Notes: getting started
When I sat down to tap out this post on creating the habit of putting down all your thoughts on paper to help yourself collect the information needed to make decisions for your own personal VMOSA project, the title of a book came to mind, Write for Life : Healing Body, Mind & Spirit Through Journal Writing by Sheppard Kominars (Author) and its value in discussing the use of a Journal during our steps through the VMOSA processes.
How many ideas , connections, discoveries have we missed because we didn't write them down?
Notes are our knowledge base for discovery. Parts of the VMOSA processes involve complex information that we may not have at hand or need to consider from different perspectives before coming to a final decision on what we want and need to do.
Whether carbon on parchment, pen and paper, fingers on keyboard or pen on screen the mechanics of writing notes and lists have changed over time. Modern technologies gives you the opportunity to visualise ideas in ways not possible before and change the way you create.
The Chaos of notes can now be tamed. Digital formats allow us a method of note taking that’s easy to organise, share, save, and access while improving retention, creativity, and sharing with others.
Note taking needs to become a regular habit not an unorganised mess. I talk about Practice on another post and bring that idea here - Practice using notes, Lists and Journals until you no longer need to think about using them.
For our future purposes we need to work with an integrated software platform that allows sharing the information across multiple applications and people. Google and Microsoft meet all of the requirements and in Google's case a single user installation is Free but MS has a huge following that offers on-line system at low cost. Google has Keep and MS has OneNote please install your preferred Notes creation Application.
Lets start with Google. You will require a Google account that will then allow you access to their Applications for free. Once your account has been created you have access to Google Search, GMAIL, TASK, Docs(wordporcessor), Spreadsheets(Sheet), Keep(Notes) and Drive which is a storage drive.
Youtube Video. on using Keeper fr VMOSA.
Remember to record an idea today that you will thank yourself for in the future.
Warped sense of money
A warped sense of money as seen by these types of situations:
Not having enough money for rent but buying another luxury item.
Telling yourself you will save for retirement later, when you have never saved money at any point in your life.
Convince yourself that an item you need for a project is too expenseive but seem to find twice that amount for a piece of clothing you wear once.
What is the Law of Attraction?
The Law of Attraction in simple terms means that you will attract the things in life you think about. Having Positive thoughts will attract positive energy and outcomes. From the very simple things in Life, like spending the day smiling at people and they will smile back tends to make you feel good through to the more Complex idea that once a decision has been made and a Goal determined you will start attracting the people and energy required to complete the Goal.
The opposite is also true, spending your life thinking negative thoughts about yourself or your circumstances attracts negative energy and will rarely have positive outcomes.
The book the Secret by Rhonda Brynne is the modern version based on the Law of attraction.
Books and Authours:
You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor ([email protected])
The Secret by Rhonda Byrnes ([email protected] Amazon)
Live Presenters: Bob Proctor, Rhonda Brynes
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, REBT
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, REBT. a forerunner of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT, both of which we initially inspired by Stoicism.
Don’t Sleep in.
Lying in bed thinking through all the negative things going on in your life fits nicely into the You are what you think about theory. Better to get up and going into the day and cut the worrying off.
Mel Robbins has a great video on waking up from a different perspective: Why hitting the snooze ruins your brain. give it a view. She explains in a clear way something I've wondered about for years - why do I feel like crap after I get 20 extra minutes of rest than when I just get out of bed with the alarm.
Next question why do I wake up before the alarm on the days I have something interesting to do that day? Our minds are such interesting systems I wish it came with a users manual and diagnostics book.
A Kanban board is one of the tools that can be used to implement Kanban to manage work, at the personal or organizational level. More detail in Wikipedia
Kanban boards show how work moves from left to right, each column represents a stage of the overall process, or to be more precise the system that is visualised by the board. The team pulls cards from one column to another to the right to show progress, and to coordinate their efforts with others.
Kanban boards can be used in knowledge work or for manufacturing process.
At its simplest, boards are usually divided into "waiting", "work in progress" and "completed work". Complex Kanban boards can be created that visualise the flow of work across a whole value stream map.
Youtube Video example -Getting started with Kanban Boards
Ikigai (生き甲斐,) is a Japanese term for "a reason for being." The word ‘Ikigai’ is usually refers to the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile. The word roughly translates to the "thing that you live for" but it also has the nuance of "the reason for which you wake up in the morning" similar to a daily purpose. Each individual's ikigai is personal to them and specific to their lives, values and beliefs. It reflects the inner self of an individual and expresses that faithfully, while simultaneously creating a mental state in which the individual feels at ease. Activities that allow one to feel ikigai are never forced on an individual; they are often spontaneous, and always undertaken willingly, giving the individual satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.
In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning"; that is, a reason to enjoy life. In a TED Talk, Dan Buettner suggested ikigai as one of the reasons people in the area had such long lives.
THE 10 LAWS OF IKIGA video on Youtube.
Diet: You are what you eat and How you eat,
intermittent fasting diet
BBC broadcast a Horizon episode called 'Eat Fast and Live Longer'. Doctor and journalist Michael Mosley presented the diet du jour as ''genuinely revolutionary'' and as a result, published ‘The Fast Diet’ book in January 2013.
One of many youtube videos to get you started.
Mindlessness vs Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a state of conscious awareness in which the individual is implicitly aware of the context and content of information. It is a state of openness to novelty in which the individual actively constructs categories and distinctions. In contrast, Mindlessness is a state of mind characterised by an over reliance on categories and distinctions drawn in the past and in which the individual is context-dependent and, as such, is oblivious to novel (or simply alternative) aspects of the situation. Mindlessness is compared to more familiar concepts such as habit, functional fixedness, overlearning, and automatic (vs controlled) processing. Like mindlessness, these concepts concern rigid invariant behaviour that occurs with little or no conscious awareness. The primary difference is that mindlessness may result from a single exposure to information.
Antifragile: Learn to become a Diamond
Antifragility is a property of systems that increase in capability, resilience, or robustness as a result of stressors, shocks, volatility, noise, mistakes, faults, attacks, or failures. It is a concept developed by Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book, Antifragile, and in technical papers. As Taleb explains in his book, antifragility is fundamentally different from the concepts of resiliency (i.e. the ability to recover from failure) and robustness (that is, the ability to resist failure). The concept has been applied in risk analysis, physics, molecular biology, transportation planning, engineering,Aerospace (NASA), and computer science.
While the topic is technical in nature making yourself Antifragile is a very valuable goal and worth the time spent using its concepts in your life. Life can be a tough place with pressures, violence, and unfortunate events all of which can have various results in our lives. The Greek Stoics have a created a set of principles to live by that can be learned and used in our daily processes. What we can learn to Practice is to make our lives like a Diamond - where dumps, grinds, and pressures of life can make us Stronger and tougher.
The new uncertain Gig employment environment requires you to learn how to make yourself Antifragile - example diversity your revenue stream
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Transmutation: Changing energy from one form to another
Changing energy from one form into another.
in laymen s terms - Learn to transform the energy you experience when angry or stressed and direct it at another aspect of your life like a goal or project.
In Chapter 11 of Think and Grow rich by Napoleon Hill the author writes,
The emotion of sex has back of it the possibility of three constructive potentialities, they are:--
|1.||The perpetuation of mankind.|
|2.||The maintenance of health, (as a therapeutic agency, it has no equal).|
|3.||The transformation of mediocrity into genius through transmutation.|
Sex transmutation is simple and easily explained. It means the switching of the mind from thoughts of physical expression, to thoughts of some other nature.
Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires.
ANYBODY can WISH for riches, and most people do, but only a few know that a definite plan, plus a BURNING DESIRE for wealth, are the only dependable means of accumulating wealth.
While the wording may resonate with the sounds of 1937, the message is just as valid today.
Kaizen – Small steps, Continuous Improvement
Kaizen (改善) is the Japanese word for "improvement". In business, kaizen refers to activities that continually improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers.
In our personal life, Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement.
One of the most notable features of kaizen is that big results come from many small changes accumulated over time. However, this has been misunderstood to mean that kaizen equals small changes. While the majority of changes may be small, the greatest impact comes from the accumulation and increase in the Velocity of change over time - large leaps toward your goals.
If you find that your lists of tasks and goals appear to large to ever accomplish anything Kaizen may be the answer.
One small step can change your life by Robert Mauer, PH.D
MINI HABITS by Stephen Guise - same principle of small steps applied to Habits.
Project Methods Rainfall and Agile
Project Management methods applied to Life.
Our first style of Project management is called Waterfall method: Planning projects fully, then executing through phases. A more Classical, traditional method suited to projects that can be worked on in a fairly linear long-term environment.
Pros of this method - Progress is more easily measured, as the full scope of the work is known in advance. On the downside from our perspective of using these methods for personal growth is the One area which almost always falls short is the effectiveness of people to not always know what they want at the beginning. Another negative possibility is that the person will be dissatisfied with their delivered Goals and results. As all deliverables are based on documented requirements, a person may not see what will be delivered until it’s almost finished. By that time, changes can be difficult (and costly) to implement
We need a more Flexible Management method - Agile.
An Agile Method is a particular approach to project management that is utilized in software development. This method assists teams in responding to the unpredictability of constructing software or trying to predict the flow of our lives. It uses incremental, iterative work sequences which can easily be translated into a Personal methodology.
I realize the Formal description above is a mouthful but Agile brings a set of processes to your life that can help you handle the many twists and turns within our Lives and Careers.
As you can imagine Software can be very Complex with millions of lines of code that takes years to plan, develop and release. Over this time period, new computer hardware is released, Operating systems are upgraded, Business processes change before the software is finished, unforeseen new technology comes along that makes part of the solution and original Goals obsolete.
Sound familiar? Anything happening in your life that is changing quickly? Discovered you don't actually like the industry or school courses you're in?
Techniques from Agile Project management, applied to your life, can show you a path to success,
Journaling – Why do the Great minds of History and today use Journals
Journaling generally involves the practice of keeping a diary or journal that explores the thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of your life.
Journaling helps you prioritize, focus, clarify thinking and accomplish your most important tasks.
VMOSA Journal a sister site
Write for Life: Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Journal Writing by Sheppard B. Kominars Bringing the facts discovered by research on the healing benefits of writing into the daily perspective of self-discovery, this self-paced book offers a life-long adventure into living healthier and having more fun doing it.
The value of having a Routine in your daily life.
See also Practicing which gives you the ability to stay on course to your Goals even on the days and months you feel lost. Practice your Routine until you do it automatically, without thinking or effort. Athletes call this being in the zone for others it can mean staying in life when the Blues arrive and everything becomes a chore.
Now for something completely different, Warren Buffets morning routine in a video
Meditation – more than one way to practice.
There are various types of Mediation techniques being used today to reduce stress and anxiety, touch our subconscious mind, become Mindful and all the other benefits listed in the Wiki posts.
The two I would like to concentrate on are Thinking for Ideas and second - Stress and Anxiety Reduction.
I was originally introduced to Meditation by an Engineer that found it beneficial when working on new ideas and not having any experience with the normal way of doing meditation I accepted what he told me as correct. As anyone knows that has tried Meditation your mind spends a significant amount of time switching through what people feel are random thoughts. I was instructed to find a pad of paper and a few pens then sit in a chair within a quiet room he had constructed.
At first, my mind started with the questions and thoughts - why are we here? this stuff sounds cooky, This chair really is comfortable, why did I have that extra piece of pie at lunch?, I hear a buzzing noise all around my ears and then answers started to come - that wrench I needed was under the bench, I need to stop at the hardware store for screws to finish deck on weekend, If I use the old braces out in the back storage yard we don't need to buy a new trailer, and on and on it went. I would fill many pads of paper over the next few years.
I continued this practice for a few years until someone brought the more traditional method of controlling breathe and thoughts to enter a more relaxed state. with this new skill came introductions TM. Mindfulness, and a few people on the Oprah show and now videos on Youtube.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle - you need a few prerequisites finished to understand him. It took me a few exposures to Eckhart before he mentioned the spaces between thoughts - the teacher had arrived.
Note taking apps, Keep by Google, Onenote by SM, Evernote
Journalling sites: VMOSAjournal.com
Voice for Communications
The VMOSA sites depending settings within a members Profile record to control how the various messages, reminders, and communications are handled.
The VOICE settings control how you want communications with you constructed.
Friendly and quiet like a nurturing parent through to the drill Sergeant.
Tough love alarms when tasks are incomplete on time
Nagging - do you need 1 reminder or 3 spaced out like a Sleep alarm at home. Should a Task be rolled over to the next day's schedule when it is not finished when planned - does it roll until done?
There is a Proverb attributed to Buddha that goes: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. There are many existing interruptions of its meaning and you will find your own over time, but for our purposes the meaning will be - When you are finally in a place in your life that you are open to assistance, the messages from your past teachers will come back into your mind along with your recognition of the current teachers in your life.
A teacher does not have to be a living person, it can be a book, article or movie, it can be many things but the source is unimportant what matters is the thought has become an actionable memory. The process occurs many times in our lives without recognition, for some of you it might be recognized as a comment made by many people as they age "My parents got a lot smarter as I grew older".
You might recognize this process in your own life - people have been giving you suggestions and advice your whole life but for many reasons, you did not apply the knowledge as you felt it was "not right for me". Yet later as we live our lives, situations occur where the mind recognizes the Teachers knowledge and brings it to our conscious mind. Some of you might recognize these moments as "I finally get it" or "Is that what they meant?"
These type of Epiphany moments can completely change your perspective, making you Ready for the Teacher. Books and Videos that in the past might have been tossed aside as irrelevant start making sense. Messages and stories you heard a thousand times have a new meaning, the Teachers have arrived. The Teachers were always there but you didn't recognize them.
You might also want to look at the related techniques listed below as well. In the Case of Law of Attraction, once you become ready and open to receive information on a piece of your life - you start attracting the Teachers and knowledge you need.
Related Categories: Law of Attraction
When people hear someone being described as Stoic, a picture emerges of an emotionless, humorless sort of person. Like Religion and other human ideologies, a spectrum of devotees exists that apply increasing levels of adoption of the ideology. Many people will fain no knowledge of the Greek Stoics teachers and their teachings but most will recognize some of the 10 Phrases that made up their teachings. The following are the most recognized:
Focus on What You Can Control, Accept What You Can’t --Stoicism -Principle 1: You can’t change things outside of your control, but you can change your attitude.
Be Mindful – Stoic Mindfulness Is Where it All Begins
Turn Obstacles into Opportunities – Perception Is Key
Take Action – The True Philosopher Is a Warrior of the Mind
Practice Misfortune – Ask “What Could Go Wrong?”
Live in Agreement with Nature – The Stoic Goal of Life
The Greek Teachers lived starting in 301 BC, Where noted there are some religious texts containing the same message. Do you recognize the Stoic Phrases being used by the Modern day Life Coaches and Motivators? Years ago I heard a great term to describe the rewriting of knowledge to suit the new age reader: Old wine in a new bottle.
The Daily Stoic book by Ryan Holiday
There are many sources available on the web for information and videos on Stoicism
Stoicism -Principle 1: You can’t change things outside of your control, but you can change your attitude.
“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius, in book titled Meditations
Old wine in a new bottle
The term Old wine in a new bottle describes the translation of old written knowledge into modern phrasing and terminology people can understand today. Mostly used to keep old ideas available to Modern readers.
Some of the new age systems like Mindfulness had their beginnings in 301bc with the Stoics. The writers of today have taken their concepts and modernized them.
Quite a few of the old age Motivational thinkers - Self-Help writers if you may - were Highly Religious people and wrote their ideologies from those perspectives which most would find somewhat evangelical in nature reading them today. If you enjoy Religious messaging or can separate out those overtones the ideas and concepts, go too your library and find those old books and have a read - the basic ideas are as valid today as when they were written. Human nature has changed very little since the books were written.
In clarification of the above paragraph, Sexuality and Religious laws around Gender and Sexuality will need to be ignored
VMOSA: What is it?
The Steps are Spelled out in the order of completion. For those working on Personal Growth using this Methodology please think of yourself in the place of the Organization
The Vision(Dream) communicates what the organization believes where they want to be in the near future, often within the 3 to 5 years then beyond. There are certain characteristics that a Vision statement should have: Future-focused, Challenging, Inspiring, Relevant, Concise
The MISSION (The What and the Why) Developing Mission statements are the next step in the strategic planning process. An organization’s Mission statement describes what the organization is doing and why it’s doing that. There are certain characteristics that a Mission statement should have: Purpose oriented, Concise
Objectives: (Obstacles and Opportunities) Depending on the type of Goal being considered you could have 1 or all 3 topics being used
The OBJECTIVES (How Much Of What Will Be Accomplished By When)
There are five basic characteristics to an objective that are called SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timed
More detail on Obstacles and Opportunities
Strategy and Tactics: STRATEGIES (The How)
The next step in the process of VMOSA is developing your Strategies. Strategies explain how the organization will reach its objectives.
There are basically three major steps in this process:
- Collect information, internally and externally, to figure out where the organization is now.
- Synthesise it into a SWOT table. -- more detail
- Refresh and update your Vision to make sure it's still relevant and clear.
More detail on Tactics
Action Plans: What Change Will Happen, Who Will Do What By When
Finally, an organization’s Action plan describes in great detail exactly how strategies will be implemented, within the wide strategy boundaries, to accomplish the objectives developed earlier in this process.
Action step(s): What will happen
Person(s) responsible: Who will do what
Date to be completed: Timing of each action step
Resources required: Resources and support (both what is needed and what’s available )
Barriers or resistance, and a plan to overcome them!
Collaborators: Who else should know about this action
Mentality, Life Style, System, Products
Vision Statement and Visualisation
The V in VMOSA, Step 1
A vision statement is a declaration of an organization's or personal objectives, intended to guide the internal decision-making process. A vision statement is not limited to business organizations and may also be used by non-profit, governmental entities or for personal growth.
Visualization: For our discussions, we will be using the term to descibe the act of seeing a Goal in our mind.
Visualization or visualisation (see spelling differences) is any technique for creating images, diagrams, or animations to communicate a message.Visualization through visual imagery has been an effective way to communicate both abstract and concrete ideas since the dawn of humanity.
Strategy and Tactics
The S in VMOSA
Strategy definition: A plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.
Tactics definition: An action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end.
The terms tactic and strategy are often confused: tactics are the actual means used to gain an objective, while strategy is the overall campaign plan, which may involve complex operational patterns, activity, and decision-making that govern tactical execution.
Why use a Military and Business system for personal goals, because the systems are well documented, tested and have been applied for Centuries. If you find yourself pushing back these ideas remember to journalize your thoughts and feelings for later review. see Teacher arrives
Resources: Sun Tzu Books and Youtube videos.
Mental Health: Positive
Can you think of a more controversial term these days - Mental Health? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM-5) is the tool published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). It has become so large everyone is covered by some diagnosis but are we all so easily put into a disorder box - No.
For our purposes, Mental Health will be a positive term. Like other parts of our life, Physical, Financial and Social some time taking care of our Mind will bring Balance to our lives and cannot be ignored except at our peril.
My personal Mental health days involve activities that Flush out all the Stresses of Life - Meditation, riding a motorcycle, Sailing, playing sports, taking a walk, playing with my kids, Anything that can get you into your zone where the Mind calms down and Focuses on the Now. A symptom of a successful session - losing track of time occurs.
The classic Business description of the SWOT acronym follows below with added Translated descriptions for what the table sections can mean for your use in a personal Plan.
Strengths describe what an organization excels at and separates it from the competition: things like a strong brand, loyal customer base, strong balance sheet, unique technology and so on. For example, a hedge fund may have developed a proprietary trading strategy that returns market-beating results; it must then decide how to use those results to attract new investors.
Translated for Personal Use: (coming)
Weaknesses stop an organization from performing at its optimum level. They are areas where the business needs to improve to remain competitive: things like higher-than-industry average turnover, high levels of debt, an inadequate supply chain or lack of capital.
Translated for Personal Use: (coming)
Opportunities refer to favourable external factors that an organization can use to give it a competitive advantage. For example, a car manufacturer may be able to export its cars into a new market, increasing sales and market share, if tariffs in a country are substantially reduced – the "opportunity" in this case.
Translated for Personal Use: (coming)
Threats refer to factors that have the potential to harm an organization. For example, a drought is a threat to a wheat-producing company, as it may destroy or reduce the yield of the crop. Other common threats include things like rising costs for inputs, increasing competition, tight labour supply and so on.
Translated for Personal Use: (coming)
Resistance shows itself in many ways in our lives and until we can master this Enemy we will get no further in life.
The War of Art and the Do the work are books by
"Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”
― Do the Work
“Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”
― Do the Work
“Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it’s the easiest to rationalize. We don’t tell ourselves, ‘I’m never going to write my symphony.’ Instead, we say, ‘I am going to write my symphony; I’m just going to start tomorrow.” – Steven Pressfield
You are what you think
You are what you think about all day - Ralph Emerson
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)
"As someone thinks within himself, so he is". -Proverbs 23:7
Closely related to Thoughts are things by Napoleon Hill
Socratic Questioning and Critical thinking
Socratic questioning is a form of disciplined questioning that can be used to pursue thought in many directions and for many purposes, including: to explore complex ideas, to get to the truth of things, to open up issues and problems, to uncover assumptions, to analyze concepts, to distinguish what we know from what we ...
The art of Socratic questioning is intimately connected with Critical thinking because the art of questioning is important to the excellence of thought. Socrates argued for the necessity of probing individual knowledge and acknowledging what one may not know or understand. Critical thinking has the goal of reflective thinking that focuses on what should be believed or done about a topic. Socratic questioning adds another level of thought to critical thinking, by focusing on extracting depth, interest and assessing the truth or plausibility of thought. Socrates argued that a lack of knowledge is not bad, but students must strive to make known what they don't know through the means of a form of critical thinking.
Normally considered parts of our education systems starting in Highschool and a requirement for Higher education, Questioning and Thinking seem to be 2 skills that are being left behind by our Education system. With direction and practice, the reader can learn to use these 2 skills in the learning environments, business and most importantly when doing self-analysis.
Critical thinking is the objective analysis of facts to form a judgment. The subject is complex, and several different definitions exist, which generally include the rational, skeptical, unbiased analysis, or evaluation of factual evidence. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposed assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command to their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.
Power of Habit
The power of Habit book by Charles Duhigg
Tedx talk at Teachers College Video Habit loop - Cue ---> Routine ---> Reward. See VIdeo. Starts the discussion at 4:02min
MINI HABITS by Stephen Guise - small steps to create and modify Habits.
Reframing Emotions, views, actions
Reframe, means to change the conceptual and/or emotional setting or viewpoint in relation to which a situation is experienced and to place it in another frame which fits the 'facts' of the same concrete situation equally well or even better, and thereby changing its entire meaning.
Reframing – How to Turn Any Difficult Situation into New Opportunities
emotion reframing—how reframing a socially inappropriate emotional expression by publicly attributing it to an appropriate source can shape observers’
Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. The term "mindfulness” is derived from the Pali term sati, "memory," "retention," "mindfulness, alertness, self-possession," which is a significant element of Buddhist traditions, while the concept is related to Zen, Vipassanā, and Tibetan meditation techniques. While "mindfulness" has been translated and interpreted as "bare cognition," in a Buddhist context it has a wider meaning and purpose, related to vipassana, namely discerning what is beneficial and what is not, and calming the mind by this discernment. Individuals who have contributed to the popularity of mindfulness in the modern Western context include Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926 – ), Herbert Benson (1935 – ), Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944 – ), and Richard J. Davidson (1951 – ).
Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer
How triggers can flip you back into bad habits
Thoughts: Are things
Thoughts are things - Chapter one of Napolean Hills book Thing and grow rich Closely related to You are what you think about.
Ancient technique called Sympathetic Joy - feeling happy for other people.
The opposite of envy and jealousy.
When someone else wins a promotion or lottery - how do you feel?
Master Mind Group
The Concept of a Master Mind group has been mentioned in various forms throughout human history and with various names, such as the aboriginal Talking circles which are a traditional way for aboriginal people to solve problems. It is a very effective way to remove barriers and to allow people to express themselves with complete freedom.
The Classic definition of The "Master Mind" offered by Napoleon Hill may be defined as: "Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose."
Master Mind Group is chapter 10 in Think and Grow rich
See also - Birds of a feather --
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Family, Government, Friends.
Without your health you may not make your goal
Being told NO
How to handle the word no.
How to develope and use Coping skils
Living your Truth
Defined Living your truth
Acres of Diamonds by Earl Nightingale
Acres of Diamonds by Earl Nightingale.
The place you can find fortune may be where you are now,
Friend or Foe – Sleep
How many hours a day of sleep do you need nornally?
When a Really interesting Project comes along?
In the summer?
What are the consequences of too much sleep?
A sign of depression when you are getting how much sleep?
Signs of not getting enough sleep?
Wallowing in emontions
Wallowing in the emotions of an event to gain favour from other people, feigning injury or disease to get attention.
Are you feeling at your best during an friends emergency?