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[EZINE] Caution: This Will Eat You Up

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Dr. Michael Craig,   Vol. 5, #21 – May 30, 2017

The Blob

The Blob (1958) was Steve McQueen’s first movie.  A meteorite crashes near a rural Pennsylvania town, disgorging a big, black, gooey mass of stuff they called “the blob” that oozes out of its ship and starts spreading far and wide.   

The Blob begins to envelop and consume anything it encounters, becoming larger and larger, until it threatens to take over the whole community.

The blob still exists;  its called “media.”

Consider the reach of outlets like 24/7 News, Twitter (think Donald), Facebook and Netflix.  These four alone could easily take up 90% of your day or more.  When you add the billion of lesser-known social and media outlets, you have little time to accomplish anything else! 

Many people simply get around this little time inconvenience by incorporating media into their business or job.  A couple of my friends are “YouTube placement consultants” who stayed glued to that media all day, every day.   

If you’re like me and my wife, you spend a considerable amount of time surfing the movies on Amazon, Netflix and more. Yesterday we also watched several hours of YouTube videos… because we just just bought a Sony DVD player with online WiFi capability.  Now we can!!  

Woo Hoo.  Now we don’t have time to do anything productive . . . like talk to each other . . . except to say “pass the remote.” 

And we’re senior citizens; we should actually know better.  Most younger folks have grown up with the “media blob” and are glued to their phones all day, and half the night.  I recently saw a young couple at a restaurant silently TEXTING one another, speaking only to verify the other one got their text . . .   

As The Donald would say:  “Sad.”  

But I’m through talking about this now, since I’m starting to sound like the old man next door shouting “Get off my grass!!”  

Sadder. 

Brain Warp Symptoms 

The symptoms of modern brain warp has to do with the language centers of the brain, i.e., they stop developing.  Instead of using full sentences, you begin to lapse into the world of emoticons and “thumbwords.”

N if u dnt stp u wl degnr8 nto a mltn mass v gu!  😎

If you’re (i.e., ur) one of the fortunate few who don’t understand the message above, there’s still hope for you.  Otherwise, you – like me – are too far gone…

I’m just sayin’ . . . 

The Remedy 

The cure for brain warp is simple, but not easy.  Stop doing the same old crap over and over again and get a life.  

Seal your TV/DVD remotes in a plastic bag, submerge them in a plastic container of water, then put the container in the freezer.  Then unplug the cell phone, TV and other interruptions and go outside.   

Got it?  That’s great.  Now you’re living in the 1950’s.  Go to the fence and share some gossip with the neighbors….  what? They’re too busy on their phones?  Too bad. 

Well, there’s always movies.  Go ahead.  Thaw out the remote and watch Castaway, Wild, Into The Wild, The Way Back, or Kon-Tiki.  Then pretend you’re along the journeys with ’em.

That’s about as close as I‘ve been able to get to really “roughing it” these days.  Maybe you can do better.  

If not, there’s always The Blob…

To your ultimate liberation, 

Michael

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[EZINE] How To Read Anyone Like A Book

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Dr. Michael Craig,   Vol. 5, #20 – May 23, 2017

The Open Secret

Want to know how to read someone like a book?  Watch.  Ask questions.  And really listen. 

That’s right.  It’s an open secret that – to read someone correctly – you only have to watch and listen.  Then they will reveal things they never told anyone . . . even themselves!  I discovered this after interviewing hundreds of guests on my radio program, as well as after doing sessions with thousands of people.  

But listening – really listening – is a natural talent that has been trained right out of us. 

I learned this the hard way as a child and adolescent growing up in Savannah, Georgia.  I remember being a part of a family gathering where they were telling stories from the wartime and I noticed that Aunt Floozie (not her real name) was very fidgety and nervous. So, naturally, I spoke up in my innocence and said Aunt Floozie was really afraid of that topic. 

First, a look of shock came over everyone, Aunt Floozy denied she was afraid of anything, and I was quietly ushered out of the room to “go play with the other kids!” 

I never forgot how I disrupted the room, however.  I didn’t mean to.  Didn’t want to.  I was only doing what I’d been told, i.e., “Always tell the truth.” Then I was confused when I didn’t get praise for doing what I was told.  

It was after events like this that I finally came to realize that adults didn’t really mean what they said when it came to “the truth.”  They only wanted the truth when it pertained to something I had done wrong.  That’s it.  All the “adult conversations” apparently were off limits to this requirement. 

As I grew into my late teens,  I became increasingly schizophrenic in trying to decide when the truth actually applied to who, what, when, or how much?  I discovered this southern “politeness” thing meant that most subjects were off limits to discussion, and that I was expected to be polite, rather than truthful, i.e., “Go along to get along…”

My mother’s favorite line came from Gone With The Wind, when Scarlett O’Hara proclaimed “I’ll think about that tomorrow!”

But somehow “tomorrow” never came.

 

 

I Got Cured

After decades of soul searching, meditation, group therapies, self-discovery workshops and “working on myself,”  I finally am at the place where I can see what that silly southern facade was all about, i.e., a bunch of dysfunctional people putting on a brave face simply because they knew of no other way to be!

Now my wife and I are committed to speaking the truth to each other and to others.  I also found that, by telling the truth, I didn’t have to remember much (it turns out that lies have a way of coming out unless you tell more lies…)

I still, however, often rely on my inherited southern diplomacy to soften the blow when its a subject of deep importance to the listener.    I can do this because I learned about “divine listening”…

—–> See the Divine Listening Post and Video <—–

You (or your Soul) already know the truth.  But do you have the courage to actually look for it?  Hear it?  Then acknowledge or speak it?  If you can do this – without anger, hate or revenge in your heart – congratulations.  You will have a happier life. 

—-> Click Here to see my Divine Listening Post & Video <—–

To your success,

Michael

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[EZINE] Everything Is Negotiable

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Dr. Michael Craig,   Vol. 5, #19 – May 16, 2017

The Lesson

Everything in life is a negotiation – whether you are buying a car, asking for the TV remote, or trying to convince that special person to marry you.  Here are a few powerful tips to help make your efforts more fun and productive.

An early business mentor of mine was Marshall Thurber.   He was retired as a millionaire at age 30, and hired the likes of inventor/architect R. Buckminster Fuller and quality guru W. Edwards Deming as personal coaches.  Marshall also mentored Robert Kiyosaki (author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad), Tony Robbins, and a host of other successful authors and entrepreneurs.

He was also one of the best damn negotiators I ever met.

I had the good fortune to experience Mr. Thurber’s unique teaching style in 1988-89 in Atlanta, as part of a select group who (naturally) paid him big bucks to mentor them.

In negotiations, Marshall was golden.  When buying or selling businesses (his specialty), he would often take prospects to the ball park and talk about everything but the deal.  This, and his  strategic use of artificial scarcity mixed with personality, often sealed the deal in no time.

“My board of directors shut this offer down tonight, but I can stretch that if you give me your decision by tomorrow morning…” mumbled Marshall, between bites of his hot dog. 

He then finished his hot dog without a word, waiting for the prospect to bite… and they usually did. 

The 7 Keys To Negotiation

Marshall taught using games.  He has us play in small groups, with lessons coming organically, based on our own experience.  These games centered around one or more of the following “7 Steps to Powerful Negotiations”

  1. Start with an attitude of Win-Win.
  2. Focus.  Know your Prospect’s needs, wants and dreams.
  3. Offer them what they want (or dream).
  4. Let them experience the dream using words, pictures, or the actual experience itself.  Also let them understand what may happen if the DON’T take the offer.  Repeat (when appropriate) in different ways or at different times.
  5. Create scarcity, either real or artificial.
  6. Ask for a Decision.
  7. Be willing to walk away.

While I thought I knew the concept of Win-Win, for example, it wasn’t until I played the game “Win as Much as You Can” that I came to realize I was still operating on the old win-lose or zero-sum game as before.  By playing a game, I learned more in 30 minutes than I had in a lifetime before.

—–>  Check Out Marshall’s TED Talk <——

(I actually used some of Marshall’s ideas when creating the Logical Soul®.  By “negotiating” with your subconscious self, you can actually defused raw emotions and create a path to success on many levels.  Check out my presentation back in 2014 on how this happens.)

If you are interested in learning more about Marshall’s methods, reply to this email and let me know.  If enough people respond, I may be able to put together a game-learning workshop and/or online course.

To your success,

Michael

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[EZINE] Proof: Lolly-Gagging Helps Your Work

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Dr. Michael Craig,   Vol. 5, #17 – May 2, 2017

Getaway Facts

Want to be more productive at work or on the job? 

Take time off this summer!

As I write this, I’m also preparing to head out to my Tennessee log cabin for a few days of rest  (and the usually “must be done” tasks that keep me going up there every so often).   I enjoy this getaway time, and my ability to focus on my work and family is enhanced because of my “alone time.” 

Are you taking advantage of all that’s available to you?  Most Americans don’t. 

According to author Tanya Mohn in a 2014 Forbes Magazine article:

More than forty percent of American workers who received paid time off did not take all of their allotted time last year, despite the obvious personal benefits, according to “An Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S.” commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association, a trade group, and completed by Oxford Economics.

Americans left an average of 3.2 paid time off days unused in 2013, totaling 429 million unused days for U.S. workers.

According to the study, most managers recognize the benefits taking time off from work provide to employees: higher productivity, stronger workplace morale, greater employee retention, and significant health benefits. But nearly 34 percent of employees surveyed indicated that their employer neither encouraged nor discouraged leave, and 17 percent of managers considered employees who take all of their leave to be less dedicated, according to the survey’s findings.

And four in ten American workers said their employer supported time off, but their heavy workload kept them from using their earned days.

Idea:  Do Less; Accomplish More

Ms. Mohn went on to add that, despite the myriad benefits of taking time off,  American workers usually succumb to the pressure of self-imposed and guilt-laden reasons why they can’t take the time off to which they are entitled.  Adam Sacks, president of the Tourism Economics division of Oxford Economics, said “Leaving earned days on the table harms, not helps, employers by creating a less productive and less loyal employee.

Bottom Line?  TAKE that vacation this summer!  You will do yourself – and your business or company – a HUGE favor!!

To your success,

Michael

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