Your body and mind do some things automatically.
They don’t require your involvement.
In fact, they might even fight it. You know what I mean if you’ve ever chosen to skip dessert, get over someone, be more patient or exercise more… only to not.
Your heart beats without needing anything from you.
Same thing with your emotions – they flare up and disappear all on their own.
Sure, you can influence these things. Spending a few minutes dancing around will change both your emotions and heartbeat. But that’s not the same as, say, lifting your arm. If you want to raise your arm, you simply do it. Dancing to get your blood and endorphins pumping is more like tricking your body into doing what you want.
Such is the nature of being alive. You have a conscious mind and things you can control directly… and a huge chunk of your life that seems to just happen.
You aren’t a hapless, helpless victim though.
If you put the work in, you get the results.
You might not be able to choose your heartrate… but, with training, you can change it.
You might not be able to choose to be twice as happy… but you can train your emotions and mindset as well.
And so it is with creativity.
Oh, how the world would be different if you could turn creativity on and off, as easily as choosing to breathe in now.
(Although who would ever turn it off…?)
But that’s not how it works. It’s up to you to train it.
The best thing you can do to choose creativity is to turn up each day. If you’re a writer, write. If you’re a painter, paint. Whatever it is, never let your thoughts get too far from the topic – and the best way to do that is through action.
Good advice, which you’ve probably heard before.
And maybe it’s a little frustrating because you don’t want that. You want techniques. You want something actionable, something you can do right now to enter a creative state of mind.
I hear you.
So how about you hear me:
If you have 50 minutes and an internet connection, you can learn how to beat procrastination, overcome Writer’s Block and really get down to writing.
I designed this class for writers, clearly, but it applies to just about any creative pursuit.
Specifically, through this class you’ll learn:
And like with writing itself, all it takes to learn all this is to show up.
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So, uh, I write a lot.
And I write a lot about hypnosis.
So you might wonder, do I use hypnosis to enter the writing state of mind? If you’re a writer, you know what I mean by that state of mind. It’s flow, that urge to express yourself, where you lose senses of time and self.
Where it’s harder to not write than to write.
And my answer is…
It sure makes it easy and fun to create this much content.
If you want to learn the simple way I do that, you want my Hack Your Hands Program (which is module 5 of 19 in Monster Mind Edukaré).
I wholeheartedly recommend that program to every creative professional. If you ever struggle with procrastination, creative blocks or getting in the zone, that’ll pay for itself.
Having said that, I know not everyone has that much time and money to invest now.
Some of you want something faster and cheaper.
I get that.
So here’s what I have for you:
I have an online course that’s less than an hour.
In it, you’ll learn:
And the best part?
You can access this course (plus thousands of others) at no cost for two months. All you need is my affiliate link, which you can find right here:
When you want to learn something – painting, video game design, tennis, cosplay, whatever – the advice you hear is always the same:
Master the foundations first. The fancy techniques will come later.
When you reach an intermediate level – where you can hold your own and start developing your own style – the advice is almost the same again.
Go back and make sure your foundations are solid.
Sure, there’ll be some specific techniques you can pick up at this stage… but don’t even think about those until you know the basics.
When you master something and you’re creating the new state of the art, you begin to do the impossible. You make the shots that others miss, you express the concept no one else even knows and you see the truth of your field a little clearer.
Which means you’ll sometimes make mistakes. It’s part of the process – and it’s an honour to bleed on the cutting edge.
When blood spills, the first question many masters ask themselves is, “did I violate a fundamental principle here?”
Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t, but it’s always a useful thing to check.
Masters violate the seemingly ironclad rules of the field all the time. They see a new way of operating that goes beyond (and often against) what beginners learn.
But, as they say, you have to learn the rules before you can break them.
The moral to this rambling bunch of words?
The idea of mastery can motivate you, sure… but until you ingrain the basics, you can’t get there yet.
So far, I haven’t said much that’s new. This advice has been around for decades, centuries, eons.
So let me offer up this thought:
What are the basics of life?
What are the foundations of success, in the broadest sense of the word?
If you want to do something amazing with your time – whether that’s to establish a business empire or be a great parent – what foundations of life do you need before you even touch the foundations of your field?
A five-year old can’t be a champion boxer yet, and a dog will never be a world-class poet. There must be some foundations – something deep – upon which the foundations of everything else rise.
Before you even learn how to jab, you need to learn how to learn, how to move.
How to think.
How to use your body – not as a tool, but an extension of your will.
It’s funny. Folk will teach you everything except how to use your mind, even though really thinking is the prerequisite to everything they teach you.
That’s because few folk know how to engage the mind on this level. It’s not a question of intelligence – we’re all smart enough to think. And it’s definitely not a question of experience, because when are we ever not thinking?
It’s a question of having the right tools.
Tools like hypnosis, which lets you access a part of your mind that’s normally invisible to you. It’s like staring at your computer’s desktop, then suddenly knowing how to use the command line.
Everything changes then.
So if you’re looking to learn something new or master your current skills, everyone would tell you to focus on the foundations of the field.
I say, focus on the foundations of your life.
If you want to experience that, and you can make your way to Canberra’s inner north, then I suggest you take a look at my schedule now. There’s no faster, easier way to begin to explore this side of you than by working with a skilled hypnotist.
Here’s the link:
I love stories about life-changing epiphanies.
And based on the typical TED Talk, so do most folk.
You know the ones I mean. Some person is just an ordinary individual. Maybe they’re trapped in the rat race, maybe they’re caught by their own bad habits.
Then something happens.
A near-death experience.
A journey to a foreign land.
And through that, everything changes. They rededicate their life towards their higher purpose.
I think one of the reasons we like it is because this could happen to us. Most of us fall well short of where we think we can be. Or we have jobs we hate. But, you know, gotta pay the bills.
We want something to come along and shake us to our core, to point us in the right direction.
You have such intense, burning, even fanatical passion just waiting to erupt… you know, once you have the right epiphany.
I didn’t get into coaching and hypnosis through a major health scare or pilgrimage or anything. It came from the slow-burning realisation I can do more with the time and resources I have. This sense built up until it was too strong to ignore.
Since making this decision, though?
I’ve had more mind-shattering, life-redefining epiphanies than I can count.
One way – not the only way, certainly – of thinking about epiphanies is they’re moments when your unconscious screams stop and pay attention.
The more you tune into this voice inside your head you can trust, the easier revelations come to you.
Nothing tunes you more into this than regular, deep hypnosis. It brings your conscious awareness down into your unconscious and let the two really talk.
Life-changing epiphanies are just the start of what you can expect.
If you’re feeling stuck and you’re based in Canberra, why don’t you make yourself an appointment and find the fire burning inside of you.
Here’s the link to my schedule:
Do you feel like there should be more to your life?
That you should be doing more?
Maybe even that you should become more.
Well, if so, I can sure relate. And when I find myself thinking that, I think back to what it means to have a brain.
See, there’s a metaphor for the brain I keep using:
It’s like a tree. A tree’s branches can grow in any direction, but they can’t grow in every direction. This is how the brain can be practically infinitely flexible… but, right now, you can’t be everything. At some point in your life, you made a trade-off – probably unconsciously – that means you’re less confident, focused or disciplined than you’d like.
You might think the solution is to learn something new.
That’s what folk tend to say: “I want to learn to be more confident”.
But what if it’s a case of unlearning?
Of going back to when you made that trade-off and choose both?
Or choosing something even better with that?
You might wonder how that’s even possible. How can you rewire the brain that drastically?
Well, it’s hard if you force it.
Yet it’s easy if you work with the brain’s natural mechanisms for rewiring.
After all, a stubborn brain wouldn’t survive long. The whole point of being intelligent is to adapt and overcome new challenges. But an infinitely flexible mind wouldn’t work either, as you’d too easily learn the wrong lessons.
Hence, in evolution’s mighty and unguided wisdom, you have a special state of mind. When you enter it, you can rewire your brain deeply – deeply enough to remember what you need to in order to become awesome.
It’s all there, waiting inside you.
How do you enter this state of mind and use it to quit smoking, become confident, control your emotions and, well, simply have more fun?
You can learn it all right here:
I think it’s time we had a long, frank talk about so-called SMART goals.
I hang around in productivity forums and self-improvement communities, so I must have heard hundreds of folk talk about how great they are.
How they revolutionise goalsetting.
And how if you use any other system, you’re chaining yourself to a log caught in rapids and heading for a waterfall.
In case you (somehow) haven’t come across this yet, SMART is an acronym that describes what every worthy goal should allegedly have. Like I say, I’ve heard hundreds of folk spruik this… and maybe three point out some of the glaring, obvious limitations.
You’re never going to look at them the same way again.
Consider a conversation between a SMART-loving coach and a client who’s never heard of them before…
Coach: I recommend setting SMART goals. The S, you see, stands for ‘specific’.
Client: Okay, that makes sense. Better that than a vague goal. So something like “I want to increase my salary to seven figures by the end of the year”.
Coach: Exactly! Now, the M stands for ‘measurable’ – pretty self-explanatory. The A stands-
Client: Hold on… measurable?
Coach: Yep! If it’s not measurable, how do you know when you’re making progress?
Client: Sure… but we already have specific. Isn’t that redundant?
Coach: No, see, specific is about being clear with your goals. Measuring is about being about to quantify success.
Client: Right… but those are the same thing. Can something be measurable and not be specific?
Coach: Well… I… huh. Um… let’s come back to that. The A stands for ‘achievable’, or some people say ‘attainable’.
Client: Okay, great. That makes sense… and doesn’t mean the same thing as the others, haha.
Coach: Yeah… and the R stands for ‘realistic’.
Client: … oh, this is a prank! Oh, good one, you really had me going.
Coach: What? No, it’s not a… what?
Client: ‘Achievable’ and ‘realistic’ are synonyms. They mean exactly the same thing. We’re up to the fourth letter and you’ve only said two things. What does T stand for? Totally doable? Tightly defined? This SMART goal thing is hilarious.
Coach: It’s ‘time-bound’… whatever, we’re done here.
Now, some folk say the R is ‘relevant’, which is a useful thing to add. Even if I gave you that one – most definitions I see say, in sheer adoration of thesauruses, ‘realistic’ – it doesn’t eliminate the redundancy.
If you list of five things has an identical pair, let alone two, you might want to rethink your acronym.
But even if I forgave that…
“I’m going to consume heroin by midday” is a perfectly valid SMART goal and a perfectly terrible idea. It’s specific, measurable, achievable/realistic (I guess? I have no idea how easy it is to get heroin. It mustn’t be difficult…) and time-bound.
“I’m going to increase my vegetable intake by one serving a month, starting today” is also fully SMART, yet so underwhelming it’s not worth your time to formulate.
You can set SMART goals that are worthwhile… but don’t align with your life’s ambition. For example, you can use this framework to stab folk in the back in your quest to make the world a better place. Or you might want to improve your health, so you SMARTly exercise five times a day until something breaks.
You can even set a SMART goal for something you’ve already done, just to fake a sense of progress.
And it gets worse. Nowhere in this cutesy little acronym is a measure of your emotional reaction or gut instinct. If you pen this goal and every fibre of your being screams “no, don’t do it!”… too bad, slugger, because there’s nowhere to capture that.
Oh, and you can set a goal to be a millionaire in a year… and do nothing about it for 11 months, then scramble in a panic for the last one. SMART goals have zero accountability, plan or commitment built in.
SMART goals are utterly inadequate, redundant and barely useful.
Yet somehow everyone crows about them.
That’s why I favour dumbdumb goals instead. True to form, DUMBDUMB is an acronym. Untrue to form, it’s thorough and not redundant.
D is for Doable. Is it realistic/achievable/attainable?
U is for Useful. Is it relevant? Does this goal actually advance your vision?
M is for Measurable. It’s an important variable, even if I only include it once.
B is for Beliefs and Values. Does following this goal conflict with the life you want to live? Is this the sort of goal you’ll be proud you met, thinking back on it on your deathbed?
D is for Desire. Does the goal make you feel passionate and excited?
U is for Undertaking. How much time and effort will it take to achieve this goal? If it takes two hours a day, then you’d better schedule in two hours a day right now.
M is for Mighty. Are you playing it safe, or does your goal stretch you, challenge you and make you grow?
And B is for Bounded-in-Time, because one good thing about SMART goals is they have a deadline.
There you have it. A thorough, useful and non-redundant system for creating goals. Use it and enjoy.
Speaking of DUMBDUMB goals…
One goal folk often want to make is to sharpen your mind. What could be a better use of your time than that?
The problem is, how do you measure that? Play one of those cutesy brain training games every day? While fun, that won’t do the trick.
But you can train your mind and see real results. You won’t be able to forget how much you improve – day by day, week by week. Not by playing games but by doing real, intensive inner work.
Like the exercises you find right here:
Here’s a simple question to brighten this moment:
What would you do more of if fear, anxiety and dread weren’t holding you back?
Would you travel the world, throwing yourself into each culture you find?
Would you start a business, chase your dream partner and finally write that novel?
Or perhaps it’s much simpler than that.
Maybe you’d simply let your best, most genuine version of yourself out to play.
There are no wrong answers here… and there are no small ones, either. Each of these is potentially life changing.
What would you be willing to do to have all of that?
Probably more than I’m going to ask of you. Some of you would be willing to do what I did – travel around the world, finding the best in the business of mind training and absorbing everything they have to offer.
It’s taken me years and a small fortune to reach this point… and my training isn’t over.
But it’s advanced enough that I can help you.
Not over the course of years.
Not on the other side of the planet.
And not for tens of thousands of dollars.
Right here, right now.
Here are the details for you:
When helping you to quit smoking, we hypnotists have all kinds of tools.
One is to install an aversion. It’s pretty simple to make smoking revolting to you. If you’re worried about your willpower or slipping up, this can work nicely.
This is surface level stuff. It doesn’t resolve the issues that made it hard to quit in the first place. But, hey, if all you want to do is stop smoking, then this is all you need.
A more… dare I say ‘holistic’ approach is to make you a better person overall. More willpower, less vulnerable to stress and less likely to succumb to the pressures of life. If you’ve ever quit before but fell back into it, I’m sure you see the benefit on this.
There’s another tool too.
One that’s fun to play around with.
For many smokers looking to quit, they wish they never started in the first place. It’s easier to remain a non-smoker than it is to quit.
But of course, that’s impossible. You can’t change the past…
Well, you can’t change what your body’s been through… even though you can reverse the damage, right from the first day you go without smoking.
Your mind, though, is a little more interesting.
Normally, you’d never be able to leave the smoking behind. Not entirely. You’d have too many old habits, associations and experiences to forget. Even if you never smoke again, it’s like you always used to.
Unless you use hypnosis, that is.
It doesn’t erase the memories of smoking – not the way I do it, at least.
But it does erase everything that built up in your mind about it.
You’ll remember puffing down… but you’ll remember it as facts, as if it happened to someone else.
Once you do that, quitting is easy.
And, for most folk, relapsing only happens if you want to.
It’s a powerful way to break a habit many folk can’t leave behind.
If you’re curious about experiencing that, follow this link:
In hunter-gatherer societies, play is important.
Sure, it builds social bonds and is fun – all stuff that’s true now as well.
For them, play is also training. Wrestling, mock hunting, throwing rocks – these are all skills they’ll need as adults.
Fast forward a few generations of civilisation.
Play and training become separate things.
You go to school… then play with your friends afterwards.
Maybe you then go to uni… where you split your time between learning and partying.
Then you enter the workforce… and most of the workforce lies in a 9-to-5, live for the weekends grind.
That’s not the natural order of things. Play and work, fun and training, it all works best when it’s all the same thing.
How can you recapture that?
Quit your job, follow your passion and do whatever you love?
But assuming that’s impractical to do right now…
There’s a style of deep, mental training that merges fun with effort. The more results you get, the more you enjoy it. And I don’t mean you “learn to enjoy it”, like how folk say happens with exercise and meditation. I mean the fun is built in, not the result of some endorphin high that may never come.
You can become sharper, more focused, more confident and creative, all while chilling out in your downtime.
If that sounds too good to be true, the usual caveats apply. It takes discipline to learn this skill and make it a habit.
But it sure doesn’t need discipline to stick with it…
You can learn this exciting take on mind training right here:
Remember all those parents and teachers who told you to “stop daydreaming!” as a kid?
Right now, the best thing for you is to lose yourself in thought.
It’s the best way to explore your mind and learn new things about yourself.
Instead of exhausting self-censorship, it’s time to go with the flow.
Having said that…
Well, explorers don’t just amble off in any random direction. They prepare for the journey. They train. They gather supplies.
Otherwise, they find themselves lost.
It’s the same with your mind. Without the right training and preparation, daydreaming is nothing but wasted fantasies.
What if you could use that time for something better?
What if you could…
…. relax deeply…
… enhance your charisma…
… clear your emotional blockages…
… make better decisions…
… break bad habits…
…and even manage pain – all as easily as daydreaming?
That’s what Waking Dreaming is all about. This simple, guided process takes a little time to learn and a lifetime to enjoy. The true power of your mind is yours, waiting for you.
Where is it waiting?
Why, right here of course: