We will never get beyond our self-image. That, my friend, is a powerful truth! How DO you see yourself? Are you stuck? Are you going nowhere fast? Do you keep finding yourself at the same place and in the same situation year after year? Are you perpetually broke, living paycheck to paycheck? Are you plagued with symptoms of some form of sickness all the time? If the answer to ANY of these questions is “yes,” then you have a self-image problem!
Your mind is an amazing thing. It has two sections, the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind is how we think intentionally and our subconscious (sub) is our automatic response to things based upon previous programming from our conscious mind. The subconscious is the most powerful of the two sections and is what is holding you down or moving you upward. This is all being done without “consciously thinking” about it.
Your subconscious mind isn’t rational or prejudice. It acts according to what you believe to be true, whether it is or not doesn’t matter. The “sub” performs based on what you or others have been programming into it all your life.
Take money for example. Your subconscious will cause you to react to money according to your belief. What have you heard all your life or what have you been saying about money? Do you think and say things like, “I can’t afford that”, “We’re always broke”, “We never seem to get ahead.”? If you have thought or said things like this over and over your subconscious mind has accepted them as your truth because it thinks that is what you want and makes sure you always get it! You will always be broke and held back because that is what you believe.
The good news is the you can reprogram your “sub” by changing the way you CONSCIOUSLY think and what you say. Replace the urge to say, “I can’t afford that” to “I’ll have that soon.” Instead of saying, “We’re always broke” say, “There is more than enough. Use your conscious mind to reprogram your subconscious. This takes INTENTION!
I used to believe that, because I only had a high school education, I could never make BIG money and no matter what I did I was living paycheck to paycheck, never having more than enough. One day I got ahold of a program by Earl Nightingale called LEAD THE FIELD. That program introduced me to personal development and it changed my life. I listened and listened to that program over and over. I let Earl Nightingale brainwash me! Before I knew it, my beliefs changed and so did my life. I began to believe that I could make the BIG money and guess what? I did! This all happen SUBCONSCIOUSLY! Within a very few years my income went from the low $20,000’s to over six figures a year (that was back in 1997).
How did that happen? I made a CONSCIOUS decision to think differently. Soon my subconscious picked up on my NEW conscious thoughts and begin to work on my behalf according to my new beliefs. This has happened to me regarding many beliefs I previously held and that adversely affected my self-image. You do not have to put up with or stay where you are right now. You can change EVERYTHING in a relatively short period of time by getting new information to your “sub” to build new beliefs. To learn more about self-image and your mind I refer you to an amazing book: Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. Until next time…