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experiments in self-improvement

Month: December, 2011

Please Board, Mr Sexy Pants

My little bro flew up for a visit the other day. It turned out to be quite an eventful trip.

For a start, he managed to wangle a free trip, which is always a bonus. A friend of his was coming up and said she had a spare ticket for whomever asked first. Nice one.

They get on the plane, and the guy next to them is doing scratchy tickets. I don’t know if you have them where you are, but they’re a form of lowkey gambling. It’s a piece of card you buy from a gas station or corner shop that costs a couple of bucks. You randomly scratch off some elements, and there’s a chance to win a money prize.

Anyway, this guy is doing these and suddenly he says “Oh wow, $20! That’ll cover what I paid for them.” Pretty obviously this happened because my brother was sitting right next to him – he’s got to be a good luck charm, right?

The guy continues scratching away, then leans over and asks “This can’t be right, can it?” Guess what? He won $100,000. Right there and then.

That’s not the eventful bit of the trip. I’m just telling you that coz it’s kinda cool. The eventful bit was about half way through the flight, when the head steward comes storming up the aisle and demands to see both of their boarding passes.

Here’s my brother’s:

I've, uhh, blacked out some of the more incriminating details

This may not come as much of a surprise at this point in the story, but the steward wasn’t coming to offer them a complimentary hot towel for their wit and verve.

The staff on the plane gave them something of a bollocking (local slang: telling off, in this case while the staff standing behind you try not to giggle too loudly).

They were then met at the door by a police officer with rather a lot of pointed questions, although apparently he had the decency to be at least a little amused by it all.

I think my brother might have got away with it though. I reckon it was his friend that really pushed it over the edge.

Her boarding pass? Ms Pimpin’ Bitch.


    How to Clear a Ton of Crap Fast

    Remember a while back, I wrote about a more effective version of the Map’n’Tap? Ie, a way to quickly deeply clear everything around any given issue. Well, here’s the fastest way I’ve found if you want to do a whole bunch of maps.

    Since any mind map should ideally be about a single subject, if you want to clear a bunch of different subjects, each subject will require a different map.

    So, unless we want to the spend the entire rest of our lives tapping frantically, instead of, well, living (*yawn* been there, done that. BORING), you need a fast way to hammer through these. Then you can head off happily to the pub (or wherever) with the freedom of knowing that whatever-it-was that had been bothering you is now a thing of the past.

    OK. SO.

    My general approach (as I outlined here) is to scribble out a map, then next to each item jot if it’s about wanting or lacking Approval, Control or Security (or all three). Finally, I flick on the video & tap along, saying “I love that I lack control (etc) about..” (whatever the item is).

    So, here’s the trick to clearing a lot of these things quickly. First of all scribble out all your maps, one after the other. When you’ve finished that, then go through each item on each map & put it into a/c/s (or combos). Only when you’ve completely finished, go through & tap each map.

    I find when I’m in that kind of flow, it’s super easy to just flick from one map to the next, with barely a pause in between. Doing them one at a time took forever!

    There’s something about not needing to context switch (writing, assessing, tapping) back & forth that makes this way much, much faster than just doing each complete map one at a time.

    Anyway, have fun clearing stuff out. I’ve been doing a ton of these over the last month or so & the difference it’s made in terms of inner peace is almost ridiculous.