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I've been meaning to post this for like... 3 months now, but havent. I wrote this post like 4 times, but I kept saving it in various text editors and it got lost a bunch of times.

So Jordan Peterson has this course called Self-Authoring.

NPR: The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

It's like 14 or 36 bucks (i forget) and it will be the best money you've ever spent. It's exactly what it's title implies... you become the author of your self. Literally. Like writing a book. It's almost like The Law of Attraction, except it's not bullshit. Just search "Future authoring" or "Self Authoring review" on YouTube. There are a million videos of the things people have achieved with it. It really works and there are multiple studies on it's efficacy which I'll link to later . It's broken into different sections. Past Authoring is where you face any past demons. Self-Authoring is where you capitalize on your strengths and mitigate your weaknesses. Future-Authoring has you plan out your ideal future.

My demons have been dead for a long time, so that part didn't take long, but the Future Authoring? Holy shit. He has you list every goal you have and then uses some psychological voodoo to turn you into a veritable goal seeking machine. I went back and looked at what I wrote down a few months ago and realize that I had achieved everything that I put on the list. I literally had to go back and do it over again with new stuff because I had already finished everything on the list. Now it's just part of my standard repertoire.

How it came about was, he used to have these personality tests for companies to hire better employees. They were really effective, but the companies asked him "these work really well, but what can we do to make the employees we already have perform better." He didn't know at the time, but the question stuck with him. He started researching and came up with an early version of what would become the Self-Authoring Suite.

It's hard to explain how it works but think of your brain like a heat-seaking missile. It locks on the target and fires. It sets up your emotional goal-seeking system to just do whatever you have to achieve whatever it is you add.

I'll give a dumb example. I added bigger stuff than this, but it's the example that I added. But I don't want this example to make it seem like you can only add small shit. There are examples all over the net of people tripling their income, so again, it's not just for small stuff. The most clear example I have that illustrates how it works is I wrote down that I wanted to be neater. I had a bad habit on leaving shit everywhere, and I wrote that I wanted to be neater. It immediately makes you conscious of the shit you leave around and want to fix it. Literally the next day after writing that I started cleaning everything. It's like now that you have that goal in your head you're driven to take steps to fix it. Again, this same thing works with much bigger goals too. I mean I don't like to post too much about my personal life on here, but I've really done basically everything I wanted. I'm very happy with my professional life, my romantic life, my social life, etc.

This post was longer, but since losing it a few times I'm kind of jaded at the idea of writing it again. I'll add stuff as I think of it.

Here's JP talking about it:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoGdMpdZXzs

Here's a few links to actual controlled trials they've done on it:

Self Authoring - Research
 

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Bought it, will get around to doing it, been looking for something like this.

Actually, I remember Debbie Millman was on Tim Ferriss' podcast and she mentioned a similar exercise and how it has really shaped how things have come to pass in her life. Sounds a bit woo-woo, and I don't know if it's similar to what JP talks about, but worth looking into, and it's free.

Basically you write from the perspective of 10 years from now, and review annually.

Quote, from the podcast:

"So let say it is Winter 2027. What does your life look like? What are you doing? Where are you living? Who are you living with? Do you have pets? What kind of house are you in? Is it an apartment are you in the city are you in the country? What does your furniture look like? What is your bed like? What are your sheets like? What kind of clothes do you wear? What kind of hair do you have?

Tell me about your pets, tell me about your significant other, do you have children? Do you have a car? Do you have a boat? Talk about your career. What do you want? What are you reading? What are you making? What excites you? What is your health like?

And write this day, this one day ten years from now. So one day in the winter of 2027, what does your whole day look like? Start from the minute you wake up, brush your teeth, have your coffee or tea, all the way through until minute you tuck yourself in at night. What is that day like for you?

Dream big, dreams without any fear. Write it all down. You don’t have to share it with anyone other than yourself. Put your whole heart into it. And write like there is no tomorrow; write like your life depends on it because it does.

And then read it, once a year, and see what happens.

It’s magic."
 

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How big of a goal have you tried so far?

I try not to get too personal on the forum, but you're welcome to PM me.

But I would just write your ideal life how you see it and don't worry about the time limits. The program walks you through that all.

Bought it, will get around to doing it, been looking for something like this.

Actually, I remember Debbie Millman was on Tim Ferriss' podcast and she mentioned a similar exercise and how it has really shaped how things have come to pass in her life. Sounds a bit woo-woo, and I don't know if it's similar to what JP talks about, but worth looking into, and it's free.

Basically you write from the perspective of 10 years from now, and review annually.

Quote, from the podcast:

"So let say it is Winter 2027. What does your life look like? What are you doing? Where are you living? Who are you living with? Do you have pets? What kind of house are you in? Is it an apartment are you in the city are you in the country? What does your furniture look like? What is your bed like? What are your sheets like? What kind of clothes do you wear? What kind of hair do you have?

Tell me about your pets, tell me about your significant other, do you have children? Do you have a car? Do you have a boat? Talk about your career. What do you want? What are you reading? What are you making? What excites you? What is your health like?

And write this day, this one day ten years from now. So one day in the winter of 2027, what does your whole day look like? Start from the minute you wake up, brush your teeth, have your coffee or tea, all the way through until minute you tuck yourself in at night. What is that day like for you?

Dream big, dreams without any fear. Write it all down. You don’t have to share it with anyone other than yourself. Put your whole heart into it. And write like there is no tomorrow; write like your life depends on it because it does.

And then read it, once a year, and see what happens.

It’s magic."

Not familiar with Debbie Millman, but it's not woowoo at all. JP is a former Harvard Professor and esteemed social scientist and the program is based on a number of different projects from different researchers like Dr. Pennebaker. He talks about it here:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa9u5t3C0AI

Do you have any info on the Debbie Millman program? I'll look into it.

Edit, just found the transcript on Tim's website:

He had us do an exercise in that class where we had to envision the life that we could have if we pursued everything that we wanted with the certainty that whatever it is that we wanted, we would succeed.

I wrote an essay in July of 2005. It was supposed to be a five-year plan. He asked us to dream big, and not to edit and said that it had a bit of a magical quality that he experienced with his students over and over so, to be careful what we wished for. I created this essay with these long ranging, far fetched goals that I can tell you now, 12 years later, have almost all come true. It is spooky, spooky. And so, that’s an exercise I do now with my students. Milton has had one of the most profound impacts on my life, aside from the profound impact he’s had on the world. I feel really, really lucky that I have been a student of his and have gotten to interview him now numerous times.

And I feel that my relationship with him is certainly one of the luckiest things that has ever happened to me.

So people on this forum who know me will attest that I'm probably one of the least 'woowoo-ish' people they've ever met. I'm actually very anti-woo. I'm closer to a scientific fundamentalist. That being said, Debbie's review is almost exactly what I experienced with the Future Authoring program as well, so I would say it's pretty accurate. Mine took less time though, but I should have added more stuff.
 
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I had considered doing this but was on the fence. For $15 I'll give it a try.
The program is seriously amazing. I do the writing exercises on my own all the time, becaasue once you learn to use them you don't really need to use the site. You can essentially surgically remove any limiting beliefs just by journaling your thoughts surrounding them correctly. I've literally ripped some out piece by piece. Next step is going to be reading the research behind it so I can hack the program even further. But a lot of this has become part of my standard toolbox.


Great to see Dr. Peterson getting some love here!

I've also benefitted from his Self-Authoring Suite and absolutely devoured basically all of his lectures on YouTube (highly recommend the biblical lectures - even if you're not religious in the slightest).
And yea, he's actually quite popular on here if you search his name
 

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Alright well if we’re gonna be honest.. I started it, like a week or ten days ago, but haven’t finished it.

~~~exited this screen and went to the site. Finished the thing. Thanks to you all for being nice internet humans. Hopefully we can lift each other up.~~~~

Epic meandering overshare begins now.

I wanna make it clear that I’ve read a ton of self-help books so I know that I need to get rid of mental barriers. This has worked well in the past and I have changed a bunch but.. when you hit a wall it’s like starting all over again.

Confess, be disgusted at yourself, repent, be more disgusted, repent, and then.. realize you have something beautiful in the giant pile of muck that just needed to be uncovered. Shocker. I’m not a total pos. Yay.

It goes faster now but it’s not fun. Writing everything out reveals barriers. I would MUCH RATHER have a guy fall madly in love with me and get in my head and help me work all this out but.. ugh. I’m now mature enough to realize that I’ve been kinda, ok maybe a lot, using relationships to do that..and I don’t really want to use anybody anymore. I need to grow up and think for myself. Blah.

Oh crap. Maybe I need to trust ppl more so that I don’t need a guy to fall madly in love with me before I actually share my crap? UGH. Huh. That’s awful. Damn.

Back to my story.

Sigh. All my goals seemed impossible. Utterly impossible.

They’re not ACTUALLY impossible or even improbable. They’re all possible. I might even be able to get them all done in less than a year but they’re huge goals that I’ve never had the balls to ever dream about before, let alone write down.

They don’t FEEL possible.

Writing them out seemed pointless and irritating. I found myself rewriting the same type of complaint in various ways, getting pithier and more cynical as I went along. Each goal is broken down and, being totes honest, I started writing “blah.” Because.. this type of internal delving wears me the f out.

I haven’t built up the inner strength to go after my own goals ESPECIALLY if I’m not resisting somebody else’s bad stuff. Without that fight I’m.. meh.

(Oh man I just connected this to a whole other thread of habits.. habits I’ve been tryna break.. ugh)

I know this is part of the normal process of undoing a lifetime of codependency but.. still. It sucks. I feel like God is teaching me how to be, not just functional but thriving, on my own. Sigh. Blah.

I can care about anybody on the planet easier than I can care about me sometimes. This is prolly not healthy.

But.

Finally, I got to the last of my goals. It has a lot to do with teaching others.. all the previous goals are based on doing stuff for myself which will in turn benefit me and my children: stuff like career goals and physical goals. But deep down I know that me and my kids would be ok if I just kept doing what I’m doing now. I’d pay the bills. They’d have an ok education. We’d be ok and healthy. But who wants just okay? Okay is usually a trap right before you get fat and poor. Blah! Onward!

But the last one.. that’s about helping other ppl, teenagers specifically... and I guess in a way when I encourage teens or ppl in their early twenties I’m really trying with all my heart to save them from the absolute shitstorm I had to go through .. I dunno, I must just care more about other ppl because THATS when all my salient points started pouring out.

And I wrote and wrote and wrote.

I wrote down a very clear goal to teach and encourage teens to dream big, to know that their dreams are not impossible and then help them achieve those dreams.

It sounds so incredibly simple but this is a big deal, for me. I’ve been unmotivated, lazy, wonky, afraid, sad, apathetic or just pouting for weeks but at this moment I feel.. kinda fierce.

Weird. But good.

So I got some much needed clarity. I dunno if this will translate to action. But.. I genuinely appreciate this forum as a place to share because I am a person who can not easily navigate my own ideas or emotions unless I write them down and I don’t write stuff down unless somebody is asking me or inviting me to share. So.

There.

I’m sharing.

Y’all better effing do the work and then come back here and share or I’m gonna feel stupid. Please. Share some crap. Lol.
 
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The basic concept fits what James Clear wrote as to change your Identity view - "I am a healthy person so what would a healthy person eat" vs outcome habits - " I am going on a diet to become a healthy person"
 

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Thanks for reminding me about this, I got so deep in dredging out my demons when I did the Past Authoring that I never finished the Future Authoring because I was so exhausted.

Since I bought it for life I think I might do this every 6 months or so, they're great exercises.
 

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I've got a voucher - if someone is interested, I'll give it away for FREE to the first one who responds.

Please only if you seriously intend to complete the course!
 

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I've got a voucher - if someone is interested, I'll give it away for FREE to the first one who responds.

Please only if you seriously intend to complete the course!

I’m in. I’d feel obligated to complete it if it was a gift. And then I’ll be back to pay it forward.
 

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So there is no book?


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There's 12 Rules for life, but it's a totally different thing from the Self-Authoring Suite.

It's very rare I come across a new resource after years of self-development study but this seems to be a very good tool, particularly the future authoring, we all know writing goals down and plans helps us, but this sounds even better. I am going to start filling it all in. When I recommend goal settings/journals/checklists to people, I will add this tool. Thank you

Yea, I've seen studies saying that people who set written goals are 30% more successful at attaining them. But he actually combines a lot of other things other than just written goal setting.

I find it really soothing listening to him. And the stuff he says definitely makes sense.
Thank you for the recommendation, i will take a look at all his other videos now.


I gleamed so much from his Lectures. He has two full university courses posted on his YouTube and they're amazing. Personality and it's Transformations and Maps of Meaning.
 

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P.s.: for anyone else wondering in what order to do the program, here's a quote from the FAQ:

Our users each have their own experiences, circumstances, and needs. Some people benefit from doing the Past Authoring exercise first. One approach is to do the Present Authoring Faults exercise first, to sharpen your sense of self criticism, the Future Authoring exercise next, to formulate a plan, then the Present Authoring Virtues exercise, to think about capitalizing on your strengths, and finally the Past Authoring exercise. However, if you have significant issues in your past that are still causing you some trouble, you might consider starting with the Past Authoring exercise. You should do it in the order that you think will benefit you the most.
 

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I finished this a year ago and it helped me. JP's program is really great.

Actually, I found that writing in general has staved off depression, kept me centered, helped me work out problems more efficiently, and achieve more. Just writing. Every day. It's important to keep an account of my activities.

Also, for those looking for more content and activities for living with more awareness, you should check out "The art of living consciously" by Nathaniel Branden. There are several writing exercises in the book that I believe are very powerful. They are sentence stem type of exercises where he starts a sentence and you provide several options to finish the sentence, in rapid succession, without thinking too much. You then go back over it the next day and look for insights and clues. Also, I believe the repetition of these exercises over months literally rewires your thinking patterns and transforms your thoughts, attitudes and actions.

That book helped change my business life, my personal life, and my bank account.
 
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What a coincidence.. part way through his book 12 Rules For Life and saw this thread. Just bought the program thanks for the recommendation!
 

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Thanks for reminding me about this, I got so deep in dredging out my demons when I did the Past Authoring that I never finished the Future Authoring because I was so exhausted.

I actually did the same thing. Would recommend doing Future Authoring first before tackling the other two (if at all). If dwelling on the past makes you feel like shit, an easy fix is don't dwell on the past.
 

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Just bought the course... thank you. How big of a goal have you tried so far? I feel like certain ones of mine are unmentionably big, so I push those one or ten years into the future (surely I need to do more before I do that...). I suppose that's not an uncommon feeling?
 

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One thing I noticed with doing this programme is my future goals/fantasy life it has little to do with my actual actions. Time for a change I guess including location, jobs and people I hang out with.
 

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I echo many people's comments in here. Jordan Peterson is a great voice for self responsibility and improving yourself, as a way to "save the world".

If anyone is a news junkie, you'll know he gets demonized as "alt-right". While his psychological studies have drawn from stories in the Bible, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism, he isn't defined by a political ideology.
 

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Just got the deal. I think my GF will give it a shot too as we could probably both benefit greatly from it.

Could we use this thread to document how well the program is working for us newbies?
 

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BOOM, finally this thread helped surface my problem.

I have NO doubt that this helps, however, there is ALOT of things that help that I should also be doing.

I don't mean to hijack this but, how does one fit these new shiny objects that pop up into one's schedule,when there are 1000x other important courses/lessons like this that one has bookmarked without starting?

Also when I do these things, how the heck do I internalize it and actually apply it for a change in my life, when the next shiny course/lesson is around the corner?
 

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Thanks for posting this thread OP. Took the future authoring program, at 84% now, and feel already very clear on how I want to proceed in life. This could very well be life-changing. Can't wait to see where I am at in a few months.
 

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He's still stuck in the past, unable to move on, and his progress is super slow despite my attempts to help. He hasn't gone to the process to discover these things and overcome his roadblocks.

This is something I can relate to. I did past authoring program and it helped me to clear out my unsolved and unconscious emotions that I had been carrying with me since my childhood. I literally became a new person after doing the past authoring program. It was like a snake coming out of its old skin. Although I haven't put the necessary effort on present and future authoring. I'm going to redo it and update here.
 

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I think what you refer to as 'psychological voodoo' is the integration part of it. It's great to see another example of how applied integration works so well (I wrote about a facet of this in my progress thread).

You start by fleshing out details in a few different areas, and then you bring it all together in a whole. It is the essence of how we function as conceptual beings. Wow. Great thread, I'm getting a lot more from this than I thought I would.
 

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I find it really soothing listening to him. And the stuff he says definitely makes sense.
Thank you for the recommendation, i will take a look at all his other videos now.
 

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