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  1. There are a lot of interesting metaphysical questions. One is the old one about the tree falling in the forest. If it does, and nobody is there, does it make a sound? The actual answer, from science, is no, it does not. How can this be? Sound, and everything else we "perceive" are really internally generated. In order for "sound" to exist, there has to be a measuring device. If a tree falls, it will make pressure waves vibrate through the air. Those happen whether somebody there or not. But in order for this pressure waves to be turned into sound, there MUST be some kind of listening device. And that listening device MUST have some kind of energy-transformation system. Our eardrums vibrate, and that in turns makes the little hairs in our cochlea vibrate, which in turns creates the IDEA of "sound" inside our brain. Similarly, a microphone has a vibrating element, but then those vibrations must be transformed to electrical signals. The same thing goes for all the images we see. They are essentially metaphors our brains come up with. The stuff we see is just as dependent on our eyes and visual cortex as it is on the stuff outside. And plenty of studies have shown that up to 50% of the stuff we "see" is really being generated ONLY internally. Kind of like the cache on your web browser. For the same reason your web browser doesn't download the same pictures from the same sites over and over again, our eyes and brain don't want to re-create the same images over and over again. To make matters even MORE confusing, the stuff we do CONSCIOUSLY sense is only about 0.1% of the stuff that is actually happening. But wait! There's even MORE confusion! Not only do we only metaphorical construct internal ideas based on a small fraction of what's really going on, but we give this stuff MEANING. And the meaning we give has a HUGE impact on the quality of our lives. But since the meaning is based on an assumption about a poorly constructed metaphor of what happened a long time ago, we can re-write them. This isn't magic, it does take time. Kind of building an athletic body takes time. But it's well worth it. And if you ARE willing to put in the time and effort, you'll learn those internally generated ideas about what's going on "out there" can mean ANYTHING you want. Anything you SENSE in the world outside, can create any internal feeling you want. Excitement, positive expectation, relaxed confidence, etc. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/beliefchange/
  2. One of Cialdini's important laws is called "Commitment and Consistency." It's kind of complex how it works, especially from a persuasion standpoint. It's the idea behind sales funnels. You buy a product for $3. Then you buy another product for $19 from the same place. Then you buy another one for $49. Sales funnels use this PLUS scarcity. Each additional sales is a "one time offer." So they are combining TWO of Cialdini's laws. The law of Commitment and Consistency (you already bought one, so one more is consistent) and Scarcity (one time offer).. If you study Cialdini, you'll find the seven laws being used in nearly all advertising. Usually in clever combinations. The Holy Grail of advertising is to create FOMO. Fear of missing out. This usually involves at least THREE Cialdini laws. Most of the time FOMO happens organically and spontaneously. If it does, it's a marketers dream come true. You get a bunch of goofs on TV talking about some product. This gives you authority. Then all your friends are talking about that product. This gives you social proof. Then you realize that these products are hard to get. This gives you scarcity. All these add up to FOMO. Meaning if you WAIT, the products will be GONE. And all your friends will have one, except for you. This is the same psychology behind market bubbles. Everybody is buying, and the price keeps going up. Higher and higher prices mean that LOWER prices are getting scarcer and scarcer. Warren Buffet famously said that when your idiot next door neighbor is getting rich, you can be sure you're in a market bubble. Many of Cialdini laws play out in VERY interesting and complicated ways. One of them is that the older we get, the more set in our ways we become. This is Commitment and Consistency in action. Doing NEW things requires a lot of brain power. We don't like using brain power if we don't have to. But some things we keep even if they don't quite "work." This is how our limiting beliefs are formed. We took on a belief when we were very young. It was formed from a protective, defensive standpoint. But as adults, they no longer support us. They do the opposite. They KEEP US from doing what we want. But unless we find them, DISPROVE them, and then rewrite them, they'll keep working. The process not that different, structurally, from rebuilding an engine. It's a pain to take it apart and put it back together. But once it's back together, it's faster, stronger and much more powerful. Do this with any belief you want. So you can do any behavior you want. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/beliefchange/
  3. There are plenty of pretty good time travel movies. My favorite is one called "Primer." This is a fantastic example of the writing advice, that you should "show," rather than tell. More mainstream and Hollywood type movies pretty much dumb everything WAY down. There was another movie where a couple of scientists were going toward the center of the earth, to reverse the rotation. And they were arguing over something you'd learn in high school physics. Primer wasn't like that. You actually have to watch it a few times to fully understand the time travel theory that is in the movie. These are the best kinds of movies. Where you can watch them over and over and get something different each time. Time travel has ALWAYS been a common fantasy. Because all of us make mistakes. Or wish we could have done something different. A very common adult idea is being able to go back and relive a certain period of youth. "If I would've known then what I know now..." Other time travel movies are pure comedy. And they almost ALWAYS have some kind of "using time travel to get rich" angle. Like in one of the "Back To The Future" movies where one of the characters went back and made a fortune betting on sports. Or in "Hot Tub Time Machine," where one of the guys actually invented Google. Or on the TV show, "Lost," where one guy wanted to write Star Wars before anybody else did. All of these ideas involve going BACK and redoing something. But it IS possible, kind of, to leverage the idea of the unknown future. One of my favorite lines from Star Trek (which also involved some kind of time travel) was when Scotty was talking to another engineer. Scotty told the captain the ship could go a certain speed. But this was LESS than the full speed. With the other engineer asked him why, Scotty gave the obvious answer: "Never tell the captain how fast the ship will REALLY go!" Which means it's always good to hold something back. You can combine this idea with an unknown future. How? By living within your means. I know, that sounds pretty boring. But so long as you save a little cushion, you can be prepared for the UNKNOWN. You can protect against unknown calamity. And you can also buy cool things AS THEY ARE INVENTED. Think about this when you're saving a few dollars a month. That you're saving up for future inventions. Because you KNOW that they WILL keep inventing cool stuff. Once you can wrap your mind around what money REALLY is, you'll be amazed at the stuff inside your brain. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/money-brain/
  4. Humans are inherently scared and lazy. Many historians describe human history as a story of a scared and lazy people doing everything they can to make life easier and safer. Most of the time, we humans don't do things unless we have to. Unless our backs are forced against the wall. At the same time, humans are locked into the law of averages. Meaning there is NO guarantee that if our "collective" backs are pushed to the wall, then ALL OF US will survive. All that's needed is a FEW OF US figure something out. History is filled with these long trends called "Malthusian cycles." Malthus was the guy who found a strong relationship between population sizes and carrying capacity. And history bears this out. Societies get bigger and bigger. Then something breaks and it collapses. The next iteration that rises up tends to do better than the previous one. Better ideas, better inventions, etc. So each time, "humanity" does better. But many people WITHIN that group of "humanity" don't make it. So when people talk about "human nature," in positive terms, they are correct. But only when applied to large GROUPS of humans. This doesn't guarantee that each one of us will survive. Humanity as a group will prevail. But lots of people within that prevailing group of humanity won't make it. Most of the time just moving along with the crowd is OK. But sometimes it's not. The trick is to know when. Consider it a very useful ability to THINK for yourself. Beyond what the crowd is doing. Beyond what the recognized authority figures are doing. Going with the crowd is EASY. Following recognized authority figures is EASY. Thinking for yourself is NOT. Which is why you might want to start practicing doing just that. A good way is to think about something you WANT, but don't have. Then figure out what SKILLS you need to learn to get it. Learning skills is one of our prime directives. Slowly improving yourself, day by day. It's not always a lot of fun. But you won't be putting your future in the hands of crowds and leaders that might not have your best interests in mind. This requires daily practice, daily introspection, and genuine honesty. But it will SIGNIFICANTLY increase your chances of success in any area. And during any time. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/self-help-fail/
  5. A lot of efficiencies are built into our mind-body systems. The more you do something, the more efficient you get. This is built into our sensory systems. If you keep perceiving the same things, you’ll get much more efficient. Meaning you brain will naturally learn to perceive MORE information with LESS energy. A good example is chess players vs. non-chess players. If you take a NON chess player, and show them a chess board configuration, they’ll only remember a certain amount of data. The types of pieces, where they are, etc. But if you take an experienced chess player, they’ll look at the same board, and in LESS time, remember MORE information. BUT with a very important caveat. If the chess board is set up as if an actual game were in process, the chess player would remember it EXACTLY the way it is. Because their brains have learned to see STRUCTURES. They’ll immediately see which pieces are threatening other pieces. Which pieces have been taken. They can even recognize the actual game, if it is a famous one. But here’s the kicker. If the chess board is arranged completely randomly, so it’s NOT set up as if it were mid-game, but with the pieces truly scattered randomly around the board, the chess player won’t be able to remember ANY MORE than a non-chess player. Our brains, then, only become more EFFICIENT with respect to specific structures. So the more you learn and practice any particular structure, the BETTER your brain will get at using that structure. The more you practice, the more efficient your brain will be. You’ll see and use MORE with LESS brain energy. So, what structures should you study? Becoming a chess master would be kinda cool. But in reality, there’s not a lot of money in chess. And if you’ve ever been to a chess tournament, they aren’t exactly known for their after-parties, if you catch my drift. And chess skills can really ONLY be applied to chess. How about another common structure, that you can apply ANYWHERE? What structure is that? Language, of course. The more you CONSCIOUSLY learn and PRACTICE the specific structures of language, the more effectively you can use it. And the more effectively you can recognize it. Meaning you can USE language to implant any ideas in anybody’s brain you want. And you can RECOGNIZE language to SEE all the ideas people THINK they are hiding. This is about as close to a REAL super power that you can develop. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hypnotic-copywriting/
  6. There’s a lot of similar themes in movies. One common idea is when a couple has been together for a while. Either a relationship or a friendship. And one person says to the other, “I know you better than you know yourself.” This makes perfect sense. From inside our own heads, there is a swirl of subjectivity. But from an external, objective perspective, some things are pretty easy to see. One common example is if somebody is in a bad relationship. Everybody outside the relationship sees it as a trainwreck waiting to happen. But from inside the relationship, they think everything is perfect. Common human biases work the same way. We ALL have the same biases. But we can’t see them from inside our heads. We can see them in others. So on one level, it’s pretty easy to “know somebody more than they know themselves.” But you can take this to a completely deeper level. By understanding not only the structure of thought, but the structure of human perception. This starts inside your own mind. Then you can look at other people, first from an external, objective perspective. Then you can look inside their mind via your own sympathetic mental resonance. This is kind of strange when you first try it. But once you see humans from the model of “emotional resonance devices” it becomes pretty easy. And SPOOKY accurate. Within just a few minutes of meeting somebody, you can know EXACTLY what they are thinking. Even before you talk to them, but understanding their facial expressions and body language, you can get a very accurate idea of their thoughts. And when you express those thoughts in deliberately vague structure language, they’ll think you are telepathic. This can be used for party tricks, job interviews, and deepening relationships. It takes time to learn, understand, and practice. But you’ll find it’s one of the most powerful communication models in existence. One that very few people know about. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/cold-reading/
  7. There are plenty of paradoxes in life. Some are pretty cool. On a deeper level, these aren't really paradoxes. They are a function of how our brains perceive reality. Our brains evolved to perceive macro events. Apples falling from trees, counting discretely. For example, the main reason we have a base ten number system is because we have ten fingers. But in reality, you can have any base number system you want. Way back in the day, nobody needed to write anything down. Then people stopped hunting and began farming. And this is when they needed to write stuff down. Writing down numbers meant they had to invent new ways of counting. Negative numbers, for example, were needed for accounting. But they'd never really "existed" before. And for many, they seemed to be based on black magic or something. How the heck do you have negative three bananas? But the more science we learn, the more paradoxes we discover. But these aren't really paradoxes. They are just us and our ancient brains trying to understand reality. One thing that makes a huge difference is what time frame you are looking at. All humans are programmed to avoid pain and seek pleasure. But often short term pleasure is a BAD idea. If all you did was watch TV, drink Jack Daniels, and eat Big Macs, you would feel good (maybe) in the short term, but in the long term you'd be dead. Nobody really ENJOYS getting out of bed early. At least not just to get up. We can only TRAIN ourselves to enjoy doing the hard things once we experience the good things on the other side. One thing we humans HATE is failure. Especially social failure. Taking a risk, when everybody is watching, is TERRIFYING for most people. On the other hand, all of the REALLY good stuff in life is on the OTHER SIDE of risk. You might say that taking small risks is one of the greatest skills to cultivate. How do you do this? Just do it. Start as small as you can. Get comfortable going SLIGHTLY outside your comfort zone. The more you go outside of your comfort zone, the easier it will be. Because when you get down to it, EVERYTHING that is worth getting will ALWAYS be OUTSIDE of your comfort zone. Get Started: http://mindpersuasion.com/hero/
  8. Both humor and hypnosis are based on carefully used ambiguity. Why is six afraid of seven? Seven ate nine. 7 8 9 Ate and eight are phonetic ambiguities. Same sound, different meaning. Luckily, English has tons of built in potential for ambiguity. The more you understand, the more you can fade people's brains at will. When most people talk, most people listen. But WHILE they are listening, they are busily trying to come up with something else to say. Something to ADD to the conversation. There are basically two ways to keep people from doing that. One is to become a powerfully mesmerizing storyteller. To have powerful charisma, facial expressions, gestures, etc. AND to have some very interesting stories. But if you're like most normal humans, you don't go on a lot of archeological digs, or find any time portals or anything like that. If you're like most normal humans, you have some pretty normal stories. So being famous as the guy who always goes on adventures is out of the question for most of us. So, what's the OTHER WAY to keep people's minds from wandering while you're talking? Use plenty of ambiguities. There are simple ways, and incredibly complex ways. Short bursts of ambiguities in sentences, or long drawn out nested stories (that are really about nothing) but make their brains feel like squishy sponges filled with paste. Here's an example. It's generally considered to be THE most ambiguous sentence in English. "Time flies like an arrow." It could mean that time goes really fast, like an arrow. It could be instructions. Measure the speed of flies like you measure the speed of an arrow. Or it could be a description about a certain type of fly. Fruit flies like a banana, house flies like your dinner, and time flies like an arrow. But for most normal humans, when they see that sentence, they immediately ASSUME it means the first thing. That time goes by quickly, just like an arrow goes by quickly. This is one of the techniques to fade their brains. Throw in a sentence that has some ambiguity. That will be interpreted one way. But then later, add some more information that will FORCE them to interpret it the other way. Only by the time you get to that second bit of information, that first sentence, with the ambiguity and it's first assumed meaning, will be slipping away from their short term memory. When THAT happens, all other stray thoughts will STOP. And they'll be intensely focused on what you are saying. And they WON'T really know why. All they'll REALLY know is that for some reason, YOU are the most interesting person they've ever met. And they somehow can't keep their brain off you. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/party-hypnosis/
  9. One of the reasons for human dominance on Earth is flexibility. The first time this showed up was when there was a split among gender roles. This was WAY back before this became an issue. Before humans could even talk. For every other animal, except us humans, the males and females each get the same kind of food. Male and female sharks both eat fish. Male and female rabbits eat carrots. Male and female monkeys eat bananas. But for some reason, male pre-humans started hunting. And female pre-humans started gathering. At the same time. This allowed them to live in twice as many places. And because they lived in plenty of different places, this "flexibility" became a very important trait. And it evolved in a lot of different ways. Some simple ways. Some in very strange and hard to describe ways. One of them is the idea of form following function and function following form. Both work. Meaning if you are happy, you will smile. But if you force yourself to smile, maybe even whistle a happy tune, you will BECOME happy. Imagine if we had to wait around for something OUTSIDE of us to make us happy? We can either fake it till we make it. We can conjure up some happy memories. Or we can laugh at a goofy joke. We are very flexible in how we can CREATE our emotions. At least we are CAPABLE of how we can be flexible. Kind of a flexible way of being flexible. Another way of form following function or function following form is how we perceive charisma in others. This can EASILY be faked, as has been done plenty of times. One way is to take a normal, non-charismatic, non-famous goof and pretend to be famous. Get a bunch of people to follow them around. Act like the guy is famous. And pretty soon, everybody will THINK he's famous. And since they all THINK he's famous, they'll FEEL those "famous feelings." They'll describe him as being charismatic, magnetic, etc. They'll describe what it's like to BE in his presence. Even though it's all pretend. Suppose you see a famous guy walk into a nightclub. Only you have no clue who he is. But everybody is staring at him like he's Jesus. Then imagine he comes and talks to you for some reason. How would you feel? Talking to somebody that you DIDN'T know, but was being treated like Jesus by everybody? No doubt, that would feel pretty cool. Luckily, there are TONS of ways to create this presence. To project an energy so people treat YOU like a famous person. And just like form following function or function following form, it works both ways. You can build it from the inside, and people will FEEL IT wherever you go. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/presence/
  10. If you read any copywriting book they'll go over the idea of a slippery slope. The purpose of the headline is to get you to read the sub headline. Which has the purpose of getting you to read the next part. If you watch any video sales letter, it follows the same form. A common video sales letter structure is to create a "hook" and then hold off on delivering. For example: "Let me tell you about a great new technique that allows you to turn sand into gold. But first, let me tell you a little about myself... It all started when I fell asleep at the library..." And you have to watch the whole 10 minute video (that doesn't seem to have a fast forward control) to find the secret of turning sand into gold. TV shows are written like this as well. On many streaming services, they have a category called "Binge-able TV shows." Funny how whatever activity follows "binge" tends to be not so healthy. Binge eating. Binge drinking. Binge shopping. Binge watching. Lots of slippery slopes are purposely created. To make it easy for us to spend money. Others are wholly of our own doing. One of the powerful laws of influence is "commitment and consistency." We keep doing what worked before. We eat the same type of food, shop at the same stores, and use the same brands. All else equal, we'd much rather do what's comfortable than take a risk on something new. When you combine this (commitment and consistency) with two other laws of influence, the slippery slope becomes inescapable. What other two laws? Social proof and authority. We join ANY group, for any reason. So long as the authority is compelling, the social proof is compelling, the longer we stay in, the harder it is to pull out. Most of the time the only thing we risk losing is time, and maybe a little money. However, consider your TIME is your most precious resource. It is the ONLY thing you can't get back. Money, friends, a job, even another place to live. Those are replaceable. But once TIME is gone, it's gone. Even the old idea about buying real estate (because they aren't making more land!) might eventually be obsolete. Imagine what a successful Mars colony would do to real estate prices on Earth! Time, on the other hand, will always flow relentlessly into the past. And because those three laws, when combined together, can feel SO comfortable, you might not realize something's wrong until you're at the end of your life. And you're wondering what happened with all your time. Consider forcing your mind into objective, meta mode, and question everything. One simple question you can ask, at the end of EVERY DAY might be this: Suppose I spent EVERY DAY for the rest of my life like I spent TODAY, what would my life add up to? If you don't like the answer, consider making changes. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/gurutrap/
  11. Beavers build dams. Bees build hives. Ants build hills. Certain slugs look around for certain shells. Scientists call this an "extended phenotype." A genotype is the actual genes. The phenotype is the thing the genes create. For example, the genotype for blue eyes is a specific sequence of nucleotides on your DNA. Then the DNA unravels, turns into RNA, and turns into a mini-protein assembly line. Individual pieces float down, link into the RNA, then link together and float off into your body. Those pieces of proteins link together in the final product. The final product, or the configuration as those proteins are linked together, is the phenotype. This is how your DNA, safely hidden and tightly wound together in the nucleus of every cell, creates your body. Your body being the phenotype. Your genotype (DNA) uses RNA to build your body (phenotype). What is an "extended phenotype?" It's kind of cool. Instead of the DNA building the proteins directly, it builds brains. Brains that have instincts. The DNA of a bee, for example, builds the little bee-brain. Then the bee brain is built to instinctively build the bee-hive. The DNA builds the brain, the brain builds the hive. So not only can DNA build bodies of animals, but it can build brains of those animals to build specific things OUTSIDE of the body. So bees make hives, ants make hills, beavers make dams. What do humans make? Human DNA (and the human brains our DNA builds for us) takes it a step further. Beavers, for example, have been building the same kind of dams since the dawn of time. Over and over and over and over. What do humans build? What is OUR extended phenotype? More! More of what? More of whatever there. Not just more, but better. All the brains of the all the animals look out into the world and INSTINCTIVELY build the same stuff over and over. Humans look out into the world, see what has ALREADY been built (by previous humans) and think: "Hmm, how could I make this even better?" To be able to do that, our human brains have some MAGNIFICENT capabilities. Imagination. Hallucination, individually and collectively. We imagine what DOES NOT EXIST, and somehow bring it from the world of hallucinations to the world of reality. But there's a catch. Humans also have tons of ancient instincts. Instincts that PREDATE our super genius brains. The kind of instincts that make us behave like dumb, non-thinking pack animals. Which makes most of us NEVER use our genius brains. This is when we unthinkingly follow the crowd. Or only believe what the experts on TV say. Or only do things because the are familiar. In that regard, we are kind of on the border. Each one of us. We can lean forward into the future and use our brains. Or we can rely on our instincts from the past. And follow crowds and authority and safety. One path is safe and boring and common. One path is an exciting adventure, fraught with danger and peril. Choose Wisely: http://mindpersuasion.com/gurutrap/
  12. At the same time, our brains are our best and worst asset. They are our best when we can solve problems and come up with creative solutions. One of the coolest ideas is what Adam Smith called the "invisible hand." He was describing the simple laws of supply and demand. It's a very basic, but extremely powerful concept. It's kind of like a meta-communication system for the hive mind of Earth. Another aspect is how the "hive mind" can creatively solve problems. So long as the problem is obvious enough, it will eventually be solved. Because any problem that has presented clearly enough, will inspire hundreds, or perhaps thousands of people all around the world to start thinking of a solution. Why would they do this? They all have the same basic thought. "If I can solve this problem, I can make a lot of money." And when you have hundreds or thousands of smart brains around the world trying to be the FIRST to solve a problem, it usually gets solved. This is EXACTLY why there are so many new inventions and discoveries being made. This is the GOOD part about the human brain. That collectively, we humans can be pretty clever. The flip side is not so good. Most of us KNOW that "somebody" will eventually solve the problem. This is cool, but it's also dangerous. Because if you get into the habit of waiting around for "somebody" to solve problems, that "somebody" isn't going to be you. The flip side of the genius if the "hive mind" is the oppression of the hive mind. When you are trapped inside, it is VERY DIFFICULT to think independently. It's VERY easy to go along with the crowd. Very easy to nod your head when authority figures tell us what's what. If you are IN a crowd that is also nodding their collective head when an authority is speaking, it is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to think any thoughts OTHER than the hive mind. This is pretty easy to see when things go crazy. Death cults, evil dictators, we can all look at them and see how nuts they are. But this SAME THING happens every single day. Most ideas that most people have are ideas that very FEW PEOPLE have actually thought about. For most people, so long as they are backed by authority (usually some smart guy on TV) and social proof (friends or social media), that idea is ACCEPTED as valid. Without even QUESTIONING it. This is pretty crazy. Which means being able to question ALL thoughts is VERY helpful. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/gurutrap/
  13. The concept of Yin and Yang is prevalent in society. It's generally meant to be a balance of male and female energy. For example, you had a bit of stress, couldn't sleep, etc, you might go to a holistic health practitioner, instead of a western style doctor. Maybe you would see an acupuncturist. He might say that your Yin and Yang is out of balance. Too much male energy, not enough female energy. Makes sense, right? Once you were "back in balance," once the male and female energies were in harmony, the anxiety would go away. So far so good? Only this is a very common, yet very incorrect interpretation of the "Yin and Yang" concept. Yin and Yang are NEVER in "balance." They are not supposed to be. Yin is ALWAYS turning into Yang. And Yang is ALWAYS turning into Yin. One is always flowing into the other. It is a constant, never ending, process. It's meant to be a metaphor for pretty much every living and even non-living thing in the human experience. Day turns into night. Night turns into day. Hunger turns into being full. Being full turns into hunger. Winter turns into spring, etc. Exhales turn into inhales. Deep unconscious cravings for O2 soon turns into deep unconscious cravings to GET RID of CO2. Even each of your individual hemoglobin molecules, inside your red blood cells are in a never ending cycle. They pick up O2 from your lungs and race to deliver it to your muscles. As soon as they pick it up (the O2) they can't wait to get rid of it. Then they exchange the O2 (energy) with the CO2 (waste) at your muscle cells and turn around and race back to your lungs. Like a gigantic factory. Receiving, packaging, shipping, maintenance, etc. Never in balance. Always trying to catch up. Even after you're dead the cycle never ends. Everywhere you look, you'll find cycles. Birth and growth. Growth and maturity. Maturity and death. Your thoughts are the same. Every time you observe something it creates a new thought in mind. That thought grows, matures and transforms into another thought. Sometimes those thoughts turn into actions. Other times they float down to the bottom of your brain and gather dust. Your brain is a precious gift. A gift that can make the difference of a valuable life that creates greatness, or a life that sits around and tries to kill time. The thing about your brain is it's kind of like a slice of pizza. If you sit there staring at the TV with a slice of pizza in front of you, somebody else will take it. If you shuffle along staring at life with your brain just sitting there, somebody else will use it. Your choice. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
  14. Making progress is a good feeling. It's actually one of the best feelings. They say that there are two tragedies in life. Achieving your goals and not achieving your goals. Why is this? If you achieve your goals, it feels good. Really good. But that feeling quickly fades. If you've ever won a sports championship, you know the feeling of letdown. You spend so much time and energy focusing on the big game, it feels fantastic when you win. But then a couple days later, there's something missing. Similarly, if you spend a significant amount of time prepping for the big game, and then lose, it feels horrible. Both of them hurt. Hence the saying. If you can extrapolate the common "letdown" feeling to a huge, lifelong goal, you can imagine what that must be like. At least after a win, you can start to focus on next year. Or after a nice vacation, the same thing happens. You feel depressed when it's over and you've got to go back to work. But at least then it's only a matter of time before you start planning your next vacation. But a HUGE goal, a lifelong goal, once achieved, really sucks. It's not like you can create ANOTHER life long goal. On the other hand, imagine if you spent a couple decades striving for a lifelong goal and then you realized you'd NEVER accomplish it. This would suck even worse. Therefore, GETTING and NOT GETTING a lifelong goal eventually creates depression. This is also why the old saying, "The Road Is Better Than the Inn" is so true. Think of what it contains. You're making progress. You're getting closer and closer. A goal that is partial real, and partially potential energy. There is not much better than having a really big potentially GOOD THING out in your future. Something that is slowly getting closer. Something that is TOTALLY in your control. This is why the PATH to your goal is usually much more enjoyable than the goal itself. It's also why most people NEVER create real goals. But it's also a reason why you don't really NEED "traditional goals." You just need progress. The feeling of getting better combined with something MAGNIFICENT in your future that is coming closer and closer. If you create these two feelings, any goal you get ON THE WAY will be much easier. This is why people LOVE exercising. Even though they aren't training for a specific race or contest, just the general feeling of FORWARD progress is wonderful. This is also why these types love looking at themselves in the mirror. It's NOT vanity. They are NOT thinking, "Wow, I'm gorgeous!" They are thinking, "Wow, I look better than I used to." They are seeing EVIDENCE of their progress. Luckily, you can improve your MIND just as much as your BODY. How can you see the progress of your mind? By how you SEE your future. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
  15. There are a lot of troubling statistics about modern society. One is that the average attention span of people is getting shorter and shorter. It's kind of a paradox of technological success. All humans are driven to want to get more with less effort. Ever since the dawn of time, the most common human thought has been, "There's got to be an easier way to do this!" Even Bill Gates once said the ideal employee is both intelligent and lazy. Lazy because he's driven to do less work. Intelligent because he figures out way to get more outcome with less effort. If you're ultimate goal is to be as lazy as possible, it will drive you to come up with some pretty cool inventions. Essentially all human inventions have been created to get more outcome with less work. But therein lies the paradox. A world filled with people who get things easily, without a lot of strenuous effort might start to feel entitled. The WORST thing that can happen to you as a human is to be a combination of lazy acting and lazy thinking. If you combine lazy acting with intelligent thinking, you'll always be thinking of ways to increase your laziness. But if you combine lazy acting with lazy thinking, you end up a slave to other people's thinking. It's no coincidence that 70% of TV advertising paid for by pharmaceutical companies. And from a persuasion standpoint, they are VERY CLEVER. "Do you suffer from [hard to remember name] disease? Check with your doctor, you might be eligible for [hard to remember name] drug!" Two minutes later, all the average TV viewer can remember is if something (anything!) is wrong, your doc has a pill for it. Even if you live a lazy lifestyle, you can still live healthily. You can still eat healthy and do some exercises every day. It's one thing to ENJOY relaxing the couch. It's something else entirely to NEED to stay on the couch because standing and walking to the kitchen is exhausting! The same goes with thinking. Our brains are ALWAYS active. Meaning if you choose not to think, SOMEBODY is going to be doing your thinking for you. And most people who INTEND to do your thinking for you are just like those TV ads for drugs. They know EXACTLY how to put just the right amount of information in your brain. Luckily, you can exercise your brain just as easily as your body. If you get into the habit of doing brain exercises JUST LIKE body exercises, you'll be in tip top shape. Learn More: Hallucinating Mind
  16. It's very common for people to slowly change how they think as they age. It's makes perfect sense from an objective standpoint. A young person looks out at the world, sees a bunch of stuff, and then compares that stuff to the stuff in their brain. The longer you are alive, the more stuff you have in your brain to compare stuff to. Structurally, it's very similar to thinking about a do-it-yourself job with only a couple of tools, vs. a huge toolset of tools. With only a screwdriver, some nails and a hammer, you wouldn't be able to accomplish much. But with an entire garage full of tools, especially tools that you could use, you would be able to take on FAR more complicated tasks. Most people fill the tools in their head slowly and organically. They are content to go through life, waiting for the EVENTS to provide the experience and memories. Some people purposely have new experiences, just so they have more experiences to rely on. This is a very advanced way of thinking. It's usually an idea that older people have when looking at younger people doing things. They say, "It will be a good experience for him." Meaning the person they are talking about will do a bunch of stuff, a bunch of unexpected things will happen, and they will be forced to respond, in the moment, to these unexpected things. These are generally the experiences that make up who we are. A few people don't just let it happen organically. They purposely seek new experiences, just for the sake of having new experiences. Even at a young age, they've learned that ANY experience is generally helpful in retrospect. This would be like PURPOSELY filling your garage with tools and eagerly learning how to use them. These are the folks that have a zeal for life, that do things just to see what will happen. This, of course, can be dangerous and expensive. There is, however, a much easier way. A way to fill your head with just as many experiences, which will translate into tools, that you can use to solve extremely complicated problems. You can gain these "mind tools" not only by having experiences. But by purposely IMAGINING certain things in certain ways. By creating a laboratory in your mind, you can do a lot more experimenting. Now, it might seem impossible. Most people close their eyes, with the intention of experimenting in the laboratory of their minds and see nothing but blackness. But building up your mental laboratory is a skill unto itself. And once you build your mental lab, the sky's the limit what you can do with it. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
  17. 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/
  18. It's pretty common these days to beef up at the gym. Some psychologists say that in bad economic times, more guys end up in the gym getting ripped. If they can't impress the ladies with their salaries, they'll impress them with their abs. Even if you aren't interested in impressing anybody, getting and staying in shape has a ton of benefits. You sleep better, you eat better, you feel better. Unless you've got some hidden, psychotic reasons for getting in shape, getting a lean mean body provides TONS of benefits. Of course, it does require a very necessary thinking process. One that more and more people seem to be having trouble with these days. And that is putting in some kind of effort TODAY, or a benefit in the FUTURE. More and more people have the idea that they won't lift a finger unless they get immediate and guaranteed benefit. This idea is VERY DANGEROUS. It's easy, and it's hard to escape from. Once you get into the habit of doing something NOW for a benefit NOW, it's hard to get out of. Paradoxically, if you do something like basic exercise long enough, you actually get benefit NOW (while you do it) AND into the future. This is generally true for all "healthy" behavior. It only "sucks" in the beginning. But there is one area where FEW people even THINK about building a better future. Of doing things TODAY to make a much better TOMORROW. It's common and even popular with ideas like health and fitness. But just as important as your body is, there is something MUCH MORE important. Your brain. Consider what would happen if you spent as much time exercising your brain as some people did their bodies. Sure, it's cool to walk the earth with some impressive guns and a six pack. But with a powerful BRAIN? That would actually be worth a TON of money! How do you exercise your brain? Luckily, there are really only THREE areas to focus on. Unlike your body, which has tons of different muscles. But the more you work on these THREE areas of your brain, the more you can do whatever you want with life. Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/hallucinating-mind/
  19. People are consumers of ideas. We crave information in all its forms. Social media, TV, conversations with others. The more compelling and interesting the information is, the better it feels. Kind of like food. We like food that tastes good. We don't like food that doesn't taste good. A long time ago, this was tightly calibrated. The stuff that tasted good was healthy and kept us alive and kicking. Meat, fat, fruits, veggies, nuts, roots, etc. Stuff that didn't taste good was stuff that was dangerous. Dirt, tree bark. We didn't have to think much. Just consume what tasted good, and avoid what didn't taste good. Our brains evolved to see information the same way. Stuff that "felt good" tended to be helpful. Stuff that didn't "feel good" wasn't so helpful. A lot of this information came from non-verbal communication from others. Today those ancient social signals come from social media. Which is why it's so addicting. Just like processed food, it tricks us into thinking it's healthy. But another thing we enjoy very much is different content. This why we love stories so much. Ancient people's lived in some pretty boring environments, compared to today. So guys and gals that would spin interesting tales about nature, the gods, us and our purpose were in high demand. Similarly, people today that can spin interesting tales are in equally high demand. People that can come up with an interesting take on common things. Most people say and think the same things. Over and over. And most people comment on those same things the same way. Over and over. But it is pretty easy to take the same basic ideas, that people keep saying over and over, and flip them around in some interesting ways. So interesting nobody has ever heard of them before. Which will make you a very in-demand person. People will listen to your take on things and get that feeling of enlightenment. Of seeing things for the first time. Of finally, "getting it." Think differently, speak differently. And be recognized above all. Learn How: http://mindpersuasion.com/tongue-fu/
  20. One of the cool language patterns from NLP is the sleight of mouth patterns. The idea being that you can hear an "objection" and then overcome it with linguistic wizardry. Sell more stuff, get more dates, have more fun. But the concept itself is pretty powerful. And that concept is that any idea isn't set in stone. After all, Marcus Aurelius, a bad ass Roman orator, said over two thousand years ago that, "All is opinion." Meaning any idea we have is not a fact. Just an opinion. Which means any thought we have, is a temporary "snapshot" of our reality. Both within us an outside of us. And since all is "opinion," and opinions can change, we can literally build and hold any idea we want. I used to think sushi was disgusting. Raw fish? Gross! Who would want to eat raw fish? Until a buddy of mine reframed it. "No, dude, it's cool. Just imagine eating a really rare steak." Just like that. My idea of "sushi is gross" turned into "sushi is delicious" in less than a minute. Our heads are FILLED with ideas like "sushi is gross" that we NEVER question. We just accept them as fact. When I was in high school I worked at a pizza place. The thing about pizza is you can get it with whatever you want on it. Few food fast food items are like this. Imagine walking into a burger place and saying, "Yeah, I'd like a medium cheeseburger with bacon, tomatoes and olives." Most places you get what you get. But pizza? You can get any combo you want. Even half something and half something else if you've got a couple picky eaters on your team. Why not treat our brains like that? "Let's see, today I'd like to be outgoing, clever and witty." Or maybe if you were going on first date, you could choose to be, "romantic, seductive and irresistibly attractive." If you were taking an important test, you could decide to be "a genius with a rapid steel trap memory." Why not? It will certainly take practice. But if you decided to learn how to play tennis, you could eventually play tennis. Why not spend some time learning how to "be" however you want? Learn More: http://mindpersuasion.com/nlp/
  21. 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/
  22. 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/
  23. 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/
  24. 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/
  25. 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/
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