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The 4 pillars of reaching any goal

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The 4 pillars of reaching any goal
By Douglas Vermeeren

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I am a firm believer that a goal that is well articulated is the first and most important step to achieving your goals. In fact, a mantra often repeated at my seminars is that, “a goal that is specific and clear, becomes attainable and near.” However after conducted extensive interviews and research into the lives of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers the description is not only the first step. It’s also where most people stop.

My research has determined that in order for a goal to be achieved there are 4 other essential factors that must be included with the description in order to make it achievable.

Naturally I am assuming that you are already committed to the goal and your reasons why you want that goal are big enough for you personally. The idea that you have to be it before can have it is also true. But I don’t believe you have to be it in order to start going after it. What you will become will take place during the pursuit of the goal. Perfectionists need not apply.

So here are the four things that I have seen consistently repeated among top achievers when they set and achieve their goals. (And naturally I see people struggle all the time when they are missing one of these things.) Consider these four elements like legs on a table. Without all four the table isn’t able to stand properly.

1)Strategies & techniques
All goals require you to learn and employ techniques and strategies that are specific to that goal. You will need to gain that specialized knowledge and skill set that will enable you to effective accomplish the goal.

thOne of my original success interviews was former NHL player and Hockey Night in Canada TV host Kelly Hrudey. When Kelly was a boy he was discouraged because he was not that great of a hockey player. He wanted to measure up to the others so bad that he dedicated hours and hours of practice to learn the art of goaltending. As a boy these skills did not come easy but after years of practice and practice he began to surpass the others around him. Getting to playing professional hockey is very competitive. The Huffington post did a study on how hard it is to make it into the NHL. They found that only 0.16 of the hockey players who had NHL dreams ever made it into the league and only 0.02 percent will ever be able to make a career out of Hockey.

kellyhrudeyKelly gained the skills to the level that not only did he get drafted into the NHL but he played for several teams, the New york Islanders, the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks. He learned the game so well that he is now a TV commentator on Sportsnet.

It’s not enough to just have the dream or even the belief that you can achieve your goal. You must gain the skills too.

2) Effort
All goals require new habits and a rearranging of priorities. If it was something that was already part of your everyday life you would have accomplished it already. One of the challenges most people experience when pursuing a major goal is that they are often surprised at the amount of hard work or effort. The hours can be long and the investment of effort, resources and even money can be extensive.

Recently I met with a new realtor who had set a goal to become on of the top agents in his city. As he studied those in his area who were consider the top agents he was immediately startled at the hourly commitments that these individuals were putting into their business. He was also astonished at how much they invested in marketing. Determined to reach his goal to be among them he began to move forward with the same fierceness. While he is not yet considered the top in his town he is definitely on his way there. Recognize that effort will be required and if you want to rise above everybody else you have got to be willing to do more than anyone else.

3) Perseverance
Even if you gain the skills and put in effort getting to most high level goals require perseverance over time. Perseverance however means more than just continuing and putting in your time. It also means hanging in there when things get difficult and maybe even appear hopeless. Everyone has heard the story of all the challenges that Edison had working with the lightbulb. It is said that he failed more than 10,000 times before he found a way to stabilize the filament. While that may or may not have been the case there are countless examples of obstacles that all top achievers have experienced.

These challenges are not just experienced by those in our history books. Challenges will always be present when you are stretching to reach new endeavors. You may experience personal learning curves you as you struggle to apply new ideas and concepts. You may experience moments of doubt that come through your own feelings or from those close to you. You may experience resistance from customers who are unsure of your offering. You may even experience conflict with competition as they try to keep you out of their business. All of these obstacles and more will try you to the core to see how bad you really want what your trying for.

Morris-GoodmanSeveral courageous people come to my mind when it comes to perseverance. One that is worth mentioning here is my friend Morris Goodman. Some of you may have seen him in the hit movie The Secret or my film The Opus. Morris had been a successful insurance broker and decides to buy himself a small airplane. One his very first solo flight he had a power failure and crashes the plane into some power lines. As a result of the accident he broke his neck and crushed his spinal cord. He immediately lost all ability to perform every single bodily function except blinking his eyes. The doctors doubted that he would even survive…but somehow he did.

Through a code of blinking and using a chart to identify letters on a chart Morris spelled out that he would walk again. The doctors doubted it would ever happen. He then surprised them even further by saying he would walk again by Christmas. No only did the doctors doubt but they even suggested he was dilusional.

This is where the lesson in perseverance appears. Morris began little by little to work on whatever muscles he could get to respond. There were days it was painful. There were days when it appeared that no progress occurred. There were discouraging days when he felt like quitting. But he didn’t. Overtime muscles began to respond and remember. He worked and worked hard. He never gave up.

Then came Christmas and although he wasn’t fully walking Morris did walk those steps out the front door of the hospital as promised. Today he still struggles and things aren’t back to normal. they probably never will be. But he continues to persevere he is still setting and achieving goals today.

4) Support
The things that I find most people seem to forget in trying to achieve their goals is that they are never alone. Mount Everest has never been climbed by a single individual without a team and the same is true of big goals in real life. All major and massive things require support. It is important when you set out to achieve your biggest goals that you also recognize that support and help is available to you too. And the amazing thing is that this help is far more accessible than most people believe.

The first step to acquiring help to get to your goals comes from being extremely clear about your mission and what you a re trying to achieve. If you know how to articulate your mission clearly and sustinctly you can ask for help from others in a way that they can say yes.

In my own personal life I have been consistently surprised at how many people are willing to help you solve problems and get to your goals. When I created my first film The Opus there were many new challenges to overcome. many people thought that I had bit off far more than I could chew. Especially when I expressed who I wanted involved and the scope of the project. But there were those that believed in me and my mission. I’ll never forget specifically how supportive Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen were when it came to shooting the film. They made themselves very available in the midst of a busy conference. Joe Vitale wrote amazing blogs posts promoting the film and sent out notices through his network. Marci Shimoff came and spoke for us at our premiere launch and helped get the word out. John Demartini has promoted the film actively around the world and has since appeared in two other of my films. There were so many others that helped as well that I wish I could name. But as I think back about how the help was able to arrive it was all connected to my ability to articulate when support I needed.

Great things are always built by synergy rather than selfishness. Too often those who fail to get to their goals fail because they are trying to hang onto all the praise, money, opportunity or power. There is truth to the old saying that says it’s amazing what can be accomplished when we don’t care who gets the credit.

No matter what your goals are the above 4 pillars will help you. Consider them carefully and explore how you can implement them more directly in your pursuit of your goal and you will achieve success.

 

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The Importance of reading Great Books!

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The importance of reading great books!
By Douglas Vermeeren

Often people ask me what’s the one single thing that they could do to elevate their mindset, inject new and effective ideas into their business and increase their ability to get to their most important goals. The answer is really simple read more great books.

As I interviewed and conducted research into more than 400 of the worlds top achievers one of the biggest common attributes among them was that they were avid readers of great books. They recognized the importance of learning and made every effort to do so. I want to clarify that it wasn’t just a matter of reading anything – they specifically chose good books that would lift them higher. As every moment of your day is precious you must also chose your reading the same way.

I need to clarify I am not against reading for entertainment. There are some amazing and brilliant stories. But the kind of reading I am talking about is what I saw first hand develop people into leaders. The sections at the bookstore that they frequent most are business, self-help, economics and biography. I have tried to do the same. What you fill your mind with most determines what you will think about most. What you think about most determines what you feel about and decide to take action on. When you fill your mind with powerful strategies you are no longer acting haphazardly to create results. You actually have strategies that work and will get you what you are looking for.

The bottom line is that if you don’t know how to do a thing you can learn it from books.

A second highly valuable side effect of reading books from the best minds available is that in a sense they become your teachers, mentors and even peers. You may heard it said that you become like those you spend time with. Each page you spend in a book with an expert gives you a deeper relationship with them. Their thoughts become synergized with yours and new results are created altogether.

In conducting my interviews with the worlds top achievers I tried to read books these individuals had written before I met them. This also gave me great insight into what I need to learn from them when we had a chance to spend face to face time in real life. Many of the success strategies they had written about in their books I was able to learn even deeper when I saw how they implemented the strategy in real life.

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Books also have a power and magic that videos and audios can’t capture. The learning style of reading is altogether different than just watching a video or learning. Watching and learning have great merit as well. But in a book a reader can progress at their own pace, take notes, annotate and allow the physical written word to imprint in their mind. Studies have demonstrated that the power of recall is often more powerful with information that is read versus information that is watched or heard.

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Reading also allows you to pick up the pace when learning. You can progress at whatever speed you choose and you can even jump to things that you want to learn immediately. When I first started in personal development I tried to get my hands on and red everything I could get my hands on. In the short space of three months I once read just over 100 books. That was a little over one a day. I started early in the day and read through the day every chance I got and then read into the night. It was a push to do it and I certainly don’t run at that pace now. In fact, instead of trying to get through books quickly I have actually tried the reverse. I go slow and aim not for page count but for pay understanding. Recently I even decided to read a book three times in a row before putting it back on the book shelf. Speed isn’t the goal. Comprehension and implementation is.

As I mentioned reading great books was a common attribute of all the top achievers I encountered and that fact alone should convince you to get reading more. What you learn determines what you can earn. And great books are the best place to start.
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Douglas Vermeeren on In HollyWood Magazine

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Douglas Vermeeren featured on the cover of In Hollywood Magazine
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Douglas Vermeeren is not your ordinary filmmaker. Over the last decade he has directed and produced three of the most influential personal development movies.

His first film The Opus came out in 2008 and featured several of the top personal development leaders to answer the question of how to take the vision of what you want for your life and build it into a workable plan and then create it as a reality in your life. The film came out hot on the heels of the groundbreaking movie The Secret and featured many of the same cast answering questions many were felt unanswered in The Secret. The Opus was translated into more than 23 languages worldwide and has been rated among the top 5 most influential personal development films of all time.

His second film The Gratitude Experiment explored the relationship between the power of gratitude and tangible appearance of positive outcomes in reality. This film also featured many of the top thought leaders in personal development of today. The film attained theatrical release in many territories and secured Vermeeren a position as one of the top inspirational directors in the genre. As a result of the success behind The Gratitude Experiment Vermeeren also became a regular in the media talking about the power of Gratitude and the direction of inspirational media.

Recently his latest film The Treasure Map was released to great critical success. The film has had theatrical release in many locations including the United Kingdom. The film explores the abundance mindset and explores the exact actions that are used today to create wealth and abundance. Vermeeren has proven that in addition to creating powerful life changing films that he is indeed a trend setter in the content that is appearing in this genre. The Treasure Map is still making the rounds through many art house cinemas and special exclusive screenings through out the US, Canada, UK and Australia.

While Vermeeren claims that he is far from complete in what he wants to create in this genre his next project is taking a gigantic leap into something very different. For his next film Vermeeren has announced that he will be going to camera on a narrative feature in May. That feature will be anything but inspirational. It will be a zombie movie. Fans and critics alike are stunned at this change in direction and are eagerly awaiting what the results will be.

This new film titled Creepy Zombies is slated to have an October release and will have a limited theatrical release. For more information on this newest project go to http://www.CreepyZombies.com for more information on Douglas Vermeeren go to http://www.DouglasVermeeren.com

The Speakers Secret Weapon: High Profit Speaker

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Speaker_Training_Systems copy 2The Speakers Secret Weapon: High Profit Speaker
By Terri McCoullough

Are you a professional speaker? If you are then you understand some of the challenges that the speaking business can present. How can you find more stages to present on? How can you grow your brand and establish yourself as an expert? How can you create products, workshops and seminars that people will buy? And then there’s the question that seems to challenge eery speaker in the business – How can you sell it more successful from the stage?

If these are questions that you’ve wondered about then you’ll be glad to hear about High Profit Speaker. Speakers who have been through the program are calling it their secret weapon.

High Profit Speaker is a training organization focused on giving speakers the business tools they need to succeed. Unlike other speaker training program it does not focus exclusively on delivery from the stage or development of content. While it does help with those things it assumes that you already have a pretty good handle on your areas of expertise. What it focuses on are the things that most programs leave out – the business. High Profit Speaker helps speakers create effective business models, sales funnels, conversion systems, attract more media and PR, creating product that sells easily and then teaches you multiple effective systems for selling from the stage stress free and with ease.

The founder of High Profit Speaker, Douglas Vermeeren has quite an impressive track record. As a speaker he was able to earn more than 1.6 Million dollars in his first 6 months as a speaker. He was able to create relationships with top speakers like Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Joe Vitale, John Demartini, Marcie Shimoff, Bob Doyle, Marie Diamond, Morris Goodman, John Gray, Loral Langemiere, Marshall Sylver, Randy Gage, Raymond Aaron and many others to create 3 hit personal development films. (The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment and The Treasure Map.) One of which is now available in 23 languages worldwide through Random House. He has co-authored 3 books in the Guerrilla Marketing series with Jay Conrad Levinson and recently finished a book for the Dummies Series. He is also a sought after media expert and arguably the most featured personal development on Television today. He has shared the stage with nearly every major speaker in the world and has spoken on nearly every continent on the globe.

Now why would you need to know all this? Because the majority of the trainings for High Profit Speaker are taught by Vermeeren himself. If you want to learn how to do the kinds of things that he has done in his speaking career then it makes sense to go to the source.

As a resource for speakers the company High Profit Speaker has consistently been rated as the top resource available today. Vermeeren was also invited by the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers to present his tools at the CAPS national conference in Halifax his very first year as a member. This is astounding considering many seasoned speakers never receive such an invite.

The speaking business is not an easy industry to be involved in. It is competitive and moves at a very fast pace. If you are looking to succeed it makes sense to find a partner who can help take you to highest levels in the shortest period time. If you are ready to become a speaker with a thriving successful business then you need this secret weapon. If you are ready to take your career to the next level then look no further than High Profit Speaker.

For More information go to: http://www.HighProfitSpeaker.com

Powerful Thinking Powerful Results – New Website now LIVE!

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Powerful Thinking Powerful Results

Powerful Thinking Powerful Results

Powerful Thinking Powerful Results – New Website now LIVE!

The new Website for the TV show Powerful Thinking Powerful Results is now live. The Television show Powerful Thinking Powerful Results is focused on exploring insights into the psychology of success and how to harness the power of thought to create better outcomes in the real world.

The show is hosted by Douglas Vermeeren, a top personal development teacher often thought of as the modern day Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow rich) for  his research into the lives of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers. His research differs from Hills in that Vermeerens research focused on understanding the achievers cognitive reasoning rather than external behaviours. Vermeeren also explored a wide range of industries and business models that did not exist in Napoleon Hills day. Vermeeren has shared the findings from his research in several books, movies and at live training events.  Vermeeren is probably best known as the producer behind the Hit film ‘The Opus’ featuring many other top personal development teachers like Jack Canfield, Dr. John Demartini, Dr. Joe Vitale, Marci Shimoff, Mark Victor Hansen, Bob doyle, Morris Goodman, Bill Bartmann  and others.

The show Powerful Thinking Powerful Results will explore further the importance of our  thinking in order to create the desired outcomes in our lives. The show begins airing Spring of 2012 on Canadian television with dates in the US, UK and Australia to follow.

This website features many new and useful tools in regards to the show. Some of the features include information about:

TV Program schedule

Live programs

Appearances and events

Online programs

Information on show sponsors

Facebook links

Blog links

and more.

The site also features an opportunity for free gifts based on information from the show.  In the near future the site will also feature behind the scenes videos (including exclusive footage not included in the regular series) a photo gallery and exclusive tools for application of show principles. This Official site is a one stop location for all information on the show. Be sure to check it out  www.PowerfulThinkingPowerfulResults.com

 

 

Millionaire Mentor program gives away valuable gift for free

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Millionaire Mentor program gives away valuable gift for free

Ever wonder why you’re not rich. The Monthly Millionaire Mentor program is now giving away a valuable free gift that will give you those answers.

While quantities last come by the official website for the Monthly Millionaire Mentor and receive the book 7 reasons why you’re not rich and what you can do about it, for free. This book explores in detail the 7 major obstacles that keep most people from becoming rich. The research presented here is the result of an extensive research project into the lives of the world’s most wealth and affluent in comparison to those living pay check to pay check and on borrowed resources.

7 Reasons Why you're not rich

7 Reasons Why you're not rich

In this book you will find out the 7 main reasons why the wealthy are able to expand and grow while those in financial peril never seem to get a break. If you are in the later group you will also discover several effective ways to shift your experiences with money into thinking, habits and a lifestyle where money comes to you in abundance and frequently. Before you can create wealth you need to put behind you the things that are keeping you from building a financial abundant future. This book will help unlock those possibilities. Again supply for this book could be cut off at any time, so if you would like your free copy be sure to come visit us today. You can get your copy by going to http://www.TheMonthlyMillionaireMentor.com. Simply click on Free gift and  the ‘7 reasons why you’re not rich’ will be yours.

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The Monthly Millionaire Mentor program – The Monthly Millionaire Mentor program is a mentorship opportunity that gives you direct support to grow your wealth from individuals who have amassed considerable personal wealth and are now teaching others how to do it also. This program differs from most programs in that participants are involved in a long term relationship with an actual mentor with real world applicable experience in growing wealth. Rarely has anyone ever seen tremendous wealth or lasting change occur from a one time seminar. Generally a person gets started with their new found education, but the most they run into an obstacle the seminar did not teach them to expect they become paralyzed. This is the first program that takes you through the process of understanding what you need to do all the way through implementation.

The program also makes accessible to its participants many exclusive opportunities including live events, mastermind opportunities with other millionaires (and Billionaires), extensively researched education materials, support for business growth and the opportunity to participate in carefully selected wealth expanding investments. (Currently this group is associated with over 70 million dollars in global assets*)

While their education programs are available to anyone, actual membership in the program is limited to smaller groups. The program prides itself on results and that comes from smaller groups in various geographical locations. ‘When the groups get to large the one-on -one interaction diminishes and the financial opportunities become stretched among too many members.’ Says founder and CEO Douglas Vermeeren.

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Douglas Vermeeren Millionaire Mentor

Vermeeren has an impressive resume. He is considered the modern day Napoleon Hill, having conducted extensive research into the cognition processes of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers. He is the author of several books including Guerrilla Achiever (With Jay Conrad Levinson) and The Millionaire Myth. He is also the creator of the film The Opus, which many people consider the sequel to the hit personal development film The Secret. This film features many well-known personal development leaders like Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Joe vitale, Marci Shimoff, Bob Doyle, John Demartini, Morris Goodman, Bill Bartmann and others. But the most recent activity that Vermeeren is engaged in is probably creating the most excitement in the media and is highly relevant to this program, The 1 X 180 Million Dollar Experiment. In this experiment Vermeeren will utilize several of the startling wealth growth techniques utilized in the Monthly Millionaire Mentor program to create $1,000,000 in 180 days and he will do it starting with only one dollar.

To claim your free gift from the Monthly Millionaire Mentor program go to www.TheMonthlyMillionaireMentor.com and click on Free gift. Again, just to remind you this gift is limited in quantity so be sure to claim your gift quickly before quantities run out. It is an opportunity to begin the journey down the path on your new financial future right now!

*This number is based on a 2011 report.

One significant key to Success…

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One significant key to Success…
By Douglas Vermeeren

As I have had the opportunity to study more than 400 of the world’s top achievers I have found a single interesting key to creating greater productivity and success in all areas of life. This key can be readily seen in behavior, but it really begins in our thoughts. In fact, as I have studied neuroscience and how the brain works it begins at a level even more precise than thinking. It begins with how thinking is made.

It begins with our neurotransmitters.

Thoughts move through our brain over a pathway that begins with a neuron, then crosses a bridge called a synapse and is received ultimately by a receptor called a dendrite. Neurotransmitters are the agents (either chemical or electrical) which send signals over the synaptic bridge between neurons and dendrites. This is the exact place where the critical thing happens. The information in the thought either makes the jump over the synaptic bridge and continues on or it does not.

To be simplistic there are really only two kinds of neurotransmitters. Those that activate or allow the impulse to go forward and those that inhibit the continuation of the impulse message and prevent it from going forward.

So when it comes to creating success which one is more important? The neurotransmitters that activate or the ones that inhibit? While they both are important I would argue that there is one that may play a more significant role in creating success. Which one do you think it is?

Most people would say instinctively that it is the neurotransmitter that activates that connections leads us to greater success. After all, we hear and read so many messages from modern gurus that say we need to be proactive and those that are out there “doing more are getting more done.” But is this true?

No.

In fact, success on the inside at a molecular level all the way to success at an outside level is a matter of inhibitors.

Think about it. Everyday and in every way there is an overwhelming amount of information coming in at us from all six of our senses. (That’s right six, balance is one of our senses too.)1. In fact, too much information is coming in that we can possibly process. If our brain had to analyze and sort every bit of information it reacted with it would be paralyzed by processing. That is why our inhibitors are so important. They sort everything into either important or non-important. The most important things it lets become activated the non-important it eliminates.

We see the same effect in the world outside our brains. Successful people do not try to participate in everything. They understand that they can only succeed if they eliminate or inhibit things that are not important. They understand that success means a clear focus on the most valuable opportunities. 2. Less successful people on the other hand let every small distraction and meaningless opportunity steal their attention from the most valuable things. When the valuable things come last your cannot every create that which is most meaningful.

The one significant key to success that we alluded to at the beginning is simple. It is to learn how to inhibit those things that are unnecessary or unimportant. That is called productivity.

Often times people erroneously consider that the definition of productivity is simply to get things done. And they argue that productivity is increased when you get more done. While that is partially true, the real definition of productivity is better stated as minimizing input while increasing output.

The definition of productivity must include the decreasing of input, which demonstrates that you have learned how to create a better and more effective level of input.

The key to become a success in anything in life is not to do more. It is to do less, but to ensure that which we do is done more effectively. (That is something we teach in our Primed for Power event.)

The one key to significant success

There is one key to significant success

When we can learn to inhibit more of the distractions that are keeping us from the important things in our life we will find that our levels of success will increase.

Douglas Vermeeren is the director of the SUCCEED Research Center which is dedicated to sharing research on the systems that top achievers use to create lasting success. Over the last decade Vermeeren has interviewed more than 400 of the world’s top achievers, including business leaders, celebrities and professional or Olympic athletes. Douglas Vermeeren is the author of Guerrilla Achiever (With Jay Levinson) and the creator of The Opus (with Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dr. Joe Vitale, Dr. John Demartini, Dr. Sue Morter, Marci Shimoff, Bill Bartmann, Bob Doyle and Morris Goodman.) Currently Doug is completing another film entitled, How Thoughts Become Things. This film will explore the process of how our thoughts become manifest in our lives as reality. For more on this film go to: www.HowThoughtsBecomeThings.com For more on Douglas Vermeeren go to: www.SucceedResearch.com Douglas Vermeeren can be reached for speaking engagements and training at 1.877.393.9496.

1. The Brain that changes itself., Norman Doidge, M.D. p.3
2. Guerrilla Achiever, Douglas Vermeeren & Jay Conrad Levinson P.188