If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how incessantly I talk about the power of our subconscious mind. Why am I so obsessed, you ask? The subconscious mind is like a memory bank and the power and capacity it wields is unlimited. What’s even more amazing is that with the proper training, you can perform to your fullest potential even under pressure. The subconscious mind plays a vital role in your life so let’s dive into how to maximize its power and capacity.
According to Brian Trancy, a success expert, “Your subconscious mind has what is called a homeostatic impulse. It keeps your body temperature at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, just as it keeps you breathing regularly and keeps your heart beating at a certain rate. Through your autonomic nervous system, it maintains a balance among the hundreds of chemicals in your billions of cells so that your entire physical machine functions in complete harmony most of the time. Your subconscious mind also practices homeostasis in your mental realm, by keeping you thinking and acting in a manner consistent with what you have done and said in the past.” (Read more from his article HERE.)
In addition to helping to regulate our physical bodies, the subconscious mind also plays a tremendous role in our mental and emotional health as well. As Brianna West writes in her article for ForbesWomen, “Your mind is constantly filtering and bringing to your attention information and stimuli that affirms your preexisting beliefs (this is known in psychology as confirmation bias) as well as presenting you with repeated thoughts and impulses that mimic and mirror that which you've done in the past.”
I tell my clients all the time, your mind will seek evidence to support that which you believe. So, for instance, if what you currently believe is that you are overweight or unattractive, your mind will seek images, people or circumstances that will reflect that back to you - such as images on social media of very thin people, a reflection in the mirror of you in an outfit you find flaws with, etc. It’s our subconscious mind’s job to keep the familiar, familiar and the unfamiliar, unfamiliar. The subconscious mind loves a good comfort zone. But as my mentor and the founder of RTT Marisa Peer has said, to make true change, we must “make the unfamiliar familiar and the familiar unfamiliar” to our subconscious minds.
If you catch yourself thinking thoughts that reaffirm things like low self-esteem, self-neglect, or anything keeping you from operating at your highest potential, it’s important to cancel them out right away. Jack Canfield, a confidence and subconscious mind expert, encourages a practice of saying “Cancel, Cancel” when we catch ourselves thinking these thoughts. It trains our subconscious mind not to validate them.
Vision boards, quotes, images, and environments that trigger thoughts or feelings of success are key to training your subconscious. The more we surround ourselves with the lives and goals we want to achieve, the easier it is for our subconscious minds to bring us there.
One of the fastest ways to reprogram your subconscious mind is to eliminate any blocks you may have to achieve your goals. While in a hypnotic state, RTT regresses you back to three pivotal moments in your life that may have produced limiting beliefs. It takes you through a process of eradicating these beliefs so you are free to pursue your dreams with minimal resistance. Learn more about RTT here.
Having a solid routine is crucial for achieving success. When we prime our minds at the very beginning of the day, we give ourselves momentum, focus, and remind ourselves why we are building towards our goals. Things like scripting, affirmations, and gratitude journaling are all excellent practices to setting your day up for success.
Lastly, make sure that you are consuming things that HELP your personal development. This means minding who you are spending your time with, what social media you are absorbing, and what data in general you are surrounding yourself with. The subconscious mind absorbs 100% of everything happening in our realities in any given moment, even if our conscious mind is filtering out what we are aware of. The saying that you are the sum of the five closest people in your life has a lot of validity. Making sure you’re running a tight ship on what gets in
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