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January, 2017

Summoning a Succubus – Helpful Tips and Process

By on January 31, 2017

There are thousands of people worldwide who want to understand how the process of summoning a succubus works.

The huge amount of misleading information draws a very weird and unrealistic picture that confuses many.

This guide is meant to untangle the knots and help you with your spirit summoning abilities.

Before you can start summoning a succubus you must understand what a succubus truly is:

Succubus entities are spiritual beings that are not of physical origin but rather a form of intelligent energy.

These entities are usually attracted to people who are looking to develop a relationship with them.

They are gentle beings and have nothing to do with the demonic illustration they get in many texts.

What summoning a succubus comes down to:

The fastest easiest way to attract such spiritual beings into your life is by learning to quite your mind through meditation and different relaxation tools. Practiced correctly, the ability to silence the mind will jump-start your abilities to tune into the correct channel and start summoning a succubus.

The process of meditation:

Meditating is fairly easy and used for many purposes worldwide from relaxing the body to curing illness. This following technique can be used for attracting spiritual entities.

Step 1:

Sit in a quiet room where you will not be disturbed and sit in a comfortable fashion.

Step 2:

Start focusing on your breath counting the seconds that pass between each breath

Step 3:

At some point your mind will start wandering and focusing on different thoughts. When that happens simply and gently come back to your breath.

Step 4:

After five minutes of doing this start imagining how your succubus might look like and what you would do when contact is made.

Step 5:

After five minutes come back to your breath and let it go for a couple of moments.

Step 6:

Regain normal consciousness

It is very important that you practice this process daily. The more you practice the faster you will be able to summon a succubus.

Ten Signs That Deceased Loved Ones Give To Let Us Know They Are Around

By on January 31, 2017

After our loved ones cross over, they are very anxious to let us know they are okay and are aware of what is going on in our lives. If we are not able to feel them around us, they will often give us signs that we cannot ignore. The person who is given the sign usually knows he or she is receiving a message from the other side. I always tell my clients that they do not have to look for signs – the signs will come to them.

The signs our loved ones give us most often are:

They come through as an animal. Our loved ones are able to use their energy to go inside of an animal, such as a butterfly, ladybug, bird, or dragonfly – for a brief period of time. The animal does something it usually would not do, such as land on us, peck at our window, scream at us, etc.

They place common objects such as feathers, coins, or rocks in our path. Our loved ones like to place things over and over again in our path that were significant to them. I have had clients come to me who have had jars filled with feathers, coins, and objects they have found in the most unusual places.

They give off fragrances. We can often tell our deceased loved ones are around us when we smell their perfume, flowers, cigar or cigarette smoke, or any other familiar smell they had. There is usually no logical explanation of why the smell is there.

They make songs come on at the perfect time. We know they are around when their favorite songs come on at the right time with the exact words we need to hear. Often the same song is played in many different places.

They come to us in dreams. One of the easiest ways for them to come through to us is in our dreams. All we need to do is to ask them to come, and they will. However, we should ask them to wake us up after they come, or else we will not remember the dream. A dream that is a true visitation will be very peaceful and we will know it is truly our loved one. We will remember this type of dream in detail many years later. (On the other hand, a subconscious dream may be frightening or feel bad. This type of dream is not your loved one.)

They show us the same numbers over and over. They loved to give us numbers that are relevant to them or you, such as birthdates, anniversaries – or repeating numbers, such as 1111, 2222, 3333, etc. These numbers may appear on clocks, billboards, or any other familiar place.

They allow us to feel peaceful for no reason. When our loved ones are in the room, they usually make us feel so loved and at peace. It usually happens at the most unsuspecting time, so there is no logical explanation for our sudden bliss.

They place thoughts in our head. Because they in spirit form, our loved ones don’t have an audible voice. Therefore, they give us messages telepathically. Pay attention to thoughts that just “pop” into your head. We can tell the difference between our thoughts and theirs by backtracking our thoughts. If you can find the thought that triggered the thought of your loved one, it is probably your thought. If something your loved one would say just pops in your head for no reason, it is probably him or her speaking directly to you!

They love to play with electricity. They turn electricity on and off. They like to flicker lights, turn the television and radio on and off, and make appliances beep for no apparent reason.

They make buzzing noises in our ears. Because our loved ones speak to us on a different, higher frequency, we may hear ringing in our ears when they are trying to get our attention. This is a sign telling you to listen to what they are saying.

The list can go on and on, but these are the most common ways they let us know they are around. If you haven’t received any of these signs, simply ask your loved ones to come to you to let you know they are okay. Tell them to come to you in a dream and to wake you up after the dream. The more you are aware of the messages they are giving you, the more they will continue to allow you to know they are present. Be patient and persistent, and I promise that they will give you the signs you have always wanted. They really are okay and want you to be too!

Funny Construction Humor

By on January 31, 2017

Six Phases of a Construction Project:

1) Enthusiasm

2) Disillusionment

3) Panic

4) Search For The Guilty

5) Punishment Of The Innocent

6) Praise & Honors For The Non-Participants

Directory of Construction Terminology:

Contractor – A gambler that never gets to cut, shuffle or deal.

Bid Opening – A poker game where the losing hand wins.

Bid – A wild guess carried out to two decimal places.

Low Bidder – A contractor who is wondering why he’s left out.

Engineer’s Estimate – The cost of construction in heaven.

Project Manager – The conductor of an orchestra in which every musician is in a different union.

Critical Path Method – A management technique for losing your shirt under personal control.

OSHA – A protective coating made by half-baking a mixture of fine print, red tape, split hairs, and
baloney – usually applied at random with a shotgun.

Strike – An effort to increase egg production by strangling the chicken.

Delayed Payment – A tourniquet applied at the pockets.

Completion Date – The point where liquidated damages begin.

Liquidated Damages – A penalty for failing to achieve the impossible.

Auditor – A person who goes in after the war is lost and bayonets the wounded.

Lawyer – A person who goes in after the auditors and strips the bodies.

Shaun T Insanity VS the P90X Workout Program – Which One is Better?

By on January 31, 2017

Over the next couple minutes you will learn the comparisons and differences between these two rival “workout at home” exercise programs.

The P90X workout program used to be the one exercise program that everyone knew thanks to early morning and late night infomercials. Recently Beachbody added a new program to the game that to some may be considered a rival, that program is Shaun T Insanity.

But which one is more intense?

Comparably they are both equal in their own rights but each workout program focuses on a different approach towards fitness.

I have personally used both programs and this gives me the rare opportunity to offer a first hand look at both the P90X workout program and Shaun T Insanity. After this article you will be fully equipped with the answers you are looking for.

Which works better? P90X or the Insanity workout?

Great questions, though it’s hard to put both workout programs side by side as it’s not a simple apples to apples comparison but more like apples to oranges. Both programs are capable of offering a huge physical challenge but each has it’s own approach and it’s own target results. I’ll explain.

The P90X workout program is a 90 day system which could otherwise be considered an “at home boot camp”. You will need a chin up bar, a chair, a set of dumbbells and/or bands, shoes, plus about 1 hour to 1 hour and a half 6 days a week. The 7th day is an optional stretch or complete rest day.

From first hand experience I like to look at P90X as a “all-in-one” program. It is not designed to just bulk you up, it’s not going to just help you lose weight, it’s not just balance, and it’s not just cardio.

The P90X workout program just tosses a bit of everything into the equation. You lift heavy one day (or light if you want);, you’re punching and kicking with Kenpo karate another day, and to top it off on other days you will be doing 1 and a half hours of Yoga for a complete mind/ body/ soul adventure.

You will go through three phases of 1 month each in P90X with each month switching it up. Most of the cardio, stretch, and balance routines stay the same. The difference in each phase is that you change out the resistance workouts so that your muscles are constantly challenged so they will always be receptive to the workout rather than plateauing.

Shaun T Insanity takes a completely different approach. The workout program is 60-days in length and is based solely on Plyometrics, Core, and Cardio training. You will not lift weights, you will not do chin ups, you don’t need a chair, and the workouts range from 35-45 minutes the first phase to 1 hour and 15 minutes the second phase.

You will need very good shoes, preferably a mat to jump on, and near perfect form to avoid injury.

You can already see that Shaun T Insanity is different than P90X so how are the comparable?

The Insanity workout program, though shorter in length, is based on maximum effort Interval cardio. Meaning it’s all about fast, powerful, and coordinated moves. You will still be doing push-ups just like in P90X but otherwise you only use your body, gravity, and will power to push through.

I am telling you from personally experience, with Insanity you literally drip buckets of sweat, seriously! Just because it’s shorter than P90X doesn’t mean it’s not as intense.

You will not be running in one place for an hour, you are jumping around, squatting, balancing, and crunching your core. Shaun T Insanity is on the same level as P90X but the difference is you don’t need extra equipment, you won’t be lifting weights, and the workouts go by much faster.

Insanity is more for the leaner ripped look while P90X will allow for more muscle size and strength.

If you have already completed P90X then I will tell you this. Shaun T Insanity is like taking P90X Plyometrics, doubling the intensity, and doing it 6 days a week.

So which one is better, P90X or Shaun T Insanity?

I don’t think you will find one “better than the other” but what you will find are two different approaches towards fitness.

P90X is a longer 90 day program that has longer workouts but incorporates a slower pace compared to Insanity offering more time to adapt and become stronger. Also you are lifting weights so there is more potential to gain size and muscle definition.

Shaun T Insanity is 60 days with much shorter and faster pace workouts, you won’t be able to adapt as fast and you won’t get great results by pausing through each workout. Insanity is a balls to the walls style workout, it’s straight forward and fast but demands major motivation and energy.

Both workout programs have a “mix-it-up” style so each one changes things throughout the program so there is no monotony.

One final note, if you have knees or lower body joint issues, Insanity may not be for you. It is based on a lot of jumping and really can and will tax your knees and joints if not performed correctly. It is much higher impact compared to P90X. That is something to consider when looking at the two side by side.

Because of the approach Insanity takes I like to look at it this way. If you feel you are P90X capable and are in decent shape, if you can do push-ups, chin-ups, and if you can handle interval cardio, then either program is suitable.

If you cannot do some or all of the previously mentioned exercises then it’s better to avoid Insanity until you can at least complete P90X. Insanity is not a beginner workout, so if you just stepping back into the physical fitness game, throw the ego out, start somewhere small and build up.

Free Pantyhose Fetish Dating – Local Lists of Fetish Mates in Your Town

By on January 31, 2017

You are interested in free pantyhose fetish dating. I can tell you about a free way to find women in your town who share your pantyhose fetish. There are no free dating sites that specifically cater to your fetish. What you have are a smattering of paid membership sites that charge inflated rates. They charge more than general dating sites because there is demand and very little supply of pantyhose dating profiles. This is strange, in all honesty, because your fetish is extremely common and linked to many related fetishes. A pantyhose fetishist (or someone with a fetish for “tights”, if they live in the United Kingdom) will generally like stockings, socks, panties, feet, shoes, boots, legs, dresses and skirts. Now, consider your neighborhood. When you look around at women in pantyhose or tights, how many of these women share you fetish? Well, next to foot fetishism, yours is the second most popular sexual fetish. We can only guess, therefore, but a great many women around you will share your enthusiasm. Would it not be wonderful to have a list of such local women?

The free modern dating community requires new members to fill out a profile upon joining. Now inside this profile is information about your favored fetishes. This is good news for you because it gives you an excellent – and free – method of finding local partners who will let you kiss their pantyhosed feet. Become a member of any large dating community, free or paid, and simply put in a search for women seeking men who have a hose fetish. You will be given a free list of local women, usually minutes from your door, who share your sexual preference. As a final piece of advice, simply email or instant message each woman, letting her know your personal feelings about your proclivity. This will invariable interest them greatly – compared to their many boring messages – and will set the tone for your future relationship.

Introducing Jesus of Nazareth

By on January 31, 2017

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3640995 – Jacob D The Father in heaven first introduced his Son to the earth with God-sized Birthday Gifts. He sent angel Gabriel to tell Mary the name of her coming Son and that his Father would be in heaven. A moving star guided wise men to the child, an angel chorus sang a birth announcement to shepherds and dream after dream to Joseph protected the one and only begotten Son of God. What an INTRODUCTION!

The Bible has much more information about this Jesus. Let us ORBIT AROUND HIM again and again and acquaint ourselves with this commanding figure.

Orbit 1 = The Conclusion of One of the Inner Circle of Jesus. After Peter had followed Jesus two years, he said, “YOU are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” Matt 16:16-17. Peter did not make this statement without investigation. He had seen and heard Jesus do many miracles and fulfill prophecies. But Jesus taught him that he was enabled to believe by the Father in heaven for “No one comes to Jesus unless the Father draws him.” John 6:44. So a partnership with God involves God AND you at the beginning of your relationship and as long as it continues. What a PRIVILEGE! To partner with the Almighty. ?Do you wish to partner with God: Father, Son & Holy Spirit?______________

Orbit 2 = The Pain of Being Close to the LIGHT of the WORLD. Why did Peter beg Jesus to leave him? Jesus was not angry with him but had just given him such a huge catch of fish that he and his companions were astonished. This big WOW caused Peter to be aware that he was a sinful man and this made a big OUCH in his soul. But Jesus did not leave. Instead he predicted, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” Lk 5:10. ? = Will you admit that your sin has humbled you?_______________

Orbit 3 = Jesus’ full glory paralyzed people. When Jesus walked on the water, Peter and others thought it was a ghost and cried out…Mk 6:49. When the inner circle, Peter, James and John, saw Jesus glow with bright, bright light “they were exceedingly afraid.” Mk 9:6 The people of Israel had begged God to come in a person like Moses: “Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, or see this great fire any more, lest I die.” Deut 18:16 So God left monotheism because the people asked him to change. So he sent Jesus veiled in human flesh but the glory of God still burst forth some times. Hallelujah! ? Has Jesus withheld his glory from you? Did he ever frighten you?_________ ? He wants to commune with you? Have you opened your door to him?______

Orbit 4 = John the Baptist preached, “Behold the LAMB OF GOD.” Jn 1:29. The fig leaves of Adam and Eve were not sufficient to cover the sin of thinking more of self than of God, so God covered them with skins. He knew that hundreds of years hence, humans would shed his own Son’s blood. That’s how sin would harden hearts. All the lambs that men offered down through the ages would point to this ultimate sacrifice of the LAMB OF GOD who takes away the sin of the world. If you feel the need to offer a blood sacrifice today, you slap God in the face. He has provided a once-for-all solution. Jesus has now become the RANSOM for many. Mk 10:45. What a great God. He is Creator and then he stoops to help us again as our REDEEMER. What an eternal gift! ? = Did Jesus have to die to show us how to obey the Father? Jn 14:31

Did Jesus die to show us how much he loved us? Jn 3:16

Do Jesus’ nail-pierced hands help God forgive us today?________________

Orbit 5 = Jesus proved his power to FORGIVE SINS.

Jesus spoke “Your sins are forgiven.” When some came for healing of body, he would first forgive his sins. Some thought he blasphemed, so one day he asked: “Which is easier, to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—-he said to the paralytic—-“I say to you, rise, take up the pallet and go home.” And HE ROSE! Mk 2:9-12. Jesus himself paid the PENALTY of sin by dying on the cross. The victory of obedience to God enables us to stop the PRACTICE of sin as we obey Jesus. And some day, heaven will bar the PRESENCE of sin. Oh, what perfect peace! ? = Do you know of any other world leader who has proved the power to forgive

sins?_______________

Orbit 6 = Jesus said He is I AM and accepted worship.

The high priest asked Jesus, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Mk 14:62 Also in John 8:58, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” You must choose: Either Jesus is God or a liar. Jesus left a trail of signs and wonders and people worshiped him and he never rebuked them for it. After Jesus healed a blind man, he worshiped Jesus. After Jesus walked on the water, the disciples worshiped him. When the disciples saw the risen Jesus, they worshiped him. This was not so when men wanted to worship Peter. He said, “Stand up, I too am a man.” Acts 10:26. When John wanted to worship an angel, he said,”Do it not. Worship God.” Rev 22:9. ? = Do you love Jesus?_____________________________________ ? = Is Jesus worthy of your worship?___________________________ ? = Is Jesus GOD?________________________________________

Orbit 7 = Hear the Voice from Heaven Bless Jesus. Mk 1:11. When Jesus was baptized, he heard, “This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” And when Jesus was transfigured in front of Peter, James and John, they heard, “This is my Beloved Son; listen to him.” Mk 9:1-8. ? = Will you follow Mary’s words also: “Do whatever HE tells you.” Jn 2:5. ? = Did you know that Jesus is very very sad because so few believe the words

he spoke to us? In a Vision, he told this to some boys in China in the 1900’s.

VISIONS BEYOND THE VEIL by H.A.Baker

ISBN 0-88368-019-X. 1973.

Orbit 8 = Jesus is Feared and Obeyed by Unclean Spirits. An Unclean spirit cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” Mk 1:24-27. Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and sent him out of the man. And Jesus was obeyed! Jesus did not wish this spirit to witness about him because he knew his chief, the Devil, is a liar. Being friends with foes will ruin the Kingdom of God. Jesus will not destroy evil spirits but will finally send them to hell, the jail God has prepared for the Devil and his angels. Matt 25:41. ? = Do you value the protection from evil forces?_______________________ ? = Satan lies to his followers that no one is stronger than he is. But one day

some Satanists went to kill some believers and were knocked flat on the

ground by angels of God. Then one of God’s angels spoke: “Why do you serve Satan. He wants to destroy you. Give your life to Jesus. He died for you.” She did finally, but found it hard to give up power that Satan gave her over others. She came to Christ while she was continually going to the hospital–40 times. The Devil nearly did destroy her. So why will Satan be released again after the thousand year reign? How else will believers show their firm trust in God if they never are tested?

Orbit 9 = See Jesus as the King of the Unshakeable Kingdom of God. Heb 12:28. Because Jesus is on King David’s throne [Lk 1:32] some preachers teach that Jesus’ kingdom has physical boundaries also. But again and again, Jesus taught that his kingdom was not of this world. [Jn 18:36] He showed its concern with the spirit world by casting out demons, The territory of the inner person is what Jesus claimed. He cast out demons not Roman soldiers. After all, he created us and does not wish for foreign domination. Sometimes it appears that the Righteous are losing. Jesus had 144,000 angels at his command but did not call them to stop his unjust cross. He endured his cross because the Divine Plan was set out and he followed the Father’s will. The OUCH of the cross was accepted because of the hope of the WOW of the Resurrecton and Ascension to Glory. Our one-quart minds can hardly accept such ten-gallon experiences, but we have the choice of which king to follow. Jesus revealed to John that “the kingdom of the world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.” Rev 11:15. But until the final Judgment Day, Jesus must use physical words to describe spirit-world realities. He said he was the Door and the disciples thought my house door; He said Water and they thought the thirst of my flesh; He said “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees ” and they thought bread for the stomach. Mk 8:15-21. So as teachers of this Kingdom, we must study Jesus stories and realize that even he could not win all hard hearts. Jesus knows we need help and he gives it. ? = Are you a member of the universal Body of Christ?__________________ ? = Who is your King of kings?_____________________________________

Orbit 10 = Jesus said, “You MUST be born again, fathered by the Holy Spirit.” This the help that Jesus sends. His commands so demanding—-You MUST forgive; You MUST be perfect in love which means loving even your enemies; Go as sheep among wolves; Rejoice always; Endure to the end….—– that they can not be accomplished unless we become new creations in Christ Jesus. So how does this happen? In hundreds of different mysterious ways. Ask God for what you really want. Read John 3 and discuss it with someone and pray for wisdom. Watch your life for new loves and habits being born. Look for Holy Spirit fruit in your experiences. Galatians 5:18-26. Please invite Jesus to master your will today. Too many people come to the very end of their human resources—-like Gert Behanna, they do suicide after three failed marriages—-before they are willing to allow Jesus to direct their lives. But even then, Jesus raised her from her death bed and she gave a powerful testimony in her book, THE LATE LIZ. ? = Would three people who know you well, say that you are born again?______

Orbit 11 = Jesus Commands Us like a King Does. Jesus says, “You are my friends, if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do.” Jn 15:14. These are not mere suggestions. DO the Great Commandment = Love God with all…Mk 12:29-31. Do the Great Commission = Make Disciples…Matt 28:19, 20. Repent and believe the Gospel; Inherit the earth; Bind and Loose; Take up your cross daily; Be salt and light; Fear not those who can kill only your body, but fear him who can destroy your body and soul in hell; Remember my broken body;Be not troubled; Endure to the end; Follow me! ? = Do you receive these commands gratefully as guidance towards LIFE?_____

Orbit 12 = Notice the Creativity in Various Healings. Jesus healed blind men in many different ways. He healed two blind men when they declared their faith in his ability to heal them. Then he touched their eyes. The next time he healed, no actions are recorded. The third time he spit on their eyes and put his hands on him — twice. The fourth healing, Jesus spit on the ground and made some mud with saliva and put it on the man’s eyes, and said, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam.” The fifth time he healed blind Bartimaeus by speech only: “Go, your faith has healed you.” Can you see these six men starting new churches? One calls his the Church of the Touch; Another is The Spitters; Another emphasizes water = The Church of Pools; And Bartimaeus begins The Church of the Word.

May we never dictate to each other HOW the Holy Spirit must enter our lives. God moves in mysterious ways to confirm his presence in persons. He will not be boxed and delivered to everyone the same way. All kinds of Christians have had all kinds of experiences in baptism, dreams and visions, voices in the room or car or the gift of a new language. Jesus once said what I think fits here: “What is that to you? You follow me!” Jn 21:22. ? = Do you have assurance that you are a Child of God? Jn 1:12._________ ? = Have you demanded that God must work a certain way in your life?____

Orbit 13 = Will the Hubble Telescope Hobble Our Speedy Jesus? Some scientist are teaching that billions of years were necessary to create our universe. When Jesus cleansed the leper, or calmed the wind and the sea or raised a dead 12-year-old girl, he did it IMMEDIATELY. John 1:3 teaches that Jesus created everything. And the Ten Commandments state he did it in six days. In this literal law literature, the length of day is defined by our sabbath day. Ex 20:11. How did Moses know such a fact? Ex 34:28 states that the Lord showed Moses many things during forty days and forty nights. Does the scientist you are following have the miracles behind him to match Moses? Will you treasure the revelations of God? One scientist has written to this effect: “When science has scaled the last frontier and pulls itself up over the final craggy summit, it will find a band of theologians discussing the revelations of God.” Interpreting the givens is a task in which our loves [hearts] direct our minds. May God be merciful to us all! ? = Do you believe Exodus 20:11?_______________________________

Orbit 14 = Jesus is the Force that holds every ATOM together. Colossians 1:17. A scientist taught me to claim Col. 1:17 as the answer to why each atom does not explode. It should because at the center of every atom, the protons are all positive. They should repel each other but there is a force that holds them together which science cannot name. The Bible may have the answer. Job 34:14 states, “If he should take back his spirit to himself and gather to himself his breath, all flesh would perish together.” And Hebrews 1:3 explains that Jesus is “upholding the universe by his word of power.” If Jesus were to release every atom by a word, II Peter 3:10 would happen: “The heavens will pass away with a loud noise and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” ? = Does your explanation of the end of the world ignore these scriptures?__ ? = What are you teaching your children and grandchildren?_______________

Orbit 15 = Jesus had to Fulfill Many Prophecies in order to be THE MESSIAH. When I look at some Old Testament prophecies which are claimed to be fulfilled by Jesus’ actions, some of them do not seem to fit well. This is the way I think today. The important thing is that it impressed the people of Jesus’ day and the way they interpreted scripture. Jesus lived to fulfill Scripture: At his garden capture, he said, “Let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” Mk 14:49 The following are some fulfillments: 1] A virgin is to bear a son = Jesus. 2] He will be born in Bethlehem. 3] Gentiles will hope in Jesus. 4] Jewish leaders will reject Jesus. 5] His bones will not be broken. 6] He will be buried in a rich man’s tomb. 7] He will rise from the dead the third day after his death. There are hundreds more if you want to research them. ? = Will you live to fulfill scripture? “You are the Light of the World.” Are you?___

Orbit 16 = Jesus Promises are Trustworthy because of his Character. 1] He who believes in the Son has eternal life. 2] The hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice, and come

forth…Jn 5:28-29. 3] The one who comes to me, I will not cast out. 4] If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. 5] I go to prepare a place for you. 6] Because I live, you will live also. 7] I am coming soon. ? = Are leaning on Jesus’ promises?_____________

Orbit 17 = Jesus Conquered Death. Jesus showed that there is Life after Life, not total silence. His Resurrection is such a great victory that I go to church every Lord’s Day to celebrate it. You, too? God showed that he could over-ride death in the lives of Enoch and Elijah. This may have been his Garden of Eden plan. Jesus’ death and resurrection is so special because it opens heaven to sinners if they will wear Jesus’ ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS which he earned by being totally obedient to the Father. Jesus’ resurrection shows the Father in heaven’s total approval of his BELOVED SON. What a glorious way to stun the fear of death in us. Jesus walked right through it, not around it, not over it but through it. Death is not the end. That is a lie. Jesus even taught that all people in the past “are alive to God.” Lk 20:38. ? = Do you have a proper fear of God, not death? Matt 10:28.____________

Orbit 18 = Jesus will be the Final Judge of the quick and the dead. Acts 10:42 Jesus is such an open and fair judge that he tells us beforehand the standards he will use on Judgment Day. We can prepare to meet our Creator. 1] HIS WORDS will judge us. Jn 12:48 2] YOUR OWN WORDS will judge you. Matt 12:37. 3] Our own DEEDS will judge us. Matt. 16:27 & 25:35-40. 4] Our BELIEF ABOUT JESUS. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life.”

Jn 3:36. The wrath of God abides on anyone who claims that it really was not

necessary to send Jesus to save us from our sins. God has judged that it was

very necessary so that we could dwell with a holy Father in heaven. ? = Do you accept these as helps for your day in Divine Court?___________

Orbit 19 = Jesus Offers These Gifts to Us Now! 1] His Holy Spirit to father us and guide us. 2] His shed blood to forgive and cleanse us from our sins. 3] His prayers of intercession for us at the throne of God. 4] An Unshakeable Kingdom of God 5] Kingdom gifts with strings attached = IF you forgive, then you will be forgiven.

If you want much, much will be required…

If you want eternal life, believe in the Son. 6] The Bible as a Lamp and Light 7] The Songs of the Church as a daily lift. 8] Testimonies of New Believers to woo us to Jesus. 9] Worship with Other Believers to Express Our Gratitude. 10] Services the Church Provides to Others. 11] The Peace of God Jn 14:27 12] Visits to Earth. Acts 7:56 & 9:4.

Orbit 20 = Grace in the Wrath of the Lamb. I follow THE LAMB OF GOD who will one day show that he is also THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH. He has promised the martyrs that he will avenge their murders. Rev 6:10-11. And he will do it with a word = the sword in his mouth. Rev 19:15. I remember this when I witness how the wrong seems oft so strong. I have faith that I know who will win in the end. He holds the key to the bottomless pit. Rev 20:1. So where is the grace in his wrath? It is in every day that he waits for one more sinner to repent and cling to Jesus. It is in the mercy he will extend to ones that offend him like Peter who was false to him before others and then Jesus seems to have disregarded his own principal = deny me before men and I will deny you before the Father in heaven = when he directs the angel to tell “and Peter” Mk 16:7. that he is to come meet Jesus again in Galilee after the resurrection. The grace comes to a thief on the cross who has deserved his cross but receives heaven merely because of his last-minute faith in Jesus. The heat of Sodom and Gomorrah was not applied to Lot and his family because Angels graced these cities with their presence. The wrath of the flood was tempered many months as Noah built the ark in front of all the world. It called very loudly for neighbors to decide if Noah was a true prophet. God himself had to shut the ark’s door on those who would not live by faith. They only wanted to climb aboard after they knew the outcome. ? = Will the fear of hell drive you to Jesus?_______________ ? = Can you see the mercy of God in your life?____________

Orbit 21 = Jesus Spent lots of Time in PRAYER.

Do you want to follow Jesus?

Pray pray pray pray pray pray.

Do you want to demonstrate that you live by faith?

Pray praypraypraypraypray.

Do you want to draw close to Jesus and the Father in heaven?

Praypraypray. Do you want to enjoy prayer more?

Praypraypraypraypraypraypraypraypray.

Do you want to be a Friend of God?

Praypraypraypraypraypraypraypraypray.

Do you want to move from confrontation to conversation to communion?_____



Source by Paul Landis

Remember Faith Is Active – Be Willing To Take That First Step

By on January 31, 2017

By now you might know that my finances or lack of them have played a huge part in my purpose of raising faith and lowering fear and in accepting that I am supported and being provided for. Up until recently my fearful doubts and beliefs have out-weighed my faith. I feel like I’ve been making my way through the University of Life in attempt to reach the highest degree of Self Love and faith; having to repeat the lessons multiple times in many different ways until it became integrated and I could finally graduate.

I have told these stories often in my travels to inspire people who are standing on the edge, afraid to take the next step because they can’t see where they are going. My message is often the same: –

Begin with a willingness to do what it takes.

Remember, The Universe can not change the direction of a stationary vehicle.

The thing is, we really don’t have to know what’s around the corner until we get there, do we? We simply have to start the engine and put our vehicle in motion. This means being willing to take that first step in faith and allow the Universe to guide you each step of the way Look inward and outward for the signs and be open to all possibilities because your willingness will show you a safe way, often very different from that which you could ever imagine.

Let me explain:

It was only six weeks before Christmas and was still recovering from my loss through a poor financial investment. While most businesses were gearing up for a busy time, my business was slowing down. People were finding more important things to spend their money on than their health and well-being!

I decided it was time to sell my collection of exquisite jewellery. Before I headed out the door I was guided to check the local paper to see if there were any part-time jobs available. A ‘door to door’ selling position caught my eye and I decided to check it out on my way to the jewellery store. What did I have to lose?

I met Rick who showed me the ropes and then sent me on the road to making a commission based income – in the most unexpected way. I walked door to door selling discount vouchers for a local restaurant. I have to admit, it was a great deal. Each day I would arrive back with a record amount of sales for my four-hour shift. It was as if people couldn’t say no! One man, having bought a voucher exclaimed “How did this happen. I don’t usually open the door to sales people let alone buy anything.”

Over lunch on Christmas Eve, I thanked Rick for giving me this job. I explained to him that not only did it save me from selling my jewellery but with my success I was able to invite some friends around and celebrate Christmas. He responded with genuine thanks to me too. “Because of your success” he said, I can now buy my wife a Christmas present.” Having over-heard us the proprietor came over and thanked us both. “Without this campaign, I would have been forced to close the restaurant,” he said. And we know that many of the customers enjoying themselves would have been unable to afford the quality of food and service that this restaurant offered had it not have been for those discounted vouchers.

I love how the Universe manoeuvres us around and brings people together for a common cause, and for the good of the whole, don’t you?

The campaign finished, my lease was up and I went to stay with my friend Sue for a couple of weeks while I looked for somewhere else to live. Within those two weeks her flat mate made a surprise decision to leave to venture overseas. I gratefully accepted the offer to stay on and became Sue’s house mate for the next four years.

The interesting thing was that I met Sue a few years before when I advertised for a flat mate to share my three bedroom town house. Sue was one of the few people who turned up to look at it. In the end we both decided that we were not ready to share but we made a great connection and became friends from that point on and remained very close until she passed fifteen years later.



Source by Marie Brunger

Personalized Jewelry – The 6 Most Popular Trends

By on January 31, 2017

Jewelry adds a spark or that finishing touch to the wardrobe, and now personalized jewelry is beginning to stand on its own as a major trend. Actually, several trends at the same time!

So what is personalized jewelry?  Personalization doesn’t just mean a monogramming of a person’s name anymore.  Many artisans in the jewelry world are happy to make commissioned one-of-a-kind pieces for people allowing for a gift that is nothing if not personal.  Also, charm bracelets, birthstone pieces, and original mommy jewelry are the most popular kinds of personalized jewelry today. 

Since the niche has literally exploded in the last few years, here are the top 6 hot trends in personalized jewelry, as well each category’s biggest fans. 

Charm Bracelets and Necklaces

For the younger generation it is increasingly popular to create and wear charm bracelets and charm necklaces.  Each charm may be added or taken away easily allowing the jewelry to change as quickly as a teenager’s mind.  Bead stores are a huge fad in malls and even college towns, where young adults can find thousands of unique charms and beads to create their own jewelry, update older pieces they made, or augment store-bought jewelry. 

Personalized Coming-of-Age Gifts

Coming-of-age gifts are often personalized with monograms and may be engraved with a special date (debut, sweet sixteen, graduation, etc) making the jewelry a reminder of the event for years to come.  Even pearls can receive the treatment of personalization with a small tag or charm attached at the clasp with room for initials or the year.  These gifts offer a more “grown-up” assortment of jewelry options for those moving into adulthood.

Classic Name Bracelets and Baby Name Jewelry

For some a name necklace is a wonderful item.  Popular in the 80s and re-popularized recently by Hollywood stars, these necklaces create a personal statement in a name.  These names are available in tons of styles from simple gold script to snazzy rhinestones.  This is the most classic kind of personalized jewelry and is most popular with young teens.  However, new moms also like this style because they can monogram their baby names.  This trend has become known as “baby name jewelry.””

Personalized Wedding Bracelets

Wedding party gifts engraved with the date serve to remind of the appreciation for participating during the special event.  Cuff bracelets or simple pendant necklaces are a great way to incorporate a thank you with an engraved reminder, while other couples choose individual gifts for each person in the bridal party.

Baby shower gifts for both the bride-to-be and the mom-to-be can be very personalized.  A charm bracelet such as the Pandora-style bracelets are a more sophisticated way to show trinkets from days past with room to add for the days to come.  There are even jewelry options for the baby on the way and these beautiful pieces can usually be monogrammed too.  Some showers even give out personalized bracelets to the attendees as a memento of their participation on this fun occasion. 

The New Friendship Bracelet

In the past, friends wove bracelets for each other using string and plastic.  Now they custom design pieces using professional techniques.  This trend is spilling over into baby showers too.   How it works for these showers is for each friend to bring a bead, stone or charm that is special to them and represents the guest of honor in some way.  These gifts are collected to create a very personalized bracelet or necklace, sure to bring smiles every time it is worn. 

Mommy Jewelry

I’ve discussed how moms are passionate about their baby name jewelry.  Another popular kind of mommy jewelry is birthstone jewelry.  These can be created as rings, bracelets, or necklaces and can be as unique as the ladies who wear them.  Next to the first grader’s painted macaroni necklace it is sure to be one of mom’s favorites, and one that can even be worn for a fancy evening out.



Source by Cora Lee

Main Functions of Management

By on January 31, 2017

There are four main functions of management.

1. Planning.

2. Organizing.

3. Leading.

4. Controlling.

Planning.

Planning is an important managerial function. It provides the design of a desired future state and the means of bringing about that future state to accomplish the organization’s objectives. In other words, planning is the process of thinking before doing. To solve the problems and take the advantages of the opportunities created by rapid change, managers must develop formal long- and short-range plans so that organizations can move toward their objectives.

It is the foundation area of management. It is the base upon which the all the areas of management should be built. Planning requires administration to assess; where the company is presently set, and where it would be in the upcoming. From there an appropriate course of action is determined and implemented to attain the company’s goals and objectives

Planning is unending course of action. There may be sudden strategies where companies have to face. Sometimes they are uncontrollable. You can say that they are external factors that constantly affect a company both optimistically and pessimistically. Depending on the conditions, a company may have to alter its course of action in accomplishing certain goals. This kind of preparation, arrangement is known as strategic planning. In strategic planning, management analyzes inside and outside factors that may affect the company and so objectives and goals. Here they should have a study of strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats. For management to do this efficiently, it has to be very practical and ample.

Characteristics of planning.

Ø Goal oriented.

Ø Primacy.

Ø Pervasive.

Ø Flexible.

Ø Continuous.

Ø Involves choice.

Ø Futuristic.

Ø Mental exercise.

Ø Planning premises.

Importance of planning.

* Make objectives clear and specific.

* Make activities meaningful.

* Reduce the risk of uncertainty.

* Facilitators coordination.

* Facilitators decision making.

* Promotes creativity.

* Provides basis of control.

* Leads to economy and efficiency.

* Improves adoptive behavior.

* Facilitates integration.

Formal and informal planning.

Formal planning usually forces managers to consider all the important factors and focus upon both short- and long-range consequences. Formal planning is a systematic planning process during which plans are coordinated throughout the organization and are usually recorded in writing. There are some advantages informal planning. First, formalized planning forces managers to plan because they are required to do so by their superior or by organizational rules. Second, managers are forced to examine all areas of the organization. Third, the formalization it self provides a set of common assumptions on which all managers can base their plans.

Planning that is unsystematic, lacks coordination, and involves only parts of the organizations called informal planning. It has three dangerous deficiencies. First, it may not account for all the important factors. Second, it frequency focuses only on short range consequences. Third, without coordination, plans in different parts of the organization may conflict.

Stages in planning.

The sequential nature of planning means that each stage must be completed before the following stage is begun. A systematic planning progress is a series of sequential activities that lead to the implementation of organizational plans.

  • The first step in planning is to develop organizational objectives.
  • Second, planning specialists and top management develop a strategic plan and communicate it to middle managers.
  • Third, use the strategic plans to coordinate the development of intermediate plans by middle managers.
  • Fourth, department managers and supervisors develop operating plans that are consistent with the intermediate plans.
  • Fifth, implementation involves making decisions and initiating actions to carry out the plans.
  • Sixth, the final stage, follow-up and control, which is critical.

The organizational planning system.

A coordinated organizational planning system requires that strategic, intermediate, and operating plans be developed in order of their importance to the organization. All three plans are interdependent with intermediate plans based on strategic plans and operating planes based on intermediate plans. Strategic plans are the first to be developed because they set the future direction of the organization and are crucial to the organization’s survival. Thus, strategic plans lay the foundation for the development of intermediate and operating plans. The next plans to be developed are the intermediate plans; intermediate plans cover major functional areas within an organization and are the steppingstones to operating plans. Last come operating plans; these provide specific guidelines for the activities within each department.

Organizing.

The second function of the management is getting prepared, getting organized. Management must organize all its resources well before in hand to put into practice the course of action to decide that has been planned in the base function. Through this process, management will now determine the inside directorial configuration; establish and maintain relationships, and also assign required resources.

While determining the inside directorial configuration, management ought to look at the different divisions or departments. They also see to the harmonization of staff, and try to find out the best way to handle the important tasks and expenditure of information within the company. Management determines the division of work according to its need. It also has to decide for suitable departments to hand over authority and responsibilities.

Importance of the organization process and organization structure.

  1. Promote specialization.
  2. Defines jobs.
  3. Classifies authority and power.
  4. Facilitators’ coordination.
  5. Act as a source of support security satisfaction.
  6. Facilitators’ adaptation.
  7. Facilitators’ growth.
  8. Stimulators creativity.

Directing (Leading).

Directing is the third function of the management. Working under this function helps the management to control and supervise the actions of the staff. This helps them to assist the staff in achieving the company’s goals and also accomplishing their personal or career goals which can be powered by motivation, communication, department dynamics, and department leadership.

Employees those which are highly provoked generally surpass in their job performance and also play important role in achieving the company’s goal. And here lies the reason why managers focus on motivating their employees. They come about with prize and incentive programs based on job performance and geared in the direction of the employees requirements.

It is very important to maintain a productive working environment, building positive interpersonal relationships, and problem solving. And this can be done only with Effective communication. Understanding the communication process and working on area that need improvement, help managers to become more effective communicators. The finest technique of finding the areas that requires improvement is to ask themselves and others at regular intervals, how well they are doing. This leads to better relationship and helps the managers for better directing plans.

Controlling.

Managerial control is the follow-up process of examining performance, comparing actual against planned actions, and taking corrective action as necessary. It is continual; it does not occur only at the end of specified periods. Even though owners or managers of small stores may evaluate performance at the end of the year, they also monitor performance throughout the year.

Types of managerial control:

* Preventive control.

Preventive controls are designed to prevent undesired performance before it occurs.

* Corrective control.

Corrective controls are designed to adjust situations in which actual performance has already deviated from planned performance.

Stages in the managerial control process.

The managerial control process is composed of several stages. These stages includes

  1. Determining performance standards.
  2. Measuring actual performance.
  3. Comparing actual performance against desired performance (performance standards) to determine deviations.
  4. Evaluating the deviations.
  5. Implementing corrective actions.

2) Describe how this each function leads to attain the organizational objectives.

Planning

Whether the system is an organization, department, business, project, etc., the process of planning includes planners working backwards through the system. They start from the results (outcomes and outputs) they prefer and work backwards through the system to identify the processes needed to produce the results. Then they identify what inputs (or resources) are needed to carry out the processes.

* Quick Look at Some Basic Terms:

Planning typically includes use of the following basic terms.

NOTE: It is not critical to grasp completely accurate definitions of each of the following terms. It is more important for planners to have a basic sense for the difference between goals/objectives (results) and strategies/tasks (methods to achieve the results).

  • Goals

Goals are specific accomplishments that must be accomplished in total, or in some combination, in order to achieve some larger, overall result preferred from the system, for example, the mission of an organization. (Going back to our reference to systems, goals are outputs from the system.)

  • Strategies or Activities

These are the methods or processes required in total, or in some combination, to achieve the goals. (Going back to our reference to systems, strategies are processes in the system.)

  • Objectives

Objectives are specific accomplishments that must be accomplished in total, or in some combination, to achieve the goals in the plan. Objectives are usually “milestones” along the way when implementing the strategies.

  • Tasks

Particularly in small organizations, people are assigned various tasks required to implement the plan. If the scope of the plan is very small, tasks and activities are often essentially the same.

  • Resources (and Budgets)

Resources include the people, materials, technologies, money, etc., required to implement the strategies or processes. The costs of these resources are often depicted in the form of a budget. (Going back to our reference to systems, resources are input to the system.)

Basic Overview of Typical Phases in Planning

Whether the system is an organization, department, business, project, etc., the basic planning process typically includes similar nature of activities carried out in similar sequence. The phases are carried out carefully or — in some cases — intuitively, for example, when planning a very small, straightforward effort. The complexity of the various phases (and their duplication throughout the system) depends on the scope of the system. For example, in a large corporation, the following phases would be carried out in the corporate offices, in each division, in each department, in each group, etc.

1. Reference Overall Singular Purpose (“Mission”) or Desired Result from System.

During planning, planners have in mind (consciously or unconsciously) some overall purpose or result that the plan is to achieve. For example, during strategic planning, it is critical to reference the mission, or overall purpose, of the organization.

2. Take Stock Outside and Inside the System.

This “taking stock” is always done to some extent, whether consciously or unconsciously. For example, during strategic planning, it is important to conduct an environmental scan. This scan usually involves considering various driving forces, or major influences, that might effect the organization.

3. Analyze the Situation.

For example, during strategic planning, planners often conduct a “SWOT analysis”. (SWOT is an acronym for considering the organization’s strengths and weaknesses, and the opportunities and threats faced by the organization.) During this analysis, planners also can use a variety of assessments, or methods to “measure” the health of systems.

4. Establish Goals.

Based on the analysis and alignment to the overall mission of the system, planners establish a set of goals that build on strengths to take advantage of opportunities, while building up weaknesses and warding off threats.

5. Establish Strategies to Reach Goals.

The particular strategies (or methods to reach the goals) chosen depend on matters of affordability, practicality and efficiency.

6. Establish Objectives Along the Way to Achieving Goals.

Objectives are selected to be timely and indicative of progress toward goals.

7. Associate Responsibilities and Time Lines with Each Objective.

Responsibilities are assigned, including for implementation of the plan, and for achieving various goals and objectives. Ideally, deadlines are set for meeting each responsibility.

8. Write and Communicate a Plan Document.

The above information is organized and written in a document which is distributed around the system.

9. Acknowledge Completion and Celebrate Success.

This critical step is often ignored — which can eventually undermine the success of many of your future planning efforts. The purpose of a plan is to address a current problem or pursue a development goal. It seems simplistic to assert that you should acknowledge if the problem was solved or the goal met. However, this step in the planning process is often ignored in lieu of moving on the next problem to solve or goal to pursue. Skipping this step can cultivate apathy and skepticism — even cynicism — in your organization. Do not skip this step.

To Ensure Successful Planning and Implementation:

A common failure in many kinds of planning is that the plan is never really implemented. Instead, all focus is on writing a plan document. Too often, the plan sits collecting dust on a shelf. Therefore, most of the following guidelines help to ensure that the planning process is carried out completely and is implemented completely — or, deviations from the intended plan are recognized and managed accordingly.

  • Involve the Right People in the Planning Process

Going back to the reference to systems, it is critical that all parts of the system continue to exchange feedback in order to function effectively. This is true no matter what type of system. When planning, get input from everyone who will responsible to carry out parts of the plan, along with representative from groups who will be effected by the plan. Of course, people also should be involved in they will be responsible to review and authorize the plan.

  • Write Down the Planning Information and Communicate it Widely

New managers, in particular, often forget that others do not know what these managers know. Even if managers do communicate their intentions and plans verbally, chances are great that others will not completely hear or understand what the manager wants done. Also, as plans change, it is extremely difficult to remember who is supposed to be doing what and according to which version of the plan. Key stakeholders (employees, management, board members, founders, investor, customers, clients, etc.) may request copies of various types of plans. Therefore, it is critical to write plans down and communicate them widely.

  • Goals and Objectives Should Be SMARTER

SMARTER is an acronym, that is, a word composed by joining letters from different words in a phrase or set of words. In this case, a SMARTER goal or objective is:

Specific:

For example, it is difficult to know what someone should be doing if they are to pursue the goal to “work harder”. It is easier to recognize “Write a paper”.

Measurable:

It is difficult to know what the scope of “Writing a paper” really is. It is easier to appreciate that effort if the goal is “Write a 30-page paper”.

Acceptable:

If I am to take responsibility for pursuit of a goal, the goal should be acceptable to me. For example, I am not likely to follow the directions of someone telling me to write a 30-page paper when I also have to five other papers to write. However, if you involve me in setting the goal so I can change my other commitments or modify the goal, I am much more likely to accept pursuit of the goal as well.

Realistic:

Even if I do accept responsibility to pursue a goal that is specific and measurable, the goal will not be useful to me or others if, for example, the goal is to “Write a 30-page paper in the next 10 seconds”.

Time frame:

It may mean more to others if I commit to a realistic goal to “Write a 30-page paper in one week”. However, it will mean more to others (particularly if they are planning to help me or guide me to reach the goal) if I specify that I will write one page a day for 30 days, rather than including the possibility that I will write all 30 pages in last day of the 30-day period.

Extending:

The goal should stretch the performer’s capabilities. For example, I might be more interested in writing a 30-page paper if the topic of the paper or the way that I write it will extend my capabilities.

Rewarding:

I am more inclined to write the paper if the paper will contribute to an effort in such a way that I might be rewarded for my effort.

  • Build in Accountability (Regularly Review Who is Doing What and By When?)

Plans should specify who is responsible for achieving each result, including goals and objectives. Dates should be set for completion of each result, as well. Responsible parties should regularly review status of the plan. Be sure to have someone of authority “sign off” on the plan, including putting their signature on the plan to indicate they agree with and support its contents. Include responsibilities in policies, procedures, job descriptions, performance review processes, etc.

  • Note Deviations from the Plan and Replan Accordingly

It is OK to deviate from the plan. The plan is not a set of rules. It is an overall guideline. As important as following the plan is noticing deviations and adjusting the plan accordingly.

  • Evaluate Planning Process and the Plan

During the planning process, regularly collect feedback from participants. Do they agree with the planning process? If not, what do not they like and how could it be done better? In large, ongoing planning processes (such as strategic planning, business planning, project planning, etc.), it is critical to collect this kind of feedback regularly.

During regular reviews of implementation of the plan, assess if goals are being achieved or not. If not, were goals realistic? Do responsible parties have the resources necessary to achieve the goals and objectives? Should goals be changed? Should more priority be placed on achieving the goals? What needs to be done?

Finally, take 10 minutes to write down how the planning process could have been done better. File it away and read it the next time you conduct the planning process.

  • Recurring Planning Process is at Least as Important as Plan Document

Far too often, primary emphasis is placed on the plan document. This is extremely unfortunate because the real treasure of planning is the planning process itself. During planning, planners learn a great deal from ongoing analysis, reflection, discussion, debates and dialogue around issues and goals in the system. Perhaps there is no better example of misplaced priorities in planning than in business ethics. Far too often, people put emphasis on written codes of ethics and codes of conduct. While these documents certainly are important, at least as important is conducting ongoing communications around these documents. The ongoing communications are what sensitize people to understanding and following the values and behaviors suggested in the codes.

  • Nature of the Process Should Be Compatible to Nature of Planners

A prominent example of this type of potential problem is when planners do not prefer the “top down” or “bottom up”, “linear” type of planning (for example, going from general to specific along the process of an environmental scan, SWOT analysis, mission/vision/values, issues and goals, strategies, objectives, timelines, etc.) There are other ways to conduct planning. For an overview of various methods, see (in the following, the models are applied to the strategic planning process, but generally are eligible for use elsewhere).

Critical — But Frequently Missing Step — Acknowledgement and Celebration of Results

It’s easy for planners to become tired and even cynical about the planning process. One of the reasons for this problem is very likely that far too often, emphasis is placed on achieving the results. Once the desired results are achieved, new ones are quickly established. The process can seem like having to solve one problem after another, with no real end in sight. Yet when one really thinks about it, it is a major accomplishment to carefully analyze a situation, involve others in a plan to do something about it, work together to carry out the plan and actually see some results.

Organizing.

Organizing can be viewed as the activities to collect and configure resources in order to implement plans in a highly effective and efficient fashion. Organizing is a broad set of activities, and often considered one of the major functions of management. Therefore, there are a wide variety of topics in organizing. The following are some of the major types of organizing required in a business organization.

A key issue in the design of organizations is the coordination of activities within the organization.

  • Coordination

Coordinating the activities of a wide range of people performing specialized jobs is critical if we wish avoid mass confusion. Likewise, various departments as grouping of specialized tasks must be coordinated. If the sales department sells on credit to anyone who wished it, sales are likely to increase but bad-debt losses may also increase. If the credit department approves sales only to customers with excellent credit records, sales may be lower. Thus there is a need to link or coordinate the activities of both departments (credits and sales) for the good of the total organization.

Coordination is the process of thinking several activities to achieve a functioning whole.

Leading

Leading is an activity that consists of influencing other people’s behavior, individually and as a group, toward the achievement of desired objectives. A number of factors affect leadership. To provide a better understanding of the relationship of these factors to leadership, a general model of leadership is presented.

The degree of leader’s influence on individuals and group effectiveness is affected by several energizing forces:

  1. Individual factors.
  2. Organizational factors.
  3. The interaction (match or conflict) between individual and organizational factors.

A leader’s influence over subordinates also affects and is affected by the effectiveness of the group.

* Group effectiveness.

The purpose of leadership is to enhance the group’s achievement. The energizing forces may directly affect the group’s effectiveness. The leader skills, the nature of the task, and the skills of each employee are all direct inputs into group achievement. If, for example, one member of the group is unskilled, the group will accomplish less. If the task is poorly designed, the group will achieve less.

These forces are also combined and modified by leader’s influence. The leader’s influence over subordinates acts as a catalyst to the task accomplishment by the group. And as the group becomes more effective, the leader’s influence over subordinates becomes greater.

There are times when the effectiveness of a group depends on the leader’s ability to exercise power over subordinates. A leader’s behavior may be motivating because it affects the way a subordinate views task goals and personal goals. The leader’s behavior also clarifies the paths by which the subordinate may reach those goals. Accordingly, several managerial strategies may be used.

First, the leader may partially determine which rewards (pay, promotion, recognition) to associate with a given task goal accomplishment. Then the leader uses the rewards that have the highest value for the employee. Giving sales representatives bonuses and commissions is an example of linking rewards to tasks. These bonuses and commissions generally are related to sales goals.

Second, the leader’s interaction with the subordinate can increase the subordinate’s expectations of receiving the rewards for achievement.

Third, by matching employee skills with task requirements and providing necessary support, the leader can increase the employee’s expectation that effort will lead to good performance. The supervisor can either select qualified employees or provide training for new employees. In some instances, providing other types of support, such as appropriate tools, may increase the probability that employee effort leads to task goal accomplishment.

Fourth, the leader may increase the subordinate’s personal satisfaction associated with doing a job and accomplishing job goals by

  1. Assigning meaningful tasks;
  2. Delegating additional authority;
  3. Setting meaningful goals;
  4. Allowing subordinates to help set goals;
  5. Reducing frustrating barriers;
  6. Being considerate of subordinates’ need.

With a leader who can motivate subordinates, a group is more likely to achieve goals; and therefore it is more likely to be affective.

Controlling.

Control, the last of four functions of management, includes establishing performance standards which are of course based on the company’s objectives. It also involves evaluating and reporting of actual job performance. When these points are studied by the management then it is necessary to compare both the things. This study on comparison of both decides further corrective and preventive actions.

In an effort of solving performance problems, management should higher standards. They should straightforwardly speak to the employee or department having problem. On the contrary, if there are inadequate resources or disallow other external factors standards from being attained, management had to lower their standards as per requirement. The controlling processes as in comparison with other three, is unending process or say continuous process. With this management can make out any probable problems. It helps them in taking necessary preventive measures against the consequences. Management can also recognize any further developing problems that need corrective actions.

Although the control process is an action oriented, some situations may require no corrective action. When the performance standard is appropriate and actual performance meets that standard, no changes are necessary. But when control actions are necessary, they must be carefully formulated.

An effective control system is one that accomplishes the purposes for which it was designed.

Controls are designed to affect individual actions in an organization. Therefore control systems have implications for employee behavior. Managers must recognize several behavioral implications and avoid behavior detrimental to the organization.

  • It is common for individuals to resist certain controls. Some controls are designed to constrain and restrict certain types of behavior. For example, Dress codes often evoke resistance.
  • Controls also carry certain status and power implications in organizations. Those responsible for controls placed on important performance areas frequently have more power to implement corrective actions.
  • Control actions may create intergroup or interpersonal conflict within organizations. As stated earlier, coordination is required for effective controls. No quantitative performance standards may be interpreted differently by individuals, introducing the possibility of conflict.
  • An excessive number of controls may limit flexibility and creativity. The lack of flexibility and creativity may lead to low levels of employee satisfaction and personal development, thus impairing the organization’s ability to adapt to a changing environment.

Managers can overcome most of these consequences through communication and proper implementation of control actions. All performance standards should be communicated and understood.

Control systems must be implemented with concern for their effect on people’s behavior in order to be in accord with organizational objectives. The control process generally focuses on increasing an organization’s ability to achieve its objectives.

Effective and efficient management leads to success, the success where it attains the objectives and goals of the organizations. Of course for achieving the ultimate goal and aim management need to work creatively in problem solving in all the four functions. Management not only has to see the needs of accomplishing the goals but also has to look in to the process that their way is feasible for the company.



Source by Ashani Wijesinghe

Advancing With Us Review

By on January 31, 2017

When you first do a search for Advancing With Us you don’t really get too much information, except that the company is fairly new, the founder is a guy called Alan Pariser and the headquarters are based in Henderson, Nevada. However upon doing a little digging it seems that they are a multi level marketing company (although for some strange reason they say that they are not) who have based themselves in the highly competitive health and wellness sector.

So what health and wellness products do they sell?

Upon delving even further into things, it seems that Advancing With Us are closely related to, or are a subsidiary of Melaleuca. This is a green company who have been in the business of making environmentally friendly products for the last twenty five years and most of their products contain some form of Melaleuca oil. This is a kind of tea tree oil that is native to New South Wales, Australia. The products include everything from household cleaning products to health drinks and snacks. The products themselves are totally natural and do not contain ammonias, bleaches, or pharmaceuticals.

To join the company you will need to sell products, and in order to achieve the amount necessary you need to be selling $50 of product per month. The compensation plan runs on a 5 x 7 matrix. This means that you need to personally sponsor 5 people on your first level, for which you will receive 20% of every order of your immediate downline. They then sponsor 5 people, and so on, down to seven levels. There is also a monthly autoship policy that you will have to consider before you join.

It seems that so called “green” related products are definitely in right now, so there could never be a better time to sell them. There is definitely a demand for such products. Although Advancing With Us is a fairly new company, Melaleuca have been going since 1985 and therefore they are backed by strong credentials. The compensation plan is one that operates a good payout which could get you back into profit fairly quickly.

It seems that this MLM opportunity ticks all the right boxes, However like any business opportunity, make sure that you thoroughly do your homework first before you part with your hard earned cash. You have to remember that multi level marketing isn’t easy and that’s why 97% of people fail. Having said that, the health and wellness sector is a great niche to get into and it is worth knowing that the majority of multi level marketing millionaires (of which there are plenty) have made their fortunes in this particular niche.

So this begs the question can you make money with the Advance With Us opportunity? The answer is that if you are prepared to work your business, get to know your products and position yourself as a leader then there is absolutely no reason why you can’t make money with this opportunity.



Source by Dane Tanodra