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'Change Your Life In 7 Days'

Success and happiness are not accidents that randomly happen to some but not others. So says hypnotist Paul McKenna.

England's answer to Dr. Phil, McKenna is watched by millions across the globe. He is known for his celebrity clientele, ranging from models to rock stars.

Now, he's sharing his techniques in a new self-book, that he claims shows you how to "Change Your Life In Seven Days."

He will visit The Saturday Early Show to talk about it. Stay tuned!

Read an excerpt from his book.

INTRODUCTION

You hold in your hands a book that has the power to change your life forever.

Does that seem like an outlandish claim? So many of the people I've guided to achieving their desires started out wondering how it is possible and ended up astounding themselves. Now it's your turn. Don't underestimate the power of the system in this book. I promise you-it will change your life!
Success and happiness are not accidents that just happen to some people and not to others-they are predictable results created by deliberate ways of thinking and acting, ways that I'll be sharing with you over the next seven days. As the saying goes, success is all about luck-ask any failure!

CAN I REALLY CHANGE MY LIFE IN SEVEN DAYS?

People who attend my seminars are always amazed when we cure lifelong phobias in less than an hour, or clear up supposedly deep-seated issues in just a few days. But most people can think of a time when their lives changed in just a few moments. Perhaps it was getting a new piece of important information, or meeting a special someone and knowing that your life would never again be the same.

Here is the reason why change can happen so quickly:

The changes that matter most are more often changes in perception than changes in the world outside us. And we can change the way we perceive the world in a heartbeat.

In fact, the myth that it takes a long time to change has only been around for about a hundred years, when Freudian analysis became the dominant influence in the treatment of psychosomatic illness. What makes this point of view ironic is that the goal of psychoanalysis has never been to change people, but rather to help them gain a deeper understanding of why they are the way they are. In my work, understanding is the booby prize!

Sometimes even a small change can make a huge difference. For example, imagine you and another person are driving along two straight roads, stretching side by side off into the infinite distance. Now imagine that one of those roads shifts even a tiny bit away from the other. At first the difference might seem imperceptible. But over time, that small change in direction would take you to an entirely different destination from the other person.

The techniques contained in Change Your Life in Seven Days are state of the art, offering not only the latest software but also a whole new operating system for your body and mind.

Each day, you will make tiny changes, changes that may be imperceptible to you at First. But as you continue moving forward, you will begin to realize just how far you have already come and just how much you have changed.
Let's face it-if you do virtually anything consistently for seven days, it will change you. What makes this system different is that many of the techniques you will be learning as you read will go on working, helping you long after you stop using them. Over the next seven days the actions you take will set up a wave of change in your life that will in turn affect many other areas of your life, which in turn affect others. Just as an oil tanker takes a little while to start moving, it becomes difficult to stop once it builds up sufficient momentum.

For centuries people thought it was impossible to run a four-minute mile. Then on March 6, 1954, Roger Bannister did what all great pioneers do-he made the impossible happen.

Recently, I met Dr. Bannister and we talked about how amazing it was that What is now proved within a year of his breaking the four-was once impossible. minute mile, thirty-seven other people -William Blake around the world did so as well. In the following year, an incredible three hundred runners broke through that previously impenetrable barrier.

The finest minds of the age had believed it was impossible to do, and their beliefs became a self-fulfilling prophecy. (Some noted scientists actually suggested that the human body would explode if pushed to do a four-minute mile!)

It only took one counterexample-one person proving that what others had previously thought could not be done was in fact possible-for everyone else to tap into that possibility within themselves.

The human mind generalizes as a learning principle. For example, as a child you learn how a door opens and closes. Your mind then generalizes that learning to apply to all doors everywhere.

This works equally well whether the learnings are useful or painful. Over the next seven days, we are going to dismantle many of the negative generalizations you have made about the world, and build positive new ones.

MY STORY

I became interested in all things self-improvement shortly after I left school. It didn't take long for me to read nearly every self-help book, try every technique, and apply everything I was learning to my own life. As a result, my life changed dramatically for the better. In fact, since I began using the techniques I am about to share with you, I quickly noticed an improvement in my confidence, my finances, my career, and the way people treated me. I became wealthy, famous, and my life became infinitely more glamorous than it was before- all in a short space of time. All of the best techniques that I used to create the life I live today are contained in the book you now hold in your hands!

My purpose in life, and the goal of this book, is to help you get greater control of yourself and your life. Since 1985, I have been working on a revolutionary self-improvement system that will work for everyone. The unique success-conditioning system you are about to learn has now been perfected-you will begin making profound changes within the very first day.
Best of all, you can relax-it's very easy, and you don't have to have any previous experience or skill. In fact, if you can close your eyes, talk to yourself and others, and move your body, you can control your thinking and behavior, and ultimately you can live the life of your dreams. All you have to do is follow my instructions step by step, even if at times you're not sure you're doing it right. Together, we are going to design and install "positive software" for your mind!

THE POWER OF NOW

This is an exciting time in history. Our world is transforming every day. The scientific and technological transformations and breakthroughs that are taking place all around us are increasing at exponential rates. We, as a human race, are connecting over great distances, exploring and reshaping our world. Journeys that used to take months are now made in hours; calculations that used to take years are now done in minutes. The question is not will your life change-the question is what will it change into?

Right now we live in a digital information age. Faxes, mobile telephones, computers, and satellite technology, unthinkable even fifty years ago, are now considered a normal part of twenty-first-century life. Something happens on one side of the world and we can watch it on our television screens moments later. Global communications systems can connect mind to mind like nerve cells in a huge global brain. Wherever it is we are going, we are going there fast!

We stand on the threshold of an enormous leap in our evolution, and I believe that the next great stage in human development will be a move out of the information age and into a new time in which people will begin to develop their inner resources. I call this time the age of psychotech-nology-a time when we will begin to unleash the amazing powers and inner abilities that we are all born with. I see the understanding and practice of psychotechnology as being like having an owner's manual for your brain.

Unfortunately, most people spend more time learning to work their DVD player than they do their own mind. By taking the next week to read and practice the exercises in this book, you are marking yourself out as different from the 98 percent of people who, to quote Winston Churchill, "stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."

In this book, you'll discover the techniques that have helped many people break through their limitations and release their true potential. Together, we are going to program your mind to make you a happier, more confident, and powerful person.

GETTING STARTED

Before you begin on this journey into your true potential, I'd like you to stop and consider this:

What would it be like if you woke up one morning and a miracle had happened-your life had become exactly what you wanted it to be?
Do it now-stop and vividly imagine it.

  • How would you know that the miracle had taken place?
  • What would you see?
  • What would you hear?
  • What would you feel inside?
  • What changes would have happened in your career?
  • In your relationships?
  • Your finances?
  • Your health?

    As you use the ideas and practice the techniques you will learn from this book, you are going to make these dreams come true.

    Simply relax, read, and allow the ideas and exercises in the book to take root.

    Just as a gardener plants seeds and patiently waits for them to grow, every time you work with this book, you're planting positive suggestions in your mind that will grow into powerful new ways to operate the world's most advanced biocomputer-your brain!

    Even though you can achieve dramatic results in your very first week, you may want to return People are always to the book several times in the first few blaming circum-months. It is vitally important to do the stances for what they exercises in order to get the kind of are. I don't believe in results you want. No single technique is circumstances. The a magic pill for success, but when you people who get ahead practice them again and again they will in this world are the become second nature to you. people who get up Whatever you achieve in the next and look for the ten years will be the result of what you circumstances they do now. As the saying goes, if you keep want, and if they doing what you've always done you'll can't find them, just get more of what you've already make them. got. But you do have the power to make -George Bernard Shaw an incredible difference to your life.
    And it starts right here.

  • THE DIFFERENCE THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

    Many people begin a self-help book or personal training program but quit halfway through. They convince themselves that it's too hard or that they don't have what it takes. Here's the problem with that approach:
    If you don't take control of your life, someone else will.

    Now, I know responsibility isn't a very popular word these days. Billions of dollars change hands each year as people literally pass the buck on whose fault it is that their coffee was too hot, their body was too weak, or their dog was poorly trained.

    But another way of thinking about responsibility is that it is really about control. Do you want to control your life or hand over that control to other people-your family, the media, or even society in general? Do you want to be the master of your fate or the victim of your circumstances?

    Taking responsibility is taking control of those parts of your life that are within your control, while letting go of trying to control what is not.
    It's easy to blame your parents, your employers, or the government for your problems, but until you decide to see yourself as responsible for your situation then you don't have any power to change it. All great achievers know that taking responsibility is the first step toward having a successful and fulfilling life.

    Dr. Stephen R. Covey describes it like this:

    When you pick up one end of the stick, you pick up the other. Therefore, if you decide to take responsibility for your circumstances, you automatically tap into the power to change them.

    When I share these ideas in my seminars, occasionally a participant will say to me, "Does that mean that if I'm walking across the road and I get run over, it's my fault?"

    The answer is simple-taking responsibility is not the same as taking the blame. You are not responsible for the hand you have been dealt, but it is always up to you how you play it.

    Stop for a moment and imagine what it would be like to take responsibility for your life-to have the power to make choices and changes in every area of your life. To be in control of your finances, your relationships, and your sense of well-being. To be at peace with those things that are not in your control and in full command of those that are.

    If you like what you are imagining, make the decision right now to take responsibility for your life at a whole new level. The more I work with people who achieve astounding results, the more I am inspired by the words of W. H. Murray:

    Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
    Are you committed? Are you ready to take back your power? Are you willing to make this book important enough to follow the simple instructions that will change your life? Even if you're not convinced at first, it is important to realize that you can succeed in spite of yourself! It all happens one chapter at a time.

    HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
    This book is laid out in seven chapters-seven key lessons that will guide you from wherever you are in the direction of your most deeply felt values and most fondly hoped-for dream. As you pick up this book each day, try to fill your mind with positive energy and prepare your brain for the valuable information you will be receiving in that day's reading.

    In just seven days, you will join the ranks of those people who are so well programmed to succeed that they cannot help but be successful at what they do. You will be able to handle whatever challenges life offers you with a sense of ease and confidence. Your journey will begin in the next chapter, as you discover who you are becoming and uncover your true potential to become the person you really want to be...