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  1. Our brains can sometimes make things too complicated. Being our best feature, our brains, and everything it can do, has made us humans the (currently) top dogs on Earth. Why, specifically, is something that is open for discussion. Some argue it’s our use of language. Or our use of tools. Or our ability to think consciously. One interesting theory says that the long road to conscious thought began WAY back when the first creatures crawled out of the water. See, in the water, you can’t see very far ahead. So you never really need to think about what’s coming up. So any animal that lives in the sea only needs to react. But once they got up on land, they could see a lot further. Which meant they could see what was coming a lot sooner before it got there. That gave those early creatures a lot of time to “think about” a proper response. And from that window of time eventually arose human consciousness. And along with it our big brains. But all that stuff happened a LONG time ago. Most of our recent inventions have only been in the past couple hundred years. Beyond two or three hundred years ago, life was as it had been. And going back only 10,000 years, a BLINK as far as all life, we were pretty much the same as we were way back when we were lower primates. Sure, we could talk and think and make up stories about characters up in the sky, but what made us SUDDENLY leap forward? First farming, and then large cities, and recently everything else? The main thing was that GROUPS started inventing things. One “characteristic” of all these inventions was they were made for the MASSES. Meaning guys like Edison, Ford, Gates, they invented stuff, but up until very recently, all inventions were PERSONAL. People would make stuff they could use themselves. Only in the past few hundred years have people been making stuff to be used by the MASSES. Why? Are they super generous? Are they benevolent? Angels secretly pretending to be humans? Nope. There is ONE reason and ONE reason only those inventors have schemed their ENTIRE LIVES to invent things to be used by the masses. (OK, maybe not the ONLY reason but the MAIN reason...) They wanted to get PAID. Their thinking was simple. “If could create something a million people would be willing to pay a couple of dollars for, I could get rich!” This is the ONE THING that is responsible for all this stuff. None of the inventions we enjoy, depend on and take for granted today would be possible it. What is “it”? Money. Get Some: http://mindpersuasion.com/money-instinct/
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  3. 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/
  4. 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/
  5. 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/
  6. Long ago, humans didn't have to motivate themselves. They did, but to get their most basic needs met. They were largely regulated by their environment. Getting food was difficult and dangerous. Maintaining relationships was necessary. Authority and social proof worked in everybody's favor. It kept couples together, and it spurred people to their best. Everybody was on the same page. Nobody needed to find their motivation. It was always there. Pushing them. Last couple hundred years, everything changed. Food is easy to get. Relationships are optional. They are not necessary for survival like they used to be. Social proof and authority work against us in many ways. This means all the external incentives that kept us on purpose are gone. And all we have are our own internal incentives. And for most people, this only means do whatever feels good. Do what makes sense right now. If we have to think too much, or work too hard, or take any risks, we act like this is an abomination. A violation of our "human rights." As if we have a "right" to never have to work, or live beneath our means, or take any responsibility for our lives. Those that are in charge LOVE this. We offer little resistance. We plop down in front of the TV and are brainwashed to believe what we are told without any critical thinking. This is dangerous for everybody. Sure, as long as you are getting fed and entertained, it is fantastic. But if you ever want to venture outside of your comfort zone, it's TERRIFYING. But consider this a fundamental human skill. To take small risks, to take responsibility for your life, and to be in charge of what happens to you. Any politician that recommended this would be booted out of office. Which is why they promise the opposite. But if you want to live a life that's not average, you've got to practice certain skills. Self responsibility. Critical thinking. The ability to slowly expand your comfort zone to encompass new and interesting ideas. Not ideas other people tell you to consider. But ideas you discover on your own. The more of these original ideas you've got in your brain, the more resourceful you'll feel. But very few people other than you will benefit from you having original ideas in your brain. Which means if you don't get out there and find them, nobody's going to give them you. This is the secret of living your life on your terms. Finding your own ideas, considering them according to your own criteria, and living your own life. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/beta-male/
  7. Many people know the story about the frog and the scorpion. The scorpion begs the frog for a ride across the river. The frog complains, says you're going to sting me. Scorpion says, no I promise, I won't. Frog agrees and they take off across the river. Halfway across the river, scorpion stings the frog. Frog gets paralyzed, and they start to sink. Frog asks why, scorpion says it's my nature. I can't help it. Moral of the story? Depends on who you're telling it to and why. It could be a warning. To avoid certain people. Even though they say they won't act a certain way, they don't really have any choice. But on a deeper level, it also means that we have something called a "nature." And that we can't run or hide from our own nature. The scorpion didn't want to die. Which means he was probably telling the truth in the beginning. You can see this as a metaphorical contest between conscious mind (I promise I won't sting you) and our unconscious nature. One is weak, the other is strong. Clearly, it shows how we must understand and respect our nature. Because even if we pretend to ignore our nature, and try to "outthink" our nature, our nature will win. Luckily we aren't scorpions. While animals make useful metaphorical characters, metaphors themselves are only examples. Small stories meant to deliver a point. Not accurate maps of reality. But it is very helpful to know your nature. Both as a human, and as an individual. As a human, you are an explorer. Humans are not comfortable sitting still. We always need to learn more stuff, enjoy more stuff, get more stuff. We can do that in healthy way, or an unhealthy way. Unhealthy, of course, is always eating more or sleeping more or finding more creative ways to waste time. Healthy way is learning more, exercising more, practicing more, or doing something that will improve your resourcefulness. As far as your own personal nature, that's HOW you do those things. You do have that capacity, but whether or not you use it is up to you. There are generally three ways people use their inherent productivity. Wastefully, by spending all day watching Netflix. For somebody else, where we work for companies, bosses, or even spouses and families that take advantage of our productivity. Or for yourself. Naturally, doing only one is not a good idea. You need some kind of balance. But so long as you're doing a little of each, you'll be in good shape. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  8. Meaning is very flexible. At least some of the time. If you're taking a test in school, then there is only one correct answer. But most of the time, there is no "correct" answer. Sure, some "answers" are better than others. The "answers" depend on what you want. For example, if you wanted to convince somebody to tell you what time it was, there are "useful" ways and "not so useful" ways. Meaning some techniques would be much more likely to get the time AND a positive response. Other techniques would be less likely. For example, if you asked somebody politely, they would tell you. If you tried to telepathically convince them, it probably wouldn't work. Does this mean one way is "right" and another way is "wrong?" You could say that one way "works" and another "doesn't work." We get into trouble when we don't have a clear idea of what we want. Society is filled with "rules" about what we "should" and "shouldn't" do. The idea of what we "should" do follows us around a lot. For example, if you went out to eat with some friends, and decided to order dessert first, and then eat an entree later, your friends might look at you weird. Somebody might even go so far as to say, "Hey, you're SUPPOSED to eat your dessert last!" But is that really true? The actual "truth" is that we have MUCH MORE flexibility with how we live our lives than most people realize. Especially with how we think about things. Nobody will ever be inside your head except for you. But plenty of people will do their very best to influence HOW and WHAT you think. Consider your thinking, especially HOW you do it, to be your secret weapon. If you try something and fail, for example, a lot of people will feel BETTER if you feel bad about it. Tons of people would love to try something new, but are terrified. So when you try something new, they are HOPING you fail, and they are HOPING you feel bad. That way, you'll go back to "normal" and be like them. But you aren't going to achieve greatness if you spend your time NOT doing things so OTHER PEOPLE won't feel bad. Screw that! One of the best things you can do is to slowly change how you think. About yourself, about the world, and about WHAT you can do. The more creatively you can think about these things, the more creatively you can live. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  9. Once I went on a bike ride with a buddy of mine. It was a last minute plan, so he used my old bike. After a few miles, we both wondered why he was huffing and puffing so much. We were both in more or less the same shape. When we'd go jogging together, we'd always kept the same pace. So it was puzzling why he was having such a hard time. Then we decided to check the bikes. He had a brake that was stuck slightly. Not enough to notice right away, but just enough to make him pedal a little bit harder. Once loosened up his brakes, he quickly went ahead. He's been struggling to keep up, and with his brakes released, he used the same effort and pretty much blew me away. I was struggling to keep up with him for the rest of the ride. Once my brother and I were going on a backpacking trip. We were excited to find this basin that had a bunch of lakes, and supposedly some really good fishing. Since we were so focused on the destination, we kind of forgot about the path. Pretty much as soon as we left the car at the trail head parking lot, it was pure switchbacks. Really steep trails that cris-cross the face of a really steep mountain. Needless to say, our excitement didn't last very long. We eventually made it, but both of us were kind of disappointed, AND embarrassed. Lots of people want the good stuff, but they don't want to do the stuff that is required to GET to the good stuff. For example, many people would love to play an instrument, but they don't really want to take the time to learn. Many people would love to speak a foreign language, it's the learning part that trips them up. Luckily, the way most people learn is the way my friend was huffing and puffing behind me on that bike trip. There's some extra drag that they don't know about. And when they release the brakes, and find out how EASY it can be to learn new stuff, they can sprint out ahead of everybody else. What do YOU want to learn? Click Here To Learn How
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