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Six-Year-Olds and Anxiety

My six-year-old granddaughter recently complained that her tummy hurt. Her concerned parents took her to the doctor, who, after running some tests, said she was suffering from anxiety. The doctor remarked that it was an increasingly common malady in children. Anxiety – in six-year-olds? For over a dozen years, I taught time management to business executives. As part of the training we...
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Feeling A Little Anxious? You Should be.

Fear is as old as life on earth, and for good reason. Sometimes, just living can be pretty scary. In your mind’s eye, go to a high plain anywhere in Asia. It’s a hot day and you're walking alone through tall, dry grass. Seemingly out of nowhere, a huge, adult tiger appears and lets out a deafening roar. It’s eleven feet long, weighs about 650 pounds, has three-inch incisors, and by the look...
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The Big Problem That Changed Everything

One of the unexpected findings we had researching BIG IDEAS, was the discovery that every great innovation, creation, or invention has its genesis in a problem. When there’s plenty of money in the bank, food in the pantry, and everyone is getting along, that’s great – for a little while anyway, but homeostasis is an abysmal environment for improvement. It’s after the house blows down, or...
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Why You Need to Write Your Ideas Down

The human brain is far, far better at creating than remembering. In fact, research says that a person’s short-term memory seems to be about 20 seconds, with the capacity about 4 items. The brain simply isn’t designed to remember stuff, which is why we make grocery lists and jot down tasks in our planners. As good as we are at keeping a list of what we need to buy for the party, most of us are...
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What Do You Say When You Talk to Yourself?

A few years ago, I was consulting with a company that went through an unexpected management shuffle, leaving most everyone in the company confused and a little on edge. A few weeks later, I happened to be chatting with the new CEO who, instead of losing his job, had been promoted. During the conversation, he was unusually candid and forthright. He told me he had no idea what to do in this new...
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So, You Think You Have a Good Handle on Reality?

Not So Fast. . . In 1995, astronomer Bob Williams pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at a postage stamp-size patch of sky filled with absolutely nothing. It was completely black. For 100 hours between Dec. 18 and 28, Hubble stared at this lonely patch of sky near the Big Dipper’s handle that was only about 1/30th as wide as the full moon. In total, the telescope took 342 pictures of the region....
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What Your Brain Does While You’re Sleeping

While doing our research for the book, BIG IDEAS, we studied sleep, and its connection to creativity and idea generation. The more we learned, the more we came to appreciate the value and importance of a good night’s rest. Up until the 1950s, it was believed that sleep was simply a passive period of unconscious rest, but now we know that it’s a complex process, essential to creative thought,...
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Your Hurry Up, Beta Brain Life Style Is Changing You – And Not in a Good Way

In the book BIG IDEAS, we explain the main differences between the beta and alpha brain states. • The beta brain state is the conscious working brain. It gathers information, makes decisions, deals with problems, pays focused attention, and gets things done. The beta brain state is fast, requires lots of oxygen and glucose, and tires after a few hours. Most people spend much of their awake time...
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Does Worry Keep You Up at Night?

A few weeks ago, I posted a short video on What Your Brain Does While Your Sleeping. I was surprised at the number of responses that came through regarding sleep, anxiety and insomnia. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’re having trouble sleeping because you’re anxious, or if you’re anxious because you can’t sleep. The answer may be both. It’s a two-way street: Stress, anxiety...
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Problems…Problems, Anyone?

A problem can be defined as the difference between where we are and where we want to be, or what we have versus what we want. Problems are ubiquitous and incessant - like the waves of the ocean or the setting of the sun. Everyone, regardless of their background, intelligence, good looks, or charm, has problems. Problems can’t be avoided. If you happen to go to bed tonight without any problems...
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