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Take The Positive Thinking Test : Impact On Health

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A renowned psychologist once pointed out, “We don’t have a mind. We are a mind.” On the surface, while this may sound a stupid statement, it has had far-reaching implications on developments in medical science. All our present experiences, including the condition of our physical health is determined by what goes on in the mind. Positive, optimistic thoughts strengthen and heal us, while negative thoughts can wear us down and make us ill. Slowly, but gradually, physicians are beginning to appreciate the role of the mind in the cause and remedy of illness. Our mental health, so to say, is found to be directly linked to our physical health. The way we think, the kind of moral, spiritual and religious factors that exist in our lives play a major role in our health. Basically positive thinking can impact our health.

This awareness is, however, not new. Roughly a century ago, doctors, especially in Europe, had begun to understand the role of mental and emotional circumstances in the treatment of disease. It was found that the causes of one person’s illness were rarely the same as the causes of another person’s illness. So, the doctors had to treat each patient on an individual basis. But, there was one down-side to this approach. Doctors were unable to benefit from past experiences in the treatment of any particular ailment. So, this led to a tendency among them to standardize treatments, and classify ailments. This approach, of course, didn’t take into account the individual circumstances of each patient while treating him or her. So, slowly the role of the mind was sidelined.

In a classic study in the field of cyber-physiology, American psychologist, Dr. George Solomon, discovered that people who are genetically predisposed to arthritis but are emotionally healthy prevent the disease from happening.

Dr. Solomon focussed his attention on a blood factor present in most rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. (The “rheumatoid factor” is the auto-antibody in a person’s blood system which causes the crippling disease.) He faced a rather interesting question: Why do some people remain perfectly healthy despite the presence of this menacing auto-antibody in their blood? The answer, says Dr. Solomon, lie in their psychological profile. Physically healthy relatives of arthritis sufferers who tested positive for the rheumatoid factor were, without exception, emotionally healthy.

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There’s no straight forward answer. The best way to ensure a good health, or to ensure satisfying recovery from a disease is to maintain a positive outlook, something that can be accomplished through self hypnosis.

This, of course, does not mean that you just give up the medical therapy prescribed by your physician. What I am trying to say is that medical therapy alone may not be very fruitful, if the psychological side of a disease is not looked after. In fact, medical therapy and hypnotherapy often work excellently in conjunction with one another.

Also, try to lighten yourself up of the burden of the past. Previous experiences of resentment, anger, jealousy, and bitterness often block the release of healing forces from within.

The human body has an incredible disease fighting mechanism. Pre-historic man didn’t have cardiologists and ICU’s at his disposal to keep himself fit. And, it would be wrong to say that he didn’t face health problems. It was just that his psychological profile was a lot less complicated than ours, which enabled him to exploit his self-healing forces with great efficiency.

Test your Positive Thinking

To test your positive thinking, answer the following questions as honestly as you can, using this scoring system:

5: Always or Almost always

4: Usually

3: Sometimes

2: Rarely

1: Never

Put your score in the block on the right.

1. When something unexpected forces you to change your plans, are you quick to spot a hidden advantage in this new situation? [ ]

2. Do you like most of the people you meet? [ ]

3. When you think about next year, do you tend to think you’ll be better off than you are now? [ ]

4. Do you often stop to admire things of beauty? [ ]

5. When someone finds fault with you or something you’ve done, can you tell the difference between useful criticism and

sour grapes” which is better off ignored? [ ]

6. Do you praise your spouse/best friend/lover more often than you criticise him or her? [ ]

7. Do you believe the human race will survive well into the twenty-first century? [ ]

8. Are you surprised when a friend lets you down? [ ]

9. Do you think you’re happy? [ ]

10. Do you feel comfortable making yourself the target of your own jokes? [ ]

11. Do you believe that, overall, your state of mind has had a positive effect on your physical health? [ ]

12. If you made a list of your 10 favourite people, would you be on it? [ ]

13. When you think back over the past few months, do you tend to remember your little success before your setbacks and

failures? [ ]

Total [ ]

Scoring

If the sum of all the scores is:

above 55: Consider yourself a superstar – someone whose optimism is a powerful healing force.

50 to 55: Excellent. You’re a genuine positive thinker.

45 to 50: Good. You’re a positive thinker, sometimes.

40 to 45: Fair. Your positive side and your negative side are about evenly matched.

Below 40: Do you see any consistent negative patterns? Where could you improve?

If you scored below 50, you may practice the positive thinking affirmations given below.

You think positive. You are positive.

Life flows easily and joyfully for you.

You think of yourself only in the most positive terms.

You have total control over your life.

Your life is what you make it.

You move through life with grace and ease.

You enjoy life.

You live life to the fullest.

Your life is abundant with opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the world.

You succeed in whatever you put your mind to.

It can be done.

You’ll find a way.

You love life and its challenges.

You grow with each challenge that life has to offer.

You have a positive self image.

You use mind reprogramming techniques daily.

These powerful affirmations have been communicated to every level of your body and mind and move you in the direction of positive thinking.

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The Five Childhood Tests of Self Confidence (Very Imp.)

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Our experiences as a child affect our self confidence. We’ve all have had feelings of inferiority or inadequacy at some point in our lives. Why is this the case? I believe the origins of self doubt lie in childhood and adolescence, when we venture away from our parents and begin to associate with our peers. I am always touched by the emotion people feel about early childhood experiences of rejection, even ones that occurred 50 years ago. Those early failures can make an indelible impression on us and negatively impact our self confidence. Hence the key to independent living is coming to terms with our childhood. Since our culture assigns worth to adolescence in unfair ways, we’ve got to recognize that some of our early failures may have been misleading. Some of us begin to dislike aspects of ourselves very early on, as the result of humiliating failures at several tests.

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There are five tests that society commonly uses for judging individuals. They are:

1. The Attractiveness test

2. The Intelligence test

3. The Status test

4. The Popularity test

5. The Production test

The Attractiveness Test

Without question the most highly valued personal attribute (at least nowadays) in our culture is physical attractiveness. Children don’t have to be too old to discover whether they are good looking or not, and it can make an enormous difference in how they view themselves. Some studies show that if you are beautiful as a child, you get more attention and better treatment, not only from children, but also from teachers. This happens as early as nursery schools. As adults, we need to look back at some of our earliest experiences with our bodies. We probably jump to negative conclusions much too soon before we realize how little our looks have to do with who we are. Even now, many of us continue to have a great deal of confusion about our body, and thus about ourselves. For one thing, we don’t have a clear idea as to how our bodies look like. And this problem seems to be getting worse. In 1985, the magazine “Psychology Today” surveyed 30,000 people about their body image. The study was designed by psychologist Thomas Kash. He made some interesting comparisons with a similar study taken 13 years earlier by the same magazine. This is what he found: In 1972, 15% of the men and 25% of the women were dissatisfied with their overall appearance. But in 1985, 34% of the men, and 38% of the women didn’t like their looks. Most of the dissatisfaction seemed to center upon weight. 41% of the men wanted to weigh less, and a startling 55% of the women thought they were over-weight. While 20% of the respondents didn’t like the way their faces looked, fully 50% of the men and 57% of the women were dissatisfied with their mid-torsos. Despite the fact that we are in an age of obsessive shaping up, and trying to look good, we are becoming more and more dissatisfied with ourselves. Perhaps the most important finding by Dr. Kash was this: There is little connection between how attractive people are, and how attractive they feel they are, particularly among women. A woman who seems quite unattractive can be quite content with her body, while another who is highly attractive can be so obsessed with every little flaw in her appearance that she feels ugly. To help overcome this major obstacle to self-confidence, the rule is this: Determine to integrate your body and your spirit. Such integration requires five steps:

1.Keep your flaws in perspective. If we have obvious physical flaws, there are two things, we are ought to do. The first is to figure out whether there is something we can do to fix the problem, and the second is to act on those findings. If exercise would help, then by all means you should exercise. If corrective surgery is reason able, then you might consider having that done. But be cautioned that surgery may not provide the solution you are looking for. Plastic surgeons have been telling us for a long time that when people are obsessed with their noses and get them fixed, it usually does little to enhance their self-images. On the other hand, you might find out that there are no corrective steps possible. For example, if you think you are too short, then there is no exercise (past a certain age, that is) that can make you taller. Once you come to terms with this you can simply put the matter out of your mind, and focus on more important things.

Fill in the following chart, regarding your experiences with the attractiveness test:

Apparent            What can you do             Is this really all that

flaw in                  to overcome it?              important, or have you just

appearance                                                magnified the effect?

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2.Avoid needless comparisons. Part of our difficulty with body image is our tendency to compare. We are constantly comparing ourselves with those being admired or those being criticized. This habit of comparing ourselves with is others exceedingly dangerous, especially if we compare ourselves with the youthful examples of perfection found on the TV screen.

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3.Cultivate your senses. Our bodies are indeed ourselves. And the imperfections with which we are born are inconsequential compared to the good things our bodies can do for us. We have a great deal of control over our body. We can decide, for instance, how well we pay attention to the constant sensations coming into us. And the better we pay attention, the better we are going to feel about our body.

4.Use your body to give love. We feel better about ourselves the more we give ourselves away. And that principle applies to our bodies as much to the rest of us. When you share yourself with somebody through loving contact, they’ll usually respond in kind. While you are affirming the worth of their body and spirit, they are doing the same for you. Much of the information people gather about themselves has to do with the physical contact they receive from others. Young children form a perception of themselves, in part, by the way their bodies are handled by those who care for them. When you were a baby, your mother and father show the way they felt about who you are and the body you own, by the ways they touched you.

5.Keep your body finely tuned. Since physical health is a major contributor to our general happiness, it makes sense to treat our bodies well. Although we cannot say whether physical fitness leads to confidence or vice versa, people with good self images tend to eat better, and exercise more than those with low self confidence. An astonishing number of us almost abuse our bodies with almost a self-destructive bent.

The Intelligence Test

Although this test can be useful to a certain extent, the negative effects of failing at this test can be tremendous. In most countries, the major part of educational funds is spent, either on gifted students – students with high IQ’s, or on students with low IQ’s – who are mentally handicapped but trainable. Between these two extremes are students with mid-range IQ’s, students who are often called “Average.” These children are made fun of by their peers and are often overlooked by their teachers. As a result, they hold an image of themselves as stupid, and this image can last long beyond their school years. The problem

with IQ tests is that they are not completely accurate. They don’t take into account certain factors that may be holding the student back from better performance. The factors which could lead to poor test performance include slow motor co-ordination, a lack of fluency in the language of instruction, and a restrictive family atmosphere.

The Status Test

When you were growing up, if your parents had a bigger house than others, and if you had more money than others, your self esteem was elevated with high self confidence. If your parents were prominent in the community, and all your teachers knew they were important people, you had clout. If on the other hand, you had a parent who was known for some scandal, or if your parents were poor, it was hard to hold your head high. If you have workaholic tendencies, your relationships may suffer because you always put projects above people. Typical workaholics have few friends beyond their spouses. People who are addicted to work, are really not as effective as they like to think. Many studies show that such people do more but accomplish less. They give the appearance of doing a lot of work, but in the long run, they often don’t accomplish as much as the slow but steady worker. High achievers are committed to results whereas the workaholic is simply committed to activity.

Here are 7 guidelines for curing workaholic tendencies:

1.Engage in some honest reappraisal of your work patterns. You might want to ask your family or close friends for their opinion on your work habits. This will have a two fold benefit. First, it will give you a more objective view of yourself. And second, you’ll get some indication as to whether your obsessive behavior is sabotaging your relationships.

2.Examine your ethical and spiritual priorities. Are you working at such a frenzy because the job is actually that important to you, or has it simply become a way of living – a habitual compulsion. By looking beyond your job, you may be able to find some activities that are more satisfying and enriching.

3.Spend some time outdoors. I find that nature has a calming effect on people. Too many urban people go for days without taking note of the whether, the color of the trees, the movement of the stars. I believe, we were all made to be outdoors part of everyday.

4.Become deliberate in the way you control your schedule. For example, if your work till 9 every evening, that’s your choice. But, you may have forgotten why you work that late each day. See if your schedule can be modified so that you can come home at 5 three nights a week.

5.Take time for people who are important. We’re all given the same amount of time in a day, and it’s vital to devote some of this time to the people in our lives.

6.Make time for play. Play with your child, or your dog, time to become like a little child, time to enjoy life as it is.

7. Devote yourself to regular spiritual disciplines. The people who are happy with the way life is going on, invariably turn out to be ones who regularly have a daily appointment with their spirits through regular prayers, meditations, etc.

Conclusion

The above discussion should help you re-evaluate your self-worth in a new light. Try to reflect on the areas in which you were criticized, and try to clear your mind of these hang ups. It is important to make your mind free of all these negative thoughts from the past to improve your self confidence.

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How To Achieve Goals In Life

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A lot of individuals are guilty of attempting to undertake their goals in life utilizing a series of trial and error approaches. They arbitrarily throw their energy out there with all their might on the few steps they acknowledge, believing that this will get them to their destination.

They handle their goals in a hit-or-miss approach, and then hope that everything will turn for the better ultimately. Although it might work in the short-term and on littler goals, it doesn’t work with huge, long-run goals. For instance, you might get away with dropping off 5 lbs of weight by simply eating less and working out more, but to drop off additional weight and sustain that weight loss calls for proper strategy.

A lot of individuals have this misconceived notion of goal accomplishment as they only come into contact with the events of others’ goals. They’re not tangled in all the thought-processes, intricacies and literal planning that went into the accomplishment of those goals.

Have a look at Olympians. They don’t win their medals because they merely blindly train daily. There are a lot of things that happen behind the scenes, like training by the most beneficial coaches, suitable diets, self-help courses to put them in the correct mindset, studying the correct techniques, and so forth. Microsoft didn’t get to where it is today because of luck. It was by conscious strategic and preparation that allowed the company to carve its particular niche in the market.

There are five crucial steps for successful goal accomplishment. These five steps are:

Visualize: First visualize the goal

Implement: Implement the techniques to succeed in the goal

Planning: Create a realistic specific plan based on the techniques

Execution: Take action on the plan and goal

Recap: Evaluate the outcome and future steps

By following these steps, you will discover that you might be able to target your goals in life that seemed difficult  in the past. Goals you never believed doable will begin coming within your reach. I personally utilize this framework to accomplish my long run goals and it’s worked marvels in achieving my goals.

While these five steps appear very easy by themselves, they’re the core of successful goal achievements, particularly for big goals where the ‘What’ and ‘How’ toward accomplishing them becomes subtle. That being stated, this is not a miracle pill which omits the hard work to accomplish goals. At the end of the day, you still need to put in the time and energy for your goals. You’ll begin seeing your goals come to fruition and wonder why you fought so long with them in the first place.

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How To Manifest Abundance In Your Life

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Making things of the mind give birth to something more tangible is one way of encouraging the individual to visualize and start working towards the thing that is being desired. You can manifest abundance in your life.

The manifestation is apparent through the mental and physical realms and is very convincing to the individual convinced or its merits. This can be a very effective tool in training the mind to focus only on what the desired outcome should be in any given scenario and then concentrate on working towards effectively achieving that said preconceived idea.
This can be easily achieved if the individual is able to engage all his or her mind and body faculties to work as one energetically.
Making a choice to success at something is further cemented with the manifestation of that end picture to work towards.
Manifestations can effectively keep the individual centered and completely fixed on the end idea desired, thus ensuring distractions in any form don’t cause the individual to lose this focus.
Manifestations are a conscious choice made by an individual and this tool can be explored to its optimum to ensure the product of the manifestation is achievable.

Beliefs are just the thought process that is being constantly played out in the individual’s mind. Therefore positive manifestations will effectively equal positive beliefs which in turn will produce the desired positive results.

It is easy to float around trying to achieve things without any specific direction in place. Unfortunately this aimless style does not contributed to phenomenal successes in any way which can be measured.

For most people who want to achieve something worthwhile, the goal setting exercise is something they take very seriously, as to them this is the first step towards the success platform of achievements.
Being specific about the goals to be set is definitely something to consider, as vaguely set goals will not yield the desired results and will only lead to confusion and even procrastination.
Specific goals will help the individual focus better on the way and means it is going to take to see these goals accomplished.

Creating a measurable platform where the processes contributing to the goal can be monitored is also another important element to design.
The measurable element will allow the monitoring process to be constant and will help to address any issues that need attention or redesigning. This will keep the goal achievement on track and within the time frame allotted.
Goals set should be attainable and within the realistic realm of the individual. Setting goals without these two considerations can cause adverse effects to the actual exercise or journey towards achieving the said goal.

Losing the initial excitement and momentum will further jeopardize the goal achieving exercise if the goals become more unattainable as reality sinks in.
Therefore it is very important to set smaller and less demanding goals that will help to create the confidence level to encourage the individual to aim for bigger goals at the next juncture.

Goals set also have to be done in a timely fashion. Rushing into goal setting without proper thought or complimenting tools and knowledge is also not advised.

The human mind is a wonderful tool that should never be underestimated for its beneficial qualities when well tapped. Using the imagery method of getting people to commit or embark of something has proven to be effective over time.

Imagery is generally defined as a thought process where the sensory qualities of the mind will allow the individual to visualize something and translate this into probable other senses like hear, taste, smell, touch and feel.

Using imagery to create the hunger in an individual when it comes to business ventures will help a great deal in the ensuring the individual is fully focused on the end goal that was designed at the onset of the business proposal or idea.
Being able to “plant” and image of phenomenal success that can be achieved with a particular endeavor will subconsciously keep the individual pushing towards the eventual reality of the reaching the desired goal.
The mental images formed will help the individual work towards that goal without succumbing towards any outside distractions.

Also by using imagery as a motivating tool the individual is able to actually “see and feel” the eventual outcome that he or she is working towards.
This is very powerful as working towards this type of goal is very exhilarating and energizing. There are very few instances where the imagery tools did not manifest the desired achievement of the goal set.

Integrating techniques that will positively contribute is also encouraged as some of these techniques produce surprisingly good results.

Using mantras is very beneficial for the individual intending to embark on a business venture. For some the chanting of mantras helps them to stay focused and energized.
The almost mechanical repetitions of the mantra will subconsciously allow the individual to almost experience the possible positive outcome even before it has become a reality thereby keeping the individual constantly tuned into the success mode.

The use of positive affirmation or positive pep self talks can not only benefit the individual itself but it can also benefit those around. The affirmation element allows the individual to shift all negative thoughts into the more beneficial positive platform and this in turn will yield better results, performance and attitudes.
Successful individuals have been known to consciously adopt this positive habit whereby they use a lot of positive words to bombard their mind and thought processes.

Positive affirmations are powerful statements that should be adopted as often as possible in any circumstances.

Manifestation is the creation and control of one own experiences. Through the manifestation exercise the individual is able to manipulate elements that are not pleasing and substitute these with more desired elements according to their own perceptions.
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Mirror Talk To maintain Perfect Health

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Talking to the mirror is very good way of self talk. So what should we say during this mirror talk. We should look into our eyes and say affirmations. This should be said aloud. This is not as easy as it seems. You cannot look into your eyes and lie. There will be resistance. If something bad happens and you say to yourself in the mirror that it is okay and you still love yourself, it would seem nonsense and unbelievable. But slowly the resistance is reduced. We become less self critical and believable.

When faced with obstacle we become more self critical. The more you support and compliment yourself during challenges, you will have more enjoyable relationship with yourself. Also keep a journal to write your true feelings during mirror talk. Stand or sit in front of the mirror. Say out aloud “I want to learn to love you”. Take a deep breath. Ten say “I am learning to really love you”. You can even add your name to it. This will break the resistance slowly. You may feel silly, angry or frustrated in the beginning but you have to go on. You have to do this three times every day. You should feel that you are filled with love. Then this love starts overflowing from you and spreading around you.

The best time to do this in the morning when you wake up.

Day 1 : Loving yourself

Mirror talk is the best way to build relationship with self.

Initially do it in front of bathroom mirror and repeat the same whenever you see a mirror or pass a glass window.

You can also use a pocket mirror.

Write a journal noting down your true feelings during the mirror talk.

Look into the eyes and take a deep breath. Say “I want to like you.” Then take another deep breath and say “I am learning to love you.” The process has to be gradual or your mind will not believe you. Repeat with your name.

Notice the feelings. You may feel silly, stupid, angry or frustrated. You may want to cry which is all right. Write it down. Then after 6 hours check how you feel and write it down. Also write down before going to sleep at night.

During the day ask yourself if it has become easier to express those words. Is it becoming easier to believe what you are expressing.

If we keep repeating the words feelings will follow. Imagine your body is filled with love and it is overflowing fro your body. Love itself is a healing energy. Let this energy fill the whole room. Imagine the love going from you and coming back multiplied.

You will soon see a positive change in attitude towards yourself and also others. This change today will reap benefits in the long term.

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Gratitude Motivates Individuals To Make Healthy Food Choices

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Gratitude is now becoming an important aspect of psychology, and especially positive psychology research. Gratitude is not just an action of saying “thank you”, it is a positive emotion. It is a deeper appreciation which generates longer lasting positivity. We affirm to ourselves that all in all, life is good and worth living.

According to study published in Journal of Experimental Social Psychology Gratitude facilitates healthy eating behavior.

Recently research has experimentally investigated the capacity of gratitude to motivate individuals to make healthy food choices. In Study 1, undergraduate students (N = 327) attempting to achieve a healthy eating goal, state gratitude following a writing activity significantly predicted healthier eating behavior after one week. In Study 2, across a 4-week intervention, 9th and 10th grade students from four high schools were randomly assigned to either write weekly gratitude letters or to list their daily activities each week (control). Teens who expressed gratitude reported healthier eating behavior over time, relative to controls, and this effect was partially mediated by reductions in average negative affect across the intervention period.

We already know negative emotions like stress, boredom, sadness can drive us to chocolate, ice cream and junk food. Researchers of the study explain, “The effect of gratitude on healthy eating, though small, is particularly striking when considering that small changes in diet among youth may aggregate across an individual’s lifespan.”

Regular practice of gratitude can bring about positive and cumulative changes to your eating behaviors that will benefit your health for years to come. It will also create a personality that is more positive towards life. It promotes stronger immunity, regulates blood pressure, and better sleep, just to name a few things. Healthier eating is now an addition to the list.

As it turns out gratitude may well be one of the fundamental pillars of a healthy lifestyle.

But gratitude is not just limited to healthy eating. Gratitude is very powerful but we rarely recognize it. It can be used to manifest what you want. Our thoughts are very powerful. We have approximately 60000 to 64000 thoughts everyday. There is constant chatter in our mind. If we reduce these thoughts and focus on one thought only that will become reality. When we meditate regularly we go into a thoughtless state. When we come out of it the first thought that enter our mind becomes a reality.

Everyone knows meditation helps in increasing focus. It is also common knowledge that this focus can be used for manifestation. The objective of meditation is to manifesting something. But what actually do we do?

We set a target to meditate for 15-20 minutes. We find it impossible to focus and we keep trying. This process becomes exhausting.

Let us take another view. Someone really keeps on trying and reaches that thoughtless state. After they come out of it they ask for something. God says “tathastu” or “so be it”. So basically they keep on asking and never get it. This is the same thing that we do when we go to temples. We keep on asking and god says you want to keep on asking. We are constantly thinking about loans, money, salary and month end. But we never thank anyone for what we have.

So what is the right way. Here is how gratitude works. There is no need to meditate for 30 minutes. The thoughtless state can be only for 30 seconds which is enough. When we come out of it be thankful that you have received what you wanted. Be thankful and god will say so be it. You will keep on receiving what you want.

Our thoughts are very powerful. If you can control your thoughts you can control your life.