Have you ever read that humans only use a portion of their brains? Well, this is true because of the subconscious mind. Scientists have never really studied it in depth and we still do not know enough about it. But we do know that it could run and control almost everything we do. For example, when you try to recall something, the information comes out of your memory. Your brain is bombarded with hundreds of MB per second of information. It would explode if it had to review and process everything. This is why you have a barrier in between – the subconscious mind. It processes everything and it would only pass this information which is relevant for you in this very moment. The subconscious mind is the powerful secondary system that runs everything in your life. Learning how to stimulate the communication between the conscious and the subconscious minds is a powerful tool on the way to success and happiness. But how can we unlock and use the power of our unconscious part of mind? Well, the following tips can be of great use to you if you can employ them properly:
Get familiar with the mind
The best comparison of the subconscious mind is to a wild monkey. It can run rampage the whole day as it does not tire easily. And it can bring random pieces of information to the main part of the brain. Or it could make itself busy with achieving your goals and bringing you the information that you need to succeed (opportunities). The only thing you have to do is it to give this wild monkey a purpose!
Try to communicate to your subconscious mind
Communicating thoughts from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind is difficult because it should be done with emotions. Only the thoughts that are conveyed with genuine emotions make it to the back of your mind. And only the thoughts that are backed up by a strong emotion stay there. Unfortunately, this is true both for the negative and the positive emotions. And also unfortunately, the negative emotions are usually stronger than the positive ones.
Fear and negative self-talk
Your first step in harnessing the power of the subconscious mind is to eliminate the thoughts loaded with negative emotions. You also need to stop the negative self-talk or at least make sure that it is not loaded with emotions. Your fears often tend to come true, especially when you are very emotional about them. And this is why negative self-talk could produce such harmful effects. Eliminating these negative thoughts, or countering them as soon as possible is very important step towards success. There is story about the guardian angel that always follows you. When you say to yourself “my life is awful”, it writes down awful life. When you say “my job is boring”, it writes down boring job. And when you say “my body is ugly”, it writes down ugly body. And then it goes on and grants you all those wishes, because they are filled with strong emotions (sadness, disappointment, regret, self-loathing). That angel is your subconscious mind. Stop here and ask yourself: “Can you afford letting negative self-talk enter your mind?”
The countering technique
One of the best practices in reducing negative self-talk is the counter technique. Every time a negative thought comes to your mind, you counter it with the extreme positive counter-thought. For example - if you have an important presentation and you think to yourself: “I am going to embarrass myself in front of all those people”, immediately counter it with: “NO! I am going to be so good that the audience will applaud me for five minutes”. The truth will often be somewhere in between.
The delete button technique
Another power tool in countering the negative self-talk is the delete button. When a negative thought enters your mind, you press the delete button in your mind and image how the thought, written on a piece of paper, is destroyed. Or you can picture in your mind that you are smashing the negative thought with your fist.
Your subconscious mind will also act on thoughts that are conveyed with desire. Powered by desire, your subconscious mind will do anything in order to obtain the object of the desire. It would also open all available channels to the conscious mind for information on how to do that.
When your goal becomes the consuming obsession of your life and you have the burning desire to see it come true, then you will be successful. When you have set your subconscious mind on the task backed up by that strong emotion, it would allow you to see the opportunities in life that would lead you to your goal. The best athletes become the best only because of their burning desire to be number one.
The small wins technique
Another very powerful tool is to fill your life with small achievements (that lead you towards the goal). If you want to lose some pounds, start each day by looking at the graph of your progress so far. Hopefully, it is going down in general, even if there are small bumps. Put a picture on your desk of someone who has the perfect weight and look at it every day.
The visualization technique
And the next step towards achieving your goal is to visualize it. It is based on having faith in the outcome. Not hoping that the desired outcome will be true, but believing that it is already true. One of the most powerful techniques is visualizing your life when your desire is already fulfilled. Set aside several minutes a day to close your eyes and imagine your life after you have achieved your goal.
The mantra technique
One of the most powerful techniques is the mantra technique. The essence of that technique is to repeat in your mind (or aloud) a positive mantra that will help you overcome a difficulty or fear. The more you repeat it, the more strong you believe it in, the more faith you put into your words, the better the result. According to many scientific studies one of the major causes of illness is … hypochondria. This is the art of convincing yourself that you are sick. This is a powerful auto-suggestion mantra powered by negative emotions like fear. If that is possible, then it should also be possible to convince your mind that you are healthy, happy, good looking or mentally strong.
Find what energizes you to work on your goal and use it. It could be positive people that encourage you, or a motivational video, or even an energizing song. In any way, make sure that the burning desire to achieve your goal is part of your every day! Behind the scenes, your subconscious mind will be bombarded with thoughts about your goal, reinforced by the burning desire to achieve it.
The method of introducing thoughts to the subconscious mind is called auto-suggestion. It comprises all self-administered stimuli which reach one’s mind through the senses. The dominating thoughts that remain in the conscious mind (negative or positive) make their way to the subconscious mind and influence it. A thought dominates if a strong emotion (faith, fear, love and so on) empowers it.
The detachment technique
Last but not least, let go of your attachment to outcomes. You can never plan how exactly your desire will manifest itself. Do not narrow down on the options that you have at the moment but rather adopt an open mind and have faith in the unfolding of your dreams.
Indeed, if you can unlock the enormous power of the subconscious side, you can turn your mind into the most powerful means of achieving what you want in life. Just give it a try.