Practice makes you successful.

June 30, 2007

I wrote it 500 times

I swear she was nuts. I was a little scared of her. If she caught you talking when you weren’t supposed to, it was very likely that a pill bottle would soon be sailing like a guided missile through the air directly at your head.

Yeah, she was a bit crazy…

But she was also brilliant…

You see, when I was an eight-year-old third-grader, I had this habit of turning in homework, quizzes and tests without putting my name at the top of the paper. So whenever I did that, when all the other kids were outside playing during recess, Mrs. DeLong would keep me in the classroom writing my name 500 times.

It only took a couple missed recesses before I got it…

She knew the repetition of writing my name over and over combined with the negative consequences of not being allowed to play with the other kids would soon break me of the bad habit.
It sure worked fast.

When you want to learn quickly and get good at something fast, you simply need to practice doing that thing and put the information in your mind as often as possible. Repetition is the only thing proven to sink true knowledge and expertise into your subconscious mind. Nothing even comes close.

How did you get so good at tying your shoes?

How is it that you can type so fast today?

Have you ever wondered how the best pro basketball players can throw the ball up 20 feet from a hoop that is barely bigger than the ball yet put it in 20 times in a row without a miss?

Right… practice.

When you pratice anything every day you’ll get so good, you won’t even have to think about it. Doing it right becomes automatic.

So remember this whenever you begin feeling frustrated at your inability to do something well or to do it at all.

When this jumps into your mind whenever you get frustrated, you will be on your way.

Replace frustration with the desire to practice and you’ll instantly feel less like a victim and more like a person on the success path.

Mike Brescia

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Be a Spinner, not a sinner.

June 29, 2007

Some call me the King and Spin, because I try to find a positive meaning for seemingly negative events.

Well, in so many areas and disciplines of life I do know exactly how successful people think…

I do know the attitudes of success…

And I do my best to believe what the most accomplished, happy people believe.

And so, after 20 years of putting in gold and platinum thoughts, not very much gets me upset, even when things are going horribly. Every problem is simply another hurdle to get over, get around or go through on the way to where I’m going.

For example, earlier this year I lost about $200,000 from a few poor decisions and some extraordinarily unfortunate circumstances outside of my control. But when it was all over, I simply close the book and without shedding a single tear, immediately (and I mean within minutes) began planning and setting new and bigger goals in a new area, which is already paying off handsomely.

That is part of what thinking right or right-thinking is about…

… being able to learn everything you can out of every success in every failure.

It’s about letting go of the bad stuff you just don’t have to feel pain so deeply, you know.

It’s about feeling incredible pleasure and joy even from the smallest little victories and accomplishments.

So, I guess I’ll just continue spinning away, not feeling agony over defeats (just learning from them) and getting incredible joy from everything that’s good and appreciating it all. And I’ll just keep setting bigger and bigger goals which will all be accomplished.

Mike Brescia (http://www.thinkrightnow.com ).


Buying Guide: 22-Inch LCDs

June 29, 2007

By John R. Delaney

Today’s LCDs are bigger and better than any we’ve seen before, and they can handle virtually any office or multimedia task you throw at them. Not long ago, desktop LCD monitors were designed almost exclusively with an eye toward business, targeting users with space constraints and those who generally worked with office applications and didn’t require a high-performance display. Not to mention that they were quite expensive. Think about it: Five years ago an 18-inch NEC MultiSync LCD monitor had a street price of $1,800.

Things have changed. Widescreen models in particular are becoming the popular choice for businesses and consumers alike, enabling users to view multiple document pages at the same time or watch a DVD movie in its native aspect ratio on a big, bright panel. If you’re running Windows Vista, widescreen displays let you run the sidebar pane and gadget applications without sacrificing valuable screen space. Perhaps most important is the affordability factor: You can find a basic 22-inch widescreen display for around $300, if you shop around. As is the case with most electronics, however, the more features you add, the more you’ll wind up paying. — next: Space Savers

Space Savers
Because they have a slim profile, LCD monitors are known for their space-saving characteristics, but they can help keep your desk organized in other ways. The inclusion of a couple of USB ports on a monitor can go a long way toward keeping keyboard and mouse cable clutter to a minimum and eliminates the need for a USB hub on the desktop. It’s also much easier to plug a memory key into your monitor than to reach under your desk to find an available port. Nearly all LCD monitors are VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) compliant and can be mounted directly on a wall or on an articulating FPMI (flat-panel mounting interface), which gives you the flexibility to position the panel in several different ways. Another small but effective feature to look for is a cable-management clip. This can be nothing more than a round piece of plastic mounted on the stand that holds your video and other assorted cables together and keeps them from spilling out onto your desktop space.

Monitors with built-in speakers are ideal for users with space constraints, but more often than not, the speakers are underpowered and produce tinny sound with little or no bass. If good, loud audio quality is important, look for speakers that are rated at 3 watts or better, or invest in a pair of slim desktop speakers with a small subwoofer. — next: Check the Specs

Check the Specs
Most (but not all) 22-inch widescreen displays have a native resolution of 1,680 by 1,050 pixels. Though the higher resolution is appropriate for watching HD movies and gaming, some users may find the desktop icons and fonts too small to view without eyestrain, so it’s a good idea to check one out firsthand before taking the plunge. You could always scale back to a lower resolution, but these displays are at their best when run at their intended (native) resolution. If the smaller icons and text are hard to read, a monitor with a native resolution of 1,280 by 1,024 may be a better fit.

A monitor’s pixel response time is the measure of how long it takes for a pixel to go from black to white—or rise and fall—and is measured in milliseconds. This rating used to be a big selling point among the 3D gaming crowd because displays with faster pixel times are generally better at handling fast-motion graphics. Slower monitors, running at 12 to 16 milliseconds, tend to produce ghosting, or blurring around the edge of moving images, which can take some of the joy out of your gaming experience. The same holds true for displaying DVD movies: If the monitor is too slow, you’ll experience blurring and motion artifacts. Nowadays most “multimedia” displays with pixel response times of 6 milliseconds or less do a wonderful job of handling video and 3D gaming. LG’s Flatron L226WTQ-BF has a pixel response of 2 milliseconds and provided one of the best all-around gaming experiences I’ve seen.

The rated viewing-angle specification is also important, especially for users who want to watch movies, or coworkers who need to share what’s on their screens. Measured from the center of the screen, the viewing angle is supposed to be the maximum angle at which you can view the image without losing picture clarity or color tone. If you’ve ever looked at a monitor from the side and noticed a change in color or a washed-out image, you’ve experienced color shifting, which happens when you’ve gone beyond the expected viewing range.

Some displays, among them the Acer X221W (160 degrees) and the ViewSonic VX2255wmb (170 degrees) live up to their claimed viewing-angle ratings, but others, such as the LG L226WTQ and Envision G22LWK, fall short.— next: Ergonomics

Ergonomics
A basic no-frills display typically comes with a tilt-only stand and little else in the way of ergonomic niceties. These rigid stands generally provide at least 20 degrees of adjustability (5 degrees forward and 15 degrees back) and are adequate for safe and comfortable viewing in situations where you can position the display at eye level. If you can’t, look for a model with a height-adjustable stand to avoid eyestrain and neck fatigue, and if possible, make sure the telescoping adjustment arm allows for easy one-handed movement. Also, if you want to share your screen with a coworker or are into gaming, a stand with a built-in swivel mechanism makes it easy to position the screen for the best possible viewing angle.

If you want to view multipage documents in a vertical orientation, a pivoting display that lets you view the screen in portrait mode is the way to go. This feature is usually found on more business-centric displays but is starting to catch on with the consumer crowd, since you can view entire Web pages without having to scroll down. If you expect to use the pivot feature often, look for a display with an auto-pivot utility that changes the screen image on the fly—you’ll have to flip the image manually using your graphics card control panel. Take a look at your monitor’s screen controls to see what sort of options you have. For more info on the on-screen display (OSD), go here. — next: Bells and Whistles

Bells and Whistles
It’s not hard to find an LCD monitor that satisfies most of your multimedia needs. For example, if you frequently engage in video conferencing or video IM, look for a model that features a built-in webcam, such as the ViewSonic VX2255wmb. The 1.3-megapixel camera embedded in the upper bezel works fine for casual video chatting and can even be used to capture still photos; just don’t expect highly detailed images. They’re not great, but they’re good enough for e-mailing.

When it comes to connecting to external peripherals such as DVD players and gaming consoles, the Westinghouse LCM-22w2 is one of the best-equipped 22-inch displays around. In addition to the usual VGA (analog) and DVI (digital) inputs, the LCM-22w2 features a full complement of A/V ports, including composite and S-Video, as well as component video and audio ports. Just make sure you buy all the necessary cables, since the monitor comes with only analog and audio (speaker) cables.

Though they lack this extensive array of A/V ports, the Acer, Envision, LG, Samsung, ViewSonic, and Westinghouse monitors in this guide all have HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compliant DVI ports, a feature that’s becoming more common on big, widescreen panels. HDCP lets you view DRM-protected content from sources such as TV set-top boxes or DVD players. We’re beginning to see desktop monitors equipped with HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) ports as well, which let you connect to a broader range of external devices such as HD DVD and Blu-ray players, A/V receivers, and HDTV cameras. — next: Testing Performance

Testing Performance
More important than multimedia features, glossy bezels, and adjustable stands is how well the monitor performs specific tasks. That’s where DisplayMate tests (www.displaymate.com) come in. With DisplayMate, we can measure factors like grayscale performance, color tracking, and text readability.

How well a monitor reproduces the various shades of gray determines how much detail you see in photographs, for example. Monitors with weak light-gray attributes will tend to show washed-out highlights, making it difficult to distinguish between bright white and light-colored shades. Similarly, dark-gray performance determines how much detail is evident in dark pictures and movies. In some cases, extremely poor grayscale performance can affect color quality, causing colors at the low end of the scale to appear black, whereas colors at the high end of the scale are compressed and lose intensity. It’s important to note that virtually all but the most high-end (and extremely expensive) panels have some degree of grayscale deficiency, and in most cases the flaw has little or no effect on image quality. But if you work with detailed images and require a high degree of color accuracy, you should look for a monitor with good grayscale performance.

Color-tracking errors usually create a tinting effect at some point in the grayscale, most often at the extreme ends of the spectrum. This happens when the RGB channels are not in sync with the incoming signal. A classic color-tracking symptom occurs when light grays and whites appear to have a red, blue, or greenish tint. For users who work with lots of documents and office applications—especially those who prefer to work with smaller fonts to fit more information on each page—a monitor’s text readability may be the most important performance factor of all. The ability of a panel to display fonts set to 6 points is considered good, and if it can produce legible text set to 5.3 points, that’s very good. Text should be clear and evenly spaced, with well-defined edges.

If you have a chance to try out a monitor before you buy it, you can evaluate motion performance by playing a few rounds of a fast-moving 3D game (we use F.E.A.R.) to see how the monitor handles moving images. Look for motion errors such as artifacts, ghost trails, and screen flicker during game play. We also like to fire up a DVD movie to see how it handles motion and to evaluate the overall widescreen movie experience.

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Buying Guide: The Best MP3 Players.

June 27, 2007

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Ending Dark Inner Dialogue.

June 27, 2007

What’s a dark inner dialogue? Just what it sounds like: a negative tug-of-war in the unseen recesses of your mind where you’re the only one pulling on both ends of the rope. Still more to the point: Being in a dark inner dialogue is finding yourself losing a heated argument when there’s no one else in the room with you!

These unconscious conflicts, in dialogue form, play themselves out in our mind by painfully reenacting various scenes from our past; moments gone by in which we either know, or sense, we were compromised by our own weakness. And now comes a key thought.

If these inner dialogues were left to themselves as they popped into our mind, they’d be as powerless to disturb us as an echo is to change its own sound. Where we get into trouble, when resentment rules, is when we’re unknowingly drawn into these scenes out of our past and find ourselves interacting with a cast of ghost players! The ensuing mental dialogue is always a desperate, but futile, attempt to change what has already been said and done — so that maybe this time around — we can come out a winner.

One good example of this kind of dark inner dialogue is giving someone a heated piece of your mind, when he or she is not around to hear it! Tired of going twelve rounds in routine fight scenes that always turn out the same? Try this new exercise for the winning solution.

If you sat down on a metal bench and suddenly realized the midday sun had heated it way beyond the comfort zone, you’d stand up as quickly as you could. The same Intelligence behind this instinctive physical reaction can help you release all resentments and drop their dark inner dialogues.

Each time you can catch yourself in a dark inner dialogue of any kind, use your awareness of the conflict it’s creating within you as a springboard to help you leap out of those scary scenes from your past into the safety of the Present Moment. Then, instead of giving yourself back over to those inner voices of conflict that are still trying to converse with you, just remain quietly aware of yourself in the Present Moment, and of their continuing beckoning presence.

No matter how many times you hear in your mind those fighting words that have always prompted you to jump into that dark dialogue, refuse to join in. Ground yourself in your awareness of the Present Moment.

The unconscious resentment responsible for creating those heated scenes from the past can not follow you into the Now, which means no dark inner dialogue can tag along either. Why? Because when you’re no longer a captive of your own past, then you can recognize its ghost voices as the source of psychic intrusion they really are.

Remember, no dark inner dialogue can ever solve an unresolved resentment any more than one end of a snake is less the serpent.


Nokia N95 – iPhone killer.

June 26, 2007

PC Magazine review….
PC Magazine The Anti-iPhones article…


7 Ways to Impress Your Boss at Meetings

June 26, 2007
  1. Arrive a few minutes early.
  2. Bring a pad and pen and, if appropriate, a tape recorder.
  3. Make frequent eye contact with him. Show that you are listening.
  4. Do at least one thing – ask a question or make a comment – that proves you have spent some extra time thinking about the meeting’s main topics.
  5. Answer questions promptly, energetically, and directly.
  6. Don’t do anything distracting or work on anything not directly related to the meeting.
  7. Follow up quickly – with an e-mail memo or phone call – that indicates (a) you are already working on the meeting’s problem, (b) you appreciate your boss’s contributions, and (c) you are positively motivated to achieve the objective.