The basis behind all self-development is that human beings have the ability to personally change. We have the ability to consciously evolve ourselves. From our bodies, to our emotions, to our thoughts, we can expand them all through conscious efforts. In other words, we can literally program ourselves. The bottom line is we have the ability to create whoever it is we want to be. We can, through self-examination, reprogram how we think, feel and act. Reading James Allen’s book “As a Man Thinketh” was my first ‘awakening moment’ of realizing this truth.
So why is is so hard to change? Why is so hard to form new habits? For example, why does study after study show that almost everyone who goes on a diet ends up fatter in the end and unable to sustain the new lifestyle? Obviously this has to do with them following incorrect nutrition principles, yet really it’s an inability to fully follow through.
The answer is our conditioned subconscious responses is not congruent with our conscious desires. Consciously we know what we want and what it takes to get it, yet simultaneously our subconscious mind and nervous system aren’t programmed correctly to sustain that desire, and therefore people end up quitting and no longer taking action. Our subconscious minds are really what controls our actions, our habits, and the decision making for how we conduct our lives. Hate to say it, but it’s true. Everyone consciously wants to workout on a daily basis, and live a passionate life. Everyone wants to be able to sustain appropriate actions that they know will get them what they desire most. Everyone wants to be the rockstar socially. Everyone wants to have the body of their dreams. However, very few have the their conditioned subconscious responses to take the actions that will get them these things. This is the trick. This is self-development in a nut shell. Bridging the gap between and achieving congruence between our conscious desires and our subconscious programming.