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Mind Not Found is an educational network that seeks to inspire out of the box thinking, open mindedness and act as a catalyst for people to discover the limitless potential that exists inside us all.

Our focus is on people that inspire and motivate others to express their own truth, create their own happiness, and seek their own enlightenment.

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vendredi 20 septembre 2019

 employee motivation : Important Advice For Those Who Have An Interview With An Employer
 employee motivation : Important Advice For Those Who Have An Interview With An Employer

Even if you have already had the experience of job hunting, remember, that it is necessary to be prepared for each new interview in advance. 

Usually the most qualified experts are more responsible and concerned about the interview. 

They are applying to a high-paying job. Frequently, on the other hand, a lower position person doesn’t apply himself in getting ready for the interview. 

So every time when you receive an invitation to interview, take the experts’ advice listed below.

Preparation for interview :

- Try to find information about the organization at which you wish to have a job.

- Keep the copies of all important documents, the resume, copies of diplomas and professional certificates with yourself.

- Prepare a list of references and their phone numbers, make sure that they are expecting the calls.

- Make sure that you know the precise location and directions to the organization, so you won’t be late.

- Make sure that you have enough time and won’t be nervous if the interview will take more time than you expected.

- Stick with a business style in clothes.

- Make a list of expected questions and prepare the answers for them.

- Especially be prepared to discuss the salary.

- Practice answering the most common questions.

- It is necessary to prepare questions that you will ask the employer, if you will have a chance.

Important Advice For Those Who Have An Interview With An Employer
 employee motivation : Important Advice For Those Who Have An Interview With An Employer

Behavior during the interview : 

- In the office, try to be polite and patient with everybody

- Honestly fill out all the questionnaires and applications that will give you.

- Introduce yourself in the beginning of the interview. Try to remember the names of the interviewers

- Keep eye contact
- Patiently listen to the questions, don’t interrupt the interviewer

- If you are not sure that you understand the question, don’t hesitate to specify. (like: “ Did I understand that correctly? …”)
- Avoid verbosity, answer the essence.

- Be objective and truthful, but not too frank.
- If you have to give some negative information about yourself, don’t deny the facts if they are true and try to balance them with positive information about yourself.

- Keep yourself confident. Try not to look like unsuccessful or depressed. Behave intelligently.

- If the employer will offer you an opportunity to ask questions, you must ask but not too many. Maybe two or three.
- Asking questions, first of all be interested in the type of work and conditions of its successful performance.

- Avoid, at the first stage of the interview, asking questions about the pay.

- It is necessary to ask about how you will know the interview’s result. Ask if you can call them.

- Finishing the interview, do not forget about the usual rules of politeness.
- You won’t need to prepare to interview on many questions over again each time. But on some questions you have to prepare for a new employer each time, based on the specifics of the business. You will need time and effort to prepare For interview so that you won’t miss the opportunity.
- However, remember that first of all the employer is interested in qualified experts,and professionals. Try to show the corresponding qualities during the interview.

Good Luck!

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jeudi 19 septembre 2019

Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !
The Power of Less : less is more !
  • The Power of Less Part 1 of 5: Simplicity

In the spirit of the new year, let’s figure out how to get a more streamlined life, which we will explore in this short blog series.  Hey, less is more.

In life, especially our current, hurried, modern existence, we have a cluttered experience: stockpiled emails, a string of voicemails, staccatos of “got-a-minute” meetings, etc.  However, the more obtrusive that these elements become in our life, the less of a life we have.  Leo Babauta’s book is intended to help us become uncluttered, untethered, and unfettered.  We will explore some of the dimensions of what we can do to live by the motto, “less is more.”

First, he asks us to prioritize what is important to us by asking some basic questions:

Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !
Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !

1.  What are your values? What is really important in your life?  What principles do you live by?
2.  What are your goals? Both short and long term what are you wanting to achieve in life?
3.  What do you love? In short, what do you love doing?
4.  What is important to you? Make a list of the most important things in your life and use that list as a tool to decide what you should keep and what you should shed.
5.  What has the biggest impact? What action or task would create the biggest impact in your professional and/or personal life?
6.  What has the most long-term impact? There’s a difference in deciding what may have the biggest impact is what would that impact look like over the next few months to years?  Oftentimes the immediate impact leads to no lasting value and we must look at the long road to see what real impact that decision will have for us.
7.  Needs versus wants.  If you start with the needs,  you may be able to eliminate a lot of unnecessary wants.
8.  Eliminate the nonessential. Sometimes it can work for you to work backwards and find the things that are non-essential.
9.  Continual editing process. Continue to look at your list and see if you can pare it down further over time as you do some more soul searching and thinking about things.

For me, I have come to realize that my time on the computer can be a great waste of time.  I tend to respond to emails around the clock, and that can disturb my productivity. I have looked more intently at the following actions that I am going to take on my emails, forum and blog responses:

A.  Check email only when I have a free moment during the day so that it does not interrupt my schedule.  Check email only once at night rather than multiple times throughout the evening.

B.  Immediately attempt to clear my inbox if I have time.

C.  Respond only to important emails rather than to every single piece that comes through to me.

D.  Keep my email responses as short as possible.  Babauta recommends fewer than 5 lines as much as possible.

I think his ideas are great, and I would love to know how you begin to implement this uncluttering process in your life

  • The Power of Less Part 2 of 5: Focus


I particularly liked this section of his book.  I oftentimes find myself multi-tasking:  checking an email, watching a rented movie, posting on Facebook, writing a blog, all at the same time. 

Sometimes I am eating and reading a book while the television is on.  There is a true lack of focus.  By doing so, I am not present but sort of in a suspended state of here and there.

Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !
Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !

When we multi-task, we do not have the capacity to be truly present.  Furthermore, we also cannot get into what athletes call “flow”, where we are naturally moving forward with a project or task, with depth, certitude, and alacrity.  Mental transitions compel us to constantly shift gears so that we are not doing any task well or completely.

Like the series Eat that Frog!, we need to tackle our biggest task first; finish it; then move on to our next task.  By remaining focused on whatever we are doing, we can accomplish much more, less stressfully, and with the right priority.  When you are tempted to multi-task, see what you can do to single-task instead.

  • The Power of Less Part 3 of 5: Start Small


This is a big one, so to speak.  I remember in my spin class in January a year ago that I was complaining that I could not get a seat at my 9:15 am class because of all the New Year’s resolution people.  Sure enough, after the super bowl the attrition rate was steep, and I soon had my spin bike back again.  

What Babauta focuses on is breaking old habits, which he says takes about 30 days to reinforce new habits.  Unfortunately, we all begin with massive restructuring.  We take on mammoth goals and want to do large things to make it count.  However, we ultimately fail.

An example is dieting.  When we go on a crash diet, we wind up losing a ton of weight quickly only to gain it back with even more weight shortly thereafter.  However, if we make subtle, small changes and build from there losing weight a pound a week, we can hope for greater longevity with that change.  

Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !
Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !

For example, you first give up soft drinks, then maybe diet soft drinks, then maybe fast food, etc.  Compare that with, I will only eat carrots from now on.  Now how long will that last?  Probably not long.  We all need to take it one step at a time.  Choose a small resolution and enforce that habit slowly until it sticks.

The other problem is that we take on multiple small resolutions and multiple habits that we are trying to break all at the same time. 

Babauta recommends in the spirit of single-tasking that we talked about in our last blog that we should focus on one habit at a time and build from there.  If we try to take on multiple habits no matter how small the task, we simply fail all at once.  Single task and start with a small habit to break, then break it.

  • The Power of Less Part 4 of 5: Slow Down


I really liked this one too.  We are so hurried to get somewhere, to do something, to eat something, to call someone, we don’t even really experience what we are doing and we seriously create health risks to our bodies and mind.  When we are doing something, we are thinking about the next thing we need to do and our minds are not even present in our current task.

you can also read : How Does Your Mind Affect Your body ? 

An example he uses is with food.  I have been a victim of my own obsessive eating habits in the past.  Today, after reading Michael Pollan’s work, I realize the beauty of eating food, savoring it, relishing the company with whom I am enjoying my food.  

Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !
Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !

By slowing down our eating, we can become satiated more quickly rather than overeating and causing heartburn, weight gain, and stress.  We need to focus on how we can focus entirely on our eating and be present during that experience.

Another great example is with driving.  Yes, my mother has asked me not to rush so much.  I am a very punctual person, and I hate being late.  However, I tend to want to get to my destination in record time.  Instead of speeding or rushing, we should leave earlier and save the anxiety, the risk, and the possible injury to the car and self.  The road rage (fortunately, something that I am relatively immune to) is another symptom of our insanity.

Babauta also talks about establishing the rhythm of morning and evening rituals that permit you to savor those times more fully rather than feel rushed.  For example, in the morning waking earlier, drinking a cup of coffee, going for a morning run, etc., can create a rhythm of enjoying life more slowly.  

Today, think about how you are going to slow down.  Like the rest of the book, just figure out how to slow down in one area of your life and build from there.

  • The Power of Less Part 5 of 5: Staying Motivated


Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !
Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !
When we have created all these wonderful goals and set our mind to the task at hand, how do we keep plugging away so that we don’t need to have another set of New Year’s Resolutions next year? Well, what we have already talked about are important key concepts to remember:  start with small things, single task, focus on just one goal, and slow down.  But what if that is not enough?

An accountability group, which I have discussed in the past, is a great thing.  I am part of two accountability groups.  One is a weekly weigh in to make sure that I lose weight rather than gain it. So far I have lost 17 pounds on it and have 10 more pounds to go.

Second, I am part of a monthly accountability group as part of my Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) forum in which we meet monthly to ensure that I am adhering to my monthly goals.  

If you want to stay motivated, join an accountability group with like-minded individuals who can motivate you to do what you set out to do.

Further, Babauta encourages you not to start with gusto the day that the idea for a goal pops into your head. That is the way that most of us behave:  we have a great idea so we go with full steam ahead with it only to lose motivation shortly thereafter and then fail.  

If we instead hold in our mind the idea of what we want to do like stop smoking, eat more vegetables, etc., we create a future date on our calendar as a start date for our task and hold the anticipation daily until we actually start on the appointed date.  Babauta believes that this restraint in starting can actually lead to greater long-term success.  

you can also read : Here are five Techniques & Practices to help improve self-control

Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !
Mind Not Found :The Power of Less : less is more !

Similarly, if your goal is to run 5 miles a day, start with 1 mile a day even if you can run 3 miles a day and resist the temptation to go all the way to 5 miles immediately.  Start slowly and gradually build yourself upward one day and one step at a time.

He also encourages us to get excited again.  Using inspirational stories of success, we can get motivated again as hopefully these daily blogs are doing for you.  We can get involved with reading about success stories to reinvigorate us.  

He says that having a photograph of a sexy model with perfect abs for example could get you more motivated to lose weight and get fit just by reinforcing what an ideal may be for you when you put your mind to it.  Okay guys, let’s focus on uncluttering our lives and staying motivated to do so!

You May Also Like : Self Improvement : Turn Your Thoughts into Reality! 

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mercredi 18 septembre 2019

Here are Some words that Nelson Mandela shared about the art of possibility !
Here are Some words that Nelson Mandela shared about the art of possibility !

 Everyone knows that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years in South Africa. (Curiously, Mandela celebrates his twentieth anniversary of freedom, as he was set free February 11, 1990.) What people may not know is that 15 years into his prison stint, he was given the chance for freedom.  Mandela asked on what conditions.  He was told that he would need to give up the hope for a free South Africa.  Upon hearing that, Mandela turned back to his cell to serve the remainder of his 27 years.

Here are Some words that Nelson Mandela shared about the art of possibility !
Here are Some words that Nelson Mandela shared about the art of possibility !

Here are some words that Nelson Mandela shared about the art of possibility:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous-
Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
Won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some of us: it is in everyone,
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
Give other people permission to do the same.

Here are Some words that Nelson Mandela shared about the art of possibility !
Here are Some words that Nelson Mandela shared about the art of possibility !
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." ' Nelson Mandela
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lundi 16 septembre 2019

How Does Your Mind Affect Your body ?
How Does Your Mind Affect Your body ?

How Does Your Mind Affect Your body ?

As part of Dr. Daniel Amen’s series on “Change Your Brain…”, his book Change Your Brain, Change Your Body is particularly fascinating in exploring the connection of mind and matter, i.e., how one’s mental health can affect one’s physical health.  Dr. Amen is well known for his clinics that focus on using SPECT scans to determine physiological functioning of the brain and how the activity (or lack thereof) in certain anatomic subregions of the brain can be signs of function and disease in the brain.  After reading this book, I am convinced that SPECT scans can serve as an invaluable source of information for a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner who knows how to use and interpret them.

He starts with the premise that we cannot change our body without first changing our mind.  If we want to lose weight, it does not begin with our body but with how we perceive our body, how we desire that weight loss and what we do to be committed to those changes.  If we adopt a fad diet for a week then decide to stop, it is not the fad diet’s fault it is our brain’s fault that caused us to attempt a fad diet and then subsequently to abandon it.

By losing 35 pounds over the past 2 years, I did so not by using fad diets but by realigning my relationship to food.  In the past, I enjoyed eating processed food quickly and mindlessly and also in having guilty pleasure in eating fatty foods. I also liked stuffing myself with food.  Until I changed my brain in a fundamental way not to like eating that stuff and not wanting to eat until I was gorged like a pig, I could not lose weight and keep it off.  

Mind Not Found : How Does Your Mind Affect Your body ?
Mind Not Found : How Does Your Mind Affect Your body ?

I find that people who want to lose weight are using food as a crutch (as much as I did) and cycling their energy around this activity in a love-hate relationship.  Until we end the brain struggle, we cannot end the physical one. Now let's see how does your mind affect your body ?
  • How does mental health affect your physical health?

Similarly, as I started to enjoy eating healthier and working out regularly, I started to change my perception of my own body and my relationship to it.  I started to enjoy my new body and enjoy my healthy lifestyle.  When I was in Belgium a week ago, I ate fries, chocolate, and waffles but I could “cheat” because I knew that they were part of my enjoyment for the time that I was in a country famed for those foods but I actually started to crave my morning concoction of raw vegetables and other healthy comestibles.

Another fascinating part of the book centered on how the lack of sleep can actually cause us to gain weight.  He argues that as adults over the age of twenty we need at least 7 hours of sleep for our body to function well. 

Those who say that they can get by with 4 to 5 hours are doing a disservice to their body functioning since almost all of us require at least 7 hours no matter what we tell our bodies to the contrary.  When we have a lack of sleep our body starts to create an imbalance of leptin to grelin.  Grelin is what makes us hungry and leptin makes us full.  

Our grelin hormones (what Amen calls gremlins) surge making our bodies not only hungrier but hungrier for sugary, fried foods; and our leptins fall making us not as full when we eat.  When we get our beauty rest we not only get beauty because we feel more rested but our eating habits can improve because of it too.

The other fascinating topic that this book discusses is how other people in our lives influence our eating habits, which Amen cites an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Dr. Amen, a Lebanese, recalls his confectioner heritage when his grandfather would tempt him with sugary snacks and how his family would encourage him to eat more because he was too thin.  He argues the single most common reason for obesity is living with someone who is obese.  That person reinforces bad habits and also encourages bad habits out of guilt for their own lack of will power or desire for gluttony.  

Mind Not Found : How Does Your Mind Affect Your body ?
Mind Not Found : How Does Your Mind Affect Your body ?

I just got back from Europe and I do not believe I saw one obese person except for the vacationing Americans.  In France and in Spain when someone gains 5 pounds they do not allow themselves to move to 10 to 15 pounds but start to vigorously move downward back to their ideal.  It is simply not in their culture to be overweight.  It is in ours.

Sometimes when our body is out of our desired ideal it may not be our fault entirely.  Dr. Amen talks about how his wife was hyper aggressive, agitated, and well, masculine.  He consulted a gynecologist who suspected polycystic ovarian syndrome and found out that his wife’s condition was caused by hormonal imbalance.  By treating her effectively with medicine, she changed.  

If we have a hard time changing our brain perhaps there is a functional brain problem that is causing us not to want to change or to be comfortable with our body at an unacceptably unhealthy state.  

That is where SPECT scanning and/or counseling with a professional may be of value but lies beyond my knowledge basis.  Sometimes it is a question of the chicken or the egg:  we may have a desire to eat badly and therefore we gain weight.  

Alternatively, a bad diet causes us not to stay full, to be more tired, and to be frankly addicted to more bad diet that causes us to eat more bad food.  Amen talks about proper supplements that can help balance the brain and the body. For me daily vitamin D and fish oil are integral to my overall balance of my mind and body.

This book is so rich in content and advice about how the mind affect your body  that I cannot hope to cover all the details.  I hope that these salient points that I derived from this book for my own personal gain is helpful for anyone out there interested in changing their body by a new method advocated as changing one’s brain first.

How Does Your Mind Affect Your body ?
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vendredi 13 septembre 2019

Martha Graham, Communicating From the Heart !
Martha Graham, Communicating From the Heart !

  • Communicating From the Heart ?! 

I am on a plane ride back from St. Louis where I lecture a couple times a year.  In my quest for ongoing improvement in my ability to communicate (Communicating From the Heart !), I am a voracious reader of books that help me elevate my art.  

The books that have had the most profound influence on me include Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen and Nancy Duarte’s Slide:ology.  

I am currently finishing Duarte’s new book, Resonate, that focuses more on the art of storytelling than on the rigors of slide creation, which was the focus of her first book. 

A story that captivated me in her book recounted the life of Martha Graham, the iconoloclastic dancer who ushered in a new way of seeing and performing dance.  Against all odds, she became a dancer:  she was told she was too old, too heavy, too ugly, and too short. 

She said, “They thought I was good enough to be a teacher, but not a dancer.”  Dance was her reason for living, Duarte explains.  Driven by her burning desire for her art, she declared, “I did not choose to be a dancer.  I was chosen.”

Martha Graham, Communicating From the Heart !
Martha Graham, Communicating From the Heart !

Her stark, blunt, gestural dance stood antithetical to traditional romantic, flowing movements of European dance that dominated until that time.  Beating down the stereotypical chorus girl prototype, Graham was the brave, new woman who owned her own company and created a new expression.  

In 1930, she debuted her haunting solo dance called Lamentation.  One of her first performances was in Brooklyn.  Immediately after the performance a woman came up to her and with tears thanked her for how much her dance meant to her.  

“Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
Martha Graham

Graham later found out that this woman had recently witnessed the death of her 9-year-old son who was struck by a truck in front of her and who had the incapacity to cry until that performance that gave her the vehicle and dignity to weep.  Graham insisted that if her dance could touch one person in the audience that it would be worth it.  She wanted her dances to be felt rather than understood.

Martha Graham, Communicating From the Heart !
Martha Graham, Communicating From the Heart !

I think her story is truly inspirational whether you love or hate modern dance.  It is a story of a person who passionately followed her heart against all tormenters and naysayers.  

She pursued her art and wanted that art to speak to whoever was willing to listen and be receptive to it.  I think we all can learn a valuable lesson when we hear the stifling looks of others who believe we are not worthy to pursue what we want in life because we do not meet whatever criterion or standard that the public has set for us.  

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
Martha Graham 

We can all follow our heart more than our minds and work to achieve greatness through our capacity to express ourselves by communicating From the Heart and hopefully that expression will touch at least one other life.
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