posted on Jan, 14 2009 @ 10:22 PM
This thought is just coming to me. That is, if you want to know the secrets to changing yourself that is long-lasting, then just look at what
religions do to convert or train their followers.
The other night, I was reading about prudence, see wiki. I was kind of surprised that there was a whole wiki page on just prudent decision making.
Anyway, as I read it, I began to feel more prudent and envisioned myself acting in prudent ways; making the right decision after weighing all the
facts despite my selfish needs. Thereafter, for a day, I was being more prudent in my decisions. But, then I fell back to my old ways the next
My point is that, if you want to be more disciplined, READ about discipline. If you want to be more charismatic, READ about charisma, about what it
is, about charismatic people, etc.. Now, if you want it to stick, then ask yourself what religions do, they simply practice reinforcement. IOW, they
READ SOME MORE. So, keep reading and studying the subject everyday.
Of course, while reading, you are also visualizing. Visualization is already proven to be effective; it's not even debatable, imo.
The other main ingredient the brainwashing schools of religion use is prayer. Which is basically a way to get your emotions involved in with the
object of your desire, along with visualization again.
These are just my thoughts, I haven't tested this yet, but religions obviously have a way of convincing perfectly reasonable people into changing
their entire behaviors in a very profound way that is very difficult to undo. Permanence is always the missing ingredient in any self-change