Take responsibility for your own programming

You might be surprised by how flexible – and programmable – your own preferences are.

You can, for example, learn to love exercise.

Even if you dislike it now.

Even if you hate it.

You can try all sorts of behavioural tricks. Things like rewarding yourself after a workout, doing something to psyche you up or having an accountability buddy.

All those, and more, can be useful.

You know best how you operate. Maybe penalising yourself with a donation to a cause you hate will work for you.

Or maybe it’ll make you dig your heels in.

I leave it to you to figure all that out.

But if that all seems more hassle than it’s worth…

Or too gimmicky to actually work…

And you want to really learn to like it, not keep tricking yourself into doing it…

… that’s where these approaches – the “3 Hypnotic Ways to Learn to Love Exercise” in Motion Mind’s subtitle – come in.

You can rework your own preferences so you don’t need to bribe yourself.

You can do it simply because you want to.

Forget spending money of gym memberships and new workout gear – without enjoying what you do, you know they’ll gather dust in the back of your closet within a season.

So lay the foundations, get this right and make this investment first:

https://guided-thought.com/books/

Pure nonsense, but based on data

Consider this short tale of woe.

Scientist:

“Driving isn’t without risks. In Australia, thousands of people die in traffic fatalities each year. Many more are injured. What makes it worse is that your reckless driving doesn’t just put you at risk – it compromises the safety of everyone else, too.”

Politician:

“Therefore, we must ban all private car ownership. For your safety, we’re closing the roads!”

Citizen:

“Uh… isn’t that plan… you know, ridiculous?”

Politician:

“Oh, look who thinks they’re smarter than the scientists.”

Policies aren’t based on science. Sometimes they’re based on data – but that’s often in the sense of “this movie is based on real life events”. Science requires controlled environments and replication, which are difficult to pull off in policy.

Anyway, I’m sure you see the analogy to current events here. Scientists say “covid is…”, politicians say “therefore we’ll…” and most folks can’t see the enormous gap in the middle there.

Lockdowns are based on scientific data.

This fictitious plan to lower road fatalities is based on scientific data, too.

But the existence of data doesn’t tell you whether either plan is effective, moral or even sane. If the data says “lockdowns slow the spread of covid”, that’s not the answer to the question of whether they’re a good idea.

That’s barely even the start of that question.

There’s no evidence that even says lockdowns are worth it – that, in the long term, the harm caused is less than the harm spared. Yet people talk as if science has proved lockdowns are the best approach.

It hasn’t. Not by a long shot.

Remember that the next time someone shrieks “science!!!” or “data!!!” on social media.

The idea of closing roads is absurd. In 2019, the idea of deliberately tanking the economy and quarantining the healthy was just as absurd, so I wouldn’t rule it out.

Anything can happen.

If you do find yourself having to walk everywhere, I hope you’re in decent shape for it.

The best way to do that is to learn to love exercise.

I’m not the fittest guy out there. I’m not going to appear on the cover of a fitness magazine – ever.

But, hey, I used to dislike working out and now I genuinely enjoy it. So while I might not be a fitness model, I am fitter than I would be otherwise.

I used the tactics outlined in Motion Mind and it worked for me. Heck, what I cover in that book is overkill compared to what I used. Chances are, you’ll only need a fraction of the tips I cover in that.

Get your hands on it here:

https://guided-thought.com/books/

Is this even hypnosis?

It’s easy for many people to go from feeling demoralised to feeling determined. You may have to dig deep, grit your teeth and fire up, but you can do it.

This can be useful. Heck, it’s how a lot of good comes into this world. Someone hits rock bottom, mutters ‘no more’ and turns their life around.

It’s also exhausting and risky.

Measuring yourself against others is a losing game. When they improve, you could bemoan how they’re pulling ahead of you even further.

Or you could celebrate that – which is a much happier and wiser thing to do.

Neither of those sounds like hypnosis to you, I’m sure.

Maybe they are, maybe they’re not.

But it does change your brain at your unconscious level, so it does the same thing as it.

When you read Motion Mind, you’ll pick up simple drills you can do in your spare time. They’re not complicated – like most sports and workout routines, you get the benefits by doing something simple with discipline.

Do these drills and you’ll learn to love exercise – fast.

Find the book here:

https://guided-thought.com/books/

The Triple Crossroads: 3… 2…

In The Triple Crossroads, I don’t just talk about your future – I give you real, effective, practice techniques to bring it to life. When you study it closely, you will learn:

  • What to do when your life is okay, yet still boring, frustrating and unsatisfying,
  • A 10-step process for making the best decision you can, no matter how complex the situation… with no regrets or second-guessing later,
  • The real definitions of change and how to finally embrace it,
  • 9 hypnotic tools that dismantle your resistance to change,
  • Ways to crush self-doubt and anxiety with only a thought,
  • A simple way to use meditation to move forwards in life – even if you ‘can’t meditate’,
  • Training techniques for cultivating what pioneering psychologist William James described as genius – and what makes Batman so formidable,
  • How to create a neurological state where you automatically seek out your truth,
  • A way to use sleep to hypnotically reprogram yourself, without losing a minute of it,
  • What one well-known author struggles with the most with writing – and five ways to overcome it,
  • What how your senses work teaches you about the real source of your inner wisdom,
  • Lessons from the history of science on how to master any field.

But I have to warn you:

It takes persistence to use these techniques.

That means they take time.

That means the sooner you begin, the more you’ll benefit. Don’t let the clock run out on you with this.

Here’s the link:

https://guided-thought.com/downloads/triple-crossroads/

Master any field in 4 simple steps

I’m not mucking around here.

If you want to learn the basics of any craft, you can find tutorials on YouTube.

If you want all the satisfaction, glory and success that mastery brings, though?

That’s harder to find. Books, courses, even a mentor can only get you so far.

The best course on how to paint won’t make you a master. It takes something else – something ineffable, that no simple book can convey.

Either that or it’s a simple four step process.

How could that be, though? If it were that simple, wouldn’t everyone do it?

Nah, because the usual filters apply.

It takes time and effort to master something. Less if you follow these steps, but it’s never a trivial amount. Most folks give up well before then.

There are no shortcuts on this path, but that doesn’t mean I can’t illuminate it for you.

Who illuminated it for me?

A thorough look at the history of science.

Most advancements come in increments. In almost every great scientific revolution, some inspired genius followed these four steps and changed our understanding forever.

When I realised how many expert martial artists followed the same process, I knew I’d found a process that works for anything.

And, sure enough, it’s how I mastered (and continue to master) hypnosis.

If there’s something you’d love to learn but don’t know where to begin, start with The Triple Crossroads. Your future self, with deep skills and knowledge in what you learn, will thank you for it now.

Here’s the link:

https://guided-thought.com/downloads/triple-crossroads/

3 types of change

Lately, I’ve written a lot about change.

I’ve talked about how it’s inevitable – and if it’s inevitable, it’s up to you to choose how it will happen. Whether or not you’ll change is a settled question.

What I haven’t mentioned is what change is.

That’s a silly thing to bring up, right? Isn’t it obvious? It’s transformation, it’s evolution, it’s decay and it’s growth.

It’s when a thing isn’t the same from moment to moment.

What could be simpler?

I can’t argue with any of that. It’s right… and yet it’s also too simple.

When someone comes to me, hungry for change, I don’t just roll up my sleeves and get to work. There’s a lot I need to learn first about the person, where they are and what they need.

One of the things I need to figure out is what kind of transformation you want.

Someone who wants to quit smoking needs something different from someone who doesn’t know how to advance their career.

And they’re different from an expert in their field who wants to push their abilities to their limits.

You can think about there being three kinds of change. That’s still oversimplifying, but at least it’s a lot less simplistic.

I cover the three types of change in The Triple Crossroads – how to spot them, how they differ and what you need to do with each.

There are plenty of simple, practical exercises waiting for you right here:

https://guided-thought.com/downloads/triple-crossroads/

You’ve already had the epiphany

Take a problem you’re facing in life.

Any problem from any domain.

I reckon you’ve already heard what you need to do to solve it. Heck, it’s probably something simple like put yourself out there, take more chances and work harder on it.

So many folks struggle to exercise. The answer couldn’t be simpler: exercise.

So many folks struggle to quit smoking. That’s even simpler, since not doing something is easier than doing something.

Making money, finding love, conquering the world – it all comes down to doing basic, obvious things, with determination and discipline.

So… why don’t we?

Why don’t we do all the things we know we should?

A key obstacle?

Resistance.

If you could eliminate your own internal resistance to good ideas, you’d become unstoppable. Every piece of wise advice you hear would only make you stronger.

Enter The Triple Crossroads.

Part of it includes nine hypnotic tools that absolutely shred resistance. Use these and you’ll stop flinching away from what you know you need to do.

Each is simple to use on your own.

And each has a troubleshooting section, covering the common things folks need to know to really use them.

These tools aren’t the end of your journey, either. In fact, they’re just the beginning.

Here’s where to find them:

https://guided-thought.com/downloads/triple-crossroads/

Uh, Hollywood, that’s not what “fighting fire with fire” means

I’ve seen a few movies recently where Hollywood has tried to fight the good fight.

And utterly missed the mark.

I love fiction and I especially love fiction that has a solid theme. A story should be about more than a bunch of stuff happening. It should transcend the plot and characters to touch on something universally human.

If you want your story to have ‘a message’, then you need to know two things:

What the problem is.

What the solution is.

In a few recent movies, Hollywood has known exactly what the problem is: ~toooxic masculiiiiinity~. I can just imagine those noble movie execs shaking their fists at how people misuse power and don’t respect each other.

Hence Birds of Prey and Gunpowder Milkshake and probably dozens of other movies on this theme.

These movies aren’t subtle. They’re going right at the problem. They divide the characters on gender lines, with women being the heroes and men being the villains.

The men are villains because they’re just so dang toxic. They enjoy violence, they’re reactive, they lack impulse control and they use their power to terrify, crush and kill people.

In these movies, the female heroes defeat these wicked men by… uh… being violent and reactive… and lacking impulse control… and using power to terrify, crush and… kill people…

Damn, that’s awkward.

Hollywood has a strong stance on toxic masculinity:

It’s great when women do it.

This doesn’t have to be hard. Here’s how you tell a story with this theme:

The villain is bad. They do bad things.

The hero is… wait for it… the opposite. Rather than being better at doing bad things, they do good things.

While the villain enjoys violence, the hero (of any gender) is capable of violence but knows it has its limits. The hero knows that relying on violence is a weakness that will get you killed.

While the villain is reactive, tearing out the throats of anyone who slights them, the hero is stoic and above such petty concerns.

Whenever the villain gives into their darker impulses, we see the hero being calm, methodical and rational.

As the villain goes around instilling fear and hatred, the hero lifts people up, inspiring faith and loyalty.

Such a hero demonstrates virtuous masculinity – which is the best way to beat the weaker versions of masculinity.

“LOL William, way to read way too much into things. Gunpowder Milkshake doesn’t have a message! It’s just a story of two groups of psychopaths shooting each other!”

Pretty weird coincidence for those two groups to split on gender lines then.

Also, the bad guy is a man who says he’s a feminist, then says he loves his son more than daughters. It wasn’t even subtle.

Besides, if that’s true, then the movie has no heroes. Or anti-heroes. Or villains. Just a swarm of emotionally weak lunatics hacking at each other. That would make it awful by design, rather than being mediocre by accident.

But hey, at least the visuals were excellent.

Lest you accuse me of hating any movie with a whiff of feminism, I loved the way Black Widow handled it. That was a cleaner metaphor for a terrible issue women face. I mean, the bad guy abducted young women and forced them to work for him. I’ll let you draw your own parallels to real-world situations.

The bad guy was a nasty piece of work.

Natasha didn’t beat him by being better at the nastiness. Rather than beat everyone to a pulp, she refrained from violence when that was the right choice. She was proactive, she put the mission above her feelings and she cultivated loyalty in her team.

She demonstrated how virtuous masculinity is powerful enough to defeat weak tyrants who rely on fear and authority.

Now, that’s the message you want your story to have.

Anyway, I could talk for hours about virtuous and toxic femininity and masculinity.

And maybe I will, later.

The point is you can do better by being better.

You can use your light to drive out the darkness.

Let your light shine brighter here:

https://guided-thought.com/appointment

Staring into the eyes of a false trichotomy

Yesterday, I spent a thousand words on a different take on the lockdowns.

While everyone debates the effectiveness of the covid countermeasures, I questioned the lack of variety.

If it’s a crisis, then we should see hundreds of countermeasures. Every week, you’d hear about some promising new drug or a new way to stop it spreading.

Just like how, every week, you hear about a new way to cope with the lockdowns. Businesses have creative ways to keep earning money. Social groups adapt so they can still keep hanging out.

We’re seeing that with the lockdowns, but not what causes them.

I put this out there to bring something into your conscious attention.

You all heard our leaders say, “lockdowns and vaccines are the only way through this!”

Some of you noticed there was something weird about that. Something off. It’s more than just noticing how this ‘solution’ puts all the burden on you and all the profits in pharma companies.

Some of you noticed that something was missing from this plan.

Right from the start, the plan was “lockdowns!” then “lockdowns and vaccines!”

It reeks of a false trichotomy. Either you’re a psychopath who wants millions to die… or you want the lockdowns to last forever… or you support the vaccine plan.

When framed like that, who’d be insane enough to question that strategy?

Well, we need to question it now. The evidence coming in is that vaccines won’t cut it, even if everyone gets them. That means we need another alternative.

I bring this up because many of you heard this false trichotomy of a plan and had your doubts. There was some niggling unease in the back of your mind. There was something wrong about the way politicians said “this virus is new but we know with full certainty that mass vaccination is the only answer!!”

Then you probably ignored that instinct. After all, some niggling feeling of yours isn’t better than science, is it?

Hmm. Except science never said the vaccines were the best way forward. There was certainly not a lick of evidence to say it was the only way forward.

Your instinct was right, in the end.

You ignored it and it was right.

Here’s the thing about your instincts: the more you trust them, the better they become. If you keep ignoring them, then they’ll stop whispering to you. If you learn to hear what they say, though, you can find yourself coming up with strange ideas, creative solutions and keen observations ‘out of nowhere’.

You have brilliant instincts. The quality of your life depends on how easily you recognise them.

Like many things, it’s a skill you can learn.

And hypnosis can accelerate that.

But I’m not here to teach you to listen to your instincts. Maybe one day, but not right now.

Instead, it’s much faster and easier to tap into your instincts regarding a specific question.

So if you have a big decision to make and you’d like to see what your instincts say…

… sign up for Threshold Coaching & Crossroads Training below:

https://guided-thought.com/appointment

How societies solve crises

How many ways are people trying to solve climate change?

There are plenty of technology swaps people are making. Like, say, replacing coal power plants with solar farms.

Some tech goes towards reducing the bad stuff, like experimental gut bacteria for cows that stops so much gas falling out of them.

Other tech reverses the bad stuff, like carbon capture.

Then there are policy solutions – things like emissions caps, carbon taxes, industry standards, tax breaks for green tech.

There are things individuals can do, like eating less meat, using less power and planting trees.

I could go on. In fact, that might be a fun project for someone: list all of the ways we, as a species, are scheming to stabilise the environment. The sheer quantity and variety of projects would have to be impressive, right?

Let’s take another example:

Because I’m studying the early days of World War 2 – around Dunkirk and the Phoney War – let’s think about all the ways the British prepared for a Nazi invasion.

They sponsored guerrilla attacks in France, studied German codes, developed radar, welcomed Poles and scrutinised Hitler’s psyche. They considered any and every method to defeat their enemy, whether militarily, psychologically, economically or logistically.

If they could starve, demoralise, deplete, redirect, harass, distract, irritate, confuse, confound or trap the enemy, they would. It would have been foolish – criminally negligent – if they only focused on killing their soldiers. War is a crisis you can fight on many fronts.

Again, there was a huge variety of approaches here. People turned their lights off at night to make it harder for German bombers – that’s one approach.

Another?

Churchill built secret oil pipes to the southern beaches of the UK. If the enemy tried to invade, they’d land right in the middle of a firestorm.

I can imagine an early draft of Churchill’s famous speech. “Actually, we won’t fight them on the beaches. We’ll just set the bloody things on fire.”

This is how societies face crises. Problems can sneak by unresolved, but a crisis invites people to think outside the box and attack the problem from every angle.

So I guess covid isn’t a crisis then.

Because I think about the so-called solutions to it and I’m not impressed.

If I were to list out vaccines, lockdowns, masks and contact tracing, my question naturally is… okay, what else? If this is a mild inconvenience, sure, we might not do much more than that. But this is a crisis, so they say.

So why aren’t they treating it like one?

I’m glad vaccines are on the list. They’re a key part of modern medicine and, in this case, they seem to help.

But I’m horrified that vaccines are the primary – really, only – solution that they use that has any long-term chance of succeeding.

Where are the non-vaccine-based pharmaceutical interventions? I heard about ivermectin months before Joe Rogan mentioned it, where a panel of doctors were discussing how it was promising but the authorities didn’t want to know about it. They refused to even research it. Ivermectin can’t be the only drug that ever showed promise. Covid and the countermeasures will cost billions, maybe even trillions, by the time this runs its course, so surely it’s justified to pursue all leads.

Most leads won’t pan out. So what? Vaccines aren’t the silver bullet and we pursued that lead anyway.

What about non-pharmaceutical-based solutions? There’s a boatload of research that shows what keeps people healthy and boosts their immune system. You know, stuff like fresh air, exercise, good sleep, sunlight and socialising. Where are the policies that support those?

And no, I don’t count enforcing lockdowns while advising people exercise as a good solution here.

Where are the other things I haven’t thought of, since I’m not a society? I couldn’t have fought the Battle of Britain on my lonesome, after all.

Want to know the funny thing?

People and businesses have responded to the lockdowns like how I’m describing here. People have been extremely creative in doing stuff virtually, hygienically or at the required distance. Society has responded to the crisis of lockdowns better than it has the crisis of covid.

Reflect on that a few times until it sinks in. If it hasn’t clicked for you that lockdowns are a crisis separate from the virus they supposedly fight, meditate on it.

Anyway…

There’s a conspiracy theory that says Big Pharma are restricting non-vaccine-based countermeasures, because this maximises their profits. Calling it a conspiracy theory immediately invalidates it if you think in terms of branding. After all, crazy people believe stupid conspiracies and you’re not crazy, so this must be wrong.

There’s no way rich and powerful people would mislead the public to become richer and more powerful.

Even though they have in the past.

But still, there’s another explanation.

Medicine is weird.

Medicine doesn’t like creative solutions. They tend to lead to snake oil and hidden side effects and irradiated babies and expensive lawsuits.

An engineer looking to fight climate change can tinker in their garage… or a sophisticated R&D lab.

A doctor looking for a new treatment can’t ‘tinker’. They have to run everything by 17 ethics boards who might get in trouble for saying ‘yes’ but will never get in trouble for saying ‘no’. Then they have to figure out what works in biology – the messiest, noisiest experimental context in the known universe.

Sloppy physicists can measure things to six decimal places in an afternoon. Biology takes decades of double-blind studies where the noise can and will swallow any signal.

So, yeah, the medical system can hardly get creative when it comes to fighting covid. They’re constrained by both policy and reality.

By design or coincidence, that puts Big Pharma in a situation where they’re offering the only answer in town.

It’s like if the British handed their soldiers guns with no ammo and torpedos but no ships.

Then spent ages arguing how guns and torpedos are proven to be effective in winning wars.

Then wondered why it’s not working.

All while the soldiers and citizens have nowhere else to turn.

Eh, I dunno. Conspiracy or not, these solutions are utterly inadequate, worth questioning and not worth sacrificing your freedoms for.

Questioning policy is never unscientific. If a policy hurts your livelihood or reduces your freedoms, then you absolutely should look deeper.

Maybe that policy really is the best way forward, but you wouldn’t take a politician’s word for that, would you?

As I get to this point in the article, I realise I have no answer here. This is a lot of words to say that maybe there’s a vast conspiracy or maybe we’re too constrained to solve this problem – either way, there’s not much you can do about it.

Except treating this as a good-vs-evil, logic-vs-insanity issue. Even if CEOs are milking this crisis for money, that doesn’t mean the everyday folks pushing for vaccination are evil.

Same with the ‘resistant’ folks – they, too, are acting on righteous and rational reasons.

So let me give you an answer that’ll help:

Rather than using this as another excuse to feel angry, smug, outraged or indignant… do better.

Show wisdom and compassion.

Consider why people believe what they believe, while you assume they have virtue and intelligence.

Unite, rather than divide.

Live better, protect you and yours, and demand more from your leaders.

Enjoy a Neural Reset or three.

https://guided-thought.com/appointment

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