- Flex your brain power of possibility thinking. Address a specific issue you are facing by listing a minimum of 3 – but try hard to push for at least 7 – choices you can make. Stay tuned to your inner thoughts as “aha moments” of new possibilities will emerge. Take note of these fortuitous brain insights, and they will come faster and grow over time.
- Stretch your adaptive brain power. When you feel stalled by the stress of current circumstances, consider that simply waking up to a new day with a roof over your head and loved ones to surround you can be a small victory. Complete two small steps toward a bigger goal to feel a sense of progress and accomplishment. These daily steps will move you forward when your circumstances make you feel overwhelmed.
- Tell yourself regularly and often: “I can do this. It can happen.” Repeating this mantra increases your brain’s level of dopamine, the powerful neurotransmitter that helps propel you into positive action.
Possibility Thinking to the Rescue
Dr. Sandra Chapman
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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD
Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project