Change Your Mindset
Don’t let your mindset hold your back. You can reinvent the very way you think, too.
The concept of neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to physically reorganize neural connections in response to training—is now well-studied. All of us, young, old, and everything in between, are capable of wholly changing even the most engrained habits.
Armed with this knowledge, we can intentionally shape the way our minds work!
When we identify our bad habits, replace them with positive ones, and focus on maintaining those good habits, we shape our brains, and by extension, our minds.
One of the best ways of making this process stick is through novelty—our brains are wired to seek the new. To ancient man, new things meant either danger or possible benefit—our brains had to be able to snap to attention and be ready to learn.
Novelty engages those parts of the brain that are essential to learning and changing, so if you want to kick a bad habit and replace it, try doing so while in a new environment. Go to the park or the beach or your dusty old attic.
So head out to someplace new and start that exercise regimen, replace smoking with chewing gum, or read that first novel. You may just find that the change comes all the easier.