The Power of Being Present Now

I just lost what I considered an inspired blog post by pushing a wrong button on my computer. Poof- gone, no thanks to autosave. I have to decide whether to reconstruct it or not. I know what it said and what message it conveyed, but I now get to reconsider whether I should rewrite it… Is the message worth conveying enough to take the time to do it?

Sometimes in life things, opportunities and people disappear- poof! and we don’t get that chance to interact with them again. Then we are left to wonder whether we have done enough so far anyway, or whether it’s worth doing it over again, if we can.

I guess to live a life with fewest regrets it comes down to living as fully in each moment as possible. Not always easy, even if we know the formula. It takes a fair amount of personal focus, mental discipline and emotional steadiness. And just plain old not being distracted; not an easy feat in our uber-tantalizing consumer oriented sound-bite society. I know in my case I can be fully present- in fact for me it’s part of getting into my creative flow zone….except I’m often present at multiple things at once. So….does that dilute the formula? Yes, AND I also experience lots more than many people. But I suspect there are trade-offs over time in depth of certain experiences. Mostly in relationships, or in any area where you desire mastery, because they take consistent investments of attention and intention over time.

Maybe I’m thinking of this because we recently passed the birthday of my now deceased older brother. He died rather suddenly, poof, and we never got a chance to say goodbye. No second chance, except in the vibrational world. Worse, we had assumed we’d both be there for each other for a long time, so unwittingly squandered the time we had. Oh well. I can’t rectify that relationship, but I bet I can do something with the ones in front of me now.

Regret is best designed out ahead of time and involves investment in being present in your chosen focus areas, be they relationships or projects. It takes mental discipline which must be built up over time, but the rewards are rich and well worth the investment.

Right now, set your timer for 2 minutes, then close your eyes, sit still, and breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose then slowly out your mouth. Pay attention to your body sensations, notice what sounds your hear in your environment, and tune in to how your mind is behaving. If you actually concentrate like this for 2 minutes a day, very soon you are thinking and acting from a more grounded position of power. Now that’s worth investing in!

How To Combat The Negative Effect Association Has On Negotiations

Have you ever considered how the associations you make about the other negotiator affects your mental state of mind during a negotiation? You more than likely realize that your brain is influenced by subliminal stimuli, based on the associations you make. The associations can be in the form of how you feel about the other negotiator, and/or the surroundings in which the negotiation occurs. Have you considered how to combat such associations when they don’t serve you?

This article delves into perception and security, as two aspects of how you can raise your awareness, per the associations you make during your negotiations.

Perception:

We give our power to those to whom we wish to ingratiate ourselves. We also do so to those that we perceive as having the ability to deliver us from one position to another. Thus, we view such deliverance as beneficial to our well-being.

Negotiation Tip: During your negotiation, you should question the amount of credibility and credence you give the other negotiator, based on how well your joint negotiation outcomes are aligned. Stated differently, to the degree that both of you are pursuing outcomes that are accepted as being mutually beneficial, you can lend more credence to actions that display that demeanor. To the degree your outcomes are adverse to one another, be cautious per the amount of power and control you give away.

When it comes to perception, you must understand preferably at a logical and emotional level, why you wish to subjugate your power to any individual, even more so during a negotiation. In giving your power, you reduce the focus that you might otherwise apply to offers and counter-offers. Suffice it to say, if you wish to relinquish your power do so as part of your negotiation plan. Then, make sure by doing so, you gain an improved position in the negotiation.

False Sense of Security:

There will be times when you’re in environments that will cause you to drop your guard. You may do so because the situation ‘feels right’ based on the accoutrements and trappings in the environment. Be aware when you experience such emotions and don’t fall prey to such surroundings. By maintaining your mental equilibrium, you’ll be more watchful for circumstances that are not beneficial to your negotiation position and expected outcome.

During your negotiations, you’ll be bombarded by ideas, offers, and counter-offers. Be sure to address each in a mindset that’s not clouded by undeserved attributes that don’t serve you. In essence, keep your wits about you and don’t be lulled into a false sense of security, due to the surroundings and goodwill that’s displayed. Be judicious, forthright, and very aware about your needs and why you’re negotiation. I’m not suggesting you be selfish, I’m suggesting you look out for yourself and don’t be overwhelmed by undeserving accoutrements to which you lend undue credibility. If you keep in mind the suggestions above, you’ll enhance your negotiation process. You’ll come out further ahead in your negotiations… and everything will be right with the world.

Remember, you’re always negotiating!

4 Tips of Choosing the Right Laser Pointer for Your PowerPoint Presentation

Laser pointer is an important instrument which determines the success of your PowerPoint presentation. This special equipment helps you to gain full attention from your audience. Let me share with you some practical tips on how to select the right laser pointer which suits your needs most:

Tip No. 1: Decide on the color of your laser pointer

Different lasers come with different colors, such as red, red-orange, blue, green and yellow. Different colors have different wavelength. You need to decide on the wavelength or color before you purchase a pointer. Red lasers are usually the weakest with the wavelength of 632nm. Due to this reason, the cost of getting a red laser is always the lowest. Green laser is stronger than red laser with the wavelength of 532nm. The most expensive and strongest pointer is the blue pointer with the wavelength of 473nm. Yellow is considered a unique color. If you want to make yourself different, you are recommended to get a yellow pointer which comes with the wavelength of 593.5nm.

Tip No. 2: The batteries used

In general, most of the laser pointers in the market require triple A batteries. You are reminded not to choose those pointers which require special batteries. Less common batteries are hard to find. You may have difficulty replacing the batteries. There is nothing more irritating than running out of battery power for your pointer in the middle of a presentation if you fail to get spare batteries on time.

Tip No. 3: Decide on the output power

How powerful you want your laser pointer to be? It depends much on what you want to show to your audience. To be frank, a low output power, say 1mW, is ideal for indoor use. It works well for presentation in the meeting rooms or seminar halls. If you need the pointer to be used outdoor, you can try those with output power at around 2-5mW. You need to bear in mind that any laser with an output power of greater than 5mW is illegal to be used outdoor in United States. If you are not very sure about all these, you are advised to check with the providers for their professional advice.

Tip No. 4: Determine the style of your laser pointer

You spend a lot of time to make your PowerPoint presentation as interesting as possible. You also need to get a stylish laser pointer to match your presentation. In order to create an outstanding personal image, you are advised to find a “great looking” pointer. Besides, in order to present your slides in a smooth manner, you need to make sure that you are comfortable with the pointer you choose. You must find out whether it can be operated easily. Some laser pointers come with LED light. You are reminded to find out whether the pointer you choose has such feature if you really need small flashlight.

Although the cost of getting this tool is not very high, it is better for you to spend some time to find the right one for yourself so that you can achieve great success in your PowerPoint presentation.