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Friday, 25 February 2011

If you spoke with 10 people and ask what prevents them from thinking big, you would probably obtain a list of 50 reasons why they and others should not have big thoughts.

We disagree!  There is no better time in the world to think big than right now!   It's all about transforming your mind to being in a constant state of THINKING BIG! Let me caution you, if you do not want to be a big thinker - STOP READING NOW.  This is only for those who want to do something different to obtain something different..this is only for those who are ready to do the extraordinary to receive the extraordinary! 

As a BIG THINKER, you have to make the decision everyday to be strategic in your thoughts, words, actions and deeds. You've got to decide every day that no matter what comes your way, you have the strength, the wisdom, the street smarts and the ability to achieve exactly what needs to be achieved. Yes--YOU are equipped to achieve it!  

You may have heard the statement "as a man thinks therefore he is".  This is true.  Each day, question your thought process--you are thinking little thoughts or if you are thinking BIG thoughts? Little thoughts focus only on you in your situation today;  BIG thoughts focus on making your purpose and dreams a reality.  So, when you wake up in the morning - what are your first thoughts? What do you think about yourself?  Do you see yourself BIG or little? How you begin your day determines how your actions will play it out.  Let's make the decision today that we are more than conquerors!

No matter how you started your day - right now - STOP! Take the next five (5) minutes and give yourself permission to be a BIG Thinker . give yourself permission to be extraordinarily great. Give yourself a pep talk by allowing your mind, your voice, your heart and your non-verbals to come into agreement with the fact that today you are a BIG THINKER! Make the decision right now that you are going to sell yourself to yourself.

David Schwartz recommends creating your own 60 second commercial and using it three to seven times a day to sell yourself to yourself. Here's how you create your own commercial:

1.       Go off to a quiet place and complete a self-inventory. Select your assets, your points of interest and those areas which make you uniquely wonderful.  Don't be shy about this - go overboard!

2.       Using your own words put these points on a piece of paper. Write a commercial about you to you. Be very direct.  Remember, this is not about anyone else but you and who you were created to be - your points should be directly aligned with who your Creator designed you to be.  Delete any old mental recordings and the negative things others have said about you. This is about what makes you extraordinarily great! Remember, there is no one else on this world designed specifically like you.

3.       In private, practice your commercial out loud at least once a day in front of a mirror. Do this until there is a match, correlation, alignment and congruence between your words, your tone and your body language. Do this because if you don't believe what you're saying about yourself - why should anyone else? Now, repeat this commercial with great determination.  Do this until you believe exactly what you're saying!

4.       Read it out loud to yourself several times a day. Read it before you tackle anything which demands courage. Read it anytime you feel let down. Read it, Believe it, Walk it!

Remember - as you think . therefore you are! You are literally what you think you are, your character being the complete sum of all your thoughts.

So, what are you thinking about yourself?  Think BIG!!

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

We need your inputs and opinion, for the March edition of "Based on Your Experience".  The topic for March is "Planning & the Bottom Line".  We've incorporated the discussion this month into a survey.  

Questions 2-4 are multiple choice and we will collect and report the results in tabular form.

Question #5 is an optional short essay opinion question
We will feature selected responses to this question (about 250 words + digital photo and short byline) in the opinion column.


Remember, we will print your responses to question #5, with photo and very short byline in the March edition, so make sure we hear from you!!! 

Thanks for your feedback!!

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Tuesday, 01 February 2011

Ask yourself hard questions. Introspection takes guts. You need to determine how serious your problem is. Should you just wean yourself off evening e-mail, or should you consider a career change? Where are you going in life? What are your priorities? "Lots of creative thinking shows up when the priorities are clear" (Wooldridge, 2010). Employers can't be assumed to know what you want before you do. Neither can families. Join us on February 16 as we discuss how to plan your career: Developing Your Own Career Strategy 

Build downtime into your schedule. When you plan your week, make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends and activities that help you recharge.

Maintain boundaries between work and home. Some obvious tactics come to mind: Turn off the cell phone during dinner. Don't plan the T-ball lineup at budget meetings.

Stick to a schedule. A set routine helps keep your boundaries--and your mind--clear.

Drop activities that sap your time or energy.   Many people waste their time on activities or people that add no value -- for example, spending too much time at work with a colleague who is constantly venting and gossiping. Take stock of activities that aren't really enhancing your career or personal life and minimizing the time you spend on them.

Delegate. You don't need to do it all - You Really Don't!

Set an example for your employees and your family.  

Rethink your errands - Consider whether you can outsource any of your time-consuming household chores or errands.

Get moving - It's hard to make time for exercise when you have a jam-packed schedule, but experts say that it may ultimately help you get more done by boosting your energy level and ability to concentrate.

Remember that a little relaxation goes a long way - Don't get overwhelmed by assuming that you need to make big changes to bring more balance to your life. Set one goal for this week, for example, leaving the office on-time at least three days a week.

Spend a few minutes each day nourishing your "roots:" exercise, serenity, love and mindful eating.

 Pausing to take a few deep breaths several times a day yields significant mental, physical and spiritual benefits - take a daily mini-vacation (Read January's issue of TNFoL)!



 Other Quick Tips

  • Devise strategies to deal with fear and stress before they happen
  • In general, eat deeply colored foods, especially fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Shut off your phone for just a little while
  • Rent a funny video and Laugh more often
  • Thank people who are special to you regularly
  • Maintaining healthy relationships require your attention - PAY ATTENTION!
  • Quiet down and listen to your feelings. Act from the inside out to increase your energy and zest for life

Get 12 to 47 hugs EVERY DAY! 


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