Do you have a ministry?

We generally associate ministry as being related to some religious organization or context. And while this is generally true, such a thought is too limiting because any leader who is seeking to motivate and empower people essentially has a ministry. This idea applies when a leader is addressing the whole person–mind, body and spirit.
The CEO of a giant corporation can have a ministry if that person focuses on the development of people as much as revenue and profitability. This is completely logical since productivity and profitability are achieved by productive and engaged people who are committed to outstanding performance.
Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York. Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

 

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Why is positive expectation so powerful?

 

Yesterday, I heard it said that life is the manifestation of one’s expectations. It has been written that “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Since thinking and feeling create belief, it is logical to expect the outcome to become a reflection of that belief. While we should always be concerned about what we say, we should be even more concerned with what we think and feel.

If we make a conscious decision to think positive thoughts and to speak positive words, we can expect our lives to change in ways that reflect the use of positive energy. So much of our lives is subject to our inner control if we will take the necessary responsibility.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York. Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York

The incredible power of belief

How often do we fail to consider that whatever action we take comes from some belief in our own mind? If we believe we can, we can and if we believe we can’t, we can’t; even though we probably could. Paul J. Meyer, writing in The Dynamics of Personal Goal-Setting, had this to say, “Whatever you can vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and will enthusiastically act upon, must in evidently come to pass.”

This is a power that we should be constantly mindful of, lest we allow false ideas to taint our ability to achieve what is our very best. Without being braggadocios, we should always see ourselves for the good our lives represent.

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York. Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

Should we be bold?

Boldness is sometimes confused with zeal; however, boldness is or should be a positive behavior, while zeal is more likely to be negative. Our willingness to act boldly is often determined by our culture and the values and attitudes that drive our behavior. Being bold may require us to disagree with others, which is our prerogative. However, we can disagree without being disagreeable.
Many changes that have occurred in recent times, like workplace diversity, were brought about by people who were willing to act boldly with determination and consistency of effort. With positive outcome, boldness is a virtue.
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Developing Insight

Insight may be defined as the understanding of a specific cause and effect within a specific context. Insight can be achieved when one consciously seeks to gain an understanding of an event or circumstances and its related nuances. In such situations, a person’s response can be considered insightful.

While insight may be related to intuition, the former is essentially conscious while intuition evolves from the unconscious without requiring conscious reasoning. Therefore, one may develop insight by gaining in-depth knowledge of a particular subject or situation.

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How can we build supreme confidence when overcoming adversity?

 

Many of us have experienced financial reversals that have severely impacted our sense of self-worth and confidence.  Recovering from significant loss can be, and often is, a long-term endeavor that may be associated with diminished lifestyle and related circumstances.

 

When we are in the process of overcoming such adversity, it is important to bear in mind that nothing builds our own sense of self-worth as much as helping others.  Even when one’s recovery efforts create significant time constraints, finding time to serve someone else will be time well spent.

 

It is well to remember that no matter how great the difficulty, there is always within it the seed of a blessing that we will find in time if we are committed to doing so.

 

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

 

How can we stay focused?

The cacophony of our world offers a multitude of opportunities for distraction from the critical issue on which we must be concentrated. The idea of multitasking is really an illusion because our minds can really focus on only one thing at a time. Practically, we may have several computer applications open yet be frustrated about how to prioritize our time on them.
Focused behavior, not unlike listening, cannot really be taught. Like a good listener, we must make a conscious, deliberate commitment to concentrate on our topic and discard conflicting information that interferes with our endeavor. However, with practice we can improve our ability to focus intently on the topic or project at hand and increase our sense of satisfaction in the process.
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The joy of work

It is not unusual for us not to realize how much we enjoy our work until, for some reason or another, we no longer have it. And even work that may not have been preferred can become joyful if we choose to see it as such. Given the prospect of increased longevity, we are well-advised to continue to be productive for many years past the traditional age of retirement.
In his book, The Re-invention of Work, Mathew Fox has this to say, “Work comes from inside out; work is the expression of our soul, our inner being. It is unique to the individual; it is creative. Work is an expression of the Spirit at work in the world through us. Work is that which puts us in touch with others, not so much at the level of personal interaction, but at the level of service in the community.” And later, “We are indeed homo faber, a species content only if we have work.”

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York. Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

Working and living in harmony

 

Harmony is one of the four elements of music—harmony, rhythm, melody and form.  However, from a larger perspective, harmony is a major element of our lives since it characterizes a state of inner peace that we all seek to accomplish.  We can choose to live in harmony with all others, even if some others are not seeking to be in harmony with others or with themselves.

 

Even in situations that may be chaotic there is always the foundation of harmony that can be experienced if one seeks to find it.  The harmony seeker will always brighten any situation no matter what the context may be.  Let your light so shine that others may bask in your harmonious reflection.

 

Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York.  Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.

 

How can we remain calm?

Because we live in a world fraught with disruptive situations and a host of related uncertainties, it is reasonable for us to experience various reactions of fear, anxiety and frustration. While we cannot avoid all unhappy circumstances, we can limit the extent to which we are emotionally impacted by the vicissitudes to which we are exposed by choosing to limit their power over us.
This can be accomplished by engaging in daily periods of quiet reflection during which we listen to the inner voice that becomes our source of calm and inner peace. By so doing, we move beyond the settings of discontinuity, because as spiritual being undergoing a human experience, we are able to live in the world, but not be of the world.
Now in print or as an eBook from Amazon, Thriving in the Changing Workplace and The Successful Entrepreneur, Second Edition by Norman York and Using Your Inner Power to find Meaningful Work by Norman and Madeleine York. Now in production, Recareering™ for the Second Half of Life, by Norman York.