The Mind – Conscious & Subconscious | Part 1 – The Conscious Mind
When your goal is to step up your personal development game and create the best habits and thought patterns for your future self, there is something you simply cannot ignore. That is namely the conscious & subconscious parts of your mind, which play a big role in how you think, feel and act in this world.
Think of the mind as the engine of your experience – If you want to make changes/repairs to an engine, you have to know it quite well. In this article series, we’ll give you insight on the conscious & subconscious mind, starting with the conscious mind.
So let’s get to it, shall we?
What Is The Conscious Mind?
By definition, the conscious mind is the part of your mind that thinks logically, applies critical thinking, analyzes and compares. The conscious mind, quite simply, takes in sensory information, through the 5 senses:
At its very essence, the conscious mind can be responsible for your thoughts, actions and self-awareness. So think of the conscious mind as the tool you use to interact with the external world.
One of the main functions of your conscious mind is to filter information and select the things that you need (or strongly believe in). The conscious is kind of like a storage, which saves everything significant that happened in our lives at one point or another.
Where Does It Go, Though?
Now, 95% of our wake time, we exist and act upon already established patterns of thoughts and actions. As a matter of fact, the conscious mind takes just a tiny bit of control in your wake life (roughly 5%). These patterns of thoughts, actions, behaviors and emotions are executed by the SUBCONSCIOUS mind.
To say it simply, the conscious mind once took in information which made sense, seemed probable and believable. Once that information was taken in, it was pushed to the subconscious mind, where it quite literally, became a program.
The conscious mind takes in information from the external world, through the 5 senses that we have. Once taken in, the information is filtered and broken down to what can actually make a logical picture of the world. Then, the things we believe to be true about the world/ourselves, get pushed to the subconscious mind, where a program is established.
That program then leads to certain thoughts, emotions and behaviors, which are essentially a pattern. In the second part of this article series, we’re going to tell you more about those patterns and the subconscious mind and will give you actionable advice on how to REWIRE your subconscious, to ultimately develop better habits and boost your personal development journey.