3 steps to rewire your brain for positivity
By Lori Hammond
Coach and Professional Hypnotist. Giving you simple tools to stop overwhelm and harness joyful forward momentum.
Do you ever catch yourself saying negative or critical things to yourself?
Maybe you've heard negative things from others and you started believing them too.
Sometimes we turn other people's negativity into our own thoughts. We don't realize those thoughts aren't really ours.
This exercise turns that inner critic into an inner cheerleader. (But only if you play along! Don't just read. Follow along right now.)
What was your favorite way to play pretend as a child?
Pretending to be a Superhero?
I invite you to bring the same childlike playfulness into this fun experiment.
This works even if you feel silly and make up the answers.
PLAY ALONG WITH ME NOW
You're good at daydreaming, right? When you see the word, "Imagine" below, just let yourself daydream.
What's going on in your life when you're the most critical of yourself?
Imagine that's happening now so you can feel that self-critical feeling.
Feeling it now lets you fix it now.
If you could turn this feeling into words, what would you be saying to yourself?
Remember, it's ok to make this up.
Imagine hearing those words right now.
On a scale of 1-10, how negative do those words make you feel?
Now pretend you can point at where that voice is coming from.
Is it coming from inside you or outside?
Go ahead and playfully point at it now. Even if you're guessing.
Who's voice is it? You may be surprised to realize it’s someone else’s voice.
How loud is the voice?
How quickly/slowly is the voice speaking?
Now, imagine the voice dropping down to the floor and sliding waaaay across the room.
Imagine hearing the voice say that negative thing from way over there.
MAKE IT SILLY
Now, pretend Mickey Mouse's voice is saying that negative thing from way over there.
Now, turn down the volume so it's a very faint Mickey Mouse voice from across the room.
Listen to that faint Mickey Mouse voice say that thing from waaaay over there.
When you hear Mickey Mouse saying it from way over there, how does it shift that original feeling on a scale of 1-10?
Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
Next, Create an Inner Cheerleader
Ok, now that you’ve turned negative self-talk way down, and maybe even off, let's install some positive self-talk.
I'll show you how...
Who is a person you trust?
It might be you or a person you love and trust. Someone who has complete authority. It can be someone who is currently in your life or someone from the past.
It can even be an imaginary person or fictional character, like your favorite superhero, or James Earl Jones.
When you imagine this person speaking, and you trust them completely, where do you hear the voice coming from?
Right next to your ear?
Inside your head, or your heart, or your gut?
Put it where it lets you believe it the most.
You can experiment with listening to the voice from different places and see which one makes you FEEL it in your bones.
Now, what will that voice say that lets you feel absolutely amazing? It might be the complete opposite of the negative thing you said before.
For example, if a person used to say, "I feel out of control", now you can hear that authoritative voice say, "I AM IN CONTROL!"
Go ahead and test it out. Hear that voice of authority, saying that positive thing, from that place.
Take a deep breath, sit up a little straighter, and listen again as if you can actually hear that voice. Allow yourself to really believe this truth and receive it.
If you knew this positive thing was true, where would you feel that truth in your body?
Pretend to feel it there while you listen to the voice repeat this new belief over and over.
NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE
Now think about the time when you used to think negatively about yourself.
How are things different when you think about it now?
Did you play along with every step as you read?
If you did, then you have physically rewired your brain to release that old self-talk and install new, positive beliefs in it’s place.
If you didn't, please treat yourself by going back and doing it now.
It might just be a life-changing few minutes.
Use this anytime you notice yourself feeling negative. This works for limiting beliefs of any kind.
I'd love to hear how well this worked for you! I just did it again as I wrote this email and have goosebumps as I hear Oprah's voice from inside my chest saying, "YOU CAN DO THIS!"
Join Lori's Next Group Hypnosis Session
Do you feel lonely and need to connect?
Are you struggling and need extra support and guidance?
Join me for a deeply relaxing, enjoyable group hypnosis session this coming Tuesday.
Experience healing in the place where struggle used to be.
I'd love to see you there!DISCOVER TRANCY TUESDAYS
Next Session Starts Soon!