Affiliate Marketing Programs – The Importance of Developing a Relationship With Each Of Your Prospects!

Sometimes extremely valuable information can seem a little dry, even boring. Yet this is so essential to any affiliate marketer if you are to have a successful experience. So read on.

When it comes to a successful marketing plan, there is no greater tool for converting potential prospects into long term clients than developing a relationship with each of them. You may be able to offer potential business prospects the best quality products and service. So unless they see you as something other than an impersonal web page or catalog, there is little else to keep them loyal. When another clever advertising campaign comes along, guess what will happen?

Does this mean you have to become best friends with every new prospect you meet? Of course not. If you tried, you’d not only come off as insincere, you’d never have time to get any real business done.

Then point here is to try to convey to your prospects that you see them as real people, and not just merely another ka-ching in your cash register. Everyone likes to feel that they matter, and this is what you will try to establish by developing a relationship with each of your prospects.

In Order to better understand what “relationship” means, here are some helpful tips.  For developing a relationship with each of your prospects based on positive approaches, both online and off.

Present Yourself At Your Personal Best Both In Person And On The Web 

No matter how rough of a work week you’ve had, when it’s time to meet with a prospective client, don’t skimp on your appearance. Most likely you’ll be meeting over Skype, streaming video or any number of digital or VOIP means of communication, so look successful!

Does your website look professional? You don’t need green and hot pink flashing lettering to get a prospect’s attention. Your website should instill a friendly one-on-one tone. Make sure your website is clean. Easy to navigate for even they newest web browsers and really spells out what you’re selling. Invite a dialogue with prospects and answer them in a friendly, positive tone as promptly as possible. Inspiring confidence is the first step to developing a relationship with each of your prospects.

Establish Common Ground

Resist the urge to jump right into they hard sale. It’s a turn off and will hamper developing a relationship with each of your prospects. When you first meet a potential new client, don’t be afraid to make some small talk to draw them out a little.

This doesn’t mean that you should go into the week’s weather report detail by detail. Again, you would come off as insincere. But if you happen to notice a family photo on your prospect’s desk or mantel, don’t be afraid to ask some polite questions about how they children are. Share a little relative info on your own children if you have them.

Don’t fabricate facts. Honesty is always they best policy. Ask a few lightweight questions about anything your prospect brings up that actually interest you. This way you won’t have to strain to have an actual conversation that is about more than just what you’d like to sell them.

Selling on the web is little harder, since you don’t have a physical presence. Most of your correspondence will be through e-mails and the occasional phone call. Words mean things so make yours count. Once again, be friendly in your responses. Make them remember you.

Answer any questions or concerns they might have about joining your affiliate program. Then throw in something a little more personal. It can be that you were watching one foot of snow fall while you answered this e-mail.

You just got back from a vacation or you’re about to take one to XYZ place (if they prospect has been there, they’ll let you know- people love to share travel stories). Or just drop in a tidbit of your day and tell them you’ve had one of those “Southwest take me away kind of days!”. Everyone can relate to a stressful day.

The key to developing an actual relationship with each of your prospects is to find some common ground that will help establish an immediate rapport between the two of you.

Soft Selling and Listening 

As mentioned before, a hard sell will turn off many potential prospects. Far better to begin your sales pitch by inquiring about your prospect’s needs. Give them a chance to tell you their own thoughts about what questions they have about your affiliate marketing program. People like to feel that someone is willing to listen to them. Businesses don’t listen, people do.

This technique will actually help you to pinpoint their items you should be presenting first, and is indispensable to developing a relationship with each of your prospects. Your potential customer will become more relaxed with you when they realize you are not ready to pounce from the word go To sell them something.

Follow Up After The Sale

If you’re fortunate enough to have made a good first impression and made the initial sale, your follow up is crucial. You don’t want to leave your new client feeling like a bride left at the alter. So within one week, send a personal note of thanks for the opportunity to do business with them.

Reiterate that you are always available to answer their questions or concerns. Then be available if they do happen to call or e-mail. If you’re not in they office, then return their message immediately. This lets your new client know you still care about them after they have joined your affiliate marketing network.

Developing a relationship with each of your prospects is impossible without this kind of personal care after the sale. You are trying to establish yourself in your client’s eyes as not merely a sales person with a great affiliate marketing program, but a real person, and a darn nice one to boot.

Side Benefits For You

There are other benefits to developing a relationship with each of your prospects. Sometimes something goes wrong and it’s out of your hands to bring a quick resolution to your client’s problem. Perhaps there is an unavoidable delay in shipping, or a computer glitch is making everything run late. If you’ve established a friendly trust between the two of you, your client is far more likely to stand by you during the difficulty if you’ve been there for them all along.

You’ll also find that it’s actually far more pleasant doing business with someone you’ve come to know a little. Developing a relationship with each of your prospects will do that for you, and you’ll come to love your job that much more.

In a world full of impersonal online business transactions, there really is no substitute for developing a relationship with each of your prospects if you want to win and maintain their customer loyalty with your affiliate marketing program.

There you have it. This is part of what you’ve signed up for. You may be working from home, be your own boss, and enjoying income you have honestly earned. You customer has only one interest and your business is not it! It’s still and always will be, WIIFM, and you know what that stands for.

Discover If You’re Thinking Or On Cruise Control!

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Up against a tree before being UP in the tree!

If you’re crusin’ then you’re loosin’! That’s one way to look at what happens if your grey matter is not fully engaged. So what’s going on up there when you’re just sitting, passively contemplating…nothing in particular? Have you ever noticed how your thoughts resemble popcorn? Thoughts jump randomly from one topic to another with no obvious connection. It may even seem like some sort of serendipitous place to be, as it rarely leads to the negative. How can that be known? Ahh…well personal experience of the writer is a great place to start.

Consider how many things you do on complete auto pilot? Are you thinking about your driving on your way to work, or shopping? How about the way you fry eggs, or toast bread? A good case can be made that the subconscious has taken over when you’re doing those things. That allows your thoughts to actually wander. The question is what happens to your thinking? You know, conscious thought? Yeah, that stuff.

If the mind is not actively engaged this simply means you are unaware of what’s really cookin’ in life. Lost in the past, possibly in the future, but hardly in the present moment. It could be said you are out of touch with reality, and that would be correct. Not quite the same as if you’ve lost your mind…not quite.

Then comes the sudden stop in traffic where the subconscious reacts and warns you of impending danger, jerking you into an alert state of mind. Sort of like taking a video off pause as you barely escape a serious fender-bender! The adrenaline is flowing, heart’s beating faster and your mind is present and accounted for. But what about those moments where it was absent from the present? How dangerous is that?

What might be a little more disturbing to the person who actually explores this, is the affect on life in general. If you are disconnected in the present, or as some would say not in the moment, what are you missing? How boring is life when you would rather be disconnected? You’re not even aware there are roses to smell.

Do you think this is rare? If you are actually engaged reading this without letting your thoughts wander, you will begin to recall people you know that always seem to be in somewhat of a daze. Sure. Stop and think for just a moment who they might be (just not while driving thank you). Got one in mind? Would you say this is a person you are likely to spend significant time with? There’s a good chance the answer might be in the negative, because they are very uninteresting.

Could you even be in a relationship like this? Now that may be hitting a little too close to home, but consider if it applies? Do you ask your significant other what they’re thinking? Or is the potential answer a little too frightening? Especially if it’s not about you. Then again, what do they think about you? When was the last time both entered into a serious, thought filled discussion about likes, dislikes, disgusting habits or favorite ones?

Over the years things change. Unfortunately couples get into the habit of finding a comfort zone where both can co-exist in some semblance of what appears to be peace. The one fine day one or the other explodes as that comfort zone suddenly is not so comfortable. Instead it has been a breeding ground for some minor dislike to fester into a life threatening wound. There is a quote that claims, “A comfort zone is a wonderful place, but nothing ever grows there.” As to anything positive, that may be a very true statement.

So get in the “brain game!” Start using yours for something besides a place to house your favorite baseball cap. You might be surprised what a deliberate effort to stay in the moment will change in your life. Allow yourself to stay focused of your surroundings. You be the one who captures that viral moment on your cell phone to go on youtube! Notice the ones walking towards you in the corridor or on the street that look you in the eye…and smile. How many of those have you missed? What a difference one smile can make in your day. Be that smile for someone else. Are you smiling?

Listening to Al Hirt, thinking about how hard it was to play trumpet when you don’t practice!

 

Secrets About Major Retailers Closing Multitudes Of Stores!

Are Major Retailers like Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and others really in trouble? If you pay any attention to the news, the are. Why? Because they are closing down stores, and in the case of Neiman Marcus, supposedly putting themselves up for sale. However no concrete claim is being made just yet.

What is hitting the news is that this is all about a “soft economy.” Is it really? Are we just being introduced to another “flame” geared to scare the daylights out of all of us? Well, here’s a no nonsense look at what has been coming for some time, or at least as I see it.

Where did you do half or more of your shopping last year? How about for Christmas. Did you go to the Malls? Or did you go online to Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Macy’s, or any number of other major retailers? Of course you did! Why is that?

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Tell Me It Ain’t So!

From a purely utilitarian point of view, all the hassle of traffic, bodies, items sold out, would be just a few of the logical reasons. Add to that, who can be unhappy having UPS, FEDEX or any delivery service showing up at your door with any of the items you’re looking for? Really!

Sitting at your computer, viewing a full color display of any item you want, with the ability to even comparative shop prices. In addition the chance to read and sift through customer reviews about the items you are interested in. Discovery that returns are heavy, not as advertised, smaller than the ad photo, among many other comments save you the “return” hassle after the fact.

Then there are the potential returns. Have you had the experience of having those same delivery services pick up your return at your door, or simply taking the box of goods to the nearest drop off point with no questions asked? Once more, avoiding lines in the store, the traffic, and the relief of doing it in comfort. So do you think this has any impact on sales in the Malls? That’s sort of asking if you like Pizza…which by the way gets delivered to your door!

Wake up people! Is this really due to a soft economy, or simply a big change in the way we shop? Haven’t we seen this coming? Is it really a big surprise? Ice Cream from Cold Stone might continue to be sold on location, or taken out for home consumption. Don’t think they can’t figure out how to make that compulsive purchase just as appetizing online for home delivery as Pizza! The greater question might be what can’t be done online? Auto repair?

Well, in reality with mobile mechanics willing to come to your door or office location to do the work, even that is in question. Ahh…I have it. Dry cleaning. Wait…they pick up and deliver! What is it that can’t be delivered? Maybe a funeral service, but no bets there.

When you can cut out the overhead of a brick and mortar location, all the expense, where merchandise can be produced from a warehouse, food from a commissary, and all the fancy fixings required in a store simply aren’t necessary, imagine the cost savings.

Huge brands have been created online, and continue to grow. If you have any doubts, check out the programs on WOBI, short for World Of Business Ideas. They also have a Face Book page, https://www.facebook.com/wobi.en/, and a webpage, http://www.wobi.com. They offer a series of programs about startups, entrepreneurs, and so much more. The bottom line is you will see the change that is happening.

So I’m thinking that this is just another way for the “media moguls” to grab some headlines. There’s a chance the younger set won’t be too surprised. As to the “Boomers” and others it might initially shock their system. It’s just another change that even they may have been trying to ignore, subconsciously aware it was coming.

So there could be some prime real estate up for grabs, but who wants it? Unless of course it can be converted into warehouse space, or a giant commissary. WOBI clearly states that the percentages of people going into business for themselves from home, is climbing at not too surprising rates. Are you one? Will you be next? Are you ready?

Where Will They Hide? What Will They Do When The Party Is Over For The Libs?

Being led by the Piper

It’s pretty obvious the “liberals” want to eliminate all the opposition to their lawless agenda. They have been responsible by their very actions for the removal of more than 45 million potential adversaries over the last 44 years. Actions that support putting in place non-elected bureaucrats. Who uphold choices by these liberals to make certain this action continues to favor efforts clearly directed at the destruction of any conservatism in our society.

It has now degenerated to the point of an absolute depreciation of any semblance related to the values this nation was created with. The constitution is viewed as a relic of the past and basically worthless in the view of liberals. There is proof of this in the tenets undone as it relates to the sanctity of marriage for one man and one woman as an example. Acceptance of the deplorable abolition attempt of Christian values and institutions.

Worse yet is the hate engendered by these liberals directed at a clear choice to return to the very values they have done their best to destroy. A complete debasement of the intent of first amendment rights, along with distortion of the meaning of the fourteenth amendment. Disregard for the sovereignty of this nation. The attempt to tear down our borders and support of illegal aliens. Complete defiance no matter what immigration laws stipulate as they clash with the leftist agenda.

Ignoring the facts of a previous administration rife with corruption, deceit, lies, disregard for any decorum. Clearly bent on the debasement of this nation as a world power. A Cesar-like figure continually washing hands of any involvement in the death of those thrust willingly to their deaths at the hands of our enemies. Spying on those who dare to speak out with first amendment rights voicing truth of malfeasance. Denial of flawed decisions by an attorney general of delivering guns into the hands of drug cartels.

Like a dog gone mad, frothing at the mouth, with only a single demented action to complete. One aimed at annihilating any obstruction in sight as a diseased, sick mind takes reign over any civilized behavior. However, it only stands to reason considering actions over four decades. During that same time period when approximately 828,929 murders were committed. None for the most part could be attributed to liberals, directly that is. Yet the same could not be said for the more than 45 million lives. Knowingly, deliberately, cruelly, with consent and intent were butchered, clearly making the Holocaust seem pale by comparison.

Laws were created and passed in the attempt to whitewash this act. Heartbeats did not constitute life. Yet in many cases even the breath of life in those instances where crushed skulls, or chemicals were not enough to impart death, it was insidiously delivered outside the womb. A liberal agenda claims women’s choice to murder defenseless, innocent lives as a right. Yet the 14th amendment clearly speaks to the right of life and a states obligation to defend it. Liberals have seen fit to overrule this, in favor and protest of those criminals guilty of taking life sentenced and adjudged to death. Ambiguous? To say the least.

Face these liberal cowards with the truth. Cries of “racist,” “misogynist,” “homophobe” are nothing more than attempts at changing the dialogue to some emotional tune they want everyone else to dance to. They can’t stand the fact that conservatives are idealist. They actually believe in something, like the original wisdom of the constitution. Not trying to change something that doesn’t need modification, rather grinding and polishing the gem long ago discovered still unfinished.

They’ve been given too much freedom. The Pied Piper cried “change,” playing his tune for all those entranced with what they thought was an aura introducing a new era. When the tune ended, faced with the stark reality like an addict in recovery, was encountered with a desperation for return to the fantasy. As with most addicts, only a fraction actually recover. So it is with liberals. They have willfully indulged in the toxicity championed by power mongers. Enticed by the steady illusion of a Brigadoon and a freedom ideal of some global entity. The gold at rainbow’s end. Seeming to have that within their grasp, only to have it snatched away. Like stealing an addict’s stash.

As a person in the control of an external force, any effort is considered fair to satisfy the need out of control. Violence, hate mongering, avoiding truth for fiction, lies, personal character attacks, inciting false claims, all to attempt support of the habit. Always pointing fingers, ignoring the greater number accusing in return. Every addiction can lead to demise. Is that how this plays out?

Start Your Affiliate Marketing Journey With Me And Internet Jetset!

For 20 years I have looked for that “tool” to create extra income on the internet. Finally in 2004 I created a website, and one of the programs that had just come out was from Google called AdSense. In short, for those who may not know, this program was brand new, and it offered website owners the opportunity to allow Google to post what are known as pay-per-click (PPC) ads anywhere on the webpages the owner selected.

This was a brand new concept. The double intent for Google, was to create an amazing outlet for their Advertisers using the AdWords program. This program was aimed at advertisers selecting specific key words to capture potential buyers for products on the internet. The advertiser only paid when one of the selected keywords was “clicked”.

Google then placed these keyword ads on those websites where AdSense customers were part of the program. In the beginning it was an awesome program and I was fortunate to actually see income almost immediately. After a few months the decision was made to sell the site while it was profitable. Huge mistake, as I was never able to duplicate that success. By the time I created a new website, everything had changed.

When I had been making as much as $250 in a month, it now was taking a year to make $100. Of course, the internet had changed but my thinking and learning had not. No matter how many websites I created, no matter how many pages I wrote, no matter how much I focused on keywords, the income was at best a dribble. Does any of this sound familiar? have you “been there…done that?

I won’t try to list the number of programs I invested in attempting to learn what the secret was I seemed to be missing. A variety of these programs included some information, most of it good just never enough.

The most recent outlined a series of things that I followed to the letter. One of the “extras” included the opportunity to have pages written that were SEO optimized, supposedly by experts. The people responsible did not indicate these pages were going to be written by non-native English speakers.

Because it was taking an inordinate amount of time for the “experts” to create my paid site and upload the pages, I decided to create a companion site dealing with a similar topic so I could compare the efforts I was paying for, to my own. In short, of the 20 pages I paid for, I had to completely re-write them. Comparing my efforts to the paid site was nearly as bad. To date, the site I created has drawn more traffic than the one I paid for. In short, lesson learned.

I kept researching and reviewing various opportunities centered on affiliate marketing. Over the years I had the opportunity to meet some of those who have actually made the “big money” in this niche. I was determined to at least generate some additional income. Being a millionaire was not so much my idea as simply not being dependent on a fixed income that could someday disappear. I’m speaking of a pension as it relates to Social Security.

So along come John Crestani and Internet Jetset!. It looked like so many others I nearly didn’t bother. Something made me do what I had done before. Look for the “scams” for this particular program to see what I could find.

Over the last several years the words “review” and “scam” have almost become synonymous. Those marketers have captured those keywords and written reviews claiming to review a scam, when in reality they were either promoting the same program, or one of their own.

It didn’t take long before I had found a good deal of positive info, but I knew from previous experience this was no guarantee. John offered the typical 60 day money back guarantee, including the offer that if a program was set up and the purchaser was still not satisfied, their money would be refunded and they could still keep the program.

Having had the experience of getting refunds in the past with few negative results, I knew by this time that as long as VISA was involved I would get my money back one way or another. So I did one more thing which was check out John on youtube. A number of videos promoting his program elements were there, which I later discovered where the same ones being paid for. However, lacking a great deal of the information.

So I paid my $47 for Internet Jetset! to see for myself. I’m not even going to attempt listing all the information I gleaned from this program in the course of a few days. One of the claims John makes is that some will be able to create their first commission in as little as two hours. Some have, but I’m not sure what they did. As for me, I was going through everything with a fine tooth comb. Checking out the various links and videos that would further reinforce that I had made the right choice. What was the most exciting for me was the depth of information, that really drilled down to reveal things totally unknown to me. The real nuts and bolts necessary to make it happen.

In the next week or so don’t be surprised if I’m writing another page describing exactly how this has really resulted in income for me. Like no other program has in the last 13 years!

In the meantime, don’t take my word for anything. Discover this for yourself. It will be the best $47 you’ve ever spent if you’re interested in creating that extra stream of passive income affiliate marketing can provide. Internet Jetset!. Get yours! Click Here!

 

25 Days Of Me And President Trump!

 

 

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The “Trump Train” has left the station!

I may not have been present in Washington D.C., or anywhere nearer to my President than FOX News that fortunately extends 4000 miles away, but in spirit I was with him since the first time he played with the idea of being a candidate in 2011. The very first thought was, finally someone who is not a politician!

We as a populace have been lied to so many times by politicians, that we have almost become inured to it, which I suspect is what they have always counted on. Once they’re in power Continue reading “25 Days Of Me And President Trump!”

Perfect Example Of Warped Illegal Mentality!

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Rosa Ortega jailed for voter fraud in Texas

Rosa Ortega thinks she’s being picked on, treated unfairly, being made a “scapegoat” just because she voted 5 times illegally. There is also the possibility of being charged with falsifying documents, attempted falsification, and there is a question of how she became a “legal resident” Continue reading “Perfect Example Of Warped Illegal Mentality!”

Is It Your Idea Or Someone Else’s?

A light bulb moment! The one that we always use to refer to that great, million dollar idea. It seems like it came out of nowhere. Just a flash of inspiration and it’s like it was all there. In detail.

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Sure, you had been thinking about this for some time, most recently with a little more intensity. Then boom! There it was, like the blueprint was magically handed to you, just waiting for you to make it.

Let’s say you actually put action to the idea and make it. Then rush to get a patent to protect your brainchild. Then comes the shocking surprise, that someone has already filed a patent. How could this be? The surprise is almost too much to bear. What is the explanation?

Scientific studies, in one instance from MIT, would claim that brainwaves are too weak to travel far, and could never compete with radio waves for example. Another article* dealing with the “ether” and “speed of thought” offers sufficient material for consideration to the contrary.

Many studies have been done during the last 30 years that continue to offer substantial proof of the power of thought. One of the best sources I have found citing many different experiences over many years can be found here.

So what is the point? Thoughts, ideas, travel, and not just in circles inside your head. They are not just weak signals as compared to radio waves, but are received both consciously and unconsciously at great distances. While current experiments have been done using computers to help translate the message to the brain of participants from India to France, those using no such mechanical means are some of the most interesting.

So what is the possibility of picking up random thoughts of another, never realizing they were not 100 percent your own? Consider the conscious effort involved thinking intently about a particular project, idea, or challenge. Is it possible the more concentrated those efforts are they could attract similar thoughts?

Many experiments have been done with telepathy, transmitting thoughts from one person to another over short distances with success. Mind reading has normally been relegated to parlor tricks, so is not seriously considered in truly transmitting thoughts from one person to another.

Some will have a hard time relating thoughts to prayer or anything spiritual. For many a prayer is a conversation with God. No special words or phrases were ever necessary, and in fact Jesus clearly stated that those who did nothing more than call on his name would be given an eternal life with him.

So it seems all this could be boiled down to intent. In whatever mode it is intended, through prayer, a spiritual effort, a sincere desire, shamanic rituals, as an old saying goes, it’s the thought that counts.

There will always be the “naysayers” who refuse to accept anything that doesn’t have some logical explanation. These surely are the distant offspring of those who claimed the world was flat, of those who poisoned such as Socrates for bringing about change.

Go ahead and laugh, shake your head, but be careful what you’re thinking because you never know where it could end up. Whoever coined the phrase, “A penny for your thoughts.” was trying to get off cheap! At least in some cases where there was actual value involved.

Since it has also been proven that most hide out in thoughts of past history, which being in the past are as dead as the doornail, thoughts of value are in the big minority. So it can be said that the possibility of capturing that million dollar thought may have odds of say…a billion to one?

I’ve got some serious thinkin’ to do.

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Is Your Life Satisfying Or Just Bearable?

How many people are actually satisfied with their life? Happy to a fault, looking forward to every minute of each day with gratitude, seeing positive opportunities in abundance. Is this you? Can you relate to feeling this way?

Asking this question to a mix of people with no agenda other than to discover what the average person on the street is thinking, would likely provide some not too surprising answers. It’s always interesting to Google something like this, just to see how many different answers show up. For the most part, there seems to be a general lack of understanding as to just what “satisfied” is or means.

Some will start off by trying to relate satisfied to happiness, and I find that while they may play in the same sandbox, they are two different emotions. While satisfied may include happiness, one can still be unhappy and satisfied, accepting a not so agreeable situation as the hand they have been dealt, resigned to moving forward in spite of circumstances.

Merriam Webster defines it this way;

:a happy or pleased feeling because of something that you did or something that happened to you

:the act of providing what is needed or desired

:the act of satisfying a need or desire

: a result that deals with a problem or complaint in an acceptable way

As noted satisfied can include happiness but is not dependent on it. So the question still remains, is life satisfying? There’s a good chance, better than even, that when closely questioned a majority would have to answer no to the question. Majority being anything over 50 percent may not seem a fair measurement, but let’s continue along this path to see where that leads.

Why aren’t people satisfied? A better question could be when is enough, enough? Ego will constantly claim just a little more, but a funny thing happens in that “more” is never specific and therefor never enough.

Here again ego is in the mix, that illusion of what we think is necessary to satisfy yet never does. Sound familiar? With more than 90 percent of the world’s population caught up in their ego, obviously some more than others, it doesn’t take much observation to see the signs where people have learned to endure current circumstances, but far from being really satisfied and much less happy.

Ego is not very different from addiction. Once caught up in it’s illusion, breaking free and recovery are just as challenging, and some days are better than others. It is a day by day effort, and no cure as such. As with addictions of all natures, it is learning how to cope more than be cured.

So is being satisfied with life an issue of breaking free of the ego and starting your own recovery program? Is it something as simple as recognizing how hypnosis or even self hypnosis can change your life? Oh wow, I can just imagine that wall which just sprang up out of nowhere!

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As with so many things in life, that which one really knows nothing about is relegated to rumor, hearsay, urban legend, and all those metaphors that could be applied. I was one of those, until seeing it applied in a most unlikely place in regular everyday life during my residency with the government at Schofield Barracks in the middle of our squad bay.

One Archie Andrews, no relation to the comic book character except in real life, performed several acts on those of us willing to take part. What I witnessed destroyed any doubts as to the validity of hypnosis. At that time we were all taught how to use self-hypnosis to our betterment. I don’t think any of us really knew how to make it as effective as it could have been.

The point remains that today, medical practitioners are using it more and more with patients to reduce pain, depression, asthma, paralysis, and countless other physical and emotional issues.

 Where does this lead in terms of satisfaction with life? Quite simply that anyone can freely, easily, safely and effectively indulge in self-hypnosis to learn how not only satisfaction with life can be achieved, but a level of happiness never before experienced.

Do I endorse it, recommend, embrace or take advantage of it myself? The answer is really not important as it relates to the reader, since every one is distinct, unique and individual. Choices are always yours to make, and should never be based on what another has experienced.

Research is always recommended. There are books galore by respected authorities and sources. Those who choose can be convinced by the Bible itself, or books such as Think and Grow Rich, with it’s amazing secret, that whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Thinking that neither has anything to do with hypnosis, simply fail to understand what hypnosis is. In simplest terms, it is the ability to determine how one wants to live life, the faith to believe it will happen, and take steps to make it so.

Most often referred to as autosuggestion, it is defined in these terms; The theory that if individuals can suggest a belief to themselves, they will come to believe it.

Also defined as; The process by which a person induces self-acceptance of an opinion, belief, or plan of action.

There’s a good chance that some might even attempt to view this as “brainwashing.” And why not? In effect, it is reaching the subconscious part of your mind, housed within the brain, and bringing about change through clearing or cleaning out thoughts and beliefs detrimental to success in many areas of life, based on fear of survival the subconscious mind operates on constantly.

Here’s the point. Anyone can be satisfied with status quo, following the crowd, or simply giving in to the path of least resistance. As a rule this does not bring the unbridled joy, thrills or adventures life has to offer.

Have you discovered your mission in life and your purpose? Is it to be satisfied, or is there more to it? Do you know? Is it a scary proposition to ask yourself such a question, for fear of not having an answer? Is there more to life than what you have been willing to extract? Is life stopping you, or is that something you have engineered yourself?

Many sit around looking for answers to sort of magically show up, rather than taking the necessary steps to dig in and find those missing pieces to the puzzle. Your puzzle is far from complete, and won’t be until you become that final piece, which will signify the end and the beginning.

Since our bodies were created with the ability to heal us, I’m going to see how to convince it to grow hair on a bald head!

Do You Know Who You Are Or Just Think You Do?

How do you describe yourself? What words come to your mind when you hear that question? Alphabetical listings of  adjectives rush to your rescue as you discover it isn’t as easy as it might seem. Could it be knowing who you are is one of those things in your life that gets taken for granted? Let’s see where this goes.

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Describing who you are and what you do seem to get tangled up for most. There is quite a difference when taken into account what you do for a vocation or career, don’t tell the whole story. Working as an accountant, being an ace with numbers, may describe what you do but doesn’t mention the fact that you are a raving conservative. Maybe a contrast of words but there it is.

Seemingly a recluse at home is the hot shot salesman. Gambling at Las Vegas as an invited guest is the ordinary housewife, risking hundreds of thousands with little to back it up. Who is she? Housewife or gambler? Where might addict or deeply disturbed and dysfunctional fit in?

Tremendous amounts of time and money are spent in the effort to keep who we are well hidden for the most part, while creating this other persona we display on the outside for all to see as the “real” us. Notice the inclusive “us” as there is no hiding the fact as part of the human race “I” must include self.

The only difference is a lifetime has been spent in search of the who and what. Enough issues in younger years surfaced to the degree that facts could hardly be ignored as to not being normal. While others may have just acquiesced to thinking to the contrary in their lives, others were just not satisfied accepting things at face value. After all, were we not part of the “hippie” generation, where authority was questioned along with anything else that seemed to be too controlling?

Certain aspects of this search for the “who” could nearly be classified as obsessive, but only nearly. The testing that has been voluntarily taken, seeming scores of personality and temperament evaluations, page upon page of definitions of who I am that seem more like some strange person I didn’t know.

Swallowed up in all this was the inkling of truth, that this was really me and I had been ignoring all the signs for decades. Now truth was having it’s day but not without resistance. Whoever is the author of “truth will set you free,” conveniently left off that it would be painful in the process.

Now, where does all that leave you? I’m sharing a little of my “who” to give some insight as to how you may be hiding from yours. About this point is where that river so often referred to begins to flow, known as “denial.”

Leading readers exactly where? Why would you want to go down this path to dig in some areas that have been nicely ignored for decades, thank you very much? Other than the fact it is immensely freeing to stop the hiding of the real self, out of fear and possible rejection, it may be difficult to give a genuine reason.

It’s another example of how we have been conditioned all our lives that the “real you” isn’t quite up to par. Look no further than the nearest T.V. to get that message, or the latest photos of those we are led to believe lead lives we hunger and thirst for, seen everywhere on the Internet.

Constant dissatisfaction bombardment may become a new neurosis for the psychiatric shamans to probe into those dark recesses of your overstimulated thought centers.

So consider pausing for a second to go back in your memory, electing a moment in time where life was an absolute “bowl of cherries!” We’ve all had them. Shooting that hole-in-one at the local putt-putt golf course that won the prize. Unforgettable dining at that 5 star restaurant where you experienced food and service like a king or queen.

Dazzling sunsets of that vacation that could not find enough colors in the palette for description, where Piña Coladas were abundant and the beaches truly tropical. Moving into the house of your dreams, pinching yourself to make sure it is not of your imagination, but real.

Now close your eyes, and see all of that event in it’s splendor. Feel it, listen to any voice that may be audible, aromas, the wind, tastes, experience the remembrance of all there is from that moment. Make certain you are looking through your eyes at this event, and not as though you were standing off to the side observing yourself. This is important.

After you have seen yourself in this memory, at the very height of your feelings, open your eyes. Touch your thumb to the second joint on the middle finger of your right hand. That may sound silly, but in doing so you create what is known as an anchor.

This is just one example of how you can take a moment where you may be feeling down, and simply by touching that joint as indicated it will bring back a moment when all was right with the world, helping to replace those less than positive feelings.

Repeat the process several times to make it strong. Then recall it the next day and see if you notice an uplifting sensation. You can also do the same for other moments of similar significance. Point is this is just one of many exercises to retrain your subconscious that controls 95 percent of all your activities.

What does this have to do with knowing who you are? Consider what it means to have 95 percent of your daily activity controlled by your subconscious mind, and then ask yourself if you know who you are! Who’s in control?

You have the power to change many things in your world, but not until you learn how to reprogram your subconscious. Many have tried without having the real understanding of how it’s done. You’ve done the drill, if New Year’s Resolutions come to mind. That’s a small example, but it’s real.

There will be more on this. Feel free to comment on your thoughts. I think I’ll see about reclaiming that slim physique of my younger years!