Getting my body back - Day 69
As important and essential as it is to consciously focus on achieving your goal and creating that mental shift when necessary, another aspect we need to consider is the subconscious mind.
What is the subconscious mind?
I'm not going to go into any scientific or psychological way to describe the subconscious because I'm neither a scientist nor a psychologist. So in very basic terms I'll describe the subconscious as the inner autopilot of our stored personality and experiences which makes up our belief system.
It's that inner programming that causes you to walk without having to consciously think about how you're going to do that. You already did that when you were perhaps about the age of 1.
It's that part of you that stores all of the memory of riding a bicycle, so even though you may not have ridden one in years, you don't have to start learning all over again; it just comes automatically, maybe a little rusty at first, but all of the memory is still there.
It's that part that stores all of your driving instructions so you don't have to wake up every morning and take a driving lesson over again. This could be quite annoying.
When you're making changes in your life you need to not only make those changes on a conscious level but also on the subconscious level.
Why do you need to change on the subconscious level, as well?
Because everything you've made a habit of doing and have accepted as truth in your experience and to your perceptions have been appropriated in your subconscious. Your subconscious gives power to your conscious and comes in agreement with your conscious decision if you train it to.
If your change is only on the conscious level, before long your subconscious kicks in and short circuits what you're attempting to achieve. So when you say, "I weight 120 lbs when you've been hitting 180lbs, that little voice says, "What? Yeah, right! You wish!"
When you train your subconscious to agree with you, then when you make your statement, the subconscious agrees with you, there's no conflict and the rest of your body moves into alignment with what your conscious and subconscious mind agrees on. "Oh, why then are we at 180lbs, something's wrong here, we need to be at 120 lbs."
How do you make the changes on the subconscious level?
You already have the answer to this one. Go back to when you were learning to ride a bicycle, or drive a car - repetition, practice.
You listen for the subconscious response to the achievement of your new goal. Hear what it says and repeat the new order to it, over and over until it's implanted into your subconscious. You keep doing this as many times as necessary until you can finally say with all of you, "I can and know I can achieve this goal of __________ (fill in the blank).
Fuelling words: I can and know that I can achieve my ideal weight.
As I go about my daily activities, I am consciously emphasizing each bending movement, tightening leg muscles as I go up each step and incorporate stretching in between my activities.