Less than a month ago I met with Ryan, an 18-year old high school senior who’d taken his SATs twice and done okay – but not well enough to earn himself a full ride. On both occasions, Ryan fell 40 points short of qualifying for a scholarship.
As the saying goes, “Close – but no cigar.”
Ryan’s father, Randy, having seen what I’d accomplished with various athletes using the mind-technology I teach, asked if I’d show his son Theatre of the Mind and some Zen-like deep breathing exercises to help him relax.
I agreed to meet with Ryan the following week.
When I showed up to meet with him, no one was around. At first I thought this might be a symptom of the “I want it but I’m scared of my own ability” syndrome that so many exhibit. But I quickly blocked this thought and texted Randy. He apologized and said Ryan would be there in five minutes.
Okay, I could wait.
When Ryan showed up we shook hands – then he unlocked the door and invited me into his father’s office.
I asked Ryan a number of questions to see what the best approach would be for him. I listened intently for things he said as well as how he said them. And I watched his body language.
After about 10 minutes I stopped asking and started telling.
Ryan was 100% percent open and receptive to everything I told him, including how he could quickly double his reading speed (a limiting factor he felt hindered how he did on the SAT). He said he was a slow reader – and I told him he would remain so as long as he kept calling himself one. That got his attention.
I gave him something to read and watched his posture as he read it.
“No wonder you read slow,” I thought to myself. I adjusted his posture by having him sit on the edge of the chair with his feet flat on the floor. With each change I made in HOW he sat, his energy shifted. Now he could read with energy instead of feeling like he wanted to fall asleep.
I told Ryan to IMAGINE that the SAT was something he enjoyed taking, not something he HAD to take. I equated it with baseball, the sport he loves and will play in college.
Then I showed Ryan how to quickly double his reading speed, almost without trying. This alone would give him more time to finish the SAT.
And after all of the above, I gave him T.O.M. – the acrostic I coined for Theatre of the Mind, the “mental game” technology I teach that turns dunces into geniuses and average athletes into studs.
I made a recording of the session I did with Ryan and when we finished I asked if he’d like me to send it to him.
His eyes sparkled with confidence as he said, “YES.”
I asked him how he felt, how he liked the session.
“AWESOME. IT WAS AWESOME,” he said.
Yesterday I received a text message from Ryan’s father.
“Matt, just got Ryan’s SAT scores. Raised em 140 points. Qualified for Florida Bright Futures. Thank you. One deep breathing session and T.O.M. helped pay for my son’s college tuition. That’s really cool.”
I’m super excited for Ryan and his father. So much so that I’m extending the sale on the Zero Resistance Living System – which includes a gratis copy of the T.O.M. DVD.
Normally this program costs 75% more than the current fee – so make sure you grab yourself a copy NOW and save not only on the price of the program – but perhaps on your son or daughter’s education.
Randy will be glad to tell you that one session of T.O.M. knocked $9,000.00 per year off his son’s college tuition. That’s $36,000.00, over four years, saved from knowing how to use your mind (and body) to achieve a goal. Pretty cool, eh.