Sandi Krakowski defines it as the one thing you do, that other people are not willing to do. Alias, a small thing, that can create a huge shift.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a tipping point as the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place.
I’ve been spending some time in the US. During the past weekend, I met so many great people at The Anomaly Mindset Event here in Scottsdale, Arizona – at the foot of the Camelback Mountains. It’s beautiful out here.
Many people were surprised to hear I’m a sugar addiction coach. They were interested in what exactly it is I do and how I do it. I was even able to inspire a few to start their sugar free journey there and then. That was awesome. I’ll do a quick video just for them later today on my Facebook page.
But for me, the tipping point during the weekend was the confirmation that addictions can be fully overcome.
I do NOT believe, and has never believed, that anybody should be called a “recovering addict”. Yes, yes, I do know what the famous 12-step addiction recovery programs say…In fact, it’s very first step says that we should acknowledge that we are completely powerless over our addiction.
Nah, I’m sorry. I don’t agree with that. You see, if you build your recovery based on “I have no power”, then that is what you’re going to tell yourself for the rest of your journey. You will base all your thoughts and decisions on the principle that you have no power. Even before you’ve started your recovery, you have already programmed your brain to believe that you are still an addict. You’re just recovering. But you are still a food addict. Our brains are extremely powerful. If you tell yourself that you are powerless, your brain will filter everything in your memory and your environment, to confirm exactly that. Your brain will go out of its way to find things that will confirm that you are indeed powerless over your addiction.
Dr Donal Wood from the Inspired Performance Institute, who was also a speaker this weekend, said it so beautifully. Everything in our environment teaches us to cope and treat. Making it manageable seems to be the only answer that’s advocated to people.
Yet, our minds and bodies are made to be fully healed. We were not designed just to cope in life. I see many people wanting to make a change in their health, but they already have a plan B even before they started. Your brain will remember that. Your brain will remember that you have already prepared to fail. And then it will even help you to fail.
Unless we change how we think. And through our thoughts, we can literally change the wiring of our brains. It takes time and effort. You cannot just sit in church one Sunday morning and pray for a renewal of the mind. You must work it as well. There are actions you should take and things you should practice in order to renew your mind.
One of the most powerful ways of renewing your mind is using visualization. It is something you can start with today.
Take a few minutes out of your day and close your eyes. Think about what your success will look like. E.g. visualize yourself at a grocery store, shopping for healthy food without the need to put sugary stuff in the basket. Know what you are wearing. Know what it smells like. Know how you feel. It’s important that you engage all your senses in the visualization process. See who you will bump into, what they are wearing and where they are coming from. See what your putting into your trolley. See which isles you will skip, see which isles you will walk through. See what you’re taking off the shelves and what you will pass.
If you perform this visualization exercise regularly, your brain will eventually not know the difference between the scenario that has been imagined or a scenario that has happened. That is what smart people do when it comes to healthy goals. They teach their minds the healthy reality. And then their bodies (brain) eventually react on it positively.
Stop the blaming and shaming. Use that time more constructively. Use the time to visualize. Especially if you find yourself going into that spiral of guilt and shame. STOP. Find a quiet place and do some visualization. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes.
Give yourself those 5 min today, tomorrow and the day after. And see how it will change your life.