From Vic Conant

Chairman, Nightingale-Conant 

(This experiment was performed in a San Francisco Bay area school by Dr. Robert Rosenthal of Harvard University.)

At the beginning of the school year, the principal called three teachers into his office.

And to these teachers he said, “As a result of your teaching excellence over the last three or four years, we have come to the conclusion that you are the best teachers in this school. And as a special reward to you, we have identified three classes each with 30 of the brightest students in this school — the students with the highest IQs And we’re going to assign them to you to teach for the entire year.

“Now, we don’t want to be accused of discrimination, so it’s very important that you do not tell these children in any way that you know that they’ve been selected for a screened class. And second of all, we’re not going to tell their parents, because we don’t want to cause any difficulties there. I expect you to teach exactly the same way you normally do and use exactly the same curriculum, and I expect you to get very good results with these students.

The results: At the end of the school year, these students led not only the school, but the entire school district in academic accomplishment.

Calling the three teachers into his office, the principal said:

“Well, you’ve had a very good year.”

“Yes we have … it was so easy,” replied the teachers. “These children were so easy to teach. They were so eager to learn; it was such a pleasure to teach them.”

“Well, maybe I’d better tell you the truth,” said the school principal.

“This has been an experiment, and those 90 children were chosen out of the school population at random. When I assigned them to your class at the beginning of the year, I had no idea what their IQs were at all.”

“That’s incredible!” exclaimed the teachers. “But how could it be that they scored so high? They did so well. They got such good grades. Ah hah! Yes! It must be because we are such excellent teachers.”

At which the principal said, “And I think I should also tell you the other side of the experiment. At the beginning of the school year, we put all the teachers’ names in a hat, and yours were the first three names that were drawn.”

The Law of Positive Expectancy —
The Secret to Achieving More

These average students did so well because of the Law of Positive Expectancy. This law states that you achieve what you expect to achieve and what others expect you to achieve. Since the principal expected a lot, so did the teachers. And, sensing that the teachers expected a lot, the students did too. Dr. Rosenthal repeated this experiment 300 times each time getting identical results.

“To achieve more, you have to expect more. And, to get more from the people who work for you, expect more from them.” It really is that simple.


Vic Conant - Chairman, Nightingale-Conant

Where else in your life might this be applicable?


Get It Right!

January 13, 2008

One of the biggest mistakes by most people is their approach to life.  Their life is great, as long as they are happy, contrarily, most are not happy.  Given the opportunity most would take a break from their life and give new options a try.

The strategy for most is to “have” – they want to acquire things.  They want and they need to have everything.  Their ego pushes them to do certain activities, including excessive shopping, that do not support them.  The concept of having ample material goods in one’s life does not necessarily constitute an intelligent strategy to produce the results that any individual truly wants.

Anyone and everyone who wants to have more in their life needs to realize that a strategy exists for every accomplishment of a worthwhile aim.  The perspective tends to be “have, do, be.”  The challenge is that they tend to “do” and “be” the same person as before with the same patterns.  This is the reason why those that win the lottery end up with nothing in five years because they “had” and they were not a different person who did different things – their “do” and “be” are not in alignment.

The same person, one who has not changed, keeps doing the same things and producing the same results.  This strategy needs to change in order to create a different pattern and result.  Changing is very realistic, it is simply a matter of choice.

The first change is to consciously get the strategy right.  They need to be the right person first.  When you become the right person, you will then do things differently.  Once you then do things differently, you will manifest and create the life and results that you choose, not before.

Success and achievement is a pattern; it is a strategy.  When you consider and implement a new strategy, in this case the “be, do, have” strategy instead of the “have, do, be” strategy, you will generate massive results.  When the results begin to arrive, they will arrive nearly effortlessly in retrospect.

Start with the right strategies now and, in time with the right energy and efforts, you will certainly create the life that you desire!

Most individuals set goals at the stroke of midnight and never check in to see how they’re doing until the stroke of midnight the following year. This sets up a cycle of feeling like a failure, being disappointed with ourselves, and eventually, our minds, our friends and the universe at large begins to disregard our words because all of them realize (ourselves included) that there is no integrity and no power in them.

The greatest promise you’ll ever keep is a promise to yourself…

…Because it’s your own personal test of integrity (similar to integrated). When we’re out of integrity, we’re fragmented and lack harmony in our life physically, mentally and physically. We’re not whole.

The answer resides in the problem itself. We have a tendency to overestimate what we can do in a year and underestimate what we can do in a decade. Therefore, I encourage all to set what I call “teetering edge” goals and intentions.

“Push the edge,” but don’t “go over the edge.”

In other words, intentions on the teetering edge stretch you but aren’t so ridiculous that you know you won’t do them. An intentions that says, “I’ll workout every day,” is over the edge for someone who hasn’t worked out a day all year.

One that says, “I’ll workout three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5 PM,” is teetering, specific, measurable and therefore achievable.

“I’ll make $100K from $40K…” Over the edge. “I’ll make $50K…” Teetering.

“I’ll lose 50 pounds in 3 months…” Timber! “I’ll lose 50 pounds in 17 weeks (3 pounds per week)…” Teetering.

When we create intentions that are achievable (albeit not mediocre for the human spirit will not invest itself in mediocrity), then we set ourselves up to feel in integrity with our own hearts and minds. We feel accomplished and successful. Success perpetuates success.

To your continued wealth and happiness,

James Arthur Ray
James Ray International  

New Year’s Resolutions!

January 3, 2008

One thing that people do habitually every year is they make a resolution for the New Year.  They want for this upcoming year to be better (or at least different) than last year.  This is an interesting and noble ideal, unfortunately, those who engage in this practice usually never see any gains after a short period of time. 

In theory, these resolutions are great.  Sadly, the challenge is that these resolutions never work.  They never make or keep the changes.  And usually people end up with the same challenges, if not worse, than the year before. 

I always wondered why this happens.  Many times it seems that the person is resolute, determined. Many times they make great efforts and strides.  They may have plenty of motivation and gumption, fatally, the “I’ll make it happen this time” strategy never works well, nor does it last in the long run.  It is never about wanting to make the change it is always about the right strategy. 

Ultimately, the right strategy is very simple.  The people who make resolutions never make and keep those changes for one very simple reason – they never become a different person, they remain the same.  Neurologically, they are the same person, with the same emotions, and the same strategies.  Is it ever a wonder why they continually end up with the same results?  Of course not, they are the same person who would get those results. 

As you probably know, per Tony Robbins, “the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again, expecting a different result!” 

If you want things to change, you have to change.  If you want things to get better, you have to get better.  As quoted from Albert Einstein, “no problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”   Basically, things need to change in order to create a different result and again, the simple message is that you need to change you. 

It is not the desire for change that changes you, but rather the shift itself.  It is the realignment, the changing of the neurological associations that produce a change in the pattern.  Remember, New Year’s Resolutions are not the answer, you (and your new psychology) are the answer.  

You may ask how does one quickly change?  There are many technologies available.  And there are many great resources if you are open to the possibilities.  All stem from the concept of rewiring your nervous system, which establishes your resulting psychology.   

If I may be of assistance, feel free to contact me.