Mindconnection eNL, 2003-06-15
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In this issue:
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Brainpower tip
Problem-solving is often a brutal test of
brainpower. Many years ago, I built hot rods and race cars. An early lesson was
the car with the most powerful engine isn't always the one. It's not how much
horsepower and torque your engine can produce that counts. It's how much you get
through your tires and to the ground. The more your transmission slipped or the
more your tires spun, the less likely you were to win. Similarly, the more your
mental transmission slips and the more your mental wheels spin, the less likely
you are to solve a problem.
When faced with a problem, you can solve it
faster than someone else who may be much smarter than you are, if you approach
that problem methodically. Here are some keys:
Define the problem. Too often, folks
dance around the problem instead of zeroing in on it and solving it.
Boil it down to its essence. Most
problems aren't as complicated as they appear. What is at the core of the
one you face?
Break the solution down into steps. When
we see how to solve a problem, we often don't solve it because doing so
appears insurmountable. Remember, it is possible to walk around the world a
step at a time.
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2. Time tip
If it seems like you are always hustling about and under
time pressure, you can change the situation by realizing you need merely to
remove the proverbial straw from the camel's back.
Is there one activity you can
shorten up or eliminate entirely, so you gain a few minutes in your day?
It's good if you can recover "hidden" time by looking
at your various activities. But, why stop with just one proverbial straw?
Remove all the unnecessary load from the camel and you'll have a much
faster camel. Make a point of finding some hidden time each day. Examine
one, two, or three tasks--whatever it takes. All the time you find will
really add up.
- Unnecessary steps in meal cleanup--if you are routinely
rinsing your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, either wash them
by hand or use just the dishwasher.
- Unnecessary steps in morning ritual--do you really need
to shave up and down three times?
- If you spend a lot of time waiting for meals in
restaurants, eat at home (this will also reduce the amount of time you spend
waiting in hospitals, as restaurant food is loaded with toxins like sugar
and hydrogenated oil).
- If you spend a lot of time making meals at home, create
some large batches of items. For example, make a big stir-fry, and freeze
the leftovers in containers sized for one meal each.
3. Finance tip
You may be tempted to sell your stocks or
mutual funds. Most likely, you would be selling low. Don't sell, unless you have
You may be tempted to buy stocks and mutual
funds, to time the market for the economic recovery. Please note that:
a. We are not in an economic cycle, thus a
"recovery" is unlikely. We are seeing the product of bad monetary
policy, combined with global economic pressures and other factors that are not
getting better. Hold on for the long ride.
b. The stock market and the economy do not
always move in the same direction. The stock market and the Dow do not always
move in the same direction.
c. Buy and sell stock based on the company's
financials, not on the emotional mood of "the market." This is a
fundamental investment principle--one that 90% of investors ignore.
4. Security tip
Do you travel by airplane/jet? If so, you
probably carry luggage. And if you carry luggage, you probably fill out those
little ID tags. Do not put your address information on those tags. This simply
alerts others that someone at your address is not going to be home for a few
days. You can see where this is heading. Keep your comments about your home,
destination, and length of trip private. If an airport security person asks you
to divulge this information (other than your destination), you are probably
dealing with someone who is part of a crime ring. Report that person to an
5. Health tip/Fitness tip
I've had impressive results with VitaPro.
When I travel, this is what I eat for breakfast. When I'm not traveling, I eat
it 2 or 3 times a day--sometimes more. Everybody I share it with like its,
because it tastes great. I like it because it's a high-quality meal replacement
that is short on calories and long on nutrition.
You are what you eat, so VitaPro is a good choice if you want a
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6. Thought for the Day
Being right isn't the most important thing in a discussion
with friends. If you think it is, you probably don't have friends. And you
probably aren't right. Disagreement may well mean you have simply moved beyond
the boundaries of the banal. If your friends are challenging your beliefs, that
probably means they believe in you. Honor them for that. Disagreeing agreeably
makes everyone right--in a way that counts.
Wishing you the best,
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