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Self-Image Exercises Tap the Unlimited Resources of Your Subconscious Mind

Welcome to the Official Site of Psycho-Cybernetics and Theatre of the Mind. This is where we do as the good doctor, Maxwell Maltz, did for so many years. We heal internal scars. We give you an emotional face lift. We transform the agonizing pain of defeat, failure, frustration and loneliness into courage, confidence, love, gratitude and peace of mind. We help you reach your goals by showing you how to remove the obstacles that you think are standing in your way.

As a reconstructive plastic surgeon, Dr. Maltz realized that although “plastic surgery” benefited 0.5% of the population, the other 99.5% had unresolved emotional scars from the past, and that these could be removed by changing your self-image. Once these internal scars were irradiated, what followed was a life of success and happiness with you reaching “the greatest port in the world: peace of mind.”

On this blog, I will be giving you Psycho-Cybernetics success tips for transforming your self-image, as well as making recommendations on books, courses and seminars that will take you to the next level. Make sure you subscribe to our email list as well because we have special offers that you’ll want to see.

Matt Furey, President, Psycho-Cybernetics Foundation, Inc.

August 18th, 2015

How to Impress Others

Last night I dropped by my daughter’s dance class. Normally I don’t watch her class, but the teacher was going a bit beyond schedule, so I took a peak through the glass.

When my daughter saw me peering through the window, I noted that she instantly got a bit nervous. For the next minute or so, she wasn’t her normal graceful self. She stumbled a bit with movements that are normally quite easy for her.

On the drive home I asked, “Did you feel a bit nervous when you saw me watching you today?”

“Yes,” she replied.

“Did you try harder when you saw me?”


“Were you trying harder because you wanted to do a better job for me than you’d normally do when you practice?”


“That’s what I thought. Well, I have some advice for you on this if you’d like to hear it.”

“What is it?”

“If you see your Daddy looking through the glass, pretend he’s not there. Don’t try to impress him. Don’t try harder. Don’t try to do more than you normally do. That doesn’t work. Just do what you do and tune me or anyone else out.”

“How do I do that?”

“There are many ways, but one of the best is to imagine a brick wall to the side of you. No one can look through this brick wall. You’re by yourself, totally focused, even when you know you’re not. Can you picture a brick wall right now?”


“Can you feel how it blocks someone else out?”

“Yes, that works pretty good.”

“Great. Now, just so you know, I had a similar discussion earlier today with a ball player. He was trying to impress the scouts who were at his practice, so he started trying to do more than ever before, and guess what? In trying to do more, he didn’t. If he’d have just been himself and put a wall up to block out the scouts, he’d have been a lot better off.”

The moral of the story is simple: First of all, don’t TRY. The very word “TRY” is guaranteed to make matters worse. Second, if you try to do even more to impress others, you won’t. You’ll do less.

Just DO what you’d normally do and the impressing will take care of itself.

This is where the psychology of what you do is so incredibly important. A dancer’s steps or moves do NOT change because someone else is watching or because you’re on a different stage.

A ball player’s throws, swings, passes or shots don’t change either.

The above applies to anything you’re involved in, whether business, academia, theatre or sports.

If what you’ve been doing is working, trying to do more or do even better won’t lead to more progress. But awareness will of your breathing, your thinking and your body as you do what you do.

I’ve said it before, and written it, too. The word “try” is demonic. It’ll curse you. It’ll cripple you and make you stumble.

The word “DO” is enough. Don’t try to do it. Don’t “just” do it.

Do it. That’s enough.

Be it. Do it. Live it.

That’s the ticket … to the big show.


Matt Furey

P.S. It’s all about ridding your body/mind of “resistance.” Resistance to success, fear of failing or falling, fear of disappointing others, etc. For deeper instruction in these methods, I suggest the Zero Resistance Living System – or private coaching/mentoring.

August 17th, 2015

The Winningest Coaches – What They Believe

There’s a familiar pattern here.
Many years ago I read about a book Vince Lombardi had in his personal library. It was dog-eared, hi-lighted and filled with hand-written notes.Lombardi used this book to help himself coach the Green Bay Packers to the first two Super Bowl titles.

Monte Clark, then an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins, used this same book to help head coach Don Shula go 17-0 and win the Super Bowl with the Miami Dolphins.

The legendary Jim Brown, arguably the greatest NFL running back of all times, spoke about this book in an HBO documentary, Jim Brown: All American.

And then there’s Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball history. He’s won five College World Series titles – with two different teams. He’s guided young men who nobody wanted and helped them become extraordinary ball players. He’s a fan of this same book, too.

On page 75 in Augie’s book, Life is Yours to Win, he writes about the influence Psycho-Cybernetics has had on him and his teams.

He also states how a key element of Psycho-Cybernetics is championed in the movie, For Love of the Game, starring Kevin Costner, who played the pitcher, Billy Chapel, who at 40 years of age, is so focused and “in the moment” that he doesn’t realize until the 8th inning that he’s throwing a perfect game.

Coach Garrido writes: “One of the techniques Chapel uses to stay focused is to tell himself, “Clear the mechanism.”

“This is a phrase from Psycho-Cybernetics. Clearning the mechanism is a method for emptying the mind of fear and other distractions. It’s managing the moment by mentally slowing it down.”

Clearing the mechanism is clearing the brain of fear and other distractions. It’s letting go of worry, self-doubt and other concerns. It’s living in the moment – one breath at a time.

How do you clear the mechanism, the brain?

You mentally picture a calculator before you. It has numbers on the screen. You push the clear button so you can do a new

You could also picture a computer screen before you. You clear the screen by seeing it dissolve before you.

As you do this, you breathe deeply and center yourself. And then you go about your business, doing what you’ve set out to do.

There are many others ways to do this in Zero Resistance Living – the advanced program on Psycho-Cybernetics.

The key, though, is training yourself to live in the moment, to feel good everyday, no matter what. It’s learning how to use your positive as well as negative past to launch yourself forward.

Wouldn’t it be great if nothing from the past that was supposedly negative is there to do anything but help you succeed at a higher level?

And this is true, if you know the techniques in Zero Resistance Living. I encourage you to give the program a whirl, so it can give your life a positive whirl in the right direction.


Matt Furey

P.S. By the way, in November, Psycho-Cybernetics, Updated and Expanded, will be available, containing a foreword and afterword from ‘yours truly’ – as well as commentary throughout.

July 9th, 2015

Get ’em While You Can

Alrighty then. The big day is NOW.

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If so, then grab my course of classic newsletters while it’s still available:

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Be It. Do It. Live It.

Matt Furey

July 6th, 2015

Rags to Riches to Recreational Retirement

Last week I sent you an email about the release of a series of special reports that I promise will blow your socks off.

June 30th, 2015

Rags, Riches, Retirement

The big day is almost here.

I’m getting ready to launch the special collection of reports I created entitled, How I Went from Rags to Riches on the Internet.

These reports, which went for $97 each (there are 14), reveal insider secrets that are timeless, true and above all else, classic

When I recently went through them I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Over and over I was unconsciously saying to myself, “Who the hell wrote this? This is unreal.”

That’s the type of inner dialogue that takes place when you read something that was penned with fearless flow, when you’re not concerned with other peoples’ opinions, when you just want to tell the truth that no one else is revealing – and nothing else.  

These reports are RAW. And they’re empowering. 

They do far more than tell the story of how I went from being in major debt to “living the dream.” These writings also point you in the direction of how you can retire {or semi-retire at a young age. 


I’m planning on giving a bonus to those who are first in line to place their order on this product – and then, a couple days fter launch, I’ll be pulling this treasure-trove of information off the Internet. So this is most likely going to be your first, last and only chance to secure your copy of these master-pieces. 

 Be It. Do It. Live It.

 Matt Furey

P.S. I’m looking at doing an all-new info-publishing seminar in the fall. This one will be the best one EVER, by far. Those who get How I Went from Rags to Riches on the Internet will be glad they did so when they get the special invitation to attend, at a discount.

June 25th, 2015

3 Ways to Pick a Winner

My friend, Vinny, is a Cleveland Cavaliers fan.

In fact, he’s a fan of anything Cleveland.

He lives in Ohio.

He loves LeBron James. And he’s desperate for his city to redeem itself.

And this is one of the reasons Vinny cannot pick a winner. I’ll explain this “reason” in a bit.

Before Game 1 of the NBA Championships, I told Vince that Golden State would not only win the title, they’d do so in less than seven games.

“Who’s going to win tonight, then?” he asked.

“Golden State,” I replied, without a moment’s hesitation.

Before Game 2 Vinny derisively texted to say, “Okay Swami, who’s going to win tonight?”

“”Cleveland,” I said.

I gave the same answer for Game 3. Cleveland.

And then I told him Golden State would win the next three.

I was 6 for 6. Got all six games right.

Last January, when the NCAA football playoffs began, I picked Ohio State and Oregon to win their games – and Ohio State to win the title.

I was 3 for 3.

Then this week, in the College World Series – a three-game baseball series, I picked Vanderbilt to win game one and Virginia to win the title by taking games two and three.

I was 3 for 3 again.

Overall, in these picks, I’m 12 for 12.

Have I been wrong.

Sure. I’m wrong 10-20% of the time, and usually for the same reasons Vinny is.

Let me give them to you:

1. If I’m a FAN of a team, if I let my choice be “personal” – I’m unable to pick a winner. For example, in the semi-finals of the College World Series, I thought the Florida Gators would win.


Because I like them. Not because I was getting an extrasensory pulse on who the winner would be. This is important.

2. If I listen to or believe the pundits and sportscasters, I cannot pick a winner.

3. If I look at statistics, matchups or any other key numerics, I cannot pick a winner. 

Okay then, if I don’t do any of the above, what do I do to pick a winner –  and HOW does this apply to you and your life?

First, let me tackle the last part of the question shown above.

Being able to pick a winner, for me, isn’t gambling. The bets I place are with friends, and they’re usually for steak dinners, milk shakes or in Vinny’s case – 2 bucks.

Picking a winner is a SKILL that you can use in any area of your life. You can use it to choose which stocks to buy, what products to create, what businesses to go into, what people to associate with, what classes to take, where to go on vacation, where and when to get married, what to name your children, and so on.

All of the above are important daily choices. And wouldn’t it be great to be RIGHT more often?

What if you make the right choice 80% of the time? Or even more often. Wouldn’t that change your life for the better?

For sure.

Alright, now to the first part of the question, “What do I do to pick a winner?”

Here are 3 Ways to Pick a Winner:

1. Don’t be a FAN of any team and think you can pick who the winner will be in a tough game. Sure, it can be done, but it’s much easier to be deceived by false hunches, reads and impartial evidence.

2. Don’t look at stats, etc. – instead, ask your subconscious mind questions related to your choice and wait for an answer to come to you.

3. Think like a marketer – look for the key storyline in the script. If you were writing the play, removing all your personal bias and emotion (not an easy task) what would be the best ending?

This one is the most important maxim to picking a winner – yet most people have trouble following it because to believe in a script is to believe in something being pre-ordained or pre-destined.

Yet, everything, at some level IS pre-ordained or pre-destined.

There are those who think games are either fixed by the bookies in Vegas or by coaches, players or referees.

Then there are those who believe winners are chosen by the gods, by God, by the cosmos, the stars, the numbers – or however you’d like to explain what you really don’t know “for sure” until the final buzzer sounds.

And then you have those who believe that being a winner is all about personal choice, intention and the like.

Who is right? Who isn’t right?

Hard to say as all three of the above can coincide or collide.

All I know is this: If I think like a marketer, if I consider the storyline, it’s much easier to choose a winner.

In the College World Series, it was Vanderbilt vs. Virginia – a repeat of last years finals.


Okay, here’s one storyline: Vanderbilt repeats. Vanderbilt wins two straight over the same team.

Or… how about this…

The head coach for Virginia is from Council Bluffs, Iowa. It’s literally
just across the state border of Omaha, Nebraska, where the College World Series is being played.

This coach attended Creighton University in Omaha – and he played in the College World Series while in college.

And get this… he’s the only person (to my knowledge) who has both played in the College World Series and been a head coach for a team in the finals.

Getting good isn’t it?

But let’s add one more piece, shall we?

Outside the stadium where the game is being played, you’ll find a statue of a baseball player – and this statue happens to be made in the image and likeness of the Virginia coach.


Vanderbilt repeats? As much as I wanted that to happen – I sensed that all the angels in heaven would make sure Virgina and their head coach, Brian O’Connor, won.

And they did.

So there you have it – the uncanny and preposterous way I seem to make good guesses, bets and choices about who will win in what.

This is the same sort of method I’ve used in business as well.

In fact, when I came off the stage several years ago in Delray Beach, Florida, a mega-entrepreneur approached me with an idea.

It was outlandish. Especially coming from this guy.

The idea was to help people choose winning stocks using the “mind” principles I was teaching on Psycho-Cybernetics.

I thought the idea was out of my league. Had no interest in it whatsover.

I may have chosen incorrectly at that moment – but one thing I CAN say is that I’ve put together a pretty strong resume of
winners when it comes to writing books and courses, as well as creating DVDs, CDs and so on.

And one of these winning courses, that I have never let out of the bag before, is a collection of 14 powerhouse newsletters I wrote on Internet marketing, info-publishing, developing a strong storyline, and much more.

The only people who have ever seen any of these newsletters paid $97 per month to get the information. Many of them literally ripped open the envelope each month and devoured every word I wrote – reading with highlighter in hand and a notebook and pen at their sides.

For 14 months these people couldn’t feast on the information I presented fast enough.

Then it ended – as abruptly as it began, when I suffered a detached retina, underwent surgery, and gradually withdrew from the whirld I was living in.

For the first time in my life, I took a rest. I regrouped. I spent time away from clients and customers and seminars and coaching programs.

Just recently, a friend who was over for a visit, saw the binder that holds those 14 newsletters and he opened the cover and began to scan the contents.

But he found himself unable to scan for long because the words pulled him into the copy and wouldn’t let him go.

After absorbing the essence of just a few pages, he looked at me and said, “Matt, you gotta make this information available. No one is telling people this stuff. This is what I’ve been looking for. How much do you want for this?”

At this point I told my friend I would consider putting this course out – but only for a limited time.

After pondering the idea for a couple hours, I decided to proceed, to go ahead. And that’s what I intend to do within the next week.

So look for more announcements – as well as the grand ultimate announcement on my never before released course entitled… How I Went from Rags to Riches on the Internet.

It’ll show you how to pick a winner – and a whole lot more.

This will be a limited time offer, so you really do want to pay attention to those forthcoming emails that announce this grand course.

In the interim, enjoy your summer – and “don’t be a fan” if you want to pick a winner.


Matt Furey

P.S. This email was written spontaneously, without correction, editing or proof-reading. And if you like this kind of style, you’re going to go nuts over the course How I Went from Rags to Riches on the Internet 

June 22nd, 2015

Donald Trump’s Presidential Genes

Ever hear someone claim that the reason for another person’s success is “genetic.”

Word is that Donald Trump claimed genetics to be the reason for his business success.


So you either have the right genes for success – or you don’t. And if you don’t – you’re scrooood – (rhymes with Scrooge}.

Here’s what I believe: Success IS genetic – and you have the capability within to “turn on” latent or dormant genes – or to use the ones that are already on.

You turn your success genes on the same way you activate the success mechanism in your brain – by the positive use of your IMAGINATION mixed with positive FEELINGS.

Keep in mind, if you choose not to use your imagination for the positive, then by dafault you’re using it for the negative. Mix negative mental imagery with negative feelings and you get negative results. Mix positive images with positive emotions and you activate positive realities.

Pretty simple formula.

Sure, there’s “work” that goes into the success formula – but no work ever gets done without imagining it getting
done first.

Can anyone and everyone imagine and become shortstop for the New York Yankees?

Of course not.

Yet, oddly enough, Derek Jeter, the future hall-of-famer who played that position for the Yankees for nearly 20 years, has a book called The Life You Imagine.

Interesting, isn’t it? At a young age Jeter told his parents he was going to play shortstop for the Yankees. His parents encouraged this dream in him. They made no comments to him about being too small, not having the genes, etc.

The young Jeter went so far as to hang a Yankees jersey from the back of his bedroom door – and each night before sleep he’d lie there and imagine his future reality.

Did these “imaginings” set in motion or cause the young Jeter to “do the work” necessary to become the Derek Jeter that Yankees’ fans admire so much?

Of course.

No one trains, works, writes, paints, sings, dances, swims, runs, walks, eats or makes love without imagining it first.

You may not think you imagine something before you do it – but if you stop yourself long enough to examine your process – you’ll see that you do.

The same goes with failure.

All of us have seen someone drop a glass or plate, or fall down – then exclaim, “I knew i was going to do that.”

Okay, how’d you know?

You knew because you saw a picture in your mind of it happening – and you didn’t take the time to change images before the slip happened.

The negative image you pictured became a reality.

Now, the billion doll-ar question:

Does Donald Trump have the genes to become President of the United States?

Perhaps, but I don’t think he really, truly imagines “with FEELING” himself holding that position – so I don’t see him ever sitting behind a desk in the Oval Office.

But forget about politics for a moment and ponder where you want to be, want you want to do or who you want to be.

Do so with positive feelings.

If you’re willing to do the above religiously, I’m willing to promise you one thing: you’ll start doing the things that move you in the direction of what you’re picturing.

How close you get to what you want depends on how often you mix imagination with emotion and action.

Here endeth today’s lesson.

Matt Furey
author of Theatre of the Mind

P.S. I’m looking at having a POWER of IMAGINATION seminar this all. You like the idea? If so, make sure you prep yourself by getting my Theatre of the Mind program. Here’s what one reader recently said about the program:

Theatre of the Mind gives the most incredible boost to the world of CREATIVE imagination. Visualizing images and such works, but the examples you gave really turbo-charge the experiences in the mind – and change your outside circumstances much more smoothly and rapidly.  Incredible.”
D.H. – Des Moines, Iowa

June 18th, 2015

Most Evil Word in English Language

Today when I was driving my daughter to dance camp, I asked her if she knew the most important word in the Chinese language; the word that much of the culture is centered around.

She shook her head “no.”

I replied, “It isn’t 好 Hǎo,” which means good.

It’s a word you’d least expect.

It’s the word 慢 (Màn} – pronounced like the Jamaican’s say man – mohn.

The term means “slow” or “slowly.”

Throughout the day people will use this word over and over. In fact, it’s common to say 慢 (Màn} twice before a verb. For example:

Eat slowly – man man chi.
Walk slowly – man man zou
Learn slowly – man man xue

It is this last phrase – 慢慢学习 {màn man xué} or learn slowly I’d like to comment on today, before I reveal to you the most evil word in the English language.

OK, you may wonder how learning slowly can be considered a good thing.

So let’s go back in time. How about when you were an infant.

At that time you absorbed more knowledge without trying than any other time in your life.

You were totally relaxed. You were living in the NOW.

No pressure. No hurry. No worry. No grades. No awards.

Just a whole lot of information you could absorb with ease – and without tension.

So I said to my daughter, “Do you realize that you learned English, Mandarin Chinese, as well as Shanghainese and Sichuanese (two other dialects) before age three – and you weren’t under any pressure to do so? You just absorbed what was around you because you were totally relaxed.”

She’d never pondered the thought, so I elaborated.

“When you study dance – or anything else, the same idea applies. If you’re under stress or tension – it’s difficult to learn. If you’re relaxed and engaged, you can learn quickly, even when you’re not trying to do so.”

I then told her about the most evil word in the English language.

“When you train today, remember to never TRY to learn anything. Just relax, be engaged and allow yourself to learn. But don’t TRY. You cannot TRY and successfully do anything. That’s why it’s the most evil word in any language – but especially English.”

“The word TRY will keep you from ever fulfilling any of your desires. You cannot TRY anything. You either do it or you don’t. As Yoda said in Star Wars, “Do or do not, there is no try.”

As I drove I coninued. “Throughout the rest of your life, whenever you hear anyone use the word try, understand that they’re probably NOT going to do what they say they’re trying to do.”

“If someone says he’ll TRY to make it to a party – he’s not going.”

“If someone says he’ll try to lose weight or stop drinking or stop smoking – or anything else – it not going to happen.”

“If someone tries to make money, he can’t.”

“And especially true is anyone trying to learn something. You cannot try to learn something. You either engage and learn it – or you don’t.”

Whether you are willing to slow down to speed up your learning of something, one thing is for certain, you cannot do it by trying to do it.

Eliminate the word “try” from your vocabulary and you’ll notice yourself relaxing, getting into flow and being far more effective in all that you do.

Don’t believe me?

Then go ahead and test it.

Just don’t “try it.” If you “try” – you’re going to be disappointed.

The above and a whole lot more is contained within the Zero Resistance Living System – available for the next day at a greatly reduced amount.

Grab a copy of this award-generating program and your life will never be the same again.


Matt Furey

May 29th, 2015

I Don’t Care!

When I was in 5th grade, I had a teacher, Mrs. Fair – who knew and used the value of her name to the max.

Whenever a student would utter the words, “THAT’S NOT FAIR,” she had the ultimate answer.

“Yes it is fair. How do I know? Because I’m Mrs. Fair.”

Well, Mrs. Fair and Mr. Furey didn’t see eye-to-eye on a number of matters but she had a way of coming around to my point of view on occasion.

For example, one day when it was below zero and snowing outdoors, I didn’t understand why recess was cancelled. I wanted to play and I expressed my displeasure.

In response, Mrs. Fair told me to get my hat, gloves and coat on and go play. I did so.

I was the ONLY student in the school on the playground that day. I ran through the drifts, threw snowballs at imaginary beings, went down the slide, made a snowman and had a blast, all by myself.

After the cold became noticeable on my face, I went back to the classroom. The other students looked surprised I’d made it back.

“I can’t believe you actually went out into the snow,” one student said.

“Why not?” I replied. “It was fun.”

Mrs. Fair drew a line in the sand with me on a number of issues – and one of them was when I uttered the words, “I DON’T CARE.”

Whenever I said this she smiled and said, “That means you care.”

Man, I hated that. Being told I care when I said I didn’t. And I still, to this day, do NOT completely agree with her.

Be that as it was – one thing I can tell you that I do agree with is this: A lot of the troubles so many people have are a result of “caring too much.”

If you care too much about the words you speak or others reaction to them – you’ll be afraid to open your mouth and say what’s on your mind.

If you care too much about the words you write, you’ll stifle yourself before you even start.

If you care too much about closing sales, making a good first impression and increasing your income – people will run and hide.

If you care too much about letter grades, athletic statistics, pleasing others and so on – you literally choke the flow of life force running through you.

And today, in this politically correct society, if you care too much about not offending a single person on the face of this earth, you’ll never be able to help anyone.

Think of it this way, if you offend someone unintentionally, no big deal. Just apologize. It’s not the end of the whirld.

Now the flip side: And this is where Mrs. Fair was right.
There is a yin and a yang to caring. If you don’t care at all – that might not be good. If you care too much – that’s probably not good either.

But if you have the predominant mindset of “I don’t care” – and mixed within this emotional concoction is a tiny bit of “I do care” – then this may be a winning attitude for you.

A little bit of care mixed with a lot of “don’t care” – can give you a sense of power that has somehow eluded you.

If Mrs. Fair were still alive today, I’d present her with a saying from the Chuang Tzu, written a long, long time ago in ancient China.

This saying is so important to me that I had a poster made of it – and it hangs upon one of the walls in my home.

Here goes:

When you’re betting for stones in an archery contest,
you shoot with skill.
When you’re betting for fancy belt buckles,
you worry about your aim. 
And when you’re betting for real gold,
you’re a nervous wreck.
Your skill is the same in all three cases –
but because one prize means more to
you than another, you let outside
concerns weigh on your mind.

He who looks too hard at the outside
gets clumsy on the inside.

-Chuang Tzu

The archer cares enough about what he’s doing to practice and get good.

But if he cares too much – he’s a nervous wreck and cannot showcase his skill.

I’ve been there. I’ve lost “important” bouts because I cared too much.

Ironically, the biggest match I ever won, the world kung fu title in Beijing, is when I didn’t care if I won or lost.

As a writer, speaker and entrepreneur – I can say the same thing.

Yes, you need desire. Yes, you need a burning desire.

But the flame is burning of it’s own accord. It burns with effortless ease.

The flame is your love and passion. It’s your deep appreciation for this moment – a sense of awe for having the talent, ability and opportunity to be able to do what you love to do.

And as you do what you love to do – you could not care less what anyone else thinks.

This feeling gives you the power and insight to leave the candle flame alone. It’ll burn on its own.

Focus on the doing and the being – and the outcomes, the results, will take care of themselves.


Matt Furey

May 26th, 2015

11th Commandment: No T.V. for 25 Years

Last night I read an article about Pope Francis. Says he hasn’t watched tee-vee in 25 years.

Stop everything you’re doing and ponder this for a moment.

Regardless of your fatih, beliefs, etc. – consider this act in and of itself, for it’s own merit.

I’ve been told the average American watches 21 hours of television per week. And many of these same people believe they “don’t have time” to get things done. They’re busy. Very, very busy.

Tee-vee is only ONE of the many “activities” people engage in on a daily basis, that keeps them from doing something productive with their lives. Now, I’m not saying you “should” stop watching television – nor is it a commandment.

But perhaps dropping the telly is worthy of consideration.

When I read the article on the Pope – I truly took some time to reflect on it. What if I cut back on all the baseball games I watch on the box? And that’s literally about ALL I ever watch on t.v.

I cannot tell you who the most popular stars are, or what programs are rated or ranked. Don’t know the names of any of the shows. Or the times they come on.

For the MOST part, I have ZERO interest in tee-vee.

Except for watching baseball.

What if I completely gave that up? No more baseball on the tube. None. Just quit cold turkey.

Same goes for a host of other distractions. Like the cell phone.

Last week I forgot my phone. Left it at home.

Turned out to be a good thing after I got over the feeling of having lost an artificial limb.

Why do we think we MUST have a gadget with us at all times making us accessiible by text, email, Facebook, Twitter, and so on, all day long?

How about a withdrawal program?

Make a short term pact with yourself to give up ONE of your gadgets or activities for a week and see if you feel better.

If this causes you to feel uncomfortable, consider WHY.

This morning I wanted to turn on the idiot box. I really did. Wanted to get a recap of yesterday’s “plays of the day.”

I ignored this urging and got busy reading something – and typing a few emails.

Can I do this for a week, a month, a year, or 25 years?

I suppose so – but how about taking it one day at a time for now. Or half-a-day at a time. Or as I’ve taught over the years – one breath at a time.

For today I will observe the 11th Commandment – no tee-vee. It already feels pretty good. Despite the urgings of my subconscious telling me, “Look, Matt, you don’t watch that much. And you don’t watch ridiculous shows and such all day long. A little bit of this is okay” – I’m going to ignore those thoughts.

For today. For this breath. For this instant.

And I’m going to get more done in less time.

If you’d like to join me on this – keep me posted on how it’s working for you.

Kick the tee-vee habit – get more done in less time,

Matt Furey

author of Theatre of the Mind – a Nightingale-Conant best-seller – get it now for $40 off the original amount

P.S. Tee-vee is only one a thousands of daily distractions – but it’s a big one. Using this same strategy for some other time-slurper is a good idea, too. Just don’t try to revolutionize your entire life overnight. Start with one thing, build a success around it, then if you’d like, go to the next thing.

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