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Facts are good for planning and managing and sometimes they are just useless information. Fast facts are what we use to make quick and sensible decisions. We use facts when we need to state our case or to construct a legal argument. We use facts to prove a point, win the support of those who are skeptical of our position and to judge for ourselves. Facts cut through emotion. They help us analyze and evaluate. Facts make up statistics, help us create charts and graphs. Facts, like anything in life can be skewed and to look different from what they really are. Facts are transitory and inconsistent. Facts change. Facts help us to note declines and increases. They diminish and they escalate. Facts help us compile lists and they set the framework by which establish data bases. Facts bring us face-to-face with ourselves. Facts help us with research and to conclude our clinical trials with findings. Anyone who has ever worked with facts knows that too many facts can be tiring and exhaust us. Facts can give us headaches and blur our vision if we stare at them too long. Facts can put us back or move us forward. Facts can be amazingly accurate or monumentally misleading. Facts can make us an insider so we can get our foot in the door or leave us out in the dark. Facts can prevent us from making mistakes or escalate the possibility of us making errors. Facts tell us that 304,059,724 people live in this country and that 85 million of us are in school and that over another 19 million will enroll in courses this coming fall. We can rely on facts to tell us that 15% or more of these students are over the age of 35. Facts indicate that over 140 million Americans are now retired. According to American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) people aged 50-plus control 75 % of the nation’s disposable income. Facts reveal that the civilian labor force in the United States is projected to reach 166.9 million by 2018, which is an increase of 8.2. Percent. And, it is facts that recently confirmed that less 39 % of people under the age of 25 are satisfied with their jobs. However, here’s what facts don’t tell us. They don’t say “That no man is happy that does not think himself happy” Publilius Syrus (1st Century BC). Facts cannot instruct us to seize the day or that chance is always powerful. Facts do not guarantee us that if we teach what we know to others that they will appreciate our help or that we will delight doing so. Facts neglect to disclose that the wealth of the spirit is the only true wealth that brings us consistent happiness and that our lives and careers are what our thoughts make of them. They do not say that everything that is done in the world is done by hope (Martin Luther , November 10, 1483) and the truth is the safest lie, or that the ultimate wisdom is to live in the moment, plan for the future but profit from the past. In the end, good facts are worth much and cost little. Facts can only assist us to come to conclusions and sometimes, to solve problems but we must be cautious, because we can dwell on facts too long and give them too much power over us. It’s incredible how many people have used facts to become more anxious instead of making facts work for them. What facts will you state today and, how accurate will they be?

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I can only speak for myself but I think it all begins with a vision. It is what we fantasize about when we are deciding what type of career we want to have and who we will become professionally. I think it’s the training process and the mark that our instructors make on us. I think it is the promises that are made to us about all the possibilities and the feeling that the sky is literally the limit. I think it is the insightful revelations about the work that we discover that keeps us on our toes, highly motivated and from ever being bored. I think it is thinking (even when it appears the opposite is true) that hard work is always rewarded. That if, we will just roll up our sleeves and put our noses to the grindstone, we will prevail, and, that one day, our dreams of success will be actualized. I think it’s all the special people (the professionals who are willing to mentor us) the one’s we relate to on common ground and the one’s we idealize and forever, try to impress that shape our professional identities and grow our careers. I think it is their long-term influence and how their philosophies change us because of their presence in our lives. I think it’s the opportunities that we risk to embrace and what we come to acknowledge as our professional and personal truths. It is the platform that the career gives us to demonstrate our level of courage and integrity. I think it is the way our clients and our patients make us feel and how we empower them with our therapeutic applications and the simple tenderness of our touch. I think it is the dignity and the respect we are shown by our peers or maybe it is the equal support we offer to them. I think it is the way we chose to practice and how it allows us to celebrate our unique talents and develop our skill sets so that we can better improve the quality of our life and the lives of others. I think it is the feeling of family we have when we are among our own at seminars and when we run into the same familiar faces that always attend our annual conferences. I think that it is when we are given a voice or the gift of writing and we use it to broaden the perspective of the field and participate in its evolution. It is all these things and more that make a career really exhilarating. Now, what do you think???

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Many people ask me where I get my confidence.  I tell them from trusting myself and from continuously working to improve my skills and my abilities.  I also know my limitations – which, like anyone else are many. Confidence, in my opinion, is being able to depend on you.  In times of need we can reach out to others to assist us, but at the end of the day, the only person we can really turn to with knowing certainty, is ourselves.  Our clients and/or patients know if we are truly confident or, not. Maybe not right away, but shortly after being exposed to us, they can begin to get a real sense of our true self-assurance.  No matter whom it is we choose to help or, what service we wish to provide, we have to be confident in our ability to administer it.  Our training, our experience, and our prior history of our relationships with our clients /patients all determine our level of professional confidence. Sequentially, curiosity is the next attribute of a great caregiver.  People that allow for curiosity to be a constant factor in their approaches to their clients / patients and the various aspects of their work are always engaged in what they are doing. Their perspective always remains the same, fresh and alive. They look at things as if they have never seen them before, bringing to their hearts great joy in their purpose and delighting their spirits with the details of their tasks. Like children who refuse to tire of engaging in play, they commit themselves wholeheartedly to their involvement in their work.  Communication is the next consideration of caring. It is our way of being understood and of indicating to others that we have heard what they have made the effort to tell us.  It also speaks volumes about our interest in others. Our words, phrases and verbiage are all vital resources that serve as proof of our capability. The way we convey our intentions is how we express the very life of our commitment to caring for those who need our therapeutic applications.  And, finally compassion, which is the last, but the most important of the 3 C’s of caring because all our work, no matter how impressive, is utterly useless unless it has meaning to our clients and patients.  If we neglect to perform our services with a compassionate heart it is an inescapable fact, that we have not only short-changed our clients and patients, but worse than that, we have cheated ourselves in the process.  As I practice my professional activities today I hope to keep these 4 C’s of caring in mind.  I know they mean a lot.  They are what separate the great from the good caregivers.

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In a changing industry that is transforming itself our profession is facing a host of all new challenges.  A volunteer focus is needed to bind our specialists together so that we can create a united consensus to address all the areas of aesthetic care that are yet to be developed.   In a field such as ours where diversity breeds contempt, distrust and disengagement, it seems, that we need to look beyond our social biases and think about the contributions that have been made by nonconformists in our profession in the past.  Many have proved to be natural leaders helping to forge the way for community and national service.  When we respect our differences and we join forces for the good of all we develop stronger alliances because we build on our genuineness and on our desire to work on social causes.   Our aesthetic businesses are about more than just making money.  We are about making a difference.  We are about finding better ways to relate to one another so we can extend our expertise.  Volunteering to work on projects together gets us involved and keeps us involved. It encourages us to talk about our joint efforts and to spread the word.  It is the easiest way to give back to others by sharing our knowledge and our skill sets.   We need to ask ourselves what kind of new opportunities for personal and professional growth we need.  How can we as industry benefit from inspiring professionals that are just getting into the field to volunteer for social service.  What kind of incentives do we need to create to get people motivated to join hands in an effort that will surpass anything we have ever seen in the field of aesthetics.  What if we were to start an alliance, one that brought together providers of aesthetic healing modalities in contact with one another?  What if we were to create a think tank of our own?  Imagine that, a forum for the development of all of sorts of volunteer venues.  And, consider what we could do if we stopped to celebrate our unique and distinctive ideas.  What if we were to honor one another, our communities and our nation?  What an infrastructure we could all create.

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Hi Everyone,

Parts of our creativity are so subtle that they can be missed unless we pay close enough attention to ourselves.  Other aspects of our creative mind are glaringly obvious.  Certain variables can influence our creativity.  Our backgrounds, our genders, ethnicity, and our responsiveness to our current culture all play a role in how we interpret the world and how we reflect it.  When we are feeling creative we can hear our environment speaking to us. It shares its diverse sights and distinctive sounds. Life just seems to have a natural rhythm and flow to it.  It sometimes pulsates initiating such an excitement that it makes us want to reach out and touch all the elements that are evoking our urge to give them greater clarity of expression.   Often the keenest and most useful insights are those that unexpectedly arise apparently, out of nowhere.  For example, while waiting for a bus we notice a butterfly whose wings are of a particular pleasing interest to us. Their color and design make the sight of them breathtaking.  Before we know it, without even being aware of it, our brain is activated by aspects of this vision that function beyond the awareness of our consciousness. The sight that has intrigued and caught our eye, has set off a mental process that we are not even aware of. It has been put in motion by our unconscious mind. In a sense it is like a software system that is capturing our interpretations and perceptions before we are fully conscious of the wide array of nuances we see.  This is all before conscious reasoning takes place and we can recognize these meaningful patterns to identify the intricately of the wings design. It’s as if we have installed in our brain a sensory switchboard that works out defining the fine details and the complexity of the overall design.  We accept what we see at face value but our brain is working overtime to permanently process its long-term version.  It immediately starts breaking down visual composition, compartmentalizing the image by creating subdivisions such as: the color (light and dark values), depth, line movement, space and the form of the butterfly’s wings.  It keeps working each of these divisions simultaneously to store the image we were inspired by and preserved its memory until it’s firmly lodged and it makes a lasting impression.  In the end the recollection of the butterfly’s wind becomes a faithful account of the visual experience, a mental treasure preserved in our intellectual storage system.  Let’s all experience today as a creative adventure!

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I woke up this morning asking myself the question “why do I do it? I think this is a question that for most of us who derive our living from the healing professions asks of ourselves.  I know for me it’s because I do not want to pass from this world into the next with the melody still resounding inside of me yet, to be sung and, yet, to be heard.  Just thinking about how quickly time passes and how many things change makes me want to do something, anything that makes this place a better place, especially, since I have taken up decades of space by occupying a small portion of this world.  

Long ago, I developed my own personal statement. I decided I would use my time, and my resources to help others enjoy their gifts as well. I am referring to innate talents that I believe come through us, not from us.   Over the years I have managed to have some successes where I felt that I personally accomplished my altruistic goals and some setbacks that have kept me continuing to engage in developing the intelligence required by broadening my knowledge of how cross-caring systems can truly work. Like others who have devoted most of their professional lives to creating pathways for better efficiencies and productivity that will eventually be turned over to the next generation, I have experienced what I believe to be a greater satisfaction than most from doing what I do on a day-to-day basis.  I continue to dream and know that my dreams can be actualized if not through my own efforts, from those who have the spiritual where-if-all to embrace healing miracles and believe in them.  A good majority of the people in healing professions have built on their strengths by reading about the attributes of those who have made substantial differences in the healing arts. People, who care about other people, have a natural curiosity (an invaluable trait) about life that seems to be easier activated than in individuals who are only involved to recognize the monetary gain from their professional contributions.  It is this appreciation for a deeper and a richer knowledge that keeps them connected to what they do and who they do it for.  They are hyper-inquisitive and hyper-perceptive and are expert fact gathers.  Becoming more sensitive to others and to the world is a natural consequence of practicing healing therapies.  Their honesty and integrity inspires trust. Their patients are more relaxed and poised for recovery because those who are passionate about care giving know that it is a grave disservice to offer false hope or to inspire dependency in those who are most vulnerable.   That being said, it would be utterly impossible for a healer who is truly committed to assist someone to become more independent to do anything less.  And that I sincerely believe is the answer to the question “Why Do We Do it?” I invite everyone to visit this wonderful website that has been developed to assist us in gaining a greater sense of ourselves http://www.jimclemmer.com/clarifying-our-core-values.php

Enjoy!!!

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Hello Everyone,

I am an individual. I like to do things on my own. When you launch a lot of projects single-handedly you grow accustomed to doing things by yourself. There is a lot to be said for going for it alone. You do not have to worry about waiting for someone else to catch up with you, turn in their portion of the effort or exhaust your patience waiting for them to do so.  But, as my father used to say, sometimes two heads are better than one.   Getting ahead is not just about power anymore. It is about collaboration.  Some of us are just smart enough to recognize that. When we work with others in a team approach we broaden our range of involvement, motivate and challenge one another.  We raise the level of our potential.  Two minds can make the simple more interesting and problems more solvable.  Partnerships give testament to what more can be accomplished when we get together to achieve great things.  What one person misses the other person often sees. In the fields of health care, wellness and beauty our collaborations have spanned cultures, languages and genres into which our artistic works have come together for all kinds of cross-care giving services and have been divided. For example, in combining massage with chiropractic care, camouflage therapy as an addendum to burn care, skin hygiene for the betterment of dermatology, appearance restoration applications with the efforts made in reconstructive surgery and in practically every instance where helping others included partnerships of the heart and the mind to better serve the needs of clients/patients.  In most cases, when collaborations are formed there is a greater continuum of care.  Coming together with others for the purposes of expanding the results of a therapy opens up new avenues of treatment and everyone benefits. Partnerships allow us to deliver a greater version of our contribution – one that is more inclusive.  Together as two, we are extraordinary.  We can do things that we could never achieve solely by ourselves – not financially or creatively.  In proposing new ventures one of us may bring heart to the table and the other may be loaded with political savvy or charisma with which to navigate or disarm.  It used to be if you had a powerful brand name that was enough. Not anymore.  The pace, the boundless energy and the long-term endurance required to accomplish the impossible these days is just not doable without the help of another.   There is no idea that cannot be made better if two minds are as one to work on it.  Some of the most ground-breaking inventions were due to the partnering of two geniuses.  Even what appears on the surface to be the efforts of one, if the untold story was to be revealed – we would see that the success we witness is due in large part to someone else who was silently involved and, just waiting in the shadows to advise and step forward with assistance when required.  Take the example of Fortnum and Gamble: Fortnum was interested only in the luxury end of the market. Pile it small and pile it expensive, which was his motto. Gamble was different. All he was interested in was washing powder for the millions. They had nothing in common at all. Except… It was Fortnum’s idea, really.”You’re a genius at producing stuff for the mass market,” said Fortnum to Gamble. “But why not have a stab at the top end as well? What about a luxury washing powder for the very rich?””What would be the point?” said Gamble. “The very rich don’t buy washing powder.””They would if it was expensive enough,” said Fortnum. “Make it silky and smooth, exclusive and hard to get and ridiculously expensive, and they’ll flock to our doors.””Hmmm,” said Gamble. “Well, we have nothing to lose.”And so was born the Cartier of washing powders, Fortnum and Gamble, with its HQ in Mayfair and branches nowhere. Kington,Miles (June 2004)  Another incredible duel you may not be aware of was Crabtree and Boon “Books that smell?” said Boon. “What would be the point?” “Every point in the world,” said Crabtree. “When people are in a romantic mood, they benefit from every stimulus they can get. Music… soft lights … romantic odors… Well, you can’t put music in a book, or soft lights, but you can put subtle fragrances in a romantic novel.” “What – sprinkle talcum powder over the pages?” said a doubtful Boon.”No, silly,” said Crabtree. “You just give the pages a minimal impregnation, a very slight hunt of musk or tea rose, and the reader will soon fall under the spell.”And so they did, as we all know. And we all know, too, that Crabtree was wrong about putting music in books, as those other adventurous publishers, Mills & Olufsen, were to prove. Keep your eyes open for that special someone – be smart enough to recognize the potential of collaboration with him or her when they pass by.  Yes, you may be smart but together you are smarter!

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