How to change your reality by changing your thoughts

By Caroline Ferguson | Mindset optimisation series

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Image of a woman imagining with her thoughtsAt a networking do yesterday, I proved to the person sitting next to me that her unconscious mind can’t tell the difference between an experience that’s real and one that’s vividly imagined.

She experienced an autonomic physical response to an entirely imaginary scenario that I described. Just by vividly imagining biting into a lemon, she salivated. Her thoughts had the power to do this.

The fact that you can have an automatic physical, emotional and cognitive response to events that exist only in your imagination or memory is both BAD news and GREAT news.

The BAD news is that vividly imagining difficult scenarios  has the same effects on your mind, body and emotions as actually experiencing those events.

For example, worrying about something that may never happen can trigger anxiety, which results in increased production of stress hormones, elevated heart rate, raised blood pressure, interrupted digestion, etc. That’s why anxiety feels so uncomfortable.

It’s not just true of anxiety…

This is also why just thinking about a situation in which you felt angry, guilty, miserable, jealous, hurt or ashamed can plunge you right back into experiencing those strong feelings all over again.

So how can the power of your thoughts be GREAT news?

Well, by vividly imagining (or remembering) positive, helpful and advantageous scenarios, you can change your THOUGHTS, your MOOD, your OUTLOOK and your BEHAVIOUR.

Have you heard the saying “If you believe you can and you believe you can’t, you’re both right?”

That’s just another way of saying that your thoughts and your imagination create your reality.

If you want to change your outcome for the better, use the immense power of your imagination to create a vivid new reality in your head – and then behave in a way that’s consistent with your vision.

All you have to do is imagine. Now how quick and easy a mindset fix is that?

If you’d like some help with coaxing your imagination to work in more helpful ways, contact me for a chat.

About the Author

Caroline is a Mindset Trainer, writer and speaker who works with high-potential, purpose-driven women. She show them how to beat the mindset blocks that are holding them back, such as limiting beliefs, low self worth and procrastination.