the_perfect_swish_c2ae2011_copyRecently, in preparation for a conference call, I closed my office door. I efficiently persuaded the door with just the right force and, with subconscious guidance, the substantial cherry wood door gently kissed the doorframe. Not an ounce of undue muscle or exertion was needed to gently latch the door – just a momentary and obedient, click. How did my muscles know to deliver this precise measured energy? The physics involved were elementary given exact involuntary programming from my brain.

We experience this each and every day whether closing a door or hitting a baseball. As I think about the previous sentence, Michael Jordan “swishing the net” adds to the imagery. Our subconscious remains dutifully at work, behind the scenes digesting sensory data, programming brawny responses and forming plausible hunches. Granted, we know that there is a layer of brain networks working to provide instincts. Our task is to listen for the cues.

Have you ever wondered where ”that” random thought came from, the one that just popped into your conscious realm? Or why the heck did you need it, especially now? Like the programmed hand shutting a door, your mind works to protect you now and in the future. And our subconscious mind has our back. I chuckled as I write this because Sarge, our adoptive mom, would often plead for us to listen to that “little voice inside.”

The challenging part is learning how to listen to these random, innovative thoughts. An approach is to write these encroaching thoughts down immediately because as soon as they arrive, they are gone. And, like you, I am entirely unprepared to understand or employ the thought delivered. I am thinking, “thanks for the notion but what am I to do with this unleashed idea?”

But, yet again, this is our mind at work: moving to future problems unknown in the present but with probability in the future (at least your subconscious mind thinks so). As I learn to listen, I have come to realize that our subconscious has “our back” and improves planning and responses. So the next time a far-off thought comes into your mind, close this mental door with patience and a magical touch.