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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?


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: For more on Douglas Vermeeren go to: 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

Why your big ideas disappear. – How Thoughts Become Things

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Why your big ideas disappear. – How Thoughts Become Things

Electrical charges that stimulate the thought processes of the brain

Neurons with electrical activity

By Douglas Vermeeren

Scientific fact generally begins as a hypothesis or educated guess as to why things are.

Often times these preliminary answers are much more than guesses, they are based on observable principles that have been previously proven or exist in similar situations we already subscribe to. Having said that here is a hypothesis I will put forward to explain an interesting phenomenon we have all observed in relation to thought.

Here’s the phenomenon:

You’ve got a great idea. The inspiring power of it hits you. It is exhilarating. Your mind is buzzing with excitement and it is contagious. And then suddenly your brain stops.

You appear to have reached your limit with the idea. Your thinking then shifts to something different. Because of this shift you doubt whether the ‘good idea’ was really as good as you thought it was.

Or maybe you’ve seen the same phenomenon happen this way. Do you remember a time when you were engaged in conversation with a group of people? The topic has everyone contributing. And then suddenly without warning everything goes silent in the room. No one has anything more to contribute on the previous hot topic.

You’ve probably heard it said somewhere that approximately every seven minutes in a conversation things go silent. This is that exact phenomenon that I am referring to.

Electrical charges that stimulate the thought processes of the brain

Brain activity with electrical activity

While there is no absolute scientific explanation of what thought really is, current neuroscience theory suggests that part of our thought process involves electrical impulses that travel through the axon of the cell and create chemical reactions in the synaptic connections.

The axon can be up to six feet in length and the electrical charge can travel from 2 miles per hour all the way up to 200 miles per hour. When the charge reaches the Dendrites of the cell it actives a chemical which makes the leap over a synapse and the electric charge then continues on it’s journey on the neighboring neuron.1.

So my hypothesis is simple, this electricity that is moving through our brain at the speed of thought is like other forms of electricity that we experience. In other words, it has a specified and limited charge or voltage. In our outside world a charge as it travels gradually loses the potency of its charge.

On the inside world of our brain activity, I believe that the reason our thoughts stop or the conversation goes silent is that simply the particular thought has run out of the electrical charge to keep it going. Much in the same way that spinning top eventually runs out of momentum. My external observances would indicate that if this charge theory is accurate that the average idea charge would last between 7 – 9 minutes.

I would like to research this hypothesis in actuality with a Electroencephalograph for more data. (So anyone out there that can help with this, please call.)

An Electroencephalograph records the electrical activities of the brain. One of the challenges I would have to overcome before engaging in such a study would be, ‘how can an individual unique electrical thought be coded so that it be specifically identified. At this point it seems that no one knows how to do that.

While my hypothesis has not been proven I have found a few items of evidence to support the concept of ideas and emotions dissolving quickly like an electrical would. Starting intense and then losing momentum until there is nothing.

In the late 1960 the popular children’s Sesame Street conducted research into the attention spans of children. They found that rather than making lengthy story lines that children seemed to do much better when following shorter segments or vignettes of about three to five minutes in length. This coincides perfectly with the above hypothesis of the idea or attention charge lasting only a short period of a few minutes. 2.

As a second evidence to support my theory, I found an interesting study where anger management specialists have found that a person feeling the strong emotions of anger, if left unprovoked will have the feelings of anger dissipate in under ten minutes. 3.

Having the ability to activate your attention span and stay focused with important tasks is a key to accomplishing goals and creating success.

So how can you keep your thought charge going longer? In the same way electricity is conducted best when the circuits are clean, clear and made of conductive materials the brain functions best when it is cared for with proper diet, rest and exercise.

To learn more about cultivating empowering thoughts please go to the official website for the film “How Thoughts Become Things.” (http//

About the Author
Douglas Vermeeren is the director the Succeed Research Center and the producer of the upcoming film “How Thoughts Become Things.” Vermeeren has conducted extensive research into the lives of more than 400 of the world’s top achievers and speaks globally on how anyone can influence their brain to think like a top achiever. For a free download on the 3 myths of the mind that sabotage even the most motivated Achievers go to:

1. The Brain the changes itself, Norman Doidge, MD p.
2. Growing up with a three minute attention span, Morris Wolfe
On History of Media and the “Attention Span,” Michael Z. Newman (University of Wisconsin)
3. Anger Management for Dummies, W. Doyle Gentry, PhD, p.51