Friday Flash – Turbo Nuclear Amazing Aries Awesomeness! – Part 5 – Friday Flash Fiction

Turbo Nuclear Amazing Aries Awesomeness! – Part 5

Aries’s Winner DNA Exercise

Become an expert on what works and apply it to your own life. You’ll be modelling yourself on people who’ve achieved what you want. You’ll be identifying true winners, learning from them and possibly exceeding their success! Use the techniques of learning how to be successful, designing a strategy, visualising and actually feeling your success and actualising your dreams.

Now’s the time to think awesomely and seismically uber big – hit the Richter scale, baby!

  1. Make a list of the top five things you want to achieve and why. Be honest about this – don’t just put things that “would be nice to do” or “sound good” or “would make me feel important”. Focus on your burning desires, the things you are really prepared to work at to get.
  2. Think about the practical reasons and what success will mean in terms of material things, such as a bigger house, better life for your family, financial independence etc.
  3. Now think about the emotional reasons, i.e. how happy and successful you will feel, how people will respect and look up to you and so on. You are looking to capture the emotional adrenalin that will help drive you in your quest.
  4. Now make a list of people who have achieved these things. It could be one person who has achieved all five things. Or, more likely, five people who have achieved one of your desires really well and who are feted as being “best-of-breed.” For example, if one of your objectives is to be a best-selling author of fiction, look at writers whose very name is sufficient to evoke breathtaking advances and make millions tune into TV adaptations of their books.
  5. Find out everything you can about these people. Use the Internet, autobiographies and biographies, magazine articles; write to them if they are still alive. Even better, see if you can arrange to meet up with them.
  6. How did they achieve their success? How long did it take them? What lucky breaks and synchronicities did they have? Who helped them on their path? How can you learn from their successes, and how can you learn from their failures?
  7. How can you apply these lessons to your own situation?
  8. Write down the key things that determined their success. Are there factors common to each of them, such as commitment, determination and persistence? What factors are unique to them, such as having a unique idea, finding the right contacts and so on? Can you synthesise their experience to design a process for success that you can apply to your life?
  9. Now think about how you can actually improve on what they have done. How could you do this better, how can you streamline and enhance their performance? How could you measure your increased success? You are looking to model yourself on these winners to a degree, but basically to use their success as your Winner DNA. How will you feel if you actually better the achievement of the top performers in your chosen field? Remember, you should be thinking big here so engage the emotions and the imagination!
  10. You now devise a strategy for success in each of these five areas. Think about how your five goals complement each other – for example becoming a best selling author may also satisfy a goal you have for financial independence. Look at some of the success strategy exercises in this book. Write down this strategy, keep it short and sexy, and make it sound bold and exciting. Learn it by heart. Also make sure you keep it flexible to meet changing circumstances.
  11. One highly effective technique that should be done now is to write a short future autobiography from the perspective of having achieved those goals. Simply imagine you have achieved all that you want, write down how you did it and who you learned from. You don’t need to show this to anyone, unless you really want to.
  12. You are trying to imagine how you feel when you have got to that stage of success, and how you actually achieved it. Once again engage imagination and the emotions.
  13. Now run with the strategy!

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Use It Or Lose It – What Abilities Does Leo Need To Use?

Use It Or Lose It – What Abilities Does Leo Need To Use?

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Leo

Has a sunny disposition

Is optimistic

Is house-proud

Is generous

Is welcoming and hospitable

Is courageous

Exhibits self-sacrifice for the right cause or person

Is responsible

Is vivacious

Takes pride in their appearance

Takes pride in achievements

Shows open, warm-hearted friendliness

Has a loving disposition

Has a sense of dignity

Tolerates and accepts people at face value

Leo when being true to their nature is usually full of fun and confidence. They are usually a natural leader too, so if you are stuck in a support role rather than being centre stage you need to find other activities where you can be the leader. You also need plenty of praise and appreciation in order to perform at your best so identify, befriend and surround yourself with people who really do rate you as highly as you rate yourself.

When it comes to friends most of us do our best to fit in with them and sometimes (if they are underachievers) that can hold us back. We can end up in a position where we don’t want to be more successful than them in case we lose them as friends. In order to make the most of your talents be sure to upgrade your friends if they’re holding you back!

As Leo is a natural mentor it would serve you well to use those talents in order to bring some other people on. If you are good at sports you might like to do some coaching at your local sports club. You might even like to devote some more time to playing sports in order to get even fitter.

Not only does Leo like to be fit in terms of health; they like to be fit in terms of appearance as well, so be sure to use your desire to be proud of your appearance as a springboard to greater health and vitality.

Leos also love acting so making a promise to yourself that this the year that you’ll learn to act, sign up to become a film extra or join your local amateur dramatic society is a promise that you are likely to keep.

Leo is happiest when being creative so if you’re starved of opportunities to be creative make a promise to yourself to create plenty of opportunities to unleash that Leo creativity.

If we choose not to use our innate Sun sign strengths then it is not just a matter of losing them – we are likely to find ourselves expressing the more negative traits associated with our Sun sign nature, which for Leo are:

Stubbornness

Wilfulness

Contempt

Arrogance

Petulance

Sulkiness

Cold-heartedness and withdrawal when hurt

A tendency to take undue credit or to take credit for other people’s ideas

Smugness

Indifference or an uncaring attitude

Tendency to cut others down to size

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Use It Or Lose It – What Abilities Does Cancer Need To Use?

Use It Or Lose It – What Abilities Does Cancer Need To Use?

Use It – What Abilities Does Cancer Need To Use?

Cancer

Is astute

Is intuitive

Is determined

Is persistent

Is compassionate

Is kind

Is empathetic

Is protective

Is caring

Is helpful

Is domesticated

Has total recall

One thing that can hold Cancerians back is fear of failure or of things going wrong, so in order to make best use of those innate talents of yours you might want to get to grips with any fears that are holding you back and accept that often fear is just False Evidence Appearing Real. Have a quick read of the earlier posts on Negative Bias to get things in perspective. Remember that you are both intuitive and shrewd so it is unlikely that you will misread a situation if you trust yourself enough to act on your hunches. This also applies to your dealings with other people and can help you find it easier to trust people, which can hold you back when it comes to making the most of your talents.

Like Earth sign Taurus you would benefit from learning how to establish boundaries if you haven’t already done so and by taking steps to overcome shyness and develop more self-confidence. Another step that you could take to ensure that you recognise your talents and use them would be to commit to spending time with positive and uplifting people.

If we choose not to use our innate Sun sign strengths then it is not just a matter of losing them – we are likely to find ourselves expressing the more negative traits associated with our Sun sign nature, which for Cancer are:

Selfish

Manipulative

Holds on to insults

Matriarchal

Crabby

Too easily hurt

Introspective

Overpowering.

Possessive

Moody

To find out more take a look at my AstroCoaching for Cancer book – follow this link to find out more

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Use It Or Lose It – What Abilities Does Gemini Need To Use?

Use It Or Lose It – What Abilities Does Gemini Need To Use?

Use It – What Abilities Does Gemini Need To Use?

Gemini

Is curious and inquisitive

Is speedy

Is entertaining

Is charming

Is broadminded

Is open-minded

Is inventive

Is stimulating

Is versatile, flexible, adaptable

Is youthful in behaviour and outlook

Gemini people often have a natural talent for networking which is a skill that is well worth making the most of.

Although Gemini people are often regarded as superficial and unable to form lasting connections they are surprisingly empathetic. As empathy is one of those skills that one needs to develop to succeed in life those Gemini that are uncomfortable with other folk’s emotions would find getting comfortable with and developing their empathetic skills a useful Birthday Resolution to make a wise move. You could also enhance those ace communication skills by adding listening skills to your armoury if you have not already done so.

If we choose not to use our innate Sun sign strengths then it is not just a matter of losing them – we are likely to find ourselves expressing the more negative traits associated with our Sun sign nature, which for Gemini are:

Restless

Easily bored

Capricious and fickle

Gossipy

Nervous

Manipulative

Impatient and irritable

Non-committal

Dual personality

To find out more take a look at my AstroCoaching for Gemini book click on this link to find out more

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Use It Or Lose It – What Abilities Does Taurus Need To Use?

Use It Or Lose It – What Abilities Does Taurus Need To Use?

Use It – What Abilities Does Taurus Need To Use?

Taurus

Is dependable

Is loyal

Is thorough

Is cautious and conservative in outlook

Has excellent time-management skills

Is orderly

Is resourceful

Admires the talents of others and encourages them to develop and use those talents

Is calm and patient

Is gentle and placid

Is loving

Is attentive

Is artistic

Is an excellent cook

Taurus usually works steadily towards attaining any goals that they have set themselves, and usually makes sure that the goals they are working towards will satisfy them.

In terms of dealing with change; most Taurus are far better adapting to change than they give themselves credit for, so this is another skill to build on.

Most Taureans are talented dancers and singers so you could make a promise to yourself to bring out those talents. You might also decide to take up an artistic activity like sculpture, painting, working with textiles or pottery to put yourself in touch with your Venusian nature. Your artistic skills are likely to bring you great pleasure should you choose to use them.

If we choose not to use our innate Sun sign strengths then it is not just a matter of losing them – we are likely to find ourselves expressing the more negative traits associated with our Sun sign nature, which for Taurus are:

Self-indulgent

Slow-moving

Tendency to believe your way is the only way of doing things

Materialistic

Taciturn

Procrastinates due to over-lengthy deliberation

Insensitive

Easily embarrassed

To find out more take a look at my AstroCoaching for Taurus book – follow this link to find out more

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Use It Or Lose It – What Abilities Does Aries Need To Use?

Use It Or Lose It – What Abilities Does Aries Need To Use?

Use It – What Abilities Does Aries Need To Use?

Aries:

Is an energetic leader

Embraces change and challenges

Believes the best of others and takes them at face value

Is open and trusting

Will willingly assist others achieve their dreams and take pleasure in doing so.

Is fearless and will take risks that others would not dare to

Is persistent when the motivation is there though avoiding boredom can be a challenge

Defends and rescues others. Aries is noble and loyal to loved ones and friends. They will also fight for a cause that resonates with them

Is open and honest; Aries may not be the world’s greatest negotiator but their honesty ensures that people trust them

Is courageous and brave

Would lay down their life for their loved one

Is spontaneous

Is pioneering

Initiates and takes action

Is creative, enterprising and inventive

Is adaptable

Rises to and overcomes most challenges

Is great at motivating and inspiring others

This are all traits that Aries needs to keep using and building on if they are to fulfil their potential. Fortunately for Aries these are all traits and skills that are highly prized so the Ram is likely to find that they are actively encouraged to develop and use these skills.

Many of these traits and skills are rewarded quickly thereby giving the Ram the quick gratification that they desire.

If we choose not to use our innate Sun sign strengths then it is not just a matter of losing them – we are likely to find ourselves expressing the more negative traits associated with our Sun sign nature, which for Aries are:

Appalling judge of character

Boorish

Brash

Determination to be the boss

Egotistical

Impulsive and wilful

Intolerant

Jealous

Loathes being told what to do

Rarely listens

Selfish

Totally oblivious to his or her effect on others

To find out more take a look at my AstroCoaching for Aries book – click on this link to find out more

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Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Leo Flower Photo – Jacob’s Coat Photo – Friday Flower Photo

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Leo Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Jacob’s Coat

To find put more about which plants and flower belong with which Zodiac sign take a look in Zodiac Flowers – Flowers And Plants For Each Sun Sign follow this link to find out more and get your free sample

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Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Aquarius Flower Photo – Pitcher Plant Photo – Friday Flower Photo

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Aquarius Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Pitcher Plant

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Aquarius Zodiac Sign Flower Photo – Pitcher Plant

To find put more about which plants and flower belong with which Zodiac sign take a look in Zodiac Flowers – Flowers And Plants For Each Sun Sign follow this link to find out more and get your free sample

 

 

 

 

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Friday Flash – Turbo Nuclear Amazing Aries Awesomeness!- Part 4 – Friday Flash Fiction

Turbo Nuclear Amazing Aries Awesomeness! – Part 4

Fortunately for Jack he does! They arrive at Iridescent Comet, the most happening bar in San Jose. Given the spontaneous and impulsive nature of his mentor, he could just have easily ended up in a riot zone just for the hell of it. Two burly and tattooed bouncers guard the door and look menacingly at them. Aries simply glides through them as they part like the Red Sea, dragging Jack along in his wake.

“How in hell did you do that?” enquires Jack, realising even as he utters the words that he’s mentally back in his home town.

“Oh, charm, charisma, and a natural projection of authority,” croons Aries sweetly. “And I guess it may help that I own the place.”

The club has a classic industrial ambience – polished steel, lots of chrome and iron, artefacts salvaged from numerous factories around the States. It’s packed with San Jose’s finest; well-oiled lap dancers cavort sinuously and seductively; and the deafness-inducing musical entertainment is provided by a top-flight nu-metal band evidently destined for stratospheric stardom. Aries toys with the idea of becoming their manager and touring the world with them. Fun, right?

Aries shouts above the throbbing music and orders a couple of drinks. He gives his mobile number to a couple of glamorous blonde beauties before flinging himself down next to Jack. Why next rather than opposite? Well, so he can see and be seen of course!

If there’s an opportunity for action or picking up a high status mate he wants to be there first. That’s what life is about in Aries’s world, being aware of your aims in life and constantly on the lookout for opportunities to achieve them. The brat of the Zodiac is like a search-beam constantly scanning the horizon for opportunities to move onwards and upwards.

But is that all there is to winning the game of life – setting challenging, inspiring goals and taking action? And why does everything have to be done in such a rush? Are there times when its better not be an early adopter? Are there times when it’s better not to be so obviously out for yourself? Well … yes, but some of the other Zodiac mentors will tell you about that.

And now … it’s back to Aries and Jack in clubland.

“So you’re here to teach me about hitting my goals, are you?” enquires Jack, keen to get the conversation back on track.

“All hard work and seriousness makes Jack a dull boy, but fuck all that, here’s the shit you wanna hear.”

“I’m here to tell you about how to make a start – how to initiate a project and how to take action. That’s what I’m about – coming up with new ideas and getting them off the ground. I’m about rising to challenges and overcoming obstacles, about achieving the seemingly impossible. If I’m not challenged I get bored and sometimes self-destructive as my energies turn in on myself.”

“If you want to talk about maintaining progress or carrying on someone else’s work, talk to Taurus or Capricorn. They often come in and implement my ideas once I become bored. Sometimes I need them to make things happen as much as they need me to come up with the ideas in the first place.”

“So do you give up on all your goals, then?”

“Nah, I always aim to have achieved them before I get bored! Then I move on to the next challenge. Leo and Sagittarius are the same. It’s our fiery elemental nature – we light up quickly, take action and if we run out of fuel, basically our desire and motivation, we just burn out.”

“So when you suffer burn-out it’s because you’re bored, right?”

“Sure, I can always rise to the occasion when a more interesting challenge comes along. Speaking of which…did you see that blonde at the bar? Phwooar! Back in five!”

He is struggling to take this all in. Jack’s home town never presented any challenges, apart from avoiding boredom and the attentions of curtain-twitching neighbours. The band kicks off a hard-core reinterpretation of ‘Tainted Love’, as a tanned, toned and well-oiled red-haired Lap Dancer with tasselled breasts gyrates in front of the aghast Jack.

“Not from around here, are you?” she grins.

“That obvious?” stutters the lad, trying to cover his embarrassment and growing excitement.

“Just a little”, she giggles, her eyes fluttering and her lips glistening in the stroboscopic lighting. “I’m Lola. Wanna private dance with me?”

Aries bounds over and collapses into a leather chair with a huge cheesy grin all over his face. He discretely slips a $50 note into her virtually non-existent panties. As Lola gyrates towards another table, Aries flaunts a business card under Jack’s nose.

“Got that blonde’s number”, he smirks, “I just had to have it. What does that tell you about goals?”

“Fuck all!” retorts Jack, now totally out of his comfort zone, frustrated in ways he dare not admit even to himself, and rapidly coming to realise why many people find Aries so damn irritating!

“Try again!”

“I can’t be bothered,” retorts the ever-so-slightly jealous Jack. “Why don’t you tell me?”

“That tells me everything about your goals!”

“Like what?”

“Like, they’re so compelling you can’t even bother to find out how to achieve them. They’re that exciting!”

“Ok, so I have to set exciting goals – big revelation.”

Aries lights a cigarette and drains his Martini, snaps his fingers and another drink appears in due course.

“You have to set goals that pull you towards them like that woman pulled me towards her. They have to be so irresistible and compelling that there’s no alternative but to achieve them. It’s no good bullying yourself to achieve something you don”t care about or want. Even if you get it you’ll be unhappy.”

“OK, so how do I do that then?”, says Jack, cradling his Dead Guy beer.

“First of all they have to be your goals, not somebody else’s. It’s no good striving to be a doctor because your folks want you to if what you want to be is an actor. You need to set goals that fit in with who and what you are otherwise there’s no way that they’re going to pull you towards them. You need to live your life not some other mofos.”

“People sometimes tell me I’m stupid as I ‘waste’ energy chasing goals that bore me once I get them. They don’t realise I need the challenge of hitting a near impossible goal! I need to come first and I need to be seen to come first. Some of my values are initiating, creating, being challenged and competition. That’s what I base my goals on.”

Aries gulps down his newly delivered Blood-of-the-Ram cocktail (Polish Vodka straight from the freezer, Vintage Champagne, Tomato Juice and Worcestershire sauce) before elucidating.

“Let me give you a tip. Set goals that make you feel smug, that appeal to the ego. Whose gonna get excited about achieving a goal that makes them feel less of a man (or woman)? Who wants to set a goal that sees them fall in status?”

“Even those so-called gurus that prate about living the simple life do it to feel spiritually superior to the rest of us! How are you going to motivate yourself to pass your accountancy exams if you think accountants are dull? Get congruent! There’s no point fulfilling a partner’s long held desire to get into an exclusive club if you feel it’s full of wankers that you won’t like! Where’s the joy in achieving a goal like that?”

Despite his reservations, Jack nods his head sheepishly.

“Your goals need to align with your Will, which expresses who you really are and what you’re truly about as a person. Manifest your Will, and all your desires are met, because you’re in harmony with the energies of the Universe! Sure, we’re in Cali, but what I’ve said isn’t just some old New Age bullshit. Take a look at this while I go to the bar.”

Aries thrusts his mobile phone into Jack’s hand. The phone rings and starts to pulsate slightly, and he presses the receive button. A message from The Upanishads scrolls up the small screen:

“You are what your deep driving desire is.

As your desire is, so is your will.

As your will is, so is your deed.

As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

“Awesomeness”, thinks Jack, experiencing an A-ha moment, not uncommon in the presence of Aries, who is now at the bar. In spite of there being a large queue he manages to get served first. Another 10 points on the smug-meter! Don’t you just hate it when he does that?

“Where was I? Yeppers, setting goals that fit in with who you are. If you do this you free up loads of energy for achieving them in rapid time. And until you get a clear vision of who you are, it’s going to be much, much harder to set goals that satisfy.”

“But don’t you lose friends if you suddenly change into someone they’re no longer comfortable with?”

“H-e-l-l-o! Of course you’ll lose some. Others will grow with you and you’ll accumulate new ones. It’s far better to lose a few friends than to spend the rest of your life living one big lie. The only person paying the price for this is you! Why make life so damn hard? I know that life should be a challenge but at least make the challenge worth embracing.”

“You talk as if hitting my goals is purely down to me. Surely that isn’t the case?”

“You do have to take others into account. But you’ll have to use other mentors for that. Accommodating or making use of others isn’t my forte. Try Scorpio, Gemini and Aquarius for that. In fact why not try Taurus? With any luck she’s got that text message by now and should be on her way. Ah, here’s the fat old Bull now.”

A generously built, opulently dressed sensual woman in a silk suit ambles confidently towards Jack as Aries, eager to move to pastures new, departs leaving behind a parting gift. It’s the latest generation Tablet computer that most early adopters would die for, with a specially encoded message…

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Use It Or Lose It: A Guide To Understanding How To Become The Best Possible Person You Can Be

Use It Or Lose It:  A Guide To Understanding How To Become The Best Possible Person You Can Be

When it comes to the brain, there is still a lot that scientists and doctors just don’t understand.   From the delicate interplay between neurons and sections of the brain, to the culmination of freethinking and consciousness, much still remains a mystery.

One popular topic for debate, which has yet to fully be explored, is how we retain memory and abilities.  That is to say, how do we as people remember things that we have already learned, and what determines how quickly these skills come to us?  There are a number of theories on the subject, each with their own take.  One theory that borrows from an understanding of the chemistry of the brain is the “use it or lose it” theory.  Lets take a closer look and examine how this interpretation of the brain views things like physical fitness, muscle memory, and talents.

What Exactly is “Use It Or Lose It?”

The “use it or lose it” philosophy is a theory centered on how we obtain, retain, and then use information.  In particular it emphasizes the importance of using what we have.  At the heart of “use it or lose it” is practice.  Things that we practice in our day-to-day lives have a significantly higher chance of being remembered.  In addition, these things will be recalled quicker.  A talent we develop is most likely something we have spent a great deal of time on, hence its position as something we may lose.

Methodology and Reasoning

as stated previously, the theory of “use it or lose it” is a combination of how brain chemistry operates and it is borrowed from examples found in human experience.  Those people who constantly practiced their skills were found to be better able to perform them.  This included not only intellectual tasks centering on he pre-frontal cortex but also those motor skills centered in the cerebellum.  As a result, muscle memory and talents we gain will fade over time unless practice is maintained.

Scientific Explanation

Our brains are a series of neural links.  What governs our memory and thoughts are links between neurons, and electrical impulses sent between these links.  Somehow, these form memories, consciousness, and an understanding of ourselves.  By constantly practicing and using what we know, we keep sending electrical impulses through these neurons.  As a result, they are maintained, while unnecessary neurons and neural links slowly fade.

The theory of “Use it or lose it” requires the assumption that the brain, like other parts of our body and the greater natural world discard things that are not being used.  Hence, everything that we know and do not practice, recite, or use, will slowly be lost.  And, since these things form the basis of muscle memory and talents, it is best to keep practicing!

For those of you wondering where astrology comes into this, the next series of posts covers the topic of what each Zodiac sign needs to use rather than lose.

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