Posted by: michalamon | April 12, 2009

You Will When You Believe

We just finished to watch Prince of Egypt, it’s part of our holiday schedule. The closing song is so right for these days. Listen to the song while you read the words, here:

Many nights we prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hopeful song
We barely understood
Now we are not afraid
Although we know there’s much to fear
We were moving mountains
Long before we knew we could

There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
It’s hard to kill
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe
Somehow you will
You will when you believe

In this time of fear
When prayers so often proves in vain
Hope seems like the summer birds
Too swiftly flown away
Yet now I’m standing here
My heart’s so full I can’t explain
Seeking faith and speaking words I never thought I’d say

They don’t always happen when you ask
And it’s easy to give in
To your fears
But when you’re blinded by your pain
Can’t see the way to get through the rain
Hold still, reveal your voice
Says help is very near

…and now you will!
Just believe
You will when you believe!

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Posted by: michalamon | March 26, 2009

The Perfect Day

When the day starts great it influences the rest of it. A good start keeps the momentum going. But what happens when something goes wrong and your emotional balance is gone? Then nothing else goes well through the rest of the day.  It feels like the best thing to do is to go to bed and hide under the pillows… Know that feeling? But it’s obvious this is not the right way… Then, how do you clean the mess?

Well, I guess it starts with a decision. That today is the perfect day. That what works for me.

Acknowledge the things I am not happy with. I handle them and let them be, while I am aware to my feelings. Then I decide that this day is a wonderful day, with lots of achievements. And then I make those achievements happen.

I have to admit: often times it feels faked feeling, at first. But then as time passes on, my mind adopts that feeling of optimism, happiness, thankfulness. And the rest of the day does go much, much better.

I guess it is our decision how to look at what happens to us, and what we should take in. And eventually, if we get the skill of taking control of our feelings and thoughts, we have a wonderful tool to use on days that are not perfect… but can become perfect…

Enjoy the beautiful, inspiring Lou Reed’s Perfect Day.

Posted by: michalamon | March 17, 2009

Seeing The Beauty

It was the morning rush hour. People are in a hurry to get to work, busy with the day to come. Like everyday. But this day, something was different.
In the corner stood a man, playing a violin. The case was open, waiting for the change. Many times there are street performers in the station. This one was different.
He stood and played for 43 minutes. He collected $32.17.
On a regular evening, a ticket to hear this musician can cost hundreds of dollars.
This was Joshua Bell, one of the best violinists in the world, playing a Stradivari, worth millions of dollars, and the musical pieces that he played are some of the most challenging pieces.
He played with his heart and soul.
One woman recognized him. Other few realized he was someone with potential.
This was an experiment conducted by the Washington Post, with a few interesting viewpoints.

Can one stop and acknowledge a beauty, if they don’t have the relevant mind set at that moment? Can we? In our day-to-day lives, how alert are we, to stop, acknowledge and see things that are inspiring? That are empowering? Or is it easier for us look for the negatives that tend to come to us and be influenced by them? Dragging us down? Can we learn to be alert to the positive, and adapt it as a habit?

I believe it is. I practice it everyday, and still have a long way to go. But it comes back to me when my 5-years old would say to me, suddenly, unexpectedly – “wow, this street is so beautiful…” This means that not only we practice positive thinking and alertness to the current moment – we teach it to our kids.

Mr. Bell was embarrassed to see that people don’t applaud him, don’t throw change, don’t stop to listen. They didn’t acknowledged him. Didn’t approve him. His self confidence was shaken. And he is one of the best musicians of the world. But he is here, without the correct frame. What does it means? Does it mean he is not really a good musician? Does he need the acknowledgment of the crowd to uplift his self esteem? Or is he just a creation of a successful public relation consultant that created the legend behind him?

Here is what I believe. I believe that we all need appreciation and acknowledgment. The appreciation from our surrounding is important to so many people. But is it the one the really matters? Or is it possible for us to elevate our own spirits, build confidence within us and the sharp knowledge of where we’re going and why?

For me, that is an interesting process that is happening for years. I am getting better and better with it, and there is always a place to improve. We (I..) want, need to know what is our true worth. It’s fun to discover!

The other question that may arise, is who decides what’s beauty.  If over 1000 people cannot acknowledge a special musician, how come he wins the Avery Fisher Prize? But that – I will let you judge. Click here for the full story.

Posted by: michalamon | February 23, 2009

The 6:3:2 rule for success

Those of you who are in a relationship, probably have had this communication many times:

He: Is laying on the couch speaking on the phone.

She: Is running around the house, washing small faces, picking up toys from all around, loading the washer, unloading the dryer, answering a homework question, kissing a boo boo, thinking what should we make for dinner  and that the bulb in the basement needs to be replaced, oh I’ll do that later…

He: Is still on the phone, urgent matters at the office, you know…

She is trying: Can you remove the dishes from the dishwasher while you’re on the phone?

He: Just one minute and I’m done… (and another one and another…)

Hey but you know what I found? When I am working, it’s better to take his approach. Running my business is not anyway near like running the house. Here is an idea I have heard from a multimillionaire who trained lots and lots of successful people, and he calls it the 6:3:2 rule for success:

6 words: Do one thing at a time
3 words: Do it right
2 words: Finish it

Focus, that what makes us successful, distractions are all around us. We need to learn how to stay focused on our tasks. So that is one approach for focusing. Any other suggestions that work for you? Please comment with your suggestion. and have a FOCUSED week!

Michal.

Posted by: michalamon | February 9, 2009

Live Like You Were Dying

Just finished reading a Blog, written by a person I appreciate very much. Reading through his last post I realized a tragedy happened to a mutual friend. My thoughts immediately were directed to my friend. Then, I thought about this beautiful, emotional song of Tim McGraw. Lyrics are below. Read them as you watch the video clip, and then,
live life.

The Blog I was reading carries a strong message, I invite you to read that as well. click here.

He said: “I was in my early forties,
“With a lot of life before me,
“An’ a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
“I spent most of the next days,
“Looking at the x-rays,
“An’ talking ’bout the options an’ talkin’ ‘bout sweet time.”
I asked him when it sank in,
That this might really be the real end?
How’s it hit you when you get that kind of news?
Man whatcha do?

An’ he said: “I went sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,
“I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.
“And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
“And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.”
An’ he said: “Some day, I hope you get the chance,
“To live like you were dyin’.”

He said “I was finally the husband,
“That most the time I wasn’t.
“An’ I became a friend a friend would like to have.
“And all of a sudden goin’ fishin’,
“Wasn’t such an imposition,
“And I went three times that year I lost my Dad.
“Well, I finally read the Good Book,
“And I took a good long hard look,
“At what I’d do if I could do it all again,
“And then:

“I went sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,
“I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.
“And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
“And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.”
An’ he said: “Some day, I hope you get the chance,
“To live like you were dyin’.”

Like tomorrow was a gift,
And you got eternity,
To think about what you’d do with it.
An’ what did you do with it?
An’ what can I do with it?
An’ what would I do with it?

“Sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,
“I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.
“And then I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
“And I watched Blue Eagle as it was flyin’.”
An’ he said: “Some day, I hope you get the chance,
“To live like you were dyin’.”

“To live like you were dyin’.”
“To live like you were dyin’.”
“To live like you were dyin’.”
“To live like you were dyin’.”

Posted by: michalamon | January 30, 2009

The Future Aces Creed

Today my 8 years old son was nominated as a Future Ace. Boy, we have so much to learn from elementary school teachers! OK, so what’s the big deal and why spare a post on that? Because we can all learn from the amazing Hockey player, Herb Carnegie.

Back in the forties, Herb Carnegie was one of Canada’s great hockey players. A speedy forward with all the right moves. Mr. Carnegie was a star player in the Quebec Aces, Quebec Senior League. He was voted the most valuable player three years running. But he never made it to the big league. Mr. Carnegie is black. And back in those days, that was enough to keep a player, even one with his amazing talent, out of the NHL.

The result of the unfulfilled Hockey career drove him to be very successful in business, however he did not let the sport go out of his life.  He created the Future Aces Hockey school, and later on he decided to turn that into a non-profit organization, with a bold mission:

The Foundation inspires and assists youth and adults to become the best they can be as responsible, respectful, peaceful, confident and caring citizens.

The Future Aces Creed is below.  I invite you to look at it as something all of us can implement, in our journey of being future aces. This is true for every one of us – as it is true for elementary school students.

A

I will develop a positive mental Attitude toward all people and toward my work.
I will develop my talents and Ability in order that I may be helpful to society.
I will take Action with integrity.
I will take initiative to Achieve my goals with honest and sincere effort.

C

I will Co-operate and respect others by seeking understanding with all people, regardless of colour, race, gender or beliefs.

I will demonstrate Courage, standing for what is right and speaking out against what is wrong.
I will display Confidence in all my actions without being arrogant.

E

I will show Empathy and consideration by advancing the values that are important to me and others.
I will set a good Example to others, taking responsibility for my actions..
I will acquire the best Education within my capability.

S

I will be of Service to others.
I will practise good Sportsmanship in all my decisions, demonstrating fair play to all.

More about Herb Carnegie and the future Aces Creed is here. Feel free to share your comments!

Have a great week,

Michal.

Posted by: michalamon | January 23, 2009

Pay It Forward

My Friend, Anat, has a big, special heart with a room for everyone. She cares for so many. She would know to tell you the truth on the spot and what to do with it. She’d comfort you when you really need a good word. I owe her so much from years of her being there, just being there.

She is also a great source for movies. Inspiring movies, with a strong message about our life and our society. That is her mission in life, to make sure people are well, taken care of, healthy, and as much as possible – happy.

So one of the movies she recommended was Pay It Forward. That was a few years ago, but that is the kind of movie that will stay in your heart. It’s not the movie – it’s the feeling you’ll feel, the emotions you’ll experience after getting the idea.

Is it real? Is it possible for every one of us to pay it forward? It’s not about that specific story, even though it is done beautifully. The story is heart breaking, however the meaning we can get from it is so powerful, that it will keep you awake, if you’re one of those who feel that there are some things to fix around us.

So, if you are ready for giving, if you are ready to learn from a kid (ain’t they the best teachers?), and if you are ready to pay – not back – but forward…

Click here:

And please, share your story on paying forward.

Have a wonderful week!

Michal.

Posted by: michalamon | January 17, 2009

Changing mode to “Abundance”

I had an observation today. I changed my mindset from Competition to Abundance. That was easy, that was fun, it helped me to create great reality. What happened?

We teach our kids to entertain themselves. When they look at another child playing with a toy they love, we teach them to try and look for another toy, another book, instead the one they wanted. We try to show them that the room is full of other opportunities… Just look around and find one that suites you…

So what can we learn, that we can take to our lives? Can we apply the same concept to everyday happenings? Can we learn not to give up on what we want, but find new ways to fulfill our need?

I went to this trade show today, to see what’s around in the industry I’m in. My past experience used to be – not engaging with my immediate competitors since I was fearful of the competition, from the interaction, from the “mine is better” type of conversation. If they are my competitors, I thought, I have nothing to do with them, right?

BIG MISTAKE. Yes there is, there is so much to learn, so much to appreciate, so many things that can be done together. We can all find our needs fulfilled. Just as kids can so easily find interest in new toys and get so excited from the new things they can do with it. We can too! Or as one of my mentor says – let’s understand we’re not fighting over the size of the pie, let’s make it a bigger pie!

So today, I felt something has changed. I went with a feeling of abundance. There is room for everybody, there is much to be learned from all directions and still find my own uniqueness. When someone started the “mine is better”, it felt so good to acknowledge their feelings in appreciative way, and guess what? Get the same appreciation back! Hey, why worry? There is enough pie for everyone!

I invite you to check out the Blue Ocean Strategy, click here to review. Please come in with your comments and thoughts.

Have a great week!

Michal.

Posted by: michalamon | January 8, 2009

Limitations, Failures, Protection… or a New Dimension?

Years ago, there was a craze of those scribble-scrabble pictures. If you stare at it, they told me, you’ll see the picture

Wow!

November 20th pic of the week

jumping at you in three dimensions. Well, I tried to look at it, and since nothing happened I just said – it’s not working for me, let them enjoy it. I gave up.

A few weeks ago, a friend brought me the Magic Eye book she found catching dust at her home. She thought my kids would like to look at it. I thanked her, but remembering my past failures I didn’t even bother to give it to them, why bother?
(Should I impose my failures on someone else, thinking I am protecting them? Saving their time? Or should I let others experience something first hand, and let them make their own decision? Huh?..)

My husband picked the book, read the instructions and was struck by what he saw. I grabbed it from his hands, almost sure I’m not able to see it. Hey, but he challenged me… I wanted what he had, too. I focused and forced myself to continue to be focused, not to let go… one minute and another – and suddenly I saw the sphinx jumps out of the desert. Wow! I made it!

Long story short: the kids learned to focus and they love the book. As for me: my husband challenges me all the time. that’s good. Still the question stays floating in the air:

Should I let my past experinces limit my current situation? Should I place limitations on myself and on others, thinking I’m protecting them by my own experiences?

Click here to see the image of the week, and experience yourself! Maybe you’ll find a new dimension in your life…

Please check in with your comments and thoughts.

Michal.

Posted by: michalamon | January 1, 2009

A New Beginning…

I am so excited… Reading some new material gave me such a brainstorm in my head of new opportunities and avenues to explore. It’s all in the tip of my fingers… It’s right here, right now. Just like a first kiss when a new love seems to merge out of the buds, I feel I have touched the tip of the iceberg and have so much to explore from here.

I am wishing myself and all of you who read this: Have the very best year of your life, started today.

Dream… Then Do!

Michal.

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