An Introduction to Your Subconscious Mind: Three Ways to Partner With It

By Tricia Molloy

We all have a powerful tool that can help us reach our goals faster and easier so we can be more successful at work and life. Unfortunately, most of us either neglect or misuse it. This tool is our subconscious mind.

The conscious mind is objective. It’s where we perceive, think and decide. The subconscious mind is subjective. It records and retrieves information from all sources, including events and expectations. It plays a pivotal role in whether or not we achieve our goals. That’s because it stores beliefs about our capabilities, good or bad, true or false—from “This project is too complex for me to manage” to “I’m a good leader.” It is creative and intuitive and governed by emotions. It will accept everything you and often others tell it and seek out resources and proof that substantiate this reality.

Universal principles, like affirmations and visualization, support our success because they help us communicate with our powerful subconscious mind.

Here are three ways to partner with your subconscious mind:

1) Reflect. Before immediately reacting to the latest workplace challenge or request, take a moment (and a few deep breaths) and ask yourself what is your best course of action. You might find that wise voice inside advises you to clean off your desktop first so you’ll be more focused when you plan the next project or that you should wait a day before responding to a contractor’s proposal.

2) Watch What You Say and See. Take on the role of a coach or your most supportive friend and feed your subconscious with positive, motivating messages. Each time you “hear” yourself saying something negative like, “My team won’t meet this deadline” or “I’ll never get everything on my list done,” immediately counter it with positive self talk. Keep your affirmations brief and in the present. “We have all the resources we need to produce these deliverables on time and within budget.” Share these messages with your coworkers and encourage them to do the same. A picture is worth a thousand words, especially to your subconscious. When you take time to visualize your goals, you make them more real.

3) Turn on Your RAS. RAS stands for Reticular Activating System, which sounds like a new piece of exercise equipment. It’s actually the part of your brain that keeps an eye out for what’s most important to you. Our brains are bombarded by thousands of messages every second from all our senses. The RAS acts like a spam filter to decide which ones get through. It’s what helps you find the face of your child in a crowd at school or allows you to hear your name in a noisy room. It’s a problem-solving tool that works, when you work it. Simply set an intention—like mastering the new technology that will support your project’s success—and your RAS goes to work to find the resources you need. Your job is to trust in the process and stay aware.

3 Responses to “An Introduction to Your Subconscious Mind: Three Ways to Partner With It”

  1. George McKeever, PMP says:

    Love it. This is what I taught growing up, and I often forget the obvious, and choose to struggle. It is true that ones self is the biggest chearleader, and the only one that counts.

  2. pdus2go says:

    Thanks for your comment – I agree… I was taught the same principles growing up. I have found it difficult during these tough times as I am surrounded by so much negative chatter in corporate environments. I watched a GREAT program last night by Dr Wayne Dyar called Excuses No More!, which reinforced these principles. Keep cheering! You will thank yourself later. :-)

  3. I’m glad this article resonated with you, George! I hope you’ll create affirmations that support your success and post them so you’ll remember. Maybe say them as a spirited cheer. 😉

    Yes, Jennifer, Wayne Dyer is such an inspiration. When you finally take responsibility for your life (and don’t choose to blame others) and trust in the universe, amazing things happen.

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