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Using your Brain Effectively (Part 3)


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No one is completely certain how social networks help you stay healthy. Although some research has shown that men and women who live alone tend to eat less well and don’t tend to get as much exercise. Those people who have better social connections tend to build a stronger immune system from that interaction and getting out and doing things.

“We are still trying to understand the totality of this.” says Dr. Vaillant.

He said, “People who use overuse alcohol or are depressed, are less likely to have effective social support and thus their personal relationships are an indicator that things are not going as well in their lives. That doesn’t mean you can never drink, it just means that over doing it when you’re alone is often an indicator that things in your life are not quite where you want them to be.”
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Using your Brain Effectively (Part 2)


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More Than Genetics

The first writings on the brain were in China, approximately 2000 BC. Both Socrates and Aristotle contemplated the brain and its totality of function. Leonardo da Vinci, during the renaissance began to discuss how the brain and the body worked together.

Beginning in the early 1800s, medicine was advancing rapidly and people began to wonder about the brain, body, mind continuum and overall health. Towards the end of 1800s many different people; both philosophers and doctors, began to look at how can we better access and use the brain’s potential to expand knowledge, boost health, and overall create a more effective life.
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Using your Brain Effectively (Part 1)


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Using your Brain Effectively:

Feel Emotionally and Physically Better, Boost your Longevity Factors, and Keep your Brain Energized and Alive

Even if you have very good health, would you like to know how to feel even better, how to avoid illness and add years to your life? Do you know the brain begins to show signs of aging even before you’re a teenager? Do you know how to stimulate your whole brain so it stays energized, healthy and vital as you age?
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Risking – Going For Gold (Part 9)


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Don’t give up too soon. There are times when we are so close and we just can’t quite get over the hump. Thomas Edison once said “Most people stop just before they get to success.” Don’t be that way. Don’t give up too soon, be persistent, be tenacious, and hang in there.

Do try to understand how the odds fluctuate up and down, know the things that influence the risk, use the odds that are in your favor. If something changes, observe it, pay attention, don’t take action till you’re absolutely certain, but when it’s time then step in and go.
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Risking – Going For Gold (Part 8)


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Getting The Gold Medal

Let’s look at some of the Do’s and Don’ts of taking a risk.

You do have to have a goal. Any risk taken without a clear purpose, without a specific step-by-step plan, tangible, action-oriented, visible, etc. is in for trouble. You have to have a goal. It needs to be clear and you have to know what you’re trying to get to.

Do know the losses that are potentially involved. If you don’t expect loss and it happens it’s going to catch you by surprise and undermine your efforts. In order to achieve anything new, you have to give-up something else. What are you trading off? What are the things you are losing or leaving behind?
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Risking – Going For Gold (Part 7)


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Evaluating The Risk

In preparing to step up to new action, you need to evaluate the risk you’re going to take. One of the hardest things to do is evaluate your own needs, your values and what you want to achieve.

The decision to step out and take that risk for your own best interest is essential to achieving any goal in your life. You must be able to evaluate the risks you face.
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Risking – Going For Gold (Part 6)


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Attitude For Risking

Research from Oxford University School of Business said there are certain attitudes that people who take risks and attain the goals they desire carry with them.

One of those is that they look at the negatives and the obstacles standing in front of them. They don’t avoid them. They don’t pretend they don’t exist, they look at them very clearly, very honestly and they make decisions about what they will do and what they will not do.
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Risking – Going For Gold (Part 5)


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Risk Requires Goals

If you’re going to take a risk, what you’re really talking about is you’re choosing new goals. There are eight components to effective goal-setting.

1. Goals Must Be Concrete

The first aspect of setting effective goals to set off this risk-chain process is that the goal you’re going to set must be concrete. In other words, you must be able to see actual results from it whether it’s making an emotional change, a business change, or an interpersonal change. It must be tangible. You must be able to see and experience that change.
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Risking – Going For Gold (Part 4)


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To risk implies taking action. Of course you could just sit there and do nothing, but you’re not going to get anything different from your past. Deciding to take a risk is at times very tough to do. To take a risk means you must admit that something in your life presently is dissatisfying. You have to admit you want something better. You have to admit that it’s time to make a change.
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Risking – Going For Gold (Part 3)


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Three Phases To Risking

If you’re talking about taking a risk, you’re talking about change.

People tend to resist change because of a few things. 1) lacking knowledge or skill to do something new or something different than they’re now doing, 2) discomfort with new things or doing things differently than they currently are, 3) physical or resource restrictions – not enough time, people, money, energy, fear of what’s confronting them or what’s coming up in front of them, or 4) projecting negative past or future events, predicting that things are not going to go the way they want.
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