Do you believe that by simply changing the way you think, you can impact your life and/or your accomplishments in big ways?
Many people don't. I think there's a pretty mixed back of results on this one.
Maybe it's a little far fetched to think that you can attract good things to you just by being more positive or more driven, or that focusing more on the good in your life can make you happier.
Well, how about a demonstration to show you just how powerful the mind actually is? What if your brain could make you significantly stronger, simply by changing how you think?
Introducing Hysterical Strength
Hysterical strength refers to historical examples of people tapping into incredible physical power. Arguably, the most common story is that of mothers who have to rescue their children from being trapped under cars or other heavy objects.
In those stories, the mothers call upon some sort of superhuman strength and manage to physically move the cars out of the way. But how can this be possible?
I'm not sure this has ever really been proven, but there is actually a good scientific explanation for how it might work and there is some evidence to support it as well.
Normally, we're only capable of accessing about 30% to 50% of our muscle fiber. If we used 100% of our strength when exercising or going about our daily activities, we would risk injuring our ligaments and exhausting ourselves.
You've probably seen this in action iv you've ever seen anybody get an electric shock. The shock causes all of their muscles to contract to their fullest which is enough to throw them across the room.
When we find ourselves incredibly stressed or in a life-or-death situation, our brain may tap into those hidden depths to carry us through. The science behind this explains the release of stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and possibly other neurotransmitters like acetylcholine. Working together, these may improve communication across the neuromuscular junction, and recruit a greater number of muscle fibers which would allow an individual to access their full strength.
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Putting It Into Action
So if it's being stressed that causes the hormone release that uses all of our strength, perhaps if you just imagine your family trapped under a car, you'll find you have more strength to move that obstacle.
If you could really believe it, then you might be able to access hidden strength enough to break your records at the gym or in your daily workouts.
But, according to the research, there are actually easier ways. It just so happens that yelling at to the top of your lungs will trigger a small stress response as well. Studies have demonstrated that this is enough to allow you to gain a little more strength during lifts. Talk about mind over matter!
I guess that's why we see so many people grunting or shouting loudly when approaching their limits!
Give it a try, let off a little shout next time your struggling through a physical task and see if it helps. In the meantime, stay tuned for the next mindset transformation post where we'll talk about the Law of Attraction!
Until next time, take care and hug your loved ones,