Is Stress Really That Bad?

If you have followed me for any time, you may have already heard me share that “Stress Makes You Stupid”. (I originally heard that from Silvia Hartmann.) And, it’s true.   However, Silvia recently pointed out that stress has some other nasty implications (I mean besides the usual suspects.) For instance, are you a better person when you are not stressed? Most of us are. Relaxed, not stressed (possible/probable) behaviors: Calm Understanding Patient Loving Considerate Joyful Creative Happy Playful Clear-thinking Thoughtful Productive Energetic   And, the other side of the coin is our behavior when we are stressed.   Stressed … Continue reading

How to Be Smarter

Can you be smarter? Would you like to be? Stress Makes You Stupid. It shuts down the brain and sends you into auto-survival mode. You don’t think, you react. What if you weren’t so stressed? Would that change the way you think? Would you be smarter? Would you make better decisions? I think so. I’m not the only one, though. Behavioral scientists think so, too. They have made extensive studies and have come to understand how badly stress affects us. They know it adversely affects our health. They know it affects our mental processes — in a bad way. They … Continue reading

Want a 30 Percent Improvement in Your Life?

How would you like an increase of 30 percent? “An increase of what?” you might ask. How about an increase in productivity, in effectiveness, in ability to think, in fitness, in persuasive power, in sex appeal, earning power, …and lots more? You can have it.  And it’s a lot easier than you think. In fact, I just said a key phrase.  Can you think what it is? In the August 2013 Mind Matters column of Scientific American Online, there is an article that shares some amazing results that ordinary humans — just like you and me — got when the … Continue reading

Why Even Be in Business?

“The mission of this business is to actualize customer service in concert with promoting world class products in a manner consistent with maximizing profit-generation.” I teach about the Business Plan at a business education center’s 10 week class for new business owners. In it, I touch on the section about the mission of the business (and the mission statement.) The students have already covered the mission of their business in the course and I am just reviewing it at that point (in theory.) I say “in theory” because the reality is that most of them didn’t really figure out their … Continue reading

Gmail Tabs Customization

If you use Gmail, you might want to make sure that you take a look at this graphic.  It will show you how to customize the new tabs so that things that are important to you (like emails from me – hint, hint) don’t get lost in areas you don’t want them.  (Click on the graphic if it is too small to read.) Special thanks to Rob Schultz for creating and generously sharing the graphic. … Continue reading