Could your failure to activate personal success be linked to self-sabotage? This isn’t the type of sabotage that you would normally suspect or even give time to? What I am talking about is a part of your unconscious called the adaptive unconscious. This part of your mind is trained to predict and then avoid pain, displeasure, or stress.
The adaptive unconscious doesn’t set out to cause you to fail. It is working along with a complex blueprint that has been developing since the moment you were born and in many cases, it has been proven even in the womb.
This part of your mind doesn’t just look at the benefits of the current action. It takes into account how this thought or this action is going to play into your total psychology.
There is something that we call ecology. In the same way in nature there are ecological consequences to building a factory; you have to make sure that you don’t damage the water table or perhaps cause air pollution. Even though the factory would create jobs and is good for the economy the factory might be bad for the ecology. In that cause, the factory might not be built.
Within our mind we also have ecology. Believe or not at this moment in time you are making all the best choices you can with all the information you have at hand. We are providing you with new information, new options, and alternatives using the other-than-conscious part of your mind.
Within this process today I am going to ask is that you listen to your own inner-self. That part of yourself that says, This is ecological for me, this is safe for me to do.
As you practice using your mind it is important that you get a clear sense of what you want to accomplish. But equally important you need to know when you are off course if you are not accomplishing the goals that you have set for yourself. Then that is the time for you to take a real hard look at what are you losing, or have to give up when you accomplish this new goal. That will be the sign that you are disrupting your mind’s ecosystem.
Be ready to let go of where you are so you can get to where you want to be. I often tell clients in order to do what you want to do, you must be willing to do what you need to do. This is where practicing at the other than-conscious level comes into play. I go into more detail on this in my book Awaken the Genius, Mind Technology for the 21st Century. Every person has a “genius” it is about letting out to play.
When you are at home in a safe place practice your creative visualization, relaxation techniques. Place yourself in the future and allow your mind to explore all the positive outcomes and use scenario planning to discover potential limitations in your plan. By practicing with a relaxed mind you free up both your inner creativity and your inner critic giving both equal times to explore. Once you have discovered potential pitfalls, learn to take steps to avoid or overcome them. Then focus 100% of your energy on success.