you’re giving your brain infinite possibilities, but because your brain can’t possibly comprehend all of the possibilities, it focuses on the one thing you have given it: Failing.
So, the moral is…pay attention to how you talk to yourself as your brain is always listening and working to follow instructions. If you continually say: “I don’t want (fill in the blank)”, what you don’t want (whatever you put in that blank) is what tends to manifest in your life.
It might be difficult at first, but practice taking it easy on YOU by paying attention to what you’re saying to yourself. With awareness, you can interrupt any undesirable thoughts and refocus them to the specific things you do want. For example, you can change a thought like “I don’t want to fail” to “I’m going to succeed”.
Your thoughts and chosen words are powerful! Get good at this mental tweaking and you will experience the outcome you truly do desire for your health and life.
By Judith Garner, Certified Health Coach
Helping people stay healthy inside & out!