Here we are, headed for Christmas. I am feeling appreciative of life and little things that really are big things, like hot water. I LOVE hot water!
According to Water.org, half of all the hospital beds in the world are occupied by patients suffering from ailments related to unsanitary water. How blessed are we to have clean air, clean water, and a working toilet? There’s probably a link between freedom to create and every day utilities functioning.
Now I’m reading my third book by hypnotist and best selling author, Paul McKenna, Ph.D. He’s sold three million books in the last three years! I hadn’t heard of him until a few months ago when a friend showed me two of his books and told me he’s the Dr. Phil of the United Kingdom. So I’ve read I Can Make You Sleep and I Can Make You Thin. Both of those books come with a CD.
Here’s my summary of the seven days:
Day 1: Who are you? You are who you pretend to be, who you are afraid to be and who you truly are. “The better you feel on the inside, the better your life will become.” – p. 37
Day 2: Emotional Intelligence: master how you picture things in your mind and learn to replay the biggest successes in your life. Vividly imagine the confident you.
Day 3: Reframe: our perspective is often the product of the questions we ask ourselves. You get what you focus on.
Day 4: Identify your goals: find out what you really want to accomplish in your lifetime and map out some goals to achieve them.
Day 5: Health: fine tune your spiritual, physical and mental well-being.
Day 6: Prosperity: create your financial abundance plan.
Day 7: Happiness: McKenna discusses the 8 triggers to happiness from studies by Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s research:
1. Clear Goals – have a stated purpose, a clear goal.
2. Immediate feedback – we need continual feedback to know we’re on track).
3. Ability to Concentrate on the Task at Hand – focus on one thing at a time.
4. The Possibility of Successful Completion – preparation and baby steps toward a goal help.
5. Total Involvement – doing something for the sheer joy of doing it.
6. Loss of Self-Consciousness – ability to return to that flow feeling before we were around 5 years old and started judging ourselves.
7. A Sense of Control – feeling like we have a say in the direction of our lives.
8. Time Distortion – time seems to pass a lot quicker or slower than usual.
Learn to replay times when you’ve felt like you were in a state of flow. Blow up those pictures in your mind so they are huge, bright, with punched up colors.
A summary of day 7 is that a happy person does at least one difficult thing every day.
After seven days rinse and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat. Be mindful of the software you run your brain with.
OK, Mr. McKenna, will there be an I Can Make You Creative?