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Science seems to be suggesting that the evidence is currently pointing to the possibility that we are indeed living inside a matrix-like simulation, shaped in part by our consciousness. This video is a great watch for those with an open mind.

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This video from Uplift talks about dealing with your inner world to improve your outer world, after all your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. Self awareness is a very powerful skill to develop.

This is a great video detailing how to be effective in your meditation practice. Susan Piver talks you through her recommended mediation process.

  1. Place attention on your breath,
  2. Openness – allow your thoughts to be as they are. Don’t try to fight them coming and going, just don’t let them distract you,
  3. When you notice you are being distracted, let it go. There is nothing to hold onto.

If you’re interested in persuasion, this is a must watch for you.

Watching This Video From Alan Watts Will Help You To No Longer Fear Death

Jim Carrey is a multi talented guy, as well as being hilariously funny in films like Dumb and dumber, Ace Ventura and many other popular movies, Jim is a great motivational speaker. This is one of his best talks, about how to think about living your life, enjoy

We are all the same under our “labels”, we are all members of the human race. Our “labels” act to separate and divide us, they try to fool us into thinking we are different to others, but in reality these labels are lies. We are more than our names, ages, race, religion, politics, our country of origin.. we are more than the colour of our skin. We are one, we are the human race….check out the video above for more insight.


 

Posted by Get Lasting Results on Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Goal setting is a key component for improvement. After-all you need to have at least an idea of the direction you’re heading. A direction-less life, without purpose is one without passion. Find out more about goal setting here

The cycle of behavior

A video posted by @getlastingresults on

I wrote abit about the cycle of behaviour here

GRIT Is Worth Cultivating

Get Results: commitment, being committed
Get Results: commitment, being committed

Having grit and being committed are essential ingredients in powering through to achieving goals. Without them, difficulties and obstacles may be too great to overcome.

I got this email the other day, so thought I’d share it, because it’s message is important in this respect…

The other day I finally picked up my gym routine again, after a 6-week hiatus.

And let me tell ‘ya it wasn’t a pretty sight:
My my first squat rep made me feel a little woozy.
By the third rep I’m red-faced…

And after the whole set I’m wobbling on my feet with tinnitus ringing in my ears, ready to faint then and there.
What gives??

This comment from a reader made me re-live that unfortunate gym experience:

~~~

In my life, I’ve probably picked up and dropped programming again a dozen times in total (yes, persistence is my weakness in that respect).

And every time I saw marked improvements if doing a bit of it every single day and saw decline if leaving it alone for so much as a week.

~~~

Here’s my take on this:

Whether you’re learning how to program with Python, you just ate a slice of humble pie at the squat rack, or if you want to learn how to cook a decent meal from scratch—

These are all “use it or lose it” kind of skills:

The more you do them, the better you get. The less you do them, the worse you get.

It’s a law of nature.

And if you drop the ball—don’t beat yourself up too much.
The truth is, we’re all TOGETHER in this constant struggle against entropy:

I looked like a complete tool at the gym? So what. Since then 2 weeks have passed and now I’m back where I was before my break.

It’s been a while since I built a web scraper in Python? Well, the next time I need to write one I’ll just have to do a few hours of research first.

My point is this—

You can ALWAYS recover from a setback.
In fact, the ability to recover from setbacks is vastly more important than talent or a perfect attendance record.

Because sooner or later you WILL need it to achieve your goals.

Grit is worth cultivating.

For more posts about commitment click here.

Healthy Eating: Steamed Bao Bun and Salmon Avocado Salad

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Get Results: health eating, Steamed Bao Bun and Salmon Avocado Salad

Well it’s Japanese foodie day for us today, and we’re trying Salmon avocado salad and soya sauce, ginger, sesame oil and lemon dressing with steamed Bao bun with sweet pork filling.
Happy eating!

Desiderata

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Get Results: Desiderata

“Desiderata” is a 1927 poem by American writer Max Ehrmann. Largely unknown in the author’s lifetime, its use in devotional and spoken-word recordings in 1971 and 1972 called it to the attention of the world.

Don’t Be Offended

Get Results: it's how you react that matters
Get Results: it’s how you react that matters

It seems the world is becoming more offended by the views and actions of other people, other nations, other cultures and other societies. If you spend any time on social media, you’ll know the outpouring of outrage of people commenting on posts which they have taken some offence to.

Offence is defined as;

Resentful or annoyed, typically as a result of a perceived insult.

It got me thinking about what offended me.

I’m offended by those that …

Don’t agree with me and who thing it’s okay to insult my views,

Have different views and won’t open their minds to see others’ views,

Don’t say thank you, or acknowledge when I let them go in front of me,

Push in,

Are rude,

Infringe on my cultural values,

Infringe on my civil liberties,

Threaten my way of life,

Try to tell me what I can say, can’t say, can do, can’t do; the PC brigade,

Do what I have been known to do to others,

Take offence over everything they perceive as an insult to them as if they were the center of the universe.

However I realise it’s okay to be offended, in fact, it’s inevitable that at some point someone is going to offend me. So I no longer wish for the world to change, and instead have changed the way I think about things. I don’t take things so personally anymore.

At the end of the day, I can’t control what others do, but I can change the way I react.

For more about shifting perspective click here.

For more about spirituality click here.

Liberal versus Conservative

Get Results: Liberal conservative
Get Results: Liberal conservative

Fear and Love are the main drivers for all human behaviour, and this fact is accurate for every person that has ever lived, but we differ greatly in how we believe to best achieve this.

We all have a mix of conservative and liberal views, we are positioned along a continuum which as liberal values at one end, and conservative views at the other. We appear along this continuum at different points from one another and also from ourselves with reference to different subjects, topics at at different time and in different situations.

I lean towards stability and responsibility in some situations while favoring innovation and a more carefree attitude in others. I feel reassured by politicians and celebrities that I am familiar with, and that I trust (there aren’t many of those to be honest), but also embrace change and uncertainty at times.

Conservative values come from beliefs that resist CHANGE, and carry the narrative that change equals uncertainty, risk, threat, and/or danger. Those with Conservative values that feel under threat crave the reassurance of something and someone familiar.

Research shows that people who identify as having liberal values often display conservative tendencies when they feel threatened, and  those that classify themselves as conservatives display liberal tendencies when they feel less inhibited.

I was recently researching Simon Baron-Cohen’s hypothesis Empathising-Systemising theory, which suggests that people may be classified on the basis of their scores along two dimensions: empathising and systemising.

It supposedly measures a person’s strength of interest in empathy (the ability to identify and understand the thoughts and feelings of others and to respond to these with appropriate emotions) and a person’s strength of interest in systems (in terms of the drive to analyse or construct them).

Well I consider systemising to be a conservatively based trait. The need to take things apart and figure out how they work, and to organise processes into routines, that are easy to understand and follow, I hypothesis, come from a desire to make us feel less threatened by our environment and more in control of our destiny.

Empathising could also be considered fear based trait, but its an alternative strategy to achieve the same thing as systemising, but in a more inclusive way. It could also be perceived as a way to spiritually connect with others, to get outside of ourselves. Empathisers figure that understanding others makes them less vulnerable to the world. It’s the same desire as the conservative, but employs a completely different strategy to achieve it.

Get Results: diffusion of innovation bell
Get Results: diffusion of innovation bell

Now let’s consider the diffusion of innovation bell. This attempts to explain why some people embrace innovation quicker than others. At one end of the scale you have the Early Adaptors and at the other, Laggards.

So why do Laggards resist change, because they crave the status quo, they like to keep things the same, because they fear change, which is a conservative trait. On the other hand Early Adapters focus on the new thing because it brings with it opportunities rather than risk and danger, which is a liberal trait.

So while you might consider yourself coming from a more conservative or liberal mindset, the underlying desire for pleasure and need to avoid pain are the same in everyone. We are more similar than we are different. We love and fear in the same way, but our beliefs shape our strategies for navigating the world so that we avoid pain and find pleasure.

We should embrace different views because they open our minds, and give us ideas for alternative strategies for achieving the same goals.

Until next time..

Healthy Eating: Grilled Salmon and Butternut Squash Rice

Get Results: grilled salmon
Get Results: grilled salmon

Our latest installment of ideas for tasty meals to help keep the weight off.

Season salmon with salt, pepper, garlic parsley butter, chilli flakes and fresh squeezed lemon juice and drizzle with olive oil and grill til it’s cooked to your liking..Easy and tasty..serve with tenderstem broccoli and butternut squash rice..Voila!

Check out more posts about healthy eating, to help lose weight, as well as our weight loss guide.

Sadness Emotions

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Get Results: sadness expression illustration

Fear of LOSS, fear of DISAPPOINTMENT, fear of REGRET and fear of LONELINESS are often quoted as some of the most feared sadness emotions.

Loss and disappointment

Fear of loss and disappointment are often behind why we avoid doing things, such pursuing goals and dreams, I’m talking about the fear of loss in terms of losing money, property or time rather than losing people and relationships. We often experience this kind of fear so strongly, that it paralysis us into inaction.

This is a fairly understandable reaction with fear of loss, after all, you don’t want to be plowing your hard earned money into an investment which has the potential of wiping you out if you get it wrong.

However the fear of disappointment can be easily re-framed by shifting your perspective and looking more critically at your perceptions and the underlying and often shaky beliefs that they are built on.

When it comes to fear of loss in respect of people and relationships, fear of loss often manifests itself in being over-protective towards loved ones, or jealous of their attention with others. Some people avoid falling in love, for fear of having to deal with the possibility of that relationship coming to an end in the future, either because of it breaking down or because of the death of one of the parties. The quote “It’s better to have loved and lost, than to have never of loved at all”, comes to mind here, but we all know from experience, that it doesn’t feel so clear cut when we’re going through the grieving process.

Get Results: sadness emotions
Get Results: sadness emotions

Regret

Regret comes from making choices, that in retrospect you might wish you hadn’t taken on, including the choice of doing nothing. It’s about looking back on your life or a section of your life and wishing you’d have made better decisions when they presented themselves. The fear of regret is about mitigating the risk of being in such a dreaded future situation.

Other situations

There are many other situations that cause sadness, some being;

  • Mental illness
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Drug addiction and substance abuse
  • Existential Crisis
  • Bullying
  • Unemployment and financial hardship
  • Terminal illness and chronic pain

and while I’ve not gone further into detail with these (because I wanted to keep this article to a reasonable length), they are no less valid than the ones I have detailed previously.

Fear of the future

Fear of the future occurrence of any sadness emotions, while understandable in some respects, is an irrational fear. We can’t know for sure how one decision and one choice will unfold and impact us, in the future. I like the Zen parable; Is that so, for a good illustration of this point.

Sure  we can mitigate the risks, by improving our knowledge, doing our homework and due diligence and making the best educated decision, at the time.

But we must be aware that there may be many variables in play that we may not be in control of, or even aware of; the unknown, unknowns, the known unknowns etc.

That’s why it’s always good to have a plan B, a backup plan that helps hedge your position, if things go pear-shaped.

Fear comes from worrying about something imagined in the futures, and often fear and worry are over played in our thoughts. The reality is often not nearly as bad as we’d anticipated.

Obviously terminal illness, chronic pain and future traumatic experiences can be mitigated, by trying to refrain from behaviours that could make them more likely to occur, such as avoiding smoking, substance abuse or putting yourself in risky situations, but simply worrying too much about their potential occurrence, can be draining and stressful, and probably best avoided.

Dealing with Sadness

So what do we do when we’re stuck in the emotion of sadness? When it’s here and real.

Dealing with emotion, is about facing it, rather than running away from it. I’ve known people that have used alcohol, and substances to escape dealing with emotion, It doesn’t appear to work for them, in fact, it often compounds problems and adds to an already difficult situation.

Feeling trapped and unable to cope, thinking there is no hope or no way out can result in a downward spiral of emotions, if allowed to do so.

Pain is an inevitable part of life, everyone deals with sadness and pain more generally, to some extent, and finding a way to reduce the amount of pain you’re experiencing or increasing coping resources is where the answer ultimately lays.

Support networks are vital, if you don’t have the luxury of having good people around you, in your family and friends circle, there are many great specialised organisations, that want to help. Never feel you have to deal with any emotion or situation alone.

It is possible to find pleasure and purpose in life again, it really is. Just find the resources within you, to find those resources that are out there to help you navigate your way through.

Don’t Fear Your THREATS

Get Results: SWOT analysis
Get Results: SWOT analysis

S.W.O.T. analysis is a great tool for analysing different aspects of your business, particularly the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.

When considering the THREATS in particular, you shouldn’t fear the things you put under this category, in fact these can often be the opportunities you are looking for to disrupt your business and even your industry and take a great leap forward.

Say to yourself “What would a competitor have to do for me to think, oh shit I’m screwed now!” and instead of waiting for this to happen to you, take the first mover advantage and get on with it yourself.

Every THREAT is, with the right mindset, an OPPORTUNITY in waiting.

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Get Results: SWOT analysis

Hugh Ranks Pep Talk – How to Analyze Political Language

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Get Results: true education comes from questioning what your told

Hugh Rank may be better known for his model of persuasion, but he did also come up with the Pep talk, a framework for analysing political language.

It’s particularly important to be aware of the tricks politicians might employ to take control of the population through a form of mind control, manipulating the masses to their will.

Rank believed arming people with this framework might help protect against such trickery.

When you’re next watching the news, or some political broadcast, look out for this framework at work. Question politicians and media motives, pay particular attention to the language being used. For example if you’ve listened to some of the Brexit debate lately, you may have heard terms such as

  • “we risk falling off a cliff edge”,
  • “into the abyss”,
  • “storm clouds are gathering”,
  • “we’ll be left in the wilderness”,

Now, consider the intent behind such emotive language. What are politicians (and the media) trying to get you to do, what is their intent?

Whether you believe it’s likely to be true or not, what such language is attempting to do is influence your views, mess with your emotions and stir a reaction from you. It’s trying to stoke up fear, largely based on nothing but opinion and assumptions rather than fact and evidence. This isn’t the Pep talk framework in full effect, but some elements are at play here.

However you have seen the Pep talk at work, in all it’s glory, during the war on terror, particularly after 911.

The “pep talk” calls for committed collective action. Emotional intensity and group bonding are the two prominent features of a “pep talk” which is made up of the following components..

(1)the Threat; (2) the Bonding; (3) the Cause; (4) the Response.

1. The Threat

Rank believes persuaders are often problem makers using the following tools:

  1. words – warning, name calling, horror stories
  2. images – atrocity pictures to intensify threat to the group by evil other

Persuaders use predictable fears – “We fear that someone stronger (DOMINANCE) will take away our life (DEATH), our possessions (DESTRUCTION), our territory (INVASION), our freedom (RESTRICTION); or that someone else has more (INJUSTICE); or that a human system will break down (CHAOS).

There are six category of fears;

  1. Death and destruction
  2. Invasion
  3. Restriction
  4. Dominance
  5. Injustice
  6. Chaos

The threat may be direct and tangible (such as traffic gridlocks, widespread power outages, computer network failures, mob riots, food shortages, contamination) or the threat may be indirect and intangible (such as inflation, bank failures, devaluation of currency). But, in both cases, the harmful effects are, nevertheless, real and felt.

In political campaigns, the incumbents usually stress how well the systems work; the opposition party charges that the system should work better, and that there should be change, reform.

2. The Bonding

Hugh Rank believes there are three basic themes in bonding actions, which are the same, no matter what threats or causes are involved, these are:

  1. Unity – “united we stand”
  2. Loyalty – “be true to your…”
  3. Pride – “we’re number one…”

Such bonding activities relate to past and present and involves organised group activities such as teams, parades, picketing, chanting, singing and/or wearing uniforms, these are used for gathering and keeping the group together ready for action.

Once the group is bonded a structure and organisation comes into being. Individuals often gain self-esteem from joining such groups, have roles to play and jobs to protect.

So bonded groups need a sense of movement and progress, often obtained by introducing new threats and new causes.

3. The Cause

Rank says a cause involves a sense of duty to defend someone from a threat and gain a benefit.

People working on a cause often increase their own self image and have a sense of moral superiority and self righteousness. They basically come from the view that “we are informed and good: they are ignorant and evil”

Causes often conflict, sometimes directly, more often indirectly. Opponents often disagree on what the main issue is. Dominance, or power, is sometimes the “hidden agenda.” Related causes often cluster, so group-bonding attempts often overlap.

Cause rhetoric can sometimes be controlled, like a thermostat, by organized groups, but sometimes gets out of control, like a wildfire, because individuals may internalise a strange mix of messages and respond in violent ways.

  • It’s our Duty … Obligation … Responsibility … Mission … Job … Work … Task
  • to Defend … Protect … Guard … Save … Help … Shield … Safeguard … Aid … Serve
  • the … Nation … Country … Homeland … People … Workers … Common ManPoorOppressed … Children… Unborn … Future… Animals …. Environment
  • … from a threat and gain a benefit:
  • If the Threat is: DOMINATION
    the benefit is:
    Victory … Triumph … Success … Conquest … Control … Sovereignty … Mastery … Superiority … Dominion … Supremacy
  • If the Threat is: DEATH & DESTRUCTION
    the benefit is:
    Peace … Security … Safety … Stability … Tranquility … Calm
  • If the Threat is: INVASION
    the benefit is:
    Territory … Country … Homeland … Fatherland … Birthright … Community … Inheritance … Neighborhood
  • If the Threat is: RESTRICTION
    the benefit is:
    Freedom … Liberty … Independence … Choice … Liberation … Emancipation … Autonomy … Self-determination
  • If the Threat is: INJUSTICE
    the benefit is:
    Justice … Equality …Right … Fairness … Balance … Retribution … Revenge … Vengeance
  • If the Threat is: CHAOS
    the benefit is:
    Order … Prosperity … Progress … Abundance … Plenty … Growth … Efficiency … Honesty … Ability … Integrity

Rank says that duty,  defense, and  altruism  are the key  concepts.  The  basic  concept  of  a  “cause”  can  be expressed  in the following  formula:

A  “cause”  involves  a  sense of  duty  to  defend  someone from  a threat and gain a benefit.

4. The Response

Effective cause group rhetoric usually identifies specific actions to be taken by the receptive audience. Often, an urgency plea is used, together with some common triggering words.

  • Start – lets go, move, start or passively – rest, stasis, indecision or inaction
  • Fight – struggle
  • Endure – keep on, hold on, standfast, stick to it
  • Change – redirect, transform, channel, convert.
If the Threat is: Key “Cause” words: Response sought:
DOMINANCE Victory, Success Fight (or) Stop
DEATH OR DESTRUCTION Security, Safety Win (or) Stop
INVASION Home, Country Keep out (or) Get out
RESTRICTION Freedom, Liberty Free (or) Ban
INJUSTICE Justice, Equality More (or) Less
CHAOS Efficiency, Honesty Keep (or) Change
DAMNATION Virtue, Goodness Save (or) Keep

This is the outline of Ranks Pep Talk, it’s difficult to find much about it on the internet, his book by the same name is available on Amazon, and although, I haven’t read it, other than on his website, many years ago, it’s an intriguing subject, and as relevant today as it’s ever been.

Improve Your Advertising Effectiveness

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Get Results: Marketing is about providing the right offer, to the right personal in the right place at the right time

Most advertising by small businesses is ineffective and simply a waste of money.

However, advertising is essential if you’re going to succeed. So here are a few points to consider for making your advertising effort effective.

  1. Be clear about what you’re trying to achieve.
  2. Advertise to the right people, at the right time, in the right place.
  3. Understand what advertising can and can’t do.
  4. Hire someone who is skillful to write your ad and someone equally skilled to design it.
  5. Make sure your advert tries to do just one thing. More messages simply confuse and dilute your main point.
  6. Don’t try to sell everything to everyone, segment your audience and sell one thing to each.
  7. Put enough money to run your ad enough times, in enough places, with enough frequency, over a long enough period for people to notice it, and notice it again.
  8. know it’s not enough to shout at people to grab attention, such you have to stand out in some way, but you need to go  further to hold their attention long enough to deliver your sales message.
  9. Understand that it’s not enough to tell people just the facts.
  10. Understand that advertising doesn’t work by simply making rational argument, you need to engage your audience emotionally, if you’re going to get them to take action.