There are a lot of people that are talking about how I managed to make learning hypnotic language patterns easy.
Key Distinctions in Learning Hypnotic Language Patterns
This article is about some key accelerated learning approach I introduced in to The Persuasion Skills Black Book that you can use to accelerate your learning in any situation.
Short and Long Term Gains
I recently had an email from Susan who is going through the Advanced Persuasion Patterns Programme and she made a couple of comments that started me thinking about deconstructing some key accelerated learning principles and how I applied them to learning covert hypnotic persuasion. Most of the email was about personal stuff so here is the relevant section…
Sent: 01 July 2010 16:04
Rintu, I just wish there was some way I could figure out how to discipline myself to really work on each aspect of what you teach. I think that what I’ll do is print them all out, and take one a week and get it. Just do it until I get it.
One thing that has been of tremendous help is this “peripheral vision” thing. It’s really remarkable, and you are absolutely right, it is a remarkable instant stress reliever.
The lack of focus on the things that will get you better over a period of time is only because of an imbalance between short and long term gains, e.g. “I’ll eat a tub of ice cream instead of going to the gym,”
Eating the ice cream is an immediate gain; going to the gym is a gain that builds over time. For most people, including me, it is far too easy to concentrate on the short gains rather than what really matters…the results over time.
Generally any sort of skills development is a long term gain with lots of road to travel, often progress seems slow and there are set backs to deal with. Immediate distractions give you immediate rewards and you could soon find yourself playing with all the little stuff instead of getting the big things done.
The reality is people over estimate what they can do in the short term and underestimate what they can do in the long term. The key to accelerating your learning of anything can be broken down into a simple process.
Discipline is a dirty word
My father, my teachers and even I have criticised my lack of discipline. Constantly my school reports would come back with “Rintu Basu, would be an exceptional student if only he would apply himself.” But even then I used to think to myself, “If I could find a way of making this stuff fun, could apply it to something or I got something for learning it…then maybe I would do more.”
Using discipline, will power or anything else to beat your unconscious mind into learning things is completely counterproductive because it drains your energy and makes things even harder to learn. This usually leads to self criticism, negative self talk and even less motivation to get it done.
Long and Short Term Gains Revisited
When starting a course of studying it is obviously useful to sort out your motivation, set some goals and generally get in touch with the results that you are after. The trouble with leaving it there is that all the immediate short term gratification things will seem to feel much more powerful.
The easy way to deal with this is to break your overall aim down into shorter, more immediate quick wins, make it fun and get to see some results. When writing The Persuasion Skills Black Book I very deliberately used several techniques to enable the readers to get some fast wins.
Short Steps, Perfect Practice and Learning by Example
Six ten minute sessions spread over a week is much more beneficial than spending an hour once a week. Working this way has several benefits. Firstly your unconscious mind is getting used to consistency. Secondly you will find it easier to focus and find the time if you only need to find ten minutes. Thirdly if you have only ten minutes to get something done you will automatically start to work out how to cram more into the time because it is so short.
A lot of people believe this fallacy that practice makes perfect. But, it is only perfect practice that makes perfect. Musicians do this a lot. They try to practice a piece at performance speed before they are ready and often then build in hesitancy, bum notes and poor expression into the piece so they never manage to learn to play the piece well. In contrast slowing the piece down and never playing a note unless it is exactly right build confidence, accuracy and control. By always practicing accuracy a musician will quickly develop the piece to performance speed whilst maintaining this control. Only Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.
You learn skills best when you have opportunities to practice, can imagine yourself using the skills and you can see yourself getting results. When you were a young child one of the best ways you learnt was through seeing someone, a grownup, parent or teacher doing something and then mimicking them. In short, seeing someone do something and then having a go.
In The Persuasion Skills Black Book I deliberately used lots of examples. Since the book was about covert language patterns I made a conscious effort to use as many patterns in as I possibly could as often as I could. In this way readers are constantly bombarded with examples often outside of their conscious awareness. This gives the book an extra effect in that people as they become aware of what I am doing go back and reread to spot the patterns.
Having Fun, Enjoying the Journey
Imagine having to teach a seven year old and all you were allowed to do was criticise them when they did something wrong, or didn’t come up to standard. Add on the idea that you could only teach them for two hours all in one go.
Compare that to teaching a seven year old where you could only see them for ten minutes a day. You were only allowed to praise them regardless of how well they performed and show them how to so it if they got something wrong.
Which of the two do you think would learn the fastest?
If you want an example of how these concepts can be put together to accelerate the learning of skills then The Persuasion Skills Black Book is a good example of using these concepts to dramatically improve your use of covert hypnotic language patterns.
Thought for the Day
There is another concept that I think is very valuable in the context of accelerated learning. Rather than talk about it I would rather give you an example, so you can see it working. I want to leave you with a simple question. Now that you have read this article what are you going to do differently today?