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The Opportunity: 95% Of Your Thoughts Are Unconscious
Episode 5518th January 2024 • Think It Be It • John Mitchell and Kelly Hatfield
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In this episode, John and Kelly discuss the concept that 95% of your thoughts are unconscious. And that is actually a huge opportunity. Your success in life as well as your enjoyment of life comes down to the thoughts that are going on in your head most the time. But why is that. Why do your thoughts determine your success. It’s because your thoughts determine each action. And your actions create success in your career, in your marriage, and in controlling your health. But here’s the opportunity. 95% of your daily thoughts are unconscious. And that’s actually a good thing. Because if they were conscious, you’d have to spend all your time consciously trying to control your thoughts. You wouldn’t have time for anything else. But the fact that they are UNCONSCIOUS is the opportunity. To control your thoughts you simply have to influence the mechanism that is generating your thoughts. Your subconscious mind, and your autopilot. You do that by repetition. Feeding to yourself each morning the succinct articulation of your life. Exactly the person you want to be, exactly what you want to accomplish, and precisely how you’re going to achieve your clearly defined goals. Takes 12 minutes a day. If you do that, you gain control of your thoughts and your success in life. As to credibility, you’re applying the central concept of the top book in the world on success to your life. Think and grow Rich.  

After John and Kelly cover all this, then they get into showing the audience examples of the different thoughts one has control of. Relative to their career, to their romantic relationship, to controlling their health. The take away is the fact that 95% your thoughts are unconscious is truly the opportunity for controlling your thoughts. By simply influencing the mechanism that is generating your thoughts, your subconscious mind. And you do that through repetition .

About the Hosts:

John Mitchell

John’s story is pretty amazing. After spending 20 years as an entrepreneur, John was 50 years old but wasn’t as successful as he thought he should be. To rectify that, he decided to find the “top book in the world” on SUCCESS and apply that book literally Word for Word to his life. That Book is Think & Grow Rich. The book says there’s a SECRET for success, but the author only gives you half the secret. John figured out the full secret and a 12 minute a day technique to apply it.

When John applied his 12 minute a day technique to his life, he saw his yearly income go to over $5 million a year, after 20 years of $200k - 300k per year. The 25 times increase happened because John LEVERAGED himself by applying science to his life.

His daily technique works because it focuses you ONLY on what moves the needle, triples your discipline, and consistently generates new business ideas every week. This happens because of 3 key aspects of the leveraging process.

John’s technique was profiled on the cover of Time Magazine. He teaches it at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business, which is one the TOP 5 business schools in the country. He is also the “mental coach” for the head athletic coaches at the University of Texas as well.

Reach out to John at john@thinkitbeit.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-mitchell-76483654/

Kelly Hatfield

Kelly Hatfield is an entrepreneur at heart. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of the ripple effect and has built several successful companies aimed at helping others make a greater impact in their businesses and lives.

She has been in the recruiting, HR, and leadership development space for over 25 years and loves serving others. Kelly, along with her amazing business partners and teams, has built four successful businesses aimed at matching exceptional talent with top organizations and developing their leadership. Her work coaching and consulting with companies to develop their leadership teams, design recruiting and retention strategies, AND her work as host of Absolute Advantage podcast (where she talks with successful entrepreneurs, executives, and thought leaders across a variety of industries), give her a unique perspective covering the hiring experience and leadership from all angles.

As a Partner in her most recent venture, Think It Be It, Kelly has made the natural transition into the success and human achievement field, helping entrepreneurs break through to the next level in their businesses. Further expanding the impact she’s making in this world. Truly living into the power of the ripple effect.

Reach out to Kelly at kelly@thinkitbeit.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-hatfield-2a2610a/

Learn more about Think It Be It at https://thinkitbeit.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/think-it-be-it-llc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thinkitbeitcompany

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Kelly Hatfield:

We believe life is precious. This is it. We've got one shot at this. It's on us to live life to the fullest to maximize what we've been given and play the game of life at our full potential.

John Mitchell:

Are you living up to your potential? Are you frustrated that despite your best intentions, you just can't seem to make the changes needed to take things to the next level. So you can impact your career relationships and health.

Kelly Hatfield:

If this is hitting home, you're in the right place. Our mission is to open the door to the exceptional life by showing you how to play the game of life at a higher level. So you're playing at your full potential, rather than at a fraction as most people do. We'll share the one thing that once we learned it, our lives were transformed. And once you learn it, watch what happens. Welcome to Think It Be It the podcast. I'm Kelly Hatfield. Hey. And

John Mitchell:

I'm John Michell. So Kelly, here's the topic this week, 95% of your thoughts are unconscious. And that's the opportunity. So let me explain this, you know, I want you to challenge me every step of the way. And because I really want to, I want to explain this. So that it's it's crystal clear for our audience, because I think it's really powerful to grasp this. And so just think about this. Your success in life, as well as your enjoyment in life, comes down to the thoughts that are going on in your head most the time. Would you, you, we talked about this for you. You agree with that? Right?

Kelly Hatfield:

Absolutely. Quality of your thoughts equates to the quality of your life. Right? Yep. So

John Mitchell:

But let's, let's figure out why is that? Why do your thoughts determine your success? Well, it's because your thoughts determine each action and, and your actions, create your success in each area of your life, in your career, in your marriage and controlling your health. But here's the opportunity 95% of your daily daily thoughts are unconscious. And that's actually a good thing. Because if they were conscious, think about this, you'd have to spend all your time consciously trying to control your thoughts, you wouldn't have time for anything else. But the fact that they're unconscious, is actually the opportunity to control your thoughts, you simply have to influence the mechanism that's generating your thoughts, your subconscious mind and the autopilot. And again, you do that by repetition, from feeding to yourself each morning, this is synced articulation of your life, you know exactly the person, you want to be exactly what you want to accomplish, and precisely how you're going to achieve your clearly defined goals. And so, you know, that process takes 12 minutes a day. And if you do that, you gain control your thoughts and therefore your success in life. And, you know, as people sort of hear that, this whole idea, the other credibility factor is you're applying the central concept of the topic the world on success to your life. But how does that that hit you? Does that to you see why the fact that that 95% of your thoughts are unconscious is actually the opportunity. Does that make sense? I

Kelly Hatfield:

I think so. I mean, you're basically just flipping to me, it sounds like what we have been talking about, you know, and I'm so well versed with it that I'm like, right, and I seen it as an opportunity, you know, but I get why you're emphasizing the fact that it's an opportunity, because, you know, we know that, again, if you had to think about and consciously think about every, you know, thought you had right and action you took and then you would be exhausted. I mean, think you'd have to think about how to tie your shoe. Yeah, wow, exam, brush, your teeth, all of those things, you know, so that autopilot really is an opportunity if you get it working for you, it can really serve you and so I get where you're going with it. Well,

John Mitchell:

I think you have to sort of separate thoughts and actions, you know, I mean, it's it's factual that 95% of your thoughts and actions are unconscious, but let's live separate actions out for a moment and just focus on thoughts. Because, you know, every every action requires I thought you can't take In action without a thought, but obviously, you're taking actions that you're not conscious of, because you're having thoughts that you're not conscious of. And, you know, the maybe the new information from my standpoint is seeing that if you, if it was all conscious, and you were trying to control your thoughts, that'd be impossible. You just couldn't, couldn't do it. That's why we're built the way we do. You know, so many of our thoughts were unconscious. But but that's the opportunity to, because if you go into the mechanism that's generating the thoughts, by feeding it the the sacred articulation of your life, that influences the thoughts as they're being generated, which in turn, influences the actions that get created. And, you know, for me, now, I have more clarity, oh, that's the fact that they're unconscious is the opportunity.

Kelly Hatfield:

Well, can you break this down? So for somebody maybe who's listening for the first time? Can you bring this down to a more like, practical example? What it is you're talking about?

John Mitchell:

Yeah. Yeah, let me let me think of an example. Yeah, okay, I got an example. Let's say that, in my, in my marriage, you know, the quality of my marriage and, and the relationship I have with change is a function of my daily actions. And, and so every day I am, I feed myself, I'm flexible, patient, and thoughtful. And so that's, those are the actions I want to have. So I'm feeding that to myself, every day. Well, I see it play out all the time. And in fact, I now lightly, oftentimes say to her, just, you know, like our relationship, Mantra, flexible patient and thoughtful, just playing with each other. And, and so I see that when I feed that to myself every day to my subconscious mind, that then when I'm, I'm out and, and having my relationship with change, and we're interacting, you know, I'm free to sit, predisposing my thoughts and my actions for me to be flexible, patient and thoughtful. And what happens is, let's, let's say, something happens between us in the moment. And, and it tests my patience. Well, no, you know, I'm sorry, yes, that night, you know, yes, yeah, yes, I know, it's hard to believe. But, you know, I see how I see it all the time. Because when, when my patience gets tested, I'm gonna go one of two ways, either I'm gonna be impatient. And that'll be reflected by something I say, or do, or I'm going to be patient. And I continually see, because of my programming, I'm patient. And I think that's the key thing for people to grasp is that your success in each area of your life is, is a reflection of your daily actions, the cumulative effect of those daily actions determine your your success, therefore, you got to gain control of those actions, which means you have to gain control of your thoughts. So it is added, does that help?

Kelly Hatfield:

Yep, that helps significantly, I just wanted to make sure that there was a connection being made, because we're talking because we're talking, you know, kind of like, conceptually, and so are we able to bring it down to an example? For people, I thought that that would be helpful. So thank you. Well, and

John Mitchell:

I think I think you're, you're getting at the root of it to, in that, you know, you talk about actions, but what, what actions are you really talking about? And I'll give you an example, in career, as, as you know, you know, in our template, we're having you articulate what your succinct business plan, what's, what's your strategy for success? Where are the two or three things that move the needle? What's the linchpin is sure to go to the next level? Where do you want to be three years from now? What are the milestones to get there? That's, that's six things. Well, you know, when I was in my 30s, and 40s, I didn't think about that stuff. I never thought about that stuff. I just get up and do the best I can. Yeah. And then when I started thinking about those six things every day and I'm feeding it to myself, Wallah, I get up. I'm focused only on what moves the needle because I already thought about it. I'm feeding it to myself. I'm oblivious to things that don't move the needle, which cause Is the needle to move because I'm moving the damn needle. You know, you know, I'm also, you know, feeding myself far sussing strategy for success while I'm, I'm understanding why my business is successful, what's that maybe it's that unique selling proposition that makes makes us different from the other guy, you know, I that's, that's influencing how I'm tweaking that, you know, and, and I just see the power of structurally feeding those six things to myself every day and how transformative it was and then then combining it with, you know, the habit of setting aside time to think two times a week, which which is refining all that, that I'm feeding myself and and then I look at, you know, what am I feeding myself regarding my health? You know, yeah, I'm feeding myself that I exercise six days a week and that I am doing this, and I'm doing that, and I'm taking these supplements and I'm, you know, getting this much sleep and, you know, of course, it's influencing all of my actions. So that's, you know, that's the the power of it, once you start seeing that your success really is happening because of your actions. And this is how to influence those actions, then this all to me, is is pretty damn simple. Yeah,

Kelly Hatfield:

Absolutely. And I think, you know, just the key here is being deliberate, and very intentional, about, you know, create the thoughts, you know, my getting like, were you used to flexible patient, you know, thoughtful, right, okay.

John Mitchell:

Yes. Okay. I want to try that on Jarrett. I mean, I wish you're so damn flexible patient and thoughtful by your name.

Kelly Hatfield:

But you know, to the examples you gave about business and in health and in your marriage, the really great thing about getting control of your thoughts and being very deliberate and intentional about it, and I will tie mine to identity too. So like, when I'm thinking about health, I'm like, I am an athlete. Yeah, I begin to think like one, I'm careful about what I put in my body. I'm competitive with myself with my numbers with my stats with things along those lines. So I'll tie it into identity as well. But what's really interesting is that when you are deliberate and intentional about your thoughts, and you put that repetition into play like that, we talked about this so many times, I know but it, it just fascinates me, and that is your reticular activating system. Like once you are plugged in, then for example, in the example you gave about ginger, thoughtful patient, and flexible, then you are you're seeing opportunities to be thoughtful, right? You're, you know, when I'm thinking about business, and the things that move the needle I'm locked in, and all of a sudden, I'm seeing opportunities that are aligned, because I'm so clear about all of those things that you just mentioned. And as a badass business owner, which is another one of my, you know, identities, you know, that is dialed in, and I know where my superpowers are than I am. That reticular activating system is working for me. And it's pulling those things into my life that are aligned, because I'm crystal clear about those thoughts that I'm having and the actions that I'm taking.

John Mitchell:

Right, right. You know, I'm glad you brought that up of me both points, you know, assuming an identity is critical, because once you do that, an identity acts in a certain way. And there's clarity about that identity and who the the actions and thoughts at identity has bet that you know that you talked about the reticular activating system, which is the filter for the brain, pure law of attraction, you know, people may go well, you know, I don't know about the law of attraction, it sounds woowoo Oh, it's real. It is it is definitely real. And when you when you feed yourself what you want and how you're going to get it every day. Believe me, the law of attraction is in hyperdrive for you. Because most people see their life very generally, and haven't thought through it deeply. And and so they don't really engage the law of attraction to the level that the URI do.

Kelly Hatfield:

Ya know, and I think too, for me, the law of attraction because I used to be on that side of thinking, you know, we were like, I watched the secret and I appreciated some of the things about it, but like, I don't think if I just really hope for open parking spot, that one is gonna show up. Thank you No. But I think what once I understood the science behind the law of attraction, yeah, which is your reticular activating system and your thoughts or your brain, like, once I understood there's a scientific component to it, I was like, Oh, okay. And now that's like completely, you know, working for me because, you know, of all of the things that we've talked about today. So going back to your point at the very beginning about it being an opportunity. versus you know, I think we've framed it in ways in the past, where, you know, you're which is true to that your subconscious mind. It's your autopilot is often not wired for success. It's not designed that way, you have to wire it. And that's where the opportunity is.

John Mitchell:

Yes, very good point. You know, it's interesting, I tell, I think it'd be it to this guy, Chazz Wolf, who who has a big mastermind, basically called gathering the kings. And he's, he's in Kansas City. And so I meet him, I was on his podcast six or seven months ago. And he's enamored with think ik, be it, he comes to Austin, teach it to a over several weeks. And now, he says, Listen, I have this sort of elite group of people. And he's just are starting this. And so the initial group is six people, but he wants to turn it into, you know, 1000 people, he says, I'd like you to teach Thank you via to the six people so that as I take my highest level of group, we're all sort of singing from the same hymn book. So we're in it starts tomorrow. And, you know, it's so fun to take entrepreneurs that are, you know, in their 30s and 40s. And, and, you know, largely, chance would tell me say is, you know, they're, they're joining the Kings, because of the camaraderie, you know, it's sort of like people that are doing entrepreneurs are doing he, oh, you know, they're doing it for the camaraderie. Well, you know, who's kidding? Who here that that and help? Really, I mean, it's nice to because it's lonely at the top when you're not newer, that button, but at the end of the day, believe me, I say this from experience, it's nice, but it doesn't help. I mean, you know, if you're going to really be successful, you got to help your game as an entrepreneur. You know, and just, like I said many times about my story, for 20 years, I've made 200,000 hours a year, because that was where my level of competence was, as an option, entrepreneur, maybe I want to blame it on other things. But baby, your record is what what it is, and, and I was a $200,000 a year guy. Net. And if I wanted to start making a million, I ended up my game. And so you, it's fun to take the six people, and no, the first thing I'm telling them is I'm like, you know, you don't even have a way of doing life at the moment. You're weighing in it. This like I of course, I can say that, because I was weighing you were winging it. Yeah. And I'm like, if you want to keep on weighing in life, at which means not really having a way of doing life, and just waking up and doing your best, then you're going to keep on getting what you're getting. But if if you really want to up your game, and, and not just in your career, but but in your health and in your marriage, let me show you a way to do life that's radically different than the other 98% of people are doing it. And you know, it's so fun. And then this is true, also with with my students to take to take them and, you know, they're just be you know, they're just trying to figure it out. And nobody has ever given him a way of doing life. And so I don't know, I'm, I'm in my Elma this this week with the opportunities to teach sake it be it. Yeah, I love it. Well, so as we wrap this up, I think the takeaway is just to contemplate this, that that the fact that 95% of your daily thoughts is actually the opportunity for controlling your thoughts and and also controlling your your actions. That's the opportunity and the idea and the opportunity is to to go in to the mechanism that is generating generating the thoughts your subconscious mind and influence it and again, as we've talked about this before, the only way you influence the subconscious mind is repetition. It does it you can't logic your way through with the subconscious mind it and care about logic is purely that that repetition every day of you know, the person you want to be, what you want to accomplish and how you're going to have, you're going to do it. So my challenge to our audience is just as you're putting your head on the pillow, just think about it. If if you believe that 95% of your thoughts are unconscious, and you can google it to if you question it, but just just think about, if you believe it, because if you believe it, then this is the path for changing your life. If you don't believe it, then you know, I do some research. But once you sort of embrace that 95% of your your thoughts are unconscious, a whole new world opens up. So until next time, we'll say

Kelly Hatfield:

Thanks for listening today. If you've had your own aha moment from today's episode, send me or John an email. We'd love to share your epiphany with our audience. So email us at kelly@thinkitbeit.com or John@thinkitbeit.com. In the meantime, live the exceptional life

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