The Power of Appreciation.

August 28, 2007

Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation – By Mike Robbins

Have you ever had something taken away from you only to realize how much you appreciated it after it was gone?

Most of us have taken someone or something for granted. We only truly realized how much that person or situation meant to us after the fact.

For example, at the age of 23, my professional baseball career ended abruptly when I blew out my pitching arm. I was in my third season in the minor leagues with the Kansas City Royals, and just like that, my childhood dream was over.

I realized looking back on my 18 years in competitive baseball that I had only one major regret: I pushed myself so hard that I’d forgotten to enjoy the game. I was so focused on “making it” and on overcoming my weaknesses, I had not taken much time to appreciate what I was doing along the way.

We often waste way too much of our time and energy focusing on what we don’t like, what we’re worried about, or what we think needs to be fixed, changed, or enhanced.

We live in a culture obsessed with “bad stuff.” Just turn on the news, listen to the conversations and negative attitudes of the people around you, or pay attention to the thoughts in your own head.

The Power of Appreciation in Your Life

What if we stopped this negative obsession and started paying attention to what and whom we appreciate, right now?

Imagine how this simple but profound shift could transform our lives, our families, our relationships, our results, our work groups, our communities, and more. Our experience is a function of what we focus on. Each and every moment, we have a choice about where we place our attention.

I am not advocating that we deny, avoid, or run from the challenges, issues, or even the pain in our lives or around us. It’s important that we’re able to confront, face, and deal with these difficulties. However, we don’t have to obsess about the bad stuff and let it run us. We each can consciously choose to focus on the good stuff in our lives, with others, and most importantly towards ourselves.

There are great things happening in your life and around you all the time — if you choose to look for them.

Five Principles for Living a Life Filled With Appreciation

1) Be Grateful – Focus on the many blessings in your life and all that you have to be thankful for.

2) Choose Positive Thoughts and Feelings – Make a conscious decision to transform your negative thoughts and feelings into ones that empower you.

3) Use Positive Words – Pay attention to the words you use with others, about things, and in speaking about yourself. Speak with the most positive words possible. Our words have the power to create, not just describe.

4) Acknowledge Others – Focus on what you appreciate about the people around you and let them know. Be genuine and let others know the positive impact they have on you and your life.

5) Appreciate Yourself – Celebrate who you are, what you do, and the many gifts and talents you have. Self-appreciation is not arrogance; it’s an awareness of your own power and the key to self-confidence, success, and fulfillment.

When we truly focus on this good stuff, our world transforms and we are able to see and experience the GREAT FULLNESS of our lives.

We don’t have to wait until everything is handled. We don’t have to wait until we get it all perfect. And, we don’t have to wait for people to do things exactly as we want them to. We can start appreciating life, others, and ourselves exactly as we are, right now.

Don’t wait ’til it’s too late!

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Work as a Spiritual Experience.

August 28, 2007

By Bruce D Schneider, Ph.D., MCC

I don’t know about you, but when many people hear the word spirituality, they conjure images of monks, candles, religion, and perhaps even incense. Few picture a day in their work life, completely enjoying what they do, feeling totally fulfilled and as if they are making a difference in the world.

The true nature of spirituality goes beyond mysticism and magic, and finds its roots in very practical day-to-day activities. This is because we are spiritual beings first, and in physical form second. Nothing that we think or do in the physical sense can change who we really are. The key difference between spiritually enlightened people and those who sleep through life is their level of consciousness, or awareness of who they really are. Conscious people know they contribute to the whole and that they are part of one big family. Conscious people also know that in all settings, including their work life, they can remain aware of, and more importantly, express their true nature. This self-expression offers not only a feeling of purpose, but because there are less mental and emotional distractions, the ability to do what they do more efficiently and effectively.

Being conscious at work means working “in the flow.” You let go of any ideas of separation from yourself and your co-workers or “superiors,” as well as let go of any limiting beliefs you may have that suggest “spiritual” to be something you “do” instead of something you “are.”

To create more of a sense of consciousness in what you do, let’s start by creating a scenario. Imagine yourself at work. It’s not a typical day. On this day you feel completely alive, relaxed, and invulnerable to any negativity or stress that your job can throw your way. You move through the day effortlessly, as if you were on autopilot, yet fully aware and in control of every action. As you come into contact with the many people you meet on this day, you notice that you appear to have a powerful influence on them. Your mood and energy seem to be rubbing off on everyone, and they leave you smiling, happy, and a little more positive.

What would your work life be like if, on command, you could create this experience? And what if you found out that the secret to being truly successful — on all levels — is feeling this on a regular basis? The key to this for work is to remember: It’s not as important what you do, not even how you do it. What matters most is, “Who are you at work?”

You may want to try a little self-reflection by asking yourself the following:

  • At work, how do I currently express myself?
  • How would I like to express myself?
  • Why is there a difference, and what can I, or better yet, what will I do about it?

In order to become a conscious spiritual being at work, you need to express yourself fully, by breathing love into all you do. This means to be your True self, at all times, even after you punch the clock.

What is it like to be more conscious at work? To be in the flow? I’m sure you’ve seen them.

  • He is the conductor exuding power and poise as his orchestra performs a beautiful medley.
  • She is the lawyer who fights for her client’s life as if it were her own child on trial.
  • She is the waitress who serves customers with as much enthusiasm and caring as her personal friends.
  • And he is the gas station attendant who still cleans your windshield even when his co-workers won’t.

Who are these people?

  • They are spiritual beings who breathe life into their work.
  • They are people who express themselves in what they do, and not simply for financial reward.

They do it because they

  • couldn’t do their job any other way.
  • are living their soul’s purpose and consciously doing what they do with love, and they are happier than most.

There are no “ideal” jobs. Not every person should be a healer or teacher. We need conductors, lawyers, waitresses, and gas station attendants. Each person lives his or her purpose by performing his or her job in a spiritually loving way, which reaps the many rewards of a purposeful and relatively stress-free life.

Once you are aware that you control your attitude on the job, which is the first and most important step, then you can continue raising your level of awareness by developing your own spiritual practice, combining reading, sharing information with like-minded people and through the practice of meditation.

Meditation helps you energetically connect yourself to the best part of you and helps keep your energy raised throughout the day. This means that you are less prone to stress, and that means you are more able to enjoy what you do and do it better. All meditation works, and any regular practice helps create a more rewarding life/work experience.

Whether it’s meditation, self-reflection, or simply reminding yourself each day that you are a spiritual being experiencing yourself at all times, being more conscious of who you are and learning to express that will help you create a spiritual experience in your everyday life. Yes, even at work!


Single Handle Every Task.

August 28, 2007

By: Brian Tracy
Excert from Eat that frog!

Every bit of planning, prioritizing and organizing comes down to this simple concept.

Your ability to select your most important task, to begin it and then to concentrate on it single mindedly until it is complete is the key to high levels of performance and personal productivity.

The Requirement for Every Great Achievement
Every great achievement of mankind has been preceded by a long period of hard, concentrated work until the job was done. Single handling requires that once you begin, you keep working at the task, without diversion or distraction, until the job is 100% complete. You keep urging yourself onward by repeating the words “Back to work!” over and over whenever you are tempted to stop or do something else.

Reduce Your Time By 50%
By concentrating single mindedly on your most important task, you can reduce the time required to complete it by 50% or more.

It has been estimated that the tendency to start and stop a task, to pick it up, put it down and come back to it can increase the time necessary to complete the task by as much as 500%.

Each time you return to the task, you have to familiarize yourself with where you were when you stopped and what you still have to do. You have to overcome inertia and get yourself going again. You have to develop momentum and get into a productive work rhythm.

Develop Energy and Enthusiasm
But when you prepare thoroughly and then begin, refusing to stop or turn aside until the job is done, you develop energy, enthusiasm and motivation. You get better and better and more productive. You work faster and more effectively.

Never Waste Time
The truth is that once you have decided on your number one task, anything else that you do other than that is a relative waste of time. Any other activity is just not as valuable or as important as this job, based on your own priorities.

Action Exercises
Eat That Frog! Take action! Resolve today to select the most important task or project that you could complete and then launch into it immediately.

Once you start your most important task, discipline yourself to persevere without diversion or distraction until it is 100% complete. See it as a “test” to determine whether you are the kind of person who can make a decision to complete something and then carry it out. Once you begin, refuse to stop until the job is finished.


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