Dweck and talks about “growth mindset”. It’s a simple yet profound idea that we can in fact “grow” our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems and creating a paradigm shift in traditional education methods of evaluation and teaching.
The over-stimulation of the modern world can create a detachment from the present moment, causing you to be sucked into the chaos. Positivity is a choice that can only happen if you create space between the input of stimulation and your reaction to it. Cultivating quiet in your life and your mind can create this space.
Sure you’ve heard this before and I’m sure you will hear you over again, however this time it’s really your chance to make a huge impact in your life. One little goal, one little habit changed, one little thing can impact your whole life. I am sure if we reflect back into some aspects of your life, you will find this statement above true, one thing/event impacted your life, as small as it might have been or as big as it might have been, you were changed.
One proven exercise from positive psychology is the mental scrapbook exercise. The idea is to create a mental scrapbook in your head of times when you were happy, proud, excited, and/or confident – recollections that involve a variety of positive emotional experiences. That way, when you want to access a particular positive feeling to enhance the emotional quality of the present moment, you simply have to pull up that photo in your mental scrapbook to bring about the emotion you want.
Realizing the power of positivity in your life will help you to initiate the creation of changing your day-to-day living to one of positivity! If you think of it like the other things you seem to ‘naturally’ do each day that are good for you; brush your teeth 🙂 get exercise 🙂 eat right 🙂 and so on, you will see the benefits of adding this action step into your routine.
The brain is capable of on-going myelination (the official word for creating new neural pathways). It is possible to create new connections, and subsequent thoughts and experiences. Coaching is one of the ways to consciously create these new pathways, and therefore, literally change our minds.