Staying Power

Your greatest opportunities can be disguised as insurmountable problems, particularly when you become aware that you need to free yourself from limiting perceptions which have held you back from the success you so desire.

Difficulties will present themselves but the key to overcoming them is perseverance. Persevere in changing a limiting paradigm. Then persevere in following your vision. Every problem has its own solution and although the solutions are different, staying power is the key to each one. It can overcome a host of impossibilities.

Many prominent people, at some time, question whether they should give up. When those moments hit they can strengthen their staying power by remembering their vision and focusing on their goals.

Do not blame yourself if you falter. Just pick yourself up and continue on. Don’t try to do it all on your own – surround yourself with encouragers and choose a mentor who has been in your position before you and can help you through.

Staying power ensures success because it indicates a strong awareness to a commitment.

CHANGE

Change is a matter of choice. We have two main choices in our lives: to accept conditions as they exist or to accept responsibility for changing them.

When you were a child, did you receive encouragement or criticism? At school, were you part of the dominant group or were you lonely, teased or bullied? If you were loved and encouraged as a child you are likely to have grown to adulthood with high self-esteem and change may be easier for you. If the opposite is true, however, and you were criticised and teased you are likely to have low self-esteem. Unfortunately the latter is all too common, however well it is masked in our everyday lives.

A major cause of low self-esteem is fear. There are many facets of fear but the main areas of concern are fear of rejection, fear of change and fear of success.

The word FEAR is often described as: False Evidence Appearing Real.

Fear of rejection says, “I cannot do that thing because I am not good enough; I may make a fool of myself or I may fail in front of others”.
Fear of change says, “I may have to leave my comfort zone and do something I have not done before which may lead to failure”.

Fear of success says, “If I try, I may fail. Perhaps you will succeed but I can’t see me being a success”. It is full of excuses and guilt that perhaps it is not right to succeed. These excuses are often due to ‘put-downs’ by family and friends saying “That can’t be done”, “you haven’t the education to succeed” or “there’s a recession on and businesses are failing everywhere”.

Fear is a negative motivator and much of that fear stems from our childhood. It is then consciously suppressed down into our subconscious where it becomes a limiting factor in our life decisions.

It is possible, however, to reject the negatives and limiting beliefs from your past and change. Just how do you go about making changes in your life? It begins with a raising of your awareness and a strong desire to make a change. Once you have that very strong desire you must then go about the task of changing your mindset, or paradigm, about who you are and what you choose to create for yourself. This change must be made at the subconscious level of mind then it must be carried out at the creative level of mind.

If you think you can do better, you will.

When you set your mind to change you will find that you put forward more effort into everything that you do, and you will have better results. It will help you if you get yourself a strong support system and reinforcing positive feedback.

Begin by believing in yourself and your potential. Raise your awareness of the problems you currently face in your life and continue to have the courage to seek change. To raise your awareness simply means to become conscious of what needs to change and how to change it; so often people have a feeling of frustration and helplessness due to a lack of awareness of how to change.

In order to make a successful change you need to see what actions are required to make the change happen. Problem solving begins with problem awareness. Note that just thinking positively will not make the depth of change necessary for a major paradigm shift. You will need to make use of outside forces such as speaking out and writing down. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and try the following strategies.

Imagine yourself about to take a big step toward your ultimate goal of success. What feelings come up for you? Is there resistance or hesitation? Do you automatically start thinking of excuses as to why you can’t move forward? Write down all the feelings that come to you as you imagine yourself taking this step. Don’t push the feelings down, allow them space and try to identify where they are coming from. Did a past experience contribute to your feelings? Are you afraid? Ask yourself why and be honest with your answers. Make a list of the pros and cons of taking action verses not taking action. Write down your emotions so you can see everything on paper. This is a great way of bringing previously unknown or unremembered negative emotions from the subconscious to the surface of the conscious. By studying what you have written you can provide yourself with a strategy for changing your patterns of behaviour. When you have decided on the path you wish to take don’t just repeat but drill yourself in your new behavioural patterns with the expectation to experience good and positive outcomes. If you do it right in the drill, you’ll do it right in life!

Changing your built in belief structure from negative to positive is not easy but it is well worthwhile. Your attempts at change may come up against a wall of difficulties and you may battle through periods when your own self-belief is faltering. It takes a strong character to move past these battles and to keep striving. Persistence will keep your faith in yourself unwavering and you will succeed. Make positive change a reality in your life now.

PARADIGMS

Paradigms are sets of belief systems that act as filters of perception through which we view the world and everything in it. The world we see around us and the people in the world are constantly triggering our automated behaviour which is directed by our subconscious mind and carried out by the creative level of mind. So we react to life rather than living life in a creative, positive and spontaneous way. The majority of people automatically do the same things in the same way over and over again. Why? Because the thoughts we have today are the same thoughts we had yesterday and they create the same experiences for us. So, although we have great potential and the possibilities are endless, we fall back on recreating the same experiences again and again until we choose to think differently.

We are not normally consciously aware of our paradigms. They reflect cultural and other conditioning we received early in our lives and remain below our level of awareness, where they continue to be active, until we consciously bring them to the surface and examine them. They influence our thinking, decision-making and actions.

The subconscious mind accepts all our beliefs, positive or negative, and acts according to their dictates, until we bring them to the surface and change them. The motto of the subconscious mind is, ‘Your wish is my command’. This is the role of the subconscious and it continually works at fulfilling your wishes by attracting thoughts and experiences aligned to your current paradigm.

The power is becoming aware of our paradigms, bringing them to the surface, examining our beliefs and consciously working to change them for the better – usually from negative to positive, hate and bigotry to love, fear to confidence. Each time we shift a paradigm, information that previously escaped our awareness now comes into view. This new information then influences our thinking, decision-making and actions – and that promotes change. A change at the level of belief produces fresh perspectives.

A good example of how paradigms limit our awareness can be found when we want to buy a new car. There are thousands of cars on the road but generally we don’t take too much notice of them. When we decide to buy a car, however, and identify the type and colour of the car that interests us, we begin to notice those cars everywhere. It will seem that more of those cars are suddenly on the road, but that is not the case. What has happened is that the act of considering, or imagining, owning a car of that type creates a new image in important to receive information relevant to that picture, whereas, before it wasn’t. This illustrates that whenever we shift a paradigm, new information comes into view.

When we become aware and begin to recognise how powerfully our unconscious thoughts affect our perceptions, we become more careful of what we say, more reticent to judge ourselves and others and more observant of our own thinking. The more we search out our unconsciously held belief systems by writing them down and questioning them, we bring them to the surface where we can question their validity and make changes that are appropriate. It is this constant cleaning of our unconscious filters of perception that enables us to perceive the world differently, make new decisions and reshape our reality.

How the Mind Works

To fully utilise the power of the creative mind it is necessary to become aware of just how all the parts of our mind work.

Conventional thought teaches us that we have two minds – the conscious and the subconscious mind. These are two absolutely distinct selves within us and both are intelligent, but while one is conscious the other is unconscious. Although each one works independently they always co-operate with one another when necessary. There is a part of the subconscious, however, that forms a third mind which is called the ‘creative level of mind’.

The Conscious Mind
Nearly 30 years ago computers were used to merely process and store information. Today they are used for just about everything and they are a key element of our lives. We know they can do more than just store and process information, but just how much they may be able to do we are yet unsure although we continue to expand their possibilities daily.

Your mind is like a computer except you are only using it to record and process information; it does not have the ability to create anything. The conscious mind learns through the five senses then it judges, remembers and compares, evaluates and analyses and observes and labels what it perceives through the senses. Critical thinking occurs in this state of mind. The conscious mind has also been given the wonderful gift of choice, but it is limited in its wisdom, therefore, it often makes mistakes. It is, however, capable of doing more. If you know how to use your mind correctly you can create everything you want in life.

An aware person realises that their judgements may not always be right because they know they perceive the world through filters of perception. They know they bring their own biases, prejudices and beliefs to every decision and recognise that it is necessary to listen to others’ opinions as they can be just as valid, if not more so, than their own. A person who is aware of their perceptions can begin to consider new ideas, shift their thinking and effect real change in their life.

Unfortunately, for those who are unaware that this is how the mind works, change is often difficult, if not impossible. They continually keep the same mind set and repeat the same patterns over and over again, never learning from past mistakes.

Just like a computer the conscious mind relies on other components to make it work – mainly the subconscious and the creative level of mind.

The Subconscious/Unconscious Mind
The metaphor of an iceberg is a good illustration of the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious mind very well. The tip of the iceberg represents our conscious mind, the part of our thinking we are aware of, and the part of the iceberg below the waterline represents our unconscious mind. Lastly, the waterline itself represents imagination (the creative level of mind), the membrane through which the conscious and unconscious minds pass information.

The iceberg metaphor also illustrates that, at any given moment, consciously we are only aware of a fraction of the total information at our disposal. The rest we are largely unaware of. The subconscious mind, just like the iceberg below the waterline, is vastly larger than the conscious mind and far more powerful. It not only contains vast potential and possibilities, it is also the storehouse for all our memories from the beginning of our lives. It controls the events of our lives according to the instructions we have given it. Those instructions are called belief systems, or paradigms.

One of the most important aspects of the subconscious is that it automatically directs the creative level of mind to carry out all of our habituated behavioural patterns for us – the way we walk and sit, etc. The subconscious also breathes us; keeps our hearts pumping and circulates the blood throughout our body; it is in charge of digestion and elimination and carries out all involuntary functions of our body. Our subconscious mind never requires sleep – it works for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days of the year.

Intricately interwoven with the subconscious is the third mind – the creative level of mind. All three minds are intertwined and work in conjunction with each other. The creative level is the area from where our intuition and imagination rise. It is also the energetic source of power for our creations. The ideas we receive and the creative ability we possess comes from this part of the subconscious.

The subconscious is also the home of our emotions – which is why it dominates the conscious mind. We know this is true because in most cases our emotions will easily overrule our rational mind and our will. When there is conflict between the conscious and subconscious minds, the subconscious almost always wins out. The subconscious never judges, analyses or rationalises; it simply accepts all information presented to it. It can’t tell the difference between an actual experience and an imaginary experience that is vividly repeated. It has no desires or volition of its own, yet it has infinite knowledge and powers. It acts in response to suggestions given it by your conscious mind and it works to bring about the exact condition you believe in.

The subconscious mind creates everything in your life based on the messages and information you send to it. These messages are your thoughts, beliefs and actions and a large percentage of them are working against you. If you constantly think and speak in a negative manner you will reap a negative reality. If you don’t think you will be capable of accomplishing your goals – you will never accomplish any of them. If you think there are no opportunities for you – the right opportunity will never appear. Why? Because the subconscious mind always works on the information you send it. It does not analyse the information, as the conscious mind does, it is quite impersonal. Whatever you send it, it will produce. It is like an automatic guidance system within you. If you send positive messages of success goals it will produce success. If you send negative messages it will produce failure.

How does it do this? Once the subconscious mind receives the message from the conscious mind it connects with people and events that will help create the situation based on your message. If you are certain of success with your goals the mind will draw you to the people and events that will help you attain your goals. It is important to understand that the messages to your subconscious mind are not just your thoughts. Everything you do, say and consciously believe is picked up by the subconscious mind.

There is a saying, ‘What you say is what you get’. Countless people limit their happiness and success in life because they never realise the importance of words; words of all kinds. If you expect the best, and say so, you will receive the best. If you expect the worst and speak out your complaints, you will receive precisely what you have spoken, for ‘what is in the heart the mouth speaks’. It is your attitude to life that makes your life and you will always get exactly what you expect … good or bad.

The Mind

Much of the conflict that people encounter today comes in the area of the mind. The mind is an amazing tool and has the potential to be our greatest ally or our worst enemy.

For the mind to become your ally, you must become aware of how the mind works and use that knowledge to full advantage. All things can be accomplished with the mind first.

Your mind is your power for accomplishing your highest aspirations. This is because your mind is the connecting link between the formed and unformed world. It is up to you to claim your spiritual domination over everything and dare to change your world as you wish. This is the creative mind.

On the other hand, the mind can be your worst enemy. This is the reactive mind which, at its core, allows the paradigm of limiting beliefs to control its output. The reactive mind thinks two-dimensionally in terms of good/bad, pleasure/pain and winning/losing. Reactive thinking says, ‘I am a separate self, disconnected from my source, therefore, I am alone. For this reason I require protection and defence. I am weak and unworthy and will need to seek approval, power and acceptance. I need to compete against others for what I want and, therefore, scarcity must be a reality’. This is the belief system most people belong to. Individuals, corporations and even nations compete for control and power. Fear and distrust pervade their lives. In essence, this thought system arises out of a belief and investment in fear, weakness and lack. They will, by their own actions, sow the seeds of their own destruction.

The creative mind is completely the opposite. It transcends these limiting formats and thinks holistically, seeing the big picture; it is our source for innovative and creative thinking and thinks in terms of values and creating value. This thought system rises out of the depth of our being, the intelligence of the heart, which says we are whole and complete, connected to our power source and one with all life.

Those who are aware of, understand and identify with this inner part of us believe they are powerful, creative, connected, loved, safe and secure and whole. They prefer to create and they do it because it feels good and because they have something to share and to contribute. This thought system operates out of love, limitless power and shared abundance. When you realise this, life becomes easier, simpler and more satisfying. It is good to quietly go to work on your thinking to mentally choose, mentally accept and mentally radiate what you wish to experience in life.

It is important to remember that whatever system of the mind you centre your attention upon steadily, constantly and deliberately in your thoughts, feelings and expectances, forms the experiences of life. What you radiate or deliberately entertain mentally, can constantly attract. In due season your health, wealth and happiness can crumble if it is not supported by a firm foundation of right thought and feeling.

Be aware that each of us is a magnet. If we are in a tense, critical, anxious, unforgiving state of mind (reactive) then that will be a magnet for all kinds of trouble and failure. Instead, there is great power in thinking of our desires and developing a positively expectant state of mind (creative). That then will be a magnet for good things to be attracted to you.

You must stop thinking that people, things, circumstances and conditions have power to harm you. Start realising that nothing can stand between you and what you dare to choose mentally to radiate out through your thoughts, feelings, words and expectancies. Choose and radiate mentally and emotionally; choose and radiate constantly and persistently.

WHAT IS AWARENESS?

Awareness is the basis for excellence in every area of your life. The importance of awareness lies in the fact that it is the foundation for the self-image you need to have if you are to be effective in reaching your goals. To excel, you must be aware of the elements that are needed to contribute to your success.

These elements, or principles, begin with a vision of what you want to accomplish followed by goal-setting to help you achieve your vision. Then there are the elements of self-control, discipline and perseverance, all of which are needed to reach your goals. Other elements include communication with others of your objectives and an investment in time for the project.

To become aware needs an open mind. Open-minded people are free from prejudice and receptive to new ideas. Those people with a closed mind reject the ideas, beliefs, opinions or influence of others.

Albert Wiggam, a Psychologist said, “The line between ‘open-mindedness’ and ‘tight-mindedness’ is sharp and clean cut – and the only people who have ever contributed anything to human progress have been the ‘open-minded’ who have been able to see there is a better way.”

The difference between ‘open-minded’ and ‘closed-minded’ people is their choice of thoughts. To be successful you must choose the thoughts and actions that will lead to success rather than failure. You must believe in yourself and your potential and focus your mind on what you want to accomplish. This is important because, if you want to create the right conditions for happiness and success you must learn to spend more time in positive places with people who have positive thoughts and who believe in putting their positive thoughts into action.

Spend as little time as possible with people who like to express negative thoughts. They say “no” too often or “it can’t be done” and, if you associate with them for a long period you may come to agree with them. Negative thinking is weak and unable to create anything of value.

When you believe in the worst, you feel depressed. But, when you believe in the best, it gives you a feeling of new life and enthusiasm. You will be rewarded with an awareness of ‘more good’ all around you. Believing in the best will also increase your power and ability to move ahead; it will add to your happiness and make your success more certain.

No one can make you happy and no one can make you unhappy unless you allow them to do so. It is all a matter of viewpoint and understanding. You have a wonderful gift of choice.

If you wish to become “The master of your fate and the captain of your soul”, it will be helpful to understand the importance of your mind and the effect it has on your attitude to life.