Levels of Life... Creeping up the Ladder of Excellence

Written by Edward B. Toupin

Have you ever wondered why someone felt so distant or seemed so different than anyone else in a crowd? Have you ever wondered why you always seemed to struggle with some mundane task in your life while others seem to soar? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you need to sit back and evaluate your current situation and determinerepparttar best way to begin moving up throughrepparttar 126275 various levels of life. Life is a series of levels, or steps, that lead to many different paths. Each step allows usrepparttar 126276 security and knowledge necessary to take onrepparttar 126277 next big step to bring us fulfillment on our path toward our vision.

--- The difference that makesrepparttar 126278 difference. ---

So many people are seen as weird or odd. Some people are seen as intimidating or gentle. Others are seen simply for their appearance, race, creed, or gender. However, many people present themselves for what they are not. Have you truly ever thought about why? Why do these people seem this way? It's notrepparttar 126279 color of our skin or our creed that differentiate us. It is what we've experienced in our life that brings outrepparttar 126280 difference in each other. Life exists in levels of knowledge and experience.

Life's levels vary from person to person. In many cases, people have experienced much in their short lives and have either succumbed torepparttar 126281 pain or learned fromrepparttar 126282 experience. Many have worked their way up throughrepparttar 126283 levels to achieve satisfaction andrepparttar 126284 ability to pursue their desires and "do their own thing." It isrepparttar 126285 learning that takes us beyond what we are today into what we could be tomorrow. It is within our abilities to acquire genuine power as we grow, or presentrepparttar 126286 pretense of power because we are not satisfied and cannot get to where we want to go.

--- What are these levels? ---

According to Abraham Maslow, our basic levels of life are defined by a "Hierarchy of Needs." He noted that there are a series of basic needs that all humans must satisfy. Once these basic needs are satisfied, additional needs can, and will, emerge. However, you cannot pursue these additional needs untilrepparttar 126287 basic needs are met.

It is when one or more of these basic needs becomes disrupted or unsatisifed that you begin to feel stressed, unfulfilled, and unable to pursue your desires. It is when each of these basic needs is fulfilled that you can begin to pursue your life's vision. As listed, in order below, these needs include physiological, safety, love, esteem, and self-actualization. Once these basic needs are met, only then can you continue down whicheverrepparttar 126288 path of fulfillment you chose.

1. Physiological Needs: These arerepparttar 126289 most basic needs that we all require to exist, including: air, water, food, sleep, and sex. When these needs are not satisfied we may feel sickness, irritation, pain, or some type of discomfort.

2. Safety Needs: Safety needs focus on stability and consistency for ourselves inrepparttar 126290 outside world. We all requirerepparttar 126291 security of a home and family. For example, safety needs sometimes motivate people to become religious because ofrepparttar 126292 promise of a safe place after death.

First Impressions

Written by Susan Dunn, M.A.

"People evaluate everything as they perceive it ... it is all part of preconscious processing,repparttar mind's perception and organization of information that goes on before it reaches awareness. These judgments are lightning fast inrepparttar 126274 first moment of contact betweenrepparttar 126275 world andrepparttar 126276 mind. These instantaneous evaluations create an initial predisposition that gets things off on a positive or negative footing." Dr. Joseph Bargh

When you're going for a job interview, or soliciting a new client, or interacting withrepparttar 126277 media, or giving a speech it's good to keep this quote in mind.

It's called "transference" in therapy, and refers torepparttar 126278 fact that people remind us of other people. Andrepparttar 126279 fact that that happens is something you can't control for. If you happen to remindrepparttar 126280 HR Manager of her high school English teacher that she hated, you have that going against you, and there's no way to control for that. Which makes it allrepparttar 126281 more important to control for what you can. That means take care ofrepparttar 126282 basics:

1. Dress professionally in a way that doesn't distract from you or what you have to say. Leaverepparttar 126283 sparkly earrings at home. Saverepparttar 126284 perfume for another time.
2. Use what you learned inrepparttar 126285 voice makeover. You haven't had a voice makeover? Here's one source: http://www.voicemakeover.com/. Very important. Who isn't onrepparttar 126286 phone all day long these days?
3. Use your EQ. Treatrepparttar 126287 person/group with respect. Rememberrepparttar 126288 social amenities. Shake hands properly--not too hard, not too soft. Inquire as to how their day is going. Say "good morning" and "nice to meet you." You knowrepparttar 126289 drill. If you don't, get an EQ coach.
4. Do your homework. Know your subject matter, knowrepparttar 126290 company if it's an interview, knowrepparttar 126291 demographics of your audience if you're going to give a speech or seminar.

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