90 days ago I set off on a personal challenge to change my conditioned mind and to start thinking differently. This challenge was something I did unbeknownst to anyone. What conspired over the next 90 days completely shocked me and turned my belief into one of my strongest assets.
Experts say it takes up to 21 days to create a habit. To make sure I truly made this way of thinking a habit I went above and beyond the 21 days. Research shows that people who partake in a daily regiment or routine are 3x more likely to stay on their program than those who don’t do it daily. So before I tell you about what it is that I did, I’ll tell you why I did it.
Have you ever thought to yourself why our mind automatically thinks certain thoughts? We do it all the time subconsciously without even realizing. Our mind is precondition to think that certain dreams and goals we have are impossible, that strangers we don’t know are talking about us, the world is such a bad place, the list goes on. This is a result of what we have been filling our minds with: the news, music, videos, books, etc. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that you can’t enjoy those mediums, I am just saying training your mind to receive certain signals and messages and rejecting others is important. But how do we teach our mind to shift through all the noise and produce positivity? I’ll explain below.
So 90 days ago, as I was sitting in a hotel in New Jersey thinking about all of the things I wanted to do, I knew I needed to make a change mentally. I had already begun my journey to create my own tech startup but some days I didn’t have faith in myself. Some days I didn’t think I would be able to achieve the seemingly lofty goals I had set out to achieve. I knew that in order to clear out the old and bring in the new I had to begin to reprogram my mindset. While I have talked about creating the mindset you want, I’ll be going into further details about specifically what I did and how you can do the same.
The mind does not like change, therefore when you first begin your mind will tell you that it does not like this, it is pointless, it takes too much time out of your day. Don’t listen to it! Don’t pay it any attention! So now that that is cleared up let’s begin.
The more you concentrate on your roots, the faster you will see new results in your fruits.
I did not create this program it was created by T. Harv Eker, a successful author, businessman and motivational speaker.
This is to be done daily and in the morning when you wake up:
One of my main goals is to be a multimillionaire by 25, which I explain in further detail in this video, creating the mindset that I can become wealthy was important for me. You can decide to make declarations for whatever you want as long as you are putting that intention out into the universe. By saying your declarations out loud with conviction, you’ll gain a sense of how confident you are in yourself, that your goal does not sound ridiculous and at the same time creating a positive energy behind each and every statement.
I rotated four different declarations to go along with my VAKS. Only one declaration is to be used per day.
What in the world is VAKS!? It stands for Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic and Spirit. The purpose of doing these exercises is because our brains are split into two sides: the left brain and the the right brain. To get a better breakdown of the whole brain state check this article out. For now I’ll give it to you in simple terms: one side is the logical side and the other is the creative side. If you take a look at each exercise listed above, you will realize that these are the main ways that we receive messages and internalize them. Since everyone learns using different methods we will be doing all of them. By doing these exercises we will be utilizing both sides of our brain, which will allow us to override the precondition beliefs we have buried deep inside our subconscious.
The declarations I talked about above, will be intertwined with each VAKS exercise for 30 secs. The VAKS exercises should not change only the declarations. Once again only one declaration is to be said per day.
I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand. -Confucious
Creating a visual motion to go alongside of your declaration is key. For example, one of my declarations was “I will be a multimillionaire by 25.” As I made this declaration out loud I was also completing a physical visual movement. This visual movement could be you flapping your arms up and down or waving them in a circle, something simply. You are now working both sides of your brain.
This exercise will also include you saying your declaration. For this exercise I massaged the outer rim of both my ears simultaneously as I spoke my declaration. You can do whatever exercise you would like but make sure it relates to auditory (your ears)…doesn’t leave you much room for creativity, keep it simple.
Kinesthetic in a nutshell is physical activity. While saying your declaration complete a physical motion. This motion could be raising your left leg to touch your right elbow and then doing the same with your right leg and left elbow. The motion that you use is truly up to you but make sure it is a motion that you can do in a slow, flowing motion while saying your declaration with conviction.
This exercise is simple. Place one hand over top of the other hand and place them on your heart. Close your eyes, feel your heartbeat, and repeat your declaration.
At the end of each day write down five successes that you experienced that day. They can be as big as recording your first song in the studio to as small as deciding to pass on dessert. Write each one down because each success is important to the bigger goal you are looking to achieve. You cannot feel successful if you do not acknowledge your successes. DON’T think about what you could have did better that day, that is how losers look at the world.
If you are actually doing the exercises correctly you will feel an immediately difference by day 1. After completing my daily VAKS and declarations I feel like I can challenge the world and face any problem that life may throw my way. If you do this for 90 days straight without missing a day you will be blown away by how you will begin to think and see the world. I’ve been a lot happier, I begin attracting people that I wanted in my life and those who weren’t on board begin to remove themselves from my life. Also challenges that seemed impossible before become do-able. If you find yourself falling off the wagon a little bit, just hop back on where you left off. The key is to create this habit and then follow the routine for the rest of your life!