Maltz begins with a preface describing a bit of the background behind his book. In short: their outward appearance would change, but their internal feelings and attitudes would remain the same. In his investigations he discovered cybernetics—the actions and requirements of machines in accomplishing tasks. This field of cybernetics was then applied to people, resulting in an application of how people achieve success, or failure.

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Maltz begins with a preface describing a bit of the background behind his book. In short: their outward appearance would change, but their internal feelings and attitudes would remain the same. In his investigations he discovered cybernetics—the actions and requirements of machines in accomplishing tasks.

This field of cybernetics was then applied to people, resulting in an application of how people achieve success, or failure. Both lead to certain outcomes, and both can be changed. The book Psycho Cybernetics was written to be experienced. Each chapter should be read actively, making notes about the points that appeal to you, and creating your own summaries and analysis. There are practice exercises to complete throughout the book.

But most of these beliefs about ourselves have unconsciously been formed from our past experiences, our success and failures, our humiliations, our triumphs, and the way other people have reacted to us, especially in early childhood. You tend to believe this self-image, and live your life based on this belief of yourself. This explains how some people seem to always be successful, and others constantly fail. Their subsequent experiences will support the self-image they have of themselves.

Maltz in his plastic surgery practice. Some have tried positive thinking about the future, without actually addressing their beliefs about their self-image.

This is where Dr. Maltz discovered the great potential for change—in directing activity at your self-image. You must find your self acceptable to you.

Maltz sees the subconscious as a mechanism that the mind controls. He calls this our Creative Mechanism. It will function based on the goals it is given. These goals are based on your self-image. This self-image dictates the limits of your accomplishments—what you believe you can do. The Creative Mechanism uses past memories as structure for solving current problems. Within all of us is also a Success Mechanism. Although Dr. Maltz is clear in that you are NOT a machine, he makes numerous analyses that show how the brain and nervous system are machine-like in their operation.

This access to universal knowledge is acquired through analysis, contemplation, and striving for answers. Every human being has access to a power greater than himself. When you supply the goal, your mechanism finds a way. Making mistakes helps to direct you toward your goal. It provides an autocorrect that helps you redirect towards your goal. You gain skill by redirecting your errors until you are heading in the right direction.

Then, you must FORGET the past the errors , and focus on the final successful choice that led you in the right direction. Trust in the process without worrying about it or trying to adjust it. Hypnosis is an excellent example of this in action. Seeing a bear will make you feel fear and run. You automatically react to the environment based on what your nervous system tells you, regardless of whether this information is true or not. It is what you believe to be true that causes the reaction.

Numerous studies have shown that mental practice improves actual performance. The key is to practice the correct mental image of the actual action. You are able to relax, picture the process, and enjoy the journey. You can also use this method to develop an excellent self-image. Seeing yourself differently will lead to acting differently, and improving yourself.

Get detailed. This is your mental practice for life. View positive interactions, opportunities, responses and dreams. Think about how each of your senses will experience what you are imagining. Imagine positive feelings that you will experience. And remember that it may take you at least 21 days of practicing this before you notice changes. Practice will lead to new, automatic responses based on the self-image you are developing. When you are successfully hypnotized, it is because you believe what the hypnotist is saying.

In this sense, you have been hypnotized throughout your life. You believe what someone has said to you or about you, and this belief has led to certain actions. The reverse of being hypnotized into negative beliefs is also possible. People have been hypnotized and behaved far beyond what their conscious restrictions would allow them. In a sense they were dehypnotized so that they could achieve what they were truly capable of. We believe we should be what they are, and determine that we are unworthy… NOT true.

This leads to more striving, more inferiority, and a miserable life. The solution lies in knowing that you are uniquely you, and will never be someone else. Your uniqueness is valuable, and only yours to have.

In order to undo a negative belief or behavior, we need to begin by relaxing. This leads to Dr. Get comfortable, and consciously relax each muscle group in your body. Move through mental images of relaxation.

Practice going through all of these mental images over and over again. You will develop stronger connections between mental images and how you feel physically, and become better at relaxation.

You do not have to unbury every negative unconscious thought in order to change. Focusing on a mistake or guilty feelings can make the mistake the actual goal. Instead, remember that negative experiences helped you orient towards your goals, and then can be forgotten as you practice traveling in the right direction towards your goals.

It has been theorized that those who are successfully hypnotized to do amazing things have simply had negative memories purged so they could achieve greatness. It follows that you can consciously purge negative memories and unlock your own innate success. When you begin to feel negative, look for the cause, and dismiss this cause as absurd.

Determine that the irrational will not control you. Repeat this practice whenever negative thoughts and memories start to surface. Look for new, rational, positive beliefs that resonate with you.

Identify a belief about not being able to do something. Evaluate it using the following questions: 1. Get mad about beliefs that have interfered with your success and happiness. Allow this anger to spur you on to new beliefs and great success. Rational thoughts must be joined by feelings and desires. Long for who you want to be, and what you want to have. Get excited about these desires. This process is exactly like worrying, except that now you are dwelling on positive, desirable things instead of negative things.

As you change your goal picture and engage your positive emotions the possibilities will become more real. Do everything you can under the best of assumptions, and then let the results happen. There is a limit to rational thought. If you focus on achieving results with rational thought, you begin to develop anxiety and feelings of stress.

Instead, once you have determined your goals and you are taking action towards them, let go of making success happen. You can see how that works when examining the lives of very creative individuals. Their creative breakthroughs come from spontaneity when their rational mind has relaxed.

They have a goal, a question, or a need for a solution that they have consciously examined. Take the time to research, prepare, and make good decisions. And then, once the wheels are in motion, relax.

Give your attention now to this moment you are in. Live in today without worrying about the future, or mulling over the past. Your attention to this moment allows your creative mechanism to respond at its best.

Allow your senses to absorb the experiences of this moment. Avoid multitasking, as this takes the focus away from the moment. Do one thing at a time.


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