Ryan McChesney Tampa, Florida, United States
There is an old saying that people use after listening to music for so many years, and it goes something like this, "I got that song stuck in my head." Well, how did that song get in your head to begin with? The answer to that comes from this chapter: auto-suggestion (aka self-talk).
You were probably just driving down the street, cruising in your brand new car (or classic car), and you heard a song that you instantly fell in love with. Every time you hear it, the song brings back memories of your great times, such as your wife, kids, baseball career, etc. After hearing the song just once, you search every radio station (or nowadays, you go on YouTube to find it) to find that song so you can keep listening to it over and over again.
Then time goes by when you haven't heard it in a while, and then out of the blue, that song comes back on. But this time, you can sing it word for word with the artist like it was your own song that you written years ago. Why? Because that song kept on playing and playing, therefore causing your subconscious to let it in. When our thoughts hit the subconscious, then it stays there and can always be retrieved.
That is why we must reprogram our subconscious with thoughts of how we see ourselves. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? How about 5 years? Heck, what about 1 year from now? Now, just as you searched every radio station to find that song that brought back emotional memories, you have to do the same with these thoughts of you in the future. And one tip that I have learned throughout my process (and I am still working on it every day to make it better), you have to feel that emotional attachment to those thoughts for them to really sink in and get to your subconscious. Just like they told us when I was playing baseball, "If you are going to just go through the emotions, do yourself a favor and go back home." That may sound harsh to some, but it was such a valuable lesson. Go all in on your self-talk. If you think saying your self-talk a 1,000 times a day is unrealistic right now, then start with a 100 and then build it up.
The next time you hear a song that you really love and brings back memories, I want you to ask yourself this, "If I recite my self-talk like I listened to this song when I was younger, where would I be at now?"