by Kim McNeill

“What if?” Supercharged!

These two words are incredibly powerful. We often go into “what if” scenarios in our mind in a negative way.

What if I’m late for work?

What if my team hates my ideas?

What if I never get that promotion?

Did you know that humans have approximately 60,000 thoughts per day? Not surprisingly, most of those thoughts are negative. In fact, according to the National Science Foundation, 80% of our thoughts are negative and 95% are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before.

So how do we stop those negative thoughts? Our thoughts are very powerful, and the first step to making changes is to become conscious of all our thoughts.

By taking this important first step, we can change the results we see in our lives. We can move from being in a state of stress at work to a state of creativity.

In 2010, slightly more than one in four Canadian workers described their day-to-day lives as highly stressful, according to the General Social Survey (GSS).

What if you could reframe your brain to change this?

By asking positive supercharged questions, we can begin to change the course of our lives.

Try replacing negative “what ifs” with its positive counterpart:

What if I can come up with a plan that will get me to work on time each and every day?

What if my team loves my ideas?

What if I meet with my boss and ask for feedback to see if I am on track for that promotion?

What if I can learn new information about my brain that will reduce my stress, increase my creativity, and change my life?

Now THOSE are supercharged questions!


Kim McNeil has worked with corporations and nonprofit organizations for 20 years. She has a passion for helping businesses and individuals plan for growth – and achieve it. Kim works with her clients to establish clear objectives, identify barriers, and then guides them through plans to overcome these barriers and accomplish their goals. Kim resides in Canada and can be reached at KimM@neurochangesolutions.com.

 

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