Does It Take Longer to Change the Mind if You Are a Pessimist?


I was sitting having  a coffee this morning and reading come notes I made some months ago. As I was reading a question popped into my head – “Does being a pessimist impact the speed of change?”

cup of coffee

An interesting question. I thought that I was an optimist until I did Martin Seligman’s test in his book – “Learned Optimism”.

Hmmm, more of a pessimist than an optimist! One bubble burst! So I started looking at the results I was getting in life and some of the self-hypnosis exercises I had been doing. The fatal thing we do is compare ourselves with what other people are doing, rather than looking at our own progress. When you read stories of people changing overnight and you are still seemingly on 1st base things get a little tense!

I stopped comparing my progress against others and looked at where I had come from. When I did that, I saw that I had come a long way.

When I applied my learning about the brain/mind with this progress and insight, I can now see that I had a lot of wiring that had strong connections. With that being the case, of course it will take some time to build new, positive, supportive connections.

spiral up

As the old saying goes – ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day!’ Nor are new strong neural connections! Especially when you are starting from behind the 8 ball so to speak!

Persistence is the name of the game. Sticking to the program, day in & day out. Working in the positive and staying in the positive. Learning the new skills and thinking. Developing the new beliefs. Rebuilding the brains neural connections that support a new better you!

until next time

metta

Garth

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About selfhypnosisresource

Hi there. I have an interest in personal change - for the better and have done so for many years. I am working on meditation - that's a work in progress. I have been on a number of Vipassana retreats. I found these of great value. I also have an interest in self-hypnosis and how it can help with self improvement. My blog is on topics associated with personal change, hypnosis, Vipassana and Huna
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