May 2016
no image
Self Improvement, Wisdom, Professionalism, Inspirational Stories, Positivity, Leadership, Management, Stress, Optimism and Peace, Productivity.

By Junaid Tahir

Why Should I Analyze My Thoughts:
Quality of thoughts determines the level of peace of mind. Negative thoughts result in negative acts which in turn causes distraction in emotions, unstable behavior, frequent mood swings, family complications, lack of trustworthiness, financial mistakes, professional brawls and so on. Healthy thoughts result in more positive outcomes, high happiness index, better health and so on. So all in all your thoughts are defining your present and your future.

There are several reasons for negative thoughts including but not limited to your circumstances, your brought up, financial situations, family conflicts, job and family complications. While you may not be able to fix these reasons, it is highly recommended to analyze your thoughts and mitigate the negative impact as much as possible. If you remove the impurities from your thoughts you would be able to have a positive, focused and prosperous mind.

How to Analyze My Thoughts:
If you have seen a big aquarium, you must have noticed that the fish keep wandering here and there continuously. From right to left, bottom to up, here and there; all day long. They don't seem to be getting any specific advantage while doing so. Same is the case with human mind. When your head is on the pillow, your brain starts wandering here and there. Several times it is processing the thoughts which shouldn't be the point of concern at all. Though fish do not know this but you can control your wandering of brain by picking up a specific thought/subject and ask these questions:
a)    Why am I thinking about this subject? Is this subject related to others? Why am I thinking negative about someone? I should mind my own business.  
b)    What exactly is the issue? Is this something impacting (or going to impact) me or my family? Can I define my issue/question in one sentence clearly so that I can focus on the solution?
c)    How: can I resolve this issues? Is this doable? If not, can I take advice from others?. If I have the solution then what are the steps which needs to be taken?

How Can I Improve the standard of my Thoughts:
a)    Avoid thinking about unnecessary things specially related to others. Mind your own business. Posses a focused mind.
b)    Stop comparing yourself to others. It's an insult to yourself. You are a unique soul and you are independent on your living, your decisions and your destiny.
c)    Don't think of monetary gains too much. Excessive love for money and assets is the root of most of stresses. Work on your real wealth.
d)    Develop the habit of forgiving and letting things go off. If you are keeping the grudge in your brains for longer durations, you are killing yourself. Stress is a slow poison which deepens its roots your brain and destroy your physical and mental health.
e)    Read quality quotes or articles on positivity and try to absorb the message. This will kill the germs of negativity.
f)    Practice the habit of gratitude. Stop complaining, criticizing and blaming. When a negative thought comes in, convert it to positive by looking at the positive side of the issue.
g)    Instead of thinking about your 'wants' too much, think about your needs. This will reduce the magnitude of your focus because usually needs are limited but wants are too many. Adapt simple life style as it reduces unnecessary socio-economical issues.  

Some recommended articles:
Self Improvement, Wisdom, Professionalism, Inspirational Stories, Positivity, Leadership, Management, Stress, Optimism and Peace, Productivity.

There are 10000 trillion cells within me. Ten times their number, there are bacteria. I am a gigantic living system, continuously aging or preparing to become the object of entropy and from there may be again to syntropy. Each cell within me is a gigantic Universe or very big system. Each bacterium is a living organism, a huge system. I am a system with billions of systems embedded within me.

Ken Wilber calls each component a Holon, a component which again is a composition or system. There simply is no indivisible piece of what we call matter, an illusion. We are all holarchies, systems within whom there are layers of sub-systems or holons. Actually when you can see everything in the invisible spectrum also, you will find only various ever changing fields of energies and you cannot find yourself or the dog, cat, table, earth, Sun or anything. Your basic concepts and the resulting understanding changes totally.


The idea of matter is the paralysis of consciousness in a very passing and temporary situation. It may approximately be likened to a still photograph. Ken Wilber gave a new meaning to the word kosmos which Pythagoras originally meant for cosmos.

“So I would like to reintroduce the term, Kosmos.And, as you point out the Kosmos contains the cosmos (or the physiosphere), the bios (or biosphere), psyche or nous (the noosphere),and theos (the theosphere or the divine domain).”(Ken Wilber in A brief History of Everything)

What actually is destruction? Matter gets broken into pieces, pieces into molecules, molecules into atoms, atoms into energy particles, particles into energy flows, and then into the vacuum...We also call this the entropy. But entropy is matched by syntropy, may be the many, many, many, big bangs of contactions. Now are there layers of consciousness? Do we move from one illusionary system to another illusionary system? My present consciousness is the collective symbiotic holistic operation of the trillions of cells and bacteria within me. I am a system.

“Many cosmologists have a materialistic bias and prejudice: the physical cosmos is somehow supposed to be the most real dimension, and everything else is explained with ultimate reference to this material plane. But what a brutal approach that is! It smashes the entire Kosmos against the wall of reductionism, and all the domains except the physical slowly bleed to death right in front of your eyes.”(Ken Wilber)

The reality is we live in emotions, thoughts consciousness etc only. No emotion can be measured in terms of length, breadth or height. According to Einstein we all actually are moving at the speed of light. When a body moves at the speed of light it loses its physical dimensions—the length, breadth and height and only one dimension time remains. We are in reality only in the time dimension. Can we tell a particular time without reference to an event? You cannot.It may the event on the clock or some other happening. So our consciousness and events and units of time points are synonyms. TIME IS ANOTHER NAME FOR CONSCIOUSNESS.
Self Improvement, Wisdom, Professionalism, Inspirational Stories, Positivity, Leadership, Management, Stress, Optimism and Peace, Productivity.

1.      Have a sale – You can offer a holiday or other discount to either the general public or your best customers. Just be careful not to offer too many; your customers might begin to wait for a sale instead of buying things at regular price.


2.      Have a sale – You can offer a holiday or other discount to either the general public or your best customers. Just be careful not to offer too many; your customers might begin to wait for a sale instead of buying things at regular price.


3.      Hold a contest – Offer to automatically enter your customers into a contest when they make a purchase. You could also offer your product as the price for one being held by other small businesses. Either way, make sure that the contest revolves around you and your product.


4.      Give something away for free – Hand out samples of your product, promotional products branded with your logo, or other gifts at a key location. This lets people experience what you have to offer first-hand at a key location.


5.      Frequent shopper cards – Offer customers a discount or free product after they’ve made a specific number of purchases. Give discounts to targeted groups – This could be a specific club or association, or simply a group of people who have attended a specific event.


6.      Offer a trade-in – Reward customer loyalty by encouraging them to trade in their old product for a discount on something new.


7.      Point-of-sale displays – Present your in-store products in an unusual way. Stack them in a huge pyramid, or use oddly shaped signs. If you have a window out front, create a wacky display using mannequins or other fun objects.


8.      Offer free shipping – The word “free” is always attractive to customers, and free shipping is usually a reasonable discount. Offer easy payments or installment plans – These are simple ideas that attract customers by making your products more affordable.


9.      Offer a group or referral discount – These are the sort of discounts that get people talking. Encourage customers to share a deal with others, and they’ll do the promotional work for you.


10.   Bundle products or services together – Package no-selling products with your more popular products. Giving a customer more for less both encourages them to buy and clears your idle inventory.

11.   Upsell - Highlight your more expensive products. Give those products more attention in your store or on your website. Provide benefits and reasons why those products are better.


12.   Cross-sell – Customers are more likely to buy from you again right after a purchase. This is a great opportunity to cross-sell a complementary product.


13.   Create coupons – Coupons can be advertised in coupon books or mail packets, or on bulletin boards in high traffic areas. You can also add them to any marketing collateral that you distribute, such as brochures or sale sheets.


14.   Offer upgrades – Let customers know when there is an opportunity to upgrade a product to make it better or add additional functions.


15.   Sell replacement parts – Determine your product’s lifecycle and find out when it tends to start getting worn out. Stay in contact with your customers to make it easier for them to get the product fixed.


16.   Offer guarantees - A guarantee helps inspire confidence in buyers and highlights your integrity.


17.   Easy return policy – Impulse buyers will be more likely to purchase items that they can easily return later if they choose.


18.   Free trial – Offer a free trial of your product so that potential buyers can become more acquainted with it.


19.   Business card coupon – Print the back of your business card so that it doubles as a coupon. This will encourage people you meet to purchase from you as well.


20.   Use your car or truck – You can follow Nascar’s lead by covering your vehicle withvinyl wrapping or magnetic signs that advertise your business.


21.   Signs, banners and posters – Keep paper materials that promote sales, offers and promotions close at hand, and use them when opportunities present themselves. Place them in public places or get permission to display them in private businesses where people gather.


22.   Business cards – Always carry business cards with you and give them to new acquaintances, close associates and anyone who might need to contact you. Give customers extra cards with the incentive of a free service or discount when they refer someone they know to your business.


23.   Promotional products – Printed custom products such as drinkware or keychains can be given as gifts or used at a special event.


24.   Brochures – Specialized brochures are a great place to feature a new product or service.


25.   Postcards – Handwritten postcards are cheaper than letters, and are great for reaching out to prospects. Try sending these for anniversaries, birthdays or holidays.


26.   Newsletters – A newsletter allows you to communicate with prospects on a regular basis.


27.   Direct mail – Catalogs, brochures, and other materials can be mailed directly to your prospects.

28.   E-mail blasts- Create an eye-catching e-mail newsletter that piques people’s curiosity and encourages them to subscribe.


29.   Calendars- Create a promotional calendar featuring your products and other information about your company.


30.   Visual spectacle – Place something eye-catching outside your storefront, like balloons or an “inflatable tube man.”


31.   Sidewalk chalk – Write a creative marketing message in places where people are likely to see it. Sidewalk chalk is especially popular on college campuses..


32.   Alternate-reality game – An ARG is like an elaborate scavenger hunt that ties in with your product. It can take place either online or in real life. Participants might involve their friends and attract even more people to your brand.


33.   Automatic e-mails – Try setting up your e-commerce website so that it automatically sends customers an e-mail when they abandon their shopping cart.


34.   Create a commercial – Produce an ad to air on the radio, TV, cable, or even before a movie at your local theater.


35.   Newspaper or magazine ad – Take out ad space in a periodical to appeal to a specialized audience.


36.   Create a website - Even brick-and-mortar businesses can benefit from a professional website with a memorable URL.


37.   Web banner ads – Buy banner advertising on websites that target your specific market. One popular idea is to include a trivia question in your ad and offer a discount or deal if the user gets it right.


38.   Viral video – A funny or impressive Youtube video can rapidly attract a huge audience.


39.   Video testimonials – Ask appreciative customers to tell their story on camera and incorporate these testimonials into your TV or Youtube campaign.


40.   Jingle - Compose a catchy tune that’s sure to get stuck in people’s heads. Include it in your radio, TV, or Youtube advertising.


41.   Quick response code – Add a QR code (similar to a barcode) to your printed material so that people can go directly to your website, add you as a contact, or take many other actions simply by snapping a photo. Outdoor advertising- Billboards and signs can direct people to your business from a unique location. This could include an ad at your local sports area. This prominent piece of advertising is both a billboard and a QR code. Source: gwire


42.   Windshield pamphlets – Place eye-catching fliers or postcards under the windshield wipers of cars in a crowded parking lot.


43.   Undercover marketing – You can artificially inspire “word of mouth” by hiring people to discuss your product in social areas such as coffee areas, famous hotel lobbys.


44.   Use your voice mail – Your voice mail message is a great marketing opportunity to offer special discounts or mention new products. You can even hire a professional voiceover artist to record your message.


12 Simple Ways to Improve Employees Productivity
13 Things You Should Never Discuss With Your Colleagues or Boss
25 Employee Engagement Ideas
How to Decline a Job Offer
Convincing Your Boss to Make You a Manager

45.   Customer testimonials – Collect these from satisfied customers and put them on your marketing materials.


46.   Dancing mascot – Have someone dress up in a silly costume and wave a sign promoting your small business near a high-traffic street.


47.   Social networking – Maintain a presence on Facebook, Twitter, or other internet social networks. Only join the ones that you’ll have time to keep up with periodically.


48.   Spotlight – Rent a big promotional searchlight for a few nights. These are very dramatic and can attract people from miles away.


49.   Bumper stickers – They’re not just for your car. Bumper stickers can be placed in public spaces as a form of guerrilla marketing.


50.   T-shirts – Create custom t-shirt with your company logo printed on them. Give them to your staff to wear, and they’ll passively promote your company everywhere they go.


51.   Say “thank you” – Follow up each purchase with a phone call, e-mail, or letter thanking the customer for their purchase.



52.   Talk to the press – Reaching out to the media about your product (especially if it’s of local interest or part of a popular movement) is a great idea.


53.   Provide a tour – Offer a tour of your small business to local schools, and give the visiting students a souvenir. Many kids will discuss the tour with their parents, which is free advertising for you.


54.   Produce a “how to” show – Book some airtime on local public access cable channels. You might still have to pay for the rental of some equipment, but public airtime is free. Be sure to promote the show in print or on your website, blog, or social media network.


55.   Put on a demonstration – Demo your product for free at a related store or event.


56.   Give back to the community- Volunteering or donating ensures that hundreds if not thousands of people will hear about your business. You can volunteer as part of a non-profit organization or offer your product or service to an event or fundraiser. Sponsoring or volunteering at a non-profit event both helps out your community and enhances your company's image.


57.   Attend special events – Showing up to events that people invite you to can help to foster relationships and customer loyalty.


58.   Sponsor an event - Support important events in your industry. Events where your clients or prospects go to learn, grow and socialize are excellent opportunities to promote your business.


59.   Put on an in-house event – Hold an open house, business anniversary or product demo day. Invite your favorite customers and stage a visit by a local athlete, politician, news personality or sports mascot. Consider seeing if a non-profit or special interest group would like to hold an event in conjunction with your store.


60.   Conduct a business forum – Put on a networking or educational event that will attract groups of potential customers.


61.   Write a book or article – An informative publication about your specific area of expertise can help to cement your authority.


62.   Write special reports, white pages, or an e-book – Electronic publications can be offered as an incentive to people who come to your website and provide their e-mail address.


63.   Send out a press release – A press release is a great way to mark the occasion of new products, employees, or promotions. be sure to change up the formatting of each press release so that each one stands out. Always include employee quotes and images of what you are promoting; both are integral to any journalist picking up your press release.


64.   Attend trade shows – Trade shows and other events are a great place to meet potential prospects.


65.   After you receive a business card from someone, write any important details about them on the back as a reminder and reference point. Then follow up with that person later with a personalized message.


66.   Create a blog – Use your company blog to provide interesting information and lead users to the rest of your site.


67.   E-mail signature- Don’t forget to put your website URL (and maybe a short tagline or message) in your e-mail signature. You’ll promote your small business with every e-mail you send.


68.   Submit articles to online magazines – Writing guest posts for blogs in your field is a great way to get your name out there.


69.   Create a podcast or video podcast – Video and audio is a unique and compelling way to increase your web presence.


70.   Comment on message boards and forums – Create posts on Internet forums related to your industry. Valuable comments can help attract appreciative prospects.


71.   Host or attend an online event – Web seminars or conferences are a great opportunity to network.


72.   Host a company gathering - A barbeque or group outing won’t just make your employees happy. If they’re permitted to bring friends or family, it may attract them to your business as well.


73.   Holiday cards – Send your customers a promotional greeting card or e-card for the holidays.


74.   Business partnerships – Form a bond with other small businesses in different industries. A mutually beneficial partnership lets you cross-promote and target the same market together.


75.   Attend a “career day” – Volunteer to give a speech or presentation at a career day at an elementary, middle or high school.


76.   Go green – Make your products or services eco-friendly. Advertise your environmentally safe practices, and people will respect you more for it.


77.   Hire an ad agency or marketing firm – You may want to entrust your company’s promotions to professionals outside of your own company. Be sure to do research and find a firm with the expertise you need


78.   Offer free services to market leaders – Identify authoritative community leaders in your industry and offer them free products or services. They just might return the favor.