Taking negative thoughts and turning them into positive thoughts worked well today.

I kept a reminder open on my email and it seemed to work well.

A lot of the positive momentum might be temporary and beginner’s luck but I enjoyed “catching” the thoughts and turning them into something positive rather than follow them somewhere dark and negative.

The second test, the request to my subconscious seemed to work as well.  My request to my subconscious was to have more focus and fewer distractions at work.  I had better than average focus and I was able to gently bring my attention back to focus if my mind drifted away.

Some of this might be chalked up to “having a good day”.  I will continue to apply these two lessons and see where it takes me!

Over the next 30 days, I will be doing two 30-day trials:

  1. Eliminating negative thought patterns
  2. Making a request to my subconscious each night before bed

The motivation for #1 is to avoid staying in negative thought patterns.  I am skeptical about being able to flip negative thought patterns but I am going to try this technique for 30 days.

Josh Korda talks about something similar when he discusses replacing an unskillful thought with a more skillful one.

The motivation for #2 is to see if there is any benefit to be had from the subconscious working overnight.

For eliminating negative thought patterns, I found the following excerpt very interesting:

Instead of trying to resist the negative thought pattern, you will redirect it. Think of it like mental kung fu. Take the energy of the negative thought and rechannel it into a positive thought. With a little mental conditioning, whenever the negative thought occurs, your mind will automatically flow into the linked positive thought. It’s similar to Pavlov’s dogs learning to salivate when the bell rang.

Step 1: Turn the negative thought into a mental image.
Step 2: Select an empowering replacement thought.
Step 3: Turn the positive thought into a mental image.
Step 4: Mentally chain the two images together.
Step 5: Test.

This type of mental conditioning gave me a lot more conscious control over my internal states.

I will report back periodically.  I am very excited to try these out!

An important speech from Stefan Molyneux.  He is at his theatrical best from 7:27 onwards.

Speeches are worth nothing without action.

It is valuable for thoughtful, intelligent people to voice their well-reasoned beliefs and opinions, especially to those who will disagree.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lq7DvxLzsc

Michael Jordan on handling a loss…  Begins at 10:20

Gratitude —–> Acceptance —–> Hunger

MJ would later go on to win six NBA Championships and six NBA Finals MVPs in the next eight years.

We should all be so hungry.

A gem from Nassim Taleb, a trader who predicted the crash and sees more difficulties ahead:

What I am seeing and hearing on the news — the reappointment of Bernanke — is too hard for me to bear. I cannot believe that we, in the 21st century, can accept living in such a society. I am not blaming Bernanke (he doesn’t even know he doesn’t understand how things work or that the tools he uses are not empirical); it is the Senators appointing him who are totally irresponsible — as if we promoted every doctor who caused malpractice. The world has never, never been as fragile. Economics make homeopath and alternative healers look empirical and scientific.  (emphasis by Inthon)

No news, no press, no Davos, no suit-and-tie fraudsters, no fools. I need to withdraw as immediately as possible into the Platonic quiet of my library, work on my next book, find solace in science and philosophy, and mull the next step. I will also structure trades with my Universa friends to bet on the next mistake by Bernanke, Summers, and Geithner. I will only (briefly) emerge from my hiatus when the publishers force me to do so upon the publication of the paperback edition of The Black Swan.

Bye,
Nassim

Bingo.

I would go one step further; rather than blaming the Senators, blame the voters who elected these Senators (all of whom are ignorant of the dangers of fiat currencies, central planning and central banking).

The U.S. has never been this fragile.  An economy reliant on consumption, cheap energy/commodities, easy credit, entitlements, corporate welfare and social welfare is not durable or sustainable.

The years ahead will require deleveraging on a large scale and small scale.  Those grounded with an awareness of our current unsustainability will be more apt to mentally weather the future slowdown/economic pain.

Takeaway: Borrowing money to spend on entitlements, wars and handouts cannot go on forever.  Prepare yourself for the consequences of our current financial immaturity.

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