Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WHAT'S IN A NAME? THE SIX ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS YOU NEED TO KNOW



Selecting a name for your new business is not easy. A name does more than identify your company. It tells customers who you are, what you do, and more than a little about how you do it. Your name differentiates you from your peers, peaks customer interest, and invites further investigation -- if you do it right.
 
I didn't do it right. At least, not at first.
 
All entrepreneurs make mistakes, and I made one of my first ones right off the bat. Thrilled with the fledgling business I was starting, this precious enterprise so near and dear to my heart, I christened my company Diadem Communications. Diadem means crown-- a fitting name for what I felt was a
crowning achievement.
 
What does Diadem say to you? Does it evoke thoughts of me coming into your company, training your sales team to be the best booth staff ever, ensuring that every single trade show you attend turns out to be amazingly successful? Does it make me sound so good that you just can't wait to hire me?
 
No. It doesn't say that to me either. And even worse, it didn't say that to any of my potential customers. Going by name alone, no one would be able to determine the least bit of information about me, my company, or the services we offer. The name said nothing, and it did nothing for me.
 
The name had to go. More importantly, it had to be replaced by something effective. How do you come up with an effective name? Consider these six elements:
 
An Effective Name:
 
1. Tells Who You Are: Your name should reflect your identity. This is an essential aspect of branding. You'll be promoting this name, getting it in front of as many eyes as possible as often as possible. How do you want the public to think of you?
 
For some, that means integrating your personal name into the name of your business. This is very common in some professions: legal, medical, and accounting leap to mind.
 
Others prefer a more descriptive name. One successful small baker runs her business under the name "The Cookie Lady" because that's how her first customers identified her. It's doubtful that most of the customers even know her first name (It's Pat) but everybody in her market knows "The Cookie Lady".
 
2. Tells What You Do: It's incredible how many company names give little, if any indication of what type of work the organization actually does. Take the following examples:
  • Smith and Sons
  • Hulbert Brothers
  • Only One
  • Can you tell me what any of these companies does? Of course you can't. They're relying on customers already knowing who they are (a tricky proposition for new businesses!) or by having their name found in 'context', such as a yellow pages or on-line business directory.
     
    3. Tells How You Do It: Words are very powerful. By carefully selecting what words you use in your name, you can convey a great deal about your company's image. Consider the names of three different massage and bodywork centers:
    • Champlain Valley Therapeutic Massage
    • Clouds Above Massage
    • Speedy Spa
    • All three companies are providing the same service: massage therapy. Yet the first appears to favor a more medical approach, the second, a dreamy, luxury approach, and the third focuses on fast service.
       
      4. Differentiates You From Your Peers: Your company name is the first opportunity to tell customers how you differ from the competition. This can be done by emphasizing what makes you unique, pinpointing what aspect of your products and services can't be found anywhere else -- or that you do better than anyone else.
       
      Consider the massage therapy example we looked at in number three. Each organization clearly has a different focus and approach to their customer base. They're attracting different types of clients, who are seeking fundamentally different approaches. All of which is conveyed in less than five words.
       
      5. Peaks Customer Interest: Creating customer interest is an art and a science. Think carefully about your target audience. What qualities of your services are of the greatest import to your customers? What kind of words are likely to appeal to them?
       
      Emphasize the important qualities in your name. For example, busy homeowners are drawn to the inherent promise of speed offered by "Bob's Instant Plumbing" while a reader in search of a good mystery will gravitate toward "Crime Pays Books".
       
      Word choice is also important. Two yarn shops can both specialize in specialty fibers, but the one who labels themselves "All Hemp All the Time" will draw in a decidedly different crowd than the one named "Natural Beauty: Organic Yarns".
       
      6. Invites Further Investigation: Customers are funny creatures. What one group finds to be funny and engaging turns another group off. You want your name to be inviting and approachable -- as those qualities are perceived by your target audience.
      The best example of this may be seen in the individual investor segment of the financial services industry. Charles Schwab has spent years cultivating a classic, formal image -- but now that the consumer base is changing from 'old people with money' to 'everyone with a 401K', Charles Schwab has launched the "Talk to Chuck" campaign in an effort to be more approachable.
       
      Make sure your name doesn't intimidate customers away! Some industries are more formal than others, but adopt pretension at your peril.
       
      After following a series of simple step-by-step instructions to match my corporate identity with my service offering, I came up with the quintessential name: The Trade Show Coach. This name instantly tells customers what I do - assist companies with trade shows - and a little of the manner in which I do it - coach, rather than dictate, direct, guide, or organize.
       
      See the difference? So did the buying public, some of who quickly became my best customers. The same thing can happen for you -- if you pick the right name.
      Author Bio
      Written by Susan A. Friedmann,CSP, The Tradeshow Coach, Lake Placid, NY, author: "Meeting & Event Planning for Dummies," working with companies to improve their meeting and event success through coaching, consulting and training.  For a free copy of "10 Common Mistakes Exhibitors Make", e-mail: article4@thetradeshowcoach.com; website: www.thetradeshowcoach.com

      Tuesday, March 27, 2018

      MOTIVATIONAL ART IN THE OFFICE




      By: Ashvin Ramasawmy

      In today's business environment, motivational art has quickly become the darling of entrepreneurs. Why? Simply because it works! In short, motivational art posters/prints are photographs or drawings that carry an inspirational message that corroborates the picture. Therefore, they make the perfect office wall décor. Not only do they add some esthetics to the room but surrounding yourself with motivational art will help inspire you and boost productivity.

      Here are 5 power tips when buying inspirational posters online:

      (1) It does not matter having more than 1 inspirational print in your room. You can have as many as you want, as long as you don't end up cluttering your wall.

      (2) Every motivational artwork will deeply influence your mood. Therefore, try to find a print that not only serves as a good office décor, but also as a therapy during hard times. For example, if you procrastinate a lot, find an artwork with a compelling statement about procrastination. This will motivate you to stop procrastinating and finally get the job done.

      (3) Never ever try to decorate your wall with bare posters. They look cheap and sweetly degrade your whole office décor. Remember that motivational art is nothing short of art! Always either laminate your artwork or frame it for a better coup-d'oeil. It is also good to mention that you should only buy from companies that have an in-house framing and laminating service.

      (4) Place your artwork in a strategic position where you will often come to have eye contact with it. Do not place it in your back unless you have a good reason for doing it, as in if you receive people in your office and want them to peep at it while talking to you. (... ) This helps create a friendly atmosphere and puts people at ease. You might also want to place a few in your waiting room if you have one.

      (5) As far as possible, purchase "art prints" instead of "posters". Motivational art prints are printed on a higher paper grade and does not degrade easily in time. Posters are, well, just the contrary.

      As simple as it might seem, the right inspiring words can make a real difference to the right person. Whatever is your objective in business or real-life, motivation is a key factor to success and having a motivational print on your wall is the first step to success.

      Author Bio
      Ashvin Ramasawmy is a young netpreneur who sells art online. You can visit his www.motivational-posters.net website by following the link.

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      Monday, March 5, 2018

      TURN YOUR CUSTOMER COMPLAINT INTO A POSITIVE

      By: Jay Conners

      The last thing we want to hear during our work day is complaints from customers. However, it does come with the territory. Here are a few tips on how to turn your customer's complaint into a positive.

      1. Listen
      When a customer comes to you with a complaint about one of your products or services, listen to them. Listen to what they are telling you, and take notes if at all possible.

      The number one thing a customer wants when they have a problem is for someone to listen to them.

      Allow them to vent, let them get it all out. Once they have explained their problem in full, begin to ask any questions you may have to get a full handle on the situation.

      While you are listening, body language is very important. Make sure you maintain eye contact. This sends your customer a message that you are taking them seriously.

      2. Be Empathetic
      When the customer is done explaining their problem, show sincerity by telling them that you understand how they feel. Apologize on behalf of the company that they feel the way they do, and tell them that you are committed to resolving their issue within the guidelines of your company.

      By becoming defensive in this situation, you are taking a bad situation and making it worse.

      By having an understanding of where your customer is coming from on the situation, and speaking in a calm tone of voice, you can clearly defuse the situation.

      You don't by any means want your customer to become angry and cause a scene.

      3. Offer a Solution.
      We have all heard the expression �the customer is always right.�

      I don't necessarily agree with this, but it is important to work toward finding a solution, even if the customer is in the wrong. For instance, you might try meeting them half way.

      You will know wether or not your customer is a repeat offender, and you can handle the situation accordingly.

      For customers who have a legitimate complaint, it is best to rectify the situation right then and there. Wether it is giving them their money back, or replacing their product.

      Always leave your customer with your business card and tell them if they should ever have a problem again, they should not hesitate to contact you immediately. This will help them regain their confidence in you and your company.

      The main goal when a customer has a complaint is to not allow the problem to snowball. Your objective should be to defuse the situation and retain your customer.

      By handling tough situations such as these in a professional manner, you will find your once complaining customers satisfied that you resolved their issue, and a new found respect for you.

      Author Bio
      Jay Conners has more than fifteen years of experience in the banking and Mortgage Industry, He is the owner of www.jconners.com.

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      Friday, February 23, 2018

      ART OF LISTENING AND LEADERSHIP


      I attended a two days "Leaders in London" Conference end of last year.  The speakers' line-up was impressive.  Tuesday started with Mr Mikhail Gorbachiv (in person), Professor Marvin Zonis, Alan Leighton, Terence Conran, Lou Gerstner, Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard and many others including the one and only Bill Clinton (live via Satellite).

      On the Art Of Listening and Leadership - "Something I have been trying to learn for the last 25 years" I want to share with you the lesson and the leadership by example that Bill Clinton tough us all in the conference on the art of listening.

      After he made his speech, he started taking questions. I asked one too, the President and the audience were visibly amused by my name especially after assuring them that "I am the nice one".

      Among the attendees there was a lady who didn't speak good English and earlier in the day when she was given the microphone to ask a question, she went on and on for 5 minutes and no one understood what she was trying to ask or say and we all laughed.  When it came to Clinton question time, she raised her hand again to ask a question, the moderator warned her to be quick and to the point.  The lady took the Microphone and started to rumble on and on.  Again it seemed that no one understood what she was saying, people started to laugh, boo, clap their hand for her to stop.  After a few minutes of this saga the moderator cut her microphone off and gave the question time to someone else. People were cheering his decision to move on, after all no one wanted to be embarrassed in front off the great president.

      While all this saga was taking place and all of us laughing and disapproving of this behaviour from the lady, only one person was NOT laughing, Bill Clinton.  In fact he leaned forward to the camera and put his hand on his ears and focused intently and seriously.  30 minutes passed while he answered a few other questions from the audience and when the time came to close, he said very politely; Wait Rene, before you close...  Earlier on a lady asked me a long question and I would like to talk about that for a minute.

      The hall dropped into silence, he continued by saying, in fact the lady made a very important point, and he went on to summarize her point which was about families in the developing world (none of the audience knew that), and he asked to be allowed to answer this important question, which he himself put together from her scattered little stories before we the audience interrupted and stopped her.

      Now I began to understand at the hands of the guru of leadership and listening in practice and what he was trying to teach by his actions.  When we JUDGE any one or any thing, we stop listening.  It seems that the act of judgment trigger some chemicals in our ears that physically stops us from listening.  Pre-judgment seems to be the mother of all sins on this planet. There seems to be no other solution to world problems but the forgotten art of listening and stopping judgement.  This is what I learned that day and I hope it stays with me forever.

      This was also an impressive performance by a world leader who is not only very intelligent but also listens very seriously to what people are saying.

      I will never forget this incident which taught me a lot about leadership and what listening is all about and here I am humbly sharing my experience with you hoping that it adds a little to our understanding of the Art of listening.

      Author Bio
      Osama El-kadi

      Born 1955 in Manchester England Osama El-Kadi graduated in 1978 with a BSC in Economics followed by an MA in International Business from Alexandria University. The Art Of Negotiation.


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      Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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      Saturday, February 17, 2018

      32 WORDS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

      By: Carina MacInnes

      We all have ways of testing opportunities that enter our lives.  Some of us just dive right in based on feeling, others walk straight into what they know is right by a gut feeling or intuition.  And if it's not gut feelings or emotions that are the tests of opportunities, it is the logical mind persuading us to ignore those feelings and emotions and test it with our reality of reason.

      Most of us do not have a predetermined strategy for testing opportunities, or even more generally to test the actions we take and the choices we make in our lives.

      There is an easier way to determine if our choices we make and the opportunities we receive 'pass the test'.  This simple 32 word statement of business ethics was first created in the 1930s and used to turn around a failing company.  These four questions were applied by each employee to each and to every minute detail of the company's workings.  This little list of four questions from Rotary International, a humanitarian business organization, is the most widely printed, translated and reproduced piece of business ethics today:

      "Of the things we say, think or do:
      1. Is it the TRUTH?
      2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
      3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
      4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?"

      If we built businesses and our lives based on these very simple 4 questions we would be coming from a place completely the opposite of the competitive mind and the lack mentality.  As you can see, these questions prompt you to choose what is true, fair, and good, making choices that can build friendships and goodwill.  It helps us to see how the choices we make can be beneficial to all concerned. 

      Because of our societal influences, we most often are inclined to make choices and act based on a competitive mind.  This comes from the perspective of lack, scarcity, and ultimately greed.

      Any opportunity based on the model of competition and lack will simply not pass the test.  Competition promotes strife.  It embodies winning one spot, taking it away from all the other people who want it.  It misleads people to believing there is only one chance for success, when in reality there is plenty for all.

      The competitive model encourages people to rely on a source outside of themselves to give them what they need.  This denies the power of their own ability to create what they want.  This narrow focus shows they are choosing to ignore the possibility of creating this opportunity in their own lives, instead of trying to win the spot from millions of others.

      This simple testing technique takes us completely out of the competitive mind of greed, scarcity and lack.  It turns our thoughts and choices toward the positive, realizing there are opportunities we can take that can provide increase for all concerned.

      I invite you to use these questions to test your actions and opportunities in your life.  If you are seeking opportunity, these questions may help you see things in a different way.  In doing this, perhaps you might find an opportunity in your life which truly allows you to benefit the world, while at the same time reaching whatever your dreams, goals, and desires are.

      Author Bio
      Carina MacInnes is an author and entrepreneur, currently offering a free in-depth e-course on wealth building secrets by her favorite mentor, get it here: milliondollarsecret@robotreply.com She also offers a powerful opportunity to increase health, wealth and vitality in your own life.  Visit her site here: imagineacai.com

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      Friday, February 16, 2018

      HOW THOUGHTS CREATE MATTER

      By: Rasheed Ali

      Courtesy of rawforbeauty.com
      Did you ever have the feeling right before something good happened, that you knew it was going to happen?

      Most people don't understand it, and think it's ESP or something like of that nature.

      In the book Think And Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, he says "...thought, backed by strong DESIRE, has the tendency to transmute itself into its physical equivalent."

      Very Powerful stuff!

      As I like to say, "Matter is Merely Materialized Thought...So What Are You Thinking?"

      Many people have asked me what that means, so here's an explanation...

      Back in 1937 when Napoleon Hill published his book Think And Grow Rich, he knew something very powerful but, I'm not certain the science behind it was so well understood. Of course, the principle was very well understood and probably by Mr. Hill more than anyone!

      Here's the short not too scientific explanation:

      Everything we see on any given day is made up of not just cells or atoms but, of PURE ENERGY.

      This energy is called Quanta (plural for Quantum). Keep in mind Quanta is the unit measure of pure energy. These Quanta are part of what Quantum Physics is based on.

      This energy exists only when observed. (There are a lot of arguments about observation and they all have their validity but lets keep it simple.)

      Scientists say that Quanta are not a reality but instead they are a probability that exist in any given point in time. So when a person focuses on (observes) a thing, it exists!

      This is because this Quanta, is now formed into the thing whatever it may be.

      Many scientist, Einstein included have proved that Quanta are not bound to space and time and can exist anywhere.

      These scientists also understand that your mind, body and soul are also made up of these Quanta and Quanta are influenced by other Quanta.

      In other words your mind and the minds of others, create and co-create everything through influencing Quanta!

      Now here's the practical explanation:

      Knowing now what your mind is capable of, if you were to focus your own energy into creating what you desire in your mind with crystal clarity, it will come to you at amazing speed!

      Now, this creation process is not just thought. It is both thought and work! These two together seal the deal.

      This is why many of the experts out there tell you that you just can't be scattered. You have to focus on your ultimate goal.

      Guess what?  They are all right!  All of these things together solidify what you're thinking.

      THIS my friend is the "Secret" behind all of the Goal setting, the Meditation, the Master-Minding, Learning, Persistence, Action, Desire and Faith that we all are told that we must have or do.

      Without these, our thoughts are controlled by outside influence and we lose our clarity and focus.

      Have you ever heard, a successful person talk about how fast success seemed to come to them and how well they did in no time flat? I've heard many of these. The reason is that they knew exactly what they wanted and worked toward it. Simple as that.

      One such example is a man by the name of Matt Bacak - PowerfulPromoter.com who is actually one of the inspirations for this article. I was on a tele-seminar with Matt once and he talked about how everything came to him so fast, once he knew what he wanted and started working toward it. Matt didn't know it but, his thoughts triggered my thoughts and the creation of this article!

      Make no mistake, that although there are scientific explanations for the creation of matter through observation; WHO do you think created the matter in the mirror?

      After all do you think that science didn't have a master observer?

      Finally with that said...

      Be cautious of your thoughts, they have the power to create!

      Author Bio
      Rasheed Ali was once homeless and penniless on the streets of New York and is now helping to change the lives of THOUSANDS of people around the world with his innovative coaching, mentoring and newsletters. He is the worlds first Solution Coach and 80/20 Mentor.  You can learn more about him and his newsletters at www.SleepYourWayToRiches.com

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      Tuesday, February 13, 2018

      FORGIVENESS: BREAKING THE CYCLE OF RESENTMENT


      Over 20 years ago, my mother disowned me for a period of 10 years of my life.  It wasn't something I could ever imagine doing to one of my children, but it happened.  It was one of the most painful times of my life.  I was angry at her.  I got married and gave birth to my first child and she wasn't there.  I missed her and longed for a mother-daughter relationship.  I cried a lot.  Today my mother and I have a beautiful relationship and I am so grateful for our reconciliation.  As a matter of fact, her birthday card to me this year said, "You are the best daughter".  Did this relationship we have today happen overnight?  The answer is no.  At the core of our relationship today is forgiveness.

      What is forgiveness?

      "Forgiveness is something virtually all Americans aspire to - 94% surveyed in a nationwide Gallup poll said it was important to forgive-in the same survey; only 48% said they usually tried to forgive others."

      I don't think a single person can escape life without experiencing hurt by another person.  Maybe the hurt is angry words spoken during an argument or a friend who surprises you with betrayal.  Perhaps the pain comes from emotional neglect, infidelity, divorce or even sexual and physical abuse.  Sometimes the hurt is a one time event.  Other times the pain continues for a long time.

      Forgiveness is a necessary step to healing from pain.  It is a choice to extend mercy to the person who hurt you.  Sometimes forgiveness allows you to move forward with the other person and experience a new relationship.  Other times, reconciliation is not possible.  In this case, forgiveness is more for you and your own personal growth.

      Why forgive?

      First and foremost, God commands us to forgive.  In Mark 11:25-26, it says "And when you stand in praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your sins."

      You might be saying, "But you don't understand what's been done to me."  And you're right; I don't know all the hurts you've endured.  However, I know from experience that it pays to forgive.  Forgiveness is a sign of strength - not weakness.  It is the strong who can put aside the past and let go of anger and resentment.  My mom comes from a large family, with seven brothers and sisters.  There has been a lot of sibling rivalry, and I'm always amazed at the amount of resentment that still remains in the family today.

      Anger and resentment drains your energy, and keeps you imprisoned by your past.  By choosing to let go of your hurt and anger, you give yourself the freedom to fully experience joy in life.  Anger builds inside us, so by letting go, you improve your ability to control your anger.  We've all seen the person who blows up at the smallest incident.  It is the accumulation of built up anger that is unreleased that causes this explosion.  So many diseases, like heart disease and cancer, can be triggered by unresolved resentment.  By choosing to forgive, you can dramatically improve your emotional and physical health.

      Without forgiveness, you cannot move forward in your own personal and relational growth.

      What forgiveness is not?

      Forgiveness does not mean you allow people to treat you badly.  It does not mean you ignore the wrongdoings.  It means you accept that the person has made a mistake, and you are choosing to grant them mercy.  When you forgive someone, you won't necessarily forget the hurt.  I will always remember the pain I felt when my mom disowned me, but I do not dwell on it, and I do not let it interfere with the quality of our relationship today.  I have allowed myself to heal and move on.  Forgiveness does not mean you are condoning or excusing the person's behavior.  And it doesn't mean you have to trust that person again.  Some acts, like physical and sexual abuse, require that you limit your trust or at least test the trust with the person who hurt you.  Remember, forgiveness is more for you than the other person.

      The process of forgiving

      So you've thought about it and you're ready to forgive.  You're tired of holding on to old pain and you've decided it's time to let go and move on.  What do you do?  First, you must face and release the anger that you feel.  On the surface of the hurt is anger and you need to break away that layer first.  Underneath the anger is the pain and hurt that you must grieve.  There are many ways to release anger and hurt.  You can talk about it with trusted people.  You can spend time journaling.  You can pray about it and ask God to take away that pain and resentment.  You can express your feelings to the person who hurt you, provided that it's possible to have a healthy conversation where both you and the other person speak and listen in respectful ways. 

      One of the best and most cleansing ways to release your negative feelings is to write a letter to your perpetrator.  In this letter, you pour out every emotion you feel.  You tell them everything that hurt you and everything they did to make you angry.  Do not hold anything back.  Allow yourself to really feel the anger and cry the tears by reading it out loud to yourself.  When you are done, burn or bury the letter as a symbol that you are ready to move on.  DO NOT give the letter to the person.  This letter is for you and you only.

      After processing all your emotions, you are ready to make the choice to forgive.  It is a choice that requires compassion, understanding and an open and loving heart.  When my mother and I first reconciled, we talked about our feelings.  Sometimes we even fought because the pain was still fresh.  But we listened to one another and we tried to get inside each other's shoes.  It wasn't easy, but today, even though I don't agree with some of my mother's beliefs, I have compassion and understanding for who she is and why she made the choice she did.  I love her regardless of our differences.

      Each of us makes mistakes in life.  At one time or another (probably more than one time), we will hurt another person.  Maybe it will be an accident, or perhaps it will be a purposeful reaction to someone hurting you.  When this does happen, do you want to be forgiven?  Do you want another chance to make amends?  Most people don't mean to hurt us - they are dealing with their own pain and unresolved resentment.  It's unfortunate that we take it out on our loved ones, but until we break the cycle, it will continue to happen.

      Are you ready to break the cycle and do your part to forgive?


      Author Bio
      Lori Radun, CEC is a certified life coach, speaker and author for moms.  To receive her FREE newsletter and the special report, "155 Things Moms Can Do to Raise Great Children", visit her website at www.true2youlifecoaching.com

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      Monday, February 12, 2018

      THE BALANCING ACT

      By: Kathy Paauw

      "The average office worker receives more than 200 messages a day via snail mail, email, express mail, cell phone, landline, wireless Web, bicycle messenger, singing telegram, you name it. Taking in information these days is like trying to drink from a fire hose." 
      --Dr. Martha Beck


      Did you know that one Sunday edition of The New York Times contains more information than all the written documents in the world during the 15th century?  Does it seem like life is spinning out of control?  The pace of life just keeps picking up!  And with it, job satisfaction is on the decline.

      In an Associated Press article, Marc Greenbaum, a 50-year-old professor at Suffolk Law School, stated that "I'm personally happier but I observe more people that are more miserable. There's more pressure on them to produce, more problems with maintaining a boundary between work and family, even maintaining a boundary between work and the outside because of things like e-mail, voicemail and the Blackberry. They can't get away."

      According to the Families and Work Institute, over 47% of U.S. workers surveyed feel overworked.  In addition, 59% of Americans describe their lives as very busy according to an NBC news survey.  According to Dr. Richard Swensen, author of Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, the average American will spend one year in his/her life searching through desk clutter looking for misplaced objects.  We are working harder and faster than ever.  Being more organized can help reduce stress, save time, and improve efficiency.

      We celebrate National Get Organized Week the first week in October. Most people think of "getting organized" as a physical act - clearing piles of paper, putting things away, etc.  What many people overlook is the mental part of getting organized.  And I always say that organizing your physical environment without first clarifying your priorities is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic!

      Here are 8 tips to help you with the mental part of getting and staying organized. I encourage you to read through the whole list, and then go back and choose two or three ideas to implement.

      1. Understand the difference between URGENT and IMPORTANT.  If it's important, it may be a vital priority for you.  If it's urgent, it's time-sensitive, but it may or may not be important.  Be sure you are clear about the difference when deciding what deserves your time.  Check out the time management matrix at www.orgcoach.net/timematrix.html, which beautifully illustrates the difference.

      2. Find time for yourself.  Schedule time away from your work and your family. Use this opportunity to tune in to what you want and need. Don't feel that you're being selfish; you have a responsibility to yourself to take care of your needs. Studies show that productivity dramatically increases when you are well rested.

      3. Check for balance between these four vital areas of your life:


      • Well-being - caring for your physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs

      • Family relationships

      • Work activities

      • Service activities - volunteer work, being a good neighbor, practicing random acts of kindness



      • 4. Live your life in the present! Quit saying, "I'll do this when I get around to it."  I have yet to find a person who said on their death bed, "I wish I had spent more time at the office."

        5. Increase productivity by planning your week and fine-tuning your workday. Block out time to handle priorities. Important tips to remember as you plan your week:


        • Have unscheduled time in your calendar for handling unexpected but important tasks.

        • Plan to work on creative activities during the time of day when you are at your best.

        • Schedule "protected time" to work on projects that need your undivided attention.  If interruptions are eating you alive, close your door and ask that people come back to see you at a designated time.

        • Temporarily turn off the audio feature on your cell phone, pager and email account.  Pick and choose when you respond and when it's appropriate to let calls go into voice mail.

        • Be realistic about your expectations. Don't set yourself up for failure by planning too much in one day. 

        • Leave work at a reasonable hour so you have time for those other three areas of your life - self-care, family, and service to others.



        • 6. Reduce your stress by being underwhelmed.  Here are a few tips to help you avoid getting overwhelmed:


          • NO is a complete sentence. Don't bite off more than you can chew. When someone makes a request, buy some time before answering.  Say, "Let me think about it," or "I'm in the middle of something right now. I'll call you back and let you know." This will give you time to evaluate the situation and decide if it's something you truly want to do.

          • Delegate as much as you can. Focus your time on activities that you enjoy and are best at.



          • 7. Stay out of e-mail jail.  Here are a few tips to help:


            • Determine frequency of checking for e-mail messages. Some people choose to check it throughout the day and even use such devices as the Blackberry when on the road, while others only check for messages a couple times a day.  You are the only one who can determine what will work for you.

            • Use the F.A.T. (File, Act, Toss) method to keep your email inbox from piling up.  If a message needs to be filed for future reference, place it in the appropriate email subject or contact folder.  Place a red flag next to those items you need to act on but don't have time to do right at the moment.  Immediately toss (delete or forward) anything you don't need to keep.

            • Remove your name from subscription lists that do not provide value to you.



            • 8.  Set up your work environment to keep your focus on what's most important. Here are some tips:


              • Arrange your workspace so you have the most commonly-used things close in.  Store things used less frequently in less accessible space.

              • Create a filing system that enables you to find things instantly.  The #1 reason that people pile instead of file is a fear of not being able to find it when they need it. Visit www.orgcoach.net/PaperTiger.html for some ideas.

              • Create a tickler file system to remind you of important follow up at the appropriate time.  The #2 reason that people pile is a fear of forgetting to do something that is out-of-sight and out-of-mind. A good tickler system reminds you to follow up on the appropriate date, and provides an alternative to that "I'll just set it here for now" pile.  Visit www.orgcoach.net/products/tickle.html#ticklerfile to see what a good tickler file system looks like.

              • Use the F.A.T. (File, Act, Toss) method to process your mail daily.  Review our Trim the F.A.T. tip sheet at www.orgcoach.net/trimthefat.html.

              • Keep only what you plan to focus on today on your desktop.  Remove visual distractions from your workspace so your attention is not pulled away from what you've chosen to work on today!  Everything else should be put away until it's time for you to focus on it.




              • Author Bio
                Wouldn't you love to stumble upon a secret library of ideas to help you de-clutter your life so you can focus on what's most important?  Kathy Paauw offers simple, yet powerful ideas, on how to manage your time, space, and thoughts for a more productive and fulfilling life.  Visit www.orgcoach.net

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                Friday, February 9, 2018

                BROKE? FIX IT YOURSELF:BE WEALTHY

                By: Carina MacInnes

                If you're reading this right now you probably have been broke, are broke, or know someone who is struggling with being broke.  The pain and suffering of being in this state is truly awful.  Being broke causes thoughts of despair, feelings of failure, desperation, struggle, lack and need.  Being broke prevents us from reaching our potential, from living our lives freely.  Being broke prevents us from being wealthy.

                How is this possible?  Like attracts like.  Being broke attracts more experiences of being broke.  It is a vicious cycle, once that can very easily be transformed once we understand the fundamental laws of how our mind and spirit interact with the universe.

                It is your underlying state of BEING, in this case, being broke, that creates the resultant thoughts and feelings in your mind.  As a package, this whole message is broadcast to the universe, which in return gives you more of the same:  experiences of being broke.

                One of the laws of manifestation is that we must BE before we can DO, and DO before we can HAVE.  Of course modern society has twisted this all around.  Being broke is a powerful message we are sending to the universe and ourselves.  We are in a state of BEING, and it is broke.  This will inform our actions to act in ways to continue to be broke, and we will continue to have this condition of being broke in our lives.

                Your life experience is an outer reflection of your inner reality.  All the thoughts and feelings you hold, consciously and unconsciously, are what create the experience that is your life.  Your past created your present, and your present is creating your future.

                It can be hard to understand that we are responsible for what we experience.  I remember being unhappy, and then experiencing events that I perceived as causing me to be unhappy.  Then I would say to myself, I am unhappy because of this...  no wonder I am unhappy.  I was trapped in my own vicious cycle and had no idea it was me who was responsible for my experiences of unhappiness. 

                To break the cycle I first needed to know what was broken in order to fix it.  It was the message I was sending out.  I found there was a very simple way to fix it.

                If I notice one day that I am unhappy, and understand that BEING unhappy is the cause of my continuing experience of unhappiness, it is that day that I can choose to change.  All I need to do to break the cycle is:  choose to be happy.  It doesn't take anything from outside myself to be happy.  All I have to do is gain awareness, pause, and pull up from within myself the state of being happy, replacing the unhappiness.  We all have this capacity.

                Choosing is an exercise of free will.  You can choose BE happy, healthy, wealthy, whatever you desire.  Take a moment and just BE happy.  It is possible for anyone to do and a very powerful exercise once you have done it and understood it.  If you are being happy, you will do things that make you happy, and you will attract happy experiences into your life.  Being happy is the first step towards living a happy life.  It seems almost like a riddle, but understanding it unravels the secrets of life.

                If you find yourself broke, look within.  You'll find you feel broke, and are in a powerful state of BEING.  The awareness of this gives you the choice.  You can choose your state of being.  Imagine what it is like to feel wealthy.  Take that feeling and hold it, you are now BEING wealthy.  This is how to break the vicious cycle of being broke.  By BEING wealthy, you are now transforming the signals you are broadcasting.  You are emanating wealth and the laws of cause and effect have no choice but to bring to you what you already are.  Now your actions will begin to bring to you the wealth you feel inside.

                By being conscious of your states of being, you can choose to change them.  The positive results will return to you without fail, following the natural laws of the universe.

                Author Bio
                Carina MacInnes is an author and entrepreneur who is giving away a free e-course with  wealth secrets by her favorite mentor. Receive it now: milliondollarsecret@robotreply.com She offers a powerful way to increase both health and wealth in your life.  See her site here: imagineacai.com

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