The Power of the Mind: Training Your Brain

The Power of the Mind: Training Your Brain

The Miller Mindset: Episode # 0010

Welcome to “The Miller Mindset”, a weekly podcast where we explore the power of positive thinking and its impact on our lives. Join me, Chris Miller, as we dive into such topics as goal- setting, overcoming obstacles, and developing a growth mindset. If you’re looking to improve your life and reach your full potential, then this podcast is for you. Don’t miss an episode. Be sure to subscribe today! On today’s show, we will be discussing how your brain works behind the scenes to keep you on a set pattern. If you can recognize it, you can change it. So let’s get into it.

How the Mind Works

I went to school for 1 1/2 years to learn this and I know a good deal about this subject. The mind is a beautiful thing, and many people think that they understand it, when in fact they don’t. The brain isn’t actually made up of 1 mind. It is made up of 2. One one side, you have the conscious mind that makes up roughly 12% of your mind and controls your short-term memory. The other side is the subconscious mind, which composes the remaining 88% of your thoughts, controls your long-term memory as well as the majority of things you do on a regular basis. Once you understand that, it is important to understand what actually happens inside your mind to get you functioning and doing what you do. It all comes down to information. Everything you see, smell, taste, and touch gets translated into information by the conscious mind and stored in a holding area waiting to be processed. If enough of the same information is gathered, it is allowed to pass through the critical mind filter into the subconscious, and it sticks.

The Critical Mind Filter

Think of the critical mind filter like a bouncer at a nightclub. It’s job is very similar. There is only so much space in the subconscious to store information, so only the most popular information is allowed to get into this trendy club. If you see something once for example, that isn’t enough to make it. If you see the same thing repeatedly however, now you are forming a popular group of similar information, and this group has the star-power to get into the club. It doesn’t matter if this information is good or bad; only that it is popular or, in other words, that it is prevalent enough to become a group.

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Understanding Knowns

The concept of the Known and Unknown is usually a difficult one for people to wrap their head around, but I will attempt to make it pretty simple to follow. Information itself is neither good or bad. It is just information. The associations we hold within our subconscious mind to a piece of information determines whether or not it is a known or an unknown and, by extension, whether or not we decide we like it or don’t like it.

The known is simply that enough information of the same type have grouped together to become a prevalent though in the subconscious. If enough information reinforces other information, it becomes a known for that particular idea in your mind. Once this happens, habits are formed. Look at smoking or drinking as a good example. People become chain smokers or heavy drinkers because they did it allot and formed the habit of doing it. Once that happens, it can be difficult to stop doing it because the subconscious mind keeps telling you to do it. It does this because, in it’s own way, it thinks this is something you want to do. It thinks this because you took the time to do it enough to become an established known in your mind. You made it a habit, and your subconscious wants you to keep repeating your habits because it believes that is what you want. The fact that you might not want to continue this habit at some point doesn’t have much weight, because the giant group of knowns formed from the information reinforcing this habit are drowning out the noise of the tiny group of unknowns which are trying to say, “I want to change.”

Understanding Unknowns

So unknows work the same way, but it is more difficult to make changes based on them because they are few fighting against the many. The only way to make effective changes is by reinforcing the unknows more and more, while deliberately no reinforcing the knowns any longer. This is not easy to accomplish however, because your subconscious mind controls 88% of all thought processes, and it works solely on the basis of pattern recognition. It doesn’t care if you want to make changes. It doesn’t get emotions or the concepts of right and wrong. These are conscious mind tasks to consider. The subconscious ONLY looks at the patterns, and it will continue to run them on a loop until you have reinforced enough of the unknowns associated with that particular thought to overtake the already established knowns that were there beforehand.

Running the Pattern

Along that journey, until the unknowns take over the knowns, the subconscious will continue to try to correct what it thinks is an error in the pattern be making subtle suggestions to you to return to the established pattern. Remember that you thoughts are not entirely your own. They are representations of the pattern. If your pattern is:


but then you suddenly try to change it to:


your subconscious mind will try to put you back on the pattern it assumes is the true pattern you really want to live. It does this by making small, subtle corrects that will meet with relatively little resistance. Each tiny correction slowly moves you back to the established pattern until one day you realize all of your hard work to change didn’t pay off. Don’t get mad about it though, because your mind is only trying to help. You took the time, and made the effort, to make this pattern your reality after all. It is only trying to help you continue to get the things it thinks you want because of that fact. Now that you know this information, go out there and train you mind to establish new patterns. You have to consciously do that with the 12% of your conscious mind because your subconscious doesn’t think in terms of what is good for you or bad. Conscious effort, and all the time, keeping it fresh in your mind, is the only way to make change happen because you have to build on the unknowns until they become the knowns and take over the previously established pattern. When you do, the new pattern takes over, and your mind will help you stay on that path from then on; even when things veer off.


Well, that’s our show for today folks. Remember, changing your pattern to train your brain for positive change is all about your mindset. By adopting a positive and focused mindset that keeps conscious awareness on the information you want to replace the known your don’t want in your life, you can increase the size of those groups in the club and achieve the success in your life that you want to see. I hope you enjoyed and and perhaps learned a little something that you found to be of value to you today. If you feel you enjoyed the show, please do leave me a comment, and don’t forget to subscribe as well so you don’t miss a thing. You can also see this episode in blog form if you like, and sign up to receive email alerts when new episodes are released at Until then, I’m Chris Miller, reminding you to always keep smiling.

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Episode three: Creating a Cultural Mindset of Growth for Your Business

Episode four: Mindset for Productivity – Revealing the Simple Truth

Episode 5: Overcome Imposter Syndrome: Use These 2 Simple Tips For Results

and Episode 6: Time Efficiency: When You Make Small Mindset Shifts For Big Improvements

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