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Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year 2012! Your New Life for the New Year!

Replace New Year’s Resolutions with Self-realization: Expanding your self-consciousness to understand that you have the power to choose your self-image, thoughts, plan and execute actions to achieve your goals and live successfully.

When you see yourself outside of your present circumstances from the perspective of objective reality you begin the take control over your thoughts and life. This is liberating, to break down past self-limiting and false beliefs about yourself and the world replacing it with new goals, habits and objectives.

Successful People Set Goals:

Discovering creativity: Learning how to use the creative process to reinvent you into the successful and self-actualizing man or woman that grows and changes with the upward progress of his/her success.

Design is a process whether it is the product itself, an assembly plant for Boeing or Ford, a logistical transportation system for FedEx or UPS, the architect’s plan of your dream home or the personal success plan for your life.

Personal Action Plan:

Implementation: Create a vision and mission for your life, the purpose of this blog is to discover together the success principles that ultra-successful men and women have used to become leaders in their chosen fields of endeavor.

Stephen R. Covey defined habit:
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“For our purposes, we will define a habit as the intersection of knowledge, skill and desire.

Knowledge is the theoretical paradigm, the what to do and the why. Skill is the how to do. And desire is the motivation, the want to do. In order to make something a habit in our lives, we have to have all three.” The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

By creating a personal life vision and mission, reflecting on the meaning of “success” and learning to use introspection to further develop your skills, you will realize greater understanding of both the creative and leadership process this will assist you in attaining the next level of personal achievement.” –Stephen R. Covey
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“Most people just drift through life letting other people; i.e., family members, their boss; circumstance like where they live, their job and the economy determine their life’s outcome. Extraordinary outcomes require creative vision, planning and actions congruent with one’s vision.” –Zak Klemmer

“All achievement, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” –Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Action steps:
1. Create a Vision for yourself.
2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.
3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.
4. Find mentors
5. Do it now!

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Zak Klemmer

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Dr. Maxwell Maltz, MD, FICS

 

One of the first books on self-esteem that I read many years ago was “Psycho-cybernetics and Self-Fulfillment” by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, MD, FICS. I’ve lived and learned a lot since then. One of the problems that I have experienced, learned from and have overcome (although it’s a work in progress) is looking in the rear-view mirror. Dr. Maltz was right on regarding self-acceptance and forgiveness. We deserve to live joyously and courageously working towards our purpose in life!

“Am I regularly revisiting the past to gain a true perspective and think with understanding?”

–John C Maxwell, How Successful People Think, pp. 80, Center Street ISBN 978-1-59995-168-3 http://johnmaxwellonleadership.com/

Action steps:

1. Create a Vision for yourself.

2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.

3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.

4. Find mentors

5. Do it now!

Permission to Succeed

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I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer

Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is crucial to our wellbeing, our happiness and reaching our goals in life. Our sense of self has the coding so to speak for “the map” we have in our head that tells us who we are and where we are in the world.

When a child is about two-years old he starts to be able to distinguish his needs from others, this self-consciousness or self-awareness that his identity is separate from others, and the ability to feel pride and shame.

As an example put a touch of rouse on a child’s cheek then hold up a mirror. If she touches the rouse on her own cheek, rather than the reflection in the mirror, then she has become aware that she’s the child in the mirror.

Our map (the imaginary one in our head) may no longer be serving our highest and true self. Our career, our relationships, our goals in life may be at an impasse due to our inattention or a self-image that is not what it should be. Because we have the power to choose, we can choose to change. We can create a new vision, a new map and chart our future in a different and more successful direction.

“Determine what’s in your best interests:

  • Is my thinking helping me to protect my life and health?

 

  • Will my thinking help me to achieve my short- and long-term goals?

 

  • Will my thinking best help me avoid my most undesirable conflicts with others?

 

  • Will my thinking help me feel emotionally the way I want to feel?”

 

Play to Win, by Larry Wilson, pp. 109, Bard Press

Action steps:

1. Create a Vision for yourself.

2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.

3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.

4. Find mentors

5. Do it now!

Permission to Succeed

On Sale Now! @

http://tinyurl.com/2fyhqd5

I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer

Coffee, Tea or Me?

Are Your Goals Big Enough?

The first gourmet coffee store that I had experienced was in 1971: “Coffee, Tea or Me?” located on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana California. Until then I had never had an espresso or cappuccino and only saw coffee that came out of a can. The woman who was the store’s proprietor roasted her own beans and would educate her customers about coffee while she had their attention as they were sipping their beverages. The store was wonderfully arraigned selling glassware and all things associated with brewing coffee and tea. I still remember the first variety of coffee that I had sampled: New Guiana. Many years later the first time I walked into a Starbucks store it reminded me about “Coffee, Tea or Me?”.

Word had traveled about the store, people would just walk in and take pictures without the owner’s consent so as the copy her store’s layout. As I recall, the proprietor’s husband was an engineer for an aerospace company and when he was transferred out of California she closed the business. She had the game changing business, one of the first of its kind and didn’t follow through on growing her business- but Starbucks did. Are your goals big enough?

Action steps:

1. Create a Vision for yourself.

2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.

3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.

4. Find mentors

5. Do it now!

“Motion creates the self.” –Nathaniel Branden

So get moving!

I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer

Physical Therapy

My Ordeal With Sciatica (part 4 of 4)

By Zak Klemmer

 

I had to find a substitute for taking Ibuprofen because to undergo surgery taking an NSAID drug like Ibuprofen will interfere with clotting. So I had the scripts filled and started to take those two drugs. I started to have all the side effects listed in the product disclosure.

I had the injection and afterward I had the same symptoms in both legs – I now felt numbness in both legs and feet. And I still had the back pain periodically. It was now seven months past October 2003. I felt defeated because my condition had worsened.

I had to find an answer as my memory was still fresh of having the ability of riding my bicycle 10 miles without tiring. I saw an ad for spinal decompression that was offered by another chiropractor. Since it was not covered by my insurance the expense was out of my own pocket. I had about 50 of the decompression treatments but my progress was very slow.

Now I did have excellent insurance but medical treatments under my HMO was decided by the medical group that my primary care physician belonged to. Under the insurance there was a six month waiting period to change medical groups to have the same condition covered. After I decided not to have another spinal injection I could change medical groups. During this time I came to know my father’s doctor from taking him to his appointments. I quickly learned the difference in the quality of care between the two.

I discussed my condition with my new doctor and she referred me to a physical therapist. The physical therapist taught me stretching exercises, primarily working my core: abdomen and back muscles and my legs. He advised me to join a gym so as to strengthen all the muscle groups to support my spine.

We had to put my father in a nursing home, at 96 he needed more care than I could give him at his home. Soon after I was offered a career position in Tucson, which I accepted and was then able to move back to my home in August 2005. The stretching exercises helped to improve my condition. I had fewer symptoms of numbness and the occurrence and severity lessened over time. I did procrastinate joining a gym until September of 2006. After I finally started weight training, within a few months at the gym I noticed a great improvement in my condition; I had regained strength in my legs. I could sprint across the parking lot to get out of the rain where before I had trouble walking up a 6% grade.

I have very few symptoms now as I can use a seated leg press and lift 300 pounds with my legs; I started at 90 pounds in September 2006. The bottom line is that one must take responsibility for one’s health- disinterested parties such as the medical establishment will not put your interests ahead of theirs- so you must look after your own self-interest first.

Action steps:

1. Create a Vision for yourself.

2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.

3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.

4. Find mentors

5. Do it now!

“Motion creates the self.” –Nathaniel Branden

So get moving!

 

 

I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer

Running Through Their Hoops

Sciatica Part 3

I am happy to report my physical condition is in the best shape since my initial disability due to sciatica and in some way superior as I’m at a proper weight and my exercises, stretching and weight training have improved my health. So this Thanksgiving 2010 I have much to be thankful for- now back to October 2003.

I expected that that I would get relief for the pain and my body would be back to normal in a month. I was sadly mistaken. The delay from Friday evening to Monday evening in seeing a doctor must have caused further irritation to my sciatic nerve. My doctor not writing any prescriptions took its toll on my condition, from October 20 to January 26 –in three months I had lost muscle mass in my right leg. I was in pain and had difficulty standing and walking. During this time period I was bounced around from my primary doctor to a neurologist then was sent for a MRI and back to my doctor again in January.

Then I was sent to a pain clinic and to a neurosurgeon. I didn’t make an appointment to the pain clinic but went to see the neurosurgeon. I gave this a lot of thought writing down a detailed history of my condition back to June 1998 forward. The doctor looked at my questions then told me that they were indeed excellent questions but that this was only a consultation and it would cost $1,000,000.00 to answer all my questions! Then he sent me to Centinella Hospital to get another MRI with some technical jargon why the first MRI wasn’t clear enough. I had the MRI as instructed then returned to see the brain doctor.

I had also started seeing a chiropractor in February and also purchased an inversion swing to relieve pressure on my lower back. My progress was so slow that I wondered if I would ever be able to walk briskly and run again. I would go to Hermosa Beach after work and walk on the strand listening to music and people watching. Pier Avenue is a steep slope from the beach area to Pacific Coast Highway. Climbing up this slope was very difficult.

In returning to the neurosurgeon, the first words out of the brain doctors mouth were: “I’ve got good news for you- there’s nothing wrong with your back!”

Well exxcusssssssssseeeee meeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! I was still suffering. No apologies to Steve Martin.

The brain doctor pushed me off on a pain clinic doctor so I made the appointment. At the appointment the doctor wrote two scripts, one for a muscle relaxer and another drug that is commonly given to Epileptics. We discussed having a steroid- cortisone injection into my spine. I knew that athletes had them for pain so I gave my approval.

Overcoming Adversity

My Ordeal with Sciatica

By Zak Klemmer

It started with squatting down then twisting my torso to the right as I stood up; a shooting pain in my right leg the rectus femoris muscle in a spasm and unable to stand completely upright. I went to a chiropractor expecting immediate relief to no avail. Next I drove myself to the hospital and waited in the emergency room to be seen. After what seemed to be an eternity I was seen by a doctor who prescribed Ibuprofen and two other drugs. During the next few days the muscles spasms diminished and I could stand erect again. I saw my primary care physician and he brought out a model of the lower back and explained how surgery could trim away part of the bulging disc- but then didn’t order either an MRI or any follow up on my condition. I continued with the drugs until the prescriptions ran out then continued taking Ibuprofen.

Frequently I would feel a pinch in my lower back and would have difficulty standing up. I was still taking Ibuprofen as this was the only remedy that seemed to work at least until I discovered a more permanent solution. I was 70 pounds overweight, at 5’-9” tall weighing 230 pounds. I went on the Zone Diet after seeing research author Barry Sears, PhD interviewed on television. It was a miracle as I had more energy than I could ever remember and my weight dropped off from 230 to 160. I kept a journal of everything that I ate or drank from July to November 1999. I looked better than I did in my twenties and could fit into clothes that have long since hung in my closet including my prized Bates leather jacket that I purchased at 21.

For family as well as professional reasons I moved back to Los Angeles and my new employer was only three miles from home, so I bought a 16 speed mountain bike and used it for commuting to and from the office.  My body fat percentage dropped again and I was in the best shape of my life. I felt so well that I stopped taking Ibuprofen. After about four days I experienced a sharp pain in my right hip. I was waiting to board a Southwest Airline flight at LAX.

After arriving in Tucson my wife and I went out to our favorite Japanese restaurant Mr. An’s after our meal upon arriving at my home in Tucson I experienced another severe muscle spasm due to sciatica. Here I was in severe pain on a Friday evening home with my wife for a weekend visit. Rather than going to the hospital I decided to start taking Ibuprofen at the dosage that had been prescribed by my doctor years before and wait until I returned to Los Angeles on Monday to receive treatment. This was a mistake.

On the flight to Los Angeles I thought how I was to get from LAX to my residence in Carson. I contemplated having my motorcycle towed home then taking a shuttle for my own conveyance. My Honda motorcycle was parked in a structure a block away from the airport, besides walking in pain lugging a suitcase there were two flights of stairs before I would be able to take an elevator to where my motorcycle was parked.  Then I had to ride it home knowing that if I lost traction I wouldn’t be able to lift the machine up and ride away again.

Upon arriving at the stairs I had to stop at each tread and lift my right leg up to the next higher step, a tedious and painful ordeal. I made it home without incident, now what?

This will be continued at a later post.

Action steps:

1. Create a Vision for yourself.

2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.

3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.

4. Find mentors

5. Do it now!

“Motion creates the self.” –Nathaniel Branden

So get moving!

I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer

Do It Now!

Take time for yourself away from other people, telephones, TV, radio and any distractions. Become completely detached from any negativity or pessimistic people. Find a place where you can relax and dream and plan. Use this time to start to re-program your mind, creating a new model – recreate yourself into your authentic and highest self.

NOW IS THE TIME TO THINK, ACT & SUCCEED

                      One cannot change the past

                      only your perception of

                      yourself, using emotional

                      distance and introspection

                      you can gain wisdom from 

                      experience without the

                      blame and pain.

                      Now is the time to

                      grow and change on

                      your personal pathway

                      to Success.

 

There is a syndicated cartoon Andy Capp. Andy is a lay-about Englishman who avoids work and hangs out at the local pub. Picture him at the pub again, he tells his chum that he told Flo (his wife) that he’d “flip a coin to determine if he was going to look for work today.” His buddy said: “you won on the first flip, aye?” Andy’s response was something like: “It only took me 37 times today!”

The Secret

Are you really committed to creating a visionary life of success and happiness? Success is a process- every day of your life is part of this process from the day you are born until the exact time of your passing. Make a commitment to be great- then work at the process of creating within your- self that competent and confident person.

“They needed the money; this will turn a lion into a water buffalo quicker than anything else. I believe that working to pay bills is one of the most common causes in forgetting your dream. So many people are just too tired at the end of the day to work on or even think about their dream. Too bad. Turn off the damn TV! The TV will suck your dream right into the black hole of oblivion. Refuse to veg- unless of course your dream is to become a vegetable.”

–Bob Beaudine, The Power of Who

The 24 hour news cycle is filled with accidents, tragedy, crime, clichés, political propaganda, inaccuracies and war which cannot provide an environment of seeing the world as one of success. Yet the advertisers spend millions of dollars with media companies to promote their message with the expectation that a large enough percentage viewing will become buyers of their products and services. Don’t allow negativity in the world or negative thinking people to convince you that you won’t succeed. Balderdash! It’s all up to you- your thinking, dreaming, planning and acting. Cowboy Up and take responsibility for your life- do it now!

Remember what Arnold Schwarzenegger said about becoming a success:

“It’s the same process that I used in body building, what you do is create a vision of who you want to be and then live into that picture as if it were already true.”

 

Action steps:

1. Create a Vision for yourself.

2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.

3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.

4. Find mentors

5. Do it now!

“Motion creates the self.” –Nathaniel Branden

So get moving!

I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer

Create Your Solutions

Familiarity is the strongest human instinct. What parents don’t understand about their child’s adolescence is that in the process of maturation to become a full functioning adult one must become an adult. Not only is going through puberty, which is mainly biological, but to become separate from his/her parents an individual adult with their own identity.

One of the speed bumps in growing and changing is resistance. Familiarity is such a strong instinct that it can hold an individual back from becoming all that they are capable of becoming. We can break down this process of keeping things familiar the first is generalization. We can take a situation, an experience, or an idea that an individual has had then he generalizes it and in his mind applies it to all situations- he limits his capabilities.

The English language is very complex with sound alike words with entirely different meanings; there are synonyms, antonyms and homonyms. And the spellings deviate from the phonic sounds. When I was in first grade the method of instruction was that of sight reading. The teacher would hold up a card with one word printed on it and say the word. We may have reviewed the alphabet but we were not taught the sounds of each letter hard and soft. This was confusing to me and when I compared myself to other pupils that were better readers I became frustrated because my motivation was learning to read. Then the teacher was inept on the psychology of young children putting me through several diagnostic tests because of this I assumed that there was something wrong with me. This created a map in my mind of who I was and what I was capable of – I generalized this experience and applied it to my intelligence! Yet several years later I finally was able to decode the printed word and became an excellent reader above my grade level in elementary school.

 

Deletion is when we focus on certain aspects of our experience at the expense of others. We put all of our attention at a problem and worry about the negative consequences rather than putting our mind’s attention and energy to solutions. We become the problem instead of creating a solution. Poor people see their problems as life; rich people see themselves as bigger than their problems and seek solutions.

Distortion is where we shift the meanings of things. My son Bradford is a Fine Art Photographer. He takes digital photographs then layers multiple images and distorts the image to create something new. Pessimists and optimists shift the meanings of their experiences in life to its opposite. Generalization, deletion and distortion work together in our mind to create a map of the world and our place in it. We can unshackle the chains of our self-imposed limitations and create an abundant life by understanding, thinking and changing our beliefs about ourselves.

“We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of becoming paralyzed at the thought of difficulty in every opportunity.”     –Walter E. Cole

Action steps:

1. Create a Vision for yourself.

2. Write a plan of action, prioritize.

3. Live the plan as if you have become your vision.

4. Find mentors

5. Do it now!

“Motion creates the self.” –Nathaniel Branden

So get moving!

I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer

ctrl – alt – delete

Control – Alt – Delete

Windows users are familiar with the function of hitting these three keys. Virginia Stair, a family therapist wrote that keeping things familiar is the strongest instinct of human beings. We want to change our life for the better but for many people leaving our zone of familiar surroundings and self-image is confusing and for some fearful. We make mental “maps” of how the world works and then place our self in the world; for successful people like Walt Disney, Art Linkletter, Dr. Kevin Leman and others it functions very well. When it stops serving our best interests it’s time for a tune up.  

Our personal map can be stuck on “present” in that we have become comfortable with our present circumstances we view it as what our life IS. This is an incomplete and fictitious picture of who we are and what we are capable of accomplishing in life. We can re-program our mind by changing our thoughts; reading inspirational books and informative books on topics we are interested. Next by setting goals with a longer term view in mind we can grow and change. Learning should be a lifelong process both in what we accomplish and through study.

Path

I strongly believe in the use of Mind Maps as a tool to pull out your ideas using word association and allowing your mind to respond.

Human beings generalize by applying a general rule or circumstance to our life in total. We delete thoughts and events that don’t fit into our subjective reality and distort reality to make it fit into our mental map of our world. Control our thoughts, create an Alternate course then Delete dysfunctional relationships.

I was in my 20’s and managed a ware house for Products Research Chemical, Inc. in Glendale, California. One day I needed some temporary help so we called Manpower to send a man over to help with counting and tracking of our inventory. As I watched him work I noticed that he was probably a natural left-handed person. Later in the day I saw a hand written note and that he used his right hand to scribble his message, not only that but the hand writing was atrocious it looked like he had arthritis- the writing was nearly illegible. I commented to him that I thought he was left-handed because it looked to me that his left hand was dominant. When I mentioned that his writing was illegible he told me a story. When he was a boy in grade school teachers forced the left handed students to write with their right hands!

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else- this is the greatest accomplishment.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Belief becomes behavior which creates events and relationships that turn into results. By changing our beliefs, and modifying our behavior which in turn set up new relationships and different events which then become positive results leading to self-actualization. What can I create today that empowers myself to make my life’s vision into reality?

We are the author of our own life and we have the power to make choices every day eliminating fear and limitation and create our own vision just like Arnold Schwarzenegger, to create the life of our desire.

Action steps:

Create Your Life Vision

See Yourself Living the Vision

Set Goals with steps to achieve them

Find mentors                

Learn to become competent in the vision

Do it now!

I am available for personal consultations, for an appointment you can reach me at: 520.977.0141

See you on Success Road!

Zak Klemmer