Your sub-conscious or non-conscious mind works approximately 400 to 2,000 times faster then your conscious mind. Think about that for a moment. If your subconscious mind works that much faster than your conscious mind, would it not be beneficial to direct it? Here’s a clue: If you do not direct it your subconscious mind will direct you.
There is a real part of your brain known as the Reticular Activating System. Your RAS is constantly searching for what to focus on. With all the modern technology, we have more access to news than ever before. Since most of the news reported today is negative, It can affect your RAS and what it habitually focuses on. If you do not consciously direct your Reticular Activating system, it will direct you.
Our conscious minds are capable of focusing on seven things at once, plus or minus two.
And right at this very moment, there are at least two billion bits of sensory data coming at you! Out of that two billion the most you can process at your absolute best is 134 bits per second. And that is at your absolute best. But few of us are at our absolute best all the time. In reality the level we operate at is between 7 to 9 bits per second. 7 to 9 out of 2,000,000! So that means is our perception of reality is really, really subjective.
So what happens to the other 1,999,991 bits per second? We subconsciously filter deleting, distorting and generalizing.
Think about this: are news broadcasts generally focused on good news or bad? And with so many different sources of information these days between smart phones, tablets, video and audio, we can barely get away from it! So if your RAS is focusing on 7 to 9 bits of data that it is picking up unconsciously the odds are good that you are unwittingly training your non-conscious mind to focus on negativity. The result of that at a minimum is you fell less than enthusiastic about life and the world and many people end up feeling depressed and anxious. In my opinion, that is no way to go through life.
Here is an example of how your brain works. Answer the following questions; what kind of car did you drive before the car you have now? Did you used to see similar cars on the road when you were driving it? What kind of car do you drive now? Don’t you see that car on the road when you are driving now? That is you RAS in action.
Here is the rest of the story. Your subconscious not only works at lightning speed, but it is also ten billion times more powerful then your conscious mind. Your conscious mind only plays a small part in your life to create happiness joy and success for you. Finding ways to train and direct your subconscious mind will often create amazing breakthroughs for you in all areas of your life, even in areas where you have believed yourself stuck for years.
Here are a few simple ways to train your RAS;
- Begin each day with a list of things/people for which you feel grateful.
- Look for the good in everyone in your life (esp. the ones that drive you crazy)
- Practice unconditional love (if that’s too much of a stretch, practice compassion)
- Set meaningful goals. (I suggest goals that allow you to contribute to the greater good of society)
- Focus on what is right in your life
- Become curious. The more beliefs and presuppositions we question, the more we grow. Your brain loves growth and so you will naturally become even more curios.
- Find a qualified Nuero Linguistic Programming Practitioner to coach you.
Remember, by choosing to direct your focus, you can have a better more fulfilling life. The choice is always your.
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