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Masters of Self Deception

Sometime in the 90's while I was living in Tucson, AZ, I decided to become  an independent insurance agent. Someone had shown me an opportunity to make money and get residuals and all that good stuff, and since I had no clue what to do with my life at that point, I signed up.  I went through the training and started going to the sales meetings. … [Read more...]

The Hypnosis of Belief

Dante Gabriel Rosetti was a famous 19th century poet and artist. One day, he was approached by an old man. The man had some sketches that he showed to Rosetti . He wanted Rossetti to tell him if they were any good. Looking at the drawings with his expert eye, Rosetti knew right away that they showed no sign of artistic talent. He told the man … [Read more...]

The Power of Your Beliefs

Once there was a young man sitting on a park bench worried sick. He owned a business and had gotten himself into a huge amount of debt. He could see no way out of his predicament. He was being harassed by his creditors and his vendors were demanding payment. Suddenly, an old man sat down on the bench next to him. "You look like you have … [Read more...]

The Most Important Thing

The Most Important Thing. What is it? The Dalai Lama says spreading a message of harmony is the most important thing. Audrey Hepburn said it's to enjoy your life. Princess Diana said it was family. John Wayne said tomorrow is the most important thing. Steve Jobs said it was remembering that he will soon be dead. John Wooden said … [Read more...]

Belief: The Tie That Binds, The Wings that Soar.

One day a man was strolling through the circus. As he passed by the elephants, he noticed that the only thing that prevented these huge animals   from running away was a small chain attached to a collar around their leg. The chain was tied to a little peg hammered into the ground. The man thought to himself "Surely, that small peg can be easily … [Read more...]

The #1 Thing Holding You Back from Success

One day, employees at a company got to the office and saw a big sign on the door that read: "Yesterday, the person who has been holding you back from success at this company passed away. We invite you to join the funeral currently in progress at the gymnasium." Many of the employees shook their heads at first, saddened by the fact that one of … [Read more...]

Integrity: The Glue That Holds Your Success Together

I built a model airplane when I was a kid. The instructions said to use modeling cement which we didn't have. I asked my mom if she could buy me some. She said sure, we'll go tomorrow. But I was impatient. I couldn't wait until tomorrow. I wanted to build the plane today. So I got the white Elmer's Glue, and that's how I built my plane. When … [Read more...]

Self Hypnosis as a Tool for Change

Why do most New Years resolutions fail? Why is it so difficult to change habits? You hear about it all the time: people win big in the lottery, millions of dollars. Five years later they are broke. Perhaps you've experienced this: you lose a bunch of weight just to gain it all back plus a few pounds. Or you've quit smoking, just to start … [Read more...]

Sometimes You Just Need to Let Go

During my  "cowboy" phase, while living in Arizona, I decided to try my hand at rodeo. I made up my mind to do bareback bronc riding. This is where a rider gets on a horse (or bronc) whose only desire is to buck the bronc rider off. With only one hand, the rider hangs on to a "rigging", which is a handle, like on a suitcase, attached to a … [Read more...]

Persistence, Faith and the Chinese Bamboo Tree

Here is a parable of  persistence and faith: the story of the Chinese Bamboo tree. This tree is like all trees in that it requires watering and feeding to make it grow. What is unique about the Chinese Bamboo is that for the first year after the seed is planted, there in no apparent growth. In spite of all the watering and care, it seems as … [Read more...]

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