Why is it that when we set a goal, such as a New Years Resolution, we so often fall short of achieving it at the last minute?????!!!! You know the right thing to do, yet you don’t do the right things – Why does this happen?
Ever had those moments when:
Theory suggests that 95% of our consciousness is held at the subconscious level of the mind – the part of our mind that stores the majority of our beliefs. This means that most of the beliefs we have about ourselves and the world are below our conscious awareness. Many of these beliefs are limiting and don’t serve us in any way. Imagine that, on a daily basis, your thoughts, actions and behaviours are being driven by your subconscious beliefs!!!! How in control of your life are you really?
Imagine waking up every day being driven – subconsciously – by beliefs such as
‘Money is the root of all evil’
‘I don’t deserve to be successful’
‘I’m not worthy of a loving relationship’
‘If I say what I think, I’ll be judged, so it’s easier if I just agree with everyone else’
‘I’m scared of doing new things and meeting new people’
You probably wouldn’t have much money, be successful, have a loving relationship, voice your opinions or venture into the unknown.
Instead of having limiting beliefs, such as ‘I’m not worthy’, ‘I don’t deserve’, ‘I can’t’ stored in your subconscious mind, imagine how life could be very different if you had enhancing beliefs such as ‘I am worthy’, I deserve’ and ‘I can’ instead. These are beliefs that can support you to do the things you want to do and have the things that you want and fully deserve, be it peace, happiness, confidence, a new house, loving relationship, caring friends, more holidays or the ideal job.
Below is an example of how our beliefs can drive our thoughts, actions and behaviour, which all determine the results we have in our lives.
How could Terry’s beliefs affect his chances of career advancement?
Terry’s Belief = ‘I’m no good in group situations and no-one will want to talk to me.’
Action = Terry avoids talking to new people and spends most of his time on his own, looking busy or pre-occupied.
Results = No-one talks to him and Terry spends his time at the conference thinking that he has nothing interesting to say and that he is no good in group situations (self-fulfilling prophecy that confirms his original belief).
Terry’s Belief = ‘I love meeting new people and doing group activities’.
Action = Terry introduces himself to new people and talks about the great ideas he has.
Result = Terry talks to a lot of people, makes some good connections and meets someone who offers him the opportunity to put his ideas into action.
PSYCH-K® is a process that can change a limiting beliefs such as “I’m no good in group situations and no-one will want to talk to me” into a supporting and enhancing belief such as “I love meeting new people and doing group activities.” In doing so, thoughts, actions and behaviours change and so do the results and outcomes.
When changing beliefs it is important to have our subconscious beliefs aligned with our conscious goals and to be in a ‘whole brain state’ when doing so. More on this below…..
Volitional – sets goals/judges results
Thinks abstractly – likes new, creative activities
Time bound – past and future focused. Looks for new ways to do things based on past experience and future goals
Short-term memory – approx 20 seconds
Limited processing capacity – on average 40 bps. Capable of managing just a few tasks at a time
Habitual – monitors operations of the body & likes familiarity
Thinks literally – knows the world through the five senses.
Timeless – focuses in present time only. Uses past learning experiences to perform current functions
Long term –memory – stores past experiences, values, attitudes and beliefs
Expanded processing capacity – 4 million bps. Can manage thousands of tasks at a time
Most of our beliefs are held at the subconscious level of the mind and are running on auto -pilot every day. This means we don’t know the majority of beliefs that are driving us, many of which can be very limiting. As the subconscious mind is 40million times more powerful than the conscious mind, it makes sense to have subconscious beliefs that support us to move towards our goals, be it happiness, self esteem, better health, more money, confidence, ideal weight, better relationships etc, etc. Beliefs can affect every part of our lives. Does it make sense then, to have beliefs that support us programmed at the subconscious level of the mind, instead of beliefs that hold us back and limit our choices in life? I think so!
Does Your Left Brain Know What Your Right Brain is Doing?
Using PSYCH-K® processes – a kind of “mental keyboard” to your own brain – you can increase “cross talk” between the two brain hemispheres, thereby achieving a more “whole-brained” state, which is ideal for changing subconscious beliefs. In addition, when the right and left hemispheres of the brain are in simultaneous communication, the qualities and characteristics of both hemispheres are available to maximize your full response potential to life’s challenges.
For example: When both hemispheres of the brain are switched on and communication flows easily from one side to the other, this provides the opportunity to see the big picture as well as focus on the detail and to think logically about a situation or project, while at the same time being able to be open and responsive to new ideas.
When we are under stress, the communication between both hemispheres can become blocked, and we only access information from one side of the brain at a time, rather than both at the same time. This can result in confusion, difficulty finding the right words to say, difficulty reading and writing and difficulty moving forward towards goals.
When we are ‘whole brained’, we can experience the bliss like feeling that so many of us desire – the feeling that everything is just ‘a-okay’. It’s the feeling of not worrying about anything, being in complete trust that everything is going just as it’s meant to be – even during he more challenging times!! Most of us find that we have to go (or would like to go) to the other side of the world on holiday to ‘escape’ our daily lives and be able to forget for just a minute how stressful our lives can become.