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Ever have an idea, but slammed the door on it saying, “That won’t work” or “That’s crazy”? As children, we were taught and actually encouraged to be creative.

Strangely enough, as we continue through the educational process, creativity becomes discouraged. We are encouraged to “think outside of the box,” as long as we remain enclosed in a “larger box.” (By the “larger box,” I mean the box where we are not to “ rock the boat,” “question the status quo,” etc.)

This “box within a box” style of creativity continues through our working years. Many employers will say that they want their employees to be more creative, when it comes to selling products or services, finding solutions to customer’s problems or building better teams, yet many of the ideas that employees offer are shot down, faster than you can blink.

Occasionally, a good idea is let through the door, and – as the writer and inventor Arthur C. Clarke put forth – those new ideas will pass through three periods. The first being “It can’t be done.” The second, “It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing,” and the third, “I knew it was a good idea all along!” (If you’re in corporate, that should ring a bell!)

While others can slam the door on our ideas, oftentimes we do it ourselves, before anyone else has the opportunity. From negativity and self-doubt to poor planning and unrealistic time frames, we can kill our own ideas, instead of following a few steps to allow our ideas to take root and grow.

With that said, here are a few tips to help you open the door to your ideas – and let them grow:

Keep a Notebook Handy:
While this sounds elementary, have you ever had an idea and then scrambled around for a piece of paper on which to write it down? Perhaps you had an idea, thought you would remember it and then later, while trying to remember it, you couldn’t. The English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon once said, “Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” So, take a tip from Sir Bacon and write down your ideas.

Time to Contemplate:
When you can find a quiet moment, review your ideas. Let your brain chew on them, and see how you inwardly feel about your idea. Have a conversation with yourself. Ask yourself questions. Write out the pros and cons to your ideas and study them. Make sure to avoid the knee-jerk responses of negativity that can arise. (Remember a quote from Albert Einstein, “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”) View your idea with an open mind, never forgetting that (usually) if you were given the idea – you were also given the way to make it a reality.

From Idea to Reality:
If after your self-conversation, you view that your idea is viable, write down some steps that you should take to turn that idea into reality. Don’t be too specific, just a few basic steps. Picasso attested that one should have an idea of what one wanted to do, but it should be a vague idea. Look at the basic steps and choose the most logical first step and then act on it. Don’t set up time frames that will force you to move fast or deadlines that are impossible to meet. Just let your idea flow and grow on its own. As you move forward, adjust accordingly. Sometimes one idea leads to another better idea, so you dismiss the first idea and move on to the next.

What is important to remember is that when you act on your idea, you step out of the “herd mentality” that most people have. The masses have never developed or created anything. Progress happens when individuals take ideas and move on them. As a funny motivational speaker, I’ve always appreciated the wisdom of entrepreneur and author Jim Rohn who once stated, “Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.” Follow these three tips to open the door to your ideas.

A funny motivational speaker and funny motivational keynote speaker, Bob is known for his creative way of reinforcing specific points in his presentations with entertainment. Additionally, Bob is an author and syndicated writer on personal and professional development. His new Twitter site offers tweets on abundance, peace, happiness and success – go to @Abundancefaucet.

©2013 Bob Garner. All Rights Reserved. Feel free to post this article, but please use my byline and resource box. Thank you.

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How many times have you sat down on a plane and ignored the person next to you? I admit I have, but am glad that I no longer do.  What changed me was a serendipitous meeting with a chief editor from a prestigious magazine that not only provided a wonderful business opportunity, but also a new friend.

If you have ever had a serendipitous meeting with someone that benefited your life, please comment and share below in the comment section. Check out his view of our meeting in this blog: http://goo.gl/Srm0W

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Thought I would post this press release with regard to “The Hereafter Musical.” Frankie Keane and Vinnie Favale, VP of Late Night Programming CBS/David Letterman stated that I played a role in the development of the psychic character. You can check out some vids and audio from the show here – http://hereaftermusical.com/ . Its run is over, but, I understand, it may come back.

Mind Reader with Psychic Touch Inspires Character in New Off-Broadway Musical

New York, NY (March 13, 2012) – The off-Broadway production of the new musical “Hereafter,” which opens April 24th at Theatre 80 St. Marks Place in New York, pulls some of the characteristics of its medium/psychic from mentalist Bob Garner.

Frankie Keane, the co-writer of the musical along with Vinnie Favale, VP of Late Night Programming CBS/David Letterman, met Garner at a trade show 4 years ago, but her memory of that meeting remains strong. It was after watching Garner’s presentation and speaking with him that she used what she learned from Garner to eventually create the character of the show’s medium/psychic Jason. In the musical, Jason meets with 3 women who have suffered the loss of a loved one. During that visit, the women are struggling with the loss of their loved ones, yet we learn that the lost ones are also struggling with making contact with them. If the spirits make contact to bring closure to the women and ease their pain, it also means that they – the spirits – will disappear into the unknown of the hereafter. Jason struggles with having to help both the living and the dead deal with these issues.

Keane, herself, was in her words “a struggling actress,” when she met Garner. Keane was working at a medical trade show in New Orleans and while having dinner one night, struck up a conversation with a fellow diner who was attending the same show. Her fellow diner spoke about witnessing mind reader Garner at a corporation’s exhibit at the show and shared his reactions to Garner’s presentation. He talked Keane into watching Garner the next day. She did and according to Keane, it changed her life. Keane remembers, “I watched as Bob so generously took his time with all of the people who had come to see him and how each one of them had their lives forever changed that day. I had no idea how much he would impact my life, not to mention my career.”

After his presentation, Keane spoke with Garner and they exchanged business cards. Keane notes, “I kept his card always in a safe place. Little did I know, it would be Bob who would be the model for what would become such a huge part in my life.”

Keane states that many of the attributes that she contributed to the character of Jason came from meeting Garner and his ability to connect with people and share viable wisdom. Favale adds, “Every time Frankie and I would work on the character of Jason, she would refer to the encounter she had with Bob years ago and how much he impacted her life. I know that it was very important to her that our medium have some of the positive attributes she took away from meeting Bob Garner. He has truly been an inspiration.”

Garner professes not to be a psychic or a medium. Instead, he states that he is a mentalist who specializes in appearing at trade shows and speaking at meetings and events for Fortune 1000 corporations, worldwide. 

However, Garner does deliver astonishing information to those who watch him. To that Garner states, “I am, firstly, an entertainer. However, I have studied psychology, religion and spirituality and try to provide words of hope and encouragement, as well as common sense advice to those who watch my presentations. I do feel that at times, like many people, my intuition is heightened and through that I am able to provide what some consider valuable guidance.”

Judging by the remarks on Garner’s website from those who have personally seen him or have read his articles, it appears that the advice and guidance he delivers is solid and has helped people to improve their lives. In fact, many people eagerly await Garner’s free podcasts – which he dishes out when he’s not on the road – about such topics as how to diminish worry and fear, deal with stress, and realize happiness. About his advice, Keane states, ” I can only hope that many more people get to experience his selfless gift that he shared with me… and that their lives are forever changed by it, as mine has been. He is truly a gifted man.”

The musical “Hereafter” opens April 24, 2012 at Theatre 80 – St. Marks Place, New York. For information go to http://hereaftermusical.com . For information on Bob Garner or his free podcasts go to http://www.bobgarner.com and http://www.bobgarneraudio.com .

 

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I have been fascinated with the world of the paranormal since I was a child. In fact, this fascination led me to a career where I use demonstrations of mind reading and ESP in the speeches on personal/professional development that I deliver to corporate audiences, worldwide.

The story you are about to read is a true story about an encounter with a professional psychic whose lessons on achieving success changed my life.

When I was in college, way back in 1978, my major was radio/TV broadcasting. For one class, I was asked to form a crew and find someone who was “interesting” to interview.

Where I lived, the “pickings” were few. However, I finally found a professional psychic whom I thought would fit the bill of “interesting,” nicely. His name was Harold W. Hubbard and, at that time, I had no idea how much this man would influence my life.

Upon arrival, my crew and I met an impressive man. He was dressed like a regular businessman and his home was nicely decorated. He greeted us warmly and patiently answered the questions I proposed with regard to his work and life. He, also, told me some amazing things about me, which of course ignited my own interest in the paranormal.

Right before we were ready to pack up our gear and leave, I asked Mr. Hubbard one more question. “Mr. Hubbard,” I stated, “Do you have any tips on success?”

He looked at me and paused for a moment. He said that he did have a few tips for success that he would be happy to share. Here is what he told me…

Frills: Look for quality over quantity. Having quality is more important than having “quantity.”

Thrills: Be careful as to where you go, what you choose to do to, and with whom you associate.

Spills: Don’t waste any opportunities or ideas. Write down the ideas that you have so that don’t “spill” to the floor and disappear. Even if you have no plans to work on your ideas right now, write them down so that if the opportunity arises to implement your idea you’ll be ready.

Skills: Investigate the talents or skills you may need to achieve your goals and hone those skills.

Be on top of circumstances. Instead of waiting for the opportunity or circumstance to appear; create the opportunity. Decide what it is that you want to do and then work to make it happen.

After we left his office, the crew and I discussed our experience and we were all delighted as to how much we enjoyed meeting this “interesting” man and how we all felt better for having done so.

Mr. Hubbard may not have known (or did he) how his tips for success would eventually influence my life as I integrated those tips into my own journey as a successful entrepreneur. The lessons on success that this psychic taught me then are still viable today and are excellent tips for anyone who in interested in achieving success.

Considering that this all happened back in 1978, you may be asking, “How did you remember his “tips for success” after 35 years?” It was easy. I wrote those tips down on the back of his business card and that business card has sat on my office desk for 35 years and is still there today!

Bob Garner is recognized as one of the leading funny motivational speakers and trade show magicians.  He is known worldwide for his demonstrations of mind reading and ESP in his presentations to reinforce his message in an entertaining way.

©2013 Bob Garner. All Rights Reserved. You may use this article, but you must use the whole article, the byline and author resource links.

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Do you know someone who has had a near-death experience (NDE)? Many of those who have had a NDE stated seeing a tunnel with bright lights and deceased family members coming to greet them.

Many scientists play NDE events down, proposing that they are due to a lack of oxygen to the brain and usually happen just before someone loses consciousness. They point to fighter pilots who experience the same phenomena when they become unconscious due to flight acceleration, as well as the lack of being able to reproduce the near-death experience in a controlled setting.

While understanding the position of these scientists, I have always been intrigued by the stories I have heard from others about their NDEs. As a mentalist, I have studied psychology and the paranormal and have always hoped for some explanation about NDE events.  Therefore, I was stunned when I read the book, “The ESP Enigma” by Diane Hennacy Powell, MD, where she reports on a controlled experiment on NDE.

Dr. Michael Sabom is a cardiologist who conducted an experiment – with permission – on a patient who was going to have a brain operation. Under very close observation, the operation involved lowering the patient’s body temperature to 60 degrees. Her heart and breathing stopped and her brain waves stopped on the EEG. Clinically speaking, she was “brain dead.”

Additionally, to perform the operation to remove a life threatening aneurysm from the patient’s brain – which was successful – all of the blood had to be drained from her head.  Unclinically speaking – she was dead.

When she regained consciousness after the operation, she spoke of her experience and related seeing a tunnel, bright lights and her deceased family members coming to meet her.

She also reported what was said and done by the operating staff during her operation, even though her eyes were taped shut and she wore earplugs specially molded to her ears to prevent her hearing anything subconsciously. (This is referred to as an out-of-body experience or OBE.)

No heartbeat; no breathing; brain dead and no blood in her head, yet she experienced something amazing. And since she was able to relate what was going on in the operating room when she was “brain dead,” this provides an argument against scientists who feel that people experience NDEs immediately before losing consciousness. It also, in my opinion, provides an argument for those who have experienced OBEs while not being dead.

With no blood in the head and no brain waves, this patient experienced her deceased relatives coming to meet her.  It couldn’t have been in her imagination, because she didn’t have one at the time of her operation – because she was brain dead. Fascinating.

If you want to read more, pick up “The ESP Enigma – The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena.” It’s an eye-opening book and filled with well-dcoumented information.

If you have stories of your own NDE or OBE, send them along to me or comment below.

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I’ve always been fascinated with how our subconscious delivers to us specific information with regard to our current life, as well as what may occur in the future.  While surfing the net, I came across the following on Wikipedia about Heinz Pagels, a physicist known for his work on quantum mechanics and cosmology: 

“Lately I dreamed I was clutching at the face of a rock but it would not hold. Gravel gave way. I grasped for a shrub, but it pulled loose, and in cold terror I fell into the abyss… what I embody, the principle of life, cannot be destroyed … It is written into the cosmic code, the order of the universe. As I continued to fall in the dark void, embraced by the vault of the heavens, I sang to the beauty of the stars and made my peace with the darkness.” — The Cosmic Code.

Pagels wrote that in his book, “The Cosmic Code” in 1982. He died in 1988 in a mountain climbing accident. According to his obituary in “The New York Times,” Pagels stepped on a rock, which was unsteady and lost his balance. He fell, sliding down a steep slope and his body was found at the foot of a deep gorge. 

The questions that arise are many: Did Pagels, somehow, predict his own demise? Was his subconcious trying to warn him? How many times did he have this same dream? Did Pagels take this warning seriously or did he just brush it off as being nothing more than a dream? Could he have changed the tragic outcome of his death on the mountain by paying more attention to his dream?

During my presentations as a funny motivational speaker, the serious portion of my program delves into how much your subconsious mind and your thoughts affect your life. 

In my opinion, there is no doubt that Pagels was given a warning from his subconscious mind to either be more careful or to abandon his mountain climbing endeavors. That leads to another question, which can not be answered: What if Pagels would have listened?

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