This article is not about levitating, although I had another lucid flying dream last week where I discovered a way to increase my altitude to 80 kilometres above the earth in a split second without any effort. Quite a lot of fun. I think I was imagining what it was to be a superconductor. Anyway…
Hope everyone has had a nice break at this time of the year. I was in New York for the first time and it was icy cold and incredibly awesome. The architecture, the choice of jazz clubs, the subway system, the hot dogs. I think I spent a lot of time simply staring at the tops of buildings and imagining who lives there and how to make friends with them. Then I fancied myself living there, staring out over Central Park in a opulent penthouse, and it got me thinking: imagine I did live there, how would I go about re-wiring my brain using science to get into the most effective state-of-mind possible to achieve any goal in the least amount of time and effort and having a good time while I’m at it?
If I’ve learned something important this year, it’s this:
Meditate and think about my goal a lot. Just a little everyday and you’ll get more done in less time and get to the end of each day with more energy. Don’t overdo it either, start super easy, like setting the phone timer for 60 seconds.
Last week, I found a book in a New York cafe bookshop. The Sharp Solution by Heidi Hanna. I cannot put the book down. It’s clear, to the point and without hyping these kind of things up too much, the book’s influence on my mind has been deep. The book is about using what we know about brain research to make the brain work better so we can achieve our goals faster. However, it is really much more than that because, simply by reading it I have noticed how my mind is coming up with ideas and solutions and uncovering large reserves of unused/ready-to-use motivation. I must emphasise, don’t let this hype you up too much, stay balanced and grounded, do your own brain exercises and see for yourself. If anything, this could just simply be a matter of bringing your awareness and concentration to what you want and getting off your butt to do something about it.
2017 went fast in my opinion and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. I have been living in Los Angeles for a year, published a book, built a brand new network of friends and business contacts, traveled up and down the Californian coast, mostly via rail, was on the radio, stopped drinking for a month and lost an inch and a half off the gut, turned 38 and in general kept in good spirits. Not a bad year really. There were times where I felt lazy and times where I felt I could have done more, but no regrets for having taking time out to let my mind relax and my body to recharge itself by being less busy all the time.
The strategy I’ve started using to re-wire my brain
Resource: The Sharp Solution by Heidi Hanna. Here’s my notes:
- Just be aware and listen to your breathing for three minutes, do this 3 times a day
- Alternatively, say the word renew as your breath in and relax as you breath out and visualise your body filling up with a colourful glow of biological vitality and then visualise this energy dispersing through every vein and cell in your body on the exhale much like a really cool digital animation.
- Laugh for a few minutes each day. To get you started, watch the Youtube video where the grandpa and the grandson are playing that pie in the face game.
- Write a list of 3 things you are grateful for each day. A blank journal is good or you could just write it down on scrap paper and then throw the piece of paper away after a day. It works either way.
Think of your goals for 2018 and use these brain science-informed ideas above for faster results. I will reiterate, don’t get caught up in the hype of brain science without testing it yourself many time over a god amount of time. To find a balance as you re-wire your brain and go about achieving your goals, record your progress somehow, for example, publish it online and set a tone of healthy scepticism for your ideas and results, so you don’t end up kidding yourself, yet find a repeatable strategy for yourself and others to use. In short, avoid woo-woo and quackery, make experiments on your own brain, record your progress and don’t get ahead of yourself, in other words, stay cool no matter how well this might go for you.
Books I read in 2017
Sell Your Thoughts, Matt Church & Peter Cook
Thought Leaders, Matt Church, Scott Stein & Michael Henderson
1000 Days to a Million Dollar Coaching Business, Natasa Denman
The 48 Hour Author, Natasa Denman
Bums on Seats, Natasa Denman & Francesca Moi
The Sharp Solution, Heidi Hanna
Pathways to Bliss, Joseph Campbell
Man and His Symbols, Carl G. Jung
Ashtanga Yoga, Gregor Maehle
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