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It’s all in your mind!

In General on March 23, 2012 at 3:00 am

Do you trust your gut?  Do you follow your instincts? Or, do you rely on facts and what you know to be true?

It’s an interesting question, isn’t it?  After all, how often has something happened and you’ve said “I knew it!” or “I had a feeling …”

If you’re one of those folks who needs facts, it’s interesting to note that the “gut feelings” and “intuition” actually have some basis in scientific reality.

Let’s start with the accepted fact that your mind is the most magnificent computer ever conceived.  It performs thousands of operations per second and many of them simultaneously.  Consider for a moment that you’re reading this while still breathing. Your heart is pumping, your eyes are working, you’re thinking thoughts.  You may be listening to music or performing some other action.

Much of what you do is unconscious.  In fact, your unconscious represents about 80 – 90% of your mind.  It’s the part of you that’s responsible for beating your heart and every other bodily function.

According to Hungarian Biologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in the Book “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”, we receive about 2 million bits of information each second.  If we were to try to process all of that information consciously, we would go insane.  Instead, our conscious mind deletes, distorts and generalizes that information down to a reasonable 134 bits per second.  Fortunately, our unconscious mind stores all of it.

So consider for a moment a situation where you are faced with a group of “facts” and your conscious mind is telling you to move in one direction and your gut is telling you to move in another direction.  Given that your unconscious and conscious minds are working on the same problem, one with more data than the other, doesn’t it make sense that your gut would be right?

It’s the same reason why, when faced with a difficult problem, it’s often better to “sleep on it” and allow your unconscious mind to sift through all of the data and present you with a solution.  It may feel like the answer just “came to you” or now that you are seeing everything in a new, fresh light, everything makes sense.  The truth is that your unconscious has laid everything out for you.

Of course, if you’re not in the habit of trusting your gut, it might take a little bit of work for you unconscious mind to want to provide you with “gut feelings”.  You might have to make a conscious effort to check with your gut.   Start small and develop your intuition muscles by asking little questions like “Is the chicken or fish better tonight?” the next time you’re at a restaurant.  Once you’ve gotten used to trusting your unconscious mind, you can then expand your focus.

By the way, if you don’t get a gut feeling or an intuition about something, it could be because there’s not enough information to make a determination.  It could also be because you are not asking the right question.  The important thing is to trust your unconscious mind.

If you haven’t already, you’ll find your unconscious mind an incredible ally in helping you achieve your goals and staying happy and healthy.  If you need more information on how you can work with your unconscious mind, feel free to contact The New You Academy at (888) 505-1399.  We are here to help.

You ARE in Charge!

In General, NLP on February 6, 2012 at 3:00 am

Have you ever felt overwhelmed?  Like you had no control over anything that was happening in your life?

In Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), we say you are in charge of your mind and therefore your results.  What this means is that no one can control you, no outside influences can take over your mind without your permission.  It often seems like there’s nothing we can do, but that’s just not the case.

If the issue is overwhelm, sometimes going from the vague to the more specific is all that’s required.  For example, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed ask yourself what specifically you’re overwhelmed about.  Generally, what seems like a big pile of things is actually only a few items.

When you go from the abstract or vague to the more detailed, you recover missing information which often results in gaining clarity.

Think of it like traveling from place A to place B.  If you know exactly where Place B is, there’s not generally an issue.  You can get to place B easily and with little stress.  On the other hand, the less information you have about the location of Place B, the less likely it will be that you’ll find it.  And, depending on the urgency of your finding what you’re looking for, you can have a great deal of stress.

For example, if you know the street and not the address, you could find the location provided the street isn’t too long.  Knowing the city where Place B is located without knowing the address, makes it less likely still.  If you only knew the state the location is in, you may still find it … it just might take a lot longer.

In NLP, going from vague to more specific is part of what’s called the Meta Model and is based on the work of Virgina Satir.  It’s about recovering lost information when we delete, distort and generalize, which by the way is a natural phenomenon.  According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in the book “Flow”, we receive about 2 million bits of information per second that we delete, distort and generalize down to a comfortable 134 bits per second.

Given that all the information is there, present in your unconscious mind, you can easily recover it by asking questions.  Depending on what’s lost, there are a number of different questions to ask and many of them include the word “specifically”.  “How specifically?”  “What specifically?” “Who specifically?”

Remember, you are in charge of your mind and therefore your results!

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