Your Brain on Hope

by Dana Wilde

Have you ever met that network marketer who is brand new to their business and just bursting with enthusiasm? The one who is SO filled with excitement that everything he or she touches seems to turn to gold? Do you ever remember feeling like that yourself?

I remember hearing the president of my direct sales company call it, "ignorance on fire." We don't know what we're doing, but we're doing it with such gusto that we meet with success after success.

The reason for this phenomenon actually has its roots in brain science. When your brain is in a positive emotional state, it's more resourceful. You literally get better ideas.

In addition, when you are in a positive emotional state, the reticular activating system in your brain is filtering through all of the available information in the world around you and matching you up with the right people at the right time. You're having better results because you are "tuned in" to all the best opportunities around you.

Most of us want to feel like that enthusiastic newbie. Sometimes we look at our businesses and wonder, "Where has my mojo gone and how can I get it back?" We end up feeling frustrated with our business because it's growing too slow or maybe we feel stuck or like we're spinning our wheels.

Well, if you've ever felt like this, then I have good news for you. You don't have to be bouncing off of the walls with excitement to start to gain some traction in your business. All you really need is a little "hope."

When you are in a frustrated, stressed, or overwhelmed state of mind, you are literally stifling the creative pathways in your brain. In order to open up your brain and get your mojo flowing again, you MUST shift yourself to a positive state of mind and the entryway to that shift is the feeling of HOPE.

Hope is enough.

When you put yourself into a feeling of "hope" - and remain there as consistently as possible - you can accomplish great things quickly and easily, even if you never make it to feelings of enthusiasm, passion, or joy.

Many entrepreneurs have mood swings between the emotions of frustration and hope. Typically, they have small successes quickly followed by small setbacks. The typical entrepreneur will focus on the small success and feel good and then they will focus on the small setback and feel bad. Ping-ponging back and forth between these two emotions, they never really gain any traction, which is why many businesses grow incrementally instead of by leaps and bounds.

This is why getting to a feeling of hope is so important. If you can get yourself to a feeling of hope-and stay there consistently-you create a resourceful brain that finds solutions for you.

You start to have small successes, and if you focus on those successes and ignore the setbacks, it becomes easier to stay in a feeling of hope. If you stay with hope long enough, then the successes pile up and it becomes easier to have feelings of belief, positive expectation, knowing, joy, and appreciation.

And it all starts with hope.

So if you're feeling frustrated with your business, how can you start feeling more hopeful right now? You can start with what I call, The Hope Exercise.

The Hope Exercise is really simple. It's designed to help you focus on statements that generate the feeling of hope. In other words, if you "think" hopeful thoughts long enough, you will automatically start to "feel" hopeful.

Here's how it works:

Whenever you feel frustrated or overwhelmed, just pause, take a deep breath and start saying phrases or statements beginning with the words ... "I hope."

Your statements might sound something like this:

"I hope I start to feel better."
"I hope I find a way to get my business moving."
"I hope I find a method that makes my business easier."
"I hope I get some people to buy my product."
"I hope someone walks up to me out of the blue and buys something."
"I hope I make a lot of money in this business."
"I hope I attain my goals."
"I hope I start to feel more positive."
"I hope I my business grows this year."
"I hope things improve."
"I hope I can think of another hope sentence."

When you've said your hope statements a few times, pay close attention to how you "feel." If you find your emotions dipping back into frustration again, keep applying your hope statements. This will ward off counter-productive thinking right away. It will get you quickly back into that hopeful feeling again!

Keep saying your new "hope phrases" until you experience emotional movement towards genuine feelings of hope.

Another important note: When you first start using hope statements you'll find, though you're making hopeful or optimistic statements, they might sound and feel more like frustration than hope to you. However, if you say your statements for several minutes, you'll begin to feel your emotions soften, your mood lighten, and you'll quickly start feeling better.

Better thoughts translate into better feelings and better feelings translate into a more resourceful brain and a more successful business.

While many of us would like to feel like that enthusiastic newbie all day, every day, you'll soon realize that your "brain on hope" is a powerful force for positive change in your business and in your life.

Hope is enough.

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