Mental Software: How the Minds Works
Have you ever read a book (or attended a seminar) that got you really excited about all the possibilities of life and business… you were going to be a millionaire! … but then when you were done your life didn’t change much?Have you ever tried to empower yourself (or break a habit) by repeating affirmations? How effective was that?
I wrestled with this a long time. I’ve read dozens and dozens of personal development books, but if I compare my actual life with the inspiring ideas in those books… let’s just say it’s not as dazzling.What if…
What if you could somehow get the best ideas and the most empowering quotes from the books you’ve read into your head on a permanent basis?What if those ideas where the very ideas that you thought with, and the exact things you said to yourself all day long?
When I read a book, I underline the good stuff and put a check mark in the margin next to the especially great ideas. So one day I was looking through a book that I had read and underlined. And I was reading all those great ideas that inspired me at the time.
I said to myself, “How can I get those ideas into my brain on a permanent basis?” “How can I get those thoughts to be my own habitual thoughts, my mental software, so to speak?”One way might be to read the book over and over.Another way might be to write the empowering quotes on 3 x 5 cards and read them every day or stick them on my bathroom mirror, where I could see them every day.
Yeah, but those methods would require that I actively read the cards every day. And I don’t think I would do that.Then it hit me. I could record them as MP3 files and then just passively listen to them every day. That would be easy and doable, and maybe even more effective than reading off of cards.
Man, it would be like having Anthony Robbins and Robert Kiyosaki (and others) coming to my house every day to pump me up and inspire me.
I have recorded almost 100 quotes from books (and I’ve recorded snippets of my favorite music, for variety and fun). I wake up to them every day and listen to them while I get ready in the morning. I’ve even recorded snippets from audio books, in the author’s own voice.I have found that I’ve nearly memorized some of the quotes, without even trying. For example, I’ve got a short one that says,
“Brian Tracy said your number one responsibility as an adult is to become financially independent. We all have to become financially independent, and you’ll never get rich working for someone else.”
Another one goes like this, “Rich Dad said the difference between good debt and bad debt is that good debt is debt that someone else pays for you and bad debt is debt that you pay with your own sweat and blood.”
So what has that meant? Not only are ideas like that somewhere deep in my memory banks because I read them in a book one time. Those ideas are on my mind every day. I find myself thinking like an entrepreneur (rather than as an employee), because every day I remind myself about financial independence and serving customers, and investing with the bank’s money, etc.
Repetition has another benefit. Sometimes I actually get an insight about what the author meant after the 23rd time hearing it. I never would have gotten that point by reading it once, or hearing it only once.
One specific example is a quote by John Burley about goals. He said that after you set your goals and make plans to achieve them “you have to have a timeline for their accomplishment.” The first 41 times I heard that I paid attention to various parts of the quote, and just assumed he was talking about setting a deadline for achieving each goal.
But then on the 42nd listening (say) I noticed that he didn’t say “deadline,” he said “timeline.” Oh, what’s a timeline? That would be like a chronological list of steps. Wow, yeah, that would be helpful in achieving goals wouldn’t it?And it’s not that you just know the quotes by heart. You also think about them as you listen to them. You can ask, “How can I apply that in my life, in my business?” You might say, “That’s right! I need to take that advice and run with it. Today I’m going to do X.”The mechanicsI happen to own a microphone (that I bought from Best Buy for only $23). You may have a microphone built right into your laptop or something.
I use an audio software called Magix, which you have to buy. But there is a free software called Audacity that you could try, if you want. They both do the same thing. (You can cut out the mistakes and adjust the volume, etc. and then save as an MP3 or WMA file).
To play the files back, you could just use your Windows Media Player or iTunes. I use Jake’s Alarm Clock. It’s free and you can set it to start playing at a certain time, like 8AM (of course your bed has to be near enough to your computer speakers… I use a long speaker cable.) Jake’s Alarm Clock allows me to play the tracks in random order. That keeps it interesting. I think you’d get sick of hearing the same thing in the same order every time.Samples