Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Your Subconscious ALWAYS Wins!

In a recent post I talked about limiting beliefs which hold us back subconsciously from behaving in ways that will make us more successful. I recently came across an article (sorry, can't find the source to reference it) which shows how cutting edge research is now showing that our subconscious beliefs can even cause molecular changes in our genes. Here's a quote from the article:

“The study investigated the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness practice in a group of experienced meditators, compared to a group of untrained control subjects who engaged in quiet non-meditative activities.
After eight hours of mindfulness practice, the meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences… which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation."
As I've mentioned recently, I attribute much of my success to a daily practice of meditation, visualisation and self-hypnosis. Part of the reason I do this is because of the health benefits which are now becoming widely known - the above quote showing just one of the many advantages. As I've also said before, the average person doesn't change without making a conscious effort to shift their thought patterns and beliefs. The old adage "A leopard doesn't change its spots" is only true to an extent though. People don't inherently change at all unless they take significant action to break the repeating patterns and cycles of their ingrained habits and beliefs. I would say only a tiny percentage of people ever do that. At this time of year, most of us have made our resolutions but how many actually succeed with them?

If you look around online you'll find various stats on New Year's resolutions but although the numbers vary, the general theme is consistent: most people fail. And fail very quickly! I read that the AVERAGE length of time before failure is 3-4 weeks. 24 days is the figure I saw in one piece of research. So TODAY is the day that the average person will be giving up on their 2017 resolution! And overall, less than 10% of people ever succeed. There's all sorts of explanations as to why this might be but it's one definitive answer in my opinion: change will only happen long term if it occurs at a subconscious level. Biologist and expert on subconscious beliefs, Dr. Bruce Lipton, offers a more profound insight, which will give you a clear idea of why changes in our beliefs need to happen at a subconscious level for it to have any meaningful and lasting effect in our day-to-day lives:

 "The major problem is that people are aware of their conscious beliefs and behaviors, but not of subconscious beliefs and behaviors. Most people don’t even acknowledge that their subconscious mind is at play, when the fact is that the subconscious mind is a million times more powerful than the conscious mind and that we operate 95 to 99 percent of our lives from subconscious programs.
Your subconscious beliefs are working either for you or against you, but the truth is that you are not controlling your life, because your subconscious mind supersedes all conscious control. So when you are trying to heal from a conscious level –citing affirmations and telling yourself you’re healthy– there may be an invisible subconscious program that’s sabotaging you.”

So there you have it! Unless you put some deeper level of work in, the chances of you truly changing are slim.  Not saying it CAN'T happen but willpower is not enough on its own. That will get you started but unless you keep repeating the new good habit every day for months, it's almost impossible to create a new habit at a deep level. And as the stats show, most people don't have the willpower to do that. You will eventually revert back to whatever message is hidden in your subconscious, telling you to eat that Big Mac or that you'll never be good enough to get a better job or that you'd rather jack-off to Ana Ivanovic pics than go to the gym or that you will just let this trade run past your exit point this one last time...........Your subconscious ALWAYS wins! With things like meditation and hypnosis, you can actually change your DNA, change the record spinning in your mind so that you literally become a different person!

"She's retired, there may never be any more!" - a poor excuse for jacking off to this instead of improving your life.

I highly recommend Bruce Lipton's "The Biology of Belief" which is a groundbreaking book about the relatively new science of Epigenetics, which has been proven to show that environmental factors have a greater effect on our body than our genes. Our DNA is NOT set in concrete and does NOT 100% control our destiny. In fact, DNA can be altered by outside influences and that includes our own minds. If you learn to think in the correct manner, you can essentially change who you are. I can vouch for this first hand because the mental practices that I put in, day in, day out over a period of years, have given me strong, good habits which have changed my life forever. Once your subconscious mind is sending you the right messages, it becomes easier to ingrain good habits and once a habit is ingrained, it will normally stay for life.

That's how I'm able to maintain discipline when I trade. It's why I am never anything less than 100% thorough in my analysis. It's why I warm up before I even start trading. It's why I NEVER place straight bets. It's why I meditate every morning and twice a day if possible. It's why I cut out all the sugary crap (bye bye Ben and Jerrys, you will be missed!) and processed junk and started eating kale and drinking matcha tea. It's why I make sure I learn some Spanish every single day, even if it's just a couple of words because the habit is more important than  the intensity. It's why I try to read at least one chapter of a book every day. It's why I'm healthier, wealthier and most importantly, happier than I've ever been. So if you're really struggling to make lasting change in your life, just remember this: your subconscious ALWAYS wins!

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