Vince Poscente’s book, ‘The Ant and the Elephant’ is well known by LIFE Leadership subscribers. He illustrates the story about the ‘Ant’, signifying the conscious mind, and the ‘Elephant’, signifying the subconscious mind. From a neurological point of view, the subconscious mind houses hundreds of billions of neurons that when harnessed would compare to the force of an ‘Elephant’. The conscious mind houses merely tens of millions of neurons and when compared to the subconscious mind has the force of ‘Ant’. Although, don’t let it fool you when comparing the power of the two.
The power of the subconscious mind is elicited when imagery is used. It’s been well documented about how leader’s and entrepreneur’s harness the power of their imagination to achieve success. Books like ‘The Magic of Thinking Big,’ and ‘Think and Grow Rich’ are perpetual best sellers. A common quality of both leaders and entrepreneurs is vision. They begin an endeavor with a picture in the their minds eye about what they want to accomplish. They see in their imagination the ability to create new products or services that can be used in the future. In many cases the entrepreneur uses innovation, the same product in different ways, similarly to Ray Kroc, who instead of creating the hamburger, franchised McDonalds and found a new way to systematically sell hamburgers. Another example would be ‘Starbucks’ coffee. They didn’t invent coffee, but rather innovated another way to systematically sell coffee. Today’s businesses are looking for employees or partners with creativity, innovation, communication, team work, who are adaptable and self – confident. Unfortunately our current educational system is not designed to meet the challenges we now face, with their assembly line, one size fits all model. It essentially ignores the imagination. Humans are not cars. The results are millions of unemployed or under employed or actively disengaged employees.
As long as the ‘Ant’ or our conscious mind is in control of the factory that houses hundreds of billions of neurons, the ‘Elephant’ will remain on a tether. There simply is too much competition for your imagination if you are not aware what you are up against. The media, which includes, T.V., the Internet, and Video’s places us in an environment of complacency by surrounding us with trivial entertainment and most of its messaging is based around consumerism. Our imagination is fed ‘Ant’ food constantly with politicians, economists, media, and gossip all feeding constant negative messaging creating a world of fear and apathy. The modern educated and media controlled mind is filled with debris and refuse. There is a battle for your mind, and your money.
Take possession of your own consciousness (Ant) and release the power of the subconscious mind (Elephant). First, stop blaming your circumstances. Nothing happened to you by accident. Stop with the laws of repulsion. Negative thoughts repel. Worry multiplies your problems. Indecision is pulling against yourself. Start by replacing wrong thinking. Stop letting your thoughts pull against you. Doubt destroys your pictures. Stop negative suggestions like, “I can’t do this,” “I’m too old,” or “I was born on the wrong side of the tracks.” Don’t allow any ‘Ant’ talk!
Begin changing the pictures of your past with pictures of your future. Master your will by beginning to picture in your mind what you want. Remember, everything that ever was created was created from thought. Begin with your own advertisements. You think in pictures. Master the art of ‘Picturization.’ Start by focusing on your own advertisements and then make it a habit to constantly advertise yourself. Know that your subconscious mind never sleeps, never rests. With that said, read positive books that put positive thoughts and images in your mind before bed. Take advantage of your ‘Ant’ while it sleeps. Going to bed awakens your imagination. I remember recently asking best selling author and leadership expert, Orrin Woodward where he got certain powerful, insightful material he used for a seminar talk? He replied, “I woke up from my sleep around three in the morning with those ideas.” Master visual imagery and take advantage of modern technology to make your own commercials. Forms of visual imagery include, ‘Speculative imagery’ where you make a picture of something you’ve never seen before. ‘Reproductive imagery’ is deliberately bringing back pictures in your mind. ‘Structural imagery’ constructs a three dimensional blueprint. In ‘Structural imagery’ the user sits in an auto or walks through a house. They stand on a beach or a property. Make for quite time in the shower or the bath to contemplate. Quietly contemplate and purposefully think about what it would be like to take ownership of that experience. That experience becomes part of your life. Prayer too can be used as an expression of your intentions. You don’t have to wait for times of trouble to pray.
Association is key. Associate with other dreamers, optimists, and possibility seekers. Bring a note pad to meetings. Listen to what others have accomplished and picture what they’re saying. There’s a saying, “Faith it till you make it.” Faith is not opening the camera before the film is done developing. If you took a picture with a camera you wouldn’t keep opening it up before the film was developed. Keep your picture strongly entrenched in your minds eye.
Remember, however, you won’t get something for nothing. That would be a fantasy. It’s the gap between your current reality and your future reality that determines your drive. Your drive, not your talent determines your ability to achieve your goals.
Repeat your thoughts and your picture daily. Take control of your subconscious mind to do what is necessary to make what you picture a reality. Master your will by backing it up with action. Repeat out loud, “I will get out of debt!” Repeat, “I will have family security!” Repeat, “I will have discretionary income!” Repeat, “I will make a difference!” Repeat, “I will leave a legacy!” God Bless, George Guzzardo