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Issue: #35 Jan/2010

The New Year's infinite possibility is still expanding. Let your fearless love of what is coming lead you to tell new stories about the future so that you can live in the best possible world for you this year. 2010 may very well be your best one ever!
  A Good Stop
Stop, Chill, and Smile

In daily life, we often find ourselves losing our good feeling. We get ourselves in a bit of a panic simply because we are going too fast. This kind of feeling can only lead to failure, since it is this feeling in which our plans are made. The visualizations that occur in the moments prior to crucial action are the ones that determine what ultimately happens. If we are to re-direct the course of events, we need to establish a new feeling, a fresh frame of reference from which to plan our next moves if we are to change the way things are going, and turn things in the general direction of better.

In short, you are capable of changing the direction of any situation simply by changing your mood. This can only be done by altering your focus of attention, while allowing a feeling of relief to come over you. This is the product of what might be called "a good stop". Often wMeditation 7e pause to collect ourselves before proceeding. It is a natural consequence of negative emotion to desire to get our feeling under control. We have all seen the disastrous consequences of pushing a bad emotional position, but how often do we truly stop and take the time to let go of all of our previous momentum and wait for a good feeling to come over us before proceeding? This is the meaning of a "good stop", and it is a very powerful tool for bringing out our highest potential.

Life is all about speed. If we are going too fast, we cannot feel safe, simply because we aren't. When I rush to the airplane with my legstraps hanging loose and scramble to get my gear together as the airplane taxis out to the runway, it is hard to have a perfect skydive. I am operating above my sustainable speed, and consequently I do not feel good. I need to slow down. I still must do all the preparatory tasks that keep me safe, like checking my handles, but I must do them in slow motion.

In truth, I am not in slow motion. I am moving at the correct speed for a dangerous situation. When we are taking on an increased level of risk, whether it is an important meeting with the boss or preparing to jump off a Fjord in Norway, we need to move slower than other times. We need to stop when the speed is too fast, and calm our heart rate and respiration before resuming our forward motion; progressing slower than before. If we do this we automatically start to feel better, and that feeling always leads us toward where we want to go.

Our best performances in life, and our best insights, all come as a result of this positive mindset. We must recognize our inner speed at all times so that we can maintain this feeling of controlled, graceful motion. When Tom Hanks spoke of his lead role in Apollo 13, he commented on how slow and methodical the preparation for launch was. He said it felt: "...almost like performing a Mass". All moments of transcendent beauty share this quality. The slow rhythm and ritual create a quiescent response in our bodies and minds, and our parasympathetic systems kick in to bring us back into focus and good feeling. The unbalanced activity in our prefrontal cortex becomes balanced "Gamma Synchrony", and we resume being the most competent version of ourselves. This is because when we are in slow motion, we notice the details of our surroundings, and thus we are far less likely to forget key steps in the process. This makes us safer, and we know it. Therefore, the secret to doing dangerous and important things is:


If you come away with anything specific from this article, let is be this. It is the core meaning of the points I am making that will be there for you when life is coming at you hard. Hopefully, sometime in the future, when you are not feeling good leading up to an important situation or in the midst of it, you will remember to:
and Start Again
...this time a bit slower
with a smile on your face.

If you don't feel good, you must not settle for the bad feeling. It is far too dangerous to be in a bad mood when you are doing dangerous things. And since everything we do has consequences, everything we do is dangerous.

Another way to put all of this is:

You Are Doing Yoga Right Now
chew on that for a while...

Love and Good Vibes,
Brian Germain
Heroic Leadership Training 
 All New Seminar SeriesSuper Hero

I am now offering a new kind of seminar, specifically targeting businesses. It is clear to me, and lots of others that I have spoken to, that our generation often lacks in the leadership department. We know how to lead, don't get me wrong, it's just that where we are leading is sometimes a problem, and how much joy and meaning we derive from the role of leadership is definitely in question.

This seminar speaks to the best part of the audience, the hero within each and every one of us. If we are going to change this world for the better in all the ways that this world needs improvement, we need to re-connect people with their own higher selves. We all have a part of us that is a great leader, it's just that we do not always strive to act from this part of ourselves. This seminar is specifically designed to awaken the optimist in all of us, and refresh our connection with the best case scenario.

We have all been doing our fare share of whining, and our complaining about the way things are currently going has done nothing to make things better. We bitch about the economy, the leadership, the neighbors, the other religious groups, the school systems and the other political parties, and all it does is drive us further from where we really want to go. We are painting a clearer picture of what we hate, but not spending enough time painting the all-important picture of what we love; where we want things to go. The hero within all of us sees the shortcomings of the present situation, but does not linger there for long. The hero's job is to bring about the best case scenario by believing that it is actually going to happen and working based on that assumption. This role is so rarely played in our current world that the folk singer Arlo Guthrey had this to say:

"If we lived in a perfect world, and everybody got what they needed, and everybody was happy, you'd have to go an awfully long way in that kinda world to make a difference. But in a world that sucks, like this one, you hardly have to do anything at all..."

Although I disagree with the assertion that this world sucks, I do agree that a bright light of optimism shines a long way in the context of powerlessness, anger and frustration. We must look for the positive aspects of "what is" in order to be the heroic optimist that changes the world around them. We must be the champion of human possibility, and love our species for who and what we are. If we hold that candle, others around us will want to follow us anywhere.

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If you are reading this magazine, I love who you are. That is because you are decidedly one of the people who have realized that the world's fate is going to be played out on the battlefield of the human heart, in the perennial tug of war between LOVE and FEAR.

As they say Down Under: "Good on ya, Mate!"

Brian Germain
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