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Keep Adding Value

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (13)
The principle and adoptive philosophy of adding value is one of the most powerful tools for you to keep on refining in your skills-set for life optimization. I'm well aware that every bit of advice being offered is somehow automatically branded with such terms as 'best' and 'most-powerful' and the lot, however for the idea of adding value let's take a closer look at how this single feature, once understood, honed and carefully practiced until it becomes an automatic habit, will indeed be your most powerful yet.
The experience of a great life is hinged on a single built-in, primordial drive: ENHANCEMENT.
There may be many diverse arguments as to what enhancement really entails but the basic premise is for MORE OF THAT, whatever 'THAT' may be, and it applies in absolutely any category you can think of...more love, more money, more recognition at work, more time, more ideas, more knowledge, more God, more justice, more freedom, more from LIFE. The origin of life remains one of the greatest debates with seemingly no general agreement in sight. However there exists a shared belief that one of our greatest achievements has been our abilty to adapt to changes and to become better at survival and development in all the various areas. We were able to maintain warmth even in the Ice Age, to develop more refined tools to aide in our hunt of animals larger, faster and more agile than men. We instinctively found ways to become better from the days of cave-dwellers who created fire to great men who created all our minor and major industries...from the smallest utensils found in our kitchens to the most complex techniques used in procedures to add a longer lifetime as we battle new diseases each day, the sum collective of our efforts at developing these and everything in between borders on the need to add greater value to the experience of life.
Armed with this knowledge, it is time to allow it to mean more to you in your job, health, relationships etc. The only thing required of you is to bring a greater amount of value than what was actually present when you just started at it.
Give it the necessary amount of time to take hold of you to get your heart racing. What are you doing differently in all the areas of your life to make it more worthwhile? In all these areas, do you honestly believe you are doing enough to add significant value that's going to affect how people behave towards you? Thinking back over the past 2 weeks only, do you believe there was more that you could have done that would make you feel so much better 2 weeks later? What amount of value did you add over this period?
Yes, the World can be exploitative. Yes, there are so many people who would bounce you out of the way even though are working so hard to make things work for good. But your focus must remain on deliberately choosing actions and a type of thinking that will help you to add greater value. 
In a very short time you will be able to see a marked difference in how people act towards you, how they respond to you and a naturally you will move to continue finding ways to get more of that better response...only because you started to add value.

Thinking About Our Thoughts Pt.1

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (4)
"The mind is everything. What you think you become."...Buddha
"He that fails to command his thoughts will soon lose command of his actions."
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
If you really think about it you may notice that practically everything you do is as a result of some thought process that happened before the actual action takes place, with the exception of reflex actions, of course.
What is so amazing is that for so many people thought processes are seemingly in an 'auto-pilot' mode, which seemingly leads to auto-pilot actions that cause us to get trapped in sub-standard life experiences. All areas are affected - relationships, career, family, health, finance and any other category you may think of.
People who are successful, whether in terms of financial gain, personal achievement or just simply at peace with nature and the joy of living somehow have developed thought processes that are different from people who blame the system and find justifications for why they are not living a better life.
In actuality, we are not taught how to think, we just do it as part of the natural process of physical/mental development. It's astonishing that even before we are born into this world we have a keen sense of what makes us feel good or bad and actually respond to varied stimuli from such an early stage.
So we go through the stages - babe, adolescent, young adult and then full - fledged adult with the attached expectancy that we are fully equipped with the required skills to think and act as responsible beings who can contribute to the greater development of our societies and become responsible parents who will so easily pass on the invaluable traits to our offspring, so that they too can attract wealth and abundance and continue a cycle of prosperity. Unfortunately, it does not work that way in most cases.
People who are able to follow this path usually tell a story of just going along with the 'motion-of-life' without exercising too much focus on thinking and behaving in order to align themselves with people and opportunities that will enhance their experience. So whatever happened just pretty much happened, until they reached some point where they wanted more than just routine living. They usually report a profound shift in their focus, leading them to make more responsible and deliberate choices.
Clearly, the analysis of how we ought to think and act sounds so much easier than realistic situations will actually allow, but what is also clear is that it is absolutely possible and offers so many tremendous benefits. So, where do you begin? This becomes your most vital question because beginning to reshape how you think is usually the most difficult part of changing your life experience.