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Am I Special?

by on June 30, 2013 under Business, Education

[singlepic id=107 w=300 h=168 float=left]Yes. You are special. Among seven Billion people inhabiting this Earth you are unique. Think about that for a moment: Seven thousand million people, and not one of them is the same as you are, not one of them has your unique combination of attributes. So complex are we. It is incredible.

Yes, you are unique, but you are also the same as everyone else. You have two eyes, two ears, and one mouth. You have a heart. You have a brain. You need oxygen, water, and shelter. You have fears, you have hopes, you have inspiration.

Some of us focus on being special, and some of us focus on being the same. Some of us bring our ego into being special, and we develop a belief that we are ‘better than’. This is a severely limited place to be in. If you are ‘better than’ you actually cut yourself off from the rest of the world around you. There is only a false illusory power in being ‘better than’.

True power comes in seeing why you are the same. Seeing yourself as other and coming from that place can create a powerful connection to your fellow human beings. From that connection you can create anything. What do you want? Others want it. What are your concerns? Others share them. What are your dreams? Others have them as well. If you see similarity and come from compassion you can do something very powerful: You can serve people. There is no greater purpose than the service of others.

The depth and quality of your service will be determined by the extent to which you develop compassion for your customers. From that compassion you can then build up a differentiated service that makes you unique, but without the foundation of compassion for your fellow human, your service will not receive mutual appreciation.

 

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Smokers Have Already Quit

by on December 30, 2011 under Education, Health

Smokers Have Already Quit ShirtWhy would you persist with activity like smoking cigarettes in the face of mountainous evidence that smoking kills? Well, lets take a look at it.

Human beings are wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Pleasure is perceived as something that supports our values and pain is perceived as something that challenges our values. Pleasure is provided by perceived benefits, and pain is experienced with perceived drawbacks.

For a person to conduct any activity they need to be motivated to do so. That motivation comes from a perceived imbalance in the ratio of benefits to drawbacks expected from conducting the activity. If you expect more benefits than drawbacks you will do it, if you expect more drawbacks than benefits, you won’t do it. Common sense, right?

Well for a smoker to continue to smoke, they must perceive more benefits than drawbacks in smoking. Lets look at some of the common benefits reported by smokers:

  • It relaxes me
  • “Its a social activity”
  • “Smoking helps me think”
  • “It gives me a break”

So for a smoker to continue smoking, they prefer these benefits, over the all-to-well advertised drawbacks. What I notice about these benefits though, is that they are all immediate, and short lived. As we know the ultimate drawback of death, is long term.

So smokers are trading off these short term benefits, ultimately for their life. This is why regular smokers have already quit. They have given up on the idea of a long, healthy and vibrant life, and sometimes you can see it in their body language, their actions, and their attitudes.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying smoking is bad. I’m saying that at the most fundamental level, regular smokers have given up on life. This is a choice smokers’ have made, either consciously or unconsciously, and that is fine. People are entitled to their choices. Yes smokers burden the medical system and therefore all of us through medicare, but hey, they also stimulate the economy and pay ridiculously high taxes that relieve the pressure on our income taxes. The truth is that the benefits and drawbacks for all of us are balanced.

My values are on life, health, and vitality, so personally, smoking challenges me. I would be happy if smoking in public was banned entirely. The smell is unpleasant and I feel my lungs choking up even when I smell cigarettes at a distance. This is my body’s natural defence mechanisms responding to avoid the toxins in cigarettes. I am ok with you smoking, but do it in private. It is not my desire to share your passive smoke and your ultimate fate.

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What is Karma?

by on November 13, 2011 under Education

[singlepic id=96 w=280 h=210 float=left]We all say it, we all think it. When something ‘bad’ happens to someone, we say: “it was Karma”. We know it was Karma, but do we really understand what Karma is, and why it is?

Karma is the universe acting to bring balance into your life and your perceptions.

Life is a process of evolution to ever higher states of consciousness. You cannot progress to a higher level of consciousness until you have learned to see your current situation in a state of balance and love. Only then are you ready for the next growth step. The universe is an amazing thing; it constantly and ever presently provides us feedback to let us know where we are unbalanced in our perspective, to help us bring balance and love to the situation, so that we may evolve to the next level of consciousness and contribute more meaningfully to the wider evolution of the planet.

The majority of people live in ignorance of this process. The universe maintains balance.

If you look very carefully you can see that in times when you are elated, you will be humbled, and in times when you are depressed, you will be supported. You stand up on a chair being a clown, getting elated, then the chair breaks, humbling you back into balance. That is an obvious example of Karma in action.

One thing we have to realise about Karma, is that it is about our perception of our actions as measured against our true self worth. Your true self worth is your balance point. Your fulcrum. The universe will continually bring you back to your true self worth, drawing attention to it, because real evolution occurs when you improve your self worth. That is the goal of the universe acting in your life through what we call Karma.

Your Karma is created by the void between your perception of your own actions and your true self worth. Nothing else. The void creates the attraction; Nature abhors a vaccuum. If your perception of your actions is above your self worth, your Karma will bring you down into balance, if your perception of your actions is below your self worth, yor Karma will lift you up into balance with your self worth.

The key to attracting and manifesting ‘good Karma’ is to elevate your self worth and be humble about your actions so your Karma is always lifting you up. If you can do this you are aligning yourself with the universe and the universe will support you through everything you do.

Take care, CE.

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Help Your Kids Start a Micro Business

by on September 17, 2010 under Business, Education

[singlepic id=38 w=300 h=226 mode=watermark float=right]At school kids are repetitively taught: do what the teacher says and you will get a sticker or an ‘A’. This sets kids into what I call an ‘employee mindset’ which can make it difficult for them to self actualise their own lives later on. Creating a Micro Business teaches them to take charge of their own financial lives.

In the absence of other influences the institution of school creates individuals who are good for jobs and little else. “Do what the boss says and you will get a raise, promotion, or bonus”. The challenge with this scenario is that many people feel dis-empowered because they feel they have to superimpose their bosses’ values over their own. This is what creates fundamental dissatisfaction in many people in the workforce. Unless you see how your values align with those of the company or undertake self-education around starting your own business, your only options are to fall into line or change to another job. Hence why the average person today spends only 18 months in any one job.

The other challenge is that many of us give our children pocket money. That’s right, this is a problem! Which part is the problem you ask? The word GIVE. When you simply GIVE children money, you are rewarding them for whatever action they think they did that led to the reward. Often this will be simply asking or nagging. If you respond to these requests frequently then you are creating a credit junkie. Today credit card debt per capita in Australia is among the highest in the world at over $3000 per person.

How do we get money in the real world? Simple: In exchange for products or services. If you want to raise empowered children then you must instill this in them from an early age. Teach them to offer a product or service in exchange for money and you will empower them to take control of their own financial future. Here is what I mean:

Last Christmas I had the opportunity to babysit for my sister who has 3 lovely children. I noticed that the eldest, 10 yr old Jaslyn, was into Hama Beads. Uncle Chad saw a micro business and educational opportunity: “Hey Jaz, why don’t we buy some magnets to stick on the back of these creations you are making and you can sell them as fridge magnets!” She instantly saw dollar signs. Off we went into town and got the magnets. We returned home and she went into production for hours making the magnets you see in the picture above (notice how inspired and alive she looks).

For 9 months now the micro business stand has stood in my sisters’ Bowen therapy treatment room and Jaslyn has sold over 25 Hama Bead Magnets at $4 each. That’s some good pocket money! More importantly, what is she learning? She is learning how to make money and how to create and run a business. She is learning that to get money you have to create and deliver a product or provide a service. She is learning the value of money because she worked to earn it. She is learning that if she wants to she can create an income for herself from her own micro business.

I believe these are some of the most important things you can teach a child. I know as a parent these days you may feel you don’t have time to help your kids start a micro business. You don’t have to go to this extent right away. The first step could be as simple as setting dollar values for household chores and stopping the gravy train of free money. Any parent has time to do this in the interest of teaching their child about the elephant that school ignores: Money.

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