Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Super-Conscious Mind according to Brian Tracy

"The Super-Conscious Mind is the source of all creativity, all intuition, all flashes of insight, all hunches. The Super-Conscious Mind is the source of inspiration and motivation and the ability to see things in a brand new way. The Super-Conscious Mind is the source of new ideas that help us move toward goal-attainment. And the super-conscious mind is available to each one of us, like a power source that we can plug into simply by finding the plug.

"Another characteristic of the Super-Conscious Mind is that it functions on a non-conscious level 24 hours per day. It is always working to resolve the problems that we are mulling over and to move us toward achieving the goals that we have programmed into the subconscious.

"Another characteristic of the Super-Conscious is that it's capable of goal-oriented motivation. For goal-oriented motivation it requires clear, specific goals. Now you can imagine using the super-conscious capability. Imagine that you had an enormous computer, the most complex computer, the most sophisticated computer ever built in the universe, and you had an entire team of the most accomplished computer experts that had ever been trained and they were at your service. And you could go to them with any problem or any goal and they could put it into the computer and they could give you the answer or they could give you the ideas that you would need to achieve the goal. Nonetheless, even with the most sophisticated computer and the most intelligent computer operators there is nothing that they could do if you could not define the problem for them or if you could not clearly tell them what it is that you wanted to accomplish. This is why we talked before about how important it is to have a very clear, specific idea of the goals that we want to accomplish.

"The Super-Conscious Mind is invariably triggered by clarity of definition, and by decisiveness. The more decisive and clear we are about what we want, what we want to accomplish, what problems we want to resolve, the more rapidly the super-conscious capability goes to work to bring the answers into our lives.

"Another characteristic of the Super-Conscious Mind in terms of goal-oriented motivation is that it releases ideas and energy for goal-attainment. If ever you had the experience of working on something that you are really excited about that you are really emotionally involved in, something that you really wanted, or something that really inspired you, you will remember that at that point you seemed to have a continuous flow of ideas and energy. You seem to be bubbling with energy, sometimes you could go on only 4 or 5 hours' sleep a night. Sometimes your mind would just crackle with ideas and you had this feeling of continuous excitement like sometimes you could barely sleep. This is an example of super-conscious energy. It releases free energy from the atmosphere and makes it available to us to enable us to move toward goal-attainment.

"Another characteristic of the Super-Conscious is that it responds to clear, authoritative commands. And the clear authoritative commands that we give to our Super-Conscious capability are in the form of positive affirmations. Every time we affirm, positively, from the conscious mind to the sub-conscious mind we trigger the super-conscious mind into action. That's why whenever we say, 'I like myself, I like myself, I feel terrific, I feel terrific, I earn fifty-thousand dollars a year, I earn fifty-thousand dollars a year," these strong, emotionalized affirmations drive down into the sub-conscious and trigger the super-conscious into action. That's we find that men and women who are continually talking and thinking in an excited, positive way about the goals that they want to accomplish seem to have a continuous stream of energy, enthusiasm and ideas move them toward the accomplishment of those goals.

"In the Bible it says, 'To him who hath shall more be given, to him who hath not even that which he hath shall be taken away.' And it means that to those who are excited and positive and moving toward the accomplishment of their goals they get even more energy and more ideas and more creativity; to those who are going nowhere, who have very few ideas or have no goals, even that energy that they have is drained away and they become tired and depressed and fatigued.

"Another characteristic of the Super-Conscious Mind is that it automatically and continuously solves every problem on the pathway to your goal. No matter how far the goal is, no matter how distant, as long as the goal is clear the Super-conscious will give you every single idea and solution that you need, in the exact order that you need it. Once you have programmed the goal in and take the first step you'll find that the super-conscious will give you the first step to take, it will solve the first problem, and when you implement the solution, it will give you the next step, it will solve the next problem, it will give you the following step, it will solve the following problem, and all you have to do is take it one step at a time, and at every step along the way, as long as the goal is clear, the problem will come to you.

"Another characteristic of the Super-Conscious is that it operates best in a spirit of faith and acceptance, which means that the harder you DON'T try the more rapidly the super-conscious brings you the ideas and the solutions that you require to achieve the goals that you have programmed into the sub-conscious. In all creative work, mental effort defeats itself. Creativity cannot be forced. Creativity invariably favors the relaxed mind. When we talked in mental programming about how important it is to relax, to take a deep breath, to get a clear mental picture of what you want to accomplish and just absolutely believe with complete confidence that if you can keep that clear mental picture that it will come to you exactly when you are ready for it. This super-conscious capability, the more you believe in it, the more you absolutely trust that you are moving in the direction of your goal and that your goal is moving toward you simultaneously the more rapidly it seems to work. The harder you try to force it, the less effective it is.

In the Bible again it says, 'Whatsoever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye have it, and you will have it.' This is one of the most powerful admonitions to self-confidence and to positive thinking, that if you absolutely believe that you already have the goal as achieved and just confidently expect each step to take care of itself, that's what triggers the Super-Conscious into working. Another capacity is that the Super-Conscious grows in capability as it is used and believed in. The more that we absolutely believe that it is working for us the more rapidly it works. And you'll find a very interesting thing that when you begin using this Super-Conscious capability it's the same as getting a muscle into shape. If you have not done physical exercise for a period of time it'll take a while before you limber up and loosen up and are able to use your muscles in a particular sport. When you have warmed up and when you have gotten yourself into good physical condition you find that you can play longer, you can engage in the sport for hours without fatigue, that you can do more and more with greater and greater flexibility and adaptability, it's the same way with the super-conscious capability: the more you use it, the faster it works and the better it works until it finally gets to the point where you can think of a goal or put a problem into the super-conscious and you'll get a response sometimes within minutes. Sometimes so fast that it will absolutely stagger you... "

The foregoing is a transcription of Brian Tracy's "Psychology of Achievement" taken from Chapter 9. All right are reserved.

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