internetmedicaljournal.blogspot.com http://internetmedicaljournal.blogspot.com/2012/04/courage-reboot.htmlThe Courage RebootAuthor: T HestonSometimes, the brain can build up excessive recurrent thoughts, some good, but also some that areharmful. As discussed in the Wake-up Call of Courage, the intentional development of good habitsis a key component of developing and strengthening your courage. But what is also needed is toeliminate and reduce the impact of negative thought memes, also known as thought viruses . Thebest way Ive found to reboot the brain is by going through the following exercise, based upon asystem by John Reese.You need to have approximately one hour to complete a reboot of your brain. Make sure you are ina quite place where you wont be interrupted. Have available your favorite writing tools, perhaps apen and paper or an online, private journal.First, write down everything that you need to do. Some people call this a brain dump, others call itthe to-do expedition. Your task is to make the list complete. Keep going until you cannot think ofanything else. Concentrate on this task for at least 10 minutes before moving on to the next step.This is your to-do list. When you are done, put your list aside and take a short break of 5 minutes.Now, write down all of your dreams, wants, and desires. Write these down regardless of thefinancial costs. For now, dont worry about how much effort it will take, or how likely you think it ispossible for you to achieve. Just get these desires out of your brain. Write down your perfect life asyou picture it. Write down the physical things, and also the metaphysical things. These are thephysical and spiritual things that you really, really want. Completely empty your thoughts on this topic.This is your goal list. Keep going for at least 10 minutes, then take a short break.The third step is to confront your fears in writing. Put all of your fears down on paper. It doesntmatter how small, how large, how real, or how imagined. The important thing is to put it all down.This is your list of fears. Again, keep working on this for at least 10 minutes then take a 5 minutebreak.Now it is time to read out loud all of your entries from each of your three lists: a) your to-do list, b)your goals, and c) your list of fears. Read them aloud in the order you wrote them down. When doingthis, if any new thoughts occur to you, write these down on the appropriate list.Closely examine your fears, and while doing so, think about solutions that could help you overcomethese fears, or decrease the fear. If you think of a complete solution, then add this to your to-do listand strike the fear off of your fear list. For example, maybe you are afraid of premature death. Youcome up with the idea that by walking for 20 minutes a day, you will greatly diminish this fearbecause you know you are taking active steps to improve your health. Write down "walk for 20minutes a day, more days than not" on your to-do list.Next it is time to closely examine your goal list. Think of possible solutions. Also check to see if youhave any fears associated with any particular goal. As your ideas come forth, write them down oneither the to-do list or the list of fears.Finally, prioritize and begin work on your to-do list. This is the final step in your brain reboot. Thiscompletes the process, because now you can relax knowing that you have begun definite actionsteps to move you towards your goals and away from your fears. This builds up your courage byhelping you become a person of action, not just words or thoughts. After performing a brain rebootonce, it becomes much faster the second time. Do this on a regular basis as part of your personalimprovement system, and watch your courage grow as your fears and anxieties decrease.REFERENCE: Lofland D. Thought viruses. 1997.Author(s) take full responsibility for the content of their article, including originality, copyrights, andcompliance with all relevant Internet laws and guidelines. Articles are not edited for content by theInternet Medical Journal.