The Conscious Mind
Analysis and problem solving
The conscious mind is where we spend most of our time. It basically only does 3 things. The first thing it does is, it looks at problems, analyzes them and figures a way to solve those particular problems. It is also the part of us that makes the hundreds of decisions we have to make just to get through an average day, things like, “Should I open the door?”, “Will I answer the phone?”.
The second part of the conscious mind is the rational part of our conscious mind. This part of us must give us a reason why we behave in any particular way. If we don’t have a reason why we do the things that we do, we become anxious, nervous and frustrated. For example, a smoker says he smokes because it calms him, makes him feel relaxed, gives him time to pause and gather his thoughts. An overweight person will say, I’m over weight because I eat when I’m bored, I eat when I’m nervous or eat to feel happy.
The next part of the conscious mind is what we call will power. Now, we are all familiar with will power. You might say, “I’m going to put down this pack of cigarettes and nothing on God’s earth will make me start smoking again.” Well, we all know how long that lasts! You know if you go on a diet how long that lasts. Just until will power weakens and then the old habit pattern comes back again.