[ October 31st, 2012 ]

What Makes a Great Athlete

Great athletes are not born great.  Some may be born with extraordinary athletic abilities than others but that doesn’t guarantee greatness at all.  The difference between reaching the level of greatness, settling for mediocrity, or succumbing to failure would depend on what a person does with whatever strengths he or she naturally possesses.

Often, the obstacle to greatness lies in psychological rather than in physical limitations.  Most of the athletes that have been elevated to greatness started in humble  beginnings.  Outside support is usually provided through opening of opportunities but the fate of an athlete would ultimately depend on his goal and ambition.

An athlete destined for greatness believes that he or she has what it takes to succeed.  In so believing, the body and mind is willed to perform for excellence.  Great athletes deliver even under pressure since their goal is beyond winning.  It is the pursuit of excellence no matter the result.

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[ October 20th, 2012 ]

Management Philosophy and Employees

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The relationship between management philosophy and how employees perform has long been the subject of study in the quest for finding the right management formula that will bring out the best in company employees.  A company’s management philosophy represents its core values within which all members are expected to work and interact with each other.  A company philosophy can be formed after carefully examining the goals and objectives of each organizational area to make sure that both are going to the same direction.

Managers can also form their own management philosophy for the purpose of fostering a positive work environment that will allow employees to maximize their potential.  This can be a test of the manager’s mettle in laying the foundation for properly motivating employees.  The management philosophy has to be communicated  effectively to employees to ensure that it will be taken up in the way it was intended.

Companies and managers may have the soundest management philosophy but it will not amount to anything productive unless it is communicated effectively to people affected by it.  There is one belief that managers get what they ought to get based on their treatment of their employees.  If they treat employees as adults who can handle their work responsibility, chances are that they will get what they expect.  Employees generally respond positively to show of confidence from management in their abilities.

It is highly possible that a management philosophy is formed based on experience rather than on academic theories.  There is absolutely nothing wrong about this since experience usually determines the applicability of any philosophy.  In the work place, there are practical requirements that will be have to be considered because of the unique intricacies inherent in each organization.

A management philosophy is important because it determines whether an employee can seek redress for any perceived unjust treatment specifically on matters not covered by law.

 

 

 

[ October 1st, 2012 ]

Parenting Philosophy

Parenting philosophy is essentially how a parent sees as correct child-rearing.  It includes all the beliefs and knowledge formed from experiences and learning.  It is how a parent envisions a child growing up under his/her care.  Who determines therefore whether a particular parenting philosophy is correct if it is a matter of personal view?

Setting aside personal parenting philosophies first, let us first consider the general philosophies which most sound parenting philosophies are more or less based on.  These are the basic truths that no parent should disregard.  When these are taken into consideration, parents are able to come up with philosophies that will not only be beneficial to themselves but to their children as well.

1.  Parents and children are both entitled to respect.  They may have differing views, opinions, and behavior but parents will have to understand that control is not tantamount to respect.

2.  Discipline has a place in a family and a home for without it, chaos arises.  Parents need to differentiate between discipline and violence for they are not the same.

3.  Parents have the responsibility of teaching their children the basic skills to help to help them cope with life.  This responsibility is not passed on to others especially when it is difficult to perform.

4.  Parents need to give time to  be with their children, and be there for their children.  Given the different circumstances of parents, this is expected to be performed in the best possible way as individual circumstances will allow.

5.   Parents have to know their children and be sensitive to their needs.  This is only possible when time has been given to attain it.

People sometimes tend to carry over the philosophies of their parents, whether intentionally or not.  Some would like to be the exact opposite of their parents.  Each parent is entitled to form his or her own philosophy with the underlying motive of finding the best way to raise up a child into becoming responsible adults.

Equality is primarily about establishing a society that is fair to all its members.  It is not about economic equality as this appears unattainable but is concerned about providing the same treatment to everybody regardless of economic standing.  Even so, it remains a tall order to achieve.

Many factors that have been embedded by society, practices, and traditions, often end up presenting obstacles to the attainment of equality.  Gender, age, work positions, and money have exerted their own influence in how society looks at equality which can be very confusing.  There is a need to focus on the universal meaning since personal meanings are typically subjective.  Subjective interpretations always end up providing unequal treatment  to those affected.  It will always be in favor of one and to the detriment of another.

Equality is easier said than done, easier to legislate than to put in practice, and easier as a vision than a course of action.  More than any form of equality, it is social equality that is often put to the test. This will in effect be equal rights under the law regardless of sex, race, origin, class, age, and sexual orientation.  This will also include equality regardless of beliefs, religion, opinion, language, and state of health.

Perfect equality is nowhere to be found in the real world.  It remains an elusive dream of people that has to be continuously worked for.  There are simply too many biases to overcome and so many preconceptions to set aside before any comprehensive course of action can be formed towards true equality.  Humans like talking about it but are rather slow on the action especially if they would be adversely affected by the change.

Politics is a very significant factor that prevents complete equality.  As long as some people have more power to lead the decisions toward their end, there will be people who will have less.  That is just the simple truth about equality.

 

 

[ July 31st, 2012 ]

The Giving Philosophy

What is the logic behind the philosophy of giving ?  How much should we give?  To whom shall be give?  When shall be give? Why on earth should we give?

How much should we give?

“As much as we can” , such is the ideal answer to this question of how much.  There is a saying that we do not truly give unless it hurts to do so.  When we give something that is clearly in excess of what we need, we are expected to do that.  And because it does not  require considerable sacrifice on the part of the giver, it does not fully answer to the real essence of giving.

To whom shall we give?

By natural order, we give to our loved ones.  We reserve what we have and then pass it on to them because that is again an expected thing.  The meaning of giving is magnified when we give to those we don’t even know because we know they need it and we can help them through it.  It becomes even more noble when we give without being asked.

When shall we give?

The most obvious answer is: “At any time it is needed”.  Giving cannot be limited like a scheduled thing as in once a month or once a year.  We give because we see the need and we choose to act on it. 

Why on earth, should we give?

We give because it is part of our essence as a human being .  We are less of a human when all we know is how to take.  Giving makes us like ourselves more because it gives us a chance to discover something good in us.

People have not been created equal in terms of material wealth, talents, and physical attributes.  This truth provides us the chance to give where it would matter most.  By giving, we are able to share a part of us with others that will serve us in the end.

 

[ June 11th, 2012 ]

The Question of Free Will

 

Man is especially proud of having free will - that which gives him the ability to make conscious choices without being limited by any form of constraint.  Whether this is true or not has been the subject of various contentions between philosophers.  Some view free will as an illusion created by man to attribute to himself a certain control over his destiny when in fact all his actions are but natural results of the process of cause and effect. 

Going into the inner intricacies of personal philosophies about free will necessitate understanding about what freedom means to each mind.  When given a choice between good and bad, a person can choose the good and claim that he chooses to do so.  Others can contradict that the choice for the good is only a predisposition for something that has been decided in the past, meaning that the choice was made because it was pre-determined that it was the good thing to do.  This is then countered by the proponents of free will as a clear exercise of such ability since the person can always choose the bad and yet he doesn’t.  And so the circle of reasoning continues with each having a point against each other and yet being unable to fully convince people of their absoluteness. 

Many religions point to a greater power who determines the destiny of each individual.  Science attributes genetics and biochemistry for predispositions.  Free will enters the picture when a decision is made in spite of such determinants and predispositions specially where there are no physical restraints that can affect the outcome. 

There is a question of free will when in spite of absence of any constraint; a decision is arrived at due to necessity.  How much freedom does that represent when there is no other recourse aside from the chosen one?  Men bereft of the idea that they have free will turn out more fatalistic in nature being resigned to whatever life has in store for them.

Are standardized tests the best for students? This is a question most educators are asking themselves. In recent years, it has been found that while the intention of standardized testing was noble, the reality is that students are suffering from it rather than learning from it.

There are several patterns emerging that show how some students are benefitting and how some are not. New York state public schools report that the Black and Hispanic demographics score the lowest compare to their White and Asian peers in math. Also, those in that are from low-income homes are getting scores up to 20% lower than their classmates in standardized tests. It does seem strange that tests designed to be fair and equal to all are showing these results, making demarcations among various demographics.

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[ May 22nd, 2012 ]

What is a Personal Philosophy?

 

A personal philosophy sums up what we as a person value most in our lives.   It is a reflection of the heights we wish to achieve and provides a clear idea on how we intend to go about it.  A philosophy does not merely sound-off our wishes but the most fervent desires and beliefs that define who we are. 

Views and opinions may change in time but a philosophy remains fairly constant.  There may be changes in how it is said or written depending on the age and experience of a person but the underlying principles will be the same.  Thus, if a child is brought up in an environment of fairness and justice and effectively imbibe the related values, it would be a safe assumption to say that the philosophies he would later hold on to would be grounded on fairness and justice. 

This simply means that we do not just produce a philosophy out of the blue because it sounds good and is approved by our peers.  There is always a reason why a person comes up with a particular philosophy in life.  It is developed through time and cannot be convincingly created without any basis. 

Every person has a personal philosophy.  Whether it is articulated or not, it will dictate the actions and decisions we choose to make in life.  It forms part of our subconscious, telling us if we will be able to live with our decisions.  The moment we contradict our philosophy, internal chaos begins because we have assailed our own beliefs.

A clear personal philosophy serves as an effective guide while we try to negotiate our path towards our goals.  There will be many decisions to be made before we reach our objectives and the philosophy we hold in life will carry us throughout.  There are no hard-fast rules in forming one but it would probably be a lot better for humankind if the philosophies we fight for do not end up hurting another.

The word chakra originally came from Hindu texts which spoke about tantric traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism. The word was derived from In Sanskrit it means “wheel” or “turning” in Hindi. They are thought of as “wheel like vortices which can be found in the various points of the body of living things. They are seen as “force centers” that are filled with energy. Human bodies for example hold hundreds of these.

However, there are seven major energy centers which function as transmitters, receivers as well as processors of life energies. Every single point relays to our levels of consciousness. The different types of energies -physical, spiritual, emotional and mental all have distinct traits correspond to their respective functions, their connection to the many glands of the body’s endocrine system and the seven colors of the rainbow. These forces form a network within the body, mind and spirit which interrelates as a holistic system.

Understanding the various chakras enable us to understand ourselves and make use of these to build harmonious relationships and improve our selves including our physical and spiritual relationships. In a way they function as entrances where emotions flow into so that they are felt and expressed. The beliefs and attitudes we have created in our minds run through these chakras and then they are scattered to our organs and even the cells and tissues that comprise them.

Knowing how these influence our bodies and minds enable us to make better choices and decisions which are based on balance and awareness instead of running like a headless chicken when we are affected or swayed by forces we cannot control.

 

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[ February 19th, 2012 ]

Crystal Therapy

Crystal therapy is a therapeutic method of healing which enables spiritual healing and growth. Records show that it was used thousands of years ago inn Ancient Egypt, traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.

It is believed that crystals resonate unique vibrations based on their mineral content, intrinsic geometry and color frequency they radiate. They are placed around or in key areas of the body to help clear and release negative energies in order to heal and restore balance. They can also be swept over the body, carried or worn.

Our bodies have an electromagnetic system also known as a vibrational energy system. Crystals on the other hand function as great electromagnetic conductors which have the capability to interrelate with our energies. They carry vibrations that can activate energy midpoints in our system, thus giving off positive effects such as restoring a person’s well-being.

During therapy, a variety of crystals or stones are used to release imminent obstructions that block the flow of energy in the body in order to reduce mental and nervous stress. Afterwards, individuals feel a profound state of calmness. It becomes easier for them to let go of negative attitudes and habits and they become more in tune with themselves and their lives.

When using crystals, it is important to cleanse them before usage because they may carry negative vibrations as well. They can be cleaned with running water or placed in direct sunlight or moonlight. The latter is considered the most powerful cleaner. Pure sound vibrations such as the sound of a bell or gong can also cleanse a crystal’s energies.

 

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