Prosperity Series 2: Your Most Important Tool – Your Mind

Carl Martin This is Part 2 of our Prosperity Series. Everyone should be expert in the use of their most important tool, but sadly that isn’t the case. We recommend starting with the Introduction, if you haven’t already read it. The Intro includes links to all other articles in the series.
Space Shuttle Launch

What the mind can achieve is truly amazing, including launching the Space Shuttle into orbit.

It All Starts in Your Mind

Without your mind, you can do nothing—at least anything meaningful. This rather obvious idea is only the tip of a much larger iceberg of largely unexplored wisdom.

Sadly, most people do not know how to use their mind to its full potential. Yes, even you! This short article won’t solve this discrepancy, but it can open the floodgates a bit, if you let it.

A great deal can be done with your mind, but as we learned in the last article on “focus,” if your subconscious attention is focused on negative feelings, you greatly restrict your potential.

With a neutral attitude, or feeling, your results will typically be only ordinary.

With an inspired feeling of positive accomplishment, your results can’t help but be extraordinary—even “stellar.”

Some people do this naturally and without a second thought. Perhaps they were raised in a family that used this approach on a daily basis. For the rest of us, we have to learn this from a mentor, a seminar, or articles like this one.

‘Certainty’ and ‘Belief’ are Subconscious Artefacts

“Positive thinking” doesn’t work when used all by itself. As we learned in the last article, we have two parts of our mind—conscious awareness (the most visible part—thought and perception) and subconscious attention (barely visible, if at all—feeling and creation).

Positive thinking can help us exercise the mental muscle of control over our subconscious feelings. All too frequently, though, the guy or gal trying this will merely lay the thought in their conscious mind like some dead fish and then wonder why nothing changes. It takes a little more than that.

This minimal action has little or no effect on the subconscious, “feeling” mind. The step most people miss is that of pushing their “feelings” to match the intellectual concept in the positive thought or affirmation.

With practice, anyone can strengthen that mental muscle so that conscious thought has greater and more effortless control over the feelings in the subconscious.

Whatever you are certain of—whatever you believe—will affect not only the thoughts you think, but the opportunities you perceive (or miss altogether), and also the results you ultimately create. If your belief is that great opportunities are abundant, you will see more of them.

Your certainty (a feeling) and your beliefs (also feelings) are housed in your subconscious. They were constructed and strengthened by habitual thoughts, emotions and associations. You can replace any old and negative certainties and beliefs using the same methods.

Affirmations (positive thoughts) said with strong, positive feelings, can eventually supplant the negative, if not scuttled by doubt or scepticism. It takes confident persistence to accomplish this. On average, I’ve found the replacement process can take 2–3 weeks—repeating the positive with feeling—several times per day.

The idea is to keep it fun. If it seems to become a chore, take a short break.

Car Wreck

A symbol of failure — a wrecked and abandoned car.

Solving Self-Sabotage

The greatest barrier to success in these life-changing techniques is what some call “background chatter.” Some subconscious “thoughts” or feelings are so constant, we never notice them. They’ve become too ordinary—like gravity or the air we breathe. It takes some persistence to open these to conscious awareness.

About thirty years ago, while immersing myself in motivational seminars and self-help lectures, I remember one morning hearing this “background chatter” for the first time. Late for work, I found myself planning my day while in the shower.

All of the positive input from the lectures had created a heightened awareness in me. Suddenly, I noticed the negative feelings and directed my conscious awareness toward them. Immediately, my conscious mind translated the primitive feelings into English—”I’m always late. I’m in trouble. I’m a failure.”

The worst thing anyone can do with a negative thought is consciously to ignore it. That only gives it more power, because ignorance gives the negative thought a chance to fester into a negative feeling which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It’s always best to shine the full light of awareness on the negative. Look at it fully for what it is. Use the confident feeling that you’re in control. Acknowledge the existence of this negative thought, but then dismiss it. “Thank you, but I no longer need your services. Goodbye.”

Physical Law versus Mental Law

Pushing a van out of the mud

Physical effort works fine in the physical world, such as pushing a van out of the mud, but effort backfires in the mental world.

The physical universe requires that we work hard, at least on moving things around. The harder you push your furniture or car, the faster it moves.

The mind doesn’t work that way. In fact, if you have a memory you want to retrieve, the harder you push, the harder it is to find that elusive memory. Effort only gets in the way.

In the realm of thought, backing off and using the least amount of effort usually produces the best and quickest results. This is why, when you have a project with a deadline to come up with ideas for an article, taking a strategic break can help to open up your creative spigot. The idea comes to you, rather than you having to chase it.

Look at it this way. If you struggle, then you lack confidence. Any effort is an admission that you don’t trust the memory to come back to you. And it won’t.

I have found that solutions can be achieved sometimes by sleeping on the idea. Before you go to bed, get the idea that you have your solution. Meditate on that in the few minutes before slumber. That way, you have all night for your subconscious to work on the solution. Quite often, I will wake up at 3 or 4 AM with the solution already finished. That’s why I keep pen and paper beside my bed. In fact, I try to keep some paper and a pen with me at all times. Creative inspiration tends to strike most often when you’re relaxed and having fun.

Another form of self-sabotage is the fixation on a feeling. Say you have a deadline and you can’t shake the feeling of dread or worry that you’ll be late. Pushing against the thought or feeling only seems to make it worse. And attempting to replace it with positive thoughts and feelings can seem to be full of effort and futility.

What usually works for me is to pull the worry in on myself—make it stronger. It’s like begging for an avalanche. I become the Norse Berserker, drunk with the passion of battle. Taking this tough, battle-hardened attitude produces two powerful effects:

  1. Fearlessness
  2. Control over the worry

Taking a spiritual approach can also help. As a spiritual being, nothing can hurt you, so it’s even easier to psych yourself up to be fearless. The main point is that you have far more control over your mind and now you can nudge it into a more positive direction.

Castle with Mercedes Benz

Prosperity with a castle-like home and a Mercedes Benz, hard-top convertible roadster.

Prosperity is Easy

Creating an attitude that attracts prosperity remains simple and easy. The truly hard part is unlearning all of the complexities we tend to add to life—the self-sabotage that we’ve learned from others, quite often from infancy on up.

There are an infinite number of ways to fail. Take your pick. But there are a limited number of ways to win big. Just like riding a bicycle.

You can affect your mind by repetitive action. Train your subconscious mind to feel a different feeling. Walk tall and confidently.

Many of us have been taught that it takes hard work to reach our goals. It will, if that is what we create, but we can also create effortlessness. We should not fear hard work, certainly, because then our focus is on hard work. We should not flee hard work, either, for then our focus is on hard work.

But you can’t fix something if you don’t know it’s broken. That’s where awareness comes in. Perhaps your first goal should be: “I have perfect awareness of what I’m feeling.”

With this, you’ll have a far easier time steering your destiny. With perfect awareness of what you’re feeling, you’ll be able to replace any negative feelings with the appropriate positive feelings. And those positive feelings will affect the entire world around you, just as the negative ones once did.

Next, Focus on the Feeling

In the next article, Prosperity Series 3: Focus On the Feeling,” we take a closer look at the heart of your power—the feelings that control your perception and your actions. I’ll tell you of the magic that got me the love of my life—how I attracted her into my life in a matter of days.

Let us know your successes from increasing the power of your mind.

About Rod "Carl" Martin Jr

Rod "Carl" Martin, Jr. has been a Hollywood artist with screen credit, a typographer, a software engineer with a bachelors degree summa cum laude, a published novelist and an award-winning essayist. As Rod Martin, Jr., he is also the author of "The Art of Forgiveness."
 
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10 Responses to “Prosperity Series 2: Your Most Important Tool – Your Mind”

  1. Raheel Farooq December 11, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    Greatest write-up I’ve ever read on the internet. I mean it, Mr. Carl. I remember watching a movie named something like “The Secret Movie: Law of Attraction.” After watching it, I’ve always been looking for something that motivating. And today I found it!
    Thank you so much. Stay blessed!

  2. Rajkumar Jonnala December 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Great article loved reading the series 2 , iam looking forward for the series 3

  3. CarlMartin December 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Thanks, Rajkumar. #3 in the series is coming up in a couple of days.

  4. CarlMartin December 11, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    Howdy Raheel. Thanks for your kind words. More on this series coming out later this week.

  5. Rusties December 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    What a great insights! You have delivered exactly what you have to say! Honestly, I am a quitter. I always quit whenever I feel uncomfortable or should I say, if feel I can’t accomplish a certain things – I quit. I don’t know why – maybe because I have lack of confidence on myself. But when I read your post, I got some amazing ideas. This time, I have to motivate myself to win those negative feelings – and think of my family. They’re my strength!

  6. CarlMartin December 13, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    Hi Rusty. I know what you mean. There are many places we can rely on for strength and family is certainly one of the best. That’s the power of love at work. Use this leverage to get past the barriers. But surprisingly to some, the owner of the universe is on your side, too, and with help like that, confidence becomes easy.

  7. Sennetta Zigmal December 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Amazing article as always, Carl. I think most people experience a “mind blockage”. Sometimes we’re afraid to reach our goals, thinking that we will fail. I hope most people who have this blockage will read your article!

  8. CarlMartin December 14, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    Howdy Sennetta. I know what you mean by “mind blockage.” I’ve had my own share of this. But once you learn the techniques revealed in these articles, you should never again have problems with any such blockage. It’s like faith.

    Some people are afraid of such confidence, because they don’t want to believe in something invisible (God). But the owner of the universe isn’t the only invisible force we depend upon. We have things like gravity, electromagnetic attraction and repulsion, strong and weak nuclear forces and others. Without these, the universe would literally fall apart. But just imagine how you would behave if you knew you couldn’t fail. If you start with that attitude, the physical universe doesn’t stand a chance.

  9. Mantasha December 19, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    This article is quite meaningful. I have seen people with limited thinking, sometimes quite fickle minded which often shows their lack of confidence. They closed off to opportunities, enlightment & new ways of thinking as if they confined themselves inside some hard shell. It’s like a pervassive context that influences most of their thoughts, emotions & actions. Such people lack in using their mind positively. But, if we all started thinking in a positive manner, we can do wonders. We all know that energy follows thought. We get, what we think about. We should use our mind in a righteous way which further leads to a happy & prosperous life. By doing so, consciously or subconsciously we can overcome our fear, distress & limited thinking. With positive thinking & attitude, we can grow wiser, clearer & more able to see a larger vision of our life. So, think positive & be optimistic.

  10. CarlMartin December 20, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    Howdy Mantasha. I agree completely. The only distinction I’d like to add is that thought alone doesn’t do it. Thought helps to direct belief and feelings, but it’s the feelings and the beliefs on which they are built which control our outcomes. This is where faith exists. Some people have faith in negative outcomes. A small minority have faith in positive outcomes. It would be nice to change that for the better for all.

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