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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Power of the Mind - Self improvement


By: Martin Palethorpe - Executive Coaching

It never ceases to amaze me how many Senior Executives overlook developing the number one aspect of performance that can position them ahead of the crowd and help them be dramatically more successful. I am referring to the power of the mind and the importance of being aware of and developing it.

It has long been acknowledged that the mind is what makes the key difference between success and failure in sport, but as yet its power is largely untapped in the corporate world. Lance Armstrong, Steven Gerrard, Tiger Woods, Ellen MacArthur astound us because they are great examples of people who have pushed themselves to the limit and reached their dreams and goals. As business leaders, what can we learn from them attitudinally to inspire us to achieve similar feats?"

If you think of the business leader who you most admire, how would you describe this person? Perhaps as follows: intelligent, sharp, strategic-thinker, entrepreneurial, good with people, ambitious, driven, hardworking, meticulous, open-minded – and what you might notice when you do this exercise is that the majority of the list has very little to do with their skills or knowledge, and a lot to do with attitude. Whatever level you are at in business, if you can learn to be more aware of and further develop your mindset, your belief systems, your attitude to yourself and others, you face huge opportunity to have everything you want in your career and more.

'Your mind is the only thing that limits what you achieve in your career'.

Much has been written about top sports performers' ability to operate 'in the zone'. It is in this state where the best results are achieved most easily. University of Chicago psychologist Mihalyi Csikzentmihalyi has studied the equivalent state in the workplace, a state which he refers to as being 'in flow'. This is the feeling when you are fully motivated, inspired, passionate about what you are doing; when you are fully effective and powerful in what you are doing; when time flies by and results seem to just happen. What percentage of your working life are you operating in flow? And what are the times where you are not? There are a number of feelings that threaten you performing 'in flow' such as when you are disengaged, bored, unfocused, self-doubtful, feeling fear, or distracted.

We might feel these feelings in a variety of situations, such as:

1. Are you feeling bored or unsatisfied in your current role?
2. Do you have a lack of clarity or focus about your career direction?
3. Do you question or doubt your ability in your current position or future positions?
4. Do you feel fear or negative emotion in certain pressure situations ie. sales meetings at a senior level, speeches in front of 5000 people, presentations to city analysts, a final interview with a CEO?
5. Are there times when you feel others are better than yourself?
6. Are there times when the voice in your head is negative/ destructive against your performance?
7. Do you feel negative about others in way that impacts performance (yours or theirs)?
8. Do you have a paradigm/ way of thinking about yourself that might limit you?

So the question then becomes how do we control our feelings?

Would you agree that when you are feeling a certain way, your feeling impacts how you behave which impacts what you achieve? If you are feeling great, feeling successful and confident, then your behaviour will be positive and dynamic and the outcome is more likely to be what you desire. On the other hand, if things have been going badly, you are losing confidence and worried, this will show up almost unconsciously in how you are which somehow impacts others and your results. Does this make sense? So if we learn to control feelings at every moment, we can be far more likely to achieve better results.

There are 4 ways in which you can take control of your feelings now. Let's explore them and introduce some practical exercises.

Self-talk
Psychologists claim that we have 60,000 thoughts each day. Your mind is like a computer, and each of these thoughts has an impact on how you feel. The individual thoughts are either consciously or unconsciously programming your mind, which causes you to behave in a certain way. What percentage of those thoughts are positive ie.taking you towards your goal? What percentage of those thoughts is negative and seems to have the opposite effect? Even the most successful people constantly battle with an inner voice which can be destructive up to 50% of the time (that's 30,000 thoughts each day!)

Exercise
This is a simple yet extremely powerful exercise. Begin to increase your awareness of your self-talk. Self-talk can be internal, what you say to your self that no one else hears; it can also be external, that you actually communicate in language. Have a look for the following language and notice the impact on your feelings:

"I can't. I don't do that. I am not that type of person. I am not good at x. I have never been able to do y. I'll try. I am bored. I don't like him/her. This is a waste of time. I wish I had never started it. I feel helpless. It's impossible."

From a psychological perspective, this language does no good for your mind or the mind of others. First things first, stop using this language. Only use positive constructive terminology from now on. Either, use the opposite language (positive opposites - see first box below) or a variation (positive possibilities - see second box below).

"I can. I can do that. I am that type of person. I am good at x. I can do y. I will do it. I am interested. I like him/her. This is a good use of time. I am glad I have started this. I feel in control. It is possible."

"I can't yet. Until now, I haven't done that, but... In the past, I haven't been that type of person, but… I haven't been good at x, but I will... I'll do it. I am open to being interested. What could I like about him/her? This is an opportunity to learn. It's possible that I could work this out."

Images
Visualisation is an extremely powerful technique that many performers (including world-class athletes) now use to

1. Change their state to a feeling that is most appropriate
2. To mentally prepare for the competition ahead

1. Change their state to a feeling that is most appropriate
Through visualization, at any point you have the ability to bring back any feeling you choose – such as confident, relaxed, happy, and composed. For example, if I ask you to see yourself on your last enjoyable holiday – you have the ability to bring back those feelings. See yourself in your resort in the sun with a drink in your hand, see the people that you saw, hear the noises that you heard, and think the thoughts that you had and immerse yourself in how you felt. Very quickly you can change your state.

Exercise
Think of a future challenging situation where you would normally find yourself in an unresourceful state eg. fear, concern. Decide alternative positive emotions you would like to experience, that will be most resourceful to you eg. relaxed, confident. Think of situations when you have felt those feelings in abundance. Then spend some time visualizing those situations, practicing bringing back 'relaxed & confident'.

2. To mentally prepare for the competition ahead
Through visualization, you can also mentally prepare for any event in an extremely powerful manner. Psychologists have spent much time analyzing movement in brainwaves. There is no difference for the brain between visualizing an event, and actually performing the event. This means that by visualizing you can dramatically prepare your mind for anything in future enabling you to be far more relaxed, more prepared and more effective. You could use this to prepare for something specific such a speech or presentation, and you could also you use it to prepare your unconscious mind for overachieving on your goals by the end of 2005.

Exercise
Write yourself the perfect performance script. Let's use an important event (speech, presentation, meeting or interview) that you have in the future. Write at least one page on what happens from this moment on. Write down all of your preparation, and all your actions, thoughts, and feelings. Be honest, but prepare yourself for everything going brilliantly. See you self at the event, doing what you do. Notice what you might think and feel, then prepare yourself how you will on the day to ensure a peak performance. Incorporate all eventualities into the script – what might not go to plan and then how are you going to deal with it positively? Once you have detailed everything possible, take time to re-read your script, then close your eyes and visualize it all.

Physiology
Your physiology also affects how you feel. The mind and body are one system, and anything that is happening in the body will impact the mind. Have a look at this list. Which of these presents you with the best opportunity to impact your performance?

1. Stand, walk, hold yourself like a champion at all times
2. Eat and drink only what is good for your body
3. Keep yourself fit & healthy with regular exercise
4. Breathe more deeply more often, especially when you are feeling tired, nervous or stressed. The increased oxygen intake is vital for you and enables you to relax more deeply.

Environment
Your environment also affects how you feel. Some people find it extremely hard to work in a messy office; others find it a challenge to work around negative people. Why not create your environment so that supports you being a champion in your field? Have a look at this list. What changes do you need to make to have most impact?

1. Your office/ desk environment
2. Your car
3. Your home
4. The people you work with
5. Your family/ friends
6. How you dress

Summary
We've looked at the basics of Performance Psychology, how to change a few simple things to have you feel and hence perform far better. It's now time to take a hold of all your feelings using the Performance Cycle concept to assist you; it's time to be the Lance Armstrong in your field!

Secret moon mission in 1976 to investigate crashed alien spacecraft - video

More info on the video of crashed alien spaceship on moon that we mentioned earlier and showed the video of!

Did the USA/USSR fly a Secret Joint Mission to the Moon in 1976 to investigate a crashed extraterrestrial mothership?
Source: Exopolitics Comments

By:Michael E. Salla, Ph.D

Luca Scantamburlo, an Italian UFO researcher, has published online an interview he conducted with a whistleblower claiming to be a former astronaut on a secret mission flown by NASA and the Air Force Space Command to the moon in August, 1976. The alleged mission was titled Apollo 20 and was a joint US and Soviet mission that followed by just over a year the joint Apollo-Soyuz 1975 mission. The Apollo 20 mission filmed the dark side of the moon where a very large extraterrestrial vehicle appeared to lie wrecked on the moon's surface.

This 'wreckage' was first captured on film by Apollo 15 in 1971 which shows a moon panorama with what appears to be a large elliptical object on the moon's surface in an official NASA photo (blow up on right of AS15-P-9630 - original available online at: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS15-P-9630). The alleged Apollo 20 mission comprised two US astronauts (William Routledge and Leona Snyder [Both from Bell Laboratories and employed by the USAF but not officially part of the US astronaut corps] and Alexei Leonov (first man to walk in Space and Soviet Commander on the 1975 Apollo/Soyuz Mission). The mission was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. There was an alleged moon landing by Routledge and Leonov wherein the crashed vehicle was entered and found to be an ancient mothership. A dead EBE female was also found who was well preserved in some protected layering.

The whistleblower, "William Routledge", began in April of this year to upload hours of film footage of the secret Apollo mission on to YouTube video. Scantamburlo investigated some of the videos and had them analyzed by Italian film experts who concluded they were authentic. He then contacted Routledge to conduct an interview by email correspondence.

Scantamburlo is a well respected writer/journalist in Italy that has commented on many UFO cases and conducted a number of investigations that have been published in Italian UFO magazines. My own knowledge of Scantamburlo is that he is a very competent and thorough UFO researcher who first came to my attention due to his efforts to verify the Vatican's involvement in extraterrestrial affairs and discussions between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan to form an alliance against a possible extraterrestrial threat. These stories are available from his website at: http://www.angelismarriti.it/ANGELISMARRITI-ENG/home-ENG.htm

Scantamburlo's report on Routledge demonstrates a sincere effort to verify a number of the details provided by Routledge who supplied much information about the secret mission and his own background. Scantamburlo's overall conclusion is that Routledge's testimony and film footage are genuine, and that a secret Apollo 20 mission did indeed go to the moon.

I recommend that all take Scantamburlo's analysis and conclusions very seriously. Scantamburlo's report and interview is available online at: http://tinyurl.com/yplpdl . I also recommend viewing some of the Youtube videos uploaded by William Routledge which can be found by typing in Apollo 20. The one to begin with is the following:
http://tinyurl.com/2ty5pc .

My own view at the moment is that it is very possible that such a secret Apollo mission went ahead to explore the wreckage first discovered in the Apollo 15 wreckage. It would have made sense for that to be a joint US-USSR mission, that followed the joint 1975 mission. Routledge's account of his background as a Foreign Technology expert and recruitment by the USAF to fly on the mission is credible given the Apollo 15 photograph. It would make sense that exploration of a crashed ETV would need to be investigated by someone with expertise in foreign technologies. Routledge has also given much information about his work background and credentials online for verification purposes. His background and credentials can be checked and the other individuals mentioned on the Apollo 20 mission can be interviewed for their responses to his allegations.

There are two inconsistencies I find in Routledge's testimony. First, the Apollo 20 insignia that is shown in a number of his films only show the names of the three astronauts (Routledge, Synder and Leonov) and the name of the Apollo mission. This is inconsistent with the 1975 insignia of the joint Apollo-Soyuz mission which had both the 'Apollo' and 'Soyuz', and the names of the three astonauts/cosmonauts on them. See image on right: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Astp_Patch.png .

The second inconsistency concerns what was revealed by another whistleblower, Ingo Swann in his book Penetration. Swann revealed that he had been secretly recruited by a covert intelligence agency to remote view artifacts on the dark side of the moon in 1975. He discovered extraterrestrial artifacts and extraterrestrial entities on the moon. Swann deduced from what he had been told that there was a concerted effort to gather intelligence using remote viewing since physical access to the moon had been curtailed. Presumbly, the extraterrestrials declared that no further moon landings would be allowed. This according to Swann (and a number of other whistleblowers) is the real reason why the Apollo moon missions were quietly terminated after the 1971, Apollo 17 mission. [For more information go to: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/exopolitics/message/348 ].

If Swann's experience and conclusions are correct, then this does appear to be inconsistent with Routledge's testimony that a secret Apollo 20 mission was allowed to go ahead and land on the moon to explore an extraterrestrial artifact. Combined with the first inconsistency, this could lead to the conclusion that Routledge's testimony and videos are a sophisticated hoax to deceive the public.

On the other hand, if proven to be true, Routledge's video evidence and testimony may be the final straw that breaks the camel's back concerning UFO secrecy. His testimony, background and film footage can be confirmed. The Apollo 15 photograph of the alleged alien vehicle is genuine and does point to an object that could have been the focus of a joint US-USSR secret moon mission. The reasons for Routledge's disclosure may be as he claims that he wants to divulge the truth for the "wonder of it all". He also commented that that UFO sightings will increase dramatically in September 2007 and this will speed up disclosure efforts considerably. Routledges comments and revelation suggest that he continues to have access to a benign faction within the extraterrestrial management system that desires official disclosure, and that events associated with September 2007 and 2012 will force disclosure.

If Routledge's background, testimony and film footage prove to be true, and simple answers are found for the two inconsistencies above and any others found, then this will lead to an escalation of public disclosures. More officials will recognize that the secrecy system is imploding and will wish to be on the winning side of history as that part of the government that played a proactive role in preparing the public for disclosure of the extraterrestrial presence. If Routledge's testimony is proven to be a clever hoax, this may nevertheless signify an attempt to raise the public's awareness of extraterrestrial life. I recommend circulating Scantamburlo's report and interview to alert individuals to the possibility that this is a genuine disclosure of a secret Apollo 20 mission to investigate an ancient extraterrestrial mothership first identified in a photo taken during the Apollo 15 moon mission.
-Michael E. Salla, Ph.D
Kona, Hawaii
June 26, 2007
www.Exopolitics.Org

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Here is the original video footage mentioned above which we presented earlier here at Dark-Truth.org:

TV Feed from the lunar module LM-15 during the last revolution before descent. LM passes over Tsiolkovski, Fermi, Delporte and Lukte before passing on the Izsak Y crater.

The spaceship is filmed with close telephoto lens, revealing more details. CDR communicates the South -East coordinates of the major parts of the spaceship, approximately 4 kilometers long. Color distortions are caused by the rotating wheel inside the Westinghouse Color TV Camera. They start zooming close up to the spacecraft about 3 minutes into the video and throughout the rest of the video.



And here is a photo of the object taken from Apollo 15 mission:


Full unedited official NASA image can be found here:
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/frame/?AS15-P-9625

More zoomed in and detailed closeups of the craft in the NASA photos:

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