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How I’m More Productive Without the Internet – 10x!

 

 

That’s right, you didn’t read the headline wrong which states that I don’t have internet. Now, before questions starting flying regarding my monk-like life style, let’s first get a few things clear. It’s true, I don’t have internet anywhere that I reside for long periods of time. This would include; my home or places of immediate business. I do, however have access to the internet via wireless connection at several places near by in which I much drive to in order to have internet on my devices. This is the core of this article and why not having access to the internet at all times has made me more productive in every area of my life.

 

When I moved to my current residence in Austin, tx Mid-April I had the opportunity, like everyone, to get installed internet in my home as a means to have access to the streaming lines of information pumped out every millisecond by news feeds, social media and email. Let’s face it, the internet is a very powerful tool for achievement-oriented individuals. We are able to get ahold on information on any genre or from any location in the word just by a quick type and a click. This always the super-achiever to gain that next leg up on competition, even if the competition is with himself. Instant feedback is awarded through this medium via comments from all perspectives and opinions. What a marvelous machine and power tool. Something that can grant you access to the world’s knowledge base and provide instant feedback for your ideas and creations. However, just as with any large machine sometimes the entity can become to large and consume more of our life than we might notice. You see, this mighty tool of the internet can suck in massive quantities of our precious time, allowing for us to get lost in a vortex of activities and inquires that contribute nothing to which we are striving for. This is where the semi-lack of access is the key to success via the internet.

 

As stated above, I don’t have immediate access to the internet in anyplace where I reside for long periods of time. The reason this has been a massive key to my productivity is because of how I use my internet time when I do have it. For instance; as I write this article I am sitting in my office with nothing from the online word to distract me. Facebook, twitter, news and the like have ZERO influence on my approach to this article. What this does is place me in complete control of my mind. Even though we have control over where our attention goes. Often it is harder to do so when there are easy access, even entertaining, distractions that are readily available. With the lack of internet to catch me attention or feed my curious mind, I therefore am placed in a position in where I much concentrate on the task at hand. So no matter if I’m writing an article for the six websites I contribute to or working on a video for youtube, I am completely focused without the self-sabotaging possibility of the internet sucking me in.

 

The perk to this lack is that I am REQURIED to be very artistic in how I use my time when I am on the internet. Whether I am at a coffee shop or an officeI much be very strategic, as I know my time is limited and I am therein required to focus ONLY on the most important tasks. If I want to watch a video on youtube, I am required to find the three or four that I value most and download them in order to watch them later at home. If I want to read news, I am required to be very direct in my search and careful in the sources. If I am to email, I answer the most important and send out what is most needed. If am to post to social media, I plan according to specific goals and criterion.

 

The LACK of the internet actually creates a GAIN of mental space and available attention to priority tasks. Also, I am placed in a very disciplined position in regards to computer us and productivity. The formula works like this:

 

  1. Do what can be done void of the internet.
  2. Plan pre-internet us based on top priorities and time limitations.
  3. Attack acquired internet use as if everything you did depended your successfully focused use of the internet.

Now, shut off that modem and get to acting on the things that REALLY matter.

 

What it Takes to BE Motivated — Consistently

 

Let’s face it — We aren’t motivated all the time. We go through peaks and valleys of motivation. When we are in a valley we tend to try to pull ourselves out by locking onto things that will motivate us. This might include things like listening to motivational speakers, reading motivational books and even attempting to change our state via chants and incantations. But question still remains; How does peak performers keep their state elevated day in and day out? The answer is simple, but may be more complex than most will be ready to commit to.

Before we get to the strategy of peak performer consistent motivation, let’s first examine our current state — and how we view it — our perception of how we feel. So, how do you feel right now? Your answer is a tell-all sign as to your readiness to take control of this peak and valleys process that we all seem to be victim of. If your answer was negative, then you may be the very thing that is holding you back from altering your motivation level. If your answer was semi-positive, then being on the fence is a sign of lack of focused decision making. If your answer was positive, then your ideal motivation state is higher than where you currently are. But simply becoming aware of HOW you answered the question is a very strong indicator of how you view your state. This tells you that you are judging yourself in some form or fashion, not allowing yourself to change by blocking growth.

STEP-BY-STEP: Here is your guide to accessing a consistent form of motivation…

 

STEP 1: CLEAR your mind of JUDGING your current state, allowing it to be as it is — regardless of how it feels. (EVEN if it feels horrible!) Peak performers allow how things are to just be, giving them an outside view and thus control.

STEP 2: THE KEY is to constantly adjust your mental image to something that motivates your deep down in your core. This is what peak athletes do but keeping in their mind the prize or accolades they will receive as a result winning.

STEP 3: REFOCUSING is the final step that is possibly the most crucial. You must keep refocusing your mind to that image as vividly as possible. This is paramount due to the vast amount of distractions that plague our daily existence. Keep moving your mind’s eye back to this image that keeps you going, regardless of what the external situations, people or circumstance may attempt to persuade you.

 

You have control over the 20% of your life that matters most. Ironically, that 20% directly influences the remaining 80% that most attempt to control. Don’t fall into that trap. Control that which is in your control, allow the rest to happen as result of your diligent efforts.

 

Yours,

Thomas

“Live your inspiration, deliberately!”

Media Diet: Why taking a break is an amazing idea

Did you know that according to the Nielsen report the average American watches 34 hours of television a week? When divided out, thats 4.8 hours of television per day. Now, take into consideration kids over the summer — you guessed it, the numbers escalate quiet a substantially.

When you take a look at how society has changed over the past decade, you might contribute those changes to the people that change within it. However, these changes are largely due to the change in the media’s influence. Things have escalated to an unhealthy degree. We are over stimulated, over used, and thrown out at the end of the day just to sit down to watch something that separates the family and promotes the diminishing of values. We are human, and there are values that come with being human. One, very important value is to be kind to one another, something that seems to be made into a joke in the mainstream media. We are seeing the rate of bullying increasing, along with the divorce rate above 30%(CDC). When individuals are spending almost 5 hours of their valuable time in front of a very influential television set – daily, you may not be a sceptic as to if we are being influenced, sometimes hypnotized, by the media.

According to Prof. Mary Lopez(Occidental College, California) reality television is thought to be responsible for the increase in crime rates for those who participate in the reality programming via television viewing. Laguna Beach has seen a significant increase in the number of sexual predators in addition to changes in illegal behavior from local teens since the debut of the MTV reality show, Laguna Beach. Furthermore, many reality television stars have experienced robberies since allowing the public to enter their homes through reality shows via television and only subscription services like Netflixs and Hulu.

Everyone says how video games are violent and that they make those who choose to play them more likely to be violent in their everyday lives and in their adults lives consequently.  Now, the research has shown that the same outcomes are prevalent after watching reality television.  Researchers argue that watching violent acts that are unscripted can cause viewers to imitate the acts in their every day lives. ”Aggression portrayed realistically is more likely to be imitated than non-realistic aggression” (Nelson).  There are three types of aggression- physical, verbal and relational- and this article touches on all of them and their role in reality television programs explored in a study in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media.

We live in fast times where there are so many sources available to choose from in where our psychology has a hard time differentiating from what is healthy and what is detrimental. The  chief matter is our mental and emotional wellbeing. When these two things are in order the rest of our life may seem to be more organized and we are more rational, logical and productive.  Things of this nature need to be protected and cultivated — mass media is not doing this, it’s become a hindrance.

When a mind can be made to believe anything or persuaded to act via media influence, the people within the society need to take charge and speak their voice for they know is right and wholesome. Unfortunately, it seems that many want things to change but few seem to act in accordance to those wishes. Ultimately the importance of having a critical mind cannot be emphasized enough here. Implying the question: How many people must be hurt before change is demanded?

Acoustic Guitar Collection | THE ARTS

This is a collection of my solo acoustic guitar works currently published on youtube.

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ENJOY and Thank you for your support!

Protein Blender Shake| NUTRITION

In Aristotle the mind, regarded as the principle of life, divides into nutrition, sensation, and faculty of thought, corresponding to the inner most important stages in the succession of vital phenomena.
-Wilhelm Wundt

Shake Form

1 Teaspoon: Flaxseed (coarsely ground)

Why? Flaxseed is a good  source of natural oil, Omega’s, and fiber.

1 Teaspoon: Cacao Nibs

Why? Cacao is great for mental and concentration properties.

1 Teaspoon:  Natural Coco (powder)

Why? Natural coco has been used for centuries for its blood, heart, and nerve enhancing properties.

2 Scoops: Whey Protein 80g protein

Why? Whey is the third best protein source of protein aside from eggs and hemp.

2 Teaspoon: Natural Peanut Butter

Why? Peanut butter is a source of natural oils and proteins.

1/2 Cup: Water (or to fill out)

Why? Hydration and digestion.

1/2 Teaspoon: Natural Honey (to taste)

Why? Honey is a great source of natural carbohydrates, and can be seen as a blood sugar stabilizer.

Blended: Ice

Why? For texture and temperature regulation.

To Your Health!

Thomas McGregor

Household Hazards Effecting Expecting Mothers| HEALTH

A Closer Look at Household Cleaning Hazards

Formaldehyde, phthalates, dioxane, petroleum distillates, glycol ethers – these are the names of some of the chemicals that dr. Rapp says pose a definite dangerous threat to pregnant women. “Some of the most dangerous groups of chemicals to pregnant women are found in household cleaning products,” says Dr. Rapp. “Two highly toxic chemicals, particularly during pregnancy, are petroleum distillates and glycol ethers, which are found in furniture polish, floor cleaners, air fresheners, glass, leather and upholstery cleaners and other formulas. Both petroleum distillates and glycol ethers can have the same effect on the developing fetus as regularly imbibing alcohol, depressing the nervous system.” She adds that human and animal studies have shown that these chemicals cause adverse reproductive, developmental and blood (hematological) damage via inhalation, skin absorption and ingestion. “The central nervous system, blood and blood forming organs and reproductive system are major targets in acute and chronic poisoning,” she adds. In an article[I] in the July-August 2002 issue of Archives of Environmental Health, researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center conducted a clinical evaluation of 41 offspring of 28 females exposed to glycol ethers at their jobs for an average duration of 4.6 yeras. six offspring of five women wo were occupationally exposed during pregnancy exhibited characteristic dysmorphic (malformation of face or body) features that were not observed in 35 off spring of 23 women who worked in the same facility but who were not pregnant at the time of the exposure.

According to Dr. Rapp, some of the dangers of exposure to chemicals toxins in the home include the following:

  • Lower birth weight
  • Smaller head size and developmental delays
  • Movement, mental and behavioral problems
  • Increased or decreased activity levels
  • Slowed thought processing and “less bright” appearance
  • Lower reaction times
  • Compromised nervous systems

{T}Although, this may seem like a scary subject to approach, it is of best interest that we do. Today we face many challenges including a world filled toxins and poisons that slip into our daily lives. However, the healthy life we seek can only be defined by the efforts we place into finding the path to those answers. For sometimes I hear excuses from people regarding health and wellness.  Always implying that what they are looking for, they can find. My question to them is always, “Have you looked? Really looked?”. The answers for which you seek are usually the equivalent to the effort of your search. In the name of good health in this toxic world, I must suggest that the search may be tiresome. Is this search worth the effort? In the interest of your child (in the case of the above article), this is a nonsense question. For the search for clean air, a healthy supportive bodily organism, and brilliant birth outcome, the answer is instinctive. The job of understanding your surrounding environment is not that of one reserved just for the scientist. In this case, this understanding is your duty. The learning of this knowledge in regards to products you use and the resulting effects of your inhalation of these products is a learning of love. Just like you learned how to breath correctly for the birth. Just like you attended classed to know how to relax with your body as you enter into labor. Just as you have done all these preparations – this to is a clean preparations towards a healthy family.{T}

Thomas McGregor

Continuing Information:

This is a link to a website that promotes clean air and clean living. You will find an article listed there for which a study depicts further results surrounding adverse effects on children due to pollution and chemical intake via air inhalation.

Stressed Parents + Air Pollution = Kids with Asthma

“The study took a close look at the selected group of children, paying particular attention to parental stress levels and the air pollution of the area in which they lived. In terms of parental stress, this was gauged based on interviews with the parents; those who cited unmanageable, unpredictable and chaotic lives were deemed to be more stressed than those who seemed to have a better handle on things. Air pollution rates were based on traffic air pollution in the local area; things like whether or not the mother smoked during her pregnancy were also taken into consideration.”

*[I]July-August 2002 issue of Archives of Environmental Health

GOVERNMENT:: Testing Missile Defense Intelligence: Israel

JERUSALEM — Israel says it has successfully tested an upgraded radar for the Arrow missile defense system, developed with the United States and designed to intercept projectiles that might be fired at the Jewish state from Iran.

Defense official Yair Ramati says the test was conducted on Friday in conjunction with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

He says the purpose of the test was to validate the system’s improved radar.

He said a Blue Sparrow 2 missile was fired west to east from “deep within the Mediterranean” but he would not say how far from Israel it was fired or what sort of threat it was designed to simulate.

A defense ministry statement says the Blue Sparrow was “representative of potential ballistic missile threats facing Israel.” -The Huffington Post

In light of the interesting developments with today’s economical stability foundations, I find it even more interesting that you have Israel building and testing a new missile defense system in a soup of 151 billion dollars in debt. This, of course does not accountably amount to the $15.4 trillion that the United States is under. But, this still poses an interesting set of events that may signal something of a larger situation in the future. Most people don’t realize, but in order for someone to get a new desk in a government building it takes(just about)an act of congressional approval. Anything associated with governmental spending, control, or legislation takes significant and detailed planning on the parts of the delegated people in those positions of power. With this in mind, you must take into consideration the recent release by RIA regarding the successful testing of a new missile defense system by Israel. In order for this to come into nationwide play, many many steps had to be played out in direct succession and accordance to Israeli governmental protocol. After realizing this, you could imagine for just a moment what this could mean. For if the government of Israel went through all of the systematic steps to produce, fund, and test a  Block 4 stage of the interceptor that will soon enter service with the Israeli Air Force (IAF). Estimates are that they bought half a dozen missiles. Including some nuclear tipped Sunburn missiles for the US battle groups, from Russia. The plans that are subsequential to these actions give into the assumption that the Israeli government believes they are in need of such powerful weapons. Conclusively, you must take into consideration that for a country that is nearly $200 Billion in debt to create such expensive weaponry, is possibly equal to a country that is $15 Trillion in debt continuing to participate in a war lasting for 12 years.

By: Thomas McGregor

PHILOSOPHY: Bibles: 117 Versions?

I was driving in the car recently and a commercial came on to the radio asking for the listeners to call in for their free copy of a new version of the bible. This campaign was being offered by a non-for-profit agency out of Canada for which is widely known for their distribution of bibles and theological literature. After hearing this, and becoming somewhat perplexed as to not knowing of the version of the bible for which they spoke of, I wanted to write a post to you depicting how the bible phenomenon has seemingly gotten out of control.

In the Christian faith it is believed that the “word” is God, and God is in it[the word]. Due to this belief it is sought after by the mass Christian faithians to live out the prophecies and teachings that present themselves in the Bible. Because the Bible is considered to be the word of God, the people of the Christian faith believe that they are living out the word of God – or, living out God himself – through their acting out of the words in the book. How this is justified with everyday happenings, is based(loosely)around the saying “you have all sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God…”. Implying that even though there are rules for a Christian to follow, if one is to break those rules “its okay, because we all sin”. This also rectifies that Jesus(or God) is solidly perfect and set above us, as mortal humans. This presents two paradoxes: 1. For in the Bible Jesus is depicted as human, “a mortal living among men.”. This is usually countered with the argument supported by the a direct quote saying, “For Jesus was the Son of God, not God himself – for whom is all knowing and perfect.” But yet, Jesus, in the accounts in the Bible did no wrong. This is not something that is directly said, but is implied due to the lack of “evidence” that he did anything of inmoral conduct. This sends a subconscience signal to the believers that he was a mortal but yet “perfect in the eyes of God”. This indirect system of covering their tracks, the argument is thereafter said to be that the Bible is just an “account” of what happened and that men are faulty and clouded in their perceptions of events. This is contradictory; for their previous argument in regards to the accounts of the disciples is that their direct accounts of the happenings in the Bible were “inspired by God[of the Spirit]“. This being paradox number 2. So let me break it down for you in the diagram below:

Men have Fallen Short of the Glory

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We Are All Sinners

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We must follow the examples given to us in the Bible by a mortal man.

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These accounts were documented by men that are alleged to be inspired by God, but yet are justified as being human with varying perspectives. 

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If we don’t follow these guidelines, then we have fallen short of the glory once again – and must therefore repent of our sins.

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Based on the mortal imperfect perspectively varied humanly inspired by God accounts of stories that may or may not be altered, true, or accounted for in any manner other than self imposed outcomes of a celebretised man by men who needed a leader figure at that time in history. 

 

In this, I reach my final point: After researching the number of Eglishl translated Christian Bibles, I cam up with the number 117 that are currently in print as of 2012. This is astounding for three reasons: 1. The average price for a bible ranges from $1-$25 each. This means, that if one bible from each englishly published version available was sold every day, you make – on average $213,525 a year in Bible sales. This is at the national average of $5 a bible times 117(versions), times 365 days of the year. This does not include holiday and gift sales spikes. If ten bibles of each separate version was bought per-day you would have a sales margin of 2,135,250 a year in bible sales. 2. We are sought after by the Christian fathians that it is our duty to our soul to believe in the words that are written in the Bible. We are to believe in something that has been translated and manipulated so many times by people with skewed perspectives and mortal men. How is this comforting? 3. The things in the bible are taken as literal statements. For just like anything dealing in spiritual realms, we must take in to account that these words were written by mortal men. Honestly and dutiable, maybe… But as they are mortal men subject to error and bias, we must take into account not the accounts themselves, but the underlying good that can come from them. So as I Christian, one should not ornamentate on the actual words that are written, but yet the application and message that is installed in each story telling.

 

In conclusion:

Find your passion, find your spiritual practice. But remember: “Wisdom not shared, is wisdom lost.”.

 

By: Thomas McGregor

INSTRUCTION:: Communication: Analysis

In this posting I will talk about the way we should consider approaching a student – teacher relationship, in general.

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When dealing with someone of lesser informational endowments, you must take some particular things in to consideration. In this posting I will list and expand on these things.

  • Instructor’s Seeing

In this you, you should find the following:

  1. You should see the History of the student.

Having an understanding of the historical references of the student is very important. How has the art you are instruction played in the students past life span?

2. You should take up how they see the task at hand.

Understanding their history will give you a good start to seeing how they see the current task you are instructing. Many factors play into a students experience in a session, these are usually clouded by past events that bleed into the present moment. Take this into consideration, as it can only aid you both.

3. You should see them at their current ability level.

Try not to employ things on them that are either, way out of their league or not challenging enough. This balancing act is of great importance! As an instructor, this is a large part of your job. Based on your knowledge base, you can gauge where the student should be by approaching them at their current ability level.

4. You should see their prospective on the activity.

Try to put yourself in their shoes. Keeping a constant flow of information may not work for everyone. Some students respond better to image or sound based learning. Try things out to in order see their prospective of the activity. If something doesn’t work, then move on and try something that does. This doesn’t mean that what you tried previously wont work again. So, don’t discard the things that don’t work presently.

  • Enforcement

You should gently enforce the following:

  1. Positiveness – Enhance the positive things that happen! **Important**
  2. Correctness – Enhance the things that they do that are correct! **Important**
  3. Non-judgement(both, on the student or by the student on their self.) – Strive to come across as a non-judgmental teacher. If you set the example of being non-judgmental they will follow thereafter, over time, at not being judgmental on themselves.
  • Self-Impositions

You shouldn’t impose the following:

  1.  What you believe they need to learn. – Sometimes what they “need” to learn is not the same as what you think it should be. Sometimes what they “need” to learn is actually something they “want” to learn. We can all agree that when starting something new or different, it is viably important that interested is generated and kept. Therefore, we should sometimes come down from our all knowing seats and allow the student to choose the activity in some cases.
  2. Where you think they are. – Making sure that you don’t assume their level of ability.
  3. Thinking, you know the best for them – regardless. – Sometimes, thinking that you know the best for them can be your single fall out. As instructors, we are gifted with the knowledge we worked so hard for. But, when thought of, you realize that what got you to that point of knowledge is ignorance to begin with. Therefore, by placing yourself in the “knowledge seat” you are exciting yourself from further education. Allow yourself to be open to their current educational state. For each student is different, and should be approached as such.
  • Understanding

You should consider the following:

  1. Understand their goals. – Ask questions about their goals; constantly.
  2. Understand their weaknesses. – Notice their weaknesses; gently change.
  3. Understand their strengths. – Become aware of the things the excel in.
  4. Understand their technical placement. -Where they in a technical manner.
  5. Understand their base point. – Where they are starting from.
  6. Understand how they may view things. – How do they view the current activity.

By: Thomas McGregor

SCIENCE:: Death and Rebirth: T.I.S.P.

Logo of the Teacher in Space Project issued by the NASA and the United States Government

The T.I.S.P., or Teacher in Space Project was initiated by President Ronald Reagan on August 27th 1984. The project’s main goal was to uplift the inspiration to new generations in enthusiasts in Mathematics, space, and scientific research exploration. Due to unfortunate circumstances the cancelation of the program was installed in 1990 after the death of teacher Christa McAuliffe during the fatal 1986 Challenger flight and disaster.

NASA Spaceflight Participant and Congressional Space Medal of Honor Recipient

But, this was not to be the complete end to the project and its related program E.A.P.(Educator Astronaut Project). For it would be reborn in the early years the 21st century. Due to its controlled release to the private sector, billionaire companies were able to establish their mark on the space and aerospace industries by enabling teachers wanting to participate in the program, via their monetary support. In 2005,  Teacher in Space candidate Pam Leestma, a second-grade teacher and cousin of Space Shuttle astronaut David Leestma, flew a training flight aboard a MiG-21 operated by X-Rocket, LLC. This project an escalating outpouring of applicants to similar companies that also offered space flight as an option for teachers and educators. Flights continued into 2008, for in 2009 T.I.S.P. announced the seven chosen teachers from around the U.S.. They are: Maureen Louis Adams, James Kuhl, Lanette Oliver, Stephen Heck, Rachael Manzer, Chantelle Rose, and Robert Schmidt.

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“Becoming a teacher may have its benefits… You may get to go to space!”

Barbara Morgan, NASA's Mission Specialist. 2007.

 

BY: Thomas McGregor

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