Monday, May 11, 2009

The Grandest Illusion

"So if you think your life is complete confusion 'cause your neighbor's got it made. Just remember that it's a grand illusion and deep inside we're all the same" STYX

Words are bursts of electrical energy.

Consciously directed into our brains, they become the audio track of our subconscious, determining what we want to be or achieve.

According to Dr. Lee Pulos,within a single second of time, your conscious mind processes information using 2 thousand available neurons. Conversely, within that same single second of time, your subconscious mind will process information utilizing 4 billion available neurons.

Dr. Pulos is currently Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. But don't mistake Lee for just another academic stuffed shirt. He has a proven track record in the real world, with a successful career as an entrepreneur, helping launch "The Old Spaghetti Factory". That venture became a 23-million dollar, 22-location operation in Canada, the US and Australia before Lee and his partners sold out to "The Keg" restaurant chain. Lee has also worked with dozens of Olympic and world class athletes and NHL teams such as the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks.

"In modern times we call the power of the word affirmations. Every minute of our waking life we are creating affirmations through our self-talk, at the rate of 150-300 words per minute, or between 45,000 and 51,000 thoughts per day. Positive self-talk has been referred to as nutrition for the mind, like planting flowers in the garden of our subconscious, whereas a negative inner dialogue is analogous to planting weeds" DR. LEE PULOS

For quite some time now, Vince has been harvesting what Dr. Pulos has discovered.

During the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France, Vince raced to a Canadian national record of 135 miles per hour (216.7 km/hr) on skis. Remarkable when you consider Vince went from being a recreational skier to competing in the Olympics in just four years.

Now a best selling author with "The Age of Speed", Vince Poscente offers his perspective on the power that daily self talk keeps reinforcing information in our subconscious, creating our reputation - good, bad or indifferent - with ourselves.

High-performance people are very conscious of the stream of self talk and how it impacts the subconscious. In a recent interview, Dr. Pulos explains, "When you blame someone, or even take on a martyr role, which is part of our Judaeo-Christian ethic - you know, having to work hard and suffer and struggle; a nothing-comes-easy sort of thing - again, that really detracts from one's sense of potency or empowerment and self-esteem. So with high performers, there is no blaming, and there is no martyrhood or struggle. These people view life as something to be lived joyously, impeccably, and to go through it having fun".

Enough about Lee and his theories. Let's talk about you.

Are toxic words and thoughts seepng to the surface, laying waste to your dreams and aspirations?

If so, is now the time to start humming a different tune?

Divorce your inner critics?

Dismiss the "The Itty Bitty Shitty Committee" that huddles inside your head?

That's the delegation of detractors, directing the energy flow of 45-to-51 thousand daily thoughts affecting every aspect of your behaviours and interactions with others. Have you allowed crapola from the "I.B.S. Committee" to restrict entry to your version of paradise theatre far too long and keep you from doing what you have really wanted to accomplish both personally and professionally?

Seeing is achieving.

Visualize to actualize.

Picture self esteem as an immune system for your crystal ball mind and renegade spirit.

Can you keep your eyes on the prize? Refuse to let family pressures or business bullshit suck creative energy from you? The most important conversation you have each day is the one you either enjoy, tolerate or suffer with yourself. It's what makes you, me and everyone around us tick and determines the moment-by-moment way we tock.

Is there something great you would attempt if you knew you couldn't fail?

"You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it. You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it. Get up, get back on your feet. You're the one they can't beat and you know it. Come on, let's see what you've got. Just take your best shot and don't blow it" TOMMY SHAW

p.s... 1977's "Grand Illusion" became the breakthrough album for STYX, reaching Triple Platinum certification thanks to hits such as the Dennis DeYoung-penned "Come Sail Away," as well as Tommy Shaw's "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)".

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