3 Keys to Awesome
Scroll to the bottom of this post to watch an excellent TedTalk filmed September 2010 in Toronto (TEDxToronto 2010). The speaker, Neil Pasricha, Director, The Institute for Global Happiness, gives an amazing presentation and closes with 3 Key Secrets to leading a life that’s truly awesome.
I was born in Indiana and grew up in the country. There was a common phrase used for being stuck or paralyzed — “frozen like a deer in headlights.” Have you been frozen like a deer staring in headlights, not knowing how to snap out of the hypnotic trance that has overtaken your life?
We have two minds, one conscious and one sub-conscious.
The conscious mind is the mind that is awake and aware. The sub-conscious mind is responsible for automation — it takes care of things automatically, like breathing for example, it consists of our programmed actions and behaviors. The sub-conscious mind is always working, it never sleeps.
On one hand, that’s a good thing. Automation can make things easier. We all like things to be easier and automation does that for us.
However, the downside to sub-conscious automation is when the programming is bad it overrides the conscious mind in ways that may not be beneficial. Unless the conscious mind is aware of the automatic program that is running in the background, it cannot make corrections to things that may not be optimal for any given circumstance.
The conscious mind must wake up to become aware of what’s actually going on in the sub-conscious mind in order to make a correction.
So how does the sub-conscious mind get its programming in the first place?
The sub-conscious mind has basic code from the beginning that evolves over time based on actions and choices you have made in your life experience. These choices may be as simple as preferential behaviors to given circumstances. The sub-conscious mind takes note of how you respond and adds it to the automatic response program.
But what happens when you have automatic programming that no longer serves you well?
For instance, at some point in your life experience a particular response may have evolved to shield or protect you from feeling pain or a particular emotion. Then it may have been beneficial, but at some point you forgot about the reasons for the programming actively running in the background and you go about your life responding to situations based on the old program running automatically.
It doesn’t matter to the sub-conscious mind that you are not aware of its actions, it just keeps running on autopilot. The sub-conscious mind makes no judgment of whether or not the response is appropriate for your particular circumstance, that is the job for the conscious mind. If the conscious mind is unaware of the automatic programming, it is not actively governing its operation to make those judgment calls for the greatest good.
In the moments when we find ourselves immobilized… introduce powerful questions to the mind & our brain will shift into gear for finding answers. It will keep working until an answer is found, even when we’re not aware of it.
Questions are the gateway to getting unstuck! Questions are our key to having breakthroughs and opening up our thoughts of ‘Aha!’ Questions help you examine your life and get you in touch with what you want. Reframing disempowering thoughts as questions is an excellent way to instantly change how we feel. The right questions will put you back in the driver’s seat and direct your focus on solutions.
Now, watch and learn the 3 Key Secrets to Awesome …
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