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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/May12Post.mp4 Humans come preprogrammed with a lot of instincts. Both instincts and learning capability. This has two sides. An "avoid the negative" side. A "maximize the positive" side. Most people stay as close to the center as possible. On the "avoid the negative" side, the perfect example is gaining weight. Our instincts tell us to eat as much as we can, whenever we can. NOT doing that requires continuous conscious management. Not easy, but not impossible. But we also have a social proof instinct and other social instincts. Our social instincts (social proof, authority) are often at odds with our deeper instincts. Instincts like food and sex. So within our own conscious minds, we are being pulled in two direction. Individually, we'd like to look good naked. But socially, we're told it's OK to be overweight. This is just ONE instinct. Wherever you lie on this particular spectrum is up to you. Most folks are ONLY concerned with staying AWAY from the far negative side. Most people are motivated mostly AWAY from pain. So they spend their lives trying to avoid things. But the other side of the coin is much more robust. Must more open to many more possibilities. This is the "maximize the positive" side. Avoiding the negative is easy. You know what you DON'T want, so you do anything to move AWAY from that. But the positive side requires calibration. This is the OPPOSITE of doing anything to avoid being a slave to your instincts (food, sex, social approval, etc.). But the positive side has much, much more potential. Imagine having a caveman for a neighbor. These represent your instincts. This neighbor is loud, obnoxious and can't reason to save his life. The natural and common response is to AVOID this neighbor at all costs. To keep him from getting angry at you. But suppose you could slowly get to know him? Find out that he really DOES have hidden strengths? This is what happens when you move beyond only managing your instincts. But to leverage and maximize them. How? Here's a quick example. Everybody's heard of the "red car phenomenon." When you buy a red car and suddenly see all the red cars. This is an example of all the filters in our brain. Most people know these filters exist. And they CAN be changed by random events. You buy a red car, and see red cars. At least until your red car becomes natural and normal. Then the red cars disappear. Or you see a few strange numbers. 11:11 on the clock for example. And you get a cool, but undefined and vague feeling. Then you forget about it a few days later. This is NOT the universe speaking to you. These are the filters in your brain giving you RANDOM hits about what's out there. When you calibrate these filters, you can consciously choose WHAT you want to see. For whatever purposes you want. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/luck-activator/
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Dec17Post.mp4 Humans have tons of biases. Easy to see in others, hard to see in ourselves. Even the word, "bias" has negative connotations. When we point out, or refer to the biases in others, it's almost always negative. For example, we LOVE to point out the "confirmation bias" in others. Particularly when it comes to political arguments. Some even believe that our biases are "imperfections" in our thinking. Mistakes in our makeup. This is absolutely false. Everything about us is something that HELPED us in the past. They are only bad when we want something, and we can't get it. This just means they need to be understood. They were put there so we didn't HAVE to understand them. They were very tightly calibrated to an ancient environment. So we specifically didn't have to think. They are put there for OPTIMAL performance. And we still use our biases, to a large extent, today. For example, if you are shopping for bananas, you'll have a couple handy biases. Just the vaguely conscious thought of wanting to buy bananas will kick off a couple of "biases." One is you will have a "bias" for the produce section. Within that "bias" you'll have another "bias" for yellow things. In this example, we can see how biases are really filters. To help us find what we are looking for. Or to point out things that are dangerous. But if you still had your "banana bias" operating when you were looking for your keys, you wouldn't find your keys. (Unless they were shaped like a banana). To be sure, this is a pain. To have to take time to consciously understand things that were MEANT to be operating in the background. But that's the price we pay for living in an advanced world with all these advanced goodies. An even better way to understand and use biases is to leverage others. If you know the biases that are running on everybody else's brains, you can do some pretty spooky cool stuff. This is essentially what magicians do. And people who create optical illusions. They KNOW where our blind spots are. So they purposely create things to leverage our blind spots. So we see things that LOOK magic. You can do this with your words. Talk to people in a way that leverages their mental blind spots. Their biases. And they will think YOU are magic. They will truly believe you know everything about them. Which you can leverage anyway you like. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/cold-reading/
  3. The Invisible Gorilla Paradox: https://mindpersuasion.com/the-missing-gorilla-paradox/ https://soundcloud.com/mindpersuasion/the-invisible-gorilla-paradox https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Sept23Loop.mp4
  4. We humans have a lot of biases. Most of them are widely known. Like confirmation bias, for example. We tend to find things in our environment that verify what we already believe to be true. Or we watch TV news that matches our pre-existing outlook. However, one thing many people don't take into account is why these are called "biases." If you say somebody is "biased," that is a negative label. Nobody strives to be "biased." So the general idea when thinking in terms of human "biases" is they are "errors" in thinking. But are they? When you go to a new school, or work at a new company, or move to a new neighborhood, confirmation bias works in your favor. The typical process of "making friends" specifically means finding people with whom we share similar ideas and beliefs. If you are a Mets fan, for example, you wouldn't make any friends with Yankee fans. In this case, these "biases" are not really "biases." They are "friend making strategies." Or what if you went into a pizza place, and looked up at the extensive menu. One way to describe what you were doing would be, "trying to find something that looks good." But HOW, exactly do you do that? If you were to explain to an alien the process of "finding something that looks good," how would you describe it? You look up at all the choices, quickly imagine (based on whatever experiences you have in your brain) which one is best. Without having any kind of "biases" that would be impossible! Some people have horrible brain conditions where they have amnesia after a certain point. Usually due to an accident. (This was the plot of the Adam Sandler move, "50 First Dates") What if your brain couldn't store any food memories? What if every single time you ate anything, it was always the first time? You could never guess beforehand what was good, and what wasn't. "What's that? Raw broccoli covered in wasabi-anchovy sauce? Sounds interesting! Lemme try some!" That would suck! Luckily, our brains are filled with sorting techniques (sometimes called "biases") that help us make effective decisions. However, there IS one thing that will KEEP you from making effective decisions. And that is not having an outcome. Deciding what to do ONLY makes sense if you have an OUTCOME. Then you can decide what to do to get you there as quickly as possible. When you are moving toward something YOU want, your biases can be your best friend. Learn More: Seven Disciplines
  5. Whenever you start off on any kind of project, especially if it's a long project, momentum is important. Take somebody who starts to exercise, after having been a couch potato for many years. The first couple weeks pretty much suck. It's hard to start, and it's hard to keep going. Whether you're riding on a stationary bike, going for a walk or jog outside, or doing some calisthenics, part of your brain is screaming bloody murder. After all, it's pretty insane, on one level, to do something that is painful, without a clear goal in sight. Sure, if you are hiking up a steep mountain, you can see the top is getting closer and closer, so you push yourself to keep going. But if you're just running laps around your neighborhood, part of your brain is wondering what in the world is going on. But if you keep at it, you'll eventually get to a tipping point. Where the immediate benefits outweigh the costs. However, a lot of people give up before that point. We tend to have a hard time seeing benefits unless their right in front of us. Unfortunately, even if you've been diligently exercising for a while, if you stop for a certain length of time, getting started is difficult. A lot of things are like that. They take a lot of effort to get going, and you need to put in a lot of effort to keep going. But some things aren't. Some things may take a while to "set up" or to get the benefit, but once you get it, you've got it. You don't need to do any more work. Sure, you may be a little "rusty," but once you've got it down, you can pick it up again. Like playing a musical instrument, for example. Once you put in the time and effort to learn it, it won't take very long to pick it up again if you haven't played in a while. Another thing that is like this is social skills. Or at least they can be. Unfortunately, many people see social skills as something that requires a lot of momentum. Because most of us have social anxiety of some kind, we think we need to keep "pushing past" our fears and anxieties. And like exercise, if we stop for any length of time, it can take a lot of effort to get started again. Luckily there's another way. It involves changing the way you see things, and verifying that these new paradigms are much more effective than the old ones. And once you set those up, you'll have it for life. Fearless social confidence and interpersonal skills that will take you a long, long way. Click Here To Learn How
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