10/15/2011

The One True Way to Impact your Subconscious Mind


For the longest time, I used to believe that in order to impact the subconscious mind, I had to things such as:

  • state affirmations on a regular basis
  • write down my goals and re-read them daily
  • listen to recorded messages as I sleep
While these actions has some impact on the subconscious, I've discovered that they aren't nearly as powerful as one specific behavior that, when repeated, can make a lasting impact on my subconscious mind once and for all. See before I learned about this, I started to believe that my subconscious mind could never be tamed. I felt as if I were engaged in a battle that I was destined to lose. My enemy was too great....

It wasn't until I stumbled upon some videos on Youtube from Dr. Bruce Lipton and Joe Dispenza that I came to to the understanding that only one thing truly impacts the subconscious mind.

That one thing, my friend, is action. More importantly, consistent action. Dr. Bruce Lipton described our subconscious mind as a "tape player." Those of us who remember tape players understand that unless a tape was inserted, the tape player was useless. If someone inserted a blank tape, nothing could be played. Without a pre-recorded message, the tape player was incapable of producing any output. Our current actions are nothing more than pre-recorded messages being played by our tape player. It keeps playing because it only knows one command --"play recorded messages." Bruce equated stating affirmations to telling a tape player to "play a different song." Simply telling a tape player to change the music isn't enough. If we want to hear a different record, we have to remove the tape, insert a new one and press play.

For the subconscious mind, a new action is the equivalent to inserting a new tape. Ah, but simply taking a new action once is simply not enough. I liken it to when we play an album for the first time. We're not familiar with any of the songs so it doesn't feel as natural to us as when we listen to our favorite record. Why? Because our favorite record has been played dozens of times before. We can sing along with every song without so much as a thought because the songs are inside of us. But in order to get to that point, that record must have played for us over and over again.

With that said, we must use our conscious mind to impact our subconscious. Our conscious mind is employed in our decision making and choice. If you want to create any new habit (a behavior that we repeat without putting in much thought) then we must use our conscious mind to do so. Making a choice once isn't enough, just like the new songs on an album, the action must repeat itself over and over again. This all means that whenever we say we want to create a new habit, we must first understand and accept that we have to chose to do this action day in and day out. Soon the action becomes embedded within us and we know longer have to use our conscious mind to complete the action. That is how we re-record over our old habits and behaviors. This is how we truly impact our subconscious mind.

6/22/2011

Looking for massive results? Create your "uncomfortable actions" list.


As of late, I've been racking by brain to see what I can do to move more quickly towards my goals. Some of these goals have been desires of mine for quite sometime now. Time after time I keep re-writing my intentions in hopes that my actions would create extrodinary results.

Today I was listening to a friend who just returned from a personal growth weekend seminar. As he shared his experience, one of the biggest lessons he learned from his coach during his session is to do what is uncomfortable because that is where the greatest amount of growth can happen. After hearing that comment, I mentally I go back to my list of actions that I commonly create whenever I contemplate "how" I will reach my goal. Nine times out of ten, this list of actions will likely consist of tasks that are pretty easy to do. Suddenly, the thought came to me "what if I were to create a list of actions that made me uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that I would feel some hesition in even writing it. Those actions would likely be what stirred up the most fear and ultimately, they would also bring about my greatest amount of growth.

One reason why I'm motivated to move towards what's uncomfortableis is because I know that what is uncomfortable today will become the new normal tomorrow. I remember when I first started taking cold showers in the morning. The first minute or so under the frigid water is excrutiating. I have to jump up and down and scream affirmations to take my mind off the present experience. After a short while, my internal body temperature adjusted and the icy cold water starts to feel bearable. Soon afterwards the water actually starts to feel warm even though I haven't touched the temperature settings. Within minutes, the most uncomfortable experience imaginable becomes a pleasant ordeal. What's even better is that what was once a "normal" shower now seems too hot and uncomfortable.

So now my next move is to write a list of actions that I need to take to reach my goal. This time I will not notate the action unless I feel some form of aprehension. If it doesn't make me uncomfortable, even slightly, then perhaps I have to challenge myself to think about what else I can do that can take me outside my comfort levels. I also understand that just writing the list down isn't necessarily enough to cause massive action. That is why I have to use the same philospophy as when I take a cold shower. I just gotta jump in and before I know it, the experience will soon feel less uncomfortable. Another thing about cold shower therapy is that it takes place first thing in the morning. Which means there isn't any time to contemplate whether it should happen or not. Once it happens, I've pretty much set the course for the rest of my day. Having conquered a cold shower in the morning does a lot for the self esteem and confidence in what one is able to accomplish. Imagine having that same feeling after doing what you are most hesitant to do first. It'll make everything else you do seem like a breeze.

5/07/2011

Will Smith Motivation!

I can't get enough of this Will Smith video. There are so many powerful lessons available to us. Take a look.