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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jan29_Post.mp4 One of the most sought after experiences among competitive athletes is the flow state. Musicians and other performers experience this on a different level. The flow state is when you are operating at a very high level of competence, but you are unconscious. Not in a trance, (or passed out) but you are flowing without needing your conscious brain. Most of us experience the flow state while doing more mundane things like doing laundry and making grilled cheeses. These are things that are learned skills. Learned to the point of unconscious competence. Meaning we can do them without our brains. But for pros, whose careers require they practice for hours a day, they do this with HIGHLY trained skills. Not only highly trained skills, but highly trained skills used in a competitive environment. When your making a burrito or folding your clothes, the burrito ingredients or your unfolded clothes just sit there. They aren't fighting against you. But in a competitive sport, you have ZERO idea what the other guy is going to do. So when you reach a flow state in this environment, it's like magic. A continuous unfolding of uncertainty, the mathematics of which are too complex to solve even with the most powerful supercomputers. Yet here's our ancient monkey-brain, flowing like a dream. This is a bit different for performance arts. For performing, it's more like folding your clothes. Meaning there isn't anybody in your face trying to mess you up. Sometimes the opposite. If it's appropriate, and the audience is watching, you can use their energy to enhance your performance. And since this is unexpected, it's very much a flow state. A friend of mine did this while on stage. He was in a play that he'd practiced a kajillion times. But one night, when he was about to drop a "punchline," he broke a cardinal rule of acting. That is to NEVER beak the fourth wall. Breaking the fourth wall means looking DIRECTLY at the audience, or the camera. He said he didn't know WHY he did it. He just felt it, in the moment, spontaneously within the flow state. Instead of looking at his partner, he calmly turned directly to the audience and said it. And EVERYBODY, even the director, said it was PERFECT. Something you can never predict or even explain. You just gotta feel it. There is a way to CREATE this feeling in others. Conversationally. The natural FLOW state. Where one idea simply slides right into the next. All they need to do is follow your words. And they can passively enjoy one of the most sought after human experiences. Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/slippery-slope-language/
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug11APost.mp4 Way back when I was in high school, my buddies and I loved the movie, "Mad Max." Not the Road Warrior, which came up back when I was in high school. But the original, part one, Mad Max. With a then completely unknown Mel Gibson. On some of the tapes we'd get, they would dub over his native Australian accent with an American one. My buddies were serious motor heads. They LOVED the part where Max saw his car for the first time. With the "blower." The part that would force air into the cylinders, and give his car some extra oomph. When he was chasing bad guys, he'd have a secret switch on to turn on the nitrous oxide injection. Another way to get more "power" in his engine. One of my personal favorite scenes was when Max was looking at his engine the first time. And he kind of went into a "trance." Staring at the engine, with its blower and massive power. You can hear some guy in the background, who was noticing the tranced out look on Max's face as he was impressed by the engine. "He's in a coma, man!" Meaning his "consciousness" was turned off. That he was so entranced by this magnificent engine, his brain was so focused, he no longer was paying attention to anything going on around him. When psychologists study this effect, particularly in sports, they call it the "flow state." When a highly trained athlete is so "on" during any competition, their conscious mind becomes a barely conscious, "watcher," enjoying the performance. This same thing happens when you're in a conversation with a close friend, or even if you're in deep rapport with somebody you've just met. The words are flowing back and forth, without needing any kind of thought. When you conscious mind is merely watching and enjoying the process. Kind of like a line from a Beastie Boys song: "Like a dream I'm flowin' without no stoppin', sweeter than a cherry pie with ready whip toppin'..." The line, of course, describes what it's like to be in the "flow state" while spontaneously rhyming on stage or on the mic. This is the height of human potential. The flow state. Where you are interacting with others in some way, conversationally, or competitively, and your conscious mind takes a back seat. To watch and enjoy this rare but extremely hypnotic state. And if you've ever gotten close to this state, or if you're a coach and you see your players getting close to state, you know it's much more of letting go. You can't really DO anything to get closer to this state. It's a matter of letting go and trusting your unconscious. The one thing that will KILL this, and stop it before it's even started is anxiety. Get rid of anxiety, and put yourself into a coma, man! Learn How: https://mindpersuasion.com/anxiety-killer/
  3. If you're a baseball fan, then you know players are pretty superstitious. Especially when they are on a streak. This is most interesting when a pitcher is six or seven innings into a no-hitter or a perfect game. They, and all the other players, start to act very carefully. They are afraid of messing up the string of good luck. I had a friend once. We were at the racetrack. We had chosen the sixth horse in the sixth race. Something had happened that day six times. We thought this meant we were GUARANTEED to win. But then RIGHT BEFORE the race started, that same thing (that had happened six times up till that point) happened a SEVENTH time. Of course, we LOST the race. My friend was absolutely CERTAIN the reason we lost was because of that seventh, last second event. Despite our strong affinity for our alleged logic and rationality, we can be incredibly illogical. It's very likely this helped us way back in the day. Making snap decisions, even if they are wrong, are very helpful in a harsh environment. Especially where ONE mistake can get you ejected from the gene pool. But life today is WAY more complicated. So we have WAY more chances of making erroneous connections. Now, when things like this happen at the racetrack, it's pretty funny. But if you are a pitcher and you've got a perfect game on the line, even though your rational mind may question the whole idea of luck, BEHAVING as if it exists may even be helpful. It helps you focus. It keeps your mind clear of external thoughts. But sometimes it has the opposite effect. Especially when we make FALSE connections between events. When we are young. From a time when we can't remember. This is EXTREMELY frustrating. We don't know HOW or WHY these beliefs were created. We don't even really know what they are. All we know is when we try and get certain things, we feel anxious, nervous, frustrated. Which makes it nearly IMPOSSIBLE to get what we want. For a pitcher, these goofy beliefs can HELP. Since they are created in the moment, and can help in the moment. But since our beliefs were ideas put into our brains when we were very YOUNG, and still act as if they are valid, there doesn't seem much we can do. Turns out, though, that there is. Because all limiting beliefs have the same basic STRUCTURE. And when you take apart the structure, it will have a powerful effect. The result will be an elimination of anxiety and frustration. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/beliefchange/
  4. https://mindpersuasion.com/necessity-of-competition/
  5. In sports, a common saying is “leave it on the field.” Which means when you play a big game, you put in 100% effort. So when the game is over, you’ve given everything. This is a fantastic idea for sports. The problem with metaphors like this is when they are misapplied. For example, let’s say you wanted to walk across the room and talk to somebody. The “leave everything on the field” approach isn’t so appropriate. When you’re playing sports, especially an important game, winning is the ONLY thing. (Except maybe for little league...) Any team that loses the championship game and shrugs it off as a learning experience may be missing the point. Imagine your favorite team after losing the superbowl or the world series or the world cup. “Well, we didn’t win, but the important thing was we learned a lot about our capabilities and we tried some new plays which worked out pretty well.” Most people would be understandably angry. But this is an IDEAL response for anything that is NOT sports. In fact, not getting a hundred percent success rate is a very, very good thing. Paradoxically, when you DO get a hundred percent success in anything that is NOT sports, you won’t really know why. Which means you won’t learn much. Which means you won’t get much better. Which means your ONLY strategy is to “get lucky.” On the other hand, shooting for about an 60-70% success rate is perfect. Because everything that DOESN’T work is the best teacher. This hard to wrap your mind around for most people. Especially if ALL you can see is in a short term time frame. Which is why having a LONG term time frame is essential. So long as you see any interaction or event as ONE of many, on a continuous unfolding future, it’s much easier to accept feedback. The more you can accept ALL feedback, most importantly NEGATIVE feedback, the better you can improve. This is easy in the beginning of the baseball season, for example. There are always a lot of games still to be played. How, specifically, can you cultivate this mindset? By creating something called Horizon Goals. Undefined, but positive goals WAY out in the future. At a skill level much higher than you have now. So that any interaction in the present is more easily seen as PRACTICE. Once you see every interaction as partial practice for the next, continuous improvement is simple. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/deep-skills/
  6. I understand football at the maxium level I know the ins and outs of football I know what it takes to play the maxiumum level I can play anywhere on the field. My talent is amazing. Stuff like that, Thoose are kind of examples. You can use your own ideas if you choose
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