Saturday, July 10, 2010

WHAT IS A THOUGHT?

What follows is a beautiful definition as well as elaboration [for brevity, I have deliberately cut out the "extra" bits] of 'what is a thought?', which I have found on the net:

"A thought is an image projected into the ether. It is vibration. It is force and energy...

Every aspect of life is generated by thought...

All success and all failure are the results of our thoughts...

Emotions are brought on by thought. Everything you see is materialized thought... In order to create anything, you must begin by seeing it in your mind. The thought is always first. Action is a direct result of thought.

You can get anything you want if you learn how to control your thoughts. In order to learn how to do so, it is important to understand that thought produces a dual effect: vibration and form.

A vibration is a wave of feeling that comes from the mind of the thinker. It expresses the character of a thought... A vibration is also known as a thought wave...

A vibration emanates as long as the thought is held. Every vibration is instantly followed by a form, which is a picture. This is known as a thought form...

Thought forms are mental pictures in the mind...

The intensity and the clarity of the thought determine the weight, power, and shape of the form...


Your actions were the direct result of the intensity and the duration of the thought form...

Thoughts create a form. The form becomes a picture. The picture may not be instantly apparent to the physical eye, but it is living in the "mental" plane. That is why thought forms are sometimes referred to as "elementals."

A clear thought, visualized and repeated will manifest itself in the physical world. Sometimes it may take time to manifest, but it will happen...

You can develop thought forms that will bring to you what you want. This is a skill. Like any skill, it takes desire, discipline, time, and effort. You have to acquire good habits of thought. This takes concentration and patience. You must see what you want clearly and learn to focus on it with intensity and faith. These are the first steps toward bringing your desire into form. You get what you think."

[Source: 'The 5 Rules of Thought: How to Use the Power of Your Mind to Get What You Want', by Mary Browne;

By the way, here are the five rules from the author:

1) You must decide what you want;

2) You must see it done;

3) You should not vacillate;

4) You must have faith;

5) You must remember, persistence reaps results
!]

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich."

~ Henry Ward Beecher, (1813–1887), a prominent social reformer in the mid to late 19th century;

Friday, July 9, 2010

WHAT IS YOUR VITALITY QUOTIENT?

Here's the link to a free quiz to find find out your VQ - your Vitality Quotient.

It is based on the work of clinical psychologist & dancer Anat Baniel, who has worked closely with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.

For the fun of it, just take a few moments to complete the questionnaire.

SELF-ASSESSMENT FOR INTROVERTS

I have found the following interesting self-assessment for introverts while browsing the Amazon online catalog.

"Take the test for introversion on a day when you are feeling relaxed and not stressed out. Pick a cozy nook where you won't be interrupted.

Consider each statement in terms of what is generally true or false for you, not how you wish you were or how you are some of the time.

Don't analyze or think too deeply about each statement.

Your first impression is usually the best.

For an outside view of yourself, it can be enlightening to have a partner or friend answer for you. Compare your results with your friend's score. If the two tallies differ, talk about both of your views.

Answer the following questions T or F, then add up your True answers and check the scoring at the end of the list to see if you're an introvert, fall in the middle of the continuum, or are an extrovert.

-- When I need to rest, I prefer to spend time alone or with one or two close people rather than with a group.

-- When I work on projects, I like to have larger uninterrupted time periods rather than smaller chunks.

-- I sometimes rehearse things before speaking, occasionally writing notes for myself.

-- In general, I like to listen more than I like to talk.

-- People sometimes think I'm quiet, mysterious, aloof, or calm.

-- I like to share special occasion with just one person or a few close friends, rather than have big celebrations.

-- I usually need to think before I respond or speak.

-- I tend to notice details many people don't see.

-- If two people have just had a fight, I feel the tension in the air.

-- If I say I will do something, I almost always do it.

-- I feel anxious if I have a deadline or pressure to finish a project.

-- I can "zone out" if too much is going on.

-- I like to watch an activity for a while before I decide to join it.

-- I form lasting relationships.

-- I don't like to interrupt others; I don't like to be interrupted.

-- When I take in lots of information, it takes me a while to sort it out.

-- I don't like overstimulating environments. I can't imagine why folks want to go to horror movies or go on roller coasters.

-- I sometimes have strong reactions to smells, tastes, foods, weather, noises, etc.

-- I am creative and/or imaginative.

-- I feel drained after social situations, even when I enjoy myself.

-- I prefer to be introduced rather than to introduce others.

-- I can become grouchy if I'm around people or activities too long.

-- I often feel uncomfortable in new surroundings.

-- I like people to come to my home, but I don't like them to stay too long.

-- I often dread returning phone calls.

-- I find my mind sometimes goes blank when I meet people or when I am asked to speak unexpectedly.

-- I talk slowly or have gaps in my words, especially if I am tired or if I am trying to speak and think at once.

-- I don't think of casual acquaintances as friends.

-- I feel as if I can't show other people my work or ideas until they are fully formulated.

-- Other people may surprise me by thinking I am smarter than I think I am.

Add up the number of Trues. Then read the following to see where you fall.

20-29 True:

Pretty darn introverted. As a result, it is extremely important for you to understand how to keep your energy flowing and how our brain processes information. You relate to life through your ideas, impressions, hopes and values.

You are not at the mercy of your external environment.


10-19 True:

Somewhere in the middle. Like being ambidextrous, you are both introverted and extroverted. You may feel torn between needing to be alone and wanting to be out and about. So it's very helpful to notice when and how you consistently feel more energized.

You judge yourself by your own thoughts and feelings and by the standards of other people. This gives you a broad view, but at times you may get caught up in seeing both sides of a situation and not know where you stand.

It is important to learn to assess your temperament so you can maintain your energy and balance.

1-9 True:

You are more extroverted. You judge yourself in the light of the values and reality of others. You work within the bounds of what exists to bring about change.

As you reach midlife and your body slows down, you may surprise yourself by wanting to take a break from socializing or needing time to yourself and then not knowing what to do.

You can develop techniques to help yourself remember what is best for you to do when you need solitude. To do this you will have to balance your extroverting skills by learning more introverting skills."

[Source: 'The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World', by psychotherapist/researcher/educator Dr Marti Olsen Laney;

I like her explanation about introversion: "Introversion is at its root a type of temperament. It is not the same as shyness or having a withdrawn personality, & it is not pathological. It is also not something you can change. But you can learn to work with it, not against it..."]

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"... Don’t let the heat in the kitchen prevent you from cooking the meal. Deal with the heat. Ignore it if you can. If you can’t, address it. Just don’t let it distract you from bringing your compete attention and resources to bear on the goal..."

~ A Small Lesson in Leadership, from leadership coach Mark Sanborn, writing in his Leadership weblog (re: ass kicking or problem fixing?); to me, it somehow resonates with one of his other apt quotes to "Inspire Extraordinary Leadership & Remarkable Performance", as follows:

“People who lead – whether or not they have a title – strive to make things better for those around them. They increase what I call ROI. In this instance ROI doesn’t stand for “return on investment,” but rather:

Relationships,
Outcomes and
Improvements.”

Thursday, July 8, 2010

7 CORE COMPETENCIES OF BUSINESS SAVVY

The following is my immediate takeaway:

1) SYSTEM THINKING: seeing & understanding the big picture;

2) LINEAR THINKING: seeing & understanding each discrete part of the big picture & being able to close in on specific tasks & execute them;

3) CONTINUOUS THINKING: having visionary skills; the ability to anticipate problems & opportunities; be prepared for them & react quickly;

4) SYNTHESISING: practice of sorting & prioritising salient information from data;

5) AWARENESS OF INFORMATION GAPS & VOIDS: being constantly aware of where your information voids lie & respond appropriately by learning more, turning to others for help, or both;

6) COMMUNICATION: ability to communicate with either dialogue or discussion;

7) EMPATHY: ability to discern & identify with what others are thinking & feeling;

[Source: 'The Adversity Paradox: An Unconventional Guide to Achieving Uncommon Business Success', by J Barry Griswell; & Bob Jennings; the authors' brilliant 'Business Savvy Framework', illustrating the components of human capital in alignment with the core competencies, is also a fascinating piece of work;]

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"Study nature. Love nature. Stay close to nature. It will never fail you."

~ Frank Lloyd Wright, (1867–1959), American architect, interior designer, writer & educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works; recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time";

TODAY'S Q2P (QUESTIONS TO PONDER)

What am I doing that no one else in the marketplace should be doing?

ATTENTION PARENTS: WHAT KIDS & TEENS NEED TO SUCCEED

I love to surf the net, especially in the afternoons after my gym practice. One of my "stage coach stations", so to speak, is the Amazon online store.

Recently, I came across two books which I had read with gusto during the late nineties.

In fact, they were part of my store repertoire, when I was running my small but unique retail outlet, aptly called 'The Brain Resource" in the Central Business District, established from the early nineties to about mid-2005.

The books are:

- 'What Kids Need to Succeed', by Dr Peter Benson;

- 'What Teens Need to Succeed', by Dr Peter Benson;

I am glad that the books are still available at Amazon. As a matter, Dr Benson has written two more - newer - books, namely:

- 'Vision: Awakening Your Potential to Create a Better World';

- 'Sparks: How Parents can Ignite the Hidden Strengths in Teenagers';

which I have yet to procure & read.

What I love about the first two books is the positive "asset building" philosophy of Dr Peter Benson. To me, it is an essential component in developing self-efficacy & enhancing self-worth.

In a nut shell, he breaks it down to forty developmental assets - external as well as internal - which kids & teens would need in order to succeed in life, starting with family support.

For more information about the positive "asset building" philosophy, readers can go to Dr Benson's corporate website, which is a goldmine of information nuggets.

Dr Benson is a widely recognised authority in the field of creating success developments among adolescents.

For a quick overview of the 40 developmental assets, readers can go to this link to download the appropriate .pdf document.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world."

~ John Le Carre, 79, ex-intelligence operative during the 1950s & 1960s, who became an accomplished author of espionage novels; his third novel, 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' (1963) became an international best-seller [a movie was made, bearing the same name, & starring Richard Burton in the lead], & remains his best known work to date;

TODAY'S Q2P (QUESTIONS TO PONDER)

What do I do in my job that I should only do in Hell?

~ inspired by Joel Arthur Barker, highlighting a key question for measuring time waste [from his presentation at Continuous Process Improvement Symposiums, Weber State University, 2008];

PRAGMATIC INSIGHTS FROM THE EXPERTS

"Work hard. Keep at it. Live simply & quietly. Remain humble. Stay positive. Create your own luck. Be nice. Be polite."

~ Hugh Macleod, writing in his first business book, 'Ignore Everybody & 39 Other Keys to Creativity';

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

TODAY'S Q2P (QUESTIONS TO PONDER)

1. What am I known for?

2. Where am I going?

3. Whom do I travel with?

4. How do I build a positive work environment?

5. What challenges interest me?

6. How do I respond to disposability and change?

7. What delights me?


[Source: 'The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win', by Wendy Ulrich]

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"You'll know your limits until you try to extend them & even then, one has to break out of his or her comfort zone to appreciate that effort."

~ Martin Dansky, Canadian actor, artist & writer;

How do we go about finding the genius in all of us? What steps can we take to unlock latent talent?

According to David Shenk, author of 'The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, & IQ Is Wrong':

"Find the thing you love to do, & work & work & work at it. Don't be discouraged by failure; realise that high achievers thrive on failure as a motivating mechanism & as instruction guide on how to get better."

Monday, July 5, 2010

PRAGMATIC INSIGHTS FROM THE WISE: Take time out to read today...

"Read a Book... Reading is like exercising - mental & physical benefits flourish with regular practice. Reading improves language skills, vocabulary, & spelling skills; it introduces new ideas, perspectives, & information; it staves off the effects of aging by keeping your mind active; it provides a vehicle for mental escape & creativity; & it relaxes, entertains, & inspires your soul... Take time out to read today..."

~ Matthew Emerzian & Kelly Bozza, authors of 'Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference';

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"Don't believe what you eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, & you'll see the way to fly."

~ Richard Bach, who is widely known as the author of the 1970s best-sellers 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull', 'Illusions: The Adventures Of A Reluctant Messiah', & others. His books espouse his philosophy that our apparent physical limits & mortality are merely "seems" & "appearances". He is noted for his love of flying, & for writing his books with a metaphorical connection to flying;

TODAY'S Q2P (QUESTIONS TO PONDER)

Who am I tomorrow?

What am I doing to make my future rock?

What big shifts am I considering or making happen?