About Self Tuned Mind – Towards Achievement
Over the years, many people who are recognised for achieving world-class success have been asked for their opinion on how much their mind and mindset, as opposed to physical skills, contributed toward their success. All attributed 70% and more of their success to their inner mind skills and less than 30% to other external physical skills!
Yet most of us put most of our time and energy into deliberately training external skills, and very little time (if any) deliberately developing the enormous potential of our minds.
My name is Richard Brecknock. I welcome you to the Self Tuned Mind website which is focused on the mental, inner game towards performance, achievement and success.
Clearing Up A Myth
There is a popular belief that we humans only use about 10% of their brain capacity. This is a myth, possibly from a misinterpretation of several publications about the brain and mind from the first half of the 1900s, none of which actually made any such a statement.
Modern brain scanning technologies (Mri) have proven that even when sleeping large proportions of our brains are active (although actual proportions vary from person to person).
But, for most of us (believe it or not), most of our brain is active, most of the time.
The Brain’s Software
If we think of the brain tissue as being similar to computer ‘hardware’, then the measurable activities of the brain, collectively referred to as the mind are akin to computer ‘software programs’.
I’m sure you are already well aware that a proportion of the mind’s functions provide conscious awareness and thinking abilities which are commonly referred to as the ‘conscious mind’.
The rest of the mind, Freud called the ‘unconscious’, and others have called the ‘subconscious’ (my preference). However, there is nothing at all unconscious, nor sub-anything about its functions… it is just that it exists for the most part below the surface or outside of our conscious awareness.
At any moment we have very little conscious awareness of our subconscious operations, although we do experience the results all the time, sometimes consciously.
Ironically (given its name) our subconscious mind is in control of more or less all that we do; most of which are run on autopilot! Even when we think we have control, we often don’t.
What Is A Self Tuned Mind?
Before posting anything on this site, I was asked why it is called the ‘Self Tuned Mind’?
In reverse order, it’s about:
- Mind… as discussed above;
- Tuning (as in preparing a musical instrument or a car engine for example) towards optimising performance (efficiency and effectiveness);
- Self is about you, yourself or, if you prefer me, myself. The only person who has direct access to the control and use of my mind is me. The thing is, the only person who has relatively easy direct access to your mind is … drumroll … you!
For clarification; the concept of ‘self’ does not mean ‘alone’. We are all:
- influenced by all kinds of experiences, especially in relation to other people… if we allow them to influence us;
- learning and picking up ideas from other people… if we allow learning to take place;
- developing beliefs and habits that reside in our subconscious mind… whether they prove to be useful to us or not.
In reality, after about 7 years old, any thoughts we have or changes we make in our minds, whether they serve us or not, can, if we choose, be totally under our control and are best considered to be our responsibility.
Certainly, by the time we reach adulthood, we are, through our choices, the only person who tunes our own mind!
At The Self Tuned Mind we explore:
- levels of self-awareness;
- a practical understanding of how the mind works;
- learning to quiet (better control) the ‘monkey mind chatter’ that we all experience;
- choosing to control our minds, or not;
- changing limiting beliefs into something more useful and empowering;
- using the whole mind to design our future;
- above all, creating a foundation for improved performance and future success.
I invite you to invest a little time exploring this site …
Who Am I And Why This Site?
Of course, this site is not about me, skip this if you wish, but here follows a little insight into my motivation in creating this website.
Throughout my school years, ‘things’ seemed to come easily. I achieved many of the things I thought I wanted, with little conscious awareness of thinking about what I wanted and virtually no conscious planning of my own. I lived with an: ‘it’ll be alright on the night’ and a ‘seat of the pants’ attitude.
I realise now that I had daydreamed… a lot. At the time I had no idea that daydreaming could be so powerful.
Activities, and achievements, especially in passions of sport and music were extremely satisfying at the time. I seemed to be lucky enough to have the right skills, in the right place, at the right times. Those skills were developed primarily as a result of the enthusiasm and energy of youth.
Many years later, I realised that my early achievements, although possibly reflecting what I wanted at the time, were in reality very limited by my own beliefs. I am certain that if I had known then what I know now, I could have achieved much more.
Around the summer of 1976, at 22 years old, events led to stability and security becoming more important. Life was great fun as a gigging musician but was not generating enough regular cash for newly formed aspirations, and I wanted to spend more time at home. So I went looking for a ‘proper job’.
Early in 1976, yet again I found myself in the right place at the right time when a friend introduced an opportunity to join an IT corporation in the UK. After an interview, where I had naively turned up wearing denim jeans and jacket, in an environment where dark suits were standard, I was surprisingly offered the job (on condition that I acquired ‘more appropriate attire’).
Of course, I accepted it.
After the initial excitement, of a new role, a new environment and earning a reasonable, steady wage, I seemed to lose my mojo. The job I had accepted, needed little from me in the way of new skills. It took me a while to realise that to make any progress I would have to develop new skills. In the meantime, I bumbled along. Mixing the metaphors; I found myself floundering like a fish out of water.
It didn’t occur to me, at the time, that in my new environment I had no idea of what I wanted to achieve.
Therefore I had no way to figure out how to go about achieving… anything…
After a few years of bumbling and floundering, another friend introduced me to the idea of ‘Neuro-Linguistic Programming’ (NLP). She thought I might ‘enjoy the logic’ of it. She was right. The introductory weekend I attended in 1980 was an eye-opener. Then during 1980 and 1981, I went through Foundation, Practitioner and Master level courses.
NLP was new-ish at the time, having been developed following the meeting in 1972 of a linguistic professor (John Grinder) and a psychology student (Richard Bandler). Cutting a long story short… they set out to model the behaviours of psychotherapists who were consistently getting great results, in order to disseminate the skills. They also collaborated with other interested researchers and teachers. Those involved soon realised that what they were developing had far broader uses other than therapy. Then in 1977, there was a big difference of opinion over rights of ownership. NLP ended up with no legal ownership and has been further developed over time by many different individuals and organisations.
Despite some diversity, NLP is based on connections between human language patterns, neurology and physiology, and the effect that all three have on each other. The way I perceive NLP ideas is that they provide practical personal thinking tools. They help the user better understand themselves, and aspects of what all we humans do naturally.
A real benefit to me was much-improved levels of awareness and (a perceived) understanding of both myself and others. It sometimes felt like magic. Above all, it helped me improve my thinking and communication skills.
Having previously felt stuck at work, I wrote down a few goals for myself and between 1981 and 1988 I went through three role changes, four promotions, and received several awards within the company. NLP is not magic of course, but the experience seemed to have woken me up!
Before the experience with NLP, I guess I was conceited and arrogant (I still am, but far less, and more consciously than before :-). But I do remember, early in 1980, embarrassingly but truthfully stating to a meeting of peers, that the experience of NLP ‘makes me feel as if I have just joined the human race’.
Developing Coaching Skills
During this period I also had a growing sense that I truly enjoyed helping others achieve what they wanted, and found myself (much to my surprise) being ‘consulted’ by colleagues at various levels in the company.
Then in 1989, I attended a course for employees who wanted to become facilitators and coaches. Since the course I have worked, face to face, always offline, as a coach for individuals, and as a facilitator for goal-oriented group workshops. I have been focused on helping people achieve whatever it is they want to achieve.
I guess it’s natural that I became fascinated by how the mind works, especially how successful people make the most of theirs. But, although what I have learned is powerful and practical, I know there is still much more to learn.
Over the years I have had the privilege to work with, and to learn from, teams and individuals in various settings in the UK, including businesses in various marketplaces, sports, musicians, festivals and the public sector.
As you look through this site, I look forward to your comments or please use the contact form. I’d love to hear what you think, how it’s going for you, and above all ask any questions that you have.
Wishing you the very best on your journey.
Founder of the ‘Self Tuned Mind’.
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