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Training the Subconscious Mind

Shayamal | 3:06


Everyone knows Hussain bolt, the fastest man on earth, the holder of three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100 meter final, and eight gold medals and totals. This achievement took him 12 years. 

Now I've spent 20 years working with professional athletes. And I'm often asked, what is the difference between professionals and everyone else, the truth is in many, but here's one critical one, Hussein bolts total competition time, for eight gold medals would have been roughly one minute, 47 seconds, over 12 years, his total practice time would have been in excess of 12,000 hours. Roger Federer has won 20 grand slams, and his total practice time would have been more than 20,000 hours. 

You see this actual method to this madness. In the world of professional sports. 100th of a second can be the difference between winning and losing. You see, your brain has two parts, a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. And contrary to what people think most of your knowledge and intuition is in that subconscious part of your brain. Psychologists describe the process of imprinting information into your subconscious as programming. 

But this is what most people don't know that most of these programs have been written very, very early in your childhood, from how hard you work, to how you view the world to how you even react to a situation. If you find that you become aggressive or vocal when you're angry, even that's a program that's deeply ingrained into your psyche. And what athletes are doing by practicing so much is that they rewriting this program.

You see, repetition is the only way to transfer still an emotion or a reaction from your subconscious mind your subconscious mind. And when it is there is a part and parcel of who you are, when it is needed most. It'll fire without you even knowing. 

But it takes 3000 Perfect repetitions to transfer skill from the conscious mind to the subconscious. So this is why athletes are practicing. Because when a skill or learning is in that subconscious mind, it becomes a part and parcel of your jewelry. For us, we can use this little piece of science to become happier and healthier. 

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