Your Secret Weapon

Written by Dave Balch

Did you know that you had a secret weapon to help you solve complex and perplexing problems? It is available to each and every one of us whether we know it or not, whether we use it or not.

Do you want to know what it is? I knew you would: it's your subconscious.

Stay with me here... and don't roll your eyes! This is not some hocus-pocus new age revolution or a pie-in-the-sky theory. This is a fact and if you're not taking advantage of it you are missing out big-time.

The best way to explain it is with an example of how I used it just last night.

It has been very hot up here inrepparttar mountains (at least to me!) and I don't do well inrepparttar 101850 heat. We have central air conditioning forrepparttar 101851 first level but my office is onrepparttar 101852 lower level and is way too hot for me to concentrate. So, I set up a makeshift office upstairs and wired it so I could operate my desktop computer (downstairs) from upstairs using my notebook computer. There is special software to do this and I couldn't get it to work properly: I could operaterepparttar 101853 laptop fromrepparttar 101854 desktop, but notrepparttar 101855 other way around, which isrepparttar 101856 way I needed it to work.

I tried everything: technical support atrepparttar 101857 manufacturer's website, other user groups onrepparttar 101858 Internet, comparingrepparttar 101859 settings onrepparttar 101860 different computers (after all, it worked one way, why won't it workrepparttar 101861 other way??), reading documentation, "help" files, etc. To complicaterepparttar 101862 situation, I was using an older version ofrepparttar 101863 software which was no longer supported. Needless to say, I was very frustrated and out of options; I couldn't think of anything else to try.

What Time is It?

Written by Dave Balch

Sometimes you're flying high. Everything is going great! You've finished something that you've been putting off for a long time, or you just got organized, or a big order came in. Don't you just LOVE feeling like that? You are full of energy and those impossible tasks are just sailing off of your desk. You're to-do list is shrinking like a cotton shirt in a dryer.

Onrepparttar other hand, sometimes you're pretty discouraged. "How am I ever going to finish that project? How can I possibly do all ofrepparttar 101849 things that I need to do in order to get to where I want to be?"

Don't you just HATE feeling like THAT? It's hard to move a single piece of paper from one place on your desk torepparttar 101850 other. The easiest things look impossible to do. You are carrying a large stone around your neck and everything is an effort.

I think that most people are like that; highs and lows, ups and downs. Evenrepparttar 101851 most productive people hit a brick wall once in a while and wonder to themselves, "What was I thinking when I took on this project??"

Naturally there can be a zillion reasons why you are down: outside pressures, just lost a big customer or big deal, fight with a family member, illness or accident, etc. What separatesrepparttar 101852 men fromrepparttar 101853 boys, however, is how you deal with it. Sometimes you can help yourself when you're down by asking yourself one simple question: "What time is it?"


That's right! I'm willing to bet that when you go from a high to a low rather quickly it is a function ofrepparttar 101854 time of day. Here's why: when you are tired, everything seems worse than it really is.

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