Hope January 14, 2011Posted by wooddickinson in 7 Habits, Change, executive coaching, Hope, Life Coach, Neurobiology.
Tags: 7 Habits, Addiction, change, Edwin Black, Future, Health care, hope, neurobiology, Professional, Think, Tobacco smoking, Wood Dickinson
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I’m writing a new workshop that’s primary task will be teaching Hope. I know that it seems natural for people to be just hopeful or not but that isn’t really the case. As it turns out science has been able to displace malformed ideas and misunderstood concepts about why we do what we do. Hope falls into that category.
If the idea that genetic determinism has much impact on our daily actions and decides major overall traits such as intelligence, then eugenics would have proved to have been a successful experiment. As we know all eugenics did for us was pave the way for the Holocaust of WW II. I say that but must also mention eugenic experiments were also tried here in the USA before WW II through the sterilization of certain groups of individuals mostly those perceived as under privileged and unintelligent. To learn more about this blot on US history read the book War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race by Edwin Black.
Genes determine the shape of a jaw or the color of the eyes and may indicate some possibility for future illness but it does not make us who we are. Environmental determinism plays a much larger role in two ways. First the physical location where people live brings with it environmental factors people have to adapt to. Climate, geography and even political realities set up a situation that will bring on certain actions by the people impacted. Eskimos have distinct differences from Arabs and a large part of that difference is caused by environmental conditions.
The second type of environmental determinism includes the smaller family unit. As a child grows patterns are set in a neurobiological way that may cause the child to live out certain choices when she grows to adulthood that may be positive or negative. This is especially true for what happens to a child during its first 18 months of life.
So if environmental determinism creates a negative impact we are told building a proactive nature will eventually cause change in our way of life that creates a positive impact. I don’t think so. Like a smoker, the quitting of smoking is a very difficult things. Seemingly impossible for some. Why? The nicotine addiction is over in two weeks but the wires in the brain are still there telling the smoker to have a cigarette now. What has to happen is the cutting of the wires in the brain that drive smoking and putting in new wires for non-smoking. This is a very painful and difficult task.
We call it a smoking habit and like any other habit we have wiring in our brain that reinforces our actions. Wearing a nicotine patch doesn’t solve the problem. I think you’ll find that in smoking there isn’t enough proactivity in the world to help a person stop. I know. I’ve been there.
Dr. Norman Dodge suggest in The Brain That Changes Itself that that the process of rewiring our brain is not only possible but can be controlled. Only through this effort can a habit be changed. How this relates to hope is coming…
Are you in control of you life? October 22, 2010Posted by wooddickinson in Change, consulting, shared vision.
Tags: change, fear, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Freedom of speech, Health care, New York Times, Politics, Tax, Taxation, Think, United States, vision, Wood Dickinson
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Every day I hear on the radio, TV in advertisements and in news reporting that no one really knows what the future holds. This leaves a person wondering if they have any control over their lives at all. Now that new massive government programs are in place, companies have no idea how to handle things like health care.
The unknown is, can I afford to keep my company healthcare or do I just drop it forcing every one on the public program? How many jobs will this cost me?
It is more like how many jobs will it cost all of us. Being a consultant I meet with many organization from small mom and pop’s to Universities. I hear the very same story. I don’t know if I will have enough money? The individual, which is where business starts, feels scared so he doesn’t buy anything. I’ll pass on the lawn over-seeding this year or cut back in how many times I go out to eat and then watch the cost of those places. Little things a million times become big things. Small companies fail, cut backs happen, unemployment remains unchanged.
There are many things we can do to control our lives. Eat out less. Go to the movies less. Skip shopping trips. Skip vacations. On and on but at some point when we’ve done all we can do then you ask yourself, “Am I in control of my life?”
The stress level around me is way up. Miss a payment by a day and people call millions of times harassing you for the check that is in the mail. Patients has gone out the door and so has wisdom.
I feel that I can be in control of my life. I have to decide where I stand. Today American’s need to decide what the vision of the future is going to be. Big government control and a socialistic economy or a free economy with smaller government and less tax burden and over regulation.
The town I work in is Mission Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. They just don’t have enough money to do everything they want to so the government has instituted a driveway tax! You will be taxed by the linear feet of concrete or asphalt you have in your driveway. Maybe a $70 tax increase on every home but the kicker is when you get to the Target store they will have to pay about $65,000 in tax. Now I ask you where will Target get that money from? They project earnings and staff and order goods based on that projected revenue. Out of that revenue there needs to be a profit or Target as a company can’t grow and create more jobs.
The way I see it this tax will cost Mission at least 3 to 4 jobs just at Target. It will put a strain on the store which will cause the corporate office to decide if it is or isn’t worth having a store in Mission and BANG.
Go to my website and vote by clicking HERE. Somehow we DO need to be in control of our own lives.