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Louis de Broggle was one of the first scientists to be able to prove that matter-waves and thoughts are both forms of energy. Aside from the frequency of the waves they transmit (matter is much denser and hence visible, whilst thought is much higher and invisible) they are both the same thing.

Who cares? Quite simply anyone who is looking to grow and succeed should care because this backs up the theory that all successful people believe – thoughts create our reality. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right”. And the reason it is important that we truly understand this is that the way we manage and direct our thoughts will determine how happy and successful we are in life.

Despite this and the well-known saying ‘mind over matter’ many people (even those who say they are ambitious) struggle with this concept. 

Instead of this being an exciting opportunity that we can use to create the lives of our dreams, the majority of us are frightened to accept this as a universal truth as it then means that we are 100% responsible for everything in our lives today.  

 

Thoughts create positive and negative energy fields around us 

We are responsible for how people feel around us. When we are in a positive mood, we tend to generate positive vibes, but when we are low the energy is heavy and stagnant. Most of us have experienced tense situations where we’ve come away saying that we could ‘cut the air with a knife’. Likewise, we will know some individuals that people seem to gravitate towards and others that seem to repel company. This is all down to the thought energy that they are giving off. 

At a more profound level even than this, it has been proven that thoughts can affect people’s physiology   and can actually be physically harmful. A number of experiments using kinesiology have shown how muscles are weakened when someone sends negative thoughts towards them and strengthened when loving thoughts are sent their way, but possibly the most incredible example of this in practice was an experiment called “The Rice Experiment” conducted by Dr Masaru Emoto. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehlw-9PJkIE. Not convinced, I tried it myself and can 100% vouch for the fact that the rice jars that were ignored and where I projected hateful thoughts and language towards rotted, whilst the rice jar I sent loving thoughts towards thrived.

There are two reasons for me highlighting this. Firstly, even though its unseen, every time we even think negative thoughts about someone else in our team, we are damaging the team structure. Secondly, every time we think negative thoughts about ourselves, we create damage to our own psychology and physiology. Both of which literally rot away chances of success and happiness. 

It makes sense to choose your thoughts and words wisely. 

Thoughts also create our experiences and our reality 

If you think about it everything that is around us was first a thought. The chair you are sitting in, the device you are reading this on, the home you live in, all first came from a thought which someone then took action on to bring it into matter. 

In practical terms, the house we live in, the job we do, the partner we are with, how much money we have in the bank – everything is a result of thoughts we have had. If we are late for a meeting, are passed over for a promotion, are broke month after month, these are also as a result of the thoughts we have had and the choices we have made. And yet instead of using this information to change things that are not working for us we tend to blame and complain and pass the onus onto someone or something else. Its understandable why we do this, because then we are not responsible for sorting any messes out, but unless we are accountable and ‘own’ our situations, they will never change. Successful people know this and love by the mantra “if its going to be, its up to me”. 

Let’s take a few examples of things that people experience and test the theory out. 

  1. If you have been bypassed from promotion yet again – what thought might you have had that has created this?

Could it be that you discounted the idea of speaking with your boss and asking for specific feedback on what you needed to do to be promoted? Could it be that you received feedback but chose not to act on the advice you were given? Perhaps you thought you couldn’t do what was being asked or you thought that the feedback you were given was incorrect. Or maybe you didn’t check back in that the action you took effectively ticked the boxes.

Either way – it is your thoughts that have led to you not being promoted. 

  1. You are continually broke. Every month your outgoings exceed your earnings.

Your thoughts will have led to the lifestyle you choose to live, the home you choose to live in, the work you currently do (remember not being educated sufficiently for a different job is also not an excuse – this is just that you have chosen not to increase your knowledge/improve your education).

Rather than blame the government or the economy or your boss, you have the option to choose living in a cheaper property; or of curtailing your lifestyle; perhaps taking on an extra job, or taking in a lodger, or finding a side hustle to support you current style of living

Again – your thoughts have led you to this Financial situation and your thoughts that can get you out of it. 

  1. You are unwell and can’t work currently. Surely your thoughts can’t be responsible for this right?

Wrong. Ask yourself if you have always taken really good care of yourself? What thoughts have directed the food you have chosen to eat? What thoughts have directed whether you exercise regularly or not? When did you first notice the signs of not being well? Did you act on this straight away to stop from getting worse? What did your thoughts direct you to do? 

If you were to change your thoughts now – what could you do to improve your situation. Perhaps changing your diet, perhaps meditating. 

Once we realise that we are responsible for our lives and stop waiting for someone else to fix things for us, everything starts to change and success and happiness starts to come our way.

 

Thoughts improve our performance

Visualisation (creating images with our thoughts) has long been used in sports to improve performance (you must have seen the sprinters on the starting blocks visualising their race before the gun is set off and the rugby players rehearsing the kick and the movement of the ball in their mind before they take it) and yet few other people use the same techniques to improve their own performance. 

Arguably this could be because we are simply not taught this in schools or by our parents. But there is scientific evidence to show how and why building a vivid image in our heads and focussing on it regularly can turn our thoughts into reality. And, once you can get your head around the power of this technique (a technique that’s available to all of us and which is free and easy to do), it will make you wonder why we don’t teach this at an early age and make it as regular a practice as brushing our teeth. 

So, what is the science behind it? Well, scientists have discovered, using brain imagery scans, that the neurons in the brain react in exactly the same way when someone visualises doing something as when they are actually doing it. In other words, the brain can’t tell the difference between reality and your thoughts. This is exciting and scary in equal measures. Because if this is true (and I’m not going to argue with science or the results that I achieve through visualisation) then this would suggest that when have negative thoughts about the outcome of situations these are likely to happen. But conversely, if we imagine good outcomes – perhaps in a sales pitch, an interview, an exam then this is also likely to come true. 

There is a caveat to this though. Whilst the neurons do start to fire up as the thought is generated, they only really start to make pathways and connections when the image is brought to life and made situational. That is, you need to bring colour, sound and emotion to the image for it to stick. In fact, many experts in the field prefer the term mental rehearsal to visualisation as this suggests that you also imagine any body movements and physical actions needed and so you bring your whole body to the visualisation. And you need to practice this regularly – just as you would need to study regularly for an exam or learn your lines for a play. 

Many studies on sports people have proven this to be true. One such study by Australian psychologist Alan Richardson involved a group of equally skilled basketball players that were split into 3 groups. Each group were asked to shoot hoops from the semi-circle and the percentage of hoops made was recorded. Each group was then given a different set of instructions that they had to follow strictly for 30 days. 

Group 1 were told not to play or practice for the entire period. Group 2 were told to physically practice shooting hoops from the semi-circle for an hour a day for the duration and group 3 were told that they couldn’t touch a ball or go to the court for the test period but that they should practice shooting hoops in their minds for 1 hour per day.

At the end of the 30-day period the groups were asked back into the court and were given balls and asked to repeat the initial test and the results were astonishing. Group 1 who had not practiced at all made no improvement from their original results. Group 2 who had physically practices daily had improved their performance by 24%. Group 3 who had not set a foot on the court or touched a ball but had only visualised taking shots improved their scores by 23% – almost the same improvement as those who actually practiced. It would have been fascinating to follow this up with a Group 4 who would practice and visualise. I can only imagine the improvement in this group! 

The evidence above suggests that being able to manage our thoughts is a powerful ability that will help ensure we are successful and happy. In order to manage our thoughts we need to be aware of them – but that’s another subject.    

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