Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Advanced Insurance Secrets of Closing Sales - Sorry, I Don't Accept Buying Objections


Advanced Insurance Secrets of Closing Sales - Sorry, I Don't Accept Buying Objections
By Donald Yerke

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/2241073

Every experienced insurance agent has tips and advanced secrets on what makes closing sales easier. Few secrets concern heading off buying objections. See how buying objections hurt closing sales of insurance. Discover why purchasing a jumbo book on the secrets of handling objections is a waste of your time and money.

Insurance sales agents, advanced or trainees, now their income hinges on closing sales effectively. The approach on treating buying objections however varies widely. A vast number of agents think that objections are part of the sales process. With this logic, they spend their short or lifelong career thinking of ways to outsmart a prospect whenever a sale is made. Some are even told that the secrets of closing sales lie in turning the objection around into a sales advantage. Not that many agents are able to do that consistently.

I take a much more advanced approach in discussing the insurance secrets of closing sales. It is very simple. I just do not accept buying objections as a means for a prospective client to get in the way of making a sale. What do I personally think of the concept of not stopping under you have heard "no" eight times? Three thoughts. First, I think the sales person is ill prepared to be an insurance salesperson, and should find another occupation. Next I believe that the agent if receiving buying objections because they are a suspect, and not a qualified prospect worth spending time on. Last, the agent is lacking the personality traits of strong self-confidence, motivation, adaptation, and determination to walk out with the sale.

How to handle buying objections:

Never let them come up. Before you make an appointment make sure you have a strong prospect. A prospect must have a desire to want to hear what you have to say, and know that there is an important emotional need to fill an insurance gap. If do not know this, ask your prospect to acknowledge there is an awareness before confirming an appointment and wasting gas and valuable time. If you control the source of the lead, you should already know if the client could, if convinced, afford it.

Go through the objections in advance

The bulk of the main objections fall into the range of: price, indecision stall, unconvinced of need, think it over, don't need it right now, want to compare, and call you later. Do you think you could sell more policies if you never received these objections? Do you believe an 80% or 90% closing ratio can actually be a reality? If so, read on, otherwise my secrets of closing sales will merely turn to stone. The first step is not to treat a lead like gold and rush to make an appointment. Are you absolutely sure you have a true lead, and not a look-alike suspect?

Establishing a true lead

The problem comes with so many wishy-washy insurance agents tying to turn suspects into prospects into buyers because they think they have a lead. A person that lets you discuss insurance is not a lead. It is this kind of person that will give you every buying objection possible to prevent a sale. A true lead is not afraid that they suffer from a gap in their insurance and need to talk about it. Next is where your personality sales skills reflect the outcome. A prospect can immediately feed if you are strong in your convictions or week. The prospect can sense you amount of knowledge, and enjoys dealing with people much smarter than them on that subject matter. They want to be treated on the same level as a trustworthy friend, which you must establish before the presentation begins.

Where are the buying objections?

If you followed the simple secrets above you will quickly become an advanced salesperson. You will notice when this occurs as getting objections becomes a rarity. Ask yourself what reason a true prospect has to object. The two of you together are teaming together. Both of you are working on designing the best plan of filling insurance needs within a certain budget. Sorry, you are no longer buying objections. You are assisting the prospect to buy insurance.



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Monday, August 29, 2011

How to Increase Your Optimism


How to Increase Your Optimism
By Julia Barnard



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It is possible to develop optimism since it is a mind state and our thought patterns can be dramatically altered if we work hard enough at it. Hopefully the following ideas will help.

Watch your thinking. Try not to think in terms of always or never. For example: missing the bus and saying to yourself: "this always happens to me". Or, just before making a presentation at work, saying to yourself: "I never do well at these things". Such thinking is not realistic or rational and should be challenged.

Acknowledge that good things do happen to you and when they do, enjoy them and don't feel guilty.

Optimism does not put an end to experiencing bad things in your life. However, it does allow you to acknowledge these events and give you the necessary energy to move on from them. If you choose to, you can move on in a healthy, positive way.

Try not to take things personally when things go wrong. Don't let it undermine the very essence that is you. Instead, try again next time, learning from what went wrong before and with a new determination to make things turn out right. Setbacks happen to us all -- it is what we say to ourselves next that makes the big difference.

Talk to yourself as you would your best friend. Be proud of your achievements and boost your spirits during the low times.

Optimists keep going. When they succeed, they try harder; when they fail they try again. Try to keep this in mind as you go about your day.

Success breeds success -- so start with small goals if you have to, then keep on building.

Worried about doing something new or that challenges you in some way? Just give it a go -- you will probably surprise yourself.

Act optimistic. Force yourself to keep going, even when you are fighting it. Defy those nagging thoughts that have kept you down for so many years. Stand up to them in a way you never thought possible.

Do the work -- if you want to be a great piano player, you will have to put the work in. This will require practice. It is no good just thinking it -- although this will help, it is not enough.

Starting today, track your achievements. Make sure to give yourself the credit you deserve for them.

Deal with your stress.

Keep a diary of all the good things in your life.

Copyright Julia Barnard 2007

Julia Barnard is a professional counsellor living in Adelaide, Australia. She provides an online counselling service through her website http://www.makethechange.com.au. Julia also writes articles for the website aimed at enhancing wellbeing and promoting good mental health. Issue 1 of her ezine on wellbeing and happiness is available now.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Developing Patience


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Webster's defines be patient as bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint, or being steadfast despite opposition, difficulty or adversity. I believe this why patience is called a virtue. It is little practiced, but much needed. At the first sign of difficulty, many jump to an easier, smoother path, hoping to avoid the pain and suffering that is necessary on the road to personal growth. But it is only by taking this rough road do we gain the experience necessary to develop our character. Impatience robs us of these types of life experiences. How would your world be different if you practiced more patience?

Patience is the ability to hang on when everyone else has given up. Patience is ability to release your need for immediate gratification and wait for the things to come in their own time frame. Patience overcomes criticism and intolerance. Patience develops committed relationships in marriage, family, church, community and career. Many a great leader have displayed patience by looking before they leaped, thinking before they acted, and considering before they decided. Patience is the mark of maturity. So now we know the virtues of patience, how do we develop more patience?

First, realize that no one is perfect, including yourself. Accept yourself and others, imperfections and all. Everyone is struggling with their own set of fears, weaknesses, obstacles and crises. We are all on the road of personal growth together and can help each other by showing more patience and kindness to each other.

Second, develop a consistent philosophy of life based upon a value system you believe in. Then when you are confronted with a situation, you can make your choice based upon the value system rather than an instant gratification response. With every choice is a consequence. Do you act now and settle? Or do you wait to get the result you truly desire?

Third, change your perspective on the past, present and the future. Stop dwelling on your mistakes and failures. They cannot be changed. Instead, focus and what you can do now to make a difference. Life is a blessing and each day should be lived as if it were your last. Start fresh everyday and remember the future comes one day at a time. What can you do today to change the results you have in the future?

Fourth, confront your fears rather than avoid them. Do the thing you fear the most and the fear will go away. "That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our ability to do it has increased." By doing more, it becomes easier, and when it becomes easier it becomes fun rather than stressful.

Finally, realize that all things come to those who wait. The Universe, the infinite force that connects us all, will bring the people who can help, the answers you may need, the tools and resources you are looking for when you need them. You must have faith and be patient and believe in your goals, realizing that they will often not be accomplished according to your original plans. Circumstances change. People change. Things change. Let go of your anxiety, disbelief and doubt about achieving your goal. Know that The Universe is constantly supporting you and will always help you achieve the things you desire. Just be patient!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Motivation and Goal Setting


By Aldemer Cabalida



If you knew that you could achieve anything you wanted to, maybe get that job that you always thought was slightly out of your reach or find and build that wonderful new relationship which has remained somehow elusive, that would be amazing wouldn't it?

Keep the thought positive. Don't get annoyed with yourself for not using the resources before. Focusing on a negative energy will probably prevent you from moving forwards. Focus on what it is that you actually want, the outcome you desire.

All you need is motivation and goal setting.

Goal setting and performance

Goal setting improves performance when:

- Goals are specific
- Goals are difficult
- Goals are Challenging
- Goals are Attainable
- Goals are participatively set
- Goals are most often for individuals, but may also be team/group based

In order to stay motivated, observe the following:

1. Identify your Values, Beliefs and Desires
What is important to you motivates you. This simply means that if you assign a value to something important, you are more likely to do what action is required to reach the goal.

People's goals and desires grow from their values and beliefs.

Draft a list of your values, beliefs and desires. Take time to think about the interrelations of the items.

The list should be a source of motivation and must help you achieve goals you have set. The quality and depth of your motivation is directly related to your commitment. You must be sure that you can live up to reach the goal you have set.

Taking this for granted could lead to frustration that could diminish your motivation.

2. Do a Self-Assessment

Do an informal assessment of your existing abilities. Have a reflection on what you know about yourself. Accuracy and honesty is essential at this point. Underestimation or overestimation would result from inaccurate assessment of one's abilities.

If you already have an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses and you know what you value and desire, it is now possible to establish personal goals.

All goals should incorporate these common attributes:

A. Realistic

Goal setting should be realistic. The goals set should be based on your existing abilities and circumstances.

B. Possible

Remember not to establish goals that would make the realistic, unrealistic.

C. Flexible

Always anticipate obstacles along the way and learn how to move around them.

D. Measurable

Have a time frame so you would know if you have reached your goal.

E. Under Control

Remember to set your goals based on your own values and beliefs. Target goals where it is possible for you to control the outcome.

3. Role of Personal Circumstance

You should be in a position to be able to act on the goals you have set. Failure to consider your personal circumstances would impair your motivation and goal setting.

Changing circumstances always influences goals. If your circumstances change but your goals doesn't adapt it could undermine your motivation.

People are often unwilling to adapt and adjust to the situation. It is hard for them to adjust their self-expectations. There are times when people can get frustrated and lose their motivation.

Motivation and goal setting can be maintained if you would take into account your personal circumstance.

Redefining goals is very important to remain motivated and stay on the path to success.

4. Breeding Success

Personal circumstance, motivation and goal setting affect the outcome of success.



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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Inspiration Leads to Success - How to Find Inspiration


By Paul R Roy

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6361782


Inspiration is key to staying on track toward your success. Inspiration is the fuel that will power you through the lows that come your way more often than you want. We are after all human and our brains have a safety mechanism called doubt that will tell us to stop when we are challenged to push past our comfort zone. Doubt leads to limiting beliefs. Even going deeper than doubt is the fear of rejection and ultimately, failure.

I have in my own life been caught in the tramp of becoming risk adverse. I have been through a business failure early in my life. I was publicly fired from a CEO Position just two years later. For the record I sued for wrongful dismissal and won. That is a very liberating experience but the strain of going through that process is not for the faint of heart. I then bought in to another business, that like the office products business was in decline. My timing was awful. I was able to get out of that deal with some wounds but still above ground. I have been involved in three other business since and two have had happy endings. What did I learn from these experiences?


•I learned just how much the human mind and body can take when facing adversity.
•I learned we do become wiser as we grow older.
•I came to realize that some times we give up on a goal before we should.
•I learned that some times we need to move on and cut the losses.
•I have come to learn that value of patience.

What does all this have to do with inspiration? Well it's a part of my story. I have never given up of my quest to be successful. I have found success in many aspects of my life. I have been lucky to have the burning desire to succeed from an early stage in my life. Those personality traits come from being the grandson and son of two successful families. But how does someone with out that back ground get inspired? I suggest you Google, Best Motivational Books and Best motivational Speeches. There is an amazing amount of material for you to use to help get you inspired. It's all at your finger tips. Once you have made the decision you need more success in your life, you will need to do the following things.


•Create a purpose for doing this and write it down.
•You will need meaningful goals with time lines.(not just a to do list)
•You at the very least need to find several books to read that will both inspire and be educational.
•You need to find a mentor. Some one you can emulate.
•Read something every day that will inspire you.
•You must adapt an abundance mindset. There is lots to go around.
•Read something motivational before you go to sleep. You will wake up inspired.
•Spend more time with motivated people. It's contagious.

Opportunity has a never ending supply. It is available to all who attempt to step outside their comfort zone and live the life of their dreams. We some times need a boost to stay inspired. All those tools are available at your finger tips at little or no cost. There is no good reason on this green earth that you can not do this for yourself. You are your biggest asset. Your body and your mind are full of resources that can take you to levels you never dreamed possible.



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Leaders Need Discipline


By Richard Brody

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6424320


In well over thirty years of qualifying, developing, working with, and advising volunteer leaders, I have come to the conclusion that amongst the most essential leadership traits necessary to be effective, is discipline. In terms of this discussion of leadership, the relevant definitions given by Dictionary.com include: "1) Training to act in accordance with rules; 2) Behavior in accordance with rules of conduct; 3) A branch of learning." Leaders lacking discipline (especially self discipline) are rarely successful over the long term. Jim Rohn wrote, "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

1. We often hear and read that effective leaders need meaningful goals. While this is true and valid, the mere possession of goals without the commitment or discipline to make those goals reality, makes far too many of these individual's goals little more than empty rhetoric. To effectively make one's goals become reality, an effective leader needs the self discipline to commit to giving as much time and effort as necessary to achieve his objectives. I have observed far too many individuals begin their tenure actively and enthusiastically, simply to lose their energy and drive, suffering from burnout. To avoid this tendency it is essential that a leader develop a positive attitude and self confidence.

2. Effective leaders develop and use agendas for the meetings they conduct. Meetings conducted without well- planned agendas often deteriorate and accomplish little. Disciplined leaders transmit these agendas in advance of a meeting, and use Parliamentary Procedure to assure the meetings stay on track.

3. Much of the duties of a leader are somewhat mundane, but necessary. The effective leader always maintains the discipline to maintain the necessary parts of his routine, and assures that nothing falls through the holes, due to his inattentiveness and lack of discipline.

4. Some of what a leader does requires paying special attention to specific details, in order to assure that there is a successful result. This is often especially true when it comes to anything that requires expert negotiations, because the eventual success of a negotiation is often dependent on a leader's follow up.

5. Many leaders receive lots of correspondence. These individuals must have the discipline to respond on a timely basis.

6. One of the most effective means of communication for leaders in this digital, financially challenged organizational environment, is to commit to writing a Blog on a regular and recurring basis. It is not enough to simply write it occasionally, and it is also not sufficient to write it, and not to inform others that it is available for reading and review. Leaders must commit to having the discipline to make this Blog effective and informative.

There are so many areas that discipline is called for when it comes to leadership. Those individuals who have the self discipline are invariably the most effective.



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Message of the week


How To Stop Being Lazy In 3 Simple Steps


By Michael Lee

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6085783


Step 1: Maximize Your Time.

Sometimes, you may not realize just how many hours in a day you waste doing nothing. Why don't you try this quick exercise?

Get a piece of paper and record everything you do for one whole day. Make sure you put in the exact time schedule. If you woke up at 8 in the morning, write that down. If you spent 8 to 9 getting ready and eating breakfast, write that down. And if you happen to do nothing in the next few hours, well, you'll have to write that down as well.

At the end of the day, see how many hours you have spent doing something productive and how many hours you have left blank. Multiply those wasted hours into seven, 31 and 365 to find out how many hours you are wasting in a week, a month and a year respectively.

Looking at the figures will open your eyes to how much time you are being lazy, and can pave the way for the beginning of your transformation!

Step 2: Set Significant Goals.

Goal setting is very important when it comes to learning how to stop being lazy. When you start setting goals that are important to you, you become more conscious of your actions. Everything you do from this point on can make or break your dream.

If your goal is to get promoted within the year, playing hooky from work now becomes an absolute no-no. When once you would not think twice about leaving the office early, now you analyze how your laziness can affect your standing at work.

Step 3: Make It A Habit.

If you want to know how to stop being lazy, you've got to work on your habits. Ditch those practices that encourage laziness.

Putting your work off until the next day is one of those bad habits. When faced with a situation where you are given a choice to slack off or get a head start, you can either choose to do what you usually do or you can break your habits.

If you're serious about changing for the better, you need to create new habits - positive ones that push you to work well.

In life, you will constantly find yourself at similar crossroads. The decision to stop being lazy will always be tested. Ultimately, how far you will go rests in your hands.



Saturday, August 20, 2011

5 Simple Ways to Take a Vacation From Stress


By Kevin Schoeninger

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6473694


1. Take five

Take a five-minute break every day and do nothing. While you're "doing nothing" you could close your eyes and take slow, deep, relaxing breaths. Another great thing to do while you're doing nothing is to sit by a window or go outside and gaze up at the sky. Become absorbed in the clouds or the blue expanse, as the case may be. Allow the sky to elevate your mind above it all and lighten your thinking.

2. Meditate

Even 10-20 minutes of meditation every day can bring fresh air into your life. Meditation relaxes your body, calms your emotions, clears your mind, and focuses your intention, so you can handle everything else you need to do more effectively and efficiently. Taking time to meditate first thing in the morning starts your day from a positive reference point that you can easily return to when you feel stress coming on. Taking a meditation break during the middle of the day can be like a mini-vacation.

3. Take a half-day

Speaking of mini-vacations, how about taking one half day off every month? Or even better, if your life allows, could you take one half day per week? You probably take a half-day here or there to go to the doctor, the dentist, or to attend your kid's school play. How about taking a half-day just for yourself?

4. Take at least one day off each week

In most religious traditions, there's one day per week that is planned for rest. Heck, even God took the seventh day off after all that creative activity. There's great wisdom in this. Schedule at least one day each week when no work enters your mind. Schedule something fun to do, so you have to get up, get out, and be away from work and home.

5. Take more vacations

As often as you can, take vacations. While all the ideas above are tremendously helpful, there's nothing like getting away from it all. It doesn't have to be far away. It could be a short drive, bus, train, or bike ride. The key is to go to a different environment, do new things, see new places, meet new people, and see life through a different lens. On vacation, I usually give myself permission to sleep more and do less as well.

Even if it's just a weekend trip, I'm always amazed at what a difference this makes. Getting away from the normal routine gives me a different perspective, helps me to let go, and re-inspires me with enthusiasm for life. Incorporate any or all of these mini-breaks into your life and watch your stress fall away.



Friday, August 19, 2011

The Secret to Be Successful at Anything!


By Wendy Heyworth

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6384551


What is success? Are we only successful when we are finally slim, financially independent or whatever was important to us? No. Success is not only achieving the result you want but it starts the moment you take deliberate action on a goal which you have decided on.

So there is one rule and one rule only... This is the most important rule of all. Practice this daily with whatever you want to achieve and you will surely become successful.

And here it is...the Abraham Lincoln's principle for greatness that can easily be adopted by anyone.

This was his rule: Whatsoever he had to do at all, he put his whole mind into it and held it all there until that was all done.

Success really comes by luck. It is achieved by careful planning, organizing and daily action steps.

How to do this...


•Decide what you want to do, be or have. Never tell anyone these are your plans so keep them private.
•Write out as much detail as you can for each step.
•Set a time for its completion if possible.
•Look at these details each day and always do something towards the end goal. Success is built on one small step at a time.
•Focus on the end results every possible moment. When you get sidetracked, re-energize and get refocused as quickly as possible.
•Imagine the result, feel the excitement. Use picture aids if it helps. Hold these images in your mind. Get hungry for the result!
•At the end of each day go over what you have achieved. Now do a plan for the next day.

Plan-Focus-Action, Plan-Focus-Action - make this your Daily Mantra.

Success at whatever you decide to do have or be consists of millions of small decisions, not just the big ones. Often it is the little daily decisions - the hour by hour - that makes the difference between success or failure.

Successful people are no better or smarter than you. They were not born with success DNA or more personal drive or determination. The only difference is that they have developed this skill to plan, focus and take action. So whatever other people have learned you can learn as well.

The only limits on your results are the limits you place on yourself. You and you alone are responsible for your success. Ignore the past and focus on your future. Don't let the past dictate your future. When things get tough focus harder on your exciting future. Hold the vision of your new future clearly in your mind.

The fact is the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life so the better the decisions you make daily the more you will accomplish towards your future.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Goals Setting - How to Start the Morning the Right Way


By Rusty O'Connor

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6248064


While we often imagine what it would be like to bound out of bed at 5:30am fully energized, rested, and ready to take on the day, the reality is that this often doesn't happen. Most of us hit that annoying alarm button, turn over and try to get a few extra minutes of sleep. We spend the next half hour to an hour trying to get organized and take on the day.

The effect that your morning routine can have on your motivation and effectiveness can have on your whole day can be huge. If you start the day wrong it can affect your whole day. To help you out, this article provides seven tips to help start your day right and be productive throughout the day.


•Get a good night sleep: We know it is not possible to sleep well every night...but...if you average at least seven to eight hours in bed five nights of the week you will feel a lot better, have more energy and be more productive.


•Change the sound of your alarm clock: That annoying alarm clock sound is no way to start the day! It will get you into a bad mood. Try setting an alarm with music or a sound that you actually like to start the day.


•Think about your goals: Start the day by thinking about your goals and what you want to achieve out of the day. If you start like this it will give you perspective for the tasks you undertake each day. For example, if your goal is to retire from your regular job and run an Internet business then the one hour you spend working on your Internet business will move you closer to your goal. Another good trick is to think of outcomes rather than the tasks. If you think of the feeling of completing your tasks rather than the actual undertaking of them you will feel a lot happier and lot more motivated.


•Exercise: Even 10 minutes of exercise in the morning will help wake you up and get you ready to face the day. A small amount of aerobic exercise and some stretching is all that is needed.


•Water: Most of us don't drink enough water. Always staying hydrated can help keep your energy levels up, so try and drink your eight glasses a day.


•To Do List: Always plan your day and write a to-do-list. Your list should be consistent with your goals, and should focus on the most important items first.


•Reward yourself: Have a simple reward for later in the day for when you have completed your tasks. It may be watching a movie, going for a walk or a chocolate bar. Whatever works for you.

Morning don't have to be that bad. Wake up with some nice music, do some light exercise, and think about the outcomes that you want to achieve. This will get you out of bed motivated and ready to take on the day.




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Message of the week


3 Amazing Secrets To Keeping Focused!


By James Farren

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6243797


•Clear Your Head: Okay, the easiest way to gain focus is to clear your head. Every day we have millions of thoughts running through our heads, we are thinking about almost everything all of the time. Why is this bad? Because when you are trying to focus on something, trying to get work done, all you can think of is the other 5 billion things in your life! Our brain really functions like a computer, now can you imagine if you had even just 1000 programs running? The computer would be a slow as all hell. It would struggle to do even the most simple tasks. This is exactly what happens to you and me when we are trying to work. To overcome this, you must take 10-15 minutes to write down everything running through your head. Literally write down every single thought that runs through your head. What this does is empties all the your thoughts that are stopping you from focusing onto a piece of paper. You would be surprised at how effective this technique is!


•Eliminate Distractions: If you are trying to complete a task, nothing is worse than your phone ringing, or someone coming to speak to you, or even that urge to check Facebook or your emails. If you are to maintain our focus, you must ensure that nothing will come in and destroy it! The amount of times I see people in the middle of a task check their emails, or check there phone, or even go on Facebook, is ridiculous! So when trying to maintain focus, make sure you turn your phone off, don't check your emails, and for gods sake, don't go on Facebook!


•Just Do It: Ah my favourite technique. If you can't keep focus and your mind is wondering. Just Do The Work! Stop being a baby, stop complaining and do it. Don't let yourself think about other stuff, get you game face on and complete the task at hand. If you really want something you will not let anything stand in your way! You won't let that comment your family member said, or that nasty email you got get in your way! You won't let it ruin your focus. You will use it to just to the work!


Saturday, August 13, 2011

How to Stay Confident While in the Process of Change


By Suzie Doscher

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6483819


Becoming aware that 'something has got to give', working through exactly what that is, figuring out how to unravel the behavior, working with the pain attached to letting go of the 'known' and taking the steps to enter 'the unknown' is all very difficult. It takes courage, time, patience, support and acceptance.

It is easy to start doubting your own abilities. Change/Transition is a real challenge for your confidence level. Whether you are looking for a new job, making a fresh start, moving, ending a relationship, changing your own behavior patterns, changing how you react to someone/something - all of these are slow processes but very worthwhile!

Some tips to help you build and maintain your confidence along the way:


•Ask yourself what your definition of success is? What has to happen for you to feel you have reached your point of success? How will you know you are there? Write your definition down and review it regularly. This helps you to see the progress you are making.


•Make another list of what you praise yourself for. What do you like about yourself? What value do you add to other people's lives? Review this often; it will help you feel energized and confident.


•Think about the worst-case scenarios. What will happen if you do not succeed? Examine this for strategy and planning purposes only. Focus on best-case scenarios with plans to overcome problems. Once a worst-case scenario has served its purpose, let it go. It is there only so you know what to do if something happens.


•Use visualization. Hold the image of the successful "you". What are you wearing in this image? Feel into it, breathe it. Get familiar with how it feels to be you, when you 'get there'.


•Remind yourself of past success. Confidence comes from recalling past experiences in which you overcame an issue or problems. These thoughts will be energizing and uplifting.


•Stay in the moment. Focus on what you are doing right then and there. Don't multitask. Do one thing well and feel good about it.

The best support you can give yourself along the way is to be kind to yourself. Choose to get involved with people, things, projects, actions that give you some power. Avoid anything that drains you, robs your energy or wastes your time.



Friday, August 12, 2011

6 Leadership Imperatives


By Leonard Kloeber

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6478968


Leadership is as much an art form as it is a science. Most experienced leaders would acknowledge that there are no simple prescriptions or formulas that work in every situation. Leaders need to lead within the context of their organization and operating environment. This means that they must assess each situation and make choices about the best way forward. Nevertheless, there are some basic principles by which every leader can operate. Here are six leadership imperatives:

1. Don't lie or cheat: This is an imperative for every leader. Leaders who lie or cheat will rapidly undermine the confidence of those they are trying to lead because it breaks their common bond of trust. Once the trust relationship is destroyed it is almost always fatal to the leader. Just look across the political landscape and you will find many examples where corrupt politicians, regardless of political party, were forced to resign their position once they were caught lying or cheating. Perhaps there is no more famous example than that of former President Richard Nixon who resigned after his involvement with the Watergate burglary cover-up was exposed.

2. Admit mistakes and move on to fix them. No leader ever makes correct decisions one hundred percent of the time. They make the best decisions possible on available information; however as new information becomes available or the circumstances change, their prior decisions may appear to be a mistake. When mistakes occur, regardless of the reason, the best course of action for a leader is to admit the mistake and move on to fix the problem. In most cases, people will understand that mistakes happen, and if they are not fatal, then generally they can be reversed by a subsequent decision based on new evidence. Rather than continue to pursue a failed course of action based on a bad decision, leaders who admit mistakes and move on will retain the respect and trust of their followers.

3. Be guided by principles, not ideology. Most leaders will have a leadership perspective guided by their beliefs and principles. This is a good thing; however, if leaders are blinded by their principles to a point of an inflexible ideology, then they will not be open to opportunities and different points of view. The best leaders are principled, but are also flexible in their approach.

4. Listen to voices outside your inner circle. Most leaders rely on trusted advisors to help them with their work in leading an organization. Leaders may often select subordinates who think the same way that they do. While this can be useful in many ways, it can also be a problem when leaders are only provided with a limited perspective on issues and solutions. Great leaders encourage different points of view. They want to hear about their options in solving problems and addressing issues.

5. Look for common ground and solutions. Very few organizations can succeed with leaders who exhibit command and control leadership styles over an extended period. At some level, all organizations have a political framework of competing stakeholders and interests. Good leaders look for common ground among key stakeholders, and seek solutions that can solve problems while garnering widespread support among the stakeholders.

6. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Every experienced leader will reinforce the importance of communicating. All good leaders communicate often, early, and ongoing. Followers need to know what their leaders are thinking and doing. A failure to communicate will cripple any leader's ability to mobilize support from their followers. Thus, successful leaders live by the axiom: communicate, communicate, communicate.

These six leadership imperatives are keys to success for every leader. Leaders can use different styles, and exhibit different personalities, but every leader must abide by these basic leadership concepts.



Thursday, August 11, 2011

What Are Your Fears?


By Angelene O'Reilly

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6476982


Your probably thinking is this woman crazy, exciting and fears are not the kind of words you would put together in a sentence.

Think of a small child learning to walk, you can see the fear on their face. The excitement of getting to where they want to be overcomes the fear as they take each step. Nothing really changes as you grow older and go into areas of uncertainty.

How often do you think about your fears? Do you even know what they are? Have you tucked them so far back in your mind hoping you never have to face them? What are your fears?

Fears come in all shapes and sizes, the majority we can overcome on our own. Some though do require assistance to get over, these are usually the ones you have held deep inside since you were a young child. In saying that there is certainly no harm in trying on your own to see if you can get pass them once you recognize them.

Ask yourself again, what are your fears?

Life is here for us to live, making decisions to overcome your fears is one of the greatest decisions you will make. To often people put it off thinking they will just go away. No thoughts just go away unless we do the work required to make them, especially when it comes to fears.

Once you are aware what your fears are then and only then can you start the exciting process of becoming a better you. There is nothing that is beyond your ability if you really want to achieve it.

You know that feeling when you are full of fear, then you face it head on and overcome it. Now that sure is exciting, the butterflies in your stomach before you face it creates so much energy and when you achieve what you feared the energy is then turned into sheer bliss.

These are moments of personal achievement you will remember for the rest of your life and they will always make you proud. One can never have to many of these moments, in fact the more you have the more you will continue to have. You will start to get more and more excited when that butterfly feeling comes along.

Make your life one full of personal growth by facing your fears so you can get more out of your life. Wishing you all the best in your exciting adventure of making yourself proud by overcoming fears you never thought you would.



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

5 Super Tips to Iron-Strong Self Confidence


By Michael Wells

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6451349


Self Confidence is one of the most important characteristics that will determine your success in leadership and in life as a whole. High level of self confidence will make you more successful, advance faster at work and reach your goals easily and quickly. However, not all people are born with self confidence. Fortunately, it is also a trait you can learn and improve - this article will describe 5 tips to build an iron-strong self confidence.

Face your fears. The first step to building and immense self confidence is to face your fears and overcome them. Whether it is mountain-climbing, public speaking or going to talk to that attractive woman, by facing the fear you will see that it is not so hard and you will instantly boost your self confidence. So next time you are blocked by fear, know what you must do and act! Only by facing the fear and reaching the emotional high, you are able to break it and develop your character.

Know your value. Make a note of all the things you've achieved in life and all the things you are proud of. Whenever you are a bit depressed or are in a low state, just take a look at your list and your state will usually shift instantly into a positive one. You can also list the goals you've achieved in life, and the things for which you are thankful for in your life. We tend to get used to our positive sides and disregard them, but if we remind ourselves our value we will become much more confident. A recent research showed that people who reminded themselves, first thing on the morning, 5 things in themselves they are proud of, felt much better and felt more positively.

Think like a Winner. Stop being depressed and start thinking with a winner mindset. Challenge yourself to do more and to achieve your goals with enthusiasm and speed.

Never take what others think too seriously. You can and should listen to your peers but don't let their opinion affect the way you act and think too much. Most people are bounded by what other people think of them and strongly limit themselves over absurd reasoning. Remember the saying: "Those who matter won't mind, and those who mind don't matter". Do what is good for you and what will make you the happiest.

The last trick is to keep up a strong body language. By walking in a strong body language and strong posture you radiate confidence and others will begin to respect you more and will see you as more confident. This will bring a magical cycle which will also increase your confidence. By changing your outer-self you can also strengthen your inner self and mindset.



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Joy of Fun


By Heidi Heron

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6212185


When was the last time that you truly had a great laugh? One that shook your body, came from your belly and brought tears to your eyes? They say laughter is the best medicine - and I think whoever "they" are, are right.

Off and on for the past couple of weeks I've been spending time with my 16 year old cousin Megan. What a bright shining light she is. And we have fun! Sure, it's the same kind of fun as I normally have - yet its different. We laugh. And, we laugh without filters - at just about everything. Singing songs wrong, slurping spaghetti, other people, learning to drive a manual car, tripping over things, getting tongue tied. It's great.

I think that what I've learned is that joy and fun and combined in a way that also includes laughter and a lack of filtering. I'm not even sure how to say "no filters" in NLP speak. Maybe it would be filter-less... a lack of self consciousness... egoless... yet all of those require conscious mind filtering. Yet, I hope you know what I mean.

At some point when we grow up - maybe it's on the cusp of when we become an 'adult' (whenever that is!), we forget or create filters on fun. "Oh, what will others think", "I can't do that!", "That shouldn't be funny!", "I need to get serious now". What we find fun and amusing when we are young is often swept away. I have a client who has two young children and she herself can be quite dull at home. When I asked her how often she has fun, she replied "can parents have fun? I didn't know it was allowed!" Where did she learn that silly rule from?

What would happen if you could look at the world again through your old eyes and your old filters? What if just singing in the car could again release the endorphins needed for more lightness and fun? What if you could just people watch for a while and be delighted in what you see and hear?

It is now time to Google some kids jokes, cartoon and go see a comedy show. Jump out there, into fun land and learn to laugh again. It's worth it!

One great thing that I admire about myself (if one can do that) is that I'm easily amused. I suppose somewhere or another I didn't fully pick up the adult filters. And, I'm not about to go looking for them now!



Monday, August 8, 2011

Message of the week

Improve Your Memory By Improving Your Concentration


By Peter Moons

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6352659


Its a simple yet often overlooked concept. But by improving your concentration you will also be improving your memory. To concentrate means to focus intensely. If you are able to concentrate, there will be no way you can focus in enough to remember new things. Therefore, your level of concentration directly affects your memory.

How To Improve Your Concentration

The great thing about concentration is that it is a skill that can be learned. However, it does take a little time and effort on your part. Here are a few simple things you can start doing right now that will help you improve your concentration.

#1 - Meditate

Meditation is a very simple way for you to practice concentration. Start with just one or two minutes every morning before you start your day. Meditate on something good so you will have a good day.

#2 - Get Enough Sleep

Too many people are sleep deprived. If you aren't getting enough sleep your body will not be able to perform at a high level. This means you won't be able to focus when it matters most. So get plenty of rest each and every night. 7 to 9 hours is perfect.

#3 - Eat Right

Your brain needs proper nutrients in order to fully function. So make sure you are getting the right vitamins and nutrients in your body everyday. Eat more fruits and veggies and less greasy foods and you will be fine.

#4 - Play Brain Games

Yes there is a such thing as brain games. These are games that are specifically designed to stimulate you brain and make it grow. By playing brain games and other games that require you to concentrate you will be improving your memory. There are plenty of free brain games you can play online.

#5 - Exercise

Exercise is good for everything. Even improving your memory. So get outside and exercise for about 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week. Trust me, it will do you a world of good.

#6 - Give Yourself A Break

If you are doing something for an extended period of time, your mental energy will start to slow down. So no matter what you are doing, give yourself a break every now and then.

These are just 6 simple things you can do to help improve your concentration and memory. You don't have to do all of them. Just a few will result in significant progress.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Team Leader - Qualities of a Successful Team Lead


By Leonard Kloeber

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6439598


One of the early assignments for any leader is that of "team leader." Often this is the first formal organizational position for leaders. Most experienced leaders will remember well the first time that they were responsible for a team of people. If they were promoted from their peer group, they may have experienced some challenges bridging into their new role as a leader rather than just one member of the team. Those who are assigned to a team from the outside will face challenges of getting to know their team members and vice versa. Regardless of whether they are promoted from outside or from within, new leaders will be challenged to deal with different personalities and meld them into a cohesive operating unit. So, what are the qualities of a successful team leader that enables them to build a high performing team? Here are a few of the most essential:

Visioning: Effective team leaders need to establish a clear vision for the future, one that can challenge the team. In many cases, the team's mission will be set by the larger organization to which the team belongs; however, most team leaders will have some ability to decide how to accomplish their mission in the best way for the organization. As a minimum, a leader can establish a vision that challenges the team to be the best within their organization or within their industry. Setting a clear vision is one way for a team leader to get everyone working together towards a common goal.

Delegation: Team leaders must be good at delegating. Some leaders try to lead their team by being the most productive member of the team, a "pace-setter." Although a "pace-setter" style for leading a team may work in some limited circumstances, team leaders must get work done through their people rather than doing it themselves. During a period of high volume or crisis, the team leader may need to jump-in and do some work alongside everyone else; however this is not a long-term successful leadership style in most cases. Thus, they must be good at the art of delegation.

Engaging: Successful team leaders must be able to engage their people. The old adage holds true: "people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." Leaders must get to know everyone on their team, and engage them as people. They need to make sure that everyone on the team is assigned to the right position and that they have what they need to accomplish their job. They can only do this by getting to know every member of the team to understand their strengths and weaknesses as well as their needs.

Communicating: Successful team leaders are also good communicators. They know how to express themselves and make their points understood. They are also good listeners because effective listening is also part of being an effective communicator. Team leaders who learn communication skills early in their careers will be able to use them as they advance into broader leadership roles.

Problem solving: The best leaders are also effective problems solvers. They know how to analyze issues, listen to possible alternatives solutions, and implement fixes. They implement solutions so that their team can function without barriers to high performance.

Decision-making: Effective leaders also are able to make timely decisions. They are able to identify and assess the issues, relevant options, and make a decision based on available information. When decisions are not made in a timely manner, then the team cannot function at a high level since team members are usually waiting for a decision so that they can move ahead. Thus the best teams have leaders that can make timely decisions.

Coaching and mentoring: All successful team leaders are also good coaches. They mentor their team members on performance and personal development. All good leaders, regardless of their positions, understand that one of the key responsibilities of leadership is to prepare people to move up into positions of more responsibility. Thus, leaders should be developing their people not only so that they can perform better as a team, but also because they should be grooming someone to take over the leadership role in the future. Whether it is through voluntary or involuntary departure, or a crisis, all leaders will need to be replaced at some point, and it is the responsibility of a good team leader to prepare for this eventuality.

Acting with integrity. Successful leaders can be counted on to tell the truth and be a living example of their team's core values. It only makes sense, that if a team leader does not exhibit the core values, then why would they be able to hold the others on the team accountable for their behavior? Thus, team leaders, like all leaders, are able to build trust with their people by acting with integrity. This is perhaps the most important quality of any leader.

These are some of the key qualities exhibited by successful team leaders. Whether they are framed as qualities, characteristics, or skills, all successful team leaders exhibit these attributes. If you are a team leader and want to be more effective, then evaluate your performance based on the qualities on this list. These are core to effective leadership.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Laugh Your Way Through Your Family Vacation


By Neill Neill

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6391079


It's vacation time. Two days from now you have about 1 ½ weeks off work. You, your spouse and two teens are heading off on a camping road trip. You find yourself working like crazy to get ready - there are so many details to think of and organize - and you find yourself wondering why you ever agreed to this type of family vacation.

By the time you leave no one is relaxed. In your exhaustion, you fret about what you may have forgotten. Your spouse worked to the last minute to be able to get away and plans to make a couple of last-minute phone calls at the first rest stop. The adult stress has spilled over and the kids are cranky.

Typical? Unfortunately, the bigger problem is not the preparation itself, but the fact that it may take you the better part of a week before all of you are relaxed enough to really feel like you're on vacation.

Then, as you finally are able to enjoy the vacation, it's time to head for home. Were you really on vacation, or were you the butt of a family-style cosmic joke?

Is it possible to minimize this laughable situation and get psychologically into your "vacation mode" closer to the beginning of your vacation? I believe it is, and the key word is "laughter."

Laugh and joke about the ridiculous number of details you have to look after on both the work and the home fronts before you can leave. Laugh about the fact you're inevitably going to forget something. Laugh about the previous times you've missed a connection. Laugh about the fact that you might not be able to find a camping site or a motel and have to drive into the night. Laugh with your kids about the hardship of being away from their friends.

Laugh at what stresses you. Laughter reduces the release of stress hormones, thereby inhibiting the fight or flight response. Laughter creates bonding, and after all, is not re-bonding part of why you would take a family vacation? Laughter helps to control the emotional climate and lowers the risk of confrontation. Laughter harmlessly and subconsciously releases stored negative emotions. And laughter is contagious.

So start laughing early in the vacation cycle and everyone will have a better time.

Take a supply of CDs that you will all laugh at, and make sure the kids pack their funniest DVDs.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mind Development Tips To Take Your Life To The Next Level


By Robert N Jones

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6302341


Are you wondering how you can boost your mind and as a consequence drastically improve your life?

If you really want to change and improve your lifestyle, apply some effective but powerful mind development tips I talk about below.

Tips in Mind Development

1) You have to make an effort in using your memory skills and improving the health of your brain.

2) Stay sharp by playing brain games. You are keeping you brain healthy at the same time you are having fun. There are available games online that can improve attention, memory, and concentration.

3) Improve your mind by getting enough sleep. You need to recharge your physical and mind batteries.

4) Eat more foods rich in omega-3 or fish oil vitamins. It will help you improve your behavior, performance and memory.

5) Do you know that stress is a big factor in mind development? Too much stress is bad for your mind development. You cannot remember things vividly and cannot stay focused. Stress can also damage brain structure in encoding short-term memory.

6) Involve in exercise. It can reduce the chances of depression, stress and anxiety. You have to do some cardiovascular activities at least twice a week.

7) Learn how to relax through meditation, yoga or tai chi. This is to release tensions in your mind and body.

8) By simply appreciating everything that you have, you can improve the function of your mind. Learn to be thankful to all the good things in your life.

9) Have a good social group of friends and family. Pets can help you as well by making you happy and relaxed.

10) Learn how to write the things you need to accomplish for the day. Have a planner to write your schedule and errands. It is rewarding to see when everything on your list has been crossed out. This only means that you have accomplished it already.

11) Know how to prioritize. You might be stressing your mind. For instance, you don't need to memorize all the names in your boss' party. You might need only five names to remember that you will have contact with in the future.

12) Learn how to focus and concentrate when you are learning something. The brain needs at least eight seconds to assimilate information into the proper memory center. Once you focus, your brain cells will actively receive the information.

13) Each person has a learning style. You have to understand your style. You might be better in learning if you use visuals, or images or auditory.

14) Help yourself by organizing information such as making a logbook of important numbers, dates, and names.

15) If you have difficulties in understanding a topic or information, don't force yourself. Let your brain understand it for a while instead of cramming it up into your brain.

16) Learn how to relate information as well to the five senses.

There are no magical spells and cures. You can have quality life by improving some of your habits and changing some of your practices. You will surely succeed in school, work, and life by applying some of these tips in mind development.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Let Creativity Create YOU


By Adriana Attento

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/5455914


"You become more divine as you become more creative. All the religions of the world have said God is the creator. I don't know whether he is the creator or not, but one thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you become. When your creativity comes to a climax, when your whole life becomes creative, you live in God" - Osho

Have you ever tried to write and nothing comes? Have you ever stared at a blank canvas not knowing where to begin? I mean, how do you capture the symphony of sunset colors reflected on the mountainside? How do you allow the wisdom of creativity to move through you so that the sunset speaks, so that the mountainside writes, so that the colors of the sun carry the pen?

Try allowing anything to move through you. Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances, no matter how small or insignificant you think your inner experience is, write everything out as though your thoughts, your feelings, your moods were those precious sunset colors. Let all your inner experiences have their expression. Write them out to create space inside. Once the inner channels are open, once you've given up your doubts, fears, and pains to the page, you will expand, you will grow as big as the sky, as infinite as the cosmos.

Then, the colors can speak, then the mountainside can become motion within, then the sunset can unfold inside you and from there, from that universe inside you, the words, the creative river, will flow.

Yet, this is just the beginning. To write out a nice poem, to craft a beautiful memoir, to create a novel of love or beauty is just the start to a precious relationship. The universe inside you, that inner cosmos that contains the colors of the sun, the mountainside, and the sunset itself, will indeed create you. From writing a poem through you, the universe writes poetry as you. Your life - breaking apart, splitting open, and blossoming - is the pure expression of the creative process. Are you open to it? Are you holding on to the shore? Right here and now, the universe is creating a new future, a new you. Are you open to receive Her wisdom? Are you ready to let go and receive?

This week, I invite you - create for one hour or even ½ a day. Get empty, grow, and let the river of the cosmos widen her banks inside you.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Positive Attitude Is Your Decision


By Richard Brody

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6356942


Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has written, "Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." I'm sure all of us have heard similar advice numerous times over the years. However, in most cases, we continue to often be our own worst enemy, because we develop an attitude that is often counter to our own best interests. There are many situations and examples that demonstrate how significant a positive attitude is to our own achievement.

1. A student continues to have difficulty in a particular subject matter. The logical approach would be for him to study harder, get extra instruction or tutoring, and devote the extra time and attention that he needs to succeed. Unfortunately, most people spend more time fretting their situation, and concerning themselves with their"impossible" situation, than actually doing whatever is necessary to improve the situation. Often we hear these individuals adopt a mindset that they might as well not study hard, because they're going to fail anyway. The reality is, of course, that in most cases, they can either think they will or won't, and either way they will probably prove themselves right. Negative self talk in almost always both counter productive, as well as personally destructive.

2. An athlete has to compete against someone who is considered one of the top performers in that particular sport. Invariably, many people "psych" themselves out, and put negative thoughts in their head, and thus do not even put up serious competition by "coming with their best game." On the other hand, the greatest athletes, such as Michael Jordan, always want the ball in their hands when the game is on the line, because they possess that unbeatable attitude.

3. An event organizer can look at the challenges and obstacles that face him in putting on a great event, and only see reasons and excuses for failing, often coming up with ready- made excuses in advance. When the event is not successful, he explains to himself and others that "he didn't have a chance." On the other hand, a true event professional with anticipate the challenges and obstacles, and plan all details, as well as plan thoroughly for any contingency. These back- up plans are often the difference between success and failure, and much of this begins with attitude.

4. A leader can dare to have the courage to face the challenges that invariably occur, and be as prepared as possible, and put forth maximum effort. The individual who merely is a leader in title only often "runs away" from challenges an conflicts, and thus attains little real success.

In most cases, success or failure stems from one's attitude. Those with positive attitudes motivate both themselves and others to far greater heights and thus achieve infinitely better results!

Richard Brody has over 30 years consultative sales, marketing, training, managerial, and operations experience. He has trained sales and marketing people in numerous industries, given hundreds of seminars, appeared as a company spokesperson on over 200 radio and television programs, and regularly blogs on real estate, politics, economics, management, leadership, negotiations, conferences and conventions, etc. Richard has negotiated, arranged and/ or organized hundreds of conferences and conventions. Richard is a Senior Consultant with RGB Consultation Services, an Ecobroker, a Licensed Buyers Agent (LBA) and Licensed Salesperson in NYS, in real estate.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Meditation for Business Can Improve Your Mindset


By Jan R Fowler

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jan_R_Fowler


Meditation for Business

Personal development plays a huge part when you are building a network marketing company and meditation for business is a part of the success puzzle. Meditation can help to focus your mind on what is important to you, the big "why", the reasons you have taken on a home based business, and what you see as the end result of your work. A session of meditation also helps you connect with the vibration of the universe and all that is good, perhaps a higher power within you that gives you the power to push on. Have you ever included meditation in your daily ritual?

Meditation for Business Techniques

There are a so many techniques when practicing meditation for business: basic meditation, focused meditation, activity oriented meditation, mindfulness meditation, spiritual meditation, even meditation for "silly people"! One specific type of meditation deals with balancing your internal energy and clearing away negative energy of fear and worry. This is called Chakra clearing.

There are many chakras or centers of energy throughout our body but there are 7 main chakras that are usually addressed in this type of meditation. They are the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras. Each chakra is associated with a color and issues of either the spiritual world (the upper chakras) or the material world (the lower chakras). Chakra energy is associated to all living things as well as the earth. As you release fear and negativity from your body and consciousness your energy becomes healthy, balanced, and vibrant as does your attitude about yourself, others, and the world at large.

Meditation for Business: The Seven Chakras from Bottom to Top

Chakra, Color, Associated Issues


•Root, Red, Money, career, home, safety
•Sacral, Orange, Cravings, addictions, body
•Solar Plexus, Yellow, Power, control
•Heart, Green, Love, relationship, forgiveness, intuition
•Throat, Light Blue, Communication, speaking your truth
•Third Eye, Blue, Future, past, spiritual belief
•Crown, Purple, Trust, guidance, higher power

If you think about it, a lot of what holds one back in business especially in network marketing is fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, and fear of what others might think of you. By meditating for business and removing fearful thoughts from your day you can connect with people and do your work with ease and positive attitude that, according to the Law of Attraction, will attract success. Clearing out negative energy at nighttime provides a calm, restful sleep and beautiful dreams, as well as allowing your subconscious mind to create new and exciting projects for you to bring to your office.

No matter what type of meditation you choose, it is important to include it in your daily ritual. Make it a habit to meditate in the morning before you start your day and at bedtime. Also, if you find you are getting overwhelmed, stressed out or fearful during the day take some time to balance yourself. Meditation techniques can be simple to perform yet yield powerful results and bring great healing to one's body and spirit. Not only is meditation for business good for you, it is also good for your business