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The more I know God, the more I realise

Life is not about the past.

What’s past cannot be undone.

No amount of regret can turn back time.

Life is not about the future.

For who are we to ponder,

as if we know any better.

Life is about the present.

For everyday from God is a gift.

Day by day, step by step,

eyes on God,

never from His wondrous love drift.

Substance Abuse in the Armed Forces

The information below is courtesy of Rehab Hotline:

 

Members of our armed forces, particularly those who have been deployed in warzones, deal with many issues beyond the battlefield. Many suffer from severe post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) brought on by combat experiences. For others, merely reintegrating into society at home can be stressful and challenging. While drug use is strongly discouraged in the armed services, many veterans know that there is a general culture of acceptance of alcohol abuse. Soldiers, seamen, airmen and Marines work hard — and tend to play hard. For many vets, however, this cycle becomes an addiction and begins to affect their health and their relationships.

RehabHotline has created this infographic to inform viewers of the problems service members face with substances and also as an outreach tool to let veterans and their families know that they are not alone if they are dealing with chemical dependency problems. There is help available.

Retrospection

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As we look back at the year, let’s not look back in anger,

neither should we look back in defeat.

Instead look back with gratitude.

Be thankful for the afflictions, for they have made your heart stronger.

Be thankful for the betrayals, for they have made your eyes brighter.

Be thankful for the struggles, for they have made your will tougher.

Be thankful for all of life’s insights for they have made your mind free-er.

For a phoenix cannot rise up from the flames without first being burned to the ground.

So let’s retrospect with thanks and prospect with hope for 2014 !

 

The Best Christmas Present

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Christmas is here again, carols, jingle bells, gifts, gatherings and dinners.  Gift exchanges are the norm, with friends and family.  We all have many wants in life, a new watch, a new dress, a new designer handbag or even wealth, fame, fortune, popularity…  I know I’m guilty of these secret wishes some times.

This year, Christmas has been exceptionally quiet for me.  No loud parties, no flashy gifts, no trendy dresses, no luxurious toiletries set, no fancy jewelry, no chocolates, nothing.

But I’m not complaining – for I know I’ve received the best gift of all:  To have my mum back from surgery, safe and sound.  She had not been in good health and feared going for operation.  Although we may not be on the best of terms all the time, growing up, I was antagonistic and always the rebellious one, deep down, I was really worried for her health and the risks.   Nonetheless I’m glad she went through with it and am recovering now.  Hopefully, she’ll be cancer free in the coming years.

I hope this is not too much to ask for for now.

Maslow’s Self-Actualisation Theory

For the Psychology inclined, dig this:

 

The fulfillment of one’s potential, or self-actualisation is regarded to be critical to psychological well-being and optimal mental health (Rogers, 1959).  Maslow proposed that self-actualisation is achieveable only when basic needs (physiological needs, safety needs, belongingness and love needs, esteem needs) are fulfilled.  According to Maslow, self-actualisation includes being reality-focused, problem-focused, opened to experiences, receptive of self and others and autonomous (ruled by own values).  Self-actualised people may show negative attributes including stubbornness and detachment (Maslow, 1943).

In a study that investigated personality characteristics which correlate with self-actualisation.   Self-actualisation correlated negatively neuroticism but positively with extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness.  All correlations were significant.  Self-actualisation is an important concept within humanistic personality theories.  These theories believe that everyone has the capacity to develop their full potential and achieve self-actualisation (which is important to psychological health).  Hence, the focus is on helping people become more competent and achieve optimal mental health (Rogers, 1959).  In this light, further understanding of self-actualisation will be useful in counseling settings as psychologists help clients advance towards optimal mental health.

 

Further Reading

 

References

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Costa, P.T., & McCrae, R.R. (1980). Influence of extraversion and neuroticism on subjective

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Costa, P.T., & McCrae, R.R. (1992). Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEOPI-R) and

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Costa, P.T., McCrae, R.R., & Dye, D.A.  (1991).  Facet scales for agreeableness and

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Hayes, N., & Joseph, S.  (2003).  Big 5 correlates of three measures of subjective well-being.

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Live Your Life Without An Eraser 2

Written by Clint Cora

Life Without An Eraser

My real estate agent sends me regular newsletters and in one issue, I saw the following quote by John Gardner.

’Life is the art of drawing without an eraser’.

This quote pretty well sums up how to realistically live our lives. We all make mistakes and have some negative experiences in life. We don’t have giant erasers to erase the bad circumstances we all go through. However, if we learn from these negative experiences, we can live our lives better in the future much like how the developing artist learns to draw better each day.
In my Toyota Supra black ice accident, which I can’t erase, I quickly learned to change my driving habits. As a result, I have been accident free for the last twenty five years as a driver ever since (except for one small incident when another driver hit my car in a shopping mall parking lot).

Each day is a learning opportunity for us and having some bad experiences from time to time is just reality. We can’t erase these bad experiences whether they are accidents, failures or mistakes, but we can certainly learn from them.

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The Alchemist – finding your purpose in life

Originally posted on SJX's - The BEST You Project:

I recently watched some You Tube clips of Will Smith, one of my idols, and in one interview with Travis Smiley, Will mentioned the book called The Alchemist written by Paulo Coelho and how it changed his life.

If a book has such a profound affect on a great thinker and inspirational guy like Will then I thought it was worth giving it a go.

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I bought it and read the full thing in less than a week and wasn’t disappointed. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a long book and is so intriguing that you’ll rattle through the 197 pages in no time.

What was refreshing and inspiring was that I got the story, I recognised the hidden meanings and what the book was teaching. It was almost a eureka moment at the end as I applied the theory to my life and pin pointed my own “personal legend”.

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Dreamers!

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I think there’s a certain delusional quality that all SUCCESSFUL people have to have,

YOU have to BELIEVE that something different than what has happened for the past 50 million years CAN happen.

Being realistic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity.

What’s the point of being realistic?

It’s UNREALISTIC to walk into a room,

flip a switch and have light come on,

but fortunately Edison didn’t think so.

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An Endearing Story

The starfish is a symbol of divine love. It also holds characteristics such as guidance, vigilance, inspiration, brilliance and intuition. 

Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf’s edge and the beach. Back and forth this person went. As the man approached, he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide.

The man was stuck by the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to perish. As he approached, the person continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf.

As he came up to the person, he said: “You must be crazy. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can’t possibly make a difference.” The person looked at the man. He then stooped down and picks up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He turned back to the man and said: “It sure made a difference to that one!”

 

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Ho can we apply the story of the starfish into your daily life?

Any suggestions or similar stories to share?

 

 

Overcoming Failure

No one actually wants to encounter failure in their life.
That’s because when you look at the isolated incident, it means that you haven’t found success.
However, with the right attitude, you can use your failure in order to get yourself to success in an accelerated fashion.

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Never Give Up On Yourself

It may help you to stop using words like “failure” when it comes to your attempts at success. As long as you’re still trying on that road to success, then you actually haven’t failed. It’s only once you’ve given up that you’ve failed.

3 key things to remember:
Remain Positive,
Stay Committed,
Learn from failure!

Life is tough though. To say “never give up” is easier said than done. Of course there will be times when you feel like giving up, everyone encounters these times. Just ask any successful person that you admire. However, it’s those people that still make the extra effort even when they feel like giving up that reach success. There’s nothing stopping you from being one of these people.

Of course you want to get to success as fast as you possibly can, but you must give yourself proper time. Everyone has their unique road and when you stop comparing yourself to others and just plough forward with your plans, you’ll get there before you know it.

What’s your take in the face of t failure? Will you quit or persevere?

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A Great Salesperson Can Sell Anything! Really??

By Bernie O’Donnell

There is absolutely no basis for the adage that “great salespeople can sell anything.” Nor is there a basis for the unqualified premise that “the best predictor of future performance is past performance.” It all depends on the degree to which your environment mirrors that in which the salesperson has been most successful.

We’ve identified 9 Territory Casting Factors™ that are essential to understand if you wish to outmaneuver your competition in the race to increase average sales per rep.

1. Target Market (buyer profile)
2. Relational vs. Transactional (ongoing vs. one-time deal)
3. New vs. Established Customer (hunter vs. builder)
4. Straightforward vs. Technical/Complex Product
5. Tangible Product vs. Intangible Service
6. Long vs. Short Sell Cycle
7. Big Ticket vs. Small Ticket (price)
8. Selling Methodology (consultative vs. product, etc.)
9. Brand Expectation (reputation and image)

Each of these needs to be described for your business. Then relevant questions and scenarios can be developed to see how well the applicant’s experience compares. If you happen to be a salesperson seeking a new position, you should do this exercise so you can identify those opportunities in which you are likely to be most successful.

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You see, we all have internal programs we learn. Sometimes we learn them in childhood, and sometimes we learn them as adults.
Some of these programs aren’t helpful, such as constantly worrying, stopping yourself from writing, or scaring yourself so much that you can’t go after your dreams.

It’s not that these programs are bad, because they work perfectly. The problem happens when they stop you from doing something you want.
That’s when you need to change the programs within you.

The Bottom Line

In the end, you are the only one that can make the changes necessary. I’ve had many people email me, and they want to feel good without any effort.

If you want to transform who you are and live up to your full potential, you have to first face the dragon (your fears), but what you’ll realize is that your fears are only half an inch thick.
It’s terrifying, but it’s over in a heartbeat.
When you let go of your fears and negative memories, your life changes.

The question then is, are you ready for it?

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4. The Work
The Work was created by Byron Katie, and it’s a system of four simple questions:
• Is it true?
• Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
• How do you react when you believe this thought?
• Who would you be without this thought?

That’s how it starts, and while my paraphrasing of the questions may not be perfect, the questions still hold power, because they open up your mind and beliefs to new possibilities.
There are so many options to feel better that I am confused about the fact that people still try to drink and eat their problems away.

5. NLP
Last, but definitely not least is NLP, which I use when I work with my own clients. NLP gives you the user’s manual for your brain.
It allows me to help my clients achieve quick changes that have big ramifications in their life.

As an example, one client came to me with writer’s block. She had trouble with anxiety when she sat down to write.0
She loved writing, but it wasn’t happening. She had some bad memories and experiences from the past around writing, and when we cleared those up, everything changed.

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5 Ways to Eliminate Negative Emotions 2

2. Acceptance
This is another part of being in the now. Most people try to run away from their negative emotions. They eat, watch TV, have sex, read, or hang online.
When you get curious about the feeling and accept it as a part of you, it tends to disappear.

But how do you accept it when it feels so painful?
That’s the first hurdle you have to overcome, because when you do, you will realize that the pain was only half an inch thick.
You can either learn to let go of your negative emotions, or you can keep doing what you’ve been doing up until this point.
3. EFT
EFT is weird, but it works. Nowadays I use something called FasterEFT, which is more efficient and uses a few tricks from NLP, or Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
It’s faster, and it works better than classic EFT, at least for me. The mistake most people make is they dismiss EFT because of how it looks.

Another mistake is that they use it a few days and give up. Changing how you feel means going in and cleaning stuff up, and most of us have a lot of garbage stored in our brain, so it takes time.
But after a while you start feeling a deep sense of peace, joy, and wholeness. At that point you know that it’s all worth it.

Stay tuned for the more ways

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Do you ever experience negative emotions to the extent that you wish they would just go away forever?

We all do, and most people suffer unnecessarily because of them.
The good news is that you don’t have to do that. The bad news is that most people will do it anyway, even though the tools are right in front of their eyes.

Why?
Because of familiarity.

It’s uncomfortable to face the unknown, even though that is where all the possibilities lie. You cannot have certainty and possibility.
You must face your emotions head on.
That is the key to peace. When you are willing to do that, you have reclaimed your freedom.

1. Now
You’re probably familiar with the Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. In the book, Eckhart puts forth a simple proposition, stay in the now and you will feel peace.
Most people don’t understand it right away, but when they do, their life changes dramatically, because when you’re in the now, you are present with everything around you.
Think of a time when you were anxious or afraid of a future event, and notice what happened when that event happened and you experienced it.
It wasn’t as bad as you thought it was, was it?
That’s because when you experienced it, you were in the now, and when that happened, the unknown became known.
Stay tuned for the other 4 ways…

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Say Yes !

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Have you seen the movie ‘Yes Man’ by Jim Carrie before?

In the movie Jim Carrie plays the role of a Bank loan officer Carl Allen has become withdrawn since his divorce from ex-wife Stephanie.  He was living a pessimistic life and never said ‘Yes’ to anything or anyone.  Until he went for a motivational seminar and and meets inspirational guru Terrence Bundley, who publicly browbeats him into making a covenant with himself. Carl reluctantly promises to stop being a “No Man” and vows to answer “Yes!” to every opportunity, request or invitation that presents itself thereafter.

Carl began saying ‘Yes’ to everything and everyone and his life seemed to take a turn for the better, until things started getting bad and he got into an accident while trying to get Terrence to ‘stop’ the covenant with him.  After Carl recovers consciousness, Terrence tells Carl that there was no covenant. The starting point was merely to open Carl’s mind to other possibilities, not to permanently take away his ability to say no if he needed to.

Does the idea of taking a chance, any chance terrify you ?

Once in a while, do you …

take a different turn, at a different corner,

explore a new flavor,

wear a different color.

You never know who you’ll meet, what you’ll do, where you’ll go.

As Forest Gump said ‘ Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get ‘

But isn’t that the essence of Life?  We never really know everything for sure.

In life, perhaps we sometimes need to allow ourselves the luxury of saying ‘Yes’, to possibilities.

Don’t think you are not good enough, without even starting.

Don’t give up, without even trying.

Open your mind and heart and you’ll be amazed what  You can achieve !

Say Yes !

 

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Celebrate You !

When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself.
When nobody else compliments you, compliment yourself.
It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged.
It’s up to you!
Encouragement should come from the inside.

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2012 in review

Dear Readers,

It’s been great having you on board.  Thank you for all your follows, likes and comments.  In return, I’ve learnt much from the  writings on your blogs too.  

Here’s wishing Everyone a Happy New Year for 2013 while we recap the year 2012 that’s ending soon!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

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‎”If you don’t fail… you’re not even trying.”

“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.”

Les Brown, a motivational speaker, made an analogy about this.

Imagine you’re on your deathbed—and standing around your bed are the ghosts representing your unfilled potential.The ghosts of the ideas you never acted on. The ghosts of the talents you didn’t use.

And they’re standing around your bed. Angry. Disappointed. Upset.

“We came to you because you could have brought us to life,” they say. “And now we go to the grave together.”

So I ask you today: How many ghosts are going to be around your bed when your time comes? – Penn Commencement Address given Monday, May 16, 2011 by Denzel Washington

Live Your Life Without An Eraser 1

Written by Clint Cora

I think my business colleague was a bit nervous when he first got into my Eagle Talon sports car. I was driving us to a few appointments that day. About halfway into our day on the road together, he said that he was pleasantly surprised about my driving. For some reason, he thought that since I drove a black sports car, I would be driving like a wild man. But much to his surprise, he noticed that I never sped or drove very aggressively. This is when I told him about my story about an incident many years ago that changed my driving habits forever.

Negative Experiences That Change You For The Better

I was a young man in my mid twenties just starting my career. I decided to reward myself with a new car. It was a black Toyota Supra, the first car I ever bought on my own. After seeing the black Ferrari on Miami Vice, I wanted a black sports car as well. I seem to have a thing for black sports cars as I’m currently on my fourth one now and the next one will likely be a black Mustang.
I was driving in the fast lane westbound on the QEW, which is the highway that runs around Lake Ontario from Toronto to Niagara Falls. It was a Canadian winter day but the weather was clear and so were the roads, or so I thought.
Like many other vehicles on the highway, I was doing about 120 kilometers per hour in a 100 kilometers speed limit. Everything was smooth sailing on the highway until my car started to somehow lose grip on the road. I spun around 180 degrees and actually saw the other cars coming toward me as I went across all three lanes. Fortunately, my Supra ended up off the highway on the far side shoulder.
It‚Äôs a miracle that I didn’t get hit by any of the other vehicles as I went across the lanes but the side of my car did hit a post which resulted in my side window smashing apart. I was not hurt though so I came out extremely lucky.
What must have happened was that I hit some ‚’black ice’ on the highway. This is a term we use here in Canada that describes ice on the roads that drivers can’t see. In my case, I was driving too fast in black ice conditions I was not aware of.
This single negative experience on the road changed my driving habits forever. Although it didn’t change my personal taste for black sports cars, I no longer speed especially on the highways during winter months. Quite often in questionable winter days, I’m actually well under the speed limit and don’t mind almost every other vehicle on the road passing me, even if they are driven by little old ladies. I would rather make it to my destinations in one piece.
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Never Give up (Keep the Dreams Alive)

You spent countless nights, forsaking sleep.
Chiselling the words and weaving the story.
But they say your writing is boring, not good enough. 
Nonethelss you know  it is your painstaking creation, not just any piece of text.

You spent months conceptualising, a new product – revolutionary.
Foregoing slumber, you were trying to break the boundaries.
But they say you are crazy, it will not take off. 
Nonethless you know in your guts, your ‘baby’ is promising potential ahead of its time.

This person was fired by the directors of his own start-up. After several years, when he was hired back by this startup, he launched a series of products that made history in the technology market. “At Stanford where pioneering spirit meets 21 century technology.“ Although Steve Jobs is not a graduate of Stanford, he has certainly lived out this slogan.

In the early 90s, while competitors like creative and samsung were striving to dominate the music industry,  Steve’s innovation of Apple’s iPod music player and iTunes online store rocked the market. The iMac rescued Apple from struggling survival to stable position in the pc market.

Just 3 years back, While every mobile phone came with a keypad and stencil, Steve created a quantum lead with the touch screen, a feature which was so ‘Alien’ back then. Now, almost every mobile phone is moving towards touch screen design.

Whether you’re a writer, artist, musician, inventor or entrepreneur, we’re all too familiar with the agony of creation. 

You may be the Crazy One but never give up, keep the Dreams Alive !

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Now you can have your COFFEE and EAT it

Sip + Crunch: Edible Cookie Coffee Cup is a Delicious Dish

A nice cup of coffee in the morning is one of those simple pleasures that sets the mood for the entire day. The Cookie Cup from Italian company Lavazza makes that simple pleasure even better by eliminating the need to wash dishes after the java is gone.

The edible cookie cup is made of a light (but sturdy) pastry and lined with sugar to make it waterproof. The sugar dissolves slightly to sweeten the coffee as you drink it.

The tasty cup is softened a bit by the time you finish your coffee and melts in your mouth as you munch it. As anyone who has dipped cookies in coffee knows, the two tastes combine divinely. If there is anything that can top the elimination of some dirty dishes, it’s a yummy snack to go along with some delicious coffee.

Passion with Vision – Howard Schultz

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Who can resist the aroma of a well-roasted coffee bean? Mention Starbucks and everyone knows the distinctive coffee outlets. But the Starbucks Coffee Co. leader was undoubtedly the first to turn that reverie into a billion dollar retail operation.

Schultz was born in 1952 and raised in a Brooklyn, N.Y., housing project. A football scholarship to Northern Michigan University was his ticket out, and after graduating he worked a variety of jobs until becoming manager of U.S. operations for Hammarplast.   Little did everyone know that this young man would start up one of the greatest global brands of our times…

Schultz’s adventure started in 1981 when he traveled from New York to Seattle to check out a popular coffee bean store called Starbucks that had been buying many of the Hammarplast Swedish drip coffeemakers he was selling. There was that great smell, sure, but what caused him to fall in love with the business was the care the Starbucks owners put into choosing and roasting the beans. He also was impressed with the owners’ dedication to educating the public about the wonders of coffee connoisseurship.   It took Schultz a year to convince the Starbucks owners to hire him. When they finally made him director of marketing and operations in 1982, he had another epiphany. This one occurred in Italy, when Schultz took note of the coffee bars that existed on practically every block. He learned that they not only served excellent espresso, they also served as meeting places or public squares; they were a big part of Italy’s societal glue, and there were 200,000 of them in the country.

But back in Seattle, the Starbucks owners resisted Schultz’s plans to serve coffee in the stores, saying they didn’t want to get into the restaurant business. Frustrated, Schultz quit and started his own coffee-bar business, called Il Giornale. It was successful, and a year later Schultz bought Starbucks for $3.8 million.

As the company began to expand rapidly in the ’90s, Schultz always said that the main goal was “to serve a great cup of coffee.” But attached to this goal was a principle: Schultz said he wanted “to build a company with soul.”

This led to a series of practices that were unprecedented in retail. Schultz insisted that all employees working at least 20 hours a week get comprehensive health coverage — including coverage for unmarried spouses. Then he introduced an employee stock-option plan. These moves boosted loyalty and led to extremely low worker turnover, even though employee salaries were fairly low.

Why was Schultz so generous? He remembers his father, who struggled mightily at low-paying jobs with little to show for it when he died.

Schultz has said that his model for expanding Starbucks is McDonald’s, with a few key differences. One is that Starbucks owns most of its stores, while McDonald’s franchises. Schultz doesn’t believe it’s possible to build a strong brand around franchises — although McDonald’s is an obvious exception. Another difference is that Starbucks managed to blossom without national advertising. Finally, Starbucks sells premium products to a fairly upscale, urban clientele.

Starbucks experienced astronomical expansion during the go-go ’90s, going public in 1992. The company has almost 4,000 stores in 25 countries, serving 15 million people a week, and new outlets are opening so fast it has Wall Street’s head spinning. The company seems to be immune to market vagaries as well, gaining 25 percent in stock value last year while the Dow Jones Industrial Index lost 10 percent and the Nasdaq 60 percent.

Schultz indulged his love of basketball by buying the Seattle Supersonics for $250 million. He also handed over CEO chores to Orin Smith so that Schultz can focus on global strategy. He believes that Starbucks is just getting started. “Despite the success that Starbucks has enjoyed in the U.S., we have a less than 6 percent market share of coffee consumption,” Schultz said. “We are in the infant stages of the growth of the business even in America. And now seeing what we’ve done internationally … we are going to shock people in terms of what Starbucks is going to be.”

Asked the secret of his success, Schultz recounts four principles:

“Don’t be threatened by people smarter than you.

Compromise anything but your core values.

Seek to renew yourself even when you are hitting home runs.

And everything matters.”  

Truly inspiring story of an entrepreneur who didn’t give up at anything he believed in.  He had passion for his vision and was determined and persevered to make his dreams a reality.  

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Find Your Greatness

Greatness:
Somehow we’ve come to believe that greatness is only for the chosen few, for the superstars.
The truth is, greatness is for us all. This is not about lowering expectations;
it’s about raising them for every last one of us.
Greatness is not in one special place, and it’s not in one special person.
Greatness is wherever somebody is trying to find it. Find your greatness.

A Great Salesperson Can Sell Anything! Really??

By Bernie O’Donnell

Despite the likelihood that salespeople are the most studied species among mankind, we continue to hire, incent and coach them based upon an erroneous set of beliefs. The result is missed opportunities, low margins, missed quotas, unacceptable service and — the mortal sin — lost customers.

There is absolutely no basis for the adage that “great salespeople can sell anything.” Nor is there a basis for the unqualified premise that “the best predictor of future performance is past performance.” It all depends on the degree to which your environment mirrors that in which the salesperson has been most successful.

As with any job, the personal drivers of sales success are found within expertise, traits and character – the Competency Trio™. In most jobs, Expertise (skills, knowledge and experience) is the easiest to assess, but not so in sales. Personality, which is formed from elements of traits and character, gets much attention as sales managers seek that non-existent magic salesperson that can “sell anything to anyone.”

Unfortunately, this focus on personality and attitude is often at the expense of two factors that are at least as predictive of future success.

The first is mental acuity. How much business do you think gets left on the table because the salesperson doesn’t think as fast as the buyer or decision maker? The second critical consideration is how well your environment maps to the experience of the sales rep.

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Passion or Conviction

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Passion or Conviction -
Which is more important ? What is the difference?

Passion -
Often used to refer to love for someone or something, ironically refers to ‘suffering’ in Ancient Greek.
Perhaps it is the intense emotion that makes one suffer – sleepless nights, loss of appetite, anxiety, fear of loss …
Passion is so Strong an emotion that it oftens render reasoning meaningless.
Besides Romance, Passion is applicable to love for a certain pursuit, such as occupation, exploration, a craft or a hobby.
Passion is the spark, that kick-starts the Firing inferno – it motivates us, engulfs us, sometimes devours us.

Conviction -
An unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence.
So strong is the belief that it holds itself as an article of faith.
To the mind, it is the cognition of doubtless truth.
To the heart, it is this commitment that keeps us going and going, when the going gets tough.
It is the voice in our heart that tells us to ‘Get up”, time and again when we falter.
It is the energy that feeds our soul, with each passing hurdle, pitfall, wear and tear.
Conviction pushes us beyond the boundaries of our limits

Now to me, Passion is the spark that gets me started BUT Conviction pushes me beyond.
Conviction is the voice, constantly telling me that ‘What doesn’t kill me will only make me stronger”
Conviction is my mentor, my coach, my mantra to keep going and going, with the destination in mind.

I used to think that Passion was everything until Conviction found me!

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Relax !

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Relax, the weekend is here
I can smell it !

Relax, the weekend is here
I can smell it !

 

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Dog Tired

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It’s been a hard day’s night

And I’ve been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log

(A Hard Day’s Night - Performed by The Beatles )

It’s been a tiring day… rushing for meetings, presentations, back and forth from the hospital  …

I’m really tired.

ok, I know this blog is about inspiration, motivation, feeling good…

But lately, I’m really tired, drained, exhausted.

Too many tasks, too many meetings, too many duties, too little time.

Haven’t been quite myself lately…

Been feeling jaded, disgusted, discriminated, disappointed

Tomorrow is yet another new day with new challenges.

Guess that’s what life is about, it just keeps on spinning.

Well, at least, let me have a good night’s rest !

Postcards from previous travels

I am a travel fan, I love travelling and taking scenery pictures.

However, sad to say, in between moves, I have lost all my photos from previous travel trips.

I was trying to declutter and organise my wardrobe the other day and was relieved to find stacks of postcards. Yes postcards from my previous travels. So I thought, I miht as well scan them and share it with others. So here they come…

HOPE

HOPE – Honest Optimism based on Personal Endeavors

I love the above acronym for hope. This simply says that yes, there is something we can do to have hope.

Hope - Inspirational Quotes

Hope – Inspirational Quotes

Is hope really that important? Martin Luther said that everything that is done in the world is done by hope. John Lubbock said that hope should be classed as virtue, along with faith and character. Alexander said that hope is the true inheritance of all that resolve upon great enterprises. We could also think of it in this light: A person without hope will take no action. The student who has no hope of passing will not study; the salesperson with no hope of making the sale won’t make the call. Hope is the starting point for accomplishment.

Over the years, with the help of hundreds of audiences and thousands of people all over the world, I have come to the conclusion that there are eight things that all of us want, regardless of our age, education, ethnic background or gender. Everybody wants to be happy, healthy, at least reasonably prosperous, secure, to have friends, peace of mind, good family relationships and hope. Actually, it all starts with hope.

Carefully examine these eight things and ask yourself the questions: Can I honestly expect to be happy if I have no hope? What impact would it have on my health if I were without hope? How prosperous could I become if I had no hope that I could become prosperous? How secure would I be in my personal, family and career if I had no hope? What kind of person would I be and, consequently, how many friends would I be able to attract if I were living without hope? Can you imagine peace of mind without hope? What do you think your relationship with your family would be if you were a person without hope?

Interestingly enough, the best way to have hope is to give hope. The more you give, the more you’ll have. Give it to those you encounter and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

By Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s motivator. He is the author of 29 books and numerous audio and video recordings. See him in action!

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