In today’s age, many people are looking for the “magic pill” that can help them change their lives. Want to lose weight? They make diet pills for that. Want to feel happier? They make pills for that too.
Not that taking pills is always bad, because there are sometimes it is absolutely necessary. Like when you’re fighting a deadly disease and the medication helps you survive.
However, if you knew that you could improve all areas of your life simply by changing your mindset, wouldn’t that be better than relying on a pill every day for the rest of your life? The truth is, you can.
The Power Of The Mind
For instance, one research study immobilized the wrist-hand area of healthy subjects for four weeks with a goal of making it weak. A second group immobilized their wrist-hand area as well, but was also asked to mentally imagine their muscles getting stronger during the course of the study.
As you’d expect, the immobilization-only group did experience decreased strength. Yet, the group that thought about developing stronger muscles only lost 50 percent of the strength that the immobilization-only group lost.
Studies like this highlight just how powerful the mind can be. So, how can you use it to improve all areas of your life?
Improving Your Health
We’ve already seen that you can think yourself stronger, but can you think yourself healthier? According to medical experts, the answer is a resounding yes.
As Mark Hyman, MD, explains, how you think can actually influence whether your genes make you healthy or sick, change how you age, and even alter the amount of inflammation in your body. Your thoughts can even change the makeup of your gut microbiome, which impacts everything from weight to depression to heart disease and cancer.
If your goal is to improve your health, Hyman suggests first asking what you’re thinking that could potentially be contributing to a lower level of health. Listen for the negative things your inner voice is saying and replace them with a dialogue that is focused on health and healing instead.
Improving Your Relationships
Your thoughts can also impact the relationships you have with others, whether these others are spouses, children, family members, or friends. How can this be when relationships are a two-way street?
According to Steven Stosny, PhD, the key is to “Love Big, Think Small.” In other words, it’s the small things that you think (and subsequently show) day in and day out that have the most impact.
This involves creating a mindset that focuses on appreciation, compassion, and tolerance for the other person, thereby allowing you to love—and be loved—to your greatest potential.
Improving Your Finances
Though thinking about money isn’t going to make it magically appear, motivational speaker and wealth guru T. Harv Eker shares that there are certain things that rich people tend to believe that are different than the beliefs held by those who struggle with money. Beliefs that help them win financially.
While Eker offers many of these in his bestselling book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, some beliefs to consider developing from this day forward if your goal is to increase your wealth include:
- Believing that you create your life versus life just happening to you.
- Believing that obstacles are actually opportunities.
- Believing that you are bigger than your problems.
- Believing that “both” is better than “either/or.”
Admittedly, not every issue or problem can be solved by harnessing the power of the mind. But having the right mindset certainly goes a long way in creating a better life, and these are just a few ways to get it.