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Controling your subconscious mind's focus

Posted Jul 19, 2017 by Mathieu Chiasson


Your subconscious mind works in a very interesting way. It's the part of you which guides where your attention goes when you don't pay attention. That is most of the time.

That's a lot of power given to the part of your mind you don't control. Or can you have control over it?

Let me show you with a personal story happening to me right now. In this very moment, I'm deeply excited about a woodworking project that I'm starting. I've watched videos, read tips and tricks, and looked at many ideas online and in stores. Most of my attention, voluntary attention, as gone to woodworking the past days.

So here's what happened.

Yesterday, it seems my subconscious caught up on what I wanted to focus on. Every time during the day that my conscious attention was going away, which is perfectly normal for everyone to drift away from consciousness every once in a while, my subconscious mind would attempt to guide my actions towards learning more about my woodworking project. For example, I'd needed to do a search on Google and you know the infinitely long 9 seconds it takes to open the browser and go to Google, that small lapse of time is just enough time to disconnect the conscious thinking. Your body is designed to save energy and conscious thinking takes up a lot of energy. So after waiting for eternity, a.k.a. 9 seconds, my subconscious mind takes over and types "DIY Woodworking Ideas" in the search box. It's only 10 minutes later that my conscious mind finally wakes up and says "Wait a minute, wasn't I supposed to search for something when I opened Google?"

It's a long story and you were probably screaming "WAKE UP!" at me. Of course, to you, it seemed like my mind was totally controlling me and I was day dreaming or something. You're most probably not into woodworking right now, my subconscious actions look bizarre and possibly dumb from your perspective.

I got engulfed in the woodworking search because that's what my general focus has been. The good thing is that it's a positive learning habit that I am happy my subconscious mind helps me with at the moment.

But the subconscious mind doesn't care about positive or negative habits. It only cares about guiding you where you want your attention to go.

What if you always put your attention on negative habits, like checking Social Media or worst gossiping or even worst complaining? What will your subconscious have you do when you drift away from consciousness, which we all do all the time?

The things you decide to consciously pay attention to greatly affect your subconscious and your future. Watch negative news and you'll see negativity everywhere. Read on celebrity gossips and you'll be seeking the same drama in your life. So be careful.

As Earl Nightingale puts it.

We become what we think about.

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