Navigating Through the Conquer Yourself Series…
Just finished up the navigation page for Conquer Yourself. Since it’s categorized as a wordpress page (as opposed to a normal post) you can find it easily anytime in the right sidebar under the “Pages” section.
To make it easier for you though, I just copied and pasted everything right here below. Check it out:
“The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be
conquered by self is of all things the most shameful and vile…”
First, a brief audio-introduction:
SESSION 1: THE ESSENCE & FOUNDATION OF GREATER PRODUCTIVITY:
“Eventually we all get to a point where we realize that we can’t just manifest things with our thought. After the inspiration from a watching a movie dies down, the motivation from a hearing a speaker wears out or the enthusiasm from a great new idea trickles away (if you’re like most of us) you’re stuck in that familiar state of not knowing to what to do next or why you can’t get yourself to do anything at all.”
Here I explain the overall concept: I break down what I mean by “productivity,” the type of things you’ll learn and some easy tools to help you measure how precise you currently are. I also make an important disclaimer, so it lays a great foundation for the rest of the series…
>> BGM: “From Yesterday” by Freddie Joachim…dope ;)
SESSION 2: UNDERSTANDING & OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION:
“Underlying our physical procrastination is a mistaken, mental connotation between what we do and our sense of value as a human being…
We often turn simple tasks into measurements of who we are: evidence of whether or not we’re acceptable and forecasts of our future… whether we’ll be successful and happy or a miserable failure.”
There’s a dope exercise in here, and I also introduce the book, “The Now Habit,” by Neil Fiore, PhD. Check it out.
>> BGM: “Aqueous Transmissions” by Incubus
SESSION 3: LIBERATION THROUGH YOUR SENSE OF SELF-WORTH:
“The self-talk of procrastinators often unconsciously suggests and reinforces feelings of victimhood, burden and resistance to authority…By challenging and replacing your negative inner-dialogue, you’ll free yourself from attitudes about your worth and your abilities that are INAPPROPRIATE for your current age, intellect and power.”
Think of this session as “Understanding & Overcoming Procrastination pt. 2″ because it goes even more in depth with even more solutions. (It also has a free excerpt from my upcoming book).
>> BGM: “Mystline” by Nujabes…real chill
SESSION 4: BEGINNING STEPS TO SELF-MASTERY:
“When it comes to your goals, focus on the process of development, not just the achievement itself. Focus primarily on becoming better at your craft, not just reaching some final end result. Think about it: it’s much easier to have self-discipline and dedication towards developing skill (gaining proficiency) than it is towards accomplishing some vague, far off goal…”
This one is about transforming your goals into a type of martial art (which, ironically, are called martial arts disciplines themselves), and relieving yourself of the pressure and anxiety you probably have with what you got going on. It also builds more on concentration and developing focus.
>> BGM: “Solea” by Naohito Uchiyama
SESSION 5: NATIVE AMERICAN WISDOM VS. OUR TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD:
“A Cherokee elder once told the children of his tribe, ‘A battle is happening within me – a terrible battle between two wolves. One wolf is of fear, anger, guilt, greed and senselessness; the other of faith, peace, truth, love and reason…This same battle is happening inside of each of you, and inside every other person as well.’
After the children thought for a moment, one asked, ‘Which wolf will win?’ to which the old Cherokee replied, ‘The one you choose to feed.’”
What I’m saying here is that the society we live in conditions us for internal confusion and disharmony with others, because people who conquer themselves DO NOT make good consumers, pawns or mental slaves of any sort. In fact, they tend to work AGAINST that social dynamic by creating harmony and progress wherever they are.
One way we can avoid that condition and transform ourselves for the better is by looking towards the Native American mind-state and other indigenous traditions for guidance.
>> BGM: “Know Your Enemy” by Yoko Kanno…this one is vicious: if nothing else, you should go there to listen to this song. My homegirl and I call it “a musical oasis from the stresses of the world.”
SESSION 6: THE SCIENCE OF STRESS & HOW TO AVOID IT
“”We assume we should know the right place to start, so we get indecisive and look for perfection from the very first step…
We forget that there are almost always multiple adequate ways to start something and that, even if there weren’t, it’s always better to just get into the flow anyway.”
The book to the right, The Dragon Slayer w/ a Heavy Heart by Marcia Powers, is dope…easily one of the best reads I’ve come across about finding happiness, serenity and contentment. Session 6 builds on similar concepts: where stress comes from (as it relates to productivity and achieving goals) and a simple 3-step solution.
BGM: A track I call “Merlin’s Chakra” >> can’t recall the artist, but it’s real meditative.
SESSION 7: EMBRACING DEATH…A SAMURAI’S MENTALITY
“In the Hagakure Analects (an ancient Samurai text), the main idea is that becoming one with death in one’s thoughts – even in life – was the highest attainment of purity and focus…that a resolution to die gives rise to a higher state of life, infused with beauty and grace beyond the reach of those concerned with self-preservation.”
If the idea of “embracing death” creeps you out a little, don’t get shook: I know it sounds weird, but it basically means present-mindedness from a Samurai’s perspective… it’s a philosophical thing.
>>No BGM is this one…it would’ve interfered with the 2 video clips which have music themselves
SESSION 8: UNDERSTANDING PRODUCTIVITY @ THE DEEP, SYMBOLIC LEVEL
“…life itself operates in a similar way: there’s a constant struggle between your higher, evolutionary self (which wants to see you expand) and your lower, comfort-seeking self (which wants to keep you safe). Once you become consciously aware of this tension, you’ll need tools that allow you to integrate the two.”
Here the word “productivity” is broken down with etymology and symbolism. I also came up with a dope acronym for it where each letter in the word stands for a certain principle in the “Conquer Yourself” framework. Check it out…
>>BGM: “Pulse” by Yoko Kanno off the Macross Plus soundtrack (some old school Anime) – a mix between Hip-Hop and that deeper Japanese sound…
SESSION 9: ON SO-CALLED “TIME-MANAGEMENT”
“We’re becoming what I call the ‘obsessive snacking culture’….(and if you follow this trend of) obsessively snacking on things – whether they be food, relationships with other people or learning like we’re doing here – you’re going to be missing at least 80 or 90% of the value…”
This one has two great audio clips: one from business consultant Eben Pagan and another from yours truly (a clip from an old presentation I gave with my college activist peoples back in the day). Both will help you rethink the way you approach productivity and time-management on a fundamental level.
Each audio has BGM of its own, the first is “Dew” by Illaria Graziano, and the second is a joint off of the soundtrack for Samurai Champloo.
SESSION 10: A SANE SOLUTION TO HIGH-VOLUME EMAIL…
“As much as your time and attention are finite, the DEMANDS on your time and attention are in-finite…When your email address is out there, people feel like they have unlimited access to you…you’ll start seeing the pendulum swing back when you start managing how much of yourself you want available to people all the time…”
Approaching the technology-overload issue piece by piece, this post will help you create a science for your email that’ll let you actually FEEL GOOD when you open your inbox (laughs). Believe me, it works…
>>BGM: “Splendor” by Freddie Joachim…fire ;)
~ W. Timothy Gallwey
In Gallwey’s classic, The Inner Game of Tennis, his main point was that the inner critic is the number one obstacle of focused play. In sports psychology, this principle extends to all types of athletic performance, and for our purposes here, this principle extends to all fields of life.”
Here I go more in-depth about the subject of athleticism and the state of mind top-level athletes seek to attain at all times. There’s also another great segment from my upcoming book available for free download too. Check it out…
>>BGM: “Splendor” once more…
SESSION 12: RAISING YOUR PRODUCTIVITY BY USING YOUR MIND
“Remember what I was saying earlier, about how if force yourself into doing things you’ll begin to associate them with pain subconsciously? Well, this dynamic of subconscious association is something you can learn to control.
I don’t mean to get too theoretical here, but this is important because it’s one of the most empowering life-skills you can have…
And in an old lecture of mine, ‘From Self-Conscious to Conscious Self: Understanding the Source Code to the Human Mind,’ I compared the the subconscious level of thinking to the programming behind a typical website…what’s known as HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) source code. Here’s an example:”
This is one of the more mentally-deep post in the series, and for good reason – if you want to take things to a higher platform, you need to master thinking. This post will help you do just that.
>>BGM: Ouroboros by Tom & Susan Wasinger (meditative style joint)
SESSION 13: HOW TO INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY BY HAVING MORE FUN
It all starts in childhood: adults usually think of play as being separate from learning and work, but play is an essential part of every child’s development and learning about work. Through play we’ve learned the physical, mental and social skills necessary for adult life.
With toys and their imagination, children create scenarios that rehearse them for work, relationships and conflict – they express difficult feelings, negotiate promises, solve problems, and learn perseverance and deep concentration. Some of the most essential and complex learning we get about “work” is actually done while “playing.”
The series concludes with knowledge on this level: don’t become a workaholic, and learn how fun and productivity can overlap, coalesce, intertwine and eventually become one and the same…
>>BGM: “I’m Ready” by Alicia Keys
You can also check out a special conclusion post (with links to all the resource material) here:
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power…”
~ Tao Te Ching