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Friday, March 28, 2008

Success For The Average Man-Woman

Success Introduction

I read once what a great German Runemaster once said; "People's lives are frittered away like so much idle chatter...."

I swore that would not happen to me. I knew I wanted to do something, be something, learn something for my children and grandchildren.

So I started to write. I started when my daughter was small, writing 40 children's fairy tales that never got published. But this did not matter as there were many in my family and friends families who enjoyed them. I consider myself a success even though I don't have Rudyard Kipling's talent nor Stephen King's millions.

I wanted to be a writer and I AM. I now write blogs and articles and post them on the net. I am happy with my success.

Along my journey, I have found many books and quotes and sayings within these books, that have inspired me to keep going. I will share them with you.

Whatever you wish to succeed in doing, I will help you. It may not make you rich and famous (although it may) but it will give you the deep satisfying feeling that you have succeeded in doing what you aspired to do. No promises, no guarantees, just simple plain talk between two friends you and I.

To be a success in writing, painting, teaching, playing a musical instrument, singing, decorating, or just getting your life into better order - you must begin with YOURSELF. The only way you can succeed on the outside is to succeed in controlling your inside.

The new Laws of Quantum Physics are telling us that thoughts are things. Whatever we think or emote comes back to us.

Thoreau said, "What you are, speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying."

We all carry around so much useless dead wood inside our minds and emotions that it makes being successful, at whatever we want to be successful at, difficult.

We need to clean house of this 'dead wood' and the best way to do it is by replacing it with good 'living' thoughts.

I will share some of these thoughts with you as we progress along.

Sister Kenny, many years ago said, ".......He who angers you CONQUERS you...."

I remember when I boxed in the Army, about anger. Whenever I had a particularily difficult opponent, who kept hitting me and who I could not hit;....... well the angrier I got the more he hit me! When I got control of myself and my emotions, I fought 100% better.

Winston Churchill once said, "...Just because you have to kill a man in wartime, does not mean you have to be angry about it..."

Let's work on our inside and watch our outside blossom. How we think and feel about ourselves is very important. Many times, because we live in such a crowded world, we pick up many thoughts and feelings that do not originate within us. It is called the Law of Resonant Frequencies. We need to counter-balance them or neutralize them with other better thoughts and feelings.

Feeling depressed or in a 'poor me' mood? Flush it out by thinking "... A pauper had the blues, because he had no shoes, until he chanced to meet, a man who had NO feet..."

To be successful in anything we must first be successful with our own thoughts and moods.

We have tools to help us with this. The sayings and proverbs of successful men and women from the past are valuable. We can recall them to mind whenever we waver from our goals and purpose in life.

Good books and sayings are like spiritual and mental transfusions and we should always keep them close by.

Emerson wrote, "...Wise men know not many things, but useful things..."

We can use the useful things we know to create the success we want.

You really don't need to know many things to succeed, if you know the few things that are important. I will share them with you in the next article.

Ellis Peterson AKA Ragnar Storyteller is a retired math professor and electronics engineer. He has been studying astrology, runes, metaphysics and alternate healing treatments for over 30 years. He is 70+, in very good health and lives in the boonies of the Pocono mountains with his wifr Lory. His writings are unique and refreshing.

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Laughter Feeds the Soul

"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul" -Yiddish Proverb-

We all know what it feels like to take a refreshing bath/shower; it is so Invigorating, that most of us look forward to it on a daily basis. It not only cleanses us, it invigorates us and for many of us, it is the main thing that propels us out of bed in the morning. There is also the smell of coffee and the anticipation of that first cup of the day, now don't think that I have changed my stand on coffee, I haven't, I just know that there are still a lot of you out there that look forward to that first cup of coffee in the morning. For the rest of us it is a tantalizing cup of Green Tea brewed to perfection.

Back to the bath/shower, our anticipation to our morning ceremony of taking a bath/shower is all important and the setting and the items are just as important. We have the water at just the right temperature and all the important items all in their proper place for our morning ritual of bathing. Our favorite soap that smells just perfect and the shampoo that enhances our hair so it looks, feels and smells just right. Then there is the essential oils that create our mind to wonder to places of bliss and comfort. Yes, this is all what the ritual of the bath does for the soap to the body.

Now the other part of this quotation is a little more abstract and a little harder to remember, because we can't see it and if we forget our morning spiritual practices we can't feel it right away either. Not until we finally realize our day just isn't going the way we want it to. Then we remember we forgot that ever important spiritual practice to do before we left the house and/or just got busy with things around the house.

It is always good to put laughter in your life as it is one of the things that feeds your soul, and when we put as much care, love and attention into laughter in our life as you we do to the soap and details to our bath/shower we will find the soul responds with joy. Our life and presents will over flow with love and joy, yes laughter is a vital part of our day and being.

Just for the fun of it practice several belly laughs through out the day and just notice how great your days become. Happy Laughing!!

Namaste, Darlene

About the Author

My mission is to teach and encourage individuals how to find and maintain their balance in mind, body, spirit connection, which brings peace, joy and prosperity into their lives. They learn how to experience the joy of balanced living. I accomplish this thru my Wellness Coach Program which i offer to individuals and corporations. Darlene Siddons Spirited Boutique


Sunday, March 2, 2008

Leadership: The Magic Of Feedback

Many organizations are over managed. Key executives believe in the process of micro managing subordinates and overseeing all activities.

What this business model does is create a lot of busy work but essentially is much less productive.

A real leader understands the importance of feedback. While many shy away from feedback because it can show them things about themselves they don't want to see, it is a very vital part of effective leadership. You can consider leadership as the mirror that lets you see the job you are doing and have done. But don't look at is as judgment, look instead at feedback as a way to better the path towards your eventual goal.

You should be open to regular feedback sessions. Some try to allow feedback on the project at bi-weekly or monthly intervals. That is too long of a time period to wait for something that may need to be addressed much sooner. Often employees are waiting for a chance to talk more about the project and get some response to what they are doing to make sure they are doing the right thing. As a manager you should at the least have weekly meetings to keep up with the progress your group is making, and also help them look at the things they have yet to accomplish and prioritize the list. You may also get some input on better ways to do things from those who have been in the midst of it. In addition to group meetings, you should also offer individual meetings to group members.

You need to always know what your team is doing and that they are working towards the group objective. After all, you are the leader. In the end this project is your responsibility and if things go wrong, you are going to be the one who has to take the blame. You should be able to spot if performance is slipping anywhere in your team and deal with that problem quickly. You need to discover if they just don't want to do the job, or if they are having a problem. That can be done through asking them a lot of open-ended questions so they will eventually let you know the real hold up.

Make sure your group members know you are behind them. Everyone can use a little encouragement once in a while. But also make sure they know you expect to see results. At the end of your meetings, always leave them knowing when the next meeting is going to be. This sets them up to know that they will be expected to show more progress in a certain time period

You need to discipline yourself as a leader to make sure not to become complacent. This is something that happens to many leaders. They after a while become indifferent to the project and don't keep as close an eye on things as they should. This is a recipe for disaster and shows poor leadership to boot. You must meet every week with the group members and always make a list of their goals, assuring they are making progress towards those goals. If you neglect your group members, they may well start to neglect the work they are supposed to be getting done.

About the Author

Harald Anderson is the co-founder of a leading online motivational posters gallery. His goal in life is to become the kind of person his dog thinks he is.