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What Drives You to Succeed?
by On February 25, 2011

Are you taking the steps each and every day to reach your goals and dreams?  This short video from will enlighten your inner flame and guide you back to hitting your goals and living your dreams.

Every dream and goal can be achieved if you believe!   Find inspiration in your daily activities and people around you.

Be Free!

Norfolk VA Memory Training Workshop March 8 and 9
by On February 22, 2011

Leah SimpsonThis is Leah Simpson with a reminder of the upcoming Memory Training Workshop in Norfolk, VA on March 8 and 9. I will be your instructor and am looking forward to seeing everyone again.

We have a lot of information to cover in two days, so come to the workshop with a positive attitude and be ready to learn. A workbook and pen are provided, so just bring your thinking caps.

If you haven’t yet enrolled in this workshop there are a few seats left. You can sign up online or call our offices at 888-233-0407. We do offer workshops in other major cities throughout the US, view our National Workshop Schedule for other dates and locations.

Additional Workshop Details:

March 8 and 9
Tuesday and Wednesday
You attend BOTH DAYS

1:00 – 4:30 pm

SpringHill Suites Norfolk
6350 Newtown Rd
Norfolk, VA 23502

What you will learn:

After you finish this workshop, you are guaranteed to…

– Experience a 300% increase in your ability to recall information.
– Remember a list of 50 unrelated items forwards, backwards and in and out of order.
– Develop the ability to deliver presentations without notes.
– Be able to meet 20 new people and remember all of their names within an hour.

I know that is a lot to promise, but I know you will be amazed with your results! If you haven’t already enroll in the Memory Training Workshop – you won’t regret it!

If you have further questions, post them below or contact our Customer Care Department at 888-233-0407

Be Free!

Leah Simpson

Stillness is a Powerful Action
by On February 10, 2011

Guest Post by Leo Babauta courtesy of

“Activity conquers cold, but stillness conquers heat.” ~ Lao Tzu

It’s a bias of our culture that stillness is regarded as lazy, as being stuck in inaction, as a negative.

It’s not. It’s an action, and a powerful one.

What’s more, it can change your day, and in doing so change your life.

You’re in the middle of a frazzled day, swamped by work and meetings and emails and interruptions, or hassled by kids and phone calls and errands and chores.

You pause. Stay still for a minute, and breathe. You close your eyes, and find a stillness within yourself. This stillness spreads to the rest of your body, and to your mind. It calms you, centers you, focuses you on what you’re doing right now, not on all you have to do and all that has happened.

The stillness becomes a transformative action.

Stillness can be a powerful answer to the noise of others. It can be a way to push back against the buzz of the world, to take control. It can remind you of what’s important.

How to Practice
Stillness, oddly, doesn’t come naturally to many people. So practice.

1. Start your day in stillness.

Whether it’s sitting with a cup of coffee as the world awakes, or sitting on a pillow and focusing on your breath, stillness is a powerful way to start your day. It sets the tone for things to come. Even 5-10 minutes is great.

2. Take regular stillness breaks.

Every hour, set an alarm on your computer or phone to go off. Think of it as a bell that rings, reminding you to be still for a minute. During this minute, focus first on your breathing, to bring yourself into the present. Let the worries of the world around you melt away — all that is left is your breath. And then let your focus expand beyond your breath to your other senses, one at a time.

3. When chaos roars, pause.

In the middle of a crisis or a noisy day, stop. Be still. Take a deep breath, and focus on that breath coming in, and going out. Find your inner stillness and then let your next action come from that stillness. Focus on that next action only.

Let stillness become your most powerful action. It could change your life.

“Through return to simple living Comes control of desires. In control of desires Stillness is attained. In stillness the world is restored.” ~ Lao Tzu


Author: Leo Babauta courtesy of

Austin, TX Memory Training Workshop February 21 and 22
by On February 7, 2011

Ever forget someone’s name seconds after meeting them?  Wish you could give presentations without notes?  Would your life be easier if you could instantly recall important information about your clients or materials for exams?

If you can relate, the Memory Training Workshop is for you!

On February 21 and 22, my colleague and good friend Tom Weber, will be instructing the Memory Training Workshop in Austin, TX at the Embassy Suites Austin – Central Hotel.

If you have not yet reserved your seat, enroll today – space is limited.  You can also view our National Workshop Schedule for additional dates and locations across the country.

Date: February 21 and 22, Monday and Tuesday

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 pm (both days)

Embassy Suites Austin – Central
5901 Highway IH-35
Austin, TX 78723

After attending the memory training workshops, you are guaranteed to:

– Experience a 300% increase in your ability to recall information.
– Remember a list of 50 unrelated items forwards, backwards and in and out of order.
– Develop the ability to deliver presentations without notes.
– Be able to meet 20 new people and remember all of their names within an hour.

During this 8-hour workshop, Tom will teach you how to increase your memory skills a minimum of 300% as you learn memory techniques to remember names, lists, numbers, presentations, key client information, foreign languages, vocabulary, equations, school work, information from books and meetings and much more.

There are a few seats in the workshop still available, you can enroll in the Memory Training Workshop on our website or by phone 888-233-0407.

Look forwards to seeing you at the workshop!

Be Free!

Jana Owen
Speaker in the Austin, TX area

How To Achieve At Lighting Speed.
by On February 6, 2011

A man as asked what has led to his recent successes, he said that it all boils down to me being absolutely, positively and utterly OBSESSED! Completely OBSESSED in achieving the few desires that I have currently.  I am OBSESSED when I am attracting the right clients, I am OBSESSED when I am sticking to my schedule, I am OBSESSED when I am going over word tracks and scripts to help my delivery become more polished and smoother.  I am OBSESSED in my “Burning Desire” to help others improve their life and business.  I am absolutely, positively and utterly OBSESSED in achieving the few desires that I have currently!!


What does OBSESSED actually mean?  No need for the actual definition here, OBSESSED could be the highest level of wanting to achieve something.  When we are thinking about nothing else, when we are tuned out to everything else, when we are focused on one or a couple desires and/or wants happening in our lives. What happens is that you instantly start to attract more thoughts and situations that feed your obsession.  It gets bigger and bigger and bigger.  The vibrating energy that is YOU becomes larger than life, every hour, every minute, every second.

Most of the wealthiest individuals now and throughout history have had this quality.  They progressed through the “highly motivated”, the “driven”, the “focused on goals” feelings and became completely OBSESSED with achieving what they desire.

Simple concept, nothing more.

His priorities are in line in an OBSESSED manner.  First and foremost is his family, then his career, his health, then money.  Money comes much easier when the first 3 are in line.

Couple quick lessons from OG Mandino.

1. There is no room in the market place for my family, nor is there room for my home in the market place.  Each I will divorce from the other and thus I will remain wedded to both.  Separate must they remain or my career will die.

2. I will ACT NOW!  This may sound great to you, so what.  What will YOU do now?

Be Free!

Alan Mong

The Two Certainties of Failure
by On February 3, 2011

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Success doesn’t make you and failure doesn’t break you.” – Zig Ziglar

Life Lessons on Failure

It was my senior year at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, WA and I was preparing to take that next big step in many young peoples lives. I was looking into attending college and had begun the process of checking out schools and determining what kind of options that I had in front of me. My grades were solid (about 3.4); I was very active in sports from football, wrestling & track. In addition, I was involved in our school Accapella & Jazz choirs so, I was feeling really good about my chances to get accepted to some fairly good universities.

The challenge, as with many others, that was laid out in front of me was the simple fact that we (and when I say “we” I mean my parents) didn’t have the kind of income to pay for most the colleges that I would have been interested in attending. But, do you think a small obstacle like that stopped me from pursuing those schools? You bet it did! (Remember, I wasn’t the quite the same person as I have now become and needed to learn some valuable lessons.) So, I decided to enroll in a school that I felt very confident I could get accepted in and in which the tuition and cost of living was at a minimum. I chose to attend Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA for the fact that it had both the ‘fore mentioned criteria and my brother was attending it as well.

Okay, so the school had been selected and now all I had to do was figure out how I was going to pay for it since nearly 100% of my education would have to be covered by me. What were my options? I could get financial aid and be prepared to pay it off for years to come or I could apply for and pursue scholarships and have someone else pay for my education. Well, the second option sounded good to me so, I went out and intensely researched available scholarships and grants for nearly 2 weeks.

Ultimately, I did find one that fit my situation perfectly. It was $20,000 scholarship based on financial need and additionally, did not require stellar grades, focused a lot on the amount of involvement and participation in school (no one was more involved then me) and to top it off two of the faculty members from my school were on the board. I was a virtual lock for this, all I had to do was take care of all the steps and it would be mine. This was the perfect fit for me.

Looking back, this was the first time I ever set a goal. I dove head first into making certain that I got this scholarship. I followed all the steps, got all the references, wrote an amazing cover letter (okay, I thought it was amazing) submitted it well on time and just waited for the news that I would be receiving the scholarship, pick up the check and I would ride off into the sunset, $20,000 richer. Well, the news did come and it was not the outcome I had staked all my hopes on.

I did not receive the check and there was no riding off into the sunset. I was devastated. How could this happen to me? I did everything I was supposed to and had all the right criteria and I still didn’t get it! This was not right! This was not fair!! The person who did get it had better grades, sure but that was it! I mean, I was Homecoming King, the winner of our schools Mr Totem contest, a champion wrestler!! All the school loved me so, how in the world did someone else get this scholarship?!!

I went home to tell my parents the horrible, life ending news and hopefully elicit enough outrage from them that they would demand some sort of recount or ask for a special tribunal to look into the judges and their unfair decision. I remember sobbing uncontrollably in my mothers lap and railing about the injustice of it all.

After a time, my father patted me on the back and simply said something to the effect of “that’s life son, we all fail from time to time, but you’ll make it” and my mother said “Life is not fair sometimes, David. But, as long as you tried your best and gave it all you had you have nothing to be ashamed about. Did you try your best?” “Yes” I added through tear filled eyes. She gave me a hug and said “Then be proud, ‘cause we are.” At the time I thought, “That’s it? That is all you two have got for me?” What I didn’t know at the time, what took me several years to realize, was that that conversation taught me more about being a success than anything I have learned in my 20 plus years since and I will be eternally grateful for the painful and valuable lesson I was able to learn at such a young age.

1.  Failure is Guaranteed

I am sure my parents weren’t thinking at the time “We are now going to teach David life lesson #5 on how to succeed”, but they did. As soon as I understood that failure is a part of life and that the only way I can’t fail is if I don’t try, which in my mind is a failure, I became stronger and more willing to put myself in situations that I might fail, but then again could succeed big time.

There are not a lot of guarantees in life, but of this I am most certain: Failure is GUARANTEED!! We are going to fail, so as soon as you get over it the sooner you can learn from it and move forward.

2.  Failure is Essential to Our Personal Growth

I am not saying that it is not painful to fail or that you should be looking to fail and jump up and down shouting “Yeah, I’m a failure!!” What I am saying, and what am fully confident in is that I am the person I am today, in big part because of the amount of failures I have experienced in my life. I have learned more about success from my failures than from the successes. Often I think about what would have happened to me if I had received the scholarship and not had the opportunity to learn the lessons my parents so, lovingly taught me. If I had gone to college without experiencing this amazing gift of failure…Who knows, but I tell you now that I am a much better person because of that experience and would not trade any of that pain. I am also reminded of a quote that I find is appropriate: “The person I want to be I am now becoming.”

Be Free!

David Shoup