The Unconscious MIND – What organizes our heartbeat, our digestion, our response to outside temperature? What allows us to drive our car without having to think about it? What receives literally billions of pieces of external information, and processes them with no effort?
Psychologists refer to this part of the mind as the Unconscious,and it is far from unconscious. It is awake and active even when we are asleep. Doctors were surprised to discover that, under hypnosis, patients who had been anesthetized were able to recall every word said in the operating room. One part of their mind was obviously fully aware of what was going on!
The brain looks after thousands of functions in the body every moment, and can handle astronomic amounts of information. What is most impressive is it can do all of these things at the same time without any need for conscious control. And fortunately, it never forgets how.
The Unconscious responds to every external stimuli, and every thought. Each response sets off a chemical reaction which is sent to the rest of the body. Therefore WHAT we think takes on a vital significance. The Unconscious is like a good assistant, and basically it will do what you tell it. But what exactly are you telling it to do?
You may say, “I deserve the very best,” but if in your Unconscious, the message is being countered with,”You?…You’ll never amount to anything,” what is going to be the result?
Unless you stop and think about it, you will be unaware of the Unconscious thought. All that you will probably be aware of is a slight sense of unease or something not being quite right. An internal conflict may result and this will lead to incongruent behavior. This explains why saying an affirmation, or positive statement about yourself, sometimes does not work.
NLP has techniques and strategies to help you become fully congruent. Congruence is when you align your mind and behavior behind positive thoughts so there is total commitment to achieving an outcome. This is important because as Anthony Robbins says, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” A good way to experience congruence is to utilize past positive experiences and incorporate these into present behavior. The result is new and empowered ways of thinking.
We each have ten billion neurons (brain cells). And there are more potential simultaneous connections between neurons than there are atoms in the known universe. Yes, you may need to read that again! This means we have an almost infinite capacity for creativity and problem solving. As Einstein pointed out, the ONLY way we limit ourselves is by not fully utilizing this amazing gift. NLP is designed to help us access more neurological pathways and thereby create more choice in our life.
AWAY from FAILURE —————————-TOWARDS SUCCESS
How do you motivate yourself? Are you moving away from failure, and thinking how much you don’t want poverty, boredom, or embarrassment? Or are you motivated by, and moving toward success and thinking of healthy relationships, a healthy body, accomplishment, financial abundance?
Keep in mind moving away from and moving toward are both useful motivation strategies. For example, moving away from a dangerous situation is a very healthy thing to do. However, if this is the ONLY way you motivate yourself, then you are likely to be suffering from an abundance of anxiety and stress.
Given your understanding now of how the Unconscious works, you will realize the value of having a strong towards motivator. Studies of highly effective people show that, in fact, they utilize BOTH moving away from and moving towards simultaneously. Not only does this double the motivation power, it is also setting a very clear direction.
Thirty years ago Martin Luther King wanted to strongly move away from oppression and toward his dream of a society where all people are treated equal. By setting a very clear direction he motivated millions to change the course of American history.
In our experience most people have had plenty of practice moving away from what they don’t want with little or no direction to their life. Use NLP to change your thinking so that you can have want you want… or want more of…it can work for you!
Learning to make positive shifts, especially a shift in mindset are key to creating our best life. Our mindset affects every area of our lives ~ If we are struggling in our personal lives, it will ultimately affect our business, career and relationships. The techniques used truly is short term therapy with long term results.
Lynn has had several careers and a varied background in Social Services, Recruitment, Business and Sales as well as Health, Fitness & Nutrition for over 25 years. She specializes in services for Businesses providing NLP Trainings, Corporate Values Alignment, Increase Sales, Weight Optimization & Fat Loss, Sport Performance, Chronic Pain, Quit Smoking, Releasing Negative emotions such as Anger, Sadness, Depression, Anxiety, Fear, Stress & PTSD.