I Don't Want That To HappenWritten by Jan Tincher
The experts say that your unconscious doesn’t pay attention to negating factor, NOT in sentences like title of this article. Knowing that, do any of these following scenarios pertain to you and your thoughts?
Someone you know has fallen on some bad times, and their business goes under. Do you find yourself thinking, “Oh, I hope that doesn’t happen to me.”
An older person you know has fallen and broken her hip, and you see how much pain she’s in. Do you find yourself thinking, “Oh, I hope that doesn’t happen to me.”
You watch news and see that a person was high-jacked, that some people were injured in an earth quake, that someone was killed in a driveby shooting. “Oh, I hope that doesn’t happen to me.” Or even, “I’m glad that’s not me.”
Your unconscious doesn’t pay attention to negating factor, NOT. That being case, what are you continually saying to yourself, if you say above sentences? I’ll give you a hint. Take NOT out and see what you may have said to yourself more times than you can count. “Oh, I hope that does happen to me!”
*** Sidebar *** That may not be what you were *thinking,* but it IS what your unconscious mind was hearing. If you tell a two-year-old, “Don’t eat that cookie.” What is two-year-old hearing? “Eat that cookie!” If you say to yourself, “I’m not going to eat that second piece of cake” what are you hearing? “I’m going to eat that second piece of cake.” That is usually proven by fact that you DO eat that second piece of cake. *** End of Sidebar ***
Listen to experts. Change your life around. If you find yourself saying anything like above sentences, minute you realize you are about to say it, change it to “I am so happy I am safe.” Or, “I am so happy I am healthy.” If you feel you are being selfish saying that, in light of other people’s bad fortune, change it. How about “I am so happy I am healthy, and they (whoever you had read or heard about) are getting better and better.”
Brainpower For The OverwhelmedWritten by Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE
Walk into room and can’t find your keys? Or forget why you entered room in first place? Wondering what has happened to your short-term memory? Feel overwhelmed by information, people, to-do lists and demands on your time?
You very well could be suffering from SADD-situational attention deficit disorder, a term coined by Anderson Consulting Institute for Strategic Change. Specifically, most of us are now in situations in which we are bombarded by so many demands for our attention that our brains close down.
It’s a phenomenon of our time. Our brains, evolved over eons to respond to our environment and each other are exponentially being taxed by growth in information and technology. Everyone and everything is vying for attention. We are hardwired to respond but when it’s deluged like that, brain just “goes blind”. Engineers discovered this phenomenon when they installed hundreds of communication devices in cockpits, thinking it would improve pilot’s performance. Instead, when pilot’s performance decreased.
Information and technology will no go away. But there are ways to turn from “SAAD” to glad.
1. Determine your priorities and focus on them.
Don’t let yourself be pulled into anything from meetings, to readings, to conversations that thwart your priorities. Literally block out space on your daily to-do list for things that are important to you: from projects, to exercise, to family time. Hold these times as sacred.