The Science Behind Achieving Your GoalsThe brain is an amazing muscle. From birth, our brains develop neurons based on our interactions with our environment. (This is called neuroalgorithim). This means that as you age, you develop the ability to remember the past, but you are also developing the ability to imagine the future. Research has shown that there are remarkable similarities in brain activity whether you’re remembering an event that actually happened or imagining an event. The exact same areas of the brain are activated during these two tasks.
This is what makes us humans: we are concerned about tomorrow because we remember yesterday, and this allows us to create a plan for a better future.
A stress-free future is something that most of us imagine. The “future” can be as simple as a promotion at work, saving up enough money for retirement, or even a huge transition such as retiring early and moving to a new country.Whatever your vision of the future looks like, your brain has the power to provide it.
Use Your ImaginationGetting out of your comfort zone and imagining something new for yourself is key to achieving your goals. If you find yourself not accomplishing what you set out to do, remember that your brain gets stuck in the rut with you and is no longer growing and changing and creating new neural pathways. Similar to how we lose trust in others when they don’t keep their word, we lost trust in ourselves when we repeatedly don’t keep our own word. Not all is lost, though; you can train your brain to accomplish your goals.
Keeping our brain active by creating new pathways is called neuroplasticity, and it’s a key aspect in achieving our goals. This is what keeps us creative, resilient, upbeat and engaged in life, which sparks our imagination and helps us visualize our accomplishments.
More Focus = More Energy
Setting goals is important, but you will be unable to achieve them if you don’t know the steps to get there. The more you imagine your goals as being achieved, the better you will be able to focus on them. You can visualize your future and work to manifest and realize the goals you set. Think of it as getting something from your room: if you can see the object you’re going for before the lights are turned off, you are better able to find it in the dark. If you walk into the dark without any light prior, you’ll stumble much more along the way. This is the power of focusing on your goals and visualizing yourself achieving them.
Focusing on your goals allows you to accomplish smaller tasks related to the goal which gives you more energy to continue to work at it. Focus are energy are important characteristics in achieving your goals.
Use Your Brain to Achieve Your Goals
Negative thoughts lead to negative outcomes. For instance, do you ever find yourself having these thoughts:
- This is impossible
- I’ll never figure this out
- I can’t live like this
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Our brains think 70,000 thoughts a day, and many times these thoughts are negative. Negative thoughts lead to negative outcomes. There is incredible power within your own mind to not only change your thoughts, but to ultimately change your life.
A positive mindset allows you to accomplish your goals. Your brain has the ability to propel yourself forward to better imagine and achieve the vision you have for your life.
“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of your mind.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer