Head on!

Attending to an important and difficult task head-on is the way to go. The easy thing is to procrastinate, however, things only get worse and more difficult when you do that.

Attending to things head-on requires a concentrated effort to tackle the issue. A half-hearted approach will not cut it. When you break the task down into bite-size actionable activities and concentrate, you will find that the task is not as difficult as you think.

Once done you will feel a sigh of relief and a sense of accomplishment.

Are you connected to your spirit?

Are you connected to your spirit?

If you are in bliss, filled with gratitude and feeling love for one and all you are probably connected to your spirit.

The spirit is in all of us but many of us lose the connection because of our obsession with the material world around us – our possessions, ego, grievances.

A person connected to the spirit probably has as many, or even more, challenges as the person who is not connected to the spirit. However, he or she is still in bliss, grateful and, content.

It does not mean that the person connected to the spirit is not ambitious or does not want to make progress; it just means that this person is pursuing his or her dreams just like the next person, but approaches his or her dreams from a place of blissfulness, gratitude, and love, thus enhancing the vibrations that attract those dreams.

How about you?

The time we have

Ask yourself:

Am I clear about my purpose?

Is my time spent in alignment with my purpose?

Am I organized and methodical?

Do I have effective systems in place?

Do I manage time or does time manage me?

Do I plan and use my most productive time to do the most productive work?

Our life is made up of the time we have. It is our most precious commodity – once gone it’s never to return. Time cannot be banked – once Apr 26, 2018, is gone, it is gone forever!

How do we best manage this most precious commodity?

The first step is to have clarity about your purpose, goal, and role. Next, commit to spending time on your most important activities that achieve your purpose and goals. The more you involve yourself in activities that carry the greatest meaning and value, the greater your chances of experiencing real growth. This may mean giving up some things you are habitually involved in. By doing fewer nonessential activities, you free up more time for the essentials. You can thus increasingly focus on areas that are consistent with your goals, objectives, and purpose.
If you have too many priorities, you have no priorities!

Here are some practical tips to inspire you to manage your time well:

• Do your most important work first thing in the morning – as the first hour goes, so goes the day!
• Don’t shuffle papers; make quick decisions. Some people look at the same sheet several times because they are not decisive.
• Avoid too many interruptions. Some interruptions are necessary for business, but you also need to carve out some uninterrupted time to get important work done.
• Delegate effectively. And be clear in your instructions upon delegating.
• Use deadlines to achieve results. By establishing timelines, you can increase your productivity levels.
• Do just one thing at a time. Finish the first item before you move to the next (as much as possible). Jumping from task to task makes you lose momentum and focus.
• Be decisive. “Sit, walk, or run. Just don’t wobble.” Goes an old Zen saying. That’s another way of saying. “Don’t waffle; be decisive.”
• Break large tasks into smaller steps. Breaking big tasks into smaller chunks makes the task more manageable and allows you to get going. Remember, you chew an apple one bite at a time.
• Make waiting-time more productive. A lot of time during the day gets wasted in ‘pause’. Make good use of waiting time by spending it planning or reading the important material.
• Write down your goals every morning. Writing brings clarity, and clarity helps focus. By writing your goals each morning you become very clear about where your focus should be.
• Eliminate clutter. Too much clutter results in a lot of wasted time looking for things. A clean desk with a good filing system, not only saves time but increases effectiveness.
• Emphasize results, not activities. Just because you are busy does not mean you are effective. It is not how much time you put in, but what you achieve that matters.
•Prepare a time spending budget. Keep track of where your time goes. This will not only help you understand your habits but most importantly, help you manage your time allocation.

Watch your thoughts

You may not be in charge of your circumstances, or your environment, or luck! But you are in charge of your thoughts. It’s easy to blame something outside you for your mood and your thoughts. But your thoughts are an internal phenomenon.

When you realize it is you who is the master and the architect of your thoughts, you can channel your thoughts in a different direction.

So watch your thoughts. Where do your thoughts take you? To a happy, blissful, and serene place where you are at your peak or to a dark, negative place, where you feel powerless.

James Allen is his classic book, As a Man Thinketh, said:
”A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.” You are the master of your joy and sorrow. As you think, so you become. Beware of your thoughts – they determine the extent of your joy and impact of your sorrow!

Finding the magic within

A small seed eventually becomes a mighty oak tree. Upon looking at the seed, it is difficult to believe that an ultimate mix of roots, leaves, flowers, and fruits are contained within it. Thus, all life carries within it the blueprint of its destiny.
Man is also born a seed, brimming with potential. But, unless we become conscious of this magnificence within us, we cannot actualize it.

Unfortunately, most of us spend our time looking outside – dividing ourselves into tiny egotistic silos of ethnicity, religion, gender, country, occupation, and so on -when in our truest essence we have the power to be the whole world.

Without taking the journey inwards, the real magic will not unfold.

This is not to say that we must forego our interest in the outer, but our preoccupation with it needs to be curbed. It is true, the seed draws light, water, and nutrition from the outside, but the magical transformations occur when all of these external forces work together in the inner.

So how do we seek our inner treasure?

1. Meditation – Daily quiet time; ideally early morning, and if possible near nature. This powerful habit is the launching pad for the  journey inward.

2. Establish keystone habits that will help you come closer to your vision – Keystone habits are mannerisms that form the cornerstone of the Ideal that you have envisioned for yourself. For example, if you want to be a singer, your keystone habit will most likely be to practice daily for several hours come what may.

3. Identify your gifts and excel at them – Do not carry generalized notions of your gifts. Take time to articulate them; speak to others and welcome feedback. You will be pleasantly surprised by the insight you gather. Once you have a good picture, write them down and ensure you hone these gifts. For example, you can do so by taking a class; practicing them regularly or even volunteering your skills.

4. Identify your self-empowering beliefs – Think of your most empowering beliefs and foster them daily through regular visualization and affirmation.

Finding perfection in imperfection

Yes, there are many imperfections in the world and in your world.
However, if you are alive and breathing and chances are for most of us (not all) there are at least three things to be grateful for. It could be for:

– food, clothing, shelter
– good health
– family
– friends
– job
– respect

By starting your day with gratitude one builds on the concept of perfection in imperfection. Like Melody Beattie, the American writer says, ” Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

So have a perfect day, no matter what!

How will you be remembered?

What kind of memories will you leave for your loved ones?

Today marks four years since I lost my Dad. Actually, it was not a loss. He was always a gain; still remains so, and will continue to be forevermore.

He was a man of few words who taught through action, not words. He was confident and strong yet humble and gentle. He never missed a moment to say a kind word; provide positive feedback or notice something good.

He always found it a joy and a blessing to get the opportunity to contribute. He had very little need for recognition; fame or credit. For him, making a positive impact was the biggest reward.

He was insightful and wise; an effective leader in the community; a family man, and a sound businessman. For my Dad, his greatest happiness came from making others happy! He was always a joy to be around.

I miss you, Dad. Thank you for your love and inspiration!

These are just some of my fondest memories of my father.

What kind of memories will your children have of you?