Do you feel stuck? Are you overwhelmed by pessimistic thoughts? Do you want to achieve more? Tapping into subconscious mind power can transform your life. It can help you overcome negative thinking and drive for success.
What is the subconscious mind? This is the part of your thinking that you are not fully aware of, yet it still influences your actions and feelings. If your brain is a computer, this is the operating system – the automatic way your experiences, beliefs, and thoughts are stored and interpreted. It whirrs along in the background without your ever thinking about how it works. But as with any system, there can be glitches or malfunctions. To achieve your full potential, overcome self-defeating behaviors, and achieve success, you can learn more about harnessing the power of your subconscious mind.
We all learn to do things throughout life. It starts the day we are born, and carries on over the years – whether it’s learning to pick up objects, to tie your shoelaces, or to drive a car. We seldom learn to do something right the first time. It’s only with practice and repetition that we actually cement the way of doing it in our mind. Unfortunately, bad habits and destructive ways of thinking can also become engrained. We learnt to interpret the world and tell ourselves stories to explain events, searching for meaning where there is none to be found. We can talk ourselves out of success, or create our own anxieties. We build bad methods into our subconscious mind through repetition.
If the subconscious mind is the operating system of the computer that is your mind, than the conscious mind – what you are aware of thinking – is like the programmer using that computer. The conscious mind makes choices and takes action – but all within the framework that the subconscious mind provides. If the subconscious has learned negative or self-defeating thoughts, it will influence your conscious choices.
Telling Yourself Stories
How does the subconscious influence your conscious thoughts? For instance, you might be chatting happily with a friend who looks away and checks his phone while you’re speaking. It’s your own subconscious anxieties and beliefs that would then assign meaning to that action.
“I must be so boring,” you begin to worry. “Why else would he look away?”
In this case, you are making a conscious conclusion based on your subconscious fears and beliefs. In reality, there could be a thousand other reasons someone has to glance at his phone during a pleasant conversation. He could be waiting to hear from his sister in the hospital. He could be arguing via text message with his wife. He could be worried about the time because he has work to do. There are so many reasons for this one action that have nothing to do with whether you are boring or not.
Instead, you’ve interpreted the event in a way that brings you misery and anxiety. The good news is that you can learn techniques to conquer this kind of subconscious sabotage. By using the power of your subconscious mind and reframing it to work for you, you can achieve more than you believed possible.
Reframing Your Subconscious Mindset
Reframing is when you consciously choose to shift your way of thinking. Take the above scenario. You could choose to interpret the situation in a way that will make you unhappy – or you could choose consciously to think of it in a way that will not cause you anxiety. Negative thinking is a habit you can break.
The first thing to do to conquer these self-defeating thoughts is to be aware when you are doing it. Think first of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you would not say an idea or statement to a friend or person you care about, then do not say it to yourself.
If your spouse told you about the friend who checked his phone during a conversation, would you instantly agree that it’s because your spouse is boring? No! You would doubtless issue reassurances that there are other explanations. Do the same kindness for yourself.
Then reframe – take a new perspective – on the issue. This can be telling yourself that you do not know the real reason why your friend checked his phone – so you should just let it go. You are writing a story that ends badly – write it a different way.
Thus, you need to issue forth positive thoughts that counterbalance the negative ones your subconscious mind repeatedly creates. Instead of fretting that you are dull and not worth someone’s attention – a lie you might tell yourself repeatedly – repeat positive statements to yourself. “I am fun, engaging, and interesting.” With repetition comes learning. You are learning a new subconscious way to interpret the world around you. The mind has a surprising way of believing what it is told – so choose actively to tell yourself good things, again and again.
Reframing For Business and Career
These reframing techniques can boost your personal interactions, self-perception, and level of happiness. And reframing – learning to look at problems with a fresh perspective – can also lead to success in business.
Creativity in the business realm can lead to innovation, invention, and success. Whether it’s a new product or a new marketing campaign, you need to reframe your way of thinking to stay ahead.
As Steve Jobs, the late chairman and founder of Apple, once said, “Creativity is just connecting things.” Just like your mind can make subconscious connections that reflect negatively on you, your mind can also make subconscious connections that help you succeed and see things differently.
Photography is not just an interesting hobby – it can be a technique to train you to look at issues from a different perspective. A photographer frames a photo looking through a camera and forcing a certain view through a lens. The photographer chooses what to focus on, quite literally, as the photo is snapped. With your own camera, you can take a photograph of the view spread out before you – or you can snap the road just beneath your feet. And with your mind, you can do the same.
Albert Einstein is reported to have said that, if given an hour to solve a problem, he would spend 55 minutes thinking of the right question to ask, and just five minutes answering it. Knowing the right questions to ask is essential to success in business.
A question you can always ask yourself when confronting a problem is “What’s the best way to get this done?” Inherent in the wording of that question is the assumption that there is more than one way to get it done. By asking yourself the question this way, you will allow your mind to think of many different ways to accomplish the task and assess them.
Reframing your perspective can help you turn a negative into a positive, whether it is in your personal life or in your professional life. Consider the old Christmas song about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He might have been taunted for his shiny red nose – but that is what turned out to be a crucial advantage that saved the day that foggy Christmas Eve. The nose remains the same – it was Santa reframing his perspective that helped him to see the value of Rudolph. We are all familiar with reframing perspectives in the political arena – any event, positive or negative, can be spun in the opposite direction depending on the attitude and choice of language.