YAPClassic: John Assaraf on Training Your Brain
YAPClassic: John Assaraf on Training Your Brain
What if you could have everything you’ve ever dreamed of? You can! Today’s guest, John Assaraf, one of the leading mindset and behavioral experts in the world, asserts that by reprogramming your subconscious mind to let go of limiting beliefs you can accomplish all of your goals and get everything you want in life. John has spent years studying brain training and mindset and has seen firsthand the success of these techniques. In this episode, Hala and John dive deep into the science behind the Law of Attraction, the differences between the conscious and subconscious brains, and John shares some “innercizes,” or brain exercises, that help align the conscious and subconscious brains so you can have all your wildest dreams come true.
– Early life as a child
– What John learned from his mentor, Alan Brown
– The science behind the Law of Attraction
– How to put the Law of Attraction into practice
– Steps to using your brain better
– Downfalls of having our brains on autopilot
– Difference between conscious and subconscious brains
– How affirmations work
– Innersizes to help bring conscious and subconscious brains into alignment
– Proof points that support the power of manifesting
– John’s secret to profiting
– And other topics…
John Assaraf is a world-famous speaker, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of NeuroGym, a company focused on leveraging the most advanced technologies and science-backed brain training methods to help people unleash their full potential and get maximum results.
He has built five multi-million dollar companies, written two NYT bestselling books, and has been featured in 11 Movies including “The Secret” and “Quest for Success” with Richard Branson and The Dalai Lama.
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[00:00:00] Hala: I wanted to start off this podcast talking about your childhood. Understanding where you come from, because it really helps us understand why you're so passionate about the work that you do and why you're so good at helping others. You spent the first six years of your life in Israel, and then you moved to Montreal Canada. So first, could you just talk about what life is. As a child in Canada who moved from a foreign country who could barely speak English or French.
[00:00:27] John: Sure. Well, you know, um, what was really interesting as my father went to Montreal from Israel because he and my mother were tired of raising their children, you know, in war torn Israel.
[00:00:39] John: And, uh, they just wanted a better life for my brother and my sister and I, and that was all fine and dandy until I got to Montreal as a six year old kid, I was actually five and a half and I spoke Hebrew, which was my mother tongue, but I didn't know the language. And I was put obviously two into grade one, and there was about 50, 60 kids in each classroom from, from every walk of life.
[00:01:05] John: And myself and a few other kids just didn't understand the language. And the teachers really couldn't teach us the alphabet and teach us what we needed to learn. And my father was already working as a cab driver. So even when I came home, I had nobody to teach. Um, English or French. And so I fell behind very, very quickly.
[00:01:27] John: And by the time I was in grade two, obviously I was starting to learn the language a little bit. By the time I was in grade four and five, I was a year and a half, two years behind all the other kids. And so I was extremely mischievous, got into a lot of trouble bugged. The other kids was bored and I had an enormous amount of energy, which I still do today.
[00:01:47] John: And so I just got into a lot of trouble. I just fell behind and it didn't feel like I fit in. And I started to feel for the first part of my life. Like I wasn't really smart and I didn't fit in and kids made fun of me and I got into fight. And so it didn't start off really well when I was a kid. Yeah.
[00:02:07] Hala: And so from my understanding, when you were 19, you met a really wise businessman. His name was Alan Brown, and he took you under his wing and essentially changed the direction of your life. It's a really powerful story. Would you share that with us?
[00:02:23] John: I would be. I mean, before I was 19 from the age of basically 13 to about 18 or so, just almost 19, I was involved in a small little street gang that, um, uh, brought in drugs from Florida.
[00:02:37] John: We did breaking an entries. We were doing a lot of illegal things with counterfeit money, just, just a small little gang doing illegal things, trying to survive. And it was all the misfits of the neighborhood. And I was getting to a lot of trouble detention centers. Um, you know, run-ins with the law, run-ins with, you know, other little, you know, little gangs.
[00:02:59] John: They weren't like, you know, the gangs that we hear about today, but there were little gangs, not protecting turf, but basically doing things to survive and have money in our pockets and try to fit in. And I was getting into so much trouble that my brother said, Hey, why don't you come and visit me? I was living in Montreal, Canada.
[00:03:16] John: He said, why don't you come and visit me in Toronto, Canada, which was about 350 miles away. So I took the train, went to visit him and he said, listen, I've arranged for a lunch with one of my clients. And my brother is a tennis pro and he used to play on the pro circuit when he was still in his early twenties and then started teaching tennis.
[00:03:35] John: And he had a client by the name of Alan Brown, who was a very successful entrepreneur, real estate developer had real estate offices. He was very interpersonal development and philanthropy and being a great dad and husband, et cetera. He was like a model human being. When you, when you met him, he was kind and in shape and very, very, very wise.
[00:03:56] John: And at lunch that my brother around. Uh, Mr. Brown asked me, and again, I was 19 years old. This was in beginning of April, 1980, which is going to be many years before a lot of the listeners that were born, but the story will still make sense. And I was 19 and he says to me, he says, well, what are some of your goals?
[00:04:17] John: And I said, my goals, I want to have a job that I can, you know, make enough money to move out of my parents' home. I'd like to eventually buy a car for myself. I want to have enough money to go out and party and have fun. He says, okay, well, that's all the basic stuff that, you know, any 19 year old, what would want her 20 year old or 30 year old?
[00:04:38] John: Is that a, what are you some of your bigger goals? And I said, Mr. Brown, I don't have any bigger goals. And so he gave me this document on that, and it was a 1980s goal-setting guide. And when I opened it up, it had. I don't know, probably about 10 pages and it's okay. At what age do you want to retire? And I'm like what?
[00:05:02] John: The F right? I'm 19. I jumped, just getting started, forgetting how to retire. He says, how much net worth do you want to have? What kind of home do you want to live? And what kind of car do you want to drive? What kind of charitable work do you want to do? What kind of clothes do you want to buy? What kind of fun and experiences do you want to have?
[00:05:19] John: And I was like, Mr. Brown, like, what am I supposed to do with this? This is all like pie in the sky, dream stuff. He goes, that's right. He says, all goals. Start with a dream and imagination. He says, please fill it out. So I was, you know, doing a little beside myself. I said, fine, I'll fill it out. So I wrote. I want to retire by the time I'm 45, with $3 million net worth.
[00:05:43] John: I want to live in a beautiful home. I want to have a private jet. I want to travel on yachts. I want to do this for charity, for my parents. And I want to have Italian clothes and a Mercedes-Benz and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I wrote out all these materialistic things and I gave it to him. He says, oh, that's great.
[00:06:01] John: He says, these are all doable. Where did you get these ideas? I said, well, I saw them on the TV show lifestyles of the rich and famous, which showed how rich people live. And I says, well, great. He said, well, the good news is I've achieved every one of these things. So, you know, I know how to do it. This is what I'm going to ask you a question.
[00:06:19] John: And the answer to this one question will determine whether you will ever achieve any of this stuff. And the back of my mind, I was thinking, yeah, sure. One question is going to answer whether I could do this or not. And I said, sure, go ahead. And so he says to me, he says, Are you interested in achieving these things or are you committed to achieving them?
[00:06:45] John: And I sat there thinking for, I don't know, three, four seconds interested or committed. And I had no idea what it meant. So I said to Mr. Brown, what's the difference? And he said to me, he said, son, he says, if you're interested, you'll do what's easy and convenient. If you're interested, you'll keep using your stories and excuses.
[00:07:05] John: And the fact that you came from Israel, didn't speak the language and you fell behind and you weren't smart enough or good enough. I, you know, as your crutch, he says, if you're interested, you'll keep reinforcing this story. This notion these beliefs about why you can't and you'll keep using your circumstances, your conditions and your family and your friends and all that stuff as your reasons why you can't and won't, he says, but if you are committed, You will do whatever it takes to upgrade your knowledge, to upgrade your skills, to develop the beliefs and the habits and the discipline to become the type of man who can achieve every one of these very achievable goals.
[00:07:54] John: So that he looked at me, piercing his eyes into mine, says, so son, are you interested or are you committed? And I felt like the hair standing up, you know, in the back of my neck. And, and I don't know what caused me to do this holla. I said, but I said to him, Mr. Brown, I'm committed. And he said to me, great.
[00:08:17] John: And he reached out his hand and he says, in that case, I will be your mentor. Wow. I'm like, yeah. I said like, wow. And then I said, What the fuck does that mean? Right? Cause like, like nobody ever mentored me, like, I didn't even know what the word meant at the time, but he said to me, he said, son, that means that I will take you under my wing and I will show you how to do this.
[00:08:42] John: Not just tell you, I will show you. And so, you know, I shook his hand. I said, awesome. I said, what's next? He says, good. Well, you live in Montreal, which is 350 miles away from here. And I need you to move to Toronto where I live and where I worked, where I have my companies. I go move to Toronto. I don't know anybody in Toronto.
[00:09:02] John: I don't have a job. I don't have money. I don't have a car. He says, there you go. Look how fast you're coming up with. Why you can't? I said, well, I understand you're saying that, but I don't have any, I have like $60 in the bank. I'm making 65 cents an hour at the factory that I'm working in. I live with my parents.
[00:09:22] John: He says, I'm just. But make the commitment first, then figure out how next I said, fine, fine, fine. I'll move to Toronto. And I was scared shitless and my brother was sitting next to us. He says, okay, Johnny says, you can move in with me for a while until you get settled. I said, great mark. But mark, I don't have a job.
[00:09:43] John: I don't have any money. He says, well, listen, I can help you a little bit. Maybe dad can help you. Maybe our assistant can help you. And so long story short, I said, okay, I'm moving to Toronto. And then Mr. Brown says, well, that's number one. He says, number two on April the 20th. There's a real estate course at Humber college that I want you to enroll in.
[00:10:01] John: And it's $500. I said, what? I can't go back to school. I hate school. I failed English. I failed math. I don't have $500. He goes, oh, there you go again. Look how fast you went to. Here's why you can't. I said, Mr. Brown, I understand, but I don't like school. I didn't do well in school. I'm not a really good learner.
[00:10:24] John: I'm not as smart as the other kids. And I only have $60 in my account. I can pay for $500 for a course. And he says, well, like I said before, make the commitment first and the decision first and then use your brain to figure out how you can. I said fine. Okay. I'll, I'll do it. And so my brother said, I can lend you a hundred bucks, then maybe mom and dad can help you.
[00:10:52] John: And maybe it's just a can help you so long story short Charlotte for everybody who's listening. I made the commitment to move to a city. I knew nobody except for my brother and this man. I made a commitment to go back to school, which I hated from nine to five from April 20th, 1980, till June the fourth, 1980.
[00:11:13] John: I moved three weeks later, I went to school and then I got into real estate school. I passed the test and hollered the reason I can share this story with you and the dates. So precisely is on June the fifth, 1980. I got my real estate certificate because I passed the test and I passed the test without cheating, which is how I got out of high school.
[00:11:41] John: So it was the first time, really in my adult life where I actually. Made a commitment to something I followed through, regardless of how hard it was mentally and emotionally and physically and financially. And I did something that raised my confidence level and my certainty level on myself. And then I got into real estate, even though I knew nothing about business, about selling, about marketing, about doing anything to do with real estate and legalities and finance.
[00:12:12] John: And so I share that story and thank you for asking. To share with people that the how to achieve anything comes after you make the commitment to the
[00:12:25] Hala: outcome. Yeah. It's a really great listen to everybody who's listening. Are you merely interested in the life you desire or are you actually committed to it?
[00:12:33] Hala: Because anything that you want to accomplish really requires focus and attention and action. So I love that lesson. Let's dig into this mentorship a little bit more. He not only was like a point in time mentor. This guy like took you under his wing for years. And to me that seems like a really rare thing.
[00:12:54] Hala: How did you get him to like you so much where you were able to maintain that relationship, where he was investing so much time in you, even though, you know, he had his own business, his own family, his own, his own life. You essentially got him to invest so much time in you. How do you think that happened?
[00:13:11] John: Well, first. I only worked under his Metro ship for a year. Secondly, he didn't invest so much time in me. He created an infrastructure for me to follow. So let me explain, uh, once I got my real estate license, then I became a real estate agent for him with zero salary, not a nickel and what he did, he says, okay, let me give you a framework for how you're going to make money in real estate and be self-sufficient.
[00:13:47] John: And so he put me on a very, very specific schedule. Everyday. When I came in the goal document that I actually had written, he had me rewrite it out in more detail. So I had the goals. Then he had me read a, what would I need to believe? In order to achieve those goals, even though those beliefs weren't true right now, but somebody who was achieving those goals, what would I have to believe?
[00:14:11] John: I wrote those out. Then he said, what do you think you'd need to do every day? If you want to earn, let's say 30 or 40 or $50,000 a year. And I really didn't know. So he helped me with what you'd have to make about a hundred calls a day. You'd have to learn a script of what to say when you're making a phone call, you'd have to learn the objections.
[00:14:33] John: If somebody said no, or yes. What would you say next? And so what he had me do was he created a framework for me to come into the office every day. And on my way into the office, he had me listen to my goals because he had me record them on an audio cassette back then. So I would put the cassette in my car and I'd listened to the goal.
[00:14:58] John: That I wanted to achieve. I would listen to the beliefs that I needed to have every single day on the way to work. I would listen to them every single day while I was driving. I would listen to them, but he also gave me some cassettes to learn about selling and marketing and real estate. And so he had a library of personal development and real estate specifically.
[00:15:24] John: Information that he had me trained on for 2, 3, 4 hours a day while I was driving while I was at work. And everyday when I came into work, I had to review my goals. I had to run my fingers across my goals. I had to repeat the affirmations. I had to close my eyes and see myself becoming the person capable of achieving those goals.
[00:15:46] John: So I use visualization and affirmations and mindfulness. He had me become aware of my negative self-talk you had me become aware of the excuses that I may be using. So back then, This was really not understood by science, but astronauts did the same things. Navy seals later on started to use this. And what we've discovered since now, the company that I run now is called neuro gym in the brain research we do is he didn't know this, but he was helping me develop the neural networks, the patterns in my brain that were required and needed in order for me to follow through with the behaviors.
[00:16:32] John: And so every day I was upgrading my knowledge, my skills, my beliefs, my vision of myself, and replacing the old vision of not being smart enough for good enough, or worthy enough with the wrong beliefs and disempowering ideas that I had about myself and what was possible because of my circumstance.
[00:16:55] Hala: Yeah.
[00:16:55] Hala: So let's dig into the science behind the law of attraction. We have something in common. We both learned about this when we were 19, the differences, I learned it with like movies, like the secret and reading books from Abraham and Esther Hicks. But you learned it and didn't know exactly what you were learning.
[00:17:12] Hala: You didn't know. I think the law of attraction is a phrase that probably happened after you learned it. And you've been studying this for a long time. So what's the exact science, like why is it true that our beliefs can actually become reality? Like how does that actually happen? Because a lot of people think this is like pie in the sky type of stuff.
[00:17:31] John: Well, it is pie in the sky stuff. When people don't understand the law of attraction. Now, a lot of people think that, you know, law of attraction is, you know, you think positively about something you feel positively about something and all of a sudden it materializes on your front door, you know, or, uh, you know, or in your bank account.
[00:17:52] John: And that's the furthest thing from the. Now the law of attraction is more in tune with what Nikola Tesla uncovered around the law of resonance and frequencies. So if you think about, you know, a tuning fork, if you think about how does a tuning fork work, right? Or how is it that you can hit the key on a piano and you know, 10 feet away, the chandelier vibrates, how is that possible?
[00:18:25] John: And it's possible because of resonance. And so in the universe that we live in, we know that every human being, every desk, every chair, every computer, every light is energy. And so energy that's on the same frequency is in resonance and things that are in resonance. They don't attract as a magnet works, but things that are in resonance are the exact same thing that happens when you tune your radio to let's say 95.1, you're locked onto that station, not 95.0 and not 95.2 at 95.1, let's say there's rock and roll music.
[00:19:13] John: But just to the left of that at 95, it might be classical music. And just to the right of that at 95.2, there might be punk rock. So when you are locked and loaded with your mindset, your emotions, your gut, and your behavior around a vision or a goal that you want. You are in resonance. And what happens when you are in residence and you're locked and loaded, is your brain deletes and distorts all the other frequencies or channels, just like a radio does.
[00:19:48] John: And then only the things that are in resonance with the station that you're on the vision, you're on the goals that you're on are what you see and what sees you, does that make sense?
[00:20:01] Hala: It does. How would we begin to start to put the law of attraction into practice? Like it's for somebody who's never done this before?
[00:20:11] Hala: What are some simple ways where we can start to change our daily lives so that we put this into practice? Love it.
[00:20:16] John: Well, you first have to start off with clarity of vision. So if you, if you were an Archer, what's the thing that you have to learn. If you're an Archer. Well, first you have to learn on how to focus on the book.
[00:20:30] John: Right, whatever it is that you're trying to hit, you have to learn how to block out everything else because all of your attention needs to go on the target. So first you have to start off with, what is the vision that you have? Like, what do you see? Is it clear or is it confusing? Is it organized or is it chaotic?
[00:20:53] John: So first you start off with a vision for the target and that's step one. Step number two is what are some goals that you can have on your way to achieving the vision? That's two number three is what do you need to believe about yourself or about. The vision that you want to achieve. Write that down.
[00:21:22] John: Number three, what emotions do you need to activate in order to be in a positive, constructive emotion, energy in motion to help you achieve those goals and that vision that's number three, number four, what habits do you think would help you achieve the goals that you have? What habits? So what daily habits, weekly habits, maybe hourly habits would you need to have that would make those goals really be more probable instead of possible.
[00:22:03] John: Probable instead of posting. Right. So that's part, you know, that's the first part of it. And then the question is this, and I want everybody to pay close attention to what I'm about to share with you. If you're thinking of any goal that you have, whether it's spiritual health and wellbeing, whether it's emotional, mental, physical, whether it's a business goal or career goal, whether it's any goal that we have in health, wealth, relationships, career, business, fun, or experiences, the how to RD exists, right?
[00:22:36] John: The how to, how to do X or Y are already exist. Unless you're trying to colonize Mars. Most people who are listening right now, don't really need to be innovative. Yeah. So all of the, how to the strategies, the tactics, all, all of that exists already. So your lack of knowledge or a skill is the least of your concerns right now, because all of that already exists.
[00:23:00] John: You can read about it, you can buy a blueprint for it. You can get coach for it. You can watch a YouTube video and you can go Google it and you can get all the how to, so let's take care of what has to happen before the how to, so let's get our beliefs in line. Let's get our emotions in line. Let's get our habits in line.
[00:23:20] John: And that is really the precursor to all of it. We can get the alignment, the coherence between all of them. That's when we activate the law of attraction. So the movie, the secret we talked about, you know, think, believe in you'll achieve. No, no, no, no, no, no. That's not true. All right. There's the law of Goya that I teach as well.
[00:23:45] John: The G O Y a.
[00:23:48] Hala: Yeah, we're very familiar with David Meltzer on the show. Good. He's a student of mine.
[00:23:54] John: They've, it's a student than a friend. So the law of Goya is all about, get off your ass. Right. And you have to do the right things in the right order at the right time. And so there's a lot of people who are getting off their ass, but they're not doing the right things or in the right order or at the right time.
[00:24:11] John: And I always, you know, like to give people a visual of a safe. So let's say you had a safe in front of you. Somebody gave you a safe, uh, and there's $10 million in the safe, or there's a, you know, the greatest recipe in the world for X in the safe that you can get access to. And they give you the combination.
[00:24:31] John: You know, the combination is the number 7, 13, 29 and 77. How's that, but they don't give you which order. Okay. The numbers need to go in the same. Well, you, you try 29, 77, 13 7. No, it doesn't work. Okay. 7, 13 29, 7. He says, no, it doesn't work. You could be working really harder for a really long hours. And unless, you know what the proper way is to put the numbers in the common nation, in the right sequence, you could be working really hard, but you are not going to open up the safe.
[00:25:09] John: So what I always like to suggest to people is all of the, how to RD exists. Why not find out what is the, how to be innovative after you know, the right sequence and the right things to do. And this is where knowledge and skill comes into play in the absence of knowledge and skills. We have doubt. When we have doubt, we activate the stress and fear centers in our brain, which deactivates the motivational centers in our brain and deactivates the motor cortex in our brain.
[00:25:43] John: So we don't want to take action. So we procrastinate and do everything else. That's easy versus doing the things that might be a little bit harder. That's going to take us time to learn that we do not yet.
[00:25:56] Hala: I think it's really important. So people really understand this to get a sense of the difference between our conscious and subconscious brains and really what happens when they become unaligned.
[00:26:07] Hala: And to also understand that most of what happens in our brain happens at the subconscious level, like 95 to 95% of brain activity actually happens at the subconscious level. Uh,
[00:26:18] John: that is correct. So, you know, if we were to take a look at what does our brain do and how does it work? Well, our conscious brain, as you mentioned, is responsible for imagination.
[00:26:31] John: It's responsible for choosing this or that it's responsible to give things meanings. It's responsible for us being able to tell ourself we're tired. Let's go to. Et cetera, but our subconscious brain is keeping your DNA intact right now, digesting your food. It's allowing you to see and delete or distort anything you don't need, but only pay attention to what you do need.
[00:26:57] John: It is the power grid, the power center of you and me. And yet, most people don't know how to operate it. And like I said, we have a brain, but we haven't been given the user's manual for it. And I've been studying this for over 40 years now. And what is the user's manual? So I can use the conscious part of my brain properly and the subconscious part of my brain properly.
[00:27:24] John: And once you start to realize that you have a lot more control than you ever had before. You're not your brain. This is the most incredible thing to think about is I have a brain, but I'm not my brain. It's like you have a heart, but you're not your heart. You have hands, but you're not your hands. You can start to use the tools better.
[00:27:46] John: And so our subconscious brain doesn't know the difference between something real or imagined your conscious brain does, but your subconscious brain doesn't. So if you can impress a new belief into your subconscious mind, if you can impress a vision into your subconscious mind, whether it's a vision of you being, you know, healthier, or you being in a great relationship, you earning more money, you having the job of your dreams.
[00:28:12] John: If you can envision it and impress that into the subconscious mind, not one time, but hundreds of times, then you can start to create that neural network and pattern. And then your subconscious mind then goes towards. At making that a reality and something that I like to use as a visual. So people understand this even better is imagine if we're sitting in a movie theater and we're watching a movie and there's some, you know, some things happening on this screen that we don't like, does it make sense for us to get up, go to the screen and spray paint the screen to eliminate what we don't like?
[00:28:54] John: Of course not. It would make sense if we don't like what's on the screen to go back up to the projection room, to get the weather, the DVD or whatever the movie's playing through and change the script on the DVD. So that the projection would be different. That's exactly how our brains work. We don't see the world as it is.
[00:29:19] John: We see the world as we are conditioned to see the we're projecting our beliefs in our experiences and our values onto the canvas and screen of the world. And it's a, it's a very odd shift that people have to make to understand reality that. Yeah. And so we achieve the results that we are conditioned and wired to achieve, not what we're capable of achieving.
[00:29:47] John: So we don't earn what we are capable of achieving. We earn what we are conditioned to earn.
[00:29:54] Hala: No, that's brilliant. I just wanted to go back to your Alan Brown story, where he made you repeat the same things everyday. Repeat your goals every day. It's kind of relates to this in a way where you're forcing your brain to think that that, that, that that's true.
[00:30:08] Hala: That's reality because you're conditioning it and repeating yourself. And that's why affirmations work,
[00:30:14] John: right? Correct. You know, affirmations work because you know, an affirmation is nothing more than letters. That form words, that form sentences. And when you and I, and everybody who's listening were born.
[00:30:28] John: We didn't have one belief about ourselves or what was possible. We didn't have one idea of what we could achieve in our lifetime or not in any area of our life. We came as a clean blank slate, and then we developed, you know, our beliefs around what our parents or grandparents or teachers or, or siblings believed.
[00:30:52] John: And guess what, if those beliefs were empowering, constructive, unlimited beliefs. Awesome. You don't have a challenge, but if you grew up or develop these disempowering limiting beliefs, you will not achieve more than your beliefs will allow you to.
[00:31:11] Hala: Yeah, so we love practicals and how tos on young and profiting podcasts.
[00:31:16] Hala: Are there any inner sizes that can help us bring our conscious and subconscious brains into alignment?
[00:31:24] John: Absolutely one of the, the best tools. And one of the things that, uh, all of my students do, we have something called an exceptional life blueprint. And so taking them back to what Alan Brown did with me, you know, 40 plus years ago, we have all of our students create their exceptional life blueprint.
[00:31:43] John: And so what does that mean? It means that they create the vision for their life by writing out a story. And the story simply starts off like this. I'm so happy and grateful for the fact that, and you write a story in present tense of, uh, you know, the kind of life that you're living, where you're living, how much fun you're having, how you feel, who you're engaged with, what a difference you're making in the world, how much you're earning, um, uh, what kind of clothes you wear, what kind of car you drive, what kind of charities you help you write a life story and then.
[00:32:21] John: Every day, you sit after you've written it on your computer or you print it. Like I have both. And you recorded onto your smart device, whether it's your computer, your iPad, your iPhone, you sit and you read it as you put your right fingers across it, and then your left fingers across it. And then you close your eyes and as you listen to it, you feel it.
[00:32:47] John: You see it. You imagine it. Now. Some people listening might, might think, well, that's stupid. That's crazy. But let me, let me give you another visual. I want you all to imagine that you're sitting at your favorite tea, shop coffee, shop restaurant, whatever, with a friend talking. Hmm. Out of the corner of your eye, you see Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks having a discussion, whoever you like, whatever your favorite Hollywood actor or actresses and they're talking.
[00:33:18] John: And then they look over at you. And then whoever that person is from Hollywood comes up and says, Hey, we were just talking about this new movie script that we want to film in about a year. And we just saw you and you look perfect for the role. Would you consider coming to Hollywood? And we will equip you with the best actor coach in the world.
[00:33:45] John: A few of them, as a matter of fact, we will help you learn everything you need to know about the script. If you like. And about what you need to do to play this role. And if you say, yes, we'll pay you $10 million. Now, how many of you would get excited? Even though you have no acting abilities, you don't have the beliefs that you're good.
[00:34:07] John: You might even have fears that you might screw it up. But if they put a team around you and said, we will teach you everything you need to do to learn the script. How many of you would say, well, I'd be open to that. Yeah. So let's say you said, yeah, that would be awesome. What would be the process of taking a piece of paper that somebody else wrote?
[00:34:28] John: Not even you, what would be the process to learn the script? Would you read it like one time and go, okay, I got it. Let's film. No, you'd read it. Hundreds of times you practice with other people. You'd look in the camera and you'd practice on camera. And if you did that enough time, You'd eventually know the script by heart.
[00:34:52] John: You'd eventually feel comfortable in front of the camera. You'd eventually be able to film. And if you practiced, you know, for 30 days, 60 days, 180 days a year, a whole year, would you be much more comfortable in a year practicing a little bit each day where you know this script it's within you, you know, when to raise your voice or lowered, you know, when to get fricking angry right now.
[00:35:18] John: Okay. Are being so happy. It's unbelievable. Oh my God, Holly, this is off like this. You'd be able to OnCommand an on-demand do that. Right. Well, let me share something with all of you listeners. When the script in your head, the new one is greater than your current screen. With all of the beliefs and all of the habits that you have when the new script is greater than the old one, that's when your life will change.
[00:35:51] John: And that's when you'll start to achieve the life of the new script.
[00:35:55] Hala: That's amazing. And just to play devil's advocate, what are the proof points behind this actually working?
[00:36:03] John: Well, when you develop the beliefs around the goals that you want to achieve, the beliefs set up the lens by which your brain sees the world.
[00:36:14] John: And. When you develop the beliefs around this and the skills and the knowledge you activate the motor cortex of your brain, the imagination center of your brain, the deductive reasoning center of your brain. You activate all of the needed components from a neurological perspective to match the belief.
[00:36:35] John: And so let's take this back one step and say, why do 85, 90% of all lottery winners lose all the money after they win it within three years? Why do homeless people who are put in a really nice environment, leave the environment or ruin it? And the answer is because you're out or world, the world of results will never exceed your internal map of reality.
[00:37:07] John: And so our outer world is a direct reflection of our inner. I know we're running against time, but you mentioned previously that we have a presence beyond our brain.
[00:37:17] Hala: What did you mean by
[00:37:18] John: that? Well, a lot of people talk about spirituality now. I don't partake in religion. I was born Jewish, but I liked the culture, but I don't believe in organized religion the way most people do. So when I think of the spiritual intelligence that's within us, and I think about, can I become aware of my thoughts?
[00:37:44] John: Of course I can. Can I become aware of my emotions? Well, of course I can. Can I in a meditative state and maybe, you know, different states, whether it's using psychedelics or, you know, whatever other means there are, whether it's chanting or holotropic breathing, can I. In one form or another realize that I, I am not my body.
[00:38:08] John: I am not my organs. I am not my cells. I'm not that stuff, but all that stuff is a part of me. The answer is yes. And so my belief is that the universe that we live in is highly, highly, highly intelligent. You can't even come up with words of how intelligent it is, but if you took a glass of water from the ocean and you moved it 2000, Miles inland, you'd still have some of the ocean water.
[00:38:43] John: So whatever it is that created you and me and the nine planets and allow them to spin a dizzying speeds in an elliptical fashion around the sun, as the university, the Milky way, galaxy, excuse me, is moving at one and a half million miles per hour. We're not just flying off of earth. That intelligence not only created us, but it's within us.
[00:39:11] John: That's the spiritual intelligence that's already within every one of my cells, you know, that started to coalesce billions of years ago from the furnace of a star. So is it possible that I can tap into that intelligence? And the answer is, of course it's possible. And one of the best ways to tap into it is through a meditative practice where you can start to realize, wow, I can get into this calm, relaxed state where I could be hyper aware and with practice, I can actually disappear and meaning the physical body basically disappears.
[00:39:56] John: And I become one with everything that created me now, for some people they might think I'm smoking crack, but others go, yeah, I know what you're talking about. Uh, but I, I challenge the people who don't believe what I'm saying to do your research, educate yourself, find out a little bit more about this idea that I just shared and do your research, do a little bit of self-discovery.
[00:40:27] John: Where you can transcend your thoughts, emotions, feelings, sensations, behaviors, and in that quiet, calm state, your heightened state of awareness will help you realize I am more than I think I am. We are really, really, really all connected. And I can tap into this universal intelligence at will through a variety of different practices that I may not be practicing right now here in lies how to use your brain better.
[00:41:06] John: Right? Because if it's true that it is the most powerful organism in the known universe. And if it's true that all of our brains work the same, then it's also true that the best operators of their brains. We'll achieve the greatest success in every area of their lives.
[00:41:29] Hala: Amazing. Honestly, this was such a great conversation.
[00:41:33] Hala: One of the, my most favorite conversations I've had all year. So thank you so much. The question I ask all my listeners before they leave is what is your secret to profiting in life?
[00:41:43] John: Oh me, what's my secret to profit in life.
[00:41:46] Hala: Yes, it can be professional financially, but profiting in a broad sense.
[00:41:51] John: The stage that I'm at in my life is how much can I give to others so that they could be happier, healthier, wealthier, more comfortable with who they are, more loving, caring, kind, more in touch with what it really means to say that we are really all one.
[00:42:14] John: I know it sounds, you know, either metaphysical or like a cliche, but I know that to be true at the deepest sense of every one of my hundred trillion cells. And so I want to give as much as I can before I die of my knowledge, my money, my lessons, my, my failures, uh, everything so that I can somehow in some way, make somebody's life a little bit better.
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