Welcome to The Big Idea of the Week!
On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I share a simple gratitude practice to help supercharge and accelerate your goals and dreams.
At the end of the year many of us set New Year’s resolutions or an intention for how we want the next year to go. I see an interesting pattern as people start to list out their goals and dreams, priorities, habits, and the things they want to give attention and energy to. In the background, there’s this subtle sense of doubt, worry, fear, and hopelessness. I believe this doubt comes from looking backwards and the way we perceive past experiences. Dr. Rick Hanson, a past podcast guest says, “The brain is like Velcro for negative experiences, but Teflon for positive ones.” Our brains have a negativity bias, and it’s tied to our evolution. Our modern brain has evolved to prioritize bad experiences, and deprioritize positive ones.
I share three questions to ask ourselves before we set our goals, which I call a palette cleanse, that will help us remember that no matter how we feel we did at the end of the month or year, we did the best we could. It also gives us an opportunity to remember how supported we were, and what we did to help other people.
Now matter how big or small…
1) What’s something tough or challenging that I did this month?
2) Who’s someone that did something for me?
3) What’s something nice I did for someone else?
When you remember these three things it changes your vibration for what you think is possible, and takes you out of negativity bias into positivity bias.
Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos who recently passed away said, “No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future.”
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