Who we are and how we get there
August 18, 2015 § Leave a comment
Here are two quotes I find myself reading a few times per day:
‘The best place to look is for small changes we could make in the things we do often. There is power in steadiness and repetition. Win small, win early, win often!’
‘I choose to become a fit and healthy person who invests time in my physical and mental well-being. When I do this, it enables me to live life fully and fearlessly and engage with others in a genuine way.’
And one more thing: I have finally understood why small things, when done consistently, have such an overwhelming power. Repetitive behaviours or thoughts or actions become anchored in our consciousness and brain through the creation of neural pathways which fire every single time we are about to engage in that respective action, which then becomes a pattern, which then becomes us.
In other words, positive behaviours such as exercising, writing a gratitude journal, volunteering etc. or negative behaviours like over-drinking, mindless eating etc. – when done repeatedly create certain neural circuits in our brain. Each repetition strengthens the respective neural circuit, making us more prone to become a certain kind of people.
Perhaps it sounds a bit over the top, but what this all means is that you are what you think, say and do every day.