by Dr. Mike T Nelson

Ok, maybe not other people’s minds, but control of your own!

Mindset is the rate limiting step for many many people in reaching their goals.

The cool part is that it can be changed!

“Transforming your body begins by transforming your mind.” – unknown

And this transformation is NOT the normal rah rah rah motivational quotes you see on Facebook.

Those quotes are cool but will only provide enough hype to help get you through maybe one day.

Surface motivation is like pushing the gas pedal down harder in a Yugo.   You will go faster for a bit, but it will never perform like the corvette.

Changing your mindset is like upgrading to the corvette.

Much faster results!

3 Neurology Principles for Faster Results


Source: Keith Griffin

Strong Brain Source: Keith Griffin

1) Neuroplasticity

Even as recently as a few years ago, scientist believed that once you were fully matured, the number of brain cells you had was fixed. And it was all downhill from there as they could not regenerate themselves.

Later, it was discovered that these brain cells actually CAN regenerate, and do all the time. The brain can change itself, even in old(er) age.

This is an amazing fact since it means that your current brain structure and function will change based on your experiences.   Provide experiences (especially new and novel ones), and your brain will change for the better.

Why you should give a crap about neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is powerful. It is the ability of your brain to change.

There is a catch though.

Depending on the inputs (and even your thoughts), neuroplasticity can make you better, or worse.

Read on for ways to literally reform your brain for the better.

2) Association

Your brain (and your client’s brains if you are a trainer or coach) are always associating every movement/exercise with an emotion. This is how neurology works, and it can’t be stopped (nor would you want to stop it).

Why you should give a crap about association

You are shaping the associations generated.

If you are allowing associations that make you worse, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Rule 1 – When you find yourself in a hole – stop digging!

If you tell yourself that you hate cardio, and do cardio all the time with a mad sour puss face, you are literally telling your brain (and body) that this sucks.

However, if you do things that you enjoy (say, car pushes instead), you are reinforcing that while it is hard, you enjoy it.

A bonus is that you are much more likely to keep doing things that you enjoy.

Big Take Away

If you really hate doing something, try to do less of it. Find something you enjoy. Do more of that. Many roads lead to Rome as they say.

3) Memory

Quiz time! I promise this is an easy one you can answer:

“How tall are the windows in your living room?” Just give me a close approximation.

What did you do to answer the question?

You visualized or pictured yourself in your living room, right? You did not file a number away like a computer.   Your brain is wired visually.

Because of this power to literally think in pictures, your brain is much more powerful than any computer. A catch is that each time you recall any memory, you literally change it, just a bit.

Memories were once thought to be perfect and static.   With newer research, both of those aspects have been disproven.

Why you should give a crap about memory

Your path in life is determined by the conscious (and many times subconscious) stories which are held via memory.

Allow them to distort for the worse, and they will impede your progress.

Tweak them just a bit, and you will make faster progress than ever before.

You can’t physically change the things that happened to you in the past, but you can alter your memories of them.   No need to have your future actions be held down by your past.


Neurology is helping provide all of us with some amazing new information that we can use to make ourselves better.

It all begins in our heads.

“Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you are correct.”

I love that line! Just realize that it is only the beginning.

Digging into the stories we all hold in our mind and learning how to change them at the deepest level will bring about real change.

Dr. Mike

PS – If you enjoyed this, then you have to check out the Mindset Performance Institute Level 1 course that I helped create with Brian Grasso and Carrie Campbell. Go to this link NOW!