Your brain operates much like a computer. If you want it to work efficiently, you have to upgrade its operating system occasionally. That requires downloading a new or updated system, not just inputting new information or downloading new programs.
Suppose your mind is working on an old operating system, just like a computer. In that case, it may be slow, unresponsive, and glitchy. And the programs you’ve downloaded to perform specific functions—like the development of new mindsets or habits, probably don’t work as well as they did in the past…if they work at all.
A Subconscious Mind Upgrade
Your subconscious mind is the operating system that needs an upgrade. It continually runs in the background and keeps everything working—all your organs and bodily functions as well as your habitual ways of behaving and thinking.
However, if your operating system is old or glitchy, you’ll find it challenging to do the things you want or make desired changes. Even adding in new programs—like books, podcast episodes, or courses—won’t help. Sometimes doing so even causes errors, unexpected shutdowns, or computer crashes.
If you want to achieve any type of change or operate at your highest capacity, focus not on what you put into your mind but how you reprogram it.
Garbage In, Garbage Out
Those in the computer world talk about GIGO, an acronym for Garbage In, Garbage Out. The idea is simple: Put lousy code into a computer program, get lousy results out.
In the personal growth field, GIGO is used to stress the need for positive mental input. We are led to believe that if we feed our minds good stuff, we will get positive results. That’s why personal and spiritual growth junkies read self-help books, listen to motivational or inspirational podcasts, and take online courses. These serve as computer programs meant to provide specific functionality.
Putting good stuff into your mind works to an extent. However, it doesn’t upgrade the primary operating system. Until you do that, you’ll continue to find change of any type difficult.
A Struggle to Change
For many years I struggled to create new habits and mindsets. Some of the new behaviors I wanted to develop were simple, like not hitting the snooze button when the alarm went off in the morning, writing daily, and exercising regularly. Despite therapy, coaches, and personal growth programs, I couldn’t seem to change my reactions to people or situations or let go of old beliefs born out of past events. Even with everything I learned, I couldn’t consistently put into practice what I knew.
I’ve been immersed in personal and spiritual growth for 30 years or more. Plus, I work in the personal growth arena. This work has helped me change, but not enough. In many ways, I have felt enormously stuck.
Then I discovered the reason for my struggle. I regularly added new computer programs (more books, courses, and podcast episodes) without ever updating my computer’s operating system—my subconscious mind. That outdated system was running in the background and impacting the effectiveness of everything else I did.
And I saw the effects. I gained weight and started having health issues. My old beliefs prevented my success. Plus, my relationships failed. And I was miserable.
Reprogramming the Subconscious Mind
Over the years, I became conscious of glitches in my system. No matter what I tried, my subconscious mind continued to run the show with the outdated operating system and create the same errors.
Recently, I discovered how to update that system and reduce the errors. I can reprogram my subconscious mind every single day using self-hypnosis. This one process provides new code for my computer–good stuff in, good stuff out.
With each self-hypnosis session, change becomes a little easier. Those little things, like getting up when the alarm goes off, writing daily, and exercising consistently, are becoming habitual. I have lost a little weight and feel more confident about going after my dreams. My relationships are improving, and I’m happier.
The little things are starting to mount up, and I’m gaining momentum. Why? Because I’m reprogramming my subconscious mind. As a result, not only does my primary operating system run more smoothly, it supports me. And the new programs I add—like books and podcast episodes—work better as well.
What Runs the Show
As long as your subconscious operating system remains the same, so do you. The reason is simple: your subconscious mind runs the show.
Consider this: Habits—including the ones you want to change, like overeating or overspending—are involuntary behaviors controlled by the subconscious mind. Studies by neurobiologists, cognitive psychologists, and researchers have shown that 40 to 95 percent of human behavior—including how you think, what you say, and your overall actions—are habitual. They’re all being run by your subconscious mind.
It’s no wonder that you keep doing the same things repeatedly even though you want to change and get different results. For these things to happen, you have to change your subconscious mind.
In most cases, your subconscious programming was created between the age of five or 10, and you’ve never changed it. That means, as an adult, that outdated programming is still impacting you and your outcomes. And you wonder why nothing ever changes…
4 Ways to Reprogram your Subconscious Mind
Reprogramming your subconscious mind is not as hard as you may think. Here are four ways to get started.
- Increase your level of consciousness. Become aware of patterns in your thoughts, behaviors, and results. When you become conscious that an old program is running, choose a new response. Repeat that new response regularly, and you create a habit. That new neural pathway or program will then be used by your subconscious mind instead of the old one.
- Use positive self talk. Your subconscious mind continually talks to you, but it speaks of old beliefs and thoughts, many of which don’t serve you any longer. Start a new conversation by creating affirmations and then frequently writing or repeating them aloud. Try recording your affirmations and then listening to them. Or stand in front of the mirror and speak positively to yourself.
- Employ visualization. Visualization, or intentional imagining, also creates new neural pathways in the mind. Simply imagine yourself or your life in a new positive way, and use all your senses as you do so. As you look at the mental pictures and have a sensory experience of those images, you reprogram your mind.
- Learn self-hypnosis or hire a hypnotist. The most effective way to reprogram the unconscious mind is by accessing it directly with hypnosis. You can purchase inexpensive and effective self-hypnosis audio programs online for almost anything, including more satisfying relationships, debt reduction, better health, or improved sleep. Or find a hypnotist to help you enter a safe hypnotic state during which you will feed your subconscious mind new information. If you have an area of life you want to transform, but nothing you try has worked, hypnosis might be the solution.
No More Glitches
Every computer gets glitches, requires a tune-up, and needs to have data dumped off the drive every now and then. Without any servicing, its processing becomes slow, and you end up with errors and recurring issues. The same goes for your mind.
Give your subconscious mind an upgrade. Provide it with the most up-to-date operating system possible—one the supports your dreams and desires and allows you to function as your best self.
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