Understand How Your Mind Functions

Andrei Antoniu
A free video tutorial from Andrei Antoniu
Life Coach
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The Unstoppable Discipline Program - Masterclass

TAKE DAILY ACTION TOWARDS YOUR GOALS and FEEL PROUD OF YOURSELF instead of disappointed

02:31:43 of on-demand video • Updated August 2019

  • How To Discover Your Purpose (module 1)
  • Redefine Your Identity (module 2)
  • How to Strengthen Your Willpower, Attention Span and Self-Control (module 3)
  • Stick To Your Daily Commitments (module 4)
  • How Can A Piece of Paper Create Unstoppable Discipline (module 5)
  • Dissolve Negative Thoughts (module 6)
  • Banish Procrastination Forever (module 7)
  • Stay Focused and Eliminate Distractions (module 8)
  • Quit Bad Habits and Addictions (module 9)
  • Be Constantly Motivated (module 10)
  • How To Deal With Failure and Guilt (module 11)
  • How To Overcome Fear and Self-Doubt (module 12)
  • Control Your Cravings (module 13)
  • How To Stop Caring What Others Think About You (module 14)
  • Eliminate Brain Fog and Keep Your Body Energized So You Skyrocket Your Productivity (module 15)
  • Find Meaning In Your Life (module 16)
English [Auto] In the last video we talked about the difference between us and our thoughts in this video. You learn how to turn your mind into an instrument that works for you instead of against you. Have you ever wondered why by default we are inclined to be unproductive. How come we are drawn towards wasting time. We're not drawn towards working. How come it's so easy to stay on the couch and so want to go to the gym. How come it's so hard to wake up early in the morning but so easy to stay up late. Why does our mind work against us doing misses a lot. First our mind doesn't actually work against us. Our mind is neither good or bad. It just makes us do what we're used to doing. We are conditioned in two ways. Genetically Environmentally we evolved into humans through millions of years of evolution. Although we developed an intellect. We still have many animals things. One of them is self-preservation. That's probably one reason. If we are fed and we have shelter we tend to be lazy. But we're also conditioned environmentally. Growing up we picked up the habitual behavior of the people around us our family. If you closely studied the members of a family you'll see that most of your habits came from them. Unfortunately when we were kids we didn't know what was good or bad for us. So we ended up accepting both the bad and the good habits of the people around us. For example if you grew up in a family of entrepreneurs you'll most likely pick up their work ethic or tendency to take risks. On the other hand if you grew up around people who drank too much alcohol was likely do that as well. Our mind absorbed the information we are exposed to and directs our behavior based on that information. So it's not that we are bad by default we just behave the way we are conditioned to. You should have grown up in the same house with Elon Musk. Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Believe me youth has been a hard worker scholar and a visionary by default. That's because youth to pick up their habits and beliefs and behave just like them. In that case your mind would have been programmed to your advantage. Now you probably got into this course because you have some bad habits that you'd like to change. Maybe you procrastinate too much or maybe you'll keep your promises. You can change those habits with their opposites but it is in the process of changing a habit that your mind works against you. Let me explain using an illustration This illustration shows a model of the mind in which is divided in two parts the conscious mind and the subconscious mind both affect the actions of our physical body meaning our behavior. Keep in mind this is a model of the mind there are others. This one serves to explain how your habits are formed and change the conscious mind hold your mental faculties reason imagination will memory perception and intuition. This is the body that thinks he imagines and makes decisions. The subconscious mind has a different role. The subconscious thinks the repeated actions of the conscious mind and makes them automatic. This is the place where those habits are located. The process of creating a subconscious behavioral pattern what is like this. You want exposed to an idea from your environment. That idea goes into your conscious mind where you reason if it's good for you or not. If you decide it's good you accept it and let it best in your subconscious mind to become part of a belief system. Now when we were a little we didn't have an intellect so we were not able to judge an idea. We just accepted everything around us as good. If this happened multiple times that idea was passed on to our subconscious mind and turned into a habit. The reason our subconscious mind forms habitual thought and behavioral patterns is that you can before most actions without using your conscious mind. This leaves your mental faculties free to focus on something else. Let me give you an example you can all relate to when you learn how to drive all your conscious attention is focused on pressing the pedals turning the wheel looking in the mirrors checking the dials and so on. It takes a tremendous amount of concentration just to stay on the road. But if you repeat those actions long enough they become subconscious and automatic. Now you can probably drive sitting with your to me while talking on the phone. You can listen to audiobooks on the radio in the car and concentrate on what the narrator says in the beginning. You couldn't have done both learning and driving at the same time but now because driving is a habit it no longer takes mental energy and while driving you can improve in other areas such as learning from an audiobook. Actually the less we depend on the conscious mind to perform an activity the better we are at it. The marvel of playing a complicated song when the piano while having a conversation is proof of this. This process of forming a habit to repetition can be both a blessing and a curse. If the idea you were exposed to was good you're just going to do the good thing automatically from now on without thinking about it awesome. But if that idea was bad you were going to do the bad thing automatically. Not that awesome. Luckily the programming of our subconscious mind can be changed and it's done in the same way it was programmed in the first place. The repetition using our conscious mental faculties we need to number one be aware when we're about to fall into a habitual pattern. Number two resist that habit. Number three. Imagine what we want to do instead. Usually the exact opposite of that habit. And number four perform that action instead. For example let's say you currently have the habit of going on Facebook. As soon as you turn on your computer you want to change that with the habit of watching an educational video using your conscious mental faculties. You need to number one remember that you go on Facebook as soon as you turn on your computer number do not click on Facebook. When you open the browser number three picture in your mind the site you actually want to go to and number four click on that site instead. This sounds obvious but as you'll see next it is much more difficult to do than it sounds because our conscious mind is weak. We have limited amounts of willpower and imagination and we must do everything in our power to use them for this process and not waste them on stupid things as Robert said earlier. Our mind has six mental faculties or mental muscles that go like that because they act indeed like a muscle the more you use them the stronger they become. And of course the opposite is true as well. If we don't use our mental muscles they will get weaker. Our six mental muscles are perception reason imagination willpower intuition and memory for developing discipline will focus on just two of them. Imagination and willpower although all the mental faculties are involved in the process. Willpower is the raw power of the mind. It is the ability to hold the thought in your mind despite outside distraction. For example when you resist being a computer game to do your homework you're using your willpower. Unfortunately we have very little of it every day in the book. The willpower is think willpower what is described like a battery. We wake up with the battery charged every morning and there's the finite amount we get to use that day to resist the habit and act against it. We need a big amount of willpower. So we must do everything in our power to conserve it throughout the day. The big problem is that every action that is not habitual uses willpower. Every decision we make uses willpower. For example in the morning when you decide what to wear you use a bit of willpower. We did at a supermarket in trying to decide between two brands of a product you use a bit of willpower. When you're in traffic and you have to fight for space you're using your willpower. If we consume our willpower on these actions when it comes to resisting and changing that habit we won't have enough left. The wisest and most productive people in history knew this. They did everything they could to automate their lives so that they don't waste willpower on small things. Most of these great people there is the same every day had the same meals every day walked the same streets every day had the same schedule every day or so that they conserve willpower for their work. But most of us do exactly the opposite. We waste our willpower on irrelevant things and then we wonder why we can't be disciplined. For example one of the biggest consumers of willpower is social media. Did you know that social media digital will power it because your mind is forced to jump from thought to thought every second. When you scrawled on your feed you miss your photo of a friend. News about the party. A car accident a motivational code a picture of a cat and so on. Your mind is being inundated with so many different things that is missing up your ability to concentrate. Also we were presented with hundreds of choices every hour on YouTube you'll see 30 videos on a single page and you have to decide which one you'd watch. Each one of those more choices is draining your mental energy and you don't even realize it when you get out of social media. You'll feel agitated and unable to concentrate. So the key to preserving Gary Bauer is to make as few irrelevant choices as possible in one day. Always start your day with good work because that's when your willpower batteries pull while you're working. Turn off notifications on your phone. Don't go on social media. Don't check your e-mail don't read the news headlines before working. Don't go shopping before work. Limit your decision making as much as possible. There's a cooling systems you can use. Set the timer for 15 minutes. In that time focus on your project and nothing else after the timer goes off. Take a 10 minute break in which all you do is walk around or look out the window do nothing that will consume your attention just pure relaxation then begin work again for 50 minutes. It's an efficient way to preserve and use a real willpower. Another John the will bowler works. Let's talk about imagination. Imagination is the ability to form images in your mind while willpower is the ability to hold that image in your mind. Imagination is what creates that image. Regarding discipline and habit change what you must understand is that imagination is more powerful than willpower. Why. Because our behavior is controlled by the pictures we have in our mind. If we want to act differently. First we have to imagine how we want to act. It's not sufficient to say that we don't want to act a certain way. We must see how we want to act. Let me give you an example. Let's say you want to lose some weight and you want to stop eating hamburgers. When you say I want to stop eating hamburgers What do you see in your mind. You see yourself eating hamburgers that may be a big red X on that image but you see yourself inside the burger place eating hamburgers. And guess what. That's what you feel like doing your willpower can't do anything to change that image because you don't even know what you want to change that image with. The key is to imagine yourself doing what you want to do not what you don't want to do. For example imagine yourself eating a salad then use your willpower to hold that image in your mind. Now because your behavior follows the images in your mind you will by default. Nothing. Hamburgers and eat salad instead. The key to change is not fighting an old habit. It's creating a new habit in this place. If for example you say I want to stop smoking getting my breaks at work you just see yourself smoking in your mind and you won't be able to change what you might say is I want to take walks outside during my breaks at work. This way by default you stop smoking and you put a new habit in its place. So here's a very important lesson. Forget the habit that a drink of change and focus on the habit that you want to develop. The key to change is not in fighting the old. It's in noticing the new in the of below this video. We prepared a few practical exercises for you. They will help you exercise your willpower. Any modulation so can change your habits easier. Click on it to do the exact size. It's very important that you do just hitting us talking about this won't do much good. You must do the practical exercises in the next video we'll talk about your biggest gift the power of choice. You learn how to form the image of the person you want to become and then blended into your subconscious mind. Thank you and see you in the next video.