“A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his actions” (Jawaharlal Nehru). Our words and actions may easily be produced if we are unjustly pushed to the ground by a stranger. By preconceiving what we would do prior to an event happening we can recondition a previously conditioned response. We have the power to control our thoughts, attitudes, words, perceptions, and behaviors, in turn, governing ourselves and our responses responsibly toward both internal and external stimuli.
We can control our conscious mind, therefore reprogramming our subconscious mind. The conditioning we received into our subconscious mind from our parents, relatives, teachers and other environmental factors while growing up can be altered and improved upon. Our breathing is automatic, yet we can consciously control breathing, thus change our mood and how we feel. The same holds true to our automatic subconscious mind in relation to our conscious mind. Don’t allow circumstances to control you—rather, make opportunities out of discomfort through self-control, hard work, and constant and never ending improvement, thus leading to self-mastery.
The rapid speed of thought, actions, and reactions performed in the subconscious mind have no fighting relation to the performance, speed, and effectiveness of the slow conscious mind. Thoughts travel through our subconscious or automatic mind at an incredible velocity compared to our conscious mind. Think of walking from New York to Las Angeles versus driving from each location going 270 mph on an imagined autobahn in a Hennessey Venom F5 with limitless speed restrictions without any risk of injury or harm. Leveraging our automatic subconscious mind over our slower conscious mind makes us more effective and efficient in every area of our lives, while pursuing any desire we choose.
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.). It has been hypothesized that humans only use 5 to 10 percent of their brains, while gold medal Olympic medalists use up to 20 percent capacity. Imagine if you tapped into your full potential each day. Your dreams, goals, and achievements can truly become boundless. Decide to use your mind creatively, curiously, passionately, and diligently, becoming unstoppable. Be the best version of yourself by doing your best in all you do.
Think of learning a new skill or observing a child acquire one. It took deliberate conscious effort. Riding a bicycle or learning to swim may have been scary at first, although once learned became automatic. Patience, courage, and deliberate intention produces results we desire when our want exceeds our fear. Tell yourself, “I am sick and tired of not achieving my aim. Do you mean it or not?” Write the goal down and get busy working on it day and night. Muster up the courage and just do it, leaving no excuses not to finish. Respect yourself enough to honor and complete your adamantly honorable desires. Persisting at anything long enough with sustained self-control will elicit all the blessings this world offers in direct relation to your endeavor and personal effort. Always do your best. What do you enjoy doing when time seemingly disappears? Why not do this more frequently and study the flow of your passions and desires more in depth?
It has been theorized that our subconscious mind makes up approximately 90 to 95 percent of our thoughts, reactions, and behaviors, while our conscious mind encompasses only about 5 to 10 percent. Through consciously focusing on what we want and striving daily toward that target, our consistent conscious efforts and persistent thought patterns become subconscious or automatic realities. Over time this subconscious growth mindset permeates our being, transforming us into who and what we desire to be without as much effort.
“No man is rich enough to buy back his past” (Oscar Wilde). Through ardent desire and belief in yourself, combined with knowledge and skill development, anything you want in life can be yours. Decide to regain, attain, or maintain positive forward growing habits, being they ultimately determine your life and destiny. Even if that entails doing something new, challenging, and scary each day—do it. Make the most of the time you’ve been given in order to achieve, grow, give, and live the greatness God has placed within you. Time is your most valuable commodity and asset, which you cannot buy or get back; therefore spend it judiciously.
You are not alone in your suffering. No matter what you are going through or have gone through there is someone both better and worse off. People have overcome exactly whatever difficulties, tragedies, terrors, and challenges you’ve experienced or are experiencing. Always try doing your best, while letting go of the past. Live in the present, hoping for and cultivating your future. Plans backed by action pave uncharted roads toward discovering newfound joy and peace, hence success.
The initial insult creating lack of oxygen or damage to the brain is usually the culprit toward later profound disability. Quality of life that does not permanently impede the functioning mind allows for hope, in turn, happiness. There are quadriplegics, people without legs and arms, individuals dependent upon a machine to act as a synthetic kidney, poverty-stricken families—all who choose happiness because it is a choice. Our thoughts, attitudes, behaviors and environments truly can create heaven or hell. The movies we play in our minds are of our making—always have been, always will be. If you don’t like the movie that’s playing, choose to make a new one or edit the existing film—Mr., Mrs. or Miss Producer.
Use the law of replacement to exonerate suffering from the aforementioned sins, encompassing anger, hatred, resentment, revenge, guilt, envy, self-pity, greed, blaming, complaining, and gossiping. Positive in, positive out (PIPO). Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO). Positive mental attitudes, behaviors, and environments can replace the negatives. Determination and persistent positive repetition until our dying day is the way toward embracing this wonderful freedom. Is it worth it? Just ask any successful joy-filled person. Otherwise, ask any miserable unsuccessful individual. Success is a relative term, therefore defining yours will facilitate ascertaining an understanding about your definite purpose in life. Remember to listen in order to understand and respond emphatically to yourself and others. Use your two ears and one mouth accordingly. Beware that misery, indeed, enjoys company. Be careful not to become someone else’s prey, or your own personal victim. Belief in yourself matters most. Turn away from darkness in the underworld, not being afraid to walk alone in the light of grace.