Your Subconscious Mind: How to Unlock Its Power

Your subconscious mind holds the key to your potential. After all, it controls the majority of your behaviors and emotions. Thus, directing your life.
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Your subconscious mind holds the key to your potential. It’s the part of your psyche that you aren’t fully aware of, yet it controls most of your behaviors and emotions.

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Unfortunately, most people try using their conscious minds to reach their goals. But then they end up having their plans derailed by bad habits. You may have slipped back into your old ways.


This happens because the true master of your destiny is within your mysterious subliminal.

So, to get back in the driver’s seat of your life, you’ve got to learn how to control it. Otherwise, you’ll always wonder why you can’t achieve what you desire. No matter how hard you work, you’ll end up where you started.

The subconscious doesn’t want you to improve, it wants you to never change. Furthermore, it has quite a few tricks up its sleeve to keep you stagnating in your comfort zone.

For the most part, you’re not in charge of your behavior; your subconscious is running the show.

What is your subconscious mind?

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Photo by Valentin Salja on Unsplash

Even though it’s not easy to be aware of your subconscious, you couldn’t survive without it. It plays a critical role in your life, without it, you’d always have to focus on breathing and pumping your heart. So, if you decided to take a nap, you’d die soon after falling asleep because you wouldn’t be running your vital organs.

You couldn’t get into the zone (the flow state of mind) because you’d forget about running all the aspects of survival. Therefore, that would also mean instant death. Well, that went dark fast! But it’s the truth.

Other facts about the subconscious:

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Photo by Gaspar Uhas on Unsplash (brain added by Sheryl Barnes)
  • It controls 95% of your behaviors.
  • It has memorized and recorded every moment of your life. Including what you’re reading right now.
  • It’s powerful enough to help you achieve your goals and has the potential to destroy everything you ever wanted.
  • The subconscious creates your dreams while you sleep so your conscious can take a break.
  • It causes issues like anger, shyness, laziness, and self-sabotage.
  • It balances your hormones, adjusts blood pressure, and maintains your body temperature.
  • It is the reason we have “muscle memory.”

Communicating with the unconscious mind was once a mystery, but researchers have discovered how you can take back control.

Here’s how you can unlock the power of your subconscious and change your life:

1. What is your subconscious resisting?


Your subconscious might be what has held you back from achieving what you desire. If its beliefs conflict with what you’re striving for, it’ll make sure you never reach your goal.

 Most of our beliefs form in childhood, and if we don’t change the detrimental ones, they’ll stay for the rest of our lives. Moreover, the longer you keep these perspectives, the harder they’ll be to replace.

So, ask yourself what you’ve been avoiding and why. Has dodging these situations been to your benefit or detriment?

2. Ask your subconscious profound questions


Thomas Edison used to access his subconscious by falling asleep. Beforehand, he’d think of a question to ask. But, it’s difficult not to get hypnotized into our dreams for hours. So, he would hold metal balls over a plate, and when he’d fall asleep, they’d drop and wake him up. That allowed him to stay in the sleep/dream state for a while so he could use the infinite wisdom of his unconscious.

You can ask yours a profound question before you go to sleep too. When you wake up, you may have a solution.


  • What else is possible?
  • Who can help me achieve my mission faster?
  • What do I need to do to make my dream a reality?
  • If I reached my goal, what would it look like, and how would it feel?
  • Am I headed in the right direction?

3. Speak to your subconscious through meditation

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Photo by Darius Bashar on Unsplash

Meditation allows your conscious mind to rest so the subconscious can take the stage and then you can tap into its wisdom. Not to mention, meditation also teaches you how to detach from anxiety and fear.

How to meditate:

  • Sit somewhere comfortable and quiet.
  • I like to set a time on my phone for 5 minutes.
  • Close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths.
  • Notice your thoughts, but don’t attach to them. Let them pass by, then bring your focus back to your breathing. You can use this time to think about a question you need answered or repeat affirmations you want to instill.

4. Examine your habitual behaviors


“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”

— Earl Nightingale

The subconscious isn’t very logical; it’s more focused on emotions, memories, and feelings. It’s also quite naïve, so if you tell it anything enough times, it will believe it. No matter how absurd it is!

For example, an alcoholic thinks that getting drunk will make them feel better. Only to wake up the next day with a horrific hangover and possibly a DUI.

The same goes for over-eaters, they think food will fill the emptiness in their soul. But, it never does.

You can’t think your way out of an addiction. After doing the same behavior so many times, it’s now controlled by your subconscious.

Eliminate all triggers (people, things, and places that cause you to turn to your vice). You might even need to move away and start fresh. Over time your old pathway of addiction will get overgrown because you haven’t used it for so long.

5. Re-direct your habitual thoughts

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Photo by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

— James Allen

The results you’re getting in life are caused by what you’ve programmed into your mind. Or worse yet, what you’ve allowed other people to ingrain into your psyche.

Your subconscious accepts everything you tell it especially if you throw in strong emotion. So, if you always focus on what you don’t want to happen, it’ll assume that’s important to you. Then it’ll get to work on making it a reality. That’s why it’s crucial not to slip into a downward spiral of pessimism.


“Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to execute it.”

— Joseph Murphy

Instead, visualize yourself accomplishing your ultimate goal. What does that look like, and how do you feel? More than anything, your subconscious understands images and emotions. So, use its language when you try to communicate with it. The more you repeat this routine, the more it’ll know what you want.

Some people create a vision board and later discover that everything on it became a reality. Or you can use positive affirmations. But you must say them as if you are currently living that way. For instance, if you tell yourself, “I’ll be healthy and confident someday,” you’ll confuse your subliminal mind. That’s because it doesn’t understand time, only the present moment. So, repeatedly say things like, “I am healthy and confident.” Eventually, it’ll believe it and make it happen.

6. Examine your expectations


“What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.”

— Wayne Dyer

Your subconscious expectations create self-fulfilling prophecies. What you believe about yourself or your life tends to become a reality. That can either be torturous and horrible or incredibly amazing for you.

We construct most of these expectations in childhood. But if you want to change your life, you need to alter these beliefs. Furthermore, your psyche is always looking for evidence that proves they’re true. So, it’s essential to prove it wrong by accomplishing what it tells you is impossible.


For example, if you have low confidence, then do something to make yourself proud. Then repeatedly think about this event, especially when you’re feeling depressed. Make it a point to notice and accentuate your positive emotions. Over time you’ll train yourself to acknowledge these feelings more.

On the other hand, if you don’t change your negative outlook, the stronger it’ll grow.

7. Design your life’s master plan


What is your ultimate goal in life? Why do you want it? Write down your “master plan” of everything you want to do in the future.

Then break that list down to what you’ll do each month, then to each week. Writing what you need to do will make you more productive and increase your chance of reaching your goal.

When you write what you want to do, then your subconscious sees it. Remember, it understands what it sees and feels. Furthermore, it speaks to you the loudest while you’re dreaming. That’s why you should always plan what you need to do the day before, so your subconscious can prepare you to work on them the next day.

8. The dark side of your subconscious


Your subconscious has a dark side. One of the worst things it does is trap you in your comfort zone. Thus, ensuring that you never improve. Although it’s only trying to keep you safe, it’s actually holding you back from the life you deserve.

For example, if you asked someone to go out with you, and they devastated you by saying no, you might give up on dating. You feel it’s safer to stagnate for a lifetime.

Then, if you attempt to escape, you’ll feel awkward and fearful. Your instinctive mind would fire the alarms and you’ll want to run back to safety.

your subconscious mind

It never wants you to forget the dangers you experienced in the past. It wants you always to be safe. That might seem like a nice thing to do, but it also means never taking risks. If you dodge challenges, you’ll never live the life you’ve dreamed of since you were a child.

Force yourself to do the things you wouldn’t normally do. Of course, don’t do anything dangerous. Even a tiny step, is momentous because you’re pivoting towards your goal.

After you do it so many times, it’s smooth sailing! What you once feared will be no problem.

9. Practice being thankful for all the good things in your life

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Photo by Nate Johnston on Unsplash

Train yourself to focus on what you’re grateful for in your life. Although it almost seems cliché to talk about the importance of gratitude. It’s spoken about so much for a reason. Gratitude is life-changing. In fact, it’s near impossible ever to be happy if you don’t practice noticing the good things you have in life.

The more you notice the great things in your life, the more your subconscious will point them out in the future. Then, you’ll always have a reason to be happy.


In short, your subconscious is infinitely powerful, and now you know the secrets to master it. Focus on what you want in life, and not what you fear. Repeat these methods until they work. That’s how the subconscious gets reprogrammed—with repetition. If you can handle that, you can change any aspect of yourself or your life!

A great way to revamp your subconscious is to fill your mind with motivational thoughts. Remember, the subconscious needs repetition, so you can’t read this article once and expect a change. However, you can ensure that you keep refilling your mind by subscribing below! Then you’ll get an inspirational email every week from yours truly. Much love and have a fantastic day!

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  1. Wow that was like hitting the nail on the head. Very profound and insightful. Especially about the repetition. Especially about the repetition. Especially about the repetition. Especially about the repetition.

  2. This is interesting..This is the inside story untold to many.
    The Hindus have the habit of chanting mantras..
    This is a good habit to practice..
    But some people don’t understand the mantra and thus they don’t know where they are going.
    Thanks for your clear detail explanation of the work of subconscious mind.
    I hope more will read this and benefit in their life.

    • Thank you so much! Yes, it’s so true. People don’t realize the power of these words. Soon they become a part of your thoughts and beliefs then they become behaviors and actions.

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