Focus For Success – How to Focus by Living in the Present Moment

If you have ever watched someone doing something they love you will notice how absorbed they are in the task, their complete focus given over to the activity. They are living in the present moment. Ironically, they are consciously aware of what they are doing by being in touch with the most creative part of their mind, the unconscious, where the intuition resides.

You may find it difficult to live in the present. You may be present physically, but entirely removed mentally and emotionally. You make a start then become easily distracted and your concentration lapses. All of these avoidance tactics soak up the energy you need to complete your task.

There are two practices, both drawn from Buddhist philosophy that will aid your concentration and focus. Meditation, practised each day, is the best way to experience present moment awareness. The body is stilled, the mind is consciously aware of the breath and of the many thoughts that arise. They are simply observed and then let go. If you can apply this same ‘letting go’ of unhelpful influences in your every day life this will aid you in working towards present moment awareness.

Mindfulness is the second practice; so that whatever you are doing, whether it be drinking a cup of tea or listening to a friend, you do it mindfully, that is you focus your whole concentration and energy on this one thing.

An added bonus is that living in the present has the effect of drawing you back to your natural centre, of quietening those nagging thoughts that you ‘hear’ because of habits you developed or experiences you encountered growing up. Many of these no longer serve you and will drain your precious energy.

Start now with practising meditation and mindfulness, even five minutes a day to begin with will make a difference to your focus. Soon you will notice how living in the present from moment to moment will move you naturally closer to creativity, growth and success.

What Are the Best Xmas Presents

Is Christmas coming soon? Well when the festive period is near, people are often caught in a bind as they are all scratching their heads wondering what Xmas presents to buy for their loved ones and friends. Well selecting a good Xmas gift is really about understanding the person well. Some people like the guys are practical. They want gifts that are of utilitarian value, i.e. the gift must be something that they need and can be used. When it comes to the ladies, this rule may not apply. If this rule applies, then ladies won’t be happy to see flowers or cards. On the other hand however, it is pretty easy to get something for the ladies basically because there are so many things meant for women in the market. Cosmetics, shoes, bags, clothes are some of the things you can get, and as times change and women become dominant in the work place, you see more ladies who love gadgets too, so stuff like laptops, tablets, briefcases and document bags also become great gifts.

It is important to know what the person you are buying the gift for really loves. For example one issue is the brand of the product. Does he or she prefer a certain brand or rather that it be brandless so that the item is not so flashy and attention catching. You have to be observant too. Some girls may not have their ears pierced so buying earrings for them is a definite no no. What about people who absolutely detest certain brands? Be sure not to buy them the wrong product or else they may get very upset.

So you see buying a present, be it for a special someone or even a family member, is not easy. It takes time to know a person and hence it takes time to know what a person likes as well. Some people are more practical, others trust their heart and buying something which can create sentimental value is the best. I would recommend that you also speak to the friends or those who are close to the person you are buying the present for. You often see girls shopping together and one of the best things is enlisting the help of a close female friend if the person you are buying the gift for is a female. If it is a he, then perhaps you should get a more practical gift to be on the safe side.

Market With Seminars, Presentation Skills

5 SECRETS TO MARKETING ANY BUSINESS WITH SEMINARS

In trends today you can attend seminars everywhere and business is realizing the dollar value to their company.

When the digital camera came out, we trained Kodak sales people how to write the contents and present the camera to make more sales. The Microsoft kids who wrote Front Page came down for the training. CEOs of Publicly Traded Company take the training. Business professionals can benefit tremendously by increasing their income. The Christian based public do fantastic with this media.

Every product and service should be approached with the modular design concept. Brainstorming around this design approach is completely fascinating and people become totally involved. People in the brainstorming session become the targeted audience and tell the seminar leader what they really want from them. Once the design is complete, you are ready to do the seminar.

If the seminar is a free preview, you sell the product or upsell the full seminar and services at the back of the room.

When there is no charge for the seminar, you can get some very good publicity. Usually the preview is from 2 to 4 hours.

From the writing of the seminar using the benefits vs. features, you can easily design all your adversiting and marketing material. Our training is based on the book “How To Make It Big In The Seminar Business” published by McGraw Hill and authored by Paul Karasik. Paul founded the American Seminar Leaders Association which is an association for those people doing seminars, wanting to learn to do them as well as becoming a coach to sell aditional services at the back of the room.

When you learn you can bring yourself to the front of the room to present, it become fun as well as educational and motivational. Some of the best presenters are the shy ones because they become vulnerable from the front to the room and their audience just loves them.

Think about selling your business of products and services to groups of people rather than one of one. Enjoy this arena and the income you will benefit.

Readers Digest interviewed us and Seminar Leaders were listed as on of the greates careers.

The 5 secrets are: Be Yourself, Design with the modular design approach, do a free preview, Sell back of the room products and get free publicity for yourself and your business.