Balance Flow And Faith
In so many areas of life we must always be vigilent of our mental, emotional and physical health. Getting involved or caught up in too much of one thing can create a multitude of problems in life. Out at a networking event recently, I had missed dinner but in true form to the crowd and socializing I purchased my first of many beers. I hadn't intended to stay as late as I did and nor had I intended to carry-on afterwards at a friend's place. A little excess can be a good thing once in a blue moon.
Having just come back to reality and work the very next day, I'm able to recognize the hazards of letting myself get all caught up in excess. Another networking event tomorrow evening that will be followed by a photo exhibit at another location. It can get a little crazy if I let it get out of hand. Now this is just my experience and I'm sure there are others who are not concerned one way or the other. There are many who demonstrate excellent self-control in many situations. Their weakness may lie elsewhere. I believe we all have a weak spot in our lives.
At the networking event I learned of a dear friend who is over-working himself. The company is insisting he cut back to no more than 2 hours each day of the weekend. I was suprised and not surprised. This guy is very passionate and committed to excellence. The tragedy is that his truest artist isn't allowed out to play anymore. I've seen some of his work. He's an incredible artist and that talent is lying dormant crying for release. Our spirit yearns to demonstrate our beauty to the world. This includes the good work he's doing for his company but not at the expense of the rest of your soul.
Initially, we can completely lose sight of dangers of excess. In the beginning it's just an exception as it's a busy week. One week stretches to two or three and before you know it, you're whole life revolves around work. Or, this week there happened to be more events crammed together, an unusual occurrence. I'm not going to let it get out of hand. But in the past, somewhere along the way, I have lost my sight.I no longer kept my eye on the ball, on the real reason I'm here. How do we express our fullest self?
Everything in moderation. Everything in balance. Trial and error is a good teacher, learning to juggle, to have patience and trust that the things that need to get done will get done, and ability to remember that you have the power to say no. My focus is not on the danger as much as it is on the choice. To recognize when I'm in situations that could backfire. I remind myself to keep my eye on the ball; why am I doing what I'm doing? I want to check-in with my soul and be sure that I haven't lost sight of my truest passion in life; not just the distractions.
Finally, I don't need to run from the challenge. I am a physical being. Desire exists to experience life, to experience the textures and tastes, and to learn from a spiritual place. I can dance among the snakes. I can walk on water; the emotional stormy seas of life. The beautiful thing is, so can you! It doesn't come easy initially. It takes careful observation of oneself, the thoughts and emotions, deciphering their significance, and maintaining a perspective of observer of the experiencer; not from the experiencer perspective. This is a bit of challenge and a fun one at that. To see yourself as something more, you begin to access more. It's all in the flow and faith.
Success Is Based On A Realistic Plan
Everyone wants to be successful. However, many people often rely on luck and chance to achieve results. The best example in this case is someone who wants to be rich but only try the most ineffective method: playing the Lotto. Of course, there are chances of becoming rich over night, but how likely is it that this will actually happen? Creating a realistic plan in order to achieve the desired results is vital in any case, no matter how high or low your goals are.
The safest way to achieve your dream is by taking successive steps and gradually increasing your chances of reaching your goal. Try to think of a metaphor and compare your desires with a professional swimming competition.
The first thing you need to do, in order to have chances of winning the race, is to make sure you are not afraid of the water. Before you even consider entering the race you have to eliminate your fears. They are the ones holding you back, but be careful, some of your fears might save you from getting hurt or failing.
Once you are convinced that your goal is worth fighting for, you have to start the hardest stage in you plan: preparation. You cannot expect to win a professional swimming race when you don't even know how to swim. Start with the basics and never skip any steps out of desire of reaching your goal faster. The experience and knowledge you are skipping will probably come back and hurt you later on. Prepare by taking gradually increasing steps. Swim half a lap first, and then move on to a full lap. Your skills will progress each time and you will soon beat your own lap records every time you enter the swimming pool.
It might take days, weeks or years to prepare for the "race", depending on what your goals are. The main thing is to enter the race feeling confident in your own success and having all the skills that would allow you to win.
Taking steps one at a time and keeping your plan realistic gives you two important benefits. The order and precision of a plan brings confidence. You don't feel like you are reengaging each new issue on a day-to-day basis. Organizing your strategy reduces the chances of making wrong moves or taking less efficient decisions.
Secondly, having a sound plan has many psychological benefits and your subconscious mind worries less, giving you more energy to concentrate on what's important. You are creating a pattern in your awareness that accepts success and integrates it in your plan.
When both you conscious and your subconscious mind believe in your chances of reaching a goal you benefit from a power of concentration and focus that eliminate outside interference and let you follow the shortest path to success.
Even though chance may still play an important role in your quest to reach your ideal, having a realistic plan let's you change the "unlikely" into "possible".
Promoting Yourself For Success
Online dating is just as much about promoting yourself, as it is about meeting someone. The key to a successful online dating adventure is getting the click on your profile. The more clicks a single gets, the more chance they have of meeting Mr or Mrs right.
Probably the most important part of an online dating profile is a photograph. Without a photo the click rate will probably be less than one percent. A photo can give you instant attraction. Upload a clear up to date photo that is close up so no-one has to guess what you look like. A single doesn't have to look like a model, that will only bring disappointment on your first date. It just has to be a nice representation of yourself.
Most online dating services show when a single was last online, so logging in often will show how active you are. Other singles will respond to this and so will the online dating service. Profiles are closer to the top of searches when they are more active. Dating services usually have a "Who's online" feature, so this will be an advantage as well. Dating services want more results, so they will match up singles that login more often.
Subscribing members will get higher rankings in the search results. For the price of a night out a single can be enjoying more attention from other singles for a whole month. This will show how serious someone is looking for a partner rather than just posting a profile, and then waiting for someone to contact them.
An eye catching heading created with some imagination can get the click. Something that will invoke some curiosity in another single.
Follow this up with a detailed profile that is filled in as extensive as possible. This gives the online dating service's search, and matchmaking features a much higher rate of matching like minded singles together. Singles that say they are looking for "anyone" or choose "all" for a certain category won't help themselves when it comes to the search results. Apart from making the results list longer, it doesn't tell anyone what you are looking for in a person.
So the important criteria for a successful online dating adventure are a nice clear photo, logging in often, paying for a subscription, and an eye catching heading with a detailed profile.
Miracles Are Your Responsibility
Miracles are your responsibility! What does that mean? Simple...You have a responsibility to create miracles in your own life. The responsibility lies on your shoulders. You can't blame anyone else, and you can't look outside of yourself for someone else to create the miracles for you. In this article, I'm going to break down the word "Miracle", because each of you have a responsibility. As you know, my Why is to impact others and change the world one heart at a time. As you read this today, my goal is for you to take responsibility and realize that you have the innate ability to create miracles. So let's get started!
The letter "M" means Momentum, which is created by you. You must create Momentum in your life for yourself, for your Why, for your family, for your success, for your finances, for your health...YOU create Momentum! No one else will do it for you. You aren't a surfer waiting for the next wave to come in. You and only you must create your own Momentum to drive you toward creating your Miracle!
The letter "I" stands for Incentive. You must have something inciting you to action...your ultimate "Why". Why are you doing what you are doing? Why do you want to begin that business? An Incentive builds the foundation that keeps you focused on your Miracle. No doubt about it! But again, it is your responsibility to determine what your incentive is and how it will drive you toward your Miracle.
The letter "R" stands for Revelation. As you read this today, get a Revelation! It's your responsibility...no one else's. It doesn't matter who you are, where you came from, how much money you have...get a Revelation. YOU can and will create Miracles!
The letter "A" stands for Action. I know you've heard this before, but read this today, print it out and decide that you are going to take Action to create Miracles. Once again, no one will do it for you! Take the Action that you know that you need to take to create your Miracle.
The letter "C" stands for Commitment. Finally...once and for all...dive right into it...get Committed to your Miracle! It's your responsibility. Inside you is a reason for why you are here...your Miracle...so Commit to it. Go for it!
The letter "L" stands for Love. You must Love what you do. You must Love the Miracle that you are focused on creating. If your Miracle is all about money...you will fail! Your Miracle cannot be based on money. Your Miracle must be based on what you can do to impact the world, which will produce everlasting results. You will produce true Miracles! Don't let anyone else tell you what you must do for money. Love what you do and create your own Miracles.
The letter "E" stands for Energy. Your gonna need Energy to create your Miracle. There's no such thing as it "falling in your lap", "luck" or "winning the lotto" in a success mindset. It takes hard work! You need the Energy to take those daily action steps to create your Miracle. Again, it is your responsibility to maintain your Energy to create your Miracle. Miracle...It's your responsibility.
As I say,
You must be absolutely clear about your goal and be relentless in your pursuit of Your "WHY!"
Success Character Is Higher Than Intellect Empower Yourself With This Realization
We all know how easy it is to follow the majority, to do as everyone else seems to be doing, to do only that which is considered average. It takes a strong individual to live a life based on his or her own ideals. Such a person shows strength simply in ability to remain on a chosen path regardless of the inevitable counter forces.
It is the fear of these counter forces that keeps most of us away from our natural desire to learn in order to fulfill our desire for acceptance. It is the fear of these counter forces that threatens us to inaction rather than face failure.
Although we tend to restrict ourselves, we admire those who have the tenacity to face up to these forces in order to live the way they choose. To those who have used their mind to perceive and understand the unknown we recognize their intellect. To those who go the extra step of being a living example of their beliefs we recognize their character.
We offer our highest admiration to those who act, those who demonstrate character. We recognize that it is not only amazing to have reasoning power and knowledge, it is incredible to veer from the norm and act in a way as to be a living example of one's beliefs. Through our admiration we realize that character is higher than intellect.
Now, it would seem that rather than placing these people on a pedestal , it would be better to let them serve as models for us. Rather than merely admiring their daring we could stand to benefit from their example, the example of action.
Such an example was given to us by Thomas Edison and his Insomnia Team who were named as such because of their long hours. He chose to spend most of his waking hours with these men, who were just as dedicated as he, working endlessly on a given belief.
Edison also made a point to clearly demonstrate his determination through an open door policy with the media. Though he was mainly doing this in an attempt to secure financial backing it gave the rest of the world a clear picture of this man's character.
Edison and the Insomnia Team showed their persistence and determination often throughout the years. One of the inventions that called heavily on these qualities was the light bulb. Edison and his Insomnia Team could have given up after a couple attempts, yet even after a couple hundred attempts; however, they continued on even into thousands of attempts.
Edison could not be discouraged; rationalizing that since they had only found thousands of ways it could not be done, he could only be closer to the right answer. Edison and the Insomnia Team above intelligence showed character. Their determination pushed aside the counter forces and their diligence was rewarded after over three thousand attempts.
Determination such as this should be ours since it is the very substance that promotes action. This, of course, is easier said than done. Recognizing that action is spurred by determination may be a key to a new way of living.
If we believe in something, the beliefs of others, particularly those who speak of impossibilities should be ignored. Since we all are able to rationalize that error is part of human nature we should not be afraid of it, rather we should look at it more like Edison who saw it as a stepping stone bringing him closer to his goal.
In realizing that character is higher that intellect we should not only admire it in others we should strive to make it our own.
This empowering thought is fuel to drive us to success. We have the power to be the best we can be by acting on our dreams. We can learn what we need along the way.
How Big Is Yours
I would guess that you have so problems in your life haven't you?
Do some of them seem overwhelming, massive and unconquerable?
If you stood at the bottom of Mount Everest and looked up, it would appear incredibly huge and insurmountable, wouldn't it?
What if you changed your perspective and perhaps got in a helicopter and hovered near the top, or moved far away from the mountain. Then it would look different and perhaps not so overwhelming.
We all have problems (or challenges) in our lives that appear overwhelming. Often it just takes a change of perspective to change how you feel about it and to make it appear manageable.
This could just be something as simple as looking outside of yourself.
A friend of mine has had a lot of problems recently. They seem overwhelming and she's been close to the edge with no apparent way out.
Then her mother went into hospital for a check up and was admitted with a possible brain tumour.
She spoke to me the next day and said, "Suddenly, my problems don't appear so big".
If you are suffering from overwhelming problems then you need to change your perspective. Either
1) Look outside yourself at the people around you and realise how well off you really are
2) Visualise your problem and shrink it down. Put it under your feet or push it far off into the distance. This changes your perspective and makes it manageable
Either of these will change how you feel and help you deal with your problems better and in a more resourceful way.
The 7 Deadly Barriers To Success
You want to start up a business on the Internet but it hasn't happened. What can you do to put yourself on the journey to success?
You can identify what is stopping you and take steps to overcome these common but deadly barriers...
(1)Lack of Goals
If you sit down at your computer with the Internet connected with no goals, it is likely you will end up surfing without a purpose. This is very time consuming.
Decide what you want to achieve, make it as specific as possible and plaster copies of them all over your home so you can't fail to read them at least 5 times a day.
Your mind will start to believe them and if you take active steps to achieve them - they will not be out of your reach.
(2)Lack of Money
Okay for some people this will be a genuine factor but for the majority of us, there is a vice or an activity we can give up, like smoking, the odd bottle of wine or an aerobics class.
Most of us will be able to find something to give up or cut down on for the few months it takes to get started.
The Internet provides so many free resources and is the cheapest way to start a business these days so buckle down the purses or give up a vice and join the ride.
This is a most deadly barrier. Because you might think you have a idea for a product but unless you are absolutely sure there is a market for it, you have no assurances of success.
If you have a list you can ask them for their opinions. Or go onto to some of the many forums and ask for people's opinions and test the water.
Don't create a product and waste precious resources until you are sure there is a market. Even better create the product after you have investigated a market and know what they want.
(4)Scared of Failure
You've probably heard it before but do you think Einstein got it right first time? Do you think any inventor gets it right first time?
I'm sure it takes 100s and even 1000s of attempts in some cases before its "Eureka". Failures happen to be learnt from so don't be afraid of them or give up when one occurs.
Sit down, learn your lessons and get on with your next plan of action with your head held high.
I know all about this one! You get so many ideas and ways of marketing in your head, they all merge, make your mind utterly confused and you can't even think of one straight idea.
The solution to this is to try one thing at a time. Test its success and if it doesn't work, move on. And when you find something that's works, stick to and master it.
Then you can go onto try something else but only if you want to. Its better to be excellent at one thing, then not very good at lots of things.
Also you could try choosing one or two 'gurus' to follow. You can copy their roads to success as long as it is in your own words.
This is the one thing NOT to become a master at! Tomorrow never comes. Don't put off things you can to today. Do something every day to bring you closer to your goals.
I know the soaps and TV in general can be very entertaining but imagine what you can achieve if you spent that time making substantial amounts of money on the Internet. The possibilities have no limits.
(7)Other People's Views
Whether its your partner, boss, kids, friends, neighbours, acquaintances, whoever - do not let them put you down. If you want to succeed, its down to you and you alone.
Keep that one mindedness and don't budge from it, whatever the daily grind throws at you. You can success and you will.
Live the life you want to. If you want to work from 9 to 5 and are happy, then so be it. However, if that is not case, it's up to you to do something about it. Today, the Internet is your oyster, so get out there and find the pearls.
Ever Wondered Why Everyone Except You Is Moving On
"I attend courses, read books, listen to CD's, yet I am still not living the life I want to and am unhappy with the life I have. How can I have the life I want to have?"
This is a surprisingly common dilemma. There are many people out there who could be called "Seminar Junkies". They go from course to course, book to book, guru to guru desperately seeking answers, yet never finding them.
They watch the people around them have magical transformations in their lives, and feel frustrated and resentful that they are not getting the same results. These people typically continue to attend course after course until eventually they give up and live a life of quiet desperation.
Now, I'm going to share a huge secret with you, though you have to promise not to tell everyone else, because otherwise all these people who make their living from self help seminars and books will get very upset at me for sharing this secret.
The majority of people who attend self-help seminars, read the books, listen to the CD's are all desperately looking for someone else to change their lives. They refuse to take responsibility for their lives and firmly believe that the only way they can change is if some guru waves their magic wand and blesses them. Then, and only then, will they have permission, and the ability, to change.
Here's a newsflash.
No guru, no self help book, no seminar, no CD is going to change your life.
The only way you are going to change your life is if you decide to change it.
You can attend the courses, listen to CD's and read the books, but if you are not willing to take responsibility for what you have in your life and accept your own power and ability to change it, you are never going to get the changes you want.
That's right. You'll just stay the same.
People are far too willing in today's society to give away their personal power and responsibility for their lives. They are always jumping from diet to diet or from health fad to health fad or whatever, hoping that one of them will actually make a difference for them.
If you want to change your life you need to follow these 5 steps:
Make a decision right now that you are going to change your life. There are many different ways to do this, and I teach a number of motivational techniques on my courses and in my workbooks you can use to help you make this decision.
Take responsibility for everything that is in your life, no matter how good or bad. You created and accepted it into your life, and as such, you can change it.
Decide what you do want in your life, what you are going to accept and what you are not going to accept. If you don't know what you want, look at what you don't want, and the opposite of that is what you want. Decide on who and what you want to be. Create an action plan for change. Create a plan for how you are going to make these changes.
And the most important step of all, DO IT. That's right, do it and make the changes. This is the step that separates the achievers and successful people from the dreamers living a life of mediocrity.
If you have been attending all these seminars, reading these books and you still haven't managed to change your life, then look inside yourself and ask this question.
"Am I taking responsibility for changing my life?"
If the answer is no, then take responsibility and start changing your life today. Whether you work with someone else, or you work with me, take responsibility and use the knowledge of the "guru's" and the courses and the books and implement them into your life and create the life of your dreams; the life you deserve.
You can wait for an eternity for someone else to make the changes for you, and it'll never happen. YOU just have to DO it yourself. Stop putting things off now, because the more you put things off the more painful and difficult it will get.
P.S. If you are reading this and saying "I tried" or "I can't" or something similar then you absolutely need to re-read this article right now two or three times and implement it into your life. It is time to stop trying and start doing.
Personal And Professional Development What S The Difference
When people ask me about my business, I tell them I'm in the learning business - that we help organizations, teams and individuals reach their potential through learning. This is a fine statement and it does describe the breadth of what we do, but it often leads to the follow-up question like . . . "Do you do personal development stuff or just business skills training?"
My answer is yes.
Because I don't believe there is a significant difference between personal development and professional development.
Why do I say that?
The Reasons Why
Since my opinion might differ from yours, or perhaps you've never thought about it this, it makes sense to explain myself. There are at least five major reasons why I think personal and professional development are the same thing.
Learning is Learning. We were granted an amazing potential for learning at birth. Most of us haven't used very much of that potential. It's like we are mowing our lawn with a jet engine. Sure the jet engine has enough horsepower to turn the blade, but it has virtually unlimited potential that isn't being used. When we are learning we are increasing our capacity to learn more because we are flexing and exercising our "learning muscles." In other words whenever we are learning we are increasing our capacity to learn even more.
All Experience Counts. One of the powerful ways that we learn is by connecting new learning to what we already know. As we continue to build our knowledge and experiences, it allows us to make new connections faster. In other words, the more we learn, the more successful we will be at learning new things and in most situations; more quickly with deeper understanding.
We're a Whole Package. It isn't like we go to work and don't use anything we know from our personal life to be more effective professionally. And while we may not need to know how to repair rotating drum equipment at home - those skills might help you diagnose the problem with your washing machine. And even though you don't have to back up the system database at home, you might be able to deal with your home PC better because of what you learned at work. And while you hope you'll never need to follow the new Customer Service procedure at home, that procedure might teach you something a following a process, or being more understanding when you are the Customer.
The bottom line is that we are complete humans, and as such we take our entire work knowledge home, and bring all of our personal knowledge and experience to work. So any form of growth or development will benefit you both personally and professionally.
The Most Important Skills are Always the Most Important. Where does being a better listener help you - at home or at work? Both, of course. When you learn how to coach more effectively at work does it make you a better parent? It sure can!
We could make a long list of these valuable skills, from communication to dealing with conflict, to learning how to learn, to giving better feedback to being more creative... you get the idea (and have probably thought of five other examples yourself by now). There are many skills that we might learn as "self improvement" that will help us at work, and vice versa. So why label it one or the other?
Serendipity Rules. Because our learning grows based on connections, you never know when something you learned on the Discovery Channel might give you an 'aha' at work, or that the insight shared by the seminar leader at work helps you solve a vexing problem at home. Again, all development, all learning, all growth helps us in all parts of our lives.
Does all of this mean that as I become a better knitter or bowler, I'll be more productive and successful at work? Yes, for the reasons I described above (and some others too).
That doesn't mean that your organization should send everyone to knitting class or bowling lessons, but it does mean that there is substantial merit in supporting any form of learning regardless of the content.
In the end, my goal is to help you view all skills more broadly in their application - instead of classifying some things as "personal development" and therefore they don't matter at work.
Learning is learning. Personal development is professional development.
When you stop worrying about the distinctions, but rather think about the applications, you serve yourself and others much better.
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