The Four Levels to Human Behavior

There are ultimately four levels that lead into human behavior, and this is the same for you as it is for anyone else. Once you get an idea of what these four levels are and how they can be affected and influenced, you’ll gain a much larger level of influence …

Forge a Mental Identity

As it turns out, your subconscious is pretty easy to trick. For an example that anyone can understand intuitively, that’s the reason why much more of a product will sale at $4.99 than $5.00, but about the same amount of a product will sale at $5.00 than as at $5.01. …

The Three Stages of Visualization

No matter where you look for performance advice on the Internet, you’ll be told that visualization is important. You’ll be told how important it is that your visualizations are vivid and bring out emotion and all of this other advice. Unfortunately, there are very few sources to actually learn how …

Mood and Subconscious Input-Output

A generalized goal that you can have is trying to structure your life in a way that makes you feel good naturally without having to force it. A big part of making this happen is understanding the input-output structures and processes of how your subconscious communicates with you. The basic …

Compassion for Yourself and Productivity

If you’re in a position where you’re not getting the things done that you don’t want to get done, especially if it’s an issue of motivation, then it’s almost always the case that there is some kind of disagreement between your conscious and subconscious minds that is going on. Navigating …

Active Thinking vs. Reactive Thinking

I work a lot with mental structures with the people I’ve helped to achieve better control over their lives. The most common mental structure that I’ve seen that needs work in people who want to feel more in control of their lives is that of active thinking compared to passive …

A Simple Meditative Exercise: Resetting Your Focus

This is not my typical “Fundamentals” post. Instead, I want to describe a simple meditative exercise that some people might find useful. Just remember that you have to actually do it to get the benefits of it. For the people I work with on their own productivity and workflow, I …

Strategic Heaven and Tactical Hell

Takeaway: How close you are to a deadline with your work drastically impacts the degree of stress you deal with and the degree of control you have over events. Understanding the difference between strategic heaven and tactical hell is one of the single most important things you can do for …

Faith and Dealing With Social Pressure

Takeaway: Social pressure can cause you to sabotage yourself. There are two main ways this happens. Have faith in the process and identify the source of the pressure to become immune to it. There’s a really interesting dynamic that happens whenever you do things that are a little different than …