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TipsForSuccess: The Emotional Tone Scale


The Emotional Tone Scale

The emotional tone scale, discovered by L. Ron Hubbard, is a powerful tool that gives you dozens of benefits. For example, you can use the tone scale to:

● Make people feel more comfortable with you
● Predict how people will react to various situations
● Understand why some people pull you down
● Improve your ability to get agreement from people
● Better understand yourself
● Know who you can trust and who you should not trust
● Increase your concentration and reaction time
● Motivate yourself and others
● Make yourself into a saner, better person

The top of the tone scale includes the more positive emotions and the bottom of the scale lists the undesirable emotions.

"The Emotional Tone Scale

4.0 Enthusiasm

3.5 Cheerfulness

3.0 Conservatism

2.5 Boredom

2.0 Antagonism

1.8 Pain

1.5 Anger

1.1 Covert Hostility

1.0 Fear

0.9 Sympathy

0.5 Grief

0.05 Apathy

0.0 Body Death

"The higher the individual is upon the Tone Scale, the better chance he has of obtaining the wherewithal* of living, the happier he is, the healthier his body will be." -- L. Ron Hubbard
(*wherewithal = financial needs)

When you are high on the tone scale, you not only feel happier and healthier, you are interested in everything around you. You are alert, clear-headed and energetic. People enjoy being around you as you are trustworthy, responsible and genuinely cheerful.

Can you remember a time when you were enthusiastic on a spring day? You felt alive and peaceful. The air and earth smelled wonderful. You were happy to be alive.

Can you remember what happened after that happy day that made you feel sad? Perhaps someone was mean to you or you heard some bad news and you went down the scale

"Actually a person fluctuates on this scale from hour to hour and day to day. He receives good news, he goes momentarily to Tone 3.0. He receives bad news, he may sink for a moment to Tone 1.0. He falls in love and for a month he is at level 3.5. His girl leaves him and for a week he is at Tone 0.5. When he is very young he rides around Tone 3.5. As he grows older, his tone drifts down to 2.5. As an old man, he may drift down to 0.0 and death, either slowly or swiftly."
-- L. Ron Hubbard

Where Are You on the Tone Scale?

Use the descriptions below to help you identify your tone level.

0.05 Apathy: You do not care about yourself or others. You are always ill. Nothing seems real. You cannot face the past and do not care about the future. You lie to get sympathy. You want people to pity you. You feel lost and unimportant.

1.0 Fear: Life seems dangerous and serious. You are frequently sick. You cannot make decisions. You wonder what is real and what is unreal. You assume people want to hurt you. You do not take responsibility and you lie to avoid any type of confrontation.

1.1 Covert Hostility. You are similar to a person in fear, but you also have hostility. Because you are afraid, you cover up your hostility. As well as lying to people, you stab them in the back. You are devious, underhanded and like to gossip.

1.5 Anger: You openly show your hostility. You are "right" about everything. You attack people, verbally or physically. You use threats, punishment and alarming lies to dominate others. You are a coward, but will use unreasonable bravery to hurt yourself or others.

2.0 Antagonism: You feel irritated much of the day. Your illnesses are severe. You assume the worst in people; you find it difficult to trust anyone. Instead of trying to help people succeed, you prefer to just stop them. You are a critic.

2.5 Boredom: While you are not angry or opposed to others, you are not interested in them either. You are occasionally ill. You are indifferent, careless and insincere. You give up if anything gets in your way. You are not creative, but not destructive either.

3.0 Conservatism: You are mildly interested in life. You try to tell the truth and can be trusted in most matters. You are courageous, but only if the risks are low. You are social and somewhat friendly to a small group of people.

3.5 Cheerfulness: Your interest in people is high and you try to understand them. You are capable of assuming important responsibilities. You rarely get sick. You can persist on a path to the end result. You use energy and logic to get people to do things. You like to help people.

4.0 Enthusiasm: You are creative and excited. You never get sick. You are eager to understand and help others. You are courageous in all circumstances. You gladly accept responsibility and can be trusted. You achieve your objectives, despite all opposition. Your enthusiasm is contagious; people like to follow your lead. You love life and the future looks wonderful.

To learn more about the Tone Scale, and how to move yourself up the scale, read Self Analysis by L. Ron Hubbard. You can also take a Tone Scale test online at

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TipsForSuccess: What the Universe Gives You



What the Universe Gives You

Where do you spend your energy?

Do you use it yelling at your spouse? Surfing the web? Watching television?

Or do you spend your energy working hard? Helping people? Learning new things?

"That which a person works hardest on, he winds up having. That's one of the fundamentals of this universe. That to which he devotes energy, he finally has." -- L. Ron Hubbard

For example, if you spend your energy on parties or sporting events, you end with memories of parties or sporting events. If you work hardest at making your enemies wrong, you end with enemies who are wrong. If you spend your energy worrying about being penniless, you end up being broke.

If, however, you spend that same work and energy doing something that makes you money, you end up with more money. If you spend your time finding a spouse, you get a spouse. If you spend your energy learning new skills, you have new skills.

How do you spend your energy? On what do you work the hardest? That is what you have, right?


Use this simple, yet powerful idea to get what you want from life.

1. Write down three things that you want. Do you want a successful business? Love? A healthier body? More intelligence? Happiness?

2. Devote your energy just to those things. Work hardest on those and nothing else.

3. Don't be too surprised when you suddenly get them!

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TipsForSuccess: Worried?


Are You Worried?

There has never been a better time for worry. We have problems everywhere: rising gas prices, falling stock markets, fires, floods, wars and potential wars.

According to the news, we are seeing more financial problems, more home foreclosures and more people going broke than ever before. "They" say we are very worried.

Symptoms of Anxiety

* You worry about everything, big things, little things, imaginary things
* You are afraid of making mistakes
* You find it hard to make decisions
* You feel nervous for no reason
* You feel dizzy or weak or tired
* You imagine the worst
* Your body is tense
* You sleep poorly

Three Popular, but Bad Solutions

1. You visit your doctor and get a prescription for some anti-anxiety medication. After a few weeks, you may or may not feel calmer.

However, you dislike adding chemicals to your body. You don't want the side effects. You hate needing a drug for your happiness. If you quit, you feel twice as anxious as before.

2. You visit your local bar or liquor cabinet. After a drink or two you feel calm.

Alcohol has the same disadvantages. You hurt your liver or become an alcoholic. The next day, your head hurts and you still feel worried. You wish your happiness did not come from a bottle.

3. You go to a hypnotist or buy "subliminal" tapes that give you commands while you sleep. If you can go under, you feel calmer after the sessions.

But again, you hate not being in control of your feelings, good or bad. Your anxiety comes back in new forms. You wonder what other commands the hypnotist gave to you.

One Simple, Powerful Solution

By making one easy change in your lifestyle, you can significantly reduce your stress and anxiety. All you do is stop listening to certain people! You ignore the Merchants (sellers, distributors) of Chaos (disorder, confusion).

"It is to their [the Chaos Merchants'] interest to make the environment seem as threatening as possible for only then can they profit."

"Look over a newspaper. Is there anything good on the front page? Rather there is murder and sudden death, disagreement and catastrophe. And even that, bad as it is, is sensationalized to make it seem worse." -- L. Ron Hubbard

Anyone who profits, by making the world seem worse than it is, is a Chaos Merchant.

For example, a politician makes crime seem like a bigger problem than anyone ever thought it was. He promises to fight crime better than his opponent. He wins if he scares enough people.

An arms dealer tells one country, "This country has secretly purchased some bombs and has pointed them at you. You need to buy some bombs and point them at their capital."

Certain lawyers are Chaos Merchants. For example, they say, "A police friend of mine says they are going to investigate you and want to put you in jail. I can probably keep you out of jail, but my retainer is $75,000."

Anyone you know can be a Chaos Merchant. For example, a coworker wants you to stop getting so much done. He thinks he will get a promotion if you start to look bad. So he gives you bad news whenever possible. "I'm really worry we're all going to get fired, don't you?" "No one appreciates us." "I don't think the boss likes your attitude."

Of course, the most popular Chaos Merchants create the bad news you see on television, in newspapers and on the Internet. The more terrifying the news, the more people will listen to them or read their articles.

These Chaos Merchants make us think we have to listen to them to protect ourselves. This makes them popular and helps them make money by selling advertisements.


1. Stop reading newspapers and news magazines. How does knowing all the bad news help you? (Answer = it doesn't.) Just completely cut out the bad news in your life.

Instead, read cheerful articles or an interesting book.

2. Stop watching the news on television. How does it help you or anyone to know about deaths, danger and catastrophes?

Instead, watch an upbeat show or take a walk.

3. Avoid people who like to pass on disturbing "news."

Instead, spend time with people who like to pass on cheerful news.

4. After 7-10 days, notice how you have been feeling.

5. If you are not sure if the Chaos Merchants really have any effect on you, do the above steps for 7-10 days. And then go back and read the newspapers, watch the news and listen to disturbing people for a few days. Notice how you feel now.


Nearly everyone who breaks off all association with Chaos Merchants notices benefits like these.

* You find other parts of your life are more interesting.
* You notice your life feels less dangerous.
* You eat better and sleep better.
* You laugh more easily.
* You are less afraid.
* You feel healthier.
* You feel calmer.

Give it a try!

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TipsForSuccess: Rule Your World!


Rule Your World!

You may have heard that to succeed, you need to adjust yourself to the world around you. Examples:

"You'd better get used to it as that's the way it is."

"To be happy, you must compromise."

"Don't make waves!"

However, to truly succeed, you must take a different approach.

"Man succeeds because he adjusts his environment to him, not by adjusting himself to the environment." -- L. Ron Hubbard

You change the world around you. You decide what you want and you get it. You take an active role.

Think of the most successful people you know. Do they mold themselves to fit in? Or do they change everything they need to change?

Jack and Jill

Jack tries to get along and not cause trouble. His neighbor plays loud rock-and-roll music all night long, so Jack buys ear plugs. Even though Jack hates how his apartment building lobby is filled with boxes and junk, he just steps around the mess. Jack's co-worker makes Jack pick him up for work each day with no compensation, ". . . since you drive near my house anyway." Jack feels ripped off, but he never complains.

Each year, Jack develops some kind of illness or needs an operation. One year his sinuses were infected. The next, he broke a toe. The next year, it was severe back pain. After 25 years at the same company, Jack is only making $22 per hour which irritates Jack, but he accepts it as he does not want to lose his health insurance policy and retirement plan. Unfortunately, at the age of 51, Jack gets cancer and dies.

After Jack dies, Jill moves into his vacant apartment and can't sleep because of the neighbor's loud music. She calls the neighbor and works out an agreement so the neighbor plays music during the day while she works, but does not play the music at night when she needs to sleep. Jill convinces this neighbor and a few of the other tenants to spend a few hours cleaning up the lobby and the entry; they even wash the sidewalk and plant some flowers.

Even though Jill has earned several management promotions and pay increases at her company, she leaves to start her own business and makes it successful. She buys the apartment building and takes over the top floor for herself. Jill is never ill and at the age of 78, still spends a few hours each week working at her company.

Jack adjusts himself to the environment. Jill adjusts the environment to herself.

Are you more like Jack or Jill?


1. Decide to take over your world and adjust your world to your needs and wants.

2. Make a list of everything around you that you would like to change. Examples:

Change my car oil
Get Fred to pay back the $1000 he owes to me
Exercise daily and lose 10 pounds
Reorganize my desk
Get Lucy and Rickie to stop asking me to volunteer
Get the city to fix the broken street light

3. Select the easiest item on your list and do whatever you need to make the improvement. Do not give up. Make it go right to take command of this one single thing.

4. Go to the next easiest item on your list and make that change. Continue like this through the entire list.

5. Constantly change and improve the world around you. Never settle back, give up or "accept reality." Make steady progress while maintaining your control of the parts you have already conquered.

As you do this, your health will improve. You will feel happier and more successful. You will rule your world!

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