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I Should Have Known Better

Uncategorized Aug 28, 2020

This thought may be familiar to you:

I should have known better.

Some of us have maybe even accidentally let it become part of our identity.

Our Wives Do This Too

Turns out, our wives do it too. Particularly when we've kept porn a secret from her and then we tell her. She will often think the same exact thing:

I should have known better.

She may feel betrayed. Or that she was duped.

Whether it's her thinking it or you, it's all based on the idea that you should have done it differently than you chose to do it.

This idea seems helpful.  It seems like it will help you to not do it again and to make better decisions in the future.

Time for a reality check.

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

When we bash ourselves for decisions we made in the past, we can unknowingly extinguish the confidence and trust in ourselves that we could be accessing now.

Confidence and trust that would help you make better decisions now and in the future.

We expect to be duped again.

We buy into the idea...

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Staying Committed and Being Uncomfortable

Uncategorized Aug 21, 2020

Looking at porn is a quick, easy way to get a big dopamine hit that tricks our brains into thinking it accomplished something important to our survival.

Often times, when guys want to learn to stop looking at porn, they want to take this same approach.

Where's the magic pill that makes my desire for porn go away?

If I had it, I would have taken it years ago. And I'd be selling it for millions of dollars right now.

But if we use the same quick/easy approach in our efforts to quit porn, we'll just keep turning to porn.

To quit porn, you need to learn to play the long game. You need to be willing to let it get harder before it gets easier.

You need to be willing to:

  1. Feel uncomfortable AND
  2. Stay committed.

Let's talk about both of these.

The Skill of Being Uncomfortable

First of all, let's appreciate that part of your brain is designed to shy away from discomfort.

Also, many of us have learned to avoid negative emotions. We’ve even been taught this at times.

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A Skill You Haven't Learned Yet AND Beyond the Porn

Uncategorized Aug 14, 2020

So you want to stop looking at porn but you don't know how.

Let's go over what we're going for here.

  • A skill you haven't learned yet.
  • It's not just about the porn.
  • Intentionally healing
  • Enriching your real life
  • Sustainably creating

A Skill You Can Learn

I like to think of this as a skill you just haven't learned yet.

It's like shooting a jump shot in basketball. If someone just threw you on the court without any guidance, you'd be running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Even if you've seen someone shoot before, you're not just going to dive in and have the proper form right away.

If you've done it for years without proper form, you might have some habits that interfere with that pure shooting form you're going for.

All of the most skilled basketball players have had lots of one on one coaching from someone with experience.

Someone who can notice things more easily about their form and point it out. Providing a new level of awareness that allows the athlete to tweak...

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Failing in Order to Relieve Pretraumatic Stress. 8 Strategies.

Uncategorized Aug 07, 2020

What and how we anticipate matters.

The wanting-centers of the brain are much bigger than the liking-centers.

With something like porn, which is a man-made, concentrated version of sex, here's how it works. With repeated exposure, we want porn more and more and we enjoy it less and less. Increased cravings, decreased enjoyment.

So the anticipation of an experience can create more intense sensations than the actual experiencing of it.

I believe it works in the opposite direction too. Example: you can anticipate publicly speaking in the worst way, and then you get up there and the experience isn't that bad.

Pre-traumatic stress is the way humans can traumatize themselves with anticipation of an upcoming event, real or imagined.

Have you ever worried so much about potentially turning to porn in response to an upcoming life "stressor" that you just go look at porn up front?

If anticipating failing in the future to stick to your porn goals feels worse than the actual failing, you can see...

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How to Be More Excited About Your Future Than Your Past

Uncategorized Jul 24, 2020

Being more excited about the future than the past used to come so much more naturally, right?

When the future is no longer exciting, let's be honest - it's a bummer!

All you need to do is learn how to create this mindset intentionally for yourself.

Start today by reading these steps.

Drop these two lies.

  1. I'll be so much happier once I achieve    X   ,   Y  , and   Z   .
  2. First I'll prove that I'm worthy, then I'll enjoy myself.

It’s 50/50 here and 50/50 there. Tell yourself:

I am meant to experience negative/uncomfortable emotions half the time and positive/comfortable emotions half the time.

You are already 100% worthy. Stop spending time trying to prove your worth.

Start making your decisions as though you are already 100% worthy as a human.

Always have been. Always will be.

Self-care & Sustainability

If you don't take care of yourself now, this signals to yourself that it will be like this in the future.

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You're Invited: What Do You Need Most?

Uncategorized Jul 17, 2020
 

What do you need most right now?

That's it.

Simple.

Many of you read these posts for different reasons.

What is your reason? Why are you here reading this?

I know a lot of people look at these posts.

But I want to know about you. As an individual.

Really I do.

I invite you to email me ([email protected]) and send me your response to this question:


What do you need most right now?

 

I want you guys to blow up my inbox.

Don't worry. It's just between you and me.

I get it. And I've got you.

My email address: [email protected]

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Motivation and Less Susceptible to Porn

Uncategorized Jul 10, 2020

What do you use most to motivate your productivity?

Is it guilt?

Is it "being behind"?

Is it not-enoughness?

Is it trying to prove your worth? (meaning, you don't let yourself feel worthy now).

 

For me, it's often the carrot on a stick thing. Continual dissatisfaction.

So I create dissatisfaction in my mind, then I try to get away from it by being productive.

 

These things work and they don't.

They help us get things done to a certain extent. That's why we do them.

But they might accidentally be making you more susceptible to porn. Even creating an incentive for you to look at porn.

Not to mention, they can really zap the fun out of just about anything.

 

What if there's something better?

What if you could feel better AND get more done in less time?

What if you could enjoy the process more?

What if you could make yourself that much less susceptible to porn? 


 Want to try something new?

Let's talk.

Find out more.

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5-Step Process to Make Sure You're Progressing

Uncategorized Jul 02, 2020

Guys come to me all the time worried that they aren't progressing:

  • sustainably
  • in the way they want to
  • fast enough
  • at all
  • Or everything is just getting worse

If you are here reading this, progress is probably important to you.

Here is a 5-step process to ensure that you are progressing:

  1. Choose your goal
  2. Choose your system
  3. Trust your current system
  4. Evaluate/adjust System as Needed
  5. Play the long game

1. Choose Your Goal

Most of us know how to choose a specific, measurable goal at this point.

Example Goal: Learn to not look at porn for (X amount of time).

If you feel like part of you wants this goal and part of you doesn't, that means your brain is working perfectly.

Even if there is only part of you that wants this goal, it is still coming from you.

2. Deliberately Choose Your System

It's one thing to have a goal. It's another to have a system.

A system is the process you are using to reach that goal.

Choose one that can get you incremental changes over time.

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Recipe For Making a Decision That Gets You New Results

Uncategorized Jun 26, 2020

 Careful, you might have a bit of a brain-gasm with this one. (I heard that term recently, it made me laugh).

When thinking about your goal to stop looking at porn, do you find yourself thinking:

"This might not be possible."

I've thought it at so many points along the way.

I'm guessing you've practiced this one a lot yourself.

You Are Not the Only One

So I tell guys it's possible and even show them testimonials of how this process works. Then they say:

"That works for other people, but not for me."

I hear this one from almost every guy that comes to me for help. Does that tell you something?

Did you think you were the only one that things didn't work for? I don't know if you'll be disappointed or relieved to hear this, but you're not.

Because there are loads of people walking around saying the exact same thing to themselves.

I used to be one of them.

What I didn't know at first is that this kind of belief is optional.

If so, what's the upside to thinking this?

The only...

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What You Deserve

Uncategorized Jun 19, 2020

Sex is like eating.

There's a way to do it that contributes to your survival and the survival of the human race.

It is pleasurable.

You can do it in a way to just "get the job done". (ie, eating for fuel, or trying for a baby).

You can do it in ways where pleasure is the end goal.

You can get the job done AND experience pleasure at the same time.

All of this is by design.

Pleasure (dopamine) is meant to motivate us to, at the very least, survive and reproduce.

Pick Your Poison

You can also do sex or eating in ways that are poisonous to your body and brain. In ways that do not contribute to survival. (ie, overeating sugar, porn).

Pleasure also accompanies some poisonous approaches to sex and eating.

 

Although I don't believe in fear tactics or trying to shame people in to changing, I do believe porn is poisonous to my brain.

And, yes, there is more and more research coming out about this. (Check out the website, Your Brain On Porn, for more information on this)

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