Decisions that we actively make are done by using our conscious mind. Choosing a channel on the TV, buying clothes or deciding what we’re going to have for dinner.
But there’s another aspect to your mind that is the real driver of your actions, the subconscious. Your subconscious is most active during sleep and when you’re mildly distracted. Have you ever wondered how many brilliant ideas you’ve had while showering, driving, mowing the grass, or taking a walk?
This is when you are alone, relaxed but mildly occupied. You are living in the present moment and this is where your subconscious can shine. For most of the day, your conscious mind is making too much noise.
However, your subconscious is on 24/7 and only a few people take advantage of this powerful tool. Imagine having such a powerful ally working for you 24/7! Think of your subconscious as a computer with a vast store of information. It wants to help you, but it needs simple instructions.
So how can you take advantage of this powerful resource? Simply, by giving it direction!
Use this process to put your subconscious to work for you:
- Make a request of your subconscious mind. While lying in bed at night, tell your subconscious what you want. Write it down. When you take pen to paper it engages your brain at a higher level.
- For example: “I want to find three new creative and inexpensive ways to market my business.”
- Read the request aloud five times and then turn off the light.
2. Imagine having achieved a goal. How would you feel if you found you implemented this new idea? How would your life and finances change?
3. Repeat steps one and two in the morning. It will only take three minutes. You can do it.
4. Pay attention. You’ll find your subconscious feeding you solutions over the next few days. It’s important to pay attention to them. Write them down. Thank your subconscious for the information and keep focused on your goal.
5. Act on the information. As natural procrastinators, we love to gather information, but fail to act. Use the ideas that are presented by your subconscious. If you fail to act on them, you’ll eventually stop receiving them. No one likes to be ignored, including your subconscious!
6. Be patient. While your subconscious can present you with advice very quickly, implementing habit changes can take weeks.
The subconscious is a powerful tool that few use to their advantage. The information that it provides is very high quality. It’s the best your brain has to offer from billions of options. Even though we don’t understand it, it is part of us, perhaps the most highly functional productive and exciting part of us!