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            Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger

     

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August 2003

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements

*  Events

*  FEATURE ARTICLE: "There Are No Problems (and No Self Sabotage)"

      by George Copsey

*  Comments & Feedback

*  Links - archives, back issues, homepage

*  Reader Questionnaire

 

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

"If you can dream, and not make dreams your master;

If you can think, and not make thoughts your aim..."

    -- Rudyard Kipling, IF

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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A reader has brought to our attention that other recipients' email

addresses appeared in the header of our last mailing, despite our

sending everyone's name as a BCC. We still don't know the reason

for this problem, but apologize to anyone discomfited. Our server

has promised better protection in future, and we hope this present

issue arrives with only one address showing. Thank you for letting us

know of any glitches.

 

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WELCOME to all new members who have joined us this month. We hope

to hear from you and to give you much food for thought. Back issues

are available upon request. Just add the month to the subject line:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=BackIssues

 

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SUBSCRIBER OR MEMBER? If you currently only subscribe to The Stream,

you can upgrade your participation in Project Renaissance to full

membership, free. Membership in Project Renaissance entitles members

to additional benefits. If you're not yet a member, please register

now, here:  http://www.winwenger.com/regmem.htm - or from link on

the homepage, http://www.winwenger.com .

 

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* Submit articles, comments or questions for possible inclusion in

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SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS:  If you have ever presented at a Project

Renaissance conference, such as the annual Double Festivals in

November, and are interested in presenting at this year's Double

Festival, please let us know of your availability. This year's

theme is "Problem-Solving in the Global Village". Email your

interest to Project Renaissance's Executive Director and Conference

Manager, Tijl Koenderink, at mailto:tijl@dare2b.nl by the end of

September, with a brief description of your proposed topic.

 

If you have not previously presented at a Project Renaissance

event but would like to, email your proposal to Win Wenger at

mailto:wwenger101@aol.com by September 30, 2003.

 

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EVENTS

 

Free monthly meetings of High Thinktank...Open to the public.

Upcounty Regional Services Center -- Room C

12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, MD.

Meetings will resume Tuesday, September 30, 2003.

Please check the Project Renaissance website calendar

for details and directions, at

http://www.winwenger.com/events.htm

 

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DOUBLE FESTIVAL XII - November 2003...

 

Plan now to treat yourself to Project Renaissance's annual double

conference on Creative Problem-Solving and Accelerated Learning:

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, November 14-16, 2003

followed by Trainer Training, November 17-18, 2003

at a private facility in Pasadena, Maryland.

 

The theme is "Problem-Solving in the Global Village".

 

Watch the website, http://www.winwenger.com/upcoming.htm

for further details.

 

 

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Feature Article:

 

                  THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS

                  (and no self-sabotage)

 

                     by George Copsey

                

 

Many "spiritual" disciplines, philosophies, teachers, and even a

few business "gurus" tell us that there are no "problems", only

opportunities and challenges.

 

The problem with this is they don't tell us HOW to develop, live

and work from that perspective in a practical way. The perspective

rings hollow and actually seems like mere wishful thinking when

things aren't going our way.

 

The question is: "How can YOU actually see, and experience, things

from that perspective? Yes, how can YOU live in a world with no

problems?

 

Think about this, for a moment.

 

What would life be like if, deep down, you really, truly believed

that nothing was a problem for you? Not just intellectually, but

really felt it on the deepest level, in your gut?

 

Notice, I'm not saying there are no problems. I'm simply saying

that developing and living from the perspective that there are no

problems is a very useful one.

 

What is it useful for?

 

Often the thing standing between people and the success they want

is unwanted problems - things they think will come before (or along

with) success.

 

I define success as the moment-to-moment experience of being in

touch with your ability to produce results, believing you can have

it all, knowing you can solve any problems that come up along the

way, being in momentum and in flow.

 

Success is not about the "evidence" -- the cars, homes, vacations

and toys -- but about us experiencing our own power, in a way that

is in line with what we value.

 

I don't believe we sabotage ourselves. Rather, it is the unwanted,

potentially unmanageable "problems" we think will come along with

what we want that slow us down.

 

It goes something like this:  While thinking about our goals, we

may say to ourselves, "Something will happen. something I won't

like or don't want... and I won't be able to handle it."

 

As humans, we typically don't like thinking we won't be able to

handle something.

 

If there's enough about what we want that we don't want, we will

tend to subtly "push away" the very success we want.

 

Example: I worked with a man who wanted greater financial success

... but didn't want to be unfaithful to his wife. He wanted to

make more money, but it seemed impossible, especially since he

felt that along with greater financial success would almost

certainly (in his mind) come greater tests of his marital

faithfulness.

 

Because he wasn't sure he could handle those additional (imagined)

temptations, he backed away from consistently taking the steps he

told himself were absolutely necessary for his success... and,

SURPRISE...

 

... success remained an illusive 'problem' for him.

 

What we need is something that develops our problem-solving skills,

so we build confidence in our ability to handle anything that comes

up, no matter what. That way, we can allow success to happen,

continuing to take the next steps, while we feel able to manage

the problems that may (emphasis: MAY) come with it.

 

Ask yourself:  How do you view problems - as occasions that remind

you that you may not be able to handle something, or as opportun-

ities to demonstrate that you can handle anything?

 

What difference do those two viewpoints make, for you?

 

As you've probably guessed, generally speaking, successful people

see problems as opportunities to continue to be successful.

 

Focusing on what you want (the basis for having more of it) is

MUCH easier when you know and view things from the perspective

that there are NO problems... And no self sabotage, either.

 

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About the Author:

 

George Copsey has been focused on living in a world with no

problems since discovering the Impossibility Transformer.

 

He has recently written the e-book, "Live In a World With No

Problems," to teach others how to dissolve their problems and

get results in the real world, in their work and life.

 

You can learn more about living in a world with no problems at:

http://www.live-in-a-world-with-no-problems.com

 

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To send feedback privately to the author, email George Copsey at

mailto:George@live-in-a-world-with-no-problems.com?subject=NoProblems

 

To send your comments about this article to The Stream, write to:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=NoProblems

 

To post your feedback or promote a discussion of this topic:

http://bbs.cartserver.com/bbs/b/7733/#PostMessage

 

 

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COMMENTS & FEEDBACK

 

Alexander I. Kovacs ( mailto:aik@alexander-kovacs.de ) writes:

 

Do we have any Image-Streamers from Japan, especially Tokyo? I'd

be interested in starting a local branch and organizing meetings.

 

I have never really gotten into ISing regularly, though I've owned

a copy of The Einstein Factor and been on the list for years now.

 

I picked up the book by lucky coincidence at a mall in Santa Monica

way back in 1996. At the time I was into Stephen R. Covey -- you

know, 7 Habits and First Things First, of which I got my fiancée

the Japanese translation but wonder if she ever read it...

 

Subsequently, I got more of Win's books and also one of those

fancy Mindmachines.

 

I do use the mindmachine, but very infrequently. Also, even though

I am an avid reader, I seem to be one of those who buy more books

than they can consume. I have an impressive library at home, but

didn't (thoroughly) read half of the books that sit on my shelves.

I do the same in my research, I have a huge pile of papers to

eventually read, but I just can't catch up. I am also very good

at planning, but seem to spend more time doing the actual planning

than carrying out the plans.

 

Now, with all these mind enhancement techniques one could spend

hours each day practicing them. But acquiring all these meta-

skills is of no avail if one doesn't spend (a proportionally

larger amount of) time applying them!

 

- aik ( mailto:aik@alexander-kovacs.de )

 

Alexander I. Kovacs is a Ph.D. student at

National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo

Homepage:  http://sis.ex.nii.ac.jp/~aik/

 

 

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LINKS

 

*  Back issues of THE STREAM by email upon request from

   mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=BackIssues

 

*  Archived copies of Capital Ideasmiths are here:

   http://www.debateit.net/projren/newsletter/index.htm

 

*  Project Renaissance homepage:  http://www.winwenger.com

 

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