How does the subconscious mind work

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How does the subconscious mind work

The subconscious mind plays a very important role in affecting your behaviour, shaping your personality and your entire life. Many people don't have an idea how the subconscious mind works or what mechanisms govern its operation.

In order to understand how the subconscious mind works you should consider it the part of your mind that contains information that you are not consciously aware of.

For example, the main reason you fear public speaking might be an unconscious belief that you are unattractive and that people won't like your looks. While you won't be aware of that belief while talking in front of the public still it will affect your performance to a great extent.

In this article i will tell you how the subconscious mind works and how to make it work for you in order to help yourself achieve your life goals.

The inner works of the subconscious mind

The subconscious mind is a like a big memory bank that stores your beliefs, memories and life experiences. This information that is stored in your subconscious mind always affects your behaviour and actions in different situations.

Here is another example that will help you understand how the subconscious mind works. If you lack self confidence because of certain beliefs that you have about yourself (that are stored in your subconscious mind) then you might start to feel anxious around people.

In this case you felt anxious because your subconscious mind had false information that made you believe that you were in danger while in fact you were not.

One of the very interesting facts about the way the subconscious mind works is that it won't only affect your behaviour but it will also affect your perception of events. If in the previous case you saw two people smiling while looking at you then you might believe that they were making fun of you.

Your subconscious mind follows a rule called "you get what you focus on". Because you had a false belief about yourself you found a proof for it even though it wasn't real.

Working with the subconscious mind

Many people who don't understand how the subconscious mind works think that they can use it to achieve their goals overnight and that's completely wrong.

In the Solid Self confidence program i said that people who try to use affirmations to program their minds always end up disappointed. In order to know why affirmations never work you have to know an important fact about the operation of the subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind can only accept a new belief if it doesn't contradict with an already existing belief. This means that you can't convince yourself that you are confident if you had only one belief that states otherwise.

How to make your subconscious mind work for you

Here is what you must do in order to make your subconscious mind work for you:

  • Change your subconscious beliefs by actions: If you want to change a subconscious belief such as "I am not good at math" then you need to take serious actions to get good grades in the next math exam. Only then your subconscious belief will be changed.
  • Don't go against your subconscious beliefs: Don't use affirmations that doesn't make sense to your subconscious mind because they will never work (see Why don't positive affirmations work)
  • The Subconscious mind can't do magic: Some people think that they can use their subconscious minds to lose weight while eating whatever they want. This is the way people who don't know how the subconscious mind work think. You can use your subconscious mind to lose weight by modifying certain beliefs that are preventing you from taking actions but you can't use your subconscious mind to lose weight directly. only then you can make your subconscious mind work for you.

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