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Train your Brain From Wander to Wonder

Updated: Mar 4, 2023

Are you ready to dive into the deep, mysterious workings of your brain? Buckle up, buttercup, because we're about to talk about the Default Mode Network (DMN) and how it impacts our everyday lives.

So, here's the deal: we all spend a ton of time lost in thought, wandering around in the meandering pathways of our minds. In fact, studies show that about 80% of our time is spent in this state. But don't worry, my friend, you're not alone in this! Even the most focused person has to deal with the DMN, the part of the brain that's active when we're not focusing on a task.

Now, let's get real: our thoughts can be a wild and wacky place, often dwelling on negative loops and past foils. I mean, who hasn't been there, amirite? But the good news is that we can hack our wandering minds and put them to work for us. The DMN actually has many benefits, and we can train our brains to use it to our advantage.

First things first, we need to pay attention to where our thoughts tend to wander. Are we stuck in a negative feedback loop, ruminating on past mistakes and failures? Or are we dreaming up new ideas and solutions for the future? By planting the seed of positive thinking, we can shift our thoughts away from the past and into the future.

Now, I know what you might be thinking: "Aud, I can't control my thoughts!" But here's the secret: you can redirect your wandering mind with a little help from some something I call 'speed bumps'. These check-ins can remind you to stay on the positive side of the street and redirect your thinking towards new ideas and solutions.

So, here are some speed bump check-ins to help you put your DMN to work:

  • Pay attention to where your mind tends to wander and redirect it towards positive thinking

  • Move away from negative self-talk and ruminating on past mistakes

  • Bait your wondering mind with new ideas and solutions for the future

  • Prioritize thinking about the future instead of dwelling on the past

As the wise Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Let's be great minds, my friend, and focus our thoughts on the things that matter most to us. So, get ready to put your DMN to work, and let's make some magic happen!


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