What’s more real to your brain? Something imagined or something observed?
We really don’t know. There is evidence that the imagined might be just as powerful to your brain, and that you might be able to train your brain to believe by simply thinking a creative thought over and over.
I like the idea of using the words, “telling yourself a story.” Many of us believe that by simply telling ourselves a story over and over, it has the greatest chance of eventually materializing in our lives.
Think about this: whether you are observing or creating, you are actually telling yourself a story. In your mind you are thinking over an over a thought around an event. For instance, you might tell the story of your teenage daughter snapping at you two different ways. One is, “my daughter snapped at me because deep down she now hates me and always will.” Or the other, “my teenage daughter snapped at me but deep down I know she is madly in love with me, just as she was when she was three years old.”
Why not simply select the option that feels the best? I call that living in a dream world. It is a choice. Why not choose the best possible feeling? It really is fun to say, “I choose to tell it like this,” or “it’s my story and I’m sticking to it!”
It really gets to be a bit of fun, and over time feels better and better and better. You can even get some laughs from your friends and family. Someday they may try it themselves. They will then discover it is pure genius.
Anyway, what’s the alternative? Being miserable! So “Duh!” Choose the version that does makes you feel the best. It may take a bit of practice, but it really is that easy!
Rick Schaefer, M.D. is known as the Happiness Coach. He is the creator of Guilt-Free Coaching, and is the author of Extreme Thought Makeover™… 37 Days to Maximum Life! He speaks throughout the U.S. and has a following in more than 50 countries. To learn more or to work with Dr. Rick directly, call 414-573-8880 or go to http://www.rickschaefermd.com