John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C

You've probably heard many people talk about the importance of developing a vision of what you desire to obtain it. As a practicing psychotherapist and performance strategist, I would validate the mind cannot achieve what it cannot conceive of.

My interest in the mind began at the age of four when I would watch my father break numerous concrete blocks with his forehead and elbow doing karate exhibitions. I was fascinated. I questioned my dad how he did this. He told me he would visualize it over and over again in his mind until he believed with no doubt, and then he would break the blocks. What I didn't fully know at the time was I was able to internalize the belief that you could change physical reality with your thoughts. I am so grateful for the gift of coming to understand this at a young age. Thanks dad!

Belief influences perception

In helping so many individuals heal from emotional and relational wounds, I can attest to the fact that the parts of your brain which filter reality will orient you to what you have been programmed to believe. If you believe the world is an unsafe place and people cannot be trusted, you will see evidence of that everywhere. Moreover, your brain will typically exclude evidence to the contrary, even if it is right in front of you. Contrastingly, if you have beliefs associated with people being good at their core and that everything will work out in the end towards a greater good, your brain will confirm evidence of this conviction.

A belief is a feeling of certainty. It does not often correlate with fact. We believed the earth was flat. We were firmly convinced we lived in a geocentric universe and killed individuals who disputed this. Neither of these 'facts' were true. Challenge yourself today to examine your automatic beliefs and assumptions. Develop a vision for the reality you would like to create. Then go with intention and search for evidence of this reality. You will find what you seek.

The brain filters reality

I am not talking about creating a false reality and living in denial or delusion. The conscious mind cannot take in every bit of information and stimulus coming at it. The brain will filter what you orient to and observe. It will literally allow you to see some aspects of your environment and not others. Some things truly need to be believed to be seen.


John Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C.

John has helped thousands of clients overcome the hidden internal blocks which had kept them from achieving their maximum potential. Furthermore, he has assisted them in gaining clarity of their true life purpose, identifying their gifts and talents, and developing lives of greater meaning and significance. 

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