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Have you heard of the great secret of Walt Disney’s success? It is called Creativity Strategy-using creative imagination to envision and create the future. Walt Disney was one of the most creative people of the 20th century. He was a successful film director, screen writer, voice actor and animator. And of course, I should not forget- he has been one of the most successful entrepreneur during his time. He envisioned and created the first ever theme park, Disney Land, in the 1950’s which is continually raking in money and success after success all over the world.
Whenever Mr. Walt would create something new, he would assume three roles during his creative imagination process. They are- The Dreamer, The Realist, and the Critic. What made him successful using this process is his ability to take on these roles one at a time. He would never allow the realist and the critic to enter into the picture unless the dreamer has fulfilled his role.
Here is how he would run the system:
Mr. Walt had a special chair in his creativity room where he would sit before he would start dreaming.
First, he became the DREAMER. Mr. Walt would dream of the Disney character that he would like to create in the future. That’s what he did when he successfully created Micky Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto as well as when he animated the German fairy tale – Snow white and the seven dwarfs. When he began to dream, he would imagine himself sitting in that special chair. Then he would bring the character that he wanted to create and would imagine everything he wanted to be part of that experience- the looks, the attire, the sound, the style, the way the subject talks, smiles, laughs, cries, how tall, how short, the color- all that he wanted to be part of it.
All he did as the dreamer was to observe and to take note of all that’s happening in the dream and everything he could think about for that dream.
Second, the dreamer would step aside so the REALIST can enter and sit in a different chair. The Realist is the one who takes the concepts and makes them real. It is the person who would tell him if the concept is possible or not, or how they can improve the concept. The realist would recommend something like, “I think it would be better if we change the color of the hair to gold, or make the ear of the mouse rounded and big and make it black”. However, the dreamer and the realist make sure that the discussion is positive and harmonious.
Third, when the realist has done his job, he would step aside so the CRITIC could come in. The job of the critic is to make sure that the concept is ecological. He takes care of the things that might be of some concerns when the dreamer and the realist got what they envisioned. During the discussion, the critic doesn’t say “Yes, but…’. Yes, but- means, the previous statement is negated by the “but”. The critic would say something in a positive tone like, “Okay, I think it is an interesting concept. However, are you sure that we do not violate any rights, or have you thought about it carefully to ensure that the concept is friendly to all types of children?”
Though this strategy was originally conceived and used by an individual. Big corporations are adopting this pattern as part of their operations, today. It is used by companies to solve problems, improve and create more products and services.
Are you reacting or responding? No one wins in any verbal or physical fight, when both parties begin to throw each other invective words and hurting statements or when both engage in a physical fight, because both are reacting to their present circumstance. But when the other party begins to pause for a while and begin to think and use the mind rather than the emotion, that person is responding by reacting favorably to himself/herself and in the end, the responding person wins. Then harmonious relationship can be achieved.
Seek ye the path of no resistance. Go for the harmony.
I trained under different disciplines of martial arts such as Karate, Stick fighting (Arnis De Mano) and Aikido. Karate and Arnis are both aggressive combative fighting where the only way to survive is by hitting the opponent really hard by going over and against the opponent’s fighting skills. Going that way will surely drain your energy in the end, win or lose. That way, you may win the battle but you’ll lose the war. On the other hand, Aikido is the most graceful form of all martial arts. In fact, it doesn’t require fighting stance in the first place because it is not designed to destroy your opponent by your own force or strength but by your opponents’ own strength. The best way to win the match is by staying relaxed but focused during the fight. Your goal is to win without resisting the opponents’ attack by leading their attacking hand or feet away from your body gracefully, making your opponents release their energy into the air. You defend yourself without taking any blow. Hence, draining the energy of the opponent. This way, you win both the battle and the war.
We experience this analogy of martial arts in our lives many times over as the loser. Simply because we are conditioned to react and not respond properly to a given situation. For example, the lack of harmony in our family is often times caused by a member or members who react to things due to lack of understanding of the situation or present condition. If we can understand where the other party is coming from in an argument then, we can suspend our conclusion or judgment. In the end, we will be able to respond properly. People who reacts are usually people who are emotionally mature (with low emotional quotient) or people who are not proactive.
We have prejudices about the people we know, even about our loved ones. And you know what prejudice is- preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. That preconceived opinion about others is a common cause of conflict in many relationships, even in our own family. If only that everyone in this world can change their attitude about one another, there will always be peace on earth. But it is not that easy to change.
If one wants to change, the first thing one must do is to change his own perception about himself. Neurologically, we react to people, event or things based on our perception about our own self. What we see within is what we see without. Ask yourself now, do you have respect for your boss or teacher or parents or authorities, espouse, siblings or neighbors? If you are sure that it is a yes then kudos, you truly is a man who value yourself as human being. If it is a no, then you already know the answer. In Mathew 7:2, the Bible says, For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Along with this here are some thoughts for us to ponder:
- The 3 F’s: Forgive, Forgive, Forgive…
- Exercise MEEKNESS all the time. But it doesn’t mean we are submissive to the discord and disorder, we are meek only to the law. We are meek when we don’t get angry or argue; when we stop resisting; when we don’t insist upon our right; when we are humble, righteous, teachable and patient.
- The 3 L’s: Listen, Listen, Listen…
- Ditch the pride.
- Bless your opponents.
- Do good to them that hate you.
- Remove the opposition from your consciousness, work from your own mind.
- Destroy your enemies by making them your friends.
- Befriend your internal critique.
- How are we going to be at that moment?
- Keep our mind on the objectives and we will ultimately win reaching the goal.
- We say we want abundance or good health or happy marriage or success in business or career. But anytime we are agreeing with conditions that are difficult, or talk about poverty or any past negative experiences, we actually are creating resistance to the very thing we want.
- When Jesus healed the sick, he never agreed that sickness was present in the person who was sick. He did not even agreed that Lazarus or the child were already dead so miracle could happen. It is simply a typical proof of being nonresistant.
- Work with and for that which we want, not over and against what we want.
- Setting up a resistance barred the way of our good coming into us.
- How to open up the floodgates of blessings?… By being in agreement with all that is prosperous.
- Water is a non-resistant element. Be like it- Adaptable to changes; Can fit it in any situation or condition; Free flowing.
- Learn to relax and let it flow freely.
- The 3 R’s: Respond, Respond, Respond…
Reprogram your mind by developing the habit of pondering on good thoughts that can develop you as a person. A simple do-it-yourself NLP can help you change. Changes begin from taking small steps.
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I kept my faith in this law for years. And for many years, it did not serve me as I expected it. And so I said, it was a myth. Fake, period. What a waste of time doing the exercises, experimenting and following the instructions of those who promoted this law and sold their books and seminars to people who hoped that it would really change their lives. But I was wrong. I was not doing it right. I was stupid.
The truth is- this law never fails to work for all of us. It works for us all the time. We receive the answer to our request from the Source all the time. It will always give us what we truly asked for as long as there is no dissonance or conflict between what your mind says and what your heart dictates. Unless you achieve harmony, the imbalance will keep frustrating you.
If you say you want harmonious relationships, but if you are conditioned to look for people’s fault or something to be wrong, or you want more money but you can’t help yourself thinking about your lack of money and opportunities, you will never have what you want. Instead, what you will get is what your heart is truly looking for or observing at the moment, which is the opposite. And what our heart is looking for becomes our reality. Yes, it starts from our thoughts in the beginning, but our feeling creates the reality of what we choose to believe in our heart.
Every day and every moment of each day we tend to create many things through our thoughts and feelings. In fact, John Wheeler, a physicist and colleague of Albert Einstein says that we are part of the Universe which is not finished yet. It is incomplete. It is still a work in progress Universe. And we as humans are tiny parts of this Universe searching for what is not there. By searching for something that is not actually there while expecting that that something exists, it will eventually become manifest. Greg Braden says- The act of us looking with the expectation that something is there is an act of creation unto itself. So, if you look for opportunity to earn more money with the expectation that the opportunity exists then it will eventually exist. If you look for a lump or something in your body that should not be there, with the expectation that it is there, then you will have it. In other words, consciousness is what creates our physical Universe.
According to John Wheeler, we are participating or co-creating in this participatory Universe. Therefore, looking or asking for what we want lies between the Power of the Universe to create and our effort to participate in the creation. But it has to be done in the right manner that is in accordance with what science says. And science says that the power to change our bodies and our world is based on what we believe is true. We live our lives based on what we believe is true such as our abilities and our limitations and what other people tell us, what history and science tell us and our religions tell us(Greg Braden, paraphrased). Better make sure that what you believe is the right truth.
So, if we will only find the way to use our heart effectively to believe in what we think is already here in our lives by creating the right feeling about it, then we will be able to manifest it in our reality in an instant. And that’s what we call miracle. The question is, what’s the role of the heart in the creation process? Is heart more powerful than the mind? Didn’t Napoleon Hills say Think and Grow Rich. Did not James Allen say As A Man Thinketh?
Science says we are made of little particles of quantum energy. And this particle is very powerful. The particles of quantum energy can exist in one place or many places and everywhere. They are connected with one another no matter the distance. And they can communicate with the particles of the past, change that past and bring that change in the present. And because we are made of quantum particles, we can absolutely do what those particles can do. As human we can do everything that those particles can do based on what we believe to be true. And remember this- based on what we believe to be true, NOT IN OUR MIND, but what we BELIEVE IN OUR HEART. Not the mind, but the heart.
When I realized this truth, my perspective about the Law Of Attraction has been changed. My belief in this law became stronger and my point of attraction and power to create have become stronger and more effective with the involvement of my NLP techniques that are also inspired by this discovery. In time, I will share a few techniques on how to manifest based on the principles discussed above.
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HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE that the Law Of Attraction will always work for you and not against you? There are so many ways to do that. However, this one right here is one of the most powerful techniques of all time.
Think of the most successful or wealthy person you know whether you know the person personally or not and imagine how he/she lives his/her life every day. If you think you feel envious or jealous about the success or wealth of that person, let it go. Do not entertain it. Instead, immediately say ‘Yes’ to how you believe he/she enjoys wealth and success. By saying yes to those things while holding the images in your awareness, the law of attraction will bring them to you. In time, they will manifest in your reality.
When you practice saying ‘Yes’ to this or that every day, you develop that sense of gratitude. And being grateful means you are thankful for the things or experiences that you already have even if in actual reality you don’t have them yet. Nature rewards those who are grateful for all the things they have received.
So, in your conscious awareness, go back to that image of the most successful or wealthy person you know and imagine how great his/ her life is. Then, say yes to the kind of life he/she is living and say it repeatedly for a number of times. Then, bring that thoughts into your heart. In your heart, focus your attention to it and then say “thank you” for a number of times. Make sure you feel that gratitude- that it really comes from the bottom of your heart. Remember, as I mentioned in one of my articles before, when you think through your heart you will never experience any sense of judgment- that’s how you know you are doing it right when you think through your heart. Be grateful for all the blessings the person has and for the wonderful life experiences he/she is living. In time, you will experience the same in your reality.
This technique works wonders especially in times when you experience frustrations or disappointments, resentment or anger, loneliness, fear and defeat. When you practice this technique, you shift your focus away from yourself and you learn to ignore the hardship caused by those challenges. And instead of attracting more of those difficulties into your life by holding those negative thoughts in your awareness, you are now telling the Universe, Yes- I want more positive and joyful life experiences. And they will come.
ONE THING YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER if you want the law of attraction to really work for you- The Universe does not take no for an answer. Whether you want that thing or not, if you hold it in your attention long enough, the Universe will bring it into your life, whether it is a positive or negative experience. So, be grateful for all the things you already have.
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I was inspired by Les Brown when he says IT IS POSSIBLE.
In the process of working on our dreams, we are going to incur a lot of disappointment, a lot of frustration, a lot of failure, a lot pain, a lot setback, a lot of defeat. But in the process of doing that we will discover some things about ourselves that we don’t know we have. We’ll realize we have greatness within us; that we are powerful that we can ever begin to imagine; we are greater than our circumstances; that we don’t have to go through life being a victim.
So, let us not stop pushing ourselves. Let us not throw the towel as we have plenty of time to recover from suffering. Let us not allow others’ opinion of us. Let us believe in ourselves. Let us be in control of our own destiny by acting on our ideas.
Life is so stretching and challenging. It is not always easy however good you see this life is today. But when you stretch it out and act on your dream you will begin to live it in your own reality.
We have learned to believe in God who created us and gave us everything we need. But sometimes we forget to believe in ourselves. So I challenge you to begin to remember who you are at all times. I challenge you to begin to make a commitment to yourself that you will believe in yourself, in your greatness, in your personal power.
God helps those who help themselves. Take any chance and drop every fear and begin to act on your ideas. Don’t wait any longer, act on your dream now- because no matter how difficult and challenging or disappointing it may be as you go through all the process of achieving it, IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE.
Cramming is either my best friend or my best enemy. When I cram, I get some energy boost as I feel a surge of energy rushing through my body. Like most people I am better off when I cram. However, it doesn’t happen all the time. There are times that I become my own victim of cramming. I run out of time, the quality of my works suffers, it impairs my memory when I cram for my talk or speech. Those are just a few negative consequences of my bad habit. Some students who cram most of the time suffer from erratic grades- depriving their body of sleep is not worth it academically. They also suffer from impaired memory as this bad routine (cramming) works against the memorization of some key ideas. However, if you ask some students, like my daughter who is a sophomore in college, will tell you that cramming helps them to get better grades because mugging helps them to study with determination. However, the result is short-term. An active learning practice by the students equals a long-term retention of materials in their memory. Good or bad, it leaves you a bad mark in your well being. Whether you like it or not, the negative effect of cramming will haunt you in the future. Therefore it must be stopped. A bad habit, if you don’t know how to do away with, will give you so much trouble in the long run. But if you only know how to end this cramming or squeezing of your work into insufficient time or space, you will enjoy more fun and freedom in your personal life.
Cramming as a way of putting materials together in an insufficient space or time, is a negative situation resulting from procrastination or a procrastinating habit. To eradicate the cramming habit, you must identify first what is the cause or causes of the delay of your course or courses of action. That’s how you analyze it in NLP perspective. Most of the causes you will discover when you begin your own process are side trips. Let me use myself as an example. Sometimes it takes me a long time before I can really concentrate on writing my articles or working on my training modules for some reason which I am aware of. And if you are also a procrastinator you will discover why you do it in the first place if you will just come to think of it. In my case, the reason why I procrastinate on writing my materials is because I find it as a difficult task. It is like when you feel sluggish to go to the gym for your workout because you find it taxing or sometimes a boring routine. So, because of that feeling you stay a bit for a while in your house and begin to read newspaper or watch some TV program until your mood shifts, then you go. So, rather than beginning my work immediately because it is time to work on it, I pause for a while and watch my favorite TV show and say to myself—“let me just take a look at the news for a while.” That “for a while” will extend from 30 minutes up to a few hours before I can really focus and start doing it. A big chunk of my time has been wasted. It makes me unproductive within that period.
Overcoming Procrastinating Habit:
Please note that this will work effectively if you apply it when you find yourself procrastinating already. However, as a matter of practice, do this exercise so that you will be guided when you find yourself in the act of procrastinating.
Close your eyes and think about a task or work or project or anything you struggle to start doing or to finish because you procrastinate. By thinking about it you will see the image or picture of it. Notice how you feel as you think about doing it. What negative emotion can you elicit from the image?
When you have identified which location the emotion is coming from, then in your imagination use your hand and pull out that emotion, as you represented it with an image earlier. Then place it in front of you about 6 inches away from your face. And leave it there. Notice how you feel. The emotion may still be intense. Pull the image closer about an inch from your face and notice again how you feel. It could be more intense than if it were 6 inches away. Now, push that image farther by about 1 foot. Then notice how you feel. Then push it farther and away by 10 feet. Notice how you feel. If you can still see it while it is 10 feet away, you will feel some emotion, although it has been diminished by this time. Just leave it there 10 feet away for a while.
Now, Think about your usual side trip when you procrastinate. The side trip usually happens soon as you feel the emotion you just pulled out a while ago when you think of doing the task. It could be seeing yourself picking up the TV’s remote control or going to the direction of the refrigerator to get some food or picking up your cellphone to call someone instead, what have you.
Your imagination could have gone ahead of you this time as you think about it. Go back to the very beginning, from where it is about to start. For example, if it is picking up the remote control of the TV to start viewing your favorite TV show instead of beginning to work on your project, see yourself in the act of picking up the remote control and freeze it right there in front of you.
Now, go back to the image of your emotion you left there at 10 feet away. Pull the image closer in front of you. You will notice that as you pull it toward you, the image gets bigger and your negative emotion gets more intense again. Then combine the image of that emotion with the image of your act that you just froze a while ago. Put them together in one picture, side by side.
This time, with the image in front of you, make it bigger. As you make it bigger, the emotion becomes more intense. Then double the feeling as you double the size of the image.
Then, push that image away from you by a foot away and notice how you feel. Then push it a little more away from you by 10 feet.
Then as you look at it from afar, quickly shrink that image into the smallest size as you can. Then blink it black and white and as it blinks, push it farther and farther until you see it no more.
Then check your feeling. Think about that task you procrastinate on again. How do you feel about it now? Has the level of emotion gone down? I am sure it went down significantly. However, you may still feel it. If that is so, just repeat the process until the emotion is completely gone.
Now, imagine yourself in front of you, facing you. See yourself feeling enthusiastic about doing your task. See yourself so excited about doing it and that you intend to finish it. Focus on the positive emotion- it could be joy, excitement, drive, enthusiasm, eagerness to finish, what have you. Then, as you see yourself having that positive emotion, float yourself up into your image in front of you.
When you have possessed your own image, see what you see, hear what you hear, feel what you feel and double the feeling more and more. Stay with that condition for a few moment before you open your eyes. When you are done, open your eyes. Stand up slowly and begin doing your task immediately.
CONGRATULATIONS! Until next time.
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I just came from an out of town workshop I conducted the other day in a Hotel in Caliraya, Quezon, here in the Philippines. On our way home a thought came to my mind which I pondered as I lay on the car seat slightly tilted. The thought was “In God’s Perfect Timing” or similar to “In His Time”. I asked myself how come most people would resort to that thought (reframing) when they didn’t get what they wanted or when their prayer was not answered on the day they expected it. Like my parents or siblings would always remark “In His Time it will happen, it is not yet time”. I am sure you are familiar with the phrase. I was watching a documentary program on TV the other day where a mother was being interviewed. Her son did not pass the exam and she said in filipino language while trying to console her son… “ayos lang yan anak, di pa kalooban ng Diyos na pumasa ka (Don’t feel bad my son, you will pass when you take the exam again in God’s perfect timing). Does it mean that when you did not pass the board exam or the bar exam or any licensure examination it is because God did not want you to pass yet? I asked myself. I am sure there will be different interpretations about this. Please bear with me, I just wanted to share what I just realized.
One of the few reasons why our prayers will not be answered at the expected time is because of our internal resistance or attachment to the outcome of what we are praying for. In the same manner, the reason why some deals will not materialize on time or a project will not push through is because of the internal resistance or attachment to outcome. It can greatly influence our perspective in a negative way. Ergo, it will affect our results.
Internal resistance is lack of faith or trust. Doubt. It is like keeping your long list of “What If’s” in your mind. It is more likely that you will not receive what you asked for on time if you don’t let go of your internal resistance. Let go of the “what if” like “What if my prayer was not heard yet, what if it doesn’t come on time, what if I fail, what if a problem crop up” and so on and you will receive it. However, the guarantee will not come from the Universe or from me, it will come from you. Stat working on it now. And improve on it. For some, it may take time. It doesn’t always happen overnight. You have to get the hang of it before you experience the positive result. In my future article I will post an NLP technique on how you can program your brain to interpret the phrase “In God’s Perfect Timing” every time you say it or hear it as a reminder from your conscious to command your unconscious to release all resistance or doubts at once. It will shift your vibration and set your mind and action on the right track.
God’s perfect timing is the present moment. The “Now”. The Universe doesn’t understand the term “yesterday”, “today” or “tomorrow”, “in the future” or “later”. It only understands the present as there is no time and space in the Universe. Therefore, God’s perfect timing is only “Now”, the present. So when you ask the Universe for something or when you pray to God, make sure you release your resistance right away. Accept the fact that it may not happen at the time you expect it and it will come. Why? Because accepting the fact that it may not happen at the time you expect it does not mean it will not come on time. It means you are relinquishing your control of the outcome to the Universe. Let God work for you. Always say- In God’s perfect timing or in His time. And when or before you utter the phrase, make sure you believe the fact that the perfect time is now. Expect my post on how your unconscious can facilitate the letting go or resistance release quickly…in God’s perfect timing.