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The key to courage is to proceed and do what needs to be done .

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The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly

 Corra May White Haris

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It may be difficult to accept that some singers, sport stars or public speakers suffer with fear and anxiety before they start their performances. Many of the most popular artists and sport stars still feel ill and shake with fear when they bounce onto the stage or into the arena to perform. They often hide their anxiety behind a brave smile and the artificially bolstered image that they project to their audiences. A friend told me that many of a newsreader’s heartbeats goes as high as two hundred beats a minute the moment when they cross over for the news. I have been giving motivational and educational speeches for half a lifetime and still feel tension when I walk to the podium.

 

It is a known fact that most people are afraid of public speaking. I can still remember a nightmare I had before I gave my first paid public speech. In this dream I saw how I made a complete fool of myself. I saw how I stuttered fumbled my way through the whole speech. I could see the shock on the audience’s faces. I even save a few at the back of the hall rolling with laughter. It took an iron will and a serious self-talk to prepare myself for my virgin paid performance.

 

The key to courage is to proceed and do what needs to be done notwithstanding the uncontrollable feelings that rush through your body and brain. The most difficult thing in overcoming fear is to activate action. Once you passed this hurdle the rest is usually much easier. I found when I play in an important rugby match that all the nervousness disappeared the moment I crossed the outside perimeter of the field.

Most champions feel just as much fear, anxiety and tension than we do, but they learned how to manage their fear. Courage is not something that you are born with. Courage is simply to do what needs to be done regardless of the panic feelings. You must take a firm step forward when your name is called. The key is to master the fear during the first critical moments. Once you get going nothing will ever stop you.

 

COURAGE IS THE FINAL TEST TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR THE BENEFITS THAT ARE USUALLY ONLY DISHED OUT TO THE BRAVE.

 

George Farquhar said, “Courage – an independent spark by which the soul stands raised. When you stand up against a bully and survive your moment of perceived madness, you feel proud of your achievement. When you tell you boss in no uncertain terms that you will no longer be his slave or allow his manipulation, you usually go home and feel proud of your fortitude. You might buy the evening newspaper on your way home so you can find a new job, but usually feel proud that you for once stood up for your rights.

Courage is not something that only some people are blessed with. Courage is simply as stated above an emotion that you need to overcome. I have seen how brave woman lay down their lives for their children. I have seen a wounded buffalo cow stand up to a lion to protect her calf. We all have courage that is stored deep inside our souls. It is there, waiting for you to discover and use it to your advantage.

 

You will not make much progress in the game of life if you lack courage and will power. The courageous always walk away with the best jobs, opportunities and benefits. They earn the biggest incomes. They are paid well because they mastered the enemy called fear. I am sharing their secret with you today. They are just as frightened as you are. They also taste the fear, but walk forward and face the fear until it loses its hold over them. It is a fallacy that they feel no fear. People that feel no fear in the face of adversity are usually idiots with a short lifespan.

Rene

 

 

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Posted by on October 9, 2015 in WISDOM

 

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Let the events that unfold on any given day be your teacher.

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Humanity’s preoccupation with themselves while they operate in their own little worlds obstructs them from noticing the amazing spectacle on show. They look and see nothing. They listen and only hear what they want to hear.

 

Most of us make our way through life in a daze. We daily find ourselves exposed to many opportunities to learn and to grow. We fail to identify the wonderful lessons that are hiding in our adversities. We cannot understand that everything around us, every tree, rock or event transmits subliminal messages to us. We are so busy with our superficial lives that most of us fail to hear the universal language that bind all of us together. Humanity’s preoccupation with themselves while they operate in their own little worlds obstructs them from noticing the amazing spectacle on show. They look and see nothing. They listen and only hear what they want to hear. They grow calluses on their ability to feel and experience. When will we evolve enough to care about every living plant, rock, tree and drop of water? Will we ever grasp that we are one with everything? What they do to a single blade of grass they do to themselves. Planet earth is alive. Planet earth is an extension of God. Everything and everyone is interconnected. What you do to anyone or anything affects the collective spiritual and physical well-being of the whole. Make each day a learning experience. Let the events that unfold on any given day be your teacher. God teach us via the wisdom of a rock or the grace of an eagle in full flight. God provides everyone with hundreds of opportunities to learn and to grow. The people and events that cross our path on any given day are our teachers. We must become still to hear God’s voice and experience his love and compassion. When you become still and open your spiritual eyes and ears, you notice that you and God are one.

 

Rene

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Make each day a learning experience. Let the events that unfold on any given day be your teacher. God teach us via the wisdom of a rock or the grace of an eagle in full flight. 

 

Rene

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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in WISDOM

 

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You create the “weather” in your life.

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 Keep the following image in mind the next time you are not happy about your current circumstances. You create the “weather” in your life. You either create sunny and balmy days or miserable, wet days with isolated thunder showers. The collective weather pattern between you and your partner (or family) combine to form a “weather pattern” as well. Your attitude (partner and family) is the force that drives the weather that you experience daily. Change your attitude if you don’t like the general weather conditions that you must live or work in.

 Rene

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in WISDOM

 

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They look and see nothing. They listen and only hear what they want to hear.

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Humanity’s preoccupation with themselves while they operate in their own little worlds obstructs them from noticing the amazing spectacle on show. They look and see nothing. They listen and only hear what they want to hear.

 

Most of us make our way through life in a daze. We daily find ourselves exposed to many opportunities to learn and to grow. We fail to identify the wonderful lessons that are hiding in our adversities. We cannot understand that everything around us, every tree, rock or event transmits subliminal messages to us. We are so busy with our superficial lives that most of us fail to hear the universal language that bind all of us together. Humanity’s preoccupation with themselves while they operate in their own little worlds obstructs them from noticing the amazing spectacle on show. They look and see nothing. They listen and only hear what they want to hear. They grow calluses on their ability to feel and experience. When will we evolve enough to care about every living plant, rock, tree and drop of water? Will we ever grasp that we are one with everything? What they do to a single blade of grass they do to themselves. Planet earth is alive. Planet earth is an extension of God. Everything and everyone is interconnected. What you do to anyone or anything affects the collective spiritual and physical well-being of the whole. Make each day a learning experience. Let the events that unfold on any given day be your teacher. God teach us via the wisdom of a rock or the grace of an eagle in full flight. God provides everyone with hundreds of opportunities to learn and to grow. The people and events that cross our path on any given day are our teachers. We must become still to hear God’s voice and experience his love and compassion. When you become still and open your spiritual eyes and ears, you notice that you and God are one.

 

Rene

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Make each day a learning experience. Let the events that unfold on any given day be your teacher. God teach us via the wisdom of a rock or the grace of an eagle in full flight. 

 

Rene

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Posted by on August 25, 2015 in WISDOM

 

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Look around. Our society is out of control.

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Things are almost never as they seem. For those of us paying attention, you’ve probably noticed there’s something sinister going on. Bankers, politicians and other mainstream parasites have a silent whisper campaign in motion. The goal? Grab all they can get while the grabbing’s good. It’s been going on for years and they’re turning up the heat because even they know the game can’t last forever.

 

Look around. Our society is out of control. Big business has become a vicious money grubbing machine. Look at the pharmaceutical companies. It seems like every day they introduce a new drug for some vague and mysterious disease.

Here’s a little secret. The TV commercials many of these companies use are often full of subliminal messages designed to make the viewer feel like they need the cure, their drug! And if that’s not enough, the medication usually has worse side effects than the disease itself. But this piece isn’t about the pharmaceutical companies. Far from it.

All The Usual Suspects: The Government

Up front I mentioned a whisper campaign where elite insiders are grabbing all they can while there’s still something to grab. Here’s an example. As a democracy we’re told the little people have a right to participate in their government. But in the last thirty years or so participation has been way down. If people even bother to vote these days it’s rare that they ever follow up on what the elected clowns are doing after they get into office.

Immediately after he was elected, Obama began pushing the trillion dollar bale out bill he’d inherited from Bush. He made a lot of noise about how congress should just pass it even without reading the thing because it was so important.

 

And with all this going on the people finally woke up and expressed how they felt about such a huge spending program; one essentially designed to help banks that had mismanaged their affairs. Virtually every member of the House of Representatives and the US Senate had full voice and email boxes with their constituents just screaming at them to vote this bill down. And like the pigs they are, they passed it anyway.

If this isn’t blatant fraud and manipulation I don’t know what is. These people actually rewarded banks that had failed by using highly questionable banking practices. And, they saw to it that even the executives responsible for the failures were allowed to keep performance bonuses. Ugh.

The Demonizing Of Hemp – William Randolph Hurst

I’m going to go back in time to make a point. Back to when the media was comprised of just newspapers, magazines, radio and newsreels. William Randolph Hurst was the media baron of the day. One out of every four people reading a newspaper in the 1930s was reading one that was a part of the Hurst news syndicate.

Hurst was heavily invested in timber. Timber that was systematically cut and turned into paper for his many newspapers. But suddenly, out of the blue something threatened his empire. Hemp. Hemp is extremely easy and cheap to produce. It thrives in almost any climate. Hemp is the source for an extremely durable and versatile fiber that can be turned into fabric, rope and paper. So why don’t we use more of this wonder product? Because nearly 80 years ago it threatened William Randolph Hurst’s business interests.

As hemp became more popular Hurst realized he needed to act fast. So, with the help of the government he began a smear campaign against hemp. His newspapers were full of inaccurate editorials about hemp. With the aid of the government he helped produce “educational” documentary films publicizing the evils of hemp. And with relentless anti-hemp propaganda he managed to almost literally remove hemp from American industry.

And who suffers? We all do. Billions of trees have been harvested to produce paper when using hemp would have been cheaper and more environmentally prudent. And as consumers, we’ve been denied an extremely versatile product all so the elite could remain in power.

But fraud and manipulation go far beyond big business, the government and the media. There are plenty of freelance parasites out there looking to eat your lunch.

Fear, Guilt, Intimidation and Manipulation

Look at the four words above. They don’t exactly give you the warm fuzzies, do they? They’re not supposed to. But those are the tactics people use to keep us in line. Consider this:

· Religious organizations of all types have used fear and guilt as a major motivator since the beginning of time. You’ve heard it all before. Stuff like, God only recognizes (name the religion) as providing the path to heaven and if you’re not on board with us, you’re doomed to eternal damnation. And that’s just one of the many guilt trips religions are selling.

· Politicians are famous for guilt trips. They use vague terms like “the rich” “the poor” “the privileged” “the less fortunate” and others to make their points through guilt. Isn’t interesting how they never offer concrete definitions for these terms? They create problems where there are none and then sell the ultra-expensive solution to us using guilt as the motivator. And neither the blue team nor the red team has clean hands. They both use the same slippery tactics.

· Big business is famous for their manipulative practices. Take food labels and expiration dates for example. People are so brainwashed these days that many wouldn’t think of using a product after the expiration date has passed, even water has an expiration date these days! I was talking to an ex-Navy corpsman a while ago and he was laughing about this. He told me that back in the ’80s he had morphine and atropine on board his ship that was left over from World War II and that the department of defense said that the stuff was good indefinitely. Of course, some foods and medications spoil, but we’ve become a society of sissies relying on Big Brother to make us safe from cradle to grave.

Of course, there are many more groups and individuals out there waiting in the shadows to separate you from your money, liberty and free will. Are you hip to their tricks? What tricks? Lies of omission. Apple to oranges comparisons. Emotionally charged words and phrases designed to get you moving where they direct you.

 

By Charles Steed, Author of Dark Persuasion Techniques

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Posted by on May 24, 2015 in WISDOM

 

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Your fear and doubt will dissolve like mist in the morning sun.

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Listening transforms relationships. The ability to listen with our spiritual ears reveals what we have been unable to hear for the best part of our lives. Most of us are very selective in what we hear. We can only hear to the extent that we mastered our ego. Our ego or false self tuned our ability to hear down to its lowest level.

We fail to hear the words that are spoken by those that we interact with. We cannot hear the voice of God that fills the spaces between words and sentences. The real messages shared with us are subliminal and embedded in the fractions of silence that occupy the space between words and sentences.

We are so busy preparing our answers or judging what a person have to say that we hardly ever hear the lessons and lectures that God is sending us during these conversations. We hear the anger in a person’s voice, but the thought never cross our mind that it is really fear that is causing his or her barrage of words and accusations.

When we learn to listen, we become aware of the true message that a person want to share with us. The universal language works across all language barriers. You can understand the hidden messages transmitted if you get your judgemental mind out of the way.

You can listen to the cry of a fish eagle and will suddenly be able to understand his plight. You can listen to the waves and might discover that it tells you about its journeys down endless rivers for millions of years. You do not hear this language you feel it in your soul. Listen to the wind. It is an integral part of a very complicated system. A system that ensures sustained life on this planet.

When you really listen to your partner you might for the first time discover the pain and uncertainty that he dragged with him since early childhood.

Become still and get your false self out of the way. Your false self wants to keep you imprisoned in a state of illusion. You will peel away the layers of residue that blocked the perfect spirit at your core.

Listen to the wind, the songs of the whales and the conversations of the birds in your garden if you want to unite with your creator. Every grain of sand and every drop of rain has God embedded at its core.

You will for the first time hear the wonderful glory of God when you start listening with your spiritual ears. You can learn more from the sound of a thunder storm than you will learn from a guru that preach about a separate God that view mankind as useless sinners.

You will become aware of God’s voice when you stop taking yourself so serious. Become still, listen to the silence and allow the wondrous glory of God to fill your tired body and over burdened mind. Your fear and doubt will dissolve like mist in the morning sun.

Rene

 

(Extract from my book “The Treasure Within”

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Posted by on May 21, 2015 in WISDOM

 

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10 Proven Tactics to Gain Compliance from Others.

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People are everywhere. That’s why being persuasive determines how effective we are. Where we live, what we do, and even who we love involves influence on one level or another. And by learning the art of “dealing with and convincing people to do what you want them to do”, we can instantly improve our lives.

Emotion vs. Logic

With so much information around us and so many decisions to make every single day, there isn’t enough time to evaluate everything rationally. And so we rely on subconscious shortcuts to make things easier. This is why, as irrational beings, we’re susceptible to mental triggers.

 

“People are definitely more likely to believe what you say, based on logic,” Paul Mascetta teaches, “but ultimately it is their emotion that will move them to take action.”

10 Proven Tactics to Gain Compliance from Others

So, how can we take advantage of this in order to be more persuasive?

  

1. Obligation/Reciprocity

“People generally feel obligated to return favours or good deeds that have been done to them by others.” Just look at how we smile at strangers who smile at us first! Make sure you know what to offer and ensure it will be on the same level of what you expect in return.

2. Contrast

“The perception of something changes when it is compared to something else.” This is why a pair of $100 jeans looks like a bargain if it was marked down from $500 or why a realtor might show you a really ugly house before showing you a better one.

 

Another approach here is to break something down to the minimum (“$2.50 per day” sounds better than “$75 per month”) or make concessions by starting at a much higher price and then working down to what you actually want.

3. Internal Conflict

“We must act in a way that is conducive to our morals and beliefs.” Behaving against what we feel is right is something we struggle with. It makes us feel unbalanced, which is why we’ll do whatever we can to restore our moral equilibrium.

 

We do this in many ways including rationalisation (justifying our behaviour to make ourselves feel better), denial (pretending the problem doesn’t exist or the source isn’t reliable), correction (finding evidence to support why the information we received is inaccurate), reframing (interpreting the meaning behind the message in a different way), and separation (distancing themselves from events or matters that are causing the internal conflict).

4. Connection

“The link that exists between others can be enough to create the emotional need to act.” When creating a connection, the four factors involved are:

 

  • Rapport – This is created primarily through body language techniques like subtly mirroring and matching what the other person does
  • Attraction – While physical aspects (including wardrobe and grooming) are noticed first and matter initially, nonphysical aspects like intelligence and warmth are more important in the long run.
  • People Skills – Humour (when used correctly) and respect
  • Similarity – We can think and act like people who share similarities (background, interests, values, etc) without worrying about internal conflicts
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5. Proof

“We believed that if it worked before, it will probably work again.” Instead of investingtime and effort to determine if a decision is right, we simply turn to other people. This is why statistics (e.g. “over 1 million copies sold”) can be so powerful, especially when the group referred to is one with which we can identify. Just remember to stick to third party evidence (from someone with knowledge or expertise) and information that is up to date.

6. Scarcity

“The less available something becomes, the more people want it.” This is one of the most obvious and also one of the most powerful. Restricting freedom or placing limitations on availability (e.g. playing hard to get when dating) creates a sense of urgency. And as long as there’s a deadline (e.g. the Groupon countdown clock!), the more incentive there is to act right away.

7. Verbiage

“Sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” Reframe your words to use the best possible ones in a given situation. For example, “more activity” sounds better than “crowded” and “membership agreement” sounds better than “contract”. Other suggestions are to speak slowly, simply, and clearly with sentences that are short and to the point. Storytelling and analogies also help with understanding.

8. Expectations

“People generally act in a way that other people expect them to.” These expectations are usually based on our assumptions.

9. Association/References

“People make mental associations with everything they see.” Again, this is about saving time and effort by using mental shortcuts.

10. Commitment

“People usually follow through on commitments, especially when they are public.” Nobody wants to go against their values or be seen as flaky. This is why having people to commit to something publically (e.g. having friends hold them accountable to their goals or immediately making a purchase so they are mentally vested and reluctant to change) is powerful.

 

The idea is to start with smaller requests (more likely to be accepted) and then gradually build up to larger ones. Just make sure the commitments are voluntary because forcing people to do what you want will only introduce more conflict and make them revert to old behaviour. As Confucius said: “Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.”

By Paul J. Mascetta / Creator of The Code of Influence

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Posted by on May 16, 2015 in WISDOM

 

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