Institute for Global Listening and Communication

Mindfully Listen

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"And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about." 
~Haruki Murakam
January 12, 1949

      "Listen! There's A World Waiting To Be Heard."
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I  ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Recognition of the existence 
or the truth of something:

Over the past 4 weeks a series of events have occurred in my life that formerly would have disoriented me for months. What I
acknowledge is the power of listening in the present moment.
These events required me to temporarily relocate to another state; store my belongings; continue conducting business and focus on a project that will scientifically give credence to the listening work to which I've dedicated the last 50 years of my life.
II  APPRECIATION
An expression of admiration or approval; 
an increase in value.  
It is a pattern for me to fall into criticizing my efforts by having the thoughts, "I could've/should've/would've done" differently "if only"...For a few days, I fell into "stagnation"; going through the motions. It was on a coaching call with one of my clients that I "heard" the homework assignment that I gave to my client, apply also to me. The homework assignment...take only the actions, items, input 
that contribute to the immediate activity in front of me. Nothing more, nothing less. Stay focused/present. I began to appreciate the rigor, insight and information gained in this challenging situation. The disciplined required under these circumstances actually brought "freedom". Imagine that?!
III  ACCEPTANCE 
A recognition, respect either expressly or by conduct to an act or offer.  
First, I let people KNOW what was important to me, clearly, briefly (no drama) honestly and non-explanatory.

Second, I kept my requests and information SIMPLE. I shared "what" about  my agenda was important and was bold in stating "how come" it was important to me to keep the agenda on track. I accepted  feedback, comments and input from others. However, acceptance did not mean agreement, it meant recognition and respect for another's perspective.    Third, I made it a point to say "what" part of the input was being accepted. I also clearly stated "what" I would include from the input when choosing the best solution to resolve the challenge. I said a lot of "thank yous". When I practiced these simple concepts, this "life situation" became empowering, transformative and most importantly, more authentic of me. I graciously accepted the vulnerable aspects of me, versus the "wonder woman" aspects of me. There's "wonder woman" AND there's Carol. I'm listening "longer" and trusting myself at a deeper level. My relationship with myself has become a "wonderment". How awesome is that? What an AHA moment!

 REMINDER: LISTEN! 
It's the most influential way
To
Your Money

"Mindfully listen to your thoughts;they form your words;

Mindfully listen to your words; they form your actions;

Mindfully listen to your actions; they dictate your habits;

Mindfully listen to your habits; they establish your character;

Mindfully listen to your character; it reveals your destiny;"

~Lorac 1938  

     

 "Listen! There's A World Waiting To Be Heard."
 
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Mindfulness
Definition:  Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by
focusing one's awareness on the present moment,
while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's
feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
(Psychology Today)
 
 So how do you mindfully listen to your money? I'll answer that shortly. 
Inform:
I recently spent 72 hours with some highly financially successful people. One of the major questions they all asked was "how to mindfully listen to money?"
Answer:
 (1) by mindfully listening to the amount to pay yourself first from each paycheck which provides a "psychological" safety net; paying yourself first at minimum 10% of your monthly income for starters, begins the practice of mindfully listening to your needs versus being "driven" by the fear of lack.

(2) by mindfully listening to and honoring a budget allows for organization of finances. Mindfully organizing one's finances allows one to see how much money they do have versus how much money they don't have.

(3)  by mindfully listening to the amount of money spent on material goods. Even though they have the money to spend on material goods, the mindful listening occurs in living below their means.  Warren Buffet, one of the top ten richest men in the world today drives only one not-so-luxurious car. A Cadillac DTS that he purchased six or seven years ago and he keeps it in top notch condition. 

Now that's mindfully listening at it's best! Take these few steps to begin to practice mindfully listening to your money. 
HOMEWORK:
Take 7 minutes per day to practice mindfully listening to what the image is now that you have the ample amount of finances to live your birthright (which is abundance). Mindfully listen to your financial success in the present moment.  This practice will enable you to begin the practice of mindfully listening to your money. Practice these two mindful listeningTM exercises for 28 days and have a truly abundant life!
"Practice makes permanent!"
(Credits to unknown author)

REMINDER: MINDFULLY LISTEN!
It's the most influential way

to be heard!

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Thank you for listening!

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