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Program Yourself for Success
by "Fantastic" Fred Schiavo

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Shortly after high school graduation, I was drafted into the Army. During the induction process, the Army put us through a series of tests to decide what our assignments would be. One was an I.Q. test. While I anxiously awaited the final results, many thoughts ran through my mind. Thoughts like, "I'll probably get the lowest score in the whole company."

When the results were in, an officer came out of his office and called us to attention. He called my name and two others and asked that we follow him to his office. "Gentlemen, I'd like to talk to you about your I.Q. tests," the officer said. My heart began to pound as he continued, "you three men scored the highest of any other men in the company."

That test changed my life. For the first time in my life, a person of authority wasn't telling me I was stupid; instead what I heard was that I was really smart and in addition to that I was smarter than most.

This new discovery encouraged me to go to the library and seek out every book I could find on positive thinking and self-help. One day I came across a book dealing with self-hypnosis. After reading that book, one thing immediately became apparent to me: I didn't have to accept programs from other people; I had within me the capacity to program myself for success.

Years later while working as a teacher and practitioner of hypnotherapy, I began to develop new hypnotic techniques. The first technique I developed I called the P.E.P. Technique. P.E.P. is an acronym that stands for Positive Effective Programming.

The P.E.P. Technique is used to program the subconscious mind. The subconscious works very much like a computer. In computer technology, whatever you program into the computer is what comes out. There is an old saying in computer technology, "Garbage in, garbage out." If you program garbage (negative information) into the computer, expect to get garbage (negative results). The subconscious mind accepts whatever you give it as being true. It doesn't have the capacity to question.

As you work with positive affirmations, you will notice positive changes taking place in your life. You will be aware that others will be drawn to your joyous, happy and loving spirit.

There are many negative words and statements that can easily be changed to positive ones. Is the word TRY a negative one? Webster says that try means "to make an effort," but I say that making an effort is not "doing it!" Consider changing the words "I'll Try" to "I Will"; change "I Hope" to "I Can"; and "I Can't" to "I Can."

About 20 years ago every time someone would ask, "How are you?" I would answer with "FANTASTIC!" Finally a friend said "Fred, you can't be fantastic every day." I said, "You're right, some days I'm FANTASTIC!" and I bellowed that one out, "and other days I'm fantastic," saying this in a softer tone. "In conclusion," I said, "I'm fantastic every day."

If you act as if you have a quality, you will get it. If you think, talk and act FANTASTIC, you will be FANTASTIC. In other words, fake it 'til you make it! In my office, for all to see, sits a can. I call it the "eye can." It has eyes all around it and these eyes keep staring at me all day reminding me that I CAN. Whatever I choose to achieve in life, I CAN!

The P.E.P. Technique mentioned earlier must be used with the C.A.L.M. Method, which is a form of relaxation also tied to an acronym. This approach is used to relax the "critical faculty" of the conscious mind so that we can effectively program the subconscious.

The meaning of the letters in the C.A.L.M. Method are as follows:
C - stands for COMMITMENT.
Starting at once, make an agreement with yourself. You are now committed in your resolve to change.
A - stands for ATTITUDE.
Positive attracts positive and negative attracts negative. By thinking positive, acting positive and being positive, we attract positive.
L - stands for LOGIC.
Intellectually, we know what is right, but we refuse to look at the truth. We get into denial. Denial means to declare what is not true that which is really true.
M - stands for MOTIVATION.
What is your motivation to make a change in your life? Whenever I work with people privately to overcome bad habits, I ask that question. Their success is dependent on their answer. When the reasons for change are specific (e.g. "I want to quit smoking for health reasons.") people are usually more motivated, and the likelihood for success is more prominent.

You need to get past the feeling that it may be too late. The most important decision you can make is that there is still time to change your life. The decision is yours. Start today to program yourself in a positive, effective way.

Fantastic Fred Schiavo has been a professional speaker, hypnotist and seminar leader for more than 25 years. His informative and motivational programs conducted at corporate and association conferences across the U.S. have earned him recognition as a "Key Motivator."


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