Your subconscious mind is the gate keeper of your comfort zone. It’s primary job is to make sure everything you say and do fits a pattern; to ensure you respond exactly the way you are programmed. The intent is to keep you SAFE. You were safe yesterday, doing what you have always done and your subconscious mind intends to keep that pattern.
There are several techniques to mind-hack your subconscious and get it to work for you as you strive for something new, rather than against you.
The subconscious mind is a powerful tool which has significant effect on all actions. 95% of your brain activity happens beyond your conscious awareness. A majority of the time you are on autopilot and not consciously making decisions. Obviously we can’t, nor do we want, to make conscious decisions about every minute thing all day every day. Simple actions like walking down the stairs would consume us. What we do want, is to use our subconscious mind in such a way that it is working in the direction of our declared goals.
One simple way to engage your subconscious mind is to write a specific desire or outcome, which will ultimately become a S.M.A.R.T. goal.
In this post, we will focus on the importance of being specific and how that engages your subconscious mind by giving it a target to work towards. When your subconscious mind has a specific target it will work with the conscious mind by helping to ‘see’ opportunities that may have gone unnoticed. By providing insights, searching past experiences for relevant intel, and provide inspiring ideas to be explored. All with the intent of giving you want you want. A powerful ally.
Specific objectives or goals provide your subconscious with a clear target, ability to focus on a clear target.
In addition to engaging the subconscious, a specific outcome or goal will allow you to craft an appropriate action plan and break that down into daily action steps. You will be able to create milestones and meaningful ways to measure your progress.
Specific objectives or goals typically clearly answer the question ‘what?’ or ‘how much?’. Exactly how much weight do I want to bench press? Or how many miles do I want to be able to run? Or what do I want to drive? What do I want my vacation to look like? How much money do I want to have in savings? How much do I want to earn as extra income?
Your challenge today is to take action and look at those 3 to 5 outcomes and ensure they meet the specificity required to engage your subconscious mind.
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Linda Short of Elle Short Coaching is a certified health and life coach specializing in goal achievement. As a goal achievement coach, I help people struggling with where they are to create their own life story and take action toward a compelling life vision. So you can get unstuck, find joy in each and every day, and live your best life.