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How NeuroWisdom101 by Mark Waldman helps you


Neuroscience a tool for Stress relief?

The biggest impediment to productivity is stress. Ironically, striving for more productivity actually causes more stress, and more stress hinders your productivity, leaving you in a vicious cycle. Stress can be really destructive and is the cause of various physical and mental problems. Most people prescribe medicines for stress, and yet others describe therapies. However, these two are on two opposite ends, and one is too effective (side-effects), and the other isn't effective at all. You need something in the middle, which can eliminate stress while not causing additional side-effects.
Another option would be to spend a 6-week vacation on a beautiful island and leave all stress behind. For one, most of us do not have the option to take a break like that and secondly, the stress would catch up with you again shortly after you go back to your regular life.

How Negativity causes more Stress

Negative thoughts are one of the causes of stress, and you need to eliminate negativity in your life in order to eliminate stress. But thinking of doing it is one thing, and actually eliminating negativity is a whole other ballgame. Negativity isn't something you eliminate in an instant. It takes some time to bring the factors into place that help remove this negativity.
Often, we are not even aware that we are thinking negative thoughts. "I will not fail again" is a very negative thought giving your brain all of the wrong signals.

Positive thinking can be (re-)learned.

Once again, you need a cure for negativity, which in turn would cure your stress. While yes, there are measures that help you reduce your stress, they are all temporary. They don't eliminate the stress, but they reduce the effects of it. For example, think of stress as a tree. You can keep cutting the branches of the tree, but over time, these branches will grow back.
If you attack the root, however, the tree does not grow back. Similarly, stress has effects, and you can reduce these effects, but they will keep coming back. But if you eliminate the root problems themselves, stress is eliminated. You feel fresher. More positive. More productive.And all this can be done by a little brain training. Basically, you need a way to help your brain cope with problems. A way to eliminate negative thoughts. A way towards a more positive lifestyle that empowers you, and more importantly, a lifestyle without stress.

What NeuroWisdom101 brings to the table

Here is why I recommend Mark Waldman´s NeuroWisdom101: With in-depth neuroscience researcher Mark Robert Waldman at its helm, and it using various brain techniques and exercises over a period of 8 weeks, you can really eliminate the root causes of your stress.
Indeed, these techniques are scientific in nature and have been derived from years of research, and thousands of satisfied customers are a testament to the effectiveness of Neuroscience 101. Without stress, you can lead a better life, physically, mentally and socially. You see, stress doesn't just strain you mentally, but its effects pass down physically, and guess what happens when you are physically and mentally drained? Your social and work life is affected. Stress creeps into every part of your life Indeed, instead of spending thousands of dollars on a treatment that is just temporary, why not spend money on a treatment that is more permanent and more effective, and more importantly, doesn't have any side-effects? Forget medicines. Forget therapies. Forget everything else. You do not need it.
Train your brain using Neuroscience 101. It is backed up by a money-back-guarantee and Mark Waldman explicitly asks for you to return it if it is not the best neuro scientific program you have ever discovered.
You have nothing to lose - but a lot to gain.

Where to get NeuroWisdom101

A free e-book is available for you (look on the side of this blog).
Or go directly to the program: HEREMark Waldman´s TEDx speech:

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What is a Success Coach?

How you benefit from a Success Coach

What is a Success Coach? How can you benefit? A Success Coach helps you to successfully implement new beliefs and habits that will result in goal achievement. Success blockers are being analyzed and eliminated. You could also say your brain activity and mindset is being optimized. Opposite to traditional Coaching forms, a Success Coach uses a holistic approach that takes into account body, mind, and your emotions. No matter if you call it Soul, Intuition, Higher Self, Spirit or Emotions (and please keep your world view) - for real personal success it is necessary to take your whole being into account and not just body and mind.

For whom is Success Coaching

Sadly, a lot of people think that Success Coaching is only for Managers, wealthy people and other people in C-level positions. The Law of Attraction, Winning the GameOur career is the point where are we are most likely to admit to ourselves that we could use some help. The conflict of our rational thinking and our emotions show on other levels of our lives as well. Relationships for one would be another example where Success Coaching would be more beneficial in most cases than the traditional counseling approach. You know the philosophical question: What was there first, the egg or the chicken? Most successful people are constantly working on improving themselves. Some larger companies that need their personnel to perform at their peak offer Success Coaching to their employees. That is the simple explanation why Success Coaching of often perceived as a tool for managerial office jobs. It is just more frequently used there. No matter if you are a Housewive, Realtor, CEO, Entrepreneur, Plumber or want to become the next World Wrestling Champion - Success Coaching WILL help you achieve your goals and lead a happier life. Success Coaching is for every single one who wants to live a happier, wealthier, healthier life. So if you read this and were under the impression that Success Coaching is not for you: Let us start with getting rid of a limiting belief right now: YOU deserve Success Coaching.

How will you benefit from Success Coaching

There is not a single success blocker that does not result from a conflict of your rational thinking and your emotions.  
  • Success Coaching allows you to eliminate those.
  • You will learn how to set goals and achieve them.
  • Healthy and beneficial beliefs and habits will be implemented.
  • You will achieve true personal veracity.
  • You will stop to procrastinate.

What are the best approaches for your success?

Most of the time people are not able to considerably succeed with self-improvement by just reading a book on the topic. Just like companies know they need to hire External Consultants to optimize their processes you should hire a Coach. You can either chose one of the many Success Coaches for individual coaching or use a program developed by experts. Some offers also come with community support, a forum that is typically preferred by females.

The best Success Coaching and Self-Development programs:

In no particular order (most products offer a free component as well): 1. John Assaraf Training (with 1-year community and VIP coaching support, free live events and videos available) See HERE for the full list 2. Mark Waldman: NeuroWisdom101 (free eBook available through banner on the side) Read more HERE Check out NeuroWisdom101 HERE 3. Annual LAO Live Transformation Summit (free live event) Go HERE 4. Ultimate Success Masterclass Go HERE If you are wondering why other products you have seen reviewed in my blog did not make it here: They were just not good enough. Other Reads: Cognitive Neuroscience and Fear Why the law of attraction does not work for you How to overcome fear and doubt How to make more money Impact your financial future in 10 days - Announcement  

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The Neuroscience of Weight Loss

When the Soul makes you Fat

Neuroscientists discovered that obesity starts in your brain. Stress and anxiety are two of the major causes. Another important factor is your feeling of self-worth. Cognitive Neuroscience - When the Soul makes you Fat In this post, we will look at a few facts, go to the root of the problem and find solutions. As you all know I am originally from Germany. I am still learning medical terminology - but I am positive that even though the post might not be perfect grammar-wise you will still be able to understand the meaning.

1.4 Billion grown ups are overweight worldwide

2.8 Million people die from conditions related to being overweight. The list of possible diseases is large:
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes type 2
  • Alzheimers
  • Infertility
  • Joint pain
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
Not to mention depression and other psychological conditions.
For the first time in the history, the number of overweight people is as high as the number of underweight people. Sadly, because fewer people are starving.
In some countries, including the United States, overweight people are in the majority.
More and more children and teenagers become overweight at a young age.
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What are the reasons for this epidemy?

Until recently high calory food and lack of workout have been seen as the reason for weight gain. That would make it a side effect of our affluent society.
It turns out that it is not that easy.
In the last years, doctors and neuroscientists came to a different conclusion. Becoming overweight is not so much a physical problem but has psychosocial reasons.
The process is like this most of the time:
People have a hereditary predisposition. Their environment adds to that.
  • Stress
  • Poverty
  • Loneliness
  • Traumata
  • Existential fear
  • Angst
  • Environmental conditioning
  • Feeling of being overtaxed (burn-out)
  • Stressful job - lack of sleep
When I ask them most of my clients know which "weight" they carry (as in what is their reason for being overweight).Leading scientists, doctors and neuroscientists agree that the role of the brain in getting overweight or obese has been underestimated until now.

How does the brain influence the control circuit of hunger and feeling full?

Until a few years ago scientists were of the opinion that food intake is a simple process: If the stomach is empty agents send a signal to your brain that then makes sure you feel hungry and fill your stomach. If the blood sugar levels go down or the fat depots get empty, it is being reported back to the brain that takes care of starting the process of making you feel hungry again. But this is only half of the truth. There is hunger, and there are cravings. Everyone knows the phenomena of being full and fed but still having cravings that make you eat more. Also your stomach stretches out when you overeat. So the more you overeat, the more food you will need to even satisfy your hunger. Then come the cravings. Maybe someone is frustrated, at a fun social event or indulges just because it tastes so good. Your brain tells you that you want more even though you do not need more food. Especially highly addictive sugar can make you feel like you "need" it. The food industry adds to the damage with MSGs and other artificial additives. The whole "diet" stuff only makes us eat more, and the correlation between the number of new diet products and more obese people is not a coincidence.

Cravings are regulated by the strongest lust and frustration center

That part of our brain region is active when you are climaxing, feel drunk of love or on a heroin kick. This region of your brain also plays a key role in depression, chronic stress, and burnout. I will try to translate 3 German expressions and hope they make sense in English:
  • Frustessen (frustration eating)
  • Kummerspeck (grief bacon)
  • Stressessen (stress eating)
Obviously the people knew before the scientists. It is pretty obvious why diets fail. Isn´t it?
Even the strongest will could fight the neuronal power of the emotional centers.
You might have read in some of my other posts that this is why it is not your fault when your diet fails. The approach is wrong. The people who told you that you just have to develop willpower or work out a little bit have been lying to your face. Or let´s say: They were poorly educated on the matter or wanted to sell you some "wonder diet". Legal diet pills could never trick your brain in the long run. A change in nutrition will make a difference and is the way to go. But you will have to remove the original cause of overeating first - or you will not be able to see it through. Obesity is an addiction more than anything else.

So are obese people addicts?

Yes. Sugar AddictionA PET-scanner (uses a radioactive substance to scan for disease and shows how tissue and organs are working)  shows that some regions of the brains of obese people have changed - the reward center that is activated by drugs, sex, or a tasty meal. The reward center releases dopamine, a happiness hormone, which motivates us to repeat something. The points of connection for dopamine shrink in the brains of obese people. To feel the same level of happiness, they need to eat more than a thin person. These changes in the dopamine metabolism are similar to those visible in the brains of cocaine addicts. The other brain region that shows changes known from other forms of addiction is the part that handles planning and trained behavior. Scientists of the German Max-Planck University for cognitive neuroscience conveyed a psychological experiment: They separated obese women and women with normal weight into two groups. Then they put in front of them two decks of playing cards. The goal of the game was to make as much profit as possible. The first deck contained cards that brought high winnings at first but losses in the long run. The second deck was sorted just opposite. Losses first, high profits in the long run. The astonishing result of the study was that while the thin Ladies after a while ignored the first deck of cards the obese Ladies kept taking cards from it. Similar to cocaine or alcohol addicts it was problematic for them to follow a long-term strategy. Luckily, those changes are reversible. Let´s do it.

Diet needs to start in the brain

If you are one of the many people who felt like a failure for not being able to shed those extra pounds I hope you feel better now. Now you understand that no diet or powder or whatsoever you tried and people sold you could do the job. Most people that are trying to lose weight have gone through uncountable expensive and useless diets, powders, pills, workout and recipe programs. And all the "before/after" pics. Yawn. The only picture I would take as proof for a good diet is a before and after the brain scan. Luckily, the solution to the dilemma is way more easy and inexpensive than you might think. You will likely save money after you successfully implemented the changes needed.

The good news: Retraining your brain is possible

It is not even that hard.
Start HERE

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Cognitive Neuroscience and Fear

How to use Fear to your advantage

Cognitive Neuroscience says behavior is connected to fear

And neuroscientists provide explanations that lead to solutions. Read on if you want to learn how thousands of people successfully overcame their fear and achieved more success in their personal and business lives. Everyone feels fear from time to time. The people who are never afraid have mental disorders in the majority of cases. Psychopaths are an example for a group of people who often do not feel fear. Interpersonal relationships become difficult for them at a young age and later they often become criminal. The other kind, sociopaths, often hold high managerial positions. Beside the scientific proof that is pretty convincing for how fear controls our behavior and ultimately decides how successful we will be. For the rest of this post, we will just ignore this tiny group of people and focus on the healthy ones. No worries. This post is not intended to teach how to become a sociopath but to show how everyone can overcome the fear that is holding them back. The human race would be distinct soon if we would not feel fear. Fear keeps us out of dangerous situations. Fear can also make us sick and hinder our business success. When fear takes over it harms our health, relationships, and business success. I in example hold back a lot of good stuff because I am afraid when writing in English (my native language is German) I might sound like a moron. While this is a very light fear and very easy to overcome, I want to show that even when you know all of that stuff you are not free of fear. Fear is a fundamental color of our emotions. It is easier to make kids afraid than to put them in a relaxed state of mind. Therefore, fear is frequently used for educational purposes and to gain control. By parents, authorities, government and our partners.

Fear is more powerful than Felicity

Fear can crush down your whole body. It can overpower you in a way that makes logical thinking and rational decisions impossible for you. Fear does not have a good reputation. Admitting fear is considered weak and unacceptable especially for Executives. We try to deal with it ourselves. Also, especially with deep-rooted, strong fear, it is hard for others to understand our situation. Anxiety disorders are the most common disease in industrialized countries. That can range from procrastinating or sleeping disorders to panic attacks, phobia, and even schizophrenia. Depression is often linked to an anxiety disorder as well. Even eating disorders. Fear also costs our economy a lot of money. I am not talking about sick days or medical bills but underperformers. People who stay below their potential as a result of their anxiety disorders. It is easy to become a "what if" person.

Fear is also the most powerful enabler

Cognitive Neuroscience and Fear
Some people get addicted to the adrenaline. Overcoming fear makes us happy, proud and feeling healthy. Endorphins rock our body and we just feel great. Fear can motivate us, push us forward, make us creative and innovative. The inner system of fear is easy to fool. That is why we feel afraid when watching a horror movie even though we know that it is just a movie. Good to know, right?

Many Fearful people are extremely successful

They know how to turn their fear into their fuel.
A few example of people who were fearful young adults or are still afraid include:
  • Bill Gates
  • Warren Buffet
  • Steven Spielberg
Charles Darwin was afraid of nearly everything. Snakes, traveling, crowds, loneliness.
Barbara Streisand and Sir Laurence Olivier were struggling with social phobia.
Fear can release the energy for extraordinary achievements.

How to make fear your super fuel

So what do these groups of people do differently? The ones who are fearful and become successful and the ones who develop anxiety disorders or even disease and keep procrastinating?
Why is fear a growing problem in our society that has become so much safer than it used to be?

Cognitive behavioral training to overcome fear

The amygdala is an ancient primitive structure and plays a key role in deciding if an impulse is "good" or "bad". That is a very simplified explanation, but it will do for making the point. You actually have two of them. The word is derived from the Greek word for almond, as this is how they are shaped.
If it considers an impulse "bad" (which is often false alarm) it can put the body into a protective mode in an instant. You breathe faster, your muscles become tense, the adrenals release stress hormones, You will not be able to behave and think rational.
Imagine you ride your car. Some tiny bug collides with your windscreen. You close your eyes, right? You probably even push your head away.
Even though you know that you are safe in your car, and the tiny bug cannot crash your windscreen and hit your eye.
The amygdala decided for "bad" and made it impossible for you to think and make a rational decision.
One day, maybe long ago when you were a kid something hit your eye. And it hurt.
Now this was just a silly example. It neither hurts your life nor your career if you blink because of a false alarm.
But the same goes for "false alarms" regarding anything hurtful we ever experienced in our lives. Failing a diet, being left or cheated on, making a wrong business or hiring decision and so on and so on.
Unconscious of it, we frequently react to the past. Not the presence. We let whatever has hurt us or failed us control our existence and future. We write our self-fulfilling prophecies.
Time to change that. Isn´t it?

Retraining your brain is the key

It is possible to retrain your brain so that new neural pathways form that allow you to take control of your behavior and reactions.
How much does it cost you not to make changes? Fear comes with an expensive price tag including:
  • Missed promotions
  • Less success and money
  • Failed business ventures
  • Broken relationships
  • Missed opportunities

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Emotional Intelligence and Success

Emotional Intelligence and Success

Emotional Intelligence as a Leadership Skill

We all want to be successful in life. We want to move forward in our careers, and want to move up in the so called 'corporate foodchain'. However, most people make the mistake of thinking that it is merely a matter of skill and competence. This is not true. While yes, skill does matter in the workplace, it does not affect your career as much as you think. Being skilled at your job certainly helps you get that promotion, or that job raise or anything else you aspire for. The part where it gets tricky is the fact that being skilled alone may not help you. You need to develop on some other key areas in order to truly succeed at your career.

Soft skills are the new hard skills

Without these key areas, your skill-set is effectively useless. In fact, if another person comes along, developed in these key areas, but is otherwise limited in terms of his/her skill-set, they will always be chosen over you, despite your superior skill-set. This is because in a workplace, you work with people. And for working with people, you need to have a few key skills in order to be the most productive.You need to be able to communicate your ideas effectively, and need to interact with your coworkers. You need to handle stress, and need to learn to manage your anger. All this comprises emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is in no way related to your IQ, and is actually a completely different benchmark that can change your career. By attaining the skills associated with Emotional Intelligence, you would be more successful. Don't believe me? Lets crunch some numbers. According to various studies, 90% of top-performers were emotionally intelligent. And on average, an emotionally intelligent person makes $29,000 more than a comparatively inexperienced person annually in average salary setting. This number climbs dramatically when it comes to Management positions. Actual intelligence doesn't even come into play here, and that's why you should focus on being emotionally intelligent rather than focusing on improving your skill-set. Basic workplace skills like team-work and social interactions are more important than your skill-set. Of course, this doesn't mean that you should completely neglect your skill-set. Think of your skill-set like rocket, and your emotional intelligence being a heavy weight attached to it. In this way, even if the rocket is very powerful, it won't be able to reach its full potential because of the weight dragging it down. However, if you somehow propel the weight up, the rocket can reach its full potential. In this way, emotional intelligence is connected to your skill-set, and only by being emotionally intelligent can you become more adept, more proficient and more successful.

How you will benefit from a higher EQ

Emotional Intelligence does not only improve your productivity, but also improves your mental health. It helps you to destress, and you discover new things about yourselves. Indeed, being Emotionally Intelligent lets you fly aflutter, helping you reach your potential. If you are looking for ways to work on your EQ you can find my top recommendations HERE

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