MOVIE > Before Midnight

October 24, 2013 by

This movie is about a couple in their forties, married with two daughters and a son (from a previous marriage). While in Greece on vacation they are looking for a night of passion and romance… instead they find themselves engaged in a tense debate about the past, present, future; family, romance, love and infidelity.

This story clearly depicts many peoples common experience. In their fighting there are a lot of hurtful, rude and inconsiderate things said to each other – which adds to the feeling of distance and disconnection.

How differently this story would be if this couple had some basic relationship and communications skills that would facilitate some real sharing, listening and understanding.

Many couples break up over some of the most basic and easy to fix things… consider an alternative scenario where the couple actually talk and share their feelings and reach a new level of connection and intimacy all while enjoying the romantic environment of the southern Peloponnese?

The result? Lasting happiness!

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Our World Is Changing: Think Like A Leader

August 19, 2013 by

We are living through one of the most profound periods of transformation in recent human history.  Our world is changing at an unprecedented rate.  The way we live, the way we work and the way we do business are changing dramatically.

No longer is it an option to maintain our position by doing today, what we did yesterday.  We are no longer competing with the professional or the firm down the road, but rather the highly skilled, more motivated, and lower cost individual or firm on the other side of the planet. 

In order to do well in the future, we must begin to think more like leaders than managers, more like entrepreneurs than employees, take responsibility for our quality of life, upgrade our skills and become more aware of the value we add to our teams, our projects, and our organizations.

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Knowledge Capital & Personal Development

August 19, 2013 by

Since more than 3/4 of the top-developed nation’s working population are engaged in the service sectors, the intellectual capital and varying levels of development of these people are a major factor in a nation’s competitiveness.

And so it is between competing firms.  They do similar things, with the same people, for similar clients, using similar technology at more or less the same prices.  However, data shows that there are wide differences in performance between competing firms.  Why is this?  What is the key factor that is different?

A business is comprised of a group of people who have come together to play a specific role in the success of the business.  If the business is to grow, then its people must grow.  If the people are small-minded, unmotivated and not very creative – then the business will reflect this.

On the other hand, if the team members see themselves as vital, contributing, and able to excel, then the business will reflect this also.  Many organizations invest time and money in the professional development of their people; however, they neglect their team’s personal development.

Investing in the ongoing personal development and training of your team is one of the best investments you can make.  If someone makes $50,000 a year and can generate you $500,000 in value, why not take this person and increase their skill, ability, talent, attitude and education, so that they can add a million dollars in value?

A $50,000 investment that brings a $1 million return is a very, very valuable asset.  There is no better investment that companies can make than in the education and development of their own people.

Areas of personal development include:

  • Relationship skills
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Emotional health and self-esteem
  • Personal responsibility
  • Self-motivation
  • Financial intelligence
  • Personal Leadership

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We Are All Leaders

August 18, 2013 by

Remember that all of us are leaders, whether we want to be or not.  Leading is a part of life.  Being a good leader means greater satisfaction in your personal and business life…  Since you must lead, why not be good at it?  It can make a big difference to your results and overall quality of life.

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Project Work & Multifunctional Teams

August 18, 2013 by

A dramatic change in the structure of modern organizations is transforming the very nature of work.  The traditional position descriptions that are part of a formal, rigid, hierarchical organizational structure are changing into loosely structured, multifunctional virtual project teams.

These virtual project teams work across time zones and borders as part of multiple project teams.  They can be easily assembled and dissembled at the completion of the project.

Project work requires very different skill sets from traditional work styles of the past.  In the past, the organization was static, management was hierarchical, everyone met at the same location, and a lot of the work done was not measurable.

The organization of the future has little hierarchy, is flat in structure, and project oriented.

Attributes of project work:

  • Leadership can rotate from project to project
  • Team members work on multiple projects at any given time
  • Each project is a profit center
  • Relationships are formed instantly and may be disbanded at the completion of the project
  • Less infrastructure is required as support activities are more easily outsourced
  • Project work is more efficient as the outcomes of each team member’s work is readily measurable
  • As a team member’s skills improve, they can easily advance and perform different roles on future teams
  • Project work is exciting and stimulating for the team members
  • Each team member experiences a sense of completion when the project is fulfilled
  • A team member can be located anywhere on the plant
  • Knowledge is readily transferred from one project to the next
  • Each team member takes individual responsibility for the outcome of the project
  • Team members are self-motivated and take initiative

The most significant benefits of organizing around multifunctional project teams is the ability of the team to respond to change, to innovate and to produce a higher quality result for a lot less cost than the traditional structure.

“Organizations aren’t the visible, tangible places which they used to be. You can describe what they do, but you can’t see it.

If information is the raw material of the work, then there need be no common space at all. Place and time are now independent of one another. Global organizations will pass a project to a chain of groups around the world to keep pace with the time zones.

Some organizations are, in reality, little more than “boxes of contracts” with suppliers, agents, and specialists of one sort or another, with no visible presence at all.

The new organizations are always tending to be slightly out of control, their structures flexing, their people innovating.”

- Charles Handy

It is important to note, that this new organization structure doesn’t replace the existing traditional infrastructure – they coexist side by side.

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Personal & Economic Freedom – Your Basic Right

August 17, 2013 by

Lets begin with personal freedom. The basis of personal freedom is the ability to think for yourself, the freedom of speech to express yourself, and the freedom to make up your own mind and take whatever action moves you towards your own goals (as long as you don’t infringe on the rights of others.)

One of the foundations of personal freedom is economic freedom. Economic freedom is your basic right in any capitalist country. Economic freedom enables you to make your own economic decisions. This includes the right to own, use and profit from property (property is defined as anything you own such as money, real estate, patents, businesses, worldly possessions etc.) You are free to choose and change jobs, businesses, careers and relationships. You have the freedom to save money and invest it as you wish.

Most people neither understand nor fully exercise this basic freedom. Instead of thinking for and educating themselves, they abdicate responsibility for their personal economics to an outside authority – including partners and spouses.

Anytime we abdicate responsibility to an outside authority we are giving up our basic freedom and becoming at the effect of someone else. This is the primary cause of failed partnerships, marriages, businesses and is the basis of one side of the money PLOT. The other side of the money PLOT is where we are the “outside authority” that others have abdicated control to.

While we are in the PLOT we may achieve economic freedom, however we will never have emotional freedom. Which means that we are not really economically free – because of our needs and obligations to be taken care of by other people – or to be the one taking care of other people. It is not possible to enjoy money for what it is – if it is mired in and intertwined with power, control, insecurity, lack and limitation!

De-program, De-condition, De-hypnotize.

There are many people teaching about money and how to build one’s wealth, however there is very little effective support available to help one de-programde-condition and de-hypnotize oneself from the core emotional aspects of money. This is more than a mental exercise, it takes examining one’s family background to fully understand and appreciate all the subtle and pervasive thoughts, beliefs and feelings that drive our money attitudes and behaviors.

Then there is the metaphysics of money, wealth and abundance. Many people think they know about metaphysics – and yet are unable to use this knowledge to financial advantage. The true test of knowledge is all in the application: if you can do it, then you know it. If you cannot do it – then you don’t know it.

Our definition of wealth is way beyond the trappings of success, income generating assets, fancy cars, big houses and loads of cash. What good is financial abundance if one has no time to enjoy it, no energy and one’s relationships are bankrupt? Most people believe in their core feelings that you cannot have it all and that you have to sacrifice something in order to obtain wealth and all its trappings. This is absolutely not true. You can have it all. And you can have it sooner than you realize… by learning about and mastering the universal principles of what we call Goldzone Wealth!

Your EXCHANGE reveals your FEELINGS.

It is at the point of exchange that our money DYNAMICS are revealed and our true feelings about money show up. Many of us have a difficult time identifying and acknowledging our feelings about money. And yet it is these very feelings that drive our behaviors which ultimately create our results.

The fastest way to identify our feelings about money (or lack of it) is to examine our exchanges with other people. It is very easy to say rationally that we believe in fair exchange and win/win – however when our money is on the line – our true feelings and behavior are exposed.

Enjoy The Good Life!

Most people work hard to generate money, to invest this money in assets that then generate more money so that they can retire, live off the income, then enjoy the good life. The question is what would happen if you enjoyed the good life now? What is the good life anyway? Is it your definition or someone else’s?

What would happen if you enjoyed what you did, were free to think, say and do whatever you wanted as long as it did not infringe on others?

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Set Your Expectations High

August 15, 2013 by

One technique many people use to get what they want is to set their expectations so low – that they are guaranteed to meet them. This way they avoid disappointment and over time settle for less and less.

The key to having an inspiring and fulfilling life is exactly the opposite… To set expectations HIGH and to change what is in the way of realizing the highest ideal scenario. Having high expectations requires work… It requires learning… It requires letting go of the past… However the benefits are well worth it – I promise!

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Q&A > What Does It Mean To CONFRONT?

July 3, 2013 by

Here is the definition of Confront:

CONFRONT: n. 1. An action of being able to face without flinching or avoiding. 2. The ability to be there comfortably and perceive.

So we see that to confront means to be able to see what is there, comfortably without flinching, wanting to withdraw or running away. Often, to fully understand a word, it is easier to look at the opposite. What does “non-confront” mean? It simply means the inability to see what is there. An inability to face something.

Why can’t we confront something? Because to confront means PAIN. It is too painful to view so we withdraw and refuse to look at the area.

Notice that the definition describes confront as an ability? It isn’t something you do, it is an ability that we develop over time. The ability to see more and more of the truth.

There is also what is call “low-confront” which is where a person can confront a little, can see a little of the truth of what is there… But not all of it.

How do you improve your ability to confront? The same way you improve any other ability, focus, attention and practice. And, dealing with the pain that had you not confronting the area in the first place.

As you can see, the ability to confront is directly connected to the ability to handle change. If a person can’t confront the future, or the unknown… Then they will stay in their comfort zone, and stuck in the past.

There are a whole set of processes to assist anyone in improving their ability to confront. These are available as part of the Optima Program.

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Q&A > What Is The QUEST?

July 3, 2013 by

The essence of the Quest is where you leave your comfort zone, known reality, sense of security, and attachments and step into the unknown to discover your true-nature, destiny, unique gifts, qualities and virtues.

During your journey to discover your true-self, you encounter the limiting parts of yourself, weaknesses, limiting beliefs, blocks, self-suppression, unexpressed feelings, insecurities, jealousies and doubts. In other words you encounter your dark side. You also discover and encounter any opposition to your visions, goals and dreams.

In the process of your journey, you overcome and master your dark side and gain attributes, qualities, and virtues and develop your overall character as a meaningful, worthwhile, contributing, conscious, compassionate, humble and honorable human being.

You become very clear who you are and what you stand for. Your vision, values and beliefs are in total alignment with your spiritual-self.

Returning from your Quest, you then integrate all you have become and learned in order to be a contributing member of humanity.

The nature of your Quest is that it is a life-long journey with no specific destination. While there are milestones along the way, the real and meaningful result is WHO YOU BECOME IN THE PROCESS.

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Felix the Flying Frog

July 2, 2013 by

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A Parable About Schedules, Cycle Times, and Shaping New Behaviors: Once upon a time there lived a man named Clarence who had a pet frog named Felix.

Clarence lived a modestly comfortable existence on what he earned working at the local Wal-Mart, but he always dreamed of being rich. “Felix!” he exclaimed one day “We’re going to be rich! I’m going to teach you how to fly!” Felix, of course, was terrified at the prospect. “I can’t fly, you idiot! I’m a frog, not a canary!” Clarence, disappointed at the initial reaction, told Felix “That negative attitude of yours could be a real problem. I’m sending you to class.”

So Felix went to a three day class and learned all about problem solving, time management, and effective communication. . . but nothing about flying.

On the first day of lessons, Clarence could barely control his excitement. He explained that their apartment building had 15 floors, and each day Felix would jump out of a window starting with the first floor, eventually getting to the top floor. After each jump, Felix would analyze how well he flew, isolate on the most effective flying techniques, and implement the improved process for the next flight. By the time they reached the top floor, Felix would surely be able to fly.

Felix pleaded for his life, but it fell on deaf ears. He just doesn’t understand how important this is, thought Clarence, but I won’t let nay-sayers get in the way.

So with that, Clarence opened the window and threw Felix out [who landed with a thud].

Next day, poised for his second flying lesson, Felix again begged not to be thrown out the window. With that Clarence opened his pocket guide to Managing More Effectively and showed Felix the part about how one must always expect resistance when implementing new programs. And with that, he threw Felix out the window. (THUD)

On the third day (at the third floor window) Felix tried a different ploy: stalling. He asked for a delay in the project until better weather would make flying conditions more favorable. But Clarence was ready for him: he produced a project time line and pointed to the third milestone and asked “You don’t want to slip the schedule, do you?” From his training Felix knew that not jumping today would mean that he would have to jump TWICE tomorrow. . . so he just said “OK. Let’s go.” And out the window he went. (THUD)

Now this is not to say that Felix wasn’t trying his best. On the fifth day he flapped his feet madly in a vain attempt to fly.

On the sixth day he tied a small red cape around his neck and tried to think Superman thoughts. But try as he may, he couldn’t fly.

By the seventh day, Felix, accepting his fate, no longer begged for mercy … he simply looked at Clarence and said “You know you’re killing me, don’t you?” Clarence pointed out that Felix’s performance so far had been less than exemplary, failing to meet any of the milestone goals he had set for him.

With that, Felix said quietly “Shut up and open the window.” And he leaped out, taking careful aim on the large jagged rock by the corner of the building. And Felix went to that great lily pad in the sky.

Clarence was extremely upset, as his project had failed to meet a single goal that he set out to accomplish. Felix had not only failed to fly, he didn’t even learn to steer his flight as he fell like a sack of cement … nor did he improve his productivity when Clarence told him to fall smarter, not harder.

The only thing left for Clarence to do was to analyze the process and try to determine where it had gone wrong. After much thought, Clarence smiled and said “Next time … I’m getting a smarter frog!”

Does Clarence sound like anyone you know?

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How to Create New Sources of Income

July 2, 2013 by

The purpose of this article is to go over a few key points that are important if you are serious about adding new sources of income.

This information is an EXTRACT from the content of the Optima Business Archives from 2002. Still relavent today!

IF YOU ARE A BUSINESS OWNER, you need to add new sources of income personally — and also within your business. We have found that most businesses rely on one primary source of revenue, and if you look across your industry, you will find that most business within the same industry follow the same pattern.

HOT TIP: Look at the ways other business from different industries find new customers, and sources of revenue. Ask yourself this question: “How could I apply the same method to my business?” Don’t say to yourself (like most people do) “that will never work for me, my business is different.” You would be surprised at how this one thought, can get in the way of new money-making ideas!

If you keep an open mind, you will discover new ways of marketing, and new sources of income that you had previously never considered before. And here is the best part — most other businesses within your industry won’t be doing it that way! So you will gain an instant advantage.

Here are some additional sources of revenue for you to consider for your business:

  • Direct Mail
  • Special events for your customers
  • Meetups
  • Social Media events
  • Advertising
  • Telemarketing
  • Direct Sales
  • Referrals
  • Host Beneficiary
  • Celebrity endorsements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Licensing techniques or technologies

If you are thinking, “oh, I have tried some of these and they haven’t worked,” the best question to ask yourself would be this one: “how could I get them to work? is there something that I don’t know, that I need to find out?”

HOT TIP: The key here is in the questions you ask. For example, if you look at a brand new building for your office and say to yourself “I can’t afford it” — then you are right. However, if you ask yourself this question: “how can I afford it?” you will find that your mind will begin to come up with lateral ways of doing it, ways that you couldn’t think of before.

HOT TIP: Study sales and marketing, because you have very little downside risk, and virtually unlimited upside potential. Here is an example: It cost you the same amount to run an ad that generates 10 sales, as it does to run an ad that generates 20 sales. If by changing the headline, you can double your sales — then you have doubled your return on investment. What if you could get that same ad to generate 100 sales? Your risk is the same, and yet your upside potential is virtually unlimited!

Once you get an ad that works (by testing one ad versus another, or one headline versus another) you can then repeat it over, and over. Why stop doing something if it is working?

If you have tried advertising before, and found that it didn’t payoff for you, perhaps you should consider testing different approaches? Getting an advertising specialist to help you?

How can you apply this same concept to the other sources of income that are listed above?

Train your mind to see opportunity everywhere, by asking the money-making questions…

FOR EMPLOYEESdon’t rush out and quit your job! You have to get some experience first. Experiment with adding first one additional source of income, then a second, then a third. When you finally have enough passive income to cover your current lifestyle — then you are in a position to quit.

What most people do is they get so excited about the freedom of their own business that before they have the basics handled — they cut off their primary source of income! This throws them straight into emergency, and makes them very desperate. I don’t know about you, but when I am desperate — I can’t think, and I end up making unwise decisions that are short term.

Build your sources of income, get some experience, then you can decide in your own time — if and when you want to resign from your job. THIS IS TRUE FREEDOM!

HOT TIP: One of the fastest ways to get experience is to find someone who has already mastered what you want to learn, and go study with them, go ask them to teach or mentor you. Most people would be flattered by your interest. Just be careful not to abuse their generosity. Be respectful and appreciative.

Time spent learning from masters — is possibly the best investment you can make.

HOT TIP: Always get clear on what the exchange is — before you begin. If you are asking people to support you to; come up with ideas, write a business plan, help you raise money, do research, mentor you etc. Always agree on what the exchange is — right up front.

HOT TIP: When you agree on an exchange, it doesn’t have to be money. It could be for goods, services, holidays, time, contacts, knowledge etc. Money is only one of many methods of exchange.

HOT TIP: If you exchange a product, or service (in return for what the other person is going to do for you) that costs you say $1,000, and the retail value of the product/service is $5,000 — you could exchange it for say the equivalent of $4,000. The other person gets a product/service valued at $5,000 for $4,000 of their time (or whatever they are giving you) and you are getting their support (or whatever they are giving you) valued at $4,000 for the equivalent cash value of $1,000. If you had paid them cash, it would have cost you $3,000 more!

This is why exchanging money, can often be more expensive than exchanging products or services.

The key here, is to think of alternatives and to train yourself to look for opportunities to make money, and to save money.

OTHER SOURCES OF INCOME FOR EMPLOYEESIn addition to the sources of additional income listed for business owners, here are some additional ones for you to consider:

  • Art (like painting, writing poetry, pottery etc.)
  • Royalties from licensing your ideas to others
  • Buying and selling a product or service
  • Exchanging your time and skill for a profit share, share holding, revenue participation or a fee
  • Commissions on connecting people, or on making sales
  • Commissions or a share holding for helping people raise capital
  • Licensing patents, and selling the patent
  • Acquiring the rights to new technologies, and on-selling them
  • Acquiring the rights to new products and finding distributors
  • Publishing information, articles, reports or books
  • Manufacturing
  • Plus, many, many more…

HOT TIP: There are only two things to focus on, when considering which product, or which potential idea you want to pursue:

  1. How does this make others more money.
  2. How does this save others money.

The key idea here, is that people will spend money to make money, and they will spend money to save money. Most people never stop and think of what the end result your customer gets from buying from you. Once you can clearly identify what the benefit is, and can explain it simply in terms of saving money, or making money — you will get much faster results.

If you want to get a pay rise, think in terms of how you can make more money, or save more money for your employer. They will then be happy to pay you more money! There is no exchange in simply asking for more money…

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Happiness and Success Orbit Each Other

June 28, 2013 by

We all aspire to more happiness, success and fulfillment and yet few people are aware of the relationship between each of these states.

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Audacious Goals

June 22, 2013 by

We all know about setting goals and creating visions, however despite our knowledge of the subject many leaders fall short of legendary and land on mediocre.

The below is an excerpt (paraphrased) from the book titled “Beyond Entrepreneurship” — Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company by James C. Collins and Willian C. Lazier.

…you set a goal not by pure analysis, but by analysis plus intuition.  You’ll never be able to prove ahead of time that an audacious goal is going to be 100% achievable.

You have to know in your gut that it can be done, recognizing this simple truth: once committed to a bold challenge, the probabilities of success change.

When President Kennedy first proposed the Moon mission, he was advised that there was only a 50/50 chance of success.  He believed in America’s ability to achieve the mission, to somehow turn the odds.  He knew that if the country committed to the mission, they would somehow find a way to make it happen.

Think of it this way.  If someone puts you on a difficult mountain climb and leaves you an easy avenue of retreat, the probabilities of success would be at a certain level, say for the sake of illustration 50%.  Now suppose you are on the same mountain and the avenue of escape is removed; if you don’t succeed you die.

The probabilities of success change closer to 100%.  Why?

Because you are committed.  You’ll fight, scratch, invent, or somehow figure out a way to the top because you have no other choice…

What would happen if you committed to an audacious goal or vision and removed the possibility of not achieving it?

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Seven Primary Motivations

June 20, 2013 by

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MOTIVATION > There are seven primary motivations that correspond to seven paradigms. As your paradigm changes, so does your motivation, which in turn alters your focus. If a person is living day to day (survival) then their motivation will be survival based and their goals will be focused on getting out of survival.

The key to shifting from one paradigm to another is to set goals based on a higher paradigm…

In order to do that:

  1. Identify the paradigm you are currently operating within
  2. Recognize alternative paradigms (there are seven in total)
  3. Immerse yourself in the new, chosen paradigm and set goals based on the predominate motivations of that paradigm
  4. Have fun! Don’t take it all too seriously…

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On Self-Knowledge

February 8, 2013 by

And a man said, “Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.”

And he answered, saying:

Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.

But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.

You would know in words that which you have always know in thought.

You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.

And it is well you should.

The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;

And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.

But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;

And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.

For self is a sea boundless and measureless.

Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather, “I have found a truth.”

Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.” Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.”

For the soul walks upon all paths.

The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.

The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.

- By Kahlil Gibran

Passion

October 26, 2012 by

When I am feeling passionate, I have a heightened sense of vitality, aliveness, vibrancy, drive and enthusiasm.  There is a warm excitement and an all-consuming focus on my sensations.  I have a sense of confidence, total concentration and a keen awareness.

I feel an intense positive relationship with another person or group of people — a communion, unity, closeness, friendliness, freedom, mutual respect and interdependence.  I have a growing sense of trust and appreciation for whoever I am around or working with.  There is a desire for giving, for doing something for another person.

I seem to be immediately in touch with, and appreciative of, my immediate physical sensations.  I notice that I am experiencing everything fully, completely, and thoroughly.  I feel fully alive, as if another dimension has been added and everything has a greater intensity.  All my senses seem to be completely open.

There is a quickening of my heartbeat, my blood pressure goes up and blood seems to rush through my body.  My body tingles and my breathing becomes faster and faster.  My muscle tone is suddenly enhanced, and I feel strong with a sense of being more substantial, of existing, of being real.

I am aware of being caught up and overwhelmed by the feeling, as if gripped by the situation.  I am intensely here and now.  I am completely focused on this excitement. Nothing intrudes, all other feelings diminish, and it fills my whole being, spreading over everyone and everything.

I lose myself completely in the feeling and the experience; there is no thinking, just feeling.  There is a great desire to let go of myself completely.

Words come easily as I am able to express myself fully and can freely share my thoughts and feelings with others.  My movements are easy and flowing and I become especially coordinated.  I am less aware of time.  I feel expansive and there is a gradual swelling of intensity building up to a peak.  It easily flows from the inside to the outside.

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Unprecedented Change

September 19, 2012 by

We are living through one of the most profound periods of transformation in recent human history.  Our world is changing at an unprecedented rate.  The way we live, the way we work and the way we do business are changing dramatically.

No longer is it an option to maintain our position by doing today what we did yesterday.  We are no longer competing with the professional or the firm down the road, but rather, the highly skilled, more motivated, and lower cost individual or firm on the other side of the planet.  In order to do well in the future, we must begin to think more like entrepreneurs than employees, take responsibility for our quality of life, upgrade our skills and become more aware of the value we add to our teams, our projects, and our organizations.

Whether you are from Cape Town, Adelaide, Wellington, Hong Kong, Glasgow, Singapore, Milan or Albuquerque, the changes that are occurring affect us all.  Sure, you can decide to ignore what is happening, to live and work the same way today as you have in the past.  However, you could be missing out on the biggest opportunity of this generation and be rendered obsolete, redundant and find yourself standing on the sidelines.

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Playing to WIN or Playing Not to LOSE

July 6, 2012 by

In the game of life and business, you could easily assume that most people play the game to win. Why play at all if it isn’t to win? After all, that is the purpose of the game, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t play to win — they play not to lose. You may have heard people say, “I hate to lose.”

When playing to win, you understand and accept that losing is sometimes part of the game. However, you do whatever it takes (legally, ethically and morally) to win.

When playing not to lose, you feel that you must not lose — no matter what.  You play conservatively and avoid risk because your desire not to lose is greater than your desire to win.

And here is the rub… other players will exploit your unwillingness to lose — which will have you losing!

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The Wise Man, the Goddess and the Fragment

March 22, 2012 by

An adult bedtime story…

Once upon a time there was a wise man.  This wise man travelled the world exploring new places and learning the mysteries of life.  One day without warning, and as if by magic, the wise man forgot who he was.  He forgot that there is more to life than power, money, sex and the relentless pursuit of success.  He forgot his wisdom.  He forgot his teachers.  He forgot the examples he had seen.  He forgot the lessons he had learned.  He forgot where he had come from.  This once wise man disowned himself.  He left his seat at the table, the table of the gods.

After a while the wise man tried to rediscover himself.  But, how would he do it?  So he tested everything he knew to be true.  He tried it all out on himself.  He lied, he cheated, he stole.  He doubted himself.  He doubted others.  And in the process, he began to rediscover himself.  Progress was slow and he wanted to be fast…  “Give me the fast-track,” he demanded.  But to whom was he making these demands?  From whom and from where did he expect the answers to come?

And then one day he ran into a fragment of himself.

This fragment was a broke-ass, unethical blamer.  This fragment was a nobody trying to be somebody.  People rejected him.  Money rejected him.  And the wise man felt sorry for him.  The wise man decided to help him.  But the unethical blamer said one thing, and did another.

In his quest to render assistance, the wise man began to fight with the unethical blamer.  He tried to convince him.  He was right, no matter what.  And the wise man (not so wise now) tried to prove that he was right and the fragment was wrong.

If only he could refute one more point.  Surely then.  Surely he would see reason? After all, was it not completely logical?  This fragment was so precocious, so irrational, so emotional, so fixated on being right.  But he was so wrong.  The wise man was sure of himself.

How dare he! The wise man raged…  does he not know WHO I AM? After all, he was the wise man.

No, the fragment could only see another fragment.  He could not see the wise man.  For the wise man could not see himself.  All the wise man could see was the fragment within him.

Then the goddess whispered to the wise man, “Transform the fragments into the whole.” For the goddess could see the wise man, and the fragments and the fragment reflection.  For his part, the wise man could not see the goddess, he could only see fragments.  This is because he had forgotten himself.

The wise man thought to himself, “I am nothing but a fragment, like all the other fragments,” and he gave up on himself and accepted his royal fragmentedness.

But the goddess did not give up.

The goddess knew all the fragments where beautiful and incomplete pieces of the wonderful, magnificent and awesome whole.  The goddess refused to give up and reminded the wise man that he was not a fragment.  But the wise man insisted on pretending he was a fragment.  And whenever the goddess demanded more from him, he wished the goddess dead.  He hated the goddess.  He wanted to run away from her.  After all, she reminded him of everything he had forgotten.

But the goddess was like nothing else.  She was like no one else.  She was…  spellbinding.  In her presence the wise man felt feelings he had long forgotten that were intoxicating.  He loved her.  He hated her.  He loathed himself.

He had, after all, forgotten himself.  He was not only a fragment, but was working night and day tirelessly to be the king of all the fragments.  Surely then.  Surely then.

You don’t become a god by killing a goddess.  The mere thought itself creates more fragments, let alone actually trying to do it.

The words of the goddess haunted the wise man.  “Own thyself.  You are not a fragment.  You are a wise man.  You are only seeing a fragment of yourself when you fight with the other fragments.”

And the wise man began to remember.  “I, too, can help other fragments become whole, but I can’t do this as a fragment.”

“Every fragment I fight with is a reflection of my own fragmentedness.”

“I cannot help other fragments, unless I, too, become whole and remember that I am a wise man, a whole, a fragmented god.”

“I remember. I was born in the stars.”

“I am made up of the same materials as all the stars.”

And then the wise man became wiser.  He transformed his fragments.  He sought out his fragments wherever he could find them…  and transformed all the pieces into a whole.

Then he became a great teacher.  A teacher of men.  An example to all the other fragments.

The wise man returned to his seat at the table with all the other gods.  Then he could finally see the goddess and his eyes opened to all the other gods sitting at the same table…

– The End –

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ZONE TIPS > Your Feelings Are Not Reliable

March 15, 2012 by

Feelings are important to our experience of living as human beings. It is said that all mammals have some feelings; however, as human beings we have the widest range of feelings. Beyond the basic triad of pain, pleasure and numb, we have a lot of nuances to describe how we feel at any given moment — about everything we experience.

When it comes to making decisions, even the most rational, seemingly emotionless decision-makers are, unbeknownst to them, influenced by their feelings — even if they are not consciously aware of them. Even no feeling is a feeling.

Because of past things that have happened to us (both real and imagined) we tend to have conflicting emotions, as well as stacks of misplaced emotions, that get projected onto items, areas, subjects and people that they do not belong to.

If we make decisions based on how we feel, we will often get ourselves into trouble. On the other hand if we ignore how we feel, and make decisions that are based on the ultimate rational logic, we will also get into trouble. So the optimum decision-making method is to balance both rational and emotional factors to arrive at the best outcome possible under the circumstances.

When it comes to working towards a goal or intended outcome, we can be succeeding and making progress, and yet our emotions could be indicating that nothing is working and we are going to fail!  The opposite is also true, where we are doing poorly and yet feel on top of the world.  Most people would think this is not possible, and that surely when going up, one would feel up, and when going down, one would have that dreaded sinking feeling. For a variety of reasons, our emotions get mixed up and we feel the wrong thing at the wrong time.  This leads us to make incorrect assessments and assumptions.

That sounds scary, so what do we do about it? The fastest, easiest and most reliable thing to do is to use statistics and measurements to track your progress.  Then there is no emotion involved and it is simply a matter of “What does the stat show”? An analogy for this is when a pilot is flying a plane in bad weather when they cannot see the horizon. The pilot’s feelings and sense of direction can get so confused by the lack of visual stimuli, that up feels like down and down can feel like up… yikes! How does a pilot handle this phenomena? They fly by instruments.  So, rather than relying on your feelings for your decision-making and assessment of how you are doing, look to your instruments — otherwise known as statistics.

Here are just some statistics that you could measure, record and plot on a graph to show progress and the trend over time (in no particular order):

  1. net worth
  2. bank balance
  3. weight
  4. body measurements
  5. mood level
  6. number of fights with people
  7. days without a fight
  8. number of magic moments
  9. income
  10. expenses
  11. blood pressure
  12. depressed days
  13. inspired days
  14. energy level
  15. total debt
  16. total assets
  17. days you exercise
  18. dates of sexual activity
  19. number of headaches
  20. dollars invested

This list is by no means exhaustive; there are many more items you could track statistics on. We recommend you make your own list and begin tracking stats!

BTW, some people will have feelings about stats and the accountability that comes with them.  These feelings may get in the way of taking action…

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Money or Relationship: Symptom or Cause?

January 28, 2012 by

We have all heard it before. When a relationship fails, it is often stated that money problems caused the failure.

In many cases this is true, one partner loses their job or runs up unknown debts, which leads to relationship disharmony and eventually breakup or divorce. But what if there were a rarely discussed, often avoided cause that preceded the symptoms and was in fact the “real” culprit?

We all know that if you address symptoms and do not fix the cause, the problem won’t be resolved and it will continue… often from one relationship to another. Kind of like a silent serial killer that lurks in the shadows undetected, only to pounce at the most inopportune moment and wreak havoc.

After working one-on-one with thousands of couples from all walks of life, I have come to the conclusion that relationships are one of the most challenging areas of life for most people — and yet they have an enormous impact on one’s quality of life. If you sit down with any couple, it doesn’t take long to notice patterns of behavior that either add to or take away from the relationship.

Many money problems first manifested themselves in one’s relationship dynamic (which includes all relationships — home, work, family, etc.) which then shows up tangibly in the money dynamic. So if money problems are often (but not always) the symptoms, and relationship disharmony the cause, then no amount of focusing on money and finances will solve the money problems.

You won’t succeed in keeping a leaky boat afloat if all you do is grab a bucket and bail out the incoming water! What is required for sustainable, long-term success is to first bail the water out, then plug the holes in the boat to prevent more water from coming in. Yes, this sounds logical and easy, and yet, how often do people do the logical and reasonable thing when it comes to money?

So if your money dynamic isn’t flowing the way you would like, perhaps you could look to your relationship dynamic for some other causes of the problem? And at the end of the day, your relationships all reflect the most important relationship of all… the relationship you have with yourself.

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ZONE TIPS > Counter Intention

January 2, 2012 by

Most people/companies fail in their performance improvement goals because they only address their intention and leave out their unconscious COUNTER-INTENTION…

ZONE TIPS > I Choose

January 2, 2012 by

Rather than say “I need” or “I want” say “I choose”… Who wants to be needy and wanting? Better to make and express what you are choosing! It also reinforces the concept that you are choosing.

The Leadership Challenge

March 27, 2011 by

Most people think that there is a lot of competition for leadership roles. Despite the competition, there are more people who are not willing to lead than there are people willing to step up to the leadership challenge.

Taking the lead means you put your reputation and your ego on the line. You take the risk that things may go wrong and you may end up with a learning experience… a public one!

Avoidance of the risks associated with leadership has a lot of potential leaders taking a back seat and waiting for someone else to step up. The people and companies who succeed and end up dominating businesses and markets are those who have taken more calculated risks than others.

Is it time for you to step up and take more risks?

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Global Peace Index 2010

August 29, 2010 by

According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, the world became LESS peaceful in 2010 for the second year in a row. It is interesting to note which countries are more peaceful than others.  According to the research, violence costs the world economy more than $7 Trillion… surely making the world a safer place would do a lot for the entire world!

How long will it take for the consciousness of peace (you can’t fight violence with violence) to win?

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Leave Your Comfort Zone

June 19, 2010 by

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Financial Crisis and the Speed of the Zone

June 15, 2010 by

For many people, the financial crisis has caused a paralyzing amount of fear. A question on many people’s minds is how to cope with this gripping emotional state at a time when action is necessary. Perhaps this is the most relevant conversation as our emotional state is what determines the speed at which we are able to take action.   Also, it is our emotional state that determines the accuracy of our perception and the mind’s ability to solve complex problems.  At this very moment, the pace of communication and information is accelerating at incomprehensible multiples.

The emotional state of fear will have us wanting to slow down, or even stop.  In the financial world, this translates to “wait and see,” “panic and sell,” “follow the crowd,” “run and hide,” “shame and be shamed,” “blame and justify,” “judge and be judged.”  The mass fear is palpable and unbearable to be around, and the results are showing up in the markets, the media and everywhere.

The solution to this is to get in a different state, where we can move faster, make better decisions, and keep ourselves from being sucked into the vacuum of fear, like particles in space into a massive black hole.  In order to do this, we have to step back and observe, speed up and change, and take the actions without hesitation.  Buy great opportunities and resist selling those that will recover. History will prove that even though the market hibernates like a bear, it does make room for the bull sooner or later.  This is the time to be bold and resilient and the internal state of fear is our enemy.

Below is an article I wrote in 2004 about the speed of the zone, for a group of leaders that I was working with.

The zone in sports is that magical moment when an athlete is totally connected to winning, physiologically and psychologically, and releasing chemicals that enhance the state.  This emotional state takes us into a different reality beyond fear and into bliss.  Everything is optimized and enhanced.  I feel understanding this zone is a key to moving past the fear and into action again.

The Speed Of The Zone (copy of original article written in 2004)

Thank you for your courage and commitment to this journey that we share together, which can be very personal and alone sometimes. I have written about “the speed of the Zone” to support you in your understanding of what you have available to you.

The Zone is a very magical space; even though it can seem graceful and slow from the outside, it is actually moving very fast. What does this mean?

As we move up the zones the speed increases exponentially. What this means is that the feeling of each zone is dramatically different. As you move in your own personal journey up the zones you will hit invisible walls. This can feel uncomfortable and will have you plotting against yourself to move back into a lower zone that is more comfortable. We call this your havingness, or upper-limit. I will discuss more about this later but for now let me explain the speed of the Zone.

The important thing is that you will adjust and adapt and then it does get more comfortable again. However, in the middle of the adjustment it can feel confusing. Let‘s begin by understanding the context of the personal journey you are on as a Leader.

The Personal Journey

The voice of your Spiritual-Self compels you to let go of your comfort zone and embark on a personal journey that seems to have no limits, no restrictions and no end. In a life driven by goals, achievements and deadlines, this voice is seldom convenient, comfortable or timely. And yet when it’s time, the spirit moves quickly and ruthlessly like a storm from which you cannot protect yourself and there is no place to hide. The only solution is to stop the struggle and surrender to your spirit. Your spirit is much faster than your ego.

In a world of accelerating acceleration, where change is unpredictable, and complexity is growing at levels that are becoming evermore challenging, your ability to adapt must transcend previous limits in order to survive. You are on a personal journey, a quest for meaning, an evolution that takes you from your social act to your authentic self, from specialist to generalist, from dominance to partnership, from competitive to cooperative, from fragmented to integrated, from an ego-centered person to a comprehensive, whole, spiritual being.

You are for the first time making room in your life for spirit and ego to walk in partnership, side by side, each making peace with the needs of the other.

From Surviving To Thriving

Human beings are complex and evolving beings, who thrive on problem solving, adding value and contributing to others; once survival is handled you are fulfilled only by things that move your heart and challenge your mind.

“It is not the strongest nor most intelligent of species that survives; it is the one most adaptable to change.

- Charles Darwin

Change is something that requires action and is, by its very nature, not a passive energy, but rather an energy that has force. This force is required to take action from a lower zone because there has to be a dramatic increase in energy. Not only is more energy required as you move up the zones but also more velocity or speed. Things happen faster, and more powerfully. At first this can feel draining and tiring, but as you adapt you begin to have more energy and power available to you. This is the same as someone learning to run their first marathon. It takes persistence, determination and commitment. The body has to adapt physically and they have to increase the distance in incremental steps, not run the whole distance the first day.

Let me explain through an analogy from a story.

A Clue From The Red Queen

For Alice, in Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass,” advice from The Red Queen is that “in this place it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.”

“Through the Looking Glass,” is the imaginary life of a young girl who, while playing the game of chess, walks through a mirror into another reality where the pieces of the chess game become giant and real, and The Red Queen is showing Alice the way. This statement inspired Evolutionary Biologist L. Van Valen to come up with a principle called the “The Red Queen Principle” which states that “for an evolutionary system, continuing development is needed just in order to maintain its fitness relative to the systems it is co-evolving with.” The evolution here is in our consciousness, our collective knowledge and how we individually operate within this.

The zones are the equivalent to our own personal evolution as human beings. Only the whole thing is happening in one life and not over millions of years.

Understanding The Landscape

Like Alice in “Through the Looking Glass,” understanding what it takes to thrive in the Zone begins with looking into the mirror, and stepping into a future reality that is at present a possibility only as surreal as the room inside Alice’s mirror. Where things are operating differently than you know, the rules are different, the players are different, and everything is unpredictable, outside your current concept of time and space.

Let’s imagine the world inside the mirror, which on the surface looks similar, and yet everything is on different sides. Things that were on your right are now on the left, the sizes and proportions are constantly changing as you walk in. To see further into the mirror, you have to literally step past your current limitations. In the story, Alice is a self-centered girl who is insensitive to her cats and to her sister has an opportunity to learn some valuable lessons. Her journey begins after she steps out of the room in the mirror (her previous limits), and steps into the landscape outside and is joined by the Red Queen (who has transformed from a few inches tall on Alice’s chessboard to a full size woman, taller than Alice. She looks over the hills and sees that everything is divided into squares, like her chessboard and realizes she is in the game. The queen is showing her the way and, they have been moving very fast and take a break when:

Alice looked round her in great surprise. “Why, I do believe we’ve been under this tree the whole time! Everything’s just as it was!”

“Of course it is,’ said the Queen, `what would you have it?”

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”

“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

A New Reality

This dialogue is a great analogy of the world you are stepping into, fast and unpredictable and where the rules feel as different as a reality without gravity. This is the context of the “The Red Queen Principle” where running is an analogy for adaptation to the environment. Using the characteristics that you developed to achieve success in the past, the ACT will only manage to keep you at the same place even if you are playing at full speed. So what will it take to achieve success in the future? The single word answer is CHANGE.

This is your individual ability to change and re-invent yourself, to adapt to the new rules of the game. Literally going from mono-dimensional thinking to multi-dimensional thinking. Imagine that the two-dimensional chess board now surrounds you, you are in it and the pieces have come to life, and you can move in ways you do not understand from your current perspective.

The challenge presented to Alice is “If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” On a purely physical level, the fastest runners in the world are not twice as fast as their peers, only milliseconds faster. The change that is required is in the way that you perceive, think, and respond, not a physical adaptation that would take many life spans to accomplish.

You have been thinking and responding to a slow world and the Zone is like another reality and nothing in your past can prepare you for this. The Zone requires all of you to be present in the NOW!!

Remember the Zone is an ideal that we are always reaching for and there is no limit, no end. However by reaching for Gold we will surely live above the line in Green and Blue and sometimes Gold.

To Your Goldzone!

Anjou MacPherson
Co-founder
Goldzone Education

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It Is Unwise To Pay Too Little – Huh?

June 11, 2010 by

“It is unwise to pay too much, but it is unwise to pay too little. When you pay too much, you loose a little money; that is all.

When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything. Because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing you bought it to do.

The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It cannot be done.

If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.”

- John Ruskin 1819-1900

Truth

June 6, 2010 by

There is a graduated scale from ultimate truth to ultimate untruth. Most people think that a little untruth is OK and tell little lies to others and to themselves. The worst lies are the ones we tell to ourselves – and believe. Why? Because if you believe your own lies – then your perception becomes inaccurate to the same degree.  This is often why many people struggle and work hard only to find that success eludes them…

Think of ultimate truth as being the ultimate accuracy, and the ultimate untruth being the ultimate inaccuracy. The more accuracy – the more flow; so if you want more flow in your life, career or business… go for more truth.

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Taking Risks vs. Gambling

June 5, 2010 by

Many people don’t understand the difference between taking risks and gambling. Here is the definition of gambling:

Gambling v. 1. To take risky action with the hope of a desired result despite very little chance of success. 2. The risking of money or other items of material value on an event, with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and or goods of material value.

For us, we don’t gamble.  However, we do take a lot of risks. The difference is that when gambling, you have a high chance of losing, whereas with a calculated risk, you have a high chance of winning!

A calculated risk is where you give thoughtful consideration to the risk and for that which the potential costs and potential benefits have been weighed and considered.

Add to the mix one’s level of trust… we take risks and we trust. Many people gamble and have no trust… go figure!

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The First Step

June 4, 2010 by

The first step to improving any area of life, career or business is to first acknowledge that there is something to improve. You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.

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Why People Lie

June 4, 2010 by

People lie for a variety of reasons. According to a study conducted by Dr. Bella DePaulo, the average person lies once or twice a day and over the course of a week, deceives about 30 of the people they interact with. This does not include the lies we tell ourselves. Some of the reasons people lie are to:

- gain power
- gain status or improve one’s position (impress others)
- avoid conflict
- avoid an unpleasant truth about themselves
- avoid admitting mistakes
- diminish or suppress someone else
- avoid hurting someone’s feelings
- avoid anger
- avoid responsibility
- gain respect or admiration
- gain self-worth
- be liked
- maintain the status-quo, hoping everything will pass unnoticed
- gain something of value

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Focus On What You Want

June 3, 2010 by

Many people focus on lessons, mistakes and what they don’t want. The most empowering point-of-view is to focus on what you want and to ask yourself questions that would lead to bridging the GAP.

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