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Six Tips for Success at Work with Less Stress: brain-unfriendly words to avoid using

Our brain’s top priorities include survival of our self, our family and our job. That is why the basis of every human transaction is “What’s in it for me?” To enhance your performance for better results, here are six words to avoid using with your colleagues, clients and everyone else too.

1. No
Humans hate to hear ‘no’ (brain MRIs shift to stress patterns). Humans love to hear ‘yes’ (brain MRIs light up in an instant). So, if you are about to say no to someone: Stop. Think what it would take to say yes to their request. Especially if you both can work together for a win-win outcome! Make things happen instead of spending your energy on all the reasons you can not.

2. Don’t
The human brain always processes a negative in language by defaulting to the positive. When you say, “Don’t judge a product by brand alone,” what they really hear after not processing the negative is, “Judge a product by brand alone.” Communicate positively, by telling everyone what you want them to do, not what you don’t want them to do.

3. Can’t
Speaking of ‘don’t’, can’t  is another word that can frustrate or outright anger anyone from your boss to your spouse. When people process “I can’t”, they hear, “I choose not to.” Instead of focusing on what you can’t do, focus on what you can do.

4. But
As soon as you say the word ‘but’ your listener deletes the previous words spoken. For example, “You did good work, but…”) Now they are waiting to hear what you are really going to tell them. Replace but with either the word ‘and’ or start a new sentence. For example:

“You did good work and I wish your bonus was bigger.”

“You did good work. Unfortunately, the bonus pool last year was less than before.”

5. Honestly
When your listener hears you say, ‘honestly,’ you imply to them that some (or all!) of everything else you’ve said has not been honest. Delete these next two words from your vocabulary for the same reason: frankly, truthfully. I use the words, In fact but only when I have a relevant fact or new information to share.

6.  If

If always implies the opposite, “if not” as your brain processes language. When is a more definite word for the brain; it knows how to use when easily. For example:

“If you want to enhance your performance, here are six words you will be more successful by not using.”

When you want to enhance your performance, here are six words you will be more successful by not using.”

 Changing these words is guaranteed to get you better results at work and in life!

Excerpted: A Brain New Way to Work: Using your brain at work for better results and less stress. Copyright 2010 Eve Abbott All rights reserved.

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If not, why not? What a great tool to boost your productivity and give your brain the best opportunity to help you work at your personal best. If you can’t close your office door for privacy while you exercise, you can even do it a bathroom stall!

Plus, it’s useful for any kind of brain fog or dullness, and for promoting emotional stability. It has been demonstrated to improve memory and focus in children, adults and elders.

Instructions on how to do this 3-minute simple exercise:

  • Standing with your feet pointing straight ahead, spread them apart about shoulder width.
  • Gently grab your right earlobe with the thumb and finger of your left hand.
  • Cross over your left arm and do the same using your right hand on the left earlobe.
  • Then squat as fully as you can comfortably, while breathing in.

(Inhaling as you squat may seem counter intuitive, but that’s what works.)

  • Then breathe out as you stand upright.

(Your breathing needs to be synchronized with the squats.)

  • Continue to repeat this movement/breath cycle while holding both earlobes for three minutes.

That may be too much at first, so start with one minute. One can go up to five minutes, but three is enough to produce results. This can be done by anyone at any age and is recommended on a daily basis until the brain fog lifts.

How It Works: Los Angeles physician Dr. Eric Robins says that the brain cells and neurons (connectors) are energized with this simple exercise.  It seems that combining a mildly aerobic exercise also helps flood the brain cells with oxygen. He prescribes it to his patients and has had excellent results.

According to Yale neurobiologist Dr. Eugenius Ang, the earlobes are acupuncture points that stimulate neural pathways in the brain. Using opposite hands for gently pinching the earlobes creates activity on both sides of the brain’s hemispheres simultaneously.

Ang showed the results from EEG (electroencephalography) readings after doing this exercise indicate that the right and left hemispheres of the brain had become synchronized. (EEG readings measure the neuron firings in the brain via electrodes on the scalp.) Dr. Ang also does this exercise daily in the morning and when he feels tired.

 How It Started: This easy and inexpensive way to improve memory, mental clarity and focus was introduced by pranic (breathing) yoga Master Koa Chok Sui’s book SuperBrain Yoga and taught by him personally on lecture tours.

It was also featured in a Los Angeles CBS News report that had an MD, a Yale neurobiologist, an occupational therapist, educators, and parents endorsing it.

 What have you got to lose? Just three minutes for mental clarity, improved focus and emotional resilience!

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The following blog post is the best reason I’ve ever heard to keep photographs in your office. Not to mention your iPhone or whatever handheld you use.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I want to share some new research showing that  love can act as a powerful pain reducing brain drug. shows that the very sight of a loved one can ease your pain.

In the study, 25 couples in long-term relationships were brought to a lab, and the woman was subjected to a bearable but unpleasant burning pain.

Each woman was asked to rate her pain on a scale while holding her loved one’s hand. were surprised at the results.                (for full article click above)

“We indeed found that women holding their partner’s hand reported significantly less pain than holding a stranger’s hand or inanimate object,” said Master. “But what was really interesting was that we found equal results by using only photographs “. (Ed. of the beloved).

Surrounding yourself with pictures of your loved ones is  a simple, yet powerful way to help your brain and heart have a better performance day at work.

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A true story from my book: “When I was working as a lawyer in a windowless office, I got hellacious headaches and thought I was going crazy.  I went to a neurologist who told me the ‘flickering’ from the computer and fluorescent lights were slightly off—so my brain couldn’t handle the different flickerings. 

“I got full spectrum lights and the headaches disappeared.  Once I got an office with a window, I was able to have God-given ‘full spectrum’ light. I’ll never go back to no windows.”         Sandra Shepard, Esquire

 You don’t have to wait for a corner office with windows to improve your mental ability and energy levels!

Full spectrum light will change the way you work and reduce visual fatigue as well as lifting your energy levels. Our eyes are designed to work with sunlight and won’t tire as quickly with this energy-efficient light source.

It is scientifically proven that the quantity and quality of light plays a significant role in mood and work performance. Young people are more affected than elders but everyone responds positively to higher light levels.

Women are affected by SAD (seasonal affective disorder) four times more than men. Female brains are not tricked by blue TV or orange bulb light into thinking it is summer all year long. 

I recommend full spectrum light for everywhere you read, write, do computing or close work of any kind. Just install the bulbs  in your office task-lamps. Quality light makes a difference in your attention span and helps keep your brain performing at your personal best!

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Finding a new way to help reduce stress without paying a psychiatrist is always a good thing for over-worked and inevitably stressed professionals.

BBC News: Meditainment presents a 14 minute guided meditation called “The Secret Garden” at no charge. Whether you’re new or experienced in
meditation, you can expect this to work first time. After a
5 minute breathing exercise, you will follow a story where
you imagine relaxing on a hammock in your own Secret Garden.

Get your complimentary .

I especially recommend this online relaxation resource because the download is free so you can access it anytime on your computer.

As often as you want or need to take a few minutes to relax will restore oxygen to your brain and turn on the vagus nerve for more blood flow to the brain. You may be pleasantly surprised at the before-and-after difference!

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For many Americans, their Top Ten New Years Resolutions include less smoking and less drinking. You may change your resolutions after seeing these amazing images from Dr. Amen’s new book which show that an executive’s long-term, heavy use of nicotine and caffeine can be just as (or more) brain damaging as addicted illegal drug use!

I highly recommend his book, Dr. Daniel G. Amen is a neuroscientist and professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, as well as director of the Amen Clinics.
Keep your eyes peeled for Dr. Amen’s expertise on !

Why make it harder to succeed at work?

We only get one brain and cannot grow another one.
Remember to concentrate on changing one habit at a time.

Your brain will thank you!

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January 18, Epipod #25:
 and Changing Yourself.

Eve Abbott’s A Brain New Way to Work tips work for people who want to change their behavior or habits…no matter what time of year they decide is right.

Listener comments: 
“As always, Eve was an absolute delight. Her frank, straight to the point yet totally proactive, style is wonderful, and a great role model to try and emulate. Her comments had me constantly hitting the pause button on my iPod to quickly take notes.”

 
 The Marketers Podcast, Epipod #25 [75:49m]: Play Now | Play in Popup |
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