Psycho-Cybernetics Part 24 of 30: Hitting the Erase Button

June 12, 2009 by  

louganisThe 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.

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4 Responses to “Psycho-Cybernetics Part 24 of 30: Hitting the Erase Button”

  1. Nord on June 12th, 2009 8:52 am

    A while back, I pulled into a parking space right next to pretty landscaping. The situation allowed me nowhere to walk, save a skinny curb like a balance beam. (I’m against tromping in anyone’s landscape.) ;) I realized I was actively thinking I would fall or twist an ankle! I actually began to teeter a bit. I pulled it together, lol, and made (into Starbucks) without sampling their shrubs or injury to self. (Sorry-now I’m having fun with my silly vignette.) I would have been FINE walking that curb, no reason to fall over, but I was making it happen.

    Mind over matter? I think the story re: Greg Louganis demonstrates the power in this. I like this a lot.

  2. dr. lam on June 12th, 2009 11:23 am

    thanks nord. i love your life stories. thanks for sharing!!! have a great weekend. don’t trip. lol.

  3. Heather :) on June 12th, 2009 6:50 pm

    Yes, I love Nord’s stories too! Keep them coming, Nord! Glad to see your comments when you can!

    Dr. Lam, this is a neat idea! I’ll definitely try to use my erase and delay buttons this week for practice. Great!

  4. dr. lam on June 12th, 2009 9:00 pm


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