Have you ever found yourself saying a statement such as, “I’m so tired today, my goodness!” and then you find that your body just wants to hit your bed because your eyes start feeling heavy; your head starts feeling light; and you just want to curl up beneath the covers.
What about this one: “Urgh, the day is going to be so long. I can feel it!’ and then time just drags on and on and on, and it feels like it’s never going to end.
Oh, wait, what about this one: “I’m totally going to fail my driving test,” and then you get behind the steering wheel, and sure enough, you flunk the test.
Now, what’s the connection between each of these statements and the results that came about? The connection is this: You tell yourself words and give yourself statements, and these statements end up forming a part of your reality. What’s really happening is that your words are actually direct messages you are sending to your brain, like a supersonic text message from your thoughts to your brain.
So your brain is like:
‘Okay, so she’s tired — cool. Let’s just make her eyelids heavy so she can feel more tired than she says she is.
The day’s gonna be long? Okay, let’s just perceive that time is dragging, so it feels like the day will never end.
She’s gonna fail the test — right. All those warning signs and hazard signs, let’s just ignore those because then she can flunk the test like she says she will.”
You send your brain a direct message every single day. Through the thoughts you have, you are feeding your brain with direct commands of what you’d like it to do. So, this comes down to what it focuses on, what capacity it helps you with in terms of your body, and how you feel about yourself — these come through in the messages you send through your thoughts.
Your brain is like an absolutely obedient child, so whatever you give it, it wants to serve you impeccably. And so, when you give your brain a message, it’ll take it and fulfill it for you because it wants to serve you well.
Let me give you a personal example.
Last week, my family and I were getting ready to go out for dinner, and as I was coming down the stairs in our house, I felt a sharp, sharp pain in my right foot — so sharp! I thought, ‘What in the world could this be?’ It felt like a pin that had been stabbed in my foot. So, I sat down and I looked at my foot and there, lo and behold, was a tiny shard of glass (I’m not sure where it had come from, to be honest) that had stuck into my foot.
I can tell you, it was painful. It was painful as hell. So I pulled out the piece of glass and just marvelled at how much pain this tiny thing had caused my foot. Of course, it went on the bleed, and it was excruciating when I was walking on it because it had gone in quite deep.
So in my head, I thought ‘How are we going to go out?’ because my foot was hurting like… OMG and I couldn’t put my shoe on. Then, I remembered. I tuned into the messages I was sending to myself, and I said to myself, ‘We’re going to go out, so let me send a new message to my mind.’
So I sat down and just focused on my thoughts. And this is what I thought to myself:
‘I’m going to be able to go out. And I’m going to be able to put on my shoes and put on my socks easily and effortlessly, and the pain is going to completely subside.’
I swear to you, it was an immediate effect of the pain subsiding. The pain subsided to the point that I had to check the wound because I almost believed that hadn’t stepped on glass. It had completely, completely disappeared because I had sent my brain a direct message of what I wanted it to focus on. Rather than thinking of how excruciating the pain was, it was more of how easy it was for the pain to disappear now, and it did.
I actually sat there marveling at how quickly it had happened. Being an NLP practitioner, I know it works and I’d done it before. Going from a level 9 in pain to a level 0 completely in literally one to two seconds flat still surprised me. I stood up and I said to my husband, “Man, the brain’s powerful, huh?” and he just looked at me and said, “You tell me this all the time. Why are you acting like you don’t know?”
It still amazed me that I was able to affect such powerful change just from the messages that were conscious and deliberate and intentional for the purpose of what I wanted them to be.
As you’re reading this now, become aware of the messages you send your brain. What is it that you’re feeding it? What direct commands are you giving it that it is to fulfill for you?
I’m sure you’ll agree that it will be so much more useful for you to send your brain messages that will serve you. Send it the ones that are useful and will serve you in the best way — serve you and the people around you, and be of most benefit to you. When you do that, you’ll notice that shifts start to happen. You’ll feel differently. You’ll see things differently. You hear things differently. Your perspective will shift and change as a result of you taking control of the messages that you’re commanding your brain with. And you can completely do this with ease; it requires you simply to slow down and to focus — that’s it.
Be deliberate. When you’re deliberate, you’ll see amazing results.
If anything resonates, you know what to do: Comment below, I’d love to have a conversation with you.