How much of it is “just” in your head?

How much of it is “just” in your head?

Some people are walking catastrophes. I don’t mean that as a judgement – it’s not something they choose to do. They seem to attract the weirdest bad luck. If they park here instead of there, that’s the car that the tree will fall on.

Other people lead charmed lives. They fall into deep, enriching relationships. Their businesses thrive, even if it’s a bad idea on paper. On the sporting field, they go for the craziest plays that seem to work out.

Even with pure chance, with things like raffle tickets, they win more than their fair share.

Here’s the interesting part:

I bet you could tell your life story from either perspective. Sure, you’ve had your ups and downs but, if you met a stranger, could you convince them you’re charmed or they should back away slowly?

How much of “luck” is just in your head?

Or if luck is too abstract for your tastes, here’s a more grounded example:

Think of any medical condition. I bet there’s solid evidence suggesting inflammation makes it worse, while reducing inflammation makes it better.

It’s been linked to both overactive and lethargic immune systems. Inflammation, it seems, can lead to both infections and autoimmune conditions.

And there’s a charming corpus suggesting inflammation causes mental illnesses like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Am I saying you can cure these by treating the inflammation? And, since your thoughts can increase or decrease it, am I saying you can think yourself healthy?

No – mostly because I’m not a doctor.

All I’m saying is the evidence suggests reducing inflammation is good at treating and preventing these in some people.

I encourage you to do your own research (and not get medical advice from bloggers.)

Do that and I’m sure you’ll find this simple idea:

Get your thoughts in order and it’ll improve everything else.

Body and mind, wealth and relationships.

How do you do that?

A decade of therapy?

Two decades in a monastery?

A life of chastity, prudence and self-inflicted poverty?

Goodness, I hope not.

What works for me and thousands of others is self-hypnosis. It’s a powerful discipline, easy to learn and exciting to master. It uses the mind’s natural mechanisms for opening yourself up to change and transformation.

You can learn the basics and enough for a lifetime over at this sales page:

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