- Product highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tips
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
Think Right Now|
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.
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.|
http://www.mindconnection.com/books/thenewbrain.htm for a great book on
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
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
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.|
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
- 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
Hypnosis does a similar thing. You can combine "Think Right
Now" with hypnosis, if you want. But, hypnosis takes a different
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
So, it gives the subject a carrot and a stick--and places them in the
subconscious. Hypnosis has proven valuable in treating many disorders,
- Chronic pain
- Compulsive behaviors
- Irritable bowel syndrome
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
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
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- Apples are more efficient than caffeine in waking you up in the
- Teas and coffees that are decaffeinated contain formaldehyde. Pour
"decaf" on your garden plants and houseplants, and you will probably
- 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
- 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
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,
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