Until You Make the Unconscious Conscious…

Until You Make the Unconscious Conscious…

… it will direct your life and you will call it “FATE”.

Sigmund Freud said that the mind is like an iceberg: One third is above the water — your conscious mind, and a good two-thirds is below the water — your subconscious mind.
Like an iceberg, the most important part of the mind, is the part you cannot see.
According to Freud, the unconscious mind is the Primary source of human behaviour. [Can you believe that?!]

So, armed with this knowledge, what shall we do with it?
Shall we go deep inside of ourselves to find our true path?
I attend a lot of “wantrepreneur” seminars. Some online, some not. One of the first questions the host poses is: “What is your WHY?”
They are trying to dig down into the columns and layers of consciousness to get to your personal and unique “why”. (Really sometimes I think they are just trying to sell me their damned online course!)
We blurt out: “Money!” — “nope,” comes the answer.
“Success!” — again “nope.”
“Customers!” — nope.
“Empire!” — nope.
Finally the host will say it, “How about FREEDOM people!?”
“Oh yeah…uh…that’s what I was gonna say.”
So if freedom is our big WHY, then are we supposed to go around like Mel Gibson screaming “freeeeedoooom….!” — like it’s our battle cry slash mission statement?

Mel’s version of FREEEEEDOM!

“FREEDOM!” — the Wantrepreneur War-Cry-Mission-Statement

My Version of FREEEEDOM!

Sorry, that’s waaay to easy. That really isn’t drilling down at all is it?
Deep in our subconscious is something much stronger, much more Darth-Vader-ish than the desire for freedom…

Deep in our subconscious is enemy #1…FEAR.

The problem with fear is, like said, it is deeply rooted in our subconscious.
We don’t know it’s there, we don’t see it. It doesn’t come up to us and tap us on the shoulder:
“Hello, I am your fear today, my name is ‘procrastination’, would you like to defeat me?”
And according to Napoleon Hill, there are six ghosts of fear.
1- There is the fear of loss of love
2- The fear of criticism
3- The fear of old age
4- The fear of poverty
5- The fear of death
6- The fear of bad health
I would like to add to the list “The fear of Success”, but that’s not the point.

The point is, that these fears MANIFEST themselves in a myriad of ways.

One of those main ways is PROCRASTINATION.
For example: The fear of success can lead to procrastination. And when we procrastinate, we are not conscious of WHY we are doing it — the point is that we are doing it.
The SOLUTION, as our buddies Freud and Jung so aptly pointed out, is to make the unconscious conscious.
For in order to defeat an enemy, we must 1.)know it’s Name, 2.)it’s Habits, and 3.) its place of Abode.

We know its name: FEAR
We know its place of abode: THE SUBCONSCIOUS
We DON’T know its habit.
Its habit is different for every person.
For me it is procrastination: Whenever I procrastinate, I become aware of this [see how that works?]; and conscious of that fact I am procrastinating.
Then I ask myself, “Self, why are you procrastinating? Are you afraid of something…like success?”
That’s my device.
It is up to you to figure out yours.
-BUT FIRST- you must figure out your fear, and its habits.
You must make the unconscious conscious, meet your enemy head on, and then proceed to kick the living s****t out of him!
Do it now, fail forward.
There are many ways to tap into the subconscious.
One way is with hypnosis — that usually requires a therapist.
Another way is with therapy…very expensive and also takes two.
An AWE-SUM way is with drawing tests. But that also takes two, and it’s very hard to analyse yourself; you cannot draw objectively, knowing that you are the test subject.
“Self Talk” is probably the best way to achieve results, right here right now.
One of my favorite resources for Self-Talk is “The Gorilla Mindset” by Mike Cernovich.
Also noteworthy are Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalist.
They recommend that you periodically have a conversation with yourself.
But not just today’s self with today’s self.
Instead, today’s self, should have a talk with your self from ten years ago!
Then, switch the tables, and imagine what your future self, the self of ten years to come, will say to your today self.
This excercise works wonders!

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