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August 29, 2012

Six Sigma Projects : The First One

Filed under: Six Sigma — Alec @ 10:55 am

Let’s take a minute to talk about what Six Sigma really means. By definition, it is a business management strategy, developed originally in 1986 by Motorola. Six Sigma finds ways of improving the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects, or errors, and minimizing variability in the manufacturing and business process. It is based upon a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization (“Black Belts”, “Green Belts”, etc.) who are experts in these methods. Each Six Sigma project defines a sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets that are meant to be accomplished like cost reduction and/or profit increase.

Now that we are all “in the know” about Six Sigma, I want to share with you some of my past and present projects. Let’s start with The First One.

I completed my first Six Sigma project a long time ago. So long ago that we did not call the process Six Sigma. Surprisingly I did not actually take notes, document the project or keep a copy of the tests. This is all from memory!

In the early 1970s when the United Auto Workers (UAW) was on strike at General Motors (GM) I was fortunate to be sent to a Statistical Process Control class at the GM Tech Center for 6 weeks. Upon my return, I was given the number one quality problem on the assembly line : Why can’t we balance the engines at hot test?

Great question. All the sub-components were balanced individually. Then at hot test, the harmonic balancer was drilled or weights were added to balance the whole engine assembly. The problem was that the engine was so out of balance that we could not bring the engine in.

We formed a small team of engineers, supervisors and hourly employees to try to solve the problem. At first we made the assumption that the out of balance was a result of random chance from the cumulative impact of all the
components. After collecting data, we quickly realized the major problem, 90% +, occurred with manual transmissions. So, we did the normal Trial and Error with the worst engines and started switching parts that were manual transmission specific. Very quickly we identified the worst offender: the manual transmission flywheel.

We began to collect more data and run more tests as well as a Design of Experiments (DOE). The team was suspicious of not only the flywheel but also the clutch slave plate and housing. In order to do our DOE, we needed to measure some parts. That was our 1st revelation, our Aha! Moment, when we found the clutch slave plate and housings were very accurate, but the flywheel mounting holes for the slave plate and housing were not. Our DOE showed a direct correlation to flywheel crank hole size and flywheel sub-assembly balance to the engine imbalance.

Now we were narrowing our search to the flywheel crank bore operation, clutch slave housing hole drilling operation and the balancing operation. The team ran another DOE and identified ALL were significant.

We changed the clutch slave housing hole drilling operation to a drill reamer with little success until we used an expanding arbor on the crank diameter. Everything improved dramatically, but not enough. We had cut the defects by 50% at hot engine test, but we still had a huge quality issue.

We did another DOE with the balance machine. The flywheel balance machine had a simulated clutch housing and slave plate. The DOE was using 3 or 6 bolts to locate the simulated plate to the flywheel. Our feedback showed a huge error. We realized that we needed an expanding arbor on the balancing machine that located on the crank diameter. We reran our DOE and got a smaller but still significant error. Finally, we changed our location pins to 3 diamond pins aligned on the circumference, held our breath and ran a sample group through assembly.

We had reduced our test stand unbalance by 90%

ACTIONS >>
1.  Identified manual transmission
2.  Expanding arbor on the clutch housing mountings holes
3.  Drill Reamer combination with tighter bushings and PM on the bushings
4.   Expanding arbor on the balancing machining with 3 radial locating pins

 

August 27, 2012

Passion for Life

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 8:38 am

I love Chuck’s articles, just by chance I ran into a second one in two days! This one talks about Enthusiasm and Passion, both are great qualities in your business leaders, your sales force, your employees and your life. Give me Passion for Life any day.

“Enthusiasm and Passion” by Chuck Gallozzi

“People who never get carried away should be,” Malcolm S. Forbes (1919~1990)

The word ‘enthusiasm’ comes from Greek and means God within (entheos). It refers to a divine spark or fire that burns within the breast of those with a passion for a cause, job, or life in general. “Enthusiasm,” according to Henry Ford, “is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.” Enthusiasm is all that and a lot more. Years may wrinkle the skin, but the absence of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. For this reason, Malcolm S. Forbes said, “People who never get carried away should be!”

Did you ever return from a hard day of work completely drained? You plop down in a chair exhausted. After hearing a ring, you get up and struggle to the phone. Your friend is on the line, enthusiastically describing a party taking place at his home. “Come on over,” he says. You know what happens next . . . Suddenly you find yourself filled with energy and on your way to the party. That is an example of the power of enthusiasm. It is a source of boundless energy. The trick is to expand your passion to include your job, family, and all that life encompasses. Once you do so, you’ll never be tired again.

Enthusiasm will not only make you more productive, but it will lighten burdens and make obstacles easier to overcome. You will have the energy to succeed. It will also make you happier, for as Charles Kingsley wrote, “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief goals of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Enthusiasm is contagious, but so is the lack of it. Look about. Are your companions moping around with glazed eyes? If so, maybe it’s because of you! Turn on your mental ignition; get excited and you will find that your enthusiasm will spark theirs. When you are enthusiastic in the workplace, you inspire others and win their cooperation.

Turbocharging Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm, like the gasoline in the tank of our car, will take us where we wish to go. But when we turbocharge it, enthusiasm transforms into passion. An all-consuming passion provides the drive and commitment to succeed.

A person without passion has no more value than a candle without a flame or fire without light. By passion I mean zeal, fiery enthusiasm, or fervor. It is the force that relentlessly drives one forward. It is a burning desire that creates commitment to a person, project, or to life itself. A world without passion is a world without Mother Teresa, Mozart, or Michelangelo. Every great endeavor has been fueled by passion.

The opposite of passion is indifference. A society in which no one cares about their job or country is on the verge of collapse. Passion is the motor that propels us to our destination and the glue that binds our society together. However, not all passion is good. That’s why Henri Frederic Amiel wrote, “The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes.” Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, Jim Jones, and Charles Manson were passionate. Passionate, but grossly misguided. Instead of reaching for the stars, they dove into the depths of hell.

To be of value, passion must be illuminated by knowledge. Before giving our heart, we must make sure the object of our passion is ennobling, not destructive. Those on a spiritual quest, for example, should exercise great caution before joining any new group. Examine the claims and research the background of the group before getting excited. Otherwise, you could wind up becoming a cult member.

Also, passion is not to be confused with obsession. When we are obsessed, we are controlled by cravings. We become slaves to addictions and compulsions. The only progress we make is downward. Once we are in a tailspin, it’s hard to recover by ourselves. So, if we find ourselves in such a predicament, we need to find outside help. Passion, on the other hand, is a conscious decision. We choose to devote ourselves to a worthwhile cause, such as our family, career, or charity.

Passion has magical power. It can bring the nonexistent into existence. For example, Walt Disney’s passion helped him overcome severe setbacks, a nervous breakdown, and the discouragement of staff, peers, and friends. Acting against the advice of all, he transformed his dream of Disneyland into reality. Another magical quality of passion is its ability to lighten our load. With the wave of a wand, work becomes fun! Tedious effort becomes exciting! Passion is also power, for as Margaret Mead wrote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

You will also find that doors that are locked for ordinary folks suddenly open for those with passion. How can one resist their enthusiasm? Even if the doors remained shut, the fire of their passion would burn them down! The passionate have big dreams and big dreams come with big problems. But who cares? Those with passion are focused on their goals, not themselves. They are wrapped up in their dreams, not their worries. They don’t have the time or inclination for self-pity. When things go wrong, they learn from their mistakes and quickly continue on their way.

Consider for a moment, what are the alternatives to a life of passion? Would you rather go to work with a frown, instead of a smile? Would you rather lead an empty life or one filled with purpose? Would you rather delight in or dread the beginning of a new day? Would you rather be a survivor or a success? Whenever it is a matter of ability or passion, passion is always the victor in the battle for success.

Spike Lee offers this advice, “It is really important that young people find something that they want to do and pursue it with passion. I’m very passionate about filmmaking. It’s what I love to do.” The American Industrialist, Charles M. Schwab, had this to add, “The person who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor to find much fun in life.”

Recapping the Benefits of Enthusiasm and Passion

1. When we plug into enthusiasm or passion, we plug into energy. Another way to say this is with the formula, “E=mc2.” That is, Enthusiasm = motivation x courage. In other words, enthusiasm equals the willingness and courage to act. The path to greatness is covered with obstacles, which explains why so few achieve it. But enthusiasm provides the energy to succeed.

2. Do you wish to be a leader? The key to charisma, persuasion, and influence is enthusiasm and passion

3. Knowhow and talent offer little help when unaccompanied by enthusiasm. But passion transforms ordinary people into extraordinary ones. Every great deed was brought about by enthusiasm.

4. Enthusiasm makes life more pleasant, for as the Roman poet Virgil (c. 70~19 BC) wrote, “Let us go singing as far as we go; the road will be less tedious.”

Caveats

1. We have a natural yearning for excitement, but if we don’t channel that desire properly, we may seek it in all the wrong places, such as drugs. Are you searching for happiness? Don’t waste your time. Rather, search for something good to be enthusiastic about, and happiness will automatically follow.

2. Dare to dream big. It is hard to whip up enthusiasm and passion for small or trivial projects. Big, yet achievable, goals will provide a life purpose.

3. Beware of a common mistake; do not wait until you feel enthusiastic, inspired, or feel good before you begin important tasks. Act first and good feelings and enthusiasm will follow. The English music critic and musicologist, Ernest Newman (1868~1959) put it this way, “The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration.”

4. Once you are enthusiastic, don’t assume you will automatically remain that way. All emotions are subject to change, unless you regularly cultivate them. To maintain the fire of enthusiasm you must feed it with new hopes, actions, effort, and vision.

5. Tune into your dream. Wrap up yourself in it. You have to experience it in your mind before you experience it in life. What does it smell, sound, taste, and look like? Feel it.

Tips on Cultivating Enthusiasm and Passion

1. What about your job? You won’t be enthusiastic about it unless you love what you do. If you were unable to find a job that you are passionate about, make the best of the situation. Look for the good and the potential of your present job. Also, make a plan and take action that will lead you to the job of your dreams. It may be a long struggle before you get there, but like climbing Mount Everest, you will find the journey exhilarating.

2. Don’t waste time by hanging out with negative people. Stick with a circle of enthusiastic and optimistic friends. If you need more friends, consider joining a club such as the Optimist Club or Toastmasters International, for their members are usually enthusiastic.

3. We live in the largest room in the world. The room for improvement! The fact that we can improve ourselves is exciting. A sure way to inject some enthusiasm into your life is to take some adult education courses, read some good books, learn the martial arts, how to dance, or anything else. Embrace life and light the torch of others with your own enthusiasm.

4. Another helpful act is to keep a Gratitude Journal. Keep a diary or journal, and at the end of each day list at least five things that you are grateful for. This will help you focus on the positive and appreciate life. When done every day, Gratitude Journals can transform lives.

5. Did you ever enjoy a good movie? Isn’t it true that once the lights dim and the movie begins you quickly become immersed in it and grow interested in the unfolding plot? The next time you go to work, tell yourself you are in a movie theater and you will immerse yourself in a remarkable movie called My Life. Carefully watch how the plot progresses; focus on all the twists and turns. In other words, remain present, stay aware, and enjoy each challenge and opportunity that comes your way. Don’t be like some others who allow their minds to drift and wander, missing their own life story. How can you be enthusiastic about something you’re not paying attention to?

6. Our mind (thoughts), body, and emotions form an integrated triad. A change in one changes the other two. You can use this knowledge to bring about instant change. For example, let’s say you are at the office and are supposed to start working on an important project, but you lack enthusiasm and can’t seem to get started. Well, stop wasting time. Get up from your chair and mentally recall a time when you were very enthusiastic. How were you standing? Were your shoulders erect or sloping? Were you standing straight or slouched? What was your breathing pattern like? What was the expression on your face? What kind of thoughts flooded your mind?

When you feel enthusiastic, your emotions cause your thoughts and physiological stance. So, if you now change your thoughts, your emotions and physiology will also change. Likewise, if you change your physiology (posture, breathing, gestures), your feelings (emotions) and thoughts will change. So, force yourself to stand, breathe, and act the way you did when you were enthusiastic, and your physiology will change your thoughts and feelings, allowing you to return to work and get the job done! To get a better idea of the process, you can watch some short videos found here. In NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), this process is called “The Physiology of Excellence.”

7. Long before the advent of NLP, William James (1842~1910) was teaching a variation of the “Physiology of Success” technique, which is often called the ACT AS IF method. In his own words, “If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.” So, if you want to be courageous or enthusiastic, act as if you already are. When you do so, you will discover I don’t act this way because I’m enthusiastic; I’m enthusiastic because I act this way. William James explains it this way, “Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.”

8. Recapture the curiosity, exuberance, optimism and laughter of youth. Never grow up. Stay young at heart. After all, people don’t lose their enthusiasm because they grow old. Rather, they grow old because they lose their enthusiasm.

Finally, let’s remember the words of H.W. Arnold, “The worst bankrupt is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything in the world but his enthusiasm and will come through again to success.”

© Chuck Gallozzi For more articles and contact information, Visit http://www.personal-development.com/chuck

August 26, 2012

Wishing You Well

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 4:44 pm

An outstanding article by Chuck Gallozzi that I found posted on Rotary International website. I have always been a huge believer in the power of positive thought. Which then must be followed with action. My recommendation? Wish so hard that you actually do something positive with the thought!

“Achieving Your Wishes : Will Wishing Work?” by Chuck Gallozzi

Part I: Background
Do you wish you had a better job, bigger house, more friends, better health, less worries, and greater happiness? We all engage in wishing, but should we? Should we wish for more or be satisfied with what we have? Why can’t we do both? Just because we are satisfied with what we have doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t wish for more. After all, isn’t self-improvement or personal-development about wishing for more?
No, there isn’t anything wrong with wishing. A wish is merely the voice of our Higher Self reminding us that we have boundless potential and urging us to take advantage of it. If anything, we should wish to have, be, and do more because that’s how we help to create a better world. It is only when we have more than we need that we can share what we have with those who have less than they need. It is only when we are healthy that we can help the sick. And it is only when we are strong that we can help the weak. As you can see, wishing plays an important role, for we either allow ourselves to become what others will make of us, or we wish to become something better.
Did you ever toss a coin into a wishing well and make a wish? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had your own wishing well, one that would grant your every wish? Aware of it or not, that’s precisely what we have. We have a personal genie within us. It is our subconscious. Its sole purpose is to serve us. It serves us by regulating our heart and breathing rate, body temperature, and the flow of hormones, just to name a few of its many functions. But another major function of the subconscious is to grant our every wish! And it works tirelessly, 24/7, granting us what it believes we want.
Our subconscious is programmed to give us what we think about most of the time. As far as it is concerned, if we’re constantly thinking about something, it must be what we want, so that is what it gives us.

After hearing me say the above, Mary interrupted and said, “Hey, wait a minute! That can’t be true. For the last eight years all I have been thinking about is money, and money is what I have the least of. So, I don’t buy that garbage about getting what we think about.”

“Well, Mary,” I explained, “if you carefully analyze your thoughts, I think you will find that it wasn’t money, but the lack of money that you were thinking about. In other words, your thoughts were similar to these: ‘I never have enough money. Why is life so unfair? Others have money, but I never have enough to pay my bills on time. It frustrates and angers me that I don’t have enough money.’

“Since you are always thinking about not having enough money, your subconscious makes sure that becomes your reality because it is programmed to give you what you think about. Compare your thoughts to Tom. He is positive, optimistic, and cheerful. During most of his day he has thoughts like these: ‘I’m so lucky! I have many friends, a good job, enough money, good health, and many opportunities!’

“Can you see why Tom is in a much better position than you, Mary? His inner genie is granting his every wish by delivering what he thinks about. Look at how grateful Tom is for all he has. Living with gratitude will give you more to be grateful for. But if we choose to live with complaints, we will surely find more to complain about.”

Most of the time we are not aware of our thoughts, so, if we are not careful, we may slip into the wrong kind of thinking and like Mary end up getting the opposite of what we want. To prevent this from happening, it is best to actively pursue what we want. In other words, we should change our wish to an intention, the intention to a plan, and the plan to action. For as long as we are working our plan, our thoughts will be aligned with what we really want.

If we wish our inner wishing well to grant our wishes, we have to engage in wishing well, rather than wishing poorly. By wishing well, I mean active wishing or adding a plan of action to our wish. Many people, however, engage in wishing poorly. That is, their wishes are passive. They sit around, doing nothing, waiting for good luck to fall into their laps. Such people need to develop a backbone instead of a wishbone. Or as Frank Tyger said, “Wishing without work is like fishing without bait.” Summing up, does wishing work? Yes, as long as we do!

Part II: Wishing Strategy

The best way to attain our wishes is by combining the power of our conscious and subconscious minds. We use our conscious mind to become aware of our wishes and formulate plans to achieve them. And as long as we remain focused on our plans, we will have the right thoughts, which will act as instructions to our inner genie. Here is a strategic roadmap to help you achieve every wish.

1. Decide what you wish to do, be, or have. Be still and listen to your heart’s desire. Allow your Higher Self to speak to you.

2. Be specific. This is the first rule of goal-setting. In order to assist you, your inner genie needs to know exactly what you wish for. Wishing for more money or better health isn’t very helpful. How much more money to you wish to have? One penny? One hundred dollars? Or $50,000? How much healthier do you wish to be? Healthy enough to catch one less cold a year or healthy enough to climb to the top of the tallest mountain? Be specific.

3. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. Don’t make the same mistake that Mary did.

4. State you wish as, “I want to do, be, or have this or something better.” Sometimes life has better plans than your own, but if your eyes are locked onto your personal target, you may not see the better opportunity life is offering. So remind yourself to remain flexible, not only looking for what you are wishing for, but looking for something better as well, for that’s the only way you will notice it if it appears.

5. Stretch, but don’t overreach. Every wish implies that we have to stretch ourselves, but if we constantly overreach, we may meet with constant failure, which may cause us to believe we are a failure, which in turn may cause us to give up our dreams. Yet, if we remain timid, only pursuing the smallest wishes, we will not get very far in life. So, a balanced approach is necessary. First make reasonable wishes, and as your confidence grows, reach for bigger and bigger prizes. And if you fail at a particular goal, use it as a learning moment. Discover what you did wrong and apply what you learned to make future attempts more certain.

6. Make your wish measurable. You need a way to gage your success. For example, if you wish to lose two pounds a week for the next three months, that is easily measured and you will easily know how successful you are. Keep track of your results and adjust your actions when needed.

7. As a sign of your commitment, make a declaration. A declaration is a specific, clear, and descriptive affirmation of your wish. State it in the present tense and begin by stating “I am…”

For example, if your wish is to move into a bigger house, write down “I am now living in a bigger house.” Next, to make it more emotional, add an attractive description, such as, “I am now living in a large red brick house with ivy on the outside walls and black ceramic shingles covering the roof. I have a large flower garden with gazebo. Inside my four bedroom house I have hardwood floors, a fireplace, etc…” The description makes your wish more desirable, firing up the emotions so you work harder. The clearer and more vivid your description, the harder your subconscious will work to bring your wish into reality. Keep your declaration on a small index card that you always have with you and refer to it several times a day. This will keep both your conscious and subconscious minds focused on your wish.

8. Now that you know what you want, make a plan. What steps do you need to take to achieve your wish? Make a list. What resources do you need? On what dates will you carry out each step? Use the power of your conscious mind by employing goal-setting to create your plan. And as long as you remain focused on it, your subconscious will also get to work on it.

9. Make an alternative plan to deal with the unexpected. As we cannot predict the future, we should have a “Plan B” ready just in case. For example, a planned business partner may change their mind at the last minute and drop out, or the city may change the zoning laws, prohibiting your type of business, so be prepared.

10. Save yourself a lot of needless extra work by thinking about possible problems before they occur. What obstacles are you likely to meet and how will you overcome them? Now is the time to think about them. At times a problem may appear that absolutely stumps you. You may have no idea how to proceed. This is the area in which the subconscious is superior to the conscious mind. If you don’t know how to solve the problem, just do whatever you can think of, and as you remain focused on your wish, your subconscious will work 24 hours a day searching for a solution. And it will not cease until it finds one, which it will reveal to you.

11. What is the price you will have to pay to get your wish? How much time, effort, and sacrifice will be necessary? Are you willing to pay the price? If you are successful, what are the ramifications? How will it affect your family? Think this step through carefully.

12. The one thing that will get you from where you are to where you want to be is action. No other step is as important as this one. Now that you have a plan, implement it by taking action every day. Daily action is critical as often the path we must follow is not revealed until further along on our journey.

13. Have faith in the process. Believe your wish will be granted. Look forward to it and expect it. Once you deeply believe you will receive your wish you are already halfway there. But what shall you do if you find it too difficult to believe your wish will be granted? Here are some steps you can take:

Admit you don’t know everything.

Admit some very intelligent people claim we can have our wishes granted.

Admit that those who claim we can have our wishes granted are leading very successful lives.

Given these facts, admit that if it’s true for them, it should be true for you too.

Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t be successful, you’re right. So, choose to believe you can.

With weak faith you will probably get weak results, but acknowledge those results when they come and try again. Build up your faith one step at a time. As your faith grows, you’ll be able to handle bigger wishes.

14. Practice visualization. You have already made a declaration (Step 7), now spend ten minutes a day, longer if you wish, seeing yourself living your dream. You already practice visualization every day, but you do so unconsciously and call it by another name. You call it daydreaming. When we daydream about all the things that can go wrong in our lives, we are using the power of imagination in a destructive way. Daydreaming about your worries is programming yourself for failure. Practicing visualization is the opposite, for visualization is consciously using our imagination to program ourselves to achieve our dreams. Visualization simply takes advantage of the subconscious’ nature to bring into our lives more of what we think about.

15. Now that you are visualizing and expecting results, look for them. Look for results, opportunities, and signs that your wish has either arrived or is on its way. If you’re not alert, you may fail to see the opportunity that is right around the corner.

16. Enjoy the game and adventure of life. Do not wait for your wish to be granted before being happy. The journey to your dream should be just as exciting as the dream itself. So, enjoy every step of the way.

17. Practice gratefulness. Be grateful for everything you already have that is aligned with your wishes. The more you are grateful for what you have, the more you will have to be grateful for.

18. Keep a Wishing Works journal. Jot down your wishes, clarify and amplify them. Write down your experiences and record your successes. The journal will help you remain focused and thereby help you achieve a higher level of success.

19. Celebrate your victory and thank life for its gifts. Look forward to receiving a new wish and start the process again.

20. From time to time, consider the potential power of your wishes and decide how you best want to use this power. For instance, should I wish for another car or to make the world a better place by treating all I meet with kindness? Should I wish to travel abroad or to alleviate the suffering of others by spreading joy? Why not wish for both?

Part III: The Correct Mindset Is Your Foundation for Success

Larry believes life is a struggle, his career a rat race, the world a hostile place, and people cannot be trusted. He is a cynic, a pessimist, and a negative thinker.

Harry, on the other hand, believes life is a glorious adventure, his career a marvelous opportunity, the world a pleasant place, and people are basically good (all trying to do the best they can with what they have at the moment). He believes in the goodness of life, is an optimist, and a positive thinker.

Which of the two men is more likely to become successful? Which is more likely to have their wishes granted, dreams realized, and goals reached? Isn’t it clear that our mindset, or the way we view the world, is of critical importance?

What is the mindset of master wish achievers? Although their thoughts and mindset will vary slightly from person to person, if your mindset contains the following beliefs, you will be a master wish achiever. So study them well, embrace them, make them a part of you and you will achieve your dreams.

I ask for and receive everything I deserve from life.

I am grateful to life for everything I receive.

Life will grant all my wishes if I ask.

It is easy for me to accept the gifts life offers.

I believe fully and unconditionally in the power of life.

It is okay for me to accept everything I wish for.

Wishing is a natural ability that everyone unconsciously does, but I chose to wish consciously.

I am in control of my destiny and can ask life for anything and everything.

I am creating good health in my life.

I am creating good relationships in my life.

I am creating abundance in my life.

I am creating happiness in my life.

Every day I see and feel the results of my wishing.

I grow in abundance wherever I turn and I know I deserve abundance of all kinds.

The more grateful I am, the more I will have to be grateful for.

I accept the power that life graciously offers me.

I am receiving what I wish for in wonderful ways every day.

Abundance flows towards me in all ways at all times.

I connect with the constant flow of life’s abundance.

Returning to my original question, will wishing work? Absolutely, if you do. What kind of work is necessary? All you have to do is follow the 20-step Wishing Strategy, adopt the mindset of wish achievers, and study the principles outlined in one or more of the following books. Although all of the books are good, they approach the subject differently. So learn about the books and read their reviews at Amazon.com, and pick one or more that resonate with you.

Helpful Books

WISHING WELL: Making Your Every Wish Come True by Paul Pearsal

WISHES FULFILLED: Mastering the Art of Manifesting by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

AWAKEN YOUR POWER! The Secret of Life Revealed — How Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Joe Rapisarda

THE GENIE WITHIN: Your Subconcious Mind—How It Works and How to Use It by Harry W Carpenter

WISHING: How to Fulfill Your Heart’s Desires by Elizabeth Harper

WISHING, WELL! A Guide to Creating Your Dreams Through Cosmic Ordering by Steven Hall

TAKE 10! How to Achieve Your ‘Someday’ Dreams in 10 Minutes a Day by Rory Cohen

REFUSE TO CHOOSE!: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love by Barbara Sher

WISHCRAFT: How to Get What You Really Want by Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb

GET WHAT YOU WANT! Workbook to Reactivate Your Passion for Life, Find Your Purpose and Achieve Your Dreams by Kenneth West

© Chuck Gallozzi For more articles and contact information, Visit http://www.personal-development.com/chuck

August 9, 2012

Small Business : The driving force for jobs the last 15 years

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 11:25 pm

According to the SBA, small firms represent 99.7% of all US employee firms; they employ over half of the private sector, and they generate 64% of the new jobs over the last 15 years.

A Common Sense Approach to Sustainability by Tammy Kohl, pg xiii

August 5, 2012

We can’t help everybody, but if everybody helps somebody, we will be OK

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 8:47 pm

Pastor Rob’s sermon this morning was very poignant. Luke 16, 19-31 : The rich man in Hell asked God to warn his brothers to give to the poor.

Every sane rational person would feed and clothe a starving small child that shows up at our door. And not just today, but everyday. I do believe we need more to empower those who have less through our Christian Ministry ie, we need to tithe.

When it comes to charity, the government is the worst administrator. Only 25% of the money for aid actually gets to those in need (75% goes to administration and distribution). Where many Christian charities often 80%+ goes to the poor because they are facilitated by volunteers. The problem is with those that won’t help themselves. Even the poor in this country are rich by African standards. I continue to say teach them to fish, if they don’t want to fish, teach them to grow beans, if they don’t want to grow beans, teach them to sweep streets. I almost think we should give away beans and rice to everyone.

If everyone, even the poor gave 10%, the world would be a better place. I don’t think Jesus said only the rich are to tithe.

Who are we?

Filed under: Food for thought for friends — Alec @ 8:40 am

“We are a reflection of our integrity within the standard deviation of those who raised us. Unless, we have had a major event or events in our lives that changed the mean or the standard deviation.”  Alec McPherson

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