Success Tip New Year’s resolutions
With New Year’s resolutions, it is particularly important to spend some time on reflection during the end of a year/beginning of a new one. Grab yourself a notebook and spend some time contemplating and then answering the questions below…
- What have you achieved this year that you are proud of?
- What have you not achieved this year that you would like to tried for again next year?
- What would you like to leave behind in this year?
- Are you happy with the person you were this year, or would you like to make some positive changes for the New Year? If so, what changes would you like to make?
- What are your major goals for 2015?
- What are your smaller goals for 2015?
- How will you break those goals down into easily managed steps?
- Do your new goals line up with your purpose?
While you consider your plans for the New Year, I would like to share some helpful affirmations with you.
I welcome change.
I am thankful for the opportunity to become better, happier and more fulfilled every day.
I accept the best.
I radiate glowing good health and am filled with abundant energy.
My work is rewarding – I enjoy what I do and I am successful at it.
My relationships are loving and fulfilling.
I express understanding, care and support toward others
“Beliefs and expectations are not only conscious, logical phenomena, they also have physical consequences,” says Hahn.
So, psychological phenomena do have real consequences in the brain. Jon-Kar Zubieta from the University of Michigan proved last year that nocebo effects are linked with a decrease in dopamine and opioid activity in the brain. This explains why nocebos can increase pain. Unsurprisingly, placebos produced the opposite set of results.
But the real cause of the nocebo effect is not neurochemistry – its belief. Hahn states that surgeons are often wary of performing surgery on people who believe they will die – because they often do. Simply the belief that we are at risk of a heart attack is enough to push us over. One study discovered that women who believed they are prone to heart attacks are nearly four times more likely to die from a coronary condition than other women with the same risk profile.
Despite the evidence, it can be hard to accept that people’s beliefs can kill them. Chances are if a strangely dressed man jumped out and shook a bone at you, you’d simply laugh – but how would you feel if a doctor with a wall full of degrees and a white lab coat said you were going to die?
“Bad news promotes bad physiology. I think you can persuade people that they’re going to die and have it happen,” Meador says. “I don’t think there’s anything mystical about it. We’re uncomfortable with the idea that words or symbolic actions can cause death because it challenges our bio molecular model of the world.”
Perhaps when the biomedical basis of voodoo death is revealed in detail we will find it easier to accept that it is real – and that it can affect any one of us.
So what does this mean, well to me this means you get what you focus on so focus on what you want not why you’re not getting it because that’s what you will get! Make sense.