Archive for February, 2012

AN INVITATION TO LOVE (Angel Meditation) from DailyOM

Posted in "AN INVITATION TO LOVE (Angel Meditation)" from DailyOM with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by Robert Finkelstein

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AN INVITATION TO LOVE (Angel Meditation) from DailyOM

A meditation with your angels can provide a new gentleness into your normal meditation routine.

Though your host of spirit guides encompasses many diverse beings, all of which willingly watch over you, meditating with angels can be a uniquely insightful experience. The angels stationed at your side are both powerful and knowledgeable—they possess a limitless understanding of your needs and desires, your strengths and weaknesses, and your purpose. However, angels take an active part in our lives only when invited to do so. Meditation allows you to make contact with your angels and lovingly request that they participate actively in your day-to-day life.

To begin, retreat to a solitary place where you won’t be distracted by concerns. Incense and candlelight may aid you in achieving a meditative state but are not necessary. However, laying an image of an angel, angel statue, or item symbolizing your angels before you can focus your thoughts. Sit comfortably, breathe deeply, and let yourself relax. When you feel peaceful, invite your angels from the highest of light to sit with you as you meditate. Mentally repeat your request and reiterate that this time together is important to you. Then, in your mind’s eye, visualize a bright-white light floating above you. As you breathe, draw this light first into the crown of your head and then into the whole of your physical self. Allow this light to spread through your arms and hands, your core, and your lower body. Repeat this integration of illumination with a violet light.

Once again, ask your angels to be with you. Let the stillness surrounding you enter your soul, and open your heart to your angel guides. If they wish to communicate a message, they will do so now. Allow them to wrap their wings around you and infuse you with their bountiful love. Breathe them in as you did the light. As the meditation draws to a close, you may feel a presence, fluttering wings, or billowing fabric, or you may see an angel in your mind’s eye. Thank them for providing you with love and light, and being with you as you meditated. If you don’t sense or feel anything, there is no cause for worry—you can be certain your angels are with you. Don’t be surprised if you start to see signs throughout the day that your angels are near, perhaps a feather at your doorstep. As you practice this meditation, you will become increasingly adept at recognizing when your angels are near and sensing their presence.

– DailyOM
http://www.DailyOM.com/

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THE 5 WAYS TO MAKE YOURSELF MEMORABLE by Mike Michalowicz

Posted in "The 5 Ways to Make Yourself Memorable" by Mike Michalowicz with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by Robert Finkelstein

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THE 5 WAYS TO MAKE YOURSELF MEMORABLE by Mike Michalowicz

The formula to marketing success? Being memorable. Throughout our lives we constantly encounter many people from many walks of lifes. Often though, we only remember a select few of those folks.

Why are some more memorable than others? Why were they more interesting and seemingly more distinguished from the countless others you spoke with that day? The answer is relatively simple: they planted the seeds in your mind that made them take root in your memory. That is some powerful stuff, because if you too can make people remember you, you will stand out by default. And it’s the stand outs who garner all the business.

1. Be different, not better.
It is hard to be better. Even when you are, no one really cares. If you are a little faster (your deliver proposals 30 minutes earlier), a little more polished (you wear the modern skinny tie, when your competition still wears last year’s wide tie), a little more professional (you send a thank you note after visiting a prospects office), you’re clearly better, but it will likely go unnoticed.

It’s the extremes that get noticed. If you are going to compete on being better, you need to be way better or way faster or way more professional. That’s not hard, that is way hard. To be way better takes tremendous effort and expenditures that you may not be ready to take on.

But there is another way. Instead of being way better, try being different. It is usually significantly easier to do. If your industry is stuffy, be the casual guy. If your industry is casual, be the unwavering professional. The goal is to stand out from the status quo. If you want to be memorable, different beats better, by a long shot.

2. Be “the guy.” Most people say, “I do legal work”, or “I help people with the accounting” or “I set up computer systems”. Aspire to be “the guy” for a niche category in your industry. So instead of doing computers or even being “the computer guy”, be the “stable computers guy”.

3. Listen intently.
People are intelligent. They can easily spot when you are pretending to be interested in them. Be genuine when you speak and be intent when you listen. Show that you are truly passionate about what you have to say and that you really are interested in what they are saying. People appreciate sincere conversation. When they know they are truly being listened to, they will be more inclined to listen to you in return.

4. Be an individual.
Often times, we try to “turn off” the traits that make us unique as people. Getting pushed around in grade school or picked on in high school convinced us that it is a mistake to stand out from the “norm” and we should strive to diminish our uniqueness. If you want to be memorable, re-discover and harness the traits that make you, well, you. If you are creative, find ways to use your creativity. If you are loud, get people pumped up! If you are funny, use your humor to break the ice in or out of the workplace.

5. Be genuine.
No one likes fake people. No one enjoys the company of someone whose life is portrayed as perfect. People are interested in those whom they can relate to. Show who you really are. Let people see your flaws, as well as your triumphs. Be open about how much effort and hard work was put in to get you where you are today. Offer advice, and take advice. Don’t be a know-it-all. Be a person that other people will feel comfortable around and not feel as though they are not “good-enough” to be in your presence.

Want to really kick some butt in the business world? Yeah? Good! Then, be memorable. No one remembers the people who are “cardboard cutouts.” Those who are different are remembered.

– Mike Michalowicz, “Author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur”

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HOW TO CHOOSE SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE… by Dr. Nido R. Qubein

Posted in "How to Choose Success and Significance...." by Dr. Nido R. Qubein, Life Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2012 by Robert Finkelstein

Along with hundreds of inspirational quotes, beautiful images, recommending reading, and my own personal and business blogs, at “Behind the Scenes / Virtual COO” you will find the writings and videos of those whose intention is to inspire, motivate and push us to think outside the box.

HOW TO CHOOSE SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE… by Dr. Nido R. Qubein

What is success? Only you can define it in your own life. In my own life, I have attempted to define both Success and Significance.

To me, Success is secular. Significance is spiritual.

It doesn’t matter how you define your own spirituality. Spiritual matters are always finer, deeper, and longer lasting than secular matters.

Success focuses on three Fs:

• Fans
• Fame
• Fortune

Success is focused on tasks, even goals.

Significance also focuses on three Fs:

• Faith
• Family
• Friends

But, significance focuses on purpose. Why am I here? What do I do with the talents, experiences and skills that I have? How can I make the world a better place? How do I plant seeds of greatness in the lives of those around me? How do I make an impact in the circles of influence where I find or place myself?

To choose success and significance, you must be a strategic thinker who:

• Has a clear vision of what you want to accomplish
• Develops a solid strategy that answers three questions:

– Who or what are we today?
– Who do we want to become?
– How do we get there?
• Employs practical systems to achieve your goals
• Commits to consistent execution because in consistency, success
emerges.

When implementing your strategic plan for success, it really comes down to three “Ds”:

Decide
what you want most to achieve
Determine the first step to getting what you want
Do the first thing that will start you moving toward your goal.

Using these seven keys, you can choose success and significance. But keep this in mind: success is not a matter of luck, not an accident of birth, not a reward for virtue. The most successful people I know are the ones who have something to do, somewhere to be and someone to love.

No one is responsible for your success or your joy. You must search for it and be in a continual state of earning it.

To merely succeed is not an end in itself. You must use your success to impact other people…to impact the world…to Live Life from the Inside Out.

It all starts with the choices you make – they determine the person you will become.

– An excerpt from Seven Choices for Success and Significance by Dr. Nido R. Qubein

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RIGHTSIZING YOUR PASSION by Seth Godin

Posted in "Rightsizing Your Passion" by Seth Godin with tags , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by Robert Finkelstein

Along with hundreds of inspirational quotes, beautiful images, recommending reading, and my own personal and business blogs, at “Behind the Scenes / Virtual COO” you will find the writings and videos of those whose intention is to inspire, motivate and push us to think outside the box.

RIGHTSIZING YOUR PASSION by Seth Godin

Excitement about goals is often diminished by our fear of failure or the drudgery of work.

If you’re short on passion, it might be because your goals are too small or the fear is too big.

Do a job for a long time and achieve what you set out to achieve, and suddenly, the dream job becomes a trudge instead. The job hasn’t changed–your dreams have.

Mostly, though, it’s about our fear. Fear is the dream killer, the silent voice that pushes us to lose our passion in a vain attempt to seek safety.

While you can work hard to dream smaller dreams, I think it’s better to embrace the fear and find bigger goals instead.

– Seth Godin

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