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How To Change Habits By Using Your Subconscious Mind

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How To Change Habits By Using Your Subconscious Mind

A lot of people think they can control their behavior by having self-control. Are you one of them?

The truth is, you can hardly control your actions when you consider the driving force behind each action.

Before taking action or making a decision, we usually use our conscious mind. We link a lot of habits in our life at each point in time to our conscious mind. These habits are not necessarily products of our conscious initiatives though; our subconscious mind is also instrumental in making some decisions. Habits fueled by your subconscious mind are beyond what you can control.

In order to change habits to enhance your life, you need to understand the difference between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. You also need the right techniques to reprogram your mind for positive habits.

Conscious Mind vs. Subconscious Mind

Your conscious mind powers the awareness of your environment, your emotions, current thoughts, as well as the physical sensations in your body.

Your unconscious mind supplies any information that goes below the domain of your current awareness.

Your subconscious mind houses your fears, anxiety, memories, beliefs, and what’s real to you. Your subconscious mind is so powerful that it can bypass your awareness to channel the course of your life.

This is why you need to learn how to choose what you think. Your conscious and unconscious thoughts define your habits (present reality).

The Law of Attraction affirms that you can define your present realities and attract success into your life, work, finance, relationships, and health by choosing your thoughts.[1]

Our subconscious mind influences most of our decisions, choices, and thoughts. It regulates at least 95% of the choices that we make each day. For example, you stopped at a red light, avoided a fight, and blew on foods that are too hot to be eaten.

Do you recall not having to think before taking some of these actions? Those responses were automatic. Your subconscious mind records your encounter, just like your journal.[2]

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The subconscious habits you form can be positive habits or negative habits. You can have bad habits which you exhibit without thinking about them. Examples are biting your fingernails when you are nervous, transferring aggression when you are under pressure, or overeating at a buffet.

Do you remember having these negative behaviors without recognizing them? That’s the power of your subconscious mind.

Here’s the good news:

You have all that’s required to change the bad habits.

How to Change Habits with Your Subconscious Mind

It’s not that difficult to hack your subconscious mind and change your habits. You can leverage some or all of the following techniques:

1. Develop Self-Awareness

This is the first step to break free from bad habits. It’s about stepping out of your mind and examining your actions from a different perspective. While it may seem challenging as you start, you can master it by constant practice and sheer commitment.

Judson Crewer, in his Ted Talk, explains that you can change habits by becoming curious about them:

2. Choose Your Network And Environment

Who you associate with and things in your environment can add positive and negative inputs into your subconscious. Be selective when it comes to choosing folks you spend time with.

The truth is negative people and environment will always encourage bad habits. You will absorb negative messages if you find yourself in a toxic environment. Environmental factors include social media, and news feed coupled with your physical environment.

Seek only information and knowledge that can empower you, and surround yourself with positive people.

3. Visualize

You can reprogram your mind with positive images. Visualization is a technique that you spend some minutes each day to imagine scenes that feature you and your realities.

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These scenes could be:

  • A beautiful home
  • A happy family
  • A successful business
  • Fulfilling relationships
  • Financial freedom…

You can visualize whatever you want to attract in life. You can also reinforce your visualization by emitting positive emotions that align with the picture.

Emit joy, peace, gratitude, and feelings of love. Let them flow through you as you visualize those pictures in your mind.

Your subconscious mind will naturally adopt them as realities. Remember, visualization will enable your subconscious to discard, limiting the information that produces bad habits to absorb pleasing images that will be replayed in the future.[3]

Learn how to visualize in this article: How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results

4. Affirmations

You can install positivity into your subconscious mind through affirmations.

Affirm positive statement in its present tense. You can say:

“I am diligent, confident, and successful,” instead of “I will be diligent, confident, and successful.”

Since your subconscious mind only attunes to the present realities, it cannot process future conditions.

Also, utilize positive statements. For instance, don’t say:

‘I am not a failure,’

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Your subconscious mind is not programmed to process negatives.

Affirm the corresponding feelings.

You need to align your emotions with the realities of what you say. Say ‘ I am successful’ while feeling like a failure will only create conflict in your subconscious. Your subconscious will only believe what you say when you feel the corresponding emotions.

Say it again and again.

Affirmation is effective when it is repeated. It is not enough to say it twice or thrice. Recite them and integrate them into your day. As you say those affirmations to yourself, they will integrate into your routine, and you will be positioned to behave in line with what you say.

Practice and repeat.

If you want to be good at anything, you will need to be consistent by practicing it. Your mind needs to be trained through constant practice as well. Be aware of your environment and things that surround you, replace the bad habits with good ones, and repeat the process continuously.

Reprogram your subconscious mind by redefining your beliefs, values, and lifestyles. Eliminate the negative ones and reinforce positive habits through awareness, affirmations, and visualization.

Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind

Some mind therapists believe you can reprogram your subconscious mind within six weeks. However, if you have degenerating habits, it may take you 12 months to completely reprogram your mind by following the steps above.

Why does it take that long to reprogram the subconscious mind?

It takes considerable time for your subconscious to absorb information, the same way it requires enough time to override the data once it is absorbed.

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Everything starts with a thought! It could be a negative or positive thought. This thought coordinates your body to a vibration level. If your body is creating a negative vibe, you will attract negative things; and if positive, you will attract things that are relevant to your success.

To reprogram your mind for a clear direction that leads you to success, here’re the keys:

1. Goals Setting

Your subconscious mind is an organized domain that demands clarity of purpose to determine what matters to you. You cannot achieve success without a goal. A goal provides your subconscious mind with a map that defines your present realities (bad habits) and the destinations (good habits).

2. Consistency

When you repeat new behaviors, you make some incremental leaps each day in reprogramming your mind. For instance, if you discard a bad thought and replace it with a positive one, you will improve your subconscious mind, which in turn, produce good subconscious habits.

You must censor the thoughts that come to your mind by eliminating fear, doubts, and anxiety. Your subconscious mind is a field, your thought is a seed, and the fruits you produce are habits (good or bad).

Final Thought

Your subconscious mind is capable of directing your experiences in life. It influences your everyday decisions and habits including the clothes you wear, the food you eat and your reactions under pressure without you even noticing it.

As powerful as the subconscious mind is, you can still change your habits if you learn to be more aware of your actions, visualize what you want for yourself, and control your environment wisely.

 

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10 Best Productivity Planners To Get More Done in 2021

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10 Best Productivity Planners To Get More Done in 2021

Productivity planners and journals are tools of a trade. There’s an art to productivity. Just like art is very personal to the artist, productivity is very personal to the person. What works for you may not work for me. This is an important distinction if you really want get more done in less time.

Too many of us dabble in productivity hacks only to move on to the next tool or trend when it didn’t workout for us, missing the lesson of what worked and didn’t work about that tool or trend.

We put the tool on a pedestal and miss the art. It’s worshipping the paint brush rather than the process and act of painting. We miss the art of our own productivity when the tool overshadows the treasure.

As an artist, you have many brushes to choose from. You’re looking for a brush that feels best in your hand. You want a brush that doesn’t distract you from your art but partners with you to create the many things you see in your mind to create. Finding a brush like this may take some experimenting, but when you understand that the role of the brush is to bring life to your vision, it’s easier to find the right brush.

Planners are the same way. You want a productivity journal that supports you in the creation of your vision, not one that bogs you down or steals your energy.

Let’s dive into the 10 best productivity planners and journals to help you get more done in less time.

1. The One Thing Planner

The NY Times best selling book, The One Thing, just released their new planner. If you loved this book, you’ll love this planner.

As the founder of the world’s largest real estate company Keller Williams Realty, Gary Keller, has mastered the art of focus. The One Thing planner has its roots in industry changing productivity. If you’re out to put a dent in the universe, this may be the planner for you.

Get the planner here!

2. The Full Life Planner

The Full Life Planner is Lifehacks’ ultimate planning system to get results across all your core life aspects including work, health and relationships. This smart planner is 15 years of Lifehack’s best practices and proven success formulas by top performers.

With the Full Life Planner, you can align your actions to long term milestones every day, week, and month consistently. This will help you to get more done and achieve your goals.

Get the planner here!

3. The Freedom Journal

Creator of one of the most prolific podcasts ever, Entrepreneur on Fire, John Lee Dumas released his productivity journal in 2016. This hard-cover journal focuses on accomplishing SMART goals in 100 days.

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From their site:

“The Freedom Journal is an accountability partner that won’t let you fail. John Lee Dumas has interviewed over 2000 successful Entrepreneurs and has created a unique step-by-step process that will guide you in SETTING and ACCOMPLISHING your #1 goal in 100 days.”

Get the planner here!

4. Full Focus Planner

Michael Hyatt, author of Platform and host of the podcast “This is Your Life”, also has his own planner called the Full Focus Planner.

From the site:

“Built for a 90-day achievement cycle, the Full Focus Planner® gives you a quarter of a year’s content so you aren’t overwhelmed by planning (and tracking) 12 months at a time.”

This productivity planner includes a place for annual goals, a monthly calendar, quarterly planning, the ideal week, daily pages, a place for rituals, weekly preview and quarterly previews. It also comes with a Quickstart lessons to help you master the use of the planner.

Get the planner here!

5. Passion Planner

They call themselves the #pashfam and think of their planner as a “paper life coach”. Their formats include dated, academic and undated in hardbound journals with assorted colors. With over 600,000 users they have a track record for effective planners.

From the site:

“An appointment calendar, goal setting guide, journal, sketchbook, gratitude log & personal and work to-do lists all in one notebook.”

They have a get-one give-one program. For every Passion Planner that is bought they will donate one to a student or someone in need.

They also provide free PDF downloads of their planners. This is a great way to test drive if their planner is right for you.

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Get the planner here!

6. Desire Map Planners

If you’re looking for a more spiritually oriented planner, Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map, created the Desire Map Planners. With Daily planners, Weekly planners and Undated planners you can find the right fit for you.

Behind this planner is the Desire Map Planner Program including 3 workbooks that not only support you in using the planners but guide you in your thought process about your life and intentions you’re using the planner to help you fulfill.

Get the planner here!

7. Franklin Covey Planners

The grandfather of all planners, Franklin Covey, has the most options when it comes to layouts, binders, and accessories. With over 30 years in the productivity planner business, they not only provide a ton of planner layouts, they also have been teaching productivity and planning from the beginning.

From the site:

“Achieve what matters most with innovative, high quality planners and binders tailored to your personal style. Our paper planning system guides you to identify values, create successful habits, and track and achieve your goals.”

Get the planner here!

8. Productivity Planner

From the makers of the best selling journal backed by Tim Ferriss, “The Five Minute Journal”, comes the Productivity Planner.

Combining the Ivy Lee method which made Charles Schwab millions with the Pomodoro Technique to stay focused in the moment, the Productivity Planner is both intelligent and effective.

It allows for six months of planning, 5-day daily pages, weekly planning and weekly review, a prioritized task list, Pomodoro time tracking, and extra space for notes.

From the site:

“Do you often find yourself busy, while more important tasks get procrastinated on? The Productivity Planner helps you prioritize and accomplish the vital few tasks that make your day satisfying. Quality over quantity. Combined with the Pomodoro Technique to help you avoid distractions, the Productivity Planner assists you to get better work done in less time.”

Get the planner here!

9. Self Journal

Endorsed by Daymond John of Shark Tank, the Self Journal takes a 13 week approach and combines Monthly, Weekly and Daily planning to help you stay focused on the things that really matter.

Self Journal includes additional tools to help you produce with their Weekly Action Pad, Project Action Pad, the Sidekick pocket journal to capture your ideas on the go and their SmartMarks bookmarks that act as a notepad while you’re reading.

Get the planner here!

10. Google Calendar

You may already use Google Calendar for appointments, but with a couple tweaks you can use it as a productivity planner.

Productivity assumes we have time to do the work we intend to do. So blocking time on your Google Calendar and designating it as “busy” will prevent others from filling up those spaces on your calendar. Actually using those blocks of time as you intended is up to you.

If you use a booking tool like Schedule Once or Calendly, you can integrate it with your Google Calendar. For maximum productivity and rhythm, I recommend creating a consistent “available” block of time each day for these kinds of appointments.

Google Calendar is free, web based and to the point. If you’re a bottom line person and easily hold your priorities in your head, this may be a good solution for you.

Get the planner here!

Bonus Advice: Integrate the 4 Building Blocks of Productivity

Just as important to productivity planners as the tool are the principles that we create inside of. There are 4 building blocks of productivity, that when embraced, accelerate your energy and results.

The four building blocks of productivity are desire, strategy, focus and rhythm. When you get these right, having a productivity planner or journal provides the structure to keep you on track.

Block #1: Desire

Somehow in the pursuit of all our goals, we accumulate ideas and To-Do’s we’re not actually passionate about and don’t really want to pursue. They sneak their way in and steal our focus from the things that really matter.

Underneath powerful productivity is desire. Not many little desires, but the overarching mother of desires. The desire you feel in your gut, the desire that comes from your soul, not your logic, is what you need to tap into if you want to level up your productivity.

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A productivity planner is just a distraction if you’re not clear on what it’s all for. With desire, however, your productivity planner provides the guide rails to accomplish your intentions.

Block #2: Strategy

Once you’re clear on your overarching desire, you need to organize your steps to get there. Let’s call this “strategy”. Strategy is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. You must first turn over all the pieces to see patterns, colors, connections and find borders.

In business and life, we often start trying to put our “puzzle” together without turning over all the pieces. We put many items on our To-Do lists and clog our planners with things that aren’t important to the bigger picture of our puzzle.

Strategy is about taking the time to brain dump all the things in your head related to your goal and then looking for patterns and priorities. As you turn over these puzzle pieces, you’ll begin to see the more important tasks that take care of the less important tasks or make the less important tasks irrelevant.

In the best selling book, The One Thing, the focusing question they teach is:

“What’s the One thing I can do, such that by doing it, everything else is easier or unnecessary?”

This is the heart of strategy and organizing what hits your planner and what doesn’t.

Block #3: Focus

With your priorities identified, now you can focus on the One Thing that makes everything else easier or unnecessary. This is where your productivity planners and journals help you hold the line.

Because you’ve already turned over the puzzle pieces, you aren’t distracted by new shiny objects. If new ideas come along, and they will, you will better see how and where they fit in the big picture of your desire and strategy, allowing you to go back and focus on your One Thing.

Block #4: Rhythm

The final building block of productivity is rhythm. There is a rhythm in life and work that works best for you. When you find this rhythm, time stands still, productivity is easy and your experience of work is joyful.

Some call this flow. As you hone your self-awareness about your ideal rhythm you will find yourself riding flow more often and owning your productivity.

Without these four building blocks of productivity, you’re like a painter with a paintbrush and no idea how to use it to create what’s in your heart to create. But harness these four building blocks and find yourself getting more done in less time.

The Bottom Line

Your life is your art. Everyday you have a chance to create something amazing. By understanding and using the four building blocks of productivity, you will set yourself up for success no matter which planner, or “paintbrush”, you choose to use.

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As you experiment with different planners you will narrow which one is best for you and accelerate your path to putting a dent in the universe.

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