How the Conscious and Subconscious Mind of Wealthy People Work

August 4, 2014 |




In his book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoloeon Hill explained that whatever the mind conceives and believes, the body can achieve.  The power of the mind, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches. 


Napoleon Hill says that the difference between wealthy people from the rest is that they harness both their conscious and subconscious mind.  While we all know that the conscious mind takes charge of all our actions and responsible for our logic and reasoning, the subconscious mind takes control of all our emotions.  Thus, in order to get to where we want to be, both the conscious and subconscious mind should work and should not contradict each other.


The Conscious Mind


The conscious mind is that part of your mind that thinks and reasons.  If you are asked a mathematical question, it is your conscious mind that does the calculation and comes up with the answer. 


Aside from reasoning, the conscious mind also takes charge of everything that you do while being conscious.  For example, you would like make a voluntary action like turning on the light.  Your conscious mind tells your hand to flick the switch.


Thus, when you are aware of the things you are doing, this means that your conscious mind is at work and in charge.


The Subconscious Mind


While the conscious mind takes charge of all your voluntary actions, the subconscious mind is responsible for all your involuntary actions – like breathing or blinking your eyes.  However, if you are conscious that you are taking breaths and are aware of it, then it is your conscious mind that is in charge.


Your subconscious mind also controls your emotions.  This is why you may sometimes feel irritated, tensed, or depressed even if you don’t want to feel such emotions. 


Your subconscious mind is also the gatekeeper of your memories and beliefs.  You can tell that your subconscious mind is at work when you are presented with an idea but your mind strongly disagrees based on your beliefs. 


Whatever information your conscious mind takes in are filtered by your subconscious mind.  Your subconscious mind tries to match your beliefs with the idea that your conscious mind presents to it.


A good example of this is when you have read that you can make money by investing on shares of stock in a rising company.  The idea comes from your conscious mind.  It absorbs this and presents this to your subconscious to be filtered to check if it does not go against your belief system.  If after processing the information, you feel wary about investing because you are afraid of losing your hard-earned money, it is your subconscious that is responsible for the feeling of fear and hesitation.


Harmonizing Your Conscious and Subconscious Mind


It is crucial that both your conscious and subconscious mind do not contradict each other if you want to start working towards success.  Both minds should be harnessed so that they can work hand in hand.  Limiting beliefs are what usually set you back.  Even if a great opportunity presents itself to you, negative thinking may hold you back.  Negativity springs from your subconscious mind.  And, if you want to banish this negative reaction towards great opportunities and ideas, you have to learn to train your subconscious not to pull you down.


Changing Limiting Beliefs


Oftentimes, limiting beliefs can be hard to detect because they are disguised along with real beliefs.  But re-programming how your subconscious mind works will allow you to reach your full potential and live a more fulfilled life.


One major asset that wealthy people have is the way they think and how their subconscious mind reacts to ideas presented to it.  They trust themselves and know that they are capable of achieving great things.  And, once the mind believes this, it starts to work ceaselessly towards the attainment of its goals.


Now, knowing how your conscious and subconscious mind works, assess how you react when faced with challenges.  Do you shirk, or do you boldly stand up against it confident that you are equipped with the knowledge and the skills to overcome it?