Monday, November 30, 2009

Color Entrainment Video

Just sit relaxed and keep your eye at the changing colors.At the end of the video your brain waves will be at alpha level. Each color has its frequency and the brain waves resonate with the frequency of the color you see, ultimately coming to alpha level.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Your subconscious mind can help you in solving problems.

Human mind has two levels of function, conscious and subconscious. An average person mostly uses the conscious mind, without realizing the possibility of leading a much better life by optimizing the use of subconscious mind. The advancements of the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP] have revealed many ways of using subconscious mind to improve the quality of life. Let’s discuss how you could use your subconscious mind to solve tough problems easier. It is recommended that you try each of the three different ways that are discussed here, preferably one method at a time for three months continuously, until you find what works for you best.

First, think of a problem that has been nagging you for a while. Write down the problem on a piece of paper in as much detail as possible including when and how it started, how it has affected you, what you have already done about that, etc. Then write a question as if to ask what you should to solve this problem. Phrase the question in a positive manner. For example, instead of writing ‘Why can’t I achieve any success in my career?’ put it in like this. ‘What do I have to do to be successful in my career?’ Then throw the paper away and get on with your work. An inspiration will occur, hinting you about how to approach the problem, when you least expect it. It’s your subconscious mind that gives you the inspiration. It happens when you are relaxed and calm. It may also come in a dream when you are asleep. So, always keep a pen and a paper close to where you sleep so that you can write it down just as you wake up. It is also possible that your problem will get solved due to a coincidence. The solution comes in those same ways for the other two methods too.

The next method is go to a quiet place and think of the problem for a while, covering every angle of it, like you did when writing about the problem in first method. Then just brush it aside from your mind and go on with your day-to-day work.

The third technique is to discuss the problem with a few people who are in some way affected by it or simply care for you. Try to cover every angle as in other methods, and then just leave it behind and go about doing your other work, until the subconscious mind guides you towards the solution as mentioned with the first method.

You must work on only one problem at a time and try only one method at a time. If a particular method doesn’t work for you within three months, go for another. You get best results if you don’t suspect whether these methods will work. The power of subconscious mind is surprisingly great.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Have you ever wondered what tiredness really is?

After doing some amount of work, we get tired. When you are tired, you can’t go on working, you need to rest. The tiredness sets up a limit to your performance. But have you ever wondered whether tiredness is what it appears to be? You are going to be surprised there.
Scientists have systematically proved that mental work itself doesn’t make you tired. During physical labor, the brain shows traces of toxic chemicals that are released by physical exhaustion. But the blood passing through the brain during a mental activity doesn’t contain those toxins. But then, why does almost everybody who works behind a desk gets tired? They get tired not because the work but their emotional reaction to the work. Yes! Stress, anxiety, sadness, anger, boredom, the feeling of lack of positive feedback, which you experience during a mental activity make you tired. Such imitations make you stiffen up, and a stiff muscle is a working muscle, and working muscles indeed get tired.
Stop reading this article for a moment. Run a check on the muscles of your body. Are you straining your eyes? Are your shoulders stiff? Are you leaning forward on your chair? Are you making your hands in to fists?
It’s not only your emotions that make you stiff but also the subconsciously accepted concept that there has to be an effort in any form of work.
So how do you get rid of this unnecessary tension? One thing you can do is to somehow make your work interesting to you. Try to think of all the good things about the work. Think of how many other people will be willing to take up your position which you think all boring work? Use your imagination to make your work more interesting and exciting. When I play some music in the back ground when I type my articles, I do it with much less effort and faster. When you choose your career, go for something that you really enjoy doing, and you will be less tired at the end of a working day.
The other way to tackle tiredness is staying relaxed throughout the work. How do you go about relaxation? Relax your muscles, that what you should do. You need to relax your eyes, shoulders, neck, the whole body. Relaxation is a very big topic. My intention here is to focus your attention on the importance of relaxation, there for I will tell you of only one basic relaxation exercise. It is relaxation by suggestion. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Focus your attention on your toes. Tell them to relax, to let go. Imagine the toes relaxing, that it feels as if they are not there. Gradually bring your focus upwards relaxing the feet, calves, thighs, knees, hips, belly, lower back, chest and upper back, fingers and hands, neck, eyes, and the head. You don’t necessarily have to follow this order as long as you relax all the major muscles, and most importantly, the eyes.
Make it a habit to relax at random instances when you are at work to avoid being tired in the first place, and if you do feel tired, don’t proceed without relaxing. With practice you can relax the whole body very quickly. Try this while traveling, waiting for your turn for something, working behind a deck, reading etc. Also do a relaxation exercise first thing in the morning and just before falling off to sleep at night every day.
Being tense is a habit, and so is being relaxed. It takes time to break the old habit and form the new one. Relax at odd moments. Always check whether you are stiff whenever you are engaged in a mental activity and relax if so. Check how tense you are at the end of every day and relax accordingly. The change this brings to your life will be revolutionary!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Self improvement, New ideas, Creativity

What happens to all those inspirations?
As we attend to our daily errands, various ideas come to our minds, as we take in the signals from our surroundings with our sensors. For example, you may go to a shop and feel that the sales staff can offer a better service by simply rearranging the shop in a certain manner. You may buy a consumer product and feel that it will be of more use if a certain feature is added to it. When I browse the web, I get frustrated with the way some people try to sell things with squeeze pages. When I launch my own squeeze page, I will do things differently.
So, what happens to all these bright ideas we get? In general, we forget most of them with our busy lifestyle. How would you put these ideas in to practice?
The very first thing you must do is to take them down. I came across this concept in a book about self improvement that I read. I thought it was worth giving a try. I got myself a small note book which I named ‘my ideas book’. I started carrying it around it with me and jotting down the new ideas that came to my mind on it. I committed myself to read through it at least once a day. That motivated me to try some of them out. Because they were my own inspirations, it was quiet enjoyable working on them. Reflecting back, I’m surprised to see how much I have accomplished and learnt ever since I started carrying my ideas book around with me. I have learnt a lot about computers and internet in particular. I have been able to lay out the foundation for an online business. One idea lead to another and a lot of exiting things came in my way. I’m still in to this habit and will be in to it.
Try this technique and it will help you to live the life that you always wanted. It is a very nice experience when your own idea adds some quality to your life. This habit will boost your creativity too.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Every incident has a reason

Recall some special incident of your life. Recall how that incident had an impact on your life. Recall what caused the present state of your life. This could be a person you met, a job you got, a place you visited, some you read, something you lost, an accident, etc. because of those incidents, you are now where you are, what you are. Had those circumstances been different, your life wouldn’t have been what it is now.
These incidents that come as help, aid in anyone’s life. Serendipity, dreams, and intuition give you messages. They tell of things about to happen. Many incidents of life lay the foundation for further events. You see with your eyes, hear with your ears, feel with your skin, and think with your mind. All these things generate some energy. This energy causes future events or thoughts. Everything happens for a reason. Every incident causes a result. Every result causes further incidents. If you bear in mind that everything happens for a reason you realize that everything that take place in life can be a good basis for a positive change in the future.
The present appears positive to you. You become open to what goes on at present. You stop worrying. You expect everything to lead in to some good eventually. Your mind gets focused constantly on success.

Monday, August 24, 2009

What My 11-Month Old Can Teach You About Achieving Success By Joann A Lindenbaum

How many times have you set out to do something, and when it doesn't work out after the 1st or 2nd attempt, you decide that you're not good at it, you'll never learn how to do it, or it's not for you?

I often hear a story similar to this from women just before I start coaching with them. Some examples include:

- "I posted my online dating profile 2 weeks ago, and while I've emailed with a couple of guys, I still haven't met someone I'd like to go on a date with. The online dating thing will never work for me!"

- "I followed up with this prospect client, but they never responded to me. I guess they aren't interested in my service or product."

- "I want to write a memoir, but have spent a month and can't get through the draft of the first chapter. Maybe I'm not meant to write about my adventures!"

In each of these instances, the individual has given up hope or enthusiasm for something they really, REALLY want, just because they didn't achieve it in full right away. Instead of viewing their attempt exactly as it is: simply, one attempt that did not work out, they create a story about themselves: I will never meet someone to date; This client will never be interested in my services; I'll never be able to write this book.

The truth is, it's your story that will prevent you from accomplishing the things you want to accomplish in life - not your abilities, or even your circumstances!

I learn this and re-learn this every time, just by observing my 11-month old daughter, Penina. As most babies do, Penina has a zest and curiosity for life, and wants to do and try everything. However, it is a rare instance that she accomplishes her goal on her first attempt.

I'll give you an example: last week, Penina was figuring out how to sit herself on a new stool that was given to her. I watched as she moved her little legs up and down, putting one arm here or experimenting with another arm there. Just as she was about to achieve success, Penina lost her balance, fell over and hit her chin. I raced over to make sure she was okay. She was bleeding a little bit and cried for a moment. And then she did the most amazing thing: she crawled out of my arms and directly back to her stool to complete what she had set out to do.

Penina was able to persist and complete her goal because she didn't judge herself for not achieving full success at her first attempt. In fact, I would guess that the challenge is what made it more interesting for her!

Think about any baby you know - chances are they didn't walk or talk or feed themselves on their first try. But they didn't let that get in their way! They kept tapping into their curiosity and working at it and working at it and tweaking their strategy (and maybe got support and help from parents and others) until they achieved success.

And, of course, as adults we know that each one of their attempts was part of their process of achieving success - each attempt, they learned something new about accomplishing what they wanted to accomplish.

A major step towards success and satisfaction is to be able to let your passion, enthusiasm and interest for your project or goal be bigger and more powerful than any story you create about your small-ness or your inability.

How many ideas, opportunities, relationships or projects have you allowed to pass you by because you chose to use your not achieving success on your first attempt as evidence that you weren't able or meant to do it?

Today, I invite you to be inspired by my 11-month old daughter and look at your goals with fresh, new eyes. Tap into your curiosity and passion and go for it!

Your Soulful Coaching Call to Action!

Get in touch with your passion> and your curiosity for your project or goal

Measure your progress- Even if you don't fully complete your goal on your first go-around, take note of what you have accomplished and what you have learned for the next time around

Let go of your self judgment or self-criticism when you notice that your "story" is holding you back from persisting

Seek out support when you intuitively feel it would be easier to accomplish your goal with someone else offering suggestions, accountability, or just plain old company!

Joanna Lindenbaum, M.A., has 12 years of teaching and coaching experience. She invites women to think bigger, to embrace their power, to create compelling and exciting goals. Her clients achieve extraordinary success in business, career, and life.

To receive Joanna's complimentary eCourse, How to Overcome the 5 Obstacles to Success, visit

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Brain Wave Entrainment For Beginners - What is Brain Wave Entrainment? By Jon Beebe

There are lots of complex definitions and technicalities surrounding brain wave entrainment, but I feel as though the internet lacks a very simple, yet understanding explanation of the whole thing. For the sake of this article; however, I'll focus on only one type of brain wave entrainment, and that's entrainment through the use of audio. If I had to describe brainwave entrainment in just a few sentences, I would say:

Brain wave entrainment through sound audio is a simple audio track that has audible "pulses" embedded in with either soft music or nature sounds, for the sole purpose of causing your brain to enter a specific frequency. Your brain operates on different "brainwave frequencies" depending on the physical or mental activities you are engaged in, and these frequencies can be altered or changed by applying a repeated stimulus for only a few minutes.

When you are exposed to brainwave audios, the audible pulses are spaced out evenly, and what determines how much time is between the pulses will determine the frequency range that your brain will "clone" or "entrain" itself to.

How Do We Know About Brainwave Frequencies?

EEG Machines can "scan" the brain and measure different frequency ranges that the brain is currently in. While performing certain physical or mental activities and the various mental states (physical activity, reading, writing, sleeping, anger, sadness, etc.), the frequencies among everyone's brain are consistent. So when someone has been focusing and is in deep concentration for a period of time, their frequency range would be the same for someone doing the same thing.

The problem is, your brain might not always be in the right frequency range for certain activities, or you may be in a frequency range that stimulates anger, when you most likely would want to be "happy" if you had a choice.

Brain wave entrainment allows you to change your brain's current frequency, and experience a higher concentration of it at the same time. So, for example, someone who has been reading a book and focused for a long time would not be AS focused as someone doing the same thing but listening to a brain wave entrainment audio designed specifically for the purpose of promoting deep focus and concentration.

What is brain wave entrainment? It is a powerful tool for self-improvement that anyone can benefit from, and it is completely safe and extremely effective.

To learn more about brain wave entrainment, and to access a growing library that provides brain wave audios for nearly any benefit you can think of (increased brain power, memory enhancement, concentration, caffeine replacement, etc.).

Please visit to view the growing library of brainwave entrainment audios, which come in different session lengths and all use high quality isochronic tones.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Violence - When We Lose Touch With Our Soul By Peter Vajda, Ph.D

"Speak when you are angry and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret." Ambrose Bierce

All violence - overt, subtle, verbal, physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, etc. is about one issue, and one issue only power. Generally, violence manifests in three ways: our actions, our words and our thoughts.

At work, at home, at play and in relationship, people tend towards violence when they feel threatened and powerless. A threat can be real or perceived. Folks resort to violence as an inappropriate way to re-establish their own sense of power over someone or something they perceive as a threat.

There are three kinds of violence: one, through our deeds; two, through our words; and three, through our thoughts.

At the very heart of violence is a disconnect from one's soul. When we disconnect with our soul, it's due to an emotional disturbance. How so?

There are two parts of our brain that do not operate together: the prefrontal cortex and the limbic brain. The prefrontal cortex of our brain is the "executive" functioning part, where we engage in rational thought, decision-making and logical thinking. When we're connected to our soul, we are orienting to, and focusing on, our experience through this part of our brain. To maintain this connection and focus, we need to be in a place of peace where we're not being combative or defensive in thought, word or deed.

Our limbic brain engages when we sense a real or perceived threat and we experience fear. In a state of fear we move into a fight, flight or freeze reaction. Fear causes us to disconnect from our prefrontal cortex. When we're afraid, we cannot think logically, rationally, or compassionately. Being fearful blocks most people from contacting the prefrontal cortex. When people are afraid, they do not think creatively, compassionately or independently. This kind of thought requires the use of the higher brain.

Those who have a well-developed prefrontal cortex can most often cope with real or perceived threats. Those with a less developed prefrontal cortex (and note that incessant engaging in electronic interactions Twitter, Facebook, IM, video-games, etc., - prevents us from developing our prefrontal cortex) react rather than respond.

Those who have developed their prefrontal cortex are often able to cope with threatening situations can be "cool under fire." These days, it seems that these folks are few and far between.

When we encounter a threat, when our higher brain wants to engage and our primitive, limbic, defensive brain is activated through fear, we have a conflict which usually results in our experiencing a heightened state of stress, anxiety, chaos, confusion and depression. In this mental-emotional state, our natural tendency is to seek "relief." Violence is one way we attempt to seek relief. Violence helps us act on, and discharge, the tension.

The good news-bad news dynamic of violence is that violence can give us an immediate release of the tension but the underlying cause, the fear, remains. Until and unless we confront our fear, and deal with it consciously and directly, we will not experience inner peace or well-be-ing. We'll remain disconnected from our soul, from our True and Authentic Self.

"The root of all violence is in the world of thoughts, and that is why training the mind is so important. - Eknath Easwaran

To deal with the root cause of our anger, the fear, there are two actions we can take:

First, we can look at the truth of what is causing us to feel afraid. We can explore why we feel threatened, and if the threat is real or perceived. Here, we need to engage our prefrontal cortex and intelligently and rationally examine the validity of the threat. Is it real or am I creating a "story" to make it real? What are the facts and what is the truth?

Second, we need to access our own inner authority, our Higher Self, to ascertain right knowing, right understanding and right action vis--vis next steps, choices and decisions. This step requires a great deal of honesty, sincerity and trust that we have the inner strength, courage, intelligence and ability to be at peace while we assess our immediate experience. We CANNOT take this step while being driven by our limbic, emotional brain.

What makes these two steps possible and builds our capacity to be "cool under fire" requires a "spiritual" practice. By consistently taking time for meditation, quietude, silence and self-reflection we condition our brain to reduce the frequency and intensity of beta brainwaves that are heightened when we experience fear and stress, while building the capacity to produce an abundance of alpha brainwaves that supports us to feel peaceful and facilitate soul connection.

It's impossible to experience fear while we are producing strong alpha waves. In a relaxed and meditative state our mind can be receptive to our soul's impulse - the source of inner strength, love and intelligence. By regularly practicing of this inner state of connection, we are more able to disconnect from both "internal" and "external" real or perceived threats and gradually learn to trust the inner, higher authority of our soul.

In this place, we are able to make more creative, compassionate and life enhancing choices and decisions for ourselves and others. In this place of empowerment (and not reactivity), we are often able to extricate ourselves from a place of "victimization" and feel less need to be "violent" in thought, word and deed. We can feel secure within ourselves. Violent thoughts, words and actions are replaced by loving and healing thoughts, words and actions.

So, some questions for self-reflection are:

· Who or what threatens you? Are these threats real or perceived? What is the truth of these threats?
· Do you create stories about others causing you problems and then acting as if these stories are true when they may be false?
· Are you too quick to anger? If so, why?
· How do you maintain balance and freedom from irrational fears?
· When do you most often lose connection with your soul? Do you see any habits or patterns here?
· How often do you think vicious thoughts?
· Do you tend to be silently violent?
· Are you guilty of abusing others verbally or emotionally (e.g., sarcasm, gossiping, bullying, demeaning one-liners and put-downs, etc.)?
· Do you believe you're being rationale and logical when operating from a place of fear or threat?
· What was your experience around trust and betrayal like when you were growing up?
· Can you envision a world where you consistently feel focused, "cool under fire" and empowered?

"Never use violence of any kind. Never threaten violence in any way. Never even think violent thoughts. Never argue because it attacks anothers opinion. Never criticize because it attacks anothers ego. And your success is guaranteed." - Mohandas Gandhi


Peter Vajda, Ph.D, C.P.C. is a founding partner of SpiritHeart, an Atlanta-based company that supports conscious living through coaching and counseling. With a practice based on the dynamic intersection of mind, body, emotion and spirit, PeterĂ‚’s 'whole person' coaching approach supports deep and sustainable change and transformation.

Peter facilitates and guides leaders and managers, individuals in their personal and work life, partners and couples, groups and teams to move to new levels of self-awareness, enhancing their ability to show up authentically and with a heightened sense of well be-ing, inner harmony and interpersonal effectiveness as they live their lives at work, at home, at play and in relationship.

Peter is a professional speaker and published author. For more information:, or, or phone 770.804.9125.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

How to use the incredible power of anchoring to your benefit

Some sounds, pictures, smells, tastes or tactile sensations affect us in special ways. Such stimuli are called anchors in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP]. A particular stimulus that is connected to a person’s particular behavior, feeling, or thought is an anchor. The process of making an anchor is called anchoring.

Anchoring works with the subconscious mind. There for, it is extremely powerful. You get anchored to many different stimuli in your surroundings. When a stimulus gets anchored with a negative behavior, it is a disadvantage to you. When you know how anchoring works, you can break bad anchors and create more useful anchors to your benefit.

When a certain stimulus occurs repeatedly when you are in a deep, relaxed, sensitive trance, a connection is made between the stimulus and the trance. Every one lives in different trances moment by moment and is exposed to various stimuli all the time. An anchor is created if a trance is intense, deep, or powerful and also if the associated stimulus occurs repeatedly when the trance is at its highest intensity.

When this happens again and again, the stimuli-trance connection grows stronger and stronger. When such a strong connection is established, the stimulus can be purposely used to trigger the trance. In other words, an anchor is created.

You can create an anchor to any trance you like. You can test the how effective your anchor is too. You have to follow the steps below in order to make an anchor successfully.

• If your trance choice is power, close your eyes, relax, sit straight, and relive in a very powerful moment of your life, seeing what was there then in your mind’s eye, hearing the sounds, feeling other sensations. You must be totally absorbed in the desired trance, both physically and mentally.
• Produce the stimulus when the trance is at its peak. You can feel it when the trance comes to the peak. Make sure the stimulus is not an ordinary, day to day one. Make it an uncommon one such as pushing your left finger back words with your right hand, pressing your left wrist with your right hand etc.
• You have to repeat the stimulus in the same manner.

Continue this several times a day, for a few days. When the anchor is established, you can trigger off the trance by just producing the stimulus. Keep repeating those steps until you are able to do that.

Now let’s see how you could collapse an unwanted anchor.

• Close your eyes. As before, in your mind, go to a moment of your life when you felt really powerful. See, hear, feel what there was, in your mind. When the feeling of power comes to its peak, pretend to take that feeling to your right hand. Imagine it clasped in your right hand, a bright and warm ball of energy.
• Now relive in a miserable, awful, helpless moment of your life in the same way. When the unpleasant feeling comes to its peak, pretend take it to your left hand. Imagine it clasped in your left hand, a dark and cold orb of energy.
• Now you are set to collapse the bad anchor. Clap your hands together and imagine the cold, dark energy in your left hand is overcome by the warm, bright energy in your right hand.
• Repeat this a few times and recall that unpleasant moment of your life. If the collapsing has worked, you will fell that it is just a mare memory and not so intense. If it is still intense, you have to repeat the collapsing steps till the unpleasant incident becomes a mare memory with out any power to make you feel uncomfortable.

There you are! You know how to benefit from anchoring now. Integrate it in to your overall self-improvement scheme. Start off and make a positive change in your life.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Are you a likable person?

How much attention other people pay you depends on how much you do likewise. There are some people who welcome anybody they meet very warmly and sincerely. They look to be happy to meet the other person. That makes the other person feel important, respected, liked, thus making him or her very flexible, friendly, and cooperative in return.

In marketing, some representatives work remarkably well, while the others struggle to make sales. The first group’s difference is their ability to get out of their ego and get in to other people’s ego. Every body has this ability as an inborn skill. When you approach a small child, she may smile, reach towards you, and make other affectionate gestures and you get very fond of her. There the child has won your heart by making you feel good about yourself. We can see the same behavior in our pets.

Every human being seeks attention, affection, and respect from others. If you want other people’s liking, help, or cooperation, you must get genuinely interested in them and show them that.

Try to be an easy person for others to keep company with. When ever you are in a conversation with some one, listen well with undivided attention and talk only what is necessary. That makes your companion relaxed and comfortable at your presence.

When you are praised by somebody for some thing you do, you tend to perform even better. Similarly, when you want to get someone to do some work for you, praising that person’s efforts drives him or her towards better performance.

How much of these qualities do you posses? Even though they are very simple to acquire, they can make a huge difference in our relationships, making both ours other people’s lives so much better.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Serendipity, dreams, and intuitions, how can they help you?

Some times, some things that happen to you are not favorable. You call them problems. Some of you will see a problem as a challenge, an exiting opportunity to prove yourself and to put your creativity and other talents in to test, some others will take a problem for a temporary draw back, a necessary evil, and once settled, everything will be back to the way it always had been. A problem can even be a tremendous obstacle of life for some of you. It all depends on how you look at and react to the problem, rather than severity of the problem. My intention right now is to discuss how you should go about solving a problem.

When a problem occurs, you may study it, gather facts and tools for solving it, and get help from others too. You might take a trial and error approach too, and it’s a possibility that some of you will even get depressed, and try to run away from it.

But there are some very powerful tools that can be used to solve problems, but they are taken for granted by most people. Can you recall a time, when you had a problem, that some coincident occurred that solved it even with out much of your own effort. Every body has that kind of experience and I will tell you about one of my own. I wanted to start an online business, but I got stuck because I was a complete newbie and there were a lot of things that I couldn’t understand. But my past experience told me help was on the way somewhere, and was I correct!!! A good friend and a colleague of mine gave me an instructional CD, which he had come to possess by accident. It gave me all the fundamental information I needed and links to all other information which wasn’t there. This phenomenon is called serendipity.

The other is called intuition, or instinct. There again I can give an example of my own. When I just finished schooling, I didn’t exactly know which way to go. But I had an interest in learning languages. My instinct told me that this interest was the way to go. So I decided to learn some English, that being a much used second language in my country and an international language. So I took a course that went on for two years, and I got selected for a two-year diploma in speech therapy, conducted mainly by a team of British professionals, and I’m now happily employed in the government health sector in my country, having completed that training successfully. A working knowledge of English was one of the essential qualifications for the recruitment of the course.

I don’t have any personal experience of the third phenomenon, but I know of people who have used it to solve their problems. Have you ever had a dream with a clue to solve a problem in it? Help comes in that way for some people when they are a sleep.

So, how could you optimize the use of serendipity, intuition, and dreams? Think back and make a list of such situations that you have experienced. Go through the list and pick the most frequent and apparent type/types out of it. That’s the particular thing for you. From now on, be alert and sensitive to such occurrences in your life and put them in to use. The more you use them, the more frequent and apparent their occurrence will be.

I told you his so that it will save you much hassle in solving your problems. By all means continue to apply your own problem solving techniques that have worked, just be more sensitive to serendipity, dreams and intuition so that things will be easier for you.

Monday, July 13, 2009

What Do You Really Know About Abundance and Prosperity? By Zoe Smith

Who doesn't want to be rich? Even the very rich want to be even richer and those who do not want excessive financial wealth still want an abundance of some other thing in their lives. Be it in finances, health or relationships - abundance and prosperity is what everybody aspires to have.

Of course, abundance mean different things to different people. For the sake of simplicity, let us use abundance in relation to finance and monetary value. Let's say a man has used a bicycle his whole life, finally having a car is an extremely extravagant blessing for him. If his neighbor grew up with a lot of cars at his disposal, then one car is hardly worth his attention. A helicopter will be what crowning success is to him. On the other hand, a person with a jet setting lifestyle won't be impressed with a parked helicopter in a hangar-maybe having his own island will be his pinnacle of prosperity.

As you can see, definitions vary for each individual. It is a personal matter only you can resolve for yourself. Unfortunately, many today find themselves falling short on their vision of personal prosperity. Economy and timing are relevant factors, but ultimately having abundance is a choice and anyone can receive it.

How do we go about doing that? Well, first of all we need to know what exactly we are talking about. What is the meaning of abundance? Abundance is defined as having an overflowing fullness and ample sufficiency of resources. It is not only having your needs met, you have more than enough besides.

Imagine a large empty glass on a table. Water is poured into it but it doesn't stop at the rim. It spills outside the glass onto the table and down its sides. This is abundance, an overflowing of what you allow to put inside your life. But you think, 'That's crazy talk. You mean to tell me, I need to allow money in my life so I can get more money? I don't even have money in the first place!'

You are absolutely right; you don't have the money- not yet. See, abundance and prosperity as the world perceives it, is having the physical manifestation of the resources you want. Not everyone realizes that being rich begins in your mind. So start by putting thoughts of prosperity in your head. Realign your mindset to what you want to become. See yourself rich-and believe it.

I have never seen a poor man with a rich mindset remain poor. In fact, look up on some of the world's billionaires and you will find many climbed up the ladder of success because they had a vision of what they want to be-or more to the point, who they believed they ought to be. If you see this clearly, unclouded by circumstantial factors like education, background and differing opinions; then no one cannot stop overflowing prosperity from pursuing you.

The wisest man that ever walked the earth once said, "If you can believe it, it can be done". Abundance is a personal, overflowing expression of blessings-- and it is yours for the asking.

Zoe Smith knows what is the meaning of abundance because she discovered the higher truth in her reality. Now she enjoys Abundance and Prosperity which you can have in your own life today.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

How to Face Your Fears Using Progressive Overload By Craig Harper

In the big wide world of exercise science there's a training principle called Progressive Overload (PO). PO is pretty much the cornerstone of any training program designed to produce performance improvements for the individual who is following the program. In layman's terms, PO simply means consistently graduating the intensity of the workout by manipulating the training variables - sets, reps, weight, recovery time, range of movement, speed, time under load, distance travelled, gradient, revs... and so on.

In terms of producing results, the sad reality is that...

1. The majority of current gym members don't train at all (upwards of seventy percent) and once the initial emotion and motivation subsides, so too does the commitment, the sweat and the results (for many people).

2. The majority of people who do work out - and not just in gyms - are essentially "going through the motions". That is, maintaining (at best) but not seeing significant improvement, adaptation or change.

Change... almost.

Naturally, most people who exercise are looking to create some kind of physical improvement via their training program; leaner, lighter, more strength, flexibility, speed, power, aerobic endurance, muscular endurance and of course, change in appearance. It's also true that most people won't achieve and maintain their exercise goals - and not because they don't have the potential to achieve great results - but because they won't get uncomfortable enough, often enough and keep doing it. And doing it.

Great at starting, crap at maintaining.

Working Against Resistance

If we want to see significant positive physical change with our exercise program then we need to be prepared to work against resistance consistently - because that's where the improvement lives. No graduated resistance, equals no improvement. Maintenance perhaps, but no significant physical change. This resistance might come in the form of a heaver weight, an extra rep or five, a steeper gradient on the treadmill, a faster speed on the bike, a different activity, less recovery time between sets, a higher target heart rate... and so on. Our body won't adapt / change unless we give it a reason to - and most people don't.

PO in our Head

This concept of Progressive Overload, adaptation and improvement is also true for life beyond the gym, beyond the running track and beyond the physical realm. Just like we subject our biceps, abs, thighs, heart and lungs to a certain level of stress in order to create particular desirable physical outcomes, so too do we need to subject our psychological and emotional muscles to a type of PO in order to become stronger and more effective at dealing with the realities, challenges and speed humps (all forms of resistance) that life presents us. Here are some of the muscles that can only be strengthened and developed by injecting some sensible and strategic PO into our world:

1. Decision making muscles
2. Dealing with feedback muscles
3. Standing up for yourself muscles
4. Self control muscles
5. Doing what scares the crap out of you muscles (too technical?)
6. Perseverance muscles
7. Attitude muscles
8. Problem solving muscles

How do we begin to address our fears? We do what scares us - that is, we work against emotional and psychological resistance; we lift that mental dumbbell. And then we lift a heavier one. Once we face our fears, we become stronger, we develop new skills, our mindset shifts, the "weight" seems lighter and we move to the next (heavier) dumbbell on the rack. This is PO of the psychological variety. And it works. Very effectively. How do we build our attitude muscles? We consciously and consistently choose to find the good, to ask better questions and to deal with "challenges" in a positive and pro-active manner. We choose to work against the resistance that people, circumstances and situations might provide and to do what most people won't. Lift the heavier dumbbell.

Decision Time

There comes a time when we all walk to the dumbbell rack (either literally or metaphorically) and we ask ourselves a question; do I keep lifting the same (comfortable) weight, repeating the same behaviours and producing the same less-than-desirable results in my world, or do I give my body / mind / potential the workout it actually needs?

Ciao x

Craig Harper (B.Ex.Sci.) is the #1 ranked Motivational Speaker (according to Google). He is a qualified exercise scientist, author, columnist, radio presenter, television host and owner of one of the largest personal training centres in the world.

Motivational Speaker - Craig Harper

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Monday, June 29, 2009

How To Stop Smoking The Easy Way

I found this video on youTube and thought to share it. I suggest that you watch the other chapters too.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

5 Powerful Creative Visualization Tips For Transforming Your Life By Art Stanley


Creative visualization activates the law of attraction. By imagining things or circumstances as you would like them to be, and making them real in your mind, you're actually planting a seed that is sure to sprout.

The recent movie "The Secret" introduced the law of attraction to millions of people all over the world. But the law of attraction and the concept of visualization are nothing new. In fact, this great law has always been available. Early self-help authors exposed visualization as the tool to get the law of attraction working for you. Norman Vincent Peale, for example, called it "Positive Imaging". In fact, that was the title of one of his numerous books.

Visualization is a precious tool. It's something that is available to all at any time, in any location. And it doesn't cost a dime. Perhaps that's why so few value it and use this powerful tool of creation consciously and on a regular basis.

Below are 15 creative visualization tips to help you to recognize and capitalize on your own unlimited powers to create.

1. Choose your goals carefully. Whatever you want can be yours through your thinking, feelings and actions. Decide on something you will commit to having, being or doing in your life. Manifestation doesn't usually happen overnight. It takes persistence. If what you're shooting for doesn't turn you on, chances are you won't stay with it long enough.

2. Create an image of your desire. Stick to a single target and expand, refine and enlarge the mental picture. It's the details that help bring your desire to life.

3. Keep it to yourself. Don't tell anyone else about what you want or how you're going about creating it. Letting it leak out weakens the energy and leaves you open to negative questions and comments. Get what you want first and then you can tell whoever you want about it.

4. Add emotion to your visualization. Make it so real you can taste it. Put yourself in the picture, fully enjoying the rewards you envision. Lock in those positive feelings so you can relive them again and again.

5. Combine creative visualization with positive affirmations. Affirmations help recondition your old way of thinking, freeing yourself from limitations and allowing you to soar like an eagle. When used together, they provide an explosive combination.

These five creative visualization tips will help you make the most of any visualization session. They'll add fuel to the burning desire deep inside you. And they'll help you manifest all you can imagine in life.

The simple process of visualization works. I've seen it firsthand and I live it daily. Use these simple creative visualization tips and they will help you get wherever you want to go that much sooner.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How to Use Your Intuition to Increase Your Success By Mark Piecha

Intuition is one of the most vital aspects of success that we can study and apply. Intuition is that part of ourselves that "knows" more than we think we know. It is somehow tapped into the great collective consciousness of mankind.

It has been said that there is nothing that the Universe doesn't know, and intuition receives instruction from this very pool of learning. All knowledge is timeless and therefore, there is nothing "new under the sun". All of this information is available to us for our greater benefit and growth.

How can you use this knowledge? Well, it surely assists us in problem solving and decision making. Since this information is always correct, we can always know the answer to our particular seemingly problematic situations. It knows what we should do-so why try to do something different? Why not use the wisdom of the ages to simplify our overcoming of challenges?

And, in regards to decision making...

If this knowledge is "perfect", then we should definitely use this in our decision making processes. It knows which direction to go, which path to take, which choice to make. Making decisions from information gleaned from our intuition helps us to stay on a course that is easier to travel. The going is so tough (or rough).

Many successful people are aware of the power of intuition and hunches. Even Donald Trump has been quoted in regard to intuition. One of his recommendations was that he doesn't make any major decisions if he doesn't "feel right". This is an application to learn from. If you don't "feel right", then you are somehow "out of whack" and can easily make more mistakes. Trusting your gut feeling, allowing your intuition to guide you-this helps to make you "feel right" more often when facing problems and challenges.

Too often, we ignore our hunches and go with decisions that create more stress and challenges for us. Wouldn't it be a nicer experience to go through life in a state where it seems like we know exactly what to do in every situation?

The hunches that we receive can sometimes make us question them. The guidance may appear to be illogical or counterintuitive. This is because our intuition is actually BEYOND what our own logic may dictate. And, our own logic can often be flawed. Trust in these hunches. Trust in yourself to know what to do in all situations. Soon, you'll be amazed at the results you are experiencing in your life. And, as this happens, and you trust your instincts more and more-it becomes easier to do and the benefits are generally more identifiable.

One of the more common examples of when hunches appear is during sleep, or right upon waking. It's usually a problem that you have been dealing with and the answer just comes to you-at these randomly appearing moments. These flashes of inspiration are priceless. Unfortunately, we often ignore them. And, when we ignore them-they have a tendency to stop coming to us.

Cultivate the habit of listening to these inspirations and taking action immediately. When you act immediately on these inspirations, you're giving your subconscious/unconscious mind "permission" to give you more and more inspiration. Like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it becomes.

Conversely, the less you use it-the weaker it becomes.

Another fascinating aspect of your intuition is how it brings ideas to you when you're doing something else. Even while reading this article, your subconscious/unconscious mind is working; and, it may have already given you some ideas of things that you should tackle. The best time to act on them is RIGHT NOW, just trust the information and act upon it.

Develop your intuition and it will develop you.

Mark Piecha is a student and practitioner of success principles. Through personal study, application, experimentation and collaborating with experts in the field of self-improvement and personal development, he has created a unique and refreshing way of sharing this knowledge. To learn more about Mark and some of his programs, please visit the website below.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

An easy to practise relaxation excersise, Wonberful!

This is an easy and very effective relaxation excersise which focuses on breath work. Love it? Then visit to learn more.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Serendipity - The Fortunate Accident By J Finnis

How organized are you? Does your life run like clockwork, adhering rigidly to some pre-determined optimal schedule? Or is it relatively chaotic, following whim rather than plan? The former is usually considered more virtuous, but there may be advantages in allowing a little randomness into your lifestyle.

One example of many is the discovery of the antibiotic penicillin, responsible for saving numerous lives. This wonder drug was isolated by biologist Alexander Fleming after neglecting to properly clean his culture dishes.

When I was a kid my Dad loved driving, and we'd go out for rides every Sunday afternoon. However, his enthusiasm for motoring was unmatched by his sense of direction. As such we discovered numerous, fascinating little out of the way places on our weekend outings.

Despite the predictions of Newtonian mechanics the universe does not operate like a giant clockwork machine in which the entire future is pre-determined by the past way back to the "big bang". The contemporary physics of quantum mechanics instead speaks of an inherent randomness in which reality is created as it goes along significantly influenced by the act of observation.

By being tightly organized and following a rigid schedule we minimize the role of chance in our lives. To a degree we protect ourselves from the nasty surprise - but not completely, as 'fate' always finds a way to introduce itself. But we also risk blinding ourselves to hidden opportunity.

By doing things the way they've always been done we help ensure that is the way they always will be done. But this is not the way that has seen mankind extend himself way beyond the capabilities of our animal brethren. The fruits of human progress we all enjoy today are the result of those who dared say the status quo could be bettered. Not every deviation from the straight and narrow will yield success. Indeed many paths are blind alleys. But without seeking we cannot find.

So, how might we invite the fortunate accident into our lives? The key is to loosen up a little. Make room for randomness. Don't always follow the same routine just because it's always been that way. Don't be afraid to (try to) fix what ain't broke.

Start simple. Stop organizing your life so rigidly; go with your instincts on the day. Read a different newspaper. Take a different route to work. Change your day for shopping/laundry/gym... Take up a new hobby. Read a different kind of book... And if those things don't bear fruit right away don't get despondent - Rome wasn't built in a day - keep the doors of opportunity open.

Johnny is the editor of new age spirituality - exploring the idea that this life, this world, is not the totality of our existence. In fact, it might be just one small part of something much bigger, just one tiny step along an infinite journey... Have your say on our forum the hang out.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

How to Create Mind Map With Tony Buzan's IMindMap Software By David Kendrick

There are probably hundreds of mind mapping softwares out there and recently, I have stumbled upon one and only mind mapping software endorsed by Tony Buzan himself. It is called the iMindMap.

In case you do not know who Tony Buzan is, he is the person who developed the concept and principle of mind mapping in the 60's.

In this article, I will be discussing how iMindMap can help you to create your very own mind maps, no matter how many maps you need. It is easy and it works exactly how it is supposed to be done.

Draw A Central Image

Usually a mind map is started off with a central image that represents that topic. It could be your holiday, diet, business, personal development or fashion, depending on which area of your life you want to put ideas on.

Let's take the example of diet for the purpose of this article. Imagine that you are sketching your diet plan, so you draw a central image that represents diet.

It could be a picture of a meal, a hunky lad, a photo of your desired Mr Universe or for ladies, a body of a supermodel. It does not matter what you put as a central image as long as it represents the topic of your map.

Create Main Branches

Now that you know that you need to work on your diet. However, there is no way you could achieve your diet goals unless you give yourself a clear and specific plans. In other words, how are you going to achieve the goals you have set?

This is where the main branches come in. Each main branch represents each main idea you are generating for your plan. When you do, make sure you use different colors for different branches.

For example, when you plan to go on a diet, you may choose to go for gym. So you draw a branch with blue color and label 'Gym' on it. Apart from going for gym, you may also consider going swimming. So you create another branch with yellow color and label 'Swim' on it.

Research shows the mind can unleash greater potential and it involves images, words and colors together. This is why creating the main branches is extremely important.

Create Sub- Branches

The sub branches you create represents the associated ideas and thoughts. Now that you know you are going for gym and swimming at the same time, these are the main branches you have created.

Now you need to be more specific when it comes to developing further sub-branches. For example, on the Gym main branch, you may develop one sub-branch with the label 'Where' and then you can continue to spread out your ideas (e.g. near your house or near office). Also, you can generate another sub-branch with the label 'When' and you continue the spread out the ideas like 'Monday before work' and 'Wednesday after work'.

At this point, you do not need to come out with different colors for the sub-branches. Use the same color you use for the main branch so that it will help you to remember, plan and organize more effectively.

Insert Images

Last but not least, you will need to insert images for every end result. Let's say you have a specific plan that you will go for gym on every Monday before work, then you can put an image that represents that plan. It could be a hunky lad standing in the office or just a building, whatever you need to help you remember what the image means to you.


The steps above are the exact steps you need to take in order to create any kind of mind maps. This principle developed by Tony Buzan has been made even easier through the only mind mapping software he endorses - iMindMap.

With countless of colors, images and keywords, you may create as many mind maps of your own and start to plan, organize and innovate your business, homework, companies, personal development and any areas you need to improve in life.

Buzan's iMindMap is the only mind mapping software that duplicates the exact mind mapping system invented by Tony Buzan. For a complete review on this software, please visit

Friday, May 22, 2009

Help Low Self Esteem With Easy to Learn Brainwave Entrainment By Jim Woodruff

If you've been battling negative thoughts, depression, anxiety, and feelings of worthlessness this is to help low self esteem problems. One way is to make use of modern technology with a method of brainwave entrainment using binaural beats recordings.

Binaural beats are recordings that are listened to with a set of stereo headphones. Tones with two different frequencies are input to each ear. The differential between these two frequencies can be controlled to cause the brain to actually "hear" this differential and to lower its own frequency to match it. This is called a "frequency following response" or brainwave entrainment.

Since the brain functions in four major frequency ranges (beta, alpha, theta, delta), it is therefore possible with the specially designed binaural beats recordings to cause the brain to lower itself (entrain) into the lower meditative ranges of theta and delta. This is the area where you enter the inner subconscious state in order to retrain your innermost thoughts.

With positive subliminal messages embedded in the binaural tones, you can now begin to overcome your negative and destructive thoughts. This is when you will begin to help low esteem problems.

By inputting positive suggestions into your subconscious, you will emerge with a different perspective on life's problems. Instead of being so negative on everything, you will be able to see things in a more positive light. Not only that, but you will feel more energetic and outgoing. Your friends and co-workers will notice the difference.

In addition to providing a means to help low esteem problems, specially designed binaural beat recordings can also help you overcome addictions such as smoking or alcoholism, and correct sleeping disorders. The process of brain entrainment is very easy to learn and can be conveniently used at almost any time that you can get a little peace and quiet.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

5 Ways to Creatively Handle Stress and Stay in Shape By Rick H. Carter

Fighting against stress sometimes feels like trying to herd cats. The harder you work, the behinder you get. And that means less time to workout and stay in shape. The result is that fighting against stress not only tires you out, but destroys your ability to recharge your batteries to maintain the fight. One of the overlooked bad health effects of stress is that it takes away your ability to fight against these bad effects.

Developing your creative problem solving can help you fight stress. Managing the effects of stress on your body means more than just battling how stress manifests itself in your health. It means creatively solving the problem causing the stress in the first place. This goes a long way towards managing the physical symptoms of anxiety attacks. Having a stress management system that uses creative problem solving to end the stress will give you the ability to stay in shape.

Here are 5 ways that using creative problem solving can maintain your health in the face of stress:

1. By removing the stress. Removing the stress allows you to get back to your routine sooner.
2. By coming up with alternatives that minimize the effects of stress on your life. This may mean having more time to workout, or it may mean less worry about the outcome, letting you concentrate on your health.
3. Getting other people involved in the solution. Creative problem solving is usually best done with a group focused on the problem. Very often, these people will then take up some of the fight against the stressor, freeing you up a little bit.
4. Approaching the problem objectively reduces your emotional investment. This in turn reduces your "fight or flight" reaction, which minimizes the wear and tear on your body systems.
5. Work your fitness into the stress solution. Know when you need physical or mental strength to maintain the fight, and focus your fitness routine on those moments.

Creative problem solving can sometimes give you the separation and objectivity necessary to work out an efficient solution to the stress. But using singular approaches, like meditation or time management, won't eliminate the symptoms of anxiety attacks and panic attacks that are so debilitating. Stress is very creative in how it attacks you. You should be equally creative in attacking it back.

Creative problem solving needs to be a key part of what you do to relieve stress. But this is rarely mentioned. Stress management stems that are built on techniques, like meditation or diet, cannot help you develop the creative skill necessary to solve the stress situation. Not using creativity is like reading the lines of the play without using the feedback from the fellow actors to help your interpretation. Each stress situation has opportunities for advancement and improvement. Using a comprehensive stress management system which includes creative problem solving and thinking throughout will improve your looks by eliminating the stress faster and easier.

Picture your life when stress is not a concern and where you are the leader in stressful situations. To see exactly how you can do this, go to What to do to relieve stress. STRESS JUDO was developed by Rick Carter, a trial lawyer and martial artist. The courtroom has emotional and intellectual stress, and the dojo and fight ring has physical and psychological stress. It was to handle these stresses that STRESS JUDO was developed, to give you a fighting chance against stress, to turn stressful situations into opportunities.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Inventive Principles - Using the Power of Substitution to Stimulate Imaginative Thinking by Michael Glen

One of the inventive principles you can use to stimulate creativity is substitution. It works like this: You are about to pound a nail into the wall, but you don't have a hammer. Instead, you employ a wrench for the purpose. Your child is watching and learns an important lesson about life- Imagination allows us to use an object in a manner that was never intended.

When a job is accomplished using tools that were not purpose-built for the task, the substituted objects are called "field expedients."

When I was a kid, my Dad worked in a mill in a large port city. He built various wooden structures still used in the large ocean-going vessels of the time. My father was a kind of 20th century ship's carpenter.

Good at what he did, his company saw an opportunity to promote its business by sending my father to an official competition, sponsored by the carpenter industry at large. I was so proud when Dad won the contest for the title of best carpenter in our state that year!

When I asked my father about the event, he told me the critical test that allowed him to best his competition was the "Field Expedients" section. Because he could not afford many tools in his youth, my father became adept at using his imagination to accomplish jobs without the "proper" equipment.

It is in our youth that we best learn inventive principles, especially through the practice of substitution.

Once I spent a golden summer on the beautiful island of Anguilla in the Caribbean. I remember a little girl about six years old, poor, barefoot and pushing a crude little set of wooden wheels in the sand, from the end of a stick she had fixed to a simple twig axle.

"What's that?" I asked her.

"It's a roller," she answered with an expression that indicated incredulity. How could an American be so dumb as not to comprehend a homemade rolling toy?

Children today rarely get the opportunity to use their minds at play. Substitutions are not necessary in a world where highly detailed toys leave nothing to the imagination. Nor does Dad lack for the correct piece of equipment for every job, and of course Mom has a kitchen absolutely stuffed with the latest gadgets for any contingency.

A potent way to teach inventive principles is to turn kids loose in a patch of woods, without their toys, but that just does not happen anymore, does it?

Perhaps our imaginations go dormant in part because we rarely find it necessary to imagine substitutions these days.

With his inventions website, Michael Glen explores the world of inventors and investigates the mysteries of creativity. In the process, he looks for innovative, unusual products that make advertising more a form of entertainment than a sales gimmick.

Friday, May 15, 2009

How to Tap the Power of Self Hypnosis to Effortlessly Achieve Anything You Want By George Hutton

Want to lose weight? Quit smoking? Easily and quickly get over approach anxiety so you can walk up to that gorgeous girl you've been dreaming of and sweep her off her feet? All these are easy to do once you master the art of self-hypnosis.

Self-hypnosis is a powerful way to train your brain to feel comfortable as you behave in new and empowering ways to get what you want in life

Because you are reading this, you are smart enough to realize that the power you crave is not only all in your head, but it is completely under your control.

Before we tackle those things above, lets learn a little bit about hypnosis. When you put yourself in a relaxed, almost sleepy state, you turning off your 'critical factor'. Your critical factor is that voice that disagrees with you when you say nice things to yourself. It's that voice that tells you you'd better be careful when you think of something that you want. It's that voice that tells you it's too dangerous to try something new, even though you really want it.

In short, putting yourself in a relaxed state of self-hypnosis is a way to get that little voice to shut up so you can take on new skills and abilities and behaviors.

Here's now to do it. Find a relatively quiet space, away form ringing phones, or barking dogs, or interrupting co-workers. Sit in a relaxing chair, both feet on the floor, arms at your sides. I usually sit with my elbows bent, and my palms open, facing up. Take a deep breath, and as you slowly let it out, close your eyes.

When you inhale, say to yourself, "I am," and breath in slowly. When you exhale, say to yourself "....relaxed." Do this five or six times. Each time you exhale, imagine your whole body turning into a giant rubber band. Or a dishrag, or a rag doll that has been soaked in warm relaxing water. If you want, you can focus on your body parts, starting with your feet. So instead of saying "I am relaxed," you would say "My feet are relaxed, my legs are relaxed...." all the way up to your head.

When you become completely relaxed, you are ready to start reprogramming your mind however you like. Focus on positive statements you want to achieve. Remember, like anything else, this takes patience and discipline. To get the really good results you want, you have to practice this consistently. It only takes a few minutes, and it will drastically reduce your stress, as a side benefit. The more often you do it, the greater your life will improve In future articles I'll be telling you exactly what to say based on what you want to achieve, or you can read my blog and see the hundreds of free articles designed to help you easily improve your life and effortlessly get what you want.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Why Do Some Leaders Seem to Draw Charismatic and Magnetic People to Them Without Even Trying?By Kathy Munslow

We probably all know someone who seems to draw charismatic and magnetic people to them from everywhere without even trying. And often times these people will go on to achieve massive results in their lives. Ever wondered what their secret is? What makes them stand out from the crowd? Let's look at a few leaders and see if we can find some common ground.

Richard Branson was around 15 years of age when he decided he wanted to give the students a voice. He proceeded to sell ad space for a magazine that didn't even exist. And he got buy in. He then went on to start a small mail order record business to provide cheap music. This later became Virgin Records.

Warren Buffet had about $100 when he spotted his first investment house, which was going to cost over $100,000. He faced some fierce opposition along the way, but he now has a net worth of multi billions.

Donald Trump's first investment was the Commodore hotel. It was totally run down and had a shocking reputation, as part of it was a massage parlour. Not only did he get buy in from multiple parties, one of them was the city!

So all these leaders have fought the odds and won. But how?

The first thing they quite obviously had was a clear dream and vision of what they wanted. Even against the odds, they had to truly believe their goal was achievable. But that was only part of the equation. You see in all of these cases, they also had to get the buy in from other people. They had to get other people to believe that their dream was worth investing in.

Charismatic and magnetic leaders can bring people together who not only control and believe in their own destiny, but they also spur others on to achieve massive results through their beliefs. This is when you get synergy among people, and synergy is a powerful force. When you get groups of people working synergistically towards a common goal, you often see results that are 100, or even 1000 times beyond what they could achieve if they were working alone.

This is in line with J. Paul Getty's saying "I'd rather have 1% of 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own effort".

So believe in your dreams, and then convince others that your dream is worth investing in. Once you start the wheels of synergy in motion it can become an unstoppable beast!

Kathy Munslow is an internet marketer and mentor, who loves helping others achieve greater levels of success in their lives. To find out more about Kathy and what she does, visit

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How to Reach Peak Performance - How to Be the Best You Can BeBy Dr. Raymond Comeau

How well or how badly we perform at any given moment depends mostly on the state of mind we were in at the time. Understanding that premise and understanding it well could be one of the most powerful lesson that we'll ever learn in our lifetime.

Have you ever said anything, or come up with an idea that was simply brilliant? A time when you were so proud of yourself? And can you remember times when you said something that was silly beyond beliefs? Of course you can. So, what made the difference between these two incidents?

The difference was due to the state of mind that you were while those occurrences were taking place. In the first case, the one that you were so proud of, you were in a great and empowering state of mind. In the second case, where you could not believe how silly you could have been, you were simply in a silly state of mind.

The state of mind is the regulator of our performances. That is what makes the difference between acting brilliantly and being just plain dumb.

That fact is seen every day in professional sports. Two teams of almost equal talent and ability will compete and the team that will win will be the one who's player had the best attitude or the best state of mind. It is true in sport, it is also true in everyday life.

The state of mind is the determining factor in the quality of of every performances. A great state of mind will produce fantastic results while a so-so state of mind will produce questionable results.

The question then becomes, "how can we increase the quality of the state of mind that we are currently are in?" How can we change a low key state of mind into a dynamic, energetic and most empowering one?

The state of mind is most influenced by three factors.

1. What we focus on.

2. What things mean for us.

3. Our body posture.

If we focus on something that is positive, exciting and uplifting, those neurons in our brain will get all fired up and our mood will follow suit. Our state of mind will also be positive, excited and uplifted. On the other hand, if we focus on the bad and the ugly, so will our state of mind.

Shakespeare said, "Nothing is either good or bad but out thinking makes it so." We get to decide what things or events mean for us and if we chose to color positively any situation, the quality of our state of mind will automatically be uplifted.

And, last but not least, one of the most effective way of empowering our state of mind is, through body posture.

At any given moment, small receptors throughout our body are sending signals to the brain signaling information about our posture. If we are standing straight and erect with an air of confidence, that's the message that the brain will receive. On the other hand, if we stand and have the posture of someone who is down and defeated, that's also the message that the brain will receive.

By altering our body posture we can directly affect our state of mind. Great posture, great state of mind. Great posture accompanied by well chosen focus and a positive outlook on whatever is affecting us in the present will create a fantastic state of mind. That state of mind will then determine the quality of our performances.

It's not always how intelligent, how smart or how educated we are that matters most in how we perform. All these factors will be under the influence of our state of mind. So, if we want to perform to the highest level that we are capable of, the first thing that needs attention is our state of mind. The quality of the performance always depends on it.

Dr. Raymond Comeau aka Shamou is the Author of ShamouBlog and Administrator of Personal Development for Personal Success Forums

Monday, April 27, 2009

What is Leadership? By Jayant Row

Leadership is an intangible skill that cannot be measured. It is a skill that is rare by virtue of it being a very difficult one to master. For every organization leadership is very crucial and can quite often make the difference between a good organization and an excellent one.

A good organization is one which is correctly staffed, correctly equipped and correctly funded. This combination itself can make a corporation into a successful one. But if an organization or corporation has to touch the heights of excellence and become a leader in its field it also needs to be correctly lead.

Leadership requires that problems are met with courage and inspiration rather than in a dominating or blustering manner which can only intimidate people. You need to show a true understanding of the problem and the circumstances that created it. You need to look for solutions first before you launch an inquiry into the reasons for the problem. This sort of handling of the situation is more likely to get you the full cooperation of all concerned, who will understand that they have a leader who understands the situation. A true leader will also introspect to see whether it is his own failure in not providing the correct inputs that have led to the problem or failure.

Leadership requires that you respect the inputs and expertise of each of your team members and involve them n each of the decisions you take without in any way undermining your authority. It should be clear to all your team members that even though each of them has been asked for their opinions, the final decision is yours as a leader. It should also be obvious to the team that you also take full responsibility for the decisions taken even though the inputs on which you base your decision have come from them.

Leadership requires that you wear your leadership mantle lightly and do not impose your will on others. Your team will respect you all the more if they can be sure that you will get down on the shop floor and work with them instead of just sitting in your office and giving orders. As a leader you must always be capable of executing any of the instructions that you give. Once you have this set of mind you will automatically understand the problems or difficulties that a junior staffer has to bring your ideas to fruition, and will probably accept a modification if it is so required.

Leadership means being totally involved in the task before you. This does not mean just the technical, commercial or financial aspects of it, but also in the human resources that you lead. Each and everyone of your team must feel that they have in their leader someone who will look after their well being and welfare in every way, without their having to make any requests. A leader ensures that his team members come to work on time, put in the maximum effort on the job and are also well compensated in time and money for the efforts that they put in.

Writing is a hobby which I have picked up again after being away from it for a couple of decades. Four decades actually while I was busy with a career as a civil engineer. Whether I will be successful and be able to earn some money from writing I do not know. But one thing is certain. The hours of the day go by quite easily when I am writing and reading, and that is how I would like the rest of my life to be. I write on almost any topic that interest me, and my articles are on view on the web. I can be contacted at

Friday, April 24, 2009

Time Management and Prioritizing By Dr. Raymond Comeau

While I was active on the Anthony Robbins Web Community Forums I was always amazed at seeing comments from some of the members complaining that Robbins was not spending time on his own site. After ten years, Tony had a grand total of two posts and he probably did not even write those himself.

What these complainers did not understand is that Tony's time is probably worth ten of thousands of dollars an hour. In case you did not know it the guy is worth in the neighborhood of a billion dollars. So, when you navigate in that stratosphere you have to prioritize your time. You have to concentrate on the major and forget the minor.

Being productive requires prioritizing the available time first and then it means being on focus. A definite objective needs to be established followed by a specific plan and finally, a controlled execution of the plan has to be directed.

The main roadblock to productivity is procrastination. In any major endeavor there will be some stumbling blocks and some major problems. That's when procrastination shows it ugly head. Taking the easy road is the natural thing to do, so, when facing a stone wall, the natural tendency is to be distracted and concentrate on matters that are not relevant to the progression of the project on hand.

Work does not necessarily mean productivity. I have coached many up and coming young lions who were committed to succeed in business or in their professional life. One of the major point that had to be stressed with these guys was that there is a huge difference between business and busy-ness. Fussing over which tie should be worn today is not productive time. Planning an important phone call that could result in a big contract is quality and productive time.

Time and energy are restricted assets. They must be well invested. To accomplish that productively we must take on two roles. We must be the director and the manager of our time. The director's role is to determine to road or path that will lead to the objective sought and the manager's job is to make sure that we stay on that path.

Lastly, if we want to be productive, we must concentrate on our sphere of influence and not on our sphere of concerns. This needs a bit of explaining. We are surrounded by things over which we have control, that's our sphere of influence and we are also surrounded with things over which we have no control and that our sphere of concerns.

Needless to say that whatever time spent worrying over our sphere of concerns or the things that we cannot change is a total waste of time and energy. To be really productive, we have to be disciplined which also means having control over our mind and the best way to exercise that discipline is by staying focus on what we can change and stop worrying over what can happen to us.

To succeed in any endeavor, we must be productive and to be productive we must be proactive in prioritizing, in managing procrastination and in exercising focus control. Time is money and the way that we use our time will determine the amount of money that we will earn. Simple application, huge results.

Dr. Raymond Comeau aka Shamou is the Author of ShamouBlog and Administrator of Personal Development for Personal Success Forums.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Memory Improvement - How the Loci System Helps By David Starks

There are many concepts that people use for memory improvement. There are many methods to choose from, but there is one that has been around since the test of time. The Loci method is so ancient that orators of the Greek and Roman countries used it for memorizing speeches and lists that were lengthy.

The word loci means location or place. So to use the Loci method requires you to remember places or locations. You would have to picture them in your head. It could be anywhere and it doesn't have to be somewhere that you are familiar with.

The Loci method is one of the mnemonic systems that is used for memory improvement. A mnemonic system is one that helps to improve the memory. When using this method, you can look at a park, house, backyard, kitchen, or anything that will help you to remember.

The Loci method works better when you have more than one thing that you need to implement for memory improvement. You should familiarize yourself with that place or location that you need to remember.

So if you need to remember a house, you may look at grass that surrounds the house. You may also look at the roof and if there is a gate, you can look at that also. In order to implement memory improvement techniques with the house, you would think about the grass that needs to be maintained and the roof that should remain sturdy.

Or, if you feel the grass needs to be cut, you will get the lawn mower and cut it. You don't want to have grass that is growing as tall as weeds. If you want, you can look at a garbage can and connect that with the house.

You want to know that the house is still there, so associating grass, the roof and the garbage can are ways that you can do that. You know that they will always be there so you can't miss their presence. Plus, you know that you will have to take action on them at some point and time, so you have no choice but to keep them in the forefront of your mind.

Sometimes, using this mnemonic method can be strange, but as long as it effects memory improvement in a positive way, then you would definitely benefit from it.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Relaxation Techniques, Anyone? The Top 3 Techniques to Calm the Mind By Outarow Chuong

If there's one disadvantage of existing in a fast-paced world, that is none other than your mind being constantly on a roll. Whether it's the stress of your job or the pressures of your home life which is constantly eating at you, it is high time to give your mind some time to rest and relax.

Fortunately, there are a lot of techniques which can be used to calm not just the mind, but the body as well. Remember that there is no one way which works for e everyone, so try these individual techniques and stick to the one which works best for you.

1. Guided imagery relaxation technique

As the name implies, this trick of relaxing the mind is performed by using images to guide you into a quiet, relaxing and soothing place.

The best way to do this is by lying down and allowing your senses to escape to somewhere calm and quite. Whether it's the soothing image of the gentle trickling of liquid in a waterfall, or the sound of the waves on a sandy white beach - you have the freedom to choose that guided imagery that will help calm you down.

2. Quiet ears relaxation technique

In this relaxation technique, what you will be doing is to lie down and allow your body to physically relax. Once you are in a relaxed state, close your eyes, place your hands behind your head and put your thumbs behind your ears so as to close the ear canal.

Don't worry if you will hear a high-pitched, rushing sound - that's a normal reaction. By tuning everything else out, you will be able to relax your mind and your body should follow suit.

3. White noise relaxation technique

When you turn the radio dial in such a way that the frequency is in between two radio stations, you will get what is called a white noise. For most people, white noise does have a masking effect which is likened to the soothing sound of the rain or the wind beneath the trees in a forest.

A lot of people find the white noise relaxation technique to be incredibly effective in calming their minds and bodies down.

Take your pick from these relaxation techniques as you escape to a world that is all your own, and allow both your mind and body to relax.

Outarow Chuong has been involved in alternative health since 1997, and is currently writing health articles related to anti wrinkle cream, and anti aging wrinkle cream.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Living Sober By Patrick Meninga

The whole key to living sober is to find a way to push yourself to keep growing in your recovery. This really is the secret to long term success in recovery because the number one enemy is complacency. After we have been sober for a while, avoiding the drink on a daily basis becomes automatic. This is what becomes dangerous because then we end up getting comfortable with our sobriety. We have to find a way to stay on our toes.

One way to do this is to focus on holistic growth. This means that we try to find new areas of our life in which we can grow. For example, you might push yourself to start exercising again, or to go back to college and finish a degree. Or you might try to quit smoking or lose weight. These are all examples of different ways that we can grow in our recovery. Are they critical for staying sober? No, none of them will have a direct impact on your sobriety. However, in the long run, they will all help you in terms of overcoming complacency, because you will constantly be challenging yourself to improve as a person. If you do not find a way to tap into this continuous growth then you run the risk of relapse.

Another way to tap into the secret of long term sobriety is to start working with other recovering alcoholics. This is one of the most powerful things you can do in your recovery because it is like having an automatic level of insurance against relapse. It is very difficult for someone to relapse if they are working with other alcoholics every day. The reason for this is that we help strengthen our own recovery by an immeasurable amount when we help others in recovery. Thus, this is one of the big secrets of living sober. Help others with sobriety and you will help yourself.

If you want to stay sober in the long run then you have to stay humble and remain teachable. There is always new stuff to learn in recovery about how to live a successful life in sobriety and if you are not open to learning new things then you will miss out on the type of information that could prevent you from relapsing some day. This is part of the natural ebb and flow process of living sober. You meet new challenges in sobriety but you also learn new things in order to help you overcome those challenges.

So what is the best route to find success in long term sobriety? Here are some suggestions for you to follow:

1) Help other alcoholics on a regular basis. Find a way to reach out that fits your life and your personality.

2) Push yourself to keep growing in recovery. What goals are you working on lately? If you don't have any then you should get some.

3) Remain teachable in recovery. Don't cut yourself off from gaining new knowledge about how to live sober. We are always learning more.

4) Find new paths to explore. Don't limit yourself to growth in one area (such as spiritual growth). Instead, seek to grow in many areas of your life. This will ensure that you do not stagnate in your recovery.

Follow these guidelines and you should stay active in your new life. Really this is the tip of the iceberg and there are many other facets to living sober in recovery.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Why the World Desperately Needs You to Be As Creative As You Can Be By Dan Goodwin Platinum Quality Author

A common reason why many of us don't create more, is that we feel it's selfish to spend time just on ourselves, doing something we enjoy.

With all the other demands on us, and a seemingly endless list of chores and tasks constantly mounting up, it seems one of the last things we should be doing is something as indulgent as creating art.

Ever feel this way yourself?

The misconception we have, unfortunately, is that our creative time, and all that comes from it, has no purpose other than to make ourselves feel better.

With no other positive benefits whatsoever.

Because we have this misconception, it means we never really enjoy creating, even when do manage to find time, as we always have one eye on the clock, wondering how much longer this "selfishness" can continue, before we have to return to doing "more important" things, or to doing what we're "supposed" to be doing.

Again, how often do you relate to this scenario?

What we overlook is how far reaching an effect us creating actually has. And how influential we can be, in a positive way, to others around us, and other artists.

On the simplest level, when we create freely and enjoy exploring and experimenting with our art, we feel better about ourselves, and the world.

This positive glow can't help but radiate out into our immediate environment, our family, friends, and colleagues will all find us a happier person to be around, instead of an endlessly frustrated and resentful artist.

On another level, by creating regularly we send out a strong message to the world that this is OK, it's "allowed".

Say you went to a coffee shop once every weekend to spend some time writing. Say another person, a woman who used to write prolifically but has not put pen to paper in years, sees you each weekend, lost in your writing, as she sits drinking her coffee and pondering the world.

It might take a month, or 6 months, but eventually this lady can't resist or deny her urge to write any longer, and the next time you see her in the coffee shop, she too comes with pen and journal and begins a regular writing routine. Without even speaking to this woman, just your act of regularly showing up to create enabled her to give herself permission to do the same, after all these years. You've saved her writing life. And you can't place a value on that.

A third level we influence the world around us when we create, is through our art itself.

You no doubt have created work you're very proud of in the past, and are perfectly capable of creating equally rewarding art in the future. Others who see your work are inspired in a way you can't predict or imagine. And it's often the work you don't give much credit or value that can be a crucial inspiration to someone else.

I remember sharing some poems in an online writing community, written years apart to show how my writing had evolved. The early poem, that I placed very little worth in, actually had more positive comments, and touched more people, than the later, more sophisticated work that I was very proud of.

You can't predict or tell people - your audience - how to appreciate or interpret your work.

All you can do is show up and create, day after day, and get your art out into the world, piece by piece.

These three levels we've talked about - the happiness you get from creating radiating out to those around you, the motivation and permission other people get from seeing you consistently show up to create, and the inspiration people take from your art itself - are three compelling reasons why the world desperately needs you to be as creative as you can be.

Forget those misguided thoughts of creativity being selfish, and give yourself, and the world, just what it needs - you at your most wonderfully creative.

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