Repetition is the key to learning something new, developing a habit, or mastering the “rap” from Blues Traveler’s “Hook.”
To this day, I consider the time spent in my dorm room avoiding exam preparation valuable, because after all these years, when that song reaches minute 3:06, I embark on 47 seconds of perfect recall and diction that’s truly – wait for it – off the hook. (Pun, definitely intended!)
With our experiment last Thursday, you harnessed the power to change the way you felt by thinking different thoughts, and you were able to do that in a matter of seconds.
That’s a great remedy for the short term, but to get over persistent thought patterns that don’t serve you, it takes more than that. You’ve got to retrain your brain. The fancy term for
this is called “subconscious reprogramming.”
As a refresher, your conscious mind is what you’re tapped into right now – hopefully! You’re
awake, alert, and taking in information through all five of your senses.
That information is getting processed, filed, and stored in your subconscious mind, which is the part below your conscious perception.
It’s like your mind’s version of The Cloud, except without the unexpected security breaches, since you’re the only one who can hack it.
Beliefs and habits that are formed by our most frequent and persistent thoughts are all stored within our subconscious.
But get this. Our subconscious makes up 88% of our minds. 88%! That means the beliefs and habits that control our everyday behaviors are in a part of our mind that we don’t even actively control!
In order to retrain our brain, we have to go down under. We’ve got to find the old files that are filled with useless information, delete them, and replace them.
There are different ways of reprogramming your subconscious, but the simplest one – and easiest to get started on right away – is repetition.
Deleting junk files is important, but I won’t delve into that excavation exercise today. For now, it’s about replacing thoughts that don’t serve you with ones that do.
The same way you get rid of the dark by turning on the light, you can get rid of the old files by only focusing on the new ones.
I highly recommend writing affirmations and speaking them out loud — morning and night if you can —at least once a day.
You may feel silly, but I promise that if you commit to doing this daily, eventually your feelings will catch up, and you’ll start to believe the things you say. And that’s when they happen.
There’s a lot of speculation about how many days it takes to form a new habit, but whether it’s 21, 30, or however many days, the bottom line is that it takes consistency.
Remember, our most frequent and persistent thoughts create our attitude, which determines our actions, and we can control them.
I want you to reprogram your mind with healthy thoughts that will help you live your best life! I want you to drill those new truths so deep into your subconscious that 20 years later you’ll recall them, just like me and the lyrics to “Hook”!
(Would now be a good time to apologize to my roommate for subjecting her to my repeat performance?? Nah! I'm guessing she liked being around my wackiness since she could have just gone to The Cathedral to study. GO PITT!)
Amy, The Queen Bee NYC
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