How to break free from victim mentality – so you can get on with your life
How to release limiting beliefs about money and relationships once and for all
How to release fear and find courage in every area of your life
How to go from goal “setting” to goal “getting” faster than you can imagine
Three time-tested ways to attract miracles in every area of your life
The four-step path to true spiritual awakening
Three words that are guaranteed to change your life (and the planet) forever
PS – I recorded this new audio a month or so ago – without notes, letting inspiration lead the way. I was thinking of all the people who are suffering, who have lost their jobs or are worried about the future. The Solution came to me as the answer to their concerns. I recorded it for them, and for you.
I of course know who Lance Armstrong is. I have yet to meet him, even though we live in the same area of Texas and we’ve both been on the cover of Austin Fit magazine. He came to life for me when I read Daniel Coyle’s New York Times bestselling book, Lance Armstrong’s War. While I’m not a cyclist, the book was so well written that I was compelled to read every word of it. When I heard Coyle had a new book coming out, I pre-ordered it without a thought.
It arrived a few days ago. It’s terrific. The Talent Code reveals the true source of greatness. And it’s not what you might think. As the author’s site (www.thetalentcode.com) for the book says…
What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it?
Journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle visited nine of the world’s greatest talent hotbeds — tiny places that produce huge amounts of talent, from a small music camp in upstate New York to an elementary school in California to the baseball fields of the Caribbean.
He found that there’s a pattern common to all of them — certain methods of training, motivation, and coaching. This pattern, which has to do with the fundamental mechanisms through which the brain acquires skill, gives us a new way to think about talent — as well as new tools with which we can unlock our own talents and those of our kids.
The Talent Code may be the most stimulating, inspiring and informative book I’ve read so far this year. I keep reading it, underlying parts, making notes, and reflecting. It helps explain many defining moments in my own life. For example —
Back in 1969 I failed high school geometry. Got an ‘F’ in it. I had to retake the course the next year. The funny thing is, the next year I got straight ‘A’s in geometry. How did I go from F to A? I had a different teacher. The second instructor – a Mr. Ron Posey, I remember – had me follow a strict discipline, right down to using a particular notebook, putting protectors around the 3-holes in the pages, handwriting meticulously, and more. It drove some kids nuts. It helped me get straight A’s. According to Coyle, that second instructor was a brilliant coach intuitively using The Talent Code’s secrets.
Back in 1972, when I learned how to fly a single engine plane, I went through a ten-week course that was the hardest thing I had done (and have yet to do) in my entire life. I either flew a plane every day or was in ground school studying every day, five days a week, all day long. I thought the curriculum was intense. Overwhelming even. It wasn’t until I read Coyle’s book that I realized Kent State Univeristy’s flight school was teaching me exactly the way I needed to learn: by stretching me beyond what I thought was doable.
But how does all of this work to increase talent?
What was my geometry teacher and that flight school doing to turn an average (below average, really) kid into a straight A student and a licensed private pilot?
Coyle’s riveting book explains the three things needed to increase talent and go toward greatness. One essential is “the spark” of inspiration. Something has to ignite desire.
That’s what happened in 1970 when I met Rod Serling, creator of the famous sci-fi TV series, The Twilight Zone. I realized Serling was human and if he could be a famous writer, than I could too. I then put myself through a self-study program that contained well more than 10,000 hours of writing, reading, writing and more reading; of being rejected for years, and yet trying again and again (and again and again). My first book wasn’t published until 1984. The spark of inspiration was Rod Serling. This “spark” is what begins a huge, deep transformation. It’s the beginning to unlocking talent.
The second ingredient needed is a particular kind of practice.
When I was learning how to play the harmonica some thirty years ago, I nearly threw the instrument against the wall. While it’s easy to just blow through a harp and get some music out of it, learning how to blow through single holes, bend notes, and control your breathing and the resulting music is a challenge. But I kept practicing. I practiced every day at 7 pm on the front porch of an abandoned house. After an entire year, I could play like a relatively good blues harpist. But it took practice that involved struggle, errors, correction, and more practice. That’s part of the secret to increasing talent.
The third secret is great coaching.
I’m currently taking private tutoring lessons with Berlitz instructors to learn Spanish, for my speaking engagement in Lima, Peru on June 4th. While I have books, courses, CDs and more on how to speak Spanish, there’s nothing like having a personal coach there to guide my learning. When I failed geometry the first time but excelled at it the second time, it was due to a better coach. I learned to pilot a plane in a short amount of time due to great teachers. These days I have my own coaching program for people wanting to improve or breakthrough. It’s needed for noteworthy success. In fact, it’s a requirement.
Coyle’s book is essential reading for the hypnotic writing, the stories, the insights and more. At the heart of it is the news that a substance in the brain called myelin is what makes people great.
But the greater news is anyone — even you and me — can develop any talent by following the three elements Coyle describes. Doing so will build myelin. As the subtitle of his book says, “Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown.”
The Talent Code may just be “the spark” needed to turn wishful dreamers into talented greats that in the future Daniel Coyle may write about — just as he’s already done for a living legend, Lance Armstrong.
PS — The new and improved Joe Vitale Miracles Coaching program is at www.mrfire.com/miraclescoaching
I’m a big fan of David R. Hawkins. He’s the medical doctor/psychiatrist who cured himself of various illnesses and went on to muscle test his way to Nirvana. He’s either enlightened or at least mapped out the path to enlightenment. His “map of consciousness” — a roadmap of our spiritual evolutionary potential — is brilliant.
Many people know of his famous book, Power vs. Force, which introduced the idea of muscle testing, or Applied Kinesiology, as a way to find Truth in any situation.
While some thought the muscle testing methodology was bogus, most realized Hawkins was pointing to Truth (with a capital T) and validating his map with testing. He even tested every line in his book, to be sure the entire volume calibrated at a high level and would be spiritually enriching to read. (As an author, I can’t imagine muscle testing every line in a book. Hats off to you, David.)
But few know Hawkins has gone well beyond that book into deeper areas of consciousness and spiritual research. His latest book, Healing and Recovery, is a collection of transcripts of talks he gave. It may be his most accessible work yet, probably because he’s a conversational speaker. He’s easy to follow. I’m reading it and can’t put it down. It’s eye-opening and well, enlightening.
Healing and Recovery is about stress, health, healing, sexuality, aging, worry, fear, anxiety, suffering, losing weight, depression, alcoholism, cancer, and death.
While the list of contents might seem staggering, his clinical prescription remains the same: wake up to how you are creating your life with your thoughts and move up the ladder of enlightenment to transcendence, or awakening.
Take stress management, for example.
Hawkins explains that “Stress results from a point of view — from what we hold in mind — and from our attitudes and beliefs.” There’s no such thing as escaping stress, he says, because stress is not “out there.”
As for losing weight, Hawkins (who lost fifty pounds with detachment) explains, “The body is an effect of what happens in the mind.” (I’ve read this chapter five times, just to “get” his higher message.)
As for cancer, it’s always about grief and fear. The solution “… depends on realizing that we are the one who decides that we are greater than the physical body, and that it is within the power of consciousness to call forth the healer within…”
I’ve twittered that I was reading Healing and Recovery and some people said they found Hawkins confusing. Ironically, that makes sense, as Hawkins’ “map of consciousness” reveals where you are mentally.
If you are at a lower level (in fear, for example) his higher levels (acceptance, for example) won’t make any sense to you.
If you are on the lower level of desire, the higher level of unconditional love won’t compute to you.
I’ve been saying for some time now that life is a process of awakening. The goal is to keep going up the ladder of consciousness. By reading David Hawkins — especially this recent book — you can gently expand your thinking, open your heart, and glide upwards.
Hawkins writes, “The most important message is that no one needs to succumb to or be the victim of any illness.”
Healing and Recovery is a 500+ page book that you may have to read and digest in bites, but the result can be the most fulfilling experience of your life.
David R. Hawkins has many books, DVDs, CDs, and more. His website is at www.veritaspub.com Check it out.
PS — Hawkins’ work fits nicely with Zero Limits. It’s all about reaching “Zero” – where stress doesn’t exist.
While I could turn this proven method into a book* (and still might), I want to help you by giving away the secret formula to weight loss right here and right now. If you follow it, it will work. Guaranteed.
Here it is:
1. Get a copy of Steve Siebold’s latest book, Die Fat or Get Tough.
While you won’t believe it at first, all of your weight loss struggles are due to your beliefs. Change them and results come easily. It’s very easy to deceive yourself. If you’re fat, you’ve already done it. This book is called a cattle prod to your consciousness. I call it a disturbing masterpiece. It’s an awakener. It reveals how fat people think compared to fit people. Get it. Read it. Live it.
2. Get a copy of Kevin Trudeau’s book, The Weight Loss Cure.
Kevin found the cure to weight loss. It’s a supplement called HCG. You can only get it from a medical doctor, but they have it and they sell it. Being on the Trudeau protocol (which is really the Dr. Simeons protocol) made all the difference in my life. It forced me to change my lifestyle, eat healthily, and break my addiction to food. Kevin says the diet is easy, which is the only thing I disagree with him about. Eating 500 calories a day (you get the rest of the fuel from HCG burning fat) is not easy, especially in social situations. But doing it will cause you to lose weight (a pound a day, on average), reset your hypothalamus (the part of your brain controlling your weight set-point), and break your addiction to the socially accepted bad habit called overeating. Get the book. Read it. Do it.
3. Drink water.
Sounds easy but you have to drink half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh two hundred pounds, that’s one hundred ounces of water. Diet sodas, coffee, tea and such don’t count. Drinking water means drinking water. You’ll feel full, cleanse your body, and oil your inner machinery.
4. Chew xylitol or stevia sweetened gum.
Wanting to overeat comes from an addiction to food, bad habits, social pressure, and stress. You can satisfy some of the latter by chewing gum, but not just any gum. Most have sugar or some other addictive. Gum sweetened with xylitol or stevia is better, healthier and safer.
5. Drink oolong tea.
I was never a tea drinker but organic oolong is a mild tea which helps you lose weight without over stimulating your nervous system like caffeine does. I add stevia, the natural plant sweetener, to my tea.
There’s no way around this. You must exercise. But the exercise is something you get to choose. Walking is exercise. So is ping pong. So is weight lifting, yoga, pilates, dance, swimming, biking, running and so much more. But you have to do something every day. To lose weight, you must move.
7. Take enzymes.
Enzymes help break down and move out all the food you’ve eaten in the recent past and stored in your intestines. I found taking several plant based enzymes after every meal to be another secret to losing weight and getting healthy. I also take them at night, before going to sleep. My favorite is Digest Gold from Enzymedica.
8. Get support.
You’ll have an easier time and get faster results if you join a support team. I joined the Fat Losers group run by the Mental Toughness Institute for Weight Control. But you can create your own group or find another. Having a group can help you stay accountable and motivated. Having a coach will do the same thing, of course. I greatly believe in coaches and use them all the time. Everyone needs a coach.
Finally, losing weight is one thing; keeping if off is quite another.
While the above formula will have you losing weight, once you’ve lost it you must maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. If you don’t, you’ll just regain weight and a few months later you’ll be reading this post again. Commit to permanent change once and for all.
One way to accomplish permanent weight loss is to have a goal image and a goal weight. See that you reach it and then see that you stay there. Use the five steps in my book, The Attractor Factor, to help you set the goal, clear any blocks to achieving it, and then attract it with action.
You can do it.
Go for it.
PS – Above photo is of me after a 20 pound weight loss (and before another 20 pounds was lost) standing beside the first Scorpion, an eco-friendly exotic sports car. I lost 20 pounds in 3 weeks using HCG and another 20 pounds in another 3 weeks using HCG; both times using the above steps. I was inspired by Trudeau and his book. Photo by Brian Fitzsimmons. (Left click on photo to enlarge it.) You can also see me on the cover of Austin Fit magazine (April ’09 issue) at www.mrfire.com/final-images/photo-gallery/dr-joe-austinfitmag-april-09.jpg
* Obviously, thee’s more to losing weight than the above outline. If you’d like me to turn this weight loss secret formula into a full length book, telling my story and explaining the deeper aspects of each of the above steps, let me know. Leave a comment. Meanwhile, if you liked this post, please digg it and share it. Thank you.
I’m proud to report I’m on the cover of the April issue of Austin Fit magazine (no foolin’), along with a Scorpion, a brand-new eco-exotic hydrogen-gas-hybrid super-sexy hot-rod. See it at www.austinfitmagazine.com Click on my name (Joe Vitale) on the cover at their site to see the articles and more pics. Note: The car in the pics is not mine. My own Scorpion will be built (I hope) this month. But I had to stand beside something.