Being so intrigued by how your thoughts create your reality, I wanted to share my insights on something you do simply every day: think positive and negative thoughts. It’s a bit of an exploration so let’s imagine we’re having a cup of coffee together…
Psychologists say 70% of your thoughts are negative and redundant thoughts. (I thought that was a little high, but not too off the mark.) These thoughts are bringing less quality to your life. Some people hear that and think, “I’ll just think positive thoughts.” But it doesn’t work like that. So I want to shed some light on the subject.
The Subconscious Driver
The mind is divided into the conscious and the subconscious. On a day-by-day basis the subconscious mind runs 90% of the show. The habits or programmed thinking that you got growing up are usually the source of how you show up in life, both good and bad.
Positive thinking is a creative thought that comes from the conscious mind. Let’s look at it mechanically.
In a way, a positive thought comes from a tiny microprocessor that is competing with the program in the subconscious mind. For example, if I’m a person who is creating positive thoughts about being in a good relationship, and I have been programmed to think “I’m not good enough”, or “Good relationships are for other people, not me”, then I am now pitting two opposite programs. Do the math, 90% of the day I’m run by the subconscious, and only 10% in my conscious mind. I really want you to hear that! The subconscious is a much greater processor. So the more you can access the source of your habits, the better chance you have of transforming them and exercising a conscious response.
The first level then, of really owning the power over your life, is to listen to these thoughts (even if you don’t like what you’re hearing!) When clients are working with me, I give them tools to examine their thoughts. Literally, stop and listen to your thoughts. You might hear, “Oh I can’t be with him, he won’t pay attention to me” or “I’m not lucky”. Since these thoughts are running like a faucet from your subconscious mind, then you are actually hearing what beliefs are running your show.
Most of you have the experience that the conscious mind sits in the back while the subconscious mind is sitting up front. You feel like you are saying something from the back seat and the driver is not paying any attention whatsoever. “I’m pretty sure I said we are going to yoga class today… then why am I in Starbucks sipping on a Mocha?”
The subconscious is the driver until you realize what thoughts are driving your life and then you can jump into the driver’s seat – that’s the moment you have power.
So if you’re feeling like a back seat driver, or just not getting the momentum you want in life, I encourage you to connect with me and try out some tools I have to get you feeling in the driver’s seat. Wouldn’t it feel great to know life is working for you rather than at you?!
Give it a test drive 🙂