What do you say when you talk to yourself? Self-talk or Personal Programming is a powerful influence on your health and success, and it’s the product of repetition. Personal Programming thoughts are packed with feeling. They are intense. “I’m no good at that.” “Everyone takes advantage of me.” “I can’t.” Or, “I’m really good at this!” “I win!” “I rock!” It stands to reason that when we train our inner voices to help us rather than hinder us, we feel better and are more satisfied with our lives and relationships.
Changing programming statements isn’t quite like changing your socks. It takes a little longer and considerably more effort because they take up residence in the brain in several places at once. According to Guyton, “A thought probably results from the momentary “pattern” of stimulation of many different parts of the nervous system at the same time.”
You change Personal Programming by updating the messages you’ve stored in your subconscious mind. Not by erasing them, but by changing them. There are five steps to doing this:
- Recognize that some of your programming statements may have been false from the outset, or are now outdated.
- Recognize your negative programming and thoughts when they happen.
- Cancel inappropriate and/or negative thoughts, and replace them with positive ones with feeling.
- Enter only positive thoughts into your mind in the first place.
- Save your new positive thoughts with enthusiasm. Feel it!
Conscious thoughts, including Personal Programming statements, are major influences on the course of your life and your health. You respond to your thoughts. You act on your thoughts. Your body responds to your thoughts! And, your thoughts are closely interwoven with your beliefs.