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The Artist In You Needs Your Intuition
Whenever you engage in creative activity you are strengthening your intuitive muscles — and vice versa.
Work and Intuition- A True Story
| Something wasn't quite right. The four members of the hiring team couldn't quite put words to what they were sensing. The candidate was quite qualified or so it seemed. The resume was fine. The references were ok but not glowing. The team had met with the candidate twice and invited him back one more time. They might not have been ready to say what was on their minds. All four were searching for reasons why they were so uncomfortable with him. The truth of the matter was that the four weren't ready to say we aren't comfortable not hiring him because we are uneasy.|
| If they were looking for evidence it was provided for them even before the third meeting began. The candidate asked the receptionist for directions to a nearby store. She apparently took more time than he was comfortable with and he got angry with her. The outburst was cause enough not to hire him.|
| Some companies would not have gone to these lengths to make their decisions. The best decisions are usually a combination of data or information that is both logical and intuitive in nature. One can fact check and then there is one's sense of a person or situation. The alignment of the two are ingredients for strong decisions.|
"All things are possible. The impossible takes a little longer."
- Are you tired of the negative news?
- Does it seem to take over your life?
- Do you think that there might be more than this menu of divisiveness?
| I have been on a mission to discover people who are doing extraordinary things for other human beings. There is no shortage of caring people. Let me tell you about 94-year-old Arnold Abbott. This man served in WW II and less than two decades later helped register "Negroes as they were called in those days" to vote. He is somebody that I would like to meet and I am willing to bet that so would you. I probably never will see him in the flesh as he is in Florida and I am way far away. So I did the next best thing. I called him, not thinking that he would actually answer the phone and he did. I was so unprepared to talk with him that I asked him when could I telephoned him again.|
| My question list was easy to prepare because there was enough information online and on his website www.lovethyneighbor.org. ( Love Thy Neighbor Fund, Inc. 6864 N. W. 25th Way, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309- telephone 954-682-2303)|
| The next time that I telephone him I was prepared at least I thought that I would be, but I wasn't. He was difficult to hear which might have been due to a poor connection or his soft-spoken voice. Nonetheless, here is his story.|
| This 94 year old kind-hearted man started his organization, Love Thy Neighbor,27 years ago It was a promise he kept to his Wife Maureen Abbott who asked him to continue helping people who have fallen on hard times. She had a great" heart for those in need." He carries on their legacy and commitment to helping others help themselves. with a goal to as he says to recycle and preserve the integrity of our most precious natural resource, human beings." Abbott spends upwards of 50 hours a week feeding homeless people in Broward County, Florida which has more than 10,000 homeless men, women and children.|
| Abbott's group has provided training for people to help them "get back on their feet." One of his success stories has been the opening of a success Love Thy Neighbor is always cognizant that well cared-for children are the key to a better society in the future. We have sponsored children with AIDS and one needing a new prosthesis (annually) for 14 years. Community-wise, we partner with the Lee Family YMCA each year to provide a gala Christmas party for 600-700 underprivileged children.He has kept his promise to her and not only continues to feed street people but also has connected with groups to provide training to this population to help them develop skills and find employment. Abbott told me that one person actually has opened up his own restaurant and is successful.|
"Humans Are Our Biggest Resources"
Abbott believes that all human beings are important. "Humans are our biggest resources." He will continue helping others until he has "no more breath left" in him. He believes something that all of us might do well to think about , particularly in these difficult times that we live in. All things are possible . The impossible just takes a little longer."
All the Way From San Francisco Travel Association
| “The decision comes out of yourself,” said Joe D’Alessandro, President & CEO San Francisco Travel Association, a center for assisting tourists from all over the world. For the last twelve years he has overseen the multi million dollar travel association that has partnerships with city, state and private organizations convention centers hotels, meeting facilities, the airport, theaters, restaurant. He understands that choices and selections are a distillation of facts, experience, research, questions, thinking and feeling the “aha” this is the answer.|
| Mental and Sometimes Physical Peace|
| D’Alessandro pays attention and encourages his staff to notice the mental and sometimes physical peace and tranquility sensation that accompanies making a good choice. He believes that decisions need to be strong and a byproduct of collecting information in all available ways including consulting outside sources, other staff members, and one’s own inner knowledge. D’Allesandro understands that good decision-making skills are paramount to having both a healthy work environment and personal life. “Sometimes it is best not to say anything.” Sometimes it is wise to wait before deciding. Timing is important.|
| He took time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions.|
| 1) Can you speak to the importance of using intuition to make good decisions?|
| People don’t make good decisions unless they feel physically and/or mentally comfortable with their choices. That includes using all one’s data including intuition.|
| What are the components of good decision-making? |
- Taking Time to collect information
- Checking out ideas and facts from reliable people and resources
- Feeling Good About Conclusions
| What do you say to the many people who say they don’t have time to ponder their decisions?|
| Take the time. It is your responsibility to take the time to do the investigation, to do the research, to ask the questions, to think. Wait until you are in the right space. Wait until your mind is clear.|
| What do you do when someone is clearly not in the right mind-set to make a decision?|
| Let’s wait. Let’s think about this. Sometimes he postpones the decisions until good one ‘s can be made. D’Alllesandro believes that it is a responsibility to make well thought out researched choices.|
September Newsletter Features
- Client story
- Business and Intuition
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