Back in Charge!: A Guide to Harnessing the Magic of Your Brain to Create the Life You'll Love


Most of us feel challenged in some area of life-our careers, our health, or maybe our relationships. According to Dr. Adrianne Ahern, we are being thwarted by the hardwiring of our brains. Her powerful techniques train the brain to support optimal health, success, and well-being and can help anyone to:


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Most of us feel challenged in some area of life-our careers, our health, or maybe our relationships. According to Dr. Adrianne Ahern, we are being thwarted by the hardwiring of our brains. Her powerful techniques train the brain to support optimal health, success, and well-being and can help anyone to:

Increase focus and creativity

Meet life's challenges with confidence and calm

Positively and effectively respond to change

Reduce negative impacts of a stressful life

Experience more energy and joy

Interactive, fun, and engaging, Back in Charge! helps you re-wire your brain by harnessing the power of your five senses. You'll learn the same life-changing techniques Dr. A teaches peak performers, including Olympic athletes and industry leaders. Back in Charge! includes two interactive CDs with Dr. A personally guiding you through brain exercises easy enough to practice while driving to work-yet so powerful, they will help you create the life you want.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591810896
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Pages: 143
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

To Reap the Benefits xi

1 Bridging the Chasm 1

Looking Across the Chasm 1

Disbelief in Change 4

Exercise: What Popped Your Balloon? 5

The Known Is Painful-But the Unknown Is Terrifying! 6

Specific Negative Beliefs 7

Your Conditioning: A Ferocious Warrior 9

The Problem with Affirmations 9

Exercise: Test your conditioning 10

Limitations of Willpower 10

Exercise: Finding the Why 11

Exercise: Teaming up With Cheerleaders 12

The Bridge over the Chasm 12

Exercise: Make me a deal 13

2 Your Brain: A Primer 15

Working with the System 15

Automatic Pilot 17

Different Feels Strange 19

Exercise: Benign Conditioning on Automatic Pilot 20

Mental/Emotional Treadmill 21

Exercise: It just Feels Right 22

Who Dunnit? 23

Early Childhood 24

Cultural Conditioning 25

Exercise: Tackling the Boogie Man 26

3 The Creator of Your Reality 29

The Most Powerful Truth 29

Your Conditioned Perception 31

Our Personal Realities 31

That Tree in the Forest 32

Exercise: What's Going on in Your World? 33

Ignorance Can Be Bliss 34

Exercise: What Don't I Know? 35

You See and Hear What You Expect 35

Making a Lie True 37

Looking in the Looking Glass 39

Exercise: What Do You Expect? 39

Perception Determines What Is Possible 40

Determined to Fail 41

Exercise: If You Knew You Couldn't Fail ... 42

Your Choice 43

Damage Control 43

4 Power of Feelings 47

On the Cellular Level 47

Powerful Split Second 48

I'm Gonna Kill That Guy 49

Exercise: What's Your Story? 50

What about Love? 50

Exercise: How Do I Love Thee? 51

Plugged into Your Physiology 52

From Feelingto Emotion 53

Exercise: Releasing Emotion From the Body 54

Emotion Leaves No Choice 55

Exercise: Your Place of Choice 55

Emotions Are Not So Bright 56

Carving a Vicious Cycle 57

Feelings: Innocent and Wise 58

Exercise: Taking Inventory 59

Exercise: You've already Been There 60

Emotion and Feelings as Tools 60

5 Power of Breath 65

Breath Basics 66

Breath and Physical Health 66

Breath and Emotional Health 68

Exercise: Prove It To Yourself 70

Breathing and Mental Clarity 71

Exercise: Get Smart 72

There's Breathing ... and There's Breathing 72

Exercise: Are you a Belly Breather or a Chest Breather? 73

Exercise: Baby Breath 74

Under Stress 75

Exercise: Stress Test 75

Part of Your Daily Routine 77

Exercise: Breathe in Health 78

Breathing for Health 78

Exercise: Breathe Yourself to Sleep 79

Breathing to Rewire Your Brain 79

6 Power of Imagination 81

It's All in Your Head? 82

Exercise: Mental Health Break 84

Visualization and Performance 84

Visualization vs. Imagination 86

We're Imagination Pros 86

Exercise: Taking Charge of Worry 87

Let's Pretend 89

Exercise: Black Belt Moments 89

Positive Focus 90

Exercise: What are you Rehearsing? 92

Present Focus 92

Beyond Words 93

Start Easy 94

Not Just a Daydream 95

Exercise: Create Your Image 96

Can't Imagine It? 97

Exercise: Self-Discovery 97

7 The Power of Acknowledgment: Face It or Get Chased by It 99

You Are Not Your Conditioning 100

From Monologue to Dialogue 101

Behind Your Back 102

Out of Sight, Still in Mind 103

Acknowledgment and Cleansing 104

Exercise: Acknowledge and Cleanse 106

Feeling Not So Groovy 107

Suppressed Emotion 108

Getting to the Feeling 110

Exercise: Unearthing the Feeling 111

History Review 111

Exercise: Ancient History 112

Exercise: Catch it as it Comes up 112

You May Need Assistance 113

How Do I Use This? 113

8 Pulling It All Together: Rewiring in a Nutshell 115

Set Yourself Up 116

Your Trigger 116

Exercise: Create your Trigger 117

Make It Stick 118

Play It Again, Sam 118

Let's Get Physical 120

Emotionally Attached 121

Writer's Block 122

Competitive Drive 123

Calming the Tasmanian Devil 125

Bridging the Chasm 126

Exercise: Sixty Seconds to Momentum 129

Exercise: Progress Report 132

Epilogue: Beyond Conditioning 135

Carried Away by Beauty 138

Joy to the World! 138

Exercise: Beauty Rest 139

Playing Around 140

Exercise: Tap the Joy 141

Attitude of Gratitude 141

Exercise: Appreciation by the Alphabet 141

What's the Point? 142

About the Author 145

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