Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling author, and mental health and mind expert. In her latest book “Think, Learn, Succeed”, Dr. Leaf describes how different mindsets, through quantum effects, change our brains. Through following the simple steps outlined in her book, you can change your brain and experience a successful life.
I recently purchased the Kindle and Audible versions of the book, and I have literally devoured it day and night. I have read a number of her books; this one brings together many of the key findings from her 30 plus years of research and clinical practice.
The book is divided into four sections:
- The Mindset Guide
- The Gift Profile
- The Switch On Your Brain 5-Step Learning Process
- The Science
I obviously can’t cover all these areas in this short post, but I wanted the share some of her quotes regarding mindsets to hopefully whet your appetite to check out this potentially life changing book.
“A mindset is an attitude, or a cluster of thoughts with attached information and emotions that generate a particular perception. They shape how you see and interact with the world. They can catapult you forward, allowing you to achieve your dreams, or put you in reverse drive if you are not careful. A mindset is therefore a significant mental resource and source of power. Your mindsets set your expectation levels, which will either be positive or negative.”
“Every moment of every day, your brain and body are physically reacting and changing in response to the thoughts that run through your mind—your mindsets add “flavor” to your thoughts, making your brain and body work for you or against you. And because you control your mindsets—they are not some preprogrammed function—it’s you that is actually making your brain and body work for you.”
“Understanding how mindsets form and how they change your thinking is a practical and helpful way to understand the power of your mind to change your brain. Mindsets help you see the power of your perceptions while optimizing your thought life by generating the correct perceptions, revealing your inner strength and resilience. The correct mindsets are integral to succeeding in school, work, and life. Your brain responds to your life choices—which are influenced by your mindsets.”
“Just thinking about something can cause your brain to change through the waves of energy that are generated, on a structural level through genetic expression and on a chemical level through the release of neurotransmitters. The power of the mind to change the brain is incredibly exciting and hopeful! Our thoughts can improve our peace, health, vision, fitness, strength, and much more. The ability to think, feel, and choose and build thoughts into mindsets is one of the most powerful things in the universe, because this power is the source of all human creativity and imagination.”
“Your thinking, feeling, and choosing impacts your genetic expression. You switch genes on and off with every thought you have, and every thought you have is a response to the way you see and perceive your life experiences. Research actually shows that only about 5 percent of genetic mutations directly cause health issues. Roughly 95 percent of genes are influenced by life factors and lifestyle choices. Your genetic activity is largely determined by your thoughts, attitudes, and perceptions, which collectively form your mindset.”
“We are wired to think positively with optimism. Your body and brain are finely attuned to your uniqueness and the positivity of your mind. You are essentially wired for love, right down to the genetic level; the more you improve your mental self-care habits, the more your brain and body will respond in positive ways.”
“Our mindsets set the tone for how we approach the events and circumstances of life, which are often out of our control. We are designed to react in a love mindset, which doesn’t always mean things are going to be easy but does mean we can shift into success mode and manage a situation more effectively.”
In the book she defines the following 15 mindsets:
- The Thinker Mindset
- The Controlled Thinking Mindset
- The Words Mindset
- The Controlled Emotions Mindset
- The Forgiveness Mindset
- The Happiness Mindset
- The Time Mindset
- The Possible Mindset
- The Gratitude Mindset
- The Community Mindset
- The Support Mindset
- The Healthy Stress Mindset
- The Expectancy Mindset
- The Willpower Mindset
- The Spiritual Mindset
I usually read 24 books a year, and this one tops my list this year!