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Friday, January 16, 2015

Breaking a Bad Habit or Pattern

In your life right now, is there a bad habit or a bad pattern that you are trying to break, such as stuttering, eating too much unhealthy foods, overeating in general, or any recurring behavior that is causing you misery in the long run?  Is there an addiction that you are trying to rid, such as smoking, cutting, drinking, drug addiction, or any other type of common or uncommon addictions?  

One of the first things you need to do before you break a pattern is to go back in time in your mind and remember when the pattern began. 

The following video shows a thirty-year-old man, Rechaud, who has severely stuttered speech for most of his life and how he was guided by Anthony Robbins to think back and remember the time when his speech impediment started.  The stuttering man remembered the time when he was around three years old when he watched a cartoon in the mornings where one of the characters with a speech impediment often yelled for help.  During this time of this man’s early life, his father was physically beating his mom.  As a child, he subconsciously started stuttering which presented a problem to distract his father from physically beating his mother.

Remembering this childhood memory was an important step toward stopping his lifelong pattern of severe stuttering.  As a matter of fact, this man stopped stuttering from that day forward, after remembering when the stuttering started.

Remembering and Writing Exercise

For whatever pattern or habit you are trying to break:

  1.        Think back to the very first moment (or the time period) the pattern started and the brief period AFTER the pattern started.  Even if you can’t remember a specific moment, remember the approximate time period.  How old were you?  Picture the environment you were in and the people around you.  What did you look like?  What did the people around you look like?  What was happening in your life at the time?  What were you doing?  What were people around you doing?  What or how were you feeling at the time?  Remember and describe as much as possible.
  2.         Now think back at the time period BEFORE the pattern started that may have contributed to your unintentional adaptation of this pattern (or caused you to subsconsciously adapt this pattern.)  What was happening in your life before the pattern started.  Usually, we adapt these bad patterns to get away from pain or to survive (and also probably to obtain ephemeral pleasure).
  3.         If you want me to guide you with the next steps to break your bad habit or pattern, feel free to email me at healthsciencewriter@gmail.com  with what you’ve written here.  Be sure to title the email “Breaking a Pattern or Habit”.

Clarification for Possible Misunderstanding
Let me be clear in case there’s any misunderstanding.  Not everyone will get results this quickly with just one step.  Some will, but not everyone will.  In other words, I am not saying that this exercise in remembering (and writing) is all you need to stop addictions or stuttering in all cases.  Not at all.  I am merely saying that this exercise is one step or one part of a whole set of strategies.  Although this stuttering man was cured with this one step, many will require additional strategies.  This is especially true with patterns like addictions.   If you are trying to break your pattern of any type of addiction, this exercise in remembering should not replace conventional medical treatment.  Instead, it should be used in addition to conventional and medically recognized treatment. 

Note for Coaches, Teachers, Advisors, and Trainers
Put attention on what you want whenever it shows up.  Notice when Rechaud said one phrase without stuttering, “Sign me up for that,” Tony stopped immediately to put both their attention on it. 

“Say that again,” requested Tony.  Tony was applying the principle of focusing on the behavior they want to grow (instead of focusing on what they don't want) .  In this case, you want the normal non-stuttering speech to grow (not the stuttered speech). 

Get your client or student to put his mind on a model he wants to become (whether it’s a metaphorical model or an actual person).  After Rechaud remembered the genesis of the problem (in his childhood) and after some strategies in releasing (that in Rechaud’s unconscious mind that had bound him in severely stuttered speech), Tony guided Rechaud to put Rechaud’s mind on the metaphorical model of person Rechaud wants to be, like the warrior “and the warrior never stutters.”

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Friday, August 29, 2014

David Neeleman, founder of Jetblue and Azul (updated)

Updated August 2014

David Neeleman who has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) struggled through school when he was young.  However, his ADHD turned out to be a gift when he directed his hyperactive creativity toward building something great for consumers while keeping costs low for them.  This allowed him to innovatively build four successful airlines.

Other Interviews and News with David Neeleman (Added on August 29, 2014)

David Neeleman talks about Azul and Embraer 

Elite Interviews David Neeleman 

David Neeleman Talks About "What Makes a Startup Soar" 

Books About David Neeleman and JetBlue

Blue Streak  by Barbara Peterson

Flying High  by James Wynbrandt

What David Neeleman Learned as a Young Missionary in Brazil

Book Recommended by David Neeleman

The Mormon Way of Doing Business  by Jeff Benedict

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

How You'll Make It

You are asking, how did it come to this?  How do I get out of this painful place?  You’re thinking, I don’t see how it’s possible.

I know this may sound cliché, but I strongly recommend that you talk to God.  Ask God for help.  What do you have to lose?  The times when I was in this place, I felt that there’s nothing left I can do and so, I talk to God.  If only people know how practical this is (and more than just a cliche.)

As you continuously talk to God, you will realize more and more of what you can do.  Then, you need to do your part.  If you don’t know what you can do, you should keep asking God for guidance and you need to keep establishing a relationship with Him.  As you establish a father-child relationship with God, start doing what you can do and God will do what you can’t do.  He will control what you can’t control.  As you go on with this, the sun will rise.

The sun is rising.

In an upcoming blog entry, I will show you something else you can do to get you to where you want to be or need to be.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Iraqi Christian Children Being Beheaded

“It’s getting worse day by day.  More children are being beheaded.  Mothers are being raped and killed.  Fathers are being hung.” said Mark Arabo, a Chaldean American leader.  He went on to say on CNN - after some Christians pay a tax (jizya) for not being Muslim, their wives and daughters were taken by the militants as their wives.

Chaldean Christians are being driven out of Iraq by ISIS. This militant group that has recently taken over major parts of Iraq told the Iraqi Christians to leave, convert to Islam, or die.  Many Chaldean Christians were beheaded including children and women.

Dr.  Sallama Al Khafaji (of the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights) told AINA about an instance when ISIS militants demanded jizya from a family, they did not have the money to pay it.  In response, three of the ISIS militants raped the daughter and mother in front of the father.  The father later committed suicide, according to a report by AINA (Assyrian International News Agency).  In addition to such cases reported, it is reasonable to assume that there are many many more cases not reported.

The ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now calling themselves just the Islamic State) is a fundamentalist militant group that has recently taken over major parts of Iraq.  The Iraqi government along with the Kurds are so far not able to stop them.

Qaraqosh, Iraq has one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.  For over 2,000 years, Muslims and Christians lived there together (even through the dictatorship era of Saddam Hussein.)  Under the aggression of ISIS, the Christians had only a few hours to leave or be killed.  Some churches in Mosul have been destroyed.  (Some of them are among the oldest churches in the world.)

What can the world do?  The world community should follow France’s lead in offering asylum to Iraqi Christians.  People of all nations should contact their government leaders or legislators to introduce a bill to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians.  Feel free to let us know if you have other suggestions on what can be done.  For other things you can do to help the Chaldean Christians, go to http://www.minorityhf.org/

As ISIS continue to advance their offensive, other groups in Iraq are also in jeopardy including the Shiite Muslims and minority groups such as the Yazidis.  Unfortunately, ISIS’ offensive and their horrific crimes against humanity have been overshadowed by other headlines (such as the conflict between Israel and Gaza as well as the conflict in Ukraine which caused the downing of the Malaysian airline.)

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Friday, July 11, 2014

LeBron Returns to Cleveland: Life Lesson from This

Lebron James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.  If Cleveland is more important to him than winning another championship, that would be the right choice.  If winning another championship is more important for him, I would say that his chances of doing so in Miami are better (despite Miami’s loss this year).  The high performance battleship that is the Miami Heat will need to be rebuilt after these major parts (LeBron and possibly others) are gone.  (So, Miami will probably not win another championship any time soon.)  However, as long as Spoestra and Riley are the head engineer and captain, they can rebuild it into a ship just as good and possibly even better, in time.

Many endeavors in life are like the goal of winning a championship.  You need to build a vehicle (a high performance one) to get you there.  It will take time, hardwork, and collective effort.  It’s never only about just one star player (as good and essential as he may be).  Although they are pivotal to the success of a team, they are replaceable.  Although it may take some time to find the right stars, there are plenty of stars in the sky.  Nonetheless, it will take some time (and the right coaches and/or leaders) to get the potential stars to shine to their maximum brightness.  Kawhi Leonard, this year's MVP of the Spurs, is the perfect case and point.  This young star is shining so brightly because of all the mentors and coaches around him, in addition being on the right ship (for him and the right culture of that ship/team.)

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Don't Care What They Say; Whatever Works!

When Michelle Wie switched to a putter that seems to be too short, people “started talking about it.”  They were talking about the weird or goofy stance she started assuming with the shorter putter.  However, Wie felt it was more effective for her despite what people said. 

Lesson #1:  Who cares what people say!  Whatever works!  Look how it turned out.  Michelle Wie won the U.S. Open this year.
Watch the video interview where Michelle Wie talked about her putter change at - http://youtu.be/YxJtgCuD3eQ?t=7m56s 

At the time of the putter change, some experts were saying that Michelle’s new putting stance did not seem to be good for her back.  However, her lower back actually felt better than the more acceptable putting stance she used earlier.

Lesson #2:  You know yourself the best.  Although you should hear what the experts have to say and recognize their expertise, ultimately you have to make the decision for yourself.

Another part of this message is for the experts, such as doctors.  Although you are the expert, you have to be conscious of the individuality and uniqueness of each patient.

"Just as important as finding out what kind of disease a patient has, is finding out what kind of patient has the disease."

As much commonality as you’ve seen in your profession, you must always be alert for the patient, client, or student who may be different than the common pattern you are familiar with.

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