The conscious mind can effectively change the subconscious mind with persistence and as long as one does not fight the very changes they are trying to make. When we try to make changes to our subconscious mind or our belief structure, we are usually doing so in direct opposition to the patterns and programming already instilled there. Therefore our mind is still working from the old programming in a certain sense. We must then overcome this inherent tendency. This is where persistence comes in. If you imagine that the subconscious mind and/or each belief is like a block of stone and you are a sculptor, every day, you chip away at the block of stone in the formation of your new reality/programming/beliefs. After a while, the new statue is created, in stone (permanently), in your subconscious mind. By spending time each day affirming our new beliefs/programming, we can successfully change our lives and our reality.
However, we must also get out of our own way during the practice. We do this by 1) setting aside a set time (5-10 min max) to work on planting the seeds of our new programming/beliefs. This is focused, meditative time where we repeat this new programming/belief/affirmation to ourselves at the deepest level. 2) Once this process is completed, we let go completely of all attachment to outcomes and desired results. We then go about life simply letting it unfold as it may, letting our new programming/beliefs/affirmations filter into our subconscious mind. In this way we do not over analyze the process and unconsciously fight any changes we are trying to make. When we obsess over, doubt, or question the process we are engaged in, we end up neutralizing its effectiveness.
We have also found that certain affirmations are far more powerful than what is typically presented in books or about the internet, but this is the subject of another article. In the meantime, we recommend following your intuitive guidance as you do this work, as this is our method of developing these more powerful affirmations. Practicing these techniques regularly you will find a natural evolution of the new programming/beliefs/affirmations you are using. Follow this, as it is leading you exactly where you need to go.