I am continuing on the topic rewiring/renewing the mind.
What is mindset?
According to Web definitions: mindset is an habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations.
In my last post I shared a clip from a christian’s view and his experience of having his mind/brain rewired/renewed. In this post I will share an article from http://www.mind-sets.com/html/mindset/when_your_mindset_was_formed_created.htm
This article informs us how mind-sets are formed and how the mind can be rewired the website above.
WHEN MIND-SETS ARE FORMED
For most of us, our mind-sets were CREATED FOR US, at an early age. Whether though parents, teachers or friends, we readily absorbed what we were told. As we had little or no other point of reference we eagerly accepted new offered knowledge and were not in the best position to critically evaluate what we were told. If reinforced, either verbally or through experience this new knowledge became deeply rooted and embedded within us and began to form our beliefs about how the world operates and our place within it.
Later in life we may have experienced events and circumstances that contradicted what we thought we already knew, even on occasion allowing us to modify slightly a deep rooted belief or mind-set, but mostly we are stuck with what we were told early on and what has been our reference point for much of our lives.
Research across many disciplines including physics, neurology, psychology and education have shown that your mind-set is formed by the combined interaction of habitual thoughts and the corresponding images and emotions they elicit. More importantly it appears that once your thoughts and emotions have become habitual, they form a neural network that keeps the mind-set habitually in place. Keeping you, literally, on automatic.
Your mind-set and its associated neural network will continue developing and become stronger the more you REPEAT and PRACTICE the mind-set. The more habitual your thoughts, the stronger the neural network. The stronger the neural network, the stronger the mind-set regardless of whether your thoughts are positive OR negative.
If you are locked into a negative mind-set about something then you are likely to keep repeating to yourself the negative self-talk surrounding it and to continue to ‘see’ things a certain way. This becomes self-fulfilling until you totally believe it. On the other hand if you have a positive mind-set regarding something then this is usually reinforced also. In effect we see what we want to see. Hear what we want to hear and ultimately BE what we think we should be. Whatever we believe, we tend to prove ourself right – over and over again.
PART 3 COMING SOON