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    The Lazy Brain Disease

    There are a lot of troubling statistics about modern society. One is that the average attention span of people is getting shorter and shorter. It's kind of a paradox of technological success. All humans are driven to want to get more with less effort. Ever since the dawn of time, the most common human thought has been, "There's got to be an easier way to do this!" Even Bill Gates once said the ideal employee is both intelligent and lazy. Lazy because he's driven to do less work. Intelligent because he figures out way to get more outcome with less effort. If you're ultimate goal is to be as lazy as possible, it will drive you to come up with some pretty cool inventions. Essentially all human inventions have been created to get more outcome with less work. But therein lies the paradox. A world filled with people who get things easily, without a lot of strenuous effort might start to feel entitled. The WORST thing that can happen to you as a human is to be a combination of lazy acting and lazy thinking. If you combine lazy acting with intelligent thinking, you'll always be thinking of ways to increase your laziness. But if you combine lazy acting with lazy thinking, you end up a slave to other people's thinking. It's no coincidence that 70% of TV advertising paid for by pharmaceutical companies. And from a persuasion standpoint, they are VERY CLEVER. "Do you suffer from [hard to remember name] disease? Check with your doctor, you might be eligible for [hard to remember name] drug!" Two minutes later, all the average TV viewer can remember is if something (anything!) is wrong, your doc has a pill for it. Even if you live a lazy lifestyle, you can still live healthily. You can still eat healthy and do some exercises every day. It's one thing to ENJOY relaxing the couch. It's something else entirely to NEED to stay on the couch because standing and walking to the kitchen is exhausting! The same goes with thinking. Our brains are ALWAYS active. Meaning if you choose not to think, SOMEBODY is going to be doing your thinking for you. And most people who INTEND to do your thinking for you are just like those TV ads for drugs. They know EXACTLY how to put just the right amount of information in your brain. Luckily, you can exercise your brain just as easily as your body. If you get into the habit of doing brain exercises JUST LIKE body exercises, you'll be in tip top shape. Learn More: Hallucinating Mind
  5. Humans don't like risk. Whenever an action will yield questionable results, it makes us stop and think. Whenever an action will yield potentially BAD results, it almost guarantees we won't take action. It doesn't help that our conscious brains can only perceive a tiny sliver of what's really going on. This tends to make things seem WAY more risky than they are. Since part of our reptilian brains are always sorting for danger. Which makes it see potential fears everywhere. Even in vagueness. This comes across in weird ways. When we are contemplating ANY action, and the outcome is vague, even that will give us pause. If we do A, we'll get B, and then maybe C, but beyond that, it's just a vague cloudy future. And our reptilian looks into that cloudy future and even though there's NOTHIG there, it imagines fears. To make matters worse, our cognitive dissonance won't even allow us to see the potential fear out in the vague future. So we focus on the primary or secondary outcomes. And we use THOSE as an excuse for NOT taking action. It's kind of like walking slowly through an unfamiliar dark room. You have to walk slowly and not lift your feet up very much. Otherwise you might trip. Even though you're pretty sure there's nothing there, it still feels instinctively safe to go slower than you want to. So most of the time, unless we can see a GUARANTEED positive result, we usually won't take action. Worse, that guaranteed result usually has to be the primary or secondary result we can predict. But just like you can turn the light on in a dark room, you can turn the light on in your mind. The better you can imagine things, the further out you'll see. Meaning instead of seeing A causing B (and only and maybe what B will cause, you'll see a lot more. You'll immediately see four or five things that A might cause. And then another four or five things each one of those will cause. That means within the primary and secondary outcomes, you've got about 20 different things that COULD happen. So instead of comparing A and B to "vague danger," you're comparing about twenty potentially GOOD THINGS to "vague danger." Because this happens naturally, it will come across as feeling confident and spontaneous, instead of feeling timid and fearful. How do you develop this skill? By exercising your brain in ways to increase your imagination power. So you can see BEYOND the obvious, and out into the potential. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
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    Alien DNA Activation

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    The Elephant Pattern

    There's a famous metaphor about God and an elephant. Or the elephant being a metaphorical idea of God. A bunch of blind guys are walking and come across an elephant. None of them have ever encountered an elephant before. So they each kind of feel around a different part. One guy grabs the tusk, another one the trunk, one guy the skin, another guy one of his feet. And based only on what they can feel, they have a completely different experience. Each one thinks his "thing" is unique. This is usually used to show how different cultures experience God in different ways, but It's (He or She) is really the same thing. But it makes an assumption about human perception. Maybe the metaphor, or maybe our brains. Most metaphors are incomplete. They have to be, since they are oversimplified pictures of a much more complex process. In NLP, this is described as the map not being the territory. Metaphors are not that which is being described. The are only helpful in giving a "big picture" idea. Because just as there are people who would like us to all have the same, vague, "God," there are plenty who are happy with the "my God is better than your God" argument. But what I want to point out is the metaphor itself. Why didn't those guys spend a little bit more time feeling around the elephant? If they spent a few minutes getting more data, feeling more areas, they would have had a much more complete idea of what they were encountering. The metaphor is pretty accurate when it comes to human ideas and thinking. We all have a "first glance" idea, and that first glance pretty much makes up our entire perception. Then we get into arguments because our "first glance" idea is different from somebody else's "first glance" idea. Way back in the day of Plato and Socrates, they had the idea of a dialectic. Meaning two guys would go back and forth, exchanging ideas. One guy would share his idea, and the other guy would look at that idea, and mix it into his idea, and they would go back and forth. The process of this "argument" was to DEVELOP a more complete idea. Very much like guys slowly moving around and reporting the ever changing structure of his part of the elephant. Eventually, they'd figure it was some huge animal with a long nose and a couple of tusks, and some big floppy ears. The "art" of developing more and more complex ideas is definitely a lost "art." But you can easily develop it. Which means you can take ideas from EVERYWHERE, and ALL TIME, and mix them together and see what you can come up with. And develop a much more complex view of "reality" in the process. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
  10. Ideally we humans go through two phases of life. When we are kids, and we expect others to take care of us. And when we are adults, and we take care of our own stuff. Of course, we are absolutely dependent on the massive global economy. If you tried to grow your own wheat to make your own bread, and then grow your own peanuts to make your own peanut butter, it would take a while. It's much easier to buy some bread and some peanut butter and make a sandwich. This is a very simple idea, but it's also nearly magical. Before they invented farming, production and consumption were the same thing. You had to chase and kill an animal before you could eat it. When you were chasing it, that was production. When you were eating it, that was consumption. Today, the two are a kajillion miles apart. Way back in the fifties, an economist wrote an essay called, "I, Pencil." Which described the MASSIVE global effort it took to make a simple pencil. Rubber, metal, graphite, paint wood. All from different parts of the world. Somehow, they end up down at your local pencil shop. Despite all the different elements (rubber, wood, paint, graphite) and all the people who participate the complex process, you can buy a pencil for fifty cents. The difference today from production (what you do for money) and consumption (what you can buy for that same money) is MASSIVE. And infinitely complex. Think about something way more complicated than a pencil or a peanut butter sandwich. Think about EVERYTHING that makes watching a movie at your local theater possible. From the movie itself, (actors, technicians, etc.) and the actual theater, there is tons of global cooperation needed so we can pay ten bucks, sit and turn our brains off and vicariously participate in an epic journey. This is a LONG WAY from chasing down an animal and killing it! And all this was done by how well we can IMAGINE things. The difference from way back then to now is ENORMOUS. But every step of the way is just a tiny change. And every single tiny change involves some human, just like you, looking at something that ALREADY exists and thinking, "Hmm, how could I make that better?" You have the same brain that every inventor, scientist and genius used. And you can use that very same thought. Look around, find something interesting and think: "Hmm. How could I make that better?" Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
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    Lucid Dreaming Hypnosis

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  12. It's very common for people to slowly change how they think as they age. It's makes perfect sense from an objective standpoint. A young person looks out at the world, sees a bunch of stuff, and then compares that stuff to the stuff in their brain. The longer you are alive, the more stuff you have in your brain to compare stuff to. Structurally, it's very similar to thinking about a do-it-yourself job with only a couple of tools, vs. a huge toolset of tools. With only a screwdriver, some nails and a hammer, you wouldn't be able to accomplish much. But with an entire garage full of tools, especially tools that you could use, you would be able to take on FAR more complicated tasks. Most people fill the tools in their head slowly and organically. They are content to go through life, waiting for the EVENTS to provide the experience and memories. Some people purposely have new experiences, just so they have more experiences to rely on. This is a very advanced way of thinking. It's usually an idea that older people have when looking at younger people doing things. They say, "It will be a good experience for him." Meaning the person they are talking about will do a bunch of stuff, a bunch of unexpected things will happen, and they will be forced to respond, in the moment, to these unexpected things. These are generally the experiences that make up who we are. A few people don't just let it happen organically. They purposely seek new experiences, just for the sake of having new experiences. Even at a young age, they've learned that ANY experience is generally helpful in retrospect. This would be like PURPOSELY filling your garage with tools and eagerly learning how to use them. These are the folks that have a zeal for life, that do things just to see what will happen. This, of course, can be dangerous and expensive. There is, however, a much easier way. A way to fill your head with just as many experiences, which will translate into tools, that you can use to solve extremely complicated problems. You can gain these "mind tools" not only by having experiences. But by purposely IMAGINING certain things in certain ways. By creating a laboratory in your mind, you can do a lot more experimenting. Now, it might seem impossible. Most people close their eyes, with the intention of experimenting in the laboratory of their minds and see nothing but blackness. But building up your mental laboratory is a skill unto itself. And once you build your mental lab, the sky's the limit what you can do with it. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
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    How To Use Your Brain

    Thinking about brainpower requires brainpower. Brainpower is different than other skills. Very different. If you had zero upper body strength, you would know it. You could see somebody doing a pushup, and not be able to. You could see somebody benching 300 lbs, and not be able to. You could imagine what you couldn't do. But with brainpower, you are limited to what you can imagine. Meaning that we can't imagine what we can't imagine. One of the ways this presents itself is when we look at something AFTER it has been figured out. Before, it's one of those things that everybody stares at and has absolutely NO clue what to do. But then some guys comes along and fixes it, or figures it out, and everybody has the same idea: "Dang, why didn't I think of that?" Both general and special relativity are fairly simple. The math of special relatively is junior high school level. General relativity, not so much. But these two very simple ideas changed the way we look at reality. These two ideas that are EASY to understand AFTER we see them. Only the smartest guys since the dawn of time didn't even come close. They couldn't imagine what they couldn't imagine. But all it took was ONE GUY to come along and imagine it, and now EVERYBODY can imagine it. Most people don't think of this as a skill. In fact, most people don't think. They are presented with a problem, and sit around waiting for the solution to just "pop" into their brain. They might look to the side and PRETEND they are thinking, when in reality they are waiting for the magic idea fairy to deliver the answer. And when she doesn't deliver, they show a puzzled look. "Wow, I just can't think of anything!" Mark Twain once famously said the difference between people who DON'T read and people who CAN'T read is nothing. We can say the same about thinking. Not much difference between people who can't think and people who don't think. After all, thinking is hard. Why bother when so many things will do our thinking for us? TV, social media, whatever our friends are talking about. But if you take the time to practice thinking, not just random thoughts, but specific thoughts designed to increase your thinking skills, you can develop a very POWERFUL imagination. The more you practice imagining, the further out you'll be able to imagine things. So YOU can be the one coming with ideas. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
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    Playful Games Of Genius

    Kids have a game they call "telephone." Maybe you've played it. The teacher whispers a sentence into one kid's ear. Then that kid whispers that into another kids' ear, and so on. By the time the "sentence" goes around the room, it's completely changed. Usually, this is seen as a fun game, but also an example of how we humans tend to mix up ideas. It's generally seen as a human weakness, that we can't our brains as perfect repeaters. If you had a class full of robots, for example, they wouldn't mess up the message. But if you think of all the stuff humans have invented, it uses the very same process of the telephone game. We perceive an idea out in the world. We take that idea into our brain and turn it over a few times. Then we slightly rebuild that idea. Sometimes, it doesn't make sense. Other times, the NEW idea is much better than ANYTHING ever created before. Every single invention we have, every single human breakthrough, every technological advance was created just like the telephone game. Only it happened both consciously and unconsciously. Ideas come in, and by mixing them with our conscious and unconscious thoughts, new ideas are borne. Then THESE ideas spread, and take on lives of their own. This is where all stories, ancient mythology, and even human language come from. All based on the very necessary idea that are brains are NOT perfect repeaters. They're more like prisms, filters, or resonance chambers. Ideas come in, are broken down into their components, and certain elements are strengthened and amplified. Luckily we are NOT perfect robots. And even luckier, you can do certain things to INCREASE the strength of your "idea generator." By practicing certain skills, you can take any idea (the same ideas that are floating in and out of everybody else's brain) and turn them into MAGIC. Simple daily drills, just like mental pushups or situps, that will significantly increase the power of your thinking brain. Your creating mind. Your imagining mind. This is the real advantage of all creative genius ideas that have significantly improved human life. These brilliant brains see and experience the same things everybody else does. But what they DO with those, inside their heads, makes all the difference. And by doing these simple exercises, YOU can make all the difference. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
  15. One of the presuppositions of NLP is that flexibility is better, all else equal. Meaning if there is some contest, whoever is the most flexible in solving problems will win the contest. If you are a football team, and all you can do is run up the middle, and defend against runs up the middle, you won't do well against a team who can do everything. Short passes, long passes, no-huddle offenses, etc. The team that can respond differently to different situations will generally do better than a team with only a handful of plays. One of the reasons that Alexander the Great was such a bad ass was his armies were made up of all the various Greek City-States. They had a TON of different "fighting styles." Which meant he had a ton of flexibility as his disposal when he would come up against his various enemies, many of which significantly outnumbered him. One of the reasons humans are in charge of planet Earth (instead of say, Koalas, for example) is because of our brains. Our brains are the definition of flexible. In our long evolutionary history, those who had bigger brains were better for a TON of reasons. They could speak better, and tell more interesting stories. They could plan better, and communicate these plans persuasively. This allowed them to lead better. They could imagine better, and come up with new tools that were better than rocks. Every other animal has only a very small range where they can live. Except humans, who can think our way around problems, and live in deserts as well in igloos. Luckily, all the skills that gave humans an edge collectively can give us an edge individually. Thinking skills, planning skills, learning skills, communication skills, all these can be enhanced. Just like going to gym and eating properly can turn you from a flabby mess into a chiseled machine, doing the right brain exercises can turn you into a thinking and communicating powerhouse. And when you think about it, this is kind of odd. Our best asset as humans is our brains, not our bodies. But most people spend their lives strengthening their bodies, and not their brains. If you spent just a little bit of time strengthening your brain, you would have a HUGE advantage over nearly everybody on Earth. Since most of us believe that are brain skills are set. And once we have a certain level of brain skills, that's it. Luckily, that is not true. Not by a long shot. So when YOU start to do these brain exercises, you will be doing something that few people know exist. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
  16. The world is a complicated place. Lucky for us humans, we come pre-built with certain filters. Some of these are programmed in, some are flexible. For example, we seem to come pre-built with filters that cause instant fear when we see a creepy crawly thing scurry across the floor. Maybe there was once was a race of people who thought snakes were cute, but they all got bit and died before they could pass that gene on. On the other side, we all are drawn to bright colors. If you were gazing across an ancient landscape, and you saw a cluster of colors, it usually meant something good. Sweet fruit, flowers (maybe bees and some honey) or at least some water. We also have tons of filters we can build in. Like our names. Nobody is born knowing their name, but pretty soon it's the sweetest thing we'll ever hear. On top of the idea of filters is the idea of models. These are more temporary. They can help us make sense of an overly complicated world. Turns out there are three very POWERFUL models that make it very easy to focus on improving ANY skill. Three areas that when improved, all other skills will be improved. If you look back in history, every single creation that has helped mankind has been borne of these three skills. Skills that everybody has in varying degrees. Skills that can be improved with daily practice. Which means the MORE you focus on improving these three skill, the easier everything will be. Yes, everything. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
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    Get A Six Pack Brain

    It's pretty common these days to beef up at the gym. Some psychologists say that in bad economic times, more guys end up in the gym getting ripped. If they can't impress the ladies with their salaries, they'll impress them with their abs. Even if you aren't interested in impressing anybody, getting and staying in shape has a ton of benefits. You sleep better, you eat better, you feel better. Unless you've got some hidden, psychotic reasons for getting in shape, getting a lean mean body provides TONS of benefits. Of course, it does require a very necessary thinking process. One that more and more people seem to be having trouble with these days. And that is putting in some kind of effort TODAY, or a benefit in the FUTURE. More and more people have the idea that they won't lift a finger unless they get immediate and guaranteed benefit. This idea is VERY DANGEROUS. It's easy, and it's hard to escape from. Once you get into the habit of doing something NOW for a benefit NOW, it's hard to get out of. Paradoxically, if you do something like basic exercise long enough, you actually get benefit NOW (while you do it) AND into the future. This is generally true for all "healthy" behavior. It only "sucks" in the beginning. But there is one area where FEW people even THINK about building a better future. Of doing things TODAY to make a much better TOMORROW. It's common and even popular with ideas like health and fitness. But just as important as your body is, there is something MUCH MORE important. Your brain. Consider what would happen if you spent as much time exercising your brain as some people did their bodies. Sure, it's cool to walk the earth with some impressive guns and a six pack. But with a powerful BRAIN? That would actually be worth a TON of money! How do you exercise your brain? Luckily, there are really only THREE areas to focus on. Unlike your body, which has tons of different muscles. But the more you work on these THREE areas of your brain, the more you can do whatever you want with life. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
  18. A while back I used to do lot of rock climbing with a co-worker. Different climbs have different lengths. The measure of a climb is how many "pitches" it is. One pitch is essentially the length of a rope. The first guy that goes up "leads." He carefully puts in the pieces of protection, or "pro." Then he loops the rope through these pieces of pro. The guy on the ground slowly feeds the rope up as he climbs. So if the lead falls, he'll fall twice as far as the last piece of pro. Since he's got to fall past it until the rope catches him. Anyhow, my friend would always "lead" and I would always "follow," as well as "clean." Cleaning means taking out all the pro, and clipping it onto your harness. One day, as we were getting ready to leave, he said, "Hey, I want to show you this one climb. It's pretty easy, only one pitch." It was also a face climb, which meant it didn't have any huge holds or ledges. You had to go pretty quickly, and make sure you were balanced carefully. Most rock climbing walls you'll find in gyms and other places have HUGE hand holds and foot holds. (Called "bomber jugs") Face climbs don't. You have to accurately "read" the face. And you have to move quickly. No resting. Anyway, my friend knew I was TERRIFIED of face climbs. They were very much a mental, inner game. One stray thought of anxiety and you'd start sliding down. So he told me it was a 5.5. They measure climbs just like they measure earthquakes. On a logarithmic scale. A 5.5 was pretty easy for me. So he goes first, I follow. And it did seem pretty easy. My friend was grinning the whole time. I get to the top, and he siad, "Wow, you walked right up that." Meaning I didn't pause and look around. Very much the "flow state" of just acting without thinking. "Yeah," I said, "it's only a 5.5." "Actually," my friend said, "I lied. It's really a 5.9." Now, a 5.9 was something I'd NEVER done. Let alone a 5.9 face climb. Had he told me it was a 5.9 face climb, I NEVER would have tried. But because I THOUGHT it was easy, it was easy. Just like everything else. So long as you don't let those stray thoughts of fear and worry creep into your mind, everything's easy. So, what do you do? Find a friend that will always trick you? When it works, it works. Or you could systematically find all the fears in your brain, and kill them before they sprout. Pull them out at their root. Because without any fears holding you back, EVERYTHING becomes easy. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
  19. Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous for a lot of stuff. Back before he was anything, he was a bodybuilder. The most famous ever. One of his training recommendations was to train until failure. Most of us never do that. Meaning we wake up, do a few sit ups and push ups, maybe jog a couple miles, and call it good. If you were to train until failure, it would be mean waking up and doing pushups until you literally couldn't do any more. Exercise your muscles so hard they simply don't work any more. Of course, if you were a regular human with a regular job, this would be kind of silly. Every day at work you'd be so sore you couldn't move. But if you wanted to become the most famous bodybuilder of all time, it would be a good idea of train until failure as often as physically possible. Since being a bodybuilder IS your full time job. And since bodybuilding is a competition, if YOU didn't train until failure, somebody else would. When it comes to normal, every day skills, normal humans rarely need to train until failure. For us, the "bear theory" is perfect. What is the bear theory? Those two guys who were out hiking. And they saw a bear. And the one guy started putting on his running shoes. The other guy said, "Dude, what are you thinking? You can't run faster than a bear!" To which is friend said, "Don't need to run faster than a bear. Only faster than you!" Most of the time, us normal folks won't need world class skills. Only pretty good. If you go into a job interview, you don't need to be the best applicant on Earth. Only the best one in the room. If you talk to a cute guy or girl, you don't need to be the most charismatic person on Earth. Only the most charismatic in the room. So when you "train," you don't NEED to train until failure. Just doing some daily exercises will be fine. So you be better than every other goof in the area. What kind of exercises? The kind that build a strong frame. A strong sense of self confidence. Strong communication skills. Strong thinking skills. The main things that come across during one-on-one interactions. Since most people don't train at all, just by doing the daily drills, you'll have a huge advantage over most. Which daily drills? These: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
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    Hero's Journey

  21. Human fears are an insanely useful thing. But only if we use them correctly. The "incorrect" use of fear is not dealing with it. A long time ago, I used to be a big fan of Stephen King. The movie, "Creepshow," which came out in the 80's, was about a bunch of short stories. He played one of the goofy characters. He was a hillbilly type who found a meteor. He picked it up, and it oozed meteor juice all over him. Since it was a comedy-horror movie, the meteor juice immediately started to mutate his arm. He thought about going to the doctor, but was stopped by his worst-feared scenario. His worst feared scenario was the doctor holding a huge knife and with a wicked grin saying, "This is going to be EXTREMELY painful!" Of course, the hillbilly didn't go to the doctor, and the meteor juice ended up mutating his entire body, eventually killing him. This is the "incorrect" use of fear. To imagine the worst case scenario, assuming it's going to happen, and not doing squat. What is the "correct" use of fear? Our worst feared outcomes are IDEAL planning tools. Most people have heard (at least a billion times) the idea of "planning for the worst while hoping for the best." Our brains are FANTASTIC in perfectly delivering to us a "worst feared" outcome. We are SUPPOSED to be afraid of those. They are SUPPOSED to be horrifying. But they aren't supposed to make us hide out in the closet while getting eaten by meteor juice. They are supposed to be used as planning tools. Things to PREVENT against. It's like our brain is saying, "HEY! Make sure this doesn't happen!" Only for most people, the only way to "make sure this doesn't happen" is to not do anything. That is a strategy, but it's a pretty useless one. Because once you HAVE that worst feared outcome, you can plan all kinds of ways around it. Especially if those worst feared outcomes come in the form of social situations. Even more so if those worst feared outcomes come in the form of other people saying things. Because once we've got our worst feared outcome in the form of somebody SAYING something, there are plenty of ways to make sure it doesn't happen. Eighteen ways, to be precise. This means ANY social fear you can imagine, you can destroy it in EIGHTEEN different ways. Making sure it DOESN'T happen. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
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    Become A Demon Slayer

    Humans love stories. We've been telling stories to each other since the dawn of time. And these stories all have similar elements. Whether the story is about fighting dragons, or fighting government corruption, the overall structure is very similar. You've got the good guy, and the bad guy. And the good guy is never wholly good. He or she ALWAYS has some kind of flaw. And central to most stories, before the hero kills the bad guy in the world, he's got to face his demons within. How this is presented is different from story to story. Sometimes they have what Joseph Campbell calls a "belly of the whale" experience. Where they are physically constrained, and have to face some literal demon-type thing. Sometimes they have real world issues like broken relationships, addiction, or a physical handicap. However they are presented, they represent the same idea. We've all got demons inside, and we'll all face "bad guys" outside. And BEFORE we can face the bad guys outside, we've go to FIRST defeat the demons inside. There is simply no way around this. And like the crazy guy in the Road Warrior screamed, "You can run, but you can't hide!" Because that demon will always be within us, no matter where we go. And until you kill that dude, killing the bad guys outside is going to be difficult. Of course, the bad guys outside come in many forms. A job interview, something important you've got to say to somebody important before it's too late. But unless you destroy the demons within, that "bad guy" outside is going to seem incredibly terrifying. So, how, exactly, do you destroy the demon within? Just like you eat an elephant. One bit at a time. Start by identifying your inner fears. The fears you hope NOBODY ever finds out. Then slay them, one at a time. All your fears come with a specific structure. And once you understand the structure of your fears, you can dismantle them. Take them apart so they lose their hold. Unlike the movies, this takes time, and it is nowhere near as dramatic. You don't actually have to stand on a collapsing bridge shouting, "You shall not pass!" But you do have to the work. If you get busy, you can slay one inner demon per day. All by yourself, in the demon killing arena of your mind. The more of your inner demons you kill, the EASIER it will be to handle all those "bad guys" out in real life. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
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  24. How do you become more creative? This doesn't seem like it's something with any step by step process. One of the curious things about us humans is that everything is clear in hindsight. Much more than the "hindsight is 20-20" idea, where we always know what to do AFTER the fact. Many inventions took hundreds of years to happen. But after they were invented, they seemed so obvious. GoPro, for example, is a huge company. The idea of putting a camera on a stick seems pretty simple. Or on your head, or hat, or wherever. This is pretty much all you need to create a billion dollar empire. Take a couple of things that ALREADY exist, and combine them. When I was a kid, they had this goofy commercial for Reese's Peanut Butter cups. Some guy was walking down the street eating peanut butter out of a jar. (Seriously!) Another girl was eating chocolate. They crashed into each other and POOF! A new candy was invented. Dudes fought each other on horseback for hundreds of years before the stirrup was invented. You'd think somebody would have figured it out sooner. Since everything is simple in hindsight, having super genius powers of intelligence isn't required to be creative. All you need to do is think slightly differently. But even if you don't have a goal of coming up with a million dollar invention, you can impress plenty of people. It's pretty cool to be around somebody who SPEAKS creatively. This represents their creative thinking. Believe it or not, this is something that you can practice. Humans have pretty straightforward thought patterns. Our language patterns are very closely related to these thought patterns. And once you understand the structure, it's easy learn plenty of other structures. Funny thing about thought and language, is people tend to focus on the CONTENT, the stuff they are talking about, rather than the structure. But when you can see structure, and play around with structure, people will see you as a creative genius. Because you will be. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
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    Out Frame The World

    One of the most important skills of a human is being able to think for yourself. This is also perhaps one of the most difficult things to do. We humans are hierarchical animals. We also respond very strongly, and very subconsciously, to social proof. Tons of studies (some very shocking) demonstrate this. When an authority says something, we believe it without question. When our social peers are doing or thinking something, we go along without question. This makes it VERY difficult to think independently. There's an idea in business called "The Tenth Man." Meaning whenever there is a big decision, there is ALWAYS somebody who's only job is to go against the consensus. After much research, NASA admitted one of the problems that led to the space shuttle disaster in the 1980's was a lack of dissent. All the experts agreed there was no problem. And since everybody was an expert, and everybody agreed, then that meant there wasn't a problem. Until the space shuttle exploded. Turns out the "NASA culture" didn't allow for any dissent. No explicitly, but implicitly. Everybody agreed since everybody agreed. Dissent wasn't even considered. Hence the "tenth man" theory. Always have some guy who ALWAYS argues with the consensus. (You may have seen this idea creep into the movie World War Z). Of course, this requires forethought. A system of allowing it to happen. But you don't have to sit around waiting to be given the job of "officially questioning authority." You can start doing it on your own. Be the guy or gal who ALWAYS thinks outside the box. The creative thinker who is always getting people unstuck. The clever one who doesn't just accept things because that guy on TV said so. How do you do this? By learning the structure of thought. And practice examining the structure of thought. Of being able to quickly take apart thoughts, and look at them from every possible angle. And seeing where they are weak, and where they are strong. So you can put them back together again, so they are MUCH more powerful. This one skill will allow you to OUT FRAME everything. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
  26. A long time ago, all societies had what is called an "oral tradition." Long before writing was invented, people had to maintain the "narrative" of who they were as a collection of stories and myths. And the only way they could keep these intact was to keep telling them over and over. Every tribe had a couple of storytellers. And these storytellers weren't thought of as high priests or anything. They were just the oldest guys who told stories to the rest. Then when kids grew up, they would more or less "self-select" for the storyteller of the next generation. Whoever could remember the best, whoever could speak the most elegantly. But then it all changed when writing was invented. This also happened when societies got really large. No longer were the stories of any society kept by the people. They were maintained by high priests with special books that only they could read. This is generally what happens when a new technology comes along. It's hoarded by the elites, and generally used to hold power over the masses. Imagine what it must have been like. Everybody only saw these high priests occasionally. And when they came out and read from special "books" (although nobody had ever seen a book before), it was like listening to god himself. They must have been thought of as wizards or magicians. Which gave them an extraordinary amount of power. Power was held in a very small groups of elites for a LONG time. Eventually the printing press was invented, and everybody started reading. But even so, there is much more to words than most people realize. Words are representations of ideas. And most people simply take ideas at face value. But any idea can be looked at from many different perspectives. And since most folks only take words at face value, when you can learn how to see all the different potential meanings in a single idea, it will be like having wizard like power. Most people talk about the same things over and over. And they have the same opinions about the same things. Over and over. Until you come along and show them all the different ways ANY thought or idea can be interpreted. This can give you extraordinary power over others. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
  27. People are consumers of ideas. We crave information in all its forms. Social media, TV, conversations with others. The more compelling and interesting the information is, the better it feels. Kind of like food. We like food that tastes good. We don't like food that doesn't taste good. A long time ago, this was tightly calibrated. The stuff that tasted good was healthy and kept us alive and kicking. Meat, fat, fruits, veggies, nuts, roots, etc. Stuff that didn't taste good was stuff that was dangerous. Dirt, tree bark. We didn't have to think much. Just consume what tasted good, and avoid what didn't taste good. Our brains evolved to see information the same way. Stuff that "felt good" tended to be helpful. Stuff that didn't "feel good" wasn't so helpful. A lot of this information came from non-verbal communication from others. Today those ancient social signals come from social media. Which is why it's so addicting. Just like processed food, it tricks us into thinking it's healthy. But another thing we enjoy very much is different content. This why we love stories so much. Ancient people's lived in some pretty boring environments, compared to today. So guys and gals that would spin interesting tales about nature, the gods, us and our purpose were in high demand. Similarly, people today that can spin interesting tales are in equally high demand. People that can come up with an interesting take on common things. Most people say and think the same things. Over and over. And most people comment on those same things the same way. Over and over. But it is pretty easy to take the same basic ideas, that people keep saying over and over, and flip them around in some interesting ways. So interesting nobody has ever heard of them before. Which will make you a very in-demand person. People will listen to your take on things and get that feeling of enlightenment. Of seeing things for the first time. Of finally, "getting it." Think differently, speak differently. And be recognized above all. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
  28. A lot of the way reality works is really backwards. One reason is we humans have a tough time with any "cause-effect" ideas. We tend to assume connections where none exist. This has been demonstrated in children as young as six months. They believe it allowed for quick thinking back in the days of hunters and gathers. Many of our problems today stem from having hunter-gatherer instincts in a modern world. Another problem arises when we understand the relationships between our beliefs and the things we see. Most people believe they more or less see the world the way it is. And if something NEW pops up, they'll blend this NEW thing into their existing belief system. The underlying idea is that our reality around us CREATES our belief systems. When in many cases it's the other way around. Imagine a guy who is really shy and nervous. He has a belief that women think he is disgusting. This makes him feel like crap. And every time he talks to a woman, he sends out "creep vibes." This creep vibes are from his belief about himself. And these creep vibes CREATE the rejection he fears. However, he thinks this is PROOF that his beliefs are correct. When in reality, it's his beliefs that CREATE his reality. The problem with this is how the heck do you change your beliefs when you have no experiences with anything else? If we humans could just rewrite our beliefs at will, life would be MUCH easier. So most of us don't bother. We just assume things about the world. Many people don't even acknowledge that the world behaves like we TELL it to. Nobody can tell much about you. So they have to use YOUR interpretation of you as a guide. If you think you suck, they'll think you suck. Of course, nobody walks up and says, "Hi! I suck!" We project that with our frame. If you have a weak frame, it's interpreted by others before you even open your mouth. If you have a strong frame, it's interpreted by others before you even open your mouth. A good way to describe your frame is the sum total of your beliefs regarding your value. If you believe you don't provide much value, nobody else will. If you believe you provide TONS of value, everybody else will. But this belief has to be true in ALL LEVELS. It's common to have strong beliefs about yourself at the conscious level, but very weak beliefs at the subconscious level. These subconscious beliefs are the ones that make up your frame. Luckily, there's a pretty easy way to change them. To systematically build up a MASSIVE frame, just like you could build muscles. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
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    Stuck In The Guru Trap?

    There is a very common idea in plenty of "self development" books. And that is by only filling your head with different ideas, things will magically become easier. This is popular because it's very compelling. All of us would LOVE to be able to make more money, have more sex, lose weight by only THINKING differently. So plenty of books and courses are written with this type of consumer in mind. People that like to read and fantasize about a better future. But are unwilling to actually change their behavior. One way to see what people believe is to watch their behavior. For example, imagine if you studied a typical follower of any famous "guru." They spend thousands and go to their seminars. They buy all the courses and books. But in their regular day to day life, their behavior is the same. Sure, the labels they give to what they are doing makes it SEEM like they are working on "self improvement." But their behaviors aren't much different that somebody who is a groupie to a rock band. Follow them around the country. Attend all their concerts. Buy all the CD's. It's funny how people think of "self development." This is generally any type of social skills, dating skills or money skills. It SOUNDS like "self development" but it LOOKS like groupie behavior. Which, of course, is totally fine. People spend their money and time any way they like. But it is helpful to understand what you REALLY want. Most people fall into the "guru" trap because it FEELS like progress, but it's really entertainment. Every time they go to another seminar, it's slightly different, so from a consumer standpoint, it feels like they are learning things. This is why all the gurus have varying levels of seminars. All the way from the few hundred dollar introductory levels all the way up to the several thousand dollar "inner circle" types. But again, if you've got the cash and the time, why not? Nobody ever spends their money consistently on something unless THEY feel they are getting their money's worth. Since everything is subjective, nobody really has any right to question somebody else's financial decisions. However, if you REALLY want to change your behavior, it's really, really easy. You simply treat ANY new behavior like you would learn any "non-self-development" behavior. If you wanted to learn how to play the piano, you'd practice a few minutes a day. Not until your piano playing skills were "permanent." You would realize instinctively that the MORE you practice, the BETTER you'd become. Apply this simple, common sense thinking to ANY behavior, and the same rules apply. The more you practice, the better you'll become. One POWERFUL thing to practice is your frame strength and verbal skills. These will take you VERY FAR. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
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