'Panic Attacks' Category Archive

Posted on Sep 18th, 2006

Burt Reynolds revealed his vulnerable side when he realized he was being steered into marriage. One day while browsing the furniture department with his would-be bride, he suddenly collapsed onto a bed and doubled into the protective fetal form. Moments later, he was sucking oxygen through a brown paper bag, his eyes wide and darting.

His panic attack was interpreted in a humorous way for the sake of the movie, but real panic and anxiety attack survivors know there’s nothing funny about it.

Impending divorce triggered my first major panic episode. It stirred almost daily, waiting for any event that would bring it to the surface in a full blown attack. Sure enough such an event did arise, but not from any outside force.

While I contemplated taking a shower one day, anxiety swept over me, along with an unexplained dread that something terrible was going to happen. Suddenly, I was afraid to eat, afraid to go out, afraid to stay home alone.

As I drove down the highway, uprooted trees and black garbage bags along the route took on indistinguishable grotesque shapes. Passing through overpasses was particularly alarming as I dreaded losing control and smashing into the abutment. Elevators and stairwells triggered a new symptom: claustrophobia.

Particularly alarming was the day I was afraid I’d lose control and toss myself off the 6th floor balcony. That’s when I knew it was time to get help.

Two years of psychiatric treatment eventually brought an end to those terrifying events. Until 10 years later when I decided to switch careers and return to college. I was 37.

Then, it happened again. I was in the huge school cafeteria walking along the self serve line. It began as I became intensely aware of the drone of voices echoing throughout the quadrant. Quite unexpectedly, anxiety swept over me. I thought I’d lose my mind as my heart and thoughts raced and that old familiar dread took hold.

Struggling with the attack, I made it to a seat and tried to eat my lunch but it soon became apparent it wasn’t possible. The initial fear was verging on panic. I rushed from the cafeteria to the nursing station at the top of the stairs, but at that point, I felt it might pass.

I continued aimlessly down the busy hallway. All I could think of was getting away from the noise, the bustling students and the insecure openness. Moments later, sitting in the peaceful, dimly lit student lounge, I curled up in an armchair and fell asleep. When I awoke, the attack had passed.

Years ago, my doctor had explained that my attacks were a result of a chemical imbalance. He also pointed out that a lack of confidence and a sense of impending loss of control were related to my anxiety.

During my therapy, I persistently plied him with questions and bombarded him with every sensation I had over the previous week. He was a man of few words, always turning my questions back on me to interpret. Through his few choice words, worries of things going wrong in my life were soon mere flashes, rather than mounting thoughts to stoke my simmering anxiety.

His advice echoed when I emerged from that major panic attack at the college 10 years later. I was in a strange environment undertaking a new career. The attack clearly was brought on by my fear of failing, along with numerous other fears.

It all made sense. I was moving into a new frontier with new faces, new challenges. In all likelihood, I would emerge a new person, but as happened with my divorce, it was a time when I feared I would lose control of my body, my mind and my life.

What saved me was something my psychiatrist said years before when he responded quite simply to one of my ‘what if…’ questions. His reply has become my ‘mantra’, if you will.

In an effort to make me focus directly on the issue and think rationally about the outcome, he merely asked, ‘So what?’ Who could have known that those two small words would become my rock? The moment a terrifying thought entered my head, all I had to do was ask, "So what? What’s the worst that could happen?" and it was never as bad as I’d imagined. And today, it always brings me back to earth. There is help for you, too.

Recently, I came across a product that I wish I had when my panic attacks were raging. This e-book provides an equally simple and highly effective solution for people who have panic attacks.

Understanding how the body reacts is the first step to knowing that panic and anxiety attacks can be cured without medication. Joe Barry has taught thousands of people to be panic free. To learn more about his successful formula go to http://www.book-titles.ca/panic.htm.

Sylvia Dickens has struggled and overcome panic and anxiety. Formerly with the Canadian Mental Health Association, she’s written, "A Guide to Teenage Depression & Suicide" and offers a book to cure panic quickly and without medication. You can learn more at http://www.book-titles.ca/panic.htm.

Posted on Sep 15th, 2006

I’m sure that if you reflect on some of the annoying behaviors that you may repeatedly manifest you’ll get a sense of how they slip into your repertoire silently only to be noticed by you after the fact. Of course by then it’s too late because the damage has already been done. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how much stress all of this causes you.

These negative behaviors may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Being unable to say No when it’s necessary.
2. Being overly controlling.
3. Becoming impatient with clients, staff and colleagues.
4. Losing your cool and getting angry.
5. Procrastination.
6. Unable to adopt new more successful strategies when required.
7. Stopping to look after your emotional, mental and physical health.
8. Sticking to a job that is killing because you’re too afraid of change.
9. Failing to listen to others.
10. And so on.

Such reactions are automatic in nature and leave you feeling trapped and victimized by them. Consequences of such behaviors may include:

1. Becoming exhausted and burnt out.
2. A marked reduction in performance.
3. A loss of energy and motivation.
4. A loss of creativity.
5. Mental and emotional confusion.
6. Job loss.
7. Relationship failures.
8. Emotional, mental and physical illness.
9. Addictive behaviors.
10. Suicidal thoughts.

All of this equates to an increase in stress levels.

Much has been written about methods of becoming aware of such negative automatic behaviors so that you can "head them off at the pass” so to speak. Such strategies often require you to be alert and aware of what is going on in your environment at every moment so that you will be ready for the triggers that set them off.

Unfortunately, if you have ever undertaken such an approach you will readily admit that you would rather be focused on the task at hand rather than have to be vigilant for this unwanted unconscious material. In fact having to do this in many ways actually “increases” you stress level doesn’t it? It only adds one more layer of things to remember.

There is a better way!

What if you could just erase, once and for all, whatever it is inside you that are responsible for the automatic behaviors? What if doing this could free you up to focus all of your energy to what ever else you are doing without any concern that those negative behaviors will creep up behind your back and harm you?

Yes, I can sense that you may be feeling skeptical yet at the same time excited by the prospect that this is even possible. Well let me assure you that it is and that I have been helping individuals do just that over the last ten years with a new but little know modality called the Mind Resonance Process™.

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Dr. Nick Arrizza is trained in Chemical Engineering, Business Management & Leadership, Medicine and Psychiatry. He is an Energy Psychiatrist, Healer, Key Note Speaker,Editor of a New Ezine Called "Spirituality And Science" (which is requesting high quality article submissions) Author of "Esteem for the Self: A Manual for Personal Transformation" (available in ebook format on his web site), Stress Management Coach, Peak Performance Coach & Energy Medicine Researcher, Specializes in Life and Executive Performance Coaching, is the Developer of a powerful new tool called the Mind Resonance Process(TM) that helps build physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being by helping to permanently release negative beliefs, emotions, perceptions and memories. He holds live workshops, international telephone coaching sessions and international teleconference workshops on Physical. Emotional, Mental and Spiritual Well Being. Business URL #1: http://www.telecoaching4u.com

Posted on Sep 4th, 2006

Learning methods of stress elimination is a vital skill in the modern world. After all, there is no way to get away from stress these days, thanks to work, life, family, the economy, the state of the world, global warming, and an overabundance of people who are reminding you constantly about all of these. Not to mention the fact that you are stressed about everything and you know that stress can cause major health problems, so you are stressed about your own stress! Thus, you need some stress elimination strategies before you worry yourself silly.

The first stress elimination method is simply that of getting away. If you are feeling the heat from stress, you find yourself anxious, and you cannot concentrate, it is time for a break. That means that, if you are at work, get up from your desk and take a walk around. If you are at home, take a walk around the block. If homework is getting you stressed, go make a sandwich. Just walk away and take a break and come back in about five minutes.

As a matter of fact, when you are concentrating on something, you should breaks anyway in order to let your mind rest. After all, when you exercise your body, you take breaks to let it recover. Why should your mind be any different. By simply stretching in your seat every 15 minutes or so, then getting up and walking around for a couple of minutes every hour, you can ensure that your brain will stay sharp and stay focused. However, if you do not take these breaks, your mind will start wandering and you will find that you are stressed out because you cannot concentrate. Of course, you cannot concentrate because you are trying to force yourself to concentrate rather than giving yourself a quick break that would help you do that very thing.

However, sometimes it takes more than just a few minutes of walking to get rid of stress. After all, life is stressful in itself and you need to get away from it every once in a while. Thus, part of your stress elimination strategy should include some vacations. By getting away for a week or so every year, you can alleviate stress and prevent it from appearing very often. The simple act of being someplace else where you don’t have to worry about anything other than relaxing will help you immeasurably and it will allow you to keep stress away. Just leave it all behind for a while and you will be able to deal with it better when you get back.

Another good method for stress elimination is through exercise. It has been shown that people who are fit tend to deal with stress much more effectively than people who are not, so it is necessary to get out to the gym every so often. Or, if you don’t feel like going to the gym, you can do a few things from your home, such as running, walking or biking. Also, one very effective way to stay fit is to go out to your local swimming pool and get a few laps in. Swimming is not only a very good way to exercise your entire body, it is also a very low-impact method of exercise that does not strain the joints as much as something like running. Just remember to do something that will keep you in shape.

Also, yoga is a very popular way for people to stay fit when they do not enjoy exercising in such standard ways. In itself, yoga is a very effective method for relaxation and teachers often put a great deal of emphasis on relaxing while going through the various poses of yoga. Thus, you can learn methods of relaxation, stay fit, stay limber, and even have fun doing it. Likewise, studying martial arts such as karate, ju jitsu, judo, or even the relaxing forms of tai chi can provide substantial health benefits that will help you on the road toward stress elimination.

Finally, another good method for stress elimination is through meditation. Not only can you learn to eliminate stress generally, there are some methods of meditation that can be performed at a moment’s notice. Just by sitting down, closing your eyes, and concentrating on taking deep breaths, you can push all that stress out of your body and ease your mind of all its concerns. In fact, simply meditating in this manner for about a minute can ease your stress levels almost instantly by clearing your mind of all its concerns and allowing it to start out fresh. In fact, with a little practice, you can meditate for a short period of time and feel as refreshed as though you just took a nap.

Stress elimination is a vital skill for people who want to stay healthy, stay productive, and keep their minds sharp. Though some of the methods take some practice and take some time to master, a little effort and a little dedication can go a long way. So learn a few methods, figure out what is right for you, and stress elimination will be possible for you now and in the future.

Copyright 2005 Trevor Dumbleton

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Posted on May 31st, 2006

Anxiety or stress is state of uneasiness and apprehension. Life transitions, such as moving, job change, marriage, or the birth of a child, often account for much of the psychological pressure and consequently, anxiety.

Usually known as "anxiety disorders" – the essential characteristic of ‘Anxiety disorder’ and stress is excessive uncontrollable worry about everyday things. This constant worry affects daily functioning and can cause physical symptoms and stress. Most of the people dislike the word, and don’t like to talk much about it. The name is not important. What’s important is learning how to manage your anxiety and stress factor so that it doesn’t disrupt your life.

Anxiety problems do have solutions.

So, if you can, check your pessimism you shall be able to get over your anxiety. Develop a plan and begin working at it. In general, I think everyone with anxiety problems can benefit by reviewing "First Steps", even if you’ve been working at recovery for a while, just to make sure you haven’t missed anything. Remember, recovery is best attained not by being fast, but by being thorough!

Prior to looking for treatment, it is important to understand what type of anxiety you may have and what the potential causes are for your anxiety. There are many different options available if you are in the action planning stages of finding a treatment program. Gathering information, as you are doing on this website is a very important part of any treatment program.

Some of the treatments for anxiety disorders include:
• Learning about anxiety
• Relaxation techniques
• Correct breathing techniques
• Cognitive therapy
• Behaviour therapy
• Dietary adjustments
• Exercise
• Learning to be assertive
• Building self-esteem
• Structured problem solving
• Medication.

Anxiety treatment options can be broken into various groups that include:
• Alternative Medicine
• Mental Health Therapy
• Prescription Medications

Things to remember
• Anxiety disorders can affect a person’s ability to work, study and participate in other activities.
• Recovery is possible with the appropriate treatment.

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Posted on Apr 4th, 2006

If you say, “I can’t relax”,
If you are not able to allot any work to anybody and do all the work yourself,
If you often wake in the morning to find your clenched hands,
If you habitually sit on the edge of your chair,
If you become irritable when you have to sit still and do nothing,
If you are always in a hurry,
If you always catch your train and bus at the last minute chasing them,
If you always sit with your subordinate till the job is completed,
If you find it hard to listen anybody and wants yourself heard always,
If you are always impatient with everybody and with everything,
If you become irritable when interrupted,
If you stick to details and not just start the work,
If you worry at every thing,
If you get upset when things go wrong,
If you always have the feeling that somebody is watching you,
If you are too to sensitive to criticism,
If you are unhappy whenever people disapprove some of your actions,
If you think that you are indispensable,
If you want yourself to be the best, always, in everything,
If you are not able to forget and forgive the injuries caused by others to you,
If you are not able to appreciate the sense of humor you find around you,
If you are not able to allow other people to alter, modify, add, delete some of your plans,
If you are not able to devote some of your time in reading a poetry, enjoying the nature,
If you habitually take your food standing, running and without tasting it, If you habitually away from your family,
If you are not able to participate any social events or service activities or functions,
If you do not have time to pray or to go to the temple,
Then my dear friend, I can tell who you are!
You are too tense to live in the world!

If you choose, acquire and encourage good habit of being able to relax body and mind at will, you can release the tension. You have to say ‘No’ to the list given above, then and then only you will become relaxed! You can live one hundred years enjoying the worldly comforts if you are relaxed. The world itself will become a paradise for you!

S. Nagarajan is a vehicle body engineer by profession. He has written more than 1300 articles in 16 magazines and published 18 books. He is revealing Eastern Secret Wisdom through T.V. Programmes, magazine articles, seminars, courses. His email address is: snagarajans@stressmanagementarticles.com. His articles on Yoga, laughter, efficacy of mantras and sound, Hypnotism, Tele Kinesis, Power of Prayer, Vastu and Feng Shui, Auto suggestion, Success Formula, Out of Body Experience etc are regularly appearing in ezinearticles.com. So far more than fortyfive articles have been published in ezinearticles.com.Please visit his website http://www.santhanamnagarajan.com.

Posted on Mar 27th, 2006

Anxiety is a response which is innate in every healthy human being. We will all step back from the edge of a precipice, or jump when we hear a loud bang. Some of us however are more prone to anxiety than others, and controlling or curing anxiety relies upon understanding what anxious people do differently. Eastern philosophies have long known the importance of how one views one’s environment. There is the age old tail of two travellers approaching a mountain range. The first traveller, looking forward to reaching his destination and relishing the new sites and sounds, sees the peeks reaching to the sky and views them as nature’s gems, a site to behold. The second traveller, homesick, weary and loathe to reach his destination, views the very same peaks, from the very same angle, but thinks of them as the teeth of the entrance to hell.

The moral of this slightly melodramatic tale is that our environment is what we perceive it to be. We think something is dangerous only because, either consciously or unconsciously, we tell ourselves that it is. The process goes something like this:

Events —-> Our interpretation —-> Negative self talk —-> Negative emotions and reactions

Why we tell our selves that a certain situation is dangerous is another matter, we have learned to do that in the past and the cause is not necessarily important now. The important thing is that we stop this negative self talk.

At this point it becomes necessary to accept that both the cause and solution to your anxiety issues lie inside you. It’s easier to blame it on brain chemistry imbalance, genetic weakness, and all sorts of other matters outside your control, but the simple truth is that by accepting responsibility today you can set in motion a very profound healing process.

Negative self talk doesn’t just effect people with anxiety and panic attacks, it also effects those people who are constantly worried, too stressed, can’t relax, or get depressed.

Negative self talk often starts with “what if…” type questions or self limiting statements like “I can’t do that”, or “I can’t cope”.

The traditional way of counteracting these negative thoughts is through cognitive therapy. You capture the thought and argue it out, either in your mind or on paper. For example:

“What if the elevator gets stuck?”
“I won’t be able to cope, I’ll go mad and may die, I’ll faint, people will think I have a problem.”

“Is that true? Let’s examine the evidence.”
“You have always coped in the past and will again in the future, panic can’t make you mad as nasty as it feels and neither can it kill you. Neither does it often make you faint as your blood pressure goes a bit higher, not lower. Lots of people fear getting stuck in a lift, no body would think you were weird. But here’s the big news: the lift is the safest form of transport, the chances of it getting stuck are thousands to one.”

This kind of reaction can often lessen the impact of the negative self talk and open up new choices. It is a great first line of defence, but other methods exist which will banish the negative self talk, instead of merely keeping it at bay. The problem with cognitive therapy is that it sticks to conscious, surface thoughts. I would recommend doing cognitive therapy but supplementing it with something like the Sedona Method, which gets deeper into the issue and bridges the gap between psychoanalysis and cognitive therapy.

http://www.anxiety2calm.comAnxiety 2 Calm looks at various techniques to overcome anxiety, panic attacks, phobia and stagnation. It includes sections on the Sedona Method, EMDR, and much more. All information is free and there is also a blog and a forum and many more interactive features. Feedback on experiences with medication and those expensive programmes and CD courses that are always advertised is useful to help others who are in a similar predicament to yourself or your loved one.

Posted on Mar 13th, 2006

Are you a busy executive or mom trying to do everything? Are you getting so stressed out that it seems like you’re not accomplishing anything? If so, you can use martial arts to combat that stress! Many of the skills and techniques used in martial arts training are the same skills and techniques you can use to rid your body of stress.

So, you might be wondering how a skill that is commonly depicted as a fighting tool can actually reduce stress… Some of these common images of martial arts aren’t completely accurate. The cartoons, video games and movies showing martial arts as a fighting tool are only showing you one small facet of the art. The skills necessary for training martial arts can teach you how to balance your mind and body and give you the confidence you need to face the stressful events in your life.

HOW DO YOU DO IT?

One of the techniques used to create this balance is using breathing and meditation techniques to help you connect and control your mind and body. There are different types of meditation: sitting, standing, kneeling and moving. Find the position that works best for you. Here’s how to start.

1. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.

2. Breathe deeply. To make sure you’re breathing deeply enough, put your hand on your stomach. If your stomach isn’t pushing out as you breath in, you’re not breathing deeply enough. Try to pull the air all the way to your navel before you let it out.

3. When you breathe out, keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth. This keeps helps minimize your saliva and swallowing.

In the Chinese way of thinking, breathing like this is completing a path: The mouth is a gate and the tongue on the roof of the mouth allows your vital energy called “Qi” or “Chi” (both pronounced “chee”) to circulate throughout your body. Chi is what helps your mind and body connect.

After you’ve gotten the physical aspects of breathing down, you can start counting your breaths – this is a form of meditation that many experts teach during stress management courses. Start short and work your way up.

1. Begin with a count of 4 as you breathe in and a count of 6 as you breathe out.

2. As you go along, extend the in and out until you can get a count of 6 as you breathe in and up to 24-30 as you breathe out. Just remember that you want a short, deep breath in and a slow, long breath out.

WHY DOES IT WORK?

This mind and body connection through breathing works because stress is a mental state that manifests itself as a physical symptom in your body. This physical symptom then acts as a trigger to tell you to do something about it. As you become more aware of your body, you’ll be able to notice the “trigger” before it becomes something unbearable such as a severe neck problem or a migraine headache. Once you notice your trigger, you can stop and do something about it such as practicing a breathing technique. For example, I used to get stress-induced migraines that would leave me out of commission for a whole day. Now, I’ve come to realize that it actually starts in my lower back as a small thing. If I let it go, it works its way up to my head. Now, when I noticed this trigger in my back, I stop and do my breathing. It allows the issue to surface so I can deal with it and I don’t have to deal with a migraine.

We all have those moments from time to time when we experience stress (some more frequently than others). The overall benefits of training martial arts for the mind and body (including self-awareness, self confidence, focus, concentration and physical conditioning) all lead to reducing that stress. You owe it to yourself to start relieving the stress in your life with the skills taught through martial arts. The best place to find these skills is at a fine martial arts school. Why not give it a try? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. To make it even easier, I’ll help you get started. Just contact me and I’ll send you my free report on how to pick a martial arts school.

Sincerely,

Robert Jones
Master Instructor
The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts
www.martialarts-instruction.com

Robert Jones runs three successful martial arts schools located in Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Kent Washington. He has been helping families make positive changes in their lives through martial arts for over 20 years. He has also written two guides on how to pick a martial arts school. One for adults and one for parents wanting to pick the right school for their children. He can be reached at martialadvice@stressmanagementarticles.com or at the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts. 800-508-6141.

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Posted on Mar 8th, 2006

Now – not everyone who suffers with panic attacks will develop the “fear” of having a panic attack.

For some, it’s their only fear, for others, they may have other “situational” panic attacks (a situational panic attack is when a person experiences a panic attack from being in a certain place, or placed in a certain situation, an example of this would be, if you experience a panic attack every time you enter the shopping centre, usually these type of panic attacks occur repeatedly when a person is put in this same situation over and over again). Or you can have a combination of both.

However, a fear of a panic attack is just one big vicious cycle. You sit worrying “am I going to have a panic attack?” – “I don’t want to experience a panic attack, it frightens me”. Now you’re in the cycle of each panic attack feeding off the next!

One method I used to help me overcome this thought was squeezing stress balls and putting my full concentration on only the ball I was squeezing (sounds kinky I know, but it’s NOT ok? So get your mind out of the gutter) ;-)

Here is how I used to create my own stress balls.

Grab two balloons and cut them in half, fill them with rice and place the two bigger round parts together. Make sure you have filled them as full as you can so it pulls tightly around the balloons. This should be perfect fist size.

Ta-da – You now have your own stress ball!

Note: Never self diagnose. Make sure you visit your local GP first. All material provided is for informational or educational purposes only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your doctor regarding the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your symptoms or medical condition.

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Posted on Mar 4th, 2006

What?

Workaholism is a common type of dysfunctional behavior. It is a destructive behavior pattern that is not normal. Simply working hard from time to time is not what I am talking about here. We all have to do that occasionally. It becomes dysfunctional when the duration and intensity of the behavior get out of control and begin affecting your life in a negative manner. Workaholics must fix this problem first if they want to get organized.

So What?

Many people actually brag about being workaholics. They love to tell you about how many hours they “put in” and how they haven’t had a day off in months or years. Most workaholics do not realize they are, in effect, telling you they are dysfunctional and behaving in an irrational manner. There are only 24 hours in your day, only 24 hours in my day, only 24 hours in everybody’s day.

  • George Washington only had 24 hours each day to figure out how to build a new nation and follow up on his ideas.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower only had 24 hours each day to figure out how to win World War II and follow up on his ideas.
  • Albert Einstein only had 24 hours each day to solve some of the greatest mysteries of the universe (including the true meaning of time).
  • These guys actually had some good reasons for occasionally being workaholics. The fact is, most of us are not building new nations, fighting global wars or solving the problems of the universe. We can probably get our work done without turning into workaholics.

    Now What?

    Be honest with yourself (this may not be easy or feel good at first). Think about why you have chosen to be a workaholic. Here are some possible reasons according to psychologists who study this type of behavior:

    • Workaholics have trouble relaxing or doing nothing. Some workaholics have a profound sense of insecurity and think that others appreciate them only for what they do instead of what they are.

  • Workaholics have anxieties about not living up to expectations, not being good enough, or other people finding out they are not as good as everyone thinks they are. According to psychoanalyst Manfred Kets de Vries, these people put “all the eggs of self-esteem in the basket of work.”
  • Workaholics won’t delegate because they think nobody else can do the work as well as they can. This attitude, of course, assures they will never escape from the workaholic cycle.
  • There are many other reasons for workaholism, but the more important issue is what to do about it. One of the best steps to conquer workaholism is to take time out for reflection. Figuring out why you are driving yourself so hard will help you figure out how to stop doing it. Use some of your restless energy to research the topic and figure out how to create a better, non-dysfunctional life for yourself. Stop thinking being a workaholic is normal behavior.

    “There is more to life than to increase its speed.” - Mahatma Gandhi

    Chris Crouch, president and founder of DME Training and Consulting, is the developer of the GO System. The GO System is a structured training course designed to improve focus, organization and productivity in the workplace and is taught by corporate trainers and professional organizers all over the country. Chris is also author of Getting Organized: Learning How to Focus, Organize and Prioritize and other books that provide practical and easy-to-learn ideas on personal achievement, success and productivity.

    Visit http://www.thegosystem.com to learn more about the GO System, to inquire about having Chris speak to your group or organization, to sign up for Chris’ free newsletter providing tips on having a more joyful and productive life, and for additional ideas on improving focus, organization and productive.

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    Posted on Feb 28th, 2006

    The great evangelist Billy Sunday once said, "Fear knocked at my door. Faith answered…and there was no one there." That’s the proper response to fear. Our worst imaginations almost never happen, and most worries die in vain anticipation.

    Fear holds you back from flexing your risk muscle. It’s been said that worry is a darkroom where negatives are developed. Like a rocking chair, it keeps you going, but you don’t get anywhere.

    Most of our fears can be traced back to a fear of man. But the Bible says that " The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?" (Ps. 27:1). People would worry less about what others think of them if they only realized how seldom they do. They are wondering what you’re thinking of them!

    Most people believe their doubts and doubt their beliefs. So do like the old saying and "feed your faith and watch your doubts starve to death." Many people are so filled with fear that they go through life running from something that isn’t after them. Fear of the future is waste of the present. Fear not tomorrow. God is already there. Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

    Don’t be afraid to be you.

    - John Mason, from the book You’re Born An Original, Don’t Die A Copy. (To find out more about this book, go to www.freshword.com/resources)

    John Mason is a national best-selling author, nationally recognized speaker and book coach.

    He has authored fourteen books including An Enemy Called Average, Youre Born An Original-Dont Die A Copy, Let Go of Whatever Makes You Stop, and Know Your Limits-Then Ignore Them which have sold over 1.4 million copies and have been translated into twenty-five languages throughout the world.

    "I have posted a special message for you to see on my website http://www.freshword.com. In it I talk about right associations and the effect they can have on whether you succeed in life or not. Your best friends should bring out the best in you! If you are an author, or want to be, I have many resources specifically designed for you. Also, make sure to sign up for my Nugget of the Week - I would love to inspire you." - John Mason

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