25
Aug

Riding the Storm

Written by admin. Posted in Theme Framework, Web Development, WordPress

New Warp 5.5 framework

Over the last couple of months we developed the new Warp 5.5 theme framework which is the new foundation of all our YOOtheme templates. In this time we have rewritten the complete Warp theme framework to make it more modular, flexible and also extendible. All templates from 2010 and 2009 are updated to run on the new framework. This means more than 20 templates are using Warp 5.5!

20
Sep

THE POWER OF SAYING YES

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

For the next few weeks I’ll be talking about saying YES to new opportunities, to improve your life, career, business, change your situation or embark on something new. It seems in this season all we ever say on an individual and organisational scale is NO, WAIT, NOT ANYMORE AND NEVER. “No” is first and foremost a fear response, most useful in situations of genuine danger. It’s something you say instinctively and protectively to a 3-year-old when he’s about to pull a lamp off a table and onto himself or to a 15-year-old who announces she’s planning to take up cliff jumping. In situations like those, the instinct to say “no” serves us well. Roy Baumeister refers to this phenomenon as “bad is stronger than good.” “Survival requires urgent attention to possible bad outcomes, but it is less urgent with regard to good ones.” The problem with “no” as a starting place is that it polarizes, prompts defensiveness and shuts down innovation, collaboration and connection.

 

18
Aug

What is Enough? When is it Enough?

Written by admin. Posted in Uncategorized

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The caption above was sent to me a few weeks ago by a dear friend and I have been mulling over it since. It has made me question my dreams, goals and motivation. Why do I do what I do? What is my motivation? Is it enough to just meet my needs and if I reach out for more than my needs is it greed?

Think about your own life.  Where are you dissatisfied and feel the need to get more?  My guess is that a potential source of discontent is a result of comparison.
Where are you today compared to where…
·         you want to be in the future (aspirations and goals)?
·         you were in the past (reminiscing about the “good ol’ days”)?
·         you thought you would be already (your expectations and those of your family, society, and others)?
·         others are today (comparison; keeping up with the Joneses)?

When reality falls short of societal, religious and economic expectations, we often have an experience that something is wrong.  Things shouldn’t be the way they are.  This leaves us disappointed and upset.
Take money as an example. Studies show that satisfaction it’s not based on the “absolute” amount of money you possess. It is determined more so by how much money you have “relative” to what you want.  Your financial aspirations are driven by how much others have, how much you think you should have, how much others (e.g., a spouse) expect you to have, and so forth.  Even if you are successful in hitting your financial goals, the more you make, the more you adapt, and therefore the more you want. Higher income levels provide only fleeting happiness, and is typically replaced by the desire for more.

 

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