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Walking the gate: target focusing and goal achievement

Thursday, April 26, 2007


When I go out for a walk over the fields near where I live, sometimes I like to practice 'walking the gate'.

Wily, I hear you ask,
pray tell me what is walking the gate?

Walking the gate means I climb up on the gate post and walk across the top of the metal farm gate pictured above, balancing from one side to the other.

I'm a little over 6ft 2 inches, reasonably fit, but have sciatica from a couple of herniated disks (and some buried unconscious processes that I am still routing out -- but that's another story). Point is, I really don't want to fall off the gate. I did it once when my legs got twisted as I wobbled the wrong way and I fell sideways onto the hard dry mud like a felled redwood! So I feel nerves when I get up there. As a kid heights meant nothing. I had no internal images of pain to make me feel afraid. But now at my age, I have a whole mental album of my own experiences of physical pain (plus far too many clips of people hurting themselves courtesy of all those funny video TV shows and web sites!).

Images of me falling start to pop into my mind. I take a step and then quickly step back onto the solid safety of the post. I take a step or two out onto the gate and I start to wobble and I freeze. A voice comes in my head saying, "you're gonna fall, you're gonna fall!" And I fall off with an air of quiet resignation, a sort of 'told you so' feeling.

I climb back onto the gate post to try again. I expect to fall, so I take a half hearted step out and jump gently down, softening my landing with a hand on the gate.

When I think about falling, I fall.

When I listen to the voices in my head, I fall.

When I look at the fearful internal pictures, I fall.

So if I want to reach my goal of getting to the other side, I have to do things differently.

Practice makes perfect
Part of success is just trying over and over again, getting a little bit further each time. That's fine when you are balancing across the top of a gate that is only 4-to-5 ft off the ground, you can land and quickly get up again. But if I was balancing across a wire between two high rise buildings ... I really can't afford the luxury of falling off repeatedly. Once will see me off!

Changing the internal images
Maxwell Maltz taught us the psychocybernetic principle of changing the internal self-image. You start to shift your self-concept from someone who is a 'fall-er' (failure) to someone who 'can do it' (a success). By centreing myself, breathing and calming my mind, I can STOP the images of me falling, and TAKE CONTROL of my mind. I choose pictures of me walking easily and calmly across the gate and getting to the other side.

Anchoring the success images
Using an NLP anchoring technique, I can visualise myself successfully crossing the gate and feeling elation on the other side. I can squeeze my right wrist for a few seconds to anchor that feeling of success. Then after I have done that many times and really solidified the anchor, I can fire it off just before I attempt to cross the gate for real. This triggers my feelings of confidence and success.

Fierce concentration while walking the gate
All the preparation is great but it can go to pieces when I am actually standing out there on the gate, with the metal bar wobbling beneath my welling boot. What I have found is that only 100% focus will get me to the other side. I have to lock-on to the opposite gate post. It is a wooden pole about the thickness of a telegraph pole, and has concentric rings so it's really like a target on the top. I just focus in on the very centre of the top of the gate post and start walking towards it. Sometimes the thought stream will burst forth with some new fear or mental static. If I give it my attention, I start to wobble and will fall. If I ignore it, and force my eyes to focus and concentrate on the target, even if I am wobbling like crazy on one leg with my arms waving around for balance, if I can start to move forward towards the target, I can cross the gate. It is almost as though my concentration ties me to the target so that I cannot fall.

Goal achievement metaphor

I think my 'walking the gate' game is a marvellous metaphor for any kind of goal achievement. When you set out to achieve something big, often the negative voices and images come into your mind, and you begin with an attitude where you expect to fail. And when you do fail, you let that experience add weight to the negative inner voices and to your negative self-image. If you stick at it, and try again, you will probably improve over time and that experience will transform you. If you visualise yourself succeeding over and over and remember past successes, you will build a strong, capable self-image and will be more likely to succeed this time. But nothing succeeds quite like a 100% no-excuses, no-distractions laser-focus and total concentration on the target. With that 100% commitment, you overcome all obstacles, plow through all difficulties, and walk the narrow pathway directly to the achievement of your goal.

To your success,
Wily the Gate Walker!

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Spartan training for the Brain

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hey there,

Hmm...me thinks...I wonder if you could design a kind of Spartan 300 Training for the brain?

I like body weight exercises and am a big fan of Matthew Furey ... but just this week I discovered a whole host of other trainers than have impressed me.

Seems as though there are a lot of people out there searching for material on the training techniques used by the stars of the movie "300".

Check out this clip on YouTube to see just how hard they trained to sculpt the warrior physique look as seen in "300".

I found this great young guy Arnel Ricafranca who has produced a ton of free 'Spartan 300 training' videos and is cleverly marketing himself at: I want six pack abs.

And then I bought Ori Hofmeikler's book, "The Warrior Diet - How to take advantage of undereating and overeating." This has some revolutionary new ideas on diet and eating in it that I look forward to exploring and testing out....

Think the one that gave me the greatest "man buzz" (what the hell??) was getting Anthony Bova's Spartan Health regime... which really lays down the no-BS Spartan path and calls upon all your long-buried manly virtues of stoicism and sticktoitness (and those warrior queen virtues of all you Amazon kick-ass women reading this).

So all these training programs focus mainly on building physical health and super-fitness. But what about your mind? Could we incorporate Spartan principles in training your intelligence or for unleashing creative mindpower? Well, the Spartan's believed in 'a strong mind in a strong body' and are said to have had a devotion to the intellect as well as the body.

Anthony Bova lists 3 basic Spartan principles in his Spartan Health Training manual:

1. Take what works for you and reject what doesn't.
Essentially this means adopting an experimental approach to life and the accumulation of knowledge. Test things out in your own experience. Dump what doesn't work for you. Dump what doesn't add any value to your life. Bova says a similar idea is the military motto of 'adapt, improvise and overcome' and he encourages you to really put the effort into your reading to suck the maximum juice out of what is on offer. Take the value out and combine it with other knowledge you value to create new understandings and distinctions.

2. 80% of conventional wisdom is wrong
This Spartan principle means you should never accept anything without questioning and testing it our for yourself. Go after the truth (not the comfortable version of it). Use Socratic method of thinking to examine the truth of what you are being told. You know if you watch Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" you get one side of an argument, if you watch C4's "The Global Warming Swindle" you get another dimension of argument... and you get insights into the level of disceptions that can go on all sides of an argument. Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson's School of Thinking is a valuable resource for challenging your way of thinking and going beyond casual thinking where you are spoonfed beliefs and opinions by those who seek to manipulate you for their own profit and power.

3. Basics are best, always seek simplicity.
The very word Spartan has become synonymous with the most simple, stripped bare essentials. The Spartan way involves a diet of simple, wholesome, unprocessed foods. In martial arts, they would focus on key fighting skills. In travellling, they would keep baggage to a minimum. They focused on efficiency and effectiveness. For brain training and creative training, what might be the key skills that we could focus on? For me, I think brainstorming, mind mapping and image streaming leap immediately to mind. These are key skills for accessing the creative parts of your mind and boosting intelligence. I would add to that the practice of notebooking -- this is an essential idea-capturing, feedback providing portable system that is also so very simple most people ignore it.

Designing your own Spartan Training program for YOUR Brain
If you want to design a training program for your brain, you need to stick to the Spartan principles and keep it simple and effective. Just as the Spartans would train their bodies everyday in basic exercises like squats, push ups, chin ups and dips, and practice their martial drills, swordplay and wrestling ... so to you need to focus on key mental practices.

What's your target? What do you want?
Let's use your goal-seeking mechanism -- your mind -- effectively. You need to get clear on what you are training your brain for.

Do you:

Want to improve your MEMORY?
Then practice memory exercises every day. Get Dominic O'Brien's Quantum Memory Power or Kevin Trudeau's MegaMemory programs and do the exercises every day until you have a phenomenal memory. Then keep practising to make it even better.

Want to become more CREATIVE?
Then read Win Wenger's The Einstein Factor and practice ImageStreaming for 20 minutes a day. Get a notebook and jot down all the ideas, observations and thoughts that come to you every day. Mindmap like Tony Buzan has been showing the world for years. It's such an easy way to unleash your creativity. Get together with your family or friends for regular deep thinking brainstorming sessions. Put your creative mind to use, record your ideas and your creativity will soar.

Want to become a better CRITICAL THINKER?
Then join Dr Michael Hewitt-Gleeson's FREE School of Thinking program and go through the daily exercises he emails out to you.

Want to become a brilliant BRAINTEASER whizz?
Then learn the strategies of how to figure out puzzles, mental quizzes and problems and get yourself a pile of brainteaser books. Do puzzles and logic problems and maths test every single day until you become brilliant at them -- and keep practising to get better and better.

Want to become a skillful STRATEGIST?
Break out the chess or Goh set and play every day. Pit your wits online against other players or join the chess club. Play online strategy and wargames every day. You get better at any skill by doing it every day, over and over. The Tibetan's have a saying, which I shall have to paraphrase, which basically says that everything is hard/confusing until you have done it enough times that it becomes easy/familiar.

Whatever mental skill you want to develop, just find some exercise that utilises that skill and practice every day. Keep it simple. Keep it Spartan.


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Unleashing altruistic creativity technique

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


In our on-going quest for additional ways to rub the magic lamp to release the creative genie-in-us (genius!), here's another grain for the millstone....

Most of us are intrinsically wired to be helpful.

So that means, if you are struggling to get ideas going for your own selfish reasons, try and tap into your innate altruism instead.

You'll be amazed at how much more creative and productive you can be when you are inspired to help another, help a cause, or help save the world.

Many of us lack for meaning and purpose. We aren't inspired. We have no real drive.

But if you can find some cause that you can relate to... watch out world! Here come the new super heros!

Would Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Albert Schweitzer or the Dalai Lama have been nearly so dynamic without the causes that they championed?

Can you imagine Winston Churchill without WWII? Could Walt Disney have made Disneyland just for himself? Where would Bill Gates be without his vision of an affordable PC in every home?

We need to build, invent, create and make for each other....


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Geniuses at work

Monday, April 23, 2007


Here are three valuable success insights I tumbled upon in my online reading this morning:

1. 'Gun-to-the-head' marketing:
The late Gary Halbert, copywriting legend, making an oh-so-important distinction on the power of words in the selling process:


2. 'Making Our Lives Golden'
Michael Masterson of Early to Rise offers a useful set of guidelines for assessing whether our activities are contributing value to our lives, just providing a passive distraction, or are just self-destructive. His distinctions of golden choices, vaporous choices or acidic choices of behaviours is a useful one to take on board and a very pragmatic way of making the most of your 'spare' time.


3. 'The Key to Success: The Ultimate Secret'
Kevin Hogan ups the ante on 'The Secret' teachings and offers a cold shower, kick-up-the-butt, honest assessment of what it really takes to be a success.

Why should you read it? Here's what Mr Hogan says: "This article contains the first-ever $100,000 Key. About 15 times per year, I put a $10,000 key in an article. The single most profound piece of information for achievement and success that I've ever written about is in this article."

Always refreshing, insightful and honest, I derive great value from Kevin Hogan's articles in his weekly shots of 'Coffee'... check it out.

Better and better,
Wily Walnut

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Expand your problem to solve your problem

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Hey, what are you up to?

Here's a great problem solving mind trick that will make all those big bad problems seem like inky-dinky little problems that you can solve a lot easier.

Make your problem a lot bigger
Sounds crazy, huh? Why would you want to give yourself even more hassle, more confusion, more effort and more challenge?

By changing your scale of reference and the way you frame your problem, you change the way you feel about it.

Let's say you are a college wrestler and you have a tournament bout coming up. The guy you are to fight against is bigger than you. Oh no! What a problem!

But now what would happen if you imagine that instead of that one big guy you actually have to fight against 5 big guys? Imagine they're all on top of you and pinning you down and you have to struggle with all your might to try and move but it's next to impossible. What if you actually trained like that in real life -- you got 5 buddies to act as your opponents -- and you face up to this monumental task and struggle against insurmountable odds.

What's going to happen when you only have to fight the one guy in your tournament? It'll seem so much easier by comparison!

Making your problem look easy to solve
Try this technique out on YOUR problems and challenges. If you have a big sales quota that you have to achieve, imagine that it is 20-100 times greater and brainstorm how you would achieve that super big quota. Struggle with that idea and how you would achieve it. When you finally look back at your real sales quota, it will seem a lot more manageable.

Making your problems and tasks bigger and more challenging and mentally visualizing what you'd go through to meet that challenge or task, and then going back to your real problem is a great technique for getting rid of the fearful, critical, procrastinating inner voice. The change of scale makes your problems seem smaller and much easier to accomplish. Once you let go of the fear and doubt, your creativity can just do what it does best and come up with the ideas and solutions you need.

Upwards and onwards,
Wily Walnut

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Personalizing Your Subconscious Mind Power

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Hey, what are you thinking about?

Here's what I am thinking about. A technique that I read about for personalizing your subconscious mind power so that you...

i) get it's attention
ii) put it to work for you
iii) manifest what you want faster

Sounds good so far, right?

Okay so here's what you do.

Name Your Subconscious Mind

That's right. You give your subconscious a name. Not just any name. It's got to be a totally unique name that you've never heard of before and are unlikely to ever hear anyone else using. Go ahead make one up right now. Don't over think this. Just do it. Whatever comes up will be right. (Unless you thought of calling it 'Sh**head'. In that case, I would suggest you go for something more positive and friendly and without other meanings!)

Here's how easy it is. I'm looking out the window. I see pine needles. I see a crystal hanging at my window. So I could come up with the name 'Pinecrys' (Pin-ee-chris) or 'Pinstal' or something like that. Those are pretty unique names. Just do it and get a name that you are okay with.

Use the name to get your subconscious mind's attention

Sound's a bit goofy, doesn't it?

Well, screw that thought. Just give it a try. Be open enough to experiment with these things. What have you got to lose? Life is an experiment, so go with it. Here's what you do to calibrate your subconscious mind to it's new name.

1. Simply say aloud, "Subconscious mind, I hereby call you _______ (whatever you came up with eg. Pinecrys). You will respond to that name."

2. Repeat 3 times.

You have now created a bond with your subconscious mind and now you can boss it around. It will happily work for you. In fact, it will joyfully work for you.

Putting your subconscious mind power to work

The author suggests that you start out by using Pinecrys (or whatever YOU called it) to retrieve memories.

Eg. Remembering the name of your first little boyfriend or girlfriend at your first school. "Pinecrys, tell me now, who was that little girl that I fell in love with back at Wilyworld Primary School in 1803?"

Repeat the command 3 times and then stop thinking about Pinecrys or the little girl. Leave Pinecrys to rifle through his memory files and don't bother him with other demands while he does that. Get on with other stuff and then when you don't expect it, the name will pop into your head.

When it does, be sure to say "thank you Pinecrys, you did a good job!" Everyone loves to be appreciated -- even your subconscious mind power. :-)

This technique is said to be good for locating lost items like keys, recalling important anniversaries and so on.

Honing your relationship with your mind power

Another way given to hone your subconscious mind response is the three cups trick. With this training routine you get three identical cups, turn them upside down on the table and put a coin under one of them. Then like a street corner hustler, you shuffle the cups around so fast that you can't keep your eye on the one with the coin in it. Your subconscious mind, Pinecrys, will remember.

Stop. Say, "Pinecrys, tell me now, where is that coin? Is it under cup A? Is it hidden beneath cup B? Or is it under cup C?"

Repeat three times. Then walk away. Forget about it. The answer will pop into your head or you will feel an attraction to the right cup.

Actually I met a dowser recently who was telling me she used the three cups routine with her dowsing training. Dowsers externalise their subconscious responses through a pendulum using yes/no responses. This particular lady had done hypnosis training and had done away with the need for a pendulum and was instead using micro-movement body cues (there's some fancy name for this which I forget now.... "Hey Pinecrys!"). In her case, she used blinking -- one blink for a YES response, two blinks for a NO response.

Okay back to the training.

Apparently as you hone and get familliar with using your subconscious mind in this way, you can start to have telepathic influence on people... as in, "Hey Pinecrys, get that hot girl to turn around and look at me!"

Good luck with that sort of play. For me, I think I will stick to using Pinecrys to get great ideas, come up with creative solutions to problems, and better understand the mysteries of the mind.

Think up a storm,

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Interesting self-programming idea for rapid goal attainment

Friday, April 20, 2007

Guten tag mein lieblings,

(hehe... recently returned from a fabulous strudle-eating weekend in Salzburg, Austria.)

I read about an interesting self-programming technique the author alleges you can use to achieve rapid manifestation results and super-quick goal attainment.

Want to give it a try?

Reprograming Your Mind For Rapid Goal Manifestation

Here's what you do:

1. Decide on your goal / desire / what you want to manifest. Eg. a Sony HDR-FX1E (yes, please Universe!) or 'to become a more confident dynamic public speaker' or 'a loving passionate relationship' or whatever it is for you.

2. Write down your goal as though attained or make a picture of it on a sheet of card.

3. Stick the card on the ceiling over your bed.

4. Keep a torch by your bedside. Set your alarm for the middle of the night when you will be in deep sleep. Go to sleep.

5. When alarm goes off, grab your torch. Turn it on and shine it at the picture or statement on your ceiling.

6. Really look at it. If it's a picture of the high defintion video camera you want, say to yourself: '...that's mine!' If it's a written statement, just read it to yourself and get a superfast picture of what that means to you. So if it says, "I am a super confident public speaker" just read that and get a quick mental movie clip of you delivering the best speech or talk ever.

7. Turn off the light. Turn it on again, and repeat the process. Do this 3 times in total.

8. Turn off the torch after the third time. Put the torch down. Forget all about what you've just done. Go back to sleep.

That's it!

The guy claims to have had great success with that with manifesting 'stuff' that he wants, or developing new skills and abilities (yeah, like creativity or genius thinking).

I don't know what Mrs Walnut will make of me waking up in the middle of the night and shining a torch around the ceiling but I think I will give it a go anyway. I'll tell her that I am just doing my security sweep of the house to make sure all is well and that she and Wily Jnr are safe! ;-) That should be worth a few house points!


Heavy Sleepers
If you are a heavy sleeper and can't wake up in the night, just do the 3-exposure process before you go to sleep and right when you first wake up. You know, wake up, look at the picture/message, close your eyes, see your mind clip, open your eyes, see the picture/message, close your eyes, tell yourself that's yours and see yourself with that thing or with that goal manifested, close your eyes, repeat one final time. Close your eyes.... forget all about it and get up for the day.

How it works
Your subconscious mind is like a working dog. It just loves to do things for you. By focusing on this goal in the middle of the night when your conscious mind is sleepy, you deliver the message right in there to your subconscious mind. You by-pass the editor, the judgemental or critical parts of your mind. Repeating the process 3 times, emphasises the importance of this goal to your subconscious mind and it will start to get to work on the challenge. The Huna of Hawaii would say that the subconscious enlists the help of the superconscious or higher self. We don't really need to worry about the 'how'. We just need to do the process and experience the results and get familliar with this way of attaining your goals and desires.

The mind is so powerful. Explore it. It's better that TV! :-)

Auf wiedersehen,

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How to stop being creative... and how to start being creative!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

What stops you from being creative? And how can you start being creative right now?

Here are some valuable pointers that I discovered in an 1997 article by top NLP trainer and author Joseph O'Connor:

How to STOP being creative:

  1. Be remorselessly practical.
  2. Be logical.
  3. Follow the rules.
  4. Be serious.
  5. Don't be curious.
  6. Avoid ambiguity -- jump to conclusions as fast as possible.
  7. Believe that mistakes are wrong and will be punished.
  8. Believe you are not creative. (It helps to have a narrow definition of creativity.)
  9. Believe there is only one right answer and you know it.

How to START being creative:

  1. Never mind if it is practical (for now).
  2. Logic can't be proved logically so it can't be much use whichever way you look at it.
  3. What rules?
  4. Have fun!
  5. Be curious.
  6. Bathe in ambiguity and enjoy it.
  7. Mistakes are feedback to get back on track again.
  8. Believe you are creative!
  9. There are plenty of right answers to go around.

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FreeIQ: The Marketplace For Showcasing Your Ideas

Got directed to Brad Fallon's new 'ideas search engine' FreeIQ (described as The Marketplace for Ideas).

FreeIQ offers to host your video, audio or print files because they believe that 'everyone knows something that’s valuable to someone else' and they want to be the place for showcasing your ideas.

From what I can gather FreeIQ search result rankings will be based on reviews and the aim is to provide a service where the best content is at the top of the results -- based on their trademarked ReviewRank™ process.

This seems like a great idea -- though inevitably the most popular, well-known people in any field will have an audience advantage over those who are just starting out or while having great ideas may not be so adept at marketing themselves in this ever changing online world.

The levels of creativity in Web 2.0 are incredible. FreeIQ seems like another smart idea.

To be in FreeIQ you need to list your free content. If you haven't got any then you will need to generate it either as video clips, audio files or written articles or free ebooks. The basic idea is that you showcase your knowledge and gain an appreciative audience, who can then buy your products if they want to get more of your know-how.

On this FreeIQ says: We truly believe that the more you give, the more you get!


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What is creativity?

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

What is creativity? What does it mean to be 'creative'?

Some people have a very particular view on what constitutes real creativity. They only see creativity in the invention of fictional worlds or marvellous works of art. And turn their noses up at 'simpler' acts of creativity such as finding a new use for a clothes peg (think of those little greetings card holders).

I take a very simple view of creativity.

I look at it as the verb: to create.

I could create a baby (magic wand at the ready!).

I could create a new way of better serving my website affiliates.

I could create a more effective way of educating my customers to the value of my products.

My creativity might be expressed by simply writing a short article like this one.

Does creativity have to be about being feted as the world's greatest sculptor or the author of a ground-breaking novel?


Those are wonderful pinnacle expressions of creativity. And if it is your inclination to follow a dream of that scale -- go for it!

However, for ordinary every-day-use let's just think of creativity as this...

...Doing something, making something, creating something ... that would not otherwise be there unless you had actually decided to do it, make it, create it and then acted on that decision.

Creativity is for everyone. Everyone has genius. And that genius can be expressed in all kinds of ways: from the passe to the pragmatic to the profound.

(Anyone who says otherwise is an elitist knob-head! ...IMHO!)

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