Autosuggestion

Autosuggestion

As said Mahatma Gandhi « Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. »

I mentioned this technique of psychology in the article of self-hypnosis but it is also linked to the self-development part. It is no big deal because I want above all to devote time by explaining what is exactly autosuggestion. It is the action of influencing (consciously or not) to achieve a specific action. I added a precise French definition of this concept developed by Émile Coué (1859-1947) which is used in psychological therapies as well. In addition, he explains the principles and the mechanisms of autosuggestion in the second link herebelow.

I am practicing this technique to get a positive way of thinking, to make easier the achievement of any action, above all when I am in a difficult situation of my personal or professional life. To be efficient, this method of a « positive mind » must be accomplished for a minimum of 3 weeks, 2 times a day (after waking up and before going to bed). First, it is important to be relaxed and isolated for 10 minutes for instance. Then, you can start to repeat the positive sentences you have personally selected. Therefore, it is better to focus on 3 to 5 sentences and to repeat them for 30 minutes.

I think you understand what is now autosuggestion. It is not always easy to practice it because to work efficiently, you need to be self-disciplined, to be really motivated and to have the desire of changing the way you perceive some elements of your life.

You may find some very interesting sentences in the files below. You can also imagine them. The purpose is to write the most appropriate sentences for the situation in which you are currently. Once again, it works! So, I advise you to try and to persevere for these next weeks. You won’t be disappointed…

Définition de l’Autosuggestion
Site officiel de la Méthode Coué, une approche positive
Le Mini Dictionnaire Des Pensées Positives et Autosuggestions – Renaud Janssen
Guide des Suggestions – Yvon Cavelier
Advertisements

Inspirational Testimonies

Know Your Limitations

Here several significant testimonies that I am used to watch and which positively influence my daily life to reach my personal objectives.

The first one is a short extract of a conference hosted by Nick Vujicic, a great Australian and motivational speaker. The second one is a montage with the speech of Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer in the world during the 70’s, called « How great I am », and a scene from Rocky VI with Sylvester Stallone. Then, through this advertising, it is interesting to see how Levi’s conveys a message of hope for young people. Moreover, this Canadian speaker wants to make us think about the paradoxes and the absurdities of modern societies. In addition, another video illustrates through famous examples how failure can be the origin of any success. Last but not least, the striking testimony of Alan Watts, underlined by the great music of Ludovico Einaudi, puts the emphasis on the importance for each individual to follow one’s passion and to not to live for making money.

Thus, each one of them make me feel serene and strong. It is always such a pleasure and I never get the impression of wasting my time. So, I hope you will enjoy watching them as I do.

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

Time

« Time is a finite resource. Energy is a different story. »

Here, a detailed and well explained article written by Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy from the Harvard Business Review.

It deals with the way of managing the 4 dimensions of your personal energy (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual ones) in the daily life through rituals in order to have a better lifestyle in your professional or personal life. Then, the two authors explain how the training they set up in companies have such positive impact on organization and performance. They give also some advice, examples and exercises to improve the concentration, effectiveness, positivism and self-confidence.

At the end of the article you might fill in a short test to know if you manage efficiently your energy and if you have a structured and healthy way of living.

For more information you should go on the Energy Project official website below which proposes other solutions, tips, tools, tests and books for « energizing people, transforming companies. »

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time – Tony Schwartz & Catherine McCarthy
The Energy Project

Into The Wild

« Chris McCandless grew up in suburban Annandale, Virginia. After graduating in 1990 with high grades fromEmory Univesity, McCandless ceased communicating with his family, gave away his college fund of $25,000 to Oxfam, and began traveling, later abandoning his car. In April 1992, McCandless hitchhiked to the Stampede in Alaska. There, McCandless headed down the snow-covered trail to begin an odyssey with only 10 pounds of rice, a .22 caliber rifle, several boxes of rifle rounds, a camera, and a small selection of reading material – including a field guide to the region’s edible plants, Tana’ina Plantlore. His backpack was later found to contain his wallet, containing multiple forms of identification, his social security card, $300, and library cards. A map of the area was also found in his backpack. He declined an acquaintance’s offer to buy him sturdier clothing and better supplies. After surviving more than 100 days, he is thought to have died on August 18, 1992. »

I just finished to read this book, written by Jon Krakauer, which tells the story of Christopher McCandless. This american student decided to give in his current modern life and to start an unbelievable journey. He crossed the whole north american territory, met marginal and traveling people who do not care about the modern society of excessive consumption.

This story is a real testimony about the research of happiness and the question of life’s essence. Christopher McCandless did a lot of sacrifices to undertake this travel for 2 years. He was looking for a spiritual quest and a desire to merge with nature. The readings based on Tolstoï, Thoreau and Jack London fostered him to really believe in his actions and principles.

I wrote several extracts from the French book which have strongly affected me and made me understand the thoughts of this young man who was about the same age as I am.

« J’aimerais te redonner ce conseil encore une fois : je pense que tu devrais changer radicalement ton style de vie et te mettre à faire courageusement des choses que tu n’aurais jamais pensé faire, ou que tu as trop hésité à essayer. Il y a tant de gens qui ne sont pas heureux et qui, pourtant, ne prendront pas l’initiative de changer leur situation parce qu’ils sont conditionnés à vivre dans la sécurité, le conformisme et le conservatisme, toutes choses qui semblent apporter la paix de l’esprit, mais rien n’est plus nuisible à l’esprit aventureux d’un homme qu’un avenir assuré. Le noyau central de l’esprit d’un homme, c’est sa passion pour l’aventure. La joie de vivre vient de nos expériences nouvelles et donc il n’y a pas de plus grande joie qu’un horizon éternellement changeant, qu’un soleil chaque jour nouveau et différent. Si tu veux obtenir plus de la vie, il faut perdre ton inclination à la sécurité monotone et adopter un mode de vie désordonné qui dans un premier temps te paraîtra insensé. Mais une fois que tu seras habitué à une telle vie, tu verras sa véritable signification et son incroyable beauté. » – Christopher McCandless (Alexandre Supertramp)

« À la différence de la plupart d’entre nous, c’est le genre de personne qui tient à vivre en accord avec ses convictions. » – Mme Westerberg

« Je pense de plus en plus que je serai toujours un voyageur solitaire dans la nature. Grand Dieu, que j’aime les expéditions ! Tu ne peux comprendre l’irrésistible fascination qu’elles exercent sur moi. Après tout, partir seul est ce qu’il y a de mieux… Je ne cesserai de partir à l’aventure. Et quand viendra l’heure de mourir, je trouverai l’endroit le plus sauvage, le plus solitaire, le plus désolé qui puisse exister. » – Christopher McCandless

« Les week-ends, alors que ses camarades de lycée regardaient des stupidités ou essayaient de se faufiler dans les bars de Georgetown, McCandless se promenait dans les quartiers les plus misérables de Washington, bavardant avec des prostituées et des sans-abri, leur achetant de la nourriture et leur suggérant très sérieusement des moyens d’améliorer leur existence. (…) C’était un vendredi soir, et je croyais que nous allions chez des amis à Georgetown. Au lieu de cela, Chris gara la voiture dans la 14e Rue, qui, à l’époque, était un coin très mal famé. Puis il dit : Tu vois, Eric, on peut lire des livres sur ces choses-là, mais on ne peut vraiment les comprendre qu’en les vivant. C’est ce que nous allons faire ce soir. Nous avons passé les heures suivantes dans des endroits à donner la chair de poule, à discuter avec des maquereaux, des prostituées, avec la faune des bas-fonds. J’étais littéralement effrayé. » – Eric Hathaway

« À cette époque, je travaillais comme charpentier itinérant, construisant des charpentes d’immeubles pour 3,5 dollars l’heure. Un après-midi, après avoir entassé des poutres et planté des clous pendant neuf heures, j’annonçai à mon patron que je partais : Non, pas dans quinze jours, Steve, j’ai l’intention de partir tout de suite. Il ne me fallut que quelques heures pour retirer mes outils et mes affaires de la minable caravane de chantier où je logeais. Puis je montai dans ma voiture et pris le chemin de l’Alaska. Comme toujours, j’étais surpris qu’il soit si facile de s’en aller, et que ce soit si bon. Soudain, le monde devenait riche de toutes sortes de possibilités. » – Jon Krakauer

« Tout ce qui me retenait à la montagne, tout ce qui me retenait au monde, c’étaient deux fines pointes de molybdène chromé enfoncées de 1,5 centimètre dans l’eau gelée, et pourtant plus je montais, mieux je me sentais. Au début d’une ascension difficile, surtout en solitaire, on a constamment l’impression que l’abîme vous tire par le dos. Y résister exige un effort de volonté énorme ; on ne doit pas baisser la garde un seul instant. Le chant des sirènes du vide vous fait vaciller ; il rend les mouvements maladroits, peu fermes, saccadés. Mais à mesure que l’ascension se poursuit, on s’habitue au danger, à frôler les ténèbres, et l’on en vient à faire confiance à ses mains, à ses pieds, à sa tête. On apprend la maîtrise de soi. » – Jon Krakauer

« Mais nous savons peu de chose tant que nous n’avons pas fait l’expérience de ce qu’il y a d’incontrôlable en nous. Parcourons les glaciers et les torrents, escaladons de dangereuses montagnes et laissons l’opinion prononcer ses interdictions. » – John Muir

« Quand on est jeune, on est aisément persuadé que ce qu’on désire correspond à ce qu’on mérite, et on suppose que, si on veut vraiment quelque chose, on a le droit de l’obtenir par grâce divine. » – Jon Krakauer

« Je voulais acquérir la simplicité, les sentiments primitifs et les vertus de la vie sauvage ; me libérer des habitudes factices, des préjugés et des imperfections de la civilisation… et trouver, parmi la grandeur et la solitude des terres de l’Ouest, des vues plus exactes sur la nature humaine et sur les intérêts véritables de l’homme. » – Esterick Evans

« La nature attirait ceux qui étaient fatigués ou dégoûtés de l’homme et de ses œuvres. Elle n’offrait pas seulement un moyen d’échapper à la société, mais elle permettait aussi aux esprits romantiques de pratiquer le culte, souvent célébré par eux, de leur propre âme. La solitude et la liberté totale dans la nature créaient des conditions parfaites, à la fois pour la mélancolie et pour la jubilation. » – Roderick Nash

« Depuis deux ans, il marche sur la terre. Pas de téléphone, pas de piscine, pas d’animaux de compagnie, pas de cigarettes. Liberté ultime. Être un extrémiste. Un voyageur esthète dont le domicile est la route. Échappé d’Atlanta. Tu n’y retourneras pas parce que l’Ouest est ce qu’il y a de mieux. Et maintenant, après deux années de déambulations c’est l’aventure finale, la plus grande. La bataille décisive pour tuer l’être faux à l’intérieur de soi et conclure victorieusement le pèlerinage spirituel. Dix jours et dix nuits de trains de marchandises et d’auto-stop m’amènent dans le Grand Nord blanc. Il ne sera plus empoisonné par la civilisation qu’il fuit et il marche seul pour se perdre en pleine nature. » – Alexandre Supertramp

« Le dernier souvenir triste flotte autour de moi et parfois me recouvre comme de la brume, effaçant la lumière du soleil et jetant un froid sur l’évocation des temps heureux. Il y a eu des joies trop profondes pour être décrites avec des mots, et des douleurs que je n’ai pas osé regarder en face. C’est en pensant à elles que je dis : grimpez, si vous le voulez, mais souvenez-vous que le courage et la force ne sont rien sans la prudence et qu’une négligence momentanée peut détruire le bonheur d’une vie. Ne faites rien à la hâte. Portez votre attention à chaque pas. Et dès le départ, pensez à ce que peut être la fin. » – Edward Whymper

This incredible story was greatly shot in a movie in 2007 by Sean Penn. Here, the trailer which could foster you to watch the movie and hopefully read this amazing book.

Self-Hypnosis

The self-hypnosis is the fact to hypnotize oneself by reaching a very deep level of relaxation, comparable to a trance state, also called unconscious state (I added an article for those who want more explanations).

But in which purpose people should practice it? First, it can be really useful for people who need to be more relaxed and to fight against the stress and anxiety for instance. In addition, when an individual is relaxed, a different part of the brain is activated. It becomes more easily influenced by suggestion (or autosuggestion if you do it by yourself). Thus, everyone can practice self-hypnosis to fight against all types of negative emotions, feelings and thoughts like the stress and anxiety for instance.

Benjamin Lubszynski is a psychotherapist and coach. He is also specialized in brief therapies. I followed a lot of videos which helped me to considerably work on some specific fields of my personality and my mind. You will find here some very good videos which will help you to understand how it works.

The first French video is an initiation to self-hypnosis. You can try it right now if you are curious and in a quiet place.

The second one is a session of self-hypnosis which is called « autogenous training of Schultz ». This technique focuses on different types of sensation (heat, weight, muscular tension) and specific parts of the human body to increase the level of relaxation and decrease the one of stress.

Lastly, this third video introduces another exercise based on concentration and autosuggestion. It is strongly linked to communication and Neuro-linguistic Programing (NLP). You will learn how doing efficient « anchorages » (association of a particular sensation with a gesture) to be in a good mood, to feel a tenacity feeling or to be simply relaxed. This short exercise has to be done frequently (almost everyday) to be efficient. But once it works, it helps people to reduce their own negative thoughts (read the second article if you are more interested by NLP).

L’autohypnose pour se relaxer
L’ancrage en PNL, c’est quoi ?

The Twenty Dollar Bill

This is one of the first article I read about self-reflection, survival ability and self-esteem. In my opinion, this short and strong testimony has always a real positive impact on people, that’s why I make it available to all now…

« A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked:

          – Who would like this $20 bill?

Hands started going up. He said:

          – I am going to give this $20 to one of you, but first, let me do this.

He proceeded to crumple the $20 dollar bill up. He then asked:

          – Who still wants it?

Still the hands were up in the air.

          – Well, he replied, what if I do this?

And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.

          – Now who still wants it?

Still the hands went into the air.

          – My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson, no matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened, or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless… and especially to those who love you.

          The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are special! Don’t EVER forget it! Count your blessings, not your problems. Never be afraid to try something new. If you do not pass this on, you may never know the lives it touches, the hurting hearts it speaks to, or the hope that it can bring.»

Motivation

Here a very precise, pertinent and complete french article about motivation, decision-making, energy and action. In my opinion, it is one of the best article about motivational mechanisms that I have ever read. I know it for a couple of years and I decide to share it with you because it is and will stay a great source of information for everybody, and even more for those who want to change their habits, to work on their positive mind and to have a better understanding of the situations they are facing.

I let you read now. Take your time for it because you will see it is full of relevant advice that you can use in your daily life… You’re welcome !

Motivation