Thursday, November 8, 2012

Can You Really Train Your Mind to Succeed

Can You Really Train Your Mind to Succeed

and go beyond the power of positive thinking?

Have you tried to use the power of positive thinking, auto suggestion, positive affirmations, read about the how to influence the subconscious mind, the law of attraction or "the secret" and are still waiting for results? If so, you will be positively surprised by what you're about to learn.

Research by leading universities in the field of cognitive and behavioral science proves the existence of so called "automatic thoughts", i.e. thoughts that come to mind involuntarily and effortlessly as an automatic response to certain stimuli. These are the thoughts that ultimately determine whether you'll fail or succeed in reaching your personal goals.

What are Automatic Thoughts?

The average person processes over 60'000 separate thoughts per day, of which 90% occur subconsciously. Automatic thoughts are produced by our subconscious mind and continue to execute without the involvement of our conscious mind. Think about how many things you just do, day in day out, without even consciously thinking about it. These automatic thoughts are like mini computer programs in our subconscious minds. They automatically come into action as a response to stimuli in our environment. 

While many automatic thoughts are positive, some of them can create undesirable limitations in terms of your ability to evolve, progress and reach significant personal goals in your life – you could call them "success blockers". They simply prevent you from progressing in areas where you'd like to succeed.

Automatic thoughts determine your thought patterns, attitudes and behaviors. The reactions you then observe from your environment validate your thoughts. A key observation is that certain "automatic thoughts" are triggered by  common belief patterns (schema) with groups of people who experience the same or similar challenges and limitations. 

The first step in eliminating automatic thoughts that prevent you from being successful is to determine negative  thought patterns that trigger success limiting thoughts, attitudes and behaviors.

The second step is to actively change these thought patterns (cognitive modification) and introduce cognitive patterns that have been observed to trigger positive results.

But how do you do that? Ask yourself, how many people you know, maybe including yourself,  who despite honest attempts to change their destiny

- lead unfulfilled or unsatisfying lives

- feel like they're not where would like to be at this point in their lives

- continue to struggle with money problems 

- suffer from low self confidence  

- are not satisfied with their work

- have not found the right partner


Why do these people continue to fail? In most cases it isn't for lack of trying or good will. It's because our brains are programmed to subconsciously react to certain stimuli in the form of predetermined (automatic) thoughts that guide our behaviours.

Unfortunately most self help books or courses can't change that. Why is this the case? Traditional self improvement programs are not designed to actively change your belief system which triggers these automatic thoughts. Therefore, if the conscious mind tries to initiate a behavioural change that conflicts with the subconscious mind's pre-programmed thought patterns, the subconscious mind always wins.  In his famous book "Self Mastery through Conscious Auto-suggestion" Dr. Emile Coue writes:  "In the conflict between the will and the subconscious mind, the force of the subconscious mind is in direct ratio to the square of the will", i.e.  even if you're willing to change, you won't change unless you change the subconscious automatic thoughts.

Think of how many people you know who fully understand that smoking is damaging to their health, and yet they continue to smoke. Or how many people know that eating excessively not only makes them feel unattractive but is also bad for their well being, and yet they continue to eat more than they should.  There's clearly no lack of consciousness here, and yet, the behaviors persist.

The latest statistics indicate that fewer than one in five people who follow a formal weight loss program actually succeed in loosing weight. Why is the failure rate so high? Because despite all the good intentions the cognitive and associated behavioral patterns of these people remain unchanged and continue to produce the same old undesirable outcomes.

The only effective way to produce results is to re-condition your thought and behavioral patterns. In unscientific terms it could be compared to erasing old "success blocker programs" and installing new "success enabler programs" on your computer.

After years of research Inspirized combined its findings and developed a results oriented method that is easy to use and allows you to positively change your thought patterns without spending thousand of dollars on courses, seminars or personal coaching programs. The objective of this method is to allow you to internalize and adopt success enabling cognitive patterns and eliminate beliefs that prevent you from reaching your goals. The programs are based on solid key principles and delivered in an effective, yet relaxing and easy to use format. That's why these programs deliver results.

How it works

As we mentioned earlier certain limiting "automatic thoughts" are triggered by common negative deeply rooted belief and thought patterns with groups of people who experience the same or similar challenges.  Conversely, observations of successful people reveal that many of their successes can be attributed to a distinct set of positive cognitive patterns in their belief system. 

Thanks to continued research, we now have much more accurate insight into positive as well as negative cognitive patterns. Identifying and recognizing these very patterns forms the foundation of effective cognitive conditioning. Let's have a look at some success enabling patterns:

Success Enabling Thought Patterns

Believing in your Unique Skills, Talents and Capabilities - Believing in our own innate skills, talents and capabilities is not only important from a professional development perspective; it also enables you to align your uniqueness in its entirety with your potential. Several studies reveal that we are the happiest and most effective when we can utilize our individual abilities to the highest degree possible. The objective is to allow you to raise beyond your current limitations and maximize your personal potential. 

Viewing Life as a "Platform" for Opportunities- Viewing life as a big platform of opportunitiesopens doors for opportunities to materialize. It focuses our minds on the possibilities rather than the limitations. Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have a disproportionate amount of luck? They seem to be at the right place at the right time or meet the right people at the right time. The truth is that it isn't mere luck, most of these people look for opportunities and find them, because their mind is open and receptive to opportunities. 

Accepting and Expecting Positive Change - Change has a tendency to reward people who embrace it. Welcoming change also means having the courage to explore new areas of potential success. An open attitude toward change is essential for positive change to take place.

Feeling Empowered and in Charge - Accepting responsibility for your own destiny and feeling empowered to shape your destiny according to your ideas is a key success factor. Successful people don't look for other people or circumstances to shape their destiny. They actively take control and create their destiny. 

Persistence - Many people have great goals and visions. Unfortunately the majority of people lose interest when the desired results don't materialize as quickly or easily as they anticipated - they give up and never try again. If you talk to people who have achieved great things in life, they will tell you that persistence is one of the key factors for their success. If you want to succeed you need to be persistent. 

Creating Mutually Beneficial Relationships - Creating mutually beneficial relationships with other people is not only important for our social well-being but also for any kind of success we seek to achieve. It is by giving and taking that we open these doors to new, and sometimes unexpected, great opportunities. 

Self Confidence and Self Esteem - A healthy level of self confidence and self esteem is not only necessary, it is essential for any kind of success we seek achieve. Only when you're comfortable with who you are and confident in what you can do, will other people believe in you and your abilities. This applies both to your personal as well as your professional life. 

Living with Purpose - All successful and generally happy people display high levels of purpose and action orientation. They keep their goals in mind, act on their ideas, follow through with their plans and stay the course until they achieve what they want.

Accepting and Offering Help - Many people have a hard time asking others for help. They confuse accepting help from others with weakness. This couldn't be farther from reality. Most successful people know about the importance of seeking and accepting help. They achieve their goals by leveraging other people's skills, strengths or contacts that they themselves lack. At the same time they offer their help to others and extend their circle of valuable relationships.

Seeing Setbacks as Opportunities for Progression - Most successful people will tell you that they have had their share of setbacks. What sets them apart is that they accept setbacks as a natural phenomenon and have the ability to stay focused on their long term goals. Setbacks are often accompanied by opportunities and it is key that you continue to look for these opportunities while you experience setbacks.

Do you "own" all these success enablers? If not, focus on adopting the ones you don't own and continue to build on the ones you have.

Negative Thought Patterns 

While adopting positive success enabling cognitive patterns is extremely important in terms of reaching your goals, it is of equal importance to eliminate limiting thought patterns ("success blockers") that continue to stand in the way of personal growth,  progress and success. The following is only a partial list of typical "success blockers":

Feeling "not good enough" - One of the key reasons why most people never reach their full potential is rooted in various forms of mostly unconscious beliefs of not being good enough. Although most people don't like to admit it, it continues to lead the charts of top "success blockers".

Fear and Resistance to Change - Resisting change is mostly coupled with fear of the unknown. It is often evidenced by people who despite their unhappiness with their situation experience resistance to exploring opportunities for change. This resistance to change often leads to missed opportunities for advancement.

Dependencies or Co-dependencies - Perceptions of dependencies and co-dependencies come in many forms. The result, however, is mostly the erroneous belief that our happiness and success is dependent on certain people, actions or circumstances outside of our control.

Blaming Others for Missed Opportunities - We've all experienced instances where we thought other people stood in the way of our success. If these experiences turn into core beliefs that we carry with us, consciously or unconsciously, we not only create excuses for not progressing , but also obstacles to recognize ways to work around them and achieve our goals.

Negative Expectations - The are multiple roots causing attitudes of negative expectations. Negative expectations in life tend to create self fulfilling prophesies. If our mindset reflects an attitude of "I can't possibly do or achieve that", chances are that these predictions will become a reality. People with generally negative expectations often feel that life is a constant struggle and the next negative event is just around the corner. Imagine an athlete going into the Olympic games thinking "I'm can't possibly win", or a CEO of a company thinking "I don't believe we'll ever succeed here". Releasing negative expectations is key to any form of success you may want to achieve.

I-don't-deserve Attitudes - I-don't-deserve attitudes are often deeply rooted beliefs connected with beliefs of inferiority. Because we unconsciously believe that we don't deserve to strive for or achieve certain things, we either "go into the game" with low expectations for success, or often don't even try. The result is often that we simply miss out.

Being a Victim of Circumstances - Victims of circumstances tend to accept unhappiness, mediocrity or failure as part of their destiny. Victims of circumstances often feel helpless, they think cannot or don't know how to do or achieve certain things. They often miss to realize that they have the power to change their circumstances. Therefore, they don't empower themselves to take control in shaping their circumstances according to their wishes.

Procrastination and Passivity - Positive change always requires an orientation toward action. The best objectives and plans don't mean much if there's lack of action and follow-through. And yet, one of the top reasons most people don't progress or fail to achieve their goals is because they don't follow through. 

Earning Approval or Love of Others - Cognitive patterns reflecting the necessity to earn the approval or love of other people can create serious limitations on many fronts. These attitudes divert our thoughts, behaviors and actions from our own individual needs and goals to doing to what's good for someone else. We can be supportive and helpful to others while staying true to ourselves.

Rational Excuses for Irrational Behaviour - Rational excuses for irrational behavior come to light when we find "good reasons" for why certain things can't be done, or why we do things that shouldn't be done. Excuses, even if packaged in rational sounding reasons, can't hide the fact that we're still looking at excuses. As long as we believe these "good excuses" positive change cannot be initiated. 

Do any of the above patterns sound familiar to you? If you're like most people, chances are that at least some of the above "success blockers" are currently preventing you from advancing. Make a conscious effort to address them.

How to train your mind to succeed

Now that we've identified WHAT to address, it is important to understand HOW to achieve positive and lasting results in an easy, relaxing and effective way. The power of Inspirized's cognitive conditioning approach is based on years of research that produced a unique combination of several effective and success proven components. The graphic below provides a visual representation of how it works:

Let's look at the components and sub-components of the cognitive success conditioning program in more detail:

Relax While Your Mind is Focused

This first session will help you focus, divert your thoughts from your every day activities and both relaxyour body and mind. You will feel calm, relaxed, centered and in the moment. It was designed to introduce a comfortable level of relaxation while your mind is highly focused. This relaxed state of awareness will also naturally increase your serotonin level - a neurotransmitter in your brain that indicates how peaceful and harmonious you feel. This session was specifically designed to optimally prepare you for the following cognitive conditioning sessions. 

Combine the Power of Suggestion, Auto-suggestion and Visualization

Studies have shown that the most effective way to adopt new thought patterns is when we engage our senses as gateways to our mind.  
Hearing, seeing and feeling are dominant senses that the mind uses to absorb and internalize information. The information is impressed on certain cells in our brain and ready to be retrieved later in the form of conscious or subconscious thoughts.

Open the Gateways to the Mind!  
The second guided session will allow you to leverage the full power of an enhanced format of the "suggestion / auto-suggestion" method. In simple terms, "suggestion" is all about impressing an idea or a thought into our mind. Once the idea or the thought has been internalized by our mind it turns into an "auto-suggestion". 
The session is based on suggestive statements that will help you to internalize positive and success enabling thought patterns through hearing, feeling and seeing. 

Visualize and Experience Success!
The third session is based on an effective and targeted visualization technique. It will guide you to imagine and experience your success as if it had already materialized. While you listen to this session you will be guided to produce images and emotions that your mind will easily absorb and translate into thought and behavioural patterns of success. The objective is to experience the sensation of "having succeeded". This experience will be stored in your subconscious mind as a piece of information that positively affects your cognitive system. It's the powerful method that successful athletes, presidents, CEOs, top executives, movie stars, NASA astronauts and many other top performers use to condition their minds for success. In their minds they practice and clearly experience their moves, speeches, their acting etc. and literally pre-program their minds to succeed. It is a proven and extremely effective success conditioning method.

Maximize Your Mind's Receptivity
One of the key reasons why many self improvement programs fail to produce results is becausethey pay no attention as to whether the mind is in a state where it can absorb, internalize and "own" the information that is being conveyed. It's not enough to know what you could or should do, you literally have to adopt and own success enabling thought patterns. That's why Inspirized programs pay particular attention to the maximization of mind receptivity via specifically chosen relaxing audio elements. 

The human brain has the ability to rapidly absorb an unimaginable number of thoughts into our memory. The latest research findings reveal that the key to how this rapid "downloading" works is based on the brain's fluctuating electrical activity (measured in electroencephalograms, EEGs).

Dr. Rima Laibow's research on "Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback" (Laibow 1999 and 2002) reveals that the brain of small children between birth and two years of age predominantly operates in the lowest EEG frequency (1.5 to 4 HZ) – known as Delta waves. Between two and six years of age children's brains spend more time at a higher frequency level (4 – 8 HZ) characterized as Theta waves.

This explains why young children, whose brains are operating at these lower frequencies (Delta and Theta wave levels), can absorb the incredible amount of information they need to thrive in their environment. As we grow older our brains predominantly operate at higher frequency levels (Beta wave levels) and we become less susceptible to outside programming or conditioning. Therefore, absorbing new information and forming new belief patterns as adults requires a much more targeted approach.

For adults the ideal state to absorb information is when the brain is in a naturally relaxed, but aware state. At this point our brainwaves run at about 8 to 12 cycles per seconds. This is called the alpha state and is a relaxed state of awareness you'll experience when listening to inspirized cognitive conditioning programs. It will enable you to internalize and "own" these success enabling patterns.

Ensure Effectiveness and get Results!

Repetition is key to any effective success conditioning program. People who have worked with suggestion,  auto-suggestion, visualization or positive affirmation methods before, know that repetition is incredibly important in terms of absorbing,  retaining and internalizing beliefs that influence cognitive patterns and behaviours. For this reason you'll find that suggestive statements have a certain repetitive nature in the sense that they target the same idea at various senses in order to ensure optimal absorption and retention.

Equally important is consistency relative to the design and composition of the program components and subcomponents. You'll find that all inspirized audio programs follow a consistent format to ensure the highest level of effectiveness.

 Continuity refers to the way we suggest you use the programs. Cognitive and behavioral researchers generally agree that on average it takes about 30 days of continuous focus for people to start seeing changes in their thought and behavioral patterns.  We recommend to use your audio program on a daily basis until you feel that the desired success has materialized for you.

What you can do right now to train my mind to succeed

If you're serious about manifesting success, start internalizing strong and healthy cognitive and behavioral patterns. 

The first step is to know that if others can do it, you can do it too. 

The second step is to take decisive action and start adopting strong and positive thought and behavioural patterns.

Edited by: Lawyer Asad

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