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  1. https://mindpersuasion.com/eternal-battles-and-your-soul/
  2. https://mindpersuasion.com/mind-control-plant/
  3. A common human curse is to think of the PERFECT think to say, but way too late. The trick of using humor effectively is you not only need to have something clever to say, but you gotta say it quick. Whenever somebody says something, and it has humor potential, that humor potential has a VERY SHORT half-life. Maybe a second or two. If you the right thing, but not quick enough, it will be lame instead of funny. It's like our brains only keep the most recently said things. And you must say the funny part while those thought patterns are still resonating. Recognizing you COULD have said something, but didn't is ONLY the first step. There is a scene from the movie, "8 Mile," where the main character (played by Eminem) is riding on a bus. While he was looking out the window, he was busily scribbling potential rhymes to be used in upcoming rap battles. Copywriters keep something called a "swipe file." Any time they hear or read anything interesting, a metaphor, simile, colorful adjective phrase, they write it down. If you want to be fast with the funny, you've got to do the same. It's not something many people think about. And it's certainly not something you'd talk about. But consider keeping a WRITTEN file of clever comebacks and witty sayings. This will keep you ready when the time comes. Another way to prepare is to take a few minutes every night, and write down the things you heard. And then when you've got ZERO pressure, think of some ways you could have REFRAMED those statements. When you combine these two ideas, you'll soon develop some POWERFUL and very funny comebacks. Why? Because most people talk about the same stuff. Most people have the same basic collection of statements and descriptions they use when they talk about the same things. So when you tune your brain to find useful comebacks, AND spend some time looking at the statements you hear, after the fact, this will build into a pretty powerful skill. Is it a lot of work? Not really. A few extra minutes every day. Is it being "fake" or "not genuine?" Not if you practice to the point of unconscious competence. A fat guy eating burgers on the couch is being real. The same guy a year later who runs five miles a day is also being real. The more you TRAIN (mind or body or language), the better you'll get. All while maintaining a sense of the real you. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/party-hero/
  4. Reframing is a very powerful skill. And it can be used in many, many ways. The most common is in the moment. Somebody throws a playful insult your way, you reframe it and toss it back. Of course, reframes don't always help us. We sometimes turn a weakness into a strength. So we don't to suffer any ego pain. For example, a guy spots a pretty girl across the room. He wants to approach her, but loses his nerve. Instead of admitting the truth, that he wants to approach her but he's too nervous, he reframes it into a positive. To protect his ego. He "notices" something about the girl. Which in itself is another reframe. He uses that "meaning" as a positive reason NOT to approach. For example, she might be wearing a tight dress. Which he reframes to be a BAD thing. To mean she's not a "good" girl. And since he ONLY wants to date "good" girls, he DOESN'T approach. The funny thing it was the tight dress he noticed in the first place. That SAME THING that created the desire, was used to reframe the event to protect his ego. This is the mental gymnastics our brains do all the time. Another common reframe is when we PURPOSELY take a bad event and try to find something GOOD about it. Like how every cloud has a silver lining. The "silver lining" is the good reframe about a bad event, the cloud. Or turning lemons into lemonade. When life gives you lemons (bad things) you reframe them into good things (lemonade). Generally speaking, when reframes happen unconsciously, we do them to protect our ego. The more you can reframe things consciously, the more you can choose whatever meaning you want. This takes mental skills. Mental practice. And it requires you KNOW what you want out of life. Beyond general things like more money and more sex. That you have a direction. And you've been on that path for a while. The LONGER you are on any path toward bigger and better things, the better you'll be at reframing clouds into silver linings and lemons into lemonade. Because just like an ancient traveler, you might have a destination in mind, but not be quite sure HOW to get there. So long as you keep moving forward, you'll get there. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  5. https://mindpersuasion.com/unlocking-hidden-energy/
  6. All humans come pre-programmed with massive potential. But it is ONLY potential. Some people have a head start, some don't. For example, coal, as it is buried in the ground, can be interpreted as potential energy. If you dig up the coal, and burn it to boil water, the steam can turn things around do work. Like power locomotives or create electricity. But some coal is easy to get, some coal is hard to get. Human potential is the same. Some are born with potential that is very easy to access. Their natural skills are very close to skills that are in-demand, and can make them a lot of money. Attractiveness, athleticism, a beautiful singing voice, acting skills, etc. Some have skills that are more deeply buried. They take more work to get out. But once they are OUT, they are just as valuable as those who come with much more valuable factory settings. But those with more deeply buried potential actually have an advantage. Those with valuable factory settings don't have much of a choice. Suppose a kid was born with a gorgeous singing voice. All through school, they were encouraged to enhance their singing voice. If they had positive role models and coaches, they'd have a million dollar career by the time they were in the late teens or early twenties. So far so good, right? But what happens if they realized along the way they didn't really WANT to be a singer? They wouldn't really have much of a choice. On the other hand, normal people with much more deeply buried potential, would have a lot more choice in how they SHAPE their potential. This is where the coal metaphor is only a metaphor. Coal is coal, no matter how deeply or shallowly it's buried. Once you get it out of the ground, there's only a few ways you can use it. But raw human potential, the deeper it is, the more CHOICE you have with how you shape it AS you bring it out. This DOES require that you actually take the time to "bring it out." What does this mean, exactly? To "bring it out?" It means to slowly develop skills. In demand skills that will get you paid and make your life easier and more enjoyable. Social skill, communication skills, thinking skills, creating skills. The more you develop this LONG GAME skills, the more choice you'll have with your potential. Which is UNLIMITED. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  7. https://mindpersuasion.com/interdependent-co-evolved-instincts/
  8. If you wanted to make a sandwich, it would be easy. So long as you had some bread, and some stuff to put between the bread, you'd be OK. On the other hand, if you had a whole bunch of stuff, and a whole bunch of different bread, it MIGHT be difficult. If you were hungry but you didn't know what you wanted. You might stare at all your bread. Stare at all the stuff you could put between them. On the other hand if you had an idea of what you wanted, it would be quick. On the other hand, if you were hungry, knew what you wanted, but ALL you had was an empty jar of mayonnaise, you'd be in trouble. No bread, no meat, nothing to eat. You can think of anything in these simple terms. With a strong choice, and plenty of options, getting what you want is easy. With only a vague desire, and plenty of options, it's difficult. Plenty of studies show that when we have too much choice, it's actually worse than having NO choice. They give one group of kids a choice of two "prizes" to take home. They give another group of kids no choice. They just give them a prize. Turns out the kids that have NO choice are happier. The ones that choose "prize A," for example, always second guess themselves. Plenty of marketers have also found this out. Pasta sauce makers, for example, have found that if they INCREASE the flavors too much, people buy LESS. For choosing pasta sauce, the sweet spot is 2-4 choices. Anything beyond 4 is too confusing. Of course, the opposite isn't much better. Of KNOWING what you want and having NO choice. Obviously, the BEST situation would be to KNOW what you wanted, and to have PLENTY of different ways to satisfy that desire. This goes way beyond sandwiches and pasta sauces. Many people spend WAY too long wondering what they want to "be" when they "grow up." Unfortunately, we don't have an UNLIMITED TIME to choose. It only feels that way when we are young. But the clock is always ticking. The best situation is to have plenty of choices, plenty of time, and plenty of options. And being able to have a LONG VIEW so you can choose not only for today, but WAY out into the future. The better you can see how the future MIGHT unfold, the better you'll be able to choose. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  9. https://mindpersuasion.com/fomo-ingredients/
  10. https://mindpersuasion.com/time-travel-love/
  11. https://mindpersuasion.com/time-travel-pill/
  12. The main objective of any business is a positive ROI. Doesn't matter if you are selling peanut butter sandwiches, or making jet engines. ROI means "return on investment." And since people started selling things to each other, the goal has always been the same. Spend X dollars on the back end, and make MORE than X dollars on the front end. If you spend $10 on bread and peanut butter, and make back $20 by selling sandwiches, you've got an ROI of 100%. On the other hand, if you spend ten bucks on bread and peanut butter, eat one sandwich for every one you sell, and only make back $5, you will have a net LOSS of 50%. On a pure energy standpoint, we ALL are "programmed" with a positive ROI constraint. For every 100 calories we expend, we need to get back MORE than 100 calories in energy. Otherwise we'll die of starvation. When bears and squirrels get ready for winter, they FATTEN up. The eat MORE than they need, so they can live off the excess. Working and saving money is the same idea. The more money you have saved, the longer you can live without needing work. The more fat a bear has saved up, the longer it can sleep without needing to eat. Even when we operate with others, we try to maximize our ROI. When you are applying for a job, you want to get the MOST money for the LEAST amount of work expected. If you are hiring somebody, you want to pay them the LEAST amount of money while getting them to do the MOST amount of work. When you are negotiating a price, as a buyer, you want to get the lowest price. When you are negotiating a price, as a seller, you want to get the highest price. Even in a romantic relationship, both parties want to GIVE the least and GET the most. Every single time you get out and operate within the world, this deep and ancient positive ROI programming is always operating. There are two basic factors which determine how well you can get an ROI. One is the amount of "stuff" you have to offer. Two is your time frame. It CAN make perfect since to "sacrifice" short term ROI to get much more longer term ROI. The LONGER you can calculate your "overall" ROI the more flexibility you have. The less you can do this, the more EASILY you'll be manipulated and exploited by others. You can't lose the battle to win the war if you can ONLY see the battle. But the LONGER out you can see, the more short term "losses" can add up to long term success. Extend your view long enough, and you will win it all. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  13. When I was a kid I loved geometry. It was one of the only classes where I actually enjoyed doing the homework. Particularly the proofs. Now, I was always a science geek. I'd always been getting in trouble by doing experiments with things. But geometry was always fascinating. Taking a couple of abstract ideas, and then using them to PROVE something else that was equally abstract. There are a few things in geometry that are simply ASSUMED to be true. Like two parallel lines won't ever touch. Or any two points can make a line. The two-points-make-a-line idea is pretty useful. It's the one thing that was necessary to figure out how to fix longitude. Latitude is easy, as it's based on the stars. But longitude requires being able to accurately measure time. And something called "dead reckoning." Which means you have to look behind you and know EXACTLY where you were a certain time period before. That way you'll have two points, and the time. This way you can calculate EXACTLY where you are. AND exactly where you'll be in a certain time, so long as you stay on course. This is also helpful in personal development. Imagine, for example, if you just started jogging one year ago. And one year ago, you could barely walk half a mile. Now you can run five without stopping. And you know reasonably well how fast you can run five miles. You can use the same basic concept. Look back into your past one year. And see where you WERE to where you ARE. This can give you a reasonable expectation of where you'll BE. The FURTHER back you can look into your past, the FURTHER you'll be able to look into your future. The trouble comes when you don't have much between a year ago and now. If a year ago you spent most of your time watching TV and wishing something would change, and TODAY you spend most of your time watching TV and wishing something would change, well.... As soon as you start SOMETHING different, something WILL change. And do something a little DIFFERENT each day, you'll build flexibility. The more things you can look back on, the more flexible you're future will be. So everything you do TODAY will slowly drift into your past. And so long as you do something DIFFERENT each day, you'll be simultaneously building your past as well as your future. So, what will YOU do differently today? Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  14. https://mindpersuasion.com/satanic-children-and-killer-apes/
  15. https://mindpersuasion.com/pancakes-and-fractals/
  16. When comparing a couple of politicians, usually "our guy" vs. "their guy," using a chess vs. checkers metaphor is common. Our guy is playing chess while the other guy is playing checkers. This means our guy is thinking ahead a few moves. While their guy is clumsily stumbling along one step at a time. In movies, a common statement when the good guy finally beats the bad guy is to say, "checkmate." Checkmate is known even to those who've never played chess. It's the last move after several, when the good guy finally maneuvers that bad guy into an inescapable position. In good guy vs. bad guy movies, chess metaphors are plentiful. Even when chess is never mentioned, the idea of thinking several moves ahead is. There's a fairly popular TV show about a rich hedge fund manager vs. a district attorney. They are always battling each other and trying to outsmart each other. In one scene, the hedge fund manager was talking to a young (and super brilliant) protege, who said something a little confusing. Finally the hedge fund manager "got it" and understood. He said, "You've already gamed this out, haven't you!" Meaning the young protege had already thought several "moves" ahead and had anticipated all the potential moves by their opponents. After considering her strategy, the hedge fund manager was very impressed. The mathematics of this kind of thinking is called "game theory." Even when talking about actual battles where there is expected to be tons of loss of life and property, the phrase, "game theory" is very appropriate. One of the more stunning and absolutely brutal examples of game theory in action was during World War II, as shown during the movie, "Imitation Game." The British scientists had cracked the Nazi "Enigma Code." But then they realized a horrible problem. Since it was still kind of early in the war, they didn't think it was a good idea to let the Nazis know they'd cracked the code. Because if the Nazis knew that THEY knew, they would simply create a new code. Then the British would have to start all over again. So the British were in the horrible position of KNOWING where the Nazis were going to strike, and NOT able to do anything about it. Essentially sacrificing short term losses, plenty of deaths, to later win the overall war. They knew which ships were going to get attacked, but the BEST overall strategy was to LET THEM get attacked. But this was critical to the Nazis defeat. Which demonstrates the overall rules for success in the GAME of life. Whoever has the LONGEST game, will win. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/long-game/
  17. https://mindpersuasion.com/past-live-regressions-metaphors/
  18. A useful statement is that you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. A horse is trained to obey the rider. You pull one way, the horse goes that way. You pull the other way, the horse goes the other way. Speed up, slow down, stop, the same structure. Now, why would a horse be in front of water and NOT drink? Obviously, because he's not thirsty. Another way to express this truism is you can kind of manipulate people's actions, but you can't really manipulate their internal desires. Supermarkets and those who engineer them have been trying for years. They set up the store so we, the customers, are led wherever they want us to go. And their entire angle is to try to create buying desire. Colorful packages, enticing smells, sexy people, TV branding, etc. These are all designed to lead US to PRODUCTS and make us BUY. If you put a horse in front of water, he'll only drink if he's thirsty. Put a human in front of a bunch of products that we really don't need, and it turns out you CAN make us buy. But that only goes so far. This is only possible with a HUGE combination of VERY EXPENSIVE elements. TV advertising, lots of research and development. Training us to go to the same supermarket over and over. For individuals, it seems we're stuck with the horse model. For example, you COULD get a girl to come to your place, but this is NOT going to automatically make her want to jump your bones. You COULD convince a potential customer to let you in their house so you can give them a twenty minute product pitch. But it WON'T automatically make them desperate to buy. However, both of these are locked into the horse model. The rider of the horse gives the horse EXTERNAL stimulus that changes the horses EXTERNAL behavior. It does nothing for the horses INTERNAL desires. When you get a girl to your place, or your demo in front of a customer, it's essentially the same thing. A bunch of EXTERNAL IDEAS to move their behavior. But just like the non-thirsty horse, it won't do much for their desires. Luckily, there is a much easier way. It's based on absolutely DITCHING the idea of giving them a bunch of external ideas. And instead, carefully and slowly pulling their desires from the inside out. And making them bigger and bigger and bigger. So big they will naturally go after their desires. And with a little bit of practice, you can carefully build their desires so they'll go WHEREVER you want. And DO whatever you want. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/deep-mind-persuasion/
  19. https://mindpersuasion.com/inoculation-against-demons/
  20. One of my favorite movie scenes is from the movie, "Man on Fire," with Denzel Washington. It's a remake of an earlier movie. Kind of a common structure. A washed up assassin takes a job baby sitting a rich family's kid. Through the relationship with the kid, the hero "re-discovers" his core truth. Then some bad guys come and kidnap the kid. The assassin regains his power and kills everybody. But one scene had Denzel's character walking along side the kid he was baby sitting as she was swimming laps in a pool. She was training for an upcoming competition. And he gave her some very sound, "assassin" advice. The advice is that contrary to what we like to believe, people DO NOT rise to the "occasion." We don't perform at above average levels when the situation demands. Instead, the assassin-hero says, we rise to our level of training. A common reframe we give ourselves is we want to do something, and then we chicken out. So instead of admitting that we chicken out, we reframe the objective. We artificially "lower" that which we were too scared to go after. We say to ourselves that we didn't "really" want that. If we REALLY wanted it, we would have "risen to the occasion." This would be like a free-throw shooter who only makes 40% during practice, and thinking he is going to make 80% during the big game. This is a fantastic movie ending, but real life is a little different. In real life if you hit 40% during practice, you're likely going to hit 40% during the games. This is made more difficult by watching highlight reels. For every bottom of the ninth home run that wins the game in stunning fashion, there are many, many more bottom of the ninth strike-outs. Consider the idea that "rising to the occasion" is a myth. A tool our self-deception uses to keep us on the sidelines. Instead, consider the reality. Than in every situation, you will rise to your level of training. So, start training. How do you "train?" Every single social situation is an opportunity. Even if you only watch others, you can train by going home and journaling. Not only what you DID but what you COULD HAVE DONE. When you imagine what you COULD HAVE DONE, you are training in new ideas. Every conversation that you have, whether it ends good or bad, is also a source of training. The more you train, the better you'll get. The better you get, the more you'll enjoy it. The more you enjoy it, the more FUN it will be to train. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/deep-mind-persuasion/
  21. https://mindpersuasion.com/outer-protection-inner-fear/
  22. There's a powerful technique in the Milton Model. Of course, there are many, and this is but one. It's called the, "I'm not going to tell you..." pattern. It works because as soon as you utter those words, people's brains kind of turn down their defensive shields slightly. So if you say something like, "I'm not going to tell you to buy this product." It is a sneaky way to slip in the "buy this product" command. But it's very useful if you add on a bunch of stuff after. And that it seems like the stuff you add on after is the main part of the sentence. It's kind of like a magic trick. If you study magicians, they often to the "trick" part very early on in their routine. Then they do a bunch of talking after. If they can spit some pretty good game, the talking part is kind of a "mental cover" so you'll forget what happened before. So when they do the "reveal" it will seem much more magical. So when you use the "I'm not going to tell you..." pattern, it works the same way. You put in the command directly AFTER the "I'm not going to tell you..." and then you add on a bunch of stuff that will give them a reason to do EXACTLY what you said you weren't going to tell them to do. For example: I'm not going to tell you to BUY THIS EBOOK, because I want you to decide for yourself whether you would like to significantly increase your charisma and seductive powers. After all, many people find they don't like having gorgeous women following them everywhere and begging for sex. But you can also do this in a much subtler and more profound way. You don't ever actually SAY, "I'm not going to tell you." But you CREATE that feeling. Whenever you approach somebody, either a romantic target or a customer, it's hard to do so and pretend you aren't. If you are a guy, and you walk up to a girl in a social situation (or vice versa) it's pretty obvious what's going on. It's even MORE obvious if you are a salesperson and you approach somebody browsing in your shop. But there IS a way to approach WITHOUT any sales or romantic energy. And then through VERY relaxed and VERY subtle conversation, TURN UP their desire (buying, romantic or otherwise). And do so SO delicately they believe it is COMPLETELY their idea. They will actually believe that they are SPONTANEOUSLY feeling buying or romantic desires. For THEIR reasons. Which means there will be very little, if any, internal resistance. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/deep-mind-persuasion/
  23. https://mindpersuasion.com/wait-until-hes-dead/
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