Dr. Jennifer Harrison overlooking a lake in the mountains. Create Your Future by Changing Your Present.

Get ready to consciously create your future now!

Many people think that either New Year’s Day or the end of the year is the best time to plan their future and set their goals. However, the truth is that the best way to create your future is by changing your present!

What most people don’t realize is that it’s their thoughts and emotions that are floating around in their bodyminds as they go through their busy day that are actually already creating their future. And, most of the time, we’re not even really conscious of our thoughts or feelings. That means that we’re manifesting our future by default!

In what I call our “busyness brain fog”, we may only be vaguely aware of feeling uneasy or uncomfortable. We tune out the stiffness, achiness or other body discomforts. Even if you start your day off on the right foot, familiar feelings of worry, anxiety and overwhelm can creep in as your day unfolds.

While it might sound odd or even “woo-woo” to say that your mind creates matter, the science shows it is indeed true!

An example that every one can relate to is how stress affects us. Have you ever gotten yourself worked up by replaying in your mind an argument you had with a family member, co-worker or employee? Your breathing quickened, your heart rate increased, your shoulder muscles tensed, maybe your stomach got in a knot and your hands got sweaty.

But if you take a step back, what’s really happening in the moment? The argument is in the past (maybe yesterday, last week or decades ago). All you’re doing is reliving it in your mind. However, by replaying the scenario in your mind, you’re activating your stress response aka your fight of flight mode of your nervous system and actually causing various cells in your body to produce stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. You’re activating parts of your brain and nervous system that cause your muscles to tense, your heart rate to increase, some of your sweat glands to produce sweat and for your digestive system to be disrupted.

All with the power of your thoughts!

Is this the future you want to keep (re)creating for yourself?

The good news is that just the way you can keep creating unnecessary stress in your life, the opposite is also true! If you stop to think about how wonderful your upcoming vacation is going to be (or relive a past positive memory), you can cause your nervous system to go into relaxation mode aka rest and digest mode. This causes cells in your body to create happy hormones which have a healing effect on your mind, brain and body.

Again, the moment you decided to both focus on a clear intention and feeling good, you changed the future for your mind, brain and body!

So, what can you do now, in the present, to create the future you want?

Well, here are three simple but powerful tools you can start using right away.

Meditation: In the first chapter in my book, Stressed Self to Best Self™: A Body Mind Spirit Guide to Creating a Happier and Healthier You, I talk about a number of different types of meditation. Newer research shows that when you’re in a deep state of meditation your body produces many hormones and chemicals including anandamide, aka the “bliss molecule”, which also inhibits the formation of cancer cells. Your mind does change matter! To access some guided meditations on my website, Click Here.

EFT Tapping: As many of you may know, I’m a Certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner. To date there have been over 115 (and growing) studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals showing the benefits of doing EFT aka Tapping. Significantly reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increased levels of the healing hormones like DHEA, better performance in exams, overcoming certain eating disorders, and even effectively treating PTSD are just some of the benefits that the research has shown to result from doing EFT.

And that’s not including the thousands of case studies showing EFT to help with work and sports performance as well as improvements with relationships and more!

The wonderful thing about EFT is that you can work with a practitioner if you’re wanting to clear out past trauma or limiting beliefs that are currently holding you back from achieving the health, happiness and success goals that you have.

However, you can also learn one of the basic EFT protocols to use as a self care tool to deal with stress. For more info, Click Here. 

Create a Vision Board: Setting aside time to envision what you want in all areas of your life and then creating goals is a very sound success strategy. What’s even better is to visualize and feel like you’re already living as your future self!

Vision boards are easy to create – either old school using images on a poster board or, my favorite, using PowerPoint (PC) or Keynote (Mac).

Changing your present really is the key for you to create the future you want! Don’t wait – start now!

 

 

 

 

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