The Ultimate You Mindfest (a free online personal growth audio series) that I mentioned in an earlier blog post kicked off on Monday, June 18. I’ve already listened to the first two sessions, and the third one just came online today.
Don’t worry if you haven’t started yet since you can still listen to the whole series for free from the beginning for free if you want, but you only have a few more days to do that.
My impression of the Mindfest thus far is very positive. Paul Scheele’s coaching sessions are around 30 minutes each, so it’s not a big time commitment. Rachelle and I listened to Day 2′s session last night while having dinner, and we’re going to listen to Day 3 very shortly.
I’d say the overall theme of this program is about using simple techniques to enlist the cooperation of your subconscious mind to get what you want out of life. This is something I’ve barely addressed even after years of blogging, probably because I’ve been doing this for most of my life without really being aware of it.
For example, when I was in high school, I used to get excited before any math test. Before I even took the exam, I’d imagine the end result I wanted. I visualized the teacher returning our graded tests and smiling as he gave me mine with an A+ on it, highest grade in the class. I even imagined the other nearby students moaning when they glanced at my grade, realizing that I’d blown the curve yet again. And that’s how it turned out most of the time.
I rarely ever studied for exams all through high school. While other students studied, I simply imagined that I’d ace my tests and tapped into feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction. I figured that since I went to class and did the homework, there was no need to study. Surely the information was already stored in my brain somewhere. I just had to “get out of the way,” as Paul described.
Most of the other top students I knew in high school and college rarely studied for exams either. The ones who studied usually generated excess stress and anxiety for themselves, which hurt their performance. After a test was over, when their minds were more relaxed, they’d realize where they screwed up and what they “should” have done instead.
This is one reason I was able to take lots of extra units in college (as explained in articles like Do It Now and 10 Tips for College Students). I didn’t have to waste time studying. Studying is a conscious preparation approach, but it’s just too slow in practice. As Paul explains on Day 2 of the Mindfest when he tells his golf story, it can be much more effective to enlist the help of your subconscious mind to meet your performance goals. While other students were cramming for finals, I did a few minutes of mental prep and then played poker and video games to relax and have fun.
I’ve often emphasized the importance of focusing on your desires, but Paul’s advice is a little different because he explains how to skip to the end and imagine the end result you want. That too isn’t unique advice, but he also explains what to do afterwards. This process sets up your subconscious mind to watch out for opportunities and shortcuts to your end result.
If you don’t enlist the help of your subconscious, you don’t necessarily get self-sabotage. You usually just experience a level of performance that’s nowhere near your best.
Our conscious mind makes choices, but the subconscious is more like a computer that obeys its prior programming. If you don’t insert your own code telling it what you want, it will probably be programmed with conflicting ideas, so you’ll typically get something in the realm of GIGO — garbage in, garbage out. This means unnecessary stress, wasted effort, and weak results.
Here are the specific lessons covered in the Mindfest:
Day 1 – Succeed by Design: Eliminate procrastination and hesitation
Day 2 – Activate Your Automatic Pilot: Vaporize negative self-talk and self-sabotage
Day 3 – Believe in Yourself: Whisk away limiting habits of mind
Day 4 – Follow-through with Unwavering Consistency: Hardwire inner drive and amazing self-discipline
Day 5 – Feel Great about Yourself: Remove the negative influences of other people
Day 6 – Open the Flow of Prosperity: Use the immense power of your mind to attract what you choose
For each day of the course, you get two programs — one lesson from Paul and one Paraliminal to listen to.
Currently we’re on Day 3 out of 6, so in addition to the sessions that are already available, new ones will be released on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
What if You Missed the Start of the Mindfest?
Not to worry if you missed the first couple days. You can still catch the whole Mindfest from start to finish — for free — even if you’re starting late.
Initially I thought that each session would be online for a 24-hour window, but it turns out that all of the sessions will be available until Monday morning, so there’s still time to catch up and digest it all. The Mindfest sessions will be online until 7:30am Pacific Time (10:30am Eastern) on June 25th.
I encourage you to listen in because it’s not a big time commitment, and the content focuses on teaching you simple methods to improve your results. Plus you get to listen to a bunch of the Paraliminals for free as well. The Paraliminals are audio mediations that you listen to, about 20 minutes each, and they help condition your subconscious mind in various ways to improve your results.
What’s the Catch? Why Is It Free?
The Mindfest is free because it’s a try-before-you-buy program.
Learning Strategies, the producer of the Mindfest, hopes you’ll find the Mindfest material so helpful that even after you listen to the whole thing for free, you’ll want to purchase a copy for yourself to listen to it more than once. I used this same model when I sold shareware games.
If you like the Mindfest and want to buy a copy of the recordings to keep (via download or on CD), go for it. If not, then it doesn’t cost you anything.
Of course they’re also sweetening the deal by including some extra bonuses if you do decide to purchase the recordings. I suspect that a lot of people who listen to it will end up buying it, so they can reinforce these ideas every few months, and Learning Strategies is including some of their most popular Paraliminals in the package to make it a pretty sweet deal.
If you haven’t started listening to the Mindfest yet, you can sign up and get caught up at the Ultimate You Mindfest page.
I’m off to listen to Day 3…