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Build the Business of Your Dreams with Mindfulness, Meditation & Happiness

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Mindfulness and meditation are the essential keys to conscious creation in any aspect, but most importantly – in this case – your business.
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Consciously creating anything can be summed up in just three words.  Feel Good Now.  That's the premise of Tharyn Taylor who writes that mindfulness, meditation and happiness are the "essential keys to conscious creation" in your business (or in any part of your life, for that matter).

 

How to achieve conscious business creation?  Mr. Taylor shares three simple steps:

 

(1)  Keep it simple.  Mindfulness is the “quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”. Meditation is the practice by which you strengthen concentration and is directly linked to an increased sense of mindfulness. Feeling good has a direct link to creating better future experiences.

(2) The formula.  Meditation + Mindfulness + Feel Good Now.  Know it.  Do it.  It's not easy -- especially continuing a habit of feeling good in each present moment.  But if you continue to practice, it's "worth every once of effort".

(3) Leverage every advantage.  A wise business person leverages every known advantage in their business in order to grow.  This includes believing (and practicing) that mindfulness, meditation, and feeling good are fundamental keys to your success.

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Release the Shackles of Constant Connectivity to Recapture Your Creative Flow

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Digital Detox. Two little words that, when placed side-by-side, sound like something that might happen at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. Yet, for the past couple of months, I have been experime...
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Does your creativity get zapped by the glowing screen(s)?  Writer Andra Watkins used digital detox as a way to try to recapture her creative flow. Not a divorce from the Internet -- instead a balanced way to decide when she is online. 

 

Here are the new habits she used to release her digital shackles:

 

(1)  Schedule specific time each day to deal with all things Internet

(2) Make a timed checklist of things that must be completed online

(3) During off-line time, turn off the Internet at its souce and set the phone(s) to silent

(4) When working on the computer, use one online tab at a time

(5) Do not bring your phone to the dinner (breakfast, lunch) table

 

Ms. Watkins end results?  A less cluttered mind and more creative connections.

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The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life Teaches Entrepreneurship & Creative Thinking

The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life Teaches Entrepreneurship & Creative Thinking | Unplug | Scoop.it
Internet mogul Xavier Niel believes his new college, called 42, will produce graduates who are more employable, but some educators criticize its nontraditional methods.
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A new technology academy in France founded by Xavier Niel is turning 18-30 year-olds into entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and innovators. 

 

The college is called 42, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where the number 42 is proclaimed as the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.”

 

While Niel's academy may not give its students the answer to the Universe, it is designed to produce graduates who are "more innovative, more employable, more diverse and more useful to the stagnant French economy."

 

Mimicked somewhat after Google with a young, playful atmosphere, Niel's idea is quite controversial in France; yet he believes it will work.  So much so that he has invested $94 Million for the academy's first decade of operations. 

 

Let's hope he has also made another type of investment -- a curriculum which includes learning about the benefits of unplugging.

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Teen Brains are Wired to be Inspired

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The teen brain is at a crossroad; unlock its potential with 6 strategies.
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Our brains are wired to be inspired -- especially during teen years, says Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.  Here are 6 ways to inspire the teen brain:

 

  • Teach your teen to conceive many unique interpretations of various books, movies or works of art
  • Encourage your teen to be a problem finder and solution setter
  • Ask your teenager to share a "message", reflecting from a  book, movie or hurtful experience
  • Have your teen interpret the lyrics of a favorite song from positive and negative perspectives
  • Watch your teen's favorite TV show with him/her and share different take-home messages for the different characters.
  • Consider a multitude of answers to a question vs. seeking the “right” answer. 

 

As Einstein once said, "Imagination encircles the world.”  Fostering creativity and innovation can help to "drive successful futures of our youth for generations to come."

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