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Resilience for Life Newsletter
March 2013
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Tulsa, Oklahoma – November 1976

Emcee Don Hutson introduced the man with the funny name who took the arena by storm.  The audience was spellbound by the virtually unknown speaker. I recall his opening line: “You have just won an all-expense paid trip for two to Acapulco, Mexico.” He paused and said, "The only catch is that the trip begins tomorrow.” Then, he asked for a show of hands as to how many of us could find a way to be ready to take the trip with just one day of preparation. Most of us said we could. That set up his first point: When we really want to do something we will find a way to do it.

– Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE, on first hearing Zig Ziglar

 
 
 
New on The Resilience Blog:

Desire : Visualization : Action

plant shoots pushing through soil This past Sunday, we turned our clocks forward – and with the “extra” light of late afternoon, it finally feels like spring really is near. Maybe you’ve already seen the first shoots of green emerging from bulbs nestled in warming soil or the early blossoming of trees.

Everything that’s lain dormant through the cold and stormy months begins to reassert itself – to manifest.

Through recent years, that word’s been thrown around a lot with respect to personal growth, with various folks insisting we can each “manifest” our “ideal reality.” The mind is powerful, they say; focus on what you desire, channel your thoughts and it will all come to be.

And to an extent, those ideas are true. But only to an extent....

What more is needed? Keep reading!

 

quote: thoughts are the architects of your destiny

Change Your Mind, Change Your Brain

Once upon a time, we thought that while you might change your mind, you couldn’t change your brain. Recent science has shown otherwise. Neural pathways and synapses in the brain can – and do – change in response to behavioral, cognitive, environmental and other factors, as well as injury.

Neuroplasticity is the norm – and the subject of one of my favorite books in recent years, The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge. I can vouch for the truth of its jacket copy: It will “permanently alter the way [you] look at…brains, human nature, and human potential.”

 

More Resources

Top 10 Brain Foods (Directory Journal)

Food for Memory: 5 Foods That Age Your Brain (HuffPo)

Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Brain (UltraPrevention)

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