In our fast-paced and ever-changing world, it becomes increasingly important to develop a resilient mindset. Life can throw unexpected challenges our way, and our ability to bounce back from setbacks determines our overall well-being and success.
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Resilience is an intentional skill that we learn over time through both successes and failure. The choices we have, the things we believe, the things we feel, all begin with a powerful tool within us: Our Subconscious Mind.
The subconscious mind is the powerhouse of our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. It operates below the level of our conscious awareness and influences our daily lives in profound ways.
By understanding how to apply the power within our subconscious, we can create a resilient mindset that enables us to thrive in the face of adversity.
Understand the Power of the Subconscious Mind
The first step is to acknowledge the limitless power it holds. Our subconscious mind is an unlimited storehouse of information and understanding, shaping our view of ourselves and the world. Through this understanding, we can train our subconscious to develop a resilient mindset.
Positive Affirmations and Self-Talk
The words we tell ourselves are the truths we choose to believe. When we feed ourself with negative self-talk, we chip away at our confidence, and that limits the power of resilience in our lives. Instead of beating ourselves up each day, we can turn the self-talk 180-degrees toward the positive.
Positive affirmations are powerful statements that can help reprogram our mind. By repeating affirmations like “I am strong,” “I can overcome any challenge,” and “I am resilient,” we can gradually shift our subconscious beliefs and perceptions.
Consistent practice and belief in these affirmations creates new neural pathways, reinforcing a resilient mindset.
Visualization and Mental Rehearsal
Our subconscious mind responds strongly to images and visualizations. When we allow ourself to imagine positive outcomes and experience the happy feelings and excitement, we create a mental roadmap to follow. As our neural pathways change, we reinforce a resilient mindset to overcome obstacles.
Embracing Failure as a Learning Opportunity
Resilience is not about avoiding failure, nor does embracing failure mean we rise in the morning and say, “Hey, I look forward to failing today.” It is about learning from it and becoming stronger by the way we perceive setbacks.
If we become sad or angry at ourselves or others with failure, we work to keep ourselves stuck. Conversely, by reframing failure as a learning opportunity, our subconscious mind can view challenges as valuable experiences for growth.
The shift in perspective encourages us to persist, learn from mistakes, and persevere in the face of adversity. A useful process I learned in the military and law enforcement is the “After Action Review”.
Take a step back and ask, “How did it go? What resources, methods, or training would make it better?” Apply this approach to both successful and unsuccessful ventures. This concept works in any environment and helps build resilience to strengthen continuous improvement.
Relaxing the Subconscious Mind
Hypnosis and meditation are both excellent methods to relax the subconscious mind’s critical filters. They help to allow positive suggestions to penetrate and influence the subconscious.To develop resilience, guided hypnosis or meditation audios can be helpful in reprogramming thought patterns.
With that said, generic audios purchased online can be helpful, but they are not personalized for your exact situation. Direct one-on-one interaction with a certified hypnotist is always more effective, as the practitioner can help you resolve other underlying fears or beliefs that hinder confidence and resilience.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present in the moment without judgment. Over time, it can help train our mind to be more resilient. By being aware of things as they are, we can learn to respond with calmness and resilience rather than reacting with emotional thoughts and feelings.
Resilient Role Models
The people in our circle can affect our resilience. It’s important to surround ourselves with people that embody resilience in their day-to-day life. When we observe and learn from their example, attitudes, and behaviors, we can absorb their resilience on a subconscious level. Seek mentors or role models who overcame adversity and successfully navigated challenging situations.
Developing a resilient mindset with the subconscious mind includes several approaches that can empower our ability to remain calm and thoughtful during challenge. Understanding the power of the subconscious enables us to apply its vast potential.
Embracing positive affirmations and self-talk further empowers us to reshape limiting beliefs and apply healthier inner dialogue. Allowing imaginative visualization and mental rehearsal unlocks our ability to reinforce our resilience.
Relaxing the subconscious mind through hypnosis or meditation nurtures our emotional awareness and adaptability. Finally, drawing inspiration from resilient role models provides a light on our path to follow for resilience.
By applying these elements, we can embark on a transformational journey that empowers us to navigate life’s challenges with an unwavering, resilient mindset.
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He has earned a national reputation for his Transformative Life Centering work with clients from across the nation. His unique approach helps clients remove underlying fears and triggers, and then through coaching, helps them pursue and accomplish life and career goals.
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