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Learn from the best in the best way – Personal Power Mastery

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Learn from the best in the best way – Personal Power Mastery by Douglas Vermeeren

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Imagine if there was a million dollars in a brief case for you on the other side of a field. The money is all yours all you have to do is go and pick it up. There is however one catch the field is filled with landmines and you don’t know where they are. Crossing this field will be a very challenging not to mention potentially explosive obstacle.

However you have a few options to get across.

Option 1 – Run like heck an hope you make it okay.
Option 2 – Read a book about it and take it slowly and cautiously on your own.
Option 3 – Have someone who has navigated the field once before tell you what to do from the sidelines.
Option 4 – Have someone who has successfully navigated the field multiple times walk with you and point out the potential dangers and challenges.

Which one would you pick?

When it’ appears in the context its pretty obvious which choice is the one you should select to complete the objective of crossing the field. But when it comes to practice in real life you’d be surprised how many choose the first option of simply “winging it” and making a run for it.

Let me share a little about each of these and then make a case why the final one is the best option in real life too.

Option 1 – Run like heck and hope you make it. This is the way most people approach getting to their goals in real life. Whether its in their career pursuits, building a business, flipping a house, becoming a professional athlete or even a rock star. When it comes to achieving their goals most people try to do it solo without support. They rush in whatever direction with whatever activities they think will help them make progress. This is also known as the school of hard knocks. This can be painful, expensive and time consuming. The are the people that think reading, seminars, coaches, mentors and that kind of thing is a waste of time. They often will say things like, “You’ve got to pay your dues.” and “There’s no substitute for hard work.” Most of the time they never achieve anything great and often never get close to their goals.

Option 2 – Read a book about it and take it slowly and cautiously on your own. – I hope I can share this one in a way that makes sense. I am an avid reader and a strong defender of reading and books. But if we are honest there are some limitations. Many people feel that simply reading a book on a subject makes you an expert. I see this ALL the time with other speakers in my career. they read a book about someone else success and suddenly feel they are qualified to teach others about success. (What a disservice to those they claim to serve. They can’t help others because they aren’t even willing to recognize their own limitations.) While reading a book will give you power there are still limitations. One of the challenges with this option in real life (and this happens with just attending seminars too) is that you learn just enough to make you dangerous so to speak. In other words you will get the information to make you started but what happens if you run up against a situation the book doesn’t cover or the seminar didn’t teach you about? What will you do? You will be stuck until you can get help.

The second part of this is taking it slow and cautiously. And we see this reflected in many people in real life. They slow their progress down to make certain that they have all of the answers they need before they take action. Hopefully that’s not you. But if it is let’s clarify one thing even with the top mentors speaking to you hourly you will still not have all the answers. It is just not possible. You will have to walk by faith if you are going to claim the prize.

No in finishing this option I want to emphatically state that I AM NOT AGAINST READING. I am against reading by itself. To be most effective it needs to be a component of a stronger strategy which we will talk about in a moment.

Option 3 – Have someone who has navigated the field once before tell you what to do from the sidelines. This option is getting better because you have the ability to rely on the experience of someone else who has completed the task. But as this article is entitled, “Learn from the best in the best way” I have to point out that while this is the best option so far there are still limitations. Someone observing you from the sidelines is often not aware of the specific details you are facing and they aren’t always seeing things as you see them in the field. They may not always give you the best advice because they don’t always know you and your particular situation in close up detail. It kind of reminds me of the encouragement that we often hear repeated, “Take a millionaire to lunch.” We’ll on the surface that’s a great idea, but in reality its going to take more than a lunch to get yourself truly on track to make your own million.

Option 4 – Have someone who has successfully navigated the field multiple times walk with you and point out the potential dangers and challenges. This final option is the best. Essentially it is having someone who has successfully accomplished what you are intending to do work with you directly to help you successfully arrive at the same conclusion. Often times this can cost more money than the other options up front but in the end it is actually the least expensive and most productive. In many cases as I have observed attendees to our seminars over the years this is also the option that actually gets the most results. Too often people come through our doors that have been trying the other options for years – but suddenly when they get the courage to actually get someone personally involved in helping them everything finally comes together.

Naturally Using a combination of all of these things will provide value as well so don’t neglect any learning opportunity that will support you on your mission.

There is one last things that I want to share that is important to recognize when it comes to learning and perhaps this is the concept that is closest to the title of this article. “Learn from the best in the best way.” Not all mentors, teachers, coaches, books, seminars youtube videos and learning tools are created equal. The lessons from some “Gurus” Will actually take you backwards and cost you time and money instead of helping you fulfill your purposes. Yes, you can learn from everyone and sometimes those lessons can be the wrong way to do something.

Life is short and your time is limited. Seek out the very best people to learn from and make the commitment to appreciate yourself enough to select the support that will ultimately serve you best.

Challenge: Get out there today and seek out in person mentors and support to help you get to your goals.

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The Importance of reading Great Books!

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The importance of reading great books!
By Douglas Vermeeren

Often people ask me what’s the one single thing that they could do to elevate their mindset, inject new and effective ideas into their business and increase their ability to get to their most important goals. The answer is really simple read more great books.

As I interviewed and conducted research into more than 400 of the worlds top achievers one of the biggest common attributes among them was that they were avid readers of great books. They recognized the importance of learning and made every effort to do so. I want to clarify that it wasn’t just a matter of reading anything – they specifically chose good books that would lift them higher. As every moment of your day is precious you must also chose your reading the same way.

I need to clarify I am not against reading for entertainment. There are some amazing and brilliant stories. But the kind of reading I am talking about is what I saw first hand develop people into leaders. The sections at the bookstore that they frequent most are business, self-help, economics and biography. I have tried to do the same. What you fill your mind with most determines what you will think about most. What you think about most determines what you feel about and decide to take action on. When you fill your mind with powerful strategies you are no longer acting haphazardly to create results. You actually have strategies that work and will get you what you are looking for.

The bottom line is that if you don’t know how to do a thing you can learn it from books.

A second highly valuable side effect of reading books from the best minds available is that in a sense they become your teachers, mentors and even peers. You may heard it said that you become like those you spend time with. Each page you spend in a book with an expert gives you a deeper relationship with them. Their thoughts become synergized with yours and new results are created altogether.

In conducting my interviews with the worlds top achievers I tried to read books these individuals had written before I met them. This also gave me great insight into what I need to learn from them when we had a chance to spend face to face time in real life. Many of the success strategies they had written about in their books I was able to learn even deeper when I saw how they implemented the strategy in real life.

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Books also have a power and magic that videos and audios can’t capture. The learning style of reading is altogether different than just watching a video or learning. Watching and learning have great merit as well. But in a book a reader can progress at their own pace, take notes, annotate and allow the physical written word to imprint in their mind. Studies have demonstrated that the power of recall is often more powerful with information that is read versus information that is watched or heard.

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Reading also allows you to pick up the pace when learning. You can progress at whatever speed you choose and you can even jump to things that you want to learn immediately. When I first started in personal development I tried to get my hands on and red everything I could get my hands on. In the short space of three months I once read just over 100 books. That was a little over one a day. I started early in the day and read through the day every chance I got and then read into the night. It was a push to do it and I certainly don’t run at that pace now. In fact, instead of trying to get through books quickly I have actually tried the reverse. I go slow and aim not for page count but for pay understanding. Recently I even decided to read a book three times in a row before putting it back on the book shelf. Speed isn’t the goal. Comprehension and implementation is.

As I mentioned reading great books was a common attribute of all the top achievers I encountered and that fact alone should convince you to get reading more. What you learn determines what you can earn. And great books are the best place to start.
DV Photo 1Douglas Vermeeren – Are you ready to level up? You’ve come to the right place. Douglas Vermeeren is considered one of the top leaders in personal development and achievement psychology. He is considered by many to be the modern day Napoleon Hill for his extensive research into the lives and psychology of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers. Douglas Vermeeren is the creator of The Personal Power Mastery program which helps you unlock your most powerful self and created positive changes in your life.

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Are you Pattern Primed for Success?

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What do you see in the center of these Circles?

What do you see in the center of these Circles?

Are you Pattern Primed for Success?

By Douglas Vermeeren

It’s time to head back to school. As everyone starts off with a fresh view and clean slate. If you want to add a significant brain tool to how you learn this year then listen up, because we have something powerful for you.  And even if you’re not a student listen up  because the technique we are about to share has been scientifically proven to help in a variety of settings including work, family life and staying focused with important goals.

The principle is called Pattern Priming. And here’s how it works:

Our brains are wired in a very unique way that strives to seek out patterns and seeks out the completion with all stimuli that it encounters.

That’s one of the reasons why we sometimes have the urge to finish peoples sentences, feel the need to finish a TV show even though we may be bored with it, why kids are told to finish their dinner and why the optical illusion on this page tells your brain there is a square between the four circles when it is not there. Our brain fills in the blanks and is constantly on the look out for other patterns to complete or questions to answer.

The principle of pattern priming utilizes this natural tendency of the brain. Pattern Priming is simply this. You prime your brain by creating blanks that your brain will crave to fill.

Pattern priming utilizes our brains specific ability to recognize. Recognition is a powerful system our mind uses to file. Recognition is not only used to categorize new information, but also to retrieve it when using our memory. There are two kinds of memory retrieval; Recognition and basic information recall. Studies have demonstrated that our ability is far more powerful for recognition than it is for basic information recall.

To illustrate participate in this experiment, If I asked you the what was the date of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on the moon are you able to recall the exact date? Now if I asked you to recognize the specific date from the following dates: August 14, 1972; December 3, 1984; July 20, 1969, are you able to pick it out of the options available to you?  Which is easier? If you had been exposed to that historical date prior to this experiment you will have found that recognition of an existing answer is always easier than attempting to reproduce an answer on your own.

This is also one of the reasons we are often much better at remembering the faces than the names of people we meet.

Recognition a powerful system that our brain utilizes to quickly interpret a situation. And recognition is a key factor in being able to pattern prime.

Let me give a personal example from my own life of how pattern priming helped me solve a problem I struggled with. I have always suffered form learning difficulties in school. Most of these challenges have had to do with attention or lack of ability to focus.

While in college I struggled with my first course in general psychology. I loved the information, but I had a hard time following the readings in the text. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed reading the information, I just could not get much of it to stay in my brain.  I couldn’t anchor it because I had no context or application strategy. (We can talk about those points in another post.) Then I learned the idea of priming.

My priming technique was simple. Rather than just read through the text book hoping for results, I started my study session by creating a series of questions that I thought could be on my tests. Often times I would get these from the chapter summaries in the book.  I also began to ask the teacher after class more questions about what he thought was the most important points in this weeks assignment. With more than 25 questions or blanks to fill I began to read the text book.

My mind was now primed not just to read but to search.  When the answered appeared in the readings they were now vivid and almost popped off the page.  My brain was pattern primed to seek for closure by finding the answers.

From that day on I changed the way that I learned. Rather than look for answers I looked for questions. When I created unanswered patterns in my mind I found my brain holding onto the answers more firmly as I found them. Effective learning, I found was not a matter of taking more notes in class, but asking as many relevant questions as I could come up with so that may brain could get to work.

The results for me were quite dramatic. My teachers and I saw an improvement from a D to B+ and then to an A in just a matter of weeks.

While the above example may seem simple, pattern priming works. Whether it is to find an answer to a question in a school course, fill in the blank on a design, stay focused with goals that matter or simply to find closure on an idea, priming is a powerful tool for directing focus and getting the results you are looking for. Put your mind on a mission by priming it to seek out and zero-in on the results that you want in your life right now.

Douglas Vermeeren is the director of the SUCCEED Research Center which is dedicated to sharing research on the systems that top achievers use to create lasting success. Over the last decade Vermeeren has conducted research into the cognition and behavior of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers, including business leaders, celebrities and professional or Olympic athletes. Douglas Vermeeren is the author of Guerrilla Achiever (With Jay Levinson) and the creator of The Opus (with Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dr. Joe Vitale, Dr. John Demartini, Dr. Sue Morter, Marci Shimoff, Bill Bartmann, Bob Doyle and Morris Goodman.) Currently Doug is completing another film entitled, How Thoughts Become Things. This film will explore the process of how our thoughts become manifest in our lives as reality.  For more on this film go to: www.HowThoughtsBecomeThings.com For more on Douglas Vermeeren go to: www.SucceedResearch.com Douglas Vermeeren can be reached for speaking engagements and training at 1.877.393.9496.

*For information on the Primed for Power workshop please call us at 1.877.393.9496

What do you see in the center of these Circles?

What do you see in the center of these Circles?