What Does The Placebo Effect Have To do With Your Goals?
The placebo effect is a real thing. Numerous research studies confirm that when a patient is given a placebo or “sugar pill” instead of medicine and told it was the cure to their particular ailment, they were often spontaneously healed. That is the power of the mind to heal the body. When a person believes the placebo to be a true cure and expects it to be so, the body responds accordingly. The body is just taking orders from the mind.
So what does this have to do with your goals? A lot actually! When you set a goal, and I mean a BIG goal, do you believe it will come to fruition? Are you absolutely certain it will happen without a shadow of a doubt? Do you expect it to be realized? Like the person taking the placebo, you have to believe in your goals and know that you will achieve them with unwavering expectation.
Unfortunately, as most of us know, when we make the same New Year’s resolutions each year, we are still hoping for the desired outcome, but are obviously not certain its possible. We are more likely to believe a doctor who we hardly know that he has the magic potion to make us healthy than we are to believe in ourselves and our ability to create the life we desire.
Sure, a doctor is the expert in the field of health, but you are the expert of your own life. If you need an expert to tell you your dreams are now coming true, then look to the highest authority of all- the Universe, God, Infinite intelligence, whatever you choose to call this higher power. Having faith that you are being supported and expecting the results you desire is like taking a placebo.
The reverse of the placebo effect is the nocebo effect. A nocebo effect is an ill effect caused by the suggestion or belief that something is harmful. In other words, the only limits we have to achieving our goals are the ones we believe in. Many of those beliefs have been hardwired into subconscious. If we find ourselves procrastinating or self-sabotaging our goals, then we have an unconscious belief that the goal is not possible-contradicting our desire. These beliefs often come in the form of “suggestions” given to us by others (parents, authority figures, teachers) that we adopt and believe as our truth, such as “You will never amount to anything” or “Who do you think you are to want that?”
People say “I’ll believe it when I see it”, but the truth is, they will see it when they believe it consciously and unconsciously. A goal is achieved when it is fully taken to heart with the power of faith and expectation. This is where miracles happen. Faith is a place in your heart where you trust in yourself and the future, not the suggestions of others -it’s where great goal achievements are possible.
Debra Betterly, PhD is an Integrative Wellness & Life Coach and Metaphysician whose passion is to help women expand their health, joy and purpose in midlife and beyond.
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