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This Will Unlock Your Productivity: The Centuries Old Trick of Mesmerism

Recently, I completed a course on Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Initially, I was interested because it has been regularly recommended in the sales world to improve communication skills and results. Something I think we could all use improvement in, particularly as sales professionals.

In addition to NLP, the course also focused on elements of Hypnotherapy and Coaching and whilst not something I was initially curious about, I thought, ‘why not?’.

I soon learned that NLP and Hypnosis are pretty similar. They share the same common goal (to communicate with the subconscious) but use different methods to get there. Of all the tricks and techniques I learned, there was one interesting thing I learned during that course, which I will share with you today.

Inducing a Trance-Like State for Productivity

There have been many discussions lately around the importance of focus and our lack of it. In this day and age, we are simply too distracted to get anything of value done.

We constantly react to external events out of our control (unless we choose to control them), which fractures our intended deep work sessions like shattered bone into tiny pieces of focused attention. And we end the day wondering what we got done.

What I soon learnt over the course of my NLP and Hypnotherapy training is that putting someone into a state of hypnosis, inducing a trance or mesmerizing them is simply the art of getting someone to focus intently. They are all the same thing.

This centuries old trick became quite popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and was used for everything from medical treatments to public entertainment. The most famous practitioner was Franz Mesmer, who gave the practice its name.

Mesmer believed that fluid within the body could be manipulated to heal sickness and disease. He called this fluid “animal magnetism” and thought that the technique could be used to cure everything from headaches to cancer. While Mesmer’s beliefs about animal magnetism were eventually disproven, the practice of mesmerism continued to be used for medical treatments and public entertainment.

So why is this centuries old trick relevant today? Because we lack attention. And if we can regain our attention, we can regain our focus and actually get the important things done.

So how can Mesmerism/Focused Attention be Achieved?

Getting into a state of mesmerism or focused attention is actually quite easy. Many don’t realise that we perform this centuries old trick every day without even realising we are doing it. Examples include:

  • Getting distracted on your phone or social media to the point that you can’t hear anything around you
  • Driving in a car and being so deep in thought that you forget even driving to the location
  • Getting into a flow state; you lose track of time, and hours go by more rapidly

Next time you are out and about,, try to point out the people in a deeply focused or hypnotised state. You’ll see it everywhere. Notice your best friend zoning out when you’re talking to them? They have essentially put themselves into a state of mesmerism, so you have every right to snap them out of it!

Focused attention can be induced through eye contact, pitch or tone of voice, or by directing a participant to focus on a particular thing on their body or a sensation within it.

Once the subject is trance-like, you can begin to give them suggestions. These suggestions can be anything from telling them to relax or inducing beneficial change work.

While these examples are all relatively innocuous, the fact is that this centuries old trick can be used for more than just public entertainment or medical treatments. You can use it on yourself for increased productivity.

This Centuries Old Trick will Unlock and Boost Productivity Levels

Due to the distraction of the recent covid pandemic of 2021 and now into 2022, an individual’s ability to focus on what is essential – becoming a published writer, successful sales professional or any other creative endeavour, is crucial as ever.

We live in a world of distraction, and it’s only through our ability to manage distraction and focus our attention that we can unlock our productivity. So, likewise, you can unlock your productivity through awareness and focus.

By inducing a trance-like state when you work, you can effectively put yourself into a position of intense focus and productivity. But, you have to train yourself to get there.

How to Achieve Mesmerism, the Centuries Old Trick to Unlock Productivity

To achieve the state of mesmerism or intense focus, you first need to understand what it is that enables you to get into that state. This will be different for everybody, so ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are you doing when you lose track of time?
  • Is there a specific place where you work best? If so, where?
  • Are there songs you listen to that make you lose track of time when working? Oftentimes, some people will play one song on repeat to induce a trance-like state and minimize distraction.
  • Are there routines or rituals that enable you to work better?
  • Do you focus better in silence, or do you need background noise?

Understanding how you work effectively is the first step to inducing a trance-like state. Once you understand how you work best, you can devise a plan to induce a trance-like state. This may involve setting up your workspace in a certain way, or it may mean listening to certain types of music.

Other Ways to Unlock your Productivity

There are other ways to unlock your productivity; they don’t all have to do with putting yourself into a trance-like state.

One way to boost your productivity is by setting realistic goals. Trying to accomplish too much in one day will only lead to frustration and a sense of failure. Setting smaller, achievable goals makes you more likely to stay focused and motivated.

Another way to stay productive is by taking breaks. It may seem counterintuitive, but taking breaks can actually help you stay focused. When you take a break, your mind has a chance to rest and rejuvenate. This will enable you to come back to your work with fresh eyes and a renewed sense of focus.

Finally, eliminating distractions is one of the best ways to boost your productivity. This may mean turning off your phone, putting away your laptop, or anything else that may cause you to lose focus. You can stay laser-focused on your task at hand and get more done in less time by eliminating distractions.

All of these methods can help you boost your productivity. However, if you really want to take your productivity to the next level, you must learn how to induce a trance-like state for focused attention. This old trick will unlock your ability to focus like never before and get more done in less time.

If you want to be productive, you need to find ways to minimize distractions and maximize your focus.

Modern Technology to Help you Focus

With all this talk about a centuries old trick to help you focus and manage time better, we shouldn’t discount other modern technologies that can help you unlock your productivity. After all, the less distracted you are, the more you’ll be able to focus intently on your work. Seven apps that can help focus include:

  1. Freedom: Block distractions on all of your devices
  2. Serene: Plan and follow through on deep work sessions
  3. Cold Turkey Blocker: Block apps and websites on your mac
  4. RescueTime: Track and manage time with built-in web blocking
  5. Forest: Get your work done and grow trees at the same time!
  6. SelfControl: The option for if you have little to no self-control


If you want to be productive, you need to find ways to minimize distractions and maximize your focus. One way to do this is by inducing a trance-like state. This can be done by understanding how you work best and devising a plan to induce a state of intense focus. Other ways to boost your productivity include setting realistic goals, taking breaks, and eliminating distractions. Finally, several apps can help you block out distractions and focus on your work. By using these methods, you can boost your productivity and get more done in less time.

When it comes to productivity these days, I’m taking a less is more approach, and if you can master the centuries old trick of mesmerism/focus, you can level up your life, master your time and unlock your productivity for life!

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