As we move forward in this sequential educational series we will explore several concepts related to creating permanent change. I do hope that you have taken the time to review the last emails in the series, please remember this series is set up to support sequential learning.
Taking the time to think about where you would like to be and what you would like to change in your life is important. Remember that our focus is on having more influence over our subconscious mind so that we can close the GAP I have referred to.
Since the subconscious mind is a learning machine (not your soul or your spirit) we need to break down big picture goals. We need to place our attention on incremental learning.
If we fail to do this we create an internal atmosphere of overwhelm.
This is precisely when the robotic mind will scurry back to a familiar unhelpful “cow paths.” Remember cow paths are ways of being (thoughts, feelings, and behaviors) that have become automated over time.
If we kind of, maybe want to, somehow, someday make unspecified changes we will have a very difficult time reaching our goals.
This approach will leave us frustrated and often results in becoming passive and complacent (victim mindset). Becoming the CEO of our lives and closing the GAP means we need to begin to recognize the incremental learning needs of the subconscious mind.
Beginning to make use of the simple acronym s.m.a.r.t. is one tool that can help us to educate the subconscious mind and influence it to accept new ways of being. If the changes we want to make are not plausible to the subconscious mind we run the risk of the mind simply deleting or distorting our best higher intentions.
You may already be familiar with the acronym but I will take a moment to break it down here for your consideration:
A-achievable or attainable (my preference is “action”)
I encourage you to take some time to consider the acronym in relation to a goal that you are considering. Keep in mind that what we are aiming for is an increased ability to understand and influence the subconscious mind.
Terri Lee Cooper MSc. RSW