This morning after my boot camp workout at Strength and Endurance, I was having a conversation with fellow boot camper Ross Judice. Ross has an MD in psychiatry and is currently exploring how our brains can be re-wired. This was a very interesting discussion to me because, it is something I have been exploring, not only in my professional life and seeing with my online coaching group “Food Focus” but also in my personal life.
I have found an amazing connection that happens when we “re-wire” our brains and feeding our mind with POSITVIE energy. AMAZING things start and to happen! However, one thing I have also observed is that this “re-wiring” process does not happen overnight. We may want it to, but this “re-wiring” process takes time. (This is why my online coaching programs have been so successful for the participants who are READY to make and see LONG term changes. Each week we set goals and feed the mind with positive energy and watch change happen.)
However, you cannot just say “I will re-wire my brain and be healthier, happier, and more successful.” Oh, no. If it was that easy we would be living in one healthy, happy, and successful world. To successfully re-wire your brain, I believe there are 3 things you need to actively DO on a daily basis.
1. Get in touch with your spiritual side. No matter your style of worship, I firmly believe that taking 5 – 15 minutes a day out of your busy schedule for prayer and meditation is the first step in re-wiring your brain. Why is this? When you pray or mediate you are CALMING the chatter in your mind and LISTENING to your calling. Any negative energy, thoughts, or emotions are (in my belief) your body’s internal response that something is not right. I believe that when you feel peace around you and the goals you set you are taking your first step in the re-wiring process. During this time of prayer and mediation, you should also take a moment and acknowledge all you are grateful for. This again is another step in the “re-wiring” of your brain.
2. Participate in daily physical activity. When you decrease the stress around you, your mind is CLEARER and can FOCUS on the goals you wish to accomplish. Participating in physical activity can also give you many “ah – ha” moments. You know that feeling you have after a really tough workout and you look back and say “WOW, I DID IT!” That right there is the process of “re-wiring” your brain and creating POSITIVE energy. During your workouts, aim to SURPRISE yourself. Do things you thought were never possible. See yourself succeed and change. Even if you only accomplish a fraction of what the person next to did – you have done MORE than you ever thought possible. Each day push yourself and challenge yourself a little more, at the end of the workout feed your mind with positive energy. Do this and you are on your way to re-wiring your brain to be a healthier, happier, and more successful you.
3. Feed your body with good, clean, wholesome food. Eating whole foods and limiting the processed foods in your diet helps to create, again, a CLEARER and more FOCUSED mind. Feeding your body whole foods and staying hydrated makes you feel better on the inside. When you feel better on the inside, your confidence goes up, you have more energy, you practice more POSITIVE self talk, and you “re-wire” your brain into a healthier, happier, and more successful you.
So yes, I believe in 2011 – forget the New Year’s resolutions of “giving up” anything – and instead focus on “re-wiring” your brain to be a healthier, happier, and more successful you. My online coaching program with the theme “Let’s Do It!” will begin on Monday, January 24th. Each week we will be working on the three things listed above to help you “re-wire” your brain creating the best you yet! Stay tuned, more details to come and you can read more at http://foodtherapyonline.com/services/food-focus-on-line-coaching-program/