If you’re wondering how to activate subconscious mind, wonder no more! Your subconscious mind is already active. However, most people simply haven’t learned how to harness the huge power which lies in the subconscious mind. For example, have you ever set a goal to achieve something only to give up not long after?
Have you ever wondered why you haven’t kept up your gym membership or continued working on a specific skill? Why does your life continue to give you the results it does, whatever you seem to try? Learning how to activate subconscious mind ‘power’ is a big key to success in any area of your life! Buckle up, because what you’re about to learn is life changing! If you apply it to your life, everything can change for the better!
How To Activate Subconscious Mind – The ‘Old’ You
We all have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. We are mostly aware of our conscious mind. Our subconscious mind lies hidden mostly from our conscious awareness. Since being a young child your subconscious mind has been trying to make sense of the world. It does this by building pieces of your world view and putting it together into a cohesive ‘map’ which it uses to feel safe and secure in the ever changing world around us.
If we had to constantly adapt to continual changes around us without this, it would be very difficult and stressful. Your subconscious mind gives you some internal ‘walls’ from which to navigate your world. This can become a problem when you are attempting to create something new in life or change your circumstances. We’ve all had this experience when we want to get fitter or learn something new. Before long, we give up and find we are back in our comfort zones again. Unless we can move away from our comfort zones, we will struggle to make real change in our lives.
The problem arises when you want something new in your life, but it doesn’t make for a good ‘fit’ with your inner view of yourself and your subconscious ‘map’.
How To Activate Subconscious Mind – Your Self Image
Your self image is a big part of your subconscious mind ‘map’. It is the part of you that determines what kind of person you are, what you are capable of, and what you believe about yourself. It’s how you see yourself in your “mind’s eye”. The self image is massively important to self growth. Unless you can change your self image, it can act like a ‘glass ceiling’ preventing your from attaining anything beyond what it sees you as being capable of. If you’ve ever struggled with anything in life, chances are, it was your self image, stopping you from moving forwards.
The self image is hugely powerful and no matter how hard you try, it will assert itself in some manner; often sabotaging your best efforts, just when you thought everything was going well! Changing your self image therefore can be much more powerful than simply trying to change things on the ‘outside’. In fact, we can often get ‘stuck’ and frustrated by only focusing on our external actions, to the detriment of achieving our goals. If you learn how to change your inner world as well as working on your goals with specific action steps, your changes of success are far greater than by struggling against a poor or limited self image.
How To Activate Subconscious Mind – Noticing Your Thoughts
The self image is fed by your continual dialogue and stream of consciousness – whether that be your inner thinking process or the words you speak. The first step in changing this is to notice your thoughts and words. Become the silent watcher. This can be done by sitting quietly and simply ‘watching’ your thoughts.
Don’t engage with them, or judge them, simply watch. Start off by doing this for 5 minutes and then extend this time period as you become more proficient. The idea isn’t to label, judge or block any of these thoughts; just begin by noticing them wander in and out of your consciousness, without ‘attaching’ yourself to them. This will seem very difficult at first. You will become engaged with your thoughts and may even act them out. When you notice this, just stop and bring your awareness back to just watching.
You can use the breath to focus your mind on something if it helps. Just focus on the in and the out breath. A simple meditation is to pick a spot on the wall in front of you and count to 5 repeatedly. As your thoughts intrude, as they will, bring your awareness back to counting from 1 to 5 again repeatedly. By practicing this every day, and slowly extending the time period, you will learn a lot about the nature of your mind and become more aware of what is going on with your inner dialogue. Notice in particular, how you talk to yourself and how you feel about and see yourself. This can give you an insight into your self image – how you ‘see’ yourself from within.
How To Activate Subconscious Mind Power – Clearing The Clutter
When there’s a lot of clutter, it’s difficult to notice the space. If you’re going to learn how to activate subconscious mind power, you first need to ‘de-clutter’ the chat which is already there. Your inner dialogue is already being “consumed” by your subconscious mind. It is being listened to. Your life is very likely to be (at least partially) a result of the “chat” that has been going on for a long time in the background in your mind.
This is what has been creating your self image so far. Start by listening to what you say to yourself and observe. If you notice anything negative, that’s a good place to start making changes. Write down any patterns which you find, particularly if they are limiting ideas about who you are or what you are capable of. Sometimes your thoughts are subtly disempowering. Notice these thoughts and write down some more empowering affirmations to repeat to yourself instead.
An example of a disempowering thought might be:
“I’m not very good at…..”
“I try very hard but…” “trying” implies struggle of failing.
“If only my situation was different…” etc.
These kinds of thoughts are how you are disempowering yourself. Choose empowering affirmations such as:
“I can do anything if I put my mind to it though..”
“Whatever I put my mind to, I can be good at”
“I achieve a lot with my time”
Take your disempowering thoughts and turn them around with a converse viewpoint. You might not believe it at first, but this doesn’t matter. The important thing is to dislodge the ideas which already feed your present self image and then create a new self image based on more empowered beliefs. See affirmations, mantras and positive intention.
How To Activate The Subconscious Mind – Your Speech
Becoming aware of your speech is another way to change the input which you choose to feed your subconscious mind. Who you interact with, and what you say, has a good deal to do with how you see yourself and what you are creating. Your subconscious mind is listening to everything you say and you are sewing the ‘seeds’ of your future with your words and intent. Becoming more aware of your thoughts is the first step. As you notice how you speak to yourself, and others, you can gain more insight into what you are feeding your subconscious mind.
Napoleon Hill “Remember what has been said about a garden resembling the subconscious mind, in which weeds will grow in abundance, if seeds of a more desirable nature are not sewn therein.” … “Nature has so built man that he has absolute control over the material which reaches his subconscious mind, through his five senses, although this is not meant to be construed as a statement than man always exercises this control. In the great majority of instances , he does not exercise it, which explains why so many people go through life in poverty.”
Notice if you ever talk yourself down or talk in a derogatory way about yourself, even in jest. Remember you are feeding your self image all the time with your thoughts and words. In particular, what you say about yourself is important since it relates directly to your self image which is a controlling factor in your life.
Changing Your Dialogue – How To Activate Subconscious Mind Power For Change
So far, a lot has been said about listening to your inner and outer dialogue. That’s because, unless you can learn to listen to your existing ideas about yourself, you won’t make lasting changes just by covering them up. You must change the way you think about yourself on a deeper level, and not just ‘try’ to cover it over with new beliefs.
This takes time and effort, but it’s well worth it. Imagine your life as you would like it to be. Give it some energy and really daydream, like you used to. It’s much harder when you cover all your possibilities over with the problems which surround your self image and the ‘realism’ you have developed as an adult. Let go of all that first! Then you can start afresh!
Now that you have uncovered some of your unconscious behaviour patterns, you can start applying techniques to change your inner map and world view. Until now it has done its job and kept you safe. But you don’t want ‘safe’ anymore, you want change!
How To Activate Subconscious Mind – Goal Setting
Have you ever set a goal that you’ve never actually achieved? Maybe you really didn’t want the goal you set, or perhaps you didn’t want it enough to put in the effort. Or you thought it would be a good thing to have, but you really didn’t believe it was going to come to fruition anyway, so why bother struggling? It’s far easier to allow your life to carry on the way it is, unless you have a big enough reason for change. Unless your life is really giving you problems, there might not be enough of a reason to make the effort required for change.
These are all reasons why you might have fallen short in life with your goals and best intentions. You need a good reason to focus on something for long enough to make a lasting change. That’s because anything worth pursuing, is going to take time and effort. Unless you really want it, you’ll like fall short in some respect. Especially, if you have a negative payoff of some kind for not achieving what you set out to achieve. What’s a negative payoff for failure? Some negative payoffs might be:
- A consistent world view
- Maintaining a relationship
- Something to complain about (maintaining your self image and identity)
- Ability to maintain similar relationships
- Letting someone else be “right” about something
- Being “right” about something yourself
- An alternative possibility becomes more important
The importance Of Goal Setting
So, setting a goal is an important business because we all have competing parts of ourselves which may influence the desired result. Unless we get clear about what we really want, for ourselves, we can easily self sabotage for a number of reasons. If friends and relatives are not supportive of your new goal, that can add another dynamic to the relationship and alter your intentions – either to work harder, or maintain the relationship at the expense of the goal. If you’re juggling a multitude of plans, goals and relationships your subconscious may interfere to create an outcome which it sees as the best all round solution.
So, talking to your subconscious mind is a useful skill because you get to tell it what is the most important for you. If you don’t do this successfully, you will most likely create a confused mixture of the thoughts, desires and expectations which you hold in your mind. If you don’t set any goals at all, you’re likely to fall into being controlled by others or fall back to your default self image setting, whatever that is.
Effective Goal Setting & Talking To Your Subconscious Mind
We are of course always talking to our subconscious mind in some way or another. As already mentioned we do this often in an unconscious way though our continual mental and verbal chatter. What we say in that chatter has a great deal to do with our outcomes, so we need to ‘harness’ it in a way that is congruent to all of our needs. Most goal setting is fairly slapdash and arbitrary. We don’t always know what is possible for us and what is best for us. We can often be led by others and set goals which someone else wants for us, but which we don’t really want for ourselves in our heart of hearts.
So getting clear on your intentions is the work which needs to be done first. Imagine arriving at your goal, only to find that it wasn’t what you wanted after all. Or, you arrive at your ‘target’ only to find you sacrificed a much more important opportunity, for the sake of a lesser one. In Stuart Lichtman’s book “How To Get Lots Of Money For Anything Fast“, this is the work involved in his Cybernetic Transposition three step process. By aligning all parts of your mind, with your greatest outcome, and by using an ‘insurance policy’ which offers the opportunity of something better than your intended goal to arrive, you can set and achieve your goal more effectively.
“Activating” Your Subconscious Mind
When most people set a goal, they focus only on the outcome they think they want. Over time this may change too. Other, competing parts of themselves can ultimately soften their intention too, or, divert them from their initial target. Old behaviour patterns can get in the way too. That’s why it’s important to focus all parts of the mind on the goal you want to accomplish. How is this accomplished? By repeating your target over and over so that the unconscious mind ‘flags’ it as the most important thing to focus on. Unless you do this, other competing goals can take over. Your self image can intrude on what you want to achieve and sabotage your results too.
Stuart Lichtman’s Cybernetic Transposition three step process takes into account all parts of the mind. As you repeat your goal, you’ll become familiar with any limiting beliefs which are preventing you from achieving it. You will also be able to ‘sculpt’ your goal to include sounds, feelings and smells which you have actually experienced in a real event from your life. This activates parts of your subconscious mind which are familiar to you and which solidify your intentions.