Have you ever wondered why its effortless to do certain task like brushing your teeth, texting on phone, chopping vegetables while watching TV and on the other hand tasks like writing with your non-dominant hand or picking up a new skill like swimming or driving or for that matter getting used to your new Smart phone functionalities seem to exhaust you.
Brain has two ways of operating to carry out its function- one is the Default mode or the Autopilot mode and the second is the Direct mode or the Deliberate mode. When we repeat activities the neural network becomes stronger and it become part of our default network. Thats how habits are formed- good or bad. Unless we repeat the activities innumerable times the connection does not become strong enough to form a habit. Hence the popular belief that “stay put” with your the habit formation process at least for 21 days/ 40 days / 90 days..
Well thats a simple concept to understand about habits. Have you ever wondered about our thought patterns. Over the years our brain is conditioned to think in a particular way, mostly negative. The neural pathways are deep rooted on our belief system. The self-limiting beliefs that we carry about ourselves – I am not good enough, I don’t have the required skill to carry out that job or people don’t like me are all built over years. If we really want to change this autopilot mode of thinking which definitely is hindering our well-being and obstructing us from reaching our true potential it will take efforts.
Shift in thinking pattern is not an event, its a process– Learning to drive a car or to swim or for that matter shifting your handwriting from block to cursive or changing your dominant hand from left to right — all these activities involve deliberate effort and its a process and not an event, so don’t expect overnight results. To change our thought framework which has been reinforced over the years to think in a negative pattern by default, also needs a lot of effort. First step is of-course is awareness and realisation about your thought patterns and the second step is taking effort to reverse the pattern .
Meditation, auto-suggestion and visualisation are some of the few well-known techniques that work wonders.
Remember that like forming new habits or changing existing ones take efforts so is changing your thought pattern a laborious process but don’t forget that its mighty rewarding as well.