Clear Thinking

Like it or not (most do not), we are in the midst of the political season. For some of us in the so called battleground states, it has been in progress for a long time. You cannot turn on the TV without being bombarded with political ads. Most of them are of the negative persuasion.

Thank the gods for the mute button on the remote control. Unless you only watch Showtime or HBO, you cannot get away from them, but you can silence them. That is a start. Takes on one of the brain “channels.”

Virtually all the ads are made to appeal to the emotions. Emotions cloud judgment. Decisions made while in a “cloudy” state may not be the best for you.

If you do find yourself getting sucked into one of the ads, you can do a few different things. One is check the facts.  Not hard to do, really, with all the online resources available. That will take care of the intellect.

But what about the emotions? A little introspection may give you some surprising answers. If a political ad pushes your buttons, then there is probably some underlying issue (one inside your head) that you should take a look at.

When you find it, you have the NLP tools to take care of it.  In the meantime, just keep telling yourself it all ends  the first Tuesday in November.

Shifting Perspective

A small shift in perspective can mean so many things. Often it means the difference between success and failure. Or, it can mean the difference between joy and burnout. From an NLP point of view, perspective is the context that we choose to put events into.

Right now, I am writing on a laptop in a hotel about 2,000 miles from home. I am having a ball even though there have been all sorts of “problems” on the trip. Why am I so happy? I got away from the daily routine—really, the first time in about 2 years. I had been away from home three or four other times in that time period, but those trips involved care of family problems. Such things happen when you have a parent approaching 90. I think I had become almost numb to life.

This is a ski trip. Want to know the kicker? Doctors orders: no skiing for me. But my wife can, and this was her trip. To tell you the truth, before we left I didn’t care whether we came on the trip or not. I would have been just as happy to cancel it. When people asked me what I would do while she skied, I would tell them, “I’ll sit in the hotel room and watch porn.” It always got a laugh–I was showing my lack of really wanting to go on the trip in a harmless way.

Or so I thought, until we sailed through security at the airport. My spirits lifted, and I started having fun—even flying Delta Airlines, the worst airline in the world. To be fair, all of the airlines are the worst airline in the world.

Over booked, uncomfortable seating, and four hours of nonsense. Oh, did I mention that the flight seemed to be full of small children and infants. Who the hell takes an infant skiing???? The only two kids that I have ever liked being around were my own. They really weren’t all that much different than other kids, but they were, well, they were my obnoxious little rats. Somehow, that made it different. Back to the flight.

Did I mention that the only book I brought with me on the plane turned out to be one that I had read a few months back—it wasn’t that good the first time, either. I don’t drink. And Delta does not offer any hallucinogenics on the little cart they push up and down the isle. Somehow, the stewardess did not seem to like my suggestion that they should start selling them. I’m sure the revenue would be more than enough to get rid of the idiotic baggage fees and such. And the passengers would be so much happier, no matter what atrocity Delta committed.

What to do for the next four hours of my life? I watched the “moving map” on the video display on the seat back in front of me. It was fascinating—and it would have been even more so with a little acid! And there was Mick Jagger and the early Stones on the MP3 player. All-in-all, a very enjoyable trip in spite of Delta’s best efforts to maim and cripple me for life.

I am having a ball on this trip despite not doing any of the normal stuff that you do on a ski trip. Why? Because I choose to look at the funny things that are going on around me. Sure, I would like to be up on the mountain sliding around on a couple of boards, but the Doc says that is not a good idea. So, I walk around and look at the skiers who are walking around in their ski boots. Ski boots were invented in a French dungeon in the Middle Ages as a hideous torture device. I do not have to wear ski boots this time—plain old sneakers!!!!

We choose our perspective. Choose the one that works the best for you.

Waking Up From The Illusion

In the original Star Trek series, Kirk and crew beam down to a planet. Strange things begin to happen (as always in Star Trek). Anything a person thinks of suddenly appears. Good, bad, frightening, whatever. Eventually, they find out it is a super advanced recreation park. Nothing is real. Thoughts are simply manifested for recreation.

We share one thing (at least) in common with that planet–nothing is “real.” Not in the Newtonian sense of the word, anyway. In 1904 Max Planck and his buddies begat the discipline that has come to be known as Quantum Physics or Sub-Atomic Physics. Later on Planck got the Nobel prize for physics. Not exactly a slacker.

In his most famous speech, Planck made this blunt statement: “There is no such thing as matter.” What he was telling the world is that what we perceive as “things” is really just a field of energy that is modulated with intelligence. All this and more has been proven in physics labs over and over again.

Newtonian physics is the physics of the illusion. But what is taught in high schools and colleges around our globe? Newtonian physics. I think that has contributed to us being stuck in a world  view that was appropriate 120 years ago.

So, if it is not real, why do we continue to put some much effort into maintaining the illusion. Why do we attach so much importance to it? If what we experience today is not real, then what we experienced as children is not real either. As a species we tend to let our childhood dominate our adult lives. Why?

One reason is the emotion that is attached to our stored memories. No one has ever shown us how to get rid of the emotions. If they are bad emotions, it is to your mind what never taking the garbage out would be to your kitchen!

NLP offers tools to get rid of the emotions that haunt you. In my Basic NLP course, I teach you eight separate tools to help you rid yourself of garbage emotions. (http://success-is-easy.com/nlp-courses/getting-started/)

Isn’t it time to clean the crap out of your mind? None of it is real, anyway. Lighten up!

NLP Training Gets Easier & Cheaper

When I first became aware of NLP, the training was incredibly  expensive and ridiculously time consuming.  A typical training might have cost $4000 or more and lasted for over a month. Even if you could afford the price, who could take that much time away from daily life?

Things have advanced considerably since then. By 1995, “young turks” in the NLP world had figured out that you could teach the same material in four days (very intense, boot camp experience). With that advance, down came the price to something reasonable (under $1000), and the time away would not “kill” you.

Technology keeps moving forward. We are now offering complete recordings of the four-day boot camp class (approximately 15 hours of digitally recorded audio) and the manual on a single CD. The recordings are in standard MP3 format and the manual is a PDF.  And the total investment is only $249 for the whole package. (Through Dec 31, it is only $199!)

If you want to learn NLP in the privacy of your own home from a Master NLP Trainer, you cannot beat this price.  Check it out at:

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