Leadership & Success Coach / Board Certified Therapist / Stress Coach / Top-100 Travel Photographer / Author / USN & USCG Veteran / www.anthonymdavis.com

A life story is a work in progress.

Photo of the Author.
Photo of the Author.
Photo of Anthony M. Davis, Provided by the Author

Hi Folks, I received a request to write a biography here in “About Me Stories.” With every life, there are chapters, and so it is with mine. I’ve written many of those chapters in some form; others are in progress in an upcoming book. For those published, I include links to the articles to allow you a more in-depth view of the stories. A writer can touch upon events in their life, but you’ll never fully know the author or issues that shaped their view of the world without the detail.

Please join me as we walk through some history together.

Chase the reason, not the symptom, and watch change happen.

A depressed woman.
A depressed woman.
Photo: Free-Photos from Pixabay

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Something tripped their trigger”. We all have emotional triggers from our history. An event, personal conflict, or a false perception of something bad, is like a big wind for a small boat. It gets knocked off course.

The subconscious mind is always listening to thoughts and feelings, then storing a response deep inside your library of potential actions. For more details on this, read my article below:

As a leadership, success and stress coach, I help my clients create and reach their goals. I’m also a Board Certified Hypnotherapist. …

The destiny of our nation depends on the choices we make.

Political protestors.
Political protestors.
Photo: StockSnap from Pixabay

Look around. Listen to the message broadcast to the public. Watch people’s behavior. The narrative is the same regardless of the originator: If a person doesn’t support the same political party as the messenger, they are wrong.

Each party sends the same message that there’s no cooperation or discussion with those perceived as the enemy.

Our national behavior is becoming that of spoiled four-year-olds. When fighting to support a political party, it’s not about a win; it’s all about power to keep the other side under control. …

A home invasion can bring unexpected violence quickly.

Photo of a person in black with a sharp knife.
Photo of a person in black with a sharp knife.
Photo: Leo2014 from Pixabay

In February 1979, I packed all my belongings and moved from San Diego, California, to the New Orleans Area. During a brief stay in October 1977, while in the Navy, I met my wife to be just prior to leaving for an operational deployment to Panama. After leaving the Navy, it took some months for us to get together full time.

With the move in 1979, I knew I would soon be a married man.

The Crime Environment

My introduction to New Orleans came during Mardi gras season. As the crime rate climbed in the area during the 1970s, political conflict grew between the New Orleans Police force and the city council. …

In the mind of a fraudster, you’re an easy target.

Fraud with a mask.
Fraud with a mask.
Photo: Sammy-Williams from Pixabay

With technology comes innovation and lack of privacy. There once was a day when the phone rang and the worst thing that could happen is someone said, “I’m sorry. I dialed the wrong number.” They went on their way and you hung up.

Now, right number, wrong number, it doesn’t matter. You are a “Live” number and therefore, a target. Unscrupulous robocallers operate auto-dialers seeking to validate your number, sell you something, or steal from you.

Government Action Against Robocalls

Congress enacted Public Law 116–105 known as the TRACED Act. The “Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence” Act directs the Attorney General and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create an ongoing working group to address the issues of robocallers. …

When you see it coming, you have the power to be free of it.

A wall spelling out the word, “Truth” and a magnifying glass showing the letters actually say, “Lies”.
A wall spelling out the word, “Truth” and a magnifying glass showing the letters actually say, “Lies”.
Photo: OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Disinformation is an intentional act of deception, considered unlawful, or immoral. Yet, my own experience as a prior interviewer and interrogator has shown that disinformation, when used to elicit information or admit guilt, is a good thing.

The United States Supreme Court ruled in Frazier v. Cupp, that trickery or deceitful information used against a suspect will not nullify a confession, and is decided on the, “totality of circumstances”.

While the preceding description of disinformation may skew beliefs, it is important to show the capability of variance. …

Negative Thought Patterns Offer You Nothing. Here’s How To Change them.

A stressed young woman with dark hair and brown eyes in a stairwell.
A stressed young woman with dark hair and brown eyes in a stairwell.
Photo: Jerzy Góreki from Pixabay

It’s rare for most people to go through a day without picking up on the negative influences of people around us. We are like magnets, absorbing the energy out of the air. When in a hostile or fearful environment, our thoughts can become harmful if we don’t take swift action.

This article discusses a negative mindset and what you can do about it. The thoughts coming from our historical experiences determine the quickness of intake. We can push negative thinking away or keep dunking the sponge of pessimism and wringing it into our lives.

Applying Feedback to Your Life

An advantage we all have as human beings is the cognitive ability to recognize where we are in life, reshape and adjust, then make constructive changes. This recognition — change cycle is a feedback loop. There are many forms of feedback in our life. …

A useful approach to keep them accountable

Outside view of the Capitol building.
Outside view of the Capitol building.
Photo: Dennis Hiza from Pixabay

The blame game is an unfortunate part of our global and political behavior. It’s my opinion that pointing the finger at others began all the way back with the original sin.

From the bite of the first apple, Adam tried to blame God and Eve to cover his guilt. In Genesis 3:12, God questioned Adam, and the first blame flowed forth, “The woman YOU put here with me — SHE gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.

Our government, and most others in the world, institutionalized blame as the process of operation… or lack of it. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey once said, “To err is human. …

Employees want to know they are valuable as individuals — not just workers.

A Rolls Royce in a dark world.
A Rolls Royce in a dark world.
Photo: ArtTower from Pixabay

Author Francis O’Grady once said:

“All the evidence shows if you are a member of a trade union, you are likely to get better pay… better health, safety… more chance for training… the list goes on!”

Wealth levels changed with the creation of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The mental picture of a CEO shows a person in the position of power. They lead corporate forces in lock-step, marching toward success. …

The silly way I learned a valuable lesson

A farmer in overalls with a cigarette
A farmer in overalls with a cigarette
Photo: Oberholster Venita from Pixabay

When walking down a city street, we create internal perceptions of people around us. It’s surprising how quickly we make determinations of people, given little or no supporting facts. What is it that determines a positive or negative viewpoint of strangers?

Author Kendra Cherry describes going beyond a few attributional styles when describing “Person Perception”. She indicates our impressions are subjective, based upon a person’s appearance, the setting, our beliefs, and personal history. Given these factors, it appears we are in an active decision-making mode, weighing judgments of each new person we meet.

In a study with 128 participants, Two psychologists, Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov surveyed First Impressions. Participants were asked to give their first impression as photos of men and women flashed before them at high speed. They reviewed five areas of…

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