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The Five Second Rule: An NLP Perspective

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins: An NLP PerspectiveThere has been a lot of talk lately about “the five second rule,” the subject of a book and media campaign by Mel Robbins.

The premise is that your brain is your enemy when it comes to success and achievement, so you have to trick it to be good at anything.

The author explains how procrastination and apathy caused her life to spiral out of control — a failing marriage, a career she hated, etc. — and the only thing that turned it around and “fixed” her life was (more…)

My daily LoA Tip: Energy and the Law of Attraction

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out if they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” -William James.

Stop telling yourself you have limits and actually take action. You’ll find yourself to be as unlimited as I know you are.

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My Daily LoA Tip: Choice and the Law of Attraction

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Have a great day today! As my friend Jack says, “After all it’s your choice. And I’m going to have a good day, because it’s my choice, too.”

So often, people live life like a pinball game. At birth, you come out of the chute, you bounce off of whatever’s in your way for a while, allowing outside influence to change your course in life, and then, eventually, you fall down the black hole at the end.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

There are days when, no matter what side of the bed you woke up on or how your hair’s behaving, you just don’t let it get to you.

Choose to live like that EVERY day.

After all, it’s your choice. (And it’s my choice, too!)

To your success,
Michael Stevenson

PS – If you feel like being happy every day isn’t a choice, you need to check out my daily Law of Attraction meditation program. It’s free for three days (you don’t even need a credit card!).

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Location:Transform Destiny, Tustin, CA

Hypnosis to remember it’s a new year

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Don’t you hate it when you write the wrong year on checks and documents for the first two months of the new year?  Master Hypnotherapist and trainer Michael Stevenson is here to help with a quick hypnosis induction.  Find a nice, quiet, comfortable place, then sit back, relax and enjoy!

Discover the Secret Behind The Secret

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Are you one of the millions of people who saw the movie, The Secret?

I’ll bet you’ve been diligently wishing for your new life ever since.

Maybe you’re sitting in your recliner with your hands on an imaginary steering wheel trying to attract a new car.

Perhaps you’re going to your mailbox wholly expecting with heart and mind to find piles of money in the form of checks, rather than bills.

Or maybe you’re changing the paintings in your home to attract that passionate romantic lover you’ve been waiting a lifetime for.

The fact is, none of that works.

I’m sorry to burst your bubble.  The Secret is an amazing movie, and it’s incredibly inspirational, but they left out one, big, important step

How To Actually Attract The Life You Want!

You see, wishing simply isn’t going to cut it.

I’m a firm believer in the Law of Attraction.  We routinely tell our students, “You get what you focus on, so focus on what you want!”

But instead of just wishing, you need to learn to take action.

You need to learn to use your heart and mind in different ways.

Ways that automatically attract what you want to you, and attract you to what you want.

We are entering difficult times.  Unfortunately, the idea of stability that most people have come to understand is crumbling away in your fingers.

No longer can you count on your job or your government to take care of you.

With the rapid decline of our economy and corporate structure, the only way to excel and prosper in the next few years is to learn how to take control of your own destiny and shape your future the way you want it.

But simply watching The Secret isn’t going to help.  You need top-notch mental and emotional tools to help you overcome the mediocrity embraced by our society, turn off your autopilot and soar to new heights you’ve only dreamed of.

I’m not talking about fluffy, feel good, new-age, concepts. I’m talking about real, tangible, tools and techniques you can use now to leap out of the downward spiral and blaze your own trail toward health, happiness and abundance.

Whether you want to start your own business, work with others, improve your own life, or just help your friends and family, with Neuro-Linguistic Programming, you’ll have the ultimate collection of tools you need right now, before it’s too late.

Most NLP Practitioner trainings run $3,000 – $4,000 dollars and take as much as 10 – 21 days to complete.

But our Intro to NLP training is on sale right now, and you’ll learn techniques that will bring you tangible results in just one weekend.

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To your success,

Bidden, Palin and… Milton Erickson??

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Unfortunately, I missed all but about five minutes of the veep debate.  Realizing that I’m busy teaching a new group of Master Practitioners right now, one of my Prac graduates decided to help out with the blog by sending me this post about NLP use in the debate.  Thanks Todd!  -Michael

Like many Americans you probably sat in front of your TV and watched Senator Joe Bidden spar with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in the first and only Vice Presidential debate. Even if you didn’t see the debate you have likely seen clips on the news or heard about how the Governor dominated their exchange.

From an NLP standpoint there can be no doubt that Sarah Palin is trained, at minimum in hypnotic language, and more likely in NLP. She was so masterful in this exchange that it felt like old Milton was right there sitting on her shoulder and telling her what to say.

From the outset Governor Palin simply dominated the debate. She and Senator Bidden walked out on stage from opposite sides, and with her microphone on and a big genuine smile, she walked straight up to him and greeted him with a firm handshake and asked “Would it be ok if I call you Joe?”.

Bidden was so stunned that he fumbled over his words as he said yes. This is the exact point at which Sarah began building rapport not only with the Senator Bidden, the Moderator, the live studio audience but also the American people.

At first she came across nervous and Bidden had a air of over-confidence about him. Quickly however, she began to win the debate. Her language was peppered with imbedded commands as her tonality shifter ever so slightly on the command words and phrases. She also made a point to use common American catch phrases such as “hockey mom” and “Joe six pack”. She further made certain that she separated herself from Bidden the millionaire, as she coolly educated the American people that she has always been just middle class.

This was quite a contrast to Bidden who was wearing an expensive suit and didn’t use any phrases to try to connect with the audience. His agenda was to win the debate while Palin’s agenda was to build rapport and win the hearts and minds of the viewing population!

Palin did an excellent job of staring directly at the camera when she answered the moderator’s questions making certain to establish eye contact with the viewing millions. In contrast Bidden’s eyes were squinty and shifting. Most of the time there was a split screen so that you could see the response of the one candidate as the other had the floor. When Bidden answered questions Palin looked down at her notes and acted somewhat disassociated but in complete control. Bidden missed this lesson and when Palin spoke he watched her intently. You could easily read his reactions both good and bad.

The highlight of the debate was when Governor Palin referred to the Senator as “O’Bidden”. She said it so smoothly and without hesitation or apology that you knew she did it on purpose. This was an obvious auditory anchor to get the American people to associate Bidden with Osama Bin Laden!

Palin used other NLP techniques as well. Anytime that Palin had the first opportunity to speak, she immediately framed Bidden’s response so that it was positive for the McCain/Palin Ticket. For example she would say things like “I applaud Senator Bidden, because we know that he voted with John McCain on the …”. It was a masterful use of NLP that kept Bidden on his toes leaving him little room to contradict his own voting record.

Throughout the debates, the Senator, time and again, noticed that Palin was gaining the upper-hand and could do nothing more than smile at her responses as his forehead glistened and his lower lip shrunk in size. If you watched Bidden, he showed all the classic signs of becoming more and more agitated. As Palin went from nervous to confident the exact opposite happened to Bidden and at one point his voice began to waver as he tried to quickly regain his emotional balance.

It is fair to say that regardless of what was said, Palin used so many NLP techniques that Bidden came across looking as though he lost. She truly used the 93% of communication that is non-verbal to her advantage.

Regardless of your politics, you have to appreciate the masterful display of NLP skills that Palin displayed. It will be very interesting to see if this will have any outcome on the feelings of the American people towards the McCain/Palin ticket!

Todd Ruehs
Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, TIME Techniques and Hypnosis

The power of social proof

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

If you’ve ever read the work of Dr. Robert Cialdini, you’ll know that social proof is a concept that states that people tend to do what other people are doing.

This was illustrated in one experiment where they posted a lone man on a street corner who simply stood there and stared up at the sky.  Dozens upon dozens of people simply milled by the man, paying neither him nor the sky any attention whatsoever.

However, when they ran the experiment with two cohorts staring up at the sky, very quickly people on the street began to look up and even stop to see what the “crowd” was looking at.

This can be a very powerful persuasion technique.  You can hear it in political speeches when candidates say they are the “people’s choice,” or how “people are coming out in huge numbers to support their campaign.”

This technique is also used quite a bit in sales.  Ron Popeil changed his infomercials from saying, “Operators are standing by, please call now,” to “Operators are taking calls now.  If the line is busy, please call back.”

Why?  If operators are “standing by” the implication is that they’re doing nothing – nobody is calling in.  However, busy lines means that hordes of people are calling at the same time, and this implied social proof had an immediately positive impact on sales.

I found this YouTube video offering a glimpse of the power of social proof.  Enjoy!