Don’t Let Negative Nancy Drag You Down

Not to sound negative, dude, but one of our biggest pet peeves: Negative Nancys. You know the type — they have a special knack for really dragging your party down. Bah-humbug!

They’re like vampires, and if you’re not careful, they’ll suck the mojo right out of you:

By the way, isn’t good to see Lindsey Lohan pre-rehab days? We’re still sending out positive groove vibes her way.

If you spend just 30 minutes a day watching the news, you can see that it can be a rough and tumble world out there. There’ll always be plenty of bad juju happening in the world — apparently, we’ve been on the verge of an apocalypse for centuries now.

But you know deep down inside there’s plenty of great stuff happening for homosapien man, too. It’s not all a drag.

If you plan to live your fullest potential, and live out your dreams before the final hour, than you really don’t have time to let other people’s bad vibes keep you from good mojo flow.

Learning how to shield negative people, and staying tuned in to your own positive groove force keeps our species moving forward. Life’s too short and precious to be dragged down by the Negative Nancy’s and Debbie Downers of the world.

Aaah…..Mojo — a wholly positive and beautiful thing.

Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow.

Jumpstart For Your New Gig

Things don’t always work out the way we planned — especially when it comes to work:

With the economy in the tank, and jobs drying up in certain sectors, you might be find yourself pounding the pavement looking for that next paycheck. Hopefully, you won’t have to resort to being a Dick or a Jane before you find and start your next gig before the next mortgage payment is due.

Starting a new job can be stressful for all obvious reasons in a competitive marketplace: meeting new people, adjusting to new surroundings, fear of not being able to measure up to your boss’ expectations, etc.

Don’t let your first days impression jitters keep you from making a great start:

1. Cool your jets.

2. Find your Groove Master zone.

3. Start kicking some booty.

4. Take names.

You are Spartacus.

There’s no Crying in Baseball

Bad day at the office, dear?

Didn’t get that raise you expected? Passed over for a promotion — again? Or maybe you just can’t take one more second of your yippity yappity co-worker in the next cubicle prattling on and on about her one eyed kitty’s recent spleen surgery? Is it all just enough to bring you to the brink of — dare we say it — tears?

Unless you’re working the graveyard shift at an onion packing plant, there’s no crying at work.

We’re not totally completely hard hearted chaps. We all have our sorrows and frustrations to contend with when toiling alongside other less than perfect human beings in a dog-eat-dog world. We won’t name names here, but one of our own groove masters is known to have once called another g.m. from underneath his desk crying crocodile tears into his Blackberry Pearl over a series of unfortunate events in a Board meeting which involved an ex-main squeeze who, suffice it to say, wasn’t very groovy, and succeeded in making him look pretty bad in front of the hire ups. Have mercy. Still, tre un-groovy.

Crying salty tears at the salt mines can make for a slippery slope while working your way up the hill. Don’t let your own waterworks drown you in the already stormy waters of work a day life. Put away the hankies, man up/woman up, and get a hold of yourself. There’s just no crying in baseball.

Sorry Apologies Not Accepted

You call that an apology?

This week saw the unfolding of yet another scandal involving a politician, a prostitute, and the press conference where the man caught with his pants down delivers a carefully and legally sanctioned note of contrition complete with a grossly embarassed wife standing dutifully by her man.

No offense to the First Lady of New York, but what a yawner. Just once, wouldn’t you like to see the wife totally go off on her husband in front of the cameras and lay him out flat with a mean left hook to the jaw? We would.

Honestly. No one can read the heart and mind of another man or woman, but we’re not feeling it that Mr. Governor is really sorry for breaking the law, shaming his family, or further eroding the publics’ trust in it’s elected officials.  Is it as bad as Clinton-Lewinsky? Maybe for Mr. Spitzer — he’s much less popular than Clinton, and less likely to score much sympathy from his electorate with his fake contrition. This could spell the end of Mr. Spitzer aka Elliot Ness.

We’re not looking for an ol’ Jimmy Swaggart water works moment, but we do believe that apologies should at least be — what’s the word we’re looking for here? — oh, here it is: SINCERE.

In a society where ‘I’m sorry’ is so compulsively sprinkled into the most passing interactions, we’ve forgotten what an appropriate or real apology actually feels like. Perhaps even more loathsome than the ‘let me just cover my ass sorry excuse for an apology’ variety is the compulsive apologizer.

Do you know someone who is constantly apologizing for just about every thing they do? They apologize for just about every minor thing or infraction of social grace imaginable to the point it feels like they are apologizing for breathing the same air as you, for standing on the same patch of earth as you, for just taking up any space in this world.

The ‘no apologies, no regrets’ mantra for life well lived is a worthy aspiration. Go for it!

There is a difference between offering a simple ‘excuse me, sir’ when appropriate rather than from a flurry of ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry’ in simple social discourse. Stop apologizing. Deciding to correct this particular compulsion needs no apology. For this, you won’t be sorry.

Ayn Mind-Fields

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Yeah, what she said:

In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst.

In the name of values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title.

Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads.

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.

Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.

Check your road and the nature of your battle.

The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.

But to win it requires your total dedication and a total break with the world of your past, with the doctrine that man is a sacrificial animal who exists for the pleasure of others.

Fight for the value of your person.

Fight for the virtue of your pride.

Fight for the essence of that which is man: for his sovereign rational mind.

Fight with the radiant certainty and the absolute rectitude of knowing that yours is the Mortality of Life.

— Ayn Rand

‘Nuff said.

Wide Awake in America for The Big Sleep

There’s nothing like the classics. If you’re hooked up on a platinum digital or dish package you’ve probably come across Bogart and Bacall on American Movie Classics or Turner Movie Classics every now and then. Man, just about any feature with this team meant box office dynamite. The Big Sleep is a perfect case in point. Check out this trailer with the man himself:

Perhaps the last time you caught Bogey and Bacall in black and white was on a late, late showing well past your official bed time. If so, then you’re not alone. While up watching The Big Sleep at 2 am, you’re one of many in a growing epidemic of Americans missing out on real big sleep.

So what’d ya know, Joe? American’s are not copping enough zzzzzs. According to a new report, we are so sleep deprived we’re all too tired and cranky to realize it.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With late-night TV watching, Internet surfing and other distractions, Americans are getting less and less sleep, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

And all this sleeplessness can be a nightmare for your mental and physical health, CDC experts cautioned, calling sleep loss an under-recognized public health problem.

Sleep experts say chronic sleep loss is associated with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disease, depression, cigarette smoking and excessive drinking.

The CDC surveyed 19,589 adults in four states. Ten percent reported they did not get enough sleep or rest every single day of the prior month, and 38 percent said they did not get enough in seven or more days in the prior month.

If you’re not too bleary-eyed, you’ll probably want to check out the rest of this report.

Bottomline: we need more shut eye.

Aside from the newfangled dial your sleep number mattresses, there’s certainly plenty of over the counter and prescription pharmaceuticals available to help move you past counting sheep. One in particular will not only help you get some sleep but for a little bonus might also help you to get up in the middle of the night, and start doing some laundry or start cooking and eating a whole cookie dough rolls or take a drive up the block — all while asleep. Hmm.

There is a much better — and safer — way to start getting your recommended nightly dose of 8-9 hours of deep sleep.

If you’re catching up to this entry from your wireless laptop or iPhone while in bed and planning to eventually fall asleep during a midnight showing of the Maltese Falcon, shame on you. Bogey deserves better.

Wake up, America! Start getting some real big sleep!

Gettin’ Your Mojo On

Now that we’re well past the flurry of Valentine’s Day, prick up your ears for the BIG talk, Romeo…and, yes you too, Juliet.

There’s a lot of confusion out there on the streets about what the birds and the bees are all about, and it’s time to set the record straight. Because you are an upstanding gent or lady, you already know that sex can mean more than about just hooking up and getting off with that special someone. Even the most cocky player can be thrown for a loop about what’s real and not so real in the toss and turn of getting it on. Remember this scene from When Harry Met Sally?

Ouch.

Authentically connecting with the one you love is one of life’s supreme pleasures and gifts. Sexual health and healing are supremely important.  However, these days their importance seems reduced to 30 second promo spots or e-mail spams pushing erectile dysfunction pharmaceutical relief. Being able to get it up and keep it up is a good start, but that’ll only get you so far. It’s what’s happening in your head (the one on your shoulders) that makes all the difference in enjoying a healthy sex life.

Sexual performance anxiety is not an uncommon occurrence when trying to connect with the one you love. Sometimes even the thought of performing well can keep you from performing well. It’s a vicious cycle that can keep you grinding your way through stuck in first gear.

Get out of the grind, and get into the groove.

Sexual-hypnosis has helped many a Romeo and Juliet to rocket their bedroom performance. It’s the ultimate in adult hypnosis.