January 2018 Email


Steve Jobs’ wife said of him that he believed in epic possibility. He created one of the most lucrative companies by thinking outside the box in terms of what people need and want. He demonstrated mental flexibility in many areas. One of those was the belief that he could accomplish his goals. Belief changes mental states, expectations, and behavior. If you believe you can accomplish something, you know how to activate your best mental states, and you have the right system, you will.

But if your brain isn’t working well, all the effort in the world won’t allow you to reach your goals. When you struggle with a faulty brain, you can experience disordered attention, anxiety, depression, difficulty accomplishing tasks, low energy, and foggy awareness. These symptoms can reflect problems with an undiagnosed brain injury to poor nutrition, or the unintentional practice of habitual patterns of thinking and behaving. It is useful to go through an assessment to determine what might be the root of the problem.

Some questions to determine how your brain is functioning follow: Answer 5-1 with 5 being always, 4 most of the time, 3 occasionally, 2 – rarely, and 1 -never

  1. I can organize my day and tasks easily.
  2. I can focus my attention without distraction.
  3. I can maintain my focus for longer than 10 minutes.
  4. I can stand in line without becoming irritable.
  5. I can delay gratification easily.
  6. I exercise at least twice a week.
  7. I am generally a good sleeper with 7-8 hours per night.
  8. I eat a clean and healthy diet with primarily vegetables and lean meat.
  9. I avoid eating sugar and drinking soda.
  10. I can remember things easily.
  11. I am relaxed daily.
  12. I am always engaging my brain in new reading or exercise.
  13. I tend to focus on the positive aspects of life.
  14. I am cooperative and supportive of others.
  15. If I have a disturbing or worry thought, I can let it go.
  16. I have positive thoughts.
  17. I let go of hurts from the past.
  18. I am not sensitive to criticism.
  19. I have enough energy every day.
  20. I enjoy contributing to others.

90-100 Your Brain is Functioning Well

80-90 Your Brain Needs some change in stress reduction, nutrition, sleep, or thought habits.

70-80 You may want to start making adjustments in life style and mental habits

60-70 You definitely need some assistance and may need to see a clinician skilled in the brain

Upcoming Activities:

Carol and Bill will be teaching in Bloomington, Minn. Jan 18-19 teaching Hypnosis for Trauma for clinicians. See Pesi.

We will be announcing soon our new course The Inner Game of Entrepreneurship to be held in Monterrey Mexico.

We are considering putting a new course together for a certificate in Brain Change Therapy and focusing on the latest practical neuroscience tools for change. Topics covered include how to change attachment styles, change unconscious belief structures to transform the future, and experience yourself as being more than a physical body. We focus on creating a true paradigm shift with the ability to use the most powerful tools that really provide lasting change. Give us any feedback on this idea and if you would be interested in filling out a short survey for us to include your most important areas in the focus of the course. We would love your feedback.

Pick up a copy of our book, The Worry-Free Mind on Amazon that has just been chosen by mindgourmet.com for one of the best books in 2017.

And like us on Facebook at the Milton Erickson Institute of Houston

Have a great January and stay warm.


Carol and Bill

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