Og Mandino once said, “We are playing the game of life without knowing all of the rules.”
As children, we were taught to get a good job, you needed to go to college to get a good education to prepare us for happiness in our later years.
For many of us, this statement has proven not to be accurate. Many of us have gone on to colleges and did well, but that did not translate into true happiness later in life.
What was overlooked in this and similar teachings is the part about how our upbringing has influences us. I am convinced you will seldom rise above the expectations of your parents, especially your mother.
Those expectations grows up with us and within us. They sometimes do not present themselves until later in life, but they were there all the same.
Let’s look at how the mind works, you know that grey matter between our ears, or that is where many people think it is.
The mind comes with two different parts for two different purposes. The conscious portion is our thinking portion. This is where we formulate our ideas, where we plan the activities of our lives. Its primary function is to keep us safe.
The other portion, the largest portion, is the subconscious portion. This is where all that information is stored that is drummed up with our conscious mind. The subconscious mind stores all of our thoughts, dreams, desires and our ambitions. It makes decisions based on those thoughts, feelings, and ideas we have encountered over the years.
Think of an Iceberg.
Minor thoughts coming from our conscious mind can be acted upon without any input from the subconscious portion of our mind. These are like our regular daily activities, the things we do without thinking about them.
But the subconscious mind is always consulted with any activity that has a bearing on our past or on our beliefs about our future.
For example, you decide you are going to write a book. To the conscious mind, this is a good idea. It motivates and inspires you so you prepare to take action. The subconscious mind looks at this differently. It considers all of the other times you started something and did not finish it. It looks at whether or not you have ever written a book. It looks at all of those times when you did not follow through on other plans and it negates those lofty ambitions of writing that book.
There is a scriptural reference to a House divided against itself cannot stand. This is what we have here, a mind divided against itself.
The late Dr. Dennis Waitley coined a poem that explains this point clearly.
I have a little robot
That goes around with me:
I tell it what I am thinking
I tell it what I see.
I tell my little robot
All my hopes and fears;
He listens and remembers
All my joys and tears.
At first my little robot
Followed my command;
But after years of training
He’s gotten out of hand.
He doesn’t care what’s right or wrong
Or what is false or true;
No matter what I try – now;
He tells me what to do!
The subconscious mind is real. Its decisions are always acted upon, for good or for bad.
If you are not satisfied with your performances in the past, you can improve on them going forward. The subconscious mind has been programmed throughout our lives, either to support us or hinder us, but it can be overridden and become our staunchest supporter.
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I have made it my goal in life to help every Baby Boomer finally become who they were meant to be.