Japan, Poison Ivy and Creativity
So beautiful people, how psyched are you feeling about 2016?
Ready to get creative and set new challenges, soar to new heights, achieve those big tantalising dreams, meet the love of your life?? All the above?
Heck, why not?! Anything is possible, right? And you’re the only one who can make those dreams come true.
But the truth is nothing will change if you don’t change. I know that sounds harsh but it’s true.
If you want things to be different this year then you have to do things differently. In layman’s terms you have to change.
To think otherwise is a sign of insanity, you know, doing the same things over and over again expecting to get different results.
Now, I know you’re not crazy – well, at least I hope you’re not – and I would love for 2016 to be your best year ever.
I truly want it to surpass last year and for you to be better, happier and more fulfilled than ever before.
So, in today’s post, I want so share a story with you. I heard it a few years ago and then stumbled across it again while clearing out my mailbox over Christmas.
On the surface it appears to be about the power of the mind but really I think its about something even bigger than that. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts so be sure to tell me at the end.
As the title suggests, its about Japan, poison ivy and creativity. It goes a little something like this:
There was a fascinating study done in Japan where they blindfolded students and then told the students that their right arms were being rubbed with a poison ivy plant.
Afterwards, all the students reacted with classic symptoms of poison ivy, such as itching, boils and redness. But only a harmless shrub was actually used.
On the other arm, actual poison ivy was used but they were told it was simply a harmless shrub. Only 2 of the 13 students broke out with poison ivy symptoms.
According to psychologists this is called Expectant Theory. This is when the expectations that the brain creates can be as real as those created by events in the real world.
Isn’t that incredible?!
It proves how powerful your mind is.
So when it come to the new year and the “new” you, if indeed that’s one of your goals, then consider this, you will get out of life what you tell your brain is achievable and possible.
Think doom and gloom and that’s what you’ll get.
Think glass half full and nothing good ever happens to you and, yep that’s right, that’s what 206 will look like for you.
That’s why the adage: you get in life what you put in is so true. It’s said so often that it’s practically a cliché and it’s easy to become numb to what you hear all the time.
But the reality is that what you choose to focus on will eventually manifest into reality.
If you focus on stumping your toe on the bed in the middle of the night when you take that sleepy trip to the loo then you will, most likely sooner or later, stump your fricking toe.
I know that’s a silly example but you get the drift.
Tweet it out peeps: “Be the designer of your own destiny” – Oscar de la Renta via @PearlGraceLife
So, let’s wrap this up with a little food for thought, what are you telling your brain to create in 2016? What visions are you holding in your mind’s eye for the months ahead?
Are they hopeful, joyful, brimming with health, vitality, love and success? Are you foreseeing fun times with family and friends, trying new things, experiencing new adventures and creating lasting memories?
It’s all possible for you. Just you give your brain permission to create it.
That’s why vision boards are so powerful. They remind your brain of the things that are important to you and of the things you want to have or achieve in your life.
As creative beings – that’s all of us by the way, not just people who “quote-unquote” are ‘creative’ or have ‘creative and artistic jobs’ – it’s our responsibility to create the life we wish to enjoy.
And as creative beings our lives are a sum total of the things we create and I mean the total of everything; our relationships, our jobs, our health, our finances, our homes, our car, our style, our attitude, our habits and routines. Everything.
But the most incredible factor in all of this brain-and-creativity stuff is that our imaginations are limitless.
To para-phrase the great Napoleon Hill, “Whatever the mind can conceive it can achieve” so don’t hold back.
Let 2016 be the year that you truly GO FOR IT.
Let it be the year that you become more and do more; more living, more laughing, more loving, more caring, more reading, more growing, more learning, more sharing, more touching, more listening and yes even more crying.
Let it be the year your permit your heart to feel more, be moved more, understand more and to appreciate more.
Can you imagine how incredible 2016 will be for you… Wait a minute, you can! … Well, then go on and create it.
Hey and don’t be shy, tell me how you intend to create a magical year in the comments below.
All my love,
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