Get a New Point of ViewWritten by Kathy Paauw
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Zander reminds us that “It is dangerous to have our musicians so obsessed with competition because they will find it difficult to take necessary risks with themselves to be great performers. The art of music, since it can only be conveyed through its interpreters, depends on expressive performance for its lifeblood. Yet it is only when we make mistakes in performance that we can really begin to notice what needs attention.” You don’t have to be a musician to appreciate value of his wisdom. Zander actively trains his students to celebrate their mistakes by lifting their arms in air, smiling, and saying, “How fascinating!” Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who founded analytic psychology, tells us that "Criticism has power to do good when there is something that must be destroyed, dissolved, or redirected, but it is capable only of harm when there is something to be built." In The Art of Possibility, Zanders share a fundamental practice that is captured in catch-phrase, "it's all invented." It's all a story you tell -- not just some of it, but all of it. And every story you tell is founded on a network of hidden assumptions. Zander explains, "We do not mean that you can just make anything up and have it magically appear. We mean that you can shift framework to one whose underlying assumptions allow for conditions you desire. Let your thoughts and actions spring from new framework and see what happens."
Here's a great example of power of shifting your framework and assumptions: A shoe factory sends two marketing scouts to a region of Africa to study prospects for expanding business. One sends back a telegram saying, "Situation hopeless. No one wears shoes." The other writes back triumphantly, "Glorious business opportunity. They have no shoes!" I invite you to take out a piece of stationery and write yourself a letter, dating it for a year from now. Project yourself into future as you write a letter about all insights you will have acquired and milestones you will have attained during year, as if your accomplishments for next twelve months were already in past.
“In realm of possibility, we gain our knowledge by invention. Language creates categories of meaning that open up new worlds to explore. The pie is enormous, and if you take a slice, pie is whole again. ” --Benjamin Zander
What is possible when you invent a new point of view for your business or your life?
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Sell Yourself to Be Successful in LifeWritten by Patric Chan
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Let’s look at another example, this time from world of business.
Suppose you are looking for a dry cleaning service to use on a weekly basis. There are two in your neighborhood, and you decide to visit each one. When you walk into first one, you are struck by how dim lights are, how cluttered counter is, and by fact that you had to wait five minutes for clerk to come out to see you. When he finally does, he looks at ground while he explains to you that lights are so dim because rent is high and they are trying to cut costs.
So you visit second dry cleaning business, and immediately notice a big difference. The store is bright, counters are clean, and clerk is waiting at counter as you walk in, with a demeanor that says to you, "I am ready to serve you." He politely explains all his stores policies, and you have a very good feeling as you leave.
Which dry cleaning service will you pick? The second one. Why? Because store, and clerk, “sold” you on that store. In clerk’s case, he sold you on himself.
Selling yourself is nothing to be afraid of. All it takes is a little self-confidence and a little effort to display that self-confidence, whether in form of your dress, your appearance, your conversation, or your people skills.
Patric Chan CEO, http://www.MotivatedForSuccess.com
Patric Chan is considered one of those ordinary 'Average Joes' who has achieved extraordinary results in making money online and offline. He's an author, speaker and infopreneur who had worked with many other successful individuals around the world. Patric shares valuable success tips and ideas that will take the subscriber to the next level of personal improvement at http://www.esuccessmastery.com