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Goal Getter

January 15, 2019 / Ben Mercer

Have you ever wondered why you can have a goal you want to achieve, yet you can’t/don’t achieve it? Like if you say you want to weigh less, but then you never seem to get anywhere with it?  Or how you can know that cigarettes are killing you while you light another one up?

It’s like there is a conflict between what you want to do, and what you actually do.  Think about that for a minute.  In order to have a conflict, you have to have two sides, right? Have you ever wondered what those two sides are?  They are both part of you, obviously.  One part wants to make a change, but something keeps you in the same old patterns. But what if the thing keeping you in the old patterns could keep you in the new habits you want?

So if there is a conflict, which means there must be two sides, what are those 2 sides?  Well, if you are consciously thinking of the change you want to make, that leaves only your unconscious mind as the other part. And no matter how you may try to rationalize all the reasons why you want something, change seems hard.

It’s not surprising that the unconscious mind is going to win these battles.  Your conscious mind goes to sleep each night, meanwhile the unconscious minds keeps on trucking.  So if you sleep for 8 hours per day, that’s 8 hours for your unconscious mind to undo anything your conscious mind may have come up with that day. Have you ever told yourself something like “I’m going to eat more salads and less French Fries” only to forget that until AFTER you have ordered, or maybe even after you eat them?

Your conscious mind can only handle about 7-9 bits of information at one time.  Meanwhile, your unconscious mind is receiving billions of bits of information from your senses every second.  And then it prepares an “Executive Report” that becomes what you are consciously aware of.  Imagine walking into a grocery store and only being aware of healthy food.  Imagine how you can sway someone’s opinion or behavior with a selective use of details.

Can you imagine using the part of your brain that keeps you stuck in bad habits to keep yourself stuck in good habits?  It can be done.  But there is a reason why they call it “change-work.”  Because if you want to change, there is some work involved.   But it becomes oh so much easier when you can do it on “auto-pilot” instead of having to constantly remind yourself.

I am beginning to write an eBook called “Goal Getter:  How to accomplish something even if you have never kept a New Year’s Resolution in your life.”  I am going to give away the first chapter.  If you would like to receive a free copy of the first chapter when it is completed, click on the “Contact Us” button, and on that page fill out the Contact Form and in the subject put:   Request for free chapter of ebook.  

This book is going to be about learning the process of change, and how to get both parts of your brain working for you.


Ben Mercer

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