Sunday, October 27, 2013

You And Your Spirit (Part 17)

Your spirituality is your BEST energy source! In order to get at it, you have to take yourself away from climbing the ladder of "success!" When you spend time in "quiet" and connect to your God-source, you can find that you're ALREADY a winner!

Your spirituality is grounded in grace. Grace comes from God. Remember, you are enough (just the way you are)! When you connect to your spirit/God, you will be reminded that you have MORE than enough, right here, right NOW!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ask, Don't Insist!

"If you don't ask, you don't get." It's good to ask, but be prepared for disappointment if the end result doesn't meet your needs.

What's important is detaching from the outcome. For example, if you ask for a raise, your request may not be honored due to unforeseen circumstances.

Sometimes, it's helpful to put yourself in the shoes of the other person. You may get a clearer idea as to why people don't do what you ask them to do.

The bottom line >> ask for what you want or need. Don't insist on it. Watch what happens!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Public Speaking (Part 16)

Selective Perception is a behavior that listeners exhibit while they are listening to a speech. They pay attention to certain messages and ignore others. Here are some factors that influence perception:

  1. People pay attention to what they hold as important. An audience will pay attention to other people, if they think that what they hear, will be of consequence to them. People look for information that reflects their interests, needs, values and beliefs. Speakers who don't take these factors into consideration, find that no one is listening to them.
  2. People pay attention to information that touches their experiences and backgrounds. When people listen to information that is foreign to them, they WILL zone out. To keep a listener's attention, a speaker MUST touch upon an audience member's experiences and backgrounds.
  3. People pay attention to information that they know.  All new information is connected to something we've experienced from our past. We try to understand new information by comparing it to what we already know.
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

You And Your Spirit (Part 16)

Here are some ways to IGNITE your spirit:      

  • take a walk in a quiet place
  • write down your dreams
  • take pictures of your favorite things
  • apologize to someone for an old wrong
  • pray
  • list your fears, then ask yourself how to overcome them
  • make a new friend
  • give compliments
  • take a walk into the woods
  • watch a sunrise/sunset
  • play in the rain
  • make a list of your strengths and weaknesses
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Excellence vs. Perfection

Excellence is willing to be wrong,          
Perfection is being right.

Excellence is risk,
Perfection is fear.

Excellence is powerful,
Perfection is anger and frustration.

Excellence is spontaneous,
Perfection is control.

Excellence is accepting,
Perfection is judgment.

Excellence is giving,
Perfection is taking.

Excellence is confidence,
Perfection is doubt.

Excellence is flowing,
Perfection is pressure.

Excellence is the journey,
Perfection is the destination.                 -- Unknown

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Public Speaking (Part 15)

It's a known fact that many people would rather DIE, then get up in front of an audience and give a speech. Here are some things to consider to maintain your anxiety:

  • Anxiety precedes new experiences. Without experience to fall back on, it's hard to put your anxiety in perspective. What's important is that if you HAVE to give a speech (and it's your first one), you have to jump in and get through it. It won't be PERFECT, but then the first couple of times in front of an audience takes time.
  • New speakers worry about appearing different. We're ALL different.
  • Speech anxiety is prevalent for all types of speakers. Even the "seasoned speakers" get anxious.
  • Many speakers don't want to be the center of attention. In truth, the audience won't notice things about you that you don't want to reveal, especially if your speech is well planned and rehearsed.
  • Picture your speech as an extension of a conversation. (But that idea of picturing people in their underwear, does NOT work!)
  • Rehearse your speech for as long as you can. Rehearsal works out the "bugs."
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