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April/May MindTamers Monthly

Ahh, Spring…

Your heels click sharply on the shiny wood. No dust, no stains, just mirror sheen and deep resonance. White walls reflect all of your colors. No fingerprints, no smudges, no cobwebs, just white and clean. Fresh tickles your nose; no stale smoke, no lingering rancid oil. There is nothing like the result of Spring Cleaning.
April is the month we focused on Spring Cleaning at MindTamers. Many of you who took advantage of our programs feel just as good about the clear space you created within your own mind. You learned to let go of outdated ideas and habits that were limiting your growth. It feels good to get back to the simplicity of clean.
Others, unable to participate, wonder when they will be able to grow this way. How is it that some people always have opportunities for growth and others never do? Just lucky?

Let’s Talk About Luck…
We will explore the concept of luck 7 PM Central Daylight Time on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in a webinar entitled, “The Good Luck Prescription.” Dedicate one hour to picking up the phone and gauging your ability to get lucky in any area you choose.
If you really want to get the most out of the webinar, follow the link to register below, then take the time to write down your thoughts about the following questions before the webinar. You’ll be glad you did.
Pre-Webinar Assessment: Good Luck Prescription

1. List ten phrases or symbols that you know related to luck either good or bad.
2. What do you do when you:
find a penny?
see a black cat?
cross paths with a ladder?
spill salt?
encounter a hearse?
your ear burns?
3. At what time of day do you usually notice you are having a good or a bad one? What happens after that?
4. Do you gamble? If so, when do you choose to do so? Name three determining factors that influence your decision to gamble.
5. Name three factors that help you decide whether or not an activity is worth the risk for the following types of activities:
Physical (ex. scuba diving, bungee jumping)
Mental (ex. idea you are uncomfortable considering)
Spiritual (ex. action counter-productive to your spiritual growth)
Social (ex. activity you may be ridiculed for participation in)
Security (ex. investment decision that depletes your reserve)

You know how curious I am. If you perform this self-assessment, send me an email and let me know at lori@mindtamers.com.

Good luck!
Lori L. Barr, M.D.

Good Luck Rx Webinar
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

System Requirements: PC Based attendees require Windows 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Macintosh-based attendees require MAC OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or newer

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

In Step with Lifelong Learning

A warm blustery Austin day, I enjoy a Brazilian lunch with two individuals practiced in the art of thinking. Rodney reflects on how differently he thinks now that he is a weekly blogger. Megan, the savvy observer who has mastered the subtle art of suggestion, asks me if I blog.
I had not and am grateful to Rodney and Megan for pushing me to share my strategies for life balance on the MindTamers blogs.
I am an Austin physician (radiologist), educator, mother, and entrepreneur. I am passionate about purposeful living. If you catch me doing otherwise, please stop and remind me. My husband teaches high school science. My son is a boy scout.
Today focus on lifelong learning since many characteristics of lifelong learners are the same as those of self-motivated individuals who use all parts of their non-corporeal being and really live on purpose. Most balanced individuals I observe understand the ways the mind works and the spirit moves the body into shapes, contours and actions that either serve as a life-preserver or drag us under the chilly waves in the flow of life.
An article entitled “Education Techniques for Lifelong Learning” by Dr. Jannette Collins, a radiologist in Wisconsin appears in the medical journal, Radiographics this month.
Dr. Collins describes lifelong learning as “one of the most important competencies that people must possess”. Her article is a call to action for educators of all age students to change the way they teach. She encourages teaching methods that foster the traits, skills and learning activities necessary for lifelong learning.
What underlying traits typify those who become master learners? Dr. Collins lists 15 in her article. For this blog, I offer 10. The other five are on the MindTamers social networking site: http://mindtamers.ning.com on the blog page.
See which of the traits you breathe and become more aware of opportunities to improve the others:
  • Curious
  • Venturesome/creative
  • Innovative
  • Resourceful
  • Motivated to learn
  • Disciplined
  • Logical
  • Self-aware
  • Adaptable
  • Accountable
Talent and gifts are terms we employ when individuals are unconsciously competent about how their abilities affect their performance. All of these traits can be learned if there is enough desire and persistence.
Dr. Collins lists eight skills and seven learning activities that foster lifelong learning. Consider four skills she identifies (go to http://www.mindtamers.ning.com blog for the rest):
  • Develops & defends criteria for evaluating learning
  • Change agent
  • Shares knowledge
  • Information-seeking & retrieval skills
How does one develop such skills? Practice activities that build the skill frequently enough to create a habit in the mind. In other words, practice enough that the activity is performed without a second thought. That takes a good bit of practice. Want to guess how much? 10 times? 100 times? Usually over 1200 repetitions are necessary.
What kind of learning activities does Dr. Collins suggest? Remember, this article is written to practicing radiologists.
  • Participate in conventional learning opportunities like seminars
  • Participate in distance learning oppotunities
  • Develop new skills with experiential training
  • Volunteer to enhance leadership skills
  • Find a mentor or coach
  • Work toward an advanced degree
  • Read, reflect on reading
I am happy to report that at MindTamers we provide all of these learning activities and they are not centered around the subjects you study in school. Our programs fill in the blanks your education left out.
Starting in April, this blogger will share tips on spring cleaning for your mind so you achieve the results you desire. If dusty old habits weigh you down, spend a few minutes here every Saturday. We will whisk them away.
Lifelong leaning means to master the art of thinking. Remember Rodney and Megan? They are not so old pros. You can master this art over the course of the next eight weeks in one of our two MindTaming Principles Classes. mindtamers.com

Lori L. Barr, M. D.
Founder, MindTamers
Austin, Texas

Additional Resources:

Here is the reference for Dr. Collins’ article. You will need to contact your friendly neighborhood radiologist or medical library to download it for you for free and since I am a friendly neighborhood radiologist myself, if 100 people comment here that they would like to have access to the article, then I will obtain the permission to post it on http://www.mindtamers.ning.com our social networking website.
Collins, J, Education Techniques for Lifelong Learning, Lifelong Learning in the 21st Century and Beyond, Radiographics, 2009; 29(2): 613-622
Bolhuis, S, Toward Process-oriented Teaching for Self-directed Lifelong Learning: a Multidimensional perspective. Learn Instruct 2003; 13(3): 327-347

January/February 2009 Newsletter

Resolutions: Reality Check

Three steps make the di

January is a month when individuals resolve to change and do a better job with respect to some facet of their life. Today I want to challenge you to take one step further in this process than will most of the well-intentioned resolution makers. Let's cover three basic steps that will truly make a di
fference if you want
to make lasting changes in your results.

To begin, you must understand what is responsible for your results. What comes to mind when you ask yourself, "What is the primary factor responsible for my results?"

Write down the first answer that comes to mind. If you wrote down anything similar to "what I do is responsible for my results" or "if only (fill in the blank with any external circumstance) my results would be di
fferent" then you need to
alter your basic understanding of how we achieve the results we attain in our lives. This question is answered in almost every keynote, seminar, coaching program or consultation provided by the professionals at MindTamers.

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December 2008 Newsletter

Renewal, Readiness and Greatness

Winter is the season of renewal, where seeds and bulbs are gathering the energy and physical components that they need to burst forth in the spring with new growth and color.! Ideas are spiritual seeds and they also are gathering the energy and physical components they need to manifest in your physical world as soon as you are ready for them.!  Winter is a great time to make yourself ready.


November 2008 Newsletter

Autumn in Austin

Time to give serious thought to the years ending and to come.

Today’s empowering thoughts are taken from
As A Man Thinketh
by James Allen

"The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. Your circumstances may be uncongenial, but they shall not long remain so if you but perceive an ideal and strive to reach it. You cannot travel within and stand still without."


Now is the time to take stock of your current results and recognize that they simply reflect what you have been thinking for some time...maybe this past week, this past year or maybe your entire life. If you want to know what you have been thinking, download the FACESHAPES PDF from the following link:  
and really examine your own visage. If you don't like what you see, just remember how many times the face shape of a baby changes.  It seems to happen daily.  You can create something different for yourself at any time.  The new results will show in your face, your step, your handshake and your body.

Creation proceeds from order followed by movement. You are a creative being, so get to work on the orderly thinking part of the equation. You'll be surprised how quickly you are able to create some amazing opportunities.  Cool weather naturally encourages us to think about ourselves and our families.  Instead of hibernation, think of recreation...really look at that word..."re-creation".  Relax and get thinking!

Please note that the link above is only available for seven days.

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