Archive for June, 2008

The 30 most satisfying simple pleasures life has to offer

June 30, 2008

The Simple Pleasures in LifeThey say the best things in life are free.  Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the list below proves that statement to be true.  Life is filled with simple pleasures, the little satisfying effects you never really anticipate, but always take great pleasure in.  They are the gifts of life that we each subconsciously celebrate in our own unique way.

Here are 30 of the most satisfying simple pleasures life has to offer: (more…)

How does a word become a curse word?

June 30, 2008

Our parents are totally going to ground us for talking about this, but if you must know, a “curse” was originally just a bad type of prayer. Thus, the first curse word was likely “damn,” as in asking God to damn someone to Hell, which was considered taboo because of the religious power it wielded.

Condemning people to an eternity of suffering isn’t something to let everyone just go around doing on a daily basis, so the government stepped in, leading to the first censorship laws. Among the first victims was William Shakespeare, whose works were considered quite racy for their time, and not just because he sent his fair share of characters to Hades. The Bard’s plays were littered with sexual innuendo, and eventually, these types of references became swear words as well. (more…)

4,000 needless deaths . . .

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Smoking . . .

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Atheism . . .

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Blasphemy

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7 Helpful Tips to Immediately Increase Your Confidence

June 30, 2008

by Kent Sayre

1.) Ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Too often, we place excess importance on potential problems. We all have a certain amount of energy so let’s apply it to creating extraordinary relationships, advancing our careers and meeting our goals INSTEAD of wasting that energy worrying. Take action on what you have control over and minimize risks for what you don’t. Then invest your energy wisely.

2.) In doing something for the first time, imagine that you have already done it in the past. Close your eyes, then vividly imagine you succeeding wildly at what you are really going to do for the first time. The mind does NOT know the difference between something VIVIDLY imagined and something real. Make it vivid by involving all 5 senses.

3.) Find someone who is already confident in that area and copy them. Model as many of their behaviors, attitudes, values, and beliefs for the context you want to be confident in as you can. How can you do this? Talk with them if you have access to them. If you don’t have access to them, get as much exposure to them as you can. This could be talking to people who know the person and/or buying their products if they have some.

4.) Use the “as-if” frame. I literally love this frame of mind. If you were confident, how would you be acting? How would you be moving? How would you be speaking? What would you be thinking? What would you tell yourself inside? By asking yourself these questions, you are literally forced to answer them by going into a confident state. You will then be acting “as-if” you are confident. Now just forget you are acting long enough and pretty soon you’ll develop it into a habit.

5.) Go into the future and ask if what you’re faced with is such a big deal. This might be a bit morbid and yet this works tremendously well. Imagine yourself on your deathbed looking back over your life. You are surrounded by your friends and family. You’re reviewing your life. Is what you’re faced with now even going to pop up? That’s highly unlikely. Keeping things in proper perspective really diminishes fear.

6.) Remember that you lose out on 100% of the opportunities that you never go for. To get what you want, ask for it. I fully believe that if I ask enough people for whatever I want, I can get it. This is not necessarily true and yet it’s a useful belief. As you think about your goals and what you are striving for, how effective would it be for you to believe that all the people out there want to help you if you only ask? Whether that is true or not in the “real world” does not matter. If you find that belief empowering, I invite you to adopt it as your own.

7.) Disarm the nagging, negative internal voice. That negative internal voice can keep anyone stopped. To disarm the internal voice, imagine a volume control and lower the volume. Or how about changing the internal voice to Mickey Mouse? Do you think you could take Mickey Mouse seriously if he were criticizing you? Change the voice to a clown voice. The point is to disarm the voice by altering the way it nags at you. If I hear my own voice nagging me, it stops me. If I hear a clown voice, I laugh and continue onward.

This article is based on the book, “Unstoppable Confidence” by Kent Sayre. To find out why Brian Tracy said, “This wonderful book will give you the boost toward success that can make all the difference!” you can visit http://www.unstoppable-confidence.com and check out our 100% Lifetime Guarantee.

How to meditate

June 25, 2008

Step1

Choose a tranquil location – one free from distractions.

Step2

Decide whether you’d like to have meditation music in the background.

Step3

Select a comfortable chair or place to sit, and assume a sitting position with your spine relatively straight.

Step4

Close your eyes.

Step5

Breathe in, allowing your rib cage and belly to expand as you inhale.

Step6

Exhale slowly.

Step7

Concentrate on your breathing. Be aware of each breath and the feelings of deeper relaxation.

Step8

Allow thoughts and feelings to enter your mind. Acknowledge them, allow them to pass, and refocus on your breathing.

Step9

Open your eyes after you feel more relaxed and centered.

McCain blasted in words of his fellow republicans

June 24, 2008

By jwilkes

John McCain has a problem with his party. His Phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes campaign- largely driven by his success with moderates and non-Republicans- has thrown a curveball to the GOP, which has been vocal in its criticism of McCain in the past.  Now they’re under pressure to fall in line behind a man whom they’ve expressed serious concern about in the past, or risk handing the White House keys to a Democrat.

Though many Republicans have begun to coalesce around McCain in recent months, the statements they’ve made over the years are telling of their personal opinions of the Arizona Senator.

“The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic.  He is hotheaded.  He loses his temper and he worries me.”

Senator Thad Cochran, R-MS (more…)

8 fairy tails with not-so-happy endings

June 24, 2008

by Stacy Conradt – December 14, 2007 – 4:10 PM

Mental Floss

slipper1.jpgYou might have noticed from an earlier post that I’m a bit of a Disney buff. This is kind of out of character for me, to be honest, because I’m not a huge fan of happily ever after. I like movie endings that are unexpected. After doing a little research, though, I realized that maybe fairy tales and I are a perfect match: those Disney endings where the prince and the princess end up blissfully married don’t really happen in the original stories. To make sure kids go home happy, not horrified, Disney usually has to alter the endings. Read on for the original endings to a couple of Disney classics (and some more obscure tales). (more…)