Tricks to make your subconscious work for you
When I get stuck for words or a problem, I make a conscious effort to talk to my subconscious.
The brain is a strange and amazing creature of its own personality and abilities. Its the thing that makes us who we are. However, there are times where it refuses to cooperate and do a bit of a fart. Here are some tricks that’s helped me increased its capacity to be a bit more useful in the hours I need it to be.
Prime your brain
The act of priming your brain is telling it exactly what it needs to do. It’s the pre-presentation of a problem that needs to be solved — or start to consciously solve — by a certain time.
If you need to get things done but have a bad habit of not doing so, start the day with a small written list of intentions. Visualize yourself completing the task. This will help your subconscious figure out the path that you’ll need to take to get there.
He who who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right.— Confucius
Visualization gives you a clear destination. It’s easier to figure out what you need to do if you know where you’re going.
Let it brew
Some problems are impossible to solve straight away. A few years ago, I was presented with a Kong Ming lock that was taken apart.
If you’re not familiar with Kong Ming locks, they’re an intensely easy to take apart 3D mesh puzzles but crazy hard to put back together. Most people I’ve observed give up within the first 5 minutes.
Then there’s me.
I spend about 15 minutes on the puzzle per ‘session’. If after that period and if there is no concrete progress, I put it down and tell myself that I will return to it later.
It took me about 5 sessions before I usually get it right and solve the puzzle. I’ve done several of these Kong Ming locks in the past, each with their own difficulties and intricacies. However, I found that if I just sit and try and get it solved in one sitting, I become mentally fatigue and have a higher chance of quitting.
When I allow the issue to brew, my subconscious has time to process and work for a solution in the background.
For complex tasks, there is a lot of possibilities and variations for the brain to work through. Letting it brew before revisiting the issue can help speed up the process and allow you come up with alternative paths that you might have not taken if you just go with the ‘slog it out’ method. It gives us the conscious mental breaks needed to remain persistent in our pursuits and chases.
Absorb and emulate the successes, thought process and habits of amazing people
You’re the average of the five people spend the most time with. — Jim Rohn
Unfortunately, I spend the most time with my toddler (who I have nothing against). In fact, my toddler takes the biggest amount of my time on any given day.
When we look beyond our current networks and towards those who have achieved something significant, it can help subconscious kick start our own mirror habits and thought processes. We become inspired to take action. We work on our own daily lives and directions we want to take.
Sometimes we don’t even notice it.
Speak positively to yourself
You affect your subconscious mind by verbal repetition.
– W Clement Stone
We are the sum of our thoughts and actions. How you speak to yourself impacts on the person that looks back at you in the mirror. When you infuse your language with positive optimism, your outlook on the problem, yourself and your dreams will be uplifted.
Some call it the law of attraction. In science, it a form of self administrated cognitive therapy.
Cognitive therapy is based on the idea that thoughts, behavior and feelings are all interconnected. By changing the way a person thinks, it can alter problematic behaviors and emotional responses.
When we consciously infuse our day with positive optimism, we subconsciously transform the way we conduct and interact with life. We solve more problems. We create more. We write more. We speak more.
What you repeat in your mind eventually becomes true as the subconscious mind work to make it your reality.
Once the subconscious mind accepts and idea, it begins to execute it.
– Joseph Murphy
Don’t try too hard
Our best ideas come to us when we aren’t trying at all.
Archimedes had his eureka moment when he was stepping into his bath. Newton paved the development of universal gravitational theory when an apple fell on his head. Einstein got his ideas on relativity when his mind wandered while working at the patent office in Bern, Switzerland.
Productivity isn’t about being constantly busy. It’s about maximizing valuable output based on your input.
Give your mind space. Clear out the clutter. Simplify your mental work space because not every surface needs to be covered. Your mind is like a desk. If it’s constantly covered with things, sometimes it takes longer for you to find a certain pen or pencil to complete your task. Sometimes you won’t even notice if something new is sitting on the surface.
Our best ideas come to us when we’re not trying too hard. When we are not consciously trying to full every living moment with something, then it gives the subconscious mind space to push it’s new weird and wacky connections to the forefront.
To sum it all up…
Your brain is an amazing thing. However, many of us are working at sub-optimal levels because we’re doing too much and not giving ourselves enough time to process, to think, to ponder and meander.
We need to slow down to let our subconscious mind get to work. We need to tell it exactly what we want from it then give it time to figure out a path.
There is too much go, go, go when we only utilize our conscious brain. We need to let things go to let it grow.