May 27


Off to a Bad Start? 4 Steps to Turn Around a Bad Day

Have you ever had “one of those days” where everything seems to break, go wrong, or be difficult? When we sit back and think about, we know not everything went wrong. It just felt that way.

Ok, so something doesn’t exactly go our way first thing in the morning. We get up late; we spill our coffee; there’s a traffic jam on the way to work. You get the picture. How much of the later events of the day are impacted because we are expecting a bad day?

We are often told, we get what we expect. So, what if we expected a good day? Even better yet, what if we expected a successful day?

Since 95% of our daily decisions are made by our subconscious mind, priming it with positive thoughts and emotions can be the difference between a bad day, a good day, and a successful day. Check out these 4 easy steps to prime your brain for a successful day!


How to Prime Your Brain for Success

Step 1 – Write down a very specific goal, with a date by which you’ll achieve it.

Step 2  Write down three reasons why you must achieve your goal. For more on this, check out John Assaraf’s secret success formula.

Step 3 – Read the goal every day, while scrolling through it with your finger. Make this a daily success ritual.

Step 4 – As you read it, feel extremely positive emotions, and feelings of gratitude for achieving it.

According to Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, if you write down your goals, you’re 42 percent more likely to achieve them.

The more significance you attribute to a thought, the more your subconscious mind pays attention to it. If you think about your goal, write down your goal, attach feelings and emotions to your goal, your subconscious mind will realize that it’s important.

If you include reasons WHY you must achieve your goal, you’re adding even more mental significance to it.

When you set a goal that gets your really excited, one that you have a big “why” for achieving, you activate a part of your brain called the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and the insula. These are related to the motivation centers of your brain, which are responsible for producing hormones like dopamine.

If you demonstrate to your brain how important your goal is, your brain will start to assist you in achieving it. Through emotion and repetition, you can direct the focus of your subconscious mind.

As you probably know, your subconscious mind is directing most of your behavior. When you become conscious of what you’re putting into your subconscious, that’s when you start to train your brain for success.

Bruce Fleck, PhD

About the Bruce Fleck, PhD

I help professionals overcome a health, career, or relationship crisis and make it a turning point for building a better life.

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