Train your mind to face and see the good in every situation in your life. Do not let small obstacles make you feel so guilty or frustrated that you give up on your attempts to improve. Some problems in life are unavoidable. Look at a conflict as a test to help you grow and learn rather than an end in itself, which is a very common characteristic of us humans. If people train their minds to handle their reactions and emotions, we will live in a much more moderate and kinder society.
The post today will take you through some simple tips to help train your mind to see the good in every situation. It all starts with having the right mindset and making a conscious effort to not be dragged down by our pains and sufferings. Small baby steps will help us generate new habits. We are often told that the best way to make a change is to take the first step, moving ahead in the hope that the momentum will lead us to let go of any fear and resistance.
So, without further ado, let us get into today’s post.
It can be a relief knowing that there is an almost painless way to train yourself to perform difficult tasks, even those that you think are not suitable for your character or your abilities.
This method is called mind-shaping and it can help you compete in a difficult career, venture out on blind dates, or speak to employees more effectively.
The mind-shaping technique takes advantage of cutting-edge neuroscience, which suggests that the best way for the brain to learn is not to receive high doses of information like Just Do It, but with very small incremental instructions each time.
The smaller the command, the more receptive the response you will get even on things you might considered not possible. You may have already heard of the process called guided visualisation, this concept predates the technique of mind-shaping.
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Michael Phelps demonstrated an example of this in his participation at the Olympic games. He mentally rehearsed every day before actually getting into the pool. During one of the competitions, the benefit came when there was water in his swimming glasses, a problem that could have delayed him and cost him the victory. But Phelps was prepared, having imagined this potential trap during his mental imagination exercises. He obtained the gold medal of that competition, bringing the number of his golds at the Beijing Games to a total of eight.
During a mind-shaping exercise or visualisation, you can approach a difficult task by doing a purely mental rehearsal, avoiding the unproductive fear that accompanies the “jump without thinking” strategy. You can train your brain in small increments to develop a new set of skills to get involved in this task.
Small actions form the basis of the most common ‘kaizen change’ programs. It highlighted that no matter how much you prepare or practice small questions and small thoughts; eventually, you will have to move onto the field of action.
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This is true whether you plan to start a new business or have to meetup with a conflicting family member. Your first actions will be so small that you can find them rare and even ridiculous.
It is convenient to have a sense of humor when you are trying to change your life. Small actions take very little time or money and are enjoyable even for those who don’t have a large volume of will built up. Small actions trick the brain into thinking: Ah, this change is so small that it is not a big deal. There is no reason to be nervous.
It is essential to perform these exercises daily; in this way, you can condition your mind to obtain positive results. Like all the best things in life, small steps are easy.
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When the goal is to engage in an activity that you are deeply resistant to (say, exercise) or give up a long-standing habit (you might just go shopping to relax), you may find that one small step is not enough. But that step leads you to take a second and then a third, comfortably, until one day you discover that you have mastered the change
Conclusively, the mind-shaping exercise and Kaizen are not only useful to help us grow professionally, or to lose weight, or improve on our health and wellbeing, but they are great tools to help train the mind to see the good in every situation. The whole idea is not just to cross the finish line. It is a process that never ends. It invites us to see life as an opportunity for continuous improvement, train your mind always to seek higher standards, and expand your possibilities.
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