Self Mastery

Decoding Maslow’s Human Needs to Understand Your Behavior and Break Free

by Scott Jeffrey

What motivates you? What drives you to get out of bed and do what you do each day?

If you’re working on a big creative project, why are you doing it?

If you exercise, what are the reasons you tell yourself? To stay fit? To look good?

If you’re an entrepreneur, why are you investing so much time building your business?

Yes, money is one answer, but unless you don’t have enough food to eat and a roof over your head, it’s not the main one.

In today’s guide, we’ll explore some of the profound insights from master psychologist Abraham Maslow. Our goal is to understand the hidden drivers behind our behavior. This knowledge is instructive and insightful for personal development. (And if you’re an entrepreneur, it can help you better understand, attract, and serve your customers too.)

Let’s dive in…

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How to Use the Hero’s Journey for Self-Development in 2018

by Scott Jeffrey

Treasure, love, reward, approval, honor, status, freedom, survival … these are some of the many things we associate with the hero’s journey.

We don’t find the meaning of the hero’s journey in slaying the dragon or saving the princess—these are colorful metaphors and symbols for a more significant purpose.

Battling inner and outer demons, confronting bullies, and courting your ultimate mate symbolize a passage through the often-treacherous tunnel of self-discovery and individuation to mature adulthood.

At the end of each journey (if there is such an end), you’re different—sometimes visually, but always internally.

Today, let’s explore the meaning of the hero’s journey and see how it applies to psychological development and our ability to actualize more of our potential.

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Why You Should Stop Trying to Be Productive

by Scott Jeffrey

Why do you want to be more productive?

This is a big question we often never ask. And how you answer it will determine how likely you are to make better use of your time.

If your answer is just to be able to “get more done,” you have a problem.

Let me explain…

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The Definitive “Underground” Meditation Guide: Secrets to Effective Mind Training

by Scott Jeffrey

Overview: This in-depth guide provides meditation guidance, meditation instructions, and loads of “underground” tips based on over two decades of research and experience in mind training.

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I was suffering from acute anxiety before and during exams in my sophomore year at the University of Michigan.

As a consequence, I was getting sick often and freezing during exams, lowering my performance.

My uncle shared with me a simple meditation practice he learned from a course. Using this method made a measurable difference in my health, performance, and well being.

And so, from then on, I began exploring and experimenting with different meditative practices and breathing techniques.

Perhaps you’ve never meditated before. Or, you’ve been meditating for years.

Maybe you dabble in meditation, or you tried it out and decided it wasn’t for you.

Regardless of your relationship to meditation (or lack thereof), I’m confident you’ll find tremendous value in today’s new guide.

In this comprehensive and unusual meditation instruction guide, I’m going to offer what I’ve learned from over 25 years of mind training.

Topics include:

  • The unconscious reasons most people resist meditation guidance
  • How to meditate even when you don’t want to
  • Powerful meditation instructions to make mind training more effective
  • Understanding the vital intersection between psychology and meditation

Let’s jump in …

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10 Best Books in Psychology to Illuminate What Really Drives You

by Scott Jeffrey

It has been said that there are three main ways to learn about human psychology:

  1. Read Greek mythology
  2. Read Carl Jung
  3. Observe others

Of the three, observing others is the most powerful, but reading about the psyche helps inform our observations.

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How to Use Nootropics to Access Your Brain’s Potential While You Work

by Scott Jeffrey

A year ago, if you asked me if I’d write a guide on the best nootropics, I would have given a definitive “no.”

Nootropics, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, is a fancy word for smart drugs or cognitive enhancers. Smart drugs are prevalent in college environments where students try to increase their memory, attention, and motivation to study.

But there’s a lot more to the story. And if you’re interested in activating more of your potential (especially while you work), nootropics are worth a closer look.

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6 Formidable Obstacles to Personal Mastery and How to Transcend Them

by Scott Jeffrey

In Awakening the Mind, author Anna Wise defines “mastery” as:

“Being in the state you want to be in, when you want to be there, knowing what to do with that state, and being able to accomplish it.”

In a state of personal mastery, your mind is calm, quiet, and alert.

You are free of distraction, rumination, or any other disempowering tendencies of the mind.

In this state, the inner critic doesn’t attack your ideas before they’re formed or judge you or your performance.

You access your higher potential naturally—without conscious effort.

Imagine what you can do in that state. That’s the power of personal mastery.

You have experienced this state before. But how often?

For most of us, this state of personal mastery is rare. However, I see mastery as our natural state.

If that’s true, why does it often seem so challenging to access?

There are six primary culprits …

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Why You Should Stop Being a Good Person

by Scott Jeffrey

“You’re such a good boy, Daniel.”

“Sarah, that was a nice thing you did. You’re a sweetheart.”

Did you hear phrases like this when you were younger?

If you’re a parent, have you said something similar to your child? This form of praising starts in early childhood. Our parents, family members, and teachers innocently install it in us (as the prior generation did to them).

“Good boy/girl” praising gives children a sense of pride and approval from their parents. This praising gets anchored into the child’s mind.

Good behavior brings reward. Expressing negative emotions and unacceptable behavior (“being bad”) leads to disapproval or punishment.

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