Our subconscious mind is one of the most underrated tools that are available to us to perform better and achieve more in life. The term, subconscious mind, is gaining popularity in the recent years and it is often associated with attraction, manifestation, Neuro-Linguistic-Programming or NLP in short, and mind power.
While a lot of books, studies and research have been done on the subject of our subconscious mind, scientists are yet to fully understand some of its functions and how we can unlock the vast potential hidden power that lies within our mind.
One thing we know for sure is that our subconscious mind obeys our thoughts and brings forth what we wanted through the projection of thoughts. We often hear the words, “we are what we think”, or “we become who we think about most of the time” because thoughts are energy and our subconscious mind transforms them into reality.
You can achieve whatever you want in life as long as you know how to program and activate your subconscious mind the right way. Anyone can be healthy, happy, amass a large amount of wealth, and successful if they apply and make good use of their subconscious mind.
Below are the 5 exercises that anyone can utilize to activate and program their subconscious mind to achieve whatever they desire in life.
Meditation is a very powerful technique that can help us activate and boost the power of our subconscious mind. Science has proven that meditation has a lot of benefits including relieving our stress, make us more creative, refresh and recharge our mental power, and allow us to better attract the things we want in our life.
Successful celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, John Assaraf, Jack Canfield, Steve Jobs, Dr. Joe Vitale, and Arianna Huffington are the committed practitioner of meditation. In fact, most of these successful individuals encourage others to practice meditation and make it part of their daily life.
Basically, there are 5 major categories of brain waves in our head, whereby each is in alignment with our physical activities and thought patterns. And the purpose of meditation is to slow down our brain waves because with slower brain waves, we tend to have a time gap between thoughts, and hence, allow us to have better chances to choose which thoughts to invest in and actions to take.
Meditation is easy to do. For a start, choose a place where you can sit down quietly and comfortably. Just relax and sit straight. Place your hands on your lap and then close your eyes.
Follow your breathing. Notice your breathing in and out, feel the process and silently repeat, “breathing in, breathing out” in your mind. Take note that whenever your breathing has become slow, your mind will feel calm.
Whenever there are other thoughts or distractions, slowly bring back your thoughts into the breathing process. Practice this for a few minutes a day and eventually, you will see how life-changing meditation can be.
The second exercise you can use to activate your subconscious mind is called visualization. This is one of the simplest techniques anyone can use to boost their subconscious mind power.
Do you know that this technique is not new, that a lot of professional athletes and Olympians have been using it since many years ago?
Athletes will imagine that they are making the perfect shot or are performing at their best to win the championship. They practice this visualization in their head every day. And eventually, their mind will perform exactly like how they have visualized and brought them the result they want.
If you find that visualization is difficult, you can use a vision board to help you to better picture the things you want in your mind.
A vision board is simply a board whereby you collect the pictures of the things that you want to be, do or have in life. You use the board to visualize your goals and your dreams. Whenever you look at the pictures on the board, you remind yourself and strengthen your subconscious mind on the things that you desire.
John Assaraf, the author of Having It All and also a guru that has been featured in the groundbreaking movie and book, The Secret, once said he cut out a picture of a house he loved from a magazine to paste it on his vision board. Many years later, he forgot about his vision board and then he moved to his new house and discovered his old vision board. John was amazed because he had just bought and moved into the exact house that he visualized through his vision board.
3. Positive Affirmations
Affirmation is often an underestimated technique that most people don’t believe that it will work. In fact, affirmation is just like a pep-talk where athletes use to boost their drive and help them focus better on what they want.
Take basketball as an example. You can see the players will gather around in a circle, they will do some chanting or shout out to boost each other’s morale and motivation to win the game. This is known as a pep-talk, and affirmation has the same effect.
Dr. John Demartini, the famous chiropractor and also a bestselling author said that he used the affirmation, “I’m a genius and I apply my wisdom”, throughout his lifetime to accomplished amazing results and achieved outstanding success in his life.
Affirmation is easy to practice. You just need to say the words, whether out loud or inside your head, regularly each day.
The problem with most people is that they are not consistent enough. They may practice affirmation for a day or two. However, they will forget about doing it after a few days when they lost in the business of their daily life.
Another issue why affirmation is not working well for most people is that they are just practicing affirmation for the sake of doing it. They forget a very important factor that makes the affirmation works, their feelings.
If you are just doing affirmation for the sake of doing it, and you never get to feel the emotions from it, you will never make it work. Therefore, the next time you practice your affirmations, repeat them as many times as you need, make sure you do it regularly each day and attach feelings and emotions to it.
4. Venture Out of Your Comfort Zone
If you are serious about activating your subconscious mind to help you achieve what you want in life, you must be willing to venture out of your comfort zone.
Getting out of your comfort zone can be a very powerful exercise that you can utilize to boost your brain power because you are experiencing exponential growth from doing things that are out of your norm.
Studies have proved that travel to a place you have never been before is good, do you know why? This is because when you travel to a place that you have never been before, you are creating new neural pathways in your brain. You do things that you have never done before; hence, the neurons in your brain will connect with each other in a new way, creating new pathways.
When you do and experience something new, you are actually expanding your comfort zone. You are programming your subconscious to think outside the box to do something different. As a result, you boost your confidence level and grow better on the inside.
This is why experts suggest us to travel more, get to experience new things and try out things that we have never tried before.
You don’t have to always eat the same food in the same restaurant or repeat the same daily routine in your life. Inject freshness and make your life more alive by doing new things. Try out a new restaurant, visit a museum, learn to speak a new language, learn to play a musical instrument you have always wanted, take a different route to work and read a different genre of books.
5. Practice Free Writing
Free writing is just like brainstorming. It is a process where all you need to do is to record down your thoughts on paper. This is a technique often used by writers and authors to overcome writer’s block. However, this technique does not only apply to writers, anyone can practice free writing to overcome mental roadblocks and at the same time, activating their subconscious mind to achieve more.
When you free write, you are acknowledging your roadblocks, problems, and obstacles that you face, and the process of doing this allows you to clear your mind and free your emotions from cluttering your mind.
And just like visualization and affirmation, when you free write, you must do it consistently every day to see the effect. If you just do it for once or twice, it will never work for you.
Free write can make you more relax just like how meditation did. Plus, the process of jotting down your thoughts can make you more creative because you are crafting your own story on paper. You have to use your brain to think and this flexes your creative muscles and makes it stronger.
Another amazing benefit you can get from free writing is that you learn to trust yourself better. When you write down whatever is in your mind, you get to understand yourself better and able build self-trust through the process of writing and using your mind.
Your subconscious mind is one of the most powerful tools you ever possessed in your life. Learn to use it and activate it to achieve your goals, live your dreams and accomplish all the things that you want in your life.