If a genie were to grant you 3 wishes, what would be the first most obvious thing to wish for? MORE WISHES!!!
Whether you’re a professional athlete, entrepreneur or student, your growth will be determined by your ability to learn. The quickest learners will be the biggest earners. Especially in todays age of entrepreneurship. That is if you’re learning the right stuff of course.
Lets face it, learning is life. Learning is money. Learning is growth. Learning is time. Learning is reduced stress & better health. Just ask any person who suffers from anxiety & panic attacks or depression or worse PTSD. Whats the problem? Not their childhood. Not even the anxiety. Not even the traumatic memories. Say what? The real problem is that they haven’t learned to deliberately control & operate their own brain. Thats it. Just to let you know, if you’re my client, I can guarantee you I’m going to find out the exact times and places where that anxiety is a major asset. But thats a topic for another day. Bottom line, learning gives you the power for unlimited achievement & to create positive changes in every area of your life. You need to become a highly skilled learner. Its my secret. I learn very fast and become good at things real quick, so I have time to master my mind, body & business simultaneously. You want to be really skilled & dynamic to stand out from the pack. That requires super-learning with a whole bunch of wanton desire and determination to apply your learnings.
Before embarking on your personal enhancement journey, the first thing you want to learn is “learning how to learn”. Becoming a Super-Learner is essentially your ticket to unlimited wishes. A lot of “experts” talk about it, but really just give you regurgitated quotes and content. We’re going to give into the nitty-gritty, hardcore techniques, that is, how to actually do it!!!
Whether you’re in sales, run your own business, are a teacher or an athlete, your job is to give people an experience. No experience. No changes. This is critical. I’ll explain. Now a study at Harvard, asked professionals, “if you could have anything, what would you want?” . Unanimously, they answered, “an extra hour per day”. Time is money. You’ll save time and be more productive by learning faster and retaining more of what you learn. Simply just dissolving the bad memories, limiting beliefs, and worries from your mind alone, will save hours of time. In some cases, hundreds of hours per year!
A major problem is that learning is something we’re TOLD TO DO, we’re not taught HOW TO ACTUALLY DO IT. Our entire academic career, content was shoved down our throats without us ever being taught how to effectively assimilate, learn & remember it. The result? Most have amnesia for 95%+ of the content they didn’t really learn in school. Isn’t that such a waste of time?
I must point out that its incumbent on both the teacher and the learner to make the learning experience as entertaining, vivid, and memorable as possible. Look, some stuff is going to be boring. Some stuff you’re going to want to pull your hair out. But thats exactly when you need to toot your own brain & have fun with it. Use my 5 KEY INGREDIENTS FOR LEARNING to make learning easy and fun. That said, it sure would help if your teachers, bosses & trainers learned how to teach in a way that registers perfectly for your brain. Send them to this course here! Thank me later!
Here are Chris Wyllie’s 5 Key Ingredients to Learning:
- DISSOLVE LIMITS.
The above are the 5 ingredients you need to optimize learning. Elements 4 and 5 (Dissolve Limits & Fun) are connected to “STATE” but deserve individual mention. That is all your limits – be it bad memories, negative thought patterns, limiting beliefs – are limited to particular states of consciousness. Thus, different STATE, different BELIEFS. If you listen closely to people’s language they will even say, “well once I step into “SUPER-ME” … then I think and believe that I can do things I can’t normally do”. I like it, lets make a habit out of that! Secondly, having fun & emotions are the fabric of memory. You’ve got so many RARA motivation speakers, and people using fear tactics and hyperbole, whats above all that is high level humour and edu-tainment. Thats right. Now that with practical experiential techniques to create a tangible BRAIN ENHANCEMENT EXPERIENCE and you have the ultimate combo. An experience sets the foundation & re-wires the brain to make subsequent learning a piece of cake. Experience a belief changing intervention and then learn how to build such experiences for others.
Now lets get to each ingredient. I’ll explain the mechanics, the implications and then how to apply them.
Learning is state dependent. You’ve probably heard this before. However you may not know the precise techniques to control your state at will. When you learn information, the information is neuro-associated to that specific brainwave state. So the first step to creating and accessing learnings is learning – HOW TO CONTROL YOUR BRAIN WAVES & STATE. The brain is a wonderful machine. It’ll learn, rehearse, and access for you infinite amounts of information. All you need to do is get into the right state to access the desired neuro-pathways and thus all the information connected to that state.
I know you’ve all had the following experience: You going into test, and during the test you go black or faced with questions you know that you know the answers but you just couldn’t access them. Only to then have the answers start popping up in your mind while you’re walking or on the bus home. Wasn’t that annoying? This happens because during the test you didn’t access the learning state you were in when you studied the information. Like most you were probably calmer while studying and more anxious and rushed during the test. Hence, different states, and without accessing the state, the information is harder to recall.
The state you go into determines the information you access. Just think, when you feel really bad, doesn’t a rush of other bad memories typically begin to flood into your mind? When you’re feeling really good however its much harder to recall those bad memories, isn’t it? Thats because information & memories are only connected to specific states of consciousness. Now if you really want to get yourself anxious or depressed you can think of one terrible memory & bad feeling, access that state and then begin to think of every other area of your life so that they get coloured with those feelings. Thats how you create “generalized anxiety” and “depression”. I like to do the opposite. I like to spray happiness, curiosity and determination all across your mind & attitude now.
Particular environments can trigger brainwave states which trigger particular strings of memories and moments. Just think, have you ever been out for dinner with your partner and on the radio played “your song”? While this song was playing didn’t a string of past memories emerge in your mind?
Your state is comprised of the pictures and mental movies you see in your mind (either past memories or of the future), voices & sounds (both yours and others) you hear and feelings, which you of course feel. Thus the primary way for you to control your state is by changing the mental images, sounds you make in your mind and thus feelings you make in your body. This is the land of Neurolinguistic Programming. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE of two key STATE INDUCTIONS – DESIRE & DETERMINATION. These are the two states you’ll want to elicit in your students.
I’d like you to stop for a moment, and think of a time when you saw something, and the moment you saw it, you knew it was perfect and you just had to have it. Thats right DESIRE. Desire that could be for anything as simple as a dress, a car, a partner, a home, a vacation, a mentor you wanted to be like, or a skill you wanted to learn. Anything that filled your body with that wondrous feeling of desire. Now close your eyes and in your mind, go to that very first moment when you first saw what you desired so strongly. See what you saw, hear what you heard. Now take the image of it and make it a little bigger, clearer and closer. Turn up the volume. Notice how that desire moves through your body and start to spin it a little faster, double it, triple it, 10X it … now is the perfect time.
Now inside the middle of that desired image, open up a little circle. Inside that little circle, see the target, see yourself with an unbridled exuberance learning math, science, neuroscience (pick a subject) with an overwhelming sense of desire. Then very quickly open up that little circle until that enthusiastic you completely covers the desire image – the same size, shape, dimensions etc. UUUUU the very same desire. Now really look at that image in your mind, thats something you need to remember and make it so that the closer you get to that image, the closer you get to mastering your craft the stronger that desire grows … suddenly learning and desire … desire and learning will be connected in a way they never have before. Suddenly the sight of that book is going to trigger that desire … the thought of learning trigger that desire … and the more you learn the more this desire will build and build and build and be absolutely irresistible … such that even the more you try to stop yourself the stronger this desire becomes … until you’re exploding like a rocket-ship to your dreams and beyond. Lucky you.
I know there has been a time when you put your mind to completing something and nothing was going to stop you. Isn’t that right? Easy, hard, no matter what you were going to do it right? It could be as simple as finishing a level on a video game, completing a sand castle at the beach, finishing a final set in a workout, finishing your favourite movie series, or favourite book, or playing another game, there have been times where you felt determined and resolved, and you were going to do it no matter what. THINK OF THAT TIME NOW.
Double the size of the image. Make it clearer bigger brighter more vivid. Turn up the volume. Really turn up the volume. And amplify that determined feeling X10. Then open your eyes and look at your math text book. Close your eyes feel the determination. Open your eyes look at the textbook. Close your eyes feel the determination. Then suddenly like a sling shot see an image of you being #1 at calculus in your class shooting right on top of that determined image, with those exact same resolved feelings …look at the image and go, “this will be mine”. Simultaneously say a special “word” to lock in this Calculus genius state and touch your writing wrist to lock in this determined genius. Now say the word, touch your wrist and activate this state. Now thats what I’m talking about.
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Open your eyes and say to the teacher … you said calculus “was” going to be hard … I’m so glad the difficulty is over … you also said that the average for last year was 75%. I’m so glad to inform you that this class is very different … in fact I’ve been considering the scholarships I’m planning on receiving from Harvard and Yale (pick your university) … and I need a minimum 4.0 GPA, however I’m going to settle for no less than a 96% in this class just to be safe. Ohh yea I’m Chris by the way … I guess you could call me Chris “96%” Wyllie …
Now that would be one way to start a calculus class. Too bad its not true … unless you learned how to be a ninja with neuro-linguistics – 7 days or less to become a Neuro-Ninja here.
Now what happens in calculus class? The first thing the calculus teacher does is go, “okay kids time to get serious, this unit of calculus is going to be very difficult were going to have to get through it”. Immediately the students brain’s go, “ahhh crap and then shut offs”.
Math teachers globally have been fabulous at anchoring BAD FEELINGS to numbers & equations. Many kids I work with, all I have to do is show them a math book and they immediately feel bad. Just the mentioning of school makes them feel bad. The school system has done a terrific job making it so that kids feel bad not only while at school, but any other time throughout the day when they think about school. You like me, went through it, you know what I’m talking about.
Calculus is actually one of the easiest most practical subjects taught. Its all about rates of change, which is precisely how velocity, acceleration, cars, gravity, profitability and the entire universe works!!! Calculus helps you figure out which sports car you want to drive and where to invest your money!
The school system does such a wonderful job building post-hypnotic anchors. If you want to make a perfectly grown adult cry just show them a polynomial equation! Instantly they’ll start feeling anxious, nervous and “less than”. You heard it from me.
YOU NEED TO BUILD NEW ANCHORS – especially to learning!
Learning is kind of like an adventure when you think about it. You just don’t know how far the learnings will take you, or where the journey of learning will lead and the opportunities that will arise on the path ahead … ohh the mystery … if you stop and think about something you learned and didn’t enjoy, maybe you didn’t realize at the time, but the fact that you didn’t enjoy it actually moved you forward because it told you what you do like … you see standing still and hesitating gets you no where …. parents are always asking me where should I send my child to university … should he take a year off or go right for it … take the step forward, because even if its the wrong one, that fact that you’ve experienced the wrong one will lead you to the right one … did you realize that everything you’ve ever learned, every fact, every experience is ammunition for you to make boatloads of money, achieve superstardom success, in essence do whatever you want. Even if thats just sitting at home learning in a state of bliss and overwhelming curiosity. Do you see my point?
Think of a time you felt incredibly excited and just couldn’t wait to do something. Close your eyes, remember where you were, what you saw, what you heard, that feeling of wanton anticipation, then open your eyes … Look at the equation on the board … then close your eyes see what you saw in that memory … open them look at the equation on the board … close them make that memory bigger brighter clearer so that anticipation begins welling up through your entire body … open your eyes and look at the equation on the board … hmmm have you thought about the perfect equation for your most epic life? Hmmm what are necessary variables that must be part of it? Think about that. Hold that thought.
Here are some USEFUL LEARNING STATES to induce in yourself & your students:
Curiosity, Desire, Determination, Flexibility (Creativity).
Remember the memory blog, that you need congruence between learning state & testing state in order for the learnings to be consolidated and accessed.
If you can induce a consistent state in the following 3 environments you’ll be miles ahead:
SAME STATE LEARNING IN CLASSROOM = SAME STATE LEARNING HOME = SAME STATE TAKING TEST. I did this especially for the highly visual classes: biology, chemistry, neuro-anatomy. READ Strategies below.
The biggest memory and learning problem for you is not being able to consciously re-access the same state the content you want is connected to. Second, good brain chemistry equals good learning. Nutrition, supplementation and specific lifestyle adjustments can ensure that you make good brain chemistry to build better focus, mental clarity and memory.
Let me introduce to you 4 key neurotransmitters for learning.
GOOD BRAIN CHEMISTRY
1. DOPAMINE – Dopamine is the “feel-good” “pleasure neurotransmitter that increases energy, focus, motivation and is released to consolidate newly formed neuro-pathways. In essence, when learnings “click” in your mind, dopamine is released to strengthen the neuro-connections. Thus dopamine is key to both the initiation of motivation for learning & the consolidation of learning. Some supplements to increase Dopamine include L-tyrosine, Coffee with MCT Oil, Mucuna Puriens, Gingko & Ginseng. As well, “DHA” increases Dopamine. Consume a higher protein diet, with lots of vegetables and lower carbohydrates to increase dopamine levels. I recommend taking dopamine supplements on an empty stomach before eating food for maximal effect.
2. CHOLINE – Choline is a neurotransmitter that increases memory, information processing, thinking speed, and overall mental sharpness. Some supplements that raise choline include Citicholine, Alpha GPC & phosphatidylserine (PS). Likewise, take these supplements on an empty stomach before studying. Foods rich in choline include Egg Yolks, Salmon & Beef Liver.
3. GABA – GABA inhibits over-excitation of brain cells. GABA promotes relaxation and calm focus. I do not recommend taking GABA directly, but rather subtly raising GABA levels via magnesium supplementation. Add in active form of Vitamin B6 with the magnesium (MG) for increased GABA production. Both Mg & Vit. B6 are co factors that convert glutamate (excitatory) into GABA. Magnesium Threonate is my favourite magnesium for the brain and cerebral spinal fluid.
4. SEROTONIN – Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that modulates mood, creativity & overall well-being. Elevating serotonin can assist you in achieving altered states of consciousness & increased synaptic plasticity. Some natural nootropic serotonin boosting herbs include Bacopa, Goji & Schizandra. Exercise and weight lifting is a terrific serotonin booster. So is meditation.
Oxytocin deserves honourable mention for its ability to increase pattern recognition. Autistic kids were given oxytocin and suddenly able to perform fascial recognition. That is they were able to differentiate a sad face from an angry face etc.
Melatonin is another key neurotransmitter. Melatonin is released in the pineal gland, usually after a few hours of the absence of light. Melatonin release promotes deep sleep, during which the polarity of the brain reverses, which re-primes brain cells, strengthens activated neuro-pathways and prunes away unused ones. Without proper melatonin release, sleep and learning will be impaired. Avoid blue lights 3 hours before bed. As you learned in this blog, morning sunlight helps to re-set circadian rhythms, and proper timing of AM cortisol release and PM melatonin release. The presence of light in the morning and absence of light in the evening trumps any melatonin supplement every time. EXERCISE Exercise raises brain-derived nerve growth factor (BDNF), endorphins and replenishes the electrical charge of the brain. While in school, I never wasted any new brain cell growth and always did my most important studying before and after my workouts. In fact after work outs, the brain is neuro-chemically primed for terrific creative thinking & writing. I like to spend 20 minutes after a workout generating new ideas.
Not working out and pulling off 10 hours of straight studying is the worst thing you can do. Your brain becomes in-efficient, habituates and information is not as distinctly wired into memory. Did you know that the brain hemisphere’s change dominance every 90 minutes? Hence, the most effective way to study is in 90 minute intervals. Likewise, your brainwave dominance changes every 90 minutes. You want heightened Beta & Alpha brainwaves when processing information in “UP TIME”, and then allow the brain a period of time to go into “DOWN TIME”, that is into a more daydreamy “theta state” for the information to be consolidated. You can study in 45 minute intervals to take advantage of “primacy” and “recency” effects. That is we tend to remember the first and last things we are exposed to during a study session.
AVOID SELF-INDUCED AMNESIA!
DO NOT GO AND CHECK YOUR PHONE RIGHT AFTER STUDYING KEY INFORMATION. IT WILL GIVE YOU AMNESIA FOR THE INFORMATION.
I do this in seminar to deliberately give participants amnesia for their problems! I have them talk about their problems, and then I abruptly distract them, change topic and/or point something out. When I return back and ask, what were we talking about? They have a hard time re-accessing their problems.
I’ve given you a lot to begin to change and optimize your state … now that you know how to get into an optimal learning state, now we need to give you the best step-by-step instructions to perform the task – that is the actual LEARNING STRATEGIES!
When a dyslexic child walks into my office, I’m always suspicious. I always say, “you’re going to have to convince me you’re dyslexic because I don’t think you really are”. I always ask them Dyslexia, how do you spell that? They proceed to spell it perfectly. Bit of a paradox if you ask me. I ask them how did you do that? They go it’s written BIG on my binder – DYSLEXIA. Hmmm okay …
Now you see, dyslexia and “poor spelling” in general usually isn’t a brain problem, it’s a mental strategy problem. Dyslexic kids and poor spellers try to spell words by “sounding them out”. Therefore they use the wrong parts of their brain to perform the task. Guess what the best spellers do? They make big bright pictures of the word, and have the word encoded as an image in their mind. That is they use the VISUAL cortex as the primary representational system, not the auditory one. Auditory loop is unreliable & requires you to sound the word out every time. Also, considering English has all kinds of quirky rules, having mental images can save you a lot of trouble. Plus all you have to do is have one big colour coded image in your mind to spell it forwards, backwards etc and recall ONE PICTURE … not sound out a whole sequence of syllables which is thus more individual “chunks”.
So with spelling problems, usually there’s nothing neurologically wrong with the brain its just a matter of using a poor mental strategy and thus the wrong parts of their brain to perform the task. All you need is to learn the optimal mental strategies for the specific task at hand. The same applies for all subjects & disciplines inside and outside of school.
Caution: We were taught to spell words phonetically without ever realizing you can’t even spell phonetics phonetically!!! Try spelling “caught” phonetically! The best spellers make big pictures of the words in their mind so they can spell it forwards and backwards. If you want to become a great speller, The NLP Spelling Strategy, which I learned from Dr. Richard Bandler, and what I teach in an NLP Practitioner Seminar is exactly what you want to learn. You could make a career making kids good spellers just with this one mental strategy!
Now lets talk about the sciences, such as biology. In learning BIOLOGY you’ll be faced with many different diagrams of cells, tissues, organs etc. What sensory representation is going to make learning biology a piece of cake? VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS. This is where you need to develop your photographic memory. That is being able to take a diagram in your textbook and build the same image in your mind. Then you can literally get 100% in academic biology like a walk in the park. It only took me 9 detailed pictures in my mind to complete a 3 hour biology test in less than 45 minutes. The same for neuro-anatomy. We all have a photographic memory, its just you may be using yours to remember vivid mental images of bad memories from the past rather than biology diagrams, books, stock markets, take your pick.
ART – Artists do this same mental strategy as well. Have you ever had an artist on the street draw your face? I did in London England. What did the artist keep on doing? He kept on looking at your face, then looked at the paper, then at your face and then at the paper. He kept going back and forth between your face and the paper, until he could see an image of your face on the paper. Then he simply traced the mental image on the paper. Voila!!! You want to practice doing the same mental phenomenon for your biology diagrams, neuro-anatomy diagrams, chemistry diagrams and mind maps for any subject.
Remember, learning is not about getting all stressed and trying to remember information auditorily by rote. The first step for super-learning is to get into a highly relaxed, calm focused state where visual imagery is enhanced. In this state, if I were measuring your brainwaves we would see increased ALPHA brainwaves. Use deep rhythmic diaphragmatic breathing to get into a SUPER-LEARNING STATE “body relaxed mind shooting ahead”. Now start with a diagram with maybe 7 items. Look at the diagram, look at your notebook. Look at the diagram, look at your notebook. Keep going back and forth until the image of the diagram begins to emerge onto your notes. This takes practice. I have a specific ALPHA trance inducing brain hemispheric trance induction I teach in my practitioner seminar.
Here’s a simplified version of my ALPHA TRANCE INDUCTION1. Gently close your eyes. Breath in air through your mouth. Slowly let it out through your nose.
2. Put your focus up to the left, on your left frontal lobe
3. Move your focus to the right, on your right frontal lobe
4. Visualize letter “A” on top of your left frontal lobe. What colour is it? Capital or lower case?
5. Visualize #1 on top of your right frontal lobe.
6. Visualize letter “B” on top of your left frontal lobe. Colour?
7. Visualize #2 on top of your right frontal lobe.
8. “C” on top of left frontal lobe. #3 on top of right frontal lobe. Shift backwards all the way to the beginning. I’ll add a supplementary video for the EXERCISE. This is enough to start.
BUILDING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC memory is a skill, just like mastering a “form” in a martial art. The same applies for chemistry. If you can’t visualize a double helix molecule, or atoms bonding together, chemistry is going to be difficult. Learning and memory are, in fact, skills not genetically predetermined traits. If you’d like to dive deep into learning and memory, in The Game Changer NLP Practitioner Training Course, we spend an entire day on mental strategies for learning and memory. This includes a wide array of hypnotic and neuroplasticity techniques to enhance learning and memory. Its quite the fun. Its quite the experience.
Overall, you want to acquire better MEMORY strategies. A common trait is that all memory champions perform highly detailed visual representations of information in their mind. If you try to repeat things via rote using auditory loops you’re going to have difficulty remembering. You’re going to be working within the confines of working memory as opposed to limitless long-term storage.
Now have you ever heard about Einstein’s thought experiments? In his experiments, Einstein imagined himself riding on a beam of light and literally rode across the beam of light to figure out how light travels across space. He created these visual experiments to then get a particular “feeling” about the true nature of the universe. Ahhh yes kinesthetics! Kinesthetics are huge for math, physics and memory. In order to differentiate right vs. wrong answers, we need develop a distinctly different “feel” to them. If everything feels the same you can’t tell them apart. This is especially the case in autism or any hyper-active disorder. The brain is in such an overwhelming state of stress and therefore can’t make precise neuro-differentiations. A common example is during tests or performances, many people get anxious and nervous & those feelings impede their ability to kinaesthetically differentiate right from wrong answers. In a good learning state this wouldn’t be a problem.
Now back to memory, I wrote an entire blog on memory which shares many memory strategies.
MEMORY INVENTORY – I’d recommend you take a little memory inventory now. Notice where in your mind the mental images are of the things that you remember you remember vs. those you remember you forget. I bet they are in a different locations, have different focus, and have a different feeling to them. Much of the magic in optimizing memory as well as deliberately forgetting are in the modalities of thought. This is the mental magic most don’t even know exist. I love this stuff.
Great athletes are very good at running success in their mind. They see themselves performing perfectly. They notice the nuances of how they’ll look performing perfectly. Then they step inside the image, feel and experience a perfect performance. In essence, they create the memory in their mind before it really happens. You see when you don’t consciously make plans thats when you can get anxious. By definition, anxiety and worry occur via bad mental planning. You imagine yourself messing up, or remember past failures. How is that going to help you to perform perfectly? ITS NOT. Your brain will turn things into what you expect and aim it at. So aim your brain at perfect performance to increase your chances. What does that look like for you?
Finally, we have the third major ingredient that makes the everything work. Without conviction, it doesn’t matter if you have the best strategies in the world. You won’t get full mileage out of them.
I’m sure you’ve heard of this whole notion of your “story”. When someone talks about “your story”, what it really boils down to are your beliefs – that is what you believe is possible vs. impossible for you.
I’m always intrigued when I work with a client, very often brought to me by a therapist, who believes that nothing could help them get better. They always start off by saying, “I’m stuck with this broken brain and there isn’t anything you could do to help me”. At which point, I’ll look them dead in the eye and say, “Interesting, but you showed up anyway, which means some part of you is convinced you need to change, when would now be a good time to make that happen?” I learned from the best.
First let me point out to you the difference between a conviction vs. belief. The aforementioned person, “said they didn’t believe they could get better” … but that was just lip-service they learned to say to give therapists a hard time. The fact they showed up tells you that they really do believe they can get better. At the very least, you have a very strong belief that they don’t believe to work with! AHA!!! An important point in doing therapy, is knowing that what your clients are saying isn’t necessarily the truth.
HUGE TRUTH BOMB: In fact the individual is very often doing the exact thing they say they can’t do!!! I’ll save more details for a CHANGE WORK 101 blog. On the flip side, clients will literally tell you whats going on in their brain with their language. For example, “I’m having trouble getting going with this project or with completing this course”. What do they need? To get the pictures & mental movies moving in their mind as well as some powerful feelings of motivation. I always get a kick when someone says, “well I’m just drawing a blank” … can you see how they just gave away the solution? What do they need? To build a mental representation of them in the future. Now the difference between a conviction vs. belief is in terms of long-term behaviour. Beliefs launch short-term behaviour and conviction long-term behaviour. Not only that very often beliefs have no influence on behaviour, but convictions absolutely do. An example of strong convictions and they being guides for behaviour are religious convictions.
Now the problem with limiting beliefs, like for instance, “I’m not good at math”, is that when you go to do math bad things happen in your mind. You go to do math, and then you remember a crappy memory or you see yourself doing poorly. Therefore you feel bad and don’t perform as well as you really could. Good idea? Absolutely NOT!!! The same applies with interviews, tests, competitions, dating etc. Can you see why it usually only takes me one session to get a client remarkably better? Once you got the manual for the brain, you can figure it out real quick!
The wonderful thing is that all it takes is one experience to completely change a belief. Lets say you believe you have a bad memory. However, then you take a seminar, learn a memory strategy and proceed to remember 20-50 items perfectly. You remember names, dates, books, everything you used to forget. That one experience would dispel that belief.
Or take a fear. Fear of public speaking. Fear of public speaking is greater than fear of death. That means most people would rather be the guy in the coffin than the guy giving the eulogy. Illogical. You bet. The brain is not rational, this is why psychology goes off course – they look for “reasons”. Rather the brain is predictably irrational. Problems aren’t random, they’re systematic. Therefore easily changeable.
Lets also say you learned a technique to get rid of your fear of public speaking. Moreover the technique made it so you could speak smoothly, & eloquently and have the audience eating out of your hands. Then you got up and spoke in front of a 100 people like a breeze. That one experience would dispel that belief.
One counterexample breaks a belief. But 100 counterexamples can’t break a conviction. A conviction is something you’re convinced you can do regardless of how many failures you experience. For example, virtually every Olympic Champion failed many times before actually winning. Current MMA fighter Connor Mcgregor is a terrific example. That conviction in themselves that they could be the best, resulted in persistent action until they achieved glory in spite of the counter-examples, naysayers & failures. Religious convictions are a stark example of the power of conviction to propel behaviour. Across time, there have been groups that have promoted the idea of a DOOMS DAY on a specific date. However, when the end inevitably didn’t come, rather than giving up their conviction they rationalized the counter-example and continued to uphold their conviction.
You see, you all are convinced of certain things. Maybe you’re convinced that you’re a great musician, or you’re great at math or athletics or entrepreneurship. And even if you messed up or failed multiple times you’d still be convinced you’re good at those things.
Were you born with that conviction? No you weren’t. But at a certain point you became convinced you were good at it. Maybe your parents forced you to play a sport or martial art or instrument. But at a certain point you keep playing on your own, with conviction that you’re good at it. You see, you want to deliberately build the conviction that you can learn to be the best at your craft. Right from the start. For students, you want to build the conviction that they can achieve academic excellence in each and every subject. Not just lip service like the client above gave, but conviction they act on. Conviction that persists especially in the face of difficultly. Providing MODELS & EXAMPLES of individuals who overcame odds and deficits to triumph is a great way to start a lesson. There’s a hypnotic phenomenon called Deep Trance Identification, where you think of your IDOL or MODEL, see how they perform, think and feel, and then step inside them in your mind. Lets go further. Build a mental movie of you performing with the exact same skill as them. Side by side. Then reverse engineer a series of steps backwards in time. Make 10 pictures in between the future you and the present you. Ask yourself, “if I were 90% of the way to my goal what would that look like? 80%? 70%? … 10% all the way back to the present.” Then practice running through those steps in your mind.
BUILDING CONVICTION EXERCISE
Think of a conviction you have about yourself. Something you’re proficient at. If you’re convinced that you’re not proficient at anything, use that conviction in your lack of conviction!
When you think of that conviction, notice where the image of it is in your mind, visually. Is it right in front of you, on the left or right? How close is it to you? Colour or black and white? How focused?
Do you have any sound with it? Is the sound on the left, right, in front or behind you?
Somewhere else in your mind build an image of yourself become good at a desired skill. Got it?
Now look at your existing conviction. In the centre of the conviction open up a little circle. A target. In the target see the your new picture – you learning to become proficient at your desired skill. In a moment, very quickly open up the new target picture until it completely covers the existing conviction. Picture in the same place, same size, same dimensions, same closeness, same focus, same conviction. DO THIS 3X VERY FAST. Now take the feeling of that conviction and start to double it, triple it, 10X it, as you look at yourself mastering your craft with complete and utter conviction. Even plan to fail. See yourself confronted with the greatest difficulty you can imagine and the sight of that challenge immediately triggering off this 10X motivation. Each time you fail see yourself becoming more and more motivated … literally the harder the going gets the more motivated you get … so that easy, hard no matter what you’ll will yourself where you want to go.
Without conviction, you won’t try with every fibre of your soul. Therefore you won’t find out what you’re really capable of. That is the very problem. Most people are not convinced they can be good at things … they’ll even say “I’m not the kind of person who …” Even if you have to pretend until you master it, when you’re convinced you can become good at something, you’ll give everything you’ve got. Thus you’ll activate all your talents and discover whats really possible for you.
In summary, you can believe you can be good at math and never open a math book. Similarly, you can believe that you should eat lots of healthy organic vegetables & organic meats, but yet mysteriously find yourself repeatedly in the drive through at McDonalds. I always get a good chuckle seeing these guys who promote healthy organic foods on social media at McDonald’s drive-throughs. So beliefs don’t necessarily trigger long-term sustained behaviours. Convictions DO. Your job is to build a conviction in yourself from the get-go. And do so for your students.
LEARNING LIMITS GONE – Getting Rid of Learning Limits, Negative Experiences, Bad Suggestions.
The problem with Labels, Diagnoses and Limiting Beliefs, is that when you go to do something bad things happen in your head. This makes you perform worse than what you’re really capable of. Or worse, makes it so you don’t even try. If you don’t believe you can do something, because some teacher told you you couldn’t 20 years ago, you’ll never try and thus never find out.
For instance, many of you were forced to stand up and read in front of a class. This was to re-assure the teacher. Of course you may have been anxious because no one taught you how to control your feelings. Hence, the teacher gets you into a state not conducive to reading well and successfully installs a traumatic experience. Worse, they program your brain to read with a Grade 3 voice in your head, which severely limits reading speed and comprehension.
Now did the teacher deliberately do this? Of course not. The same trick was done to them. However, its remarkable the number of grown adults who come to me at present age 40 or 50 and complain about what some teacher, parent or person did to them when they were 12 years old.
Vicious hypnotists and naysayers exist all over the planet. “You’re not smart” “You’re not mathematical” “you’re not the kind of person who could be happy” “you’re not enough”. These are only ideas. They’ll only be true if you believe them. If you don’t believe them, I guarantee you’ll prove them wrong.
HOW DO WE CREATE MENTAL LIMITS? Operative world “Mental”. They’re not real. They’re just ideas in our head. Let’s say your client goes, “I just can’t do it”. Be it math, building a business, or starting a new relationship.
IN ORDER TO CREATE THEIR BELIEF IN THEIR LACK OF BELIEF, aka, their MENTAL PROBLEM they must do one of the following &/or both:
1. WHEN WE GO TO DO AN ACTIVITY WE REMEMBER BAD PAST EXPERIENCES – hence you feel bad, don’t really enjoy it, and don’t really access all your talents.
2. BAD PLANNING – WHEN YOU DO AN ACTIVITY YOU SEE OR IMAGINE YOURSELF PERFORMING POORLY. You plan for things to go wrong so therefore they do.
GET RID OF BAD MEMORY EXERCISE
Step by step instructions for this exercise was given in MEMORY MAGIC blog. In essence, in order for a belief to affect you viscerally, it must have certain properties – I.e. it must be a fairly large memory, vivid, clear. By changing sub-modalities and mentally re-programming the memory it changes your automatic neurological response.
BELIEF CHANGE EXERCISE
Identify limiting belief. How do you know you’re not X? … Client might say well … “I just know …” How do you just know? Are you remembering the past or seeing yourself not doing well in the future? … Are you sure you believe this?
1. Think of limiting belief you want to get rid of.
2. Think of a new belief you want to have. I.e. Belief that you can become a good speller or a good public speaker.
3. Compare the sub-modalities of something you’re CERTAIN OF vs. UNCERTAIN OF. Pick non emotionally laden things. I.e. Breathing is good (certain) vs. what you’ll have for lunch in two weeks (uncertain). i.e. VISUALLY: where are the images in your mind, different location? Different size?
4. Imagine the limiting belief firing off into the distance and popping back up into the same location as the UNCERTAINTY image.
5. At the same time, Imagine the new resourceful belief firing off into the distance and popping up into the submodalities of the strong belief.
6. Do this 3-5X very quickly.
Read Dr. Richard Bandler’s Get the Life you Want, which is loaded with practical NLP techniques.
FUN. MORE FUN = MORE LEARNING.
Make learning an animated hyper-sensory experience. Both LEARNERS & TEACHERS MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
Most teachers and trainers repeat the same schtick over and over again. Or speak with one rate or tempo.
What captures the imagination of the audience and paints big bright vivid pictures in their mind as they listen to a speech is dynamic, wide-ranging tempo, rhythm, tonality, voices and accents. As a speaker there’s a huge difference between talking about something and creating a hyper-sensory experience for the audience. You want to bring to life different characters, scenes, and stories in the minds of the audience for them to experience. Guess what? Their brains will fill in the blanks! You don’t even have to be that great at accents or tonality shifts, just add it in and the audiences brains will fill in the rest! Applying NLP & Neuroscience based tactics builds high level skill. You need to learn the fundamentals before you can weave them altogether into epic performances.
The Game Changer NLP training course will teach you how to elicit & create states, anchoring, how to build ideas in the minds of the audience and how to use the power of stories to capture full attention and embed learnings & suggestions that will seamlessly influence the unconscious minds’ of the audience. Whether its public speaking, teaching, sales or communication in relationships these brain-based communication skills are unbelievable in what they can allow you to do.
For students, if while learning your eyes are glued to your notepad, your only input is auditory. Not only that you’re distorting everything the speaker says onto your paper. Depending on your seminar, you can absorb way more and much faster, by heightening your senses, paying full attention, watching closely with your eyes and hearing each and every word the speaker says. Trust your unconscious processes. What was the last movie you watched? Who were the main characters? What was the plot? Did you take notes? No! Yet you could probably even replay many of the scenes in your mind and describe them in acute detail to me, YES!
Paying full attention and simply watching & absorbing is especially important in the NLP Practitioner Course. Absorbing how techniques are performed, the tonality shifts, the rhythm etc. Not only that observing the syntax, that is how words and techniques are combined sequentially. If you’re genuinely interested in helping people, either via coaching, teaching and/or simply being the best parent, I know no other course that will adequately prepare you for the tasks ahead like this NLP practitioner will.
One more note on taking notes! Taking notes does divide your attention. By paying full attention you can create a more vivid imprint of the information. Especially visually. 80% of our sensory processing goes through the visual cortex, you need to allow your conscious and unconscious mind to have a good visual representation of information.
MY FINAL MESSAGE FOR LEARNING & CHANGE-WORK
“People do not learn by being given content, they learn by being given an experience”. An experience gives you each of the 5 ingredients, re-wires your brain and sets the foundation for limitless learning – “An experience changes your state, teaches you a strategy both consciously & unconsciously, builds conviction, changes old beliefs & past limits, & most importantly, if done effectively is tons of fun!!!”
That is the #1 Game Changer Advantage – I first give you an experience to make all the subsequent learning extremely easy. Thats why if you want to optimize your brain, and most importantly have the skill to execute brain changes in others, then these are the types of skills you want to learn. Build a powerful foundational experience with teachings and demonstrations and then from that point on learning is a breeze.
I hope you enjoyed this one. This is a really important blog. These are critical skills. If we can teach children how to learn and become really good at things from a young age, they won’t need to resort to drugs, illicit behaviours, or unnecessarily buy into limits and “labels”. Remember, competence builds confidence. When you become a skilled learner and communicator the world is your oyster.
Chris “Super-Learner” Wyllie.