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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Feb19_Post.mp4 There's something in economics they call "excess capacity." Like if the economy is booming, and everybody is building. Say you built a bowling ball factory during the booming economy. This isn't as silly a metaphor as you might think. One of the things that boomed during the post WWII boom were bowling alleys. And when the economy is growing it makes sense to keep building. But when the economy shrinks, it's kind of hard shift on a dime. So, suppose your bowling ball factory is capable of producing 1,000,000 bowling balls per day. But as demand slows down, you produce less. And suppose you're now only producing 250,000 bowling balls per day. All that extra equipment that you're NOT using is what they meany by "excess capacity." And modern humans have a lot of excess capacity in our brains. We have the same brains, intellect, creativity we've had for a couple hundred thousand years. And up until very recently, we NEEDED all that creativity to NOT DIE. Life was harsh. Our brains were our best attribute. Scheming against animals, our environment, other humans, that was a LIFE OR DEATH scenario. Today, everything we need is pretty easy. It doesn't seem like that, but that stuff that KILLED US back then doesn't exist. Nobody needs to worry about starving to death. Nobody needs to worry about hungry bear coming into your bedroom at night and eating you. So our brains, or creativity, our imaginations have TONS of "excess capacity." Most of us use this to watch movies, play video games, etc. Or WORSE pay attention to all the nonsense on social media. But even more troublesome is how much we use our fast ninja brains to spin circles around ourselves. Go into any social situation and our brains are going CRAZY. This is kind of what Mark Twain meant when he said: "90% of my worst fears never came true." Most of the things we fear are a product of our over-active imaginations. "Over Active" isn't the best description. Our brains are ALWAYS thinking. So it's not that they are TOO active. But our brains are active in the wrong direction. Back in the day it was easy. Danger, hunger, competition, was ALWAYS there. Back in the day, there was a close match between our fears and the stuff that might actually kill us. Today, not so much. No worries, because that only needs a bit of recalibration. To use your brain powers to slowly re-build an inner core. One that will be much more efficient, and DEADLY in the modern world. Deadly, of course, being metaphorical. Not killing bears or enemies. But killing inner fears, inhibitions, anxieties and all obstacles. Get Started: https://mindpersuasion.com/inner-frame/
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Oct02Post.mp4 Humans are explorers. We always have been. It's one of our unique human traits. It wasn't always like this. Way back when we were proto-humans, we were like all the other animals. Stuck in a geographical location. Bound by our instincts to eat and to not get eaten. But something happened. Whether a cause or an effect, something that changed this was a sexual division of labor. Dad birds and mom birds both go looking for the same kind of worms. Dad monkeys and mom monkeys get the same kind of bananas. But these ancient proto humans split somehow. Men hunted, and women gathered. This meant the type of food we went after was different. Which meant we could live in much, much more diverse areas. This, of course, required a "meta" instinct. If a monkey sees a banana, or a penguin sees a fish, they get a signal that says "food." But since humans kept moving into different areas, we had to LEARN how to get food in that new area. This required a bigger brain. A self-aware brain. Monkeys are aware of bananas. Penguins are aware of fish. Dogs are aware of their masters and can be trained to be aware of a whole slew of commands. Humans became aware of our own thought process. And we developed language and "collective memory." Somebody could go out, find and kill a brand new animal, all on their own. Then come back and describe, using carefully calibrated words, how they killed that animal. Our humans brains, driven perhaps by our large visual cortex, all had essentially a HALLUCINATED blueprint in their brains. Of HOW to kill that same animal. So they could all go out hunting, each on their own, and use that memory, which was created ONLY with words, as a reference. To compare what they were doing, to what they saw inside their own brains. Many animals can be trained. But humans are capable of SELF-TRAINING. Even if NOBODY has any clue how to get something, we'll MAKE UP a story. About an ancient HERO who got it done. And we can use that purely imaginary story as a reference. To get it done. All this was done within the ancient primate, and how human, hierarchy. Who is the most important dude in any ancient tribe? One of two people. The guy who actually consistently killed the most animals. And the guy who told the stories about the ancient, likely mythological HEROES who killed the monsters. The trainers and the killers. And since humans kept nomadically wandering around the planet, both of these were functions of our BRAIN. And every night, when everybody was staring up at the stars, what were they dreaming about? About being the guy with the best IDEAS. The competition between ancient humans, that created the world we enjoy today was a competition of BRAINS. Build yours, and dominate. Get Started: https://mindpersuasion.com/mental-strength/
  3. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept27Post.mp4 Whenever there's an ensemble movie, particularly an action movie, they'll be some pretty similar archetypes. All the dudes form the original Star Wars matched up with The Seven Samurai (and the Magnificent seven). Once a buddy of mine and I were talking about random stuff and we "discovered" that in every sitcom has a kind of "silly" character. This goes back to Jung, who allegedly found these archetypes in each one of our psyches. Which means we are each one of those Seven Samurai from time to time. Otherwise, we couldn't identify with them. A famous study is where they put ten people in a room and give each of them a task. And they automatically and quickly organize into a hierarchy. This makes perfect sense, because we are hierarchical primates. But they do this several times. They put all the top guys (from each previous group) and put them in a group. And again, they organize into a hierarchy. What do these two ideas mean? The archetype and the hierarchy idea? Depending on who you're hanging out with, you'll be in different places on the hierarchy. This itself is a movie trope. Big fish in a small pond? Or small fish in a big pond? You may be a star in High School but a nobody in college. You may be the science geek among your friends, but when you get a job at an engineering company, you'll be the guy always asking questions. Some people don't like to grow. They like to stay safe. In fact, most people, unless they are being consistently prodded by their environment, will stay right where they are. Same friends, same discussions, same hobbies and pastimes. This CAN be OK. But what happens when you're environment changes? 99% of species who have ever existed went extinct. The dinosaurs probably thought they had it pretty good Then a meteor came out of nowhere and killed everybody. Complacency feels good, but it makes it VERY hard to change when the environment does. Of course, the environment can be anything. Social situations, relationships, economic situations, or anything else. Luckily, you don't need to be ready for a zombie apocalypse. Or spending all day stashing guns and doing pull ups like Sarah Connor from the Terminator movies. Those are cool for movie characters, but what about real life? In real life your best skills are how you think. How you speak. How well you remember, and how creative you are. You can practice these skills every day, and nobody will know but you. Best case is you get a bigger and better brain. Worst case is if anything does go sideways, you'll be the guy people look to for help. Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/mental-strength/
  4. Waking Lucid Dreams: https://mindpersuasion.com/waking-lucid-dreams/ https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Apr29Loop.mp4
  5. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar05Post.mp4 Being more flexible is better than being less flexible. It's hard to imagine a scenario when having less flexibility would be an asset, rather than a liability. But flexibility comes in many, many forms. There's physical flexibility, where you can touch your toes without screaming in pain. If you weren't very flexible, for example, and there was a sudden zombie apocalypse, you'd be in trouble. Especially if you were outside when it happened. Particularly if they were the fast running zombies. You see a zombie coming your way, you instinctively run in the opposite direction, and pull a muscle. Not only are you about to get eaten, but you're laying on the ground in pain, grabbing your hamstrings in agony. The last thing that goes through your mind as the zombies gather around and sink their zombie teeth in your delicious flesh: "Dang! I should have spent a few minutes stretching in the morning!" Dong something as simple as a few morning stretches can save your life! Flexibility of thinking is also an asset. And not just in zombie apocalypses. Those who are much more creative in their problem solving skills tend to have much better positions. Today and way back in our evolutionary past. We can imagine an ancient tribe of humans. So long as they had a few guys who could think outside the box, they'd be OK. The guys who could think outside the box would tend to be the tribal leaders. The other guys just needed to do what they were told, and they'd be good. For plenty of people, that would be a dream come true. Show up at any kind of job, be told EXACTLY what to do, and get paid a lot of money. Unfortunately, if you did find a job opening like that, there'd be a kajillion applicants. Once, a long while ago, I actually ALMOST applied for a job like that. I saw an add for meter reader. Walk around, go in people's backyards, and read some kind of meter. Since it was a government job, the pay and benefits were very high. Walk around outside all day, read some numbers off a meter, write them on a clipboard, and make a ton of money. I drove to the building where they were holding the interviews, but I didn't even bother parking. Even though I got there an hour early, the line was HUGE! Everybody LOVES the idea of big pay for brainless work. But if you can manage to develop lateral thinking skills, creative problem solving skills, and more and more ways to skin the proverbial cat, you'll be in a much better position. More authority, more pay, and more people who'll naturally defer to your leadership. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
  6. Every culture has a rich history of storytelling. Norse culture had a particularly interesting technique. The would tell stories that had basic elements built in. Then the storytellers would only have to remember those basic plot points. They connected them mentally to certain parts of a warrior's armor. Just like the modern memory technique of the memory palace. Where you connect items you want to remember to rooms in a house. The way the tellers of the Norse Sagas used this technique was similar. They would connect the very basic plot points to a warriors armor. That way, they could go off on wild tangents. Based on the crowd, how they were reacting. The location, local culture, etc. Then they would eventually make their way back to the next point on the armor, which they associated with the next plot point in the story. Back in those days, if you were a professional storyteller, you had to develop a pretty good memory. Especially the Vikings, who didn't write much down. One might say we have a huge brain, a huge imagination and a potentially a huge memory to support our natural storytelling skills. That storytelling, and story listening is a very important human instinct. This means if you want to become a great storyteller, you already have the instinctive programming built into your brain. Why would you want to become a great storyteller? With a story, a collection of metaphors, or even a simple anecdote, you can get a point across MUCH more powerfully. You can deliver advice much more covertly and persuasively. You can be a much more entertaining and appreciated party guest. You don't need to get up on stage. Or even be known as a great storyteller. All you need to do is understand the structure of human fear and desire. After all, every story every told PACES human fear, and moves the listener toward better outcomes. You probably already have plenty of raw story materials in your brain. All you need is a little practice, and you can start developing your story instinct. What can you use this for? Sales, seduction, inspiration, motivation, healing, or plain old entertainment. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/storytelling-magic/
  7. 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/
  8. The idea of being congruent is very compelling. It's also one of those words that can mean different things to different people. A related word is resonance. If you are a little kid on a swing, and you "resonate" the frequency of your legs to the natural frequency of the swing, you can get some pretty big oscillations. Of course, little kids DON'T think: "Let's see, first I'll need to do some trial and error testing to elicit the natural frequency of this swing. Then I'll use that as a feedback system and attempt to oscillate my legs at that same resonance frequency. If I'm successful, then theoretically I should create a maximum level of oscillation." They don't think. They just naturally swing their legs until they get higher and higher. And when they decide to jump out, they also DON'T think: "Ok, timing is critical. I need to exit this system at the simultaneous maximum of my oscillations while taking the cosine of my exit with respect to the ground to achieve a maximum of both vertical height and horizontal distance." They just leap out. This is how life is SUPPOSED to be. We aren't supposed to stand there and use calculus to plan every action. We are supposed to resonate naturally with the systems around is, and achieve a maximum amount of benefit for the minimum amount of effort. This is EXACTLY why kids love swinging on the swings, and jumping out. With very little effort, (swinging their legs back and forth) they can literally LAUNCH THEMSELVES up into the air. A temporary ESCAPE VELOCITY from the ground. But for some reason, when we grow up, we lose this ability. In fact, this natural "flow state" is so rare, it's considered a physiological and psychological anomaly. This is one of the drawbacks of living in a modern society. On one hand, we've got tons of cool stuff. But the cost for this is the TONS of data hitting our senses. So much it's VERY HARD to find that natural resonance that comes from being fully CONGRUENT with our nature. But if you were to find a local park and get on the swing set, you would remember how to have fun. That is, if you allowed yourself to. And with a little conscious thought and understanding, you can recalibrate your inner resonance system to the modern world. And reach that coveted flow state much more often. Learn How: Ego Taming
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