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Higher Testosterone = More Success?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Body language affects your testosterone, testosterone affects your…success?

Irrespective on gender, more successful people have higher testosterone levels. 

It’s a fact that your body language has a direct effect on how others perceive you.  For years studies have shown that by adjusting your body position, you can not only look but also feel more confident.  The latest research, summarized in Time Magazine, now shows that you can double your testosterone levels by simply improving your body positioning from low-power to high-power.  That’s amazing!

Simply watch how people subconsciously use their body position when they are comfortable and when they are uncomfortable.  You’ll notice that confident people assume high power positions that take up more space, which makes them look and feel more confident.  Those who are timid and nervous tend to assume low-power positions, which make them look and feel weak.

I have my feet on the desk and I’m leaning back as I write this blog.  I’m going to sit like this every day this week.  Let’s see how my biceps respond!

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Business Wisdom and Achieving: There Is No Spoon

Friday, July 25th, 2008

dreamstime_9635464[1]Jason Kallio shares a creative take on your perceptions and how they affect your ability to achieve:

Our abilities to think, comprehend, create, change and communicate contribute to our success.  Enjoy the journey into my mind as you ponder “there is no spoon”.

From the first time I saw The Matrix, I could not wrap myself around the line, “There is no spoon.”  The main character watched a young boy staring at a spoon, and it bent.  He asked the boy, “How did you do that?”  His reply, “There is no spoon.”  It has taken me six viewings and reading Purple Cow to come to an understanding. 

 The Matrix is a computer generated world that the human mind only lives in and accepts as real life.  Information (products, words, sounds, smells, etc.) is communicated to our brain in this world, and can be broken down into its simplest form of zeros and ones.  If you understand the language of the program and realize what is in your mind, then you can see things in their purest form.  You realize that we are not required to accept this reality, and can change it.  If you are looking at a spoon, you have a choice to either accept it as presented to your mind or decide there really is no spoon.  So, if you want the spoon to be something else, you have the power to do that.  Any change you make is now your idea.  You force others to experience your version of reality. 

 To create an idea that is classified as a Purple Cow, it must be remarkable.  Not all will like it or can accept it, but that’s ok.

 Ideas are ones and zeros, too.  Modifying an existing idea is like deciding to bend the spoon.  Knowing how to simplify your remarkable idea allows you to communicate with people that value its effect on reality.  After clear, simplified communication, they now know how to communicate to others, spreading the word about your Purple Cow and helping others accept it as remarkable.  Purple Cow identifies this as creating an “idea-virus” that is spread by “sneezers”.  This is possible for you because you know – there is no spoon.  

 In The Matrix, humans are described as a virus.  Once we accept that there is no spoon, then our imagination is our only limit.  Find those humans that understand you and your ideas.  Communicate your Purple Cow simply and clearly within the matrix that is your world so that they can sneeze and spread your idea-virus. 

 Remember, there is no spoon.

Learn more about Jason Kallio, expert trade-show trainer and founder of expovantage.

 

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Achieve Success: Get Focused! Turn off the ringer. Quit out of email.

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

magnifying-glassFor the most part, you know what you need to accomplish in order to achieve your goals.  Procrastination is a huge inhibitor of success, especially when the tasks that need to be accomplished are difficult or make you uncomfortable.

Procrastination’s best friend is distraction, which takes many forms.  Two of the most common forms of distraction are the telephone and email.  We end up servants to these vital tools instead of masters.  We can be in the middle of a creative thought, or about to pick up the phone to make a cold call, yet we stop to check the new email that just came in.  This happens all day, and our progress on the tasks that really matter becomes fragmented and limited.

Why do we subordinate the vital activities to the trivial?  It’s easier, more comfortable and we have a reasonable “excuse”: the phone rang or a new email arrived – and it COULD be important.

Depending on you profession and the urgency of the service you deliver, it really could be urgent.  Having an emergency line for doctors, plumbers, EMTs and the like makes sense.  But for most of us, the majority of cases is that it is less important that the vital task we are supposed to be accomplishing.

If you want results, try this:

Set one or two blocks of time each day where you shut your phones, and quit out of email.  You can check them right before and right after your block of time.  Can you imagine the focus and level of follow through you will have during that time?  What will it mean to you and your business?  Try it, and let us know.

There you have it – one less speedbump on your road to success.

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Achieve Success: INTRO

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

optimism_yellowYou’ve probably pulled up to a tollbooth and admired the way the attendant smiled and said thank you (maybe not quite as much in Massachusetts). Then, at the next toll the attendant looks like he hates you. In the same day we can meet miserable downers and people that inspire us. Why is there such a difference?

 

In most cases, the people achieving their goals and dreams are positive, and the “victims” who have lost their vision are negative. Do you think that there is some correlation here to IQ, work ethic or tenacity? Perhaps. But have you considered that there may be a common denominator?

 

That common denominator is each person’s thinking. We are so focused on changing our results that we sometimes forget that our results are simply a manifestation of our behaviors. Now think about your behaviors: they are formed by your thinking.

 

So here you have the answer: change your thinking to change your behavior to change your results. Controlling for the “just a bad day” case, you would probably be somewhat confident that if we interviewed the friendly person at the first toll, his thinking would be quite different from the attendant at the second stop.

 

Keeping your eye on the prize is great, but if you are not paying attention to your thinking, you may end up indefinitely admiring your prize from afar instead of achieving it.

 

To come: how to improve your thinking process.

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