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The first article in this two-part series (“Can You Change Your Behavior, Thoughts, or beliefs) explained the basics of mental programming, how it is created and that we can change it. This second article explains how you can reprogram your mind and stop limiting yourself.
Now that you understand how our human brain works on patterns, you are all set to overwrite that restricting program. But before we start, keep in mind it’s important to identify the program that is no longer serving you and needs to be changed.
For better and easy understanding let’s take an example. Let’s say your subconscious mind has created a pattern or a mental block that ‘you can’t wake up early.’ You also have heard so many times people calling you a Morning Sicker. You have even tried hard to wake up early by putting so many alarms, getting in bed early but it is not working for you. And every time when you fail to wake up early your pattern gets reinforced. So, this is the pattern which you want to change. Therefore, let’s work on this pattern by reprogramming your subconscious mind.
So are you ready for the upgrade?
Below are the three most powerful ways to reprogram your subconscious mind:
1. Change your belief
Many times we often get confused between our beliefs and facts. To believe that you are a morning sicker as a fact of your life makes it hard to question its validity. Such beliefs are limiting beliefs that hold you back from achieving your goal. That’s why it is necessary to question your belief. Challenge the accuracy of your beliefs and replace them with empowering beliefs. For example, everyone says I am a morning sicker, and it's fact of my life. You need to replace your limiting beliefs with empowering beliefs with positive self-talk. Say I can get up early I am a morning person.
Your inner voice combines conscious thoughts with unconscious beliefs and biases. Therefore, self-talk is a way to override our past negative programming by erasing or replacing it with conscious, positive new directions. Self-Talk is a practical way to live our lives by active intent rather than by passive acceptance.
You probably have heard of this.
It’s beautifully explained in the book “the secret” and also the movie based on it.
This technique has been used by many successful people and high achievers. In this technique, you visualize your dreams as already completed. As you start projecting mental images of your dreams the subconscious mind accepts the mental images and starts thinking and acting according to them.
I will stick to the above example. So you want to reprogram your mind to wake up early. You would visualize yourself as you woke up early. As you project the mental image of yourself waking up early and doing an exercise or work, your subconscious mind will start generating ideas to achieve your goal.
After over a short period of time you will subconsciously start acting in accordance with your mental image. It is like a rehearsal which you do in your mind. And eventually, it changes your habits and actions.
Isn’t it the awesome power we all have? And therefore it is important to visualize things which you really want and only things which can improve your life. Before moving to the next technique remember to practice visualization daily and not once in a while.
“What you imagine, you create.”
Affirmations are another effective way to reprogram your subconscious mind. Repetitive thinking or thoughts make stronger neurons connections and thus your brain defaults to these pathways. Just like it happened when you thought about yourself as a morning sicker. When a negative thought can become your belief isn’t it possible with positive thoughts?
Of course, it’s possible with positive affirmations. Affirmations work best if you follow these simple steps:
* Use positive words and in the present tense.
That’s why say I am a morning person rather than ‘I will be a morning person.’ It ensures that your subconscious mind goes to work on them right away.
Remember Change only happens in the present. Also, use positive statements like I am a morning person rather I am not a morning sicker.
Because it's more effective when you focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want.
* Use affirmations with feelings.
For example when you say I am a morning person but you feel morning sicker sends a conflicting message to your brain. Whatever you say feel the same emotion so that your subconscious mind will believe it.
Or you can add I am in a process of becoming a morning person that means you are in the process and it is believable. Remember your brain is more susceptible to reprogramming under conditions of heightened emotion.
Affirmations work best when you repeat them consistently. You have to repeat it daily, recite them many times throughout the day. Talk to yourself with affirmation so it will fit in your routine.
“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”
— Earl Nightingale
We usually accomplish what we believe rather than what is possible. Our belief system is powerful and controls a major part of our life. Hence it is important not to mistaken all our beliefs as the fact of our life. Don’t let limiting beliefs restrict you from achieving success.
Our subconscious mind is the factory of thoughts both positive and negative. Therefore, it is important to remember that positive thoughts create positive vibrations and that attracts positive things but this is applicable for negative thoughts as well.
I strongly believe in human potential and thus we are more than we think and believe.
You just have to believe in yourself and work on your goals. It’s also important to give this process time to work. Be consistent with it until the change you want to see starts to appear. Indeed these changes are powerful, lifelong, and well worth waiting for!
Now, let’s turn this insight into action and reprogram your mind for a healthy pattern.
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“Remember, the subconscious mind is listening and waiting for our instructions, and it doesn’t care what we tell it; it just does it!”
— Shed Helmstetter
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