According to estimates, the average person has between 60,000 and 80,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 95% are exactly the same as the thoughts we had yesterday, and the day before that. In other words, most of our thinking is on autopilot – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After all, we wouldn’t want to have to relearn how to tie our shoes or brush our teeth every single day.
But what happens when our autopilot thinking is negative, or self-sabotaging? If we’re constantly telling ourselves that we’re not good enough, or that we’ll never achieve our goals, it’s no wonder that we struggle to reach our full potential.
Luckily, it is possible to change the way we think and feel about ourselves – but it takes some effort. Our brains are like a muscle – the more we work them out, the stronger they become. So if you’re looking to boost your personal development journey, here are some tips on how to rewire your subconscious for success.
1. Repetition is key.
If you want to change the way you think about something, you need to repeat it. That means consciously making an effort to change your thought patterns multiple times per day. This might seem tedious at first, but eventually, it will become second nature.
2. Be specific.
It’s not enough to simply tell yourself “I am successful.” Why are you successful? What have you accomplished? The more specific you can be with your affirmations, the better results you will see.
3. Write it down.
There is power in putting your thoughts into words – especially if you write them down on paper (or type them out on a computer). Seeing your affirmations in writing will help to cement them in your mind, and make them more likely to come true.
4. Visualize it happening.
Another way to engage your subconscious mind is by visualization exercises. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, then imagine yourself achieving your goal. See yourself crossing the finish line of a marathon, or giving a TED talk in front of a packed auditorium. Really try to feel what it would be like to achieve that goal – the excitement, the sense of accomplishment… really feel it in your bones! The more real you can make it feel, the better results you will see from this exercise.
These tips should help get you started on rewiring your subconscious for success – but keep in mind that change takes time and effort. It won’t happen overnight, but if you stick with it, eventually you will start to see (and feel) a difference in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals!