Suzy Chase-Motzkin


About Changing Negative to Positive

Studies on consciousness go back as far as written history. Prophets, physicists, psychologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists, and neuroscientists – to name a few – have tried to understand the human psyche and the processes of the brain and its affect on the body, as well as one’s environment. Present technology enables us to map the brain and its electromagnetic emissions to determine how thought processes affect outcomes in our physical being. More difficult to quantify, is how thoughts affect what experiences come into our lives, or how others are influenced by our thoughts. Research shows, however, that one’s thoughts can indeed influence other living things. People who have an unshakable sense or conviction that they have the goods to be successful, will often be at the top of their field; whether in sports, arts, or business. I grew up fairly free of worry with parents who reassured me. Their outlook on life was practical and they met challenges head on. When I faced conflict/contrast, they suggested I ask myself if I could change the situation. Would action actually make a difference for the better? Act on what you can do and avoid fretting about things that have already happened. Learn from the situation and move on, all the wiser. Change what you can and let go of the things that are unchangeable. My father placed significant emphasis on thinking critically. He would exercise our brains at the dinner table by having us figure out the answers to our own questions. Through our conversations, we were able to talk through various scenarios and rationally discern which tactics were best to follow. Instead of thinking we had problems, we considered the situation to be a challenge for which we could find a solution. Even with all those thinking strategies, an important element was missing. My sister-in-law, Lisa, taught me it. She demonstrated exactly how powerful self-talk/thinking was in accomplishing one’s goals. One evening, she showed us an activity that would change how we raised our children and it turned out to be incredibly effective in coaching athletes and instructors. This activity convinced me, and all whom I have shown it to, the remarkable results of switching words around to elicit a positive response or outcome. The results are undeniable, as Perry and his friends learn in this story. People develop habits of thinking, which can be either useful or harmful. By practicing more positive self-talk, our health can be improved and we will often accomplish our goals because of it. When teaching or instructing others, framing those instructions positively will elicit far better outcomes. Children constantly observe and model what they see. Family members who speak about themselves negatively as a habit, will likely negatively affect the youngsters around them. By practicing positive self-talk and thinking, we can give our children the tools to move through life successfully. Families that use positive language and practice positive thinking as a habit will be more content. Thought and intention is measurable through magnetic imaging and other tests, like an electroencephalogram (EEG). When a person focuses on an area of the body, electromagnetic pulses are shown to increase in that area. This provides evidence of how thought directs the body. Therefore, focused thought can make a significant impact regarding health and well-being. Also, brain plasticity research indicates that even people who are aged, can redirect neural pathways. It is behavior modification and self-talk that turns the switch. So, it would seem we can always continue to create a better, happier, or healthier self.


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