"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude"
~ Zig Ziglar
Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar
U.S. Motivational speaker and author.
Born November 6, 1926
Image: Zig Ziglar in March 2009 is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zig_Ziglar
Friday, 30 March 2012
Monday, 26 March 2012
“ I don’t have a To Do list”
~ Peter Thomson
“ The only important thing to do is the next thing”
~ Michael Neill
“Manage by outcomes not presence”
~ the guy who did the presentation for Microsoft at ‘Business 2012’ at the O2 on Tuesday 20th March 2012
Timely reminders that we tend to forget
In the “Product Creation Goldmine” 3 day workshop that I attended, Peter Thomson explained how he manages his priorities. “I don’t have a To Do list. I have a Do list”, he said.
We can create endless lists of things to do. Don’t get me wrong, we have to make lists because it focuses us on the next thing we need to do and it can also give a feeling of satisfaction when the list is complete. Happy Happy ….
A few years back I heard Michael Neill say something remarkably similar. He was saying forget the list, do the most important thing that you need to do next and then do the next most important thing that you need to do after that. Happier Happier …
At the Business 2012 exhibition the Guy (I don’t know his name. I ambled in half way through his presentation) on the Microsoft stand, whilst presenting Microsoft’s Anywhere, said “Manage by Outcomes not Presence” Even Happier …
I was timely reminded!
So why do we forget and get ourselves bogged down with big lists and then feel the pressure and probably demonstrate stress?
Because we forget. I don’t know why. I do it myself!
I think the key is set up something to remind you and feel really good about how free we are doing what we need to do.
Re(place your)mind yourself and bump up the good feeling.
I use Simpleology’s programme to help me focus, in particular, what they call the “Dream catcher”. I dump my thoughts into the Dream Catcher and forget about them until I “Start my day”, as they put it, which is another part of their programme.
To be honest, I haven’t looked at any other time and thought management programmes. I got this from my friend (“the famous”) Jo Dodds (I expect she might be embarrassed by that - which is why I said it!) …
So getting things done is getting rid of the things we need to do next whilst do what we need to do now and then feeling really great about how unpressured we really are and feeling good for no reason whatsoever.
We have the list. The list doesn’t have us!
As a former Business Continuity Manager, the main thing I learnt was gauge the impact and the urgency - What is the impact of not doing something?
- How urgent is the thing that has to be done? And then the overriding question:
Does it have to be done at all?
The combination of how urgent and what is the impact of not doing it works for me!
I check it off against my grid and re-sort my Simpleology accordingly and that allows me to Focus on what I believe is the most important thing:
How good can I feel for absolutely no reason
Friday, 23 March 2012
by Pam Castillo
Some, inspire others by representing their message with such gusto and enthusiasm that it's contagious. It flows to those around them and to those whom they come in contact with. This is inspiration by association. It's not the real thing. It's fine while it's there, but it seldom survives a crisis or the test of time.
Imagine a a desert with no water. There are two ways to get water. One is to find a body of water elsewhere and dig trenches to carry that water to the desert. You can channel the water in but over time, the channels close off. If the water has to be brought from where water is to where it is not, it's a fragile arrangement and easily disrupted. Another way to get water in the desert is to dig. And dig deep enough and dig far enough until you find water that is native to that place itself. When you discover what is natural, or the resources within, there is no reason that it should ever be disrupted.
When you help others dig deep enough, far enough within themselves to find their reservoir of inspiration, it lasts. It stands the test of time. It's a wider, deeper truth and it is generative.
©2012 Pam Castillo
Pam Castillo is a Licensed NLP Trainer by the Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming – Richard Bandler. Pam founded Clarity Institute, where for more than 12 years, she maintains a private practice for NLP Changework on personal development issues, health and healing and loving relationships.
Clarity Institute offers NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner certification courses and NLP workshops on a variety of topics in the Los Angeles area.
Read more about Pam at http://bit.ly/APClarity
Monday, 19 March 2012
One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory
Born November 28, 1944.
American author and screenwriter, best known for her 1973 novel Rubyfruit Jungle, famous for its explicit lesbianism
Thursday, 15 March 2012
BBC news posted 2 articles this week
'Britannica ends its print edition'
– “After 244 years the Encyclopaedia Britannica will no longer be produced in print, new editions will appear only online”
'No toilet in half of Indian homes'
– “Nearly half of India’s 1.2 billion people have no toilet at home – fewer than have mobile phones – according to the latest census data”
and there, in a nutshell is the impact of modern communication and the priorities people attach to it.
A friend on Facebook, responding to “No toilet in half of Indian homes” responded with “Bonkers!” She has a point! That is bonkers!
Recently asked the question what is Klout.com about, it occurred to me that it is about Web Famousness.
It occurs to me: if you have high scores then more people know about you and the more “Web Famous” you can be. The higher your ranking or score the more people want to follow you and the more people want to follow you and talk with you , the higher your score and the more famous you get.
So I guess, there is a dilemma:
It is great that we can now freely communicate, like never before, but there is a cost – institutions die and humans prioritise temporary conversation above the need to live healthy lives.
Is this “Social Expenditure” being spent to achieve “Social Capital” (“Web Famousness”)?
The “Social Balance” is that we can use Social Media as a means to highlight and keep highlighting where Human thinking is out of balance and as for the old institution that ‘Everybody will be famous for 15 minutes’ – that’s blown!
Stay Social. BE Famously Healthy
Saturday, 10 March 2012
Earworms seem to have raised their ugly heads again ( :-) )
According to the BBC News article: Earworms: Why songs get stuck in our heads.
Have you registered your earworm at
Here are some of my earlier posts:
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
"Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds"
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Saturday, 3 March 2012
no blogging, less Tweeting and Facebooking and all because I took a 3 day course. It strikes me that whenever I break my routines, I tend to revaluate and return to the routines slowly and sometimes not at all!
Actually, this is no surprise. In hypnosis, amongst other mindful sciences and arts, “Pattern Interruption” is away to gain access to the unconscious. I was really surprised how quickly this is done in show-hypnosis! (the subject of the 3 day course that I attended). I have seen it done many times but never used it until the course.It is almost a short sharp shock. Obviously there is more to it than that but just consider the value of a short, sharp, shock in your life. I know that is has reset me on quite a few occasions. If you have children and they are beginning to run out of control then you may recognise that when you did something suddenly and unexpectedly your children stopped what they were doing, almost immediately.
As I have mentioned before Landmark Education have a phrase: “Breakthrough always follows Break down”. So I now equate a Pattern Interruption to a Breakdown (to a reset) to a sudden point of unconsciousness and to a sudden occurrence of creativity or maybe to a sudden answer to something that you have been trying to work out.
The hypnotic state caused by the pattern interruption is the opportunity to amend or reset a behavioural or thought pattern and possibility breaks through.