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Personal Applications

Many of us believe that various thinking techniques can be mainly applied to some professional field. At work we long for better organization of meetings, process of generating ideas and collective decision-making. At the same time, we seem quite slow at applying our skills to personal issues. We spend hours reflecting on problems and analyzing facts. We keep thinking over them in our minds instead of sitting down for five minutes to sketch pros and cons or brainstorm a solution.

However, problems we face in daily life may turn more complex and important than professional ones. The solutions we find may seriously influence such vital issues like family well-being, health and plainly personal happiness. The brainstorming and mind mapping techniques are quite helpful in finding answers to many personal questions. Brainstorming is a technique simple by essence. It is based on the concept of relaxing and freeing your mind from any critical judgments in order to generate as many ideas, solutions or variants as possible for a short period of time. They may as well be variants of solutions to your problem, list of your strong sides or just ideas as for a picnic. Whatever the topic is, brainstorming allows generating of maximum number of diverse ideas: funny, non-standard, and sometimes even crazy ones. Work with mind maps is another good method for memorizing large amount of information, for analyzing numerous variants and their possible outcomes to help you make the only right decision. Mind map is a kind of tree full of ideas. In the center there is main topic with spreading branches which represent related ideas. Main branches may have their own child branches. Both brainstorming and mindmapping techniques suggest a more creative approach to solving personal issues. They help to make your life and your relations a lot brighter and far more interesting. And finally, they help focus on the field that constantly evades our attention and find the long awaited balance between our work and personal life. The use of thinking techniques for solving problems minimizes negative emotions and helps us get focused on search for solutions and not on the problem itself. The search process is positive by itself and helps eliminate negative emotions connected with the problem. There can be many applications for these techniques in our life. Here are just some of them:

– Set goals;
– Generate methods for achieving goals;
– Create a plan for career development;
– Analyze one’s week and strong sides;
– Generate a celebration speech;
– Choose a present for a friend;
– and many other.

Zhadanov Igor

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Should Joe Maddon be upset with Terry Francona for not choosing him for the All-Star Coaching Staff?

Tampa Bay is on top of the AL East and Terry picks Joe Girardi! I realize the game is in the Bronx this year, but Maddon deserved recognition for the team’s early success.

1. He has to choose Girardi the game is in NEW YORK.

2. Who gives a s*** about managing the All Star game Focus on the Tampa Bay Rays and if they stay in 1st and make the playoffs he won;t care.

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The Individualist, The Altruist And The Call To Sacrifice

With the economy unraveling I’m sure that altruists, do-gooders and world-improvers will put out the call for sacrifice. They will claim “those that have must help those who need.” You know the old Karl Marx belief promoting communism-which never considers that needs are unlimited and resources are scarce. After all, we are suffering through a national economic crisis. It is a person’s patriotic duty to sacrifice for the common good. Since some intransigent individuals might believe they have the right to their life, liberty and property it is necessary that the “benefactors” of mankind enlist the help of their political hacks (politicians). The government must exercise its power of violent compulsion and coercion-forcing these intransigent individuals, these “enemies” of the state to comply.

The Altruist

The altruist pretends that he loves humanity. He is its benefactor. However he supports the anti-life social systems of socialism and government interventionism. Since it is evident that socialism has always slummed in the house of ill repute, he now concentrates most of his efforts on “improving” capitalism. He advocates massive interventions on the marketplace-fooling himself and tricking the hapless masses into believe these measures actually benefit them. Heck, his propaganda tactics are so effective that even capitalists, entrepreneurs and investors believe interventions in the form of bailouts are good for the economy. They, along with the masses, don’t realize that they are supporting the expropriation of their wealth.

Scratch an altruist and you discover that he actually hates the individual. Why else would he recommend policies and procedures that ruin the lives of many hard working, productive people. The altruist feeds off the negative emotions of needy people. He first attempts to devour the productive ones-although many are too hardy and resistant to succumb to his cannibalism-then he devours the very same people he claims he is helping. The individualist doesn’t need the altruist to survive and thrive. In fact the self-reliant individual sees the altruist for what he is-a parasite that lives off the efforts of productive people.

If you want to know why our economy is quickly crashing down-turning our once great nation into a wasteland-you don’t have to look very far. It is the anti-life philosophy of altruism-institutionalized as a political system-that caused the stinking, rotten mess.

You may vehemently protest my analysis of altruism-telling me that the altruist has good intentions-that he actually desires to help people. I could quote the old cliché’ “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” However I have a few questions. Since social altruism causes horrible consequences for all involved why does the altruist insist on meandering down the same ill-fated road? If he really loves human beings, why does he keep enforcing policies that destroy their lives? Why does he support the anti-life social systems of socialism and government interventionism? Why does he continually violate an individual’s life, liberty and property?

The Individualist

The individualist is the very person the world depends on for survival and progress. The individualist practices the philosophy of rational selfishness. He uses his reasoning abilities and the power of his intuition to take purposeful action to achieve his goals and desires. (By the way, feel free to substitute the word she for he.) He opposes the anti-life philosophy of altruism. He disdains irrational selfishness because he knows that it is self-defeating and quite often self-destructive. Since he believes in self-responsibility and self-reliance he supports the social system of Laissez faire (unhampered) capitalism.

Although the individualist uncompromisingly opposes social altruism he is benevolent in his dealings with others. He believes in trading value for value. He would never purposely violate another’s life, liberty and property. Of course, since he is human he makes some mistakes-but far fewer than the altruist or the irrationally selfish individual. The individualist possesses reasoning and intuitive powers to guide him.

The individualist is happy to offer a helping hand to those who can benefit from the relationship. This may surprise some-who accepting the propaganda of altruists-may think that the individualist is a selfish brute. This is a myth. However, he does oppose helping those who refuse to help themselves. He doesn’t believe in rendering people helpless by taking away their self-reliance. He knows that altruists, do-gooders and world-improvers have viciously destroyed the self-reliance and self-responsibility of millions upon millions of people. He believes that this is one of the greatest evils ever foisted on mankind.

Whether the individualist calls himself an atheist, a New Age metaphysician or practices some other spiritual discipline, he is at peace with the universe. You will never hear him cry and moan because he is alienated from reality or from God. He is connected to reality and is in harmony with his nature as a spiritual being having a physical experience.

He is goal oriented and works diligently to achieve his goals and desires. He is an optimistic person who overcomes the blocks and obstacles that come his way unbidden. Should he meet with temporary defeat he applies the wisdom of Napoleon Hill “Adversity has within it the seeds of an equivalent or greater benefit.” And most of all he experiences the joy of his existence and enjoys many of the Libertarian Pleasures life has to offer.

The Call to Sacrifice

There is no reason to think you are obligated to help people on a collective level. In reality there is no such thing as the “collective”. There are only individuals. All actions begin with the individual. Even when people are working together as a team-it is still the actions of individuals that determine the course of action and the results achieved.

It is fine to help people on an individual level. You decide what your values are and act accordingly. If helping someone corresponds to your value system then by all means do it. It will give you much pleasure. It may supply the person you help with great satisfaction. It is a value for value exchange.

When somebody tells you that you should do something for the benefit of the “collective” or for the good of “society’ they are conning you into to sacrificing your best interest for something that has no reality of its own. What they actually mean is: You are to sacrifice your best interest for mine.

Altruists in their roles as politicians and propaganda specialists will definitely put out the call to sacrifice-your sacrifice. Our current economic crisis is due to the greed and avarice of the political establishment and their favorite sons. They caused our economic calamity through easy Federal Reserve money, which is destroying years of the hard work and savings of the productive individual. I explain this process of wealth destructive in some of my other articles.

Resist their call to sacrifice. Live for that which is just and sublime. Reject all government intervention on the marketplace. Demand that we adopt the system of Laissez faire capitalism. And most of all-live for your own sake.

Robert A. Meyer

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Tools You Need to Plan Your Wedding

In this video clip we sit down with a wedding coach for some tips and advice to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams.

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Does anyone know any life coaching certification programs?

I am interested in getting involved in life coaching. I am going to be graduating soon with a recreation management degree and am wondering what people recommend as steps to get started in the life-coaching businesses. Are there any well-known certifications/programs that are suggested to take? Any help would be great! Thank you.

I have seen several online ads for such things. I believe a google search would help.

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Some Great Stress Relief Tips

Knowing how to reduce stress is extremely important. Every day we all find something that makes us a bit stressed and knowing how to reduce it is very helpful.
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Beyond Positive Thinking

As a personal development coach, I do a lot of talking about positive thinking, and I know very well how important it is in changing your habitual way of thinking (and the results you are getting in life). But real change requires more than positive thinking. It requires “extreme repetition.”

I’ve spoken before about going ‘beyond positive thinking” and many people have emailed to ask about the best methods of staying in a positive state of mind, and how they can best help the process along.

One method that is very effective is to use affirmation programs that shift your state of mind and provide you with massive amounts of positive suggestion and commands. These definitely make a difference–I’ve used one for over ywo years now with great results.

The two most popular of these programs are Mindzoom, and Affirmware’s Sculptor 3, both of which are great programs (I personally use Sculptor 3, but Mindzoom has it’s fans too).

The real benefit of these programs is that they provide you with a relentless repetition of the “right” messages. The key word in that last sentence is “repetition,” because that’s what it’s all about–relentless repetition.

Imagine being exposed to positive, affirming messages one day a week, and then back to the same of negative stuff the rest of the week. How much good is that really going to do you? Probably not much. Of course, it is better than nothing, but you’re certainly not going to get the dramatic results you want.

Now imagine being exposed to positive, affirming messages six days a week, and the old negative crap only one day a week. Do you think your state of mind is going to be much, much better? Do you think your self-esteem and confidence would increase substantially? I guarantee you it will. “Repetition is the mother of all skill,”as the old saying goes. And it is just as true wityh posotve thinking as it is with riding a bike.

“What we are exposed to on a consistent basis is what we become.”

Ever wonder why most criminals come out of prison worse than when they went in? Think about what they are exposed to on a consistent basis. It’s common sense really: whatever you are are exposed to with extreme repetition WILL influence your life. The more repetition, the more influence it will have on you.

Take advantage of any and all positive information you can: software programs, positive books, audios, seminars, and of course, be around as many positive people as you can.

Remember, extreme repetition is how people change. Use every resource you can to get the “right ideas” into your head, and then repeat them relentlessly. If you use affirmations, repeat those relentlessly too. At a certain point, all this positive information will overwhelm your old, critical voice, and it’ll fade away into the sunset.

Jon Mercer

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Tips For Positive Thinking?! I cant do it!?

I am trying my best to try positive thinking, but my mind is soo messed up it makes me think of all the negative stuff immediatly and makes me feel lazy and delirious. I cant do it and i just mess everything up and i cant concentrate now!

I am a MASTER of positive thinking. You didn’t post any specific thoughts in your post. There is soo much. Click on my prof and send me a msg via messenger, and give me some specific negative thoughts, and we’ll run through em -_-; GOOD LUCK TO YA !!!!!!!!

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I Love Touring Paris – the Historic Eighteenth Arrondissement

The 18th arrondissement of northern Paris is located on the Right Bank of the Seine River. Its land area is about 2.3 square miles (a sliver over six square kilometers). The population is one hundred eighty five thousand and the area is home to about seventy thousand jobs.

The distinctive Moulin Rouge (Red Mill or windmill) is the central highlight of this historic district. It is one of the world’s best-known nightclubs or to use the French term, cabaret. The Moulin Rouge was built in 1889 by the owner of the Olympia, Paris’s oldest music hall located in the neighboring ninth district. You can’t miss this building because of the imitation red windmill on the roof. Josephine Baker, Frank Sinatra, Mistinguett, Edith Piaf, and many other famous entertainers regularly played the Moulin Rouge. The story has it that Elvis had a crush on a can-can dancer and never went to Paris without stopping at the Moulin Rouge.

This cabaret’s most unusual star was undoubtedly Joseph Pujol, who performed under the name Le Petomane. His act consisted of “singing” from a rather unexpected body opening. His “songs” included the French National Anthem, La Marseillaise, and an imitation of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. I’m told Sigmund Freud used to catch his act. Believe it or not, for many years Pujol was the highest-paid entertainer in France. A present-day British comedian Mr. Methane dressed like a superhero does the same sort of thing, but to my knowledge has not played the Moulin Rouge.

This historic cabaret, arguably the site where striptease was born, has been immortalized in paintings by Toulouse Lautrec and to a lesser extent by two films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award, the 1952 version starring Jose Ferrer and Zsa-Zsa Gabor and the 2001 version starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman.

Butte Montmartre is a hill about four hundred feet (one hundred thirty meters) high not very much more than a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Moulin Rouge. Its height and natural beauty have attracted religious ceremonies since time immemorial. Montmartre was probably used for druid ceremonies in the distant past. It once hosted a temple to the Roman god of war Mars. Saint Denis, the Bishop of Paris and the patron saint of France, founded a church there before he was martyred in the mid-Third Century. His church, the relatively unknown Saint Pierre de Montmartre, claims to be the founding location of the Jesuit order of priests. You are more likely to visit the hill’s other church, the Basilica du Sacre Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) described below.

The area itself was the site of the first Paris Commune insurrection in 1870-1871 and its former gypsum mines serve as unmarked tombs for many partisans of this French revolution. The whole affair was pretty bloody and the Archbishop of Paris was one of its many martyrs. When Paris was reconstructed in the Eighteenth Century by Napoleon III and his minion Baron Hausmann, the poor people of Paris were driven out of the city center to Montmartre and other parts of the outskirts.

From the late Nineteenth Century until the end of World War One Montmartre was home to the artists and their milieu. Among those who hung their hats in Montmartre were Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh. The list goes on and on. In later years the artistic center of Paris, and in fact the world, switched from Montmartre to Montparnasse located in the south of Paris. In 1965 in his famous song La Boheme the popular French singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour tells the story of a painter reminiscing about his youth in a Montmartre that has ceased to exist: Je ne reconnais plus/Ni les murs, ni les rues/Qui ont vu ma jeunesse/En haut d’un escalier/Je cherche l’atelier/Dont plus rien ne subsiste/Dans son nouveau decor/Montmartre semble triste/Et les lilas sont morts (‘I no longer recognize/Neither the walls nor the streets/That had seen my youth/At the top of a staircase/I look for an atelier/Of which nothing survives/In its new decor/Montmartre seems sad/And the lilacs are dead’).

Montmartre is no longer bohemian. But what is? If you stroll around the Place du Tertre you won’t have any trouble finding artists, some of whom are struggling. Many renowned artists and other cultural figures such as Jacques Offenbach and Francois Truffault are buried in the Cimetiere de Montmartre (Montmartre Cemetery).

In 1873 Paris city council expropriated land at the summit of Montmartre for the construction of the Basilica. The foundation stone was laid in 1875 and the church was opened for services in 1891. The Basilica was only completed in 1914, and formally dedicated after the end of World War I. Go to top of the dome for a spectacular panoramic view of Paris, which lies mostly to the south. The church and its surroundings have often starred in films, most recently the 2001 movie Amelie. You may want to take the funicular (cable-car) to get to the top of the hill.

Among Montmartre’s museums you will find the Musee de Montmartre, the house where the painter Maurice Utrillo lived and worked in a second-floor studio. Several other well-known artists including Pierre-Auguste Renoir lived here. In 1990 his painting Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre featuring local people sold for more than $78 million. You might also want to stop by the Espace Dalí, a museum devoted to the famous Spanish painter Salavdor Dalí. More extensive collections of his work are found in Figueres, Spain and Saint Petersburg, Florida. Another museum is the Musee de l’erotisme in the nearby Pigalle section of the district. Do you need a translation?

When we launched this series we promised you a Paris vineyard. The fifteenth arrondissement in southern Paris also hosts a vineyard. But Montmartre’s vineyard is much more famous. Local intellectuals planted the vineyard in 1934. They chose a northern exposure (is Paris really that hot, temperature wise?) and organized the first grape picking a year after the planting, about three years too early. This ceremony attracted both the President of the French Republic and the Minister of Agriculture. With the exception of the World War II years, every October the grapes are picked and wine is made in the cellar of the Mairie (the local City Hall). Local artists paint labels for the bottles, sold in April at a charity auction. Yet one more reason to visit Paris and Montmartre in the spring.

Of course you don’t want to tour Paris without sampling fine French wine and food. Let me suggest a sample menu: Start with Foie Gras avec Gelee de Viognier (Goose Liver Pate with Viognier Jelly). For your second course savor Chevreau a l’Ail et Herbes Sauvages (Baby Goat with Garlic and Wild Herbs). And as dessert indulge yourself with Granite aux Pommes et Calvados (Apple and Calvados Ice). Your Parisian sommelier (wine steward) will be happy to suggest appropriate wines to accompany each course.

Levi Reiss

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How To Anchor with NLP

There are lots of bad demonstrations and myths about anchoring. This post banishes t he myths and explains how it works and how you can use it.

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