christine e. middleton

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Seeds of Destiny

Hope is the Seed of Faith
Faith is the Seed of Drive 
Drive is the Seed of Seek
Seek is the Seed of Knowledge
Knowledge is the Seed of Awareness 
Awareness is the Seed of Power
Power is the Seed of Choice 
Choice is the Seed of Abundance
Abundance is the Seed of Dream
Dream is the Seed of Happiness
Happiness is the Seed of Pleasure
Pleasure is the Seed of Desire
Desire is the Seed of Destiny

New research: Paper trumps screens when it comes to understanding and remembering what we’ve actually read.
Highlighted in Experience Life, a 2013 study led by Anne Mangen, PhD, an associate professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at Norway’s University of Stavanger, found:

People who read on paper score better on comprehension tests than those who read on computer screens. 

"Mangen says you don’t have to toss out your favorite e-reader.  Perhaps consider choosing a screen for that lighter fare and a book when studying for the bar exam.”

New research: Paper trumps screens when it comes to understanding and remembering what we’ve actually read.

Highlighted in Experience Life, a 2013 study led by Anne Mangen, PhD, an associate professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at Norway’s University of Stavanger, found:

People who read on paper score better on comprehension tests than those who read on computer screens. 

"Mangen says you don’t have to toss out your favorite e-reader.  Perhaps consider choosing a screen for that lighter fare and a book when studying for the bar exam.”

Did you know your travel choices can make the world a healthier place and empower others?

Great article in NY Times with resources on hotels, companies, initiatives that aim to make money AND do the right thing.

This is “bookmarkable.”

A good piece to glean a few insights into how content via social media needs to be approached. Using Mad Men as an example:

"But if their show is really about strong story-telling and strong visuals, they can still carry that same tone over to social and weave their own offline stories that keep people thinking, guessing and chattering about the show."

fastcompany:

The critical favorite has lost a lot of social ground to the likes of Westoros, Heisenberg and the zombies. Does it matter? Read more>

"Within every one of us is the energy that makes the sun rise every day and keeps the planets aligned. It’s there - already inside you waiting for you to know it.

And when you tap into your connection with that source, that miraculous energy, what I know for sure…

the Universe rises up to meet you in unimaginable ways and will help you create the life you want.”

- Oprah Winfrey (intro for 21-day meditation series with Deepak Chopra)

"If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
- Thomas Edison

"If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."

- Thomas Edison

The mind is for seeing, the heart is for hearing.

― Arabic saying

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

- Proverbs

With whom do you surround yourself daily and in terms of friends and confidants?

These people determine your future… so where are you headed?

Does this fit with your dreams?

Do these people stretch, grow and nourish/ support you OR do they keep you weighted down in doubt and mediocrity?

Willa Cather is right. We spend so much time “doing” we often forget “being,” which is equally important.

Watching TV/mobile devices doesn’t count.

Nature and creativity, along with daily gratitude for what is good in the moment, is what most happy people point to when asked.

Doing so makes us more balanced within, focused on what’s important, more compassionate when people/things fall short, ability to be creative and spontaneous… 

Force yourself to be outside, go for a walk, focus on flowers starting to bloom, your breath, play with your pet… intentionally add time into your schedule to just “be” with yourself as your own best friend. 

Everyone around you will thank you for it.

Thought leadership is a RESULT of what you do, not what you say you do. 

I see this mistake - self-proclamation as a thought leader - far too often. What it really conveys the opposite in reader’s minds. Like a person who says their rich. (If you are, you don’t need to talk about it.)

Thought leaders don’t just package information and call it a day. They have proof of benefiting others, shaping their industry, making a difference, and use their case studies not to say how great they are, but instead to showcase how their ideas can and have shaped the world in some way.

(In other words, they don’t need to talk about themselves. Evidence and other people do that for them.)

Steve Jobs didn’t sell the features of Apple computers and handheld devices. He sold a greater vision. Through Apple’s products and way of thinking, Jobs changed the world one person (computer) at a time.

That is a thought leader. Ideas and ways of thinking that are outside the box. Innovative and often against the grain in order to stand out and make the competition need to catch up. Ideas that shape and make a difference (hopefully for the better good). 

It’s more than just packing up content and creating a lot of PR around what you’ve been doing for umpteen years…

In fact, some would argue the difference of a thought leader is by how viral their idea goes

I’d say it’s more than that (because not every business makes sense to be on social media), but that is a start and indication your idea resides if you are. 

Therefore, please don’t call what you do “thought leadership,” as it is a result or outcome of what you do …according to impact (and the opinion of others).

How do you take care of yourself, especially in times of uncertainty? Life is changing for the majority of us in one way or another, and that constant looming feeling of discomfort seems to be the norm for many.
Depression, overeating and other addictions, often flare. But this isn’t living. It’s reactionary and, in some cases, stuffing down what needs to be paid attention to - your inner you feeling afraid, inadequate or at odds with the choices you are making versus who you really are as a gift to this world.
The best way to thrive in uncertainty is to embrace it by finding the opportunity that lies ahead.
Better said: To see life as an adventure, which may mean letting go of a lot of creature comforts, former ways of decision-making and opening up to a more proactive, authentic and joyful approach to living… no matter what is happening around us.
Here are a few (edited) tips from “Live Inside Out" blog by Renee Trudeau, which are helpful tools to weather change and live more authentic lives:
Examine your values (what’s most important to you?)
Be willing to explore life from the inside out (your intuition and true voice versus your feelings or that parent/authority figure voice in your head telling you what you should do)
Practice gratitude: giving thanks for all you do have; a daily gratitude practice shifts your mood faster than anything else!
Define what happiness really means to you (your answer may surprise you!)
Identify your anchors (e.g., journaling, spirituality, nature) and what you need to truly rejuvenate and deeply nourish yourself
Live more in the present moment (right here, right now is the only true stress-free zone) You cannot change yesterday and tomorrow hasn’t happened so wake up! Stop your inner record every time you catch it pulling you back in time or worrying about the future… (oh, and BTW, over thinking/obsessing can also be a form of addiction).
Explore your contemplative side: step back and take time to reflect and examine your fears and barriers to success.
Pause and examine how you see things (do you play the “what if” up game or the “what if” down game; are you an optimist or a pessimist?)
Build a support network: get comfortable asking for and receiving help
Imagine the possibilities: are you open to expanding into an even better life/job/relationship/business than you ever imagined?
Serve others, volunteer: nothing pulls us out outside of ourselves faster that working in a soup kitchen
Embrace your body: breath work, yoga, conscious movement are essential tools for navigating uncertain times 
Build a daily practice of taking care of yourself so moving forward is possible and joy is present even when the path is unclear.

How do you take care of yourself, especially in times of uncertainty? Life is changing for the majority of us in one way or another, and that constant looming feeling of discomfort seems to be the norm for many.

Depression, overeating and other addictions, often flare. But this isn’t living. It’s reactionary and, in some cases, stuffing down what needs to be paid attention to - your inner you feeling afraid, inadequate or at odds with the choices you are making versus who you really are as a gift to this world.

The best way to thrive in uncertainty is to embrace it by finding the opportunity that lies ahead.

Better said: To see life as an adventure, which may mean letting go of a lot of creature comforts, former ways of decision-making and opening up to a more proactive, authentic and joyful approach to living… no matter what is happening around us.

Here are a few (edited) tips from “Live Inside Out" blog by Renee Trudeau, which are helpful tools to weather change and live more authentic lives:

  • Examine your values (what’s most important to you?)
  • Be willing to explore life from the inside out (your intuition and true voice versus your feelings or that parent/authority figure voice in your head telling you what you should do)
  • Practice gratitude: giving thanks for all you do have; a daily gratitude practice shifts your mood faster than anything else!
  • Define what happiness really means to you (your answer may surprise you!)
  • Identify your anchors (e.g., journaling, spirituality, nature) and what you need to truly rejuvenate and deeply nourish yourself
  • Live more in the present moment (right here, right now is the only true stress-free zone) You cannot change yesterday and tomorrow hasn’t happened so wake up! Stop your inner record every time you catch it pulling you back in time or worrying about the future… (oh, and BTW, over thinking/obsessing can also be a form of addiction).
  • Explore your contemplative side: step back and take time to reflect and examine your fears and barriers to success.
  • Pause and examine how you see things (do you play the “what if” up game or the “what if” down game; are you an optimist or a pessimist?)
  • Build a support network: get comfortable asking for and receiving help
  • Imagine the possibilities: are you open to expanding into an even better life/job/relationship/business than you ever imagined?
  • Serve others, volunteer: nothing pulls us out outside of ourselves faster that working in a soup kitchen
  • Embrace your body: breath work, yoga, conscious movement are essential tools for navigating uncertain times 

Build a daily practice of taking care of yourself so moving forward is possible and joy is present even when the path is unclear.

"Beware of the man who won’t be bothered with details."


- William Feather, American publisher
"Beware of the man who won’t be bothered with details."
- William Feather, American publisher

fastcompany:

After months of teasing, Twitter officially confirmed that its new redesign is nigh. And—brace yourselves—it looks a lot like Facebook.

Your prospects aren’t going to buy your stuff until they get the answers they seek.

Perspective into how to approach social media/content marketing… Marketer Barry Feldman, writer for Social Media Today, and owner of Feldman Creative.

Good advice.

Give away what you used to charge for when it comes to content and answers. Nonprofits, in particular, need to approach this differently with old membership models. All organizations need to think becoming a resource that spoon feeds information in bite-size chunks that are easy to find and digest.

(Harvard Business Review is one model maybe to consider - they provide context and findings on any given subject, with deeper insights on any subject available when you pay a subscription fee. They also provide a free blog with experts in their network providing perspectives all the time.)

Companies need to move away from traditional thinking when it comes to marketing and advertising. Social media is NOT just another way to push out information online. 

It’s called “social” for a reason…

It’s a relationship to share information once trust and like-ability has been established.  You can advertise all you want but if your company may not even appear in a search leaving prospects to wonder, how great are you really?

Have others do the talking about you in other places online and find ways to appear online or associated other sources your target audience relies upon.

Maybe social media isn’t where your audience goes. Do you know? And maybe your CEO isn’t the best person to do the talking (especially online).

(This is where knowing your audience and brand are essential.)

In general, don’t preach but  teach. Provide information people can actually put to test and use without hiring you. Once you become a trusted resource, you’ve also got a qualified lead on your hands.

As the article on content marketing in Entrepreneur.com concludes:

"By answering…questions preemptively, you’ll both demonstrate your thought leadership on the subject and cut through the clutter of content that doesn’t provide information your audience is actively seeking."

Are you considered a competent jerk at work? Or, are you working with someone who loves to take people “down” for sport?

This (dry) interview with really good insights if you are looking for The Best Way to Play Office Politics.”

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