Success mindset training with a drug – yes or no

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Success mindset training with a drug – Provigil – ABC investigate it’s effects. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Being aware and mindful of your mindset can make a difference in all areas of your life. Success mindset training and positive mindset training is a markable difference between those that succeed in what they choose to and those that do not.

But what if you could simply pop a pill to do the same thing, would you do it?

Apparently there is a drug called Provigil that is giving everyday people a sharper more focused mind and bags of energy. Many of the users of this drug report greater levels of performance and success, but are drugs a real way forward?

Success mindset training and behaviors supposedly with Provigil

Watch this surprising ABC news report:

They are all around us, a secret society of the successful. They say what gives them an advantage, though, isn’t just purposefulness or perseverance but a little secret weapon, a pill called Provigil.

So what type of people are using this drug?

There is the lobbyist, who wakes up at 5 a.m. to complete two full workouts before heading to work.

“I could not do this without Provigil. You know, it just wouldn’t be the same,” she told ABC News, asking that ABC News not identify her. “It’s amazing. … I just don’t get … why more people don’t know about it.”

John Withers, a computer programmer, can write code for 12 hours at a time.

“It helps you focus up for exceptionally long periods of time,” he said.

And then there is the brain researcher who can find connections no one else is seeing. She asked that we not name her.

“It’s just a clear day,” she said. “The fog isn’t there.”

Is provigil addicting? (Photo credit: JTony)

Provigil is originally approved as medication only for narcolepsy, sleep apnea or…

for people who work irregular hours, but hidden among those who take it are pockets of healthy Americans taking it just to boost energy and enhance focus. It excites the mind so much that Provigil has been nicknamed “Viagra for the brain.”

Prescription sales for this class of drugs has increased by 73 percent in four years, from $832,687,000 in 2007 to $1,440,160,000 in 2011, according to IMS Health.

Online there are hundreds of sites evangelizing for Provigil that explain how to get a doctor to write a prescription or how to get the drug without one.

Now I don’t know about you but this popping of pills for performance is alarming. I understand the use of natural herbs and healthy living for better performance but I’m always on the fence when it comes to synthetically created drugs.

It makes you wonder if provigil is addictive.

Dave Asprey, a successful executive of a billion-dollar Internet security firm who often starts his day at 4:45 a.m. by popping a pill.

“[It] can be the difference between I’m just making it through the day to I had the best day of my life,” Asprey told ABC News.

Asprey says he once flew 20 hours to Australia with almost no sleep, got off the plane, took Provigil and delivered a series of speeches that were so good they made the local papers.

As a kind of an experiment ABC News asked Asprey to stop taking the drug for three days. Off the drug, he said he felt off.

“I’ve noticed that my speech is very slightly altered,” he said.

After three days, Asprey popped a Provigil and he says it took only 17 minutes for him to snap back. He said the world suddenly seemed brighter.

This does sound rather addictive. But to be fair when we have a mindset success routine in place and then for a few days we drop it I can testify to the same effects.

Doctors warn that you are really rolling the dice with this drug. There have been no long-term studies of Provigil and its effects on healthy brains have never been studied. Doctors also warn that possible side effects include sleep deprivation and potentially lethal rashes and worse.

Provigil is a wake-promoting agent, but doctors admit they don’t really know how it works.

“Provigil is not a substitute for sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause and worsen heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure,” said Dr. Joanne Getsy, chief of the Sleep Medicine Section at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Now this is all hypothesis and up in the air and it is not unusual for drugs to have some kind of side effect over time. It is understandable that users can become addicted to the effects provigil seems to allow them to access.

But what would you choose? A pop a pill drug that you have little control over other than swallowing or access to a success mindset training routine that you have full control over.

In this fast paced world popping a pill may be appealing, but is a drug free right attitude with the right mindset training a whole lot better. One could shorten your life, the other has been proven to extend it.

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