The mind really is a curious thing. And when you look at how it impacts our lives in general, you have to wonder if you can’t gain more control somehow. Because for the most part, we assume our emotions are driven by events and situations we experience. And the result is that we can’t really control how we are going to feel in the next five minutes. But what if it’s the other way around? What if our emotions are creating the events and situations we ultimately live through?
Now you might be thinking this sounds a little far-fetched. However, nobody truly understands how deep the power of our mind goes. And the greatest minds in the world agree that we still have so much to learn from the human brain. But why is it that when you feel depressed or sad, the day just gets worse? And when you feel happy and confident, everything seems to work out.
While the following won’t provide a clear answer, it will give some perspective on how your thoughts influence your quality of life. More importantly, it looks at how we limit ourselves simply through the way we see the world.
How The Subconscious Influences Our Levels Of Productivity
It is general knowledge that the subconscious controls vital bodily functions. You don’t need to think about breathing or pumping blood, because these tasks are taken care of on instinct. But it’s also interesting to note that you can’t tell your heart to stop beating. Neither can you tell your stomach to shrink because you want to lose a few extra pounds.
Now, the habits we create for ourselves will eventually function in the same way. More specifically, if you tell yourself you don’t have the energy or focus to get through work every day for the next year, don’t expect any type of promotion. This is because your subconscious eventually takes this negative dialogue to heart. And before you know it, you don’t even feel like getting dressed in the morning.
But then you get people who don’t have enough time for all the energy they need to burn. It’s like they have a secret you don’t know about, and everything that is positive just seems to come their way. Unfortunately, they are not running around with a special secret. Instead, they are giving themselves positive affirmations while you program your subconscious to fail.
The Main Challenge
Just like you can’t order your heart to stop, you can’t just tell these negative thoughts or habits to go away. Over time, they have been embedded into your subconscious, which gives these negative thoughts leverage to stick around. However, they are not vital organs. You don’t need them to survive, and they weren’t there from the very beginning. And it’s because of these reasons that you are in a position to make a significant change.
Gear Your Mind For Quality And Success
If you find yourself in a place where you don’t feel motivated or inspired anymore, it might be time to check your internal dialogue. What are you saying to yourself and when are you saying it? Here is a basic 5-step plan you can use to gain more control of your powerful subconscious, and it doesn’t require any magic potion. All it takes is some effort from you.
1. Check Internal Dialogue
The first step is to start paying attention to your internal dialogue. For example, if you have something critical to say to yourself, take notice and actively change the affirmation. In fact, try to consciously compliment yourself on EVERYTHING you do well. Get into the habit of congratulating yourself before you attempt the next step.
2. Set Clear And Realistic Goals
Now that you are more aware of how you should be talking to yourself (internally, of course), it is time to set some clear and realistic goals. Even though it is fun to dream about reaching your dream in the next week or so, you are potentially setting yourself up to fail. And in your race to achieve success, you end up overwhelming yourself.
Success is placed brick by brick. That means you have to establish what your ultimate goal is, then break it into manageable pieces. Now, every time you reach your goal, it comes with a boost of confidence that you can go all the way.
3. Take Responsibility
Everyone is guilty of blaming their circumstances for their current situation. But at the end of the day, you need to take responsibility for what you are NOT doing. Only you can live your life, and only you can create the success you see in your mind’s eye.
4. Try to establish a routine
Establishing a routine will give yourself a sense of structure. It will increase efficiency on your everyday tasks, enabling you to get things done automatically. You can try to start routinely doing something at a small level every day. After a while, you will notice huge improvements on your life.
5. Enjoy The Ride
Life isn’t a race. It’s a marathon you want to pace yourself for because there are so many great things to experience and enjoy. So take every second and make it as positive as you possibly can.