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Jazz Leadership. Mastery Newsletter May 24, 2017

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Lessons From A Musical Journey Into Leadership

 

Richard Kunz is a jazz musician and leader of a 5-piece combo.

 

He and the combo jazzed up our evening dances at a recent Toastmasters Conference in Vancouver.

 

The workshop he and his combo led on leadership was beyond jazz.

 

Leadership Lessons from Richard Kuhn’s workshop:

 

 

It is important for a leader to lead AND follow.

 

First, the leader lays down 8 bars of music. Then he throws it to another member of the combo who then improvises within that structure.

 

Lesson: A leader provides the initial idea, but then lets someone else in the team come up with his idea(s). In fact, everyone in the combo (team) gets to “riff” off the initial idea and subsequent ideas.

 

Outcome: The sum becomes more than its parts. Everyone has a say and the overall piece of music is much more than one musician (leader) could do by himself.

 

 

It is important for a leader to listen.

 

When a player contributes their 8 bars of improvisation, the leader and other combo members (team members) actively listen. When the leader again contributes, it is with a new, refreshed and invigorated spirit. Same for other combo (team) members.

 

Lesson: Only by active listening and hearing the others’ contributions can the leader fashion a new, as yet unheard 8 bars of music.

 

Outcome: The music takes on a life of its own. There are twists and turns that did not exist in the universe until a few moments ago.

 

 

Living in the Eternal “Now.”

 

Only by being open to what is happening at this moment, as scary as it may seem, can the leader hope to have his team create something new and valuable. The music is never the same as in any previous performance. Nor will it be the same in future performances. All that has happened in the past few moments (days, months, years) influences the present moment. But all magic happens in the “now.”

 

Lesson: Only by being in the now can the leader and other combo (team) members allow that magic.

 

Outcome: Combo (team) members feel validated by having their contributions listened to, encouraged and added to.

 

 

Stepping out of Ego.

 

No place in jazz for ego. It only creates discord. A leader allows combo (team) members to lead them for a while.

 

Lesson: By recognizing that he doesn’t have all the answers and stepping out of the way, the leader shows humility.

 

Outcome: This stance encourages and supports other combo (team) members to reach down inside and share their most intimate selves…allows them to create a joyful sound. The team can feel they belong in the team and that, together, they can and do achieve above and beyond.

 

 

It Takes Courage.

 

An insecure leader may try to have things all his own way. Team members may follow, but they may also not “buy in” fully. The leader may not get solutions other than their own.

 

The leader’s ideas may be completely changed by the end of the process. There may be very little left of their original idea. Yet the outcome may be far greater.

 

Only if a leader has courage to let go of their idea(s) can a greater idea or outcome emerge.

 

This can take great courage. There is a saying that might apply here: you can get a lot done if you don’t care who gets the credit. A leader is willing to have others shine in the spotlight.

 

Every Toastmasters Conference is different.

 

Richard Kunz and his combo certainly sparked and “jazzed” up the last one.

 

His site: https://www.jazzmind.net/blog/category/leadership

 

 

What lessons can we glean from Jazz into our daily lives?

 

 

 

To Your Joy, Energy and Health,

 

 

Matti Anttila

 

Mission: To help you take shortcuts to More Joy, Energy, Health and fulfillment in life.

 

Find out How to Feel Authentic Joy, Even When Unhappy http://joyenergyandhealth.com

 

Includes: 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health delivered once a week to your inbox…until you say stop. J

 

 

Motto: To Get the Most Out of Life: Help Others Get the Most Out of Theirs.

 

Author of:

The Zen of Joy. How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness & Success. http://zenofjoy.com

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matti1946

Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/LaughterHealth

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/matti1946

 

304 – 1834C Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC, Canada

V8R 0A4. 1-484-727-5230

 

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© Copyright 2017 Matti Anttila,

304 – 1834C Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8R 0A4

 

Welcome to our new subscribers. Think of someone you know who is interested in health, wealth and/or freedom. Invite them to subscribe to Mastery Newsletter. Just ask them to go here:

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Disclaimer: Please make your own decisions about everything. That includes investment, taxation, health and/or any other area. Seek professional assistance before attempting any of the ideas, tools and/or techniques discussed herein.

 

Any and all information provided here is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individuals are advised not to self-medicate in the presence of significant illness. Always consult with your licensed medical practitioner first before undertaking anything…be it supplements, exercise programs or other protocols. The information on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Do not construe the information provided here as authoritative health advice…or authoritative advice of any sort. All information provided or referred-to on this website is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be health, medical, financial, accounting or tax advice, nor should it be relied upon as such. Matti Anttila is not a licensed financial planner, doctor or health practitioner. If you’re not inclined to Do-It-Yourself then please, before you Do-It-To-Yourself, obtain professional advice.

 

The Greatest Unaddressed Public Health Threat. Reduces Life Expectancy by up to 20 Years. Mastery Newsletter May 17, 2017

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In the mid 90s, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente discovered a new risk for disease.

 

Exposure to this risk dramatically  increased the risk of 7 out of 10 of the leading causes of death.

 

In high doses, this exposure reduces life expectancy by 20 years.

 

What is this new threat?

 

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACE.

 

17,500 adults were given a questionnaire about their exposure to these events in childhood:

 

  • Physical, mental or sexual abuse
  • Physical or emotional neglect
  • Incarceration
  • Divorce or parental separation
  • Domestic violence

 

Each yes to one of those events produced one point on the ACE score.

 

They found that 67% had at least one point.

 

12.6% or 1 out of 8 had 4 points or more.

 

The higher the score, the worse the health outcome in adulthood.

 

For those with 4 or more points, their chances of COPD was 2.5 times more likely.

 

2.5 times more likely to have hepatitis.

 

4.5 times more likely to have depression.

 

12 times more likely to attempt suicide.

 

With 7 or more points, 3 times likelihood of cancer and 3.5 times more likely to have ischemic heart disease (the #1 killer).

 

According to pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, we now know how ACE affects developing bodies.

 

ACE affects the nucleus accumbens part of the brain which regulates substance dependency.

 

ACE inhibits the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for impulse control.

 

MRI scans show ACE also affects the amygdala. This is the part of the brain responsible for the fight of flight response.

 

Dr. Robert Block, former president of the American Academy of Pediatricians, says: “Adverse Childhood Experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.”

 

Children are highly sensitive because of their still developing brains.

ACE affects their immune system and their hormonal system. It even changes how DNA is read and transcribed.

 

Dr. Burke Harris indicates this cuts across all demographics.

 

But somehow most folks feel this applies to poor neighbourhoods.

 

The science tells us otherwise.

 

The study itself was done on 70% Caucasians. 70% of the study subjects were college educated.

 

This means it is you and I.

 

Little is being done, she tells us. The good news is that we have made huge progress on things like cigarette smoking, lead poisoning HIV infections and even PCBs.

 

So, there is reason to be optimistic.

 

What can you and I do?

 

I suspect it is up to each individual. We can’t wait for governmental response. Sometimes governments move at the speed of glaciers.

 

You and I can choose to use stress release protocols.

 

There are many.

 

I use Laughter Yoga, meditation, exercise and food choices among other things.

 

What are you doing to release stress from the body?

 

Here is Dr. Burke Harris’ TED talk on this:

https://www.ted.com/talks/nadine_burke_harris_how_childhood_trauma_affects_health_across_a_lifetime#t-8961

 

To Your Joy, Energy and Health,

 

 

Matti Anttila

 

Mission: To help you take shortcuts to More Joy, Energy, Health and fulfillment in life.

 

Find out How to Feel Authentic Joy, Even When Unhappy http://joyenergyandhealth.com

 

Includes: 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health delivered once a week to your inbox…until you say stop. J

 

 

Motto: To Get the Most Out of Life: Help Others Get the Most Out of Theirs.

 

Author of:

The Zen of Joy. How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness & Success. http://zenofjoy.com

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matti1946

Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/LaughterHealth

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/matti1946

 

304 – 1834C Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC, Canada

V8R 0A4. 1-484-727-5230

 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 

© Copyright 2017 Matti Anttila,

304 – 1834C Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8R 0A4

 

Welcome to our new subscribers. Think of someone you know who is interested in health, wealth and/or freedom. Invite them to subscribe to Mastery Newsletter. Just ask them to go here:

http://joyenergyandhealth.com/mastery-newsletter-sign-up-page/

 

Privacy statement: I take your privacy seriously and do not distribute your information to anyone.

 

Disclaimer: Please make your own decisions about everything. That includes investment, taxation, health and/or any other area. Seek professional assistance before attempting any of the ideas, tools and/or techniques discussed herein.

 

Any and all information provided here is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individuals are advised not to self-medicate in the presence of significant illness. Always consult with your licensed medical practitioner first before undertaking anything…be it supplements, exercise programs or other protocols. The information on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Do not construe the information provided here as authoritative health advice…or authoritative advice of any sort. All information provided or referred-to on this website is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be health, medical, financial, accounting or tax advice, nor should it be relied upon as such. Matti Anttila is not a licensed financial planner, doctor or health practitioner. If you’re not inclined to Do-It-Yourself then please, before you Do-It-To-Yourself, obtain professional advice.

Secrets to Making Spring Cleaning a Spiritual Exercise. Mastery Newsletter May 10, 2017

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When you enter your home by the front door, what is the first thing you see?

 

Does it spark joy?

 

My friend GG is a professional organizer.

 

She helps people clean out the “stuff” in their lives that doesn’t serve them anymore.

 

One professional client of hers almost turned her away at the door.

 

She was feeling overwhelmed with work and tasks at home as well.

 

She just didn’t feel she had the energy to go through all the “stuff.”

 

She had made the appointment, but…

 

GG’s winning smile did the trick and they got going.

 

By the end, the client was laughing.

 

She shared that she felt much lighter and more joyous.

 

Back to your front entranceway.

 

GG says this one tip creates joy for her every day.

 

What is the first thing you see on entering your home?

 

It is also the last thing you see when leaving.

 

My spring cleaning guideline has always been a two question affair.

 

  1. If I have not used it for a year, why do I still have it. In other words, is it USEFUL? And

 

2). If it is not useful, is it beautiful?

 

If it did not meet either of those criteria, it was eligible for tossing out, selling or giving away.

 

GG’s twist on that is: It might be beautiful, but DOES IT SPARK JOY INSIDE YOU?

 

Wow, what a revelation.

 

So she took down a picture in her entryway that was beautiful, but had some negative associations.

 

She replaced it with another picture that caused her to smile. It sparked joy!

 

Another challenge she faced is not unique.

 

I know because I have faced this in my spring cleaning sessions.

 

Another client was hanging on to dinner plates that she never used.

 

Those plates were her mother’s. Mom used them on special occasions. It was hard to let go of them because of positive associations.

 

GG offered some elegant solutions.

 

Take a picture of one of them. Frame it and put it in a place of honour in the home.

 

Or, keep one plate and place it as a memento of mom in a special place.

 

 

The reward for spring cleaning is lightness of being.

 

Just like GG’s professional woman, you may find letting go of “stuff” that is not useful and does not spark joy, you may find more joy.

 

What stops you from lightening your load?

 

 

 

 

To Your Joy, Energy and Health,

 

 

Matti Anttila

 

Mission: To help you take shortcuts to More Joy, Energy, Health and fulfillment in life.

 

Find out How to Feel Authentic Joy, Even When Unhappy http://joyenergyandhealth.com

 

Includes: 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health delivered once a week to your inbox…until you say stop. J

 

 

Motto: To Get the Most Out of Life: Help Others Get the Most Out of Theirs.

 

Author of:

The Zen of Joy. How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness & Success. http://zenofjoy.com

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matti1946

Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/LaughterHealth

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/matti1946

 

304 – 1834C Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC, Canada

V8R 0A4. 1-484-727-5230

 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 

© Copyright 2017 Matti Anttila,

304 – 1834C Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8R 0A4

 

Welcome to our new subscribers. Think of someone you know who is interested in health, wealth and/or freedom. Invite them to subscribe to Mastery Newsletter. Just ask them to go here:

http://joyenergyandhealth.com/mastery-newsletter-sign-up-page/

 

Privacy statement: I take your privacy seriously and do not distribute your information to anyone.

 

Disclaimer: Please make your own decisions about everything. That includes investment, taxation, health and/or any other area. Seek professional assistance before attempting any of the ideas, tools and/or techniques discussed herein.

 

Any and all information provided here is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individuals are advised not to self-medicate in the presence of significant illness. Always consult with your licensed medical practitioner first before undertaking anything…be it supplements, exercise programs or other protocols. The information on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Do not construe the information provided here as authoritative health advice…or authoritative advice of any sort. All information provided or referred-to on this website is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be health, medical, financial, accounting or tax advice, nor should it be relied upon as such. Matti Anttila is not a licensed financial planner, doctor or health practitioner. If you’re not inclined to Do-It-Yourself then please, before you Do-It-To-Yourself, obtain professional advice.

Turning Negatives into Positives. Mastery Newsletter May 3, 2017

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“The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…” to quote Shakespeare. We all have times/moments that test our resolve.

 

It could be physical such as injuries or illnesses. It could be emotional upsets. Arguments with spouses, bosses yelling at us and so on.

 

These can cause stress. If unresolved, that stress is unhealthy. Continuous stress means our immune system is functioning at a low level. It means also our digestion is impaired.

 

If we are not digesting properly, the nutrients in our food may not make it to the inside of the cells. Cells must receive the nutrients or we starve our energy reserves. The energy we need to enjoy life fully.

 

Much has been written about how many illnesses are stress related. Think of someone you know who succumbs to colds and flus easily.

 

How can we turn a negative event into a positive?

 

Try this.

 

 

Think of a stressful event in the last 7 days.

 

Now, cry about it, whine about it. Feel how unfair it is that this happened to you.

 

Really, truly allow yourself to fully feel how awful it is in the body. Moan, sob, let it go.

 

Here is a secret. We can’t feel boundless joy unless we also allow the painful feelings.

 

The good news is by allowing the pain to fully suffuse the body, we can allow it to pass through.

 

Then, laugh.

 

Use whatever means at your disposal for laughing.

 

Because I have been doing Laughter Yoga for years, it is much easier now. I also make it a point to laugh for a minimum of 10-15 minutes daily.

 

That’s it.

 

Feel the pain, voice it, moan, sob, cry.

 

Let it turn into laughter. Laugh for 10-15 minutes.

 

If it is a challenge, try laughing babies on the World Wide Interweb. Babies are little gurus amongst us. They know how to push our joy buttons.

 

You may consider Laughter Yoga too.

 

The first Sunday of May every year is World Laughter Day. Find one in your community.

 

Laughter Yoga clubs abound now. Over 17,000 of them in 100 countries.

 

You can find Skype laughter clubs as well.

 

You only have your pain to lose.

 

Whatever method you use, releasing stress by laughing is a time tested way to improve health.

 

What is stopping you from laughing?

 

 

 

 

 

To Your Joy, Energy and Health,

 

 

Matti

P.S. For those in my bailiwick (Victoria BC, Canada) be sure to come along for World Laughter Day Sunday:

New Laughter Technology to be Unveiled at World Laughter Day in Victoria.

https://victorialaughteryogaclub.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/new-laughter-technology-to-be-unveiled-at-world-laughter-day-victoria-laughter-news-may-2-2017/

 

 

Also in this issue:

 

Nighttime Rituals for a Better Tomorrow

The Man Who Beat the Casinos AND the Markets

Global Cooling on the Horizon?

And:

 

►BOOKS WORTH READING

►MOVIES WORTH WATCHING

►FUN

►FINAL WORD

 

 

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Quote:

The nighttime is the right time to set yourself up for a productive day. —MICHAEL HYATT

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HEALTH

 

What You Do Right Before Bed Determines How Productive and Focused You’ll Be Tomorrow

https://michaelhyatt.com/nighttime-ritual.html

 

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WEALTH

Ed Thorp: the man who beat the casinos, then the markets

https://www.ft.com/content/e7898528-e897-11e6-967b-c88452263daf

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FREEDOM

Solar activity could actually cause global cooling.

https://www.davidicke.com/article/409464/climate-change-myth-smashed-scientists-confirm-solar-activity-significant-driver-earths-climate

 

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BOOKS WORTH READING

Authobiography of a Yogi. –Yogananda

I can’t believe the number of decades it has taken for me to reread this incredible, inspirational, life-enhancing work of love from Yogananda.

I am so grateful to have it as my daily bedtime read.

 

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MOVIES WORTH WATCHING

 

I Am Not Your Guru.

 

No matter what you have heard or think you know about motivational speaker and author Tony Robbins, you may learn a lot from this Netflix documentary.

 

I have watched it three times now, made notes twice and am using the concepts, ideas and inspiration from this film.

 

Be prepared for coarse language. Despite that, it is worth the view.

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FUN

“President Trump spoke on the phone with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday amidst increased tensions on trade. I’m guessing Trump wanted to trade … faces?” –Seth Meyers

 

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FINAL WORD:

Laughter Can Help Your Health

http://www.uwhealth.org/news/laughter-can-help-your-health/45370

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To Your Joy, Energy and Health,

 

 

Matti Anttila

 

Mission: To help you take shortcuts to More Joy, Energy, Health and fulfillment in life.

 

Find out How to Feel Authentic Joy, Even When Unhappy. Click here now: http://joyenergyandhealth.com

Includes: 108 Tips for More Joy, Energy and Health delivered once a week to your inbox…until you say stop. J

 

Motto: To Get the Most Out of Life: Help Others Get the Most Out of Theirs.

 

Author of:

The Zen of Joy. How to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness & Success. http://zenofjoy.com

 

Connect with me here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matti1946

Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/LaughterHealth

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/matti1946

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© Copyright 2017 Matti Anttila,

304 – 1834C Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8R 0A4

 

Welcome to our new subscribers. Think of someone you know who is interested in health, wealth and/or freedom. Invite them to subscribe to Mastery Newsletter. Just ask them to go here:

http://joyenergyandhealth.com/mastery-newsletter-sign-up-page/

 

Privacy statement: I take your privacy seriously and do not distribute your information to anyone.

 

Disclaimer: Please make your own decisions about everything. That includes investment, taxation, health and/or any other area. Seek professional assistance before attempting any of the ideas, tools and/or techniques discussed herein.

 

Any and all information provided here is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individuals are advised not to self-medicate in the presence of significant illness. Always consult with your licensed medical practitioner first before undertaking anything…be it supplements, exercise programs or other protocols. The information on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Do not construe the information provided here as authoritative health advice…or authoritative advice of any sort. All information provided or referred-to on this website is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be health, medical, financial, accounting or tax advice, nor should it be relied upon as such. Matti Anttila is not a licensed financial planner, doctor or health practitioner. If you’re not inclined to Do-It-Yourself then please, before you Do-It-To-Yourself, obtain professional advice.

 

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