“What?! Do I think too much? How could I think too much? How do I know if I think too much? Is it bad for me? Should I stop? How do I stop?”
If the above sounds like the things that ran through your head when you read the post’s title, then yes, you think too much.
What I mean is that you use your conscious mind too much, and in the process your subconscious mind gets the short end of the stick. I argue constantly that there are two parts of your brain capable of thought: your conscious mind, and your subconscious mind. Both are capable of thought. Both are capable of solving problems. Both are capable of imagining things, and reasoning, and logic. One is just much, much better at all of it.
When you go through your day, do you face difficulty, stress, frustration, worry, anxiety etc? The fact is, you may be dealing with all of this because your conscious mind is working too much, and isn’t letting your subconscious mind have a say.
So how do you fix it?
Step 1: Relax
Set aside some time each day to relax. You can call this meditation, or resting, or an excuse for a nap, but all it really is is relaxing. Your goal here should be to shut off your conscious mind. Any thought that comes into your head should be released. Don’t worry about your car that needs an oil change, or the text you got but didn’t look at yet, or the bills you need to pay, or anything. Remove everything from your mind as it comes in. Now is not the time for it. The goal in this step is to shut off your pesky conscious mind. Don’t worry if you find this difficult. Practice makes…well, not perfect. There’s always room for improvement. But practice makes better, certainly.
Step 2: Focus
Once your conscious mind learns how to shut up for 20 minutes, begin to focus on a goal you have. It could be a long-term goal, or something you’re setting out to accomplish in the next week. Focus solely on this goal and how you can accomplish it. If another thought pops into your head, release it. Let it go. Stand guard at the gate of your mind. Be the bouncer. Be especially careful not to let in any doubts that you will not be able to accomplish this goal. Only focus on how you can accomplish the goal.
Step 3: Action
Your subconscious mind is limitless. It is powerful beyond all measure, but often we don’t use them because we either never learn how, or because we don’t understand that it is the key to anything and everything we want in life. When your relaxation and focus bring to mind an idea that will help you reach your goal, you need to put it into action. You can think the best ideas in the world, but until they are put into action they are worthless. Take the advice your subconscious mind is giving you.
Step 4: Repeat
Repeat the above steps until you have everything you want in life. Then set new goals, and keep going.
The simplicity might confuse you, but once you begin letting your subconscious mind take over for a while each day, you’ll understand why I’m so confident in the power you hold in your subconscious mind. You will think of ideas and strategies that will bewilder you, thing you never thought you would come up with. Once these are put into action, nothing can keep you from success. It’s completely inevitable.
So shut up your conscious mind for a while each day. All it brings you are lousy solutions and stress. Access the deeper, more logical, more powerful part of your brain: your limitless subconscious.