One of my fascinations as I have said before is the power of the mind, I (and many others) firmly believe that we are capable of an almost infinite amount more than we know if we just learnt to harness the power of the mind.
But what if we didn’t need to learn how to harness the power of the mind but rather learn how to set it free?
Everyday I hear people commenting on how difficult something is, or how talented somebody is and how they could never achieve anything like that, and at the risk of sounding cliche they wont with that attitude, your brain has no concept of the world other than what we feed it either back through the nervous system or through conscious thought, I experienced this early on in life but never really understood what it meant.
I started training when I was 14 by training I mean bodybuilding and I was fortunate enough to have started with a guy that had been training for a very long time, one of the first things he said to me was not to think about the weight on the bar, because the moment you think it is to heavy it will be and you wont move it, and he was right on days when my mind was engaged and I was feeling mentally strong my physical strength grew and grew, and on days when I lost concentration and let the psychology get the better of me I was weaker.
The interesting thing is that I didn’t give myself any pep talks or any active encouragement I simply allowed my mind to react to a situation the weight and to take action by controlling muscles, by not telling myself how difficult it was I just let my mind get on with taking care of what I wanted to do.
The struggle is to stop holding our minds back, to stop self doubt, or false idolisation of people we admire in our chosen sport or area of education, even slimming and family life, we need to learn to give credit where credit is due and learn from these people, all too often we put them so high on a pedestal they become a God like figure that cannot be challenged or imitated with any great success.
An easy way to start is to add words to the end of sentences such as “I cannot do that” becomes “I cannot do that yet” in this example it is easy to see what difference the dialogue makes, if you cannot do it period then why bother trying? But if you cannot do it yet then you have already agreed not only that you can but also that you are ready to or have started toward the goal.
Writers often panic about a blank page, and when I started this I did too but I decided to just start typing, it sounds silly but a page with writing on it is not as scary as blank one because it is started, and with the block removed my mind takes over and what I actually want to write comes out even if that means a whole load of typing and deleting first.
I would encourage anybody and everybody to work toward freeing your mind from the walls we put in front of it, remove negative dialogue and allow yourself to drive progress through your conscious thought rather than in spite of it.
Own your demons and make them work for you!