Thoughts become habits

South Africans woke up to something so surreal this morning. It’s real, but can it be?

A Global Economic shutdown, 3 billion people under lockdown, globally, 57 million people are restricted to their homes in South Africa in a fight to stop a virus.

It started as one virus, in one person and today, 574,834 people later, this virus has humanity on our knees.

I cannot help but to wonder, if a virus can spread like this, why can something good not spread in the same way?

Let me explain my thinking.

Our brains are extraordinary and complex. A human brain contains roughly 100 billion neurons that store information and communicate with each other. Each neuron may be connected to up to 10,000 other neurons, passing signals to each other via as many as 1,000 trillion synaptic connections (communication points between two neurons). Whenever you learn something new, your neurons communicate, making a new synaptic connection in your neocortex. Whenever you learn something new, your brain physically changes.

Our thoughts and experiences can change the structure and function of our brains, creating new neural pathway. (This phenomenon is known as neuroplasticity).

When we think, patterns are formed in the brain and they become habits. Habits are actions repeated enough times they become automatic. Think about walking on the same path every day, the more you walk on the same path, the deeper the path will become.

When we think in a certain way, for a long period of time, habits are formed and that becomes neural pathways. The more we think in a certain way, the older and “deeper” the pathways and the easier it is to fall into these old patterns.

So, breaking a habit is really about finding a new or different way of thinking to “rewire” your brain and replace the old thoughts. New thoughts create new patterns.

“We cannot control the events and circumstances of life, but we can control our reactions. In fact, we can control our reactions to anything, and in doing so, we change our brains. It’s not easy; it is hard work, but it can be done through our thoughts and choices.” (Caroline Leaf).

Our thoughts create our realities, mentally and physically. At the rate our brains are firing: 100 billion neurons, each connecting to 10,000 neurons passing signals to each other via as many as 1,000 trillion synaptic connections, REMEMBER, whatever thoughts you put into your brain repeatedly, forms a neural pathway, and that becomes a habit.

So, why not control your thoughts, why not be deliberate about your thoughts. Why not choose positive, not negative, hope, not despair, solutions, not problems, the beginning, not the end.

We have control over our thoughts, even during a 21-day lockdown because of a virus threatening some lives.

The signals in your brain passes faster than any virus could ever hope to spread, use the power of your brain, feed your brain with what is good, what is uplifting and keep it real.

Recognize your thoughts, guard your thoughts! One thought of one person can and will make a difference in the world!

It takes 21 days to break down a bad habit, to change neural patterns, don’t wait!

Have a safe and meaningful lockdown.

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