FUEL YOUR GENIUS MIND BY RECOGNISING YOUR PAST ACHIEVEMENTS

One of the best sources of Fuel for Your Genius Mind is by Recognising Your Past Achievements.  How often do we pause to think about all the things that we have done WELL – oh it’s almost second nature to stop and relive negative experiences of events that might not have gone according to plan – but rarely do we stop and focus purely on the wins that we have had.  And this single activity happens to be a source of wonderfully potent fuel for building a brighter future for ourselves.  

Once you set goals for the future it’s easy to focus on them and forget what you have already achieved. You have achieved great things already! Some things you worked for and some just seemed to flow easily to you. Some things you have only thought about once, while other you may have thought about a lot. It’s important to recognize your past successes, because that will help you create more believable goals to focus on today. Thinking about your past achievements puts you in the physical state of knowing that you CAN achieve your goals. Pause now, and identify the seven biggest goals you have ever achieved.

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Was it hard to remember these huge achievements? Do you make a note of your achievements every year, month or every week? Unless we write down our achievements, it’s easy to miss our progress. It’s situations like these, that maintaining a personal journal becomes very valuable in tracking your progress, as it allows you to record how far you have come, providing you look back occasionally (notice I said OCCASIONALLY, and not CONTINUALLY)! There is a huge difference between looking back to learn from your past, and continually focusing on and re-living your past experiences. When was the last time you celebrated your achievements? Don’t miss your greatness, CELEBRATE YOUR GREATNESS! But be honest—if you perform well below your ability, recognize that it’s not really time to celebrate, and that it’s time to set yourself a bigger, stronger goal and give yourself a good talking to! Then get on with it and choose a positive attitude to face the future.

Researchers in the USA looked at millionaires and billionaires, examining the differences between the two groups. One fascinating difference was that millionaires looked at their goals once a day and billionaires looked at their goals twice a day! They say ‘it costs nothing to look’, which is generally correct but the reverse is definitely true in this case. If you don’t look, it will cost you! Having a date for your dreams is like giving a student a deadline for an assignment. All the action is last minute,and if you didn’t set a deadline you’d never get it done!

Goals with deadlines are like dreams with delivery dates!

The mind is really good at recognizing things. One of the main reasons goal setting is so powerful is because your mind wants your internal picture (your GOAL) to be the same as your external picture (your CURRENT REALITY), kind of like the card-game ‘Snap’. It will then set itself to attract a goal, recognize goal-related opportunities or work on a goal until you achieve a goal, without you consciously having to direct your attention every moment of the day.

An even more powerful way to introduce your dream to your mind is to actually physically visit it! If it’s not possible to visit it in real life (eg: test drive the new car, walk through your dream house etc), then visit it through visualization. Get a picture of yourself standing beside your dream item (it may be a car/home/ job etc). I have put this activity to the test in my own life. When I was looking to build my first home, I visited a number of display homes, took photos of myself in my dream home and then posted those photos in my vision book. Several years later I recovered that particular vision book from a storage box, and was surprised to see that the home that I eventually built was almost an exact mirror of those photos I had posted in my book!

I’ve outlined why you need to set goals, why you need to write them down, why you need to look at them at least twice a day and why having pictures of your goals helps a lot!. Now I would like to emphasize the beauty and benefit of setting BIG goals. There are BIG benefits from having BIG goals! Most obviously, you might just achieve them! And even if you don’t actually reach your goals, at least you won’t waste your talents—instead, through the process of devising and writing goals, you are more likely to move out of your comfort zone and to achieve something greater than what you would had you not even attempted to dream a bigger dream.

This is an excerpt from Estelle’s new book,
“Unleash The Power Of Your Mind ~ Reach Your True Potential”
You can order the book or Ebook online now at www.Amazon.com

USING YOUR GENIUS MIND TO IDENTIFY THE STEPS TO YOUR DREAMS

Today we are going to explore the idea of Using Your Genius Mind to Identify the Steps You Need to Take to Achieve Your Dreams.  This topic follows the discussion of the past week, where we’ve been looking at Maximising Your Mental Potential through the process of Setting Powerful Goals.

If you’ve been taking the Action Steps that have been suggested in the posts, you will have created your Bucket List of 100 Things To Do Before You “Kick The Bucket”.

Once you have identified you Big Goals, you need to chunk it down into smaller, more manageable steps. Take the example of my family trip to Italy. That in itself could be seen as quite a big, scary

But if I chunk it down a little, I could break it down into smaller steps by saying to myself, “Well, to get to Italy, I will need to:”

  1. Decide what dates we would like to fly
  2. Decide on an airline to fly with
  3. Get a quote of cost associated with the trip
  4. Decide on which villas we want to stay at, and what places we want to visit
  5. Organize time off from work
  6. Save up the money
  7. Book the flights
  8. Book the accommodation
  9. Decide on what type of clothes we will need to take
  10. Learn some of the language.

And that’s just a few things that came to mind straight up. Now I need to decide which of these steps I need to do first, and get into action. It is SO important never to leave the site of a decision, without having taken some kind of action. You can dream all day and all night—but if you never take any action, you will never get any action! You can’t do everything at once, but you CAN do something right now. I suggest you focus your biggest effort on your BIG goal. Most winners have a dream and work on it. They have a priority. Focus on one thing at a time, your dream. The focus and direction of your front wheel will relate to the results you experience later in your back wheel. Where you steer is up to you.

So your Action Step for today:  For every Big Goal that you create, expect to come up with 5 to 10 smaller steps that you can take, that will move you closer to your Big Goal.  And then take action, immediately.

This is an excerpt from Estelle’s new book,
“Unleash The Power Of Your Mind ~ Reach Your True Potential”
You can order the book or Ebook online now at www.Amazon.com

GENIUS MIND AND ACTIVE THINKING

Thinking is something that most people don’t do enough of. The process of ACTIVE POSITIVE THINKING is something that most people have heard of, but never actually do! Thinking is not an activity that requires a lot of physical effort or a lot of time. Thinking is something that most winners do and most losers don’t do. Many people actually try to AVOID thinking! How crazy is that?  From the moment we wake up, we turn up the noise. It seems that these days, we are socialised to feel uncomfortable in silence. After we hit our teens, most of us avoid it completely. And as adults, we actively run from it! We seem to ‘fill’ any silent spaces in our lives with any kind and quality of noise.

Writing goals DOES work and it’s a brilliant way to focus our mind on the things that we really want to achieve. In the course of your lifetime, some goals will come to you, seemingly delivered right onto your plate—but you still have to grab them! But these are more likely to be little goals. Rarely will a HUGE goal, one that exists out beyond your comfort zone, be so conveniently delivered to you—without some significant effort on your part. Your mind will give you opportunities to achieve your little goals AND your big goals. But you have to take the appropriate ACTION. A big goal may require a big risk—are you prepared to take a risk for your goal? A big goal may need a big amount of hard work—are you willing to do it? What price are you willing to pay for your dreams?

“A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic;
it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”

~ Colin Powell, Former US Secretary of State ~

In my previous post, we bravely created our BUCKET LIST – a list of 100 Things that You Wish to Experience Before You “Kick The Bucket.”  So many people put off creating such a list because it feels so enormous, like a distant mountain that can never be climbed.  But I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that a journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step.  The same thing applies here.  Once you get that list down on paper, then pick out 5 items that are the most important, and the most pressing.  These are the ones that you want to experience NOW.  I suggest that you take another piece of paper and write these ones out – so they stand out to your mind.  You are going to be looking at these goals now several times a day – so get used to it!

The next Action Step is to take each of these goals and identify one simple step that you can take TODAY towards each of them.  If, for example you identified that you wanted to visit the Taj Mahal in India, then maybe today you could Google it and find out some facts about the area. (See, it doesn’t have to be a HUGE step that you take today, but you do need to do SOMETHING).

Repeat this process for each of your 5 Items.  And if 5 is too hard, then choose 3 – but make sure you take an action TODAY.

Tomorrow’s post will build on this action skill by incorporating some Active Thinking skills to further enhance your achievement potential.  Go BIG and Have FUN!

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This is an excerpt from Estelle’s new book,
“Unleash The Power Of Your Mind ~ Reach Your True Potential”
You can order the book or Ebook online now at www.Amazon.com

The Subconscious Mind In Action

Taking another step into our journey into the Function of the Subconscious Mind, let’s now take a look at The Subconscious Mind In Action.  By venturing into this particular rabbit hole, we might be able to gain a greater understanding of exactly HOW the Subconscious Mind works – thus giving us the opportunity to influence its functioning on a more conscious basis.

The key to experiencing success in creating the life
that we desire 
is to convince our Subconscious Mind
to go along 
with the decisions of our Conscious Mind…
effectively ALIGNING our Conscious and
Subconscious Minds.

But HOW do you do that if the very nature of the Subconscious Mind is that we are UNAWARE of its activities?  Let’s take another look at exactly how the Subconscious Mind actually operates.

Situated deep within the subconscious is the creative, imaginative part of our mind. And the power of this imagination process is LIMITLESS!  Anything we can conceive or imagine can come into being. Imagination is the seed of genius, and these seeds of genius are readily available to everyone. All great artists, thinkers, and inventors learn to utilize their imaginative powers within the subconscious. Of course, there is, as always, another side to the coin. When we allow our imagination to be ruled by FEAR, disastrous results can occur—because what we imagine DOES come into being. Our subconscious does not discriminate. But it does its best to create what we picture or imagine. It will work just as hard for us to create the negative imagery we present to it as well as the positive imagery, because the imagination can be used in any fashion we decree. The good news is that our benevolent subconscious is always ready and willing to follow our instructions. And we CAN always change the ways in which we use our imagination. We can CHOOSE to cultivate our imagination to create what is always in our highest good.

The Subconscious and Our Memories:

Our subconscious mind records all of the events that occur within the field of our awareness; all thoughts and feelings about those events; all memories; and it makes a record of all the meanings our conscious mind assigns to those events. The meanings we give to our experiences in life make up our belief systems. So it stands to reason that the subconscious stores our belief systems, organizes them, and brings them to forward into our conscious awareness when they need to access them in any relevant situation or event. Our subconscious mind has a library filled with ALL our thoughts; feelings; memories; and belief systems from our life experiences—all neatly categorized.  And any time, when we choose to become still and self-aware, we can access any part of our library. Our subconscious will retrieve any memory we choose to recall. If we desire to discover or remember an event that is at the core of one of our belief systems, all we need do is become quiet in our mind, ask clearly, and our mental ‘Librarian’ can easily locate anything within the vast library of our mind.

All our thoughts and feelings have an amazing creative ability, so when we make the effort to be still and access our subconscious mind, we can inform our subconscious (through our thoughts, feelings and imagination) what our desires are regarding any particular thing, event or experience. And in turn, our subconscious informs our Soul, or Higher Self, of our desires. This creative process is always occurring regardless of what our dominant state of mind might be at a given point. But the optimal state of mind in which the creative process has the greatest potential for success is the state of mind in which alpha and/or theta states are dominant, for it is in this quiet, prayerful or hypnotic state of mind that the different parts of our mind (Conscious, Subconscious and Higher Self) are present and highly focused.

Our amazing subconscious is also an incredible editor who happens to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Our subconscious mind never sleeps, so whenever we decide to change our mind about who we are, our subconscious mind is at our service. All that is required is desire, commitment, and silence. You could say that we are the authors of countless books about who we are, that these books are stored in the wonderful library of our subconscious. Given that we are the initial authors of these works of art, it is often forgotten that we also have the power to rewrite these books at any time we choose.

The Subconscious and Our Energy:

Human beings are a matrix of energy. We are a field of energy that reflects our state of consciousness in every moment in time. The subconscious directs our energy, generating and emitting energy relentlessly. We can be happy; peaceful; joyous; angry; hateful; loving; creative; lazy; hyper; and on and on. The matrix of energy we choose to be at any point in time also draws to us matching fields of energy. Loving energy attracts loving energy. Fearful energy attracts fearful energy. We draw people and events to us based on the energy we emit; and this energy is based on our state of consciousness. Current popular psychology labels this phenomenon as the Law of Attraction. Since our state of consciousness is a reflection of our belief systems, which, in turn is a reflection of our collected thoughts and feelings; we must change our thoughts and feelings—and thus, our beliefs—if we want to change our energy.

The Subconscious and Our Habits:

Our powerful subconscious automatically performs for us all of the habitual behaviour to run our mind and body. We don’t even have to think about the way we sit or walk or stand. It’s all automatic. We have trained our subconscious well. We have even trained our subconscious to drive our cars for us while we daydream. Have you ever reached the end of a car journey and paused to wonder how you got from point A to point B? Have you ever found yourself suddenly asking, “Who’s been driving the car for the last ten minutes?” because you’ve been off somewhere fantasizing?

The subconscious will learn and carry out any automatic behavior we choose to teach it, although teaching it to drive our car while we daydream may not be the wisest thing to do! Our subconscious also automates our reactions to simple day-to-day events including our interactions with people. How many times have you responded automatically when you were being introduced to a new acquaintance, only to realize that they did not even ask the question that you expected or answered? A little embarrassing, isn’t it? We all have automatic reactions to politicians from different political parties that we are probably totally unaware of. Most of our “reactions” to politicians come from our programming. Our reactions might be simply based on a politician’s membership in a political party we don’t see eye to eye with, or they could be based on the beliefs or policies a specific politician espouses. But our reaction, favorable or unfavourable, is generally automatic. It is the same with our responses to many of the people in our lives. When we see a friend or loved one, the feeling that automatically arises in the cells of our body is usually a good feeling—we may even smile. When we see someone we have difficulty getting along with, the feelings aren’t always so good. But what’s important to understand is that these feelings arise AUTOMATICALLY. We don’t really think about having the feelings, they arise instantaneously. They are experienced automatically because the vast majority of us are living our daily lives on auto-pilot, and our subconscious is simply carrying out our pre-programmed reactions to the events life presents to us.

The Subconscious and Our Higher Self:

The Subconscious functions as both the gateway to the Higher Self and as the messenger that conveys all our thoughts to the Higher Self. The Subconscious and the Higher Self are perfectly and seamlessly interwoven as a part of each other. When we become relaxed, a clear channel of communication opens between the Conscious, Subconscious, and the Higher Self. While each of these minds are present at all times, when we are in a deep state of relaxation, communication between these minds is at its clearest and most powerful level. It’s also important to understand that this channel of communication works both ways. Not only do we communicate from the Conscious to the Subconscious and the Higher Self in order to create, but the reverse is true also. An example of communication coming from the Higher Self through the Subconscious and into the Conscious mind is Intuition.  We all have intuitions and “gut feelings” that seem to magically pop into our minds. Intuitive and imaginative thoughts originate at the Higher Self level and move into our awareness at the conscious level of mind. It is through accessing our Subconscious Mind that we are able to maximize our human potential and live our best lives.

In each of the following posts, I will discuss a different mode of accessing this illusive control station, and present simple techniques that you can use immediately to gain access to your Subconscious and modify your beliefs and habits. One critical aspect to any activity in the field of Personal Development, if you want to change something in your life, the you must TAKE ACTION. So I would encourage you to take at least ONE ACTION each day for the next 30 days from the following posts, and you will see some great results! Enjoy the adventure – and please feel free to share your victories with us here!

This is an excerpt from Estelle’s new book,
“Unleash The Power Of Your Mind ~ Reach Your True Potential”
soon to be available at http://www.BalboaPress.com

Functions of the Subconscious Mind

 

  To fully understand the many functions of the subconscious    mind, lets take a quick look at some of the roles that the Subconscious Mind plays in our lives.

The subconscious mind will do whatever we ask it to do. It is an amazing servant to us. There are no limits to what our subconscious mind will do for us, in fact it is only limited by the restrictions we place upon it (and ourselves) through the beliefs we have created during our lives. If we have a belief that it’s not likely that we’ll ever be rich, our subconscious will do everything in its power to see that our belief comes true for us. The subconscious mind does not discriminate when it comes to thoughts and feelings; it responds to fearful thoughts as well as loving thoughts. The subconscious responds to every desire and imaginative thought we choose to entertain. So, achieving and maintaining some degree of awareness of our thoughts (since the subconscious hears every thought and responds accordingly) is certainly a skill worth having and honing.

Our subconscious mind is our friend and is always there for us and it never judges any of our thoughts, feelings or actions. Remember, our subconscious is the non-critical, non-analytical aspect of our mind—though we often judge ourselves with our conscience mind, according to the belief systems we have created for ourselves. As our good friend and ally, our subconscious mind is also extraordinarily protective of us. It will repress painful memories until we are ready and willing to heal them.

The Subconscious and Emotions:

The realm of the subconscious is where our heart lies. The spectrum of emotions from love through to fear are recorded and stored within the subconscious realm. Our subconscious memorizes all our feelings about every event we experience and encodes these memories in the cellular structure of our bodies. So, whenever a familiar event occurs, the feelings we have developed from earlier similar events are felt and then stored instantaneously in the cells of our body. Also, the thoughts and beliefs we have created regarding those “similar events” also show up instantly. Our subconscious brings our thoughts and feelings to us instantly and automatically as each event in our life occurs. Now, because the subconscious is the realm of the heart, it easily overrides the rational thoughts from our conscious mind whenever a conflict arises. Let’s take a look at exactly how our subconscious mind wins the majority of these battles with our conscious mind.

The Subconscious and Weight Management:

Suppose we have a friend called Jane, who makes a “conscious” decision to lose weight. But one day at the office, someone offers Jane a chocolate croissant. Now, let’s say Jane holds a belief in her conscious mind that chocolate croissants are fattening—though she absolutely LOVES croissants. Jane eyes the croissant longingly, but tells herself that croissants are definitely fattening and certainly cannot be found anywhere on her carefully constructed list of edibles for her diet. Not a problem. Because, you see, Jane has willpower. And fortitude. And she’s sticking to her diet. She’ll just pass on this one, no matter how good it looks. Besides, if she wants to lose weight, passing on the croissant is the rational, logical thing to do. And Jane’s conscious mind knows that this is what’s best for her. Right? But, as if the world has somehow conspired against her, the beautiful, wondrous aroma arising from the croissant reaches her nostrils; and, making matters worse, Barbara from accounting, a notorious pastry lover, is crossing the room eyeing Jane’s croissant! Without hesitation, Jane snatches the croissant and profusely thanks her thoughtful coworker. She eats the croissant and with each bite, Jane feels the accompanying sting of guilt from having cheated on her diet.

How did this happen? Pretty simple. The strength of Jane’s emotional desire to eat the chocolate treat was greater than her desire to lose weight. In order to stop eating pastries, Jane would have to strengthen her desire—at the subconscious level—to lose weight, so that her desire to lose weight would become stronger than her desire to eat chocolate croissants. The emotional strength of our love (or fear) held in our subconscious minds will almost ALWAYS override any rational thoughts coming from our conscious minds. When it comes to a battle of the minds, the subconscious mind will almost always win out.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post exploring The Subconscious In Action, and how it affects our Memories, Energy, Habits and the way we connect to our Higher Self.

This is an excerpt from Estelle’s new book,
“Unleash The Power Of Your Mind ~ Reach Your True Potential”
soon to be available at http://www.BalboaPress.com

What’s the Difference Between the Conscious and Subconscious Minds?

The focus of this blog post is to maximize human potential by teaching simple skills to better utilize the amazing powerhouse that is the human mind. First though, we need to understand exactly what is the conscious and subconscious mind. And this is not a simple question to answer!

The conscious and the subconscious minds are merely two separate spheres of activity within your brain. Your conscious mind is the
rational or logical mind, whereas your subconscious mind is the ‘automatic’ part of the brain than operates below the level of your conscious awareness. Without any conscious effort on your part, your heart keeps pumping blood, your blood vessels expand and contract as your blood pressure changes according to the activities the body is engaged in and the emotions you experience. These are just two examples of the multitude of functions that may seem as if they ‘just happen’, but are actually the result of your subconscious mental processes, hard at work. Most people are not aware that they even have a subconscious mind, although they access it multiple times each day just to survive.

Your subconscious mind is very powerful and makes up a great percentage of your mental processes, even though you are unaware of it. Your subconscious mind is easily impressed upon by the thoughts and mental focus of the conscious mind. Your subconscious does not reason—it simply reacts to and follows the instructions and guidance of the conscious mind. Your subconscious can be described as a bed of soil that accepts any kind of seed, whether good or bad. Your mental thoughts are active; they are seeds in the garden of your subconscious mind. Negative, destructive thoughts that may be the result of long term anxiety or depression, continue to work negatively in your subconscious. Sooner or later, these thoughts surface to take shape as an outer experience that corresponds with or mirrors their content. Therefore the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for”, actually has some firm foundation in modern psychology.

Stay tuned for my next post tomorrow to take another step into this complex topic…

This is an excerpt from Estelle’s new book,
“Unleash The Power Of Your Mind ~ Reach Your True Potential”
available soon online and at all good bookstores through Balboa Press
.