An expert has revealed how you can combine science and positive thinking to achieve your goals.
Neuroscientist, life coach and psychiatrist Dr Tara Swart, who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and King’s College in London, explains in her new book, The Source, how six principles could be used in our everyday life to ‘make things happen.’
These are based these on ‘neuroplasticity’ – the brain’s ability to change itself during adulthood.
According to Dr Swart, it is possible to ‘rewire our brain,’ or to change our attitude in order to succeed. She explains we can train ourselves to become the person we need to be in order to provoke positive change in our lives.
She follows the concept behind the Law of Attraction – the belief that positive thinking will lead to good things while negative thinking will attract negative outcomes – and argues that changing the way we think can have a physical impact on our lives.
These six principles allow us to unlock what Dr Swart calls ‘The Source,’ or the full potential of the brain, which she describes as the harmony between the cortex – which is responsible for higher thought processes such as speech and decision-making – and the limbic system – which deals with emotions, memories and stimulation.
Dr Tara describes ‘abundance’ as the belief that there is enough of everything to go around. She defines it in relationships with ‘lack’, explaining that whether we believe in one or the other will have different consequences on our lives.
For instance, those who believe in abundance will develop resilience through tough times thanks to the trust that things will get better. She believes they also exude generosity, which is infectious and leads to human connections.
On the other hand, those who operate on the basis of ‘lack’ will be primarily motivated by fear, and tend to think in negatives.
This is why she believes adopting an abundant mindset is an essential part of the Law of Attraction.
One particular aspect of this fear is detrimental to our long-term success and happiness: the fear of change.
Dr Tara explains that often, people stick to relationships, jobs or other situations they’re not happy with because they fear being alone, or change as a whole.
The reasoning is that fear is a strong emotion that occupies a large part of our brain, and triggers, through bad memories of past failures, red flags telling us we need to run from risk, run from change.
A person with an abundant mindset is therefore more likely to be a risk taker.
Dr Tara admits that the concept of ‘manifesting success through positive thinking’ has often been dismissed by other members of the scientific community.
And she concedes that thinking of a good thing doesn’t necessarily mean that will make it happen.
Instead, she explains that manifestation is about constantly trying to make our dream happen, however big it may be. It requires that we are true to what we really want, and focus on this, instead of chasing other goals.
For instance, one could work hard to obtain a promotion and reach financial stability, when the dream was really to retrain.
Manifestation is about channeling your ultimate goal in everything that you do. Scientifically speaking, manifestation works by literally ‘breathing’ what you want. It’s focusing all your senses on imagining it and visualising it – what it looks, feels, smells and tastes like.
This, Dr Tara explains, makes the dream more tangible in our brain, therefore more attainable.
It also requires to slowly build the mindset and skills necessary to making the leap.