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Expert Author Heidi Heron
If you haven't heard or said these words - Is there an app for that? You soon will. It wasn't so many years ago that mobile phones were something that was coming in the future, and when they did come out they were so big and bulky they needed their own carry case! It wasn't until August 1991 that in the Interweb came to our home computers - only twenty years ago. Now our mobile phones have more grunt, memory and power than our home PC's did!
In the world of mobile phones, there are a number of SmartPhones on the market which use a variety of apps. Apps that you can download to find music, find a partner, to relax, to play a game, to cook a steak, find a location, you name it and there is probably an app for it. A few interesting facts, just last month Apple customers had downloaded over 10 billion apps. 10 billion! Right now, there are around 350,000 different apps for the iPhone and around 200,000 apps for the Android. Have you seen the lighter app? At concerts you no longer need an actual flame for an encore, you just hold up your phone! And there is even a "Pray" app. You type in your prayer and then hit the AMEN button! My question - where does it go??
In our "convenience world" we want things now and quickly. We don't need to wait, we don't need patience, we don't need to have anticipation anymore. We just download. I have a Kindle for books. I love it! Where ever I am in the world, I can purchase and download a book from Amazon and it is on my Kindle within 30 seconds. Amazing.
But is it?
Are people losing their talents and resources of patience? Of tenacity? Of will power?
Imagine if there was an app you could download for things like happiness, or an app for weight loss, or an app for love. I'd buy it! Some people even think that by learning NLP they have an app for these things. They do in some sense, but it is just an app of tools - the actual doing still needs to be done.
Many of us are looking for change. A change in life, a change in relationship, in job or career, in finances or situation. While there may not be a phone app for change, I do think there is an application to make change happen.
Over the next three week, I will be discussing three components which make up an application for change. Remember - change isn't something that magically happens, it is something we make happen.
Expert Author Heidi Heron
How much time do you spend with yourself, or on yourself or about yourself? Too much? Not enough? Just the right amount? No - this isn't Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, but we can learn something from that golden girl. She choose what was best for her.
In my coaching practice I often meet people who put very little priority on themselves and their own happiness. Most of their waking time is spent thinking about other people, their needs, wants and desires. They are not coming to see me to get help with that, directly. In fact, most of the time they don't even realise that they are putting themselves last on the list. What they walk into my office for is usually something like "I'm stuck in my life", or "I'm unhappy" or "I want to find my purpose"... something along those lines. Yet, what comes out loud and clear is a need for external validation and an internal emptiness.
I'm curious, when you are feeling low - what do you do to cheer yourself up? When you do something really well - how do you praise yourself? On just an average-everyday-type-of-day what do you do for you?
Here's something that I do know for sure. If you are able to put your own needs first sometimes, you will be better equipped to help others and give to others. I say sometimes, because there is a fine line between being self-aware and selfish. It is absolutely OK to say no. It is perfectly acceptable to change your mind. It is 100% warranted to have your own opinion (and yes, it can be different from other people's!). It is normal and natural to do great things for yourself.
I like to look at it this way - if you are able to look after yourself first and fill up your own cup of happiness and fulfilment, you'll have more to give to others.
A few months ago when working with a young mother who was extremely stressed and tired I asked her "how often do you spend time just for YOU?" She looked at me like I had two heads and told me that it wasn't her priority to put herself first. She explained that when her husband had time he would look after their children for a while and she would spend time tidying up around the house without the kids around.
In interesting question - if you aren't giving yourself time for you; how can you expect to get time from anyone else?
What will you choose to do for yourself today?
Expert Author Heidi Heron
Do you remember when you first learned about Eye Accessing Cues? I do. I thought it was one of the strangest things I had heard of. I was like "Really? So, you're telling me that I can find out how someone is thinking by where their eyes go? Yeah right." I had to see it to believe it. And, as we progressed with Eye Accessing Exercises in my Prac, I became a believer. Really. I found out that there was purpose behind our eye movements.
But, as I progressed into life... I found out that it was hard to learn and had little real life applicability.
Or so I thought.
Stemming all the way back to the late 1800′s - William James was the first to identify some meaning to eye movements. Then, from an NLP perspective, in 1977 NLP developer Robert Dilts conducted a study at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco attempting to correlate eye movements to particular cognitive and neruophysiological processes. Dilts used electrodes to track both the eye movements and brain wave characteristics of subjects who were asked questions related to using the various senses of sight, sound and feeling for tasks involving memory (right brain processing) and mental construction (left brain processing). As a result of these studies, and many hours of observation of people from different cultures and backgrounds, the NLP Eye Accessing Cues were developed.
While I thought this was great information, and very useful should a question about eye movements come up in a trivia game, when I first learned about it, I was befuddled as to where it would really come in handy.
So, with contemplation and curiosity I set out to find that answer. The answer that I have now and that I share with my NLP students is this "identifying eye accessing cues helps me to ask better questions". Sure, I can also know if someone is getting a picture, hearing a sound, feeling something or thinking something - and that helps me to communicate - but I can ask better questions. Questions that are more direct and purposeful.
For example, a few weeks ago I was talking to a friend about a possible career change she is thinking about. She was at a stuck point and said to me "I just don't know where to start". As she said this, her eyes moved up and to MY right (Visual Remembered). And I asked her "can you remember being stuck like this before?" (based on our conversation and her eye movement, I presupposed that she was remembering a previous stuck time). She answered that yes, she had been stuck before and told me the pitfalls she had faced before and feared facing again. All of this from asking a question about what was happening inside her mind.
Depending on where her eyes had gone would change my question. Let's look at some possible questions based on eye movements.
  • Visual Construct: "What do you imagine happening?"
  • Auditory Remembered: "Has someone helped guide you in the past?"
  • Auditory Construct: "What are you hearing that tells you that?"
  • Kinesthetic: "What emotions do you notice about being stuck?"
  • Internal Dialogue: "What do you tell yourself about being stuck?"
As with anytime when I am presupposing (guessing) what is happening in someone's mind, I might be wrong. I'm OK with that. Remember, no failure - only feedback. If have presupposed wrong, I drop my guess and try again. But, there is a good chance that if my question is related to the person's eye patterns, it is going to be fairly close to what is going on.
Of course, there are other things that Eye Accessing Cues are good for - but for me, this is the thing that I do most with them - ask better questions!
So, how do you learn how to watch eye movement AND listen to a conversation? Well, start with TV. Turn the volume down and just watch eye movements until you can easily and unconsciously know what it means, then turn the sound back up and continue the task while you listen to words and watch the eyes. With practice, this skill with come quickly and have a lifetime benefit!
Remember - you can't identify someone's Primary Representational System from eye moments, its' not a very useful tool for building rapport and it isn't magic. What it IS, is a great tool for communication and understanding people.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
Many of us are on occasion inspired to take on new and exciting opportunities, or to change something that's not working for us and focus on something more satisfying and appealing. In order for those wonderful new challenges, ideas and concepts to become reality, in order for us to live the dream we have to find a way to turn our thoughts into feasible stepping-stones to success. Planning ahead is the key to that result.
Let's look at the 3 main advantages of planning ahead:
- It's important to take time and decide what is required for us to achieve our desired outcome. Whether it be physical travel, a personal goal or a business venture there has to be a breakdown of the various elements required to take us from where we are now to where we want to be. There has to be an action plan. What skills are required, how much time or money is essential to support it, is it a straightforward or more complicated plan, is outside help needed or available on occasion. All these factors help to identify individual stepping-stones and ensure that the plan becomes a well-considered guide to success. Once this has been undertaken, realistic decisions can be taken that support our commitment to the goal and allow us to be clear as to where to start and the best way to progress.
- Planning ahead allows interim goals to be established. This enables each stepping stone to be enjoyed and celebrated as a success in its own right. It also allows for adjustments to be made to the bigger picture if and when required. New, previously unconsidered options may have arisen. Having interim goals allows the opportunity to consider whether a potential new option is viable or perhaps even more appealing than the original goal. Planning ahead provides a master plan which allows a forum to consider other options whilst not losing sight of the original, bigger picture.
- Contingency planning is important when planning ahead. Allowing time to practice, rehearse, explore other ways of doing things is vital as a way of encouraging new ideas, creativity and innovation. Time can be allocated for the known and considered elements of the project, whilst giving some latitude for unexpected factors cropping up or things not going to plan. Also time should be scheduled for rest, breaks and fun. An additional benefit is that planning ahead provides confidence in the project's viability; it starts to take shape and become more than a figment of imagination or something on our wish list. Wherever possible, anomalies have been addressed during the planning stage and a clear goal has been given definition.
Planning ahead allows us to become so familiar with what we intend to do that we are able to be confident in our chances of success. As a consequence, it allows us to tackle any issues that may arise in a calm and capable manner, knowing where to go to find solutions, dealing with any problems positively and effectively.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
For many of us goals are an important part of our planning for the future. They motivate us, keep us focussed on our dreams and ultimate aims in life, give a clear purpose to our actions. However, there are a few things it's useful to consider when we first start to formulate our goals.
Let's look at five factors to consider when setting goals:
- Firstly it's important to be clear that the goals we set are our own. Many people spend their early years highly motivated to win the praise and approval of the important adults in their lives. As they become older they may continue living with that mindset, continue working hard to satisfy the wishes of their parents, siblings, family, teachers. Over time they may come to realise that their motivating factors have nothing to do with their own dreams in life, they've been following the various hopes and wishes of other people. Whilst it's great to be the first person in your family, neighbourhood, school to go to university, take up a profession, become famous you need to be clear that that's what you really want for yourself. Be clear about what's right for you.
- Set goals that add value to your life, that stretch you and bring satisfaction and a sense of purpose. Simply wanting to be rich or famous may motivate and enthuse you for a time, but the most successful people are often the ones who really love what they do and are happy to work long and hard, frequently with little immediate reward or result. Their energy comes from their enthusiasm and love of what they do, as well as their ability to appreciate the longterm benefits of their efforts.
- Value what you already have in your life, as well as being motivated to improve your ongoing standard and quality of life. Dissatisfaction often brings a negative approach where we focus on the bad areas of our lives and put a frustrated or resentful spin on them. It can mean that we lose sight of the importance of previous experiences, the people we've met along the way. Value past and present friendships, the people who help, encourage and support you. Appreciate each step of the journey, the challenges you face, skills you master, the various ways you learn to turn difficult situations around and win through.
- Give yourself credit for your successes. Some people reach one goal and then immediately start looking for the next project or initiative. Stop for a moment and relish each achievement rather than being constantly driven, always in pursuit of the next challenge in life. Enjoy valuing each success that you accomplish, each result that you are involved with.
- Be flexible, so that if something doesn't work out the way you intended or hoped you are ready and willing to be receptive to another alternative. Be open-minded to the bigger picture, able to see the potential for exciting, interesting and relevant opportunities that may present themselves along the way. Do you really need to go straight from A to B? It may be that you choose to be totally focussed on the main goal and prefer to resist other options; you may regard them as a distraction and not of especial interest to you. However, other people may enjoy the opportunities to be flexible and relish the diversity, interesting detours and unexpected mini-successes that occur along the way before they reach their ultimate success.
Expert Author Irene Roth
To win, you should try and break the pattern of losing. Unfortunately, losing is more familiar to us than winning. It seems easier. And it probably is because most of us expect to lose, and not win.
But should this really be our attitude? Should we always be setting ourselves for defeat? Or should we change our mind and attitude and expect to win instead?
Breaking the attitude of losing can be hard work at first. We should try to create a serious shift in mentality and focus. We must believe that we can win. We can only do this with a shift in mentality.
Without a shift in our train of thought, we may get stuck in a losing pattern for the rest of our lives. And this is something that we should all try to avoid. Because we can all win at something. We just must find what we are good at. And most of us have at least one or two things that we are good at.
The good news is that most of us have more potential than we think we do. We must act like a champion and expect more of ourselves. It's never too late to get started.
Here are a few things to try to develop a more positive mindset.
1. We have to see ourselves as the winners that we are. Most people make winning way too complicated. People who end up winning do so because they decide they're going to do it. They have a hunger to be more than are right now. They decide they won't quit.
2. Act like a winner. Winners live and move differently from losers. They have a positive outlook and they keep looking forward instead of back.
3. Don't be negative towards yourself or your skills. If you catch yourself saying negative things about yourself, stop yourself right away. Then replace the negative statement that you are making with a positive one.
4. We are wired for challenge. If we don't challenge ourselves, we just keep getting more mediocre. So, the trick is to keep challenging ourselves to be better and better. The more we can do this, the more successful we will be. And the more successful we will be, the more of a winning attitude you will develop.
By taking these steps and making these mental shifts, you can develop a winning attitude. We all have things that we can do well. Can you imagine how different your life would be if you acted like a winner instead of a loser? Can you imagine all the opportunities you can attract? Can you imagine all the wonderful people you can attract to yourself? Well all of this can be yours just by making a shift in attitude. So, are you up for the challenge?
Expert Author Sergei VanBellinghen
You have to be willing to take your dreams seriously because the world would come to a stop if there were no one with new ideas, thought or imagination. It definitely takes a daring and tenacious effort to be on a journey to pursue something beyond your current reality. But if you do not, who will?
Don't you dream big? Yet, how far can you go to fulfill your dreams? Do you have a limit? Can you quit everything now to pursue what you want? Are you able to go against the flow in order to follow your vision? Do you have the courage to forget all else just to see your desire come true?
Countless of you aspire to be something greater than you are now and it is fine. But how many really make it to the end? Most people know what to do but for some reason, they are scared or feel like it is impossible to achieve their dreams.
And you heard or believe it before: "Dream big, dream loud!" But today, do you still? Of course, there are the gloomy nay-sayers who say dreams do not pay the bills. It may be true at first. But if some people did not take dreams seriously, they would not have created some of the items you use every day like your phone, computer, internet, appliances, etc. and the list goes on.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do." - Mark Twain
Give your Dreams a Go
So, it is better to have a 'go' than to have regrets. Yes, it is difficult to accept the hard truth. And like most people, you can settle down for what you have and be content. But if you are, like me, on a mission, you know about the myriad of obstacles in your way. And you also know about the fierce difficulties you are about to face.
Furthermore, do not worry or wonder if you have the ability to pursue your dreams. If it has a place in your heart, it is because you have the power to make that dream a reality. And if you are serious enough, as you fall or fail, you will find the determination to get back up. So, do not ever give up.
Moreover, you must be willing to ignore people who believe you cannot achieve what you want. On the other hand, there are also numerous people wanting to do the same exact thing you desire. At times, it can feel like an opposition, killing your morale, but keep the focus on your vision and take your dreams seriously by giving them a go.
Do it Out of Love
When you have a dream, it is often passion talking. So, do not pursue it for money, success, fame or power, but instead, do it out of love for it. Genuine love is indeed the only thing that comes without a price. Doing it for something else gives a negative impact and you will not succeed. But when you do something you care about, you only think of the outcome and that is when success appears.
Therefore, when you take your dreams seriously, you do it for the happiness and pleasure it brings you. If you do the same on your journey towards your goal and are consistent in your actions, you will surely make it big. You have to keep going by making the next step forward.
So, be focused on doing things with love and in time, the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place.
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown
Begin to Hunt your Dreams
Now, the real game begins. So far, you crossed the first hurdle because of passion and love. In order to make it big from here, you have to forget all else and hunt your dreams. Imagine yourself where you want to be. Begin visualizing your vision with the end in mind. Then break it down into the steps you need to reach your goal. And play for the love of it.
Like so, you will have no fear of failure haunting you and you are naturally better at whatever you are doing. Your time is precious as you have only one life. So, how do you want to live it? One choice is to chase your dreams regardless of the outcome or the other is settling down for an ordinary existence.
Therefore, do not consult your fears and doubts but listen to your heart and dreams. Let go of your frustrations, and think instead about your unfulfilled potential. Be concerned with what is imaginable for you to do and not with your failures or defeats. And so, begin to live the life you imagine.
Take your Dreams Seriously
As a result, do what makes you feel most alive. And you might feel the need to go after your dreams while you still are at your regular job. For most people, it is better to have a job security while seeking a goal on the side. Yet, it is not the ideal plan.
And yes, it may work for a while as you are quite comfortable that way. You may even handle both things together. However, there comes a time where you have to make a choice. And this option holds the capacity to change your all life.
At this point, however, you have already come a long way in your journey, so it is the time to make a choice and to take your dreams seriously. Yes, it might require some courage and effort. But for impossible ideas to come true and to make it big, you have to do something different from anyone else.
Do what Sounds Crazy
Countless others before you have followed the common path for decades by doing mediocre things. It may be hard at first, but after it gets easier because most people are going to quit right here. And you are not. Instead, you are going to fight for it.
So, once you have crossed this chapter, you are already much closer to success than most people will ever be. Following everyone else's path is a safe and direct idea but it is not going to take you anywhere. And to achieve greatness, you need to set your own ideas and create your own path.
Therefore, rather than following the guidelines set by an average lot, make your own and follow your dreams. Even if what you are doing sounds crazy to others around you, you are just trying to find a new way. Follow the voice in your heart and believe in yourself as it is a great asset to have.
Make your Dreams a Reality
So, if you can make it this far, you stand in the top five percent of people who would not quit as of now. From now on, you just have to be consistent. All worthy dreams in life come with a price and they take a long time. The greatest pleasure in life is to do what others say you cannot do.
But if it is doing what you love, the outcome will be far greater than expected. Just seek the enormous pleasure and happiness in your destination instead of worrying about your journey. And of course, there will be times when you will feel like quitting.
However, if you do something long enough, it compounds and begins to take effect. Then momentum builds and flows, and you begin to experience extraordinary results. Everyone starts with a dream. I did. It all starts with a vision.
And yes, it is obvious that you need to work hard to make it a reality. But if every day, you take a step towards realizing what you want, you will achieve it. I believe in you. So, take your dreams seriously, because if you do not, no one else will!
Expert Author Robinson Valenzona
Never in my life that I became an honor student or even got the covetous Latin honor when I was in college. So whenever I listening to someone's valedictory address I can't help myself to get envious about their momentous success. Hearing such made me wished that I could have their extraordinary wits, and made me wondering if I dished out their brain and put it into mine, would I be like them? Like them that are so good enough to fit in this competitive world.
Why I was never been an honor student? It was all begun during my grade schooling days. At that period of my life, I had difficulty understanding our school textbook even if somebody was tutoring me. Thus, I was usually losing focus to the lessons that my teacher discussing about. While my classmates expressed their hungriness from learning, me, I always imagining things and wishing that the classes was over so I could watch my favorite Cartoon Network shows. I knew, from that time, I was far too different from the bright children that would be, as expected by their parents- a doctor, lawyer, politicians, and other most regarded professions someday.
It continued when I was in high school. I never pushed myself to study hard because I knew I couldn't be as good as those of my classmates wearing .50m graded eyeglass. My priority in high school was just to pass it. Never aimed to be on top because no matter how I studied hard, even I burnt all my eyebrows by late at night studying of lessons, I could never got a chance to be Validectorian. So why I should stress myself, right? High school life supposedly spent for the fun things in life because it is the time of your life when you truly live young. I have to experience falling in love, late-at-night hanging out, scrolling in the plaza, cutting classes sometimes, and sleep over. With that in mind, I never forced myself digesting bits of information especially in Mathematics. Those tangents and co-tangents, 360 degrees triangle, problem solving things were never been my friends, as a result I taken exams in Mathematics subjects several times just to get a passing mark.
Then, college came. It was really far different life. At this stage, realizations were strike hard. How I wished I studied hard in high school so I wasn't overwhelmed by all the pressures demanded by college life. I was humiliated because of my bad grammar, and my poor public speaking skills given the fact that I was a Communication stude. My reasoning and thinking skills were not enhanced well unlike those my classmates who spoken and written well-polished essays and speeches. I'd taken Trigonometry two times because I dropped it. I felt hopeless when I was in college, popping in my head the classic 'what ifs' like 'what if I studied hard when I was in high school?', 'what if I taken all the challenges in joining extracurricular activities so my interpersonal skills was highly developed'; however, I couldn't turn back the time. I knew the blame was on me, not in my highschool life.
What moved me to change was seeing the disappointment registered in my parents eyes whenever I showed to them my grades. It is kind of depressing especially knowing that my older sister is consistently on the dean's list while me is a sole loser that luckily able to get of almost passing grades. My parents are working hard just to send me to college, while me, even if they didn't express it, they only wanted to see that I am doing my best as token for all their toils. I did. I tried. So the fruit of my hardships, I graduated in college on time sans with any awards and honor.
After college, I started to experience the real cruelty of life. I proved all advices of my parents about life were true. That outside world is really a survival of the fittest, and competition is really tight. That me, is definitely not good enough. I'm only good for nothing, a-nothing-young -immature-guy who don't know what to do his life but only to have fun. But not all will be given on a silver platter especially if you don't have connections. So I started from the bottom and sweat. Being on the bottom, I couldn't stop myself thinking on past events in my life, I had so much fun that I neglected to prepare for my future. I made terrible mistakes, my young age should be a starting point in establishing a backbone. Good grades really matter especially nowadays wherein all are measured by numbers.
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Coomacka Island: The Story of Spider & Ant (book 1)
Children's Adventure
The Story of Spider and Ant, is the first book in a series written by Don P. Hooper and illustrated by Darnel Degand. Coomacka is an uncharted Caribbean Island, where each of the stories takes place. Although the Islands itself is a fictional place, much of the inspiration is based on Afro-Caribbean folklore. In this story, Spider manipulates Ant by being dishonest and pretending to be injured. Ant, believing his friend, enlists his family to help. After working all day for Spider, the ants were tired. However, the selfish Spider had no compassion for the ants nor did he appreciate all their hard work. Reveling in his deception and trickery, the greedy spider celebrated. However, the truth was soon revealed. Realizing this is not how friends are supposed to interact the ant sets out to teach the spider a lesson.
This beautifully written story has an important lesson hidden just below the surface. Books such as this, that teach silently, while entertaining loudly are rare finds indeed. The rhythmic sounds of the island are beating within the colorful drawings. The expressive eyes of the characters convey genuine emotion. A fun, entertaining story that will keep children wide eyed and interested. And that's exactly what a good children's book should do!
Coomacka Island: Aansi Jr and the Mango Truck (book 2)
Children's Adventure/Fiction
ISBN: 1-4251-0143-7
Anansi Jr and the Mango Truck is the second installment in the Coomacka Island series. Based in part, on Afro-Caribbean folklore, Anansi was the great trickster and somewhat of cult hero to islanders. For hundreds of years, folk tales about the Macka Tree and the spirits dwelling within roots have been passed down through the generations. As with many cherished stories, the fictional fires erupted from a spark of truth.
The story begins with AJ tending his garden, filled with beautiful plants, including his award winning Monkey Tail Shrub. There was only one thing he loved more than gardening and that was eating. AJ was also a very greedy spider. However, on this day, he would learn a valuable lesson about the spirit of giving and the meaning of friendship.
Once again, Hooper and Degand have delivered a fictional tale, filled with life lessons of immense importance. From the first colorful page, the reader is transported to the heart of the Caribbean. The emotion-filled drawings bring the words, as well as, the island to life. Introducing names with various origins, such as Swahili and Haitian, offers children an opportunity to expand their vocabulary, while embracing cultural diversity. Although Coomacka Island is an uncharted, fictional island, the morals and values found here have universal appeal. Featuring an entertaining forward and fun facts at the conclusion, this is a multi-layered, multi-cultural series that will be cherished by all who read it.
Books reviewed by RJ McGill, 3Rs-Real Reader Reviews

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