Creating your reality. Persuading ourselves.

Persuading ourselves that we are happy.

Persuade yourself to greatness.

Creating your own reality.


Sometime ago, I promised a professor, Dr. Carignan, that I would recreate this old slide from his presentation a put it on the web. He taught a capstone to my MBA on learning organizations, and I was intrigue by the premise of the slide. Basically “what you think and even the words you choose to describe your reality shape and either reinforce or diminish the reality you perceive.”  We call this persuading and cognitive bias.

Now, before the hate mail starts this does not negate basic laws of the universe but how we look at them can lead to changes in the way we understand it. { Note: As we look at the world of quantum physics, we have theories that the universe at the quantum level acts in ways that would boggle and even seem like “magic” to most us. } Persuading is a hot topic

Marketers and politicians know that perception creates many realities. The limitations that we place upon ourselves create barriers that may not be truly there.

I had a great example yesterday. My son and I play golf and his next tee shot was over a hazard with a carry of 240 yards. He can clear this distance regularly without a problem. Ninety percent of his drives go farther. That is not within my range. I took the safe layup shot that guarantee the extra stroke on the hole.

He looked at me and said he would do the same. I held him up and asked him how far he drove regularly. He answered 275 yards. I asked him how often he thought he could drive 275 yards in ten attempts. He said about 8 out 10. I asked him, how about 250? He said almost 10 times out of 10 because his three wood goes about 240. At that point, I asked if he would like to reconsider his strategy.

He set up and attacked the flag that was 367 yards away. He drove directly over the hazard about 285 yards for a pitch and tw0-put which gave him his par. I was one over for the hole.

Whether it is fear, bias, prejudice or lack of attention, how we speak, feel and react is something we can control. If choose to exert this control, we can affect the reality we perceive and improve our organizations, teams, families and ourselves. We are creating our own reality.

Originally Published February 29, 2016 on LinkedIn.  Updated 11/25/2017.

Global Warming equals Global Fleecing

When scientists on the government grants are caught rigging the numbers that skew the data to what the governments want to see, then you can ‘t really count on the science as “settled” or even as science.  The issue here is two fold: 1) Is global warming a man made phenomena?  2) Is there anything man can do to prevent it?

Because there has been confirmed and admitted tampering and “adjustments” of past temperature data, decisions made based on that data would be dubious.  Addtionally, the last projections from those same scientists indicate that spending trillions on CO2 reductions and retooling the industrial economic models of the world wouldn’t significantly affect future temperatures.

But, it will make many global orgnaizations richer with a major redirection of resources and industry.  This is a just another way for governments to shuffle money and reach into the pockets of tax payers and consumers for the enrighment of politicians and their cronies.

Follow the money.  Someone is getting rich off of global warming and it isn’t the middle class or lower class.

Consumers will pay more for electricity and food.  Even more importantly, the weak economy will continue to be stressed.

Electing Republicans to the House and Senate yielded no significant difference in results. From 8-6-15.

I am having a lot of trouble with Republican Congressmen whose lack of moxie is allowing for results no different than if the congress and senate were democrat controlled.

They are afraid to use the constitutional powers to stop or slow down Obama. The Republicans have ceded power in effect letting Democrats do what they want.  We might as well have Harry Reid and Pelosi running things because there has been no significant difference.

That’s not what they were elected to do.  Having “show” votes is meaningless if nothing happens.  The Republicans that ran on stopping Obamacare, illegal immigration, lowering taxes have not been able to move the needle.  They attacked Ted Cruz when he tried to do something.

There are apologist that say that the Republicans in the Senate don’t have 60 votes.  Well, the Dems had less than 60 votes and figured out how to ram the most influential piece of legislation in decades down the throats of the American people.

The GOP should know that they are being put on notice.  It might be time for a new party if there is no difference between the two in Washington. Ted Cruz might be right about the Washington Cartel.

There’s seems to be only one party of money and power in Washington.  Right now they think being more progressive might be good for business.  But when the economy tanks and the government runs out of money those same power brokers will lead the charge back to more conservative thinking.

They will be making money at the expense of all Americans especially the poor all along the way.

Update 11-23-17

Today will Trump in the White house the only significant thing achieved is a conservative Supreme Court justice.

How did President Obama fail as a President ? Let me count the ways. From 10-1-2014 updated 11-23-2017

How did President Obama fail as a President ? Let me count the ways.

1) Fast and Furious

2) Stimulus-Shovel ready jobs!

3) IRS targeting conservatives. “not a smidgen of corruption”

4) Failing to call terrorism , Terrorism.

4a) Fort Hood

4b) Boston Marathon

4c) Oklahoma beheading

5) Letting Iraq fall back to chaos.

6) Benghazi- (With Secretary Clinton)Heros died Obama lied!

7) Quantative easing

8) Deficits and debt

9) Solindra

9) Keystone pipelines

10) Coal regulation

11) No strategic energy policy

12) Allowing Russia to invade Ukraine

13) Obamacare-  Savings of $2500? try an increase of $7500 per family.  Although I do know a few upper income people that actually saved money.

14) Influx of undocumented immigrants

15)Bombing Syria without Congressional approval.  Even George Bush got that.  And even Hillary Clinton voted to give him authority.

16)Stealing money from Medicare to pay for Obamacare

17) Unemployment/Under employment/ Employment participation- We recovered faster from the Great Depression than from the depression we avoided.

18) More people on welfare.   No job searching required.

19) Higher percentage of minorities unemployed

20) ISIS ( ISIL, if you want them to have the entire Middle East)

21)Egypt (Muslim Brotherhood)

22) Nuclear Iran Deal

23) The Economy

24) Secret Service

25) Immigration Reform- promised in first term

26) Uranium One – Updated 11-20-2017

Wow, that is quite a legacy.