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From I CAN’T To I CAN (Part 4 of 4)

We can change our attitude from I CAN’T to I CAN! Do not forget to read the previous parts of the article:

From I CAN’T To I CAN (Part 1 of 4)

From I CAN’T To I CAN (Part 2 of 4)

From I CAN’T To I CAN (Part 3 of 4)

 

Continuation:

 

Will you think of some opportunity or possibility in your life right now that would require you to bring a can-do attitude? An attitude of assumed confidence rather than presumed incompetence?

For at least next week I encourage you to be on the lookout for signs of your inner “can’t” voice.

When you hear that voice whispering all the reasons why you can’t do something, begin to consciously and intentionally shift your focus to the much softer “can” voice.

Shift your perception from can’t to can, from fear to fun, from no to yes.

The Beginner’s Mind

In Buddhism there is a term, Beginner’s Mind that encourages practitioners to bring an empty mind, free of any preconceptions, to each new experience they encounter.

Bar the possibility of attaining that level of emptiness. I want to encourage you to cultivate and nurture an attitude and perception of optimism.

Take a moment, right now. Imagine how different your life if you approach it with a different attitude.

“I Can” instead of an attitude of “I Can’t” or even “I may be able to.”

Just imagine

Imagine that, like those little kids being guided down the slope by a nurturing, supportive ski instructor. You had been blessed with a “life instructor.”

The instructor who instilled in you the truth, the feeling, the knowledge that anything you want to do, you can!

How would that feel? How would that change the way you approach your life? If you knew that you could not fail, what project would you take on?

If you knew that you could only succeed at whatever you attempted, how would your life be different?

 

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Meditation: A Path To Inner Peace (Part 2 of 4)

Please read the first part here.

 

Continuation:

 

Lama Surya Das in his book Awakening The Buddha Within says,

“Meditation is not just something to do; it’s a method of being and seeing – an unconditional way of living moment by moment.”

In other words, learning to live in this moment because this moment is all we have.

Henry Winkler is quoted as saying;

“A human being’s first responsibility is to shake hands with himself.”

Meditation is an opportunity to ‘shake hands with ourselves’ in a safe, simple way and to balance our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Status today

Meditation takes many forms in today’s society. All have one thing in common. They use concentration techniques to still the mind and stop thought.

Various practices exist such as chanting (Mantra), focusing on energy centres in the body (Chakra Meditation), breathing, mindfulness (Mahamudra), loving kindness, formal sitting (Vipassana), expressive practices (Siddha Yoga), and walking to name some of the styles.

Try each style and see what works for you or you may want to alternate between the techniques from time to time. For the purposes of this article, I will discuss Mahamudra and walking meditation.

Practical Steps To Begin Meditating

  1. Find a place where there are few external distractions. A place where you feel emotionally comfortable, safe, removed from pressure and stress is the optimal location.
  2. Wear clothing that is loose and sit or lie in a comfortable position.
  3. Plan to meditate in an area that is warm and comfortable. You might want to have a blanket or light covering as some people experience a feeling of coolness when they aren’t moving around for a period of time.
  4. We can use candles to focus attention on the task at hand. If you use them, remember to be cautious and extinguish them before leaving the room.
  5. Relaxation is a key component of meditation. Take a few moments to bring about a state of relaxation by taking a deep breath through your nose, expanding your lungs and diaphragm. Hold the breath for a few seconds and slowly exhale through your mouth. Do this several times until you feel relaxed.

 

Continue reading:

Meditation: A Path To Inner Peace (Part 3 of 4)

Meditation: A Path To Inner Peace (Part 4 of 4)

Working And Living Are Two Different Things (Part 2 of 2)

Do not dare to miss to first part.

 

Continuation:

When someone asks you to take an hour out of work to do something during the day, tell them that you’ll have to make that hour up at the end of the day, so they shouldn’t expect you out of the office until an hour later than usual.

Don’t Do Chores.

It can be tempting to do laundry or dishes when there’s a load of them to do and work seems slow. But don’t give it to it during your working day. Chores eat up an amazing amount of time.

Resist the temptation by wearing better clothes than you usually would when you’re working. Not a suit, but something business-casual that you wouldn’t really be willing to wash dishes in.

Have a Business Phone Line.

You need a phone line that’s just for business to let clients leave messages when you’re not in the office. Say exactly that in the message: ‘I’m not in the office right now, but please leave your name and number and I’ll get back to you’.

Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to take business calls after-hours. Nor give out your personal number to business contacts.

This is a sure-fire way to never stop working. Turn off the ringer on your business phone when you leave the office for the day.

With Children, All Bets are Off.

If you have children at home during the day, it can be very difficult to maintain a sensible work pattern. They will come and bother you at every opportunity, because they miss you and want to see you.

They’ll even cause trouble just to get you to sort it out. They wanted to come and bother you at your office job too, but they had no way of getting there.

So what can you do when there are children in the house? After all, it’s harsh to just ignore them, isn’t it?

The best answer I’ve found is to hire a babysitter, who can keep the kids entertained while you work. It could get expensive, but it shouldn’t be for long, right?

 

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The Choices We Make

Choices

Every minute of every day we are faced with choices. Each decision we make leads us along a new path. The road to our future is determined by the choices we make now.

Unconscious of the fact that we are making these choices we are led down the well trodden paths of decisions already made. The road we choose appears familiar because our habitual conditioning has led us this way before.

Why is this?

Because invariably we take the easy option over the better one. We settle for the comfort zone, afraid to venture into realms unknown and the excitement of unchartered paths. The easy choice means we don’t have to think or take action. If we did, we would have to take responsibility; a rare experience indeed.

The true purpose

The true purpose of life is expansion and growth. When we take the easy option we are not being truthful to ourselves. We are settling for less than we are and our lives are forged by the dreams of others.

What happens to us? We become ‘set in our ways’ and grow weaker through inactivity. When we don’t think for ourselves our brains become dull. When we are physically inactive we become weak. When we eat the wrong things our energy is depleted and we fall victim to bad health. And all because we choose the easy option.

The better option

We can’t possibly move forward unless we choose the better option. We can only grow by overcoming challenges, experiencing setbacks and taking responsibility. This is achieved by taking on things bigger than we are, by extending ourselves to become better than we were.

There is no doubt we will experience defeat but this is just an inevitable part of the process. Successful people aren’t successful because they haven’t experienced failure.

On the contrary, they generally have experienced failure more often than most. Neither are they luckier than most. As one famous quote by Roy D Chapin Jr puts it “Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.”

Opportunity is down the path we have never traveled not in the places we keep coming back to. Successful people are simply better prepared to make the most of any opportunity that comes their way.

How are they better prepared? Because they chose a different way; when the going got tough they chose the better option.

How do we know what choices to make?

When we know what our goals are the better option is immediately apparent. It is the option that leads us towards our goal in the quickest way possible. It is not some subtle distraction that takes our sight off the target or a well crafted excuse to procrastinate.

It gets us from point A to point B via the shortest route even if that means leaving the comfort zone to do it. We forge new paths, experience new things and grow even stronger as a result.

Do you see how we make our own luck? Treading the same path day after day is hardly the recipe for success.

Do yourself and everyone else in your life a favor. Go for your biggest dreams and make the world a better place. Choose the better option over the easy option every time.

Bill Gates and The Guy Who Could Have Been Him (Part 6 of 10)

Appreciate more the story, read the previous post:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

 

Even though the Softcard was a slight diversion from Microsoft’s normal focus on computer language software, Gates embraced it because it represented yet another strategic opportunity to extend CP/M’s market domination while also binding Microsoft BASIC to CP/M. Microsoft eventually sold hundreds of thousands of Softcards, which told Sams that it was a popular and reliable product.

Sams started his software hunt by contacting Gates and proposing IBM license the Softcard, along with all other programming languages Microsoft offered.

What Sams didn’t understand was that although Softcard was a Microsoft product, its most valuable feature was the CP/M operating system, owned by Digital Research. Gates told Sams that IBM needed to license CP/M directly from Kildall and offered to help Sams make the deal happen.

At the time, Gates accepted his subordinate position in the software food chain. He had positioned Microsoft so that the company’s success was dependent on CP/M’s continued market domination. If CP/M were paired with Microsoft BASIC inside the new IBM PC, Gates saw how the two complementary programs might be inseparable as industry leaders for years to come.

Gates arranged the initial meeting with IBM and Kildall. With Sams in the room, Gates called Kildall and said he was sending an important client and that Kildall should, according to sources, “treat them right.”

Gates’ phone call, however didn’t do much good. Almost nothing went right when Sams and his team sat down with Kildall and his wife Dorothy, who managed the business side of Digital Research. At first, Dorothy absolutely refused to sign IBM’s strict, strongly worded confidentiality agreement. An entire day wasted discussing what, if anything, the two parties could discuss.

 

Continue reading Part 7Part 8Part 9 and Part 10.