Psycho-Cybernetics Part 24 of 30: Hitting the Erase Button
June 12, 2009 by Dr. Lam
The famed Olympic diver, Greg Louganis, would clear his mind then review in his mind 40 times the dive that he was about to do with the 41st time being the real deal, controlled by his servo-mechanism at this point. When our mind becomes a cluttered mess with external disturbed thoughts, we can mentally conjure up a chalkboard with an eraser that we use to first erase out what is bothering us before we can proceed. We can also use the example of a calculator in which we clear the screen before we begin. At that point, we can enter a reflective state in which we play the mini movie of what we envision we are doing to reach our goal so that when the time comes, how we behave and carry out what we need to do is almost second nature.
Now to join the previous blog of hitting the delay button and this one on hitting the erase button, try to visualize yourself when you have a moment with the telephone ringing and ringing and you remain completely calm in your mind. You don’t rush to pick it up. Picture your colleague at work screaming at you and you remain completely at peace and don’t fall into his anger rant. Picture these scenarios and various ones like them over and over again like a well-wrought film. Once you have firmly played out your calmness in the sea of storm, you will move through your busy day with calm because you have already previsualized it with your repeated mental movie, hit the erase and delay buttons so that when you encounter the real-life situation, you are already under the control of your automatic servo-mechanism.