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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Einstein's Three Rules of Work: Find Simplicity, Harmony and Opportunity



'Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.' 
Albert Einstein


You knew Albert Einstein was brilliant, but who knew simplicity, harmony and opportunity were at the core of his work values?


Einstein's three rules of work really speaks to me. I like to think I have characteristics in common with him, but the common ground I share with him is a scientific mind that tends to create a bit of  chaos and clutter in my living and work environment.

To me, Einstein's three rules of work fit with Lao Tzu's quote, 'To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.'



💙 When we sit quiet, out of clutter, simplicity emerges.

💚 When we sit quiet in the midst of discord, harmony emerges.

💜 When we sit quiet in the middle of difficulty, opportunity emerges.

Einstein might have named these the three rules to make life work. When we stay in chaos and crisis mode we are unable to find the simplicity, harmony and opportunity present in every situation. But take a breather or walk to calm the mind, and the whole universe surrenders to us.


Where Can you Apply This to your Life?


💙 What have you been hyped up about?

💚 Where in your life could you benefit from taking a breather to calm your mind?

💜 Where in your life would you like to find simplicity,harmony and opportunity?
Do it now



'To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.'  
Lao Tzu


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Friday, June 22, 2012

Afraid to Make Mistakes? Get Over It!


'Doing one fool thing after another is not so terrible when you consider the human proclivity to do several fool things at once'   Robert Brault

Afraid to Look Foolish? Get Over it!

Are you so afraid to make a mistake you never take a step? Lighten up! Get out there and mess up. 
  • Fail Big
  • Fall on your Face
  • Embarrass Yourself Big Time
 ......just stay involved experimenting with life.

What Makes You Feel Foolish?
  • Asking someone for a date.
  • Letting others know you're looking for a relationship.
  • Letting others know you're looking for a job.
  • Letting others know you've been on unemployment a long time and you really want a job.
  • Applying for a job you know 100 others applied for.
  • Speaking up in a meeting.
  • Saying 'I Love You'.
  • Admitting you made a mistake.
  • Asking for help.
  • Admitting you feel foolish.

Step into Life

We are wired to learn from our mistakes. The key to moving your life forward is to continually take a step--any step--that has the potential for a positive outcome.

'Don't belittle yourself be BIG yourself', says Corita Kent. It takes a big person to get out there, be foolish, and make mistakes in the course of living life. Set your sights on what you want -- a good job, a healthy relationship, a healthy body--and continually take small steps in the direction of that goal. Sometimes playing the fool isn't so foolish after all.

'One is more apt to become wise by doing fool things than by reading wise sayings.'  Robert Brault


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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Job Hunting: How to Turn Negative Emotions into Positive Actions


'Toss your dashed hopes not into a trash bin but into a drawer where you are likely to rummage some bright morning.'     Robert Brault


Have you or someone you know been laid off?

Getting laid off can be scary and demoralizing. Unless you take charge of your emotions as you seek new work, the overwhelming sense of fear and failure can immobilize you. What can you do to get yourself on a positive, hopeful job hunting path?

Six Tips for Maintaining Your Sanity and Hope Job Hunting

To get off on the right foot daily, you must begin by dealing with the fear, stress, anxiety, anger, shame--and other negative emotions generated by your layoff.

Take steps to transform your negative emotions into positive actions each and every day. Here are six tips for daily actions to help you maintain your sanity and hope during your job hunt.

At the beginning of each day choose to:

1.  Stop and Start over. Consciously center yourself each day. Fear, anger, and anxiety work against you and wastes your energy. Choose to harness your energy and enthusiasm.

2.  Concentrate on Facts, not Fears. Decide on one active step to take each day rather than letting fear immobilize you. Approach your job search factually. Take the emotion out.

3.  Be on a Search for the Truth. Take a step--any step--down a path with the potential for a positive outcome without knowing if it is the right path or if you'll get the job. this is the key to 'stepping over the invisible barriers to taking action'.

4.  Make no Judgments & Cast no Blame. Let go of anger or internal judgment about what happened to cause the layoff. It is what it is. If you fail to hear back from someone after you call or send a resume, don't move into self-blame or analyzing what an a-hole the person is. Move on or take the next step.

5.  Envision the Best Possible Future. The key is to see what you want, not what you fear.  Every day, take the first five minutes of your day to describe and focus on your ideal job. If you want to work on it longer, do it.

6.  Plan your work and work your plan. Take the time to list concrete actions that will move you towards landing a new position and find ways to include others who can help you.


'Tough times don't last...tough people do'  Robert H Schuller


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Monday, June 4, 2012

How to Replace Negative Thoughts with Positive Beliefs


'Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.'  W. Clement Stone

What Beliefs Lead Your Life and Actions? 

 The messages leading our lives and actions are everywhere--in newspapers, TV and the internet; in our communications and actions; in our photos, art, and music.

Every day we're bombarded with messages running the gamut from life-affirming to fear-creating--and we're letting them influence us. Unless we pause to consciously choose which ones we let in, those negative ones heightening our fear response are the ones most likely to get into our psyches.

Fear, Anxiety and Anger Don't Need Help Getting In

 Unfortunately fear-creating messages don't need help getting into our brains. Because they come fully-packed with a strong emotional charge they get fast-tracked in as the fear whips through our body and there they stay until we work to get the negativity out.

But it doesn't have to be that way. You can choose to let more positive thoughts take up residence in your brain leading to more positive actions by taking your cue from the power of fear and anger producing thoughts. 

Take a Lesson from the Bad Boys--Fear, Anxiety and Anger

The problem with positive, life-affirming messages, such as 'All is Well in my World' is they are so very nice. They fail to slam you in the gut like the bad boys--fear, anxiety and anger.The lesson to be learned from the success of negative thoughts slipping in is the brain loves and attends to messages with strong emotional and visual impact.



'The lesson to be learned from the success of negative thoughts is the brain loves and attends to messages with strong emotional and visual impact.'


To remedy the situation find ways to present positive, calming, affirming messages with strong emotional and visual impact. The stronger the meaning you give a message, the more your brain attends to it.

Here's the thing--your brain doesn't remember facts, it remembers meaning. So the more meaning you give something, the more it takes root in your memory. 


'Your brain doesn't remember facts, it remembers meaning.'



Focus Your Attention on the Positive Messages

Rather than glancing at the affirmation 'All Is Well in my World' and moving on with your day, stop and do something with it ~React to it ~ Talk about it ~ Redesign it ~ Apply it ~ Go for a walk and ponder it. When you experience a discrepancy between what you believe and how you act, you will change your beliefs to match your actions. Choose positive actions and positive beliefs will follow.
  
  • What meaning does 'All Is Well in my World' have for you today? 
  • What can you do to apply it to your life?
  • What is getting in the way of you accepting this message as true for you right now?
  • How can you switch from accepting fear-based messages to accepting everything is well in your world?


Create Eye and Heart Candy for the Brain 

Rather than reading the words in positive messages, actively respond to them. Turn the messages into pieces of art or postcards to send on to others. The more color you use creating positive artful messages, the more meaning you give them. And the more you share them with others, the deeper the messages get in your own psyche.




All is Well in my World

Let go of the fear. All is well.


What beliefs are you affirming through your actions?
  • When you get out for that daily walk or bike ride you affirm you're healthy and active.
  • When you stay involved in serving your community you confirm you're connected.
  • When you celebrate other's good fortune in getting or keeping a job, you affirm your own good fortune is on its way.
  • When you pass on life-affirming messages to others you affirm your own desire to create  life-affirming actions.

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