Plays where the puck is going to be.

As the world watches the Olympics Games in Vancouver, Canada

I want to share with you an idea and some thought provoking questions.

If you’ve ever watched or played any kind of sports like Curling, Football, Tennis, Lacrosse, Soccer, Badminton, Baseball or Hockey then you know the key to the game, just as it is in life, is to anticipate where the ball or the puck is going or will end up.

There are many plays in life that we make everyday.  Some work out the way we planned while others just do not work at all but the key to the game of life is just that. It’s a game to be played to the fullest, enjoyed with passion, appreciated for it’s beauty and, most importantly, to be grateful for the results we create.

The legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky said it best,

“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”

In life, whether it’s business or a relationship, we need to anticipate how we wish to see it in the future while enjoying the present experience.

Take some time out to visualize and journal answers to these following questions:

What kind of a person will you be 1 to 5 years from now?

How healthy will you be in 1 to 5 years?

How Wealthy will you be 1 to 5 years?

What kind of a relationship will you be in 1 to 5 years from now?

What kind of house will you be living in 1 to 5 years from now?

What kind of vacations will you take 1 to 5 years from now?

Spend some time and create your present future.

FRED


Book Review: “Sociable, How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside-down” by Shane Gibson & Stephen Jagger

Just got my hands on a copy of

“Sociable – How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside-down”

by Shane Gibson & Stephen Jagger.

My first thought was Wow!!! Congratulations to Shane and Steve.

I have known Shane Gibson for the last 19 years as a Firewalking seminar participant, martial arts student and a dear friend as well as my social media mentor.

Massive research and due diligence has gone into the creation of “Sociable”.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Social Media tools such as blogging, Twitter, video blogging, LinkedIn, Facebook and much more you will find in this book.  It includes strategies and anecdotes on how to use these tools more effectively.

The book is jammed packed with steps and tips you can utilize immediately to enhance and increase your Social Media presence.

Below is a snap shot of the tips and ideas from the book that i have utilized to enhance and increase my Twitter following.

22 Types of Updates You Can Post on Twitter

1. Where you are physically located a given moment

2. A link to a picture of an event you are attending

3. A question about a business challenge

4. A question about a popular topic in the news

5. Share a link to your most recent blog entry

6. Share a tip on your area of expertise

7. Share a link to a breaking news story

8. Retweet someone else’s update that your followers would find useful

9. Answer someone else’s question

10. A link to a picture of a social outing

11. A link to a diagram that would explain a business process or idea

12. A link to an event you are promoting or that is happening in the community

13. A link to a community event of value

14. A link to a sale or business promotion that will save people money

15. Promote a person who just joined Twitter

16. Promote and thank some of your favorite people on Twitter

17. Thank someone who has linked to your blog or retweeted your updates

18. Upload a photo of a sunset or your natural surroundings

19. Praise someone for great content they have created

20. Review a restaurant, movie or business in 140 characters or less.

21. Share some of your favorite quotes

22. Share a link to a white paper or press release

please check out the below links:

Website: http://www.sociablebook.com/

To order “Sociable – How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside-down” by Shane Gibson & Stephen Jagger

Have your self a phenomenal weekend and see you on Twiiter or Facebook.

FRED

Win + Win = Double Win by Fred Shadian

Win + Win = Double Win

It was over 20 years ago, when I opened my first martial arts school, that I truly began to understand  the role of owning and operating a small business.

When you enter the world of business you come to realize that a lot of business is based on greed and the bottom line mentality.  This, unfortunately, has contributed to the global financial melt down that we just experienced. The small companies that had a profit in 2009 utilize the win/win principles to create success.

These are some common sayings that are known to many cultures: “Friendship is friendship and business is business” “We only do business with friends” The first time someone said to me: “Friendship is friendship and business is business” I was truly upset by the statement and felt that this person was telling me that we weren’t friends and that we would never be friends and to watch out because I may be ripped off.   I smiled as I remembered a saying that I used to hear from my mother: “We only do business with friends.”   I thanked the person and moved on and decided from that day onwards I would only do business with my friends.

A friend is a person that I have met, or have yet to meet, who shares similar interests, beliefs and values.  Keep in mind another saying “A stranger is a friend you have not yet met.”

A common misconception about doing business with a friend or trusted advisor is that you are going to get something for nothing.  This is what I call a taker not a mutual giver. Whenever I do business with a friend I make certain that we both walk away with mutual respect for each other and our product or service.

Anybody that I do business with I treat as a friend or trusted advisor.  I have no business doing business with people I do not trust or that do not trust me.  Once you begin to create positive results in your business people will recommend you to their friends and families and you will have more work than you can handle.  The key is to ensure that you handle the workload successfully without losing the sale. I have seen too many people lose a sale because of being distracted or disorganized when meeting or contacting a potential customer that could become a raving fan.   Remember, what it comes down to is, we always do business with friends or organizations that we trust.

FRED

p.s. please check out the below link for my upcoming workshop

Vibrational Communication Experience –                                                            “Network Your Way to Personal & Professional Success” –   Saturday February 6th and Sunday February 7th, 2010 Vancouver, BC Canada

New Year’s Resolution of Greatness Within for 2010 by Fred Shadian

New Year’s Resolution 2010

Let me begin with a wonderful blessing that my Aunt Salima taught me years ago that helped me transform my thoughts and actions.

“May you be blessed in all that you do, in being and becoming a person of greatness.”

Whatever you do, do the best you can and keep moving towards your greatness. Do not settle for just “good enough.”

As Seth Godin shares in his book “Tribes” –

“Good enough” stopped being good enough a long time ago. So why not be great.”

When we ignite our greatness we awaken the fire within, and we are able to do and become something greater than we ever thought or expected. We have all experienced the Greatness within.  The key is to remember that feeling, acknowledge it and utilize it for new skills and ventures.

Every year I set a New Year’s Resolution to learn a new skill.  It could be learning how to play checkers at a mastery level, how to become a long distant runner, a specific martial arts system, how to play hand drums and this year I want to learn how to play Bass Guitar.

Here is the BIG Question!

Why is it that some years we set a New Year’s Resolution and we follow through with it and other years they fall by the wayside?

Last year, in 2009, I set a goal to learn how to play a hand percussion instrument which I enjoyed tremendously.  In the beginning  I experienced some challenging moments as I progressed through the core fundamentals.  Then the JOY of learning overpowered the frustration and procrastination of learning something new.

I would like you to remember that we were born as Divine Beings.  Do not settle for “good enough.”  Be the Great person that you are.

FRED

p.s. I would love to hear your New Year’s Resolutions, let me know what you think by posting a comment.


Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Went to the movie “Invictus” tonight starring Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon and Directed by Clint Eastwood.

Not much of a rugby fan but went for the wisdom of Nelson Mandela, the first ever black South African President. He inspired a losing national rugby team to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which in turn united the whole country for one common goal in an apartheid torn country.

This poem “Invictus” inspired Nelson Mandela while he was imprisoned. The same poem inspired the captain of the Rugby Team.

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

I wish you the same inspiration I received from it and I also wish you a Merry Christmas and the Happiest New Year…. FRED


Connect 2 Communication by Fred Shadian

Connect 2 Communicate

“Network Your Way to Personal & Professional Success”

Saturday February 6th and Sunday February 7th, 2010

Vancouver, BC Canada

Message from Fred Shadian:

After years of research and doing hundreds of workshops and interviews, I made a commitment to write my book called “Connect 2 Communicate” – Network Your Way to Personal & Professional Success – which is scheduled to be published  in February 2010.


During the last year many people have approached me to coach them with business, sports, health and wealth aspects of their lives.

I wanted to be sure, I mean 100% sure, that I created the best of the best training program that I could offer. If you have ever attended any of my workshops then you know that I put my heart and soul into the material and deliver what I promise and I am offering a 100% Real Money Back Guarantee.*

Here are some of the key areas that we will focus on:

Creating a compelling Purpose, Vision & Mission

Activating the Burning Desire within your heart

A Systematic approach to taking massive action

Learning Strategies you can apply to any skill

The 5-C’s Communication Model

A Conflict Resolution Communication Model

Vibrational Body Alignment or speaking while using your whole body

Networking principles to open doors upon your path

Vibrational Oneness principles for every aspect of your life


Date: Saturday February 6th and Sunday February 7th, 2010

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Contact: Fred Shadian at 604-725-8897 or fredshadian@me.com

www.onenessretreatcenter.com & www.fredshadian.com

(please only apply if you have a warrior spirit. This workshop is not for the faint of heart).

Investment: $987.00 for the two day workshop, followed by 3 tele-seminar mastermind events, and 3 thirty minute one-on-one coaching sessions via telephone (once a week for three weeks).

Bonus Gifts worth over $1000.00

*100% Real Money Back Guarantee*

What does this mean to you?  If, by the end of the workshop, you are not 100% satisfied that you got your money’s worth then simply return your material and you will receive a full refund; no questions asked.  Actually, forget about satisfied, I want you to be 100% Inspired and  Empowered!

“Our Mission and Vision is to make this event available to everyone who is sincere about empowering their lives and the lives of others.”  (Anyone with genuine financial concerns please voice them).