Value of a Plan. Just as a builder would hesitate to erect a house without a carefully worked-out plan, so a writer should be loath to begin an article before he has outlined it fully. In planning a building, an architect considers how large a house his client desires, how many rooms he must provide, how the space available may best be apportioned among the rooms, and what relation the rooms are to bear to one another. In outlining an article, likewise, a writer needs to determine how long it must be, what material it should include, how much space should be devoted to each part, and how the parts should be arranged. Time spent in thus planning an article is time well spent.
Outlining the subject fully involves thinking out the article from beginning to end. The value of each item of the material gathered must be carefully weighed; its relation to the whole subject and to every part must be considered. The arrangement of the parts is of even greater importance, because much of the effectiveness of the presentation will depend upon a logical development of the thought. In the last analysis, good writing means clear thinking, and at no stage in the preparation of an article is clear thinking more necessary than in the planning of it.
Amateurs sometimes insist that it is easier to write without an outline than with one. It undoubtedly does take less time to dash off a special feature story than it does to think out all of the details and then write it. In nine cases out of ten, however, when a writer attempts to work out an article as he goes along, trusting that his ideas will arrange themselves, the result is far from a clear, logical, well-organized presentation of his subject. The common disinclination to make an outline is usually based on the difficulty that most persons experience in deliberately thinking about a subject in all its various aspects, and in getting down ir logical order the results of such thought. Unwillingness to outline a subject generally means unwillingness to think.
Time Changes :Â Travel westward, if you will, where the time changes. You go to bed saying to yourself that you will awaken at in the morning. You are traveling by sleeper on a fast express. You go to bed by Eastern Time, and while crossing the land enter the belt of Central Time, which is an hour slower; yet you awaken at literally five o’clock–not four o’clock, the absolute hour which would have been five for you had you remained in the Eastern belt; but the actual five o’clock of the new region, which is the Eastern six o’clock. Marvelous are the understandings and workings of the subconscious mind!
Upon giving this illustration in my campaigns, I have often been asked with some perplexity how is it that, if the subconscious mind is the omniscient and divine part of man, this sensitive medium may take up wrong suggestions, such as fear, worry, doubt, sorrow, fright, lack, limitation or poverty. The answer is very simple. All life is orderly and scientific, and works according to certain rules and regulations of nature. The same omniscient spirit which is within man is also within the acorn and the tree. The principle of life is God-Power. The God-Power in the acorn makes the oak; in you, it makes the man.
Alarm Clock : The Subconscious is the most wonderful thing in the human mind, and perhaps in all the world we know; for it is the omnipotent part of man. A single illustration will suffice to show this transcendent quality.
Did you ever go to bed at night desiring to awaken at a certain hour in the morning! The time may be altogether different from your usual arising hour, but is it not a fact that whatever it is, you generally awaken exactly on the dot. It may be two o’clock, three o’clock, four o’clock, five o’clock, six o’clock, or any other o’clock; but in nine cases out of ten you open your eyes on time.
This involves an operation of the omniscient part of man. The subconscious mind knows everything though, of course, it must be properly directed. If you wish to awaken at five o’clock in the morning, and are not used to rising at that hour, your conscious mind gives a strong suggestion which the subconscious takes up, and as a result you actually do emerge from sleep at the right moment, though without visible or external cause. Notice the omniscient (all-knowing) part of this again. You do not have to take out your watch and say ”eight hours from now will be five o’clock Standard Time–I shall get up at five o’clock.” No, it doesn’t make any difference whether it is two hours or five hours, whether it is eight minutes or 800 minutes. At the appointed time you will awaken. Just pause a moment and see what this means. You awaken at the appointed time, and there you are.
How do you live and conduct your life ? are you one of the vast majority of the population who say “I’ll Just Go With The Flow” ? Throughout our schooling we are taught to follow the crowd, get a job and all the rest of it.
In society the few individuals who break free of the herd mentality and accomplish great things are the ones we call successful. However when we examine things, there is actually no way to stand out and be one of those who are admired unless we stand out and be counted. We will be dealing with this in the next seminar on July 15th details at http://www.you-can-be.com/. Â
Now, back to the subject line â€“ going with the flow as most of us do means that on closer inspection we stay in the job we do not love, we stay in the relationship we know is right for us, we put up with the bodies which we do not like when we look in the mirror and the list goes on. Breaking free and being the person who you want to be or doing the things we dream of takes guts and character.
Self Development material (book, tapes, CDs & DVDs) are amongst the highest category of sales, even more astonishing is the data which shows that much of the material stays on the shelves of individuals or never get properly consumed. Not going with the flow will lead you closer to being, doing and having the things which you want and deserve.
Goal setting and being dedicated to Self and Personal Development takes real character and guts, people will question you and try to get you to abandon your dream.
In the next You-Can-Be seminar (see http://www.you-can-be.com/ ) I will be dealing with Goal Setting, Quantum Physics, Neuro Science and related topics. All of which is designed to give individuals tools and techniques to break free from ‘the flow’ and be whoever or whatever they choose to be.
If you are in the South West of the UK â€“ come along and spend the day immersing yourself in planning for the rest of your life.
Hello again, this is the 3rd and final post on this topic. It is indeed a crucial topic and something which all organisations
need to pay attention to and embrace. It is my hope that more consultants such as myself will build this link between
the functioning of company and the role of Diversity.
As companies deliver their products and services to wider and wider profile of target customers it is imperative that more minorities, people of color and women are encouraged to be part of organizations and importantly are seen to be operating throughout their chosen organization at all levels.
The companies which innovate and reinvent themselves on a continuous basis are the companies which will retain their competitive advantage in the market place. Invention and innovation requires creativity and creativity requires true diversity.
Indeed the message that needs to be propagated throughout the organization is one that creativity is driven by true Diversity and, in turn creativity is the main driving force behind innovation and invention. It is this innovation and invention which enable companies to maintain their competitive advantage, this advantage drives profitability and this profitability continually establishes the business case for Diversity.
Thanks for reading, do get in touch to share ideas and for business collaboration.
Diversity is not just a “Feel Good Issue” in fact it may be more of a correct statement to classify Diversity as “A Critical Business Issue” i.e. there is a compelling business case for diversity. Today’s customers have a choice in purchasing products and services and; with the internet enable world that choice is becoming more and more global on a daily basis. In fact, companies who want to be the winners in their market space and particularly those who want to be big winners, simply cannot afford to practice and conduct business with policies of exclusion in existence.
The companies who want to succeed are the ones who take Diversity beyond the Human Resources department and make it a part of the fabric of the everyday business transactions. These companies take Diversity to a level where they become role models to other companies in terms of inclusion as they welcome employees with different styles, different perspectives, different ideas, different passports, different accents and different skin colors into all levels of the business. These employees are welcomed and are used to make decisions, develop products, engage with customers as a matter of course based upon their skill set.
I’ll conlude this thread in the next post, as always do contact me to discuss or if you need my assistance with your Diversity Strategy.
Often within organizations the question is asked (by varying sections of the workforce) “why are we bothering with Diversity”? The point being, “things have not been so bad up until this point so why divert time, energy and money into this thing called Diversity which only seems to be in existence to help certain sections of the workforce” and often can be interpreted as acting as a career progression disadvantage to the employees who come from the dominant sections of the workforce.
Today more that ever there is a need to establish the business case for Diversity and to ensure that the message is passed down throughout al levels of the organization.
Above is a snippet of an interview between myself and Nadia Saba
Head Of Diversity for Avon & Somerset Police
It is fair to say that Diversity is often greeted with a certain amount of skepticism and doubt, is normally ‘owned’ by the Human Resources department whose task it is to ensure that Diversity is implemented throughout the organization.
In some cases the individuals with the Human Resources who are tasked with rolling out the program may not be fully up to speed with Diversity themselves and with the root cause as to why it is essential in today business landscape to have a coherent Diversity program which is understood by all within the organization.
This is where establishing the business case for Diversity comes into play, it moves the emotional aspect out of focus and gives employees the ‘real reason why it is so important for their organization to have a coherent Diversity strategy in place i.e. it is down to the effect on the bottom line business results as the company continually strives to establish its competitive advantage over and against the other companies operating in the same market space.