Focusing on the Present

One of the largest hurdles for meditation for beginners is learning to focus on the here and now. To learn what it means to find the space to see the now, to see what it means to live in the moment. Most of us are entirely unable to to do this. We have a panel of judges who condemn us for past failures that only remotely resemble our current circumstances. Every time we listen to those inner critics we relive the past.

When beginning to learn meditation, the learner may suddenly believe that they cannot meditate because when they were a child they could not sit still and listen in school. This thought can continue to comparing themselves to that one kid who they believed was better than him, distracting themselves entirely from what they originally sought to do. The key to overcoming these critics is to let go of them. Realize that these critics bind us to a single opinion and outlook on life. Realize that we cannot truly see what is real because we put everything through a filter.

Believe that you can let them go and then take action. The next time these critics make their voices heard. It can be during meditation or as we live our lives, take account of them and ask, “Is this what is?” Often times we project ourselves, our insecurities, our arrogance onto others and situations and after a few moments consideration can see that as well. Then accept the present, notice all of it details without listening to the judgment.

As we strive to live fully in the present we become mindful. We become more at peace with what preconceive, with what is, and what we believe will happen. Once we can embrace the now, we can focus and concentrate with what we meditate on.

Website Designs – Past, Present and Future

The period when website designs had originated does not lie far behind in terms of age, but when we speak of advancement, today’s web designs have left its predecessors far back in terms of complexity, user friendly features and appearance. Today websites have become a major means of communication and marketing of almost all official and non-official organizations and general public.

The past
In 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal about some software and database for a more elaborate, convenient system of managing information which later became the World Wide Web. In 1991, he developed the first web page which contained information about W3. This web page had some hyperlinks which directed to another page with more elaborate information. The web pages were written using HTML markup language in plain text. That was the beginning after which the development procedure has never looked back.

World Wide Web Consortium was formed in 1994 which controls standards for programming and markup languages for websites. Earlier versions of HTML enabled only text formatting and later versions started adding up pictures and then introduced tables. From 1996, till 2000, the web layout devices, Scripting languages and Flash animations were introduced: these applications gradually changed the whole appearance of the websites.

The present
In past, the main purpose for website designs was simply a part of increasing business or mere sharing information. Older appearance and function of websites reflect more emphasis on providing company details which left hardly any scope for viewers to express opinion. Now the designers have realized that the only way of popularizing websites is to make them more interactive. Presently this is a basic aspect for designing websites.

The emergence of latest versions of Adobe Flash player and other advanced multimedia tools have changed the appearance of websites drastically. The Adobe Shockwave, CSS designs and now 3D designing tools are incorporating audio visual effects and advanced graphics to orient the contents in order to increase traffic in websites.

The future
The modern website designs are at the top of those technologies which are under rapid change leading to a future age of internet revolution. The recent trend of making websites more user friendly and interactive has become the driving force for developing tools and techniques to innovate improved features for similar purpose. Latest success stories of YouTube, LinkedIn, FaceBook, Twitter etc. are sharing the same experience. These websites are expanding everyday by accumulating and updating user delivered contents. The concept of social networking websites which feature options to participate and share views, live interaction among users are showing the path for future development of websites.

Hence viewer generated content will be the key of future software designs. They are expected to appear more user friendly, interactive which will ultimately increase traffic flow and improve trading of the company.

Tricks to Get Promoted With Ease in Your Present Job

So you love positions of responsibility, cherish the feeling of being valued by peers/seniors and a high pay check never did you any harm! Well, these are some significant reasons that make us push our limits in our respective jobs and thereby get promoted. You think you know it all! Never mind, some more knowledge regarding keys to success will help you even further.

Once an employee consolidates his/her position in a certain department and gains enough experience, prestige and recognition for his/her work, it becomes natural for him/her to expect a justified economic reward for having done well. So, when it is time for you to expect that well-deserved raise, follow these tips and the much-deserved promotion won’t be far away -

1. Be Proactive: You must begin showing visible interest and willingness in taking up new responsibilities. It is recommended that you identify the desired position well in advance and obtain necessary facts and characteristics of that position. Thereafter, you must begin working on your skills to become eligible for the concerned position. For instance, if it is an international role you want, gaining fluency in some international languages might help your cause. If it is a leadership position you’re after, you must exhibit these skills effectively in presence of your superiors.

2. Work on your Qualification: It would be great if you can further your education/qualification simultaneously while performing well in your present profile. The trick is to show a lot of initiative, responsible behavior, perseverance and effectiveness in the present scope of work. Please note, a promotion would involve additional responsibilities and thus additional work load. All this can lead to a significant increase in work pressure. Therefore, you must be prepared to work and perform under stress at all times.

3. Exhibit your skills: Obtaining a promotion not only involves getting acquainted with desired professional skills and qualities, but also exhibiting them in critical business situations from time to time.

4. Be prepared for arguments: If you have done all the hard work and are ready to apply for that dream position in your organization, the first thing that you must do is be prepared with the arguments. A recommended trick is to talk to your boss in a secluded place without much disturbance. Your pitch must be calm and reasonable. It should focus primarily on your past performance and readiness to assume a new role. You should reinforce all your achievements and have ready answers to counter the initial rebuff. Do everything but never bring the personal reasons such as “rising mortgages”, “baby expenses” etc. into the argument.

To put it shortly, you have to sell your professional skills and abilities in a manner that your superiors are clearly able to match your skills with the demands of the vacant position.