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The Power of Positive Practice

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Last week I wrote about 10,000 hours of practice. Today I’m going to write about the power of positive practice – or the power of repetition – and how many to do if you want to move ahead.

Now, let’s say you’re a martial artist and you want to know how 10,000 hours of practice applies to you.

Well, in order to become legendary, you’ll still need 10,000 hours. But in order to master a number of different skills along the way, you may be better off concentrating on overall repetitions.

In Chinese martial arts, for example, it’s common for the old masters to say, “Do 1,000 repetitions of this movement everyday and you’ll own it.”

And if the student will commit to 1,000 reps a day, within a year he’ll be a force to reckon with in that particular skill.

Why? Because the average person won’t even commit to 100 reps a day, much less 10. If you’re the person who’ll do 1,000 – you’ll be so smooth and quick that even if the person knows what you’re going to do, he still won’t be able to stop it.

When I had my school in California it was common for me to teach a move that I had worked on for 10-20 years. It was also common for the non-champion student to go off and practice the move two or three times, then turn to me and say, “What’s next boss?”

“What’s next? WHAT’S NEXT??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”

I have a friend, Mitch, who was 0-13 as a martial artist. Then his coach took him aside and told him the secret to winning. “Practice everyday – more than anyone else.”

A month later a world champion told him, “1,000 kicks per day, per leg.”

Mitch followed what these champions told him. And within three months he wasn’t just winning, he was destroying everyone. His matches weren’t even close.

270-straight wins later, Mitch knew the secret of his success wasn’t positive thinking – it was positive doing.

It was Positive Practice.

Another martial arts friend, Jack, gave me a tool as a gift. And along with the tool the advice, “Practice your first move with it 200 times a day for 10 days.”

The first day I was clumsy with it. The second day less clumsy. The third day, much better.  And after ten days and 2,000+ reps, I was incredibly fast compared to when I started. And I still have a long way to go if I’m going to master this tool.

When it comes to a major skill, you’ll need 10,000 hours to achieve mastery. But you can master sub-skills – or small parts of the big puzzle by doing 50, 100, 200 or 1,000 repetitions per day.

My friend, Pete, told me the story of how he became a great pitcher. “My Dad had me throw 50 pitches a night through a tire hanging from a tree in our back yard. And I didn’t get my evening meal until all 50 pitches went through the tire. By the time I was 16 I could put the ball in the strike zone anywhere I wanted.”

If you think in terms of hours, one hour of practice per day will get you to 10,000 hours in 27.39 years. 30 minutes a day will take you 54.79 years.

But if you spend two hours per day – you’ll get there in 13.69 years. Three hours per day will get you there in 9.13 years. Four hours per day will only take you 6.84 years. And if you put in eight hours per day you can reach mastery in 3.42 years.

Putting in an hour a day may seem impossible to you – especially over 27+ years. That’s when a gentle reminder about concentrating on the number of repetitions per day makes the whole ball game much easier to play.

Most days I walk four miles at a pretty good clip, usually in less than an hour.

10,000 hours of walking will take me 27 years or so, unless I go to eight, 12 or 20 miles a day.

10,000 miles at 4 miles per day will take me 6.84 years.

And if I concentrate on doing 1,000 miles – well, I can crank that out in 250 days.

Earl Nightingale once wrote that a half-hour per day of reading on a single subject would make you a world renowned authority on it within seven years. That’s 1,277.50 hours.

And just think what you’d know if you read ten times that amount.

For those in search of mastery, for those who gain meaning from being on a journey, the power of positive practice is something to embrace.

To see the power of these principles applied par excelence, make sure you read a copy of The Unbeatable Man.

Along with your order you’ll receive a copy of The Power of Thought Vibration – a CD you’ll want to listen to again and again for guts, guidance and good fortune.

Best,

Matt Furey

P.S. Anything in life that you want to become good at can be done by following the Law of Practice – a cornerstone of The Unbeatable Man philosophy.

How Many Goals to Visualize

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

One of the questions I am asked quite a bit about Psycho-Cybernetics is this:

“Matt, I have a lot of goals. When I visualize, should I concentrate on just one or should I picture all of them?”

This is a good question – and I have two answers. They are as follows: Yes – and No.

Let me give the ‘yes’ portion of the answer first.

If you have a written list of goals, or if you keep them on 3×5 cards (as I do), you can quickly go through each one – and with ‘open eyes’ make a quick mental snapshot to remind yourself of what it is that you want.

No problem with that.

But when you go into the Theatre Of Your Mind and begin visualizing, it is best to focus on one specific goal.

Here’s why:

Suppose you are outside on a sunny day with a magnifying glass and you want to start a fire. What would happen if you quickly moved the magnifying
glass from place to place? Not much, right?

But what if you find a spot and focus the magnifying glass on that spot and leave it there? What would happen? If you said, you would start a fire – you
are correct.

The same is true with goals. Concentration and focus are key. They are how you build desire. And the amazing thing about focus is this: If you focus on one goal, if you really put a lof of focus on a single objective – a lot of your other goals will get caught up in the fire and they’ll get accomplished, even when you
aren’t consciously ‘working’ on them.

To learn more about how you can achieve any goal by strengthening your self-image go here.

Best,

Matt Furey

P.S. Be sure to pick up your copy today of my smashing best-seller, 101 Ways to Magnetize Money.

10,000 Hours of Practice

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

If you haven’t read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, I recommend you pick up a copy.

Why?

Because inside it you may discover something that you’re not being told by all the Law of Attraction advocates.

And do want to know what that something is?

In The Unbeatable Man I call it The Law of Practice.

It’s a law that I have previously written, “supersedes the Law of Attraction.”

This means, if you want to get really good at something, even attracting things to yourself with your own mind, you might as well make a chart with 10,000 squares on it and tack it on your wall where you’ll see it everyday.

And each time you’ve put in an hour of practice in this specific area, you fill in a square.

The other night, when queried about this 10,000 hours of practice LAW with a friend, I began to count the time I’ve put into various areas of my life in which I am thought of as “successful.”

In five different areas in which I am ahead of the pack, I have put in at least 10,000 hours. And so it is no coincidence that these five areas are strong suits for me.

Now, if the prospect of practicing 10,000 hours makes you cower enough to throw in the towel – that’s a sad thing – but the fact of the matter is that MOST people won’t even put in 1,000 hours on any one subject.

This means you can move ahead of 90% or more of the pack by putting in 1,000 hours of practice in a single area.

And if you’re willing to put in 100 hours – you’ll probably move ahead of 75% of everybody.

Why?

Because the average person never commits to practicing much of anything.

That’s very good news, eh?

I thought so, too.

Thing is, after you’ve put in 100 hours, or 1,000 – you’ll like what you’re doing so much you’ll probably feel inclined to put in another 10,000. And it’ll feel effortless to do so.

That’s called… the Law of Cosmic Habit Force.

Another great LAW to bone up on.

Take a moment to visualize what life would be like for you after you’ve put in more time, 10,000 hours, than almost anyone.

Then order a copy of The Unbeatable Man because that’s who you’ll become.

Best,

Matt Furey

P.S. 10,000 hours is also the way of Zero Resistance Living another great program you’ll want to have in your car and library.

Make Money in Your Sleep

Monday, February 1st, 2010

There are many money making ideas you can come up with while you sleep. And these can lead to a substantial increase in your income. They can also lead to you landing the job you’ve always wanted.

All of the ideas you come up with begin with being conscious of what you are thinking about just before going to bed.

What questions are you asking yourself?

What thoughts are you thinking?

And how much emotion do you put into what you’re thinking?

If you ask the right questions before bed and think powerful thoughts, your subconscious mind will go to work for you while you’re sleeping.

You’ll begin to dream the answers to your questions.

And if you’re keeping a notepad and pen on your nightstand, you’re already programmed to wake up and record your thoughts as they enter your dream state movie theatre.

It’s truly amazing when you are guided to do the right things in your sleep. With your conscious mind moved out of the way, you’ll find solutions much faster than you ever imagined.

In your dream state you are totally free to think and do whatever you want. And I think you’ll be surprised when you discover how much of this limitlessness is transferable to your waking state.

As well as how much power there is in the first thought you think when you awaken each day.

Then there’s the power of a daily shower – wherein most people will say they receive their most creative ideas. Ever wonder why that is?

Well, how’d you like to know the most powerful thoughts to think when you wake up each day, as well as what to think just before falling asleep?

And if these thoughts led you to the creative ideas that lead to major improvements in your life – wouldn’t you want to know what they were?

If so, make sure you get yourself a copy of 101 Ways to Magnetize Money.

This book will make your head spin with so many ideas you’ll be stunned at all the opportunities you’ve missed.

Not anymore. This time you’re going to see the good opportunities coming from afar – and you’ll be ready.

You’ll be ready during the day, while sleeping at night – and while in the shower.

Get you pen and pad ready as you wait for this book to arrive.

Best,

Matt Furey

P.S. The next 99 people to order will also receive a free copy of The Power of Thought Vibration – a CD that you’ll want to listen
to over and over again for ideas that will catapult you from where you are to where you want to be.


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