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The Magic of Lemons and the Power of the Mind

As a naturally sceptical person, I tend to question and scrutinise most things in my life to the point of minute detail. This can be of great advantage at certain times, where situations that arise have already been thought through to a degree where I can approach them in an appropriate and considered manner. However, a big portion of this scrutiny can be involuntary, misguided and lead to nothing other than furthering feelings of stress. I find this is the case when over-thinking situations that I have absolutely no control over, yet still expend the same amount of mental energy pondering to myself. This detailed internal assessment of situations usually takes form (as with most thought) as a monologue in my head, and I'm often completely unaware it's even happening when it does.

Since working with Brian on this Pass Perfection video series, I have gained a hugely valuable insight into how the mind works and just how much control we can have over what our mind does. Brian's techniques are not only straight forward and easy to grasp, but rooted in the real world and therefore immediately helpful and applicable to many situations in day to day life, not just moments of extreme stress or anxiety.

His episode in the Pass Perfection series, 'The Magic of Lemons' helped me greatly in dealing with what I detailed earlier in this post, involuntary internal monologues that lead to increased feelings of stress. Without giving away the lesson's content in all its insightful glory, this episode helped me to identify moments where this 'self talk' was taking place and understand why it was happening. Using simple but extremely effective techniques, Brian opened my awareness up to this side of my mental activity and how prominent and obtrusive this can be at times without realising it for a single moment. This knowledge of self and new found awareness of mind has since led to me understanding and therefore controlling this 'self talk' more regularly when it occurs.

I now feel capable of focussing my internal monologues as they occur to ponder and discuss useful things with myself in my own time rather than stressing out and becoming increasingly anxious about things I can't affect. This aspect of my perception has altered so significantly since working on Pass Perfection that something which used to be a sizeable hinderance to good thought and happiness, is now a welcome element in my day. This in turn, leads to living life as a happier, more content person and turning lonely walks and time alone into useful moments of reflection and personal goal setting.

Using digital media to do good things

The Pass Perfection series has been devised by Headstrong and produced by Inner Ear. In this blog post, Inner Ear's director, Dougal Perman, ponders how digital media can be used to, as Brian often says, do good things...

The internet is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to finding ways to improve or help ourselves. I have encountered many wonderful resources, learned lots from the teachings of great people, been comforted, found support, engaged with communities and benefitted from the wisdom of the crowd on many occasions. But like many of us I've also been easily distracted, lost focus, been overwhelmed by what I've ready, watched, seen and heard and sometimes can't see the digital wood for the virtual trees.

How we use technology is up to us. At Inner Ear (which is a content creation and communications company – that is we produced, publish and promote digital media) we are very interested in using the tools at our disposal to make stuff that informs, educates and entertains people in many different ways. We're passionate about making messages as accessible as possible. That's why when we met Brian from Headstrong, through our friends at Skylark PR, we discovered that we not only got on really well but we knew we wanted to pool our combined talents to create something really useful and beneficial for people.

Our very first encounter was when Anny (our digital marketing consultant) was asked by Lisa at Skylark to DJ at Brian's birthday party. Her blend of disco and house went down well and Brian then asked her to DJ at another event. She was eight months pregnant then so I DJed at Fashion In Flames instead – an incredible fashion show charity fundraiser where the runway was a fire-walk!

Brian, my colleague Benny (our communications manager) and I put our heads together and decided we wanted to take Brian's long track record of helping people realise their true potential and approach studying and exams in the best possible way and create a useful, easy to follow digital product that we would price at an affordable level so that as many people as possible could benefit.

We're very pleased with the results. Our production team have been enjoying the benefits of the relaxation MP3s included in the product. You can get a free audio download pre-study relaxation to help you relax and focus your mind simply by signing up to our mailing list via the link on the homepage. There are four more audio recordings available in the Pass Perfection series.

The combined teams at Headstrong and Inner Ear have really enjoyed working together to create Pass Perfection. We hope you get as much out of it as we do. Check out the promo video, sign up to the mailing list and get the free audio, watch out for our promotional live streamed previews of selected episodes from the video series and let us know how you get on.

We're confident that by creating this digital good thing, we're going to help you do even more good things yourself too!