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Stop Criticizing Yourself with Mark Coleman By Dr. Paula Joyce

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Stop Criticizing Yourself with Mark Coleman By Dr. Paula Joyce

Mark Coleman is the author of Make Peace with Your Mind and Awake in the Wild.  He is the founder of the Mindfulness Institute and has guided students on five continents as a corporate consultant, counselor, meditation teacher, and wilderness guide. He lives in Northern California.  Please visit him online at www.awakeinthewild.com.
Our minds tell us stuff that isn’t true. It plagues us with beliefs we got from family, school, television or magazines. We hear messages like: you aren’t very smart; you aren’t thin enough or macho enough. The range of negativity and constant bombardment is so intense that most of us believe what we hear in our heads. We live in a constant state of not feeling good enough and of being afraid to do what we really want because we just know we would fail. The truth is that all of these messages are wrong. I was working with a client this week who believed she wasn’t articulate. When we started talking about her love of art, her whole body relaxed, she leaned back in her chair and her conversation became fluid, easy and with sophisticated language and sentence structure. This was the exact opposite of what she believed to be true. We can change those messages in our heads and then change our lives. Please join us Thursday to learn how you can be free of self-criticism.

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Former special counsel to President Clinton and acclaimed expert in the field of crisis management, Lanny Davis joined The Costa Report to discuss the effect a $20 trillion deficit will have on future generations of Americans and offer advice to the next president. According to Davis, in spite of inheriting a $300 billion deficit and nationwide recession, President Clinton left office with a budget surplus.

Despite receiving criticism from both sides of the aisle at the time, Clinton pressured Congress to reduce spending while raising taxes. It was a one-two punch.

“Bill Clinton turned out to be right about the effect of raising taxes in 1992,” Davis said. “It helped the country, and I look at that history as verifying that premise.”

Davis believes Clinton’s approach will work again, but this will require the next president to raise taxes. When asked whether higher taxes will discourage investment, Davis stated that even if this is shown to be the case, taxes must still be raised “because in the long term, if we go bankrupt, the incentives or disincentives to investment don’t matter — it’s bad for the country.”

When the host of The Costa Report asked Davis whether raising the capital gains tax is the equivalent of punishing success, Davis didn’t disagree.

“Oh, it certainly feels that way to people who are successful, but this is one of those arguments that sounds right until you think it through,” he responded. “In 1935, when Franklin Roosevelt said, ‘I want young people to pay taxes to support old people,’ the young people said, ‘Why should I do that? I’m not going to pay for somebody else to be able to retire and not work.'”

Davis noted that Social Security was passed despite the opposition of most conservative Republicans, and said it’s a discussion Americans have had many times before — whenever they’ve been subjected to a tax increase.

“When the progressive income tax was introduced into our vocabulary, it meant that people earning more money would pay more taxes than people earning less. That debate meant taxing success vs. taxing lack of success,” he said. “Yes, to some degree you’re penalizing people who are successful, but that’s our social contract. That’s what’s made America great. I happen to be in the upper tier of people whose taxes will be raised, and I agree to pay more if part of that is going to be dedicated to reducing our debt.”

The blame for a national debt that continues to soar shouldn’t land on our current president, Davis said, but on the shoulders of Democrats who continue to spend as if using credit cards isn’t a moral issue.

“I have two older children and six grandchildren, and then I started all over again and have a 17-year-old and a 10-year-old,” he said. “That makes me wonder if it’s fair for me to go around the world using my credit card, using first-class airfare, first-class dinners and hotels, having a great time, then coming home and dumping all of my receipts on my son’s bed.”

To hear the full interview with Lanny Davis visit www.rebeccacosta.com

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