To a large extent, what we believe and think will project through to how we live our lives. While there may certainly be some elements within our lives that have the potential to hold us back, how we think can have a tremendous impact on our future.
With a positive outlook, an idea has the potential to become a solution. When we discover within ourselves a more positive attitude we are able to break through a problem-focused pattern of thinking.
In reality, negativity is a habit that is learned!
The mind is made up of two components; the conscious and subconscious (or unconscious) mind. The conscious mind controls everything that we are aware of and is often likened to the tip of the iceberg as it is actually only a fraction of the mind. The subconscious is the largest part of the mind and like an iceberg is hidden from view. The subconscious stores all memories, sights, sounds, smells and beliefs. Everything we experience is stored away and programs us in the way we think and respond.
If we were told certain things as young children (or even later in life by authority figures or people we trusted) and if those things were repeated often enough, our subconscious will have accepted that as true. Our subconscious accepts things as truths unless it is told otherwise. Habits once formed become ingrained as they are programmed into the subconscious and will happen automatically once they are triggered.
But here is the awesome news: it is within our power and capability to change our thoughts! The answer lies in 'Neuroplasticity'!
'Neuroplasticity' is defined as “the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life” and as the “ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience.....” (©1996- 2017 MedicineNet, Inc.). 'Neuroplasticity' teaches us that prior knowledge affects how we hear and respond to new information! Neural pathways that we form can be either strengthened or they can be destabilized depending on how often a particular connection is made. For example, our persistent habitual behaviors have strong neural pathway connections, whereas a behavior that we are trying to learn would have a weaker pathway connection.
What this all means for us is that some habits have become SO powerfully ingrained that we carry out the habit even when we know it's not good for us. However, those habits that may not serve us well and require changing are not hard-wired into the brain! They have created pathways in the brain because we have repeated them over and over again. The good news is that if we practice and repeat a new behavior or thought, we can develop new positive habits!
When we now take an honest look at what is, and we then put ourselves in the best possible position to change it, we are in the process of creating new pathway connections - we shift from problem to possibility.