Every story that we have ever told ourselves eventually shows up in our lives in some way, shape, or form.
When we create a story based on our current and past life circumstances, we begin the process of forming a neural groove within our nervous system. This process is better known as Hebb’s Law. This law states that neurons that fire together wire together.
For example, if neuron A becomes excited and is close enough to neuron B, then neuron B becomes excited in the same way. This phenomenon occurs even if it has nothing to do with the current circumstance. The more we excite neuron A, the more efficient the connection between neuron B becomes.
To give you a better understanding of this, imagine a large mountain with a rain cloud sitting above it. As the rain comes down and water begins to run down, grooves in the side of the mountain will begin to form. As more water runs down, it will take the path of least resistance and follow the already made grooves. The more water that runs down, the deeper the grooves become paving the way for more water in the future.
So, what does this all have to do with having a bad day?
This same process takes place within our nervous system. When we create a story in our minds based on real or perceived circumstances, certain neurons become activated. Those neurons go on to stimulate other neurons, which then feed into our different cells, activating certain emotions.
This process means that a simple story about ourselves, our lives, or the way things appear can start as a small event but eventually, that story turns into a groove. That groove then leads to a belief. Our beliefs then dictate the actions we take. Our actions, over time, make up our behaviors and habits. And, our behaviors and habits then create our life.
The more we activate this connection (i.e. repeating a story) the deeper the neural groove becomes resulting in a stronger connection. The stronger the connection, the stronger the behavior or habit.
If we allow the circumstances of our lives to dictate the stories we tell ourselves we start the cascade of events that form a neural groove.
If we wake up every morning and immediately check our emails, look a social media, or watch the news, we are activating previous neural grooves. This then dictates how we think and feel. Repeat this pattern enough times and a belief gets formed and our actions will begin to reflect that. Over time, our behaviors and habits become more aligned with that belief and our physical reality begins to change. We then use our reality to then justify those beliefs.
Double-Down to Break the Bad Day Momentum
When we double-down on something we intentionally focus more energy, attention, and intention on something in our life.
What do you think would happen if you doubled down on your diet or exercise? What about a major project at work? Or, what if we doubled down on a new side hustle or business? You’d likely see some drastic changes in a couple of weeks and months.
In moments of “bad luck” or things not going our way, we must take intentional action to break this pattern. We MUST take this as a call to double down on our daily practices to control the stories and beliefs we have a tendency to run.
“Bad days” just become regular days and serve as a gift reminding us to focus more on what we want to see in our lives. Taking extra time to envision what brings us more love, joy, or happiness brings us more in line with that reality and less aligned to our current circumstances.
This decreases the connection and firing of certain neurons, altering our actions and behaviors, setting us up for a new future reality.
Put It Into Practice
Here are some practices to shift your momentum during “bad days”:
1. Meditation to connect back to your true self and not your circumstances
2. Visualization to focus on more of what you’d like to see in your life and in the world
3. Exercise and movement to help bring you back to the present moment and increase dopamine and endorphins
4. Listening to inspirational audios or videos to encourage you to focus on something greater
5. Connecting with family and loved ones to cultivate more joy and happiness
You may have your own practices that you like. If not, I encourage you to find the practices that resonate with you the most. The next time you are having a “bad day” choose one to double down on and watch as your circumstances begin to have less of a hold over you.
Remember, your current life circumstances DO NOT define YOU, it is just an accumulation of yesterdays. The good news is, this moment and tomorrow’s moments are still waiting to be created.
How REV Can Help
Experiences in our life form the neural networks that make up who we are today. Some experiences serve us well, while others create grooves that lead to self-limiting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These patterns may elicit symptoms of pain, sadness, fatigue, anxiety, depression, or even illness and dis-ease.
Through our gentle Neural Integration approach, we can support your Nervous System in processing the experiences that create these patterns. As a result, symptoms, sickness, illness, and dis-ease cannot exist. All of this comes from within as your own innate healing abilities begin to take over returning you to a state of balance and homeostasis.
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