May 10th, 2020
Life is Hard. But Learning Self-brain Surgery Can Help
Last week, we talked about the basics of self-brain surgery to learn how to think about our thinking and learn to biopsy our thoughts- put a little pause in there between what happens to us, what thoughts pop up- and how we respond, either in terms of how we proceed to think or feel, or in what we actually.
This process is the first idea behind the new book I’m writing, Infinitely Happier: A Neurosurgeon’s Thoughts on Thinking.
Listen: Life is not brain surgery. It’s harder. You can actually train someone to do brain surgery. But you have to live life to get good at it. But you CAN learn self-brain surgery with a little help, and it will help you think better so you can become healthier, feel better, and be happier.
That’s why I’m always saying, “You can’t change your life until you change your mind.”
In other words, if you keep thinking the same thoughts- if you never change how you look at things or the mental framework from which you approach the world- then you’re going to keep experiencing the same patterns and outcomes.
And I suspect you wouldn’t be here listening to a podcast designed to help you reshape your thinking if you were super thrilled with the patterns and outcomes you’ve been living with. I know I’m not.
It’s time to take control of our brains, the most important six inches of real estate in each of our live, the space between our own ears.
Last episode, we talked about how to pre-load some ammo, some good words and helpful thoughts, into our brains and hearts so that when stressful moments come, we’ll be able to call on those good things and use them to manage anxiety.
And that is a great instrument, a powerful tool to use in our fight against the learned helplessness of being emotional slaves to our first thoughts. Because the first thought you have in response to something or someone or some memory is so often wrong, or just a reflexive, triggered pattern of thinking, that it’s almost self malpractice to go with it.
So, just like in the real operating room, the secret to successful self-brain surgery is training, preparation, planning, and practice experience.
Today, we’re going to look at how those four things- training, preparation, planning, and practice experience- play into successfully managing our minds and helping us overcome the issues that continually seem to drag us down.
Proverbs 17:27-28 in The Passion Translation (TPT):
27 Can you bridle your tongue when your heart is under pressure?
That’s how you show that you are wise.
An understanding heart keeps you cool, calm, and collected,
no matter what you’re facing.
That’s one of the secrets to becoming Infinitely Happier, friend.
Learning to stay cool, calm, and collected no matter what we’re facing. That’s useful during a global pandemic, but it’s also useful in everyday life. And it doesn’t happen by accident. It happens by self-brain surgery. My friend, we’re going to learn how, and we’re going to start today.