Our minds are a wonderland – vast, full of winding tunnels, roads that can lead anywhere. The person we know ourselves to be is just a road taken, traveled. The possibilities are endless of who we could be. A few key decisions and the right set of circumstances can lead us down a new path that would amaze even our greatest imaginings.
We only know what we know, but what about all the things we have yet to discover about who we are? How do we peel back the layers and set ourselves down a path of our choosing?
It all starts in the subconscious.
The subconscious is where every experience we’ve ever had lives. Whether we were directly aware of the experience – meaning we focused on it with our conscious mind – or we were simply exposed (the way small children are), it’s now a part of us and determines how we think, feel and act.
A good time to access our subconscious is in the morning when our minds are highly suggestible. As our conscious mind begins to wake, it slowly takes back control from our subconscious, which runs the show while we’re asleep. This point of changeover, where control is somewhat fluid, is a perfect opportunity to target the subconscious for self-discovery and influence.
The two habits we’ll go over today both have the power to extract information/knowledge, gain understanding and influence our subconscious. Using either of them will increase our ability to master our mind, which holds within it the capacity to self-motivate. Adopting both habits compounds the benefits for even greater self-mastery.
It’s possibly one of the best habits we can add to our morning routine. Simply, it’s the process of writing down thoughts, unfiltered, about whatever feels important at the time. The benefits from this practice can be extensive. I’ll share two with you here:
– It’s a stress-reliever. Similar to sharing your problems with a friend, the process of getting your thoughts out of your head and onto pen and pad is cathartic. You’ll quickly notice your burden begins to feel lighter once you write it down.
– It allows you to see the way you think with a bit more objectivity. From this objective space, new insights, understandings, and connections can be made which were previously unrecognizable and therefore unavailable.
When it comes to journaling, there’s no right or wrong way to go about it. You just simply write. Adding this to your morning routine will give you greater clarity and keep the stress away. The effects are cumulative – the more you do it, the better the benefits get over time.
Asking Power Questions.
Steve Jobs said that upon waking up and for the last 33 years of his life he would ask himself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
Benjamin Franklin said he asked himself daily, “What good shall I do today?”
A power question is one that points the mind in a certain direction on purpose. It’s a bit like leading the witness. You’re looking for a particular response or outcome, and so you ask the question that you believe will give you what you’re looking for. In the morning what we’re looking for most of all is inspiration and motivation. And so we ask questions with answers that we know will do just that.
Here are a few power questions to ask as you rise in the morning:
– The day is over, and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?
– How do I want to feel today? What am I going to do about it?
– How can I best be of service today?
Both habits will assist in increasing motivation by connecting you to your purpose and those things most important you. These habits go beyond that by helping to expand your knowledge of self, which as we talked about in week one, is where your true power lies.