How to Change Your Mind

Happy New Year!  I hope you enjoyed New Year’s Eve and that you’re looking forward to 2016. I must confess I didn’t actually stay awake til midnight this year. The fire works at Barwon Heads were cancelled because of the total fire ban and bed was way too appealing. I’ve seriously gone into slow motion down here and have been sleeping for 9 or 10 hours every night. It’s delicious.

Although I missed the excitement of midnight on New Year’s Eve I’ve always loved the beginning of each new year. It reminds me of the feeling I had when I was a kid heading back to school; new school books, untouched sets of crayons and coloured pencils, exercise books with no mistakes in them yet.  The New Year always holds the potential to be perfect. And often it is perfect…..  for the first day or two. Then old habits and patterns creep back in. Mistakes get made. Life returns to normal.

And of course that’s OK if you’re happy with your “normal” life. If you’re 100% content with your habits, state of health, relationships, career, finances and level of happiness then that’s fabulous. You probably don’t need to read any further, but if there’s room for improvement in any aspect of your life then you might want to read on because today I want to share with you one of the most powerful and easiest ways I know to create positive change in your life.

One of the things I always take time to explain to my private clients is how the mind works. I do that because to create change in your life you need to change your mind. Let me explain….

There are two parts to the mind: the conscious and subconscious.  Imagine an iceberg. The top part above the water represents the conscious part of the mind and the much larger part below the surface represents the subconscious mind.

The conscious part of the mind is rational and logical. It’s the part that makes those New Year’s Resolutions. It knows what we should be doing and how we would like things to be. The conscious mind is where our willpower is located.

The conscious mind is quite a small part of the total mind. It’s often said that we only use 10% of the power of our mind. I actually think we use much less than 10% but that’s a discussion for another day.  Now the rest of the mind is the subconscious and this is where our habits are located.  We can make conscious, intentional decisions and choices with the conscious mind, we can act on them for a little while, but what is programmed into the subconscious part of the mind will determine whether you maintain those new behaviours and changes or not.

The subconscious works automatically without us having to think about things.  It’s the part of the mind that will cause you to jump out of the way of on oncoming bus.  You don’t have to consciously think about doing that, you just jump. In the same way, if you’re going sky diving the subconscious will do its best to stop you jumping and keep you safe. If you’re adventurous (or crazy) enough to go skydiving then you probably need to summon all of your will power to make that jump against the better judgement of your subconscious survival instincts.

Now if for some reason the conscious and the subconscious mind are in conflict the subconscious will usually win. You may be able to overcome a subconscious impulse with willpower to some extent but we only have a limited amount of will power and when you’re not fully concentrating the subconscious will take over. It will default back to what’s familiar.

So you might start the New Year with then intention of eating only healthy foods and exercising every day (or whatever your resolution is) and when all you willpower has been used up you go back to your olds ways and you have that piece of chocolate cake or you find that excuse to not go for a walk. Your conscious mind loses the inner argument.

Your daily quota of willpower can be used up by many different things. Maybe you’ve used some of it to control your temper when your kids are driving your nuts, maybe the printer won’t work and you’re doing your best to stay calm, maybe you have a headache and you’re using up willpower to stay focused on your work. Maybe you’re too hot, or cold, or tired or hungry. Lots of things can zap your willpower. Once it’s gone your subconscious takes over. You switch over to autopilot and you act without thinking. You revert to your old habitual way of doing things.

Well, today I want to teach you how to change your subconscious mind! Once you learn how to reprogram your subconscious mind the way that YOU want it to think and behave then you don’t need willpower at all. You can be in autopilot and still stay on track with all your resolutions. Both parts of your mind are aligned to help you achieve your goals. The inner arguments stop. It’s amazing!

I probably shouldn’t be giving away trade secrets but this process is so powerful and so simple I really want you to try it and let me know how you go.

So what are the 4 steps?

  1. Pick one issue you would like to work on.
  2. Write a list of at least 20 affirmations about how you would like to act or feel about that issue. Write them as positive statements. Eg. “I am a non-smoker.  I feel fantastic breathing clean air. I am so proud to be a non-smoker.”  Or…. “I make really wise choices with food. I love eating healthy foods. I am satisfied with very small portions. I am at my achieving my ideal weight and I feel great”   Or…. “I love to exercise. I am fit and strong. It feels fantastic to take care of my body and my health.”  Or… “I am careful with money. I always have more than enough money to pay my expenses. It feels great to be clearing my debts. Money comes to me easily in wonderful and surprising ways”.  Don’t worry if they are not true statements, just make sure that they are positive and written in the present tense, i.e. “I AM (or I am becoming) slim and healthy” not “I WILL BE slim and healthy”
  3. Using your smart phone or your computer, record yourself reading the affirmations. Repeat them so your recording is around 5 minutes long.
  4. Twice a day for 28 days sit with your eyes closed, relax and listen to your recording. First thing in the morning and last thing at night works well for most people.

That’s it! You don’t need to struggle with willpower or change anything else. Just listen to your recording and reprogram your subconscious with what you want. The affirmations will become your new beliefs. They become your subconscious self talk. Once that’s done they work for you automatically. I promise you that you will start to see amazing changes in your life. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to change your mind. You’ll soon realise that your subconscious mind is in control of your life so it really is worth taking the time to program it with the thoughts and beliefs that benefit and support you. Just imagine changing 12 big issues during 2016. I highly recommend making a new recording at the beginning of each month this year and watch your life blossom.

If you would like to make it even easier for yourself you can always download the recordings I’ve already created for stress, weight loss or stopping smoking. I’ve even created one for natural childbirth. 

I’m also happy to help you write your affirmations. Just email me with an outline of the issue you want to work on and I’ll send you a list of at least 20 powerful, customised, hypnotic affirmations for you to record. The fee for this is $47.

And just to give you the heads up, next week I’m recording some new CDs that will be available in a few weeks. The new titles are: “Tidy and Organised”, “Perfect Posture,”  “Fully Booked – Mindset Mastery for a Successful Practice” and “Healing IBS – Mind Body Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” There are lots more to come this year so let me know if you have any requests.

That’s all for now. Have a Happy and Healthy week,

Warm Regards from windy Barwon Heads,

Alison Burton
Health and Happiness Guru

Simply Natural Therapies
41 Tunstall Square
East Doncaster
VIC 3109
03 9842 7033

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