30/07/2013 09:36 BST | Updated 28/09/2013 06:12 BST

No 'Read-only' Files in Mind

You'll often hear me saying that the laws of physics and form do not apply to the world of mind and thoughts, we just think they do but this week while driving home I was stuck by yet another example of how we habitually get it all wrong when it's just as easy to get it all sorted.

If, like me, you're a reluctant fan of all things electronic then you will be familiar with the 'read only' message that often pops up when you try to edit a document. You have no problem accessing it, it could even be right in the forefront of your mind, on your desktop but you just can't change it; you have not 'permission' to do so.

I had just finished fighting with one such issue when those same words caught my attention from the radio, 'there are no 'read-only' files in the brain.' I turned it up and listened carefully 'every time we access a memory we change it, in all the studies it has been found that the act of recalling a memory has the effect of distorting it in some way.' This wasn't just anyone's opinion; the voice from my dashboard was none other than Simon Watt, evolutionary biologist and fellow Huffington Post columnist. this man knows a thing or two and as I listened to him on BBC 5 live this afternoon I got to thinking myself.

If every time we open a memory file we inadvertently but automatically change it in some way then this surely explains why over time with prolonged attention the problems, pain and fears we suffer do tend to get worse. It certainly explains post-traumatic stress disorder and even phobias and panic attacks.

Think about it, do you tend to think about your problems rather a lot? Yes of course, did you realize that by doing so you are changing them? I bet not...

But, if a memory changes every time we access it then it absolutely stands to reason that we can change things for the better just as easily.

That's certainly been my experience working with literally thousands of people all over the world. Add to this the fact that our default setting is actually to be happy and it explains why I often describe my work as being like hitting 'restore factory settings' and why my clients experience change at a rate that suggests they are not just deleting individual files but making some profound and innate changes at a much deeper level. All change happens from the inside out and call it what you will it's official, there are no 'read only' files in your mind and you can change your mind and so change your life much faster than you think... literally!