Your brain, even though it looks like a big, slimy piece of your anatomy, is actually a mega machine.
With the exception of The Terminator and Johnny 5, machines don’t think for themselves. You have to program and tell them what to do. If you’re a fan of Tony Robbins, he likes to call this aspect of your mind muscle a “servo mechanism.” That means, it will only do what you tell it.
When it comes to your brain, there are very subtle ways of programming that can make or break your success.
Let’s say you want to lose weight. One day you say to yourself, “I don’t want to be fat anymore.” Then you say it every day for a month.
Congratulations; you’ve achieved nothing. You’ve told your brain what you don’t want. But you haven’t told it what you do want.
What if you tried something like, “I want to be thin.”
Well, that’s a step in the right direction. We’ve gone from negative to positive. However, you are instructing your brain to desire something. You haven’t instructed it to work for a desired result, or even condition yourself to believe you are a certain way.
How do you think champion athletes jump or throw or hit or do anything they do as well as they do? They condition themselves to BELIEVE they can do something, even before they can do it. They visualize themselves already able to achieve that feat.
Related back to our diet dilemma, let’s reframe again. Instead of desiring something, let’s already assume we’re in that state.
How about, “I am healthy. I look terrific. I eat well, exercise daily, and love who I am. My body is beautiful, and it will continue to bust my ass to get it looking even more slim and trim.” And so forth?
Corny? Sure…a bit. But what you’re doing is creating alignment in your mind between your current state and your desired state. There’s no need to “cross over” and become something you believe you aren’t…your brain already believes you’re there. You just have to stay on that path, and you’ll eventually reach that desired state or condition.
What if you don’t? Then you course correct and keep trying until you find something that does work for you.
But it all starts in telling your brain what you are…not what you aren’t.