In Shad Helmstetter’s book: What to Say when you Talk to Yourself, he compares the brain to a computer. Much like a computer, it can only do what we tell it to do. He says that each message we say to ourselves (or is said to us) is like a directive to the brain. Those of us who are “of a certain age” may remember computer programming classes where we had to write out exactly what we wanted the computer to do. I remember a test I took in my junior year of high school. We had to write out a computer program by hand (I don’t remember now what it was supposed to do). We turned it in to our teacher and he typed it into the computer. If we made a mistake and the program did not work, then we failed the test. Nowadays, our computers come already fully programmed, but our brains are always re-programming. They can only know what we put into it. This makes those things we say to ourselves throughout the day so very important. What if instead of “This is so hard”, we told ourselves “I enjoy a challenge, I can’t wait to figure this out”. What if instead of “I am so tired”, we told ourselves “I am full of energy and ready to tackle this day”? Could we reprogram our brains to believe what we are telling it? When we say “I am so clumsy” are we programming ourselves to actually be clumsy? It’s definitely something to think about. I am curious to hear your thoughts on this. Please share in the comments!
My passion is to share the importance of playing, and not just as a child, but as an adult also. It is so important to take the time to play and be active. Our children are losing that.