Dream Big This Year – The Legend of The Dream Catcher

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Dream Catcher Iktomi

Long ago when the world was young, an old Lakota spiritual leader was on a high mountain and had a vision.
In his vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and teacher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider.
Iktomi spoke to him in a sacred language that only the spiritual leaders of the Lakota could understand.
As he spoke Ikotmi, the spider, took the elder’s willow hoop which had feathers, horse hair, beads and offerings on it and began to spin a web.

He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life and how we begin our lives as infants and we move on to childhood, and then to adulthood. Finally we go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle.
“But,” Iktomi said as he continued to spin his web, “in each time of life there are many forces – some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction. But if you listen to the bad forces, they will hurt you and ste3er you in the wrong direction.”

He continued, “There are many forces and different directions that can help or interfere with the harmony of nature, and also with the Great Spirit and all of his wonderful teachings.”

All the while the spider spoke, he continued to weave his web starting from the outside and working towards the center.
When Iktomi finished speaking, he gave the Lakota elder the web and said, “See, the web is a perfect circle but there is a hole in the center of the circle.”

He said, “Use the web to help yourself and your people to reach your goals and make good use of your people’s ideas, dreams and visions.

“If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will catch your good ideas – and the bad ones will go through the hole.”
The Lakota elder passed on his vision to his people and now the Sioux Indians use the dream catcher as the web of their life.

It is hung above their beds or in their home to sift their dreams and visions. The good in their dreams are captured in the web of life and carried with them, but the evil in their dreams escapes through the hole in the center of the web and are no longer a part of them.

They believe that the dream catcher holds the destiny of their future.

Whatever your destiny is this year – Dream Big!

– written by David Carberry, Founder and CEO. Contact dave@enradius.com.

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Ring In The Old, Before Ringing In The New

Take some time as you ring in 2015 and revisit your connections from 2014. When is the last time you went through your LinkedIn connections and connected? LinkedIn and your CRM system can be valuable tools in ringing in the New Year. Here is a simple list of things that you might want to consider:

1) A New Year’s greeting to your LinkedIn connects. Depending on how often someone visits LinkedIn they might not know what you have been up to lately. Why not let them know? They are your 1st connections. There are two ways to do this: Simply post a message and those who are LinkedIn regulars could possibly see it in their feeds and updates and you can also send personal email to everyone that’s a connection. LinkedIn will allow you to export your contacts’ email addresses into a database. Just a simple warning – some LinkedIn users use a personal email address as their log-in, so they might feel it’s a little big brother-ish to get your business email at home.

2) Take some time to endorse your connections. There is no better way to remind someone that you believe in what they are doing and their expertise then by taking the time to show it. You want to be authentic, so make sure you are endorsing for the qualifications you are aware of. If you met someone at a networking event once and do not know them well, try to recall the conversation and re-engage them by endorsing one or two skills and not 25. It’s overkill and they might feel that you are not genuine.

3) Make a resolution to put a weekly 30-minute appointment on your calendar to reach out to someone that is already a connection. As your connections grow you should be connecting and re-connecting regularly.
4) Finally, if you deal with clients on a regular basis, take the time to break out an annual touch base plan with them. We all get caught up in the day to day and some clients tend to fall through the cracks. Plot on your organizer your ABC’s:

“A” clients – you should touch base with them every 2-4 weeks
“B” clients – touch base with them every 6-8 weeks
“C” clients – touch base with them every 10-12 weeks

So before you ring in the new, ring in the old and you can get 2015 off to a great start.

– written by David Carberry, Founder and CEO. Contact dave@enradius.com.