While the perception of pain can be strongly influenced by your environment and the people around you, so can your perception of success simply by what you believe. The power of beliefs, your beliefs, has a strong impact on your ability to harness positive affects in the way of experiences. Moreover, these same beliefs are responsible for your ability to minimize negative affects, also in the way of experiences.

These negative effects are what psychologists refer to as the nocebo effect or nocebo response. Nocebo effects are negative expectations and responses to situations that are not contributed to an external cause. The nocebo effect is a clear example of something we already know; our thoughts affect our body. This can be particularly evident during sports like basketball or golf when a player misses a basket or a swing and then finds themselves saying, “I just knew that wasn’t going in.” In theory you are locking up and subconsciously sensing failure even before anything has happened.

The nocebo effect is not necessarily the same as having a negative — or even a positive — attitude. It’s more about how what you believe drives your natural forces to create unfavorable external results. No matter how positive our attitude might be on the surface, no matter how badly parts of us desire change, a positive attitude alone cannot create change. To create meaningful effects we must take action and we must do something. To create true and meaningful change, we have to accept difficult realities and make challenging decisions from time to time.

What better place to start than with our own beliefs. There are a variety of factors that, when harnessed appropriately, create the desired positive or placebo effect most people want. These factors include your actions — how you think and react to personal situations and circumstances. Your observations — how you view the world. Your beliefs — how you interpret what you see. When these factors are harnessed inappropriately, such as automatically assuming you’re going to miss that basketball shot, the result is often a negative side effect.

To make the necessary changes to avoid creating a nocebo effect, you’ll need to become conscious of the world around you. Not only by observing, but by realizing the beliefs you have of the world and the actions you take that reinforce those beliefs. Once you see how your thoughts can — and do — impact your personal success, you can then begin to change them to reinforce what it is you want to achieve.

The way to motivate, to shift beyond this zone, is to set renewed standards and goals. I am not talking about goals that compare us to others. On the contrary, in that direction lies madness. To move ahead you have to dig deep enough within yourself and act with all the potential you are capable of and realize that each of us is responsible for our own effects. By understanding and sustaining the relationship between mind-set and success, you will see the positive results you want. Remember, whether you believe you can or you can’t. You’re right.

 

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Article References:
Motivaction For Life by Smiljan Mori
http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/08/21/the-other-side-of-the-placebo-effect/
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/owning-pink/201308/the-nocebo-effect-negative-thoughts-can-harm-your-health
http://www.placeboeffect.com/nocebo-effect/
http://dash.harvard.edu/bitstream/handle/1/3196007/Langer_ExcersisePlaceboEffect.pdf?sequence=1

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