I grew up with the truism that few of us use more than 10 percent of our brain power. It turns out that we're using even less -- WAY less.
What kind of power are we talking about? Here's the new thinking: "If you were to write out your brain's potential as expressed by the number of possible neural connections it could make, it would take you 75 years to write out all the zeros."
In other words, our potential to achieve what we want is essentially without limit.
So why do so many of us feel powerless and stuck? Basically the answer is that we don't understand where our greatest power resides.
More oversimplification: We have two brains --no, not the left brain and the right brain-- the CONSCIOUS BRAIN and the NONCONSCIOUS BRAIN.
Mr. Assaraf calls our conscious brain "the captain of the ship." It charts the course and gives the orders. Will, memory, perception, reasoning, intuition and imagination all originate in the conscious mind. Courage, discipline, loyalty, perseverance, vision are the conscious mind's domain.
The conscious mind is where dreams are born, new paths are chosen, new risks are taken, new initiative explored. Pretty impressive stuff!
So, why doesn't it take us all the way there: Why do we procrastinate, fail to persist, worry and get distracted?
The answer is: The conscious mind is limited and very short term when compared to the nonconscious mind.
Let's look at pure physical mass: Conscious Brain -- 17 % Nonconscious Brain -- 83%
How about speed of impulse (as recorded by MRI, PET, SPECT and/or MEG -- see above)? Conscious Brain --- 120-140 mph (pretty fast, right?) Nonconscious Brain -- over 100,000 mph!
Bits per second? Conscious Brain -- 2,000 Nonconscious Brain -- 400 BILLION
Control of perception/behavior? Conscious Brain- 2 to 4% Nonconscious Brain --96-98%
As the authors of The Answer say, we should all be very glad that our conscious mind is not in charge of running our biochemistry -- 10 quadrillions reactions per second. We wouldn't last 5 seconds. Our conscious minds can't keep track of all that. The good news is that our nonconscious minds can. Your conscious mind is the captain, but your nonconscious mind is the whole crew.
Our conscious minds lose focus every 6-10 seconds. How often do our nonconscious minds lose focus? NEVER, not once. Not ever.
Our nonconscious mind is the power center of the brain. It's where our habits reside. The conscious mind defines, articulates and sets goals, but it's our nonconscious minds that follow through with all the millions of actions necessary to achieve those goals -- OR obstructs us by running on old programs.
So, we need to re-boot with new productive, empowering programs.
To follow: IS THERE ANYTHING TO AFFIRMATIONS AND VISUALIZATION?
Susan is a published writer and motivational speaker with 30 years of experience, dedicated to guiding people to a life of financial invincibility and peace of mind.