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10 California Laws Taking Effect January 2022

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  1. SLOWER SPEED LIMITS
A law that takes effect on Jan. 1 give California cities more local control over how speed limits are set instead of using an old rule that essentially caused speed limits to go up every few years. 
  1. KIDS GET TO SLEEP IN 
Middle schools and high schools will soon be required to start class no earlier than 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. respectively. Supporters say preteens and teenagers need the extra sleep for their health and development. 
  1. ORGANIC WASTE SEPARATION
Starting in 2022, all California residents and businesses will be required to sort their organic waste from the rest thanks to Senate Bill 1383. The program will take effect in phases depending on where you live.
  1. MANDATORY MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS IN SCHOOLS
Starting in the 2022-23 school year, public schools will be required to stock restrooms with free pads or tampons. The law affects public schools with grades 6 through 12, community colleges, and public universities.
  1. MINIMIM WAGE INCREASE TO $15/HR 
Businesses with 26 or more employees will be required to pay a $15 minimum wage starting in 2022. That’s more than double the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. 
  1. VOTE BY MAIL REMAINS 
An executive order in 2020 sent mail-in ballots to every registered voter in California during COVID-19. Assembly Bill 37 makes that change permanent and expands it to include local elections. People can still vote in person if they choose.
  1. ALCOHOL TO-GO EXTENDED
Senate Bill 389 extends pandemic-era rules allowing the sale of takeout alcoholic drinks through 2026. It also makes it possible to keep ordering cocktails, beer and wine in outdoor dining settings for the next five years.
  1. THE WORD “ALIEN” IS REMOVED
Assembly Bill 1096 strikes the word “alien” from the California state code. The word will be replaced with words like “noncitizen” or “immigrant.”
  1. “STEALTHING” IS SEXUAL ASSAULT
Assembly Bill 453 makes the non-consensual removal of a condom during sex, also called “stealthing,” a form of sexual battery. California is the first state to identify stealthing as assault.
  1. RUBBER BULLETS AND TEAR GAS CAN’T BE USED
Assembly Bill 48 prohibits police from using rubber bullets or tear gas to disperse crowds at a protest. They also can’t be used against someone just because they’ve violated “an imposed curfew, verbal threat, or noncompliance with a law enforcement directive.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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The Power of No-Oriented Questions

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Does yes really always mean yes? Absolutely not. When we say yes, we’re committing to something, and immediately after we’ve committed, we begin worrying about what we’ve just signed up for. Which means, at best, every yes is a conditional yes. Oftentimes, it’s even worse: a counterfeit yes that’s uttered simply to get the other side to shut up. Is it a ridiculous idea to think that getting the other side to say no is actually what you should be aiming for when you sit down at the table? This is one of the strategies touted by Christopher "Chris" Voss, an American businessman and author of the book Never Split the Difference. Voss is a former FBI hostage negotiator, the CEO of The Black Swan Group Ltd, a company dedicated to teaching world class negotiation and leadership skills. The Beauty of Saying No Whereas yes is a commitment, no is safeguard. There isn’t any ambiguity.  When we say no, we mean it. No is always no. Getting someone to say no is easy. It’s one of the best communication skills everyone at the LOSW can possess. Just flip your yes-oriented questions into no-oriented questions. People feel anxious when they sense you are seeking a yes. Don’t believe me? Here’s an example for you. As you’re exiting your local supermarket, someone stops you as you exit and asks… “Excuse me, do you like vacations?” Can you feel that? Even though the answer is very likely yes, you feel hesitant to answer right?  Still don’t believe me? Ask a coworker these three yes-oriented questions.
  1. Did you drive to work this morning?
  2. Did you eat dinner last night?
  3. You have a law888.com work email, right?
People feel safe and secure when they say no. Generating a no-oriented question relieves your counterpart from wondering what they are getting themselves into if they agree. Nearly every yes-oriented question you ask can be reoriented by adding phrases like these to your statement:
  • Have you given up on... ?
  • Is it ridiculous... ?
  • Would it be horrible... ?
  • Is it a bad idea... ?
Practice makes perfect. Use these communication skills in low-stakes scenarios—like the next time you want to suggest a place to eat.  Instead of, “Can we have Korean barbecue tonight?” Replace it with, “Would it be horrible if we went to Korean barbecue tonight?” Is it a ridiculous idea to leverage our human inclination to say no to get things done? [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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How to Move From Limiting Beliefs to Liberating Truths

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]No matter your age, occupation, or level of life experience, we all struggle with limiting beliefs. It’s a universal struggle. A limiting belief can be described as a misunderstanding of the present that shortchanges our future. These might be assumptions we hold about the world, about other people, or maybe, the most constraining of all, limiting beliefs about ourselves. Limiting beliefs are developed from previous setbacks or failures we’ve experienced. Other beliefs are fueled by the news media, or even social media. And still others come from negative relationships, ranging from friends and coworkers to family and faith communities.  Whatever the beliefs are, or wherever they come from, you don’t have to be permanently constrained by them.  You can replace those limiting beliefs with liberating truths! Here are six steps to help you do that.
  1. Recognize the limiting belief. If a belief reflects black-and-white thinking, it might be a limiting belief. Maybe it’s coming from past work experiences or a relationship. No matter the belief or how true it feels, it’s critical to recognize it’s just an opinion about reality—and it’s most likely wrong.
  2. Record the belief. This belief might be something like, “I always procrastinate,” or, “I’m not good with money,” or even, “I’m not very disciplined.” We all have our own challenges, so it could be anything. Externalized your thoughts by writing down the belief word for word. You’re then free to evaluate it for accuracy and truth.
  3. Review the belief. Is this belief helping you to achieve the outcomes you want, or is it holding you back? Does it empower you or does it drain you and make you fearful? Try looking at things objectively and be honest. Your own honest evaluation of your externalized belief is the key to freedom.
  4. Reject or reframe the belief. If a limiting belief is false, you can reject it. Sometimes it’s a direct swap, like going from “I don’t have the energy to exercise” to “I do have the energy to exercise.” However, most times, the reframing of a belief requires more. Most limiting beliefs often have a seed of truth, but you don’t have to surrender to a limiting belief. You can rewrite the narrative. Perhaps you think, I’m not creative. You could just accept that and stall out. Or you could reframe it like this: “I’m not a creative person, but I can always collaborate with someone who is.”
  5. Revise the belief. This isn’t just about simple affirmations. It’s about reorienting your thinking around a new and liberating truth. For example, you might think, I don’t have the exact experience necessary for that job. Instead you can say, “I have different experiences that will make me a more unique candidate.” The old thinking holds you back, but now you have a foothold for real progress. Be sure to write down the revised belief.
  6. Reorient yourself to the new belief. Begin living into the narrative of this new, liberating truth. You might not fully buy into it. It might even feel like you’re faking it. That’s fine, even normal. If you keep telling yourself this liberating truth, over time you’ll feel more comfortable in it.
If the old belief starts to creep up, identify it, reject or reframe it, and restate the liberating truth. Do it again and again. The key is to start living as if it’s true, because it probably is. The more we live into what’s true, the more we bring our experience into alignment with our expectations. What are your limiting beliefs? What are the corresponding liberating truths?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]