By: Helena Louw, Occupational Therapist
As we head into another year, each with our own hopes, dreams, expectations and aspirations, I want to share some insights on goal-setting which have drastically changed the way I want to approach my goal-setting in 2019.
I used to set popular New Year’s resolutions for myself, such as exercising more, watching less TV, being less messy. These resolutions hardly ever amounted to lasting changes and I ended up making the same ones year after year.
Then, through the course of 2018, I slowly became aware of the work done by Dr. Caroline Leaf, a neuroscientist who teaches about the impact of our thoughts on our brains and mental well-being (among other things). Something she said stuck with me: whenever we meditate (i.e. reflect, mull over, think about, remember) on a thought, we are strengthening the neural connections and structure for that thought (or memory) in our brain. So, whenever we meditate on a negative thought, that negative memory grows stronger in our brain, and whenever we meditate on a positive, health-supporting thought, the positive connections for that memory grow stronger in our brain.Continue reading “What to put in your goals – and what to take out”