How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

This week, Life Training Online is reviewing The Power of Your Subconscious Mind , by Dr. Joseph Murphy, the eighteenth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

The Treasure House Within You

The greatest treasure we could possibly uncover does not glitter like gold, neither does it require searching the depths of the sea or travelling to distant lands to find it. It resides within you. This treasure is the power of your subconscious mind.

Murphy felt that great men of all ages possessed a secret. This secret was their ability to contact and release the potentials of their subconscious mind and this book can teach you that secret.

Each of your thoughts are a cause and every condition in your life is an effect of those thoughts. We’ve all heard the saying, “Whatever thou thinketh, so art thou.” Murphy wholeheartedly agrees with this. If you can conceive it you can achieve it.

Your subconscious mind is also neutral. It accepts without conflict what your conscious mind decrees. Whether you say, “I can’t afford it” or “Money comes easy to me,” it will create experiences to match your dominant thoughts.

The Potential of Your Subconscious

Like an impressionable child, the subconscious responds to habit and habitual thinking — positive or negative. If we are careless with our thoughts, randomly letting negative thoughts impress upon our minds without any awareness on our part, we shouldn’t be surprised when they are expressed in day-to-day experiences and relationships.

Murphy felt that while bad things can happen to us — independent of our role in them — this is more the exception than the rule. Instead, the bad is already in us just waiting to germinate. Consistent negative thoughts provide all those seeds need to grow into the noxious weeds of bad experience.

While this is a harsh reality, this knowledge also grants our liberation. Understanding this means that we can actively choose what we feed our subconscious mind, blessing us with the opportunity for complete rebirth if we so desire.

Surrendering for Better Results

The subconscious mind does not respond well to coercion. Murphy discovered that it’s best to approach the subconscious with relaxed faith — allowing it to do its transformational work with ease. Unlike the consious mind which may be pushed into completing a task, the subconscious — when pushed — will short-circuit the entire process you are trying to fulfill. This attempt at success through willpower is counterproductive with your subconscious mind. It sees this as nothing more than an opposition to what you want done and responds in like manner.

Having relaxed faith allows the subconscious to work its magic, and the ease at which it accomplishes this magic is increased when you add emotion to the mix. For some reason unknown to Murphy, the subconscious responds better when thoughts are “emotionalized.” When thoughts become feelings and imaginations become desires, the subconscious will deliver what you want with speed and abundance.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind is the eighteenth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.

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How to make a difficult decision by tapping your unconscious

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

A while back I was in a relationship I wanted to end. I needed to decide whether to see if things improve or to just call an end to it and upset the person who loved me.

It took me weeks to make the decision. I didn’t sleep well. I had a recurring night terror in which I saw enormous shadowy spiders crawling up my bed toward me. Half-awake, I’d throw my sheets off the bed and scramble to switch on the lamp only to realise I was still dreaming. When I finally made the decision to end the relationship, the spiders stopped.

We are often faced with difficult decisions. We lose sleep when dilemmas we face churn over in our minds. We rehearse each eventuality with our thoughts and repeat them over and over, hoping that exhaustive analysis will eventually give us the right path to take.

Decisions are scary. Some of us live our lives avoiding them, and perhaps suffer all the more for it.

But there are ways to make a decision more quickly. By tapping our unconscious mind — the place where the spiders came from — we can take a deeper perspective on the decision. There are simple ways of doing this, and below I’ll give you one technique that will help.

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

The Unconscious Mind

Tough decisions cause a lot of trauma. This is partly because the thinking involved is so exhausting. Think of your conscious mind as being like a spotlight in a dark room filled with everything that’s happening in your life. It’ll shift from one thing to another, but that’s not to say nothing is happening in the darkness.

Most of our mental processing happens in the unconscious mind. When we drive, work or play a sport we’re often in a flow-like state where our unconscious does all the hard work. While we may not be actively considering our options in many given situations, the deeper (and far greater) mechanisms of the unconscious are at work on these considerations.

The term “unconscious” was coined by the German philosopher Friedrich Schelling but is most associated with Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis. Freud’s work was revolutionary, it gave us the notion that our unconscious mind — a part of us that we have very little control over — determines so much of our behaviour, including our decisions.

Ideas and memories buried in the non-conscious mind, Freud believed, could account for our fears, phobias, neuroses, desires and pleasures. Before Freud, it was widely assumed that human beings were perfectly rational, that our decisions were based entirely on conscious calculations. Freud’s work showed that is not even half the story.

The mind, Freud’s followers contend, is like an iceberg. Only a small part of it is exposed to conscious introspection. We can only feel the force of the unconscious indirectly, such as its workings in dreams, psychological symptoms, slips of the tongue and the associative way we interpret things.

A classic way to get insight into the unconscious is the Rorschach test technique, named after Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach, by which a patient is asked to interpret what they see in a random inkblot.

The “free association” of the patient is interpreted by an analyst to reveal something that may not be “known” to their conscious mind. Latent traumas and buried (“repressed”) memories can be surfaced using these techniques.

But the unconscious mind is not just a place of lurking fears and neuroses. It’s a plentiful well-spring of creativity and wisdom. In so much as there are ways to reveal the symptoms of the unconscious mind’s darker aspects, there are ways to tap its enormous creative and intellectual potential.

Many a creative will tell you that it’s best to think about a problem for a while then let it go and get on with something else. The unconscious will work on the problems beneath the threshold of your attention. You will find that a solution will pop into your head at unexpected moments. Meditation, doodling and journaling are also ways of opening up the power of the unconscious.

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

The Coin Toss

What’s this all got to do with tough decisions? Well, decisions are exhausting to our conscious minds. We’ll likely be thinking hard about decisions because these junctures in our lives require a lot of speculative thinking. Making sense of the chaos around us is hard enough and it’s so much harder to make sense of the potential chaos to come on either side of a dilemma.

But while we may be turning things over in our minds — perhaps even having sleepless nights — all that information is making its way into the unconscious mind where it is also being processed.

To make a decision as tough as a job relocation, a relationship change, or a career change, it’d do us a lot of good to bring our unconscious mind’s emotional and intellectual depth to a dilemma. It might even save us a few sleepless nights.

When faced with a big decision many people have been tempted to leave their decision to fate. A common way of doing this is tossing a coin: “heads I take the work transfer and relocate to a new country, tails, I stay put.” This method is reckless and could do a lot of harm.

It is said (but unproven) that Freud had a much better way of helping people make decisions using a coin toss. Whether or not Freud discovered the method, it’s a powerful way to bring your unconscious to bear on the decision making process.

Toss a coin as if the coin is deciding your choice for you. Now, don’t act on the result of the coin toss but instead decide how you feel about the result. The coin toss forces you to consider how you would feel if the decision was made for you by the force of fate and circumstance.

The coin flip clarifies your feelings about the decision. Was the result what you hoped for? Are you disappointed? While the decision-making process forces us to use our conscious mind to speculate and calculate the outcomes of our choice, the coin flip suddenly brings our unconscious into play.

This is the full force of an intuitive “gut” feeling that is impossible to describe, yet so powerfully emphatic.

It may not make a decision simple, but it will bring to bear your true feelings and help you make your choice based on your emotional reaction to the result.

Thank you for reading. I hope you learned something new.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also like my article on Marcus Aurelius:

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”

The subconscious mind is the store room with an unlimited capacity; all your memories, past experiences, deepest beliefs, everything that has ever happened to you is permanently stored.

In simple terms, the subconscious is a part of you that is outside of your conscious awareness, that creates automatic programs to make functioning easier in life, without having to pay attention on everything you are doing.

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential The tip of the iceberg represents the conscious mind and the part under water represents our unconscious

Like driving a car, a beginner who is still learning to drive would be completely focused on driving, without engaging in a conversation with anybody in the car. But after few weeks or months of practice, that person would be at ease while driving , since its become a habit and is registered in the subconscious mind.

Subconscious is active all day and night, whether you act upon it or not. controlling all functions of your body like breathing, heart beat and even our nervous system.

Neuroscience has recognized that the subconscious controls 95 percent of our lives. The first six years of your life is when the subconscious mind is programmed and it is much more powerful than your conscious mind.

Its job is to ensure that you respond exactly the way you are programmed. Your subconscious mind makes everything you say and do fit a pattern consistent with your self-concept, your “master program.” That’s why it’s important that you filter what is embedded in it.

If the subconscious mind is so powerful, how does one reprogram it to make positive changes in one’s life; to reprogram our conditioned thinking which might be pulling you down from living the life you always wanted to. Your thoughts have the power to manifest in reality. The choice is yours!

Breaking Down Neural Pathways using Positive Affirmations

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

To change our lives, we need to do more than change our thoughts, we have to go deeper than that and change our programming.

To program your subconscious mind, with the present “conscious” understanding that you’ve gained takes time, because it involves bringing down the old neural pathways and creating new connections in your brain.

But the good thing is that the subconscious learns through repetition, that’s how it picked up the negative patterns or bad habits in the first place. By spending time each day affirming your new beliefs/programming or thought pattern, you can effectively change your life and reality.

Take time every day sowing the seeds of your new programming. Repeating mantras or positive affirmations have the power to raise your vibrations and make a lasting impression in your subconscious mind.

According to Paramahansa Yogananda, “Loud or silent repetition of inspiring words has been found effective in various systems of psychotherapy; the secret lies in stepping up the mind’s vibratory rate.”

Affirmations to consider –

-“I love and respect myself.”
– “I am filled with peace, harmony and joy.”
– “I attract good things into my life.”
– “My positive thoughts produce positive things.”

Its not just repeating the same thing again and again, you have to break the barrier that prevents certain thoughts from entering the subconscious mind. If you feed good thoughts to your brain continuously, it will enter your subconscious mind.

Feed only what you desire and not what you don’t want. In the process if you experience negative thoughts, sadness, anxiety, frustration etc., don’t try to resist those thoughts but acknowledge them and accept them in your conscious mind, and it will eventually fade away.

Meditation

Meditation takes you to deeper realms of consciousness, that allows you to access your subconscious mind. In normal waking consciousness, our brain is functioning in ‘beta’ pattern. This state is associated with alertness, but also with stress, anger and anxiety. In meditation, your brain patterns slow down and move first to alpha and then to theta and, in deep meditation, delta patterns.
How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential
It sounds difficult at first, but with regular practice, you will become an observer of your thoughts, instead of getting distracted by it. Allow you thoughts to flow and not react to them. This is when you begin to reap the benefits of accessing your subconscious mind through meditation.

Get Creative

Let your creative juices flow, take up artistic expression like painting, drawing, cooking, decorating, sculpting, pottery and so on. Nurturing your creativity can help you be more authentic and in closer touch with your subconscious self.

Follow your Instincts

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

Intuition is the connecting path between the subconscious and conscious mind. Your subconscious mind, applicably, converses with the conscious mind all the time. This is the inner voice, or “gut feeling”, which you must listen to. Positive people have been reported to have stronger sense of intuition.

There are other ways to unlock the power of the subconscious mind – clinical hypnotherapy, energy psychology and even brainwave entertainment – is effective. Once you start living in harmony with your inner self and your subconscious state your life will be transformed!

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

This week, Life Training Online is reviewing The Power of Your Subconscious Mind , by Dr. Joseph Murphy, the eighteenth of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

The Treasure House Within You

The greatest treasure we could possibly uncover does not glitter like gold, neither does it require searching the depths of the sea or travelling to distant lands to find it. It resides within you. This treasure is the power of your subconscious mind.

Murphy felt that great men of all ages possessed a secret. This secret was their ability to contact and release the potentials of their subconscious mind and this book can teach you that secret.

Each of your thoughts are a cause and every condition in your life is an effect of those thoughts. We’ve all heard the saying, “Whatever thou thinketh, so art thou.” Murphy wholeheartedly agrees with this. If you can conceive it you can achieve it.

Your subconscious mind is also neutral. It accepts without conflict what your conscious mind decrees. Whether you say, “I can’t afford it” or “Money comes easy to me,” it will create experiences to match your dominant thoughts.

The Potential of Your Subconscious

Like an impressionable child, the subconscious responds to habit and habitual thinking — positive or negative. If we are careless with our thoughts, randomly letting negative thoughts impress upon our minds without any awareness on our part, we shouldn’t be surprised when they are expressed in day-to-day experiences and relationships.

Murphy felt that while bad things can happen to us — independent of our role in them — this is more the exception than the rule. Instead, the bad is already in us just waiting to germinate. Consistent negative thoughts provide all those seeds need to grow into the noxious weeds of bad experience.

While this is a harsh reality, this knowledge also grants our liberation. Understanding this means that we can actively choose what we feed our subconscious mind, blessing us with the opportunity for complete rebirth if we so desire.

Surrendering for Better Results

The subconscious mind does not respond well to coercion. Murphy discovered that it’s best to approach the subconscious with relaxed faith — allowing it to do its transformational work with ease. Unlike the consious mind which may be pushed into completing a task, the subconscious — when pushed — will short-circuit the entire process you are trying to fulfill. This attempt at success through willpower is counterproductive with your subconscious mind. It sees this as nothing more than an opposition to what you want done and responds in like manner.

Having relaxed faith allows the subconscious to work its magic, and the ease at which it accomplishes this magic is increased when you add emotion to the mix. For some reason unknown to Murphy, the subconscious responds better when thoughts are “emotionalized.” When thoughts become feelings and imaginations become desires, the subconscious will deliver what you want with speed and abundance.

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind is the eighteenth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.

If you found this article helpful, feel free to leave a donation, subscribe, or bookmark it for others to enjoy!:

How to make a difficult decision by tapping your unconscious

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

A while back I was in a relationship I wanted to end. I needed to decide whether to see if things improve or to just call an end to it and upset the person who loved me.

It took me weeks to make the decision. I didn’t sleep well. I had a recurring night terror in which I saw enormous shadowy spiders crawling up my bed toward me. Half-awake, I’d throw my sheets off the bed and scramble to switch on the lamp only to realise I was still dreaming. When I finally made the decision to end the relationship, the spiders stopped.

We are often faced with difficult decisions. We lose sleep when dilemmas we face churn over in our minds. We rehearse each eventuality with our thoughts and repeat them over and over, hoping that exhaustive analysis will eventually give us the right path to take.

Decisions are scary. Some of us live our lives avoiding them, and perhaps suffer all the more for it.

But there are ways to make a decision more quickly. By tapping our unconscious mind — the place where the spiders came from — we can take a deeper perspective on the decision. There are simple ways of doing this, and below I’ll give you one technique that will help.

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

The Unconscious Mind

Tough decisions cause a lot of trauma. This is partly because the thinking involved is so exhausting. Think of your conscious mind as being like a spotlight in a dark room filled with everything that’s happening in your life. It’ll shift from one thing to another, but that’s not to say nothing is happening in the darkness.

Most of our mental processing happens in the unconscious mind. When we drive, work or play a sport we’re often in a flow-like state where our unconscious does all the hard work. While we may not be actively considering our options in many given situations, the deeper (and far greater) mechanisms of the unconscious are at work on these considerations.

The term “unconscious” was coined by the German philosopher Friedrich Schelling but is most associated with Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis. Freud’s work was revolutionary, it gave us the notion that our unconscious mind — a part of us that we have very little control over — determines so much of our behaviour, including our decisions.

Ideas and memories buried in the non-conscious mind, Freud believed, could account for our fears, phobias, neuroses, desires and pleasures. Before Freud, it was widely assumed that human beings were perfectly rational, that our decisions were based entirely on conscious calculations. Freud’s work showed that is not even half the story.

The mind, Freud’s followers contend, is like an iceberg. Only a small part of it is exposed to conscious introspection. We can only feel the force of the unconscious indirectly, such as its workings in dreams, psychological symptoms, slips of the tongue and the associative way we interpret things.

A classic way to get insight into the unconscious is the Rorschach test technique, named after Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach, by which a patient is asked to interpret what they see in a random inkblot.

The “free association” of the patient is interpreted by an analyst to reveal something that may not be “known” to their conscious mind. Latent traumas and buried (“repressed”) memories can be surfaced using these techniques.

But the unconscious mind is not just a place of lurking fears and neuroses. It’s a plentiful well-spring of creativity and wisdom. In so much as there are ways to reveal the symptoms of the unconscious mind’s darker aspects, there are ways to tap its enormous creative and intellectual potential.

Many a creative will tell you that it’s best to think about a problem for a while then let it go and get on with something else. The unconscious will work on the problems beneath the threshold of your attention. You will find that a solution will pop into your head at unexpected moments. Meditation, doodling and journaling are also ways of opening up the power of the unconscious.

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

The Coin Toss

What’s this all got to do with tough decisions? Well, decisions are exhausting to our conscious minds. We’ll likely be thinking hard about decisions because these junctures in our lives require a lot of speculative thinking. Making sense of the chaos around us is hard enough and it’s so much harder to make sense of the potential chaos to come on either side of a dilemma.

But while we may be turning things over in our minds — perhaps even having sleepless nights — all that information is making its way into the unconscious mind where it is also being processed.

To make a decision as tough as a job relocation, a relationship change, or a career change, it’d do us a lot of good to bring our unconscious mind’s emotional and intellectual depth to a dilemma. It might even save us a few sleepless nights.

When faced with a big decision many people have been tempted to leave their decision to fate. A common way of doing this is tossing a coin: “heads I take the work transfer and relocate to a new country, tails, I stay put.” This method is reckless and could do a lot of harm.

It is said (but unproven) that Freud had a much better way of helping people make decisions using a coin toss. Whether or not Freud discovered the method, it’s a powerful way to bring your unconscious to bear on the decision making process.

Toss a coin as if the coin is deciding your choice for you. Now, don’t act on the result of the coin toss but instead decide how you feel about the result. The coin toss forces you to consider how you would feel if the decision was made for you by the force of fate and circumstance.

The coin flip clarifies your feelings about the decision. Was the result what you hoped for? Are you disappointed? While the decision-making process forces us to use our conscious mind to speculate and calculate the outcomes of our choice, the coin flip suddenly brings our unconscious into play.

This is the full force of an intuitive “gut” feeling that is impossible to describe, yet so powerfully emphatic.

It may not make a decision simple, but it will bring to bear your true feelings and help you make your choice based on your emotional reaction to the result.

Thank you for reading. I hope you learned something new.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also like my article on Marcus Aurelius:

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

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How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

  • Successfully install new habits to rewire your subconscious blueprint
  • Journal to discover any unconscious programs that you are running
  • Keeps you on track and accountable with daily commitments

Hi, we’re Mel & Nat

We can help you with:

Releasing subconscious blocks and limiting beliefs

Connecting with your purpose

Learning Life-Hack tools

Building Resilience and Emotional Intelligence

Tapping in to your creative potential

Bypassing the critical factor of your mind

Creating a bespoke plan with goal setting

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

Coaching

Workshops &
Events

Programs

“It was a real pleasure working with Nat. She was attentive, engaged, energetic, and charismatic. She had an obvious zeal for consulting.”

“Natalie is an empathetic dynamic coach, always ready for any coaching topic. She helped to build awareness in my personal and professional life. I enjoyed our coaching journey. Good listener, plenty of tools and easy rapport. I highly recommended Natalie. Thank you so much Natalie!”

“Working with Natalie has been great. Her questions have led to some rather surprising realizations and allowed me to move my thinking along.”

You’ve probably heard the idea that people only use 10 percent of their brain. According to Moran Cerf, professor of neuroscience and business at the Kellogg School of Management, that is a complete myth.

No one can pinpoint exactly where the myth originated, but it can be traced as far back as the early 1900s, when psychologist William James argued that “humans only use a small part of their mental and physical abilities,” in his book “ The Energies of Men”.

Research shows that you can access much more than 10 percent of your brain. In fact, your entire brain may be used at any given time, but the likely source of the myth, according to Cerf, is that you are only conscious and in control of a small percent. The rest is controlled subconsciously.

Cerf explains, “It is like the keys on your piano: not all of them are played all the time. At some point, each key is being used, but you wouldn’t say you’re using only 10 percent of the piano to play music.”

Hacking the hard-wiring of the brain could create superhumans.

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Similarly, in our brain, if you ask someone to see the world in shades of grey, they will fail. Even though processing colors is done in their brains, they cannot control the parts that govern the color processing. It is physically impossible for someone to access those processes that happen in their own brain, at least for now.

It’s also not possible to erase memories, remove information or control emotions at will. You can’t decide that you’ll be sad for 10 minutes and then happy for the rest of the day. However, Cerf argues that this could change.

Cerf, a former professional computer hacker for more than a decade, was curious if it was possible to “hack into the brain”, giving people access and control over unconscious systems.

He explains that the brain is currently wired like a one way road. Information goes in one direction. Neuroscientists call it “Feed-Forward” networks. It is nearly impossible for information to propagate backwards in the process.

By creating detours back to earlier points, neuroscientists could make information flow in both directions.

Working with patients whose brains were open for surgery, Cerf and his team placed electrodes inside the brain to create detours. In this state, they could access parts of the brain of patients and train them to have control over the parts that are normally inaccessible. The big question was: Could people change their interpretation of reality? In practice, they tested the theory on the perception system first.

There are multiple processes that happen before your mind sees: photons hit your retina, your brain aggregates the information into colors and shapes, and you eventually understand the image as, say, your mother.

However, if you could access the right sections of the brain, you could see one thing with your eyes and a different thing with your mind. You may see your mother, but elicit the thought of your father in your mind’s “eye”. This is just what Cerf’s research team did, but the possibilities don’t end there. With additional training, they could enable participants to alter what they heard. Imagine hearing a bully insult you, but your mind chooses to ignore it completely.

The study’s findings suggest that with more control of their brain, people could have more power and governance over their lives. You could see and hear what you want to, instead of what comes naturally through the senses. You could control how you feel, which could potentially end depression.

It could have incredible implications for relationships, work, satisfaction, and productivity. On the other hand, there’s the potential for backlash on mental health. What will happen if everyone sees themselves as fit, healthy and friendly, but in reality, they are out of shape and antisocial?

Additionally, if people have these abilities they might evolve so far beyond the rest of us that we would no longer be seen as equals. In his recent TED talk about the work, Cerf uses the example of the world’s smartest chimpanzee: It can interact with humans in a way that is similar to a two-year old child. Yet, we don’t consider these apes as part of our species. Will humans who developed absolute control over their minds consider us part of theirs, or would they view us the way humans view chimpanzees?

There is no doubt that Cerf’s accomplishments are incredible, but they also raise many questions about the implications for humans as a species. What is clear is that we should be asking these questions now, so that we are prepared to tackle the potential impact as is it becomes real.

How to hack your unconscious mind and untap your potential

Money. Happiness. Success. Love. I think we can all agree that “more” is something we often find ourselves chasing, whether we’re willing to admit it or not, in our businesses, health, relationships and our lives in general.

Typically when we’re looking to increase our income (whether in our business or in our personal accounts) we often look to typical business and career strategies to do so. We look for a new, higher paying job. We open a new location. Work longer hours. Increase or improve our marketing efforts. Attend more networking events. The list goes on and on.

When we’re looking for more love in relationships we may schedule date nights with our significant other. Nag them for attention. Some, even resort to extra-marital affairs to feel the love they need. In health, we hire personal trainers. Go on diets…I’m sure you’re getting the point by now.

All of these strategies, however require us to do more of something. But what if the process to getting more of anything started before all that? What if there was a simple mindset hack that would allow your marketing, networking, dieting, date nights and gym sessions to have a greater impact? What if one behavioral tweak, that involved you doing less would lead to more happiness? More love? Just more!

“Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change along with it.” – Steve Maraboli

The mindset hack to having more

This mindset hack is actually so simple you may not believe me but I’m going to tell you anyways. If you want to start having more in your life, the secret to doing so is to begin accepting compliments.

Yes. You read that right – by beginning to accept compliments we actually increase our ability to earn more money, experience more happiness and have more overall success. Stay with me and I’ll explain how this works.

First, however, I want you to consider this situation and question: Imagine it’s a normal day. It’s not your birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or any other day you’d expect to receive a compliment or gift. It’s just a normal day. You go to work, or maybe you meet a friend for lunch, when, out of nowhere, they compliment you, or buy you a small gift (like a coffee for example).

How do you react? If you’re like the bulk of the population you’ll say something like: “Oh you shouldn’t have” or “The next round is on me” or “This old thing?!” If your reaction is somewhere along these lines, what you are doing is energetically and unconsciously REJECTING the compliment or gift.

In today’s day and age, when someone compliments us, or buys us a small gift (like in the example above) our initial and unconscious reaction is often to reject or block ourselves from receiving it. Most people fear what others think of them, and because we don’t want to appear to be conceited or stuck-up we feel uncomfortable simply saying “thank you!”. In fact, this reaction has become so ingrained in us by society that most people don’t even realize they are doing it!

The second reason we typically reject unexpected compliments or gifts is because it takes us out of the driver’s seat. When we sit back and receive we’re not in control. Think about it, who is in control of the gift/compliment? The giver. Who is in control of the intention? The giver. The giver is also in control of how and when they give it.

The receiver is only in control of their reaction. From a primal and evolutionary standpoint, when we’re not in control we’re vulnerable, exposed, possibly even at a disadvantage. To regain control many people often give a gift or compliment back (“no, no, I’ll buy the coffees today!”) or reject it all together (“oh this dress? I only paid $5 for it”).

The underlying problem

The problem with this primal and societal patterning however, is that it instills a belief in our unconscious minds that it’s unsafe to receive. Our unconscious mind is highly suggestive and completely illogical. Our unconscious mind believes our actions and feelings over our words, and is always processing information from our surroundings and our inner dialogue. Our unconscious minds also love to make associations, so it regularly connects things like beliefs with behaviours that we wouldn’t consciously or logically associate.

When we suggest to our unconscious mind that it is unsafe to receive small things, like a compliment or $5 coffee, the unconscious mind expands this and applies this belief to receiving anything and everything. In our unconscious mind, if a $5 coffee is unsafe to receive, then receiving hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands from a client would be life threatening!

Because the brain is also highly symbolic, it perceives all receiving to be the same. This belief then extends a whole lot further than just receiving money. It impacts our ability to receive other revenue or income generating things like referrals, new clients and even opportunities to scale a business to new levels.

If you’re goal is to grow your income or your business, you may need to do new things like use social media ads or create referral partnerships. However, these activities will prove fruitless if you’ve wired your brain out of receiving the leads you’ll generate!

If you want more love from your partner, it doesn’t matter what they do to show more love, or how many affairs you have, you’ll never see or feel the love they are giving because you’ve blocked yourself from it. The same applies to your health and your life in general, you’ve told the filtering system in your unconscious mind (the Reticular Activating System) that it’s not safe to receive, so you won’t see the opportunities to accept these things.

The next time someone compliments you or buys you a small gift randomly, accept it graciously and simply say “thank you”. Practice this every time someone wants to give you something. Rewiring the brain takes repetition, it’s not enough to accept one compliment and return to your old patterns! Begin implementing this new behavior of receiving today and you’ll start noticing changes in your life and financial situation before the end of the month!