Can We Change Our Lives Just By Thinking Differently?

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Morocco in the MountainsGood morning my friends.

This picture was taken on the chair lift in Morocco at 10,000 feet.  I was flipping through my pics and this one popped out to me….because I remember the moment.  I was reflecting on the last 5 years of my life and all the amazing experiences I have been blessed to have. I remember asking myself this question so vividly just like I was still sitting on that chair lift.

Why Me?

Most people ask themselves this question when things are bad in their life, but I was asking myself this question at 10,000 feet above sea level in Morocco.

Why me?

Did you know that everything that is happening in our lives at this exact moment is a reflection of choices we have made in our past? That we have the power to change our current state or even our neuro pathways by changing the way we think about situations that happen to us?

Stay with me here….this post is not just “FLUFFY” Talk.

It’s scientific.

Current “neuro-scientific” theory tells us that our brain is organized to reflect everything we know in our environment.   The different relationships with people we have met, the variety of things we own and are familiar with, the cumulative places we have visited and have lived in, and the myriad of experiences we have embraced throughout our years are all configured in the soft plastic tissues of the brain.   Even the vast array of actions and behaviors that we’ve repeatedly performed throughout our lifetime is also tattooed in the intricate folds of our gray matter.  For the most part, our brain is equal to our Environment.

In a normal day, as we respond to familiar people, as we encounter common things in known places at predictable times, and as we experience recurring conditions in our personal world, we will more than likely think and behave in automatic memorized ways.

“To change, then, is to think and act greater than our present circumstances, say’s Dr. Joe Dispenza It is to think greater than our environment.”

We have been told that our brains are essentially “hardwired” with unchangeable circuitry that we are possessed by a kind of neuro “road block” if you will, that is reflected in the type of inflexible and habitual behavior we often see exhibited in ourselves.

The truth is that we are marvels of flexibility and adaptability, that allows us to reformulate and re-pattern our neural connections to produce the kind of behaviors that we want in our lives.  We have far more power to alter our own brains, our behaviors, our personalities, and ultimately our reality than previously thought possible.

Consider those individuals in history who have risen above their present circumstances, stood up to the onslaught of reality as it presented itself to them, and made significant changes in their life.  Or those who have over come obstacle upon obstacle to stand tall and reflect on those experiences that most would call tragedy as a mere speck in their life.


For example, the Civil Rights Movement would not have had its far-reaching effects if someone like Martin Luther King, Jr., had not, despite all the evidence around him, believed in the possibility of another reality.  Though Dr. King phrased it in his famous speech as a “dream,” what he was really promoting and living was a better world where everyone was equal.

How was he able to do that?

Simply put, he saw, felt, heard, lived and breathed a different reality in his mind than most other people at that time.It was the power of his vision that convinced millions of the justness of his cause. The world has changed because of his ability to think and act greater than conventional beliefs.

Not only did King consistently keep his dream alive in his mind, he lived his life as if his dream was already unfolding.

The idea was so alive in his mind that there was a good possibility that his brain “looked as if the experience had already happened.”

Dr Joe Says, “Neuroscience has proven that we can change our brains just by thinking differently.  Through daily focus and attention to a new way of thinking we can physically change the state we are in and create a new reality.”

Back to the chair lift.

Why me? Or even better, “Why not you”?

If you ask yourself these question what answer do you give yourself?   If you do not answer with a bold “Because, I created this reality” then its time to take an assessment of your thinking and make a change in how you view what is happening in your world.

Dr. Joe Dispenza : ” Through the concept of mental rehearsal (to repeatedly imagine performing an action), the circuits in our brains can reorganize themselves to reflect our very intentions. In one study, people who mentally rehearsed one-handed finger exercises two hours a day for five days demonstrated the same brain changes as people who physically performed the same movements.  To put this into perspective, when we are truly focused and single minded, the brain does not distinguish between the internal world of the mind and the external environment.

As we embrace the very circumstances that challenge our mind, we will have put the appropriate circuits in place to allow us to behave consistently with our intentions.   Simply said, the hardware will have been installed so that we can handle the challenge.   When we change our mind, our brain changes, and when we change our brain, our mind changes.


What made Dr. King-or any great leader, for that matter-unique was that his mind and body were united to the same cause.   In other words, he did not think one thing and then behave contrary to his intentions. His thoughts and actions were completely aligned to the same outcome. This is not a bad working definition for true leadership. When we can focus our mind on a desired goal and then discipline the body to consistently act in alignment with that end, we are demonstrating greatness.

We are literally living in the future, and our body will begin to change in order to prepare us for the new experience.

Are you ready to live in your new reality?

I am.

Please share with me if this post inspired you to start thinking differently and answering the question “Why me”  in a new way.

Brian & Rhonda Swan

Brian & Rhonda Swan


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