Positive Thinking – Impact on the Subconscious Mind
The power of positivity on the subconscious mind
Do you ever find yourself scrolling on social media until you find a motivational quote that you save because it was exactly what you wanted to hear in that moment? Or do you purposely ever search Google to find quotes that go with your circumstances and you feel like you need to read them in order to move forward in life?
Some people read these on a regular basis so that they leave a positive impact on them and the way they think. People who feel that they are under-confident or that they need to boost their self-esteem or become ‘stronger’ in times of hardships repetitively feed themselves with positive affirmations and inspirational quotes or stories in order to reach their ideal self.
But how does this happen?
Our subconscious mind exists to store and retrieve memory. It makes sure that we act in ways that fit with our self-concepts. For instance, if your self-concept is low and you may not be aware of this but you believe that you are a loser, your subconscious mind will make sure that your behaviors or actions remain consistent with your self-concept and you will repeatedly find yourself avoiding participating in competitions as deep down you believe you’re a loser anyways. Similarly if you believe you are not confident or strong enough, you will most likely find yourself in situations that keep you feeling that way.
This is why surrounding yourself with positive affirmations works well for people who want to change themselves. When you repeatedly expose yourself to affirmations like “I am strong”, “I am enough”, “I am becoming more confident everyday”, or “I will not worry about things I cannot control”, you are actually giving your subconscious these messages. Once your subconscious mind starts to believe in them, it will try to make your actions consistent with these new beliefs it has formed and soon you will find yourself doing things that match with your ideal self.
The picture above shows an example of exposing yourself to self-affirmations on a daily basis as the bathroom mirror is where most people look daily.
Always remember, the subconscious mind merely just obeys what the conscious mind tells it. So when you consciously and repeatedly surround yourself with positive thinking, positive affirmations, and motivational quotes, speeches, or videos, your subconscious mind starts to believe in them and obeys them.