How to Retrain your Brain for Financial Success - Part 1
Creating a Subconscious Mind That Works For You
The subconscious mind is more powerful than we think, and it can either limit or empower financial success. Old unconstructive beliefs can become engrained in the memory circuits of the brain and unconsciously interfere with our power to succeed. We need to recognize those beliefs, release them, and then consciously build new, inspiring beliefs and habits and embed them into new memory circuits. When we do this, we achieve financial transformation.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the neurology of belief. On the most basic level, we can divide our mind – that elusive part of the brain allows us to create our own reality in the world – into two parts:
- The conscious mind, which allows us to create new financial and business goals and make quality decisions to fulfill them.
- The subconscious mind, which is the storehouse of instinctual and learned responses.
It’s the subconscious mind that collectively forms our habitual responses to nearly every life circumstance, especially in the areas of business and finance.
The Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind, with all of its old and automated habits, is many times more powerful than the conscious mind. This is why we often feel held back from achieving our goals. Sometimes our conscious mind can put on the “brakes” and override our old (and often lazy) habits, and sometimes it can’t.
A hundred years ago, the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov showed how easy it was to build new habits in animals. For example, he exposed dogs to the sound of a bell when they were fed, and he then discovered that just the sound of the bell would make them automatically salivate even when no food was present. The dogs believed they were going to receive food, and they responded to this stimulus automatically, without any thought. You can train the human brain in the same way: to mechanically respond – positively or negatively, constructively or unconstructively – to different stimuli. Your brain will react without any deliberate intention on your part.
Thus, we unconsciously adopt beliefs about ourselves and money, which in turn keep us from achieving our highest potential. And as we mature over the years, those beliefs and habits become virtually hardwired into some of the deepest areas of the brain. In fact, we often become so deeply identified with those subconscious beliefs and habits that we actually believe those habits and beliefs are us.
The good news, though, is that those beliefs and habits aren’t us, and we can use the neuroscience of financial transformation to consciously recognize those limiting beliefs, let them go, and systematically ”rewire” our brains with new beliefs and habits that create not only more money and success, but more happiness, satisfaction, and spiritual well-being.
Creating a Subconscious Mind That Works For You Rather Than Against You
To create a long-term, stimulus-response storehouse guaranteed to propel you toward financial transformation, you must:
- Make a quality, conclusive decision to reinvent yourself, your business and your finances.
- Create an inspiring vision and purpose that will activate your passion to instill new values, beliefs and habits into your subconscious motivational engine—the limbic system.
- Make sure this vision and purpose have a clearly defined chief aim that deeply inspires you. This chief aim will serve as the magnificent obsession that you focus your attention on throughout most of the day, every day.
- Study the beliefs, habits and ideas of the successful individuals who most inspire you.
- Adopt those beliefs, habits and ideas into your vision.
- Immerse yourself in this vision and purpose repeatedly every day, with systematic regularity and high emotional content.
- Record the revelations and ideas that occur in each of your vision sessions.
- Take daily action on the ideas and inspirations you have written down.
- Surround yourself, as much as possible, with other people who share the aspiration to fulfill their highest potential, particularly in business and finances.
- Develop self-confidence and mastery in your field through consistent action and creating the multiple small successes which lead to larger successes.
For our next installment, we’ll take an in-depth look at how your financial paradigm actually changes your brain and either limits or enables greater financial success. In addition, you’ll discover the science of how to recognize your limiting financial paradigms and change them through the use of your conscious mind.