Did you know that you have at least two minds? Some experts believe that humans have three minds but we will keep it simple in this article. You have your conscious mind which is active when you are up (just as now as you read this). It fills your head with chatter all of the time.
Then there is your subconscious mind which never sleeps (even when you sleep at night). It remembers everything and will hold all of your values and beliefs. It shapes who you are and whether you will be successful or not. Fortunately for you, it’s possible you can change what is stored in your subconscious mind.
Your Subconscious doesn’t care about Good and Bad
Perhaps “doesn’t care” is not the right term – unable to distinguish between good and bad is probably more appropriate. Your subconscious mind will accept any information that you feed into it. The more that you think and act on that information the stronger it becomes.
Here is an example. If you had a bad experience in your life then this can become an irrational fear in your subconscious mind. Let’s say that you were forced to speak in public and it didn’t go well. You were extremely embarrassed by this event and you do not want to experience this again.
So you create a belief in your subconscious that you cannot do public speaking. You avoid every possible opportunity to speak in public and this strengthens the belief in your subconscious. This is a bad thing for you but your subconscious doesn’t care. All it wants to do is protect you.
If you have negative thoughts about a specific thing or event then this will form a limiting belief in your subconscious mind. So if you have a goal to find a higher paying job then one of the skills that you will need is likely to be the ability to speak in public.
Your Conscious Mind is the Gatekeeper
Everything that is in your subconscious mind has been allowed to end up there via your conscious mind. So if you continually have negative thoughts about public speaking then you are telling your subconscious mind to protect you from it.
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The good news here is that you can change your thoughts in your conscious mind to remove or replace limiting beliefs in your subconscious. This is something that you will need to work on and it is not magic. You need to be persistent if you want to make changes to your subconscious.
Neutralize Negative Thoughts
You can neutralize the negative thoughts that you experience with positive ones. So if you have a thought that says “I can never speak in public” you can neutralize this with “I can speak in public because I can do anything”.
By neutralizing your negative thoughts in this way you will send the right signals to your subconscious mind to pave the way to change any limiting beliefs. The next step in the process is to show your subconscious that you really mean business by taking action.
Tackle your Irrational Fears Whatever irrational fears you have the best way to tackle them is to just do it anyway. So if you have a fear of public speaking then get out there and do some public speaking! You can start in a small way with a friendly audience. Learn as much as you can about the subject and practice regularly.