The Power of Our Subconscious Mind
By Richard K. Harder, MS
The first thing to remember is the dual nature of our mind. The subconscious mind is constantly amenable to the power of suggestion; furthermore, the subconscious mind has complete control of the functions, conditions and sensations of your body. Trust the subconscious mind to heal you. It knows your body and it knows all of its processes and functions. It knows more than your conscious mind about healing and restoring you to a perfect balance.
-Joseph Murphy, Irish born naturalized American author
Our subconscious mind works for or against us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. To use a computer analogy, it is the software of our mind—and we are the programmer. Our self-talk, thoughts, images, behaviors and habits are the means of programming our subconscious mind—for good or bad. Simply said, if you think you can, you likely will. If you think you can’t, you likely won’t. The power of our subconscious mind is an underutilized function of life and living. Many would like to change an undesirable circumstance in life, achieve more, realize greater happiness and joy in their relationships, rid themselves of addiction or self-defeating behaviors and excel in their professional or personal goals.
A proven way of doing so is by programming the subconscious mind to work for you with positive and productive outcomes. There is much in the literature about the miraculous power of our subconscious mind. Here is a personal and practical example of one way that you (the programmer) can direct your subconscious mind to work for you to achieve favorable life outcomes. It is called “positive affirmations.” Positive affirmations are statements a person says to him or herself to, for example, increase confidence, self-esteem, self image, and to turn negative thinking into positive thoughts. Fundamentally, to change one’s thinking, behavior, and how they view themselves in positive ways.
I will share a personal experience related to a job performance evaluation that I received very early in my professional career. The performance evaluation, in my opinion, was very subjective and indicated that my job performance, namely my work habits, needed improvement. The evaluation indicated that I needed to improve my attitude, take more initiative, display more confidence, be more open in my communication, and improve in my organizational skills. To say the least, this subjective performance feedback affected my self-confidence at an early stage of my professional career. At about the same time, I had been studying the work of Maxwell Maltz, a prominent motivational, self-help and personal development expert. He wrote the bestselling book, Psycho-Cybernetics, a book that defines the mind-body connection as the core in succeeding at attaining personal goals, behavioral change, and influencing one’s mind-set or attitude.
Here are some “CliffsNotes” on how to use positive affirmations (and how I used positive affirmations) to program the subconscious mind in positive ways:
Write and visualize positive affirmations. For example: I am a happy cheerful person. I am a dedicated spouse and parent. I am a good provider. I am healthy, capable and talented. I am confident. I am organized. I am innovative. I am timely. I am wealthy. I am healthy. Notice the emphasis on the two words: I am.
Read and visualize the affirmation prior to going to sleep. As you do this over a short period of time (30 days or less), you will effectively begin to change how you feel or view yourself (based on the affirmations that you write) by programming your subconscious mind to work for you during your sleeping and waking hours each day. You can literally program the way that you act, perform and feel in any situation.
Stephen R. Covey said, “If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control—myself.” I recommend internalizing this quote and giving it an effort. The benefits can be significant!
Study and apply positive affirmations. If it works, celebrate. If not, you have only spent some time attempting to do something that has resulted in positive outcomes for many.
I wish you immediate and lasting success with the positive affirmation initiative and potential improvements in your quality of life.