You really are pulling the puppet strings!

Posted on September 22, 2009


95%. That’s how much of your daily activity is controlled by your subconscious mind. Which, at first glance, appears to mean that you- present and conscious you who’s reading this right now- is not in control of most of what you do. Before any of you go shouting, “I told you so!” in regard to those cookies you ate last night, read this…The latest science proves that you are the one that programmed your subconscious mind, thus, it is you who programmed yourself to operate subconsciously – below your conscious awareness level. In case you’re totally confused, let’s sort this out.

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Based on my post “thanks dad…” we can agree that your genes are ‘read’ by your brain & interpreted based on the beliefs you have about yourself along with the perceptions you have about yourself & life. So if from the time you were young heard the message, “that costs too much,” or learned from family members and others around you that food was the best comfort from stress or emotion, then you took those signals in and decided to make them part of your own mental programming. And we know now that we chose to keep those internal programming cues & since we are all adults here, we can agree that we are able to change anything about ourselves that doesn’t align with our optimal goals.
We have the ability and power to change our subconscious programming into whatever we want. You didn’t spend your first day of life with a pre-programmed mind that said you were destined to fat, tired, poor, or incapable of great success – any of these programs that may be with you today were learned over time from those around you. Which means that you are capable of changing them into whatever you want! The first step is to acknowledge that your subconscious mind is working hard and it is there that change must occur.
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a single pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
                                                                                                                                                 –Henry David Thoreau
It was not one thought that led you to habitually doing whatever is keeping you from your optimal life, it was the same thought pattern, over and over and over. Whether it’s a habit -having dessert most nights of the week even though it’s keeping you from your goal weight- or a way of thinking about yourself – that you don’t deserve to be higher on the priority list, and therefore rarely make a consistent effort to get exercise into your daily routine- those things have been with you for some time & have laid down paths in your subconscious mind. From here, they frame every situation you are in and every decision you have to make, whether you’re aware of it or not. So as said above, the first step is to be aware that your subconscious mind is chugging along all day!
To change these deep paths in the brain, it’s not enough to just think positively. Thinking positively is only the conscious mind getting in the game. If you’re serious about making the most of your life, you’ve got to get your subconscious mind on your team & aligned with your goals of living the optimal life. How do you change your subconscious mind?
The way to change the subconscious programming starts with living mindfully of your habits and pre-programming. When you catch yourself de-railing your optimal life train, have exercises, quotes, friends, journal writing time, anything that refocuses you back to the new pathways you’re creating. For those of us going 100 miles an hour through life (who isn’t?) it is a challenge to live mindfully, so consider having a ritual or routine that you develop that helps you stay on point and remember why you are making the choices you are making.
To go back to our example from above, if you catch yourself going for the dessert even though you know consciously that it’s not aligned with your goals, have a ritual thought, quote, or similar mental imagery that will help you to get refocused. For me, the thing that works best is asking myself, “What’s the payoff?” If I’m heading down a path that won’t take me to my optimal life, I stop and ask myself, what’s the payoff here? And it’s just the trigger I need to remember why I’m doing the thing I’m doing, because for me, it isn’t worth doing or having of the payoff isn’t getting me closer to my optimal life.
Take the time to get conscious of your subconscious and start laying down new pathways today!