The conscious mind is a lot like the captain at the bridge of a ship. The captain gives a command and sends it down to the engine room. The subconscious mind is like the men down in the engine room. No matter what orders come down from the bridge (conscious mind), the crew obeys, even if the orders are stupid ones that crash the ship into a rocky shore. The reason this happens is because the crew (the subconscious) can't see where the ship is going; they are simply following orders.
Like the ship's crew, your subconscious mind accepts every command your conscious mind gives it - its sole purpose is to obey and carry out your orders, even if you give stupid ones like "I'll never see my abs." Frequent repetition of thoughts (mental orders) is one of the most certain ways to penetrate the subconscious mind. This is why, by repeating "I can't lose weight" over and over, your subconscious will see to it that you never lose weight because that's its job - to follow your every command literally and without question. If you program your subconscious with negative suggestions often enough, your subconscious will lead you right into cheating on your diet, skipping workouts or some other form of self-sabotage.
What you think about repeatedly every day is eventually accepted by your subconscious mind and your subconscious mind guides your actions on "auto-pilot." This is the basis for the entire positive thinking movement. People who say that positive thinking, affirmations and autosuggestions don't work for them aren't using them correctly or consistently; they're canceling out every positive command with a negative command. If a captain gave an order, "Go east," but then kept changing his mind; "No, go west.. .no, go north, etc.," the ship would never get anywhere! That's why most people don't get anywhere in their fitness, bodybuilding or weight loss endeavors, either. Ironically, the very statement "positive thinking doesn't work" is a negative affirmation that guarantees it won't work!
Dr. Maxwell Maltz, author of the incredible book, Psycho Cybernetics, described the human brain and nervous system as a "perfect goal-striving servo-mechanism." This mechanism helps you achieve your goals much like a self-guided torpedo or missile seeks out its target and steers its way to it. Like the torpedo, the goal-striving mechanism of your brain can only work in your favor if you've specified a target.
Without a target, your mental "servo-mechanism" will simply steer you towards your dominant thoughts. The subconscious mind is always at work 24 hours a day whether you direct it consciously or not. Denis Waitley says, "Since we become what we think of most of the time, whatever we are thinking of now, we are unconsciously moving toward the achievement of that thought. For an alcoholic, this could be the next drink -for a drug addict, the next fix - for a surfer, the next wave. Divorce, bankruptcy, and illness are all goals spawned out of negative attitudes and thought patterns."
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