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Mindconnection eNL, 2005-07-24

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In this issue:

  1. Product highlights
  2. Brainpower tip
  3. Time tip
  4. Finance tip
  1. Security tips
  2. Health tip/Fitness tip
  3. Miscellany
  4. Thought for the day

1. Product Highlights

Think Right Now
Mindconnection's own courses make our customers very glad they bought those courses, and we're happy about that.

But there's another educational approach to learning besides the "hard information" approach Mindconnection uses. At right, you'll see some "Think Right Now" courses listed.

Removed 20MAY2014
The "Think Right Now" approach is one of deprogramming your internal negative messages and replacing those with the right messages so you can think right.

People who go on one diet after another, fail to engage in regular exercise, can't stay off smoking, can't stop overeating, can't make sales goals--often are fighting a battle against their own internal programming.

No matter how much they learn or what system they use, they will never be able to meet their goals. They are slaves to internal programming and need to break free.

If you have the desire but not the will, these programs will probably solve your problem.

  

2. Brainpower tip

Our brains "rewire," based on the demands places on them.

(See http://www.mindconnection.com/books/thenewbrain.htm for a great book on this subject)

Brains actually reconfigure and change shape to adapt to the tasks they are called upon to perform. But you don't just add new brainpower by taking on a new type of task--you trade.

The process is very similar to what happens with the rest of the body. If you do a lot of long-distance running, you become better at it as your muscles change to have more slow-twitch fiber and less fast-twitch. But your sprinting will suffer unless you are also doing sprinting. If your only exercise involves sitting in a chair, your hind end will widen--while your calves and other muscles atrophy.

With the brain, a similar thing happens. In today's video age, people's attention spans are shrinking. The ability to engage in abstract reasoning is becoming rare. People who watch much television have trouble visualizing things in a conversation. But people who watch little or no television but read books find visualizing very easy to do.

Experts tell us that a "video age" brain isn't inferior to a "book reading" brain. They are just different. That may be so, but if your attention span deprives you of meaningful conversations and you can't engage in abstract thought, you have lost much of what makes you human. A brain that merely responds to video input does not strike me as being equal in power to a brain that can solve complex problems.

So, this issue's brainpower tip is this: Pay attention to your mental diet. Just as your physical diet needs to be varied and relatively free of toxins, so does your mental diet.

3. Time Tip

We all know you have to spend money to make money. And we know time is money. So, why don't we spend time to make time? Here are some ways to spend time so that you have more time:
  • Analyze processes. Industry does this all the time, and the goal is to find more efficient ways to do things. So, think about your most common chores and how to reduce the number of steps or some other efficiency enhancement. What can you eliminate?
     
  • Analyze tasks. What are some things you do that you could stop doing? So often, we get into rituals and those simply waste time. We do things just because we've always done them and we don't even stop to think they aren't necessary. Some examples of tasks in the work environment: the daily meeting (why can't it be weekly?), the daily visit to Fred's cubicle, and the "mandatory" drive into the office (why can't you telecommute, at least one day a week?). On the home front, we have fights with the spouse, talking about the weather (as if it's never been hot before, rained before, etc.), and looking for your keys.
     
  • Lobby for change. Your single biggest cost is government. Taxes, of course, are worse than punitive--they slow down the economy and the revenue from them mostly goes to waste anyhow. But where government really whacks out your time is in compliance. We live in a highly regulated society. The single largest component of medical care costs is the paperwork. That's pathetic, and it needs to change. Take some time with your so-called legislators and demand relief from onerous regulations. Note to USA citizens: The index alone for the Code of Federal Regulations is over 13,000 pages long. How absurd. Get involved, and start demanding that these people rescind regulations.
     
  • Invest in relationships. People have power through other people. Start looking at your network and build it up from a strategic perspective. Where can you contribute some effort, in a meaningful way, so that you have connections? Think of serving on the board of your alma mater. But don't just ask for a board seat and expect to get it--break the ice by simply expressing a need to help. When you get a task, handle it well. Always extend diplomacy and respect. You'll find people asking to be connected to you.
     
  • Invest in your health. Various studies come up with various numbers regarding the extension of useful life for every hour of intense exercise you do. Don't get bogged down in the numbers--realize the trend and take advantage of it. See http://www.supplecity.com for solid advice on how.
     
  • Organize. Taking a little time at the end of each day to organize yourself for the next does wonders for your productivity. You send a relaxation message to your brain when you go to bed prepared for the day to follow. And you start your day knowing exactly what to do--you start out "on a roll."
     
  • Plan. So many people waste time redoing things or doing the wrong things, simply because they rushed into something without thinking it through. Don't make that mistake.

  

4. Finance tip

Here in the USA, cities counties are raising property taxes in several sneaky ways.

One example is the making of "improvements" that raise the market value of homes. Suddenly, the value of your house has gone up by $25,000 because an improvement resulted in a series of higher sales prices for comps in your area. The improvement may have cost $500,000--but the increased assessment on the homes in the area brings in $3 million. Not a bad return on the county's dollars. To fight this: Say no to improvements that aren't necessary.

A huge "reason" for raising property taxes is the "need" to "adequately fund" the schools.

  • If everyone's property taxes go up 10% (which was common in 2004), does that mean the average teacher got a 10% raise? No.
  • Did you get a 10% raise? No.
  • The calculus for the "school funding" is flawed from the outset. Everybody pays in, whether they have kids or not. If kids go to school for K-12, that's 13 years. But most people own a home for 40 years or more. So, all the single people and childless couples pay in and get nothing. The people with one child pay in for three decades after their kid leaves home!

Something is not right with this picture. If you dig into school financing, you find that it's nearly always loaded with waste, funding of unneeded bureaucrats, huge executive salaries, and other fraud based on the concept that the taxpayer will always cough up the money. Whenever citizens stand up to this, those who fund the school systems fight back with "make the kids suffer" responses. Note, I said "fund the school systems."  I did not say "fund the schools" or "fund education." There's a distinction, and it's important.

School system funding should not be a matter of a blank check. If we rid the schools of the waste, funding of unneeded bureaucrats, huge executive salaries, and other fraud--we'd have more money for vital programs, new equipment, and teachers' salaries.

Take the Rockford School District (IL), for example. Over the past 40 years, they have hired a large number of School System Administrators (the position is like a CEO). One SSA hired on, "worked" for a couple of months, then decided she didn't like it. The school system "bought out" her contract for $3 million! This same insanity got repeated, year after year for years on end. Three million here, a million there--hey, it's just tax dollars.

And guess what? Rockford has the highest property taxes in the state, but the schools are underfunded. Gee, imagine that.

This kind of stupidity and fraud is what I'm talking about. You probably have this to some degree in your school system.

If you don't have kids in school, start asking for financial accountability. But don't let these jokers get off the hook by cutting needed programs and teachers--that's not where the money is being lost. It's being lost on stupid stuff like contract buyouts and huge executive perquisites.

If you have kids in school, work with the teachers to help those kids and others. And don't tolerate those parents who seem to want special dispensation so their mediocre brat kids can get As and who disrupt school board meetings and waste teachers' precious time (it's precious, because they are investing it in your kid).



5. Security tip

Security is mostly a matter of preparation. In a previous issue, we talked about properly protecting your home and family. Everyone knows that Florida's violent crime dropped 90% since their right to carry law went into effect. So, out of 100 people who died when this law did not exist, 90 of them will now live.

And the accounts of people who protect themselves with a firearm are legion. But, there's a downside. Shooting an invader in your home is a traumatic experience (and it's not good for your carpeting, either). But, what choice do you have?

Actually, there are some choices you can make to help prevent such a situation. Make your home less inviting of a target. Here are some tips:

  • Call a locksmith. Have them come out and recommend security measures for every entry point in your home. Then, get those done.
     
  • Trim shrubbery around windows and doors. If you live in an apartment or condo, this may not be necessary. So, look for other criminal hiding places / break-in covers and get them eliminated.
     
  • Form a neighborhood crime watch. If you live in an apartment complex, make it a building crime watch. Contact your local police department for assistance--they will be glad to help you get this started.
     
  • Ask police to come to your home and recommend security measures both at your home an in the immediate area. Many things you might not think of will stand right out to them.
     
  • Check your doors and windows before going to bed. If you sleep with a window open, rig some kind of alarm to it.

 

6. Health tip/Fitness tips

In our product area, we talked about the "Think Right Now" courses and how they help you get rid of the negative programming that is holding you back.

Hypnosis does a similar thing. You can combine "Think Right Now" with hypnosis, if you want. But, hypnosis takes a different approach.

First, you go into a deeply relaxed state--almost sleep. Then, the hypnotist uses the power of suggestion to get you thinking differently. For example, a smoker goes in and--under hypnosis--thinks of himself as an ex-smoker. The hypnotist may have the smoker "taste" the cigarettes, and suggest they taste foul. The hypnotist may tell the person to have an urge to smoke, but the cigarettes taste foul and cause impotence and brain cancer. But the urge to smoke is really an urge to go for a short walk.

So, it gives the subject a carrot and a stick--and places them in the subconscious. Hypnosis has proven valuable in treating many disorders, such as:

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Negativity
  • Overeating
  • Phobias

 The key word here is "suggest." A hypnotist can only suggest. It is up to the subject to make the hypnotism work. Some people are not very open to suggestion, so they make poor hypnotism subjects. Others are great with it. You cannot be hypnotized unless you are willing. And even then, you have to work with the hypnotist for the hypnotism to work.

How do you know if you have a good hypnotist? That's hard to say. But, there are two organizations that can help you sort the wheat from the chaff:



7. Miscellany

  1. Please forward this eNL to a friend. Or an enemy, I don't really care. Just forward it!
     

  2. Factoids:
  • Apples are more efficient than caffeine in waking you up in the morning.
  • Teas and coffees that are decaffeinated contain formaldehyde. Pour "decaf" on your garden plants and houseplants, and you will probably kill them.
  • Caffeine doesn't hurt you. It merely accelerates body processes. Your body flushes it out with water.
  • Drinking large amounts of water may not be "healthy." Why? Tap water is loaded with toxins like chlorine and fluoride. Your body can handle only so much of this. Drink plenty of water--just not plenty of tap water.
  • Fruit juice is not "healthy." In fact, it's unhealthy. The juice bypasses part of the digestive process, so the natural sugars in the fruit juice hit your bloodstream like an avalanche. Eat whole fruit, instead. If you are a juice-aholic, your body can absorb much of the sugar avalanche by shuttling the sugar into glycogen-depleted muscle. So, first thing in the AM or immediately after a workout. But, no other time.

8. Thought for the Day

Don't measure life by the number of breaths you take. Measure it by the number of moments that take your breath away.

 

Wishing you the best,

Mark Lamendola
Mindconnection

Authorship

The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.

Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.

Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).

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