What the hell is a subconscious anyway?

In order to have success in any initiative it is very helpful to have a good grasp of how your subconscious mind works. I’ve seen some pretty bad explanations of the subconscious mind. In one book the explanation was downright awful and misleading. While I do not think I am the one who will explain it perfectly I would like to share an analogy that helped me to better understand the relationship between my conscious and subconscious mind.

I found it in a book called “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joesph Murphy. Murphy uses the analogy of your conscious being the captain of a boat and your subconscious being the workers in the engine room. The captain communicates with the workers in the engine room and tells them what direction and how fast the boat should go. The workers in the engine room accept the captains commands without seeing where the boat is headed. Like the captain and the workers in the engine room, your conscious sends communications to your subconscious mind and your subconscious mind will follow what you tell it.

Your subconscious mind does not question what you tell it. If you are constantly telling yourself you are going to fail your subconscious mind will believe it. If you think and believe that you will succeed your subconscious mind will believe that too. By having a growth mindset and positive thoughts you will be relaying that to your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind will believe you and will back you up when you are trying something new or to reach a goal.

The subconscious should not be confused with inner voice. An inner voice is your conscious thought and is the way you communicate to your subconscious mind but your subconscious does not verbally communicate back. Your subconscious communicates to you via anxieties, phobias, reactions such as butterflies and even headaches.

Our subconscious is a driving force we can use to our advantage. In order to use it effectively we need to have faith and believe that we can achieve our goals. When we are trying to redo the teaching of our subconscious mind we will need to repeat our new, positive ideologies until they become a fixated belief.


“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy

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