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CONQUERING FEAR: A Great, Quick & Simple Technique for Pushing Past Your Limitations…

6 April 2011 No Comment

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NOTE: I’ll be taking a short break from blogging for the next week or so (just to get my head together and prepare myself for some bigger moves), so enjoy this post on overcoming fear and check out a complete archive of other great blog entries when you’re done.

The Underlying Science

While waiting on a friend in the library yesterday, I sort of “came up” with this technique to help address and resolve fears by doing a short writing. I call it Dual-Self Journaling, and it’s easy…

Prodigy Mobb Deep lyricism greatFirst, as an example, listen to this verse by Prodigy of Mobb Deep from the classic “Self-Conscience.” I heard this track for the first time a few weeks back, and it must be where I got the idea from subconsciously:

(Here he builds on how he uses his internal voice to help navigate him through his writer’s block and other forms of self-doubt. What makes it so brilliant is how he crafted the rhyme: peep how it’s actually a conversation with his own self-awareness, showing how his internal warrior is his ally, NOT his enemy…which is where most of us are, unfortunately.)

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So with that, recall what I said in Session 8 of the Conquer Yourself Series:

“The R (in producer) stands for Rule, or more specifically, self-rule. The term ‘Conquer Yourself’ comes from that innate sense we all have of an internal war going on inside of us, and this series is about the tools you can use to confront that dynamic.

In Session 5, I used the Native American quote, ‘I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to battle my greatest enemy – MYSELF.’

In Session 4, we built on the concept of “constant elevation” in regards to your particular craft (always seeking to get better at what you do), but on a deeper 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…”

The Basic Technique

So, with Dual-Self Journaling, what you do is journal from this context with the goal of inner-integration

As your lower self (the part with all the fears, doubts and insecurities), write questions to your higher self (the ideal self you know you can become and are working towards) addressing your deepest issues and watch how answers start emanating up from the more powerful levels of your consciousness.

Write the lower self questions in italics, and respond with the higher self answers in bold.

Towards the end, once the higher and lower are in accord, write an agreement or minor contract (usually a belief statement or some small action step just to get the ball rolling) in both bold AND italics.

woman typing family secret journalHere’s an example. This is what I typed up in the library last night:

“…One of my initial concerns is how would I market this???

I’m worried (fear-based, obviously) that people won’t see it as a valuable product. I’m also worried that I won’t feel that it’s valuable enough myself.

That’s interesting because if I made something that I thought was valuable (on a true, deep level) what issue would I have charging people for it???

So, part of my homework is to listen to “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” again…at least one track a day.

But I’m not sure what the sales points would be, or what the sales letter would actually….

That’s not difficult at all…I’ll just freestyle some points and then refine it.


(I can even borrow Taneka’s laptop to follow up on those videos my homeboy made…forget his name, and I hope I didn’t delete them. But if I did, no worries…I’ll either find them again or figure something else out.)

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So if I know my product is valuable, and I know I’ll come up with something to fulfill the sales letter function, what else is bothering me?

That I won’t be able to market it correctly…

Okay, you’re right. You probably won’t be able to market it correctly because it’s your first time. But you’ll learn through the experience..

So tomorrow, I’ll get started again. I’ll have to do some blogging too of course, but that’s just part of the game. My focus however will be on an income-generating project.

I have the skill, power and capacity to feed myself off of my own mind power.

So hope that’s clear: essentially, you just journal by consciously giving a voice to the different aspects of yourself that are in conflict, and format the actual text to represent that dialogue.

Trust me Dun – I’d never leave you astray: take my word, brothers want to
hear how you think…Speak your thoughts, put your all in it. Whatever’s in your mind,
spit it. Place your angle on the page; release tension on the tape…

~ Prodigy from Mobb Deep

Don’t forget that I’ll be “ghost” for a little while..return to the archives here.


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