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Lean to use the vast powers of NRG to help you achieve your goals and make your life dreams come true. The same theory of associating positive experiences with positive outcomes that work to entice people to smoke, will work to entice you toward a better life.

Although there are many ways to gain energy, the type of energy or NRG needed for a continuous never-ending plan to succeed is quite unique. NRG is a combination of specific beliefs to create a specific strategy.

We can examine this by breaking the acronym NRG into: Neuro-Reasons for Growth. Together they make up the strategy, but to understand the phrase, you must first understand what each point is individually. Once you understand what they mean, you can make use of the philosophy as a whole.

Okay, let us break them down and learn what each of the three components of NRG represents.

Neuro is a word for thoughts and subjects in relation to the brain.

Reasons are the positive feel-good WHYS that are a natural part of the process.

Growth is any and everything that has to do with your success and improvement.

So to put it simply:

NRG is internally linked reasons for the brain to associate pleasure with success.

Neuro-Reasons for Growth are necessary for us to face our fears repeatedly, to train us to see striving for success as a pleasurable experience as opposed to a frightful one. What separates it from traditional motivation is that you don’t have to think about it once it (specific actions taken for success) becomes linked as a positive, pleasurable feeling.

For example, if you were to attempt a wheelie on your bicycle and you ended up crashing because of it, that kind of rejection might be enough to keep you from performing challenges in the future. You could easily associate wheelies with crashing your bicycle.

Perhaps you approach a member of the opposite sex in a nightclub and are rudely rejected. If you experienced negative emotions because of that rejection, it could create a limiting feeling of fear of failure when you attempt to approach someone in the future in the same environment. Once burned, twice shy as the old saying goes.

A popular and very challenging experience that most everyone will be able to relate to at some point in their life will be the emotional roller coaster that can arrive after a serious break up with a significant other. These feelings can often be so painful and destructive that they limit a person’s desire to seek out a future partner and/or to commit because they may have these events now linked to a past negative experience.

When you associate pain with the actions taken in the past to a particular event – such as doing a wheelie – you are creating a Neuro-Reason for NOT Growing. This is to say that if you link pain to the action taken, you avoid these actions in the future. You will have no energy to take action.

However, if you refuse to link it (negative experience) emotionally or you retrain the brain to link an opposite feeling, it will have little or no effect on your future performance. Also, you will be able to use the information to improve your skills, turning a negative into a positive.

On a sad note, this is exactly the same strategy that people use on a regular basis to pick up smoking.

I am going to diverge for a little bit to help you understand the power of internally linked associations.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately one of every five deaths (438,000 people) each year.

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many illnesses and reducing the health of smokers in general. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. So the question is:

Why do people smoke when (even when they know), it is so bad for them?

Even with an initial negative experience of coughing, bad taste, and pain to your lungs, if you associate good feelings to the negative action, you will pick up the habit and your brain will assume that smoking equals pleasure and thus you will have NRG to continue doing it.

Cigarette smoking is a result of nothing more than a conditioned response. People are often trained or conditioned to smoke. Advertising techniques are one of the main reasons that people begin to smoke. Billions of dollars are spent every year to teach you to associate good feelings to the negative habit of smoking. Have you seen an advertisement for smoking? If so, do you remember what the images were? They link smoking with sophistication, or cool behavior. Tobacco advertising has focused on making smoking glamorous. Silver screen smokers don’t help either.

Anthony Robbins, a well-known speaker in the area of personal development and psychology, said it best in his Personal Power program:

A Meeting at a Cigarette Company:

“Hey, guys, we have a problem.”

“Oh yeah, what’s that?”

“Our product stinks and it kills people.”

“Don’t worry, people are stupid. We’ll just condition them to link cigarette smoking to the things they like most.”

And there you have it, the recipe for conditioning our society to smoke, drink, and buy over-priced products they don’t need.

Ads do not show you dirty ashtrays full of discarded cancer sticks. They do not show you the dark truth of what your lungs will look like or what you are doing to the people around you.

To quit you have to get control and learn to associate PAIN to smoking and PLEASURE to not smoking. If you can’t do it for your own health, maybe you can do it for those you love and who love you.

Children who grow up with smokers take up the habit more frequently than those who grow up in a smoke-free home.

Why should we care if other people want to poison themselves?

It is a fact of life that cigarettes are bad for you, your children, and the people around you. Personally, I am too flabbergasted to understand why people smoke and am especially confused as to why they do it even after they have the knowledge of what it does to them. I realize that I will not win many votes by stating my opinions on this subject (because so many people on the planet smoke or assume it is okay), but I am simply asking for a little room to breathe.

Smokers just seem to have this belief that non-smokers should be happy with their disgusting habit and accept it as normal when it enters our environment. Is it wrong for me to prefer a meal without smoke in the room and ashtrays on the table?

Smokers seem to feel they are above the law of common courtesy when it comes to sharing a world some of us would like to keep clean. Don’t believe me; try to walk 500 feet in almost any city and tell me if you find trash left behind from smokers. Even a walk on the beach will find cigarette butts underfoot. I thought it was common knowledge not to litter. So I wager, if I were to stand in front of a group of police officers or my fellow man and throw my chewing gum wrapper onto the ground in front of them, would they consider my act one of disrespect?

If I sat down next to a smoker with a can of fart spray (this does exist) and sprayed it towards them, what type of reaction do you think I will get? I wonder if they would think I was being rude. I don’t like the smell that smokers force others to endure and that smell can travel as any passionate non-smoker will tell you. But that is an issue of distaste, what about the poisons that often come with the smell?

The CDC reports the following facts:

  • Secondhand smoke contains at least 250 chemicals known to be toxic, including more than 50 that can cause cancer.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults.
  • Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their heart disease risk by 25–30% and their lung cancer risk by 20–30%.
  • Breathing secondhand smoke has immediate harmful effects on the cardiovascular system that can increase the risk of heart attack. People who already have heart disease are at especially high risk.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure causes respiratory symptoms in children and slows their lung growth.
  • Secondhand smoke causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more frequent and severe asthma attacks in children.
  • There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure. Even brief exposure can be dangerous.

So I care because I don’t want to share in a smoker’s decision to poison their body, nor do I support their carefree attitude towards poisoning me and making me look at the remains of their filthy habit. We have enough poisons to deal with already and I don’t need others adding to my existing challenges to stay healthy.

I don’t really have a passion to stop smokers from smoking. It would be nice, but my energy is devoted towards helping people that want to help themselves. However, my concern is also a selfish one much like the argument a smoker might use to continue their habit in public. I simply prefer smoke free air. I also find it sad that items people have had in their mouth can simply be tossed onto the ground, thus littering the world.

Nicotine, an addictive drug found in cigarettes, certainly does not help and you could argue that people smoke because it is an addiction; but people are not addicted the first time they try something. And throwing trash on the ground is not a response to addiction. Neither is smoking in public or in front of children. Being rude is simply a choice.

I believe there is some truth to having an addictive personality, and it is important for us to show some control and simply adopt an identity that does not allow such habits to gain any footing.

Okay, my point here was not to rant and rave about my views on smoking and I certainly do not believe it is the end all to a good person. I know many great people that still smoke. It is a bad habit, but it does not make them a bad person. Remember, we are the combination of our habits, so there is always hope. My point in talking about smoking is to help you to understand how powerful NRG really is. Smoking, even with all its bad publicity, is still going strong. So if you can master the reasoning behind this phenomenon (NRG) then you can wield this power like a Jedi uses The Force.

It is your choice to use this power for good or for bad, and whether you know about it or not, it exists and it is what is controlling your behavior as well as providing you with the energy to act. Moreover, if you did get caught up in all the hype and suffer from the dark side of smoking, you can change. Every time you do something, it is a choice and you can choose to change.

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Are you a smoker? This would be an excellent time to challenge yourself and your commitment to a better life by quitting. If not, is there another element in your life that you could change by employing the theory of NRG?

About the Author RICK TEW

I will do the splits for you too. I provide edutainment events that help you to be a Ninja in what you do. I offer Martial Arts Therapy Retreats on Samui Island in Thailand. My unique Winjitsu Mind-Body system of coaching inspires you to BE more fulfilled and to DO more to KickStart your ideas.

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