Archive for March 2010
Right now the economy is in a period of adjustment. There is a major shift happening. And a lot of people are concerned. I think that the biggest issue is that we need to bring spiritulity into business. By spirituality I do not mean religion. (Religion should be kept out of business, except for when someone wants to take a religious holiday.)
What I mean by spirituality is respect and consideration. Recognizing the spirit in all there is. Awareness of the wholeness in life. Everything has an effect on everything else. This is a fact. For example, if a business lowers the pay of its employees, then the employees have less money to spend. If the employees have less money to spend, they will be more particular about where and how they spend their money. This means no extras, which in turn has an impact on other businesses. And so on. You know the old saying, “What goes around, comes around.” And so the economy changes. So the question is, “How can we change it for the better?”
Business began when people started to trade goods or services for other goods or services. These transactions were fairly simple. For example, one person traded an animal skin for a basket of fish. But as humankind changed, from being hunter gatherers to people who lived in civilizations, the nature of business changed, also. It became more complex.
As the complexity increased, the spirituality decreased. In many situations, people began to get greedy and exploit others. And most people put up with this for the sake of making a living. But things are beginning to transform. There are more options available. More and more people are developing the tools and skills to better their lives. And people are realizing that business does not have to be devoid of spirituality in order to make a living.
It begins with self empowerment and motivation. You need to ask yourself, “What do I really want?” and “How can I make it happen?”
During my long career, I have worked as a counselor and psychotherapist. And I found that in that type of work there was a tendency to focus on the past. Together we would dredge up old memories and wounds. It was difficult and painful stuff.
However, over the years I’ve realized that dwelling too much on the past can be counter productive. It can keep you stuck there, when what you need to do is move forward.
So how do you move forward? How do you get past your past? The trick is to re-focus. Change your way of thinking. Sounds simple, but it’s not that simple. For many people, it’s a challenging task. But when you can master the task, wow! It really works in a positive way.
What I do now is help people by coaching them. We focus mostly on what is happening now and how that can be transformed into an empowering and positive life experience.
The process of writing is one that ebbs and flows. There are times when it moves along with an easy rhythm and tempo. And then there are times when it goes like an old, clunky car. There are many reasons for this.
The act of writing depends on mood, feelings, sensations, weather, time of year, physical health, and lots of other factors. What’s important is to understand and accept this. The acceptance is what makes the journey of writing much easier.
People often ask me how they can move through the experience of writing in a way that works well. There a many things that you can do.
One thing you can do is vary the situation. What I mean is that you can do something other than sitting at your computer working on your particular writing project.
The project doesn’t have to be linear. It doesn’t have to be a one way street. It can be a four lane highway, or a winding country road. Of course, if you have a deadline, you don’t want to veer too far off the track.
I always have several writing projects going on at once. So if inspiration for one project starts to get lax, I move on to another project and work on that for a while until I’m ready to go back to the other one.
Another thing you can do is use various ways to write for any one project. Keep a project journal, make notes, make lists, talk to other people about your project, do different kinds of research, anything that can add to and enhance the experience.
I also find that taking breaks works well. Allow yourself intervals to eat, go to the bathroom, make a brief phone call, check your e-mail, wash some dishes, or take the dog for a walk. If you can continually refresh your mind and body, this will help you in your process.
Besides affirmations, I find that quotes are another source of inspiration and motivation. Quotes are brief sayings that are filled with meaning. They can be useful in so many different situations. I often use them in my newsletters and motivational writings. Quotes make us think, and they generate ideas. They give us insight and guidance.
Below are some of my favorite quotes:
“The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.” ~ Isaac D’Israeli
“Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!” ~ Andrew Carnegie
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman
Here is a checklist for all the things you need to have a well organized office:
- Waste basket
- Recycling bin
- Paper shredder
- Filing cabinet
- Clear plastic bins
- Shelf units
- Bulletin board and pushpins
- CD/DVD holder
- Mail basket
- Basket for bills that need to be paid
- Message pad and pen next to telephone
- Wall calendar
- “To Do” list
I just read a blog about writing blogs. The author cited an example from another writer. The writer stated that he had written one of his best blog entries ever, and then the entry was accidently erased by a family member. So his wonderful blog entry was never posted, and was gone forever.
That’s why it is necessary to write everything on a word document on your desktop first! Never write anything important on the Internet without having a copy of it. I save all of my blog entries on my computer. This is also useful in case I need to refer to something I had previously written. As a writer or business person you need to keep records of everything.
I find that positive affirmations help me a great deal in all areas of my life. I use affirmations everyday. They keep me healthy and sane. They also help me to achieve success with my goals. It is a blessing to have such a useful tool.
It is important to focus your mind and your thoughts. Otherwise, you can get caught up in things that you do not really want to get caught up in. Things like depressing thoughts or the worries of other people. So the choice is yours. You can create a positive outlook and have success, or not.
One of my favorite affirmations is: “Each moment is a new beginning.”