Three keys to “bending time” in your favor

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Nearly all time management systems are based on the idea that time is a fixed quantity and we all get access to roughly the same amount of it. There are sixty seconds in an hour, twenty four hours in a day, seven days in a week, etc. But you can’t put time in a wheelbarrow, which means that time is less subject to the laws of Newtonian physics than it is the principles behind Einsteinian relativity.

In case that sounds a bit daunting, there’s a story that Einstein’s secretary, Helen Dukas, found herself in the position of having to answer questions about his work to the general public. …


How a simple shift in understanding can be a game changer

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As there is so much fear around money in our culture, particularly evident over the past 9 months or so of economic uncertainty, I thought it might be helpful to explore where that fear comes from and what we can do about it.

Here’s the key in a nutshell:

What makes money scary is the thought that how much of it we have really, REALLY matters.

If the amount of money in our bank account really, REALLY mattered, then all the behaviors that most of us think of as “normal” around money would make perfect sense. …


Since I read my first self-help book back in 1986 (Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization), I’ve noticed that broadly speaking they fall into three distinct if occasionally overlapping categories. The first is what I call “image management”, as exemplified by Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. These books aim your attention towards how you come across in various situations, teaching you how to dress for and cultivate an image of success, largely so that you can make feel confident, win friends, and, well, influence people.

The second category of self-help books are all about “the metaphysics of self-empowerment”, as typified by Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. Here, we learn about how to control the universe by controlling our minds, or at the very least our mindsets. Pretty much every positive thinking book ever written goes into this category, along with The Secret and other books that tell us how if we just think the right things we can be confident that we’ll get what we want as our reward in the world. …


How learning the difference between meditating and living from a state of meditation can change your life

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When I first heard about the benefits of meditation in my 20’s, it sounded like the solution to many of my problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, “meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace, and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.” Other sources pointed to additional benefits ranging from greater emotional intelligence to experiencing states of higher consciousness and even spiritual awakening.

The only problem was, it only worked when you actually did it. And while I would periodically go weeks at a time meditating twice a day, I would often go months at a time without ever quite seeming to get around to my practice. …


The true source of originality, and how to find it for yourself

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This weekend, I was one of the speakers at a virtual conference in Spain. The title of my talk, “How to Be Original”, started off a bit tongue in cheek, as perhaps my favorite thing to complain about is people copying my work without credit. Although I know it’s intended as the sincerest form of flattery, there are times where I misinterpret it as laziness, a lack of faith in their own creative genius, or simply theft.

My favorite example, now many years in the past, was a man in Australia who not only copied my website word for word, he copied my bio, substituting only his name. When I marveled at the fact that he too had children named Oliver and Clara, I did a bit more research to discover that he was neither married nor a father. …


Three key steps to help you become a more effective salesperson

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There’s a story about the comedian Jerry Lewis that when he was touring the country doing gigs, he kept a diary. On any night where the show went well, he would write some variation on “I killed it tonight!” On a night where the show went badly, he would write “The audience sucked”.

This is reflective of a pattern I see in many of the entre/solopreneurs, business owners, and salespeople I’ve worked with. …


How to consume social media without being consumed by it

*Spoiler alert*: This article contains mild spoilers about the new Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma”.

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My wife and I sat down to watch the new Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” last night. The dilemma at the heart of the movie is simple. …


Going beyond the four levels of learning to become a master at what you do

The other day, I spoke with the legendary Billy Blanks for an episode of my interview series Might Help, Can’t Hurt! If you don’t know Billy, he’s a seven time world karate champion, a 9th degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do, and the inventor of Tae-Bo, possibly the most successful exercise program ever created with over a hundred and fifty million videos and DVD’s sold back when people still did things like watch videos and DVD’s. He’s also an absolute master at his craft.

In order to better understand what that means, how it came to be, and more to the point how you can do it for yourself, let’s begin with what is probably a more familiar and closer to home example. …


Three things our dogs can teach us about living life to the fullest

The other day I was reading a book about spiritual enlightenment and it suggested there were three traits you could look to in a teacher to see if they were “really enlightened” — in other words, whether they were just really good at talking the talk or if they actually walked the walk. …


An exploration of manifestation, empowerment, and fate with a surprising conclusion

Just over a year ago, my wife and I moved into our dream home — literally. It was a house we’d first seen in 2002 and dreamed of being able to buy but couldn’t afford. We told ourselves “if it ever comes back on the market, we’re going to get it”, but it never did and we got on with our lives.

Then last spring everything changed. The house came on the market, but it was still too expensive. Then they lowered the price and we made an offer and they accepted it. Then someone made an offer on our house and we accepted it. And while there were a number of twists and turns along the way, there was a feeling of inevitability to the whole thing, a kind of “if it’s meant to be, it will happen”. …

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Michael Neill

Michael Neill is an internationally renowned thought leader, CEO, coach, and best-selling author of six books. To learn more go to michaelneill.org

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