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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.
April 17th, 2014
First things first: If you cannot stand speling mistaykes and grammatikal errors in a daily email sent free – then you’re going to hate this one so stop reading now and spare yourself the mizzery. Or better yet, unsubscribe as I’m far from being a purfekt person.
On the other cheek, if you can put on a Cheshire cat grin, like me, and find the humore in the most insane, then keep on reading.
I have a friend, Paul, who makes an easy seven figures in the baseball market. He sends a daily email, a la the guy he
learned the method from (Matt Furey) – and most of his emails contain misspellingz and grammaticakal erors.
And do you know what? I have never sent a reply email to him pointing out ANY of his mistakes. And do you know why?
Because he’s getting paid by the word, even the misspelled werd, and if he’s raking in seven figures per year, despite his mistakes. And so, ass-uming I get the urge to write him and point out his flaws, the most obvious two words that come to mind are: “SO WHAT?”
Really. That’s what coems to mind when I see another one of his egregious typos.
And with these two words in mind, I’ve never emailed my friend to inform him that he had a misspelled word or a grammatical error.
Mark Twain said it best: “I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.”
Yesterday I was given ample opportunity to practice the HURRAH Technique that I’ve taught to all whom I’ve coached over the years.
The HURRAH Technique is the grand champion’s answer to those who send you criticism.
Those of who have been coached by me know how to do it.
I first learned this from Dan Kennedy, whom many of you on this list were referred by. The year was 2002. I was “smarting” from a slew of stinging, barbed-wire emails, attacking me for releasing a product that was above and beyond what anyone else in the market was charging.
How dare I?
No one is supposed to charge anymore than anyone else, right?
So on the very day I read about the HURRAH technique, i thought to myself, “This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read in my life. How can THAT help me feel better?”
And as soon as that thought came to mind, I realized, “Hey Furey, get your arse out of your chair and try it. Then you’ll know.”
So I re-read one of the barbed-wire hate emails, then stood and used the technique.
I started to laugh and smile. Immediately. I was stunned.
The next day I got more hate mail and did the HURRAH technique again. And wouldn’t you know it, my emotional state changed once again.
On day three, more hate mail. I stood and did it again. I started laughing almost before I stood. I was definitely laughing afterward.
And my friend, the rest is history. Never again did I EVER have to use the technique when I got an email.
It started off that I sent an email WITHOUT a subject line – literally, it was completely blank. That was a first EVER. In nearly 20 years of sending emails, I have NEVER left the subject line blank.
But for sum odd reason, I left it blank yesterday.
So I was a bit stunned that I could overlook such an obvious necessity and my guard was down a bit.
And then… the emails came. In addition to having no subject line – I spelled the word “couch” as in “couch potato” wrong every single time in the email. I wrote about some lessons from a “coach potato.”
Now, in fairness, I spelled the word “world” as “whirld” on purpose. That’s something I do frequently. No biggee. I see the world whirling through space as I write the word “whirld” – and that’s why I scribe it that way.
Anyhoo, the hate, the vitriol, the nit-picking Nazi’s all showed up in full regalia – barking and screaming at me for not having the brains to know the difference between a “coach potato” and a “couch potato.”
Oh dear moi. Hot damn. Did I really write it that way? Oh crap. I did. Repeatedly.
Well, so what? Did y’all read the essence of the email? Or any of my emails?
I guess they didn’t.
Moreover, here’s what’s interesante. Not a single person wrote to tell me that I had nothing in my subject line. Not one. No Nazis watching out for me on subject lines. Go figure.
So being my defenses were down to begin with, when the emails came in, I got a bit ticked. And thank God I had remembered the HURRAH technique.
I started laughing. All was well again in my whirld.
Then late last night another email came in. The man scolded me. He told me he’s in the military and he cannot understand how a professional can spell “whirld” the way I do. He told me to “stay smart” but unsubscribe him from my daily broadcasts.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
You’ve given me fodder for today’s email.
The truth is that these here emails, like this one you’re reading, that have typos and grammatical errors from time to time – well, let’s just say they’ve raked in the fungolas for well over 15 years – and counting.
My friend, Paul at PaulReddickBaseball.com can attest to it working for him, too. And so can Dr. Dave Woynarowski at DrDavesBest.com – and a slew of other “professionals” who misspell words from time to time – if not often.
These people are 7 figure per year breadwinners – and they sing HURRAH with me every single day.
How’d you like to be singing along with them?
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April 16th, 2014
There’s a lot we can learn from a couch potato. If he would ever move away from the tee-vee, he might be able to write a book entitled, “How to Never Get Anything Done.”
Think about it.
The couch potato is always too busy watching what’s on the tube to do anything. Everything that is beckoning him gets met with “Wait a second. Hold on. I will when this is over…”
Even picking up the empty pizza boxes is too much trouble. Better to just slide them under the sofa where no one but the roaches will notice.
The couch potato is a ball of bad habits rolled into one big Jaba. He’d like to do something with his life someday,
but not until he’s finished watching everyone else play out their own.
In today’s whirld, the couch potato’s twin is the gizmo or gadget geek. Can’t let go of his gadgets, for even a second. Even needs them when he’s on the porcelain throne.
In and of themselves, the tee-vee and the gizmos are not BAD. But the person who doesn’t have beneficial habits installed turns them into a 1,000 pound ball-and-chain.
But what if there were a way to drop the ball-and-chain, to lose the negative pattern of being a couch potato. What if you could literally ZAP it and change into a powerful, get-things-done person.
Well, it’s a lot easier than you’ve ever thought. All you need to do is install one simple habit. You listen to the Theatre of the Mind CDs each day – you listen and follow a couple very simple ideas, and voila – you’re no longer watching life happen. You’re making it happen.
Last week I heard from a young man who’s gone from almost losing his job to being the top producer in his company. In three weeks.
A woman told me she cut her tee-vee habit in half and is almost inished writing her first book.
A young athlete went from being an average runner on his track team to breaking all his previous records by a long shot.
What about you?
Whether you’re wasting time on the couch or porcelain throne or stool at your local watering hole, your life can and will change if you give Theatre of the Mind a mere 15 minutes of your time, each and every day.
What do you think?
Get the program and astound yourself.
Yes, you really do have greatness inside of you.
P.S. Just did a coaching call with a man whose father told him, over 40 years ago, that he would be a failure. Despite this man’s many successes, he still felt that he could not get anything done, could not succeed. Guess what? We ZAPPED that old memory and transformed it into something awe-inspiring. Now I get to sit back and watch how much this man’s life changes for the better. But I won’t sit back and watch. I’ll hear from him when I’m busy getting things done.
April 15th, 2014
Yesterday I asked you to make a list of habits you’d like to break, amend or change. For those of you who made the list – or who are going to do so someday – this email may be a “keeper.”
Let me continue by giving you some examples of habits you might want to eliminate or adjust:
* watching tee-vee
* eating sugar
* talking on the phone for long periods of time
* surfing the Internet
* refusing to exercise on a regular, consistent basis
* spending all day at the gym, coffeeshop, etc.
* waiting til the last minute to finish a project
* drinking alcohol
* smoking reefer
* smoking cigarettes, rubbing snuff
* watching Internet smut
* playing video games
* criticizing others
* leaving a mess
* paying attention to everyone else’s faults instead of your own
* being the smartest guy in the room
* eating to fullness – overeating
* not getting enough sleep
* lashing out at others – yelling, screaming
The list shown above is all over the map, and probably contains at least one or two habits that almost everyone has shown a tendency toward.Some of these habits can become so deeply entrenched that they become addictions. Even so, addictions are still habits, and they CAN be broken.Years ago, I was addicted to chewing tobacco (rubbing snuff). It’s worse than cigarettes, I’m told. I began to really use this substance as a college wrestler.It was easy to jusify. Many of my heros, who were better than I was, used it. So if I wanted to be like them, better fit in.Throughout college, I’d put a dip in before practice. As soon as practice ended, I’d reach into my locker and grab a pinch, then go shower. Man, it was great.
Before I left the hotel for the finals of the national championships, I had a dip. And shortly after winning, I had another.
After college I was successful in giving up the habit, for various periods of time, but the second I had even a little bit of snuff, within 24 hours, I was dipping like I’d never quit.
The above proves the Zen Master’s wise words: “You must hold onto positive habits with all you’ve got – but negative habits, they lure you in and take hold of you. Before you know it, the negative habit has YOU – you don’t have IT.”
But is it possible to create a positive habit that takes hold of you?
Yes, it is – but even so, you still have to nurture it. You still have to remind yourself to do it.
The reminder might not be much – but it’s still necessary.
As Jim Rohn used to say, “Discipline is remembering.”
When you’re on the path of successful living, one of the biggest disciplines is remembering to do your mental-spiritual work.
You’d think this would be an automatic, but it’s not.
There are some people I’ve met who do Theatre of the Mind for a spell, and they get off-the-charts results. They get into FLOW. They start
feeling better than they’ve ever felt before.
And when this happens, the temptation to stop remembering what got you where you were, is HUGE.
You forget to remember. You lose the discipline. And then you start to slide downhill.
This, my friend, is one of the reasons for making your list of habits.
Because the truth is when you drop a good habit, you replaced it with something that isn’t quite as beneficial. You follow me?
You stop doing Theatre of the Mind because you’d rather watch tee-vee uninterrupted.
You stop working out because there’s an endless stream of parties, functions, weddings, and so on to attend.
You stop painting because there are a bunch of great movies playing.
You stop meditating because you’re on vacation.
You stop eating healthy because you’re on a road trip.
At first it seems like no big deal. You’re only going to miss a day. Or two. The time off is welcomed. But unless you’ve consciously chosen to do something else with your time, to take a break for a good reason, chances are excellent that the beneficial habit is G-O-N-E and the non-beneficial habit has you by the innards.
Getting a good habit back is not difficult – but it may feel impossible to many. Why? Because the “inner you” cannot see yourself doing what you know you need to do.
This is where self-image comes into play and makes the changes easier to come by. You start picturing and feeling yourself reverting back to your good habits.
In order to do this, you make the daily practice of Theatre of the Mind your #1 habit. And the second you do so, you will experience things flowing smoothly.
Tomorrow I’ll give you some more suggestions on the breaking or changing of habits. For now, though, make sure you do Theatre of the Mind and get yourself reacquainted with the part of you that CAN and WILL succeed.
P.S. You’re welcome to forward this email to a friend and encourage him or her to get on this list. That’s one of the ways all of us can grow.
April 14th, 2014
Here’s a fun exercise to begin your day.
Take out a yellow pad and make an honest list of habits you’d like to break – ammend – or change.
Now, I did NOT use the label “bad” when referring to your list of habits – although some of them probably are.
Even so, classifying habits as good or bad does you very little good when all you really need to know is how to break them – or how to keep them.
Reminds me of the Zen story where a young man was caught stealing. He felt badly about being a thief – but simultaneously didn’t feel that he could break his habit.
The Zen Master who was counseling him said nothing about his “bad” habit. In fact, he didn’t even tell him to stop stealing. Instead, he told him that from this point onward, he was only allowed to steal with awareness. He had to be fully conscious, observing his breath and his actions in minute detail.
The thief listened intently and obeyed. And he stopped stealing.
The great Aikido master, Koichi Tohei, wrote about counseling the father whom he saw beating his child.
The sensei told the father that he was only allowed to hit his child when he felt love in his heart for him. He was no longer allowed to strike his child when he felt angry.
The father’s habit of beating his child was broken, afterall, how can you hit a child with love in your heart?
So labeling a habit as “bad” is unnecessary. If it makes you feel good to label it “bad” – then please do so, but it’s not mandatory.
Why? Because some habits we call bad aren’t bad at all. They might just be “over-extended.”
For example, watching tee-vee for 21 or more hours per week, as the average person in the U.S. does, could be classified as “bad.” After all, think of all the things you could create with an “extra” 21 hours per week.
But what if you could cut it down to an hour a day? Or 30 minutes?
Is it still bad?
Personally, about the only thing I watch on tee-vee is sports. Is that bad?
Well, if I never get anything done, it might be – but if I’m still getting things done, maybe it’s a good thing.
Now, if you have a habit that is a flat-out addiction, and this habit is keeping you from enjoying the type of life you know you can have – then completely ridding yourself of it is a good idea. You don’t need to make it “bad” to get rid of it, though. You just need to replace it with something else.
And so, for some people, zero tee-vee is a good idea. Or zero alcohol. Or zero salt, sugar, candy and so on.
The key to ridding yourself of a habit you no longer want, though, is changing the way you SEE YOURSELF; it’s changing how you feel inside.
Change your anger to love – and your habits change.
Change your lack of consciousness to awareness – and your habits change.
Change how you see yourself in your mind’s eye – change what you see yourself doing in your mind’s eye – and anything and everything in your habit-filled life can be changed.
You can change alcoholism and drug addiction into a writing career. I know a number of authors who can make that claim.
You can change excessive eating into a fitness career. I know a number of those people too.
You can change habits that make you unemployable into being an entrepreneur that others consider a “genius.” True.
More on this tomorrow – including what to do with that list I told you to make. For now, just make the list and take a good gander at it. Nothing more.
After doing so, make sure you grab your copy of Maxwell Maltz’ Theatre of the Mind, created by “yours truly” when he wasn’t watching tee-vee.
P.S. Want some guidance in ridding yourself of bad habits – then check out my Neg Busters Coaching program.
April 10th, 2014
So last night I held a terrific teleseminar/webinar entitled “See Yourself at Your Best.“
One of the topics I covered was the making of mistakes, how no one is perfect, how you can see big time mistakes being made at the highest levels – including the professional.I was on a roll covering the 4 Cardinal Rules of Getting Into a State of Flow
. The first of them being, Forgive Yourself – you’re only human.
The time flew by and then…at the end of the call, when I’m almost ready to say “good night” – I realized something stunning. I forgot to hit the record button. Ugh.
Almost immediately, and I’m talking it only took a matter of seconds, I went from “ugh” to “okay, why is this a good thing?”
And the answer that came forth was, “You can do better. Do the same teleseminar all over again, but make this time better than the first.”
So that’s what I’m prepared to do. I’m currently figuring out a date and time. It’ll most likely be next Wednesday, April 16, at 9 PM EST.
In the interim, the same “rules” apply. You can attend for no charge whatsoever if you’re a current coaching client OR you’ve recently purchased a copy of Maxwell Maltz’ Theatre of the Mind.
The value of the See Yourself at Your Best teleseminar is easily worth the same amount as the new program, but you get to attend at no charge as an unannounced bonus for being a great customer or client.
Yes, I realize that some of you bought a 30-minute Theatre of the Mind DVD over a year ago – and as I’ve said numerous times, it is NOT the same program as the 9+ hours you get with the Maxwell Maltz’ Theatre of the Mind program.
The NEW program is changing lives in a HUGE way. Climb aboard and be the next person to experience the benefits.
P.S. I have a few openings available this month for Neg Busters Coaching, which is quickly becoming the most powerful and productive way to rid yourself of negativity and turn yourself into the passionate and prosperous person you’ve always wanted to be.
April 9th, 2014
There’s still time to gain access to my See Yourself at Your Best teleseminar, being held tonight at 9 PM EST. And I’ll give you my password to the event for free – under one condition.
Here tis: The event is free to all my coaching members, as well as everyone who purchased my all new CD program, Maxwell Maltz’ Theatre of the Mind
.It is NOT for people who did NOT purchase the program listed above. Why? Because the phone lines are going to be FLOODED as is. There’s only so many people I can let on without complications.In fact, there are so many people who want on this teleseminar tonight that even if you’ve gotten the program already and want on – PLEASE email me and tell me you “DEFINITELY WANT ON.”If you don’t tell me that you definitely want on, I’ll assume you’re leaving a spot open for someone else.
This teleseminar is going to be a CLASSIC.
And it’s going to answer a question that no one seems to be asking:
“Why does history repeat itself?”
No, I’m not going to be talking about political history – although it most certainly does repeat itself. Even so, I’m going to be talking about YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY. Or, the history of those you know personally, care for and love.
Why does the man/woman who’s married to an alcoholic abuser get divorced and marry the same type of person?
Why do some coaches who take teams to the championship games seem to have the WORST LUCK imaginable at the WORST POSSIBLE TIME. over and over again? Why do other coaches always seem to find a LUCKY way to win when they’re in the same championship games?
Why do people who lose weight gain it all back, and then some?
Why do people who are getting results following a certain method, stop using the method that was helping them?
Why are some people accident prone and injury prone while others never get so much as a hang nail?
Why do injuries on sports teams sometimes spread like the bubonic plague?
Why do people who feel used and taken advantage of keep attracting the same sort of people into their lives?
Again, WHY does history REPEAT ITSELF?
You’ll get my unadulterated, unabridged, uncensored and politically incorrect answers TONIGHT at 9 PM EST.
Looking forward to it in a big way.
If you’re a coaching client or already purchased Maxwell Maltz’ Theatre of the Mind, then just email me and I’ll get you my password so you can attend.
If you haven’t purchased yet, but would like to attend, then go here NOW – order, then email me for the password.
April 8th, 2014
One year after being barred from competing in the NCAA tournament, UConn came back with a vengeance, beating Kentucky for the national championship.
But did UConn really win it? Or did Kentucky beat themselves?
Depends upon your point of view.
I say “both.”
UConn, the number 7-seed in the tournament beat 8-seeded Kentucky, 60-54. They are “hands down-hats off” the 2014 NCAA champions.
At the same time, Kentucky beat themselves.
The Wildcats missed 11 free throws. ELEVEN.
If your team only misses ONE – like the mighty Wisconsin team Kentucky beat to reach the finals, it can prove fatal. But ELEVEN?
How can you miss 11 “free” throws in a national championship game?
And this isn’t the first time a John Calipari coached team did this. Back in 2008, when he coached Memphis into the title game, this same sort of scenario happened, giving Kansas the title.
So where’s the breakdown begin? How does something so ugly repeat itself on the national stage?
To chalk it up with words like “it happens” accomplishes nothing. At some point you need to dig a little deeper.
I know a young man who was a tremendous ball player – yet, every time he took the court in a crucial situation, all hell would break loose. The other players would fail to do their job. He did what he was supposed to do – but it seemed like everyone else forgot what game they were playing.
One day, when given the opportunity to coach the player, I told him that we needed to change what happens to the team when he’s given a job to do. We began to work on a mental picture that included not just himself, but the others on the team, doing their job – and the team succeeding.
Guess what happened when we upgraded his mental pictures?
The team stopped screwing up.
So the question is: Can you bring a previous memory onto the court, the filed, the diamond, the office, the classroom, the home and so on – and have your memory positively or negatively influence the outcome of an endeavor?
I believe you can.
Last night, I believe UConn brought their U-CAN memories into the game.
And I believe it’s within the realm of possibility that Kentucky’s coach brought a haunting memory with him into the game, a memory that took place with a different team, six years ago.
It was the same with Marty Schottenheimer. Everywhere he went, he built a winning football team. He took teams that were awful and made them great.
But when it came time to win a game that really, really mattered – no matter where he was, no matter what team he coached, history repeated itself. His team would make mistakes late in the game that ensured they would lose.
At some point, if you want the trend to discontinue, it might be a good idea to look deeper into the situation. As a coach, is it possible that Schottenheimer brought mental images of “Oh, No” with him into championship games? And is it also possible that Coach Calipari did last night as well?
Or should a coach, player, student, salesperson, entrepreneur, etc. – just say, “it happens” when things get unexplainably familiar?
With Theatre of the Mind, you give yourself a fighting chance. You give yourself a way to rise above the agony of defeat, to change circumstances in your imagination first – and later, in the real world.
And it all begins with Seeing Yourself at Your Best - not at your worst.
Tomorrow, at 9 PM EST, I’m having a free teleseminar for those who’ve already purchased a copy of my NEW program, Maxwell Maltz’ Theatre of the MInd.
If you’ve already ordered the program, just drop me an email and I’ll send you the info for the call.
It’s going to be a great one.
April 3rd, 2014
Ever listen to all the “one-hit wonders” when they’re playing on your favorite radio station? Ever stop to think, what happened?
How can someone be so GOOD one day – and irrelevant the next?
Well, it’s not just the music industry where this happens. It takes place in every arena, coliseum, classroom, court room, sales office and living room.
Everyone has ONE DAY, one moment in time, where he or she shined brighter than ever before. Everyone has ONE DAY that was so marvelous, so jaw-dropping good, that he’s never been able to duplicate it.
But what if there was a way to duplicate your very BEST day, to duplicate it on command, to rise above yourself and make almost every day feel so incredible that your results skyrocket and you shatter records everywhere you go?
Now, let’s get real. If you throw a perfect game, chances are that it will never happen again, regardless. But there are a lot of games that are just as exciting, just as inspiring, even if they’re not perfect.
The key here is NOT to create exact duplicates of your very, very best. But different shades of your BEST. Shades that you are proud of. Shades that make you say, “Wow, that was unreal.”
The people who are around you, making decisions about your future, aren’t just looking at how much talent or ability you have. They’re not looking at the one moment in time when you shined brightest. What they’re looking for is CONSISTENCY. They’re looking for the person who repeats a great performance over and over again.
No one wants an employee who worked his tail off for a day.
No one wants the salesperson who was really good ONCE.
No one wants the trial attorney or surgeon who succeeded ONCE.
People want consistency. And the gatekeepers in your life demand it.
Even if you’re a solo entrepreneur, the same is true. Sure, you make a lot of your decisions – but your customers – they’re looking for consistency. Being good for a day isn’t good enough. And if you’re not consistently good, they’ll go somewhere else.
You’ve got to prove yourself over and over and over again.
My friend, this is why I’m so BIG on Theatre of the Mind. It’s the only program that is all about making you a CONSISTENT top notch
It’s not going to make you perfect. But it IS going to give you what people in positions of power, influence and control are looking for.
It’s not enough to be a one-hit wonder.
You need to bang out lots of hits.
Yes, one hit may still shine brighter than all the others. That’s the nature of things. But if you have dozens of other hits to go along with the ONE BIG ONE – that’s all you need.
As the late Jim Straw once said in a seminar I attended years ago, “Many entrepreneurs think they need to hit a home run in order to be successful. Not true. Give me an entrepreneur who hits singles and doubles and the occasional triple-bagger, and I’ll show you a success.”
In the game of life, if you focus on giving it all you’ve got, if you’re consistent, reliable and dependable, the coach has got to keep you in the lineup.
Theatre of the Mind keeps you in the line-up by helping you repeat your good performances while minimizing the times in which you
Think of it this way: Who’d you rather have at the free throw line in the final seconds of a championship game, the guy who shoots
50% from the line – or the guy who shoots 90%?
Be the person who gets the job done the right way over and over again. Be the person who kills the competition with consistency.
P.S. There’s been a schedule change for the teleseminar called “See Yourself at Your Best.” The new time for it will be next Tuesday, April 8, at 8 PM EST. Those of you who’ve already purchased Theatre of the Mind can attend free. It’s a bonus for taking action NOW rather than some other time.
April 2nd, 2014
The other day a young man asked, “What’s the difference between Theatre of the Mind and visualizing?”
First of all, the word visualizing is a misnomer. It confuses many people, in part, because they have doubts about their ability to do it.
I use the word “visualization” here and there because people are familiar with it, but when I put people through a Theatre of the Mind exercise, I do my best to avoid using the word.
Why? Because it gives the wrong impression. Many people think they cannot visualize. They think they cannot “see” with their eyes closed.
The same people who’ve hypnotized themselves to believe they don’t “see” with their eyes closed, will acknowledge being able to dream in pictures – as well as imagine in pictures. If you ask the person who says he cannot visualize if he can “imagine” – you’ll usually hear an “of course.”
Second, the above still appears to be talking about one sense though. It’s not. Theatre of the Mind is much more than using “inner vision.” It’s using ALL the external senses internally: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.
Every sense that we have on the outside is capable of being developed on the inside. Just as something we dream about in the evening can come about in the day, so it is with Theatre of the Mind.
You can picture, taste, imagine, feel, sense, smell, touch and hear with your eyes closed. Instead of “seeing with eyes closed” you “SENSE” with eyes closed.
Third, when you do Theatre of the Mind, you access past memories and use them to your advantage. When people practice other forms of visualization, the past is usually ignored. The practitioner is future oriented. This is a mistake because it creates an “I’ll be happy when I achieve this goal” mindset.
Truth is, you may be happy for a short time after achieving your goal – but it won’t last long. Why? Because you’ve never practiced being happy. You’ve never practiced living without resistance and stress. And you cannot hold onto an emotional state for long that you don’t practice.
I remember telling this to a friend a few years ago. He began to argue with me, “Dr. Maltz said you need to have a nostalgia for the future,” he said.
“Do you know what the word nostalgia means?” I asked.
“A good feeling about the past,” he said.
“Correct. And how can you have a nostalgia for the future if you don’t know what it feels like to have nostalgia for the past? Ever think of
“Hmm, you got me there,” he said.
Your past and future are connected. In fact, your past, present and future are all right here, right now, in the now. The good news is you can choose which part of your past you use in the now to positively influence the future.
If you drag the negative past into the now, it influences the future to be negative. If you bring forth the positive past and relive it in the now, you influence the future to be positive.
Fourth and perhaps most important of all, Theatre of the Mind gives you peace of mind NOW. Dr. Maltz called peace of mind the greatest port in the world. He did not call the achievement of wealth, fame, titles and rank as the greatest port.
Peace of mind is the component lacking in so many programs. Because your focus is upon the goal, the future, the thing you must have in order to be happy, there’s no peace of mind built into your practice.
With Theatre of the Mind, peace of mind is built into what you’re doing. You understand that you do not find happiness when you achieve
a goal. You bring happiness to the goal. You bring peace of mind along with you. You can assume that happiness is a byproduct of achieving a goal – but you’d be assuming wrong.
Fifth, when you do Theatre of the Mind, your increase your physical abilities and skills. You don’t just achieve goals. You get GOOD at
whatever you’re doing in life.
Don’t know about you, but I think getting GOOD at something is one of the best things you can do for yourself and others. In fact, being BETTER than good is a great way to go, too. And along the way, if you’re willing to put in the time, maybe one day someone will be able to say you’re the BEST.
And it all starts with YOU.
P.S. I’m holding a free teleseminar tomorrow night for those of you who’ve already purchased a copy of Theatre of the Mind. It’s going to cover some important keys to living “One Breath at a Time” and seeing yourself at your best.
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