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5] People – Ride with the Tide – Associate with People Who Believe In You

February 13, 2010

Have you heard the colloquialism, “You can do bad by yourself”?  How about,   “Birds of a feather flock together.”  Sometimes your self-confidence is not as strong as you would like it to be.  This is the very time that others will come along to confirm that you can’t do it or can’t have it.   If you let them they will break you down.

You can reverse this self-defeating tendency by surrounding yourself with strong minded people, people who are headed somewhere and who recognize that you are too!

How to Succeed in Turbulent times

Family friends, associates, even characters you meet through books [wink] can be a resource when you are open to the positive support.  It is all within your circle, within your reach.

From the book, WHEN YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES” How to Succeed in Turbulent Times – Clifton McKnight.  Pre-published excerpt.  5 of 5

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4] People and Prayer for When the Tsunami Comes

February 5, 2010

Now, think about the people you love helping.  Why is it that when you do things for them it actually makes your day?  One reason might be that they greatly appreciate all you do and they show it.   Sometimes they simply express their gratitude and sometimes they joyfully rush forward to return the favor.  The same holds true on a deeper, personal level.  Love others, genuinely, and you have a greater experience of love.   There is an adage that resonates with this, “Love is like perfume.  When you put it on someone, you can’t help put get some on yourself.”

Family can be a wonderful source of support.  Even in the most troubled of waters, perhaps particularly in the most troubled of waters, friends and family can represent a reservoir of mutual support.

From the book, IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES” – Clifton McKnight.  Pre-published excerpt.  4 of 5

3] Create a Commercial

January 30, 2010

“Huh?  Create a commercial!?! You gotta be kidding.” Look, I understand that to some, these suggestions may seem too radical. Ask yourself though, “Am I willing to try a few things outside of my normal behavior in order to create above normal results for my life?”  There is no risk here.  There is only possibility and opportunity.

Think about your good qualities and your strengths, as you see them.  Now, list all the positive qualities you know about yourself and add those that others have said about you in the past. Do not dismiss or edit.  You might even contact a few close friends and ask them to pretend that you have just commissioned them to develop an ad campaign to promote the best in you.  Try it.

Next:

What is your Brand?

Imagine that you represent a high powered wall street advertising firm and you have been given the task of marketing this product called YOU to the world.  What kind of commercial would you develop?  What vehicles would you use to promote YOU?

As you write the script  bear in mind that just as it is done for most high powered products, a “brand” should be identified that defines the character or essence of YOU.  Your core features and benefits should be communicated.   Don’t just deal with who you have been, address who you are and who you intend to be.

The best commercials evoke an emotional response.  They make us laugh or they make us reflect.  What will you come up with here?  Who can assist you in developing your commercial?  Most marketing executives work with a team.  Enlist the support of co-workers, friends and loved ones and reciprocate if invited.

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From the book, IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES” – Clifton McKnight.  Pre-published excerpt.  3 of 5

2] Unload Your “Sack of Potatoes”

January 23, 2010

A teacher once told each of her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. For every person they refuse to forgive in their life’s experience, they chose a potato, wrote on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. Some of their bags were quite heavy.

They were then told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to their desk at work.

The hassle of lugging this sack around with them made it clear what a weight they were carrying spiritually, and how they had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget and keep leaving it in embarrassing places. Naturally, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty smelly slime. This, in turn, made them unpleasant to be around.

It didn’t take long for each of the students to figure out that getting rid of the potatoes was much more important than carrying them around.  This is a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping our pain and heavy negativity! Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person.  Forgiveness clearly is for ourselves!

I don’t know the source of this story, and I do not remember the first person who made it available to me, therefore I am ever “paying it forward”.   Let go of hurt feelings, resentments and regrets.  Replace such thoughts with forgiveness understanding and even love.  This may take some practice.  It will absolutely be worth it.

WHEN YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES” – Clifton McKnight.  Pre-published excerpt.  2 of 5

1] Prayer Power- Take Inventory – Count Your Blessings… Regularly

January 19, 2010

“One of the most under-rated principles on the road to happiness and success is the principle of Counting One’s Blessings.   Counting your blessings opens you up to the wealth of the universe.  It also paves the way for further gratification.  When you appreciate what you have, you automatically create the capacity and magnetism to receive more.

By focusing on your blessings you engender a spirit of gratitude.  An attitude of gratitude lifts the spirit and provides one with a welcoming demeanor.  In your social and business transactions, which personality types attract you?  Would you gravitate toward someone who is critical, pessimistic, narrow and selfish or someone genuine in spirit, warm, welcoming and optimistic?  Indeed, there is a place for all elements and you may benefit by clearly deciding which characteristics you care to embody.  We tend to gravitate to what we prefer.  Focus on the positive.”

WHEN YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES – Clifton McKnight.  Pre-published excerpt.


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