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Lead Story

Wising up about smart phone security


Industry Update

Google introduces mobile wallet, PayPal sues

Tester proposes cutting debit fee study time

Feds move to halt VeriFone purchase of Hypercom

Trade Association News


GS Advisory Board:
Views on regulation and registration - Part 2

Selling Prepaid

Prepaid in brief

Florida investigates prepaid card industry

Is the hybrid card an asset builder?


A slice of ETA 2011

Brandes Elitch
CrossCheck Inc.


Street SmartsSM:
Become the go-to expert on merchant services

Bill Pirtle
MPCT Publishing Co.

How to use email marketing to boost leads

Peggy Bekavac Olson
Strategic Marketing

Oh, what the right mentor could do for you

Vicki M. Daughdrill
Small Business Resources LLC

Acquiring merchants - at what cost?

Jeffrey I. Shavitz
Charge Card Systems Inc.

A view from abroad

Donna Sesto Neary

Company Profile

Kahuna ATM Solutions

New Products

A payment gateway plug-in for QuickBooks

Network Merchants Inc.


Retrain your brain



Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

June 13, 2011  •  Issue 11:06:01

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Retrain your brain

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
- Samuel Johnson

Did you know it's not always our fault when we make bad decisions? As humans we're flooded with biochemical reactions to many situations that require us to respond, and sometimes, because of these automatic reactions, we draw the wrong conclusions. Being aware of this can help us better manage situations and people - and perhaps help us lead more fulfilling lives.

For example, when the amygdala region of the brain, which triggers the flight-or-fight response, is stimulated for a prolonged period, excessive levels of stress hormones are released.

And in today's hectic world, many of us are chronically overstressed. This can impair our judgment in ordinary situations, such as when we are driving or dealing with merchants who have POS issues to resolve. Fortunately, stress releasers like exercise, social outings and meditation can ease an unsettled nervous system.

Awaken your intelligence

According to Psychology Today magazine, preprogrammed thinking patterns also affect the decisions we make. Here are examples of restrictive mental habits and effective strategies for overcoming them, which the magazine provided in its PsyBlog.

So, if we reduce the stress in our lives and apply the strategies listed to supplant flawed thinking patterns, we can make better decisions, which will ultimately improve the quality of our professional and business lives.

Notice to readers: These are archived articles. Contact names or information may be out of date. We regret any inconvenience.

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