Our minds are like high performance race engines. They
have the ability to take us anywhere we want to go at
amazing speed.

But sadly most of us haven't done the necessary
maintenance and tune ups to enable our minds to operate

There are three reasons this can happen.

1. Laziness. Some of us know what to do, but we're
either too lazy or lack the discipline to do what's
necessary to keep our minds at peak efficiency.

2. We don't believe in our potential or the awesome power
of our minds.

3. We don't know the 7 Secrets Of High Performance

In this report I'm revealing the 7 Secrets Of High
Performance Thinking. I'm taking away any excuses you
have for not Thinking Like A Winner.

As you start putting the 7 secrets to work for you,
you'll notice the effects are geometric.

Each technique will be multiply the effectiveness of the

Once you've started using all seven you'll be amazed at
how powerful your mind can be.

No realistic goal will be beyond your grasp.

So what are the 7 Secrets Of High Performance Thinkers?

Secret Number 1 Relaxation

High Performance Thinkers have learned to use the power
of Relaxation.

They know that stress impairs their ability to perform
and that it's better to take a break when they are
feeling fatigued or frustrated.

If you'd like to perform at your optimum levels,
schedule daily periods of relaxation exercises.

You can meditate or listen to soothing music or tapes.

If you're always at the computer like I am, you can take
a short jog, or do some exercise.

In essence you should do the opposite of what your daily
tasks are.

If you’re a laborer you would relax by finding something
that stimulates your mind.

If your daily routine involves a lot of thinking or
sitting at a desk, break up your day with some physical

Once you've learned to harness the power of relaxation,
you'll find reaching your goal so much easier.

Make relaxation a part of your daily routine.

Secret Number 2 Visualization

Any task we attempt is easier if we are relaxed,
especially mental conditioning.

Visualization is a powerful tool when combined with

Many individuals say they are unable to visualize or
create pictures in their minds.

That's not really true.

They visualize, but because they haven't practiced
controlling their mental pictures, they see what they
want to avoid rather than what they want to accomplish.

Your mind absorbs what you input and that's why so many
of your fears come true.

You can either control your mental pictures or they
will control you.

You will be drawn to any picture you hold long enough
in your minds eye.

If you want to become prosperous and successful, you
must take control of the movies you play in your mind.

The first step is to make visualizing your more
successful, prosperous self a daily habit.

When you first begin to practice seeing yourself in a
new light, your rational mind will rebel and the doubts
will creep in.

You'll only be able to hold your mental pictures for
short periods of time.

As your practice continues you will be able to hold
the pictures for longer periods of time and you'll be
able to view them in greater detail.

If you're wondering if it's worth the effort, I'd like
to give you an example of how powerful visualization is.

When Ali was preparing for his fight against Foreman,
the "experts" gave him little chance of winning.

Foreman was younger, bigger, stronger and hit like a

So what did Ali do?

He went to his training camp and avoided reading all
negative stories about his impending defeat.

He not only began physically training for the fight, he
began mentally rehearsing his reactions to being hit by

Ali knew that there was a possibility of being knocked
unconscious during the fight, but how would he handle

He began mentally training his body to wrap his arms
around Foreman and clinch as soon as he felt himself
begin to lose consciousness.

The night of the fight his mental training paid off.

In Ali's own words he admitted there were times in that
fight when he was literally out on his feet.

The only thing that saved him from defeat was his
visualization exercises.

Each time he was hit hard enough to be knocked
unconscious, his body took over and held onto Foreman
long enough for Ali to regain his senses.

That night history was made, through the power of

Are you ready to make history?

Secret Number 3 Self Talk

So far we've discussed relaxation and visualization.
Now we're going to talk about autosuggestion
(Self talk).

Autosuggestion is the simplest of the 7 secrets.

It's also my favorite.

It's simply talking to yourself. You pick a habit or
quality you wish to acquire and repeat it to yourself
over and over.

It's my favorite technique, because it literally changed
my life.

Don't shrug it off.

It may appear simple, but it's oh so powerful.

I was in my late 40's, my business had gone bust and my
health was shot.

I saw no way out.

I just knew the odds were against my ever getting out
of the situation I found myself in.

Broke, the clock ticking and unable to work.

Well as the song says, if you ain't got nothin, you
ain't got nothin to lose.

Since I had nothing to lose, I started using a

I admit it. I talked to myself.

Luckily I was alone when I did it, or I'm sure they'd
have thrown the old net over me.

I wasn't even sure it would work, but I did it anyway.

It was nothing fancy, just two sentences I repeated,
day in and day out.

The first sentence was, "I am a lot more creative than
I ever imagined."

The second was, "I have an unlimited number of creative
ideas in my subconscious."

So what happened?

At 50 years old I've been given a second chance.

I've gone from throwing in the towel and preparing to
lead what Walden called a life of quiet desperation, to
making my living as a writer.

I can work from anywhere.

I make money doing something I love.

If autosuggestion isn't powerful, I don't know what is.

It's changed my life.

Secret Number 4 Goal Setting

Goal setting is actually an extension of our survival

All living things have survival mechanism. From the tree,
whose leaves turn toward the sky before a rain to the
birds who, fly to warmer climates during the winter.

But as men and women we have an advantage. Plants,
animals and insects have no control over the direction
their lives take.

It's preset for the survival of their species. We on
the other hand have the ability to take part in the
shaping of our destinies. We can choose our path.

Our ability to think of the future and set goals gives
us the ability to be the captains of our fates and the
shapers of our destiny. Sadly most of us tend to shrug
off the power of setting goals and our lives end up
being tossed to and fro like a ship in a storm.

Our high powered minds are programmed to help us
achieve success, but we give it no direction. We ride
around with this high performance engine between our
ears, and never take off the emergency brake.

If you truly want to become a high performance thinker,
you should set goals that get you excited. Your goals
should be big enough to motivate you, while still being

Don't mistake daydreams for goals.

Don't mistake what will make others happy, for a goal
that will get you excited.

It has to be your goal.

Start setting believable, achievable goals. Set a time
limit on accomplishing your goals and set higher goals
each time an old goal has been achieved.

Set up a reward system for achieving your goals on time.

Make reaching your goals a game, a treasure hunt.

If you've got time to root for your favorite sports team,
you have time to start rooting for you.

Setting and achieving your goals is the real Super Bowl.

Make yourself the MVP of your life.

Secret Number 5 Whole Brain Thinking

The fifth secret of high performance thinking is learning
to think with both sides of your brain. High performance
thinkers are whole-brained thinkers.

Most of us have one side of our brains dominant. If the
left side is dominant we tend to be more logical. If our
right side is more dominant we tend to be more Intuitive.

A prime example would be what we label as women's intuition.
For some reason we find it more acceptable for women to use
their intuition and we expect men to be more analytical.

The true high performance thinkers are as comfortable
setting down detailed plans for accomplishing their goals
as they are at thinking outside the box and coming up
with a new way of seeing and doing things.

The true skill is to be able to use either side at will.

It's sad to see how many writers, artists and inventors
have historically ended up broke, when all they would have
needed was to use a little more of their left brain logic.

At the other end of the spectrum, you can find many
businesses going under because they fall behind their
competitors who are willing to use their right brain
skills and intuit coming change.

To operate at maximum efficiency, you must learn to be
a balanced thinker.

You not only need to know how to use both sides of your
brain, you must know when to use your rational analytical
skills and when to be more intuitive.

You should develop your reasoning and research skills,
while allowing enough flexibility to follow your hunches.

If you study many of our top executives you'd find they
have two major traits in common.

1. They are goal setters. (left brain)

2. They credit much of their success to following their
hunches. (right brain)

Bottom line.

They are whole brain thinkers.

Your brain is a marvelous creation. Don't waste either

Use it all.

Become a whole brain thinker and you'll be ahead of your

Secret Number 6 Humor and Pleasure

The Taoist's have a saying, "The Journey is the reward."

High performance thinkers exemplify that remark.

They pick their profession, not because of the money they
expect to make, but because of the joy it brings them.

In the words of J. Paul Getty, they've learned to thrive
on the pressure.

They don't see what they do as do or die.

They've learned to laugh at themselves and try not to
take things too seriously.

What others may consider a problem, they consider a

Their sense of humor and ability to enjoy their work
increases as their abilities increase.

Many times they spend long hours on a task not because
they feel a need to work hard, but because they have so
much fun at what they do.

When we find joy in doing what we love, time flies by
in the blink of an eye.

If you're ready to be a high performance thinker, learn
to laugh more.

Find work that gives you joy.

Stop looking at the task at hand as a struggle. View it
as a magnificent game.

To the high performance thinker, there is no line between
work and play. His work is his passion.

In the sports world it's called being in the zone. High
performance thinkers perform in the same manner.

* They are acting in the moment.

* They have no doubts.

* Time almost stands still.

* They are focused to the point that outside influences
are literally blocked out.

Stop trying so hard and start enjoying the process.

Secret Number 7 The Subconscious Mind

The first six secrets were the blocks building up to the
real secret behind high performance thinking.

High performance thinkers recognize the awesome power of
their subconscious mind.

* Relaxation

* Visualization

* Autosuggestion

* Goal Setting

* Whole-Brained Thinking

* Humor

All of the above are designed to help you unleash the
awesome power of your subconscious mind.

The subconscious has been called the sleeping giant.

It's like a big bear hibernating during the winter.

It's waiting for you to wake it so it can do its work.

All systems of mental conditioning from Silva Mind
Control and NLP to the mystical traditions such as Yoga
and the Martial Arts are designed to take us beyond our
cultural conditioning.

They are all designed to help us realize that there is
more to high performance thinking than our logical
analytical thinking.

Hunches, intuition etc. are the results of our subconscious
working behind the scenes.

In the words of Maxwell Maltz, "Within you right now is
the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This
power becomes available to you just as you can change your

That power to make your dreams come true is your
subconscious mind.

Maybe it's time you woke the sleeping giant and put it to
work for you.

Wishing You Success,
John Colanzi

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