Links to Think #003

Intimacy With Chronic Illness - Concepts, Ideas, Thoughts & Bullsh!t
Intimacy is scary shit. It is being honestly connected in an emotional way. Like he/she can read your mind. Your soul is just so clear to that person. It is having faith in, and courage to,…
When pain brings with it depression
1 in 5 people will develop a mental illness in their lifetime. And you know chronic pain increases those odds. Hell, with fibromyalgia we are 30% more likely to develop depression, 3 times…
Losing weight with chronic pain: Tom`s story
It was Summer 2001 and life was great! Awesome friends, a partner in a successful company, pursuing my Master’s degree in counselling, playing sports, and travelling. I was living a good…
Effective ways to avoid Social Isolation with Fibro - Living Creatively with Fibro
Fellow Sufferers If you are suffering from chronic pain, even if you have not been diagnosed with anything at this point (It can take many months or in some peoples case years to get the…
Life Rules: Behavioural Phrases to Live By
Kids with Asperger’s work best with rules and lists to follow. This applies in more or less every aspect of their lives. It’s major part of their development and as a parent, it’s up to you…
IV KETAMINE INFUSION FOR FIBROMYALGiA...
A very interesting read on (IV) ketamine infusion therapy from Fibromyalgia Treating Anyone with fibromyalgia knows that there are hundreds of treatments that address the varied symptoms of…
Measuring Beyond the Pain Scale
As part of Pain Awareness Month, NeuroMetrix Chief Commercial Officer Frank McGillin has written a series on chronic pain. We are republishing his comments on the Pain Scale. The other…
When another symptom crops up
The most frustrating thing about chronic illness is the spontaneous occurrence of another random symptom that doesn’t fit into the puzzle you already have. I have been getting these massive…
Are you spending too much time with the wrong people? - Counting My Spoons
The last few months have found me making a strong effort to spend more time with the right people, and less time with the wrong people. It was as I sat at a dinner with the Oska Wellness…
Tools & Resources
I created a few different journal pages to help me track my progress, you are welcome to use… I hope it helps you! MyFoggyBrain’s Wellness Workbook – Journaling Your Way to a Healthier…
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17 Counter Intuitive Things

You’re always going to get the same results, doing what everyone else does.  Sometimes you have to know when to zig where others zag These are some of the counterintuitive lessons I’ve learned and applied from the most successful folks I’ve met. 

Pick Fights – to test others’ resolve in their own beliefs.  In business you can’t turn over the reins to someone who doesn’t know how to defend their own ideas and plans.

Isolate Yourself – to reenergize.  Many seemingly extroverts are introverts.  If you recharge when by yourself, you need to seek out isolation from time to time.

Purposefully Offend – sometimes the only way to get someone’s attention is to call him or her out.  But, you can always positively turn the relationship around with persistence and some mea culpa.

Hyper Self-Critical – of your own standards and choices.  I once watched  George Carlin berate himself on stage, in a rehearsal standup performance, for missing the timing of one of his jokes by a few seconds.  He nailed the follow-up HBO special.

Peacock – don’t give others the option not to see you or hear your message.  The pick-up lesson from “The Game” applies to business as well.  Nobody buys a product they’ve never seen.  (TIP: more of my thoughts on marketing and publicity).

Repeat Mistakes – enough times until you really learn the lesson.  Sometimes, mistakes do need to be repeated if the payoff is big enough.  We hardly ever learn anything truly worthwhile after one try.

Seek Out Rejection – to get desensitized to the fear of it.   Once we lose the fear of rejection we more easily go after what we want, and thus get more of it.  (TIP: more details in the 5 Steps Sales Process)

Ignore Consensus – when your own data and foresight is convincingly contrary to the wisdom of the crowd (like Jobs, MLK, Gandhi).  Consensus bonds us together and creates harmony, but it rarely moves us forward.  Progress sometimes has to come at the hands of an individual’s decisive disruption.

Expect Nothing – in return for helping your peers. Karma points are dispersed unexpectedly over decades, not in a scorecard of dollars.

Quit – those endeavors you’ll never win at, and take a new swing at the plate.  Don’t double down on a losing effort by not knowing when to walk away.   (TIP: watch How to Make the Right Business Decisions)

Play Possum – with your competitors.  Don’t be so eager to show off your strengths until it’s the perfect time to strike.   If rope-a-dope worked for The Champ, it will for you too.

Get C’s instead of A’s – if you excel in non-traditional environments (like entrepreneurs) & can justify the opportunity cost of your time.  Oddly enough, more of the C students I went to school with, employ our A student classmates, than vice versa.  (TIP: I explain this point in more detail in video here)

Become Indifferent to Slights – because time and energy are too valuable to waste on petty matters.  Attention being paid to wounds of our ego is precious energy diverted from achieving our goals.  You can win the argument, or win the game.  I know what I’d choose.

Self-Sabotage – yourself when you find yourself mired in complacency.  Don’t ever get too comfortable with the status quo, always be willing to blow it up and start all over again to truly create something better.

Abstain from Work – which others can do for you.  Delegate every task that others can do 80% as well as you, and focus on those items that only you can achieve that have big payoffs.   (TIP: focus on The One Most Important Thing)

Plot & Scheme – your next couple moves ahead.  If you don’t see the whole landscape of the playing field, you’re bound to get sideswiped.  Know where you’re going far in advance of making your first move.

Underestimate Demand – for your products and services.  Don’t ever assume people want what you got, and you’ll always have the appropriate amount of urgency and hustle to validate what you’re trying to achieve.

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