Archive for July, 2010
Twenty years ago, I was sitting in a seminar… with the intent of “getting my head on straight.” You know… one of those “fix you up” seminars that was so popular in the 80’s and 90’s. (If you don’t remember them… be grateful… you’re a “young pup.”)
One of the most profound lessons I learned didn’t have anything to do with the agenda of the seminar. But, it was one of those “ah ha” moments that has stayed with me, and I think about often.
“Can You “Be There” For Them?”
One of the rules of the seminar was: No side talking. When the instructor was working with an individual in front of the whole group, there was to be no side talking or whispering.
Opps… some one forgot and began whispering to her neighbor. The facilitator stopped, turned to the offending party and said, “Can you be there for……..?”
It was an interesting way to say, “Can get over yourself and respect and support this person by paying attention and caring about what’s going on?”
Online respect can take on many faces…. but one face is… “Be There For Them.” Read More→What about you? What do you think?
It’s so easy to chase every shiny new idea or concept and end up with a slow business or no concrete business at all.
Getting Off Course
In 1979, a passenger jet with 257 people aboard, left New Zealand for the Antarctica. Unbeknown to the pilots, someone had altered the flight coordinates 2 degrees. It eventually took the plane off 28 miles from their final destination.
The pilots had no idea that the 2 degree error placed them in the direct path of Mt. Erebus, an active volcano. When approaching the white capped volcano, the white clouds blended in and the plane crashed killing all on board.
When the black box was recovered, the pilots had indicated that by the time the instruments sounded a warning… it was too late.
In the beginning… the error was only a matter of 2 degrees… but staying on the wrong path took them 28 miles off course in the end.
Three Ways To Stay On Course
A few weeks ago, it was necessary for me to go out to our retreat in the Uintah mountains. I was lining up workers to make a few repairs and preparing for our family reunion.
It was so nice to be out away from the hustle and bustle of the city and my closed in office space.
I took my computer along so I could get a little work done in between moving the hose around to water… taking brief trips to the “mall” (our name for the Hanna Country Store,) and visiting with a cousin.
The view from our trailer over looks one of the most beautiful valleys in the world. Farm houses, lush green alfalfa fields with magnificent mountains on the other side of the valley. (A distance of about 10 miles.)
So… where am I going with this?
Space…. I was amazed at what quiet solitude and looking out over the valley did for my head. I found that the “fog” lifted from my thinking. I was surprise to find how clear my mind was. I was able to get a few blog posts and numerous articles written in a short amount of time.
I understand that runners will often get the same “fog” lifting results when they are out on their morning runs. Quite solitude… and looking out and about clears their head.
A lot can be said for quiet meditation time. But, getting out, taking a break, looking far out and about, and giving yourself some quiet space may just be the thing to clear the “fog.” Especially when you’ve been at the computer all day. It just may increase your productivity too.
At least… it worked for me.
P.S. In fact… I’m going out again to our mountain retreat in about a week… for a little more quiet time and space. Heavens knows what I may end up getting accomplished.
Let us know what you do to clear the cobwebs from your mind. Love to hear from you!Ideas anyone?
I allow myself at least 20 minutes a day to Retweet my followers and business friends. I try and make it as convenient as possible for my followers to Retweet me.
Here are a few simple Twitter tips that will make it easier for your followers to Retweet your Tweets. I use them and I thought I’d pass them on to you.
Strong front page blog layout above the fold was one of the first blog principles I learned from my first online mentor. First impressions do count and… you don’t want to scare your readers away before they get a chance to read your great content.
Header Titles and Sub Headlines Are The Key
Whether it’s your header title, or your sub header title, it should state exactly what your blog is all about. State your general blog theme. This is not the time to use “catchy or cute phrases.” You only have 3 to 5 seconds for your reader to make a decision to stay or not stay.
Header Titles and Sub Headlines are the key for getting your readers curious enough to want to see what you have to say on your general subject.
The Title Of Your Blog Post Can Cause Readers To Want More And Bring You Future Readers