Understand Your Mind
The more you can learn about your mind, the better position you will be in to change your results. Studies show that up to 90% of people set a New Year’s resolution and give up within a few weeks. This is a common result if you do not understand that your mind or how to rewire it.
The mind is comprised of a right hemisphere (commonly referred to as your right brain) which is the primal, reptilian brain and governs emotions and your subconscious mind. The left hemisphere (commonly referred to your left brain) governs your analytic and conscious mind. When you create a goal or resolution you are using your left brain. When you are changing a habit (which is required to meet your goal) you are using your right brain.
The reason most strategies to reprogram your mind don’t work is because they focus on shifts in behavior, such as your commitment, accountability, or responsibility, which is controlled by the left brain. To change a habit, belief, or behavior, you must shift the primitive brain, specifically the basal ganglia which controls habits.
How to Reprogram Your Mind
Release Mental Blocks and Core Beliefs
In The 7 Principles of Becoming a Millionaire for Life, I share a concept I refer to as releasing mental blocks and core beliefs. While there is an entire process to the exercise, a key part entails journaling. Find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. Identify and write with your dominant hand your most important question such as “What is my purpose?” or “Who am I meant to serve?” or “Why am I stuck?” Then with your non-dominant hand (generally your left hand) answer the question. For 5 to 10 minutes, write down comes to you. Continuing writing for the allotted time. Initially your thoughts will be from your conscious, rational mind (left brain), but as you continue write you will tap into your subconscious mind, emotional mind (right brain). This provides the gateway to find out what is really going on.
Quiet Your Mind
Possibly the most important step is to achieving your goal is to quiet your reptilian (monkey or lizard mind). When you slow your mind down to the speed of life, you are able to listen from a deeper perspective and gain valuable insight. Quieting your mind consists of both primary & secondary strategies. It is best to begin with a primary practice such as focused breathing or silent meditation, followed by a secondary practice such as guided meditation, prayer, yoga, or chants.
Focus Your Breath
Focused breathing is powerful because it is relatively easy and very effective. Sit in a quiet uninterrupted spot and breathe in through your nose to the count of 8, hold for 8 and release for 10. The goal is to focus on your breath and let everything else go. Until you train your mind, it will take you where it wants to go, so hang in there. As you quiet your mind, you will be able to control your focus on demand. When a thought surfaces, identify if it is one that will support you in the achievement of your desired goal or not. Let go of thoughts that don’t support your goal and gently come back to your breath. Creative thoughts that support your goal will surface. Write them down and then redirect your mind back to your breath. As you master your breath, you will master your focus at command and ultimately your subconscious mind.
Meditate and/or Pray
There are a variety of forms of meditation. The goal is to focus and quiet your mind so you can direct it. Focused breathing and silent meditation are two of the best strategies to quiet your mind. I refer to these as primary practices. If you are not experienced at silent meditation, begin with the breathing exercise. Prayer and guided meditations that include music or verbal instruction are secondary practices and are best incorporated after you progress on the primary practices.
Add in Creativity
Any creative process such as dance, song, photography, painting, drawing, yoga, or martial arts can help you to reprogram your mind. Some experts believe that creative processes work by keeping your mind alert and alive. The key is to find a discipline that you love and lose your mind while practicing it.
Affirm Your Intentions
Your subconscious mind is a creature of habit and shows up based on how you direct it. For this reason, it is critical that you clearly affirm your intentions with “I am” or “I active verb” statements. When you state your goal in a positive present tense, it provides your subconscious mind the direction it needs to move you on the road to your goal. Your subconscious mind is most receptive when you first awake and just prior to going to sleep, making these the best times to affirm your intentions and even complete your focused breathing exercise.
Visualize Your Future
Another effective tool to harness and direct your subconscious mind is to visualize or see your goal. As the saying goes, ‘you need to see it to achieve it.’ This requires that you slow down and train your mind. Continue to practice and incorporate visualization into your daily practice.
Possibly the most critical element in reprogramming your mind is the belief that you can. Taking time to quiet your mind will provide you the insight you need to replace the beliefs, and behaviors that are not supporting you with ones that will take you where you want to go.
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