• Penn Vieau

Your Default Mode

You carry around a three-pound mass of wrinkly material in your head that controls every single thing you do. From enabling you to think, learn, create, lead, motivate not to mention controlling every blink, breath and heartbeat. You guessed it. I am talking about your brain. It is a structure so amazing that a famous scientist once called it "the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe.”

As I have spoken about before, your brain in naturally hard wired to focus on the negative inputs and basically dismiss the positive inputs. It is a great survival mechanism if you lived in the wilderness thousands of years ago; however, in modern day, it really gets in your way.

Have you ever had the experience where your brain takes over your thoughts, attacks your self-worth, questions your ambitions, empowers you with cravings, or attempts to dictate your actions? Of course you have, because we are humans. Think about this. Why is it that some people seem to be able to change a habit quickly or bounce back from difficulties, whereas others remain stuck and overwhelmed by one problem after the next? A large part of the answer clearly lies in our daily thoughts and our actions and/or reactions to situations and opportunities we encounter.

The best way to stop a habit that is not working in your favor, is to replace it with another one.  If you notice that your default mode tends to be negative, immediately start to focus on one thing your are grateful for in your life. Keep substituting any negative thoughts with a positive thought or action. This may not be super easy at first; however, it is the most important step in changing your mindset. This is where the change in brain chemistry occurs because you are creating new patterns. With time and some effort, the result is a consistent, positive mindset. Your brain my want to focus on the negative, but it also empowers your mind to focus on the positive and create healthy habits if you choose to do so.

Need help overcoming your unhelpful default settings? Reach out to me. Let’s do it together!

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Penn Vieau  |  Leadership Expert - Speaker - Life Changing Coach  |  Madison, WI  |  |