Psychologists tell us that most of our thinking is done subconsciously; in other words, we are not consciously aware of it. It makes you wonder how they know that, doesn’t it? But, I personally believe it to be true and not only do I believe that we think subconsciously, I also believe that we problem-solve subconsciously too.
You have probably had the experience of being at some social event when someone has asked which person recorded a particular song or who played the lead in a particular movie. You are sitting there thinking that you know the answer to the question. Darn it, you know who was in The African Queen, and you know that you know, but you cannot recall that detail. You sit there, racking your brains trying to recall who it was, and you actually feel as if the conscious effort is somehow getting in the way of the remembering process. Does that sound familiar?
Then, days later, it hits you – wham – and into your conscious mind, the information you were seeking is deposited: Humphrey Bogart! And you wonder where on Earth that piece of information came from. You weren’t thinking about it, you were just doing the washing up. You thought you had forgotten all about the matter, but it seems that your brain had not. It had continued to work on the retrieval process long after you had apparently forgotten about it, and your brain eventually delivered the information you had requested. Proof positive that some of our thinking is indeed subconscious.
Perhaps too, you may have experienced the ability we all have to problem-solve subconsciously. I remember one time, when I was an engineer, working on a particular problem all day at a customer’s site. At the end of the day, I still had not cracked the problem and they eventually told me I would have to leave because they wanted to lock the building. I had been very trying hard to solve the problem because I knew that I would not be able to return the following day but I was forced to leave. So I got in the car, turned on the radio and began the drive home.
About half-way home, when I was not thinking about the problem any longer the answer suddenly struck me. It was not an idea. It did not strike me that I might have found the solution. I knew it was the right solution and, indeed, it turned out to be the right answer. In both of these examples my brain had been programmed with a task and it got on with the task subconsciously. When you realise that you can harness that ability, it is amazing what you can go on to achieve. All you need to do is to learn how to program your brain with a task. Once you have done that, your brain can get to work on the matter for you without any conscious effort in your part.
One very interesting way of programming the brain with such a task is by using a vision board. You can get software that allows you to construct a vision board, but I like to do it using a good old-fashioned manual system. The idea is to put together a montage of pictures that represent a future state you would like to become reality. A good way of doing this is by simply cutting out relevant pictures from old magazines and then pasting them on a large piece of paper which you can then pin on the wall.
You can have a great deal of fun choosing the car you would like to drive, the house you would like to own and the part of the world in which you would like to live. You can do this without any limitations on your thinking, just enjoy the experience. That montage then becomes your vision board and, if you keep it on the wall somewhere where you can regularly expose yourself to it, you will be programming your brain with a task.
Personally, when constructing a vision board, I like to think forward approximately five years. Beyond that horizon, I feel is too far into the future for me to really take the matter seriously and shorter than that period, I often feel is too proximate. I have had great success working in this way and I commend it to you to give it a try. The joy of working in this way is learning how to make use of that latent problem-solving ability we all possess; the ability to solve problems subconsciously. What happens is that the steps are gradually delivered to your conscious mind. Of course, you then need to take the necessary action.
Don’t think for a moment that you can simply imagine these things into reality without any effort on your part. This is the fallacy that so many advocates of the Law of Attraction have managed to proliferate. Sure you need to take action; you need to do the work, but the route to your goal will gradually open up before you and once you have proved that this process actually works, when you have realised your dream, you will be ready to do it again, but on subsequent occasions, you will be ready to think much bigger.