The influence of the human subconscious mind has been noted by countless scientists and psychologists.
Your subconscious is similar to a powerful operating system that runs in the background of your computer – while it doesn’t flash warnings and open programs on its own, it is the technology that is most in control of everything you do.
Your subconscious is your mental operating system. It has the power to influence your mental and physical health, and without you even realizing, it is almost exclusively in control of every choice you make and behavior you express.
Learned habits, instinctive behaviors and routines occur automatically without conscious intention or thought. These begin to form at birth and by approximately the age of six, most of us have ingrained behaviors that will follow us throughout our lives.
FACT: Your subconscious mind is in control at least 95% of every day.
Good Habits And Bad Habits
Without our subconscious habitual behavior, there would be too many things we’d have to actually think about in order to get them done. Stopping at a red light, applauding at the end of a concert, avoiding dangerous situations and even blowing on liquid that is too hot to drink are examples of good habits. You can perform these tasks automatically and still think about other things or hold a conversation.
The key to bringing your subconscious and conscious minds in sync is through habit.
Every habit you have, both positive and negative, is driven by your subconscious mind; and is the key to better health and mental wellness.
According to research published on PsychCentral, the average time it takes a human being to form a habit is 66 days. Lesser habits, such as remembering to check your new email account, can take as little as two weeks to form. Greater habits that include lifestyle changes – diet, exercise or quitting smoking, for example – can take much longer.
The two halves of your consciousness are designed to work together – but their relationship often conflicts. The root cause of this conflict is fear. While your conscious mind is logical, your subconscious mind is emotional. Your conscious mind may want to form a new habit but your subconscious mind does not like change at all – it would rather keep bad habits than change.
For example, if you:
- relate being sick with attention – such as when you were a child – your subconscious mind can cause you to feel ill and even manifest symptoms to gain the attention you crave;
- tend to get angry during your morning commute, your subconscious registers this as a habit and triggers your anger when you get in your car to drive to work;
- eat too much at a buffet-style restaurant; your subconscious mind will let you keep eating long past the point where you are full the next time you dine there.
The examples are endless and there is a strong likelihood that you will find areas where your subconscious mind has “taken over” parts of your life without your knowledge or intent.
To help you overcome the bad habits formed in your subconscious mind, try the following methods:
1) Limit how much negative data you allow into your brain. Violent programming, abrasive reality shows and doom-and-gloom news stories are stored by your subconscious for later access. Instead, watch programs that leaves you feeling motivated and more positive.
2) Surround yourself with positive people. Behavior is contagious – spend your time with those people who contribute to your life and your goals. Negativity inspires negative behavior, while positivity inspires positive behavior.
3) Stop being overly critical of yourself. Remember what you’ve accomplished, focus on your plans and do not take setbacks and obstacles so personally. Positive thoughts first thing in the morning and last thing before sleeping have more impact. Scientists believe our conscious and subconscious minds are closest at those times than any other.
4) Practice gratitude. Realize what good things you have in your life and keep things around that inspire gratitude and happiness. Make a list of everything you are grateful for and add to it regularly. Decorate your office with photos of good experiences or motivational sayings that lift you up.
5) Take control of your time – and don’t forget “YOU” time. Refuse to allow constant distractions that drain your time and leave you feeling stressed and frustrated at the end of the day. No matter how busy you are, fit no less than half an hour in to do something just for you; as this will recharge your body and make you more efficient. If you think you don’t have time – change your thinking. You don’t have time not to do it.
To get you started, try these three actions to alter your subconscious mind:
- Repetition: by repeating a positive action again and again until it is habit, your subconscious mind will reach for it first.
- Visualization: picture the reality you want to live in full color; this can be done in your mind or with the benefit of a vision board.
- Emotion: go through each day with the mindset that you have already achieved your goals.
“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.” – Thomas Edison
To succeed in your goals, maintain your mental and physical health and alter ingrained habits in your life, you must first train your subconscious mind to work with – not against – your conscious mind.
This synchronicity does not mean that bad things will never happen – unfortunately, they will. Your goal is to not allow your subconscious mind’s fear of change to dictate the outcome of any given situation.
What habits have you broken as a resulting of changing your subconscious mind? Share with us below how you broke this habit, and whether it’s empowered you to make other positive changes in your life.