“Our automatic mechanism seeks to reach objectives presented in the form of mental pictures, which we create by using our imagination.”
“If we provide our automatic mechanism with information about our inferiority, a reflection of poor self image, it will process this data, working as a “failure mechanism” translating this into objective experience. Too many of us do this.” – The Magic Power of Self Image Psychology
THE MIND AND YOUR AUTOMATIC MECHANISM
A servomechanism is defined as a powered mechanism producing motion or forces at a higher level of energy than the input level. A servomechanism is usually used to describe how a torpedo works. When a torpedo is sent out to hit it’s target, it’s course has to be adjusted due to the changes in the water and the movement of the target. An attached servomechanism continuously surveys the area to makes the necessary changes if the torpedo is off course. It knows the target and directs the torpedo to it.
Your mind works the same way. You’re continuously setting targets while your brain and nervous system align themselves with those targets. The mind and body continuously re-calibrate relative to the target. They look for opportunities and avenues where you can achieve your goal.
Here’s the problem. The targets or goals you set consciously are only accepted if your subconscious mind and self-image agree. In other words, your deepest beliefs dictate your goals. Why? The deepest parts of you do not understand English- they understand images, emotion, and beliefs- which are your dominant thought patterns regarding your self-image.
You can SAY something like “I want to make twice as much money this year as I did last year.” But if you BELIEVE you can’t, or believe you’re not worth that much, your servomechanism will ignore the new request and reinforce the belief, it will guide you to the lower amount- the amount you believe you should make.
The mind takes direction and action relative to your most dominant thought or focus. It automatically creates goals based on what you think about the most. The thoughts with the most power between them become the goal. If you’re unaware of your thoughts, which most people are, you’re setting goals without even knowing it.
The thought, “I want to make twice as much money this year” will never be realized when the majority of thoughts going on all day, every day (the most powerful thoughts, or beliefs) are along the lines of “that’s impossible, I don’t deserve it.” Your servomechanism says “you’re thinking about that lower amount all the time, I guess that’s the goal, let’s get it.”
Show an athlete a tape of their performance and point out all the mistakes they made. Harp on them and continuously say you shouldn’t have done it this way. The athlete will make more mistakes of the same kind. Show the same athlete a game tape and point out the one time they made the right move, spend time showing this behavior over and over, reinforcing how good it was and why it was correct and the athlete begins making fewer mistakes. Why? When the dominant focus is the athletes mistakes it is seeding their consciousness and subconscious mind with the behavior that produces the mistakes. That becomes the predominant thought. The athletes servomechanism sees the mistake as the goal and seeks to achieve the goal. Our deeper minds do not know whether we consciously want something or not- they just know imagery, belief, and repetition. Visualize and think about what you want and your servomechanism will be on your side. Your actions will be congruent with your thoughts.
Your model of the world, your belief-system and your environment dictate the majority of what you think on a daily basis. The ability to change those variables or inputs in order to affect your thoughts, behaviors and actions, are done with increasing difficulty in backward order. In other words, changing your model of the world is much more difficult than changing your environment in most cases.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. When one becomes self-aware of their inner dialogue, they realize most of the conversation is over-conservative, limiting, and low level. In order to evict those thoughts that do not serve you, they must be replaced by new ones. There is no such thing as “stop thinking about the elephant”, because when you say that, you are automatically thinking about the elephant. Instead, you must feed an alternate thought into your mind that says “think about the Lion” and that will become the dominant thought, automatically evicting the thought of the elephant.
Thoughts and beliefs are learned. They create patterns of behavior that are self-perpetuating. In order to create new patterns, one must either have a profound change in perspective or a purpose that has a greater value than the reinforcement of the existing pattern, creating a new pattern. The value of the new goal must be greater than the cost of breaking the existing pattern.
Know your goal. Reinforce that goal by constant thought. Constant thought creates purpose. Purpose overrides pattern and creates a new pattern, which results in new behaviors, new thoughts and new actions.
Upgrade your mind.