The invisible creates the visible.

You’re probably wondering what I mean by that. I’ve talked about it before, but never thought about it in terms of invisible and visible. Until I heard Natasha Hazlett do so at the Unstoppable Influence Summit last weekend.

Makes total sense.

It refers to the power of the mind and the role it plays in the actions you take and results you ultimately realize. You know how much I love diving into the intricate nature of how the mind works, so here we go.

The invisible part of the mind includes the operating or programming system, similar to your computer’s operating system. The programming takes place under the surface or in the background. I often refer to it as the vast library of your subconscious where all your memories are stored. The information stored on your subconscious library shelves allow you to ride a bike, drive a car, cook, clean, walk and chew gum at the same time (doesn’t always work for me), and navigate daily life.

Your thoughts and feelings are also under the surface, in the invisible part of your mind. When something happens, or you’re contemplating something, you tap into that vast library for information that has been stored recently or even long ago in the past.

You tap into your operating system.

They say that Bouviers (the dog of the Flandres region) have long memories; and believe me, I’ve had 4 of them and they do. But in reality, so do we. Those memories that are part of your programming become your thoughts, and those thoughts have feelings attached to them.

Your programming, thoughts and feelings are your inner game, your core. They lead to actions you’ll take, and those actions lead to results. The results you want or the results you wish hadn’t come your way. Either way, actions and results are visible.

The good news is that you are in control. Yep. That’s what I said. You are in control. And, you know what else? You can update your operating system.

How is that possible?

By managing the invisible so what gets stored on the library shelves of your mind is more in alignment with where you want to go, who you want to be, and what becomes visible in your actions. That’s so important because when you’re faced with a decision or presented with an opportunity or challenge, you want your operating system to be firing on all the right cylinders. You want your invisible, your subconscious, to pull the books off the shelf that remind you that you are smart, confident, caring, and creative. That you can do this. That you can do anything.

So, be sure you are storing all the right books on the library shelves. Those books become your operating system. And, pay particular attention to what thoughts you have right before you nod off to sleep because most of the information that gets stored in that vast library called your mind (and your operating system) happens while you are asleep. (Your mind is really busy while you sleep!)

So, hand off all those positive thoughts, strengths, superpowers, likes, success stories, dreams and aspirations, and above all, the belief you have in yourself every night before you go to sleep. Make sure all your regrets and worries of the day are tossed aside because you don’t want those to become any part of your operating system. If you’re designing your best chapter, you have no room for doubt. Besides, you can’t change the past, so fretting over it is just a waste of time.

Paying attention to your operating system and updating it when necessary is critical in managing the invisible operating system of your mind particularly if you are trying to navigate change, life’s curve balls or major transitions. And, who isn’t navigating change these days?

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