Your subconscious mind controls everything about your life — from the beliefs you carry, to how you feel about yourself and the world around you, to the actions you do and don’t take.
It can either be a powerful source of good or a negative source that brings you down.
Which describes yours?
A negative subconscious mind will limit your perspective, keep you stuck in fear-based thoughts, and result in you feeling slighted by life.
Now is the time to ask yourself: Does my subconscious mind need work?
If you answered yes, don’t worry — you aren’t alone. Millions of people worldwide are limited by their subconscious mind, usually without even knowing it. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way — you can take back control of your life, and mind, starting today.
Here are 5 simple ways to retrain your subconscious mind to reach your goals:
1.) Switch Up Your Routine to Rewire Your Subconscious Mind
You are what you repetitively do. That’s why when it comes to retraining your subconscious mind, you have to start by becoming conscious of how you spend your time.
To begin, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my current routine adding value to my life?
- Do the things I do daily help me reach my goals? Why or why not?
- How can I restructure my routine to lead a more productive, conscious life?
As you go through this process, write down your answers. Pay particular attention to any time-sucking, unconscious activities you do on a daily basis that keep you stuck. For example, how much time do you spend on social media? Watching TV? Binge eating unhealthy food?
Any activities that do not add value to your life, but take up your precious time can now be brought to the surface and changed.
Here are a few ideas for how you can create a new routine for yourself:
- Make a list of your goals, and what steps you will take to reach those goals
- Record how much time you’re spending unconsciously each day (engaging in activities like those listed above)
- Create a new schedule for yourself, weaving in daily steps you can take to reach your goals
- Make it harder to engage in unconscious activities (remove the batteries from your TV remote, deactivate social profiles/remove apps from phone/turn phone off at night/throw away unhealthy food, etc.)
- Block off time slots to work toward your goals
By creating a new routine for yourself, you’ll begin the process of rewiring your subconscious mind. After a few weeks, your new routine will become second nature, and you’ll be on track to reach your goals!
2.) Challenge Your Belief System
Your beliefs impact everything about your life — from how you view yourself and the world around you, to the actions you do, and don’t take.
If your beliefs are empowering, nothing will be out of reach for you. In contrast, if your beliefs are limiting, you’ll unintentionally hold yourself back from personal achievement.
That’s why when it comes to rewiring your subconscious mind you have to start by challenging your current set of beliefs.
Start by asking yourself the following questions:
- What do I believe about myself? The world? My ability to achieve my goals?
- Where did my beliefs come from?
- When did I adopt these beliefs as true?
- Are my beliefs empowering or disempowering me?
- How can I create empowering beliefs?
Write down your answers, and then review them. If you find your beliefs are disempowering and limiting, now is the time to change them. You can do this by rewriting your beliefs.
Once you are more aware of your beliefs, answer these questions:
- What do I want my life to look like?
- What beliefs am I carrying that are holding me back from this desired life?
- How can I update my beliefs to reflect my desires?
Then write down a new set of beliefs to live by — and start living by them!
3.) Learn Something New
One of the easiest ways to begin reprogramming your subconscious mind is by learning something new.
Here’s why: your brain is plastic meaning it’s able to change, adapt, and learn at any point in life. By exercising the plasticity of your brain, you’ll wire and fire new neurological connections as a result. As your brain begins this process of rewiring the neurological connections in your brain, it will delete connections that are no longer useful, and strengthen ones that are.
Use these questions to get started:
- What’s one thing I’ve always wanted to learn?
- What topics and ideas interest me?
- Where in my schedule time to learn something new?
The more often you do this, the more adaptable your subconscious will become.
4.) Remove “I Can’t” From Your Vocabulary"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." – Henry Ford Click To Tweet
The average person has around 60,000 thoughts daily — and the vast majority of those thoughts are negative!
But, it’s not as easy as simply pruning all of the negative thoughts from your mind. After all, the vast majority of them are unconscious meaning you aren’t even aware you’re thinking them.
Rather than trying to micromanage each thought that spins around in your head, instead, focus on one impactful, and powerful aspect: removing “I can’t” from your vocabulary.
To do this, start by becoming conscious of how often you say “I can’t”. Pay particular attention to:
- What you’re doing when you say “I can’t”
- How many times you say it each day
- What you feel when you say it (I.e. frustration, anger)
Make sure you keep a journal you can record your answers in and reference as you work through these prompts. The purpose of this exercise is to help you develop awareness about how you’re unconsciously limiting yourself so you can proactively work to change it. You can do this by swapping the negative phrase, “I can’t” with the positive phrase “I can” each time you hear yourself saying or thinking “I can’t”. Then repeat the positive phrase three times.
5.) Use Powerful Affirmations With “I Am”
“I am that, I am.” This is the most powerful phrase in the Bible, and for good reason — it was used to bring forth physical creations into existence.
You see, your words have power — each time you speak, think and feel you are in the process of creating mindsets, beliefs and actions.
When you declare, “I am __________” you are creating that scenario for yourself. For example, if you say, “I am a successful writer” then you will create the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that allow that truth to unfold. In contrast, if you say, “I am powerless” (and truly feel and believe this to be the case) then your beliefs and actions will act in accordance with that statement, and your life will be limited.
That’s why you need to be mindful of how you use the phrase, “I am”. Create a list of powerful affirmations you can ritualize and say on a daily basis.
Use these prompts to figure out what “I am” statements you want to bring into fruition:
- What is your current goal or dream? Write it down, and then create 3 powerful I am statements to affirm it.
- When you say “I am” what typically follows (negative or positive affirmations)?
- How can you use “I am” to empower yourself?
Everything is created in the mind first, which is why uncovering how your subconscious mind has held you back is paramount for personal success. Use these 5 suggestions to rewire your subconscious mind, and no goal will be out of reach for you.