Before you can be successful in your actions you must first be successful in your mind. This isn’t a new concept, but it’s one that’s seriously misunderstood by the average person. At first, it seems simple. To be successful in any situation you must have an awareness, if not control, of specific thoughts and emotions (Frame of Mind). But there must also be an understanding that most of what you think of as beliefs, rituals or habits—to name a few—are held in the subconscious or automatic mind.
Traditionally, it’s accepted that thoughts lead to emotions which lead to behaviours (action). However, I’m going to suggest that there’s no meaning to our thoughts and emotions that we don’t put there. This statement implies that whatever has happened to you in the past need not have any meaning other than it happened. In other words, you definitely don’t need to carry your past with you into the future. And the obvious result of such recognition is that you have the freedom (free will) to stand in the moment and just BE. By also assigning no specific meaning to what is happening to you right now (it is what it is), you leave a blank slate on which all the possibilities of the future can be written unhindered. Is this really so important?
“When you acknowledge your mistakes and successes, the things you’ve said or done, and also the thoughts and feelings you’ve held close to your heart, recognizing that these things have happened AND you realize they’ve no particular meaning other than what you’ve chosen, THEN you’re in a place where you can push the past aside and stand in the moment, FREE to partake in any of the possibilities the universe may have for you.” –Clayton Bye
This concept is huge! Most people carry the past into the present, creating a blobby soup of thoughts, emotions and actions that are barely palatable. What a thing to serve your mind exactly when you need it to be at it’s most clear.
As for the subconscious or automatic mind? Its purpose is to take the thousands of stimuli that bombard you every day, make sense of the useful ones and discard the others. To put it another way: your day is run mostly on automatic pilot, based on beliefs, etc. that were laid down haphazardly over time. The only way to change any part of this massive program is to identify any non-useful thoughts, emotions, actions, beliefs, etc. that you may have in any given situation and replace them with “something” you have chosen—on purpose—and continue to do so until the time comes when the new “something” has been internalized.
T. Harv Eker of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind uses affirmations to do the above. He says an out loud statement that has the power to change his beliefs about money, then he touches his head and says “I have a Millionaire Mind.” You can do the same for just about any belief. For example, let’s say you have the belief “I hate my job.” You can reprogram this negative belief by repeating several times per day, “My job is a stepping stone to my own business,” and then pointing at your head and saying “I am an entrepreneur.” By taking these simple steps you access and change a whole slew of thoughts, emotions and behaviours. It’s a powerful technique that needs to be part of your behavioural toolbox. You should be specifically applying the technique to your beliefs about money (wealth), your health and your happiness.