Saturday, 15 January 2011

The sub-conscious and self-motivation

We were in a short meeting yesterday, during second break. Motivational speaker, Callie Roos, came with 12 or 13 or 14 specific points to discuss with us.

I didn't take notes. At that specific time, I was too tired. In fact, many people didn't take notes. They just listened. He kept telling us to remember the points. He repeated them several times throughout the forty minute talk. I walked out of that room remembering six or seven. 

You see, the conscious mind can only hold around seven pieces of information in short-term memory. The sub-conscious mind, however, stores all the knowledge you've ever acquired. Everything you've ever read, heard, thought or imagined is held within its immense bank vaults. So, what he said is in my sub-conscious and I will be able to draw upon it  when I need to.

The mind has been described as such:

The conscious mind is like a yacht. The sub-conscious mind is like the ocean.

When the conscious mind struggles to remember something and eventually gives up, the sub-conscious mind trawls through its vast database, making connections between various bits of information and eventually retrieves the information that is needed at a given time.

When you are experiencing a problem, you shouldn't struggle with it. Pass it on to the sub-conscious mind. Don't focus on the problem. Focus on the solution. When you allow the sub-conscious mind to work, it will eventually give you a hint or a mental image of the solution. While you continually struggle to focus on the problem with the conscious mind, the sub-conscious is working, processing and making connections. The only problem is, your conscious mind is not opening opportunities for any sub-conscious breakthroughs and you're stuck focusing on the problem.

Listening to Callie Roos was very interesting. I'm sure the points I have consciously forgotten will surface one day when I need them.

What is motivation? One definition is that it's the act or process of motivating. The secret lies in the word process. After a motivational talk, the listener needs time to think about what has been said. Going back to the classroom directly after the talk is an obstacle within the definition.

One of the seven points I remember is inspiration. We need inspiration on a daily basis and it lies within ourselves to find inspiration. I find it in my classroom when I teach. Facial expressions of amusement or wry disappointment inspire me. Moods inspire me.

In life, you should be your own personal motivational speaker. You have the capability of moving yourself on an emotional level through your normal day-to-day train of thoughts. 


  • Gain confidence in yourself. You are unique. No-one is like you. You have to like who you are. 
  • Learn to focus on all your positive attributes. Doing this, you'll secure personal credibility
  • Maybe you want to climb a mountain, but realistically, you can't. Accept it and go out. Go and climb a tree. When you're at the height where you feel comfortable, perceive yourself in a positive light: you are a climber of small trees and be happy with it. Why be more? If climbing makes you happy then climb, but love yourself in the process. 
  • Be realistic. Accept your limitations and be happy. 
  • Strive to achieve a higher goal at a later stage when you're used to being comfortable with the attained height, but don't want too much too soon. 
  • You have to obtain trust in yourself if you want to be happy.

You don't have to find the best time of any given day to motivate yourself. Self-motivation should be like breathing: constant and with purpose. Being pro-active in fighting negativity is the greatest fight of all, but it makes you tired. That's why laughter is necessary. So when all else fails, laugh. Even when there's nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit.

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.  ~ Jean Houston.

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