The Psychology of Achievement within a Chart

The MasterMind Matrix is a map showing the unconscious, conscious and semiconscious patterns of behavior that we experience every single waking and sleeping moment. It is made up of many parts and segments that interlock and intertwine with each other in a variety of ways. Alter any one of the major segments within the MasterMind Matrix and you will begin to make dramatic momentum building changes that could transform your life.

There are now over 250+ IQ Matrix maps that form the bedrock of this chart. What you will discover in the video and further down this page is an exploration of this chart and its major components. Working through this information will help you to better understand how each component of the MasterMind Matrix influences the human psyche over the course of our lives while in the pursuit of our goals.

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Understanding the Concept Behind the MasterMind Matrix

The MasterMind Matrix chart is designed as a psychological tool that will help guide you step-by-step towards success in any field of endeavor. It can also be used as an effective self-coaching tool to help you overcome the problems and challenges standing between you and your lifelong objectives.

The MasterMind Matrix came together after years of practical application, modeling, research and study into the human mind, emotions and behaviors of some of the most successful people in the world. It is in many ways a culmination of knowledge, strategies and techniques brought about by the work of hundreds of business, psychology and personal development experts spanning the past 100 years of human history.

This chart integrates aspects of Neural Linguistic Programming, Neural Associative Conditioning, Hypnotherapy, Time Line Therapy, Counseling, Emotional Intelligence, Cognitive Behavior Psychology, Psychotherapy, Metaphysics Principles, Life Coaching Strategies, and the fundamentals principles of life, success, self-development and spiritual manifestation.

The significant advantages that the MasterMind Matrix has over traditional life coaching methods is that it presents you with a map of interconnecting fragments of life-skill training zones that merge together to form a path leading to the opportunity for self-transformation.

The MasterMind Matrix takes a snapshot of your entire life on a conscious and unconscious level of awareness and puts your strengths and weaknesses into perspective. As a result you suddenly come to an understanding of how you created your current life reality including all of your limitations, fears, beliefs, emotions and habits.

With these personal insights at the forefront of your mind, you come to realize the transformational power of your habitual patterns of behavior. This awareness thrusts you into action — encouraging you to make the necessary change to propel your life forward in ways that may previously have seemed impossible.

Touching on every major life area, the MasterMind Matrix guides you through a detailed life plan that directs your actions, emotions, thinking and habitual patterns of behavior towards your academic, life, career, sports and business objectives.

In the end, the purpose of the MasterMind Matrix is to help you bridge the gap between where you are and where you desire your life to be at some point in the future.

Take a Journey through the MasterMind Matrix

Just imagine for a moment delving deep into your mind, into your unconscious reservoirs of experience and seeing your habitual patterns of behavior and internal thinking processes vividly presented before you at a fully conscious level of awareness. It’s like walking blind your entire life, yet now for the first time you start seeing the light — awakening from your slumber to new understandings and perspectives about yourself, others and the world around you.

As you make progress along this journey you begin to understand that there is so much more to life than what you consciously imagined. Your thoughts, habits, beliefs, values, needs, questions, language patterns, attitude, self-concept, emotions, and decisions, all come into perspective like you have never experienced them before.

You finally realize all the conscious, unconscious and semiconscious mistakes you’ve been making all this time. Likewise you now understand why you have been caught in a spiderweb of failure and self-sabotage.

Yes, finally realizing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, you now fully comprehend what you must do to achieve your wildest dreams using precise, intelligent, conscious tactics that will move you forward towards your objectives with greater clarity and speed.

Yes indeed… welcome to the MasterMind Matrix.

How to Use this Information

Below you will move through segments of the MasterMind Matrix chart. Each segment contains a short description of that specific part of the chart. Accompanying the description is a visual snippet of that segment of the chart taken directly from the MasterMind Matrix. Please click on the images for details. Below each of the images you will find links to additional IQ Matrix maps that break down that segment of the MasterMind Matrix in greater depth and detail. Clicking one of these “map” links will take you to the IQ Matrix Store. There you can either download the map, or you can click on the green link on the page to read the accompanying blog post associated with that map. However, please note that not all maps have been summarized at this time. Please also note that some maps are free to download, however other maps need to be purchased. As you work your way down this page you will come across certain segments that will resonate with you. You might get an “aha” moment when something you read suddenly begins to make sense. When you experience these moments, take your time by going through each of the maps within this section. Also have a read of the blog summaries that accompany some of these maps. Reading through this material will hopefully provide you with the answers you need to help you move forward in a better way. There is a lot more that could be said here, however the best way to begin the journey is to take that first step. And as you take that first step you just never know where you might end up.

Perceptual Influences

Throughout time, evolutionary history has dictated and manufactured our standards and norms. It has influenced society, culture, governments, schools and the development of religious institutions.

Likewise, all of these segments have influenced the type of information we produce through radio, newspapers, books, television, and via the internet.

This in turn has had a direct influence on our peers who influence us — directly and indirectly — through their behavior, values, beliefs and principles. In fact, their expectations of us, and our expectations of ourselves directly influences how we perceive the world through our five senses.

In addition to this, we must also take into account our past successes, failures and our memories of those experiences. These also have a direct influence on our perceptions of reality, our decisions, actions, and how we filter our life experiences throughout the day.

Health, Wealth and Relationships

Within the previous section we discussed how external factors influence how we perceive the world through our senses.

This section of the MasterMind Matrix pinpoints how our intimate relationships influence our perceptions, and how this — coupled together with all the other factors previously discussed — influences how we manage our finances and how we go about looking after our health and well-being.

Our culture, society, government, educational institutions, peers, and the media — in fact our entire evolutionary history — all influence not only how we perceive the world around us, but also how we approach our health, finances and intimate relationships.

Furthermore, all of these things influence our thoughts, self-concept, meta-programs, values, beliefs, convictions, psychological rules, emotions, attitudes, language, etc. All of which will be discussed as we continue along this journey.

Quantum Reality

4.6 percent of the Universe is made out of atoms, 23 percent of the Universe is made out of dark matter, and 72 percent is made up of a substance known as dark energy.

Over the years several controversial studies have shown how our thoughts are able to directly influence and control the sub-atomic world and manipulate matter.

In a classic study, Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that water that is subjected to positive thoughts formed beautiful crystals, while water exposed to negative thoughts formed either no crystals or deformed crystals. He concluded that our thoughts had a direct impact on the water.

60 percent to 70 percent of the human body is water. Therefore if our thoughts can do that to water, than what are they doing to us?

Other studies into Quantum Theory have shown how the very act of observing matter can directly affect and change our reality.

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Vibrational Hierarchy

Everything within the Universe is made up of nothing more than vibrating forces of energy. This energy likewise connects everything we see in the Universe — every physical and non-physical object. There is therefore no separation between objects at a sub-atomic level. We are all connected; we are all one entity of life; one breathing, moving and living mechanism that’s irrevocably intertwined.

The thoughts and feelings that we generate each day have an energy signature attached to them. This energy signature can be measured as either being high or low on the vibrational hierarchy. Positive thoughts and feelings are measured high on the hierarchy, while negative thoughts and feelings are measured low on the hierarchy.

It is said that we attract “like-energy” into our lives. Therefore positive thoughts and feelings will attract positive circumstances, while negative thoughts and feelings will attract negative circumstances. We will of course discuss this in more detail as we progress further through the MasterMind Matrix.

The idea behind this “vibrational hierarchy” was heavily influenced by the book Power vs. Force, written by David R. Hawkins.

Expectations Shaping Reality

Everything that we have discussed thus far naturally influences our expectations of life, of others and of ourselves. What is especially relevant here are other people’s expectations of us; because we tend to live up to people’s expectations of us in various circumstances — for better or worse.

It is said that our expectations are self-fulfilling prophecies. Therefore what we expect out of life we tend to get back — creating our life experience as we know it.

One way to take control of our expectations and the methods of how we tend to evaluate the world around us is to begin consciously framing and reframing our reality.

Frames are simply mental structures used to help guide our actions, shape how we see the world and the meaning we ascribe to people and events. Reframing is a tool used to help us consciously transform the meaning given to events and circumstances.

Thoughts and Imagination

Our thoughts are nothing more than impulses of information creating molecules (thinking cells) that are built upon the five senses and our personal perceptions and interpretations of reality.

Our thoughts form habits, beliefs and create neuropeptides that produce neural hormones within the body — triggering habitual emotions we experience throughout the day.

Given that on average we experience 60,000 thoughts per day: 95 percent of which are often repeated from the previous day, and 77 percent are often of a negative nature. What does this say about the undeniable influence that our thoughts have over our lives?

It is said that the one thing we can control are the thoughts we allow into the recesses of our mind. Therefore, begin by consciously managing your thoughts, and you will slowly but surely begin to take charge of your own life and destiny.

Unhelpful Thinking Styles

Over time as a result of life experience we develop certain habits of thinking that help us to effectively manage the circumstances in our lives. Some of these habits are empowering and work for us, while others are unhelpful and work against us. In fact, many of these unhelpful thinking styles can cause a great deal of emotional distress if left unchecked.

Unhelpful Thinking habits can also lead to a plethora of other more serious emotional concerns that result from an inability to control one’s responses to events and circumstances most effectively.

The first step to change always begins when we become aware of our thought process. Once awareness has been established, we can then begin to consciously shift our mental thinking patterns in a more productive and helpful direction.

You essentially have two options when it comes to your thoughts: You can take control of them, or you can allow your thoughts to control you.

The Six Human Needs

Every decision we make and every action we take results from an insatiable desire to fulfill our six human needs.

The need for certainty, uncertainty, significance, and connection in our lives are all primary needs that we are attempting to satisfy every single day on both a conscious and unconscious level of awareness. Whenever these 4 human needs go unmet, we struggle to find a sense of balance and satisfaction in our lives.

The need for growth and contribution are pinnacle/spiritual needs that we subconsciously long to fulfill. When these two human needs are satisfied — along with the 4 primary needs — then we risk living a life of complete and utter fulfillment. Moreover, we begin to live life with a sense of purpose and direction; life finally has meaning.

The key here is to ensure that all your behaviors are meeting the six human needs at the highest level.

References, Ideas and Opinions

All of our beliefs are built upon references. Our references form the foundational building blocks of everything that we have come to believe about ourselves, others and about life.

References are simply pieces of evidence that we have collected over time about certain things in the real world. They are created as a result of personal experience; when taking account of people’s actions and opinions; when we find new information; when we visualize or imagine concepts, and when we respond emotionally to the events and circumstances in our lives.

When similar references are coupled together in our minds, we begin to form ideas about certain things. Additional references will turn those ideas into opinions. These opinions have an even deeper layer of certainty about them.

Eventually over time, many references built around a specific topic area or concept will create a belief, which we will discuss in more detail shortly.

Self-Concept

Our self-concept is basically an awareness we have of ourselves in the present moment and at a future time. It is an accumulation of knowledge we have built over time that affects how we see ourselves in relation to the world around us.

Our self-concept encompasses our self-ideal, which is the person we believe we will become; our self-image, which is made up of labels and beliefs we have about ourselves and about how we are viewed by others, and it also encompasses our self-esteem, which reflects how we feel about ourselves at any given moment in time.

Our self-concept is an absolutely critical component of success, because it determines our ability to manage our emotions, to reach our full potential, to step outside our comfort zone, to think effectively about life and circumstances, and it influences how we interact with others on a daily basis.

Behavior Modeling

From the earliest age, our lives revolve around other people. We communicate with them, play with them, work with them, fight with them, and connect with them.

As a result of our interactions with others, we naturally tend to adopt their behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, values, etc., into our personality and lifestyle — for better or worse. This adoption process is often made at an unconscious level of awareness, however it can also become a conscious and empowering process that can help us to acquire the necessary behaviours, skills, habits, values and beliefs that will help us get what we want most out of life.

We can of course consciously choose to model people we admire and adopt their characteristics, behaviors and mental strategies into our own psyche. This process is commonly called conscious modeling, which enables us to model other people’s blueprint or map for success.

Meta-Programs

Meta-programs are organized mental shortcuts directing our behaviors, decisions and our interpretations of experience. They can be compared to software applications that constantly guide our thoughts, beliefs, values and responses to circumstances.

Moreover, meta-programs effectively determine what we delete, distort and generalize from our experience of reality. This can of course lead to biased perspectives and interpretations of people and events.

Becoming aware of the meta-programs that are running our lives can help us to better understand our personal motives, abilities and habits. Furthermore, they can also assist us with identifying other people’s psychological tendencies — allowing us to build rapport and influence their behavior.

There are approximately 50 meta-programs that have been officially recognized, with more being identified every year.

Personal Values

Values are a set of standards that we have for our lives. They are in many ways labels that we give to our emotional experiences that help us determine our life priorities.

When we are living in alignment with our highest values, we tend to feel authentic, motivated and fulfilled. On the other hand, when we are aligned in a different direction we tend to lose touch with our sense of self — life has little meaning and no sense of purpose.

To identify your highest values you must ask yourself, “What are the most important things about me as a person?” The answers to this question will help you begin building your value hierarchy.

Values are acquired first through feeling, then thinking, communicating, choosing, and then through acting upon them. They help us determine what to focus on, what actions to take, and they influence how we tend to perceive the word we live in.

Beliefs and Convictions

Beliefs are concrete rules and generalizations that are built upon old memories of pain and pleasure as well as upon our interpretations of experience. They are conditioned commands to the nervous system that filters our perspectives, shapes our thoughts and transforms our experience of reality.

Our beliefs guide 96 percent of our actions — subsequently influencing what we will and won’t try, and the goals that we are willing to set. Moreover, our beliefs determine our levels of creativity, intelligence and the expectations that govern how we manage our lives on a daily basis.

Beliefs are created via repetitive thought, feeling and action; they are created when we get emotionally involved in the events and circumstances of our lives; they are created when we hold onto opinions; and they are created through the acquisition of references over time.

Convictions are deep rooted beliefs that are extremely difficult to change.

Faith and Hope

Often when we don’t have a strong sense of belief about something, we turn to faith to pull us through the events and circumstances of our lives. During these times we cultivate faith in ourselves, in others and in the fact that things will turn out for the best.

Faith is in essence a low level belief that is based upon no real evidence, logic, facts, statistics or references for that matter. It is instead built upon a sense of confidence and trust in a person, concept or thing.

When we have faith in something we cannot explain or support our sense of confidence with concrete proof. Instead we rely on our emotions to justify our faith and to help keep us moving forward.

When faith is cultivated over an extended period of time it can help us acquire the necessary references we need to form ideas, opinions and eventually beliefs and convictions. It’s a process that takes time.

Psychological Rules

Our rules are unique psychological laws that govern our daily decisions, actions and behaviors. They influence how we interpret the world, absorb information and perceive others, circumstances and ourselves in relation to the world we live in.

The rules that we allow to govern our lives have evolved through cultural conditioning; via conclusions we have made over a lifetime; as a result of early childhood observations; experiments with trial and error, and through our responses to pain and pleasure.

Rules can be both helpful and unhelpful. Unhelpful rules are often rigid, unrealistic, excessive, unadaptable and unreasonable. They create failure scenarios in our lives, hindering us as we move forward towards the attainment of our goals.

Helpful rules on the other hand are flexible, realistic and adaptable, allowing us greater freedom to achieve our goals and objectives.

Personality and Personal Standards

Everything that we have mentioned thus far shapes our personality and the qualities of our character.

We are who we are as a result of the perceptual influences in our lives; as a result of our thoughts, references, ideas, opinions, self-concept, meta-programs, values, beliefs, convictions, rules, and the personal standards we set for ourselves throughout the day. All of these components of our being shape our personality and as a result affect our physiology, mental state, emotions, attitudes, the language we use, the self-evaluations we make, the questions we ask ourselves, the decisions we make, the actions we take, and the habits that are formed as a result of this chain reaction of psychological events.

Our personalities can be categorized into four distinct styles. They include the Socializer, Relater, Analyzer and the Director style. However, these styles only touch the surface of who we are at the deeper psychological levels.

Ego Consciousness

Our Ego Consciousness is basically the external manifestation of our personalities; it is the persona that we project out into the world on a daily basis; it is the mask that we wear that’s designed to hide our true selves.

The Ego Consciousness is often used as a protective mechanism that is designed to help us connect with others and integrate with social standards, expectations and norms. It’s purpose is also to protect us from judgment, criticism and the ridicule that the world can often throw our way.

The Ego Consciousness is made up of parts that naturally reflect our emotions, attitudes and roles. These parts of our personality often judge and criticize us, they live in fear, while also seeking comfort and consistency by sticking to cherished values, beliefs and rules.

Even though these parts may seem to be working against us at times, it’s important to realize that they always have a positive intention and purpose to serve our greater good.

Physiological State

Everything we have discussed thus far represents our inner world, which naturally filters our experience of reality. Everything we will discuss from this point forward is influenced by and naturally mirrors this inner world we have created.

The first aspect of this world that we will look at is our state, which can be broken down into physiological, mental and emotional segments. A small shift in any of these areas has a dramatic impact on all other areas.

For instance, how you utilize your body (physiology) at any given moment affects the emotions you experience and therefore the resources you have access to.

When we breathe deeply, move with purpose, smile and have an upright posture, then psychologically we cannot help but feel good about ourselves. However, when we move sluggishly, when we frown, breathe in a shallow manner, slouch, etc., then we can’t help but feel somewhat helpless and sad.

Mental State

What we focus on and how we tend to focus our mind on things will directly influence the types of emotions we experience throughout the day.

For instance, what if you were to wake up one day and start focusing on all the negative things in your life, all the problems that you have, all the people who have hurt you, all the conflict that is going on in the world, and all the things that you don’t want in your life right now? How would that make you feel? Does this sound like someone you know?

What if you were to focus on all the positive things, all the opportunities, all the things you are grateful for, and all the things that you wanted most in your life? How would that make you feel? Does it feel any different?

How you focus and where you focus your attention has a direct impact on your emotions and therefore on your levels of resourcefulness at any moment in time.

Internal Representational System

A Representational System is an Neural Linguistic Programming (NLP) model that examines how we process information throughout the day through the five senses of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound.

Each of our five senses are connected to our state of mind (mental state) and directly influence how we interpret information on a daily basis.

Associated with each Representational System are a set of submodalities, which determine how we process information through our five sensory organs. Examples of submodalities include distance, brightness, size, location, color, association and dissociation.

This NLP model recognizes that by making small adjustments to the way we represent and perceive information through our five senses will directly impact the emotions that we experience at any one moment in time.

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Emotional State

Your emotional state is an external manifestation resulting from everything we have discussed up to this point. Moreover, it is directly and indirectly influenced by everything we will discuss as we continue to make progress along the MasterMind Matrix.

Your emotions are in fact chosen consciously and unconsciously by you, and only you. And because you choose your emotions, you can therefore choose to experience a different set of emotions that work for you rather than against you. This is known as emotional mastery, where you proactively take charge of your emotions rather than reacting emotionally to the events and circumstances of your life.

However, it is important to understand that each of our emotions — whether we see them as being good or bad — has a positive intention. This intention is to help us understand more about ourselves, our life, and our circumstances. They are there to provide us with the guidance we need to get what we want most out of life.

Transforming Emotions

Let’s leap to another segment of the chart which helps explain the hidden meaning behind our emotional experiences.

Anthony Robbins classifies all emotions into ten distinct types. These include anger, discomfort, hurt, fear, frustration, disappointment, guilt, inadequacy, overwhelm and loneliness.

These emotions are neither good nor bad; neither helpful nor unhelpful, and neither productive nor unproductive, it just depends on how we utilize them.

For instance let’s take a look at the emotion of frustration. Frustration is the experience of being held back from something that we really want. Most people might see this emotion as being quite limiting, however from another perspective being frustrated is rather empowering because it shows us that what we are currently doing is not working for us. We must therefore seek new information, begin to think outside the box and change our approach. Only then will we get what we want from the situation.

Emotional Anchoring

Have you ever suddenly felt a surge of positive energy for no reason? Or maybe you’ve been surprisingly overcome with sadness for reasons you can’t explain? These are examples of emotional anchors.

Anchors are captured feelings, emotions and memories of events, places, people and things that have been conditioned into our nervous system over a lifetime — manifesting as reflex responses to specific stimuli or events within our environment.

Anchors are often formed while we are experiencing peak emotional states — when the senses are stimulated by specific and unique events or things that are present within our environment.

Conditioned anchors (emotions) can therefore be triggered by people, the environment, objects, symbols, events, sounds, smells and even colors. Moreover, they can occur at a conscious or unconscious level of awareness, and can be felt when we experience sudden emotional fluctuations throughout the day.

Personal Attitude

An Attitude is a collection of thoughts and emotions that support our beliefs and values about certain things. It is a point-of-view that we have about a situation that is comprised of what we think, do and feel.

Therefore no matter what situation we find ourselves in we will always have certain thoughts about it, which trigger an emotional response and subsequently culminate in a complimentary behavior that reflects our thoughts and emotions about the situation.

In order to transform our attitude about any situation we must always begin by adjusting one or more of the three components mentioned above.

It’s important to also note that our attitudes are constantly influenced by the references we pick up throughout the day. These references form the basis of our ideas and opinions about things — subsequently manifesting in the attitude that we project out into the world.

Positive Mental Attitude

Cultivating a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) involves maintaining high levels of optimism and solution-focused thinking during setbacks and difficulties. It means cultivating the ability to reframe our experiences in a favorable and productive way that works for us rather than against us, and it involves interpreting our experience of reality in ways that will help us achieve our goals and objectives.

In order to establish a long-lasting positive frame-of-mind that supports our PMA, we must begin by setting a compelling vision for the future; by outlining high standards for achievement; by chunking down our goals into manageable pieces; by setting flexible time-frames, and by making self-to-self comparisons.

Finally, we must learn to influence or grasp control over certain aspects of our lives that are critical to the achievement of our goals. Taking personal accountability for our actions is the fundamental key component of a Positive Mental Attitude.

Language Patterns

The words we use throughout the day are nothing more than labels for our emotions, feelings and moods. They describe our sensory experiences and they make generalizations about our understanding of reality. Moreover, words are simply assumptions that create biased perspectives that distort our world by inducing emotional state anchors.

The words we use shape our character, decisions, behaviors, emotions and actions. For this very reason, we must learn to become consciously aware of our daily language patterns and adjust our vocabulary accordingly so that it works for us rather than against us.

We can transform our vocabulary by simply choosing different words that trigger more productive emotional states. So instead of saying that “I am angry” I might say that “I am disenchanted”. Instead of saying that “I am afraid”, I might say that “I am curious”. When you change your words you will likewise transform your corresponding emotional response, and subsequently your behavior.

Self-Evaluations

Every single day we evaluate our performance based on a certain set of criteria. If for instance our performance does not live up to these expectations or standards, then we tend to become critical of ourselves. On the other hand, if our performance surpasses our expectations and standards, then we tend to be more encouraging and supportive of our results and the progress we have made.

Self-evaluations are most commonly comprised of an internal dialogue that we have with ourselves that often involves asking and answering questions.

In uncertain times, when your critical voice begins to get the better of you, it’s important to realize that you have the power to control that voice instead of allowing it to direct your decisions, actions and behaviors.

One effective method for toning down your critical voice is to simply change the tone of the voice by either making it funny, playful or seductive in nature.

Questions

Questions are the source of answers, insights, new understandings and the solutions we are searching for to help us overcome life’s challenges. More importantly questions are the lifeblood of our thought patterns. They help direct our minds and determine what we give our attention to.

When we learn to ask the right kinds of questions in the right way, we begin to open doors to opportunities.

Asking the right kinds of questions will empower us to keep moving forward towards the attainment of our goals and objectives. These questions are primarily focused on finding solutions and on directing our attention on what we want to do, be, have and achieve.

Alternatively, questions can also be very limiting. These questions are focused on our weaknesses, on problems and on the things that we don’t want in our lives. Therefore, the questions we ask throughout the day are either moving us forward or holding us back. The choice of question is yours to make.

Intuition

Knowing how to ask effective questions can help us find better answers, which can lead to more effective decisions. However, at times the answers we seek may confuse or bring about some uncertainty. During such times it’s important to tune into our hunches or gut feelings for guidance.

Our intuition is a heightened level of awareness or understanding we have about things. It’s a subtle gut feeling that reveals answers to questions asked. To the logical mind, intuition is the process of acquiring knowledge without inference or the use of reason.

Our heightened sense of awareness could very possibly be tied to our spiritual state of being. However, a more practical explanation suggests that our intuition is actually tied to the Reticular Activating System (RAS) in the brain, which determines what we pay attention to at any given moment in time. This therefore explains why asking the right kinds of questions can lead us to “intuitive” answers that we weren’t consciously aware of before.

Choices and Decisions

Asking a question opens the door to a variety of choices and options that lead us through the decision-making process.

If the questions we ask are empowering, solution-focused and directed at what we want to do, be, have and achieve, then our decisions will be effective. However, if on the other hand our questions are limiting and focused on pain, problems and the things that we don’t want, then our decisions will likely be poor and ineffective.

Anthony Robbins once said that “it’s in the moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, consider the Butterfly Effect and the power that one single decision can have over your life, and you will begin to resonate with the significance of this statement.

It’s important to keep in mind that it’s not so much the big decisions that shape our lives, but rather a culmination of small and seemingly insignificant decisions that we often take for granted. It’s those decisions that shape your destiny.

Procrastination

Our choices are built upon the foundations of pain and pleasure. This pain-pleasure response influences our choices and the actions we will take in any given situation.

Procrastination often ensues when we choose to avoid short-term pain in order to gain temporary pleasure. We convince ourselves that taking action will be more painful than not taking action. As a result we delay the pain and gain temporary relief by focusing on something else.

There are many reasons why people procrastinate. These reasons include — but are not limited to — fear, perfectionism, lack of focus, impossible expectations, guilt, self-criticism and overwhelm.

In order to beat procrastination we must focus on cultivating self-discipline, and on the habit of taking personal responsibility for all our decisions and actions. We must also address all the reasons why we procrastinate.

Finally, it’s important to understand that procrastination is ONLY a symptom of other underlying problems that must be addressed if we desire to move beyond this debilitating habit.

Strengths and Weaknesses

In the moments of decision it’s important to take into account our strengths and weaknesses. In fact, this is a crucial step of effective decision-making that is required to help you gain the necessary clarity you need to make the best out of every situation.

When we become aware of our strengths and weaknesses, we begin to acknowledge that there are multiple paths to our destination. Some paths are somewhat more difficult than other paths depending on the choices we make along the way.

By consciously choosing paths that take advantage of our strengths while effectively minimizing our weaknesses, will help us reduce the friction and resistance that we may experience along the journey towards our objectives.

Successful achievement in any field of endeavor requires us to maximize our natural advantages by focusing on our talents, skills, and the knowledge we have to give us the edge we need in a competitive world.

Life Roles

All the decisions we make are influenced by the roles we partake in throughout the day. Furthermore, our roles are also intrinsically connected to the foundations of our strengths and weaknesses.

Life roles can include being a parent, coach, employee, boss, friend, colleague, son, daughter, mentor, accountant, lawyer, doctor, teacher, blogger, partner, student, etc.

Because the roles we partake in determine our commitments, responsibilities and priorities, this means that they also shape who we are and what we do on a daily basis. This means that they shape our values, goals and personal legend, which will be discussed a little later.

It’s important to point out that at times our roles may not be aligned with our core values or goals. As a result we will feel unfulfilled, unsatisfied and unhappy with certain aspects of our lives. In such instances we must take time to question our roles and determine whether or not changes need to be made.

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Goal Setting

Whether we are consciously aware of it or not, we are setting goals every single day. Moreover, these goals are built upon the foundational principles of everything we have discussed thus far as we have progressed through the MasterMind Matrix.

To achieve success in any field of endeavor requires you to aim for something specific and tangible. These “targets” form your goals, which subsequently shape all your actions.

The process of setting goals is simple yet can be quite involving. We must first consider whether our goals are congruent with our values, beliefs, lifestyle, etc. We must determine whether they are ecological; we must identify potential obstacles and the resources we have on hand to help us manage these challenges; and we must also take into consideration our environment to make sure that it’s supporting the achievement of our goals in every way.

Personal Legend

The concept of a Personal Legend was taken from Paulo Coelho’s bestselling book The Alchemist. Although its interpretation has been somewhat modified within the context of the MasterMind Matrix.

A Personal Legend is simply your life’s spiritual purpose that is comprised of your mission and vision.

A personal vision outlines what you would like to achieve and contribute to the world and others. A personal mission is your code of conduct — a set of standards that help you live your life roles. Moreover, your personal mission outlines the type of person that you would like to become.

If your current values, beliefs, self-concept, actions, decision, behaviors, and goals are aligned with your Personal Legend, then you will live an extraordinary fulfilling life. If on the other hand, any of these conflict with your Personal Legend, then you will struggle to find purpose and direction in life.

The key is to work on becoming, not achieving.

Pain and Pleasure Principle

Everything we do throughout the day is built upon the principle of pain and pleasure. In fact, this principle has a direct impact on the goals we set and on the resulting actions we take to achieve those goals. Furthermore, the pain and pleasure principle influences our habits, motivations and the emotions we tend to experience.

As a society we have been conditioned to seek instant gratification, to take the easy road, to experience short-term pleasure and avoid short-term pain. This is where the habit of procrastination comes into the picture. We seek to avoid doing something that will bring us pain, and as a result we procrastinate and focus on something that brings us short-term relief or fleeting  moments of pleasure.

I think it’s clear that if we approach life from this perspective that it will be very difficult to achieve our goals. We must therefore learn to consciously control our responses to pain and pleasure in a way that works for us rather than against us.

Plan of Action

It’s absolutely critical that once goals have been set in stone that we spend some time piecing together an action plan to help us achieve those goals.

Without a plan of action our goals will remain only dreams and hopes for a better future. With a plan of action our goals become real, tangible and help us clarify exactly what we need to do on a monthly, weekly and daily basis to achieve the outcomes we want.

One of the most effective ways to draw up a plan of action is to utilize a process known as reverse engineering. Here you take a specific end goal you have set for yourself and work backwards step-by-step to the present moment.

Throughout this process you must take into consideration the projects and tasks you completed, the obstacles you overcame, the subsequent decisions you made, and the actions you took that helped you overcome these obstacles and complete your projects.

Time Management

Once you have laid out your plan of action to achieve your goals, you must now take time to organize your time effectively in a way that will help you become more productive throughout the day.

To begin with, identify how you are spending your time at this very moment. This is important because unless you know where your time is going, you will never really know how you could manage your time more effectively.

Tracking time can be achieved by simply recording what you are doing on a notepad at 15 minute intervals. Or you can utilize a time tracking software tool such as Toggl for this very purpose.

Once you are clear about how you’re spending your time throughout the day, you can take the necessary steps to manage it more effectively to help you achieve your daily goals and objectives.

Visualization and Affirmations

To one extent or another we are all visual thinkers. We envision what we want to have, do, be and achieve in our minds-eye before bringing it into physical reality.

More studies these days are finding evidence that the imagination may be more effective than we think in terms of helping us achieve our goals. In fact, neural science is clearly showing us that the brain simply cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is only imagined. This is very significant because it suggests that if you focus and visualize something for long enough, you will effectively trick your brain into believing that you already have this thing in your life.

Visualization won’t automatically manifest what you want most in your life, however what it will do is stimulate the Reticular Activating System in the brain, which will help enhance your awareness of opportunities and relevant information that is associated with what you are imagining or visualizing in your head.

Staying Motivated

Sometimes we seem to have everything, and yet we end up getting nowhere. We have great goals; we have all the support we could ever ask for; we have access to all the necessary resources, and we have all the knowledge, skills and experience required to achieve our objectives. There is just one big problem: a lack of motivation and desire.

There are a multitude of reasons why we may not have the motivation we need to attain our goals and objectives. For some of us it comes down to fear, for others it’s debilitating habits, emotions and behaviors, and yet for many other people it could simply be boredom.

No matter what our reasons are, it’s important to remind ourselves that true motivation stems from knowing the reasons “why” you want something. When we have enough reasons to do something we will quickly find the motivation we need to achieve anything our hearts desire. Just begin with “why” and everything else will fall into place.

Path of Uncertainty

The moment we set our goals, lay down our plans, and make our decision to push forward, is the moment that we step onto the Path of Uncertainty.

When we reach the Path of Uncertainty we have two choices — both of which are riddled with uncertainty, and yet lead us in completely opposite directions.

When we come to these crossroads, the one thing that will effectively determine which path we choose to take simply comes down to a set of questions we tend to ask ourselves. These questions will either take us down the path towards freedom or towards self-manufactured emotional bondage.

This choice is indeed ours to make, and yet unknowingly we actually make this choice every single day — not realizing that it’s one of the most significant choices that shapes our life and ultimate destiny.

Begin asking a set of different questions, and the conscious shift you make will begin shaping your life in a new direction.

Comfort Zone

As we step onto the Path of Uncertainty our natural psychological tendency is to resist, to hold back and hold-onto what’s most comfortable in our lives. For this very reason we refrain from taking the actions we need to take in order to achieve our goals and objectives.

Our instincts tell us that uncertainty is dangerous, riddled with pitfalls and things that could potentially harm us. For this very reason we don’t take action — tending to hold onto our safety blankets.

It is said that the quality of our lives is determined by the amount of uncertainty we can comfortably deal with at any one moment in time. This statement is significant because it suggests that the more uncertainty we can comfortably deal with the higher the quality of life we will experience.

Therefore to attain your goals you need to step outside your comfort zone, at which time you will confront a plethora of problems that you must overcome. These problems are tied to your goals and need to be resolved in order for you to reach your desired destination.

Self-Sabotage Forces

When you venture onto the Path of Self-Destruction, you step into a vicious cycle of stress, anxiety, doubt, fear and emotional upheaval. You may very well have big dreams for the future, however they will unfortunately never be realized because of your inability to manage the self-sabotaging forces in your life.

Your decision to venture onto this path is not made at the crossroads (discussed in a previous section) but rather much earlier on. In fact, your actions here are directly influenced by everything we have discussed thus far as we have progressed along our journey through the MasterMind Matrix.  You will therefore NEVER truly break-free from this path unless you first work through each individual segment of the MasterMind Matrix leading up to the Path of Uncertainty.

Keep in mind that the more you tend to indulge in these self-sabotaging forces, the more likely your comfort zone will constrict — forcing you to seek security, to resist change, and to fall victim to your emotional tendencies.

Path of Destruction: Phase 1

As you progress along the Path of Self-Destruction a plethora of things begin to happen. First, you start to view your life from a fear-based mentality. This likewise forces you to hold negative expectations about circumstances. As a result your focus is limited and directed onto your weaknesses, which cripples how you view yourself, the world and others.

Soon you begin to complicate matters — making things harder and more difficult than they should be, and as a result you become overwhelmed and begin to neglect personal responsibility.

In a desperate attempt you try to take shortcuts by seeking instant gratification. As a result you confront your problems head-on, however because you are coming from a position of weakness you are unable to deal with these challenges effectively and consequently you look for quick outcomes, which you do not believe you can achieve.

This goes on and on. Eventually you end up hoping and pleading that things will turn out okay, but inside you know they really won’t because your past experience teaches you that you are destined to fail time and again.

Path of Destruction: Phase 2

As you progress further along the Path of Self-Destruction you reach the next phase of your journey that triggers a chain reaction of automatic responses that dig you deeper into the pits of despair.

First, in a fleeting attempt to lift your fragile spirits you point the finger at everything and everyone but yourself. You can’t consciously accept the circumstances you find yourself in, and you therefore begin making excuses that make you feel somewhat better. However, pointing fingers at others and blaming your circumstances on bad luck simply intensifies the negative emotions building up inside of you.

You of course try to justify these emotions by rationalizing your experiences, however that just leads to even more confusion.

All-in-all this experience teaches you new skills of self-sabotage; it helps you gain unique knowledge and understanding about yourself, the world and others; and it strengthens the neural pathways in your brain, thereby solidifying your habits of self-destruction.

Momentum Spindle

Everything that has transpired thus far as you have progressed along the Path of Self-Destruction has shaped your character and transformed the way you view yourself, your world and others. In fact, you are now starting to pick up momentum in the wrong direction, as your behaviors become deep rooted lifelong habits that will be difficult to change.

You may at this stage offer a little emotional resistance by becoming consciously aware of the consequences of your behavior. A period of contemplation follows, however unfortunately you are still stuck in your limited patterns of thinking and doing. You therefore wait for the perfect moment to make changes. As a result you procrastinate and resist the urge to move yourself forward.

You fail to move forward because there is a lack of leverage, motivation, knowledge and resources. As a result you distract yourself with food, sleep, television, etc., in order to gain some semblance of control over your life.

Habits and Rituals

Habits are behaviors that we undertake automatically without consciously thinking about what we’re doing. They are instinctive routines of behavior that are repeated regularly over an extended period of time.

Habits help simplify our lives by “boxing” things into manageable routines and putting them on auto-pilot. This reduces the mental clutter of having to think about everything we do before we do it.

For better or worse, we are who we are because of the habits we allow ourselves to indulge in throughout the day. Therefore in order to transform our lives for the better, we must learn to acquire new and better habits.

As you have progressed along the Path of Self-Destruction, you have formed new behaviors or strengthened old habits. Either way, these new rituals are going to keep holding you back from your goals and objectives until you begin to make new and more empowering choices and decisions that will free you from these destructive patterns.

Strategies and Habitual Recipes

Neural Linguistic Programming (NLP) provides the learner with a set of techniques and tools that help them overcome fears and obstacles; make more effective decisions, and achieve goals and objectives with greater proficiency. More importantly, NLP provides the learner with a set of tools that allows them to model excellence in any field of endeavor.

NLP also provides us with a deeper understanding of how we organize our thoughts, language and behavior, and the resulting impact that this has on the outcomes we achieve, or fail to achieve.

Each of the habits that we indulge in throughout the day follow a recipe or specific strategy that plays out the same way most of the time. In fact we have recipes for the emotions we experience, the activities we partake in and the decisions we make.

These recipes can be recognized when looking at the pattern of sensory cues we move through while undertaking a certain type of behavior or while experiencing a specific emotion.

Path of Transformation

In order to divert yourself off the Path of Self-Destruction, you must make the necessary changes that will help you move beyond your limiting habits and patterns of behavior. In fact change only occurs through conscious awareness, which is the moment you become aware of the consequences of your patterns and decide that you will no longer accept them.

In order for the process of change to stick, you must learn to manage your emotions and fears. By failing to do this, you effectively give-up conscious control of the choices and decisions you make as you move forward into the future. Moreover, you must consciously begin to transform the limiting habits and rituals that are directing your life.

Change happens the moment you make a decision to leave your past and subsequently build yourself a better future. Along the way you must acquire resources, effectively manage your emotions, measure your progress and modify your approach to the changing conditions and circumstances of your life.

Empowerment Forces

In order to successfully venture onto the Path of Empowerment, we must first take time to cultivate the psychological forces that will help us get there.

You must begin by identifying your purpose or personal legend. Your personal legend is something that will get you out of bed in the morning raring to go with enthusiasm and passion. It’s something that will bring a great deal of joy and happiness into your life, and it’s something that will help launch your competitive spirit.

You will need to commit yourself towards bringing your purpose into physical reality. This will take initiative, discipline, proactive action, and ambition to get you through the tough obstacles that you will likely confront along your journey.

Moreover, it’s equally important to cultivate a light-hearted approach to life, to forgive yourself for past mistakes and transgressions, and to show compassion for others as you move forward towards your desired outcomes.

The Path of Empowerment

Once you are on the Path of Empowerment an incredible force begins to shape your life — helping you build the momentum you need to attain your goals.

However, this “force” does require that you follow certain rules and principles that are clearly outlined within the MasterMind Matrix. You must be very careful though, as breaking any of these rules or principles could halt your momentum, or worse still, sabotage your journey towards your desired outcomes.

The key here is to keep things simple yet flexible. You must focus on taking personal responsibility for all your decisions and actions while building a stable support system that will help you work through the tough challenges that await you along your journey.

Finally, one of the biggest mistakes that people make while on the Path of Empowerment is focusing on end outcome. Instead we must concentrate entirely on the process of execution above all else.

The MasterMind Matrix Toolkit

The MasterMind Matrix Toolkit outlines a set of indispensable skills that become ever more important as you progress along your journey towards the attainment of your goals and objectives.

By working on yourself and by developing each of these soft skills to a high level of proficiency will increase your chances of success, and help you obtain greater clarity and fulfillment in your life. In fact, the more proficient you are in each of these skill areas, the better you will be able to manage the problems and challenges that life throws your way — from both a personal and professional perspective.

Furthermore, the foundations of a well-balanced life are built upon a bedrock of a solid set of skills that help to reinforce your knowledge and experience in certain areas that are critical to your success as you strive towards your goals and objectives.

The Manifestation Triangle

People spend a great part of their lives focused on obtaining what it is they want most out of life. There is however a flaw with this type of behavior, which leads to great disappointment and manifests in unfulfilled dreams and desires. The flaw is that we cannot HAVE before BEING.

When I coach clients we often cycle through the goals that they would like to achieve for that week or month. These goals are tangible and concrete; however they are also not the real objectives that this person is trying to work towards. Instead, the real objective essentially comes down to the person that they would like to become as a result of this journey.

When we begin to focus on who we want to become instead of focusing on the goal itself, we begin to do things from a perspective of development and growth, rather than from the perspective of achievement. This doing leads to the right kinds of actions that are necessary to help us obtain what it is we want most in our lives, which essentially triggers the manifestation process.

Overcoming Setbacks

No matter how thorough, disciplined, committed and dedicated we are toward attaining our objectives, we will often fail to get the results we are after. So why is this the case?

First of all we don’t get what we want because somewhere along the MasterMind Matrix something is simply not aligned with the “bigger picture”. It could be our values, beliefs, self-concept, rules, perceptual influences, language patterns, questions, etc. This naturally leads to setbacks and challenges that force us to address all the points of weakness along the MasterMind Matrix.

These points of weakness must of course be overcome, otherwise we will continue to struggle and face setbacks time and again.

Secondly, we don’t get what we want because we are simply not yet ready or haven’t yet learned the lessons we need to learn to achieve our goals. Take time to learn from your experience, to acquire a new set of skills, or to gain some valuable knowledge, and often the challenges you face will wash away like dirt on a rainy day.

Learning from Experience

It is critical that no matter what our circumstances or the conditions we find ourselves in, that we always learn from our experience. We must learn from both our successes and failures, and from the good as well as the supposedly bad things that may overwhelm us as we progress along our journey towards the attainment of our goals and objectives.

CANI is a principle popularized by Anthony Robbins. It stands for Constant and Never-ending Improvement. It suggests that we must make small incremental improvements every single day of our lives in the direction of our goals. It also encourages us to constantly keep moving forward, to accept outcomes graciously, to learn from our experiences and make the most of the opportunities that come our way.

We are the by-product of a culmination of experiences we have had over a lifetime. And it is the knowledge we gain from these experiences that will help us to make the most of our future outcomes.

Accelerated Learning

Here we temporarily divert our attention to another segment of the MasterMind Matrix that is associated with the way we learn and process information throughout the day.

Given the amount of information we are exposed to daily, the skills that we must learn, and the knowledge that we must acquire to keep ourselves competitive within our industry or career path, accelerated learning becomes an absolutely critical and valuable skill that will give us the added advantage we need to help us accomplishing our goals and objectives. In fact, this skill is so critical to success in any field of endeavor, that schools should be ashamed that they are not teaching it to their students.

By taking the time to learn how to learn, you will rapidly accelerate your understanding and the pace at which you absorb new information. This will lead to greater clarity and proficiency, thereby accelerating your momentum towards the attainment of your goals and objectives.

Seasons of Transformation

At one of Jim Rohn’s seminars he mentioned that our lives move through cycles that parallel the seasons of the earth. These seasons are constantly shifting — moving us through different stages of experience and awareness.

Summer is the season of celebration, rewards and fulfilment. It is a time to accomplish our goals and objectives.

Autumn is the season of mistakes, problems and survival. It is a time where we lose focus, get distracted and experience the consequences of our errors.

Winter is the season of planning, hibernation and self-reflection. It is a time to find inner peace, solitude and to plan forward for the future.

Spring is the season for opportunity, dynamic thinking and learning. It is a time to develop new skills, habits and contacts.

You will pass through all of these seasons at one time or another and probably many times over. And that’s okay. Just remember that nothing lasts forever. The good times nor the bad times will always be here. What’s most important is that we learn to adapt and make the most of the changes that life throws our way.

Modifying Your Approach

Once we begin to accept that life is a changing collage of seasons, we start to understand that we must now begin modifying our approach and adapting to our changing conditions and circumstances. Only in this way will we achieve our goals and objectives.

Modifying our approach begins with our thought process. Once we start thinking differently about our circumstances we begin gaining new insights and understandings that we weren’t conscious of before. This naturally leads to better and more effective decisions, which eventually reflects positively on our habits and the results we get from our actions.

At the same time your thinking must be flexible, adaptable and mouldable to the changing conditions of your life. You must learn to think critically, creatively and develop the ability to solve problems effectively. Only by focusing on these areas will you gain the necessary insights you need to move forward along your journey towards the attainment of your goals and objectives.

The Luck Factor

Luck is often viewed as a mysterious fortunate occurrence that blesses some people and not others. However, if we dig deep behind the science of luck we soon realize that having luck is not so much about chance but rather about choice. In fact, it’s the daily choices we make that determine how much luck we are likely to experience over the course of our lives.

If you have followed the guidelines along this journey and incorporated many of the ideas, techniques and strategies presented within the MasterMind Matrix, then you are more than well on your way towards attracting the right people, circumstances, information and events that will help you to achieve your goals and objectives. Others will call you lucky, but you will of course know better. :)

Luck isn’t a mystical and misunderstood element of life. It is very much a science that is built upon our thoughts, values, beliefs, habits, language patterns, questions, attitude, perspectives, traits and actions.

The Conscious Brain

Everything we have discussed thus far along this journey through the MasterMind Matrix is possible because of our brain. It is the central hub that directs what we do, when we do it and how we do things.

Within the MasterMind Matrix the conscious brain stands out like a beacon that connects all the other pieces of the psychological puzzle.

The main function of the conscious brain is to take information from the environment and compare it with previous knowledge and experience — effectively directing our daily decisions and actions.

The brain attempts to look for associations that are familiar with past experience and projects this new information into conscious awareness.

The brain’s other main function revolves around short and long-term memory processes.

The Inner Mind

The Inner Mind, as otherwise known as the unconscious or subconscious mind is a permanent experience recorder. It records absolutely every stimulus picked up by the five senses and stores them away into its memory storage bank. Furthermore, it also keeps record of our habitual responses to the events and circumstances of our lives.

The main function of the mind is to associate our current experience of reality with past conditioned responses and memories in order to maintain consistency with habitual patterns of behavior — moving us towards pleasure and away from pain.

The mind ensures that your decisions, behaviors and actions are always consistent with underlying thoughts, values, needs, beliefs, wants, emotions, etc.

Because of its pre-programmed desire to maintain consistency, we struggle to overcome pre-conditioned patterns of behavior that have been ingrained into our psyche over a lifetime.

The Nervous System

The nervous system is the central hub that sorts all information filtering through the five senses. Its purpose is to delete, distort and generalize experience, thereby helping us to make better sense of the world around us.

The nervous system is the seat of consciousness and mental activity that filters perceptual experience in a way that reinforces structures of reality that match existing beliefs, expectations and habits.

The nervous system has a direct influence over the emotional mind — otherwise known as the limbic system. This is the seat of all our emotional experiences.

When the limbic system is stimulated, it triggers the pituitary gland which controls hormonal fluctuations. Consequently emotions are experienced within the body as a result of our interpretations of reality — not actual reality. This can likewise trigger a stress response, thereby raising blood pressure and heart rate levels.

The Reticular Activation System

The Reticular Activation System (RAS) was first introduced by Anthony Robbins in his bestselling book Awaken the Giant Within. It shouldn’t be confused with the part of the brain known as the Reticular Activating System, however they are related.

The RAS is a filter that is applied to the staggering amount of data that gets picked up by the five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. This filter works 24/7, and it’s the only thing that’s keeping us from being overwhelmed by the massive amount of stimuli passing through our sensory organs.

The RAS determines what we consciously decide to give our attention to at any moment in time, while the remaining data gets filtered out and transferred to the unconscious parts of the brain.

When we set concrete goals we indicate to our RAS that anything associated with these goals is important to us. As a result our RAS goes to work bringing to our attention information and opportunities to help us achieve our goals.

The Reticular Activation System
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Neuron Pattern Formation

Our habits develop over time as neuron networks are established in our brain. In fact, 85 percent of our behavior occurs at an unconscious level of awareness. This behavior results from neuron patterns that were formed over a lifetime of thinking, deciding and repeating the same behavior over again.

The formation of these networks is absolutely critical and necessary because they allow us to operate on auto-pilot — not needing to think about every single thing that we do throughout the day. However, the drawback is that sometimes these behaviors are not in our best interests, and as a result we struggle to achieve our goals and objectives.

Oftentimes our willingness to change our behavior conflicts with the way our neuron patterns have been conditioned over time. This leads to self-sabotage patterns that affect how we frame our reality. As a result our perspectives shift and we continue to struggle to get what we want most out of life.

The key to changing these patterns is to begin transforming how you think about yourself, your life and your circumstances.

The Human Body Connection

The human body is a metabolic product of experience representing captured memories that you have had about yourself over a lifetime. It’s an expression of ideas, feelings, emotions and thoughts. This simply means that you create and recreate your body daily on the cellular level as a result of your thoughts and emotional experiences.

Did you know that a vast percentage of your body regenerates itself over a period of 12 months? And over the span of 7 to 10 years, every cell has been renewed.

The human body is made up of 500 billion cells that are made up of matter containing molecules and atoms which are nothing more than fluctuations of energy, information and intelligence. These atoms move at lightning speed within an environment comprising of 99.9 percent empty space (or dark energy and matter).

Every cell within your body mirrors your emotional experiences and thought processes — leading to changes at a cellular level. This therefore suggests that your emotional experiences directly affect your health and well-being.

Sleep and Energy Cycles

Getting good quality sleep and maintaining high levels of energy throughout the day are key ingredients of an active, productive and creative life. In fact these are prerequisites of success in any field of endeavor.

When it comes to getting quality sleep we must be very vigilant of our environment. It must promote sleep through proper ventilation, correct temperature levels, while minimizing sound and light sources.

We must also be vigilant of the types of foods we choose to eat and when we choose to eat them. Finally, we must also pay attention to our evening routines because certain activities can help promote better sleep, while other activities can hinder it.

Secondly, it’s equally important to enhance our levels of energy throughout the day. This begins by making sensible nutritional choices and cultivating a mindset that moves us away from limiting emotions and patterns of behavior. Furthermore, we must stay active both physically and mentally throughout the day in order to maintain peak levels of energy.

The Unseen Reality

Here we get into the realm of unseen reality. This is a topic that is difficult to write about because there is very little scientific evidence supporting it. But I’ll do my best to briefly describe how it is intertwined into the MasterMind Matrix.

There is a unified field that connects all of us. Some people call this field “God” while others see it as a source of energy or Infinite Intelligence. This Infinite Intelligence is a knowledge-bank of collective information that has accumulated over eons. It draws to each person opportunities for growth that are consistent with pre-programmed patterns of behavior — teaching lessons that we must learn to prepare us for the attainment of our personal legend.

As we go about our day we are exposed to people, events and circumstances that are brought forth into our lives via this collective source of intelligence. They are there to help us learn the lessons we must learn in order to overcome the obstacles that will assist with fulfilling our personal legend.

The Spirit and Soul

This is a topic that doesn’t have much scientific evidence to back it up. However, I wanted the MasterMind Matrix to be a comprehensive representation of interconnecting elements of the physical, psychological and spiritual worlds.  Only then would we begin to understand the bigger picture that helps explain why things are the way they are.

We are more than just a body; we are an energetic being that is connected to everything that is on a sub-atomic level of existence. This is very important because our connection to “all that is” hints at the fact that we are also able to influence things that seem to be outside of our reach or direct control. Hence, we step into the world of extrasensory perception, which takes place at a spiritual level of existence.

Each of us has a Soul which is a mirror replica of the physical body that exists in space and time. We also have a Spirit which is our true state-of-being. Our Spirit is all-knowing and eternal, existing beyond space and time.

Universal Laws

Life is built upon foundational laws that govern our existence. Some laws are of course quite obvious these days. For instance the laws of physics are widely accepted and rarely questioned. However, there are a set of other laws that also govern our lives. These laws are less understood, but equally as influential in the way they color our perceptions of reality.

The Universal Laws listed within this section of the MasterMind Matrix are intertwined comprehensively into the fabric of this chart — governing every aspect of our psychological lives. They are all metaphysical in nature; however science is slowly beginning to unlock the hidden mysteries that these laws bring forth into our lives.

When we begin to understand and align ourselves with these Universal Laws, we start to move into a state of effortless momentum — allowing you to bring your goals and objectives into physical reality.

Whether you accept these laws or not is irrelevant. It’s how you use them that makes all the difference.

First Life Coaching Session

Even though this is where it all begins, I have left this section to the end because I felt it was important to separate the initial stages of coaching from everything else.

The MasterMind Matrix is built upon the foundational principles of life coaching, which are of critical importance as you work your way through this chart.

For this reason, the first few segments of the MasterMind Matrix break-down the coaching process in detail — helping both coach and client to pinpoint the obstacles and challenges that lay ahead.

During the first life coaching session it’s important to provide my clients with a little background information about the life coaching process. I would therefore outline the purpose of coaching, while also going through the different roles and expectation associated with coaching.

In addition to this, it’s important to identify any barriers that may interfere with the coaching process. And last, but certainly not least, it’s also important to take the time to establish strong levels of rapport with the client.

Addressing Client Concerns

One of the first tasks on a life coach’s agenda is to address their client’s concerns.

A client often chooses to hire a life coach because they seek assistance with overcoming a personal problem, challenge or setback.

For this very reason it’s important for a life coach to obtain the client’s story in order to get a deeper understanding of their concerns, while also attending to their client’s strengths, perspectives and attitudes.

One of the most effective techniques to use at this stage of coaching is to ask the client to create a metaphor that represents their problem. This metaphor will help them to develop confidence while encouraging creativity and solution-oriented thinking.

It’s also critical here to help the client identify the resources they have at their disposal that could assist them to overcome their concerns.

Identifying and Evaluating Reality

It’s difficult for a life coach to help a client achieve their goals and objectives if they do not understand a client’s current reality.

The two IQ Matrix maps under the spotlight here help a life coach to identify several very important key critical factors that will naturally lay down the foundations for future coaching sessions.

Firstly, a life coach needs to identify the obstacles that may be preventing their client from moving forward. In addition, they also need to pinpoint the client’s failure strategy — what they are doing that is possibly hindering their progress.

Finally, a life coach should also identify a client’s behavior patterns, their success strategy, (what they are doing that is helping them get what they want), and analyze their client’s learning style, which helps with setting tasks and objectives.

Once this section has been completed, a life coach will have enough information to begin working through specific segments of the MasterMind Matrix chart that might be of most value to their client.

Concluding Thoughts

Throughout this analysis I’ve attempted to cover a lot of ground in small manageable chunks in order to keep things as simple as possible. However, I do hope that this information makes sense and that you can use it as a starting point for further research into specific segments of the chart.

I do want to let you know that there is a MasterMind Matrix eBook freely available for download. This eBook is only available to IQ Matrix email subscribers. It very much mirrors what is presented on this page, however it also provides you with over 700 resources, videos,  books and web links that provide you with more information about each segment of the chart. Some of these links will even direct you to scientific studies that provide evidence to specific topics discussed here.

There is of course just so much more that could have been said here, in fact I have literally only skimmed through the major chunks of the MasterMind Matrix without delving into the details. However, if you enjoyed this journey and would like to continue to dig even deeper into each of these topics than I encourage you to have a read of the articles on the IQ Matrix blog. Each of these articles delves even deeper into individual topics presented within the MasterMind Matrix. I hope that over time all maps will be summarized and maybe even presented within a book, providing you with a very comprehensive overview of this chart and all its components.

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to contact me (Adam). I’m more than happy to receive your emails and help you out as best I can.

Purchasing the MasterMind Matrix

In the meantime, if you would like to purchase this chart and receive access to additional bonus IQ Matrix maps, then please click here or on the green banner below. There on this page I also provide more information about the creation process I undertook with the MasterMind Matrix. It really started off with very humble beginnings. There is actually an image on the page of a very early version of the chart. It’s interesting for me to look back on this image and see how it all started. I hope it’s of value for you.