During these challenging times, fear, anxiety and frustration could be diminishing your mental capacity and depleting your energy. It doesn’t have to be that way.
When the medical profession speaks of mental capacity, they’re referring to the person’s ability to make decisions on their own. The mental capacity I’m referring to is the overall capacity to deal with whatever you’re facing.
While I have found no hard numbers that indicate what percentage of our mental capacity we typically utilize, I know from personal experience that the percentage drops dramatically when I’m in an emotional state.
I’m sure you’ve experienced this as well. You’re working on a project that you feel ill-equipped to handle. You’re anxious because you feel you are in over your head. In your anxiety you’re expecting problems and, as if self-fulfilling prophecies, they occur. With each new problem, you become increasingly frustrated. So much so that at some point, you simply walk away from the project.
Almost as soon as you turn away, the solution to the problem surfaces and you return to the project with renewed energy and excitement. The questions are “Why this sudden shift from abject frustration to excited resolution? What was it that caused this sudden shift?”
The shift occurred because you consciously set aside emotions that were draining your mental capacity. Fear, anxiety and frustration are emotional drains. While experiencing these emotions, a significant part of your mind’s capacity is devoted to considering:
- What could go wrong.
- What you’ll do if something does go wrong.
- What consequences you might experience if things go wrong.
- What did go wrong and why?
- Why does this have to be so difficult?
With all of these distracting thoughts, and the energy drain that accompanies them, is it any wonder that we’re operating at less than full mental capacity?
When we either exhaust ourselves or choose to set the project aside for now, these emotions subside and our mental capacity immediately returns. That’s why solutions to the problem surface almost as quickly as we turn away from the project. Our full mental capacity is being utilized…both our conscious and subconscious minds’ capacity.
Of the two, conscious and subconscious minds, the subconscious is the more adept and more powerful problem solver. When we either exhaust ourselves emotionally or choose to set aside a project, we’re simultaneously assigning our subconscious mind the task of finding a solution.
When freed of the emotional blocks that we’ve created, and often nurtured, the subconscious mind works very quickly to provide solutions. That’s why we get solutions almost as quickly as we turn away from the project we find so frustrating.
Knowing that emotions like fear, anxiety and frustration greatly diminish your mental capacity enables you to more quickly recognize that:
- You’re in an unproductive emotional state.
- Choosing to walk away from the project will remove the emotional block.
- Your subconscious mind, once free of emotion, will do its job and quickly provide a solution.
This awareness, and these simple actions, will dramatically improve your quality of life while equally dramatically improving your productivity.
For our kids
When you see your kids feeling anxious, fearful or frustrated, let them know that when you face a situation like theirs you find that solutions surface quickly when you temporarily set aside the problem and devote your attention to something you can accomplish.
As your kids experience how quickly they get results using this approach, they’ll wonder why it works that way. Then you can explain to them how the subconscious mind works. For more information on the subconscious mind and how to tap its power consciously and at will, check out my book, One With The Universe.
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