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How To Make Positive & Long Lasting Changes To Your Life. Part 4.

How To Make Positive & Long Lasting Changes To Your Life. Part 4.

Methodology, Techniques and Tools

Programming the subconscious is key to achieving what we want. Here are some tools to use in the following order:

Active Meditation and Goal Setting

Meditation is the key to many things – increased health and vitality, relaxation, entering different states of consciousness, mystical experience. The meditation that we will discuss here is of the active variety. This simply means that we sit calmly and in a state of stillness and actively consider what we want to achieve, whether that is an overall life strategy or a particular goal.

We select the idea and turn it over in our mind, considering the best approach, and imbuing the idea or goal with the appropriate emotional energy. To reinforce this meditation, we add increasingly focused creative thinking and do what we can to permeate our subconscious with the associated ideas and imagery. We approach the goal on a conscious and subconscious level to ensure that the channels are open for delivery. We are in the best position to seize any opportunity that presents itself or is generated by ourselves by priming the mind for action. This is very effective when we are looking at short-term goals, as we should be in a position to sustain the concentration, energy and emotion to the right level for the duration of the goal.


Visualise what we want – this is an offshoot of the meditation practice described above and should be used in conjunction with creative thinking. In essence we visualise ourselves in the position where we have what we want and imbue this with emotional energy, so that see, feel, smell, hear and experience the sensations of success.


A classic tool to programme the subconscious and to reinforce active meditation and visualisation techniques – whatever is desired is said with power, feeling, authority and emotional energy and stated in the present tense.

Personal History

Writing our personal history/obituary from the perspective of having got where we want to is a powerful technique that can consist of writing our autobiography from the perspective of success. This may also involve creating our own personal mythology where we perceive ourselves as the hero in our own psychodrama, seeing other participants in their appropriate roles.

Belief Systems

Have fun with these – choose the best one for the given situation. We do of course have to be able to read situations well to ensure that the appropriate belief is chosen.

The Personal Armoury

Look at developing a personal armoury of tools and techniques to enable us to get what we want, and as a minimum we need a good balance of the following:

  • Attitude – (a winning, can-do attitude of course)
  • Communication skills to win others over to our opinion
  • Interpersonal skills – make them feel good about doing things for us
  • Charisma – a key skill that can be developed to give us the edge in terms of presence and personal impact. Others look for it, respect it and respond to so the development of charisma is a vital ingredient of success
  • Business skills – get rich, use ideas, events and others to create wealth
  • Financial and investment skills – stay rich, increase the value of your investment
  • Technical skills – master the techniques to do the above
  • Persuasion skills – utilising others effectively is key whilst not making enemies, (and if we do make enemies, make sure you can control or neutralise them)
  • Motivational skills – use others to their advantage
  • Leadership skills – lead others to do what we and they actually want
  • Persistency – sticking at it even when things look bleak and desperate. If we have clearly defined what we want to do, researched it and committed to it, we sell yourselves short if we give up too easily. However it is pointless to continue with something that is obviously not going to work, so a ruthlessly detached way of evaluating progress and success is required
  • Political skills – make sure it is someone else’s fault or accept the blame and move on if that is our style or to our benefit
  • Seduction skills – get them to want to do things for us and enjoy it. Seduction applies as much as getting financial backing as it does to getting someone into bed (occasionally the same thing)
  • Warrior skills – attack and defend ourselves and what is important, given our reading of the situation at any one time
  • A sense of ethics and morality – this may not matter to us but we may need to give the appearance of acting within a personal or socially acceptable framework to get what we want

We should have some of these already. Those skills we don’t have should be seen as a challenge to spur us to developing them. Look at the payoffs – this will make us decide which ones to prioritise. The skills are ranked in no order of importance – think about what we need to change and this will enable us to work out which to focus on, given our goals and circumstances.

In this age of mass communication and the Internet, being a good communicator is fundamental. This means we should be able to communicate to ourselves what we want and how we are going to use opportunities that we develop or are presented to us. The inner dialogue is key. Our communication skills are then used to maximise the situation, for example getting someone of influence to adopt our recommendations and course of action.

Communication skills are complex and encompass the following:

  • Verbal skills
  • Intonation and modulation of voice
  • Conveying the right message in the most appropriate way
  • Interpersonal skills – body language and such like
  • Visual cues
  • Reading others with a view to understanding their requirements
  • Making others accept/endorse your point of view and act


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