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Brain Beating Confidence and Self Esteem Tips #1

These ‘Brain Beating Confidence and Self Esteem Tips’ set out to help you discover how your internal self programming works and what affects it. This then allows you to set the program so that whatever it is you want to achieve becomes more of a probability and less of a dream. Every action starts with a thought. Let’s see what you are thinking.

Tip One : Record your thoughts (No – not ALL of them)

First, acknowledge that there is a little voice inside your head that controls everything that you say or do and therefore everything that you achieve. It’s this little voice we need to control. Before we start to make changes let’s listen to what it’s saying first, then we’ll know what we need to change, if anything.

Listening to what your inner voice is telling you is a lot easier said than done. You’ll find that as soon as you concentrate on what instructions are coming to you, the dialogue will straight away change to whatever you want to hear. It’s O.K. I’m on the right path you then think.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Try this exercise and see if it your results change.
You will need a pen, a notebook and a timer. You will need to do this exercise many times and compare the results over a period of time so use a notebook dedicated solely for this exercise. Most of us now have a mobile phone. You could use the countdown timer in that, or a kitchen timer, or even an alarm clock.

Set the time to go off in at least half an hour from now. An hour or more would be better. Far enough into the future so that you have forgotten about it by the time it goes off. As soon as it goes off try to write down exactly what you were thinking about as it erupted. This may take some practice as the alarm may startle you and ruin your thoughts. Vibration alarms on phones are best to prevent this happening.

What this does is to enable you to record what you were thinking without you concentrating on a definite idea you thought you should be thinking about. Try doing this exercise only two or three times a day.  Vary the times of day so that you will be doing different activities. Over a period of a week or so you will get a reasonable idea of what you are regularly thinking about.

Now, here’s the key, are your thoughts mostly positive or negative? Are they about what you are doing, what you were doing or what you’d like to do? Most crucially, are they in line for you to achieve what you want to achieve in life?

For the record, when my alarm went off I often used to be thinking about what I was reading or doing at the present time. Unfortunately, as soon as the alarm went off I immediately started thinking about what I SHOULD be doing. This means I was often NOT doing what I needed to do to follow my dream. Do your results show you are following your dream?

Later in this Brain Beating Tips series I’ll tell you what causes your thoughts and what you can do to change. Meanwhile, have you looked at how you can start to make changes in yourself?

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Author: Tony Microft — Twenty years experience in personal development

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Brain Training for Stress Management: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programs

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Stanford University’s Robert Sapolsky and others have shown how chronic stress may contribute to the death of neurons in our brains.

The question is, with all the thousands of courses and products out there that promise stress management miracles, how can one evaluate them? how do we know which ones are science-based and have shown results?

Probably the most promising area of scientific inquiry for stress management is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). You may have read about it in Sharon Begley’s Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain book.

An increasing number of neuroscientists (such as UMass Medical School’s Jon Kabat-Zinn and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Richard Davidson) have been investigating the ability of trained meditators to develop and sustain attention and visualizations and to work positively with powerful emotional states and stress through the directed mental processes of meditation practices. And have put their research into practice for the benefit of many hospital patients through their Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs.

The Mind & Life Institute, led by Adam Engle, has provided critical support to many neuroscientists who want to study the health benefits of meditation and have developed MBSR programs.

My wife and I were fortunate to conduct recently a brain training experiment, in the form of a breathing & meditation retreat, with some neuroscientists and Adam Engle, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Mind & Life Institute.

The Mind and Life Dialogues “started in 1987 as an experiment to determine whether a scientific exchange could occur between modern science and Buddhism. MLI has now sponsored 14 dialogues (between the Dalai Lama and neuroscientists) over the last 20 years. In that time MLI has become a recognized world leader in the emerging scientific investigation of the effects of contemplative practices on the brain, behavior, and the translation of this data into effective tools to benefit all people everywhere.”

A few notes from our conversation with Adam

– He helped launch the Mind & Life Institute to build a science-based field of interdisciplinary study to investigate the applications of the “database of practices” that Buddhism and some Christian traditions have accumulated over milennia.

– From early on it became clear that they needed to engage Western neuroscientists in order to be credible and become a real East-West bridge with potential to reach mainstream society.

– They are very happy that Sharon Begley’s book Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain has become a non-fiction Bestseller, since it is based on one of the Mind & Life Dialogues.

– He is glad to see the inroads that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is making in the medical world thanks to solid research. He believes the Corporate Training and Leadership market is also going to become very interested in this technique for stress management. The main bottleneck for growth? the existing number of qualified instructors does not meet the increasing demand.

The Institute sponsors research in a number of ways, and they just announced that the 3rd annual Scientists Retreat will take place at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, January 8-15, 2008.

A description of the program: “This course has been organized by scientists, for scientists. Its goals are to help researchers in the mind sciences experience in-depth training in meditation and explore ways in which a rigorous and systematic approach to introspection can inform research. We consider this to be a rare opportunity to advance the scientific study of the human mind. Vipassana is an ancient method of introspection that readily conforms to the spirit of empirical science. It is simply a means of training the mind to be more keenly aware of sensory phenomena and the flow of thought.”

I hope you have enjoyed learning about this fascinating new field of research. And that next time you are looking for stress management programs, you ask your health provider whether they offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses.

Alvaro Fernandez is the CEO and Co-Founder of SharpBrains.com, which combines the latest science-based information for Brain Training with fun Brain facts, and has been recognized by Scientific American Mind, MarketWatch, Forbes, and more. Alvaro holds MA in Education and MBA from Stanford University, and teaches The Science of Brain Health at UC-Berkeley Lifelong Learning Institute. You can learn more at http://www.sharpbrains.com/