To have...we must become! might aptly describe the number one reason that most of us will never reap the rewards that are within our grasp. If we have a goal we also possess the power to do whatever it takes to achieve said goal. Over the next four weeks The Leadership Corner will focus on the intricacies of goal attainment. This week’s emphasis is on how to get our minds in the right place.
The mind is made up of two elements that interact in such a way as to control our behavior. The first of these is the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is that part that houses memories, the nervous system, emotions, and our most basic attitudes. It is from the subconscious mind that thoughts are sent which will eventually make goal attainment possible. The second element, the conscious mind, makes decisions, determines goals, and gathers knowledge for the purpose of taking some kind of action.
If the data in the subconscious complements the conscious, one’s dreams and desires will be realized. If however, the messages conflict, the power of the subconscious will cause conflict, procrastination, fear, and avoidance. A large percentage of our actions are automatic and instinctive. They are controlled by the attitudes and beliefs imprinted on our subconscious mind. Conversely, all input to the subconscious mind must come from the conscious, which is the part that controls our behavior.
The relationship between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind can be seen in people all around us. For example, have you ever heard someone telling themselves they were ill so much that they actually became ill? Or have you ever known someone who lied to themselves so often that they began to believe the lies? These are both examples of the interaction between the subconscious and the conscious minds. In the first case, the individual's conscious mind told them that they were ill. The subconscious (which is incapable of reasoning) accepted that data and through the nervous system sent back signals that caused the person to feel ill. The second example should help us to understandDoug the rantings from the Oval Office.
Our success is tied to our actions and our actions are tied to our attitude. Thus, the automatic guidance system within us either operates as a success mechanism or failure mechanism. It all depends on the goals we establish. It is through the conscious use of affirmations that we become able to program our subconscious mind so that it operates as a success mechanism. Affirmations are designed to fundamentally get the subconscious working for us, not against us.
What is an affirmation? The best definition of an affirmation is telling ourselves in times of doubt that which we know to be true at other times. Next week, I will explore the power of affirmations.