‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right’ this quote by Henry Ford is one of my all-time favourites!
The mind is a very powerful tool but the trouble is most people try and do everything on a conscious level, they view the world around them and set their own limitations based on what they see or what they are told is true, however when we work with the conscious mind we are only tapping into 1 to 5% of our resources. In his book Biology of Belief, Dr Bruce Lipton’s explains that ‘most people don’t even acknowledge that their subconscious mind is at play, when the fact is it’s one million times more powerful than the conscious mind and that we operate 95-99% of our lives on subconscious programming’.
Your subconscious blueprint
We each have a ‘subconscious blueprint’ that dictates how we live our lives, how successful we are, how much money we have; this blueprint affects every area of our lives and its built up over our lifetime from our observations of the world around us, which ultimately form our belief system. Changing those belief systems isn’t easy, believe me I’ve been working on it for years, but it is absolutely doable with a simple technique known as creative visualisation.
Science is finally catching up with spirituality to prove what all successful people throughout the ages have known, we are the creator of our own reality, which is why I love the simplicity of Henry Ford’s quote: whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!
If you like science to back things up then believe me the research is out there! In his bestselling book Psycho Cybernetics, Dr Maltz explains that your nervous system can’t tell the difference between real memories and creative visualisation, so when you are visualising something in your mind you are literally rewiring your brain and creating new neural pathways and therefore changing your belief systems. A belief is just a thought that has been repeated and repeated long enough to create a neural pathway in the brain so that you always ‘go down that route’, so through the process of visualisation you can literally begin to rewire the brain to begin to believe whatever it is you wish to achieve is possible.
If it’s good enough for you…
Creative visualisation is used by Olympic athletes and NASA astronauts; it’s been credited for the success of people in every field from Oprah, to Will Smith and Bill Gates. In his New York Times bestselling book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T Harv Eker says “it all comes down to this: if your subconscious ‘blueprint’ is not ‘set’ for success, nothing you learn, nothing you know and nothing you do will make much of a difference….by changing your subconscious programming you take the first essential step to changing your results”.
So how do I do that? I hear you ask! First of all you have to stop telling the ‘it can’t be done or I can’t do it’ story. Nobody ever became successful without believing they would be or by believing the ‘statistics’ that told them they couldn’t. It doesn’t matter how many people tell you it can’t be done or how hard it is, I’m telling you now if you can think it you can achieve it! And even if it has NEVER been done before, which is highly unlikely, you can be the first.
Anything is possible
It was once believed impossible to run a mile under 4 minutes and it was impossible until 1954 when Roger Bannister made it possible and ran the first mile in 3:59.4 seconds and once he did it others began to believe they could and it has now been beaten by almost 17 seconds and is the standard for all male professionals in the middle distance runners.
As you know my dream is to be a published author and if I believed what the industry tell me, that it’s almost impossible to make money as a writer, that you have to have years of experience, a platform of tens of thousands of followers and all the other barriers there are, then I would never have taken that first step. If all I ever told myself was ‘I can’t’ then I never would, if my ‘subconscious blueprint’ was set to never succeed then I would never achieve it and would spend my lifetime struggling towards an impossible goal but guess what, I don’t listen to what ‘they’ have to say, I work on my subconscious mind, when I think of my future and the dream life I am working on, I’m not doing so on a conscious level, I am tapping into that 95% subconscious part of my brain that has all the power. One way to start doing that is by finding examples of people who have achieved what it is you want to achieve, here’s a few examples from the publishing world:
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years you have undoubtedly heard of J K Rowling or at least Harry Potter but did you know she was told ‘not to quit her day job’ and was rejected 12 times before getting a publishing deal? In fact some of the most critically praised and commercially successful books were written by authors who were rejected many times but the thing that made them successful was their persistence towards their dream. They were hardwired for success, so each rejection made them want it more; it made them more determined not less. After 5 years of continual rejections Agatha Christie now has over 2 BILLION in sales. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen’s Chicken Soup for the Soul book was rejected a whopping 140 times and then went onto sell 125 million copies and the Chicken Soup series have sold over 500 million copies. Other rejected titles include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Da Vinci Code and the Tale of Peter Rabbit; I bet there isn’t a person on the planet that hasn’t heard of at least one of these highly successful authors. Even Walt Disney was fired from a job because ‘he lacked imagination and had no good ideas’ ha!
8 minutes to success
My point is that what you focus on is what creates your blueprint, if you focus on the statistics that tell you it can’t be done then you are right but if you switch that around and focus on the people that did do it, no matter how few there may be, then you reprogram your subconscious mind for success and you will achieve your goal. This is not just ‘positive thinking’ there is growing scientific evidence to back it all up and there are over 200 studies that proves visualisation rewires the brain for success or whatever it is you are trying to be, do or have.
It’s been found that in as little as 8 minutes a day you can start to make the changes in the brain needed to rewire your subconscious blueprint, which means you no longer need to force things to happen and take massive action, if you could sit in quiet contemplation for 10 to 20 minutes a day visualising what you want to achieve then you will start to create it in your life and, as I always say, you will then take the inspired action as and when it comes to take you step by step towards that goal. We all have the power to visualise, just imagine you are watching a movie of your life in your mind but most importantly feel the emotion of it! It might take some practice but keep going you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Do you know what the main thing is that holds people back from going for their dreams? fear of failure! so Here is a list of 23 incredibly successful people who ‘failed’ at first just in case you need any further convincing that you too can succeed.
So my dear friends, it’s time to stop telling yourself it can’t be done, it’s time to stop thinking small and playing it safe, it’s time to get clear on what you really want and start looking for the examples that it can be done, instead of finding examples that match your current belief that it can’t. Life is yours for the taking and yours in the making so make it the best it can possibly be!!
With love and a successful blueprint
Oh and don’t forget we once believed the world was flat and those who began to believe otherwise were ridiculed for their stupidity!
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