Pause For Thought…

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have, so you need to use it as best you can. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, and if you’ve got the gifts up there you must use them, but people seem to think that they are born with a certain amount of intelligence, or we can’t learn new things after a certain age. This is completely not true! If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything, which is why it’s so important that you are mentally fit when it comes to beating an addiction or a problem, no matter how trivial. Sometimes it’s just the notion of the problem that we build up in our brains that we admit defeat even before we realize the true potential our minds have. Let me show you how you can do it…


Many people turn their nose up at things like looking in the mirror and doing self-talk. It seems a bit too out there, and we don’t think it works. But there is a scientific reason behind doing this, and why it works. Your mind is unable to differentiate between what is real and what is fiction. We know the difference, but our brains do not! There are people like Tony Robbins who do a “priming session” every morning where they repeat a sentence over and over, out loud to themselves, and if you repeat something like “I am unstoppable” you will begin to believe it! Why do you think you fail at something new you didn’t want to try? It’s because you said to yourself “I can’t do this!” It’s the self-fulfilling prophecy. So make it a positive one!

Making a plan of action is always a step in overcoming any problem. If you are trying to give up cigarettes, you need to look at how you are going to do this. Diving head first into something without a plan will only set you up for failure. Do your research, what can you do to help quit? E-cigarettes? If that is a viable option or you know nothing about them, look it up! There are links to articles like top 10 E-cigarette myths debunked and numerous online support groups so you can understand how you best cope with it. It is very easy for someone to tell you how to do something, but if you don’t understand that method, it’s like wandering aimlessly in the dark.

The final basic step in overcoming the problem is to find a sense of calm. The fight or flight response is triggered when we get stressed, which releases cortisol (the stress hormone) into our body, so we need to find our own methods of calming down. Meditation might work, but it’s pointless telling someone to think about nothing when all they can think about is the problem! Instead, if you take control of your autonomic nervous system, by doing deep breathing exercises, you will begin to reinvigorate your mind and body and focus much better on the problem at hand.

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