The power of your mind...believe & achieve

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to “have it all” and others struggle all the time. As an adult or a child we see others in our peer group do better than us. Is there anything that can be done or is it just fate?

Everybody has the power within themselves to achieve whatever they desire. Our minds are a powerful tool that when put to good use can bring us happiness, success and whatever we desire. So how do we use that “power within us”….. 

The mind has two parts, the conscious and the subconscious. It can be compared to an iceberg, what’s above the water is the conscious mind (about 10%) and what’s below the water is the subconscious mind. The conscious mind carries out instructions given to it by the subconsious mind, we are not even aware of this happening. Every action that the conscious mind performs has originated in the subconsious mind. 

When you are learning to drive a car, there are many actions to take. You need to push the pedals, change gear, watch the rearview mirror etc. This can be challenging and requires a lot of conscious attention. Once you learn to drive however, it becomes natural to you. The constant repetition of changing gears, moving feet etc. has been repeated so much that the subconscious mind lets you carry it out without you even thinking about it consciously.  

A baby learning to walk has had no influence to make them believe that they can’t achieve. They get up to walk, fall down, get up again, fall down, up again until they finally walk. They don’t fall down the first time and say “I can’t do this”….when children are doing exams etc. if they continually say that they can’t do it, give them this example so that they can start to think differently about it. 

People who are successful believe that they are capable of success. They plant the seed for the goal they wish to achieve in the subconscious mind and feed that seed by repeating the thoughts, visualising the end result and feeling the success. 

Positive and negative thoughts and feelings both impact on the way we act. If we have negative thoughts about something, – I can’t do this, they won’t like me etc. then this is the seed we’re planting in the subconscious mind and this is the way we will react. Our body language, talk etc. will produce a negative result. 

So how can we plant a seed of success? We’ve already discovered that the subconscious mind is very powerful. It shapes our behaviour, our emotions, our thoughts.   If we create a positive thought and really visualise it happening, the subconscious mind will carry it out.  

As an example, if you want to lose weight, focus on what shape you want to be, the size you want to be, picture yourself slim etc. This is more effective than telling the mind to LOSE weight as we don’t like the idea of losing anything, unconsciously, it feels like its negative. Find an old photo of when you were at your desired weight and put it in a place that you can see it everyday. Remember how good you felt at that time, bring those feelings up and really feel it….believe that it can happen again. Create an image in your mind and replay the image time and again. You will find that the subconscious mind will carry out the instruction and you will start to lose weight. Opportunities for weight loss will flow to you, you may see a new weight loss program that you hadn’t noticed before, in the supermarket you find yourself suddenly in “the healthy eating” aisle, a friend suggests you join a gym or go walking. When these things come to you, act upon them. The subconscious mind has instructed the conscious mind to send them to you to help you achieve your goal….. 

This article gives you an overview of how you have the power within you to achieve what you want in your life. Never underestimate the power of your mind. Whether you plant a negative thought or a positive one, the mind will ensure that this will be the result. Whatever you want to achieve in your life, set the goal, visualise yourself achieving it and repeat the good positive thoughts constantly.   

To quote Henry Ford: 

“Whether you believe you can, or believe you can’t – you are right” 

Our Teen Personal Development course uses these techniques to help teenagers get the best start in life.