A lot of people have compared the human mind to a computer.
Our conscious mind is like the programs and applications running on your screen right now which you direct to complete certain tasks.
However the majority of processes are happening behind the scenes in the hardware of the computer. In your brain, we call these automated processes, the unconscious or subconscious mind.
Our unconscious minds are always active storing memories, learning skills, processing body language and more. But, when ignored or left unattended, your unconscious mind can act like an untamed beast eliciting daydreams, giving in to cravings or seeking pleasure.
There are however ways we can strengthen the pathways between our conscious and unconscious minds to get the two working in unison.
Here are 3 powerful tips to get you started:
Tip 1: Provide yourself with direction to keep your brain focused
I'm sure you've seen a dog playing fetch before. As long as the ball is out there, the dog has a purpose: go get the ball and bring it back. But, if you fail to throw the ball, the dog may begin to stray.
As I said, the unconscious mind is constantly working. That being said, if you do not continually throw it an updated to-do list, your brain will inevitably wander. This can become disruptive and distract you from your objectives. So, continue to set goals, concentrate on building memories and learning new skills.
Tip 2: Train yourself to always think in positives
Your unconscious mind does not process negatives. If I were to say "Don't think of a purple giraffe", what's comes to mind? A purple giraffe. Similarly, when you think, "I shouldn't eat so much" your brain hears, "I should eat".
So, it's important to start phrasing your thoughts, goals, and to-do's as positives. Instead of "I shouldn't eat so much" try, "I eat healthy portions." Not only will you better communicate with your unconscious mind, but positive thoughts easily build on one another and keep the brain busy.
Tip 3: Take time to improve your memory and learning
If several files on your computer were saved as "untitled", you'd have a very hard time tracking down important documents when you need them (I've learned this the hard way a time or two). Our unconscious mind is continuously recording almost everything we observe. When we have problems with remembering, it doesn't happen because the information isn't there, it's because the bridge to access the memories hasn't been built between the conscious and unconscious.
Even spending a few minutes a day doing puzzles, learning skills, or pondering in deep thought or meditation to improve your neural networks, will make a huge impact on how your brain functions. Build in some time in your schedule to work out your mind and make it part of your daily success ritual!
Once you have both your conscious and unconscious minds working toward the same mission, you'll be able to accomplish your goals and achieve greater success that much faster!
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Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.