Confused about Affirmations? Think ‘acting as if you already have it’ is a bit out there and woo-woo? So did I…until now!! Keep on reading…
The more I research I do into how to be successful, the more I come across the concept of ‘Acting As If I Already Have It’. I have watched hundreds of YouTube videos, read and listened to sooooo many books incredible books, that all say the same thing, but in a different way…
Creating Visualisation boards
I can go on and on!!
But I was getting soooo confused…’Acting as if’ just didn’t feel right to me and no one was REALLY explaining the process behind it.
BUT!!! Finally, all the research paid off!!! I randomly one day stumbled upon a scientific answer!!
Have you ever heard of the Reticular Activating System. No? Neither had I!! It is fascinating!
Your Reticular Activating System, RAS for short, is a network of neurons in your brain that has a function called:
Habituation – This is a process in which the brain learns to ignore repetitive, meaningless stimuli while remaining sensitive to others. A good example of this is a person who can sleep through loud traffic in a large city, but is awakened promptly due to the sound of an alarm or crying baby. – Wikipedia
So have you ever lived by a train line and over time, your brain has stopped actively listening to the train, and it becomes unnoticable, background noise? Because you don’t NEED to hear it anymore. That is your Reticular Activating System in action. It is filtering what information you need and filtering out the information you don’t.
So that example was about sounds. But let’s stay on topic look at how it reacts to thoughts!
Your RAS, this information filter, works with your conscious and subconscious brain. Your subconscious brain is ALWAYS taking in information and analysing EVERYTHING. It can take in millions of bits of information, like, literally millions, but your conscious brain can only take in 40 bits of information per second. This is why you need a correctly programmed filter.
So interestingly, it is programmed by the way you were brought up, your past experiences, your beliefs, etc all these things have all programmed your RAS to learn what is important to you, so it can filter out the things that aren’t.
So in life, if you look at something with a negative outlook, your RAS naturally will find, filter and show you the negatives, because that is what you have programmed it to do. If you look at the positives, then it will find, filter and show you the positives, because that is then what you have programmed it to do.
By using visualisation techniques and ‘acting as if’, you are telling your RAS that you want see these things. These things are safe. You are programming the filter to let it know that THESE things are now important to you. So taking the time to visualise what you want helps you be clear on what you want to achieve that day, the month, the year.
Have you ever seen something you haven’t seen for ages, or seen something for the first time, and then you keep seeing it all the time? (More than that in a future blog post!) but, this is what starts to happen! When you programme the filter, you start to see things that were always there, but were filtered out by RAS.
Ever seen the video of when you have to count how many times the people in the white pass the ball to each other? If you haven’t, it’s linked below. It’s very interesting and explains my previous point exactly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo
So, you see, instead of the vague phrase ‘Thoughts become things’. I think its more like this:
Thoughts – Goals – Ideas – Action
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