MIND OF A RECORD HOLDER
(Scientific Method from Multiple Guinness World record holder and Chief Editor of India Book of Records, Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury to potential Record Holders)
Years ago, NASA designed a fascinating experiment to test the psychological impact of special disorientation, the kind that astronauts might experience during extended time in a weightless environment. NASA outfitted a group of astronaut candidates with convex goggles that flipped everything in 180 degrees vision of their field, so that the world they saw was completely reversed. The test subjects wore these glasses 24 hours a day, even while asleep. Then the scientists sat back to observe what happened.
At first, the extreme stress and concern were obvious, as reflected in the astronaut’s blood pressure and other vital sign. The astronauts gradually adapted to this new level of stress, but it still didn’t dissipate altogether. After all, their entire world was reversed. But 21 days after the experiment began, something amazing happened to one astronaut. His world turned right-side up again. The goggles hadn’t changed and he was still wearing them continuously, but now he was able to see everything normal around him. Then for the next several days, all the other astronauts followed suit.
What had happened? After 21 to 30 days of his constant stream of strange new input, the men’s brain had created enough new neural connections to completely rewire their brains, so that their visual and spatial perception worked at 180 degrees opposite from the way the brain normally works.
In repeated trails, the researchers also discovered that if the goggles were removed during approximately this period of month, even for short times, the neural variation would not occur. In other words, it took about 21 to 30 days of uninterrupted, constant input of new perceptual (conscious) information for the subconscious brain to accept that it had to adjust to this new information and consider it as normal.
Our conclusion? It takes about 21 to 40 days of constantly applying mental rehearsal for your subconscious brain to absorb a new orientation.
The Mental Rehearsal System
Imagine, you have decided that you want to run a marathon. Whether you have not yet actually run a marathon before, you probably have a pretty good idea of what it takes to get into shape for something like this. It’s not something you can just decide one day and do the next and preparing for it is not something you can accomplish over a weekend. It takes time and consistent, methodical effort. You have to work out daily, breaking in your system bit by bit, toning and strengthening your muscles, training your lungs and heart, gradually acclimating your entire system to new habits of activity.
This is exactly what you’re going to do with your brain. We are going to show that how you recondition and tone the neural networks in your brain so that they establish new habits that match up with new beliefs, so that your success happens naturally and biologically, from your inside. A scientific process called The Mental Rehearsal System will help you take those goals and dreams and turn them into neural patterns in your unconscious brain, as opposed to simply writing them down for your conscious brain and then forget about them.
Just like when you are getting ready to run a marathon, this process will condition and tone your neural system to do what it takes to achieve your dream business. And just like getting ready to run a marathon, this conditioning process is something that takes constant, daily effort. It is not an enormous task; in fact it is almost extremely easy to do. It’s just that most people don’t do it .But you will –and that will make all the difference.
FOUR STEPS OF MENTAL REHEARSAL SYSTEM
STEP ONE: CREATE A NEW VISION
Your subconscious brain retains the memory of everything you have ever witnessed or experienced. What’s more, it retains the memory of everything you have ever imagined. Remember that, your subconscious brain does not differentiate between experiences that are real and events that happened only in your mind. When you imagine a bright experience, in neurological terms it has taken place, and your brain views it as every bit as real as your hand or the chair you’re sitting in.
It was only natural that I would end up breaking a world record in push ups by doing 198 push ups in a minute because as far as my subconscious brain was concerned, after imagining that I am doing 200 push ups a minute thousand of times, the belief system of my brain saw this as my real performance and it made sure that my senses and conscious mind picked up on whatever actions it would take to put me there physically.
While your subconscious brain does not differentiate between an event which is extremely real or imagined as real, what it does differentiate is how strongly it is imprinted. Memories that have impressed a deeper channel in your brain, it doesn’t matter that they are of real or imagined events, have a great influence than those of lesser imprint.
What determines the strength of imprint? The same two factors that dictate the power of any memory: repetition and impact – that is, emotional content. Both factors are crucial.
Repetition is simple: don’t make a habit by doing something once; you should create a habit by doing that again and again. This is how you learned to walk, to talk and to do your multiplication tables. Repetition creates habit, and this is also true for your habits of thoughts.
This is one major reason why people so often fail to achieve the goals they set. You can sit in a seminar and declare a goal, take pen and paper on January 1 and write down a New Year’s resolution- but doing that once means next to nothing. The only way it stands the slightest chance of coming true is if it becomes a habit of thought – and the only way that stands the slightest chance of happening is if you repeat it, again and again, dozens of times. This is why the real power of mental rehearsal lies not much in exactly how you do it, but that you do it every day, day after day, for weeks on end.
Repetition will create a habit, even if there is no great emotion involved, but without the factor of emotional impact, the habit may be quite low and not have much staying power. The reason for this is that there is a strong interaction between emotion and memory. Events that occur with a powerful emotional charge attached – say, a time of great joy such as the birth of a child, or a traumatic car accident – have far more impact in the brain than the unexceptional lunch you had six months ago.
REPETITION + IMPACT = NEW REALITY
Let’s say your goal is to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Here’s what you do: Create a bright picture in your imagination of what that experience would be like-the feeling of standing up there on the podium with your national anthem playing, the crowd roaring their enthusiasm, the feeling of the blood pumping in your veins, the thrill and rush as the Olympic official reaches up and hangs the medal around your neck. Can u feel it?
When you imagine all that in such vibrant detail, you are evoking that experience and exposing it to your subconscious mind just as effectively as if you were actually standing on that podium with the whole world watching and that medal hanging around your neck.
Repeat this intensely and consistently enough and pretty soon you aren’t just imagining you are an Olympic gold medalist; on a very real, visceral level, you are becoming a gold medalist. And because you are, you’ll start doing what a gold medalist does, taking the actions a gold medalist takes, living the way a gold medalist lives, and attracting those circumstances that a gold medalist attracts. If that’s all sounds esoteric, all you have to do is ask any Olympic gold medalist if they ever spent any time visualizing themselves taking that top medal. You better believe that they have – every single one of them, again and again, every day, for years. It’s a recipe for outstanding achievement that every top athlete, every award-winning musician, actor, or dancer, every famous speaker, president, CEO, or super successful businessperson knows.
When you visualize something, you are literally creating a neural network of pattern within your brain that corresponds to what you want to achieve. You are creating the seed that is required to start attracting those significant resources necessary to allow that blueprint to unfold into its physical manifestation. It’s as simple as this: No seed, no tree. You want a tree? Visualization is how you create the right seed.
STEP TWO: CREATE POWERFUL AFFIRMATIONS
Now that you have your crystal clear vision in place, you need to ensure that your day to day and moment – to – moment beliefs are in line with what you say and what you want to achieve. This step is critical Why? Because if you try to realize a new vision while maintaining old beliefs that do not support that vision, you’ve got a classic case of mixed messages. For example, when a mother says “Come here, I love you,” but her arms are folded and there is clearly anger or irritation in her voice, which message does the child receive? (Hint: It’s not the words.) That’sright: When your words don’t match your actions, feelings, moods, beliefs, the nonverbal will win out, every time.
This is exactly how it is with the conscious (verbal) and subconscious (nonverbal) brain: When the message which your conscious brain puts out (such as your written goals) competes with a message your subconscious brain holds to be true (your beliefs, even if they are unstated), guess which one will win out? You already know the answer.
In other words you may say,” I want to quadruple my business, from Rs. 10 crore per year to 20 crore a year,” but if your subconscious mind is still set on a 10 crore picture, then it’s like saying “I love you,” with your arms crossed and a glare on your face. Again, whenever there’s conflict between conscious and subconscious, the subconscious will always win.
So let’s take a closer look at your underlying beliefs.
How do you know what your present beliefs are? This can be a tricky thing, because our beliefs tend to be so much a part of us that we often aren’t even aware of them. There is a wonderful antique Hindu expression: “ There are three mysteries in the world : the air to the bird, the water to the fish and man to himself.” Fish aren’t aware of water: It’s what they swim in all the time, so they don’t think about it. Same with birds and air: It’s their normal environment. And that’s how our beliefs are: We swim in them all the time, so much so that they are typically invisible to us.
So how do you know what you believe? The answer turns out to be very simple: Just look at your life. What do you see? Whatever you find, there’s the obvious of your beliefs. Your current life – your relationships, your health, your income, your lifestyle, where you live, where you work, where you play, what you do every day, all of it- is an accurate reading of the picture you’ve holding in your subconscious brain.
If you are broken, then your belief is, “I’ m broken: That’s how and who I am.” Or, “I don’t deserve to have a lot of money.”If you are stressed out, pressured, never have enough time, then welcome to your belief, “There is never enough time.”
If you feel like your life is okay overall, but there’s never quite enough time to do what you really want to do and never quite enough money to do what you want to do, then guess what belief you are holding?
There is never quite enough. And if you are thinking, “Well, no, not right now, but there will be, soon, finally, someday” – then we have some bad news for you: No, there won’t. To your subconscious mind, there is no past and future, only the present moment, right now! And your subconscious brain will keep you forever attentive “Someday” like a fly in amber.
The first step is to accept the fact that you are in the driver’s seat: Your life is your creation, and the principle tool you are used to create it is your beliefs. If you want to change things, then decide what belief you want to have.
CREATING YOUR AFFIRMATIONS
The key to writing valuable affirmations is that they must be bold, clear, positive, and stated in the present tense.
We’ve explored the problem posed by the fact that people often articulate their goals in negative terms. In other words, rather than focusing on what they want, they focus on what they don’t want/ “I want to be in a fulfilling, lifelong relationship” and “I really don’t want to end up sad and alone” might seem like two ways of saying the same thing. They’re not. To your subconscious brain, they are saying the opposite. Your subconscious doesn’t know the difference between “I want” and “I don’t want.” It just hears “lifelong, fulfilling relationship” or “sad and lonely.”
Your conscious brain put things in logical, linear sequences. It has to: it can’t focus on more than one or two things at a time. But your subconscious can focus on a million things at once. It doesn’t need to think, “First this, then that, then eventually…” while your conscious brain might read a story from beginning to end, your subconscious brain just sucks up the entire story as one impression, You can see this with kids, specially young kids, who have had less time to develop sophisticated filters and defenses and often reveal the truth of their thought process far more innocently and openly than adults or older kids do. If you tell a child not to do something, what will he be drawn to do? Exactly what you told him not to do!
Let’s say you want your child to get through a meal without spilling his milk. If you say, “Hey, make sure you don’t spill your milk,” have you decreased the chances that milk is going to spill? No, in fact, chances are good you’ve actually increased them.
The same is true for the things we say to ourselves- in fact it is hundreds of times more true/ why? Because you might tell your child not to spill his milk at most, what, once or twice a day? Three times? But if you’re giving yourself a similar warning- “whatever you do, don’t get nervous” – how often will you repeat that to yourself in a single day? Easily hundreds of times. The things we say to ourselves, we say again and again, dozens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of times. The one person you have by far the most influence over is you- because nobody whispers in your eat even a tiny fraction of the amount that your do yourself.
STEP THREE: CREATE EMOTIONAL ANCHORS FOR NEURAL LINKING
There is a technique known neural linking that used that emotional association to deepen the impact of my belief of affirmation you choose. You accomplish this by linking that new belief with powerful feelings that already exist in association with some other memory.
Neural linking happens to us all the time. How often have you come across a certain smell – the first cut grass in springtime, the burning leaves in autumn, a wool sweater pulled out of a closet, a certain dish on the stove that you haven’t eaten in ages – and suddenly a full-fledged memory from the distant past came flooding back to you? This happens because memory is strongly associative by nature. Many of our brains with a certain smell (your father’s pipe tobacco), sound (the next door neighbor’s dog barking), or tactile feeling (the drying saltwater, sand, and sun on your skin at the shore in summertime).
You can put that associative trait to work for you by designing specific links for yourself. Here’s how you do that.
First, search your memory bank for a positive event in your life that was especially empowering, a moment where you felt a thrill of accomplishment, excitement, or triumph. What you are looking for is an existing neural pattern in your brain that has some stickiness, that is some strong depth of feeling to which a thought can adhere.
Jot down a sentence or two that identifies this event, so you can return to it easily and quickly later on.
Now, close your eyes and let yourself re-experience that event for a few moments, and examine what you’re seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, and experiencing.
When you’re finished, jot down a few of the impressions you had; these don’t need to be full sentences, just words or phrases that will remind you of the feelings this experience evokes;
Now, choose one of your affirmations. Choose a statement that is fairly short and that you’re strongly want to imprint as a new belief, in my case, I chose “My strong muscles are able to complete 200 push-ups in a minute.” Since this is definitely not a belief I grew up with, and yet it has been critical to my achieving world records in push ups.
Now, close your eyes again and let yourself re-experience that powerful memory, evoking all the sensory impressions, feeling and emotions involved – and while you are at the height of that feeling, repeat your new affirmation, either out loud or just in your mind.
Here’s what happens: when an event (whether “real” or in your mind) evokes strong emotions, protein is released along with neurotransmitters as the neurons fire across the synaptic gap, and that cause the event to bind to that neural pathway much more strongly than if it was simply a neutral thought or memory. When you relive that influential event and bring back that old feeling, more new affirmation to that event, you are physically bonding that thought into this existing neural pathway.
I’ll share an example that I use for myself. It was July 21, 1999, the launch of my first book ‘Dynamic Memory Methods’ with chief Justice of India Justice M.N Venkatachelliah as a chief guest, the hall was packed with national electronic and print media and the people from literacy world. I could still vividly remember the exhilarating rush of emotion as I was signing the first autograph of my life to the first buyer of my book who was none other than Ex- CBI director Dr. Kartikain. It was one of the most emotional moments of my life, a feeling of being totally in the flow.
This feeling is so powerful, so vibrant that I can go back there and re-experience that feeling and then I think, “My strong muscles are able to complete 200 push ups in a minute.”
I attach that exhilarated feeling to this new belief that I want to instill, using the emotion and the neural pathways that are already in place, thereby associating that thirteen year old feeling that is still so resonant in my mind with this new belief.
STEP FOUR: PREPARE YOUR NEURAL IMPRINTING MATERIAL
Imprinting material are simply physical expressions of your vision and affirmation that you can feed to your subconscious brain through your senses. The most common examples of imprinting material are:
• Written statements, typed and laminated
• Audio recordings, including simple voice recordings, and voice over-music recordings.
• Pictures and vision boards.
The whole process of designing your vision and affirmations, of sitting down and writing them out, editing them typing a clean copy, getting it laminated… all that preparation uses your conscious brain’s abilities. Now you get to use these tools to imprint these images onto your subconscious brain.
You can accomplish this routine in as little as thirty minutes a day. The more time you give to it, the more quickly your new vision and supporting beliefs will become ingrained at the subconscious level, and the more quickly your goal will take shape in the physical world of events and circumstances. Again, the most important thing is not how long you do it, but that you do it.
It’s best to do this at roughly the same time every day, because your body is sensitive to its own circadian rhythms. This is a key to successful conditioning that every professional athlete, musician, dancer, and writer knows: a routine practiced five day in a row at the same time every day has far greater impact on your developing abilities that a routine practiced five days in a row at widely different times.
The ideal time for this practice is when you are little-bit tired and not too focussed. That half-awake/half-asleep state when you don’t have your conscious filters fully in place is the moment when your subconscious is most accessible. Ideal times are first thing upon rising in the morning, and last thing before going to sleep at night. We also recommend adding a third time during the day.
This might be during your lunch break, or whenever you can break off from the action of the day to find a few minutes of quiet isolation. If you’re someone who steals a few minutes midday to catnap, then that’s the perfect time to add in your midday neural reconditioning.
It’s also a good idea to practice this routine in the same place every day, if you can. Find a quiet, solitary place where you can be undisturbed for at least ten minutes; turn off your phones, pager, email alert, or anything else that might interrupt you.
FEEL THE DOUBT AND DO IT ANYWAY
As you first start going through this daily process, you may feel a nagging sense of discomfort, anxiety, or doubt. When you say “I am breaking a world record for…………………….. Category”, you may hear another voice in your head that says, “No you can not! Why are you laying?”
Don’t let this throw you. This is completely normal. What you’re feeling is your psycho-cybernetic system doing what it’s designed to do: alerting you to the fact that you’re making a change in course. It’s simply the lookout in your brain, watching where you’re headed and sending you an alert message.
The key is to feel it, sense it and appreciate the fact that your psycho-cybernetic system is doing its job, doing what it does to keep you safe – but don’t interpret that with a “retreat!” response. Interpret it as the thrill of moving into new territory. Reply to your own message; “I know, It’s Okay, that’s exactly where we want to be headed. Full speed, ahead!” Let that sense of anxiety or discomfort translates into the thrill of adventure.
FINAL DOSE OF INSPIRATION
The easiest thing in the world is to find reasons or excuses of not achieving your goal. You could simply think that may be I am not as lucky or money or an opportunity to train myself to achieve excellence. Remember, our brain is like a search engine, whatever question we feed we get an answer. So try to feed positive questions. We are limited not by resources but only by thoughts.
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