Monday, December 5, 2016

The One Percent Difference- A Thinking Game

Do people think less or more these days?  Especially around the holidays.  Some people seem to get happier, some lose it. Could it be they aren’t thinking? 

I happened to come across this book or rather it found me while working at one of the big box stores in Santa Fe.  The covers of the book are dog eared and many sentences are underlined, so I knew it wasn’t supposed to be selling in the book aisle.  The book is called “The ABC’s of Success” by Bob Proctor.  If you have followed him at all, he was in the movie, “The Secret.”  This book is a compilation of his radio show topics starting with Achievement and ending with Worry.  I hope you get a chuckle from this as much as I did.

                                  “The One Percent Difference.” 

Many years ago I was attending a seminar that a good friend of mine, Leland Val Van de Wall, was conducting.  He said something that broke me up; in fact, the entire audience roared with laughter.  He said, “If most people said what they were thinking, they would be speechless.” 

A very wise man.  He was correct as well.


A number of years ago, I had the pleasure of sharing the platform at a convention with the late Dr. Kenneth MacFarland, a great educator from Kentucky.  He said something similar.

Dr. MacFarland said, “Two percent of the people think, three percent think they think, and ninety-five percent would rather die than think.”
I recently read where George Bernard Shaw said, “Most people  think two or three times a year.  I’ve gained an international reputation for myself thinking just two or three times a week.”

You’re probably saying to yourself by now, “Come on Bob, everyone thinks.” Is that right?  Well, let me suggest that you listen closely to most of the conversations going on around you over the next few hours.  It will be obvious that most of those talking are not thinking, or they would never say what they are saying.

Watch the behavior of some of your peers.  You will realize they are not thinking, or they would never do what they are doing.

You could fall into the 3 percent group, which Dr. MacFarland referred to as those who think they think.

With a little effort, you could catapult yourself into the 2 percent group that DOES think.  They are the achievers; the winners in life.

Thinking must be learned, and it is a subject not taught in most schools.  Think about it.  

Hope your holidays are going well and I would love to read your opinion on this topic.

Friday, November 18, 2016

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Monday, May 23, 2016

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

7 Surprising Reasons Every House Should Have A Salt Lamp

Written by Steven Aitchison

You visit your friend’s house and she has a beautiful orangey glowing light in the corner of t he den. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The light is soft and it illuminates the corner almost in a romantic way. But wait, it’s not an ordinary lamp. This one has magical healing properties. How can that be? Your friend is surprised everyone doesn’t have one of these in their house.

Salt lamps are made of 100% Himalayan salt (or at least your lamp should be) which is said to be a negative ion generator. The health claims range from cleaning the air to curing asthma. Salt lamps are hygroscopic which means they attract and trap all the water molecules in the air that carry toxins.

We always seem to be on the lookout for the least invasive and most natural method to heal any issue that seems to have cropped up. From healing herbs to natural sprays, we will purchase whatever claims to restore us back to 100%. So what are the magical healing properties of a salt lamp?

1. Purify the air.

These beautiful room enhancers are great at cleaning the dirt out of the air. If you’ve burned your dinner or have a smoker in the house, the salt lamp is great for purifying the air. Houses that have unusually high dust activity will benefit from a salt lamp.

2. Reduces electromagnetic radiation.

Cell phones, microwaves, iPad, laptops, TV’s, you name it, we all have one of something. Our houses are full of dirty electricity. A salt lamp may not neutralize all the positive ion activity that is floating around in the air from these gadgets but it will surely help to reduce the dirt.

3. Improves breathing.

For asthma sufferers or any one else suffering from a breathing condition, having a salt lamp in your room at night for sleeping is extremely beneficial. As the lamp cleans and purifies the air, breathing becomes easier and sleeping is more restful. For most sufferers, dirty air plays a big part in breathing difficulty. A salt lamp is the perfect little night light for that.

4. Reduces snoring.

Yes, you read that right. The salt lamp has been said to reduce snoring. Now snoring stems from many different health issues but having and keeping a small salt lamp in the corner of your room at night will make a big difference in that the air isn’t filled with dust and other pollutants which in part do cause some snoring.

5. Increase energy levels.

When we have a lamp glowing continually throughout the day, and as our air gets cleaned, the effect of the negative ions in the air is beneficial to keeping us alert, energized and less stressed. The less stressed we are; the more energy we have.

6. Mood enhancer.

Not only is the beautiful orange glow sure to put you in a much calmer and peaceful state but the release of negative ions and the reduction in dirty electricity leaves us less stressed, happier and not as agitated. They are also really good for lifting the spirits of those who suffer from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

7. Get a good night sleep.

Because of the reduction of positive ions in the air, of course. Less stress, better air quality, less agitation, calmer moods and all that adds up to a better night’s sleep.
Though it is said that it’s difficult to prove any of these claims, all you have to do is ask anyone who has had a salt lamp in their house for any length of time and they will tell you of the benefits they have experienced since getting one. Some even have more health claims than the ones listed here. As always, do your research, check them out. If any of the claims are false, at the very least you will have a beautiful and unique lamp in your room.

About Author of This Article

Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is a Facebook Coach | Co-Creator of GuidedMind | Creator of The Magic | Creator of One of the largest personal development Facebook Pages with over 1.6 million followers and Author of 100 Ways to develop Your Mind

Saturday, March 19, 2016

I Am A Real Woman & So Is Every Other Woman

Kathryn Budig is the face of national advertising campaigns, has been on the cover of magazines, and leads yoga retreats around the world. You might think she gets a pass on being body shamed, or that she always feels confident about her body.

But, as she shared at this year's revitalize, Kathryn knows all too well what it feels like to be body shamed on social media. Her empowering, boldly honest talk brought down the house, and her story may help change the conversation in a world that loves judging women's bodies.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Simple Remedy for a Stuffy Nose

Are you waking up with a stuffy nose every morning?

Acute stuffiness may be part of a cold or flu, and therefore rest, liquid diets (home broths are especially nutritive) and extra vitamin C ( up to 10 grams daily) can help.  Chronic sinus congestion is more likely to be caused by fungi than bacteria, especially if secretions are clear or white, not green or yellowish.  If you suffer from a chronic stuffy nose, you are likely a mouth breather at night, which quickly turns your pillow into a fungus factory.  Wash your pillow cases in very hot water weekly, and change your pillow every 3 to 6 months.

Application of anti-fungal herbs to the nasal passage is an effective approach to reducing sinus congestion.  Try pleasant-smelling blends that include wintergreen, eucalyptus, thyme, or other volatile oils.  A light layer can be applied with a cotton swap (diluted with olive or coconut oil) to the nasal passages at bedtime.  You can also combine loose, dried herbs with a cup of hot water in a bowl, put a towel over your head and breather the steam in deeply for 10 minutes.

Some people have good luck with a combination of garlic and cinnamon taken internally.  Others find they need to move to a vegetarian diet (fish and eggs are usually okay in moderation) to reduce inflammation and congestion. 

Waking up without a stuffy nose means ideas can come through easier and sets your whole day off on the right tone.

Adapted from Better Nutrution- Emily A. Kane ND, LAc


Saturday, January 2, 2016

10 Ways to Cleanse Every Day

 by Elissa Goodman

January is undoubtedly the busiest time of year in my office.  In fact, as I write this, my email box is full of requests for a spot on one of my popular cleanse programs.  It happens every year, yet by March, the motivation to "cleanse" has greatly diminished.

Because of this, I decided to change the way we cleanse, to turn cleansing into a lifestyle and redefine the experience.  Cleansing isn't  deprivation, starvation and rigidly scheduled.  You can cleanse every day, any day and any time of the year.  This month, instead of over committing to a resolution that will be long forgotten about springtime, commit to every day ways can cleanse your body.

As easy as starting your day with lemon water and ending it by releasing your fears and anxieties.  My every days ways to cleanse will help keep your energy up, your weight gain down, your immune system strong and your attitude positive all year long....

1. Probiotics and Fermented Foods
Probiotics boost the healthy bacteria ration in your digestive tract, help heal your gut, boost your immune system and your happiness too.  Fermented foods are probiotic powerhouses  Eating them daily and taking a probiotic daily is one is one easy way to keep your gut and digestive system balanced during times of overindulgence, rich foods and travel.  Staying consistent and taking daily is key!

2. Sleep
Focus on restorative sleep.  It is during a good sleep that our body is able to heal and restore itself.  During this time our brain also organizes and stores information of the day, helping your process stressful events more efficiently.  If you prioritize getting good sleep your chances of staying well improve immensely.  Bedtime by 10pm guarantees that you will get maximum restorative sleep (happens between 10pm-2am) and 8-9 hours per night is a must.

3.  Start the Day with a Detox Tonic
This blend of filtered water, lemon, aloe vera, Braggs apple cider, coconut kefir and ginger can do wonders for digestion.  Aloe vera is rich in nutrients and fiber, lemon is alkaline and detoxfying, Braggs's Apple cideer is full of enzymes and friendly bacteria and coconut kefir is full of beneficial bacteria and hydrates the body while cleansing the liver and intestines.  This combination of ingredients helps to stop the sugar cravings, promotes healthy digestions and balances blood sugar.

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4. Green Juice or Smoothie
The make sure you get the nutrients you need to stay well, have a green juice or smoothie with ingredients like; romaine, spinach, parsley, cilantro, lemon, ginger, tumeric and apple.  You can add flax or chia seeds for fiber and hemp hearts for protein, Both will help keep you satified and feeling energized- especially important to keep up with your gusy schedule and to keep you from over eating!

5. Cruciferous Foods
Cruciferous  veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, spinach, kale, cabbage and brussels sprouts contain antioxidants that increase the production of detoxifying enzymes in the body.  These veggies also contain sulfur compounds that protect the liver and improves its ability to eliminate toxins.

6. Dry Brushing
This is one of my favorite cleansing methods.  Dry brushing your skin by sound a bit weird, but is a fantastic way to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage to help rid the body of toxins.  Your skin is your biggest organ and toxins in your body need a way out.  Dry brushing clears the dead skin cells and allow your cells to breathe, giving the toxins an escape path.  Health benefits aside, dry brushing your skin feels great!  I recommend spending at least 5 minutes in the morning brushing your skin in a circular motions.  You'll feel (and ultimately look like) a million bucks.

7. Stay Hydrated
I know you know how important drinking water is, but for daily cleansing, it is more important.  It is crucial.  When your body cleanses, it pushes toxins into the bloodstream.  The more water you drink, the faster the toxins are pushed out.  And that's the point of cleansing, isn't it?  Make sure the water is filtered (you don't want to use toxins to push out toxins, right?) and drink at minimum of half your body weight in ounces each day.

8. Let of of Fears and Anxiety
Cleansing isn't only about your food, for full benefit, cleanse your body and soul.  Letting go of your fears and anxieties can be very emotionally cleansing.  Write down daily a list of feelings; list what made you sad today, what made you angry today and what made you happy today.  After acknowledging these feelings, release them into the universe and let go of the anger and sadness.

9. Fiber
Eat in natural form is crucial (fruits, veggies, beans, legumes, whole grains).  While fiber is not digestible, it is a great way to help your body digest and pass the foods we eat.  It clears out the digestive system and takes toxins, cholesterol, waste and extra hormones with it.  Fiber also supports a strong immune system, proper colon health, intestinal bacterial balance, a faster metabolism, weight control, diabetes prevention and cardiovascular disease prevention.  It is also feed your gut.  Eating fiber in natural form over taking a supplement is crucial (beans and legumes, fruits, veggies and whole grains are your best source).

10. The 12 -18 Hour Fast
Intermittent fasting accelerates the cleansing of waste products in your body.  The basic principle here is to stay hydrated with water, green juices or herbal teas while abstaining from food for a 12-18 hour period.  It's not as hard as it sounds.  If your eat your evening meal at 7pm, you could complete an 18 hours fast by 1 pm the next day - not that difficult if you're staying hydrated!  Fasting accelerates the cleansing of waste products left by dead and damaged cells, a process known as autophagy.  A failure of autophagy to keep up with accumulated cellular waste is believed by many scientists to be one of the major causes of the chronic.  Choosing one day per week to fast, can be beneficial for your blood sugar, metabolism, and counter balance weight gain.

Elissa Goodman is an integrative Holistic Nutritionist and cleanse expert based in Los Angeles, California.  As a holistic health coach, Elissa offers complete personalized nutritional counseling programs and individual sessions, and works with clients suffering from Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), auto-immune disorders, anxiety, thyroid irregularities, weight gain, respiratory problems and allergies.  Additionally,  she offers nutritional based integrative cancer therapy (incorporating both conventional and holistic treatment methods) Visit


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