The Power of Desire! - Part 1

Written by Carl Cholette

What is Desire? Let us see! Webster tells us that it is: "The natural longing to possess any seeming good; eager wish to obtain or enjoy," or in its abnormal or degenerate sense:"excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite. "Desire" is a much-abused term –repparttar public mind has largely identified it with its abnormal or degenerate phase, just mentioned, ignoring its original and true sense. Many userepparttar 149802 word inrepparttar 149803 sense of an unworthy longing or craving, instead of inrepparttar 149804 true sense of "aspiration," "worthy craving and longing," etc. To call Desire "aspiration" renders it nonerepparttar 149805 less Desire. To apply to itrepparttar 149806 term "laudable aim and ambition" does not take away from it is character of Desire. There is no sense in endeavoring to escaperepparttar 149807 fact that Desire isrepparttar 149808 natural and universal impulse toward action, berepparttar 149809 action or good or bad. Without Desirerepparttar 149810 Will does not spring into action, and nothing is accomplished. Evenrepparttar 149811 highest attainments and aims ofrepparttar 149812 race are possible only whenrepparttar 149813 steam of Will is aroused byrepparttar 149814 flame and heat of Desire.

Some ofrepparttar 149815 occult teachings are filled with instructions to "kill out desire," andrepparttar 149816 student is warned to beware of it even in its most insidious and subtle forms, even torepparttar 149817 extent of "avoiding evenrepparttar 149818 desire to be desireless ; even desire not to desire. Now this is all nonsense, for if one"wishes", or "wants", or "is inclined", or "thinks best to", or "is pleased to" Kill Out Desire ; in any of these cases he is but manifesting a Desire "not to desire", in spite of his use of other names. What is this "wishing to; wanting to; feeling like; inclination; being pleased to;" and allrepparttar 149819 rest, but just plain, clear, unadulterated Desire masquerading under some of these names. To proceed to "kill out desire" without "desiring" to do so is like trying to lift oneself by pulling on his own bootstraps. Ridiculus. What is really meant is thatrepparttar 149820 occultist should proceed to kill outrepparttar 149821 lower desires that he finds within his nature, and also to kill outrepparttar 149822 "attachment" for things. Regarding this last we would say that all true occultist know that evenrepparttar 149823 best "things" are not good enough to rule and master one; nothing is good enough forrepparttar 149824 soul to allow itself to be unduly attached to it so thatrepparttar 149825 thing rulesrepparttar 149826 soul instead ofrepparttar 149827 soul masteringrepparttar 149828 thing. That is whatrepparttar 149829 teachings mean, avoidance of "attachment. "And in thisrepparttar 149830 occult teachers are clearly right. Desire is a frightful master, like fire it sweeps awayrepparttar 149831 supports ofrepparttar 149832 soul, leaving nothing but smoldering ashes. But, also like Fire Desire is a splendid servant and by its harnessed power we are able to generaterepparttar 149833 steam ofrepparttar 149834 Will and Activity, and to accomplish much inrepparttar 149835 world. Without proper Desirerepparttar 149836 world would be without activity. So do not makerepparttar 149837 mistake of using Desire any more than you would refuse to use fire, but in both cases keeprepparttar 149838 mastery in your own hands, and avoid allowingrepparttar 149839 control to pass from you to Desire.

How To Use Small Business Value As The Ultimate Performance Indicator

Written by David Coffman

Business performance measurement and management promoterepparttar use of carefully selected key performance indicators to evaluaterepparttar 149711 performance of a company, its management and employees. Management theory has long recognized thatrepparttar 149712 primary purpose of a company’s management is to maximize shareholder value. For large companies with stock that freely trades in public securities markets, this is a simple process of monitoring stock price. For small, private companiesrepparttar 149713 situation is quite different.

Large, public companies have many stockholders that elect a board of directors, who in turn hirerepparttar 149714 key executives. This separation of ownership from management does not exist in small, private businesses. Often these three groups (owners, directors and management) are comprised ofrepparttar 149715 exact same individuals. Small businesses become extensions of their owners in many ways including their objectives. Owners are typically more concerned about objectives like: minimizing taxes, maximizing personal income, maintaining personal lifestyles, minimizingrepparttar 149716 assets held withinrepparttar 149717 business, and protecting personal assets. Pursuit of these objectives tends to minimizerepparttar 149718 value of small businesses. Owners often are not very interested inrepparttar 149719 value of their businesses until something happens that makes it important like a divorce or wanting to retire.

Do small business owners really not care about business value? Or is it because they are not accustomed to having it available? Business valuations cost thousands of dollars, so small businesses can’t afford to get one on a regular basis. If it is not practical to measure something, it becomes unimportant. Ifrepparttar 149720 value of small businesses were readily available, like public companies, thenrepparttar 149721 owners would become interested in it. Quite possibly they might shift their business objectives to maximize value.

Those who have tried to monitor business value without paying for regular business valuations often used industry “rule of thumb” formulas. While formulas are easy to use they have some serious drawbacks. They are based on data of unknown quality and quantity. The formulas are expressed in ranges that produce widely varying values. They do not take into considerationrepparttar 149722 unique facts and circumstances of each specific business.

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