Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Three Ds of New Habit Formation

In one of the Success University elective course I learned the three Ds of New Habit Formation, which I found quite useful. I learned that we need three key qualities to develop the habits of focus and concentration, which are all learnable. They are decision, discipline, and determination.

First, make a decision to develop the habit of task completion. Second, discipline yourself to practice the principles you are about to learn over and over until they become automatic. And third, back everything you do with determination until the habit is locked in and becomes a permanent part of your personality.

You have an unlimited ability to learn and develop new skills, habits, and abilities. When you train yourself, through repetition and practice, to overcome procrastination and get your most important tasks completed quickly, you will move yourself onto the fast track in your life and career and step on the accelerator.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Qassia - A New Era

My business associate from Success Univeristy recommended a new online promotional tool called Qassia, which is similar to a blog, but works in conjunction with your other website.

Qassia facinates me! It is a credit-driven intelligence engine coupled to a cascading tag-based web directory. Revenue When your intel is displayed, you get 100%of the advertising revenue generated by that page. That is not a typo, by the way: qassia give you ALL of the gross ad revenue.

This means that website owners have triple incentive to contribute intel. The contributed intel will allow Qassia to become a vast repository of intelligence, with unrivalled original content. And a vast amount of original content draws traffic like honey draws ants.

Simply put, Qassia is a new era. Think of the bits and pieces of intel as the gravel which will fill the potholes on the information superhighway. While the Wikipedia and other knowledge repositories are huge, boasting tens of thousands of articles, less than 1 percent of human knowledge has been uploaded to the Internet. At Qassia, we are giving users the incentive and the freedom to add the remaining 99.9 percent.
The vast web of intel created at Qassia will produce more than a useful intelligence engine. The advent of Qassia is a cataclysmic event in the history of the Internet. We are redefining the web experience. Come be part of history and create your free Qassia account now.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Mediocrity Versus Significance

Today in an online conference call of Success University, we were asked this question: "do you prefer mediocrity or significance?" Without any delay, I answered, "I prefer significance".

I was told that too many of us try to right the world's wrongs from the outside-in. The outside-in approach lends itself to what might be called official mediocrity. A Chinese proverb says, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life." Human being, generally, is not equipped for mediocrity. We would not be equipped with the ability to imagine future accomplishment and conditions if we were not correspondingly equipped with the ability to turn those imaginings into reality.

We are made in the image of God, hence we are made for significance. Yet we frequently use diversion in our lives as a tool to avoid direct confrontation with our innermost feelings, and to avoid accepting total responsibility for who we are and what we do. Instead of working on what is going on inside us, we try to rearrange things around us.

The responsibility for us to be sigificance is ours.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Content & Process

Have you ever found yourself talking to somebody and picking up a strange feeling that there's something else going on beyond just the content of the words? Or maybe you've tried to share your opinions or your faith with someone else and have felt you've offended them, that they've moved almost physically away from you?

I learned that there is a difference between the words said (content) and everything else that is going on, unsaid, in a relationship (process). Learning how to read the processes and responding to them is a very important lession in interacting or living with others. So often, we tend to focus on content (words) alone. There are many times when mere words are not enough, and in any situation we need to understand the process as well.

Jesus facinates me! If you study the New Testament, you'll find that He ministered to the processes. The Pharisees came to Him with their theological games. They would ask Him a trick question to get Him to respond at the level of content, but He could see what was going on; He could see the processes and revealed their motivation! In the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus was aware of the processes and ministered to her as a human being from suspicion and distance to helping her open up and being transformed.

I tend to be a content (words-oriented) person. From now on, I want to learn from Jesus and focus on the processes and to develop the skill of seeing and responding to the processes in my relationships, with with individuals and within groups.