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SEJ – Volume 4, Issue 4 – Feb 1996

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– Note to subscribers-
1) FEEDBACK (Please send us your thoughts)
2) LOL in the morning – COURT ROOM QUIPS (week 2/8)
3) Tips from the Top – S.M.A.R.T. GOALS – with Wayne Morrison
4) This week’s Review – MASTERY WRAP UP!!
5) Minestrone for the Mind – VALENTINES DAY (everyday?)
6) This week’s Topic – “ASK NOT WHAT…” – with E. Edmeades
7) The Cybergym Exercise of the Week
8 ) CONTEST “Quote of the Month”
9) REMOVE/SUBSCRIBE information
10) Advertising – SOS – Support Our Sponsors
11) SEJ On-line Information
12) Copyright © and Trademark ™ Information

Note to subscribers: This week we started the beta test of our goal setting workshop. We have sent out the instructions to the people who registered over the past 3 weeks. Over 20% of subscribers are participating in this workshop and we would like to congratulate each and every one of you!! (This week’s TIPS article will help you with the process – Thanks Wayne!) There are no spots left in this run of the test, please watch for future offers.


If you have ideas or thoughts to share with us, be it constructive criticism or worthy praise, please post a comment below.

We are considering adding a section for SEJ SUCCESS STORIES. We occasionally get FEEDBACK comments that are too long for this section so we want to create a place we can share the positive experiences that people have had in relation to their subscription to SEJ. If you have thoughts, suggestions or stories, please write to us now. (This may, to a limited extent, give you the opportunity to plug your company, products or services. However, stories sounding too much like ads will not be run.)


LOL in the morning!

This week’s Humor Topic: COURT ROOM QUIPS (Week 1/8)

Thanks to Conor from the UK for this submission:
Most language is spoken language, and most words, once they are uttered, vanish forever into the air. But such is not the case with language spoken during courtroom trials, for there exists an army of courtroom reporters whose job it is to take down and preserve every statement made during the proceedings.

Mary Louise Gilman, the venerable editor of the National Shorthand Reporter has collected many of the more hilarious courtroom bloopers in two books – Humor in the Court (1977) and More Humor in the Court, published a few months ago. From Mrs. Gilman’s two volumes, here are some of my favorite transquips, all recorded by America’s keepers of the word:

Q. Did you ever stay all night with this man in New York?
A. I refuse to answer that question.
Q. Did you ever stay all night with this man in Chicago?
A. I refuse to answer that question.
Q. Did you ever stay all night with this man in Miami?
A. No.

Q. Now, Mrs. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated?
A. By death.
Q. And by whose death was it terminated?

Q. Are you married?
A. No, I’m divorced.
Q. And what did your husband do before you divorced him?
A. A lot of things I didn’t know about.

Q. So, after the anesthesia, when you came out of it, what did you observe with respect to your scalp?
A. I didn’t see my scalp the whole time I was in the hospital.
Q. It was covered?
A. Yes, bandaged.
Q. Then, later on, what did you see?
A. I had a skin graft. My whole buttocks and leg were removed after put on top of my head.

TIPS FROM THE TOP! With Wayne R. Morrison of Pinnacle Achievements

We are now over a month into 1996. On Jan 1, many people set out to accomplish new goals, raise their standards, and achieve new levels of happiness. Reviewing and refining your goals is important, so this week I thought I would share with you the most effective technique for accomplishing goals. I use this technique exclusively with all of my clients who want to achieve their goals. I use it personally as well.

I was introduced to this technique through Dr. Tad James, who in my opinion is the most skillful individual to date in the science of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) AND Time Line Therapy ™. Using his process for goal setting, I was able to generate over $24,000 worth of contracts in consulting in 9 days. I paid off all of my financial debts within one year (the total was over $80,000), and I achieved many more as a result of this process, but to write the whole list would take up too much space, and besides, I’m just trying to peak your curiosity. Did it work?

The entire process is too long to go over in this article, but one of the keys in his process for setting goals is to do it the smart way. The smart way to set goals is to make sure that they create the correct mental pictures of what you actually want. In fact, ‘smart’ is actually an acronym – S.M.A.R.T.

The letters stand for:

S. Specific and Simple
Don’t just say you want more money, be specific about how much more money you want (i.e. $100,000 gross annual income)

While specificity is important, be careful not to muddle up the goal with too much detail. Find a good balance that is specific, while maintaining the simplicity of the picture.

M. Measurable and Meaningful to you.
If you have properly specified your goal, then it should be measurable. To check that it is measurable, ask yourself how you will know you have accomplished this goal. That answer will probably be the mark by which you will measure the goal.

Also, make sure it is meaningful to you. Never set a goal for someone else’s benefit. A good example of this would be when a child sets a goal to get a degree field that would please their mother and father, but not necessarily them. If you’re going to have a goal, it better mean something to you personally before anyone else.

A. “Achievable” and “As if now”
Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in one year, and underestimate what they can accomplish in ten years. Make sure that your goals are achievable in the specified time requirements. For example, a goal to save $15,000 in one year with an annual income of $20,000 might be a bit of a stretch. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but I would not say it is easily achievable either.

The term “As if now” means that if you are going to write your goal down as most people do, write it down in present tense. For example: “It is October 12, 1996. I am currently in Hawaii having a blast at my favorite seminar.”

R. Realistic and Responsible
I don’t necessarily think that there are unrealistic goals, but sometimes we do tend to set unrealistic deadlines. This is very similar to making your goals achievable.

Make sure you are being responsible in setting the goal, and it should be responsible in 3 areas: Responsible to yourself, responsible to others, and responsible to the planet. If it is not responsible to all of these 3 categories, then it is my feeling that it is going against the laws of the universe and nature. Please make sure you are ecological in your goals.

T. Timed and Towards what you want

Have a date! If your goal is to lose 10 pounds by next month, at an unconscious level, next month becomes this month, and the month after moves into the “next month” slot and the goal might always seem to be just out of reach. By which day specifically do you want to accomplish your goals?

The most important of all of these principles is probably stating the goal toward what you want, not away from what you don’t want. For example, “I don’t want to go in debt anymore this year” would not be a good way to phrase your goal. In fact, it makes about as much sense as driving your car by looking in the rear mirror. Yeah, it may work, but you have to go much slower, and the likelihood of you getting in wreck is increased exponentially. An eloquent and appropriate way to phrase the goal may be “It is December 31, 1996 – I have gained control of my finances, by increasing all payments to debtors by 10% and I have done so for the entire year of 1996.”

If your goals match the criteria stated above, then you have a very good shot at accomplishing them. Of course, this is only one moment of the process Dr. James has created for achieving your goals, so if you want to pursue his training’s, please do so knowing that he comes with my highest recommendation. My goal for this article is to provide you with the tools and direction to succeed in your life. I feel Tad James can be viable part of your success. His website is at the end of this journal.

So have fun setting your goals the SMART way, and until next week, take care, dare, dream, and make each day an epic adventure!

To Your Success,
Wayne R.Morrison
Pinnacle Achievements

P.S. from Eric: I also give my personal stamp of approval when it comes to Tad James and his programs.


Over the last three weeks we have reviewed each component of the Anthony Robbins MASTERY UNIVERSITY program: Life Mastery, Date With Destiny and Financial Mastery.

I would like to say that this seminar, while costing more than almost all other seminars I have attended put together, was well worth the experience. The creation of an on-going, year long program was an excellent idea. It combined the very best of summer camp, school, and vacations, with the some of the best speakers in the world. The result for me was a year of serious growth and improvement.

I have met some of my very best friends at Mastery and have continued to grow and learn with all of them on my side. Special thanks to Lisa (IL), Wayne (CA), Cathy Lee (CA), and Suzi (CAN).

We give this seminar a very high rating, and strongly recommend it to anyone who is seeking to improve the quality of any area of their lives, or lives of those around them.

All of our ratings are based on a maximum rating of 5.

Price $$$$$
Spirituality !!!!!
Relationships !!!!!
Financial !!!!!
Physical !!!!!
Fun !!!!!

At this time, Mastery University is the only seminar to have received 5/5 for all the subjects (including price )

If anyone would like more specific information about Mastery, I would be glad to get it to you. My wife and I, and our business partners, are planning to attend again this year, so we feel, “the more the merrier!”

We are not aligned or affiliated with any of the authors or speakers that we review here. We are however happy to provide information about them. ________________________________________

Minestrone for the Mind – VALENTINE’S DAY (Everyday!)

This is a poem which was sent in by an anonymous subscriber (thanks!!)


The days are short and it’s been cold in here;
We have both been hurt; even shed a tear.
Summers coming; it will be here soon;
I’ll send you flowers, perhaps a balloon.
Warm days are coming; not a moment too soon.

– It is the second month, and the fourteenth day;
– You are now as warm as a sunny day;
– I look deep in your eyes, and there I see mine,
– Our love is here now; how long will it shine?

Now each day goes by like the rest.
Summer is gone, as we fail each test.
What can we do, to make it last all year;
What can we do, to overcome the fear;
We shiver, and hide because winter is here.

– It is the second month, and the fourteenth day;
– You are now as warm as a sunny day;
– I look deep in your eyes, and there I see mine,
– Our love is here now; how long will it shine?

To make summer last; I know just what to do;
I will think of my love each time I look at you!
Summer is coming, and it is here to stay,
Exciting and new, we will make each day.
Warm days are here and they are going to stay!

– It is the second month, and the fourteenth day;
– You are always as warm as a sunny day;
– I look deep in your eyes, and there I see mine,
– Seeing each day that loving sign!

SEJ’s WORLD with Eric Edmeades


In our jobs, relationships, friendships, and the rest of our lives we often wonder what we are getting ‘out of them’.

John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” This is an extremely powerful question. It can be used for any area of your life, and in fact it can be used with regard to your whole life. Victor Frankl said, “Ask not what you can expect of life, ask what life expects of you.”

Regardless what area of your life you are asking about, the most important thing is your level of contribution.

A good example of this is employment. Many people wonder what their job will provide for them, before they decide what they can provide their employer. If you look carefully at the people you know, I am sure you will see that those who provide their employers with the most also receive the most.

Isn’t this also true of physical fitness? By nature we make demands on our bodies everyday and expect them to be met. How much does each of us give back to our bodies? What do you eat? How much exercise do you do?

This will work in all areas of your life. In fact, I believe that Isaac Newton may have made a small error because over the long haul you will get far more than you put into each area of your life. In other words, for every positive action you take, there is an equal or greater reward at sometime in the future!

So…seize the moment, and seize the day, to infinity and beyond!!
Eric Edmeades

The CYBERGYM’s Exercise of the Week

This week’s exercise is based it on the poem sent in for the “Minestrone for Mind” section.

The poem seems to describe the effect Valentine’s Day has on couples. I think, in many cases it is quite accurate.

Valentine’s Day is one of a very few days in the year when we are forced to think about the people around us, and to come with nice things to do for/with them. So, now that Feb 14 has come and gone, you can imagine what we are going to do this week…

First however, please go now and re-read the poem slowly. Let it sink in. when you are finished reading it, please come back here.

Great, as usual you will need your journal and a pen. You will also need your heart.

On a blank page, create a list of 5 people who you really care about.

Excellent, now that this list is complete… write down 2 things that you could do for each of these people this week.

You should now have a list of the 10 things you could do for the people you care about. Please write down the time and date that you will do each one. (this week)

This week will now be very rewarding for you!! (and for them!)

Remember, do this exercise because: “YOU SHOULD”

P.S. If this exercise leads you to have a positive experience that you would like to share with SEJ, please post a comment.

FEBRUARY: Quote of the Month Contest

Who said this? – We post a quote which you attempt to credit…

This month’s quote: “It is not what happens in life that makes a difference, it is what you do about it.”


Winners Announced:

NOVEMBER’S QUOTE: “Do or do not; there is no try” was said by YODA of the Star Wars movies.

November Winners: E. Ray Hales and Lisa Morgan.

Hold on tight – you will both be receiving a copy of Paul Riser’s “COUPLEHOOD”.


DECEMBER’S QUOTE: “You can get anything in life you want… If you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.” was said by Zig Ziglar and Earl Nightingale

December Winners: Neil Solomon & Bill Crawford

Hold on tight – you will both be receiving a copy of Bill Cosby’s “FATHERHOOD”.

This publication is sent out, for free, on a weekly basis. Please honour our copyright. While this publication is sent out for free, it is not intended for ‘public domain’. You may post it to any BBS’s, newsgroups or forums provided you post it unchanged including any and all advertisements. If you have any questions, please contact the editor. You may also, (and are encouraged) to manually forward it (unchanged) to people who you feel may have an interest in, or benefit from, receiving this journal.

(C) Copyright 1995- 2009, Eric Edmeades


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