Mind Power Issue #4

Issue #4 – Monday, March 28th, 2016

I have a special guest for you this week, my good friend John Assaraf. He’s written an exclusive article for Mind Power about how to stop negative thoughts. His 3 step solution really works (you’ll see when you try it).

And, in this week’s “Check It Out”, John has invited everyone involved with Centerpointe to participate in a fascinating and informative online event he calls a “Brain-A-Thon” (it’s free).

He’s gathered together an elite group of scientists (Harvard professor Dr. Srini Pillay, Dr. Daniel Amen, etc) so they can…

…tell you about their discoveries–and how YOU can apply them to your life.

Don’t miss it.

The Power of “Next”
by John Assaraf

From the Pope to Joe Average working the Drive-thru window, everyone has that negative voice in their head. You know, the one that pops up from time to time and pokes at your weak spots:

  • “Hey dummy! You’re not smart enough!”
  • “Fatso, don’t bother trying to lose those pounds.”
  • “Pssst. Here’s a secret: Everyone knows you’re not good enough to succeed”

The voice might sound different–your mother-in-law, the bully from 4th grade, or a mean ex-boss–but the goal is always the same: to knock you down a peg and make you doubt yourself.

How often you hear from your ‘inner critic’ and how it affects you varies from person to person, but what’s important to realize is that:

1. You are normal.
2. There is a simple way to turn down the volume on the negative chatter.

Are You Your Brain?

Of course not! While this may seem like an obvious answer, it’s actually a very important concept to consider when taking on internal doubts.

Your brain is of course the control center of your thoughts, behaviors and emotions. But it’s really just another organ in your body. The brain is made of billions of cells that are connecting with each other non-stop at lightning speed.

Every time you have a positive thought, you reinforce that thought pattern, but—and here is the crux of the matter—every time you have a negative thought, you reinforce that thought pattern even faster. But why?

Consider the caveman. With large predators, poisonous animals and extreme weather, the environment of early man was full of danger. So our Neanderthal brains evolved to be on high alert for threats and process them quickly.

As a result, our modern brains are prone to react to and absorb negative thoughts faster than positive ones.

That’s why it’s important to realize that you ARE NOT your brain. By making that distinction, you can give your brain a command that will make you aware of when you are having a negative thought or emotion, and have control of its effect on you.

You Got “Next”

When those negative voices start to bombard you, sometimes it can be hard to ignore them and stay positive. In fact, they can be downright toxic, setting off a chain reaction that leaves you doubting all areas of your life, work, or relationships.

So how do you take control of these negative thoughts and reframe them? With these 3 steps:

1. Become aware of the negative thought or emotion

Often, these negative voices seem to slip in through your subconscious. By simply taking a minute and consciously acknowledging each time you hear the voice, you are becoming aware of it, which can minimize its negative effect. It also allows you to take the next step.

2. Surrender to the negative thought and release it

Now that you are aware of this negative thought, you can surrender to it. That may sound strange, but it doesn’t mean giving up. In fact, surrendering means you are allowing the negative thought to happen without the emotional attachment.

In other words, you’ll watch the negative thought with awareness but without emotional attachment. When you watch yourself think something that doesn’t benefit you, with awareness, it becomes much more difficult to continue thinking or doing whatever isn’t helping you.

This is essential. When you are able to accept the negative thought and let it flow by without becoming emotionally involved in the thought, then you can use the magic word: Next!

By saying the command “Next” to yourself each time you let the negative thought pass by, you can get your brain to move on to the next thought or emotion.

3. Refocus your thoughts on what you want to achieve, and take action.

As you build awareness of these negative voices and learn to surrender and release them, then you can turn your mind towards what you really want to focus on.

Whether it’s the financial or health goals you have set for yourself, or maybe the professional or personal ambitions that you want to achieve, overcoming the negative thoughts and emotions that have held you back can empower you with the energy and drive to take action accordingly!

Like any exercise, this takes practice. Focus on one step at a time.

First, work on simply building awareness of the negative voice. Each time you do, the emotional power of the voice will fade away little by little. Then you can surrender to it fully and release it.

Finally, you will be able to shift your focus to your goals and how you will achieve them.

The three steps to reframe a negative thought are:

1. Become aware of the negative thought or emotion;
2. Surrender to it, by allowing it to happen, and release it by saying the word “Next!”
3. Refocus your thoughts on what you want to achieve, and take action.

Do this consistently and you will find your control over your thoughts and emotions rapidly increasing, followed closely by an upward spiral in motivation, happiness, and an automatic boost in positive behaviors. Soon, the loudest voice in your head will be the one yelling “Next!”

About the Author:

John is one of the leading behavioral and mindset experts in the world with a unique ability for helping people release the mental and emotional obstacles that prevent them from achieving their very best.

In the last 10 years, he has written 2 New York Times Bestselling books, appeared on Larry King Live 8 times and has been featured in the Blockbuster movies “The Secret” and “Quest For Success” with Sir Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama.

Today he is CEO of NeuroGym, which develops some of the most advanced brain retraining programs in the world to help individuals and corporations maximize their fullest potential.

Check it Out!

The more I learn about the latest brain science discoveries, the more grateful I feel to be alive today.

Exciting, practical, life-changing discoveries are being made every day.

Did you know that your income level, your happiness, how much you can love or be loved, how easily you recover from setbacks–and dozens of other desirable human qualities…

…are ALL generated in your brain?

What’s more: scientists now know…

  1. That you can change your brain (what’s called neuroplasticity), and…
  2. They also know exactly HOW to change it, so you can create the qualities and capabilities you want to have, internally and externally.

This takes personal growth and “human potential” to a whole new level that is…

…much more precise, and much more achievable!

Wouldn’t it be great, then, to spend some time with these scientists and hear them explain what they’ve been working on?

Here’s how you can do just that:

My good friend John Assaraf (this issue’s guest expert) is holding what he calls a “Brain-A-Thon” (it’s free).

He gathers together an elite group of scientists (Harvard professor Dr. Srini Pillay, Dr. Daniel Amen, etc) so they can…

…tell you about their discoveries–and how YOU can apply them to your life.

After listening, you’ll be armed with what you need to know to change your own brain.

Click here to reserve your seat for John’s Brain-A-Thon.

It’s an online event, so you don’t have to go anywhere. So, if you’re at all interested in this sort of thing…

…please go register

What these scientists have to say is fascinating. And, John chose them for their ability to explain what they’ve discovered in a practical and easy-to-understand way.

These Brain-A-Thons are always amazing. Please attend this one!

Click here to reserve your seat for John’s Brain-A-Thon.

Sixty-Second Secret

To go along with today’s theme, I want to share 2 more simple exercises to help you manage negative thoughts. These exercises strengthen the ability of your prefrontal cortex to offset your limbic system (an out of control limbic system is often responsible for negativity).

These exercises are adapted from the excellent book Reclaim Your Brain by Joseph A. Annibali, M.D., chief psychiatrist for the world-renowned Amen Clinics.

Your Prefrontal Cortex is literally strengthened by these exercises (so do them!).

1. Be Grateful

Any time you find yourself overwhelmed by negative thoughts, take a couple minutes to write down 3 things you are grateful for.

Studies show that the act of writing down things you are grateful for changes the brain and improves mood–putting your prefrontal cortex back in control.

2. Distract Yourself

It’s difficult to think negative thoughts when you are focused on something you enjoy. Distract yourself with a productive and positive activity like reading a good book, playing a game, or having a conversation with someone you like.

These positive distractions loosen the grip your limbic system has on your thoughts and mood, shifting control to your prefrontal cortex.

And, as I said, these exercises will strengthen your prefrontal cortex, making it easier to exercise control over your limbic system when it is over-active.

(By the way, I highly recommend Dr. Annibali’s book. If you want a copy, click here.)

Wise Words

“You become what you think about the most.”

~ John Assaraf

This Really Happened…

“Bill my dear friend,

You are great, your book is amazing, your Awakening Prologue program is magical. I have struggled in the past with depression and anxiety. I always react emotionally and find it hard to let go.

This is my second week of listening to the dive recording and the truth is that i felt calm and detached after the first listening. My current state is this, i feel more aware of my feelings, it feels like my negative thought patterns are fading away.

I am so calm that people have even commented. I need less sleep. My mind is getting more and more still. At work i am getting more efficient. I feel powerful, connected to people but still detached. This is really working for me. Thank you so much to you and your team.”

~ Sukhi

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