Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Anthony Rodelli Highland, NY, USA

Posted: 2016-12-14

The Eleventh Step Towards Riches: The Sub-Conscious Mind

Human beings record what they are thinking about. As infants our thoughts were emotions and so we recorded emotion. Then we began to put pictures with emotion. Then we labeled those pictures with words.

As adults we now think in one or all of those three-dimensional forms, usually in the form of words first.  This is referred to as self-talk. Self-talk is a process by which words trigger pictures that bring about emotions.
Every emotional thought leaves a record in the neuron cell structure of the brain. We do not record what is happening.  Rather, we record what we think is happening. It is this record of interpretation that begins to shape our personality. A prime example of how this works can be seen in children from the same family background, that develop different personalities and life-styles. It was not what happened to them as children that was recorded, but what they perceived was happening. It was their interpretations that formed their different personalities and attitudes even though they came from the same family background.

Self-talk is the constant conversation we carry on with ourselves, as we perceive what we think, see and hear. It is the three-dimensional form of thought, made up of words, pictures and emotion. We build and
modify our self-image with our self-talk, using words that trigger pictures that evoke a feeling or an emotion.
Our self-image is an accumulation of all thoughts, attitudes and opinions we have perceived and stored about ourselves since childhood. It is the subconscious picture that we have been recording for many years. This picture controls how we think and how we perform.
Once we vividly imagine an experience, it is recorded in our subconscious and we are stuck with it until we make a conscious choice to displace it. If you choose to make changes in your self-image, you can use self-talk and visualization to create a new picture that will enact the changes you desire. All meaningful and lasting change starts first in our mind or our imagination and then works its way outward into reality.
Every statement you make has an effect on your subconscious, so it is important to be very careful about what you say about yourself. Remember that other people can hand you their opinions about you, but what you think about you is what determines your self-image.
The impact of building a positive or negative self-image is powerful because our self-image is stored in the subconscious as reality. Our subconscious believes the information it stores is true whether it is true or not. If someone calls you stupid, it makes an original recording on your subconscious. Every time you replay the experience of being called stupid, as far as your subconscious is concerned, it is happening all over again because the subconscious does not recognize the difference between a real or imagined experience.We have to learn to cease attacking our self-image at those times when our performance does not live up to our expectations because our negative self-talk will only increase poor performance.

So,how do we correct this? The first thing we need to say to ourselves when we are engaged in negative self-talk is, "Stop it!" Then follow up with a statement such as "That’s not like me." The next phase is the key phrase. Say to yourself, "The next time I will….”
Then make an affirmation of how you are going to do it next time. Shut off the old picture. Shut off the negative movement. Don't tolerate poor performance from yourself or others, but don't put yourself or others down by focusing on what is wrong.  Just say, "The next time…I will do it this way."
What you are doing with these statements is giving positive and immediate feedback to your subconscious. Instead of recording the negative picture, you trigger the picture of the performance you want.

The key to reinforcing an already existing positive self-image or modifying your self-image for the better is to visualize what you want your performance to look like the next time and to stop picturing, thinking about and talking about what you are trying to avoid.
When your performance pleases you and you feel good about it, you should use positive self-talk to reinforce the positive picture. Affirm to yourself, "That's the way I am." "That's like me." Positive self-talk statements are the best way to maintain or build your own self-esteem. They deliberately cancel out the negative put-downs we apply to ourselves or to the opinions other people try to make us accept about ourselves.

Any time you tell yourself you "have to" do something, it is the job of your subconscious to say, "No, you don't." "You don't have to do anything." "I'll get you out of it." And with creative avoidance, procrastination or in any way possible, you find a way not to do it. When you say, "I have to," you are saying "I have to, but if I had my own way, I would rather be doing something else." The harder you try to do something, the more you work against your natural subconscious creative mechanism.
When I recognize I can, I choose to or I want to change because it is my idea to become like that, then I have a power around me that most people have chosen to give up. Once I recognize I am a self-made person both in success and failure and that this success or failure is mine to control, I will stop saying "I have to," and instead say "I choose to." I can be as my image tells me I can and move constructively toward that end result with an exciting, magnetic energy and drive.