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Memory Training even Better the 2nd Time
by On March 31, 2010

memory trainingIf you have taken the Memory Training Workshop, you know how exciting and amazing it is (and if you have not attended, what are you waiting for! Get enrolled.)

People often attend for a second time and cannot believe how much MORE they enjoyed it and learned.

Considering what people say after taking the workshop once, I did not think it was possible to love the workshop even more, but here are two recent graduate’s testimonials as proof.

If you have already attended the Memory Training Workshop and would like to attend again, please call 888-233-0407 to reserve your seat at no charge.

“This is my second time taking this workshop. It is still the best, most useful seminar, workshop, boot camp, etc that I have ever attended. I have gotten more out of this than all my other courses combined. I highly recommend it to everyone!”

– Annie Trajlinek, President, New England Real Estate Investors Association

“I attended the class for a second time so I could attend with my daughter. It really reinforced the skills I learned the first time and I was amazed at how much I had really remembered. One thing I observed that I missed before was Roger’s [the instructor] style of positive reinforcement. That was so effective in taking the pressure off the exercises and how well the students preformed. That was an excellent method to take the stress off your memory.”

Karen Miller, Office Manager, A & J Specialty Services

Be Free!

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Top 10 Habits of Happy People
by On March 30, 2010

lessons-to-be-happyLast week, Chuck Douglas wrote about the thoughts you are in the habit of thinking about.

So for today’s Top 10 Tips Tuesday, we have the Top 10 Habits of Happy People.

If you consistently feel down or are going through slump, read Chuck’s article on habits and work some of these tips into your life.

Be Free! 
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Happy people have a different way of thinking and doing things. They maintain a positive attitude about people, things and life in general. They interpret the world that they live in differently than the average person.

Happy people generally have the following habits that express their values and beliefs …

1. Love Yourself
Be your own best friend. It sounds simple and like a “no-brainer” but learning to truly love yourself can be a challenge. It’s absolutely the most essential step in being a happy person. You need to learn to enjoy your own company and to embrace everything about yourself. Like who you are on the inside. Accept your flaws. Claim the fact that you are a wonderfully flawed human! Pamper yourself.

2. Take Care of Yourself
As a part of loving yourself, you will take care of your body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.
 
When you’re not feeling well – either physically or emotionally, it’s hard to be happy.

3. Love Others
Love is what makes the world go around. Follow the saying “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you”. This is simply saying treat everyone with kindness, compassion and respect. Love is the basis for ALL happiness. If we love being with someone – we’re happy. If we love what we are doing – we’re happy.

4. Choose Friends Wisely
It’s your choice with whom you associate with on a regular basis. If you don’t want to become like someone, then be involved with them as little as possible. Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. You want comrades that will build you up and help you to accomplish your dreams and goals.

5. Dare to Dream
Dream BIG!!! Happy people know that when they dream big in every aspect of their life – that their life is set in motion to bring their dreams into reality.

6. Do What You Enjoy
Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests. Doing things you enjoy makes you happier and more productive.

7. Look to the Future
Happy people focus on creating the future of their dreams. They take the time to learn the skills and strategies to create the outcome they desire. Happy people set their goals, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happy when we are pursuing something we value.

8. Accept What You Cannot Change
Happy people do not waste their thoughts or energy on situations beyond their control. They know and accept their limits as a human. This means they don’t worry about the future and they don’t fret over the past.

9. Be Proactive
Happy people instinctively find the area that they can influence. Once their circle of influence is found, they begin actively participating in creating the outcome they are seeking.

10. Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude
Happy people have an attitude of gratitude. They constantly and consistently count their blessings. They see the glass as half full. They have the ability to find the positive side to most situations.

Author’s Bio
Cindy Holbrook is the web mistress of http://CindySense.com  where you will find a variety of self improvement articles on a variety of subjects – Includuding Postive Thinking, Law of Attraction, Self-Esteem, Emotions and Overcoming Obstacles … Who says you can’t win’em all? Be sure to sign up for the free monthly newsletter and get a bonus ebook “Your Guide To Happiness”.

Source: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/top_10_habits_of_happy_people.html

Maintain Your Competitive Edge As You Age
by On March 29, 2010

Roger SeipIf you believe that accelerated loss of your mental acuity is inevitable with age, and that the loss of your competitive edge is certain to accompany that memory loss, you’re not alone. But you are wrong. Age does have some effect on memory, but it’s not an especially significant factor. Nonetheless, people tend to use their age as an excuse for poor or weakened performance.

In fact, the opposite is true: For most people in business, the prime earning years are their 40s and 50s because they have invaluable maturity and experience. However, sometimes people in middle age enter a very self-defeating cycle, doubting themselves and losing confidence in their abilities.

Be Like Mike…With Your Brain

No matter what your age, developing or training the memory is, in many ways, like playing a sport. Consider basketball: Although certain individuals are undoubtedly genetically more gifted ballplayers – they’re 7 feet tall, extremely strong, very fast, and have great hand-eye coordination – anyone can learn to play basketball reasonably well, with training and a lot of practice, even if you’re 5’2″ and not much of a jumper.

People commonly misperceive memory as a talent, not a skill. While some people do possess the genetic gift of a brain wired for superior recall, the truth is that everybody can make major improvements in their memory function with training and practice regardless of age, education, IQ, or any other factor. You’re not going to be a superstar professional athlete without some God-given talent, but most people, when it comes to using their brains, don’t need to be superstars; they just want to lead productive lives. And that is definitely achievable.

Older Really Can Mean Wiser

Age is a factor in training your physical body, and it’s no different when training your brain. Although few people can run a mile faster at age 40 than they could at age 20, if you’re motivated and committed, you can still run a pretty darn fast mile at age 40. Your results will be quicker and more dramatic when you’re younger, but a very inspiring key difference between athletic training and brain training is that while you can’t get stronger, faster, and more coordinated as you get older, it’s totally realistic to expect to continue to grow wiser – more effective mentally – in later years.

Wiser is fine, but doesn’t everyone inevitably get more forgetful when they age? Yes, hormonal changes as we age do have some impact on our memories, but people tend to blow this factor way out of proportion and make it way more of an issue than it really is. In most cases, you’re actually not more forgetful than you ever were; you just notice more when you are forgetful.

You know the phenomenon where you walk into a room and then you can’t remember what you walked into the room for? That’s known as ‘walking into the hereafter.’ Because you walk in and you think, “Now what was I here after!?” You don’t walk into the hereafter any more now than you did when you were seventeen, but you’re more aware of it now when you do. Why? For one thing, you hear doctors say, “Vigilantly watch for short term memory loss, because if it starts happening more, you may need a check-up for Alzheimer’s.” We’re hyper-aware, therefore, of every time we have a “hereafter” moment, and this fearful mindset about getting Alzheimer’s disease in turn makes us notice even more every time it happens.

The other reason you may feel more forgetful, even though you’re not, comes from the power of negative thinking. Many people create a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy in which they subconsciously create their own forgetfulness, actually starting to forget more because they believe aging will make them forget more often.

Six Steps to Sharpen Mental Function

As with sports, having a good memory is a matter of conditioning, commitment, and positive thinking. When you realize that you create the notions that your mental faculties decrease and you grow less effective as you age, then you have the power to change that idea. Once you’ve accepted that, you can keep your brain in top shape as you age by taking the following steps:

1.  Remember: forgetting is no big deal

Because the language you use has been proven to become your reality, choose positive self-talk. You can convince yourself that anything is possible just as easily as you can talk yourself into believing that something is impossible when it’s really not. Don’t use language that makes a catastrophe of something that’s really not a big deal. When you lose your keys for five minutes, for example, don’t tell yourself, “Oh my God! I obviously have Alzheimer’s!” when really you just lost your keys, a meaningless and common phenomenon you’d not have thought twice about a few years before.

2.  Maintain a positive attitude…within reason

Zig Ziglar has famously said that a positive attitude will not help you do anything that you want to do. A positive attitude will not magically transform the talentless into superstars, nor will it make basketball great Shaquille O’Neal into a good horse jockey. But a positive attitude will help you do everything better than a negative attitude will.

3.  Make little changes for a big difference

Remove the words “forget” and “forgot” from your vocabulary. Instead of saying, “I forgot her name,” try saying, “I can’t recall her name right now.” It may sound like a silly little change, but you’re actually re-training your brain. When you say, “I forgot,” your brain processes, “Oh, I’m old and getting stupider by the second.” But when you say, “I can’t recall,” you cut yourself and your brain some slack, making it much easier to recall the information later. This perception change will have an immediate effect on your ability to recall the information you’re seeking.

4.  Manage your stress in the moment

Stress is the number one killer of your recall. If you can’t immediately remember something, don’t freak out. Just take a deep breath and think positively that eventually you will remember. Tell yourself, “I know this. It will come to me.”

5.  Exercise your brain and body

Research shows that a combination of mental and physical activities can protect your memory and help keep you alert. Overall physical health will translate into overall mental health, better memory, and sharper mental faculties all around. Exercise maintains heart health and opens blood vessels; in turn, brain cells get the nutrients that ensure peak performance. Exercise your brain, too, by doing crossword puzzles, solving brain teasers or playing Sudoku. Mental games and exercises have been proven to have a definite effect on mental agility as people age. Reading good, challenging books that make you think is also an essential mental exercise to stay sharp. Also get sufficient sleep and take a vacation every once in awhile.

6.  Train your brain

Exercising a muscle means you’re using it, but not pushing it beyond its limits. Training involves going beyond where you’ve ever gone before. To train a bicep to be stronger, for example, you have to lift a weight that’s heavier than one you’ve lifted before, or you lift it more times than you previously have. You must push it beyond its current limits. It’s the same with your brain; you must continuously challenge your brain by learning new things. It doesn’t really matter what you learn: cooking, a foreign language, history – anything so long as it’s new.
With the Brain, It’s No Pain, No Gain

While it may be uncomfortable at times – just as when you’re training your body to be stronger – you must choose the pain of discipline over comfort if you want to maintain a competitive edge. Growing pains aren’t nearly as bad as losing out to your competition or feelings of decrepitude, uselessness, or regret. If you can endure a little bit of pain every day as you take the steps necessary to add mental acuity to the wisdom and experience you’ve acquired with age, you will find that old advertising slogan is true: You’re not getting older. You really are getting better!

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor

Video – Donald Trump on Robert Kiyosaki on the Keys To Success
by On March 26, 2010

Two of the world’s toughest financial survivors share their stories and insights on adversity, respect, debt, keys to success, and more.

Although they’ve followed distinctly different paths to wealth, Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump share a common passion for raising financial literacy around the world.

Trump is the consummate deal-maker. Kiyosaki is the consummate educator. Each of these two financial titans has learned in his own way how to turn the lessons of success and failure into a better understanding of money and how it really works.

As friends and collaborators in life and business they’ve taken on a shared mission to teach others how to survive and thrive in tough times.

Using Memory Training During Job Interviews
by On March 24, 2010

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Top 10 Tips to Stay Positive in Negative Situations
by On March 23, 2010

AttitudeThere are times when we must go through negative situations. Maybe people say something negative about us, or they show rejection or even resentment against us. In such situations, it may be difficult to stay positive. We may be inclined to react negatively to them. That won’t do us any good though; doing so will just make the situation worse. People may behave even more negatively to us. Our day would be filled with anger and disappointment. At the end, nobody wins.

Though it’s not easy, it’s important to stay positive in negative situations. Beat the negative situations by staying positive. Here are 10 tips on how to do it; pick the ones that work for you:

  1. Never respond (verbally or via email) when you are not calm. If you are not sure that you are calm, don’t respond. Take time to calm yourself down first.  Take a deep breath as a first step to calm yourself down.
  2. Realize that you can find opportunities in negative situations. Albert Einstein said: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
  3. Look at the content of what people say to you for something positive that you can act upon to improve yourself. Don’t just reject the whole messages.
  4. Maintain a positive view of the person. Maybe you don’t like their messages or behavior, but that doesn’t mean that you can hate them personally.
  5. Realize that having negative feelings will just hurt you, not them. Resentment, anger and other negative emotions will only make you feel worse.  
  6. If you make mistakes, be open to admit it.  If you make mistakes, remember this quote by George Bernard Shaw: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
  7. If you can, listen to motivational audio program or read a positive book to feed good thoughts into your mind.
  8. Talk to a positive friend who can encourage you.
  9. Look at the negative situations as your training sessions for real life. The higher you climb in life, the worse the negative situations would be, so you’d better be prepared for them.
  10. Realize that you can’t please everyone. In fact, nobody can. Sometimes you need to just let some people go. Realizing this will relieve you from a lot of unnecessary burden so that you can focus on the people that you can positively interact with.

Author: Donald Latumahina

Many Know the Path, Few Actually Walk It
by On March 22, 2010

Leah SimpsonMost of us have heard this quote. Today I wanted to talk about the 2 things that are essential for “walking the path.”

Number 1 is to keep your eyes open so you see the path. Number 2 is to move. It sounds simple but think about it.

If you are walking on a path, there are only two things that will stop you from remaining on it. First, drifting off the path and the second is stopping motion.

So the first application, in terms of keeping your eyes open, is critical to finding the path in the first place, aka – have an idea of what you are looking for. Create goals and keep your eyes open for opportunities that will light your path. Drifting off the path is an easy thing to do when setbacks, roadblocks and frustrations occur. Your plans will not all work out perfectly and that is okay. As long as you are on the path and you are aware of it, simply follow it and you will continue in the right direction.

The second point is to continue to move because, and this is obvious, you will not get anywhere standing still. You have probably heard the expression that it is easier to correct the direction of a vehicle that is in motion than a vehicle that is standing still. Once you have made the decision on a path, simply take action. If you realize that something should change, do not hem and haw and ponder what the best decision should be. Make a decision and continue to move forward.

So, keep your eyes open and do not be afraid to move. You are always further along with a little bit of movement and direction.

Be Free!

Leah Simpson
Instructor

Video – Brian Tracy on How To Overcome Fear or Failure
by On March 19, 2010

Fear of failure is the greatest obstacle to success. Failure doesn’t hold you back; it is the anticipation of failure that can sabotage your efforts to achieve your goals. Are you letting the fear of failure scare you into being overly cautious?

If you are….stop! Take the time to identify, define and analyze what you are afraid of.

Once you have identified your greatest fear, write out the answers to these questions:

1. How does this fear hold me back?
2. How does this fear help me?
3. What would be your payoff for eliminating this fear?

Stop avoiding what is making you fearful and confront them. If you do the thing you fear, the courage comes afterwards.

When you overcome your fears you can set big goals, achieve them and become unstoppable!

Be Free!

How to Get A Grip On Email
by On March 18, 2010

Abby Marks BealeWe received some great feedback on our article last week – Reduce Email In-Box Clutter. Therefore today, we wanted to share some tips on how to get a grip on the information overload and time wasters email can present.

Do you genuinely like doing email? If you do, then you don’t need to read this.

But if you really dislike (okay, despise) doing email, then read on. Over the past few years, I have seen a ground- swell of busy professionals who are increasingly challenged and frustrated by the sheer amount of email that comes in and the poor quality of the incoming messages. Learning to manage it can be a lonely battle.

Let’s look at a few things that might be frustrating you and what you might do about it:

1) Are you the slave or the master of your email?

Slaves are obsessive-compulsive about checking their email every few minutes (or seconds) at work AND at home and are constantly afraid they might miss something important. Masters are confident their email will be there when they are ready to check it, not when it dings. They also let others know how to reach them when something is truly important (hint: it’s NOT via email!) so they aren’t slaves to their inbox. Become a master and you will concentrate better and get more real work done by the end of your day.

2) Is email time planned in your day?

It seems that people expect to work a full day with projects and meetings, and then add in email. Email takes an average of 2-3 hours per day for most business people but most aren’t planning it into their days. As a result, they work more hours than needed and/or bring it home. Reduce your stress about email by making time for it on your daily calendar.

3) How well do you know your email software?

If you are like most, you haven’t any advanced software training except for how to send and receive messages. You may be struggling with filing, organizing, tasking, and finding messages once received. I encourage you to learn your email software a little each day by pulling down a new menu and follow the arrowed path to see what capabilities your software has. You will be pleasantly surprised with what you come upon. If you use MS Outlook, there is much to be found at Tools, then Options.

Though there are more frustrating factors, I hope this helps you like doing email a little more because email is here to stay. Enjoy it and thrive!

Get “Abby’s Top 10 Strategies for Slaying the Email Dragon” ebook to continue you on your journey to become the master of your email!

About the Author:
Abby Marks Beale is founder of The Corporate Educator, a professional speaking and training company specializing in helping with busy people work smarter, faster and just plain better. Go to http://www.thecorporateeducator.com/.

Actual Client Success Rates with Reading Smart Workshop
by On March 17, 2010

speed_reading-01Our newest workshop, Reading Smart, has been receiving rave reviews from around the country. Professional, parents and students alike are increasing their reading speeds AND maintaining, or increasing, their comprehension. Here are some recent testimonials and actual before and after reading speeds. Numbers don’t lie!

From High School Senior, Rebecca Lenz:

“I hated to read because of how slow of a reader I was. After taking this workshop, I now am not dreading reading. My WPM [words per minute] has improved tremendously and I’m still comprehending what I’m reading. It’s amazing what this workshop has done for me.”

From the VP of Mack Investment, Ed Gjertsen II

“This was a great learning opportunity. It will greatly increase my ability to get through my reading. Brining my wife and school age children was a great move. While very good students to begin with, the tips and techniques they learned will allow them to excel in a very competitive academic environment.”

Actual Before and After Reading Speeds and Comprehension

After attending the Reading Smart Workshop, people are more than DOUBLING their reading speeds. Even at these sound barrier breaking speeds, tons of people have INCREASED their comprehension – check out these numbers:

Started at: 400 WPM with 70% comprehension
Ended at: 800 WPM with 60% comprehension
– Adam Heaney, Emery Financial

Started at: 160 WPM with 60% comprehension
Ended at: 240 WPM with 90% comprehension
– Rodney Jacobson

Started at: 265 WPM with 60% comprehension
Ended at: 600 WPM with 80% comprehension
– Gail Bush, HR Director, Power Genix

Started at: 200 WPM with 60% comprehension
Ended at: 480 WPM with 80% comprehension
– Lisa Heaney

Started at: 240 WPM with 50% comprehension
Ended at: 800 WPM with 60% comprehension
– Debbie Rodriguez, Account Manager, Old Republic Title

Started at: 240 WPM with 80% comprehension
Ended at: 800 WPM with 90% comprehension
– Nancy Early

Started at: 240 WPM with 90% comprehension
Ended at: 600 WPM with 60% comprehension
– Anonymous

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For more information on the Reading Smart Workshop, call us at 888-233-0407