Is your Subconscious Mind Sabotaging You?
The word “subconscious” is used a lot in our culture. We all appear to know what it is, but do we really?
According to Dictionary.com, the subconscious mind is made up of psychic (Mental) activity just below the level of awareness.
Basically, we all desire things that are on a lower level than what we are consciously aware of.
So if we have these underlying thoughts and desires that can trick us into doing their bidding, how can we possibly achieve our dreams?
Have you ever heard the saying “Your fears might become self-fulfilling prophesies”
Basically, our thought patterns and habits are key ways the subconscious mind can hurt you in life…
Please take a look below at three self sabotaging subconscious mindset many people go through, and how to combat them…
You Always Think Something Bad is About to Happen
Have you ever had a time when everything was going great, but you couldn’t help but think it was all about to come crashing down around you?
Take a breath. Everything will be fine.
If you’re worried something bad will happen, then you are subconsciously trying to manifest that. You might start engaging in unhealthy behaviors and end up sleeping past your alarm, for instance. Your performance at work may then slip and you’ll miss a promotion opportunity or worse, get fired.
Positive Mindset Thinking #1
Life is hard. Don’t make it harder by worrying something bad will happen to you. You deserve things to be consistently good in your life. Don’t allow yourself to believe any different!
Instead, focus on making more good things happen in your life. If you have a valid concern about trouble coming your way, find a way to prepare for it. Be proactive and focus on what you can control. You’ll eventually forget to worry something bad is about to happen.
You Engage in Self-Defeating Habits
It’s been said that you are what you eat, but a more factual statement might be “You are what you do.” Our habits make or break us and when the subconscious mind sabotages us, it might start when we gain a bad habit.
For instance, maybe you’ve been self-conscious about your weight. Subconsciously, you might start thinking “What’s even the point?” At that time you haven’t consciously given up, but you have subconsciously. That decision might manifest as you are eating more and more chips in your free time or getting lazy at the gym. Then, over time, your fear of never being a healthy weight would become a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Positive Mindset Thinking #2
If a habit is not getting you where you want to be, replace it with something else. If you’re eating too many chips, switch to something healthier like carrots and some tasty dip, or even a less salty snack. If you stay up too late watching Netflix, find a night time routine that gets you to bed earlier. Make a rule to have the TV off by a certain time.
It’s okay to have some indulgent habits, but they have to help you keep up with your healthy ones. Otherwise you are encouraging an overall unhealthy lifestyle and your subconscious will try to keep it that way.
Once you notice a negative thought pattern or habit, you can’t just tell it to go away. You have to work to replace it with a new, positive pattern. For instance, instead of beating yourself up when you make a mistake, try considering the mistake as an opportunity. It’s often that the most successful people are the ones who have made the most mistakes. Take mistakes as a learning experience and you will come back stronger.
When You Can’t Seem to Win At Life
When you can’t seem to win at life, it might be because you’re subconsciously trying to sabotage yourself. You might be engaging in negative habits or have thoughts that prevent you from achieving your goals.
However, there are ways to overcome this….
Positive Thinking #3
The first step is to become aware of the thoughts and habits that are holding you back. Once you know what they are, you can start working on replacing them with positive thoughts and behaviors.
It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it! With a positive mindset, anything is possible.
However, for some people, self-care is not enough to change self-sabotage and deeply rooted bad habits. If you suffer from depression or anxiety, feelings of worthlessness and fear will be especially hard to quell. For these reasons you should not hesitate to seek professional help.
A trained psychologist or therapist will help you with exercises that work for you personally. Everyone can benefit from therapy and for many it’s the best place to start turning their subconscious into an alley rather than a saboteur.
MD’s Final Thoughts….
The subconscious mind is powerful and it can work for or against us. It’s important to be aware of the things that might be holding us back, so we can address them and move on. Life is too short to have anything hold you back!