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a monthly newsletter from Crystal Communications January 2006

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Events to Help Your Business Grow

Living the A+ Life

Puzzle Results and a New Puzzle


Events to Help Your Business Grow
crystal training

Start 2006 with great networking and training events:

Tuesday, January 3
5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Norris Conference Center, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, Suite A- 100, no RSVP necessary.
More information here.

Friday, January 6
7:00 -9:00 a.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Petroleum Club
7th Floor of the Energy Bldg, 8620 N. New Braunfels
This event is not on their calendar, but I have been assured that it is still happening. Call 229-2119 to RSVP and please tell them you heard about it here.

Thursday, January 12
7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Register here.

Individual Development Program



Happy New Year! Welcome to the first 2006 issue of Crystallizations!

In 2004, I wrote tips to make your business more successful. In 2005, the topic was unlocking your creativity. This year, we will discover our dreams and how to achieve them. I call this Living the A+ Life.

Ready to go on the adventure of your life with me? Then buckle up, because once you decide what you want, it starts to happen!

  • Living the A+ Life
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    Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!
    --Andrew Carnegie

    My passion is teaching personal development. I’ve done it for years, first at the Training and Resource Center for the Blind at the University of New Orleans, more recently as an adjunct faculty member at St. Philip’s College, and in my workshops. When I’m feeling most energized, I’m working with people to realize their potential.

    This year, I’ll bring you ideas that will help you create the life you want. Do you know what that life looks like? I hear from a lot of people, “I know what I’m doing is not the dream, but I don’t know what I really want to do.” My first few columns will be devoted to finding out what that dream is and what your purpose is.

    Are you making New Year’s Resolutions this week? I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions years ago. I realized that every year, I wrote the same list. If you are like most people, resolutions don’t work. So I’m going to propose that in the time you would have spent writing your New Year’s Resolutions, you do the following exercise instead.

    Find an island of quiet for just twenty minutes. You owe that much to yourself. Fix yourself a cup of tea or coffee and put on music that you enjoy that calms you. Get a notepad or use your computer. Now for the remaining time list the activities you do or have done that energize you, the times when you have felt most alive. These are the times when you are “in the flow,” when you have been doing something and you look up and realize that time has passed and it’s as if you had been somewhere else. Do you know what I mean? These are golden moments and they may be activities like reading a good novel, playing a game of tennis, gardening, or (in my case) doing training, emceeing an event, or writing.

    When your time is up, look back over your list. Resolve right now to do these things more frequently this year. Are any of these items things that people do for a living? If so, you may have found your dream career.

    Rediscovering the Dream
    Recently one of my students at St. Philip’s completed this exercise. One of the activities she listed was gardening. When we discussed her results, I found out that she can grow anything. (I’m always impressed with people like this, since I’ve been known to kill house plants that gardeners swear are immune to people like me.) I asked her if she had ever considered getting a job in a nursery or florist shop. As soon as I said it, her eyes lit up. It was a career she had never considered because she had always viewed gardening as a hobby. When I did this exercise for the first time (suggested to me by my coach, Susan Franzen with Life U - thanks, Susan!), I was surprised at how often some sort of training setting was listed. It became obvious that I needed to focus more time on that part of my business.

    This exercise is the first step in determining your mission. Too often we take the first job we find, which may or may not be related to our dreams. Once we have some skill in that area, we move from job to job, continuing in that field or type of work. We convince ourselves that what we have devoted most of our lives to is what we were “supposed” to do. Then we wonder why we feel unfulfilled.

    Keep Reading
    Unless you are one of those exceptional people who already work at your dream job, you’ll want to stay tuned to this newsletter this year. And if you are one of those who have already found your dream, I hope you’ll continue to read anyway – and send your advice to me so I can share it with my readers. (I’ll even give you credit.)

    May the New Year’s promise of potential result in the attainment of your aspirations! (Don’t you just love alliteration?)

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  • Puzzle Results and a New Puzzle
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    The last puzzle for 2005 was: According to one story, why is it that L. Frank Baum’s book, The Wizard of Oz could have just as easily been called The Wizard of An?

    Dan Scanlon from The DosKas Group wins the gift certificate to Entree's . He knew that legend has it that L. Frank Baum was looking for a name of the place in the children's book he was writing, took one look at his two- volume dictionary and saw "O - Z." He could have looked at the other volume first, which would have been titled "A - N." Congratulations, Don! And thanks, everyone for playing.

    This month, another exercise in creativity. The term "gung-ho" has an interesting background. I know all of you can hunt on the Internet and find the origin of the phrase. But I want you to make up your own story of how this phrase came to be. Extra points are awarded for humor! I have a gift certificate from Entree's just waiting for the winner.

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