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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan22_Post.mp4 Why do most goals fail? If we are honest, most goals aren't really goals. They are wishes. And if you combine a wish with some half hearted, or not so well thought action, it HAS to fail. Why? A wish is just that. A vague idea for the future that is better than now. Don't get me wrong. Wishes are fantastic. Wishing for better things IS the seed of greatness. It's only when we misunderstand our wishes do we get into trouble. Ideally, it might work like this. You have a WISH for a better life. Let's say it's about money. So you lay awake at night imagining how that might be. Maybe wishing or dreaming of hitting upon a new invention or business idea. Or perhaps being a world famous novelist, whose works are turned into movies, and you're constantly being interviewed and asked where you get all your ideas from. So long as you understand these are WISHES, you're in good shape. But if you actually start to interpret these wishes as goals or plans, that's when we get into trouble. Ask any successful person who is in their mid to late life if they had ANY idea HOW they'd become successful, and if they're honest, they'll say that didn't have a clue. But if you kept digging deeper, you'd find they did have a META plan. And idea that they'd be successful in a field. Like sports, or business, or entertainment, or science. And within that field, they simply kept moving forward. Nobody can predict the future. So it's mathematically impossible to have a WISH that exists a year or two out and have that WISH come out to be true. But this DOES NOT MEAN that wishes and daydreams and fantasies are not critical. They are VERY critical. But they aren't plans. Plans are what happens as you slowly move forward. Toward your wishes. And have some success along the way. And equally important, some failures. Successes tell you WHAT to do. Failures tell you what NOT to do. The more you can look back into your past, and see both failures and success TOWARD your wish, the more accurately you can PLAN. This is why weight loss and health goals end in disaster. We a have a vague WISH of a better body. We have a vague PLAN we think will get us there. But after about week, what ACTUALLY happens, costs and benefits, is far different than we imagined. The answer? Don't blast off into the future. Go slow. Carefully and deliberately create that necessary PAST experience that you can use to create and much more accurately predict the future. The slower you do this, the easier it will be. Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/ideal-health/
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan20_Post.mp4 According to scientists, and according to some kind of vote, the most beautiful equations in physics are Maxwell's Equations. These describe the nature of electromagnet radiation. A small portion of which we call light. Radio waves to talk to aliens. Microwaves to cook popcorn. And light, are all made up of electromagnetic radiation. And light, or electromagnetic radiation, is the original chicken and the egg. The CHANGE of the magnetic portion creates a CHANGE in the electric portion. And the CHANGE in the electric portion creates a CHANGE in the magnetic portion. One causes the other, which causes the one. If you're into physics equation t-shirts, the most famous is with Maxwell's Equations. The top says, "And God Said:" Then Maxwell's equations are listed. And after the equations it says: "And the light was good." The "geek" part being "Let Their Be Light" is the words describing Maxwell's equations. One of the most sought after "feelings" is a general sense of happiness. They do all kinds of surveys and surveys. Academic goofs are always searching for the "holy grail" of happiness. As if once they "discover" the secret of happiness, they'll be in a position to tell people what to do so they can "be" happy. Well, there's no need for a bunch of Academic goofs spending government grants to determine happiness. Because happiness is very much like Maxwell's equations. Happiness is a byproduct of forward momentum. What kind of forward momentum? Anything that gets YOU closer to something YOU'VE determined is important. And it's relatively congruent with your deeper instincts. Money, love, social status, sex, and health. For example, suppose you're hungry. So you order a pizza. While you are waiting for the pizza to come, you're in a good mood. We can say this is a very specific kind of happiness. I'm about to eat something delicious happiness. Or suppose your girl texted you and she's on her way over. She knows it's on. You know it's on. So you are feeling a kind of "pre-sex" happiness. Or suppose you've just killed it in a job interview. Like, really, really killed it. And you have a follow up interview wit HR, but the CEO who interviewed you first assure you that HR interview is ONLY a formality. This will create a kind of "I'm about to get hired" happiness. So, what is general happiness? A byproduct of forward momentum. Of getting CLOSER to your goals that are important to you, that are more or less under your control, and closely related to your ancient instincts. And just like electromagnetic radiation, one CAUSES the other. Going toward your goals will increase happiness. Increases of happiness will compel you to bigger and better goals. Get Going: https://mindpersuasion.com/ideal-health/
  3. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan19_Post.mp4 One of the most common "self development" thoughts or wishes is also the most dangerous. In many ways, we live within a lot of paradoxes. Self deception fueled by biases. Biases that helped us to survive before, but harm us today. The most common desire, to satisfy a perceived shortcoming is behind ALL self help "fail." The more you WANT this one thing that we all believe we don't have, the more likely you will fail. So, what is this thing that everybody wants, believes they don't have, but can't succeed without? This one "theme" is this behind every type of self help, from weight loss to making money to reaching any kind of imagined potential? Motivation. Everybody BELIEVES they need motivation. Everybody STARTS any kind of goal, physical or mental, by conjuring up motivation. But motivation, when you get rid of all the guru fluff and ideas about screaming in the mirror, is ONLY a short term strategy. And it's based on a kind of "mis-match." It works like this. First, you want an outcome that you don't have. You realize it's going to take effort to get from where you are, to where you want to be. And since you're NOT automatically doing it, you need to bridge the gap. And you bridge the gap with MOTIVATION. A short term burst of energy to get you going. But that initial and short-lived and ARTIFICIAL burst of energy is not calibrated. Before you even start, you have a misunderstanding. You over-estimate the BENEFITS, the thing that you want. You underestimate the COSTS, what it will take to get there. Even then, just sitting there with that cost-benefit estimate in your brain, you NEED motivation to get started. Do you need motivation to get up, walk to the fridge, and grab another cold one? No. Silly, right? But WHY is that action AUTOMATIC, but achieving any kind of long range goal is not? Because getting up and walking to the fridge is NOT based on guessing. You KNOW what it will cost. You KNOW what you will get. What's the difference between somebody who jogs four miles every day, and ENJOYS it, vs. somebody who struggles to get out and walk? The person who jogs, within their brain, is just like the person who gets up to get another beer from the fridge. Both are EASY actions. They KNOW what the costs will be. They KNOW what benefits will be. So, the money question. How, specifically, can you becoming like the daily jogger? Who doesn't NEED motivation? Who does things that not only get them closer to their objectives, but enjoys them in the process? How can YOU make the actions needed to get to your long term goals as EASY as getting another beer? Go. Very. Slowly. Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/ideal-health/
  4. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar19Post.mp4 Most of us have plenty of goals. Things we'd like to have, or be able to do. But we either never start, or we've started and given up a few times. Why is goal setting so hard? There can only be two reasons. One is that the thing we are after is unachievable. Or the process we are doing to get the thing is incorrect. Both are hard to stomach. Believing we want something that is impossible is pretty depressing. Equally depressing is to admit we are always doing it wrong. Both have the same result. We want something, but we'll never get it. Money, love, a better job, a better body, etc. Just for a moment, let's assume the second reason. That we're doing it wrong. If we are doing it wrong, that means we can figure out how to do it right. The common way, which we'll assume is the wrong way, is to create a TON of motivation, and charge forward as hard as we can. We'll assume this is the wrong way since it rarely works. But when we try again, we violate Einstein's principle of insanity. Of trying the SAME thing but expecting a different result. Weight loss, strengthening, social confidence, we use the SAME structure, and fail, most of the time. What's the structure? Muscle up and plow through the pain! Grab your balls and go talk to her! Suck it up, get out of bed an hour early and hit the pavement! Look terror in the eye, and knock on enough doors until you get enough sales! Yeah, uh, no. That doesn't work. That whole, create a bunch of motivation of thin air and power through the pain. We need a better way. Or at least another way that doesn't suck so fricking much. The problem is based on economics. And how we compare what we WANT to what we THINK will get us there. Both are based on how well we IMAGINE things. The costs and the benefits. But as we start knocking on doors, or talking to random girls, or running before sunrise, the COSTS become more real. But the benefits are STILL in our imagination. Before we start, it SEEMS the benefits are worth the costs. But the more we push forward with ONLY motivation, the REAL costs get bigger every day. Imagine if you went into your favorite burger shop. And you looked up and saw a burger combo for $4. Uh yea, I'd like the burger combo. But when you went to pay, they wanted $50. Added fees, taxes, etc. Would you pay? Hell, no! Same with motivation. Eventually the REAL costs get so big it's RATIONAL to stop paying. What's the better way? Go. Really. Slow. Keep the costs as SMALL as possible. Forget that motivation nonsense. Instead, build MOMENTUM. Because momentum is self-sustaining. Momentum can lead you ANYWHERE. Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/self-esteem/
  5. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan30Post.mp4 Humans love having goals, but for some reason, they seem hard to achieve. For every milestone we achieve, we have about a kajillion we've given up on. One reason is that most of us are motivated MORE by moving away from pain than we are by moving toward pleasure. But since we don't like to admit this, we pretend we are motivated toward pleasure. But if we really WERE motivated toward pleasure, we would ALWAYS be moving forward. But our behaviors tell a different story. Many of our goals are reframed subconsciously to be toward pleasure, but in reality are away from pain. For example, many people love the idea of financial independence. But this is really to get rid of negative financial situations. For most, financial independence means and ABSENCE of financial pain. Another reason we often fail at our long term goals is we start WAY too fast. Motivation can only take you so far. Momentum, on the other hand, is much, much better. Most people who exercise every day, and have for several years, wouldn't DREAM of ever giving up. People that jog, for example, very much enjoy the process. Of being in the zone, when your mind is kind of drifting, and your body is producing those fantastic endorphins. People that jog or exercise everyday simply assume they will continue to do that the rest of their lives. They don't NEED motivation. Because they have massive momentum. When you are just starting anything, building momentum is critical. To start VERY SLOWLY. This requires you GET RID of any ideas of permanence. Of silly questions like, "How long until the results are permanent?" This question indicates you see the "practice," whatever it is, as ONLY a means to itself. Do it, get the results, and then get on with your life. But if you start slowly, pretty soon the practice will be a means in and of itself. Just like jogging is a benefit IN ITSELF, and it CREATES long term benefits. This is the secret of creating any goal you want. Start slow, go as slowly as you can, until the practice itself is a benefit. Then you will ALWAYS be improving for the rest of your life. And when it comes to practices that will generate continuous improvements for the REST of your life, there are two basic kinds. For your mind, and for your body. For your body, there are plenty. But what about for your mind? Take A Look Here: https://mindpersuasion.com/hypnotic-copywriting/
  6. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Oct29Post.mp4 Exercising is important. Few, if any, people would say that exercise is NOT important. Anything related to health is both critical, and easy to ignore. It's easy ignore because it's usually acceptable. Meaning even if you have a slight bit of flab overhanging your belt, and you get winded walking up stairs, most of us always have MORE pressing issues. Money issues, relationship issues, career issues, etc. Only when health problems get up and in our faces to we take notice. This is one of the reasons we spend most of our health expenditures in the last few months of our lives. It is much more complicated, and there are many variables, but health is one thing we always tend to think of in, "I'll worry about it later" terms. Yet, at the same time, people that slowly build in SOME kind of health related activity find it much more beneficial. Aside from avoiding negatives, focusing on health brings many, many unexpected positives. Better sleep, better posture, better confidence, clearer thinking. People that have taken the time to SLOWLY build in healthy behaviors, like exercise and eating, would never DREAM of quitting. This is very much a MOMENTUM thing. It's very, very difficult to switch from a unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle in a couple weeks. A year or two, yes. But a week or two, or even a month or two, not so easy. Which is why you need to ease into it. Because only when you make healthy behaviors a habit, do you truly see the benefits. Just as important are mental skills and communication skills. Both are a function of the other. The more clearer you can express yourself, the more coherent your thoughts and ideas will be. Language and thinking are two sides of the same coin. And they are very much like health. You don't really recognize the benefits until you take some time SLOWLY building in a daily practice. But once you DO build in a daily practice, the benefits will be ENORMOUS. The better you can think and express those thoughts, the more people will WANT what you have. Your presence, your ideas, your abilities. But even more importantly, once you spend some time working on thoughts and language, you'll SEE the world much differently. You'll see more opportunities than most people. You'll put together things in a way that most people can't. The best part is you only need to do a few minutes of exercise a day. To slowly build your thinking and speaking skills. Learn More: https://www.udemy.com/course/verbal-assassin/
  7. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July11Post.mp4 If you were a skilled motivational speaker, you'd make a lot of money. Why is this? From a purely economic standpoint, whenever you sell something that is in high demand, you can make a lot of money. If you opened up the only grilled cheese shop in a town that LOVED grilled cheese, you'd make a lot of money. On the other hand, if you tried to sell steamed broccoli in a town that HATED vegetables, you'd go broke. Econ 101, right? So really good motivational speakers can make MILLIONS giving motivational speeches. Because there is a HUGE demand for motivational speakers. But WHY is this? It would make sense making money selling grilled cheeses, because, theoretically, people could eat a grilled cheese every day. But could they listen to a motivational speaker every day? Or once a week? Sure, but what would that mean? That mean whatever EFFECT the speaker was having, would be short lived. Suppose you were a motivational speaker capable of motivating people so that they STAYED motivated for a year. More like buying a car, instead of grilled cheese. It would be silly to buy a car every day. Is this what is happening? Do people see motivational speakers and then STAY MOTIVATED for a year or so? Doesn't seem likely. Otherwise, people would ONLY need to see a motivational speaker ONCE, and then they would be MOTIVATED to make big changes. Make more money, create better relationships, get in tip top shape. Is this what is happening? Maybe there is a necessary ingredient BESIDES simple motivation? What could that be? Consider the idea of MOMENTUM instead. When we think we need motivation, it's usually to do things we are NOT already doing. Things that we think are difficult. Otherwise, we'd be doing them. But what about momentum. Consider instead of making HUGE changes, to make a very tiny change. So tiny it's BARELY even considered a change. Now imagine doing that every day for a month. Since it's tiny, that would be pretty simple. And what would you after a month? A month of MEMORIES up in your brain. Of DOING THINGS specifically to make life better. Then make another tiny change. Pretty soon you'll have two months, and then three, etc. Keep it up and you'll have a long HISTORY of making slow and tiny changes. Kind of how like the Grand Canyon was made. Think the water needed to attend a canyon carving motivational seminar? Probably not. It just got busy, and stayed busy. A little bit every day. Who knows what will happen. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/self-esteem/
  8. What's the difference between studying and doing? Once you become a doctor, you have a couple of choices. You can work at a hospital, or you can go into private "practice." Why do they call it "practice?" Don't doctors have to take tests and do long and grueling internships to prove they already know what they are doing? That's just to get started. Every patient is different. Sometimes they see things they've never seen in medical school. They check with colleagues, read up on the latest research. No doctor ever gets to a point in their career where they "know" all there is to know. Simply because medical research exists as a HUGE field, with billions being spent every year indicates that we're a LONG WAY from understanding ourselves on a biological level. The best athletes, musicians, artists, they NEVER rest. The higher you go in any competitive field, the more you have to be like the Red Queen. Running as fast as you can just to stay in place. So it's kind of curious that when it comes to any kind of "self improvement," people imagine that all they need to do is passively read a book, or passively listen to somebody talk. You'd think in the realm of self-development, people would be the MOST EAGER to be an active participant in their own lives. But that seems to be the opposite. Most self-development products (books, courses) are NEVER fully consumed. People buy books, read the first couple chapters, and then put it on their "to do" list. For many, having a the vague idea that they COULD improve their lives if they really WANTED to is more compelling than actually doing things on a daily basis. Which is a shame. Because the actual things you need to do to improve your life are pretty easy. Just do some simple drills every day. Write in your journal once a day. Just ten minutes of small daily practice will add up to a LIFETIME Of achievement. Get Started: NLP
  9. Newton was a smart guy. One of his laws of motion is about momentum. A body in motion tends to stay in motion. Of course, he was talking about physical objects. A common metaphor for making changes is turning a big ship. This is often used to describe an economy. A new leader is elected, and starts to make changes. When the changes don't happen right away, people use the ship metaphor. "Well, an economy is a very complicated system. It takes a long time to change course of an aircraft carrier." We can use that metaphor on a lot of things, since a lot of things take a while to change. Sticking with the ship metaphor, another aspect of a giant ship is knowing what's WAY ahead. Occasionally they'll be a crash, where a ship didn't stop in time. Since stopping a ship takes time and forethought, once you pass the "point of no return" there's no turning back. Changing course not only requires patience, but it also requires being able to look WAY ahead. For example, if you wanted to make serious life changes, you would not only have to accept that it would take a while, but you'd need to have an idea of what was coming WAY out into your future. One of the big problems people have when choosing goals is that they choose them in the abstract. They don't really take time to anticipate what it might be like two, three, or even six months in the future. But the funny thing is that ONLY looking further out into the future will make it a lot EASIER to make the small daily changes. Not only does it give you a clear reason (which makes everything easier) but it helps to balance both your daily habits and your long term plans. Most people get it backward. They figure if they just change their daily habits, everything else will work out. Consider doing things the opposite way. Instead of focusing on your day to day behaviors, purposely imagine your life a year or two from now, and work backwards. It makes changing course a lot easier. Learn More: Seven Disciplines
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