“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind” – ancient proverb
What does your mind look like? No, your mind is not the brain inside your skull. The organ inside your head is a highly sophisticated electronic switching station. The essence that makes you who you are goes beyond such an organ. We have a hard time picturing the mind’s appearance because we have never seen it physically, but our brain searches for an image to identify things.
Use this graphic as a mental picture of your mind. Notice the head is massive compared to the body. In reality, it should even be more prominent. See, our minds control so much of our lives it should be quite a bit bigger by comparison. I’ve talked about this before, but today I want to talk about a specific part of our mind that acts like a servomechanism.
Definition: A servomechanism is an automatic device that senses when the mechanism is off track and repositions it until it’s back on track. Some examples would be the autopilot of an airplane or the thermostat in your house. Our minds do the same thing! Unfortunately, it doesn’t always benefit us.
Our mind is designed to protect us, but when we’ve spent a lifetime building bad habits, that servomechanism pulls back in line with the very pattern we are trying to break. Our habits and beliefs are embedded deep within the subconscious mind, and those things are what programs the mechanism in the first place. What happens when we try to change for the better? If it goes against those subconscious beliefs, then our minds will fight against us.
So, how do we break through that old negative programming? It’s like going up against a proverbial Goliath, and many people simply don’t have the courage to do it. Our minds are also equipped with a fight or flight mechanism, and it’s much easier to run than it is to fight sometimes. Today I encourage you to stay and fight.
The old saying above talks about renewing the mind. How do we renew our minds? How can we banish our fears and stand up to the preprogramming that no longer serves us? How can we program in new habits and beliefs? It’s simple, but it’s not quick. It takes repetition and time.
Think about it. How many times did you hear or see something that created the habit in the first place? It took years of programming. What limiting beliefs are lurking deep within your subconscious? How can we reverse them?
- I’m not good enough
- God’s got better things to think about than my little problems
- Things work out for other people but not for me
- I’m not worthy of God’s blessings
These are just a few examples of the lies we get programmed with. Here’s one more for you. For centuries doctors and scientists told us that after a certain age, your gray matter started to die, and there was nothing that could be done. You were just out of luck, and you had to accept your fate.
Now, we know better. There’s a whole new branch of medical science that centers around Neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to form and reorganize neurological connections. We can literally renew our minds with repetition and time. It’s crazy. That passage about renewing the mind was written thousands of years ago, but we are just now figuring out how it’s possible.
Write down a list of the negative programming in your subconscious mind. Keep the list on the left-hand side of the paper. Then turn your paper to the side and write ‘lie’ in big red letters across the entire list. Turn your paper back to normal. List the opposite to each lie on the right-hand side of the paper and highlight each one in a yellow highlighter so they really stand out. Post this paper next to your bathroom mirror to where you have to see it every day. Slowly you’ll start to believe the right-hand side of the paper, and you’ll identify the old programming as lies.
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Humans have a hidden superpower. With it we can both create and destroy. In most people it is raw, unfiltered and troublesome. But, if we could train it and hone it to perfection, it is powerful enough to change the world.
There’s a wise old saying that says, “for as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” What does that mean, exactly? It means you become what you think about regularly. Your consistent thoughts become your actions, and your actions change the reality around you. I know this sounds like a bunch of hoodoos, but I promise you there’s science behind it.
What if we trained our minds to create instead of to destroy? We could change the world with one mind at a time.