A generalized goal that you can have is trying to structure your life in a way that makes you feel good naturally without having to force it. A big part of making this happen is understanding the input-output structures and processes of how your subconscious communicates with you.
The basic idea is that your conscious mind speaks in words and sentences, but your subconscious mind doesn’t really have access to that. Instead, it has to communicate based on feelings and emotions. Since we are ultimately trying to align our feelings and emotions in a way that they push us along our path instead of pulling us away from it or acting as obstacles, learning how to influence the communication your subconscious mind gives you is obviously important if we want to have any serious level of success whatsoever.
Input to the Subconscious
Your subconscious receives inputs through your senses, your outward communication and your thoughts. The more senses and thoughts you engage, the more you can influence it in a particular manner. This is the core idea behind things like mantras or affirmations, which can typically seem a bit goofy if you don’t know the purpose. When you think a mantra or speak it verbally, you’re engaging a few different things. First off, you’re engaging your hearing because you’re actually hearing the words that are being spoken; it doesn’t matter that you’re the one who is saying them. Second, you’re engaging your method of verbal communication because you’re actually speaking. Third, you’re engaging your conscious thought processes to the degree that you’re focusing on what you’re saying.
The more inputs you use to communicate input to your subconscious, the faster it will “see the pattern,” get the message and start giving you the outputs you want in return.
You can also add the sense of touch if you have a particular way you hold your hands or fingers while you speak your mantra. One way to do this is by holding your thumb on your index finger and then switching back and forth with your thumb to your middle finger and then back to your index finger each time you repeat it. On top of that, you can engage other things like your posture, how you’re holding your body, etc. The point is that there are a ton of different inputs you can use to communicate to your subconscious and to get it on a particular track.
Output From the Subconscious
Generally speaking, you’re going to get out from the subconscious what you put into it regularly and habitually. The more emotion that is tied to these things, the better the result will be, but that’s not always a good thing. For example, if you were severely scared by a dog when you were a child, then your subconscious will still communicate to you (through emotions and feelings) that dogs are super dangerous even as an adult, which obviously isn’t always going to be the case.
Thankfully, this type of thing can be hijacked to get your subconscious to communicate strong feelings that are particularly useful instead of feelings that are just destructive or annoying. The idea is that you provide as many inputs as you can to your subconscious, and it will find the patterns and repeat these things back to you in the form of feelings and drives to do particular things. This can help you to do a particularly wide range of things like get more done at work or remember to log your food in a food journal.
If you understand this particular mental structure, and you create a plan to take advantage of how the structure works, then you can literally reprogram your emotions and feelings to be what you want to a great degree.