Vocal wizard Guy Monroe told me about working with a singing student and urging her to just break all the rules and experiment with her voice. He suggested she do things faster than normal as a way to break limitations.

Guy said, “The faster you go, intelligences appear. This is trust technology. You can out run your brain.”

Why would you want to out run your own mind?

Your mind tries to keep you safe. That in itself isn’t bad. You want to be safe. You want to survive. But the mind can protect you from learning, stretching, growing, and transcending, too. You want to by-pass the mind to learn new skills and stretch into a new you.

The singer did that by leaping off the edge of the known, in terms of her singing skills, and letting trust guide her into developing new skills as she flew.

“Sounds like The Need Zone,” I told Guy.

“The Need Zone? I love it!” he said. “Explain it to me.”

I went on to say you get what you need. For example, I remember almost being in a plane crash. We were flying into Los Angles and apparently hit an air pocket right over the runway, made by the previous jet. Our plane shook and fell, and all time slowed. But I felt as if I were being protected. It seemed similar to the stories of people in crashes who are saved by an unseen hand. There’s at least one book about this (The Third Man Factor).

By extending the logic that you often get unseen help when you need it, you can also get seen help — what Guy called intelligences — when you stretch yourself into needing it.

In the first scenario a possible accident, or an actual one, triggers help; in the second one, your desire for more skill calls help to your side.

This reminded me of what Bobby Birdsall, one of my first prosperity teachers (who I dedicated Attract Money Now to) told me decades ago. He said, “You always get what you need. One way to attract more money is to up your need for it.”

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That didn’t make sense at the time. I was already broke. Struggling. I had debt and had filed for bankruptcy. I had need. Create more need? No way.

Today I know that we don’t allow ourselves to have what we want due to deservingness issues. But we usually allow what we need. When you need more, you attract more.

This is a touchy balancing act. Need is an emotion of desperation for most people. So needing anything often just attracts more need.

But there’s a way to transcend need.

You can go a level or two higher by consciously needing more as a choice. In other words, the singer who steps out of her comfort zone now needs new skills. She calls them forth by the “need” for them. As Guy explained, the faster you go, the more you attract those higher or expanded intelligences. It’s not a survival need but it is a perceived “need”.

I know when I considered going to my first coach, I resisted it. It wasn’t until I put my foot down and said “I’M GOING NO MATTER WHAT!” that the chosen need attracted the means to fulfill it.

Another way to explain this is to simply challenge yourself by doing what you feel is impossible or at least a real stretch. As you do, you call forth or attract new resources to you because of this “need zone.”

My singing with Guy is always a high energy adventure. I’m using my voice in new ways. As I stretch to sing songs that seem beyond my reach, I acquire and attract the skills necessary to make it happen.

But this only happens because I have backed myself into a skills corner and “need” to attract new skills to accomplish my new intention.

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This works with big dreams, too.

When I decided to end homelessness with Operation YES, I had no idea where to begin. But my new “need” acted as a powerful new attractor.

Within days I ran into Scott Miller and his movement, already working, to end poverty.

Then I ran into a CNN reporter who wants to film me and my work in this area.

Then I attracted more resources, from Mindy Audlin and her “What if UP?” process to the legal staff I needed to become a non-profit.

I also attracted Morty Lefkoe, the man who co-authored, with est founder Werner Erhard, the original proposal to end hunger with the famous Hunger Project.

All of this from entering The Need Zone.

One more example:

Last week in Chicago I recorded my latest audio program for Nightingale-Conant. I went into the studio with no script or book to read from. Because of my “need” to complete a new program that is the most experiential and spiritual of my career, I had to attract the information to record. I did, too, and it may be the most inspired audio set I’ve ever created, but only because I “needed” it.

Maybe ask yourself, “What would you love to do but are afraid to do or have no idea how to do?”

Begin it.

Start someplace.

And do it without over thinking and over planning.

Just jump.

By taking action in the direction of that goal, you’ll attract the people, skills and means — the “intelligences” — from The Need Zone to make it a reality.

In other words, your stepping into discomfort will attract what you need to find comfort again.

Isn’t that comforting?

Ao Akua,


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  1. August 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    OK, this one I’m going to have to turn over in my mind a few times to fully grasp it, I can tell. Though I did, while reading, have a few past experiences pop up from the memory banks that align perfectly to illustrate the concept of the Need Zone.

    I laughed when I saw the admonition, “Just jump”. It’s the exact opposite of what I was told repeatedly by my Mother all my life. “Don’t just jump!” she’d say. “You’re always going off half-cocked, it just drives me to distraction”. And so I caught the mind virus to not jump, but look first, look long, and be 100% certain you can do it before you take a single step.

    Something to work on. Thank you again for the insights.

  2. August 30, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Oh My GOD! What a incredible Post! I´m amazed!
    That happened to me when I started learning things for myself the right teachers showed up!

    Good lord! I´m having goosebumps! 😀

  3. August 31, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Hello Joe,

    In your talks, audios and books, you make the recommendation of attracting things into your life without needing it. This post seems to be the opposite of what you said in your products. I would be glad for you to clarify this with some examples. What’s the difference between need and desperation?

    • August 31, 2010 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Paul. You are 100% correct. The examples I gave in the post should illustrate what I mean. For example, when I went into the studio in Chicago, there was no desperation to record anything, but I sure “needed” to. People were counting on me. It was a focused want or a desirable need. Another way to look at this issue is this: in need is want, and in want is need. It’s yin-yang. The ideal is to be joyfully detached and accepting of it all, as we welcome more. Until then, we get to play with words like “need” and “want”.
      Thanks for the comment,

  4. donna-Reply
    September 9, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    i have one thing holding me back. one massive fear. and that involves all my heart. the ‘hideous problem’ has been over for 2 years, but could emerge again and i feel so grateful and lucky that it has gone away for this time that i am petrified that if i ask the universe for anything else i will be being greedy and get all the awful stuff back again in me and my daughters life. please help joe vitale. thanks.

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