This week has been busy to say the least and I for one have realised I need to up my game. I started looking into strengthening my mind, thinking about my capacity for working my brain but, in the process, I found that the subject is actually a lot broader than I originally imagined. Here’s what I found...
Composing 90% of your total brain, your subconscious mind is your faithful, unquestioning, and loyal servant. It is on duty 24/7 and never sleeps. Its only function is to do exactly what you tell it to do (for better or for worse). It remembers everything and stores every memory you will ever have.
The subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what is real and what is imagined.
It is not creative and doesn’t “get” the jokes you tell it. On the other hand, your conscious mind is the remaining 10% of your brain that is tasked with interacting in the physical world.
Your conscious mind has no memory (that’s the subconscious mind’s job). Instead, the conscious mind is responsible for identifying information through your 5 senses and making decisions based on what is relevant to you.
The Gardener and the Garden
Put another way, think of your conscious mind as a “gardener”, and the subconscious mind as the “garden”.
Whatever you conscious gardener plants is exactly what will grow in the subconscious garden.
Throughout your journey in life, you are constantly programming and conditioning your subconscious mind with thoughts, habits, and beliefs.
These “seeds” planted in your subconscious garden result in either a bountiful harvest of success and goals achieved or a barren wasteland destroyed by failure and negative repercussions.
To ensure more success in your life, you can start by consciously planting more beneficial seeds into your subconscious garden.
Train your subconscious mind to achieve success
Most people have a desire to achieve at least some elevated level of success in life.
Whether it’s to live in a nice house, enjoy a comfortable life with family, or to become a top-producing salesperson, it’s safe to say that each one of us has our own aspirations to achieve great things.
So how can we train our subconscious minds to point us in the right direction for achieving the life we’ve always dreamed of?
If you’re reading this far, then it’s not by accident or a random occurence. You were brought here for a reason. And that reason: the Universe has decided that you are now ready to unlock the secrets of achieving your true potential! In this useful article you are about to explore, I am going to reveal to you the exact steps you must take to program your subconscious mind into taking the necessary steps needed to live the life you’ve always dreamed of living.
All you have to do is simply follow these steps and you will attract into your life the real success you are fully capable of achieving in your lifetime.
How to Program Your Subconscious Mind For Success: 5 Tips Backed By Science
5. Visualise your success
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The most critical step in conditioning your subconscious mind for achieving success is to first visualize what you want to achieve in life.
Without a defined vision of success, you will not be able to point your subconscious mind in the direction you want. Afterall, if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?
Avoid visions that are “too general”
If your vision is generic and unclear, such as “be comfortable” or “have a good life”, then you are doing yourself a great disservice.
That’s because your vision, while good natured and genuine, may not be clear, focused, or specific enough to actually program your subconscious mind into taking the right actions.
“Be comfortable” may sound like a reasonable and worthy vision, but it is not specific enough to be truly achievable.
We all want comfort, that’s just human nature.
Many times throughout your journey of life, you will find yourself standing on the edge of a cliff of opportunity that leads to an entire valley of possibilities.
And it’s safe to assume that each possibility already has the “be comfortable” aspect already built into it.
So get specific in your vision!
Here’s how you do it. Grab a pen and paper right now. (Don’t worry, this article will still be here when you get back…)
Subconscious Training Exercise #1: Create your vision of a successful life
Invest 5-10 minutes right now. Step away from your computer or mobile device screen to think about what you envision your future to look like.
Write down what you are seeing (writing things down is a key subconscious conditioning tool which I’ll reveal more about later).
What is your vision and what are you doing to make it happen for you?
4. Daily task: write your 10 goals
Another essential step in programming your subconscious mind is to write down at least once a day (preferably first thing in the morning or at the very least, right before bed) your 10 goals needed to achieve your vision of success. The simple act of writing down your goals provides a powerful visual reminder of the things you must do to achieve your mission. Writing out your goals also programs your subconscious mind to begin taking action to achieve the goals you’ve crystallized on paper.
Remember, your subconscious mind does not judge, cannot tell fact from fiction, and only retains those things you’ve implanted into it in a specific format. That’s why it’s absolutely essential that when writing down your 10 goals, you communicate with your subconscious in the only way it can truly understand and fully process. I will show you exactly how to do that. By following the right format for writing your 10 goals, your subconscious will instantly go to work and kickstart the exact actions needed towards your progress! And soon (perhaps in within a few days or weeks), you’ll realize that, subconsciously, you’ve been taking the right actions you must do to achieve your goals. Does that sound good to you?
How to write your 10 goals for achieving success
For the very best results in conditioning your subconscious mind for achieving success, follow this format when writing down your 10 goals everyday:
Keep a notebook and pen next to your bed so you can write down your 10 goals either first thing in the morning or right before going to sleep.
Write down today’s date and the word “goals”.
Make a list 1 to 10.
Begin each goal with “I” (in reference to you).
Write down your goal in the present tense and be as specific as possible.
Subconscious Training Exercise #2: Write down your 10 goals you must achieve to create success in your life
Remember to start with “I” and use the present tense so your subconscious mind will fully understand these commands and begin taking action immediately.
Repeat this exercise first thing every morning or right before going to sleep. In a few weeks, you’ll be amazed at the progress you’ve made!
3. Use daily affirmations to stay on your success path
Affirmations are short, positive statements that describe a desired situation.
The most effective and powerful affirmations are repeated several times a day until they are embedded into your subconscious mind. And as we’ve learned so far, once the subconscious mind is programmed with a command you have given it, you will begin taking the necessary actions to follow through with the direction. Just like writing down your 10 goals every day, affirmations are conditioning your subconscious mind to take the necessary actions to achieving your goals and ultimately your vision of success.
How to use affirmations to improve your life
Since your subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between fact or fiction, what’s said in jest or seriousness, then it is critically important that your affirmations are positive in painting the picture of your designed outcome. Remember, your subconscious mind is just a collector of the thoughts and actions you put into it everyday. It will accept as true these things you put into it, and as a result, will attract the corresponding events and people.
Have you ever had a day where it seems every interaction and situation you encounter is negative?
Perhaps you woke up, looked outside your window and saw it was raining, and thought to yourself, “Well, today is going to be a crummy day.” Your subconscious mind will then take this directive that today will be a “crummy” day and see to it that everything you do and attract into your day will align with that thought. That’s why it’s so important to use affirmations that are positive and align only with the outcomes you want to invite into your life. If you want positive outcomes, then doesn’t it make sense to input positive commands into your subconscious?
How long will it take to see the results of affirmations?
The time it takes to see the desired outcomes of your affirmations can vary. Factors can dramatically affect the time it takes to achieve the desired outcomes of your affirmations, from a few days to a few months or even years. These include such things as:
The magnitude of your goals
Your focus in achieving them
The strength of your desire in attaining success
The feelings you put into your words
How to create powerful affirmations that create positive outcomes
Repeated positive affirmations are like commands given in a computer program. Once the conscious, or thinking, mind hears the affirmation, your subconscious mind then takes over by storing the command, processing it, and directing you to take the actions needed to achieve the outcome of the affirmation.
Subconscious Training Exercise #3: Write 5 positive affirmations to program your subconscious mind into taking positive action
Take a few minutes to write down 5 affirmations you can begin using today to help guide you on your path to success.
Here are guidelines to follow on how to write and use affirmations to get the best results:
1) Keep your affirmations short and in the positive, present tense.
Any affirmation that is too long and arduous will not only be harder to remember and use regularly, but will only confuse your subconscious mind into not taking any action.
Do not use affirmations that emphasize the negative, such as “I am losing weight” or “I am not going to lose this sale.” Instead, use words in your affirmations that create and emphasize the positive situation you want to achieve, such as “I am my ideal weight” or “I have the highest sales in my company“.
2) Repeat the affirmations whenever you have idle time.
Great times to use affirmations are when you are allowed to let your mind be occupied, such as riding the train to work or taking a shower or waiting to pick up your kids after school.
You can also set aside a designated 5-10 minutes each day to repeat the affirmations, such as during meditation (more about that later).
3) Relax when saying your affirmations out loud to yourself (or in your mind if you’re in public and do not want to disturb others).
Pay attention to the words and put your faith into them!
The more meaning, focus, and emphasis you put into your affirmations, the faster you’ll see results and the more effective they’ll be in helping you achieve your goals and vision of success.
Here are some examples of affirmations you can use throughout your day to program your subconscious mind into taking the necessary steps for achieving success:
Every day in every way I am getting better and better.
I am creating my own success.
I live my life to the fullest.
I am maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
I attract good things into my life.
I am happy with my career.
I am responsible for everything that happens in my life.
I can do anything I put my mind into.
2. Calm your mind with meditation
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There have been many studies done that prove meditation is healthy for both the mind and body.
The healthier the mind, the more likely it will function properly to help you achieve your goals.
One of my favorite sayings about meditation is “In stillness, lies success.” It’s amazing how dramatically you can improve your life by taking just a few minutes every day to sit quietly and not let your mind think about your responsibilities, tasks, and other to-do’s that dictate your daily routine.
My personal meditation routine is to take 5 minutes right after waking up to sit up in bed, close my eyes, and think about nothing but breathing. These 5 minutes every day get me focused on my day at hand and set the stage for my subconscious to direct me in taking actions and achieving goals.
You’ll need to come up with your own meditation routine, but the important thing is to stick with it and be consistent. Even meditating for 2 minutes while you’re alone in the office restroom will have a beneficial health effect.
Subconscious Training Exercise #4: Practice meditation for at least 5 minutes every day
If you are not regularly meditating, or you’ve never done it, then I highly recommend checking out a mobile app called Headspace. Created by renowned mindfulness and meditation expert Andy Puddicombe, Headspace is an excellent introduction to anyone interested in learning how to meditate. In just 10 minutes a day, Andy will guide you in safe and effective guided meditation techniques that will have you feeling better, less stressed, more relaxed, and laser-focused on achieving your goals.
1. Exercise your body to clear your mind
Oftentimes, our conscious mind can get so cluttered throughout the day with a seemingly endless array of information. In addition to things like social media and instant communication via text, email, and other methods, it’s no wonder that information overload can lead to burnout and inaction.
That’s why exercise is such a powerful tool in helping your subconscious to achieve your goals.
You will boost endorphins (chemicals produced in your brain that make you feel good) while clearing your mind to help you make better decisions.
And the more good decisions you make, the more likely you will achieve your goals and attain success. And that’s what you really want, isn’t it? By clearing the conscious mind (at least for a little while) and encouraging you to focus on a physical activity, you are refreshing and re-charging your subconscious mind to allow you to make better conscious decisions in business and life.
Subconscious Training Exercise #5: Dedicate yourself to at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity
You have countless options to choose from for physical activity to help get your blood pumping and your mind focused and clear of all the gummy mental sludge that prevents your brain from running at optimal levels.
There’s no rule saying you must do the same type or exercise or workout every day or week.
In fact, the more variety you put into your exercise routine, the more likely you’ll remain interested and dedicated to it. And of course, with regular exercise, it’s also critical to follow a healthy regiment including:
Drink plenty of water.
Limit your caffeine to no more than 2 cups of coffee or tea daily. Ditch the soft drinks and colas.
Avoid processed, junk foods or sweets that have minimal nutritional value and can oftentimes negatively affect your mood, raise your blood pressure, and have a detrimental impact on your mental wellbeing.
Limit your alcohol intake to one or two beverages per day (if at all).
Never smoke tobacco or use smokeless tobacco products.
Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and avoid high carbohydrates and sodium.
Sleep at least 7-8 hours per night.
By eating healthy and exercising regularly, you are ensuring that your physical health is optimized to allow your subconscious to consistently create positive actions that guide you on your path to success.
Don’t forget to feed your brain, too
In addition to feeding your body healthy foods, remember to also feed your subconscious mind healthy, uplifting, and motivational content from great inspirational speakers.
Avoid watching the news first thing in the morning. It’s all negative and will put you in the wrong frame of subconscious mind (remember, if you want positive results, you need to think positively!)
Instead, listen to a motivational audio program as you get ready for the day, or take a few minutes to read a motivational article or chapter from a book.
The subconscious mind is your most powerful ally in helping you achieve your goals and create the life of success you envision for yourself and your loved ones.
Alternatively, the subconscious mind can also be your worst enemy in preventing you from reaching your true potential.
It is my hope that you will now put these instructions to work for you right now so you can begin your path to success and happiness.
Afterall, what better time to begin kickstart your subconscious mind to begin taking the steps needed to achieve success than right now?
Question: if you had the opportunity to achieve the successful future you’ve always dreamed of, when would be a good time to start? How about…today!
If you agree that today is a good time to start your journey to success, then here’s what you do next.
Simply follow these instructions I’ve shared with you and take the first steps to building the life you’ve been dreaming about. You have the complete guideline to train your subconscious mind to begin accomplishing your goals and achieve success starting today.
Your subconscious is ready to work for you now. Where would you like to go?
3 Key Techniques on How to Train Your Subconscious Mind
Subconscious mind is that part of the brain that functions 24/7, but we essentially do not notice it. It holds a plethora of information that we may come across just once, but our brain processes it in our subconscious state of mind. This part of the brain does wonders to those who know precisely how to use it in a positive way. Don’t be wary of its power to bring changes in your life.
The Invisible Hand
There are billions of people in this world and all are different in one way or the other. However, there are areas where people also familiarize others. For instance, some people look similar, some study the same discipline, some are financially equivalent, and some struggle for similar desires and ambitions. You can find many people who are similar in every manner yet lead totally different lives.
It’s not hard to find two or more people who possess the same academic qualification, intelligence level, and goals in life. Nevertheless, the lives of each are likely to be significantly different from the rest of the people in the group. The underlying reasons behind variations in lifestyle and success/failure can be numerous. For instance, their social network, financial background, external stimuli or opportunities, luck, physical appearance, or maybe an invisible hand could be the reason.
One thing that is common in almost every successful person is his/her belief. They empower themselves with self-control, motivation, will power, and discipline. Believing that you are entitled to success is not wrong if you keep working hard to achieve success. Wealth, fame, position, and peace of mind cannot be gifted to you, so you must admit that internal drive to achieve your goals is one big factor that can make your dreams come true.
Your subconscious mind is that powerful internal drive!
In order to use your subconscious mind and to make the most of its incredible power, you must know how to train your subconscious mind. Though it may be a bit challenging in the very beginning, you will develop the habit of working as per the required conditions.
Technique Number 1
The first step is to train your subconscious mind to solve problems. This is basically an attempt to improve your analytical skills. Whenever confronted with a problem which you cannot figure out the possible solution to, let your subconscious mind assume your conscious mind’s responsibility. All you need to do is to think about the problem for a while. You can also write a problem statement and keep reviewing it for a few minutes.
Instill the thought that you want your subconscious mind to derive out the possible solution to the problem. Now stop thinking about the problem altogether and just continue with routine tasks. A solution will eventually click in your mind within a few days; try it as it is highly likely to work out for you. This is how your subconscious mind helps you in resolving problems.
You can also go the other way around. Review the problem, think about alternative solutions, evaluate and weigh each one of them in terms of their respective pros and cons. Now stop thinking about it until your subconscious mind processes all alternatives to bring out the best option for you. Your analytical skills improve over time and with use.
Technique Number 2
Meditation holds importance with reference to training your subconscious mind. Get inspired by new beliefs, think about new ideas, and learn to believe in yourself. Meditation will help you achieve desired levels of mental focus and concentration so that you can gain cognitive power. It also enables you to enjoy the present, while planning for the future.
Technique Number 3
Repeated visualization is extremely effective in training your subconscious mind to enable you to accomplish targets. Set exciting goals, be passionate about them, and imagine the end objective on frequent basis like thrice a day or so. Your mind will then accept the visualization as a part of reality and you will start working to achieve the set goals.
Research has shown that individuals who can sustain their attention for long periods of time perform better on all sorts of cognitive challenges than those who cannot. A man with a scatter-shot attention span will only be able to experience one plane of existence; he can skim across the surface of the world’s vast knowledge and wisdom, but is unable to dive deeper and discover the treasures below. The man with an iron-clad focus can do both; he is the boat captain and the pearl diver and the world is truly his oyster. If you have a goal to learn and understand as much about the world as you possibly can before you die, strengthening your power of concentration is not an option, it’s a necessity.
Think of Your Mind as a Muscle
…when it comes to attention strengthening, we’d encourage you to think of your mind as a muscle. The parallels between strengthening your body and strengthening your mind are in fact so close that it’s really not so much an analogy as a description of reality. Your physical muscles and your attention “muscles” both have a limited amount of strength at any given time, their stamina and power can either atrophy from inactivity or strengthen from vigorous, purposeful exercise, and they require rest and recovery after they’ve been intensely exerted. Just as you can hit a wall in a tough workout where you think you can’t do one more rep, in the middle of reading a long article your mind will want to quit and surf to another tab. In both cases, if you tell yourself to dig deeper, you’ll be surprised how much more strength and focus you actually have left in the tank.
And while everyone’s looking for cool new “secrets” for how to build both their body and mind – shortcuts and hacks heretofore undiscovered – the truth is that strengthening our physical and mental muscles comes down to plain, good old fashioned, highly unsexy work. Gaining strength in either area is ultimately about eating right, getting ample sleep, and engaging in challenging daily exercise.
So put on your lifting belt and chalk up your cranium. We’re going to hit the mental gym and turn your focus into a beast. Below, you’ll find your brain’s workout plan.
Your Concentration Training Program: 11 Exercises That Will Strengthen Your Attention
You’ll never get big muscles from sitting on the couch all day…Your mind muscles, just like your physical muscles, need resistance; they need challenges that stretch their limits and in so doing, grow their focus fibers. Below we outline exercises that will beef up your focus so that you can start lifting heavier and heavier cognitive loads.
1. Increase the strength of your focus gradually. If you decide you want to physically get in shape, but are starting at ground zero, the worst thing you can do is to throw yourself into an extreme training program – you’ll end up injured, discouraged, or both, and you’ll quit before you even really get started.
Likewise, if your attention span is currently quite flabby, it’s best to slowly build up the weight you ask it to lift. In this series we’ve mentioned trying the “Pomodoro Method” in which you work for, say, 45 minutes straight and then allow yourself a 15-minute break. But for many of us, 45 minutes might as well be a mind marathon!
So start out with a pretty easy goal and work your way up from there. Set a timer for 5 minutes and focus completely on your work/reading for that time period. Then take a 2-minute break before going at it again for another 5 minutes. Each day, add another 5 minutes to your focused work time, along with an additional 2 minutes to your break time. In 9 days, you should be able to work for 45 minutes straight before you allow yourself an 18-minute break. Once you get comfortable with that set-up, you can work to lengthen your focus sessions a little, while shortening your break times.
2. Create a distraction to-do list. Because the internet has made any bit of information instantly accessible, we tend to want to look something up the moment it crosses our mind. “I wonder what the weather will be like tomorrow?” “What year did that movie come out?” “I wonder what’s new in my Facebook feed?” Consequently, we’ll toggle away from what we’re working on the instant these questions or thoughts pop into our minds. Problem is, once we get distracted, it takes on average 25(!) minutes to return to our original task. Plus, shifting our attention back and forth drains its strength.
So to stay on task, whenever something you want to check out pops into your head, just write it down on a piece of paper next to you (or perhaps in Evernote for you tech types), and promise yourself you’ll be able to look it up once your focusing session is over and your break time has arrived.
3. Build your willpower. Voluntary attention and willpower are intimately entwined. Our willpower allows us to deliberately ignore distractions while staying focused on the task at hand.
4. Meditate. Not only does meditation help keep you cool, calm, and collected, research has also shown again and again that mindfulness meditation can boost your attention span significantly.
In one study, 140 volunteers took part in an eight-week course in meditation training. After the eight weeks, all the volunteers showed measurable improvements in attention span, as well as other executive mental functions.
You don’t have to spend your days meditating in a monastery to take advantage of its attention-boosting power. Research has shown that just 10 to 20 minutes of meditation a day will do the trick. What’s more, you’ll even see improvements in your attention after just four days.
So if you want the power to focus on your studies for hours at a time, start your mornings off just focusing on your breath for a few minutes.
5. Practice mindfulness throughout the day. In addition to dedicating 10 to 20 minutes a day to mindfulness meditation, attention experts recommend finding opportunities to practice mindfulness throughout your day. Mindfulness is simply focusing completely on what you’re doing, slowing down, and observing all of the physical and emotional sensations you are experiencing in that moment.
You can practice mindfulness when you eat as you take time to really chew your food and concentrate on its flavors and texture. You can practice mindfulness when you shave; as you smell your shaving cream, note the pleasure of applying a warm lather to your face, and slowly drag the razor across your stubble.
Incorporating short sessions of mindfulness throughout your day will strengthen and expand your attention span for the times when you really need it.
Mindfulness can also help you push back against distractions as they arise. If you’re working on a task and feel that restless itch to go do something else, think to yourself, “Be here now.” In that moment, bring your awareness to your body and your breath. After a few seconds of focusing on your breath, you’ll notice that the distraction is no longer present and that you’re ready to get back to work.
6. Exercise (your body). Not only can you compare exercising your mind to exercising your body, doing the latter actually directly benefits the former. Researchers have found that students who engaged in moderate physical exercise before taking a test that measured attention spans performed better than students who didn’t exercise. The researchers found that exercise primarily helps our brain’s ability to ignore distractions, although they aren’t exactly sure why. I would venture to say that the discipline it takes to push through the pain of a workout strengthens the same supply of willpower that we use to ignore the itch of distractions in order to keep working/focusing.
7. Memorize stuff. Besides being a cool bar trick and providing you a fount of poems to recite at the drop of a hat, memorizing stuff is an excellent way to exercise your mind muscles.
What About Attention Training Games?
Brain training games have received a lot of press in recent years. You’ve probably seen commercials for Lumosity or Brain Age on Nintendo DS. The games’ creators claim that spending just a few minutes a day playing can improve your attention, memory, and mental agility. However, the research on the veracity of these claims is divided.
Some studies indicate that brain training games can help improve attention in children with ADHD or in the elderly, but that they don’t benefit young, healthy adults.
Other studies show that while certain brain training games can boost attention levels, those gains don’t crossover to other areas of life. In other words, brain training games can help people pay better attention and do better at brain training games, but they won’t help people pay better attention in class or while studying.
So what does this all mean? The verdict is still out on whether these brain games will definitively increase attention spans and further research needs to be done. It won’t hurt to try them out as part of your attention