Psycho-Cybernetics is a concept invented (or discovered) by Dr. Maxwell Maltz. It means that our psyche and physiology change to accommodate out most intense goals. Use psycho-cybernetics to your advantage.
Why Psychocyberntics is Important
First, if you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend that you do. It’s Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz.
If you take psycho-cybernetics to heart and begin to implement it in your life, several things will happen:
- You will start feeling better about yourself
- Your performance will improve
- Your health will begin to improve, as well
Psycho-Cybernetics in a Nutshell
Dr. Maltz was a very successful plastic surgeon who noticed a very strange phenomenon. Some of his patients, even after a successful surgery in which the bothersome defect was removed, viewed themselves as if no change had happened.
He tells a story of a young woman who wanted to improve the shape of her nose. He did. When the wound healed, the woman came back into Dr. Maltz’s office and complained that she didn’t feel any better than before the surgery.
When this pattern began to surface, Dr. Maltz decided to look into it and arrived at the conclusion that the reason the patients didn’t feel any better was that their self images remained intact in spite of the physical change.
In other words, some of the patients did not experience the change they desired because their feeling about themselves had not changed as a result of the surgery.
So, after some research and experimentation, Maltz came up with a way to achieve great results, including feeling better about yourself and improving performance in any area. Psychocybernetics was born.
How Psycho-Cybernetics Works
The word ‘cybernetic’ comes from the Greek word kybernetes, which means “steersman” or “guide.”
So, the word psycho-cybernetics literally means “psychological steering.” And it has two main parts.
The first part is the goal. Steering occurs when a goal is present. Without a goal, no steering is necessary. This reminds me of a favorite dialogue between Alice and the Cheshire Cat:
`Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
`That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
`I don’t much care where–‘ said Alice.
`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland).
The second part is movement, psychological and physical. Things always move inside us. We are either climbing or sliding, moving North or South. When we stop moving and changing, we are officially dead.
And here’s the profound truth Dr. Maltz discovered: We move in the direction of the goals we have in our minds, whether we set them consciously or unconsciously.
As you can probably tell, it really makes great sense to set goals consciously and be very meticulous at it, too. We’ll talk more about goal-setting in another article.
But let me give you a few steps to begin implementing the power of psycho-cybernetics now to begin moving where you want to go, both mentally and physically.
Steps You Can Take Immediately
Step 1. Decide what it is exactly that you want.
You don’t have to do a whole goal-setting session. Just set one goal in one area of your life to begin with.
It could be to lose 10 lbs of weight or perform well during a presentation. But make it very specific.
Step 2. Visualize yourself doing the thing.
If you want to lose weight, imagine yourself doing the exercises; something enjoyable.
If you want to deliver a powerful presentation, see yourself in your mind’s eye doing the presentation. Practice in your mind.
Step 3. Imagine the result.
Now, imagine that you have already lost the weight or delivered the presentation. What is the result? How do you feel? How do others react to your success?
Focus on the feeling of the result.
Do steps 2 and 3 for about 5-10 minutes every day and watch yourself making fast progress. Make the power of Psycho-Cybernetics work for you.
I want to share one important distinction with you to help you get rid of overwhelm with the help of Psycho-Cybernetics.
What Is Overwhelm?
To be overwhelmed means to have too many competing demands. You said ‘yes’ to too many things, and now you’re struggling to fulfill your promises. And remember, when you’ve agreed to do something, that’s a promise.
When you have that kind of a challenge, it becomes very hard to sort it out the traditional way. For example, let’s look at health.
If you’re suffering from…
- Panic attacks
- Low energy
- Adrenal exhaustion
- Poor appetite
- Heart palpitations
…to try and tackle every one of these individually, well, you’ll probably end up taking a bunch of pills after having visited several different doctors. This is the traditional, crazy and stupid way. (Disclaimer – none of what I’m writing on this page is medical advice, okay!)
Unfortunately, this is what most people do. But you are reading this blog, and that means you’re no ordinary person because you’re looking for answers. You’re in a minority. Here’s your solution.
Push vs Pull
What if you could make one change that would take care of all of the above? Wouldn’t that be great?
See, when you’re tackling symptoms, you’re pushing. You’re pushing against each individual symptom separately, thinking that’s what you should be doing.
But to pull means to pick a vision of health that you really want and to pull yourself towards it. And that would mean doing whatever is in your power and knowledge and skills to achieve the level of health that would be necessary to achieve your big vision.
For example, if you had the stress symptoms I listed above, you would automatically be in a defensive mode. This means, you’d probably be fighting each symptom as it came along because that’s what’s immediately in front of you. Pushing.
To pull is a much more sophisticated skill. You’d need to step out of your current reality and create a new, exciting and empowering one in your mind.
Then, using Psycho-Cybernetics, you would begin pulling yourself toward that vision, doing whatever it takes to achieve the level of health necessary to make your vision a reality.
This way, instead of fighting individual symptoms, you would be doing something that seemingly has nothing to do with them but in fact takes care of them all, given enough time and effort.
What You Can Do Right Now
No matter what you’re struggling with, set a new goal, something exciting, something you’d want to move towards. Then, begin moving towards it.
Pulling is a life skill that you need to learn and develop. Begin by creating an exciting vision, at least in one area of your life.