Staying Present When Things Are Going Well

It might not seem like such a big deal–staying present when things are going well. I mean, easy, right? Maybe and maybe not.

“The tension was mounting on the teebox at the par-5 eighth hole at Conway Farms,” reported on Sept. 14, just before Jim Furyk became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60. [The 8th was his 17th hole that day].

As a budding golfer married to one who’s been playing his entire life, I often see glimpses of exceptional play, but the magnitude of Mr. Furyk’s score of 59 for 18 holes was very rare and earned him membership in an exclusive club formed in 1977, when Al Geiberger became the first to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour.

Staying Present

The technical ability necessary to achieve such a score is high, but what struck me most was the focus and presence of mind required to manage the pressure Mr. Furyk must have felt as he made his way toward one of golf’s most elusive goals.

If you know my work in the world, you know I help people regain power under pressure. Usually, we’re looking at situations where things are going badly: conflict, stress, and relationship struggles with employees, partners, and family members. But what about when things are going well–I mean really well? Might it be even more challenging to stay in the moment when we are courting the possibility of perfection?

As a rank beginner, I’m just trying to keep the ball in the air. But experienced golfers often speak of how hard it is to keep it going when they’re playing at their best. The better the round goes, the more the prospect of “the choke” threatens. Suddenly you’re not thinking about the shot you’re playing but of what could go wrong. The better things get, the harder it is to stay focused.

Other sports have similar elusive goals and clutch moments. In baseball everyone, including the fans, feels the tension mounting, inning by inning and out by out, as their pitcher strives for the no-hitter or–even more rare–the perfect game.

When Life Is Good

What about when life is going well? Do you have difficulty enjoying the flow state, knowing that, inevitably, things will change? Are there moments when you find yourself waiting for what might go wrong? I’ve written about the challenges of being “publicly happy.” Maybe one reason is that we fear we might choke and ruin it all by talking about it.

Mr. Furyk said that to stay present that day “was a mental battle and a mental grind.” To take the pressure off, he talked with fellow golfer Gary Woodland, who joked about football. Laughter and the easy banter lightened the moment, and Furyk was able to stay loose and remain focused.

Can we apply the same technique to life–not take things so seriously, but rather be aware and grateful for what’s happening now? When conflict and problems arise, and they will, they invite us to appreciate even more the days when energy flows freely.

Don’t think about the next shot. Stay present to this one. Live, laugh, and let yourself be here now, in this ki moment. It’s the only one you really have.

A Different Present For The Special Girl In Your Life

Some girls are very easy to please. Most of them are easily thrilled by surprises but they all love gifts.

Whether it is a designer bag, jewelry or even a simple bouquet of flowers, you can expect her to give you a very positive response and show some gratitude. Aside from tangible gifts like cards, jewelry, bags, clothes or flowers, what is that special gift you can give her to express your affection, appreciation and the fondness you feel for her?

Why not offer her a totally different experience?

There are a lot of online gift services that offer new thrills for the creative, adventurous, romantic or active woman.

Imagine… a private wine-tasting and a journey in a vintage car, skiing or snowboarding at the world’s most beautiful ski resorts, experiencing a makeover from a leading stylist, a photography tour, exotic food and dining experiences, piloting a helicopter, experiencing the thrill of riding her first wave, or maybe experiencing the pure luxury of a romantic cruise! These are just a few ideas for something different to give to that special girl in your life.

Imagine her absolute delight when she receives a gift similar to any of those listed above!

Creating a flawless and easy-on-the-budget travelling experience to destinations and locations in other countries like Canada, Australia, China, France, Germany, Italy or Greece can be quite a difficult task especially if you are unsure where and what to visit, or how to arrange accommodation and what the main tourist attractions are.

How about taking advantage of an online travel-adventure voucher service to help you find the perfect travel itinerary to some of the most interesting countries in the world? Everything is pre-arranged and meticulously organized!

Sound easy? Well it definitely is.

With just a few clicks of a button on your keyboard, you can find that perfect destination with a lot of activity options to choose from, all well-organized, hassle-free and a very convenient way of planning that dream-adventure experience for your special girl.

This special adventure-experience will be so easy to organize; with just a few clicks of the mouse, you will be able to find the activity you fancy, with the details, the prices and a quick description of what your favourite girl can expect from the specific activity.

These travel-adventure sites can be highly innovative and very tempting. Usually they have a very hassle-free voucher service that allows you to choose your global dream destination along with a list of exotic, culture-oriented, art-oriented or physical activities that will make you go “wow!”

These can be very affordable, yet classy and memorable experiences the love of your life will surely enjoy, from wine-tasting in Chile to staying in an igloo in Switzerland, to private ice climbing in Canada, to visiting the spice bazaar in Turkey or shopping in style in Singapore – you can never go wrong with a well planned travel voucher as a present.

Step out of your usual comfort zone for gifts and make a change. Why not offer something both of you could enjoy together? Don’t delay, go and start looking for your dream destination and book that travel voucher today!

Project The Right Image To Negotiate Successfully

When you negotiate, who are you? To be more exact, what image do you project? How do others in the negotiation perceive you? There are times when you have to change your character, your mindset, and your personality when negotiating, in order to create the environment that leads to the successful outcome of the negotiation. There will be times when you’ll have to be stern and there will be times when you’ll have to be soft, but always try to genuinely be nice.

There’s one political candidate that people have a varying range of opinions of. The political pundits say, the varying opinions stem from his lack of ability to connect with some people, based on the way he projects his image. Mind you, none of us will be able to connect with everyone, every time we negotiate, but there are ‘things’ you can do to enhance the probability of connecting with people when you negotiate. Use the following 7 suggestions when you negotiate …

  1. Be humble. No matter how much expertise you possess on a subject matter, don’t be a showoff. Being a know-it-all tends to turn people off.
  2. Always use active listening skills when talking with someone and allow them to perceive that you’re actively listening by acknowledging their thoughts through the paraphrases you use.
  3. When negotiating, genuinely set out to discover how you can help the other person achieve the goals they seek from the negotiation. (As an example, the other day, I spoke with another savvy negotiator from the Corning, NY area. I’ve only known this individual for a few short months, but his warmth, knowledge of negotiation skills, and his sincere desire to help other people always comes through when we speak. The wholesomeness of his character and demeanor endears him to me. As such, I’d go out of my way to assist him in his endeavors. When you negotiate, that’s the type of model I suggest you adopt. Be a person that people like so much they’d be willing to go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals.)
  4. Be likeable. Don’t be a sourpuss when you negotiate. (There are times when you’ll have to project such a demeanor, but only use that demeanor as a negotiation strategy when necessary.)
  5. 5. Be compassionate. If you have the upper hand in a negotiation, don’t hammer the other person to submit to more concessions, simply because you’re in the ‘power position’. You never know when that type of attitude will come back to bite you. Somewhere in the future you may negotiate with that same person and she may be in the ‘power position’. She most likely will recall the troubled times you gave her and she may return the favor. When possible, it’s nice to be nice.
  6. 6. Understand the value of reading body language accurately and use its covenants during the negotiation. Strive to become keen at reading body language to perceive a deeper meaning of thoughts conveyed throughout the negotiation. The additional insight gleaned from such will allow you to bond quicker with the other person, from which you can achieve a better appreciation of their perspective. I’m not suggesting you enhance your skills at reading body language to take advantage of the other person, I’m suggestion you do so to move towards the goals both of you seek from the negotiation.
  7. 7. When you negotiate, start out by putting the other person first. You may be thinking that’s crazy! When you’re flying, the flight attendant announces, if the oxygen mask is deployed put it on your own face first, then assist others. That may be true when you’re flying, but when you’re negotiating, to the degree you understand the other person, you’re in a better position to help him and by helping him, you help yourself.

If you’ve been reading these lessons over a period of time, based on the feedback I’ve received from those that have, your negotiation skills have increased substantially. As such, more than likely, you’re superior than the average person, when it comes to negotiating. Use your skills to teach others how to achieve more out of life by allowing them to see how magnanimous you can be when negotiating. By doing so, you will become an even stronger, savvier, more insightful negotiator … and everything will be right with the world.

The negotiation lessons are …

  • When you negotiate, don’t take advantage of people when you have the upper hand. You never know when their position may become stronger and at what point they may turn the tables on you to ‘get even’.
  • Always employ active listening skills when negotiating. Paraphrase questions, thoughts, and ideas to convey your understanding of the other person’s position and perspective.
  • As you negotiate, genuinely display an appreciation for the other person’s position. Make sure they know you’re not just viewing the negotiation from your perspective, but you also understand the perspective from which they view the negotiation. Use your body language skills to allow them to see, feel, and hear, your desire to seek the most favorable outcome for all parties involved in the negotiation.