What is auto-suggestion? An auto-suggestion is a statement made in the present tense, of the kind of person you want to be. Auto-suggestions are like writing a commercial about yourself, for yourself. They influence both your conscious and subconscious mind that, in turn, influence attitude and behaviour. Auto-suggestions are a way to program your subconscious mind. They can either positive or negative.
Examples of negative auto-suggestions are: I’m tired, I’m not an athlete, I have a poor memory, I’m not smart, I have a poor memory, I’m a failure. etc
When you give yourself a negative auto-suggestion, your subconscious mind believes it and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and starts reflecting in your behaviour. For example, when a person who gives himself the auto-suggestion, “I have a poor memory,” is introduced to a new person, he will not make the effort to remember the name because he tells himself, “I have a poor memory, so there’s no point in even trying to remember.” Of course, he won’t remember the person’s name the next time they meet, and will again tell himself, “I have a poor memory.” It’s a never-ending cycle-a self fulfilling prophecy.
Auto-suggestions are a process of repetition. If you repeat a statement often enough, it sinks into your subconscious mind. For example, if you tell yourself, “I am relaxed. I am cool, calm and collected,” you will start responding to situations in a cool, calm and collected manner.
Make your auto-suggestions in the present tense. Why? Because our mind cannot tell the difference between a real experience and an imagined one.
For example, parents are expecting their child to come home at 09:30 p.m. but the kid is not home and it is now 1 a.m. What is going through the parents’ mind? They are probably hoping everything’s okay. Suppose they , auto-suggest like “I hope the kid didn’t get into an accident.” What is happening to their blood pressure? It is going up! This is an imagined experience. The reality could be that the kid is having fun at a party, is irresponsible. Supposing the kid was actually coming home at 09:30 p.m. but got into an accident. What is happening to the parents blood pressure? It is still going up! In the first scenario the imagined experience was not true. In the second scenario it was true. The body’s response in both cases was identical. Our subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between a real and an imagined experience.
Auto-suggestions can be used to eliminate negative habits and develop positive ones. Success depends on our ability to concentrate and repeat the process.
“It’s when the discomfort strikes that they realize a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all.” ―Chrissie Wellington