As any business owner or operator knows, industry can change with the speed of light. Keeping up with such a dynamic environment is both a challenge and stressor for professionals across the board.

But what if you could easily focus your mind to learn faster and relax in 30 seconds?

You can.

You already have the tools needed to accomplish this. Your Mind.

Think of the subconscious mind as the power center of your brain. The subconscious mind deals with all our habits, memory, personality and self image. Research has shown this to be about 88 percent of the mind. You can see that with the subconscious mind dealing with all our habits and all our memory, it is truly the ‘storehouse’ of our mind. To make things easier for us, what we need to do is to learn how to use it deliberately.

CALM, Creative Accelerated Learning Methods, teaches the techniques to tap into the subconscious mind. To be able to increase focus, to release stress, to achieve goals easily, to change habits and therefore direct our own lives we need to just turn on a switch that allows us to work on deeper levels. You can effectively apply the techniques to losing weight, quitting smoking, increasing confidence, improving sales success and much more. Two of the major keys to using the techniques include relaxation and the effective use of positive emotion — emotion is the language of the subconscious mind.

To work with the deeper inner mind, we need to be in a state which is very similar to that of daydreaming. How quickly can you get into a daydreaming state, or a “staring state”? Very quickly! It’s like throwing a switch in your mind. What we learn to do through creative visualization, using imagination, is to be able to throw this switch in your mind in less than 30 seconds — that is to relax in less than 30 seconds. This allows us to tap deeply into the powerful subconscious mind. There are two important points to remember when trying to accomplish this:

1.Visualization — This is not always seeing things. Using your other senses, hear the sounds, feel any sensations, even taste and smell and using imagination are equally important. The CALM Methods teach about building a special place inside your mind that assists with relaxation. The idea is to get a sense of being there. And if even that doesn’t seem possible, talk to yourself — describe the scene to yourself. We all talk to ourselves constantly — Deepak Chopra reckons it’s about 60,000 times a day — so we can use that skill to assist us in visualization!

2.The subconscious mind doesn’t distinguish between imagination and reality. Have you ever had a frightening dream and woken up suddenly? Your heart is pounding, perhaps you’re perspiring, or breathing heavily — and then you say “Phew, it’s only a dream!” Until your conscious mind realized that your subconscious was in charge your body was responding as if the dream was real. The key aspect of this is that when working with the subconscious mind we can “pretend” to achieve just in the same way that an athlete will use mind rehearsal to “pretend” that they are going to win the race. We’re all aware of what Michael Jordan did with this ability.

Everything you need to succeed is there. You just need to use the right tools.

I have used these methods to recover from the devastating death of my three daughters, Jenny, Kirsty and Lexie. After their murder one night in 1987, I faced grief and stress like nothing I had ever dealt with before. (That includes my tour in the Australian Army during the Vietnam War, searching out the secret Vietcong tunnels). I had two things to help me recover and ultimately forgive the man who shot my daughters in cold blood — my friends and the CALM technique.

There are many applications of using these techniques — growing your own business, increasing sales and improving your life are just some of them.

Sandy MacGregor is an Australian best-selling author. He is currently traveling throughout the U.S. teaching the CALM techniques to those who want to overcome obstacles and achieve more. Visit to learn more and for a schedule of his local seminars.