March 2008

Success is All in Your Mind!

Author: Theresa Jackson

How do you measure success? It’s probably not exactly the same for any two people. While athletes measure success by wins or their personal best, a business owner may measure success by the amount of money the business nets every year.

Regardless of how you measure success, it all starts in your mind—your unconscious mind, to be exact. While most people are familiar with the concept of the unconscious mind, few truly understand how to use its power to create the success (and happiness) they desire.

To take advantage of this incredibly powerful tool, you must first program your unconscious mind for the success you are seeking. Without a clear, consistent “picture” of the results you seek, your unconscious mind can actually sabotage even your best efforts.

Any time there is confusion, your unconscious will struggle to help you achieve your goals. That’s why the more concise your goal and your mental image of its results, the better the chances you’ll achieve it. By creating and focusing on this concise concept of what you want to achieve, you’re helping your unconscious mind manifest that result in your reality.

It’s very important to monitor what you tell your unconscious verbally and silently. Most people are surprised to find when they actually start to “listen” to the words they use on a daily basis that they are issuing counterproductive “requests” to their unconscious.

Make sure to use positive descriptions when speaking aloud or to yourself silently about your goals. Instead of saying, “I won’t be overweight anymore,” re-phrase your request in a positive way: “I am thin.”

Also, it’s important to use a present tense, not a future tense like “I will be thin” as your unconscious takes everything literally. If your request is in the future, it will think that it doesn’t need to change anything now. It lives in the present.

Be careful not to use negative words accidentally: such as “I’m not going to be poor any more.” Your unconscious mind doesn’t understand words such as “not,” “doesn’t” or “won’t.” It will automatically delete those words from your request which will almost always create the opposite meaning and results of your goal!

There are many techniques you can use to create clear pictures of your completed goal. Most people find that imagining a movie in their mind of what it will be like to achieve the goal and replaying it in their thoughts to be very effective. For example, if you’re trying to wipe out your credit card debt, imagine yourself receiving statements from your credit card companies with a $0 balance on the payment section.

Remember, what you focus on expands. If you constantly see yourself overweight, or in debt, that’s what your unconscious mind will continue to create for you in your reality. It’s very simple and takes very little time to mentally produce a “movie” that gives your unconscious a clear idea of what results you want. With consistent attention and effort toward what you DO want, you’ll be amazed at the results you can create with your mind!

Theresa Jackson is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Nutritional Counselor who is also pursuing a doctorate in Natural Health. She is the Founder & President of Wellness Within Centers with programs in weight reduction, smoking cessation, stress relief, healing from chronic illness, business and motivation, and golf performance improvement. You can reach the Wellness Within office at 843-986-9700.

Have a question you might like answered? E-mail

Let Us Know what You Think ...

commenting closed for this article