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Full Introduction to MindfulChoice™

This video is the first unit of the MFC Seminar series. The segment is particularly designed to help the viewer become acquainted with MindFulChoice™ - an innovative meta-cognitive intervention technique for long-lasting change that translates Positive Psychology into real-life practice.

The MFC Method is based on new scientific paradigms in education and training for prompt behavioral transformation. By focusing on enhancing an individual’s decision-making skills, MFC remediates the underlying dysfunction rather than attempting to treat the pathology.

BMA to Z

Developed by Best Minds Associates, here is a compilation of the major principles the MindfulChoice™ method seeks to incorporate into clients’ lives. The six sets of principles relate to six aspects of living.

While this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all the change concepts MFC offers, these have been found to be especially helpful in learning the MFC method and making it the basis of one’s daily routines, as well as enhancing the effectiveness of mental health counseling.

Vertical Flowchart of the MindfulChoice™ Model

This is a vertical animated rendition of the MFC Perception to Action model, also integrating in parallel the attentional and reactional models emphasizing the sequential character of the MFC system. An important feature of the MFC model is the introduction of the Pivotal Choice Point where decisions are made. A negative thought does not have to inevitably result in a negative result. There is always the opportunity to choose to follow a positive alternative instead and reach a positive outcome.

Horizontal Flowchart of the MindfulChoice™ Model

This animation provides a horizontal view of the flow of the MFC Model from initial perception to final action, in parallel with the attentional and reactional models. An important innovation of the MFC model is the identification and inclusion of the Pivotal Choice Point, where all decisions take place. Even if one has acquired a predisposition toward negative thinking, there is a moment in time when one can choose to follow a path of positive action and reach a positive outcome.

Primary/ Secondary Tasks

Mental multi-tasking doesn’t exist. One task is prioritized while other tasks become secondary. We choose to decide what must come first. We must prioritize one task over another. When under stress and distraction secondary tasks can override the primary task, and that means trouble.

Studies of distracted drivers have shown that practice and simulation are necessary to learn how to avoid distractions from the primary task. For example, driving versus talking on a cell phone. Two tasks attempted simultaneously create a Tunnel Vision Effect.

Carnegie Mellon’s Scientific Research

This TV footage shows the Research & Development facility for Driver Safety Research at the Carnegie Mellon Driver Training and Safety Institute, where many unique discoveries were made including:

Measuring how stress and anxiety affect decision-making.Learning counter-intuitive thinking and behaviors to avoid problems.

Re-mediating ADHD, aggressiveness, impulsivity and inattention. Circumventing TVE, fear and overconfidence. Validating how the point of focus always determines the destination.

It’s All About Time

Time is a critical factor in MfC decision-making.

Do you know why most people never achieve their goals and dreams? Why they feel unfulfilled? It’s because they live in the past.

When you aren’t in the moment, you aren’t able to choose - when you’re thinking in the past, you’re not in the present…this places your future in jeopardy.Instead of living in the moment, we miss the choices directly in front of us, and miss out on the possibilities life has to offer.

What if…

MFC focuses on what you can do, what you can change, what would make you happy, rather than obsessing over why you cannot.

Addressing the question “What if…” is the first step in “out of the box” thinking and identifying our Destination. Hat If…” opens us up to numerous possible positive outcomes rather than limiting our future by basing it on our experiences of the past.

MFC teaches: “Our past does not determine our future”!  

Life is like a cup of coffee

Too often we lose sight of our true aspiration and focus instead on a lesser objective that grabs our attention in the moment. As a consequence we lose our way. By maintaining focus on the genuinely important factors in a given situation, we can see the pathway to reaching our optimal future. Where we had seen a distorted image of life through a negative prism of our own making we now have clarity.

Think good and it will be good!

Working Together is Always Better

Learning how to share and communicate with others is a first step in confronting any challenge. Coaches and mental health professionals are trained to share with you proven techniques to overcome stress and the hurdles of life. Don’t believe going it alone is the best way to reach your destination, striving on your own to solve all sorts of problems. Striving together we will find solutions that you will not see yourself.

“Everything is connected to everything else”.

A Focused Solution Leads to a Successful Safe and Sound Ending

On the skid pad simulation drivers are instructed to only pay attention to the path around an obstacle (see the little black dot moving on the screen where the eyes are fixated). Even under stress it is imperative to avoid fear and distress to dodge Tunnel Vision Effect (TVE). In this case success comes by calmly keeping focus on the solution of finding the path to evade the problem.

Learning to manage one’s impulses and avoid acting on emotions is a core MFC principle!

Screaming Due to Panic Resulting in Loss of Control

Learning how to share and communicate with others is a first step in confronting any challenge. Coaches and mental health professionals are trained to share with you proven techniques to overcome stress and the hurdles of life. Don’t believe going it alone is the best way to reach your destination, striving on your own to solve all sorts of problems. Striving together we will find solutions that you will not see yourself.

“Everything is connected to everything else”.