Success Strategies that you can use in your work and the rest of your life.
Our successes and failures; feelings of satisfaction or distress; the quality of our lives and relationships with ourselves and with others, all depend on the way we 'think'.
In this workshop, we explored not only our usual thinking patterns, but also ways to improve our thinking and intelligence.
It took much effort and time. But as an advanced thinker, we became better communicators and better problem-solvers. We learned to avoid many problems. We developed skills in avoiding and managing stressful situations. We learned ways to better manage our time. We found it easier to see things from broader perspectives and from higher points of viewing.
Advanced thinkers experience a sense of personal power and more satisfying relationships (personal and professional).
This was not a lecture. We came prepared to share insights and experiences with others in an atmosphere of fun and learning.
The structure of the seminar-workshop included lectures, small group discussions, films, music, simple exercises, inputs from our own experiences and insights, learning from each other and much more.
It was held in the Ballroom at Woodstock in Burwood, Sydney on Sunday 17. November 2002.
Changing our lives by changing the way we think-feel about:
ourselves, others, things and the way we use words.
We usually don't think about how we think and feel about things; or the values, beliefs, and assumptions that influence our attitudes, prejudices, and interactions with ourselves and others. Yet, if we want things to change in our lives, we have to change the way we think-feel about ourselves; change the way we think-feel about others; change the way we think-feel about things; change the way we think and the way we use words, etc.
The way we manage our lives, see, think-and-feel about ourselves depends on the way we structure our experiences and our living. Our feelings of distress or wellbeing; the quality of our personal and professional relationships; our ability to deal with new and trying situations; our skills in minimising, avoiding, and dealing with misunderstandings, problems in communicating, conflicts with others; stressful experiences; success in our endeavours; and so on, depend a great deal on the way we think-feel about things -- the way we structure our experiences.
So we came to this evening seminar and explored ways to change our lives for the better.
The seminar was held at Randwick, on Wednesday 20th November, 2002
How to better apply what you know
The main aim of this weekend seminar, as the title suggests, was to learn how to better apply what you know. Especially, how to better apply what general semantics knowledge you have. However, for those people who didn't know that much general semantics, a couple of introductory topics were covered first. These included: "What Makes Each of us Unique and how to make the most of it" from a general semantics perspective. And how to improve your skills at "Understanding and being understood".
We also aimed to have heaps of fun. This was your chance to experience an Institute style seminar run by one of the most experienced Institute teachers. And to do this at peppercorn prices*** in wonderful surrounds.
The seminars Milton gives involve talks, simple 'exercises', small group work, films, music, etc. And each one can be considered more or less simply as a shift in focus along with the general-semantics principles that can help with that, etc. They are not lectures. So we expected to participate and have fun. We Came prepared to share insights and experiences with others in an atmosphere of fun and learning from each other and much, much more. What did we each get out of it?
One example of outcome was an improved ability to apply what we know to our lives. This means: we should be able to get along better with people, communicate in a more effective manner, develop better, more successful and stronger marriages/partnerships, be more successful in business and become a happier person, etc.
The seminar was held from the afternoon of Friday 22nd until Sunday 24th of November, 2002 at the Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort, Pioneer Road, Fairy Meadow (near Wollongong)