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Drooling Dogs and Peak Performance

Most people are familiar with Pavlov’s famous experiment with drooling dogs.

I’ll skip the gruesome details, but the main takeaway from his experiment is that you can condition dogs (and people) to respond in a predictable way to some arbitrary trigger.

In this case, he conditioned the dogs to drool in anticipation of food every time they heard a bell ring.

He did this by ringing a bell, and then giving them food.


Until, eventually, the ringing of the bell, all by itself, was enough to bring about all the physical and emotional responses associated with eating.

In NLP we call this anchoring, because you are anchoring a predictable physical, emotional, or mental state to some sort of trigger that you can use to recall that state on command.

And, as you can probably imagine, this technique can be used for far more interesting things than making dogs drool.

Getting “in the zone” is a difficult state to achieve, for example.

No matter what you do for a living, there’s a state you need to be in where you operate at peak performance physically, mentally and emotionally.

A state where you’re so focused, effective, and productive that you can accomplish more in an hour than you normally would in a day.

A state where everything just flows so naturally that you don’t even notice the passage of time and, before you know it, you’ve demolished your to-do list with such ease that it didn’t even feel like work.

But, most of use never learn to reach that state intentionally.

We just work hard, and count ourselves lucky whenever we reach that state…

And never really figure out how to get there on command.

Well, here’s how:

First, decide on the trigger you want to use to put yourself in a state of peak performance.

It can be anything you like: snapping your fingers three times, clapping your hands above your head, shouting a war cry, whatever you want.

All that matters is that it’s something you don’t normally do, because the only purpose this trigger will have is to get you into peak performance.

For this example we’ll just use snapping your fingers three times.

Then, the next time you find yourself operating at your best and most productive, really let yourself feel the state you’re in. What are you thinking about? How do you feel physically? What emotions are you experiencing?

When you’re fully immersed in that state of peak performance…

Snap your fingers three times.

Repeat this every time process every time you find yourself in a state of peak performance.

Keep reminding yourself to anchor that state to your trigger action and, soon enough, you’ll be able to get back into that state just by snapping your fingers three times.

However, if your peak performance experiences are few an far between, and you don’t feel like waiting forever for the next one, my Mental Focus & Productivity session can speed up the process.

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The Weirdest Reason We Procrastinate

There’s lots of reasons to procrastinate.

Usually, the pain of doing the task seems to outweigh the benefits.

So you just don’t feel like doing it, because our natural motivation is to move towards pleasure and away from pain.

But there’s another reason that people procrastinate.

And it’s really quite ridiculous when you think about it.

People often procrastinate simply because the task will take a lot of time…

…So they wait until they have more time to do it…

…And time keeps chugging along whether they’ve started on the task or not.

For example, I have an entire unused acre of land on my property.

It needed a fence before I could let my dogs play on it or my chickens graze on it.

I wanted to put the fence up right away when I first moved here, but I knew it was going to take a while, so I kept waiting until I had a full week of free time to do it.

And, of course, that week of free time never appeared.

Finally, two years later, it became clear that I would have to make the time, and by working on weekends and evenings, it took about twice as long as I had hoped.

So a one week project took me two weeks.

Or did it?

It actually took 2 years and 2 weeks because I spent two years procrastinating.

Luckily the fence wasn’t very important.

The real problem is when people do this type of procrastination towards their health, their education, or their careers. Big things that could really improve their lives in major ways.

Waiting around for the right time, just because it’s going to take a while to get it done, only makes it take that much longer.

Time keeps moving forward whether you’ve started or not.

So if you’re waiting for the right time to start your mission in life, now is that time!

And if you need help with motivating yourself to overcome procrastination in all its forms, check out our Stop Procrastinating Now subliminal session.