Happy New Year

Hello,

I hope you are loving this time of year. I guess there are as many reasons as there are individuals of us. Maybe it’s time off work. Maybe it’s time with family. Maybe it’s just the sense of community that is generated by a shared holiday.

I think all of those apply to me. It is also a time of year I can reflect on the year just gone – what worked and what didn’t, and what to do next. I have always loved the sense of a new journal, a new slate, a clean page that comes with a new calendar.

There is such hope for better things, a better person, better times.

I have put together a page again this year of ideas, resources and inspirations for the new year and for your planning.

You can visit it at http://bit.ly/g7ApeP

And finally this post brings my best wishes to you and yours for exciting new challenges in the new year and for times of peace and prosperity.

Cheers!

Bronwyn

From Pivotal Magazine – Conflict: Constructive or Destructive?

What creates conflict in your organization? Different views on business decisions and strategy? Disagreement about tactics? Poor relationships and personality clashes? Conflict occurs for many reasons. But, by changing how you respond to conflict, you can reduce its harmful effects and maximize its useful ones.

Read more in Pivotal Magazine

From Pivotal Public Speaking

Busting the Mehrabian myth
Can words really account for only 7 percent of the meaning of a spoken message? This short video animation puts ‘Mehrabian’s rule’ under the magnifying glass and shows why it can’t be true

From Pivotal Kids – Just for fun

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From Pivotal Magazine – Affirmations

By definition, an affirmation is a statement repeated time and again either verbally or mentally — or written down. The words of the affirmation statement – in themselves -when spoken, thought of, or written *without* a pictorial (visualized) or emotional connection — make a very weak affirmation.

Affirmations, when worded correctly — and when emotionally charged
– are able to tap into the unlimited creative power of your subconscious mind, and manifest your desires.

Affirmations are not all created equal. Some are, of course,
better than others. There are *power affirmations* that have been proven again and again to work – and I’ll reveal some of them in a moment.

When you examine the structure of these power affirmations, you,
too, can learn how to create your own powerful affirmations for your specific purposes.

>> read more

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10 Tips to Wake Up Your Creative Mind

We’re all creative. Our individual creativity is present to greater or lesser degrees, but we all have the capacity to be more creative. Creativity is a force which enables us to develop and expand our concepts, come up with innovations, recast old ideas, and problem solve. This creative capacity is important to your physical and mental health, your business success, and financial well-being. Here are some tips to wake up your creative abilities:

1. FRESH EYES – Look at things with a new perspective, child-like without all of the baggage of preconceived notions and past experience. This is a powerful way to increase your creativity. It will take practice to limit your inclinations to judge from prior experience and past practices.

2. EXERCISE – Yes, physical exercise will help awaken your mental capabilities as well. Often while engaged in exercise you will find that you will come up with new ideas, and as your physical well-being improves your mental acuteness will too.

3. REST – Just like exercise, rest is also important. You will be less creative when you’re exhausted, tired or burnt-out.

4. VARY YOUR ROUTINE – Take a different way home. Don’t go to the same restaurant every Friday. Cultivate variety and spontaneity.

5. PUZZLES – Mental exercise is important. Often puzzles, video games, or other challenges will stimulate your creative “juices.”

6. QUESTION EVERYTHING – Ask yourself why? Preconceived ideas, standard approaches, and thinking you already know the answers are counterproductive to creativity.

7. MEDITATION – Some people have the ability to meditate, clear their mind, and reduce stress through this practice. Try it.

8. DISCIPLINE – A disciplined mind does not mean a rigid one. Scatter-brained, unable to focus individuals do not exude creativity, and if they do come up with a creative thought it will soon be lost in the disarray and confusion of their thoughts.

9. CONNECT – A variety of experiences, friends, associates, and activities will help you develop an alert, expansive, and creative intelligence. Piggy-back on existing concepts. You will not know or understand the applicability or usefulness of inspirations without connections.

10. DON’T GIVE UP! – Discouragement and setbacks are common and to be expected. “Throwing in the towel” will only result in failure and continue a negative cycle. Who knows? – Your next idea may be your best one.

Copyright © 2010, Dr. Ben A. Carlsen, MBA. All Rights Reserved Worldwide for all Media. You may reprint this article in your ezine, newsletter, newspaper, magazine, website, etc. as long as you leave all of the links active, do not edit the article in any way, leave my name and bio box intact, and you follow all of the EzineArticles Terms of Service for Publishers.

Dr. Ben A. Carlsen, MBA, is author of “Bites of Business” http://bitesofbusiness.com
He is an experienced consultant, leader, management expert and educator. Carlsen was Chairman of the Los Angeles County Productivity Managers Network, Chair of the Marketing Managers Association, and President of the Association for Systems Management (So. California Chapter). For more info visit: http://drben.info