Let Your Greatest Joy be Your Guidance

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For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been covering the concept of Life Purpose, and some ways to discover and pursue it.

Another way that can help you identify your Purpose is to mentally review of all the times you’ve felt the greatest joy in your life. Take a moment in your day to grab a piece of paper and make a list of those moments when you felt really alive; those moments burned into your memory as the best times of your life… believe me, if they are like mine, it’s going to be an easy job.

Once you have that list made, look for a pattern there. What do all those things have in common?

In my case, it was when I was working with kids at summer camps, gathered at a bonfire telling stories; writing a compelling and inspiring novel, and so on.

Think about your Joy as the magnetic needle in your compass; it always tells you if you’re on or off course using your emotions as a way to communicate with you.

The way this works is pretty simple: when you’re currently feeling good (happy, pleased, enthusiastic, loving), no matter the reason; this feeling is the indicator that you are in alignment with your Self –your True You, so you are “on course”. And when you’re feeling bad (depressed, afraid, worried, intolerant) –again, no matter the reason, it’s an indicator that you’re out of alignment with your Purpose, so you are “off course”.

 

Your Emotional Guidance System

Here is a list of some 22 of our most commonly felt emotions, ordered in a scale from the lowest (fear) up to the highest (love/joy). The higher we’re on the scale, the more in alignment with our True Self, and with our Purpose.

Emotional Scale

1 . Joy/Appreciation/Empowered/Freedom/Love
2 . Passion
3 . Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
4 . Positive Expectation/Belief
5 . Optimism
6 . Hopefulness
7 . Contentment
8 . Boredom
9 . Pessimism
10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience
11. Overwhelment
12. Disappointment
13. Doubt
14. Worry
15. Blame
16. Discouragement
17. Anger
18. Revenge
19. Hatred/Rage
20. Jealousy
21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness
22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

This scale not only tells you your level of alignment so that you actually know where you are… it also serves you as a guide so, once you’ve identified your current emotional state, you can climb up the scale, step by step, all the way up to a higher –and more attuned, alignment with your Life Purpose.

You’ll be yet one more step closer!

 

Talk next week.
Cheers!

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Your Purpose is Found where your Passion is

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Continuing with these series of blogs about finding your Purpose, today I’d like to take to a vision of your ideal life.
Let’s say that your life is perfect right now; what would it look like? What kind of daily activities do you perform? Where would you live? Would you have a family? What would you do for fun?

By continually asking yourself those kinds of questions, you’ll trigger your subconscious mind to help you make it a reality.

There is an exercise created by Chris and Janet Attwood, called the Passion Test. In it, you have to fill in the blank with action words for 15 sentences which start with: “My life is ideal when I am …………”

These are some examples of how your sentences would look like when you finished them:

  • My life is ideal when I am: empowering people to live a higher version of them.
  • My life is ideal when I am: writing novels and stories that inspire and motivate people.
  • My life is ideal when I am: meditating, exercising and enjoying nature.

 

Go through your 15 statements, and then see if you can recognize your top 5; those that really define and deeply engage you.
You do this, and you’d have found a large piece of your Passion puzzle!

You have defined to some extent what your Passion is, and how your ideal life looks like. Now it’s time to compare.
Take a look at your current life; are you living those passion statements? If so, how can you enhance them even more?
If not, well… you’re going to need an action plan to turn those dreams into reality.

Nevertheless, you are already on the right track!
So far, you have clarified your personal qualities and came up with a Purpose Statement. You started learning how to follow your inner guidance by deciding what you want your destination to be.
Now, by having identified your Passion, you’ve found the power source that would fuel the remaining of your quest.
Next week we’ll dig a little into your past and look for your greatest experiences of joy.

Enjoy!

Follow Your Heart, Your Inner Guidance System

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When your heart and your mind works in harmony, they act as your inner guidance system; a system you can use to go from wherever you might be now, to where you want to be. It works pretty much like a GPS device.

 

Defining Points A and B

First you need to state your current position; that is, your actual situation in life, your Point A.
No matter what it is, you need to clarify your vision and be very specific.
Then, you have to define your destination, your Point B.
Think about all the aspects of your life you need to work on or want to improve even more…
What would they be if they were just the way you wanted them?

One way to “input” this destination is by making a list to describe each one of them in detail; you can also try goal setting; affirmations, or visualization.

Do not restrain yourself and your dreams based on your current beliefs of what is and what is not possible. There are no limits here.

Once you have your Points A and B, just as with a GPS device, your inner guidance system will take care to get you to your destination by itself; giving you constant signals to let you know if you are on course or off course.

 

Start Taking Action

And by action, I mean an actual deed or a thought, even emotions are actions; “causes” that you’re setting into motion which, eventually, will have a reaction from the world around you.

Whenever you’re expressing a preference for something (whether you verbalize it, or think of it), you’re expressing an intention which reinforces or changes your set destination.
Whenever you’re having contradicting thoughts or actions due to your negative beliefs, you’re delaying or changing your results, your destination, into something you really don’t want.

Let’s say you’re ordering pizza for dinner; you call and order two specials, and they say they’d be at your door it in 30 minutes.
10 minutes later, you call back and say: “you know what? Never mind the specials… thanks anyway”.
Then again, you call back and say: “on second thought, send the specials…“, and so on, and on.

You need to stay focused on the positive results you expect to find when you achieve your goals.
Your inner guidance will tell you in the form of positive or negative emotions, whether you’re on or off course. If you’re feeling bad in any way, then you know you are moving away from your goals; but if instead you’re feeling well or even great, then you would know; you’ve got the wind at your back, sailing straight to the life of your dreams.

Always follow your heart, and you will be right every time.

 

See you again next week!

Defining your Life Purpose

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As we covered last week, we’re all born with a distinctive Purpose; and that the identification and pursuit of that Purpose are the best things you can do in order to live a fulfilling, happy life.
Today, we’re going to talk about how to identify your Purpose and then to create a Purpose Statement, which will become a road map to guide you through life.

 

What do you love to do?

First of all, you need to mentally explore the things you already love to do and always come easily to you…
Think about those things… What do you love to do most? What are those things that, when you’re doing them, time seems to stop?
It might be something you work hard to develop into a talent, but that it felt natural to you, like going down a water slide.

Make a list of all that comes to your mind and see what they all have in common.

 

1. What qualities do you love expressing?

Now, ask yourself, what are two values that you most enjoy expressing in the world?Mines are Courage and Integrity; what are yours? Remember to write them down.

 

2. In what way do you express them?

Once you have those two identified, what are two ways in which you enjoy expressing them? Mine are Inspiring and empowering others.

Write down yours now.

 

3. What does a “perfect world” look like to you?

Finally, take a moment now to describe what a “perfect world” would look like to you. How is everyone relating to each other? What are they doing on a daily basis?
For me, in a perfect world, people will be living the higher version of themselves; everyone is doing what they love most, and sharing it with others.

Write down your own description now, because the next step is to combine all the previous steps to create your Life Purpose Statement.

 

Create your Life Purpose Statement

Ok, now take a moment to combine the 3 points into one single statement that will start to outline your Purpose.
I wrote down my Purpose here. Use it as a guideline to create yours:

My Life Purpose is to inspire and empower (2) people to live the higher version of themselves (3), in a context of courage and integrity (1).

Every time I’m living it, I feel like I’m “in the zone”; I love every minute of it. I could spend 8 hours straight and it feels like playing! Don’t get me wrong, work and effort are in did a requirement, but suffering is not. If you are stressed and suffering, you’re probably living your life off-course; off-purpose, we could say.

Create your Life Purpose Statement and start guiding your life to a more satisfying experience.

See you next week.

How to Live a Life of Purpose

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I believe that each one of us is born with a distinctive Purpose. For some of us it’s a clear and obvious passion for certain activities that, through time and persistence, we get to develop from a set of talents into very profitable skills.
In some cases, those talents are easily identified from an early age. Some kids, like my daughter for instance, are singing, dancing, and telling stories all the time; so it’s very likely she would end up in the artistic world. Some others show an inherent talent for business, making plans and selling things to their friends.

Identifying, accepting and honoring this Purpose is the best you could possibly do if you want to live a fulfilled, happy, and content life.
You have to learn how to identify your passion and Life Purpose since, once you know what it is, you can use it to guide you as a road map against which you can contrast all your goals and action plans so, one you finally reach them, you get to experience inner peace and real fulfillment.
Shown below is a list of eight steps you can use as a guide to help you find your Life Purpose. We’ll be covering them in detail in the following articles.
1. Define Your Purpose
2. Follow Your Inner Guidance (What Is Your Heart Telling You?)
3. Be Clear About Your Life Purpose
4. Conduct a Passion Test
5. Think About The Times You’ve Experienced the Greatest Joy In Your Life
6. Follow This Example of Finding Purpose
7. Align Your Goals With Your Life Purpose and Passions
8. Lean Into Your True Life Purpose

On our next article, we’ll be talking about a way to start exploring those things that come easy to you, the qualities you enjoy expressing in the world, and how to find and make your Purpose statement.

In the meantime, think about what are the things you love to do? What makes you feel alive?

Until next week!

Dan

How to Not Let Fear Stop You

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Everyone has the power to be successful, but what usually stops people from reaching their maximum potential is fear. People are scared because they don’t want to fail, so how do you face fear?

1.  Make sure your personal development and expansion is never stopped.

Let the sensation of success be greater then any fear you might have. When you continue to improve yourself you will notice the fear of the unknown gets drowned out… it will still be there, but it will get much smaller because it won’t be your main focus.
2. Be in control of your own thoughts.

Don’t let anyone’s opinion fill your mind with doubt and fear. Also try not to focus on the mainstream media; they often try to make people feel insecure for their own gain. Make sure your thoughts are based on courage and faith.
3. Direct your thoughts on your main purpose and on living a fulfilling life.

Fear is a state of mind and you will attract what you focus on, so always focus on what you want to occur. A way to help your thoughts focus is to right down your goals so you can give your self a deadline and stay accountable, this will keep you in control and motivate you to become the best you can be. It will also not let fear stop you from becoming the person you’ve always wanted to become.

 

Written by Jonathan Mansilla

www.HubLinked.com

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How to Hire the Best People

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How would you hire a new employee? Well, most of us create a job ad, wait for applications and then interview the candidates who have the best technical skills and experience.

That’s the traditional recruiting process, and it’s pretty popular. However, it’s hardly ideal.

After all, this process only targets job-seekers, narrowing your search to candidates who are unemployed or unhappy with their current jobs.

Another problem with the traditional recruiting process is that it’s hard to get an accurate sense of candidates’ actual technical expertise from the interview alone. Because believe it or not, studies show that close to 80 percent of interviewees lie.

Furthermore, it’s difficult to accurately gauge expertise because you, the interviewer, are probably biased. Even when you focus on evaluating technical skills, subconsciously you’re making your decision according to other factors. For instance, people who are tall and have deep voices are more likely to get hired, because interviewers connect these qualities with good health.

Since there are many problems with the traditional recruiting process, you need to change your approach. It’s recommended you get creative with interviews and also giving your employees a larger role in the process.

So when you need to make a new hire, rally your employees. Let them ask around and tap their own networks. This way, you stand a better chance of finding great employees outside the basic applicant pool.

And then, once you have your candidates, introduce creativity into the interview process. To avoid the lies, avoid too many questions relating to technical expertise. Instead, ask questions to determine whether candidates would fit in with your team and determine how inspired the candidate is to fill the role and goals to be accomplished in the position being offered.

Written by John Krumbach 

www.HubLinked.com

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3 Ways To Keep Your Team Focused and Organized

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1. Allow Employees Flexibility


If you haven’t adopted this new way of thinking in business, you are far behind. Now it is popular to allow flexibility in the workplace. Give your employees more freedom by allowing them to work from home at-least one day of the week and to adopt work hours to their lifestyle. By doing this the employees will be much more focused and put in that extra effort because they don’t want to loose the amazing opportunity. As long as you have invested in a solid social project management tool, you will be even more organized than before.

2.  Have a Regular Meeting Schedule 


Face-to-face meetings are great but it is very hard to get everyone involved because people are busy. Instead of having a lot of face-to-face meetings have one once a week/month, at the same time and in the same place and make it mandatory. Talk about the main issues, address them, and see what everyone’s priorities are. Once all the priorities are set, each employee can import them into a priority manager, which will allow each person and the person in charge to change the order of the priorities. Also you will be able to add new priorities throughout the week, from virtually anywhere.

3. Have All Files and Tasks Organized by Projects

Email is good, but you can spend too much time searching for files and tasks, and eventually some fall through the cracks. By having a place where you can collaborate with your team online and organize tasks, files and conversations by projects, you will never miss another file or deadline ever again. It is really convenient to have a virtual office with a UI similar to a social network, so everyone can easily use it to be more productive.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla

www.HubLinked.com

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4 Surefire Ways to Create a Great Company Culture

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In order to run a successful business, it is important that your employees are given a positive environment to work in. Instead of hiring someone to fix the culture in the business, influence it yourself. Here are four ways to do just that:

  1. Have a people-centered point of view when it comes to the workplace

A spectacular thing happens when bosses treat their employees with empathy and understanding; they feel respected and appreciated, which in turn improves their work performance. Keep in mind that the people you hire have lives as complicated and vivid as your own. Treating them as such will foster a caring environment in which everyone feels content to be in.

2. Use the company’s mission statement as an outline for your own personal goals

By integrating the company’s values with your own personal ones, the work you do will feel twice as important and relevant to you. Making your own work important will boost your motivation and help you feel more accomplished.

3. Participate in projects that you can excel at and grow from

By putting yourself into your best possible work – the work you love that excites you – you will challenge yourself and grow from the experience. Others will see you achieving this, and that can inspire them to follow your way of working.

4. Help others to find the work that challenges and fulfills them

This ties closely to #3. Once you find your area of work that helps you reach peak performance, pay attention to your co workers or employees when they reach this level of engagement as well. Observe what makes them excited to work, and try to provide them with as many ways to engage in the work that motivates them in this way.


Creating an amazing company culture will optimize the work being done, resulting in better results and improvements. Try this with your company, and spot the differences you make in the little time it takes to follow the steps above.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla  

www.HubLinked.com

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The Secret to Improving Your Workplace

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Create an environment of trust by being a good listener and setting a good example.

No matter how decisive and visionary you are as a leader, you also need to be a good communicator if you want to carry out your plans and ensure that your workplace operates smoothly.

So how do you ensure that you’re a good communicator? The key is to listen and be no-judgmental.

And when it comes to listening, you need to be an active listener, which is all about showing the other person that you’re listening carefully, in order to build trust. To achieve this, maintain direct eye contact and make sure that your body language shows that you’re paying attention. Also, make sure you only speak half as much as the other person.

And to stay non-judgmental, keep your emotions in check. That way, any feedback you give won’t be taken personally.

Being an active, non-judgmental listener is an important part of being an effective leader, but it’s not the only thing: You also have to set a good example for your employees.

After all, people naturally mimic their superiors. When we see success in other people, we automatically try to emulate it in order to become more successful ourselves.

In other words, the way you conduct yourself as a leader will trickle down to employees. And in fact, studies have shown that CEOs who are naturally warm lead more cohesive teams; similarly, curious-minded CEOs tend to have flexible and risk-tolerant teams.

This means you should take steps to ensure that you’re promoting good behaviour. For example, behave calmly and never get angry, even when confronted with frustrating challenges. This will create an environment of trust, leading to a calm and happy staff.

Written by John Krumbach 

www.HubLinked.com

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