Spoken, read or heard…WORDS are probably the most powerful Life-Enhancing or Life Depleting forces we encounter.
In our amazing brain, we have a structure called the reticular formation. If you've ever noticed that you seem to get what you focus on you can thank your reticular formation, or more specifically your Reticular Activating System (RAS).
Say you've just bought a black Volkswagen Golf! You can bet your bottom dollar that you'll be noticing black Volkswagen Golfs EVERYWHERE. That's because your RAS has registered that you like Volkswagen Golfs. It acts like a search function automatically looking for what you've been focusing on, in this case, a black Volkswagen Golf.
So on Sunday when we were all saying "This is awful weather" our RAS's registered the word"awful" and started looking for other awful things around us. 😲
When we speak, hear or read positive words our brain releases feel-good endorphins! YAY!!!!
A helpful exercise to incorporate in our daily lives so that we have regular boosts of those good endorphins is to PRACTICE FINDING GOOD things.
For example, if you are frustrated with your boss, co-worker, partner try this
WRITE their name down on a scrap of paper and then write "I like you because…".
Then find one reason to like them.
Your brain will automatically go into search mode and find other reasons to like them. Not only that, your brain will begin to search for other things that you LIKE in your environment or throughout the day.
There are countless ways to get your Reticular Activating System working for your highest good. The trick is to focus on the GOOD as much as possible. It takes practise and persistence but it's 100% worth the effort.