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  1. https://mindpersuasion.com/sex-beliefs-and-social-status/
  2. When I was a kid I did a lot of backpacking. In explorer scouts (a division of boy scouts), we would do these week long trips during the summer. The first part was always the hardest. Up and over some huge pass. But once you got past the hard part, the next several days were pretty amazing. Huge valleys, plenty of lakes (with lots of fish), wild animals, and no people. They say that humans are more or less the same as we've been for the past 20,000 years or so. Psychologically, physiologically, mentally. All the stuff we think of as modern, and all of our beliefs are transmitted generationally. We learned from our parents and our environment, they from theirs, etc. Theoretically, if you took a modern baby and swapped it with a cave baby from 20,000 years ago, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The cave baby would grow up in the modern world, and learn all about the modern world, and wouldn't know any different. The modern baby would crow up in caveman land, and learn from all the cave people, and not know any different. This means our modern instincts are BUILT for caveman land. We don't need to learn any of that stuff. Of getting up every day and going out into the world, uncertain what would happen. Only knowing that you've got to try. And that learning from trial and error is the ONLY way to get better. At ANYTHING. Of course, we grow up surrounded by ideas and modern education that tells us we have to play it safe. That there are certain social rules we have to follow. And if we break those rules, all kinds of bad things will happen. But deep within you are the very SAME instincts that led ancient humans to conquer the planet. We ALL have those conquering instincts. So, the money question. What will YOU conquer? Every inventor, every scientist, every entrepreneur, every writer and storyteller, they are using their ancient conquering genes in very modern ways. How will you use YOUR conquering genes? Find Out: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
  3. Since the dawn of time, humans have been telling each other stories. As a studier of story structure, I find it fascinating that TV shows and movies like "Game of Thrones," "Lord of the Rings," and all the hobbit movies have not only the same structure, but the same content, as stories told thousands of years ago. Structure is easy to see. Hero's start off being uncertain in some way. Then they meet some friends, and finally beat the bad guy. This structure can be applied to almost anything. A kid going to middle school. A girl starting her own business. A guy joining the navy. But the same content, dragons, wizards, sorcerers, etc., is pretty cool. That even in our modern age, we still respond to those same character types. The good wizard vs. the bad wizard. Plenty of modern stories have elements of magic in them. All super hero characters can be seen as having some kind of magical powers. Humans seem to NEED these stories just as much as we need food, sex, and companionship. They seem to represent the stages of life we go through. Starting any new endeavor is very close to the classical "hero's journey." One way these stories support us is how they motivate us to overcome the daily obstacles we face. Hercules, Odysseus and Harry Potter all had to go through a bunch of "tests" before they the good stuff. Just like we do. At least that's the way it used to be. Until very recently, if you had a problem, the only response was to dig deep, step up your game and get over the obstacle. Having a collection of stories and mythical heroes in mind made this easier. But today, that is not the only response. Plenty of people have been convinced that whenever they have a problem, it's somebody ELSE'S responsibility to fix. The obvious question is what happens if EVERYBODY uses that strategy. What happens if we have a HUGE society-wide problem, and all everybody can do is wait for SOMEBODY ELSE to come and fix it? That's not a good situation to be in. But it seems to be the way we are heading. Individually, we can choose to go along with it. To brush up on our, "it's not my responsibility" response. Or we can do what humans have done since the dawn of time. Dig deep, suck it up, and face the enemy. Just like the heroes of the past. You've got the hero instinct within you. Find It: http://mindpersuasion.com/beta-male/
  4. Many mythological stories have common elements. Joseph Campbell called the basic mythological structure, "The Hero's Journey." Not all myths fit it, or have all of the elements, but plenty of them do. For example, many archetypical heroes start out as orphans. Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, Peter Parker, Dorothy, etc. And most of them are forced on a mission. They don't have a choice. The part when they have no choice but to accept their mission is usually a very pivotal point in the story. Luke finding out the stormtroopers killed his parents. Peter Parker realizing that the guy he let get away killed his uncle Ben. And many others. This is when the character, and the viewer, know that it's ON. Another very common element is what Campbell calls the "Belly of the Whale" whale experience. Taken from when Jonah got swallowed into a whale. Usually a character has to be stuck in some deep location, where it's only him and his greatest fears. For Luke, this was when he went into the cave to face Darth Vader. In many Greek Myths, hero's had to go to Hell to complete their transformation. Even Jesus had to be dead for three days before his final transformation. How can we normal humans use this "belly of the whale idea?" When we face our fears. When there's nobody else around but us and our fears. Only by facing them down, can we step up a level in our lives. Luckily, we don't have to get swallowed by a whale or go to hell. These are only metaphors, which intend to guide us, to inspire us. So where will you find your greatest fears? In your mind. We all have them. But we keep them hidden. However, you don't have to face them all at once. You can slowly use your creative imagination and creep up on them. Slowly imagine them, a bit more each time. Run through every fearful scenario in mind you can dream up, and slay your inner demons. The more you do that in your inner world, the easier it will be to conquer life in the outer world. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  5. There's a cool movie, loosely based on a true story, about a basketball coach. Successful guy (played by Samuel L. Jackson) takes over an inner city high school basketball team. And like most of these movies, he shows them not just how to be good basketball players, but to be good humans. Part of this process was while they were practicing, he'd get up close in their faces and ask, "What is your biggest fear?" Most of the time they didn't know what he was talking about. When one of the main turning points of the movie happened (the high school misfits all decided to be good students) they "answer" was revealed. The answer isn't really important (in the movie they lifted a quote from "A Course in Miracles"). But that question (what is your biggest fear) is ALWAYS on our mind. Why is it a question about our biggest fear and not the fear itself? Because our ego is very squirrely and clever. "It" is terrified that we may FIND our biggest fear, and then fix it. So it keeps our biggest fear well hidden. So while we always have a vague sense of anxiety in a lot of situations, we rarely know WHY. We just know that in some situations we feel a bit uneasy. Since we are biological organisms in a physical world, it doesn't help to give metaphysical meaning to this if we want to FIX IT. (That quote from the "Course in Miracles" sounds pretty cool, but what the heck do you do with it?) Imagine a bunch of cavemen out wandering through the jungle. Their subconscious instincts were ALWAYS on high alert. Scanning the area for danger. So when there was MORE chance of danger than food or safety, their subconscious took all that data (that indicated danger MIGHT be close) and translated it into an uneasy feeling that said, "get the heck out of here." This was all based on probability, not certainty. Those that were MORE SCARED in MORE SITUATIONS tended to get out in time when there actually WAS a tiger behind the bushes. So here we are today, with those same instincts. Only most of our fears are social fears. In some social situations, we feel uneasy, anxious, etc. Our ego (collection of protective social instincts) is telling us to get the heck out. Of course, this warning signal is absolutely false. So, how do we get rid of those uneasy feelings in some situations? One way is to FACE OUR FEARS and prove they aren't true. This takes a lot of courage, and a lot of persistence. Luckily, there's an easier way. By understanding the structure, we can slowly dismantle any social fear. Without ever taking more risk than we're comfortable. And soon, all social fear will be a thing of the past. Learn How: Stop Manipulation
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