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Train Yourself to Override Negative Thoughts with One Brain Exercise

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Train Yourself to Override Negative Thoughts with One Brain Exercise

There is a section of psychology that focuses on rewards. Most of us are familiar with the process that a psychologist used to train dogs. Pavlov used a treat to reward a dog for accomplishing a task. In the process of giving the dog the treat, he would add some audible command. Eventually the dog would mentally transfer the reward with the command. The end result is the dog responded to the command without the reward. The poor dog would get to the point of drooling at the command yet never get the treat.
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We do the same thing. We quickly mentally associate something with some physical event. As an example, when you throw up after eating some food, next time you see that food, you mentally revert back to the bad experience and refuse the food. It may have been your favorite and the event had nothing to do with the food but you turn it down.
Here’s the big deal. You can choose to eat the food anyway and continue to enjoy that tasty morsel. After a while, your brain will stop reminding you of the bad deal. You can choose to overwrite a distasteful event with something pleasurable. Or you can yield to what your brain is telling you and miss out on the benefits and mentally reinforce that wrong association.

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You can use this deal to your benefit. Think of one of the most positive experiences you had. For me it is skydiving. Now, associate that with something important to you, some value you want to remember. Work hard to mentally associate these two things together. Next, take this association and connect it to some small physical action. An easy one is to pinch the skin between your thumb and index finger. Mentally keep working these three associations together. Some call this process setting an anchor or cue.
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After you have set this cue, think of something all together different; say the last two numbers of your phone number.  Now, quickly do the cue. See if the mental image doesn’t come back and override the distraction. This is a great process.
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Why bother? Well, next time you get into a stressful situation, use the cue to override the stress to get back to where you mentally want to be. Check it out! I would look forward to hearing your cue and how you use it. I would enjoy working with you to use cueing and other mental exercises to help you accelerate you being all you have been created to be.

 

 

 

 

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Where’s Your Secret Haven?

Counteracting Stress

Finding that peaceful place

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It seems there is one thing that all of us experience in life.  Stress.  Ahhhhhhhh!  It shows up on a regular basis. It may be doing things we don’t like to do or feel inadequate for.  We may be concerned about the impact on people we care about or what our peers will think of us or we may be in a jam over past decisions we have made or…….. And we get stressed out.  When we get in those circumstances, we often feel all alone and that it surely has never happened to anyone else.  Stress can cause our body to do unusual things.  Our heart may race, we can feel sick to our stomach, some people sweat profusely, and others may shake uncontrollably or feel like they are going to collapse and some do.  Stress is a part of life.  So how can we deal with it?  Let’s go back to when you were a little kid.  Do you remember having a security blanket or stuffed animal?  Yea, right.  I’m going to walk around with my blanky and suck my thumb.  Well, not quite.  Mental experts recommend that we develop a mental image of a calm, quiet place and when stressed out, mentally go there for a few moments.  This activity can give our brain the opportunity to get back into the thinking mode rather than the reaction mode.

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One skill for high-level stress positions is to develop a patent process, practice it and then use it when the situation comes up.  So, think of a quiet place that you have experienced or seen and develop a strong mental picture of it.  Because there is some emotion tied to it, you have and will remember it. Next, take a minute to write a description of it in your journal.  Be descriptive.  Next time you get into a stressful situation, use your mind to cause the rest of you to take a few moments to relive that vivid description of your quiet place.  Recapture that calm before you get back into the fray.  Let me know what your experience is and how the calm took you through the storm.

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The opinions voiced in this material are for general information and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

Securities and Advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor.  Member FINRA/SIPC

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