Presence, or present-time consciousness, is the moment when our mind is not occupied by thoughts, ideas, guilt, or blame concerning the past, or thoughts, ideas, and fears concerning the future. Being present to life is an important skill to develop. This includes paying attention to our children when they speak to us and being in the moment behind the wheel of a car. Most of life is being missed by not being in present-time consciousness. What fills our mind if not the moment of life before us? Thoughts of the future and the past make up the myriad of mental images we experience with every suggestion or question. Some say future fear and past guilt. Presence is called the love state, the balanced state, the equilibriated state, when your emotions are not running your life. When you are elated, seeing many more positives than negatives, time seemingly speeds up and flies. When you are depressed, seeing many more negatives than positives, time slows down and drags. Actually, the same amount of time passes in either situation. Emotions warp time and space. Emotions gravitate and weigh us down. Present-time consciousness is timeless and spaceless and enlightens us. Most people pursue the positive and try to avoid the negative. Both are futile and take us out of the present. When you see that every perceived negative in your life brings with it an equal and opposite positive, and every positive brings and equal and opposite negative, you enter an equilibriated, or present-time, consciousness state. In this state you see both sides of reality and appreciate your life and the events in it as part of the perfection. A master is one who has the ability to achieve this present-time consciousness state consistently. Developing our mission and setting goals while in present-time consciousness elevates us to a higher frequency vibration and energy state. This increases the potential for finding our true purpose and attracting to us the things we seek.
He who has the most certainty rules! Certainty is not just confidence, bravado, or bluffing, poker-faced I’ve-got-the-cookie smile. Certainty is knowing that you know-that you know. The deeper knowledge that comes with wisdom and experience is the source of certainty. One method of achieving certainty in our lives is by following the path set forth in this book. The balanced emotions, resolve, and focused goals of a “man on his mission” create a certainty that vitalizes us like no pseudo-emotions can. The expression, “who you are shouts so loudly, I can hardly hear what you are saying,” speaks true of the person who has a certainty birthed from an inner vision and knowledge. When the heart is open, the mind is clear and present, and the message is delivered with divine certainty. True certainty is the result of balanced emotions, inner vision, organized thinking, and a plan of action.
Enthusiasm is the grease that helps to turn the wheels of accomplishment. Enthusiasm is what happens to the body when the mind is inspired. It is the body’s motor response to, and the by-product of being inspired and on a mission. Enthusiasm is that certain something that makes us great, that pulls us out of the mediocre and commonplace, that builds power into us. It glows and shines; it lights up our faces. Enthusiasm is the keynote that makes us sing and makes men sing with us. Enthusiasm is the maker of friends, the maker of smiles, the producer of confidence. It cries to the world, “I’ve got what it takes.” It tells all people that our job is a great job, that the company we work for just suits us, that the goods we have are the best. Enthusiasm makes us “wake up and live.” It puts spring in our step, joy in our hearts, a twinkle in our eyes, and it gives us confidence in ourselves and our fellow humans.
Enthusiasm changes a deadpan salesman into a producer, a pessimist to an optimist, a loafer to a go-getter. If we have enthusiasm, we should thank God for it. If we don’t have it, then we should get down on our knees and pray for it.
There is a fear of failure at one’s chosen career or vocation. Also, there is a fear of failure in business or in performance of one’s duty. The common notion that success is good and failure bad is a myth. Walt Disney went bankrupt in business several times before “Mickey Mouse Land” was founded. A large percentage of the leaders of the Fortune 500 companies have attributed their “current success” in life to difficulties, hardships, and past failures. The successes and failures of our vocational lives are here to teach us and prepare us for the next level of life. Fear can limit you or it can guide you. Fear can paralyze you or energize you. The master turns his fear into fuel to propel himself forward. Winston Churchill said, “Most of the things I feared in life never came to pass.”
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The Seven Areas
Life is a balance. The microsystems and macrosystems of the planet on which we live, the body we inhabit, and the universe that encompasses and surrounds us, are in a constant state of expansion and contraction. The purpose of these microcosmic and macrocosmic machinations is to maintain order and balance. There is an enormous amount of energy created in this process. Your priorities in life (value system) determines the results you achieve. It is more effective to have your daily life reflect your values. The fun in life begins when you take on the appropriate level of responsibility, to balance the level of fulfillment you seek. Chapter I and the exercises that follow it will help bring greater focus and power to your day-to-day activities. It is a skill, and therefore it takes training and practice. It is worth the effort!
First, let us break life down into its component parts. We will call these the seven areas of life: spiritual, mental, vocational, financial, familial, social and physical. A thorough mastering of all seven areas is key to a fulfilling life. One of the most effective ways to help yourself is to become aware of the hierarchy of your value system as it relates to the seven areas of life.
To determine the hierarchy of your value system, simply catalogue where and how you spend your time, energy, and money. For example, if you spend a significant amount of time involved in your church with meetings or choir, etc., and the moral or ethical implications of daily life occupy your time, then spiritual development is high among your values. If you spend a significant amount of your time learning, studying, and researching information, or using and improving your mental skills, then the mental area of life is high among your values. If you are working and taking courses to further your career, your identity is linked to your work (you do carpentry work, versus “being a carpenter” is who you are), then vocation is high among your values. If you play the stock market, study the laws governing investments, spend a significant amount of time working on or thinking about finances, then the financial area of life is high among your values. If you spend a significant amount of time taking your kids to sporting events, coaching their team, or taking care of your parents, then family is high among your values. If your friends, parties, and social events take a significant amount of your time, then the social aspect is high among your values. If you are concerned about your health and take time to do regular exercise and massage, or take tennis lessons, then the physical aspect is high among your values. That’s simple, right? Now, if your highest priority is to advance your career through schooling, but you are spending a significant amount of time enjoying the social area of your life and ignoring school, then nothing is wrong, but you will eventually beat yourself up for not focusing enough attention on your career.
A key to self-mastery is understanding that your current circumstances are a result or reflection of your value system. Another key is to have congruence in your value system by linking your daily activities to your mission. Although all seven areas of life are interdependent and interrelated, it benefits us to break them down for purposes of finding where we are incongruent with our values and bringing life back into balance. Another cause of confusion and imbalance in life comes from the inability to effectively switch in and out of the roles we play: mother, father, wife, husband, educator, club member, breadwinner, etc. Developing the skill of balancing roles is most efficiently accomplished by starting with congruency in your hierarchy of values and the seven areas of life.
The loss of morals and ethics is said to render a person spiritually dead. Certain conditions of the mind have been called diseases of the spirit. What a person fears in relation to his moral, ethical or spiritual self depends on two sets of values. The value system of the individual determines his moral values. The collective values of the family, corporation, culture, or society determine the rules of ethics that govern the individual members. Morals and ethics change over time, and, in some cases, overnight. When one listens to his heart and lives his life inspired from within, the voices on the outside and the fear associated with conforming to societal morals and ethics become quiet. In wisdom, it is better to have the whole world against you than to have you own soul against you.
The human brain and how it acquires language is a constant source of scientific interest. Words, laughter, and music stimulate the brain and linguistics researchers are uncovering their role in communication through the vibratory frequencies of the human nervous system. The Seven Sacred Words, or words of power, have inherent in them a vibrancy frequency, almost a life of their own. Understood and practiced with intent, they represent powers that enliven the heart, mind, and soul. They are the keys to the awareness of the magnificence and magic of this world. I challenge you to imagine being consistently successful in any area of life without them.
It isn’t a secret that most individuals strive for success in life. We look at Oprah, Steve Jobs, or even the CEO of the organization we work for and think – “I could do that”. How did they reach the level of success they have and I’m stuck behind a desk working FOR them? How often do we all wish we were more successful, had a better job, more responsibility at work, or simply lived what we see as a “better life”?
In order to succeed in completing a marathon, one must train diligently and in the end, run 26.2 miles – alone. With the exception of competitive runners, your only competition is yourself and your will to finish. Why is success in other aspects of life any different? We can rely on others for ideas and assistance; however, our personal success depends on us alone.
There is one MAJOR difference between those deemed highly successful and the worker bees. The people who find themselves in the elite group we refer to as “a success” – are you ready for it – didn’t slack off! Not for an hour of any of their days.
In this article, Steve Tobak goes into detail explaining the seemingly simple concept of working hard, and sometimes around the clock, to be a success in whatever you set your mind to. It is well worth the read and will open your eyes to the amount of time you spend not pursuing your own success!
Confidence is essential when speaking to individuals, especially clients. When you are a professional and display confidence it shows that you are capable, responsible and intelligent.
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Sometimes we feel that our lives are out of our control. We can begin to feel helpless as time continues to pass us by. Gaining control of your life means turning your words into actions. Many of us are guilty of putting these off till later. We often use the excuse that now is not the right time. To avoid wasting time we need to act. To have the courage to take actions, we need to have confidence in our choices and ourselves. When we feel confident we can change our outlook on life. Suddenly the impossible becomes possible. We can also change our attitude towards life—Carpe Diem! One of the main reasons people are afraid to act is because they fear failing. So, how do we overcome this fear? The key is developing self-confidence. Read the following tips that can help you start building your confidence today!
- Project confidence. Throughout the day, pay close attention to your body language. Try to work on your posture and make sure to make eye contact when talking with coworkers. If you project confidence, you’ll start to feel confident.
- Accept compliments. Instead of brushing off compliments, be gracious and appreciative. Giving compliments is great, but receiving them graciously is also great. This shows that you are confident with yourself and proud of your hard work and efforts.
- See and take opportunities. Instead of looking at setbacks as a negative, turn them into positives! By creating opportunities you are opening doors rather than closing them. This positive outlook on life will help you transform into the person you want to be.