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Archive for September, 2007

The Tiger Woods mind.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 23rd September 2007

What would it take to have the calm deliberation and intention we admire in Tiger Woods? What if you could direct your emotional energy toward victory in a shooting match, rather than trying to avoid making a mistake? The mental side of sports is the number one factor in success or failure. There is now an easy new method of stress reduction and performance enhancement available.

I was an active competition shooter in the decade of the 1980’s and went to the U.S.P.S.A. Nationals 4 times, finishing in the top 50 once in Dallas. I watched the big boys shoot, took a group lesson from Ross Seyfried right after he won the I.P.S.C. World Championship and had a half-day private lesson with Chip McCormick. Like many others, I was awestruck by the performance of Brian Enos, Rob Leatham, Doug Koenig and Jerry Miculek and many others. They were in a whole other league.

Most competitors “lost their way to mediocrity” rather than rising to the occasion. Nerves did them in. They didn’t follow their plan for each stage, but got rattled as soon as something didn’t go as expected. It is clear to me that whatever the skill level, the mental side of the game is paramount. Do you agree?

There is a new technique available for getting what’s in the way out of your way. It works for golf. It works for shooting. It works for improving performance in any arena, including business performance.

I am a performance coach for small business owners and have studied personal growth and development for almost 20 years. It’s clear to me that we all have everything we need to succeed, but there are personal barriers to that success. Tiger Woods has removed his barriers while also working on improving his skills. The combination is powerful and produces success and satisfaction.

There is a new, simple method to remove stress and performance anxiety that can be done over the phone with clients in one or more 50-minute sessions, depending on the individual’s needs and desires. It isn’t cheap, but it’s very effective. The cost is $100/session and $400 for a 5 session package. There is a no-risk guarantee you can ask me about.

The first phone conversation to explain the details is complimentary. Once you learn the technique, you’ll have the ability to do it for yourself. In fact, clients practice the technique on their own between sessions to speed up the results. You can use it just before you shoot.

Once you learn the technique you can use it on your own to keep improving your shooting performance, reducing job stress, calming your kids, preparing for a special presentation at work, going to the dentist or taking on an important new challenge with less anxiety.

This is not head-shrinking and it focuses on the positive. I use it on myself daily in the shower just to create my day. My wife used it to clear a fear of drowning left over from an old incident.

Make a list for yourself of the stresses you feel when about to shoot a match, talk to the boss or tell your wife something she doesn’t want to hear. Look at the list and ask yourself if it would be worth it to cut the stress in half or even make it disappear. Stress is the number one issue in our health and well being.

I don’t need the business, so I’m just making this available to the very limited few who know this is for them. I’m happy to answer all your questions, but I don’t do “convincing.” I only want clients who make my job easy by having a strong commitment to their own success.

What would be possible for you if you had a mindset like Tiger Woods?

Rob

 

Posted in Good To Know, Inspiration, News You Can Use, Personal Interest | No Comments »

Beer Math

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 22nd September 2007

Let’s talk about tax cuts with an illustration:

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this: 

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.  
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until on day, the owner threw them a curve. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’ m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.”Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.  

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.  But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay. 

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings). 
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $50 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before.  And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

“I only got a dollar out of the $20,”declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,” but he got $10!”

“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!”

“That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”  

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him.  But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics 
University of Georgia

For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.
 

Posted in Good To Know, News You Can Use, Opinion | No Comments »

Do you need a permit?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 16th September 2007

Do you need a permit?  Not for your gun – for your camera.

You may need a permit to take a picture or video and then post it on the internet.

Did you know that the U.S. Government, state governments, county and city governments often require a permit?

Did you know there could be penalties for use for any purpose other than showing your pictures to family and friends?

Are you a professional photographer? An amateur? Do you take photographs or videos and post them on a special interest website, a photo gallery website or Youtube?

Better check this out. It’s PictureAmerica.org and it will open your eyes to yet another intrusion by government in our lives. You can help, if so inclined. Give it a quick visit.

The guy who runs the website is my brother, John Longenecker, who won an Oscar in 1971. John knows several things very well: movies, photography, legal agreements and the intrusion of government.

 

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Hey, let’s indoctrinate the kids!

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 15th September 2007

Ask a child simple questions and you’ll get simple answers.

“Should we share our toys?”

“Do you like to be safe?”

“Do you think everyone should have a chance to go to school?”

Check out these sample pages from “Why Mommy is a Democrat.”

Why not ask the kids the following:

“Wanna’ give half of your earnings to the government?”

“Wanna’ give up some of your freedom for security?”

“Do you want some bureaucrat to decide how your life should go?”

We don’t ask the latter set of questions because a child has no context for it.

Kids do want to be safe; they know they’re supposed to share, and they have an idealistic notion of what “being fair” is.

The author of “Why Mommy is a Democrat” takes advantage of children’s simple view of the world to indoctrinate them with their “mommy state” point of view of the role of government.

Did you know this was going on? It’s purely indoctrination.

Is it different from the radical jihadists indoctrinating their kids against the west, against the jews and for martyrdom beginning at the age of 3 years old?

The lefties used to wait until kids were in college. Now they’re starting early, continuing in grade school and high school, making it that much easier to influence them in college.

No one tells the kids that, “For every ‘freedom from’ you get from government, you lose a ‘freedom to.’


Mommy is a Democrat.jpg
 

 

Posted in Controversial, Good To Know, Opinion, Personal Interest | 3 Comments »

Fancy Rig

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 14th September 2007

I just shipped this rig and thought you might like to see it. It’s natural, undyed leather with a basketweave stamp. There are lots of small individual stamp impressions making up this basketweave beauty.

It’s a Tucker HF1 for a 1911, with a sweatshield, lined, a Double Angled Mag Pouch and a Combo Mag/Surefire pouch, with a Belt to match.

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Kinda wish you had one?

Posted in Comfort & Style, Tucker News You Can Use | 2 Comments »

But, Al Gore said it was true.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 13th September 2007

As I have posted before, I’m always skeptical when “everybody knows” something/anything and there is an attempt to squash dissenting opinions.

Examples – you fill in the blank:

Everyone knows the earth is ________.

Everyone knows man was not made to _________.

Everyone knows that an aircraft can’t possible break the _____ barrier.

Everyone knows the _________ is the center of the universe.

Lately, everybody knows that man is responsible for global warming, the agent is greenhouse gasses and the result will be devastation.

Well, I still say it ain’t necessarily so. So do over 500 climate scientists.

Posted in Controversial, Good To Know, News You Can Use, Opinion | 1 Comment »

Does that count?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 12th September 2007

A recent gun forum post suggested you test your holster by inserting an unloaded gun and then rolling around the floor while wildly flailing arms and legs for 30 seconds and then reaching for your gun to see if it’s still in position.

One of the responders posted the following:

“My the Answer survived a 40mph dirt bike wreck, in which I broke my foot and rolled around before coming to a stop. Gun was still holstered and in the same place as always. Does that count?”

We don’t claim a performance advantage from this event, but it certainly isn’t bad news.

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Posted in Comfort & Style, Our Raving Fans, The Answer, Tucker News You Can Use | No Comments »

Salt water as fuel?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 10th September 2007

We’ve heard some wild stories over time about potential new fuels to replace hydrocarbons and we’re still using gasoline in our cars, natural gas and coal in our powerplants and diesel in the big rigs.

John Kanzius is back in the news again. He’s a guy who accidentally found that a device he invented to kill cancer cells releases hydrogen from salt water and burns it. The Department of Energy is reported to be looking at it. Many people think this is total hogwash.

Here’s a link to the Peak Oil Forum where people are discussing this.

Here’s a link to Wikipedia on the subject and a link to a YouTube video on the story.

The device actually may have some use in killing cancer, it’s initial purpose.

What do you think about this recent story? Any aspects I missed?

It just sounds too good to be true. One guy said, if it actually is true, expect the guy to be found face down in an alley or disappear off the face of the earth. A conspiracy theory already. Wow!

Posted in Controversial, Good To Know, News You Can Use | 1 Comment »

Do you want to talk to Tucker?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 9th September 2007

Tucker and I are considering having a “Telewebinar” so you could talk to Tucker live.

The way it works is that you would receive an email invitation for a specific day and time to call in by phone or join us on a website for a moderated conversation with Tucker. When you receive the invitation, there will be an easy way to send in questions in advance.

During parts of the telewebinar, those on the phone will be invited to ask questions. Those joining online can type in questions that we’ll see immediately.

You could be both online and on the website at the same time and pick which audio you want to listen to. (There is no live video, only audio, and the telephone call would a long distance call. Being online would be completel free.)

I’d like to know if you think this is something you’d like to see us do. If so, what time of day would work for most people? Tucker prefers early evening so it won’t interfere with his work. The telewebinar would last for an hour.

Once the telewebinar is complete it will be archived with a link posted on the blog so others can listen to it in the future. If it goes well, we’ll do it again.

What do you think?

Rob

Posted in Ask The Holster Guy, Good To Know, Personal Interest, Tucker News You Can Use | 8 Comments »

The Bird Feeder

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 5th September 2007

A blogger named “Cavemom,” posted the following. I don’t know the original source, but it’s certainly a parable with an impact.

“I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it is as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table…everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be…quiet, serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now let’s see….. Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care, and free education and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegals came by the tens of thousands.  Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; your child’s 2nd grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn’t speak English.

Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to “press 1 one” to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other  than “Old Glory” are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe it’s time for the government to take down the bird feeder. If you agree, pass it on; if not, continue cleaning up the poop!”

Note from Rob: I don’t hate anyone. I do have compassion for families. It’s just that I have little compassion for our elected leaders from both political parties who have totally botched our immigration policies and failed to defend our borders.

If wisdom dictates passing a law and the law runs into emotional or greedy reasons for ignoring it, does that mean we don’t enforce it? Why do nations have borders? Why do nations vigorously defend their borders? It makes sense. Why don’t we?

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