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Think Small Thoughts

Think small thoughts, even more in depth, we’re going to discuss mind sculpture, developed by Ian Robertson. Mind sculpture requires that we pretend that we’re actually doing an event without actually doing anything.

I’ll give you a little backstory, so you understand more of what I’m talking about. When I was younger, playing football, our coach used to tell us to lie down and envision. playing on Friday. What would you do? How are you going to Catch the ball, how are you going to run past the Defenders, how are you going to throw the perfect spiral. Basically, envisioning yourself doing it.  A better example From One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, is they had experimented with two different groups, one group that actually did it, practiced. And another group that practiced with mind sculpture, mentally practiced.It was who would have a higher free throw percentage. And then a week later, they shot free throws. The group that practiced in their minds without actually picking up a basketball, performed better than the people that actually practiced the basketball. That’s crazy. But that’s what we’re talking about today with mind sculpture. How we can train ourselves to do something without actually having to do it.

Because sometimes, if you’ve ever noticed, like in a dream. Sometimes when you dream, you’re like, “Man, that was real. That was so unbelievably real.” Well, what happens is your brain doesn’t really know the difference. Now, mind you, you have to actually really do this. You can’t just be like, “Oh, well.” Kind of do it, or it’s not going to work. Your brain is not that stupid.. It’s actually really intelligent and really smart. however it is hackable.

When you close your eyes and you follow these steps, your brain doesn’t really know that it’s not there. If you imagine yourself doing this over and over and over, shooting free throws, like we were talking about. And the perfect form, elbow in, flick the wrist. And you’re imagining yourself doing this over and over and over in your head, the perfect form. Then your brain is basically thinking that it’s doing it. You have to practice and see yourself being successful in turn, building your self confidence up. Obviously, you can do the complete inverse and imagine yourself missing every single one of them. And I guarantee you, you’ll probably miss them. That’s just how your brain works.

If you start sculpting the way that you think, the way that you present yourself, the way you approach a different challenge, you’ll be amazed on how you can divert the fear (the midbrain) let’s not forget. And go right on to accessing the cortex( which is the frontal lobe).

How does mind sculpture work? Now, there are few keys to make this work. First isolate a task either that you are afraid to do, or that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you really want to do this,to operate correctly (mind sculpture), you can’t be like, “Okay, I got a test tomorrow.” That’s not going to work. You didn’t give yourself the amount of time to do it. Give yourself sufficient time before you actually have to start doing the uncomfortable task.

So, give yourself a sufficient amount of time, you can exercise, You can practice in your mind before you actually have to do it. After you do this a few times and you’ll know for yourself better and you’ll know how long it takes you to do it. But best start with about a month. A month before you actually have to accomplish the intended task, start to practice, start the process and start sculpting your mind.

Decide how many seconds you’re willing to devote to mind sculpture on any day for each task. If it’s sculpting your mind to shoot free throws, if it’s sculpting your mind for being a success in school, if it’s sculpting in your mind to get a new promotion, if it’s sculpting your mind to ask a beautiful girl on a date, whatever it is. How much time are you going to allot per day to sculp your mind?

I’m not talking about minutes or hours, I’m talking about something so unbelievably small that it’s impossible for you to not do. So if you’re talking about 15 seconds, that’s really hard not to do it. It goes by really, really fast. So 15 seconds, If you commit to yourself every day for 15 seconds, you’re going to sculpt your mind. That’s it. We’re not talking 20 seconds. That’s too much. 15 seconds.

What we want to happen is for the sculpting to become subconscious. You need complete focus, shut everything off. In today’s world, I understand you want to be on your phone. Shut your phone off. Turn it on airplane mode, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, whatever time that you need so you have zero distractions for that small itty-bitty amount of time.This is when you can begin the process of sculpting your mind. It’s very important that you cancel every distraction out, while you’re doing this. But since we’re doing it for such a short amount of time, it’s really difficult to come up with an excuse on why you can’t shut your phone off for 15 seconds.

Repetition is a key, remember for this to work you have to truly envision your success. That’s why we’re doing it a month in advance. We’re not doing it the day before. A month, that’s a good 30 days of you doing this every single day. All right.

When you’re ready to practice mind sculpture, sit down or lie down in a quiet spot and close your eyes, really shut off all distractions. It’s not going to work if you’re thinking about five different things while you’re in your 15 seconds. Really shut everything off for those 15 seconds. In These 15 seconds – 30 seconds, whichever one is more optimal for you. 

Imagine that you’re in a difficult or uncomfortable situation. What do you see? What is the setting? Who’s there? What do they look like? See the expressions on their faces, the clothes they’re wearing, their posture. You want to really get descriptive here. After you practice you might find 15 to 30 seconds not to be enough. After you’ve built your setting. Then go even deeper. What does it smell like? You’re really, trying to paint a picture so your brain imagines being there. So, really close your eyes, and paint the picture, pristinely. If there’s something around you, what does it feel like? If you’re on the beach, then what does the beach feel like? If you’re standing in front of a crowd, what does the podium feel like? What color is the podium?

If it’s confronting a boss or confronting your girlfriend/boyfriend, whatever it is, what are they wearing? Where are you? What office are you in? Or what situation are you in? Then without moving a muscle, You are only using your brain.

Imagine you’re doing it. If it’s talking in front of a crowd, imagine that you’re talking to the crowd without moving any muscles, don’t move your mouth. Just imagine yourself doing it. If it’s talking to your boss, imagine doing it. If it’s the free throw concept, then imagine doing the free throws without moving a single muscle. We’re only trying to tap into our cortex in our brain. Imagine a positive response to your activity. So if it’s the free throw example, imagine it goes in. If it’s the public speaking, imagine people are in tune to what you are saying. On the edge of their seats or meticulously writing notes in their note pad. Imagine the best case scenario. What is the desired outcome that you’re looking for? Imagine that!

Now, we got that down. It’s pretty simple. It’s not rocket science. So, you find a calm, cool, collective space. Allot about 15 -30 seconds. In depthly describe the spot in your mind. Practice the event, whatever it is, without moving a single muscle. So, that’s basically mind sculpture.

Now, let’s go on to a little bit more. Now, when this becomes habitual and second nature to where you’re doing it, and you’re not even thinking about it. 15 seconds is like, “Man, that’s not enough. I want to envision more. I’m enjoying this. This task that I was nervous about, now I’ve done it so many times in my head, now I want to do it a little bit more. I want to practice a little bit more.”

So then give yourself that little bit of time. Maybe go up to 30 seconds. If you’re already at 30 seconds, go to 45 seconds. Go for a minute, but do not go too much. You can always increase the amount of time. Only increase a small amount. Don’t increase a large amount. Don’t forget, we’re trying to do something that is something that you do every day and you don’t think about.

If you increase the time too much, then it becomes a burden. Then it becomes a task that you have to do. It becomes a chore. This can’t be a chore because if it becomes a chore, you’re not going to do it. So, if you went from 15 seconds to a minute and then you’re having problems doing it every single day. And you’re just like, “Man, you know what? Screw it.” Then you put too much time. Go back down and go for 20 seconds, 25 seconds. Again, to where it becomes enjoyable, where it could actually even be relieving stress. Because when you’re doing this, you’re enjoying yourself. Right. You’re enjoying the visioning yourself doing it. But when it becomes too much like a chore, it becomes stressful and it becomes counterproductive.

All right. Now, two last but very important aspects to mind sculpture. You’re like, “Whoa, that’s all great. That’s so positive.” Well, obviously, your fear is that it doesn’t happen how you want it to work. That’s the big roadblock. That’s the scary part. The success is not the scary part, It’s the failure.

Well, while you’re mind sculpting and you become comfortable with the positive aspect of it. Now start imagining what happens when it doesn’t go your way and what are you going to do in that situation? So, if you’re public speaking and everyone starts laughing, what are you going to do? Are you going to cry? Are you going to run off the stage? Prepare yourself for that situation.

If it’s the end of the game and your team is down or it’s a tied ball game and you get fouled and you got two free throws. You missed the first one, now it’s all on you to make this last one, put yourself in that situation. What are you going to do if it doesn’t go in? What are you going to do when that first one doesn’t go in.Try and simulate the pressure.

How are you going to react, implement that nervousness in your mind sculpture so you can sculpt your mind, and be prepared. Obviously, we don’t want that to happen. We obviously want to succeed. But in an instance or situation where it doesn’t go exactly how you wanted it to go, it doesn’t go as planned. We’re already prepared. So it’s not something that’s just, pow, and hits you. You’re ready for it. In one of my programs, when I was in my teenage years, I was mostly in just different programs. at one of the programs they taught us, hope for the best, but always plan for the worst.

What we’re doing while we mind sculp is we’re planning for the best, or we’re hoping for the best. But we’re also planning for the worst. So we’re planning for the worst thing that could happen. And you’ll be amazed how calm you become, when you’re planning for the worst as well. We’re also planning for the best because we’re understanding that situation. We’re playing the tape out and we’re seeing that happen, but we’re also seeing what happens if it doesn’t happen.

So we’re preparing ourselves for the worst. So, we don’t mentally destroy ourselves if it doesn’t go our way. Or we don’t break down and throw a temper tantrum or start breaking down and crying in front of everybody or whatever it is. We’re already prepared for something not going our way.

Now the last one. This is actually pretty easy. What you want to do is practice. Now that we’re out of our minds, we’ve done mind sculpture. We’ve sculpted ourselves, how we want it to be. How we envisioned ourselves. And now the thing to do is to go practice it. Obviously, you don’t want to go practice immediately in front of 8 million people. So practice by yourself, in the mirror. Look at yourself. Practice. Do you like your gestures? Can you understand yourself? Are you pronouncing your words correctly? Are you fidgeting with your shirt? Are you grabbing your hands? Are you doing this kind of stuff? What are you doing? If it’s shooting a basketball. Go outside, practice by yourself. Is your elbow in? Are you shooting two hands, one hand, underhand? Which one are you doing?

Always ask someone who’s going to be honest with you. You don’t want someone that’s going to just blow smoke up your butt and always tell you, “Oh, you look perfect. You’re always great.” You don’t want that. That’s not going to help you. If you understand what I’m saying. Go find someone and go practice.

Once you become successful with mind sculpture the first time, then rinse and repeat. Hope this taught you something about mind sculpture. How we can sculpt ourselves to conquer any large task. Once again, we’re taking that big rock, from here and moving over here.