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  1. Do You Know Your Purpose? https://mindpersuasion.com/do-you-know-your-purpose/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  2. Leave Your Pavlovian Bell At Home https://mindpersuasion.com/leave-your-pavlovian-bell-at-home/ https://mindpersuasion.com/3x3/
  3. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Feb23_Post.mp4 Most people have heard of embedded commands. Or at the very least, this thing called "NLP." Or perhaps "covert hypnosis." It's commonly believed that this type of covert persuasion is kind of like black magic. Or black arts, or some advanced CIA based mind control. Kind of like MK Ultra. Particularly the embedded command. As it's generally taught, it's kind of a secret "hack" into somebody's brain. Like if you are a real estate agent, and you walk around the house, and you look at the customers and say: Well Mr. and Mrs. Customer, BUY NOW you've seen how well this house meets your needs, and BUY NOW you may be wondering if you want to proceed or not. Allegedly, when the ninja persuader says BUY NOW the customers are supposed to drop into a trance and mindlessly sign the contract. And this is what I used to think as well, way back when I first heard about this stuff. But then I saw a guy actually USING commands. Not fake commands, like NLP goofs and other amateurs. But he was using them in their NATURAL habit. I was fascinated by this guy. I re-watched a few of this guy's older stuff, just to see. And yep, this dude was dropping in embedded commands EVERYWHERE. Like a boss. And the way he was using them, so naturally, so elegantly reminded me of something. Of how NLP, or more importantly covert hypnosis, as reverse engineered from Milton Erickson, wasn't created in a laboratory. Covert hypnosis, including the "magic bullet" of embedded commands was REVERSE ENGINEERED from people who naturally use them. Like the previously mentioned master of embedded commands. He didn't study embedded commands. He was using them as part of his natural speech. And he wasn't "hiding" them. Yes, they were embedded, but only linguistically. When he said his embedded commands, he WANTED everybody in his audience to hear them. Because he truly believed if that if his audience followed his commands, they would benefit. Under that scenario, whey would you want to hide them? When he said them, he would pause, say them like a boss, his eyes would light up and he acted like he was telling people to find hidden treasure. Or like he was telling little kids to EAT MORE ICE CREAM. Now, who was this mad man using embedded commands like a boss? An algebra teacher. An algebra teacher who won TONS of teaching awards. Because he loved teaching. He loved algebra. And he loved sharing his love of teaching and algebra as he taught algebra. And his commands were like this: So, when you PRACTICE ALGEBRA at home, it's important to WRITE DOWN the equations. Because when you WRITE DOWN the equations, you'll be able to REMEMBER THEM a lot easier. All of those command were things he very much WANTED his students to do. And he wanted them to know he wanted them to do them. If you can learn to USE COMMANDS like this, you will significantly INCREASE YOUR CHARISMA. And you will also HAVE A LOT OF FUN. And you do like to HAVE FUN, don't you? Learn More: https://mindpersuasion.com/embedded-commands/
  4. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar28Post.mp4 A long time ago I used to go to this Thai restaurant. They had a pretty good chicken dish, don't forget the specifics. Very spicy. I would always go there in the early afternoon. I liked to read the business paper while enjoying a leisurely lunch. Study all the stock and commodity charts. After the lunch crowd had thinned out. This was back when I was learning about a lot of covert hypnosis and NLP patterns. Now, a lot of "techniques" involve using patterns, etc. on waitresses. This isn't one of those stories. While these waitresses were cute, (they were all young females), I wasn't trying to game them. Only have friendly conversations. Two were married, one was a single mom. But they ALL loved talking to me. Whenever they weren't busy, they would sit at my table and talk to me while I ate. I would ask them questions that nobody had ever asked them before. Questions that would force them to accept positive presuppositions about themselves before answering. But in a very powerful, very subconscious way. It was very friendly, very enjoyable. This is what most people don't "get" about seduction and persuasion. When you tie the idea of seduction and persuasion to your ego, this means you feel you need to TELL people things. Seducers want to run game, use patterns, and MAKE the other person feel a certain way. Salespeople spit endless features and benefits and hopefully MAKE the other person want to buy. But if you turn off your ego, and ask the RIGHT QUESTIONS, the other person will light up. The right questions that induce them to think about their best selves in the answers. The right questions that induce them to think about their best outcomes in the answers. The right questions that induce them to contemplate their ideal futures in the answers. What kind of experience does this give them? In order to answer these questions, they have to look inside themselves. They have to FIND the best parts of themselves. Parts they may NEVER have even considered before. Because they must do this to answer YOUR questions, this gives them a wonderful experience about YOU. That YOU somehow notice things about them that nobody, not even themselves, have noticed before. Even better, you PRESUPPOSED those fantastic things about them. It's one thing to try and give somebody a unique compliment. It's quite another to ask questions that send them searching inside their own minds to find the BEST possible ideas about themselves. Do this, and they'll never forget you. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/deep-mind-persuasion/
  5. https://mindpersuasion.com/update-strategies-or-die/
  6. transcripts: https://mindpersuasion.com/lucid-dreaming-hypnosis/
  7. 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/
  8. 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/
  9. One of the presuppositions of NLP is that flexibility is better, all else equal. Meaning if there is some contest, whoever is the most flexible in solving problems will win the contest. If you are a football team, and all you can do is run up the middle, and defend against runs up the middle, you won't do well against a team who can do everything. Short passes, long passes, no-huddle offenses, etc. The team that can respond differently to different situations will generally do better than a team with only a handful of plays. One of the reasons that Alexander the Great was such a bad ass was his armies were made up of all the various Greek City-States. They had a TON of different "fighting styles." Which meant he had a ton of flexibility as his disposal when he would come up against his various enemies, many of which significantly outnumbered him. One of the reasons humans are in charge of planet Earth (instead of say, Koalas, for example) is because of our brains. Our brains are the definition of flexible. In our long evolutionary history, those who had bigger brains were better for a TON of reasons. They could speak better, and tell more interesting stories. They could plan better, and communicate these plans persuasively. This allowed them to lead better. They could imagine better, and come up with new tools that were better than rocks. Every other animal has only a very small range where they can live. Except humans, who can think our way around problems, and live in deserts as well in igloos. Luckily, all the skills that gave humans an edge collectively can give us an edge individually. Thinking skills, planning skills, learning skills, communication skills, all these can be enhanced. Just like going to gym and eating properly can turn you from a flabby mess into a chiseled machine, doing the right brain exercises can turn you into a thinking and communicating powerhouse. And when you think about it, this is kind of odd. Our best asset as humans is our brains, not our bodies. But most people spend their lives strengthening their bodies, and not their brains. If you spent just a little bit of time strengthening your brain, you would have a HUGE advantage over nearly everybody on Earth. Since most of us believe that are brain skills are set. And once we have a certain level of brain skills, that's it. Luckily, that is not true. Not by a long shot. So when YOU start to do these brain exercises, you will be doing something that few people know exist. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
  10. The world is a complicated place. Lucky for us humans, we come pre-built with certain filters. Some of these are programmed in, some are flexible. For example, we seem to come pre-built with filters that cause instant fear when we see a creepy crawly thing scurry across the floor. Maybe there was once was a race of people who thought snakes were cute, but they all got bit and died before they could pass that gene on. On the other side, we all are drawn to bright colors. If you were gazing across an ancient landscape, and you saw a cluster of colors, it usually meant something good. Sweet fruit, flowers (maybe bees and some honey) or at least some water. We also have tons of filters we can build in. Like our names. Nobody is born knowing their name, but pretty soon it's the sweetest thing we'll ever hear. On top of the idea of filters is the idea of models. These are more temporary. They can help us make sense of an overly complicated world. Turns out there are three very POWERFUL models that make it very easy to focus on improving ANY skill. Three areas that when improved, all other skills will be improved. If you look back in history, every single creation that has helped mankind has been borne of these three skills. Skills that everybody has in varying degrees. Skills that can be improved with daily practice. Which means the MORE you focus on improving these three skill, the easier everything will be. Yes, everything. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
  11. There is a lot of interesting correlations between variables. Even while most of us will agree that "correlation doesn't mean causation," we think so intuitively. In fact, you might consider the idea that we ONLY say "correlation doesn't mean causation" when we hear an idea we DON'T like. It's something that happens on a subconscious level. Evolutionary psychologists tell us that it was one of the things that made our brains faster. And in the early days of evolution, fast brains were better than slow brains. You can built a machine for speed, or you can build for efficiency, but not both. They've done studies in kids as young as six months, and they tend to assume causation. It's the reason behind the magic word, "because." It's also the glue that makes any "cause effect" language seem more logical than it really is. The more you read this sentence, the more you'll think of baking me a cake. See? I'll bet you weren't thinking of baking me a cake until now! If you are a scientist, and you find an interesting connections between a couple of previously unrelated variables, AND you can do further experiments to demonstrate WHY they are connected, you get a Nobel Prize. Because PROVING causality is actually pretty rare. Six million years ago, we split from chimps. And here we are. If you sat down with a chimp, you wouldn't have a very fulfilling conversation. If you tried to play cards or video games with your chimp friend, you wouldn't get very far. Yet somewhere along the line, (after we split from chimps) we humans started thinking differently. We learned how to talk. How to imagine strange things and put words to those strange things, so other people could imagine the same strange things we were imagining. Yet our amazing brain skills are rarely used. Most of us are content to let others do our thinking for us. To let others come up with those imaginary ideas. We are even too lazy to think while somebody describes them in words. Spoken or written. We have to watch shows where actors pretend to be other people and act out these strange stories. Mark Twain once said the difference between somebody who CAN'T read and somebody who DOESN'T read is nothing. What's the difference between a primate who CAN'T think (chimp) and one who DOESN'T think (netflix-watching-human)? Look inside your brain and see what's there. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  12. One critical skill to develop is to be internally motivated. Especially when external factors are pulling you every which way. There are plenty of things that we humans know are "good" but very few of us do them. Exercise regularly. Eat healthy. Save money. There are two elements that make choosing for yourself very difficult. Social proof and authority. Tons of experiments have shown that when these two things are pushing us one way, it's very hard to go the other way. One of the reasons is something called "Meta Programs." These are similar to those 16 personalities you get by taking the Myers-Briggs test. But the Myters-Briggs is more "permanent." Since it's who you "are." Whereas Meta Programs are how you operate within the world. They are more like filters. And filters, as a metaphor and as real things, are meant to be changeable. Check your camera on your phone, and there are tons of filters built in. Meta Programs are things like "away from" motivation vs. "toward" motivation. Are you more motivated away from bad things, or toward good things? Or when you walk into an unfamiliar situation, do you sort for "sameness" or do you sort for "differences"? Once you know how your "filters" are set up, you can slowly change them, if you want. One of them is where you seek validation. Externally or internally. When you finish something, how do you KNOW you did a good job? When YOU tell you, or when others tell you? For most, it's a combination of both. But if you are overly dependent on external validation, you can get into trouble. Especially if that external validation is coming from a social reference group that isn't so helpful. This is usually combined with not having any internally chosen goals. If others choose your goals for you, then they will most likely be the ones who give you validation when those goals are complete. If you start choosing and setting your own goals, you can start to give yourself validation. Especially if you keep them secret. Keeping your goals and objectives secret helps you to build up the positive validation from yourself. Once you are motivated mostly by your own internal goals and validation, you'll find life is much easier. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  13. Advertisers are very clever in how they leverage human nature. Two aspects of influence are scarcity, and commitment and consistency. Scarcity is well known. All else equal, the scarcer something is, the more we want it. An experiment demonstrated this very well. Some guy set up a cookie experiment. The had a jar of cookies, and he asked people to eat a cookie, and then fill out a questionnaire about the cookie. The thing that made the most difference, as far as "cookie satisfaction," was how many cookies were in the jar. When the jar was full (no scarcity) the cookies were so-so. When the jar was nearly empty (scarcity) the cookies tasted much better. Advertisers use this all the time. This is a common rule in relationships. If you are too available, they'll lose interest. If you are scarce, you'll increase interest. Another law of influence is commitment and consistency. We keep doing what we keep doing. If you say something publicly, you'll be much more likely to follow through. Here's how advertisers used to leverage this back in the days of heavy TV ads during Christmastime. They'd blast ads for a kids toy. So much that plenty of kids would make their parents promise to give it to them. (Carefully embedded in the ad was the idea that kids should get their parents to promise). Then when shopping time came, the toys vanished. Parents scrambled. No toys. The ads kept coming. So the parents had to buy a replacement toy. Kids were upset. Parents felt like they'd broken promises to their kids. Two months later, suddenly the toys were available. Hey daddy! They have those toys now! You promised! The company, through advertising and clever use of known triggers of influence, managed to sell TWICE as many toys. Nobody was the wiser. This is easy to see once you know how to look. Most people don't. Which means most people are easy marks. For the TONS of clever advertising and marketing. Not only of big companies. But politicians and even entire belief systems. It's very easy to get swept up in common thinking. But generally speaking, there's usually somebody (or some entity) behind the scenes. Somebody's always got an angle. How to defend yourself? Learn to think carefully. Critically. Ask yourself why you're doing things. Or better yet, choose to do things based on YOUR conscious choice. This takes time. This takes planning. These takes strength of thinking. Because if YOU don't use your brain, somebody else will. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  14. 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/
  15. The Milgram Experiment showed how vulnerable we are to authority. A scientist in a lab coat told a person to give another person electric shocks. Part of a "memory test." The person receiving the shocks weren't really getting shocked. They were only pretending. The REAL study was to see how high of a shock the giver would give. Turns out people gave WAY more shocks that the researchers anticipated. Enough to kill somebody. All because a dude in a lab coat (an authority figure) said it was OK. And not just SOME people. MOST people. They've repeated this experiment several times with the same results. This means that most of US (you and me) will voluntarily turn our brains off if an authority figure tells us to. Another troubling experiment is the Asch experiment. Put a guy in a room and show him two cards. One with one line, another with a bunch of lines. The task is to match the one line to a line of the same length on the other card (the one with three lines). Super easy, right? So far so good. Except then they put the same guy in a room with a bunch of other people. And those other people PURPOSELY choose the WRONG line. They want to see what happens when something that is EASY (matching line lengths) is done in a crowd who choose the wrong answer. And most people go along with the crowd. Even though they KNEW (inside) it was WRONG. They asked them why after. Why they chose what the knew was the WRONG answer. Their answers to that question was all over the place. But they all sounded similar. "I knew it was wrong, but for some reason I decided going along with what everybody else was doing was the right thing to do." These two studies show some pretty uncomfortable results. That when you put a normal human under an authority figure, or with a bunch of other people, most of us simply CANNOT think for ourselves. We either go along with the authority figure. Or we go along with the crowd. If BOTH the authority and crowd are together? It's even HARDER to resist. But you can. If you WANT to. If you CHOOSE to. But if you wait until the authority and the crowd tells you do something, it's too late. Your brain is a muscle. The more you EXERCISE your muscle, the easier you'll be able to resist the crowd and authority. IF and WHEN you want to. How do you exercise your brain muscle? Like This: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  16. There are skills and meta skills Individual skills are virtually infinite. For example, if you wanted to be a "skilled" computer programmer, you would never be finished. Every time a new language came out, you'd have to learn it. Same with every other technology based skill. But even non-technology bases skills are virtually infinite. Take storytelling for example. Storytelling has been going on before recorded history. All you need is spoken language. Being the head storyteller of any ancient village or tribe would be a respected tradition. If you are the one talking, and most everybody else is listening, AND you are carefully helping them create imaginary stories, that's a pretty good position to be in. So it stands to reason there would always be guys and gals "trying out" for the "head storyteller" position. A never ending competition of sorts. And every time you have competition, you have creativity. Everybody tries to outdo everybody else. This is the engine behind human growth and invention. Whether the rewards are monetary or not, it's human nature to try and "outdo" each other. Which means ANY skill you intend to learn will be a lifelong process. Luckily, we humans LOVE learning things. We love the feeling of being better today than we were yesterday. In our hearts, we are nomads. Never content to sit still. If we aren't moving physically, we need to be moving intellectually, spiritually, romantically. And continuously learning or improving upon skills is a great way to do that. But among all the skills, there is a META skill. One skill that supersedes all the other skills. Having this meta skill will make life MUCH MORE enjoyable. Not having this skill can make life miserable and pointless. What IS this skill? The self-responsibility to CHOOSE which skill to pursue. Many people don't do this. They choose skills their bosses want the to learn. Or they want to look good to their friends. Or they want to make their spouse happy. These are all fine, but if you don't have ANY skills you are learning just for YOU, you run the risk of living your life ONLY for other people. And plenty of people are very good at sniffing out people like that (who only live for others) and taking advantage of that. But so long as you've got at least ONE skill you are learning for YOUR OWN reasons, you're good. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  17. Imagine a high school sports team, any sport, that never practiced. Maybe they had try-outs, and the coach chose all the players. The next time they got together was on game day. Maybe the coach would email them their positions the day before. Clearly, they would get destroyed. Most teams practice 95% of the time, and spend 5% on actual game time. And if you take into account all the practice the players do individually, the ration (practice:playing) is even bigger. Imagine if you knew you had to give a piano recital. But you'd never played the piano before. And suppose you'd figure you'd watch a few videos on YouTube of people playing the piano. And the first time you actually played was when you sat down at the recital. In front of all your friends, family, and colleagues. Of course, no normal human would EVER do this unless it was some kind of prank. We KNOW that before important events, we should practice. Except we rarely do. We somehow imagine that talking to people, going on job interviews, having difficult discussions with our relationship partners is something we should just DO without EVER needing to practice. Sure, we see people in the movies practicing in front of the mirror, but even those characters only do it once or twice. Doesn't matter WHAT you are doing, the more you practice, the easier it will be. Most people would never consider going on practice job interviews. But why not? Suppose you were graduating college in a couple years. Why not make up a name and a resume and apply for as many jobs as you can? Then practice seeing how far you can BS your way through? By the time the REAL interviews came around, they'd be easy. Suppose you wanted to ask out a certain person. Why not practice asking out a whole bunch of other people before? The cool thing about practicing is you can do it in your mind. Not only is it easy, free and private, but you can do ALL KINDS of scenarios. For example, if you were going on a job interview, why not take an hour or two and write out your MOST FEARED questions? Then practice answering them. If you practiced your most feared questions for a week, then the regular interview would be a piece of cake. Once you get used to the idea of practicing inside your head, the world becomes a pretty fun and exciting place to be. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  18. I used to watch this cooking competition show. It had three famous chefs, and three amateurs. They would work in teams. But the trick was they wouldn't know what ingredients they were getting until the show started. And each team had twenty minutes to make something. Since these guys were world class chefs, they could mix together some very basic ingredients and come up with some pretty cool stuff. Most of us, whenever we think about cooking something new, we use a recipe. I've taken a few cooking classes, and they've always been around recipes. But at some point, somebody somewhere had to CREATE the recipe. Meaning they took a bunch of stuff and kept mixing it together in different proportions until they got something pretty cool. Then they fine tuned it, wrote it all down, and shared it with the world. Back when they only had books, you might make a decent living working full time to invent new recipes, and then sell your recipe books. Or maybe you could travel around the world, study other cultures, and then put those recipes in your recipe books. Of course, today, every possible combination is online somewhere. Still, you can get creative with how you cook. When I was younger, I went to a restaurant that specialized in goofy hamburgers. I got a half "Polar Burger," and a half, "Charlie Brown Burger." The Charlie Brown half was pretty good. I've made it myself on a few occasions. It's a regular cheeseburger but with peanut butter. For me, that tastes pretty good. The Polar Burger, not so much. A cheeseburger with ice cream. Got to eat it quick! With food, there are literally ENDLESS combinations. Sure, many of them will taste gross, but you never know. Similarly, the thinking patterns in your brain are ENDLESS. You can combine just a few basic thoughts and come up with some VERY CREATIVE ways of thinking and behaving. Sure, some of them might be a bit goofy, but some of them might make you a ton of money. The GoPro guys make kajillions of dollars with an idea of a "camera on a stick." Since you've got endless thinking potential, theoretically you have ENDLESS billion dollar ideas in your head. But they aren't going to pop out if you just sit there! You've got to go looking for them. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  19. There are two ways to get over your fears. (Well, three, if you include running away from them) One is to face them. That is the quickest way. Since most fears are false, or at the very least way worse in our brains than in real life, once you face them, you'll feel a huge sense of relief. However, this is pretty scary. Another way is to ease up to them. Practice slightly in your mind. Practice holding confident thoughts in mind. Essentially, fears "work" because they (whatever collection of things outside that trigger our fears) force us to think of the worst possible outcome. So when we force ourselves to move through those outside things, and prove they aren't nearly as bad as we think, we gain plenty of power. But this is kind of crazy when you think about it. It means purposely accepting the WORST HALLUCINATION possible, and holding that in mind while acting. It's quick, but not such a good idea. The more you do it, the more you associate doing positive things with horrible hallucinations. Not a combination you want. A much easier and slower way is to purposely hold positive thoughts in mind. For example, say there's a person you'd like to approach. The quick method would be to just approach them. To "feel the fear and do it anyway." But a much easier way would be to practice holding certain thoughts in mind WHILE being in a position to approach them. Or people like them. This way, you don't have to do anything except sit there. The longer you practice holding confident thoughts in mind, the easier it will seem. Pretty soon you'll reach a tipping point, where the "energy" of the positive expectation is big enough to PULL you toward what you want to do. To be sure, this takes time. The "feel your fear and do it anyway" method is quick, but it sets a dangerous precedent. The more you practice the slow way, the more you'll prove something very powerful. That YOU control your thoughts, not stuff out in the world. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  20. 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/
  21. 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
  22. Many NLP techniques are taught as "once and done." If you're a trainer, this is a goldmine way to make a lot of money. You teach an expensive seminar, and the only place to learn and practice these magical NLP techniques is in that seminar. Of course, seminars are cool experiences. You meet some cool people, talk about cool things that you would otherwise not talk about. These can be life changing events. I saw a documentary on one famous guru on Netflix. They talked to some of his fans. Many of them said they'd followed him all over the world. Attending his seminars and retreats. Some spending more than $100K in the process. And then it struck me. The fans of these "gurus" sounded very much like the folks who followed the Grateful Dead around back in the day. If you went to a seminar to learn something, you'd only need to go once. Spend any time going to any type of "self development" seminar, and you'll quickly run into "seminar junkies." They go there for the experience. Much like the Grateful Dead fans who dropped out society and followed them around the country. The REAL changes in NLP come with daily practice. Very small drills and exercises and journaling techniques you do on a daily basis. NLP seminars are fantastic, don't get me wrong. But learning the most powerful NLP techniques don't require seminars at all. All it requires is a few minutes you spend every day practicing them. Practicing how you think. Rehearsing situations in your mind. Using your brain, instead of letting it be led by others. This is perhaps the biggest benefit. Because once you realize how POWERFUL your mind is, you'll never look back. Get Started: https://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  23. We humans have been telling each other stories for a long time. Long before written language was invented. What was the purpose of these stories? Generally speaking, anything that is ubiquitous to human culture serves a lot of different purposes. But think of stories as motivational tools. But not like we think of today's "motivational speakers." Today's motivational speakers are more like entertainers. They rouse us up, we feel the energy, but then we go home. And pretty soon, it wears off. Stories that TRULY motivate us work on a much different level. They actually serve as tools. For example, imagine a bunch of cave people sitting around. Listening to the local storyteller tell some epic adventure. Hero's journey type story, of man vs. monster. They are quiet and intensely listening. Not jumping around and screaming like today's motivational speaker audiences. Then maybe a couple of days later, they'll be out hunting. Maybe all alone, or maybe with a couple of buddies. And they'll see a big animal. Then they'll REMEMBER how the hero killed the monster. Or how the hero BECAME the hero after he killed the monster. This is the motivation. No screaming and yelling required. Just a small internal shift. Imperceptible to an outside observer. But monumental to the one who remembers. He sees the monster, and feels fear. But then he recalls the hero, and how the hero acted in the face of fear. And because the hero acted IN SPITE of his fear, so will he. A subtle yet monumental shift. From "I don't know if I can do this," to "I can do this." What motivates you? What heroes can you recall in time of need? Perhaps the future you? Who has already destroyed all the obstacles you haven't faced yet? Or one of your most respected and admired historical figures? Upon whom you can call upon in time of need? Once you understand the structure of mythical heroes, and how they motivate us, you can create your own. Not just one, or two. But a whole army. Ready to have your back when you fight the daily battles of life. Inspiring you to continuously conquer. Learn More: NLP Mind Magic
  24. When I was a kid I loved puzzles. Not the jigsaw type, the bigger ones. These small, 3D objects that could only fit together in one configuration. Once you figured it out, it was less interesting. Many people treat life as a puzzle. Like there's a "right way" and a "wrong way" to do things. To be sure, there are some things that are DANGEROUS to do. Like robbing banks is probably not a good way to make a living. But within the commonly accepted morals, ethics and laws, there isn't really any "rules." Of course, many people don't like this idea. Many people are afraid of taking risks. After all, if you stray from the common path, you might mess up. And if you did things differently than most people, and you made a mistake, everybody would laugh and point fingers at you. Or at least that's what we imagine. So most of us are content to do what we're told, not do anything too crazy. But think of all the people who made a HUGE impact on society. For whatever reasons. Scientists, artists, entrepreneurs. They didn't do what they did by following the well worn path. One time a young entrepreneur asked the founder of Sony how one could double their success rate. The founder of Sony, by then an old experienced business person, answered: Double your failure rate. If you are afraid to fail, you'll only learn what works. Which is the same stuff that everybody else learns. Which means you'll get the same stuff everybody else gets. If you want to make a difference, then you've got to do things differently. Different actions stem from different thinking. Different thinking requires practice. But it's pretty easy, since you can try out different ways of thinking safely within your own brain. Nobody needs to know except you. And when the new ways of thinking become familiar so will the new ways of acting. That's when things get fun. Learn More: NLP Mind Magic
  25. I've never been very good at following the rules. When I was a little kid, I sort of "discovered" that you could get away with anything so long as you played dumb. If you got caught, you just said, "I thought it would be OK?" Of course this only worked for so long. Once in biology class, we were doing a chemistry experiment. We had two different liquids, and our teacher said not to mix them under any circumstances. Which, of course, caused me to mix them just to see what the big deal was. Nothing really happened except me getting kicked out of class. Some rules are important. Basic laws, private property rights, and just common sense. But some times, it's worth it to try things just to see. One set of rules is how we think about and operate in the world around us. We all have a collection of ideas about what we are "supposed to do." Like order an appetizer, an entree, and then a dessert, in that order. Nobody would ever think of doing it backwards. But they all end up in the same place. One of the problems with us humans is we have a lot of leftover instincts. One of them makes us sketchy about doing anything that would make us too "different." We generally try to fit in as best as we can. Most of us don't wear clothes that are too far off the general trends, for example. But the flip side of that strategy, of being safely in the middle of the pack, is we end up living lives that are safely in the middle of the pack. If you do the same stuff everybody else does, you'll get the same stuff everybody else does. If you want to be above average, you have to ACT above average. More importantly, you've got to THINK above average. Most people spend their free time purposely NOT thinking. Or worse, feeling anxious that they are surrounded by familiar people doing familiar things. Before you can act differently, you've got to think differently. And just like anything else, thinking differently requires practice. How do you practice? Like this: NLP Mind Magic
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