How to Hack Your Mind with Sir John Hargrave

Overcoming your fears can be as easy as hacking your mind.

Stever Robbins
3-minute read
Episode #385

Sir John Hargrave is the author of Mind Hacking, a book about how you can rewrite the way your mind works. You can give yourself hope when you need it, courage when you need it, and dream bigger than you ever thought possible. Here are a few highlights from my recent conversation with him:

Your Brain Can Be Reprogrammed Like a Computer

Computers were designed to function as close to the human brain’s “operating system” as possible, so they would be easier to use by humans. But what would happen if we tried to use the way we program computers on our own brains—to make them do what we want? They’d fall into line! How do you program your brain, though?

If You Pay Attention, Your Brain Will Tell You What to Fix

Search for negative thoughts to fix.

Everyone has thoughts that feel bad. But when we don’t have negative thoughts that makes us feel bad we feel … well, good! So how do we get rid of those thoughts, or the negativity?

The first step is to look for the negative thoughts. Anywhere you’re having a persistent thought that makes you feel bad, you want to focus in. Try and hack in and “debug” the negativity by working on each thought as it come up.

You can find these negative thoughts to debug by looking for “I” statements in your thinking. For example, say your boss just gave you a one hundred reports to write. You think, “I hate my boss.” That’s something to hack and debug. Your boss may be a terrible judge of assignment size, but that doesn’t mean YOU have to feel angry about it.

Another way to find what to fix is to … think!


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.