006 How to Change Your Mind

006 How to Change Your Mind

006 How to Change Your Mind

 By  Michael Pollan ⭐⭐⭐½

 

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and
Transcendence.

 

 

Ten Lessons Learned

1.-Resolutions, Plans, Disappointments.
Yes, it’s a new year, and you have a list of all the things you want to improve, so you envision yourself where you want to be years end; You take a piece of paper and write your resolutions. Now you go to your calendar and set a plan and goals. You start with all the will to achieve all of them, but by the end of March, you already forgot more than half. It’s not because you didn’t want to, but probably they were unrealistic, unachievable, or you just have forgotten.

2.-First measure, then Improve.
Where you are and where you want to go? If you want to improve your life, first you have to know your starting point. Start by ranking yourself from 1 to 10 on some areas of your life: Mental Health, Physical Health, Spirituality, Intellectual Life, Partnerships, Parental Life, Friendships, Job, Hobbies, and Personal Finances. These measures will be the starting point, and from there, rank yourself every week so you can see improvement or areas that need more attention.

3.-Conquer your obstacles.
Sometime you’ll find some barriers, either mental or physical, and most of the time is up to us to overcome them. Athletes break world records every year, so do the speed of vehicles, the height of buildings, Etc. And also, most of them are just mental barriers set time ago, so first, you have to identify and learn how to break them.

4.-Learn from your Failures.
Now that you recognize your obstacles, analyze when they started, and what did they help you with, then learn from them. Think of all the times you went over them, and then begin to build your confidence and challenge yourself to do what you’re afraid.

5.-Become an achiever.
When setting a goal. Most of us tend to be over realistic, and shoot for the stars; when all we have is a car to get there. Yes, you can do anything you want, but to ensure the competition, set many small goals that get you to the big one. This not only will help you adjust the way, but will make you more and more confident, and eager to continue.

6.-Danger Zones
Now you’ve set your goals and the time you expect to achieve them. Let’s say you plan to run a marathon by the first trimester; if you never exercise, it is highly probable that you won’t finish, and it is almost sure that you will injure yourself. Is what we call the Delusional Zone, so instead you plan smaller goals, e.g., run 3 miles by February, 6 miles by April, then 10 miles by June, 16 miles by September and the 26 miles by December. These are what we call the Discomfort Zone, with challenging but achievable goals.

7.-Get the Accomplishment Addiction.
When you break big goals into smaller steps, you will complete more tasks per year, and your brain will get used to achieving goals, and your mind will get used to the idea and help you with your job. They said that it only takes 21 days to get used or acquire a habit, but researchers from University College London can take up to 66. Remember to give yourself a small victory token each time you complete each task. Or see how many days in a row you can achieve.

8.-Stay motivated, Stay Focused.
Remain yourself the reason you are looking to obtain this goal. Make a list of all the reasons why and choose the strongest one, Make a card, write it on a post-it, put it on the mirror, the refrigerator, your car’s dashboard, on your computer screen, Anywhere you can see it often, and keep reminding you the reason why you want to achieve this goal.

9.-Don’t do It by Yourself.
Researchers have found that it is easy to stay motivated if you find a group of people to communicate and support your goals. Joining a community is one way; they help you since you can learn from each other, have a little competition, make you accountable, and motivate you.

10.-Remember.
The key is to set realistic, dream driven, and achievable goals, broken in little steps, so you can get the accomplish habit. Keep on sight the reasons why you want to do it, and share your goals with your group. And don’t forget to express gratitude each day when you wake up, this will help you be more positive and prone to accomplish and value your achievements.

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