You may be wondering why you often make the same mistakes, follow the same patterns, or find that you are stuck in a rut. You may be unhappy with your present situation, and seem to be unable to make any lasting changes. If that sounds like you, then read on.
Perhaps you’ve attended seminars, read books, listened to audio’s, watched video’s and taken courses. However, you continue to find yourself falling back into the same dysfunctional patterns that you’ve always followed! Why does it always turn out this way?
We struggle to make permanent changes in our lives because we input information only into our conscious mind. Here’s the problem: your conscious mind is not what directs your behaviours and belief system.
To change your behaviours, you must first reprogram the hard-wired centre of your mind: the subconscious mind.
How Does Your Subconscious Mind Work?
The subconscious is the largest part of our mind, occupying around 90% of our total mind capacity . It contains all the messages we’ve received throughout our lives. It holds millions and millions of thoughts. These thoughts are grouped into clusters that form beliefs, mindsets, habits and character traits.
The relationship between the conscious and subconscious minds is like an iceberg. The conscious mind is like the visible tip of the iceberg, while the subconscious is the much larger lower portion of the iceberg that is hidden from view.
You can’t see the subconscious in action, but it certainly has a major impact on your life on a day to day basis.
The subconscious is where all of your learned behaviours are stored. Once you learn to walk, you don’t need to consider how to lift and place each foot to take the next step, do you? Of course not! Your subconscious mind automatically controls your steps. The same happens when you learn to ride a bike or drive a car.
Your subconscious learns behaviour through repetition and practice. In the same way as it learned to control your footsteps when you started walking, it also controls your thoughts, feelings and actions in your life’s journey, based on what you’ve reinforced throughout your life.
The good news is that you can reprogram your subconscious mind by inputting and reinforcing new thoughts, feelings and actions! There are several different techniques that you can use to tap into the subconscious mind and reprogram how it works.
Here are my top 5 ways that you can apply right now to change your mind and change your life:
1. Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis.
Hypnosis works directly with the subconscious mind. It works effectively by easing you into a state of extreme relaxation. Once you’re in this state, the conscious mind releases its grip, the critical self-talk eases and the subconscious mind becomes easier to access.
While under hypnosis, it becomes much easier to reprogram the subconscious into accepting new thoughts as reality.
You can either work with a Clinical Hypnotherapist or use one of the many self-hypnosis recordings that are available online.
Visualisation is the act of creating detailed mental pictures that portray your desired outcome, so that you can see success for yourself. These images stimulate the subconscious into accepting them as reality, which then directs your behaviour accordingly. Top athletes use this technique during game-time. They will visualise themselves winning in graphic detail, so that it is crystal clear in their mind.
Affirmations work to change your subconscious mind by using positive, personal, present tense statements that override and replace your habitual and embedded negative thinking. By repeating these positive thoughts, you can create new pathways in your subconscious. You will then notice that your thoughts, feelings and actions change to reflect these repeated affirmations.
For example, repeating: “I choose healthy foods at each meal” will change your mindset and over time what you eat and why you eat it will change.
Like learning any new skill, repetition is the key. Affirmations are no different! – If you’ve tried affirmations before without success, it is likely that you have given up too soon. I recommend repeating your affirmations at least 10 times per day for a minimum of 21 days.
4. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
NLP has a number of techniques and processes that work directly with the subconscious mind.
The Swish Pattern or Swish Technique is used to rapidly replace a negative image with a positive one. This is done rapidly 10 to 20 times, until the person automatically switches to the positive image as soon as they imagine the negative one.
Anchoring is a wonderful technique to access the powerful and positive feelings stored in your subconscious at will. It requires some conscious awareness to trigger the anchor and this will become more unconscious over time, as the process becomes habitual.
The Fast Phobia Cure (sometimes known as the Rewind Technique) can be used to scramble a past memory, so that it no longer provides a negative feeling in the present.
I’ll provide more information on these 3 NLP techniques in a future article. In the meantime, feel free to Google them.
5. Subliminal Audios.
You can use subliminal audios while you sleep, meditate or relax. The conscious mind listens to music or someone speaking on one level, but the subconscious mind hears another layer of information recorded underneath the audible portion.
When awake, the conscious mind is distracted with the audible portion of the audio, making it harder to tap into the subconscious mind. These work so effectively, because the conscious mind can only focus on one thing at a time. If you’ve ever tried to listen to two conversations at the same time, then you’ll know what I mean.
Using one or more of these 5 techniques will help you reprogram your subconscious mind and remove the burden of the negative thoughts buried there.
Imagine the freedom of living your life without the automatic dysfunctional behaviours you’ve had driving you for years!
When you transform your negative outlook into a positive one, you can accomplish so much more. In doing so, your mind will be released from negative programming, allowing you to excel and succeed throughout your life.
To your success