A sad and true story happened a long time ago. A man was locked in a refrigerator car by accident for an hour and froze to death. When they found his dead body, everybody, including the police, were puzzled by his death mainly because the refrigerator in that car was broken.
What happened to that man was sad for sure but the lesson learned from that story was how fear played a role in turning fiction into reality in that poor man’s mind.
I don’t intend for my article to be one of those depressing articles that makes you feel bad. It’s more about how to use that power of the mind to our advantage. Instead, here we will tackle the issues that you face in your life such as: diseases, weight issues, successes in life, having a dead end job, and financial problems. It is about that simple situation that you have on hand but never realized or paid attention to.
One of my gym friends goes to the gym three times a week. Normally, people would describe him as a lazy person in general. But whenever he drinks an energy drink, he immediately transforms. He runs nonstop for an hour, lifts weights that he couldn’t lift before, and works out hard as if his children’s lives depend on it.
One day, a short, round, chubby, depressed looking guy joined the gym. My friend and I started talking to him while my friend was drinking his energy drink. The new gym member looked at my friend and the energy drink with disgust and said confidently (as if he studied the science of health for at least 10 years): “You drink that poison? How can you do that to your body? I would never ever do that to myself. ” He turned to his side a little, stood arrogantly posing like Superman and proudly added: “I am always careful with what I drink and eat. Plus, it doesn’t even give any energy. It’s all lies I tell you. It is only smart marketing.”
I tried so hard to stop myself from laughing. Not because of the information he generously gave us, but because of the irony of the situation. It was like a blind man describing the beauty of “The Mona Lisa.” I looked at my friend and he had the exact opposite reaction. He looked shocked as if he heard that information for the very first time. In a matter of seconds, his face changed from disbelief to disappointment. He felt down and his workout session was lazy and pointless. From that moment on, the energy drink lost its power no matter how many cans he drank. What happened was that the new depressed gym member planted the idea of energy drinks being useless in my friend’s mind. My friend believed it and his mind reacted to that new information.
The idea of mind programming might seem strange to many but it is more common than you think. Below are common examples of how the brain is programmed to believe certain ideas:
- The friend who always says: “I eat a lot but for some reason I never gain weight”
- When your mother says: “I told you if you ate too much chocolate you will get sick, look at you now”
- Your brother saying: “I always get lost wherever I go, I don’t know why”
- Your colleague telling you: “I can’t lose weight, every time I start my diet I gain more weight instead”
Imagine what would happen if you programmed the mind with positive thoughts or ideas. You could easily turn the impossible to a list of achievements.
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