Saturday, January 26, 2008

5 Secret Words To Unlock Your Creativity

When faced with a problem, how many times have you heard the following phrases coming out of someone's mouth (even your own)? "I can't do it", "It won't work", "It'll never happen", "Nobody can do that", "There's no way", "That's impossible", "There's no such thing".

What if you could eradicate, wipe out, eliminate these phrases from your vocabulary? How would your life be improved? Do you believe it's possible to make a paradigm shift in your thinking? Then here is a deceptively simple and imminently powerful phrase to open a world of possibilities to your brain.

These are five secret words that will allow your creative genius (and yes, we all have it) to start working its magic: "I don't yet see how. . ." That's it. Five words. Let me explain why this is so powerful, one word at a time.

"I" - this takes the statement down to you, personally. It avoids globalizing (i.e. - that something is impossible) and it keeps the ownership of and responsibility for the solution in your power.

"Don't" - a statement of fact. Merely an observation that at this moment in time, you do not see. No judgment is implied about your ability to see, your likelihood of seeing, your desire to see. Simply that you don't right now.

"Yet" - probably the most powerful part of the statement. This word signals to your brain that the solution WILL become visible.

Have you ever noticed something in your environment and said to yourself, "Has that been there all along? How could I have missed that?" The word, 'yet' opens a space in your thinking that allows you to see the solution when it is available. This is another way to express the adage that "When the student is ready, the teacher appears".

"See" - this could be substituted by the word "understand". This indicates to your brain that the solution exists somewhere but you don't yet have access to it. You either don't see it or don't understand it, but it's there somewhere to be seen and/or understood.

"How" - again, a signal to your brain that there IS a way to accomplish whatever you currently see as an obstacle.

Try this magical phrase on for size the next time you run into a roadblock. And as you knock down obstacle after obstacle, help people you love to see *their* possibilities and solutions.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

From the folks who brought you Simple-ology

I'm evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they're letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Emerging from the Oooooze

I haven't written anything here in an eon or two, so I thought I would today.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

It's Getting Warmer ... Warmer ...

Ethical Society discusses climate change for Earth Day.

By Mike DiCicco
April 26, 2006
2003 Connection Newspapers. All Rights Reserved.

In the spirit of Earth Day, the Northern Virginia Ethical Society discussed saving the world at their Sunday meeting at Green Hedges School.

Guest speaker Vicki Arroyo, director of policy analysis for the nonprofit, nonpartisan Pew Center on Global Climate Change, acknowledged that since the first Earth Day in 1970, "tremendous strides" have been made in the U.S. to stem man's ill effects on the environment. However, she said, there is still much more work to be done to even understand those effects, let alone offset them. read complete article

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

"The Binding of Isaac" - Platform Address April 9

On April 9, 2006 Fritz Williams will speak about "The Binding of Isaac." The Biblical story (Genesis 22) of God putting Abraham to the test by commanding him to take his son Isaac's life and offer him up as a sacrificial burnt offering is one of the most poignant and troubling
passages in the entire Bible.

Through the centuries, rabbis, imams, priests, and ministers have attempted to make theological and moral sense of it. Fritz Williams provides a deeply personal and humanistic encounter with this ancient story. Fritz is a graduate of the Philadelphia Lutheran Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary, and currently leader of the Baltimore Ethical Society.
Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Ethical Society.
Time: 11:00 a.m.
This event is free.
Address: 225 Nutley St., NW, Vienna, VA 22180.
For driving directions and more information about NoVES,
please visit the website,, or call 703-437-3161.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

More Ethics on the Web

The Ethical Society of St. Louis makes their platform addresses available on the Web, too! You gotta love modern technology :-)

Ethics Matters- WCOM Radio

WCOM 103.5 FM
"Volunteer-Powered Community Radio"
Carrboro, North Carolina
presents -- among other things --
Ethics Matters with Charles Stern
Check out the thought-provoking words shared here.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Peace Camp Canada - Nader Hasan Speaks on March 5, 2006

"The New Landscape of the Middle East and what it means for the United States"

On March 5, 2006 the Northern Virginia Ethical Society will host Nader Hasan, who will discuss Peace Camp Canada and his experiences bringing Palestinian and Israeli youths together, often for the first time. Mr. Hasan will also discuss the implications of the Hamas victory elections for the Palestinians.

Nader Hasan, an American-Palestinian trial attorney who maintains his own law practice in Virginia, has been deeply involved in activities to bring the youth of Palestine and Israel together, through Peace Camp Canada and through other programs. Peace Camp Canada's objective is to host a group of Israeli and Palestinian youth, to reduce their mutual misunderstanding, eliminate stereotypes, and to build trust and respect. By giving Israelis and Palestinians a chance to meet, to engage in social activities and to interact with one another, the camp provides participants an opportunity to understand the other side. Hopefully, these leaders of tomorrow share their new understanding with their own communities when they return to the "Holy Land." Sponsored by the Northern Virginia Ethical Society. Time: 11:00 a.m. This event is free. Address: 225 Nutley St., NW, Vienna, VA 22180. For driving directions and more information about NoVES, please visit the website, WWW.NOVES.ORG, or call 703-437-3161.