Can Thinking of Flowers Make You Mentally Stronger?
Recently, I had the pleasure of going on a Mentor Retreat with Cody Sperber and the Clever Investor Mentors. It was a “working” retreat, but we also had some time for fun as well. During the retreat, Cody treated us to an amazing time with Joseph McClendon. Joseph is a peak performance coach who has teamed up with Tony Robbins and is now the head coach and instructor at Robbins’ acclaimed Mastery University.
Joseph had me come to the front of the room so that he could demonstrate the power of thoughts. First he asked me to hold up my right arm to make a muscle, then he told me to resist him trying to pull my arm down. It was fairly easy for him to win at this game taking into consideration that he is super-fit and much larger than me. :)
He then asked me to think of my favorite flower (lilac) and walked me through a process of really getting clear on the color, smell and feeling that I have when I am around lilacs. This process went on for about 2 minutes…
Joseph had me hold the same arm in the previous position, and he tried with all of his might to force my arm down – but he was not able to.
WOW! I just won an ‘arm wrestle match’ with Joseph McClendon all because I thought of lilacs!
What was demonstrated here was not a parlor trick, but instead an awesome testament of how powerful our thoughts are and the overall physiological benefits or ramifications they have on every one of us.
Why You’ve Gotta Change Your Thinking
Every thought releases brain chemicals…
Thinking positive, happy, hopeful, optimistic, joyful thoughts decreases cortisol and produces serotonin, which creates a sense of well-being. This helps your brain function at peak capacity.
Happy thoughts and positive thinking, in general, support brain growth, as well as the generation and reinforcement of new synapses, especially in your prefrontal cortex (PFC), which serves as the integration center of all of your brain-mind functions.
In other words, your PFC not only regulates the signals that your neurons transmit to other brain parts and to your body, but it also allows you to think about and reflect upon what you are physically doing. The PFC is the only part of your brain that can control your emotions and behaviors and help you focus on whatever goals you elect to pursue.
It helps you grow as a human being, change what you wish to change and live life the way you decide!
On the flip side, focusing on negative thoughts effectively zaps the brain of its positive forcefulness, slows it down, and can go as far as dimming your brain's ability to function, even creating depression. Yikes!
How to Increase Positive Thinking
So, what you can do to increase positive emotions?
Well, anything that sparks feelings of joy, contentment and love will do the trick. You probably know what things work well for you. Maybe it's playing the guitar. Maybe it's spending time with a certain person. Maybe it is sitting in a field of lilacs.
Even if you are not feeling happy, “fake it till you make it.” In other words, remind yourself of a time when you were happy… go to that memory and get clear about the sight, sound, smell, taste and feel. In no time you will generate and reinforce new synapses that will support your brain-mind function.
Don’t wait to put off happiness until you achieve some arbitrary goal. Intentionally carve out time every day (even if you have to put it on your daily calendar) to schedule happiness time.
Happiness time is essential to building the skills that allow for success.
Happiness is both the precursor to success and the result of it.
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