According to the well-researched work The Psychology of Achievement, your subconscious mind is like a sponge. It absorbs and accepts everything that can possibly influence it.
Good or bad, it does not differentiate, it simply assimilates whatever input it is receiving and uses it to mold your perceptions and values.
This is good news, because it means that you can indeed control many of the influences that your subconscious mind will be exposed to.
Here are 4 ways in which you can directly train your subconscious mind for your benefit:
1. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat
Whatever message you want your subconscious mind to accept has to be repeated to it numerous times. This is probably the most effective and simplest way to train your subconscious.
Simply take the time out of your day to repeat a message to it numerous times. With enough repetition, you will eventually come to accept this message on a subconscious level.
If you want to try this method, keep in mind that this will not work if your aren’t consistent about it. You must do this everyday for a set amount of time. Everyday!
I set a timer for 5 minutes, close my eyes, and repeat an affirmation to myself that I would like to subconsciously accept. I do this every single morning.
2. The First 30 Minutes Upon Waking
Your subconscious mind is the most susceptible to programming the first 30 minutes upon waking. Take advantage of this!
Every morning, right when I wake up I will listen to some kind of motivational content to start my day off right and to continue to transform my subconscious mind for the better.
If you do not know where to find motivational content, just search “motivational video” on youtube and you will find tons and tons of free videos that will inspire you.
It only takes 15 minutes of your day and it is well worth it.
3. Tailor Your Environment
Your surroundings have much more of an impact on your current state of mind that you might think.
Study after study has shown that simple changes in your surroundings can have a massive influence on your decisions and your thought process.
For example, a simple study found that people who read a list of words associated with being old such as florida, forgetful, bald, grey, or wrinkle and were then asked to walk down a hallway walked significantly slower than others, behaving as if they were old.
This is a shocking finding to me because it’s proof that trivial things in our environment that do not seem to have any influence over us can indeed alter our behaviour without our awareness.
Changing your environment to reflect the messages that you want your subconscious to accept holds a lot of potential. Post messages up on your walls, change your screen saver, or put on an audio book while you’re cooking or going to work.
Ensure that the places that you spend the most time are filled with the messages that you want your subconscious to accept.
4. Reduce or Eliminate What You Do Not Want
What do you envision your subconscious accepting? Is there anything in your environment that contradicts this?
Do you have any bad friends that could unknowingly be steering you away from your goals?
Are you involved in any activities that are actually an obstacle for your growth rather than a support?
You must take an honest look at your day-to-day life, and eventually make a commitment to drop the things in your life that are not helping you in the long run.
It is just as important to eliminate the bad influences as it is to introduce the good ones.
I hope that these suggestions help you to alter your mind, as well as your life.
Do you have anything to add? Are there any methods for reprogramming your subconscious mind that you have found to be helpful? Let us know in the comments below.