Training your brain to be positive is not so different from training your muscles at the gym. Recent research on neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to change even in adulthood—reveals that as you develop new habits, you rewire the brain. Engaging in one brief positive exercise every day for as little as three weeks can have a lasting impact.
Here’s how to create new habits, or get rid of negative ones:
1. Focus on Changing or Creating One Habit at a Time
2. Know Why You’re Doing It
3. Make it Small and Simple
4. Establish a Specific Time to Carry Out Your New Habit
5. Conduct a 30-day Trial
6. Replace a Bad Habit with Something Else
7. Set Up Your Environment to Help You
8. Chart Your Progress
9. Do It with Others
10. Make it Visual
11. Reward Yourself
By adopting positive habits that are aligned with the goals you’ve set for yourself you’ll be putting on automatic the actions that you need to perform on a consistent basis in order to reach those goals. On the other hand, by dropping bad habits that are not aligned with your goals you’ll be eliminating the actions that have prevented you from reaching your goals in the past.