If you have been hanging around with me for a while, you will know that I recommend you do something and add that it triggers something in your subconscious.
For example, there is this entry in my Facebook group from over the weekend:
Reviewing your targets every day triggers something in your subconscious. You will find new opportunities, new ideas, new ways to do things.
There are some coaches out there that tell you to make sticky-notes and put them all over your home: the bathroom mirror, your bedside table, the kitchen cupboards. That isn’t me. I am working on creating peace by decluttering my home, not adding more to it.
Instead, I make a handwritten daily list of the tasks / projects / things I am going to do to grow my business. At the top, I write down my weekly / monthly / annual financial goals. It is on a lined 6″X4″ Post-it note, which I then adhere to the bottom of my computer monitor. (There is something in hand writing your goals that also triggers something in your subconscious.)
See that? Two references about how doing an activity will trigger something in your subconscious in one short Facebook post.
I thought I would get more explicit about the power of the subconscious and how you can use it to achieve your goals.
The first thing any coach has told me (and I will tell you) is to get clear on your desires. Or goals. Or whatever you want to call them. Once you are clear on what you want, you have to remind your subconscious of it all the time. Your subconscious is like your hard drive. It stores everything. And then it provides back information based on what is stored. Information could be ideas or remembering something or looking at something in a new way.
I used to have a goal to have a $10K month. When you are having $6K months, $10K feels like a scary stretch goal. I joined a coaching group that was called 10K. Everything around me said 10K. My marketing was easy. Clients I attracted loved me. And I very quickly reached my first 10K month. And my second. And a third. This was a year-long program and I was super excited to have reached my 10K goal. Then I realized I was stuck at 10K. I was surrounded by people who lived and breathed reaching 10K. And you know what they say about being the average of the five people you surround yourself with. I needed a new goal and a new entourage to re-program my subconscious.
The second thing I have been taught by my coaches is to focus on a positive mindset. Your subconscious does not filter your thoughts. Thinking that the money disappears as quickly as it comes in, or you hate working with your clients, or your children are ungrateful leads to more thoughts just like that. Remember that what you think about expands.
You need to change your self-talk. I find this incredibly difficult to do because my mind goes a million thoughts a minute. Or it feels that way. If you want to change things around, start using ‘how might I’ language, as in “How might I bring in an additional $2,000 this month?” or “How might I find a way to attend that conference in Los Angeles in February?” Then start paying attention. Opportunities will come up.
You can also meditate or journal. I get too restless with meditation and, for now, need a more active way to address things, which is why I suggest the ‘how might I’ technique. Sometimes I use the ‘how might I’ piece while writing in my journal.
The third thing I recommend is repetition. You know how they say it takes 21 or 28 or however number of days to form a habit? Just practicing focusing on your desires / goals / wants and working on having a positive mindset for a week or two won’t be enough. You are creating patterns and routines for your subconscious. To harness the power, you need to be consistent.
That is why I recommend hand-writing your goals every day. It is a creative means to reinforce your goals in a positive manner that you do daily.
Try it out for 21 or 28 or 30+ days. Get a piece of paper. List your goals at the top. Write down the actions that you will commit to for the day and follow-though with them. I can tell you it works like magic. I broke through the $10K ceiling and got to $12K. Now I am changing my patterns again to get to $15K.
And I am stubborn and one of the least into the ‘woo’ that you will meet.