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  • But the truth is that the hypnotic state is totally natural and requires no trickery. You know that almost-asleep phase you hit right before nodding off? Or when you find yourself driving down the highway on autopilot? That's it. In this state, your mind is at its most suggestible, but you're in no way unconscious. The magic of hypnosis is that it allows suggestions to cross the barrier between conscious and sub-conscious, rooting them deeply into your mind.
  • I did my first session with Walker in her Los Angeles office, where she walked me through a series of suggestibility tests — noting that, while everyone can be hypnotized, we all have different ways of taking in information. The fact that she made hypnosis sound not unlike those "learning style" tests from elementary school was oddly comforting. (I'd been looking forward to this for weeks, but upon entering this cozy, quiet room, I found myself suddenly nervous.)
  • It forces you to get specific about the issue you want to address and really envision what success would look like.

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  • I think part of the impostor syndrome comes from a natural sense of humility about our work. That’s healthy, but it can easily cross the line into paralyzing fear. When we have a skill or talent that has come naturally we tend to discount its value.
  • Why is that? Well, we often hesitate to believe that what’s natural, maybe even easy for us, can offer any value to the world. In fact, the very act of being really good at something can lead us to discount its value. But after spending a lot of time fine-tuning our ability, isn’t it sort of the point for our skill to look and feel natural?
  • I recently listened to Tim Ferriss interview the clinical psychologist and author Tara Brach. In her book “Radical Acceptance,” she shared a really cool story about Buddha and the demon Mara.

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  • some people can reach transcendent states through meditation or similar trance-inducing techniques, or through prayer and spiritual exercises. But drugs offer a shortcut; they promise transcendence on demand. These shortcuts are possible because certain chemicals can directly stimulate many complex brain functions.
  • Every culture has found such chemical means of transcendence, and at some point the use of such intoxicants becomes institutionalized at a magical or sacramental level. The sacramental use of psychoactive plant substances has a long history and continues to the present day in various shamanic and religious rites around the world.
  • Even the pioneer Mormons, forbidden to use tea or coffee, on their long march to Utah found by the roadside a simple herb, Mormon tea, whose infusions refreshed and stimulated the weary pilgrims. This was ephedra, which contains ephedrine, chemically and pharmacologically akin to the amphetamines.

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  • There are 3 business books, Traction (Gino Wickman) Rockefeller Habits - Now Scaling Up, and The Advantage by Pat Lencioni I only wish I had these three when I started out

  • But far more importantly, he walks his readers through a process in which we can assess the health of our own organization and take steps to improve it.
    An organization simply cannot be healthy if the people who are chartered with running it are not behaviorally cohesive in five fundamental ways. In any kind of organization, from a corporation to a department within that corporation, from a small company, to a church or school, dysfunction and lack of cohesion at the top inevitably lead to a lack of health throughout.

    In addition to being cohesive, the leadership team of a healthy organization must be intellectually aligned and committed to the same answers to six simple but critical questions.

    Once a leadership team has established behavioral cohesion and created clarity around the answers to those questions, it must then communicate those answers to employees clearly, repeatedly, enthusiastically, and repeatedly (not a typo). There is no such thing as too much communication.

    In order for an organization to remain healthy over time, its leaders must establish a few, critical nonbureaucratic systems to reinforce clarity in every process that involves people. Every policy, every program, every activity should be designed to remind employees what is really most important.
  • leaders of an organization that either needs to "get in shape" or "get in better shape" to gain or increase its competitive advantage

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  • “I said, ‘I feel like there must be a better way to deal with the inflow of pressure,’ ” Mr. Riaz said. “Kids getting bigger, parents getting older, business is growing — just using hard work and natural-born talents was getting hard. I wondered if there were techniques I could use.”
  • I didn’t have time to work with her.
  • How can I be better?

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  • 1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?


    2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?


    3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?


    4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?


    5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?


    6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?


    7. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.


    8. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?


    9. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?


    10. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

  • 11. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know?


    12. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?


    13. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?


    14. What do you value most in a friendship?


    15. What is your most treasured memory?


    16. What is your most terrible memory?


    17. What does friendship mean to you?


    18. What roles do love and affection play in your life?


    19. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?


    20. Complete this sentence:”I wish I had someone with whom I could share…”

  • 21. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.


    22. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.


    23. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.


    24. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?


    25. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.


    26. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?


    27. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

  • Play is about practising life. We play to test ourselves and the rule systems of the world.
  • Games are relationships because they cannot exist without our continual input. They respond to us, they evolve with us; and sometimes they are annoying and depressing in the process.
  • Dark Souls, and games like it, are fractured love affairs. You know they’re trouble. You walk in anyway.

  • Researchers have discovered that mirror neurons play a role in two main areas of the human mind: Imitation and Empathy. One role that mirror neurons play in the human mind is mimicry. We learn by imitating others, and it’s thanks in part to mirror neurons that we are able to do that.
  • n one study, 15 participants inhaled scents, some of which were pleasurable, some neutral and some disgusting. They also watched videos of actors wrinkling their faces in disgust. Neuroscientists Christian Keysers and Bruno Wicker analyzed fMRI data of the participants and found that the same part of the brain was activated whether the participant was disgusted by a scent or watched someone else showing signs of disgust.
  • So, we’ve arrived at a place where we know this: mirror neurons help the human mind feel without experiencing.

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  • Jon Kabat-Zinn, who created the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts medical school, warned last week that some people feared a “sort of superficial ‘McMindfulness’ is taking over, which ignores the ethical foundations of the meditative practices and traditions from which mindfulness has emerged, and divorces it from its profoundly transformative potential”.

  • I now experience this message daily and it is by no means a crutch. This symbol often takes me back to that moment of unity with mankind. Thanks to Maia, my right arm evokes the realization of being all that is around me.

  • Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried. 
  • In short, my pain has never been eradicated, I've just learned to channel it into my work with others. I consider it a great privilege to work with others in pain, but to say that my losses somehow had to happen in order for my gifts to grow would be to trample on the memories of all those I lost too young; all those who suffered needlessly, and all those who faced the same trials I did early in life, but who did not make it. 

  • A toxic relationship is two messed-up people getting more messed up together.


    A healthy relationship is two messed-up people getting unmessed up together.

  • I no longer see Ingrid as a fantasy object filling an empty space in my life, as I did when I first met her. Nor do I see her as my overbearing mother, as I did once a real relationship started. She doesn't have to change into something she’s not to meet an arbitrary standard of mine.
  • All she has to be is perfectly imperfect, just like me and everyone else.

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  • A tenant renting a residence pursuant to an existing lease in a  dwelling having four or more residential units shall have the right to  sublease his premises subject to the written consent of the landlord in  advance of the subletting. Such consent shall not be unreasonably  withheld.
  • The tenant shall inform the landlord of his intent to sublease by  mailing a notice of such intent by certified mail, return receipt  requested. Such request shall be accompanied by the following  information: (i) the term of the sublease, (ii) the name of the proposed  sublessee, (iii) the business and permanent home address of the proposed  sublessee, (iv) the tenant's reason for subletting, (v) the tenant's  address for the term of the sublease, (vi) the written consent of any  cotenant or guarantor of the lease, and (vii) a copy of the proposed  sublease, to which a copy of the tenant's lease shall be attached if  available, acknowledged by the tenant and proposed subtenant as being a  true copy of such sublease.
  • Within ten days after the mailing of such request, the landlord  may ask the tenant for additional information as will enable the  landlord to determine if rejection of such request shall be  unreasonable. Any such request for additional information shall not be  unduly burdensome. Within thirty days after the mailing of the request  for consent, or of the additional information reasonably asked for by  the landlord, whichever is later, the landlord shall send a notice to  the tenant of his consent or, if he does not consent, his reasons  therefor. Landlord's failure to send such a notice shall be deemed to be  a consent to the proposed subletting.

  • Studies show that when you’re positive, you’re 31% more productive, you’re 40% more likely to receive a promotion, you have 23% fewer health-related effects from stress, and your creativity rates triple,”
  • “Your negative emotions spread like wildfire,” she explains. “It’s worth changing your mood, not just to make your day more pleasant and productive but to spare those around you.”
  • Pinpoint the problem

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