Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Peek Over the Pail

Ok, I don't have all the details of the research, but it was a Psychological experiment. A rat was put in a pail of water and timed to see how long it would tread water before it gave up. They found that the average rat would give up in about 30 minutes unless it got a peek over the edge of the pail. At the point where the rat was about to give up, the researcher would reach down and pick the rat up just high enough to see over the pail, and lower it back into the pail. Wow, there was really dry land out there. With this fresh perspective, the rat would renew its motivation and keep treading water. With a peek over the pail, the average rat would tread water for 36 hours.

This indicates the importance of having a vision for your life and your work, and taking time to refresh your perspective. Are you treading water in your life? If you were to get a peek over the pail, what would you see that refreshes and encourages you to keep going? Better yet, how do you get out of the pail and live life with some gusto for today instead of being driven by some kind of dry land hope in the future?

What do you think?

Attraction Factor 2: Unhook Yourself from the Future

Being alive and present to the present is attractive. This is not to say to stop planning for the future, but rather, plan for the future while you live for today. I don’t want you to wake up one day and find your life has passed you by.

Your life is lived in the present moment, not a future time when you might eventually find your success, discover your purpose, hit your stride or make your fortune and are too old to enjoy it. We tend to live for a time when or if (Fill in the Blank).

The supreme value is not the future but the present… Whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the present. —Octavio Paz

When you're not living for tomorrow, life tends to change. You look for and find today's opportunities; you'll start seeing them! You stop wasting time on people and projects that have potential but no real prospect for you. You won't be nearly as seduced by advertising or get-rich-quick schemes that try to hook you to an unrealistic future.

One other thing. If you life is flowing well for today, you can set and drive yourself to goals that take you out of that flow. Being overly driven to hit your goals can become very unattractive as well as you missing the opportunities that present themselves today.

Questions for unhooking yourself:
How will you set goals for the future, yet live for today?
What are some clues that people might be hooked on the future? (Like having a sharp focus on the when or if)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Mystery of the Month: The Collapse Came Suddenly

The collapse of the American dollar came suddenly. It was worse than when the mortgage bubble burst back in 2008. Once again, many banks failed and within a few days the whole economy crashed. Millions of people lost jobs, homes and whole businesses just disappeared. Looking back at the warning signs in the economy, nobody seriously thought the problem would be with the money system itself.

Most people thought that the government just printed more money when it was necessary, but this was not the case. The system that brought on the crash was unbelievable. It operated like this. When you buy a Treasury bond, you "create" money. When you cash-in the bond, you cancel out the money but the interest debt remains. Theoretically, if all bonds were cashed-in, all our money would disappear, but the interest debt on the bonds would remain to be paid—and no money would exist to pay it.

All of our money was debt money, and the debt kept going up while the value of our money kept going down. It reached the point where the interest debt alone was increasing faster than they could create enough debt-money to cover the debt. It made your head hurt to try to understand it, and then one day, everything just stopped.

When the price of a gallon of gas and a loaf of bread hit $15.00 there was rioting in the streets. The government called out the military, and it was like Bosnia in the '90's. Things got ugly. Looting and marauding began. Vigilante groups formed to deal justice to politicians and financial services people like bankers and stock brokers. If you didn't have enough family or neighbors working together to defend your property, things would not go well for you. Everybody bartered because the money wasn't worth anything. Supplies ran short, and there were no government services able to help.

When the new world order took over, the hunger games began.

Many of you know I am a Neighborhood Watch coordinator and I keep getting info on how un-prepared people are for extended emergencies. My inspiration for this troubling scenario came from two sources. One was a description of what happens when a society breaks down, such as in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina ( The other source was a short video on how money gets created (

The Federal Reserve system began 100 years ago in 1913; our population has grown over 300% since then. We are trying to survive 100 years of expanded population and business with a default-prone, 100-year old, debt-based money system. Note that Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy were moving towards “debt-free” money before they were assassinated. President Lincoln had created and circulated debt-free money called "greenbacks," but these were eventually phased out. 

President Obama calls the sequestration threat a manufactured crisis. Congress manufactured the threats of sequestration and also the debt-based money system. They can eliminate both threats, right?

Attraction Factor 1

I know this will sound odd, but for this attraction factor you have to become wonderfully self-interested, but not terribly self-centered. It's like on an airplane when the oxygen masks drop down, and they tell you to "put on your own oxygen mask first, then help your neighbor." By putting on your own oxygen mask, you are protecting your own self-interest, and then you can be overwhelmingly generous in helping your neighbor.

Being terribly self-centered is unattractive. Self-centered people keep taking what you cannot afford to give. Their lives are run by their needs, but they never seem to get their needs met. They tend to take all the oxygen masks for themselves and, because they do not know what they truly need, they never get enough of your time, money, energy, attention, and anything else that anyone will give them.

On the one hand, if you are being self-centered, stop it. It makes you look bad and it does not attract the kind of attention you truly want. On the other hand, if someone in your life is being self-centered and taking all your oxygen, how will you become self-interested enough to start taking back what you need for yourself? If you must make changes, proceed with caution because self-centeredness can be a challenge to overcome.

Being wonderfully self-interested is attractive. You stop being needy because you become aware of what you deeply need, and then go about meeting your needs in positive and attractive ways. You ask for what you need and make it ok when someone says, "No, I can't give that to you." You find or create ways to get what you want, and you respect the oxygen supply of others. You start making changes in the things that you, yourself, can control. You build a reserve of whatever you need so you can take care of yourself and be overwhelmingly generous to others when it really counts.

What would it feel like to have someone—who chooses—to be overwhelmingly generous with you? Teddy Burriss is choosing to be overwhelmingly generous with me. Check out who he is at Teddy has his own oxygen mask on, and he's helping me breathe with my own.

Attraction Factor: Become wonderfully self-interested, and then choose to be overwhelmingly generous when it really counts. Remember to breathe.