“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought” ~ John F. Kennedy
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Continuing on from earlier posts about coffee, here is another taken from http://ww-success.com/blog/ from an author known as WWW, originally posted on June 28th, 2010, providing more evidence that coffee is good for You.
See you in Starbucks!
In the article we Why Should I Give Up Coffee? we pointed out that, besides its irresistible taste and aroma, coffee is a wonderful mental stimulant. In addition, coffee has many medicinal properties which have been shown through many different studies in the last few years. These studies had concluded that coffee can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Gallstones, and Type 2 Diabetes, just to mention a few. But if that was not enough to get you excited about getting your next cup of java, recent studies have revealed additional benefits.
For example, a new study called Biomarkers & Prevention, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, shows that regular coffee drinkers have 39% less risk of head and neck cancer. According to the study, people that drink four of more cups of coffee a day have significantly fewer cancers of the throat and mouth.
Other recent studies have shown other health benefits of drinking coffee, including:
Additionally, coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants which help reduce cell damage and aging. According to Joe Vinson, lead author of a study on antioxidants conducted by the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, “Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close”.
Yes, coffee does have its downside, primarily due to caffeine, which can increase heart rate, blood pressure and affect sleep. But each person metabolizes caffeine differently. Some people may be unable to handle the side effects associated with the consumption of caffeine, but others seem to experience no side effects. Yet others deal with any potential side effects by managing their coffee consumption, whether limiting the number of cups consumed per day, or avoiding drinking it later in the day to avoid any potential impact to their ability to sleep.
Overall, coffee does seem to have a positive net effect on your health as shown by so many different studies. So if you enjoy this amazing beverage simply for its tantalizing aroma and taste, now you have even more reasons to “wake up and smell the coffee”.
WWS is a millionaire, consultant, investor and entrepreneur. He has advised Fortune 500 companies throughout the world on business processes, systems and human capabilities. WWS has researched the art of success extensively and wants to share with you the knowledge and wisdom gained throughout his success journey.
I was watching a re-run of ‘Smallville’ recently. An episode from 2009, called ‘Hex’.
In a closing scene Chloe Sullivan and Clark Kent are conversing:
Chloe ~ “You can never be who you want to be if you are always looking over your shoulder at what could have been”
Clark ~ “Cheers to that”
What a fabulous observation and yet I have seen that programme before and never picked that up.
I guess that I was looking back over my shoulder and wasn’t present.
It occurs to me that Wisdom is all around us and the more present we are the more wise we can become.
“… when times get hard, pull the good memories to front of your mind… ”
In his Facebook bio he says:
“Stevie you are front of a tanker in the ocean and you never look back to see impact you are making, I believe in always looking forward. It is, however always important to remember all the things in life that make you feel good, so when times get hard, pull the good memories to front of your mind to override the negative thoughts. I have learned to live a one attitude life full of positives, its more exciting ….”
Since June 2004, he has grown The KDS Group from himself with one van and a big vision for the future to three parts in the group, distribution, training and his own personal transformation and enhancement programme.
He is a practicing Master in NLP, Hypnosis practitioner and Executive Life Coach and work with a variety of people with a range in challenges.
For more information on support to change your life, get life coaching or attend one of our events look at the KDS Group website or get in touch with Christine Ovens on +44 141 848 9888
Image from Stevie with Dr. Richard Bandler taken from Stevie’s Facebook
This article is from his web site http://www.groupkds.com/
KDS Group partner 'The Recruit'
KDS Group are proud to partner the inaugural 'The Recruit', organised by Renfrewshire Council to offer someone an £18,000 job!
'The Recruit' is a two day event that closely follows the format of the internationally successful The Apprentice.
Managing Director Stevie Kidd is now involved in finding the next Donald Trump or Alan Sugar from amongst a group of 28 teenagers from across Renfrewshire.
The fifth and sixth year pupils will take part in a series of team business challenges throughout the summer.
The prize is an extraordinary opportunity to work for a yet to be named company at a starting salary of £18,000.
Renfrewshire Council Leader Derek Mackay said: "'The Recruit' is like our very own Junior Apprentice. It is an innovative project which giving young people a unique opportunity to gain experience in what it’s really like in the world of business.
"They will get valuable practical experience and skills through taking part in the challenges as well as getting advice from some top businessmen and women. There is also the real opportunity to get a great job at the end – it's like one big, summer-long job interview.
"'The Recruit' is part of the council's ongoing commitment to supporting young people get into employment."
KDS Group are one of the key sponsors of The Recruit. Stevie Kidd said: "KDS are delighted to sponsor and be involved this exciting new initiative. 'The Recruit' is a great approach to engaging young entrepreneurs of the future and making a positive difference in these young individuals' lives."
Stevie is working with Lanark company Border Biscuits to create one of the unique challenge for the candidates.
They will be given the task of designing and marketing a new biscuit. This will include identifying markets, creating sales leads, launching marketing campaign and designing packaging.
Border Biscuits make premium biscuits, employ 120 people and supply nearly 2 millions biscuits a week to national supermarkets and independent shops. They also export to 10 countries across the globe.
The winners of 'The Recruit' will be those who show the most potential and display the key skills business bosses look for – leadership, communication, innovation, problem solving and determination to succeed. The winners will be revealed at a black tie finale on Thursday the 19th of August.
This item is from one of my trainers in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Elvis Lester. It is taken from his ‘NLP in Hypnosis' group in ‘Linked In’. http://www.linkedin.com/in/elvislester
Elvis’ company website can be found at: http://www.execulearn.com/
You likely said no, or focused on something else that was more prominent in your awareness.
So – use this and make what you know is important and needs to get done PROMINENT – so that IT IS what you focus on and SAY YES to doing and do it. Swiftly proceed to action, and get it DONE!
What are the things you already do this with? Those behaviours that you don’t even have to think about, you just do. You have automized these behaviours, haven’t you?
This is a strategy of sorts. The way you sort for these activities is refined and it works and it's probably just “outside conscious awareness” (unconscious). You have already made a way of actuating and then activating – a way of reminding yourself and doing the behaviour literally without thinking. You’ve likely got an anchor and then a response already set up to link and launch. That’s what I call it.
You link to the idea or the VISION of it and you have already made a PROVISION for that behaviour. You have a structured response preset – patterned and YOU GO FOR IT --> DO IT.
There must be other behaviours and actions, activities that you desire or require to get done, even today, especially today. Isn't there?! You can use this very understanding, a real skill you already possess, to program your desired responses, to condition yourself and them in the same way so that they kick in when you need them to to get done what you must do TODAY. That's right!
Just identify the behaviour, make it look and sound and feel like those you do automatically. Actually code it in the same terms and conditions. Put it in these very same “terms” and conditions in your mind so that you do it with ease and expedience. Why? Because you can.
It is simple if you don’t make it hard. That’s how you did the others anyway isn’t it. You just did them with no real challenge. Somehow with your ability, conscious and/or unconscious, you simply, easily, and without much of a challenge or even really having to think about it you just did it. Give it a whirl, spin up that determination and get on fire for it. Let your unconscious be the guide and Go For It! Have some fun and enjoy the ride to success today.
In a very funny speech, Sir Ken Robinson makes a case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity.
I came across this video in Julie McCracken’s blog: Coaching Magic. Julie describes her role as:
“Enhancing communication and learning between children and adults at home and in schools. Specialising in Clean Coaching, Emergent Knowledge, Listening&Questioning”
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you won’t come up with anything original”
This is from his facebook group page
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.
Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies - far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity - are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this."
A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements
"Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it."
-- Fortune, Nov. 9, 1998
I attended a Photo Reading course earlier this year.
Speed Reading and Photo Reading had fascinated me for quite some time and I had visions of consuming books in mass quantities and reciting chapters at the drop of a hat. But the intention around Photo Reading is not that.
Photo Reading is about gaining and recalling information.
During the course, quite a few of the delegates found that books fell open at the pages where the information that we wanted to find was printed (Spooky) A few years back, I had read Tony Buzan’s book “The Speed Reading Book”, published by BBC publications. In a week my speed had gone from 250 words per minutes to close to 800, through a series of very simple exercises.Speed Reading: Accelerate Your Speed and Understanding for Success (Buzan Bites)
At Geoff Roll’s recent “Touch for Health” Kinesiology course (http://wp.me/pOj1e-6K), we were shown how to balance ourselves or others to be able to read without stress and to improve our reading ability. Not only did that happen but the added benefit was an increase in focal length both closer and further away from our eyes. Our normal range of reading position had increased!
Interestingly, during the Photo reading Course some of the set up exercises were the same as the set up techniques taught at the “Touch for Health” Kinesiology course. There appears to be a variety of ways in which one can read very quickly. Here is one technique that I came across. It is from http://www.dailyblogtips.com/one-speed-reading-trick-that-does-work/
One Speed Reading Trick That Does Workby Daniel Scocco Reading is one of the main ways we use to absorb information, and being able to read fast is something that most of us would like. If you could read 100% faster, for instance, you would read twice as many books every year, or the newspaper twice as fast every morning. The problem is that most speed reading tricks and techniques never work as promised. This week I came across a video explaining a trick that surprised me though. It takes some time to get used, but once you do I am sure you will feel a tangible increase in the speed that you read. Here is the video:More DIY videos at 5min.comThe basic idea is that you need to stop reading with your larynx (i.e., trying to pronounce each word as you go, even if just mentally) and start reading with your eyes (i.e., the information is processed by the brain immediately as you see it). The trick to shift from one to the other is try pronounce something as you read, like “aeiou” or “123.” Sounds weird, but for me it worked.
This article was written on 17th June 2010 by Mr. Self Development who is a motivational author that offers a practical guide to success and wealth.
Socrates is considered one of the chief founders of Western philosophy. We know Socrates primarily from the accounts of other writers: from his student, Plato, from Xenophon, the historian, as well as from the plays of Aristophanes.
Through Plato’s writing (primarily) we’ve come to comprehend the depth of Socrates’ wisdom. Today I want to discuss seven life lessons based on the teachings of Socrates. Socrates said, “I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” This article was written to make you think. He said, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” Let his words, kindle your flame.
7 Must Read Life Lessons From Socrates:
“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for.”
“To do is to be.”
“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear.”
“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
NLP House Party was designed to make people aware of Neuro Linguistic Programming.
This is not done in a traditional educational way but in a way that the party goers can see the magic of NLP for themselves. Not designed to educate but designed to capture imagination. The way that children learn.
Stories and participation are abundant at NLP House Parties!
At the Party (and that is a hypnotic suggestion) Party Goers play along with the hosts. They see immediate changes in other Party Goers and themselves.
This is the Wow factor!
Video 3 from the excellent Mark Gungor
Mark is a pastor, motivational speaker, author, musician, and the CEO of Laugh Your Way America. He and his wife, Debbie, have two grown children and three grandchildren. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he is the Senior Pastor of Celebration Church. Visit his website at www.laughyourway.com
Raising your consciousness means raising your vibration or your energy. The higher it is, the lighter and more at peace you feel.
Think back to one of those days where everything went effortlessly. Work was seemingly a piece of cake, conversations went great, and your relationships just shined. Everything was going so well that you broke into song and smiled to everyone you met. Can you remember a day like this?
Obviously, we aren't always this way. There are days when everything looks a shade darker. Where simple conversations are a struggle. It’s easy to get caught in those moods but if you find a way to calm yourself long enough to refocus your brain and emotions, it's possible to reverse the day.
Life is about doing what you love and following your heart. There’s a reason why you’re here. You may or may not know what it is, and that’s okay. One day you will.
We’ve been taught to strive, pursue and consume. It's a never-ending cycle. That’s ending now, because you are enough and everything is okay, even if it may not seem like that in the short-term.
Here are thirteen sure-fire ways of raising your consciousness:
Did you know that just being around a dog or a cat has health benefits? Being around animals is calming, because they live in the now. They have no concept of time, because time in and of itself does not really exist. It’s an out-there concept, but even scientists know this.
Nothing beats being fully in the now. This can mean focusing on your breath, observing your thoughts or being present in your body, feeling all of your muscles, tendons and ligaments moving and working together. The more present you are, the more joy you will feel. Stop thinking about the past and future for a second and just be. There is nothing more uplifting than that.
Compromise will leave people unfulfilled, whereas creating something (or someone, come to that) allows people to build not only the something, but also a relationship and those hold priceless
This article is from http://www.doyouremember.co.uk/ a great place to reminisce!
The Rubics Cube was invented 30 years ago! The Rubics cube, or "The colourful cube of frustration" as it was dubbed in our playgrounds, had vast swathes of the child population in it's thrall when it was first released.
In the early 1980's it seemed that every man and boy had one, and was trying to solve it, like some national enigma machine - it was whispered that if you solved it you were taken away to work for the space program.
For those of us that were there, back in the 1980's, they'll know that the achievement of completing the rubiks cube (hey, even one side of it!) held more cache than GCSE's or Yo-yo-ing ever did. I sat for hours trying to work that thing out, finally being reduced to painstakingly peeling off the stickers and putting them back on in order.
There was always one child you knew who had worked out (or who's father had worked out) some kind of special move that resulted in all colours going in the right places - and would amaze specially invited groups of children to swamp round him and watch the magic moves in action.
Apparently there's been more than 350 million Rubiks cubes sold worldwide since it was invented in 1980 by Hungarian university lecturer Erno Rubik. I thought most of these would have been sold in the 1980's but not so, there are now a whole new generation of 'Cubers', there are national and international competitions, 'Speedcubers' compete to solve the puzzle in the quickest possible time. At the first World Championship in 1982, the fastest average solve was 22.9 seconds. In 2008, the 'single solve' record was set at an incredible 7.08 seconds.
So there's progress for you.
Although who's to say continuing Rubic's cubes championships are progress?
According to people in white coats (people who did their maths at school) there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations on a Rubiks cube. These are millions of man hours we must be talking about! We could have gotten to Mars by now if it wasn't for that darned Rubik's cube!
But it's all in the name of fun. Frustration and fun.
BTW - what ever happens to all the solved rubics cubes? 350 million sold, and until yesterday I'd not seen one in years! Do they self-destruct when you complete them? They could and I really wouldn't know...
I read this in Twitter from oxylic
"Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity." -Kahlil Gibran
In the UK the law stipulates that it is illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving and yet I see many drivers each day doing just that. In my experience, most calls can wait or need to be planned for the simple reason that the person on the other ends deserves your full attention.
Making calls, in a car, without a “hands free” kit is clearly dangerous!
This article looks at the impact in car calls have on relationships
By John M Grohol PsyD
Not only is it dangerous to drive while talking on your mobile phone or iPhone or Blackberry, it’s also not good for your relationship either.
So says a professor who thinks that if driving while distracted by your technological gadget is bad enough, imagine what trying to hold up your end of the conversation in your relationship might be. Relationships rely on good, clear communication. Driving relies on good, clear undivided attention and no distraction. The two don’t seem entirely compatible, so it seems to reason the good professor has a point.
“In general, cell phone usage while driving might lead to missed relationship stop lights, slow reactions to dangerous relationship circumstances, loss of control of one’s part of the interaction, and interaction mistakes that could lead to conflict, hurt feelings, misunderstandings, and possibly even serious damage to the relationship,” Rosenblatt says in the article.
Various friends have told me over the years — and it’s something I’ve experienced myself — that it often seems like a person isn’t really “listening” when they talk to them when they’re driving. Divided attention usually means one or both tasks end up getting the short end of the straw. That could have dangerous consequences — not just for ourselves, but for the health of our relationship.
The easiest solution is also the simplest — put down the cell phone while you’re in the car. If you must take a call while driving, let the caller know you’re driving and keep the conversations on-task and brief. Or better yet, let the call go to voicemail and return it when you’re out of the car. Unless you work from your vehicle (e.g., a contractor or tradesman), driving while talking on your cell phone is just a risk that you should try to minimize and, whenever possible, avoid altogether.
Read the full article: Relationship Damage From Talking on Cell Phone while Driving?
The second video by Mark Gungor.
Mark has the ability to tell the truth in such a hilarious way!
Mark is a pastor, motivational speaker, author, musician, and the CEO of Laugh Your Way America. He and his wife, Debbie, have two grown children and three grandchildren.
He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he is the Senior Pastor of Celebration Church.
Visit his website at www.laughyourway.com
I once had an acquaintance who told a very vivid story about eating a chicken enchilada while on vacation. Hours after eating the enchilada, she became violently ill. For years after that, she was unable to bring herself to eat a chicken enchilada and even felt queasy when she smelled foods that reminded her of that particular dish. This was despite the fact that she knew that her illness was not connected to eating that particular item. In reality, she had picked up a nasty virus from one of her travelling companions who had been ill just days before the trip.
Taste aversions are quite common, and can sometimes last for several years.
Photo courtesy Matka Wariatka / iStockPhoto
These conditioned taste aversions are quite common and can last from a period of days to several years. Consider your own aversions to certain foods. Can you link your distaste for particular items to a period of illness, queasiness or nausea?
Learn more about the characteristics of taste aversions and why they occur.
By Geek and Poke
By: Kyle Lacy on June 17th, 2010 at 5:30 am
How do you rate the your value on the marketplace? How do you figure out how much you are actually worth? How much should you charge a potential client?
Let’s say you determine this through how much and how you are paid. Is that hourly? Salary? Project to project? I read a blog by Seth Godin where he shared a story about a college professor who saved a potentially multi-million dollar project with one simple solution.They paid him $45,000 because if he succeeded they would save millions. The solution was a trip to a hardware store to buy a chemical that would fix the problem. Small solution but big problem without the professor’s knowledge.
Your price tag
Because of this brilliant post, I started thinking about where my value is centered as an individual, as a professional – where does my value lie? Can you actually put a price on someone? Do you have enough “sass” to value yourself above everyone else?
This subject matter leans heavily on whether or not you produce results for the people who pay you. Are you creating quality work for the money? Do you value yourself on the quality or work and what the marketplace is willing to pay? Do you take in the intangibles of branding and personal marketing?
Consider how much we pay doctors. Now, I’m not saying they aren’t valuable. In fact, they are essential. But consider it. If you have a common cold and decide to see the doctor – the doctor then says go home, sleep, drink lots of fluids you’ll be fine in a couple of days – what did you (or your insurance) pay them for? You paid him/her for something only they could tell you with full confidence. So now you know all you had was the common cold, and nothing else.
What I’m ultimately saying is that we are valued on the work we produce, as well as the assumption of the marketplace. If you are assumed valuable, it does help your bottom line as a professional.
Kyle Lacy writes a regular blog at KyleLacy.com and is founder and CEO of Brandswag, a social media strategy and training company. His blog has been featured on Wall Street Journal’s website and Read Write Web’s daily blog journal. Recently, Kyle was voted as one of the top 150 social media blogs in the world (on two websites), and produces regular keynote speeches across the Midwest. He also just finished writing Twitter Marketing for Dummies by Wiley Publishing.
Life just is, there is no meaning to it other than the meaning we bring. It just is.
Acceptance just is and when you love something or somebody you accept them as they are. Better to accept than resist, then.
In the nanosecond of 'Here and Now' nothing exists other than what we consciously create and that includes the Past. It is all an act of creation and it is all out there and not back there.
So what is there to resolve?
A past creation constructed from Nothing?
All breakthroughs happen as the result of breakdown, right?
Never lose that extraordinary power that you have right now! It changes lives!
One of the presuppositions of NLP is that: ‘There is no such thing as failure – only feedback’
Are we not slightly obsessed with the need to succeed?
Which raises the question. What is Success and come to that, what is failure?
When I reflect on what success is, I get that I have been a success at everything that I have ever done, including my failures.
Be kind to yourselves
Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal ~ Mike Ditka
Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings ~ Arthur Rubinstein
I don’t know the key to success, but the the key to failure is trying to please everybody ~ Bill Cosby
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do ~ Bob Dylan
Nothing fails like success ~ Gerald Nachman