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Sabotage programs are "renegade" life scripts that represent a virus-like condition, where a believe system grows out of control and no longer serves the purpose of fostering or enhancing inner peace and dealing with events within context.

Sabotage programs is life script that were once quite useful, but outlived it relevancy (normally due to changes taking place, specially in a collective consciousness realm). Sabotage program can be a real menace, because - although we know much better - we belief differently and we get stuck with a repetitive pattern interwoven with irrational thoughts that is quite harmful to our efficiency to function in life. Another handbrake factor of sabotage programs are that, despite plenty of channelled energies (mostly emotional in nature), it brings us nowhere slowly, till someday that we finally become stuck (e.g. familiar events such as menopause, mid-life crises, burnouts, nervous break downs and depressions - when we are lucky... if not, and the self induced stress - created by sabotage programs - becomes unbearably high, we fall ill and die; or worse commit suicide). Sabotage programs (unconsciously) blocks and/or distorts our "conscious" choices (i.e. our wilful channelling of energies) by...
  • ...blocking our awareness and misdirect our focus on reality as we experience it.
  • ...avoiding the issue (of which suppression and denial is the most popular).
  • ...forcing procrastination to do something about it... NOW! Normally it happens, because it isn't all that convenient, we would DEFINITELY do so when... the pressure is off, more time is available, when the situation is under control, when the crisis are over, when my children is all grown-up, when things calms a bit at work, ...etc.
  • ...instilling a delusion and illusion of acceptance. For example... do not even consider something as a problem, which is often accompanied by an attitude of "I cannot do much about it anyway"; "It is out of my hands", "This is just how things are", "It wasn't my fault in the first place", "He/she/it/they are to blame", ...etc.
  • ...blocking and misdirect our conscious choices and actions, in favour of short term relieve and gratification... despite possible long term injurious consequences.
And if the above isn't sufficient enough to keep us firmly stuck and derailed, sabotage programs can also start to subtly deviate any uplifting actions that we decided to take to gradually regain control over our lives once again.

DANGER Once the guilt-shame-fear cycle get a directive hold of a sabotage program and adequately supported by an unbalanced ego and addictive thinking mindset, it makes life a living hell to live.
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The sameness dimension of being human presume the quality of...
  • being alike and
  • constancy and lack of variety.
Thus, the macro or sameness dimension is describing those attributes, characteristics and behaviours that distinguish the human species from all other organisms on this planet. This dimension mainly deals with human principles (i.e. biological needs, security needs, affiliation needs, ...etc.) which materialize into existence as norms through the application of the similar dimension.

For example: Our lives are constantly driven by dreams as a result of our desires, which evoke the force of our WILL to either do or not to do something (i.e. the sameness principle), but the manner in which we express our dream, is largely dependent on the norms (i.e. similar dimension) prevailing in the society or culture we belong to and the collective religious beliefs we hold dear.
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Standards Based Grades (SBG) are formulated learning outcomes, compiled from an accountable and responsible symbiosis between assessment standards and assessment norms. SBG's accommodate and incorporate both cut grades and grade equivalents.
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SDS is the abbreviation for Self Development Strategy. An individual's SDS - in contrast to his/her LDP, CPD and PLP - is the actual ToDO List or action steps (PLP) which initiate TAKING ACTIONS that would result in obtaining his/her objectives (reflected by his/her CPD) that would allow the obtaining of his/her goals (reflected by his/her LDP) to manifest the life that he/she desire.

Key Dreams without action leads to nowhere, but action without dreams turns into chaos.

Having its roots in a reliable and valid SWOT-analysis and authentic risk assessment, accumulated in an authentic list of KPA's, an individualized SDS should emphasize and indicate the following...
  • the WHO?:- For success, s/he must be the master of his/her own ship, S/HE must be in control and responsible. It is up to him/her to decide what goes into his/her mind to be accepted as truth. S/he should realize that in his/her strategy for growth, s/he is the one who has the motivation, determination and desire to move from where s/he is, to a place of contentment and inner peace... no other, nor any external factor can do the "job". The key aspects of a balanced SDS "who", is directed by a healthy locus of control, cooperation and co-creation which originate from his/her strengths and the ability to manage his/her weaknesses.
  • the WHAT?:- The what of applying his/her SDS depends on his/her own personal objectives, goals and preferences (reflected by his/her LDP/CPD). The SDS "whats" can be anything his/her heart desires, for example...
    • becoming a Doctor, Engineer, Mechanic, Teacher, Entrepreneur, ...etc.
    • being happily married.
    • becoming a great parent.
    • be an exemplary manager.
    • free from depression.
    • free from addictions.
    • free from any bad habits.
    • more self confidence.
    • more self esteem.
    • a better self image.
The above list could go on indefinitely, but whatever his/her SDS "whats", it source from and depends on his/her LDP.
  • the WHEN?:- There should be a definite date set for completion (i.e. milestones and a finish line), without a fix "when", nothing actually gets initiated or done and procrastination becomes a real danger, which in itself, can eventually become yet another derailing factor.
  • the WHERE?:- Must identify a venue (i.e. opportunity) that should be either created or prepared to allow for productive SDS execution. In this case risk assessment data is very handy to identify what to be cautious, and/or on the lookout, for.
  • the WHY?:- Establish the purpose and meaning for his/her efforts, time spent and resources utilized. Because without a personal SDS "why", s/he might quickly loose motivation and the WILL to continue, especially in the face of possible oppositions and/or obstacles.
  • the HOW?:- Indicate and establish the resources that s/he is going to use when implementing his/her SDS. Resources isn't limited to specific "approved" learning opportunities or components only, it includes anything s/he aims to use as resource (provided there is a sound reason for it) to enhance self-development and growth. Thus, anything that cultivates self-development, forms part of the SDS "how".

Important to realize An authentic, reliable and valid SDS is a key component and strategy, in our personal arsenal of "self-development weaponry", with which we can initiate, establish, develop and enhance our specialized knowledge.

     
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If you worry you die, if you do not worry you also die... so WHY worry?
The popular song, some time ago “Don’t worry, be happy” by Bobby McFerrin, capture the essence of how people should seize the moment (i.e. use the power of NOW!) At first, when listening to the song, it may seem quite childish to follow the “song’s advice” …actually it is regarded as downright stupid... because in our modern society there is plenty to be worried about and these pressures will not evaporate and suddenly disappear, when we adopt an attitude of “Don’t worry, be happy”.

When we only listen to the words of the song, without taking in account the underlying spirit of the song. It is quite obvious that the words can only have meaning for hedonists and those individuals that are either driven by a childish irresponsibility to enjoy life regardless responsibilities or people under the influence of some kind of chemical substance (i.e. being high). When we are a mature and responsible adult, a pillar (i.e. a Rock of Gibraltar) for our family and society, then this “advice” implies an ignorance of the "harsh reality" and the highly competitive society we are functioning in today. However, once we relate to the underlying spirit of the song and the implications that this advice has for every day living, then these words, “Don’t worry, be happy”, obtain a different meaning and a completely new view on life. Differently put... “If you worry you die, if you don’t worry you also die… so why worry?" and "What must be, must be!

When interpreted by most responsible and “mature adults”, under the strict auspices and conditioning of our present social structures (i.e. matrix expectations), the notion of “don’t worry, be happy” are immature, shallow, superficial, downright irresponsible and even dangerous. However, on the contrary, I beg to differ and think that it reflects a higher level of maturity (emotional maturity or EQ), contentment and bliss that most people are unable to experience in modern day times. An utopian vision?... it maybe so, but let me try and explain why I firmly believe that a view on life directed by a “don’t worry, be happy”-attitude is a much more human friendly, productive and a mature or responsible way of approaching the present up's and down's of life and the many changes we are confronted with each day of our lives.

I was listening to an 11 year old client singing her own unique version of Bobby McFerrin’s song. She sang about all kinds of troubles and problem that she often encounters in her life and then ends each acknowledged “difficulty” with a high-spirited summarizing chuckle “DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY!” Her interpretation of the song and the way in which she approach life, sets me wondering... Didn’t she already mastered a lesson about bliss, the ecstasy of being alive... NOW?

As adults, we can all learn a weird... but wonderful... lesson from the children that surrounds us each day. As “responsible adults” we are overly consumed by worries and unable to even “see” the countless miraculous moments of happiness that we encounter each and every day; and to unconditionally enjoy what life has to offer to us concealed in LIVING each and every day (i.e. the present... the NOW!).

Without the ability of being happy without reservations, we are defenceless against the short lived cult of seeking joy at all cost. We start to chase the one joyous moment after another in life; if it is a priceless and precious trophy. We stumble through life... from one achievement to another... from one relationship to another... from one spiritual sensation to another... from one career to another... from one form of security to another... from one status symbol to another, ...etc. We form these addictions, because we confidently believe that happiness lie somewhere in either the near or distant future... providing that we can patiently endure the discomforts of the present with as little pain as possible.

Modern and civilized man, especially since marketing - from religious dogmas to shoes, and everything else in between - has taken the place of common sense, has adopted a culture best described in a short story by Claudio Magris as...

Being human hurts, it doesn’t let up ever. Do this, do that, work, struggle, win, fall in love, be happy, YOU MUST BE HAPPY, living is this duty to be happy, if you aren’t it’s a disgrace. So, you do all you possibly can to obey, to be good and clever and HAPPY”.

The widely accepted cult of seeking joy at all costs is the result of people that constantly live in a state of “permanent short-lived existence” with new things of “happiness” popping up each day, in the many different forms of religion, hairspray, cars, sex appeal, all kinds of commodities, status symbols, positions in society, qualifications, ...etc. Providing we have, could borrow, beg or steal enough money to buy these “valuable opportunities” of illusionary and short-lived moments of happiness and ecstasy in life.

Unfortunately, TRUE, REAL and LASTING happiness, joy or contentment (bliss) cannot be bought, nor is it contained in possessions, opportunities, financial security, a job or a particular position in life. This frantic jumping from one “joyous” moment to another, creates an intelligent organism that is driven by stupidity, effectively creating a life lived in quick sand, where the slightest mistake let us sink into limbo and misery and the more we struggle the deeper we sink. This cult of seeking joy isn’t a modern and contemporary phenomenon; it was and still is part and parcel of being human. Ever since the beginning of known time, we as mortal humans, were unable to overcome this trivial and moment for moment existence.

As humans we desperately cling to short-lived moments of provisional joy that could soothe the pain of life and what the momentary individual fails to realize is... life only obtains REAL, TRUE and LASTING meaning trough a equilibrium of success, happiness, problems and crises. In other words: A truly happy life isn’t possible without the existence of the dark compunction of uncertainty and helplessness; and the word happiness (bliss) would become meaningless outside the experience spheres of our own and others people’s sorrow, disappointments and frustrations. Nothing new and exciting can be created or established without - to some extent - destroying the old first, because to achieve a higher level of bliss, the “old form of happiness” must first be “destroyed” by sorrow, loss or disappointment and when we cling to “old” happiness for dear life; it efficiently prevents us from achieving a higher level of bliss or "new" level of happiness.

Obviously external things and opportunities can make us happy, BUT it is a hollow and short-lived experiences when it isn’t supported by an inner tranquillity and equilibrium. Such an inner equilibrium lies in the realization that the most common and everyday circumstances and tasks contains the potential of being an unbelievable miracle on its own and that most of us have what we really NEED. If we are more patient, respectful, tolerant and willing to linger a little longer, then we could “see” the miracle of life in the simplest of things all around us.

We will start to notice (i.e. seek and you shall find) the joy and happiness of life as hidden away in a garden full of flowers, a dusty old “plakkerskamp”, the sparkle in the eye of a pregnant woman, in the laugh of a child, in the song of an 11 year old, in an evening breeze, in the humming of someone at work, watering a plant, the texture of grass, the flight of a butterfly, the song of a bird, a poem, a candle that we light, a smile, laughter, the relief of a Tsunami survivor, a helping hand in need, ...etc.

When we are able to seize and enjoy every moment of being alive, it is a truly amazing experience and then it doesn’t matter whether such an experience is either good (happiness) or bad (unhappy), it all makes life worth living and we truly feel alive. However, to achieve such a state of mind where we can enjoy being alive - even in the face of great sorrow and danger - doesn’t imply a fatalistic attitude, BUT an unwavering faith in our CREATOR, OURSELVES and our fellow man.

To keep FAITH and the ability to seize the moment (don’t worry, be happy) can be extremely difficult and may even seem totally impossible at times. However, when our philosophy of and attitude towards life is fuelled by an inner equilibrium (balanced self-empowerment, psyche management, self-worth and energies) as based on a realization that our POINT OF POWER always is in the present... the HERE and NOW; then we are able to create and sustain a level of bliss that is inclusive, long lasting, suitable and unfailable.

We should eagerly start to build and create a better tomorrow by being aware of our present thoughts and to ensure that our thought patterns (energies) are in equilibrium with our present circumstances and whether our thoughts and believes
  • allow us to live in a dream world (anticipation) of what might, could or should be.
  • capture our existence within the confining boundaries of reality – that what is (i.e. an allowable possibility under given circumstance).
  • change dreams into reality, mainly by having faith, seize the moment and applying the power of NOW.
The fact that we should develop and sustain a philosophy of life that is fuelled by an inclination to seize the moment as best we could, could provide us with though patterns (i.e. mindset) allowing us to DREAM, deals with reality and establish the elegance to transform dreams into reality. However, changing dreams into reality (applying the power of now and to seize the moment) requires patients, determination and a whole lot of guts, because we shouldn’t...
  • avoid doing something different or take inappropriate action to address the present “outdated” thought pattern or believe system.
  • postpone (procrastinate) to deal with issues - until a crisis develops - and leave the final decision to someone else or wait to make the choice till when the time is “right” or more “suitable”.
  • use fast-tracking (speeding things up by following ready made recipes) to get ahead as quickly as possible in life.
  • avoid the BIG squeeze that often accompanies “translating” dreams into reality.
  • be “passive” and frantically collect the “ultimate” level of information, speak to or obtain advice from “millions” of experts before making any decision.
We should rather...
  • continuously think and reflect (meditate or a ME-moment), deal with our own uniqueness and learn from our experiences, both from our successes and from our mistakes.
  • constantly and SMART-ly monitor, evaluate and immediately correct (the power of now) if and when we are required to do so.
  • clarify things, matters and concepts. Thus, continuously ask questions to ourselves and others, especially the so called “stupid” ones. “Simple” questions are quite often the most important ones and PLEASE do NOT assume that you understand, because assumptions could easily put you on the wrong trail of though when uncertainties are not really clarified and dealt with.
  • write down or type your thoughts, especially the more confusing ones for clarification purposes and to maintain focus on certain issues. Normally, we create lists for everything in life (i.e. ToDo Lists), except for those things that confuse us in life.. e.g. why do that person unsettle me?; I regard myself as open, and everybody else treats me as rigid, why?; when a person is late for an appointment, why do I lose my temper?; why do I believe that money would solve most crises in life?; ...etc.
  • consult others (e.g. “experts”) to obtain more data, additional perspectives and a diversity of opinions and views.
  • develop an inner world measurement (assessment) strategy, because we need some gauge to indicate when we should take action (proactively) to prevent a knotty situation from budding into a full blown crisis, forcing us into reaction and fire-fighting behaviours. For example: When we drive, we monitor the fuel gauge to determine when it is time to fill-up, which prevent us from being stranded unexpectedly; the heat gauge to see when overheating signals becomes dangerous and to determine (decide) what to do next to prevent a calamity.
  • prioritize what we regard as important in life (i.e. needs versus wants), determine guiding parameters that can direct thought patterns, choices and ultimately actions. A well formulated and sustainable PERSONAL philosophy of life (or GPS) - founded in personal minimum standards - would prevent us from spending energy on a number of “insignificant” decisions to please others and that saps our strength. Thus, first decide on a goal in life (CPD and refined as PLP) before you actually concern yourself with the where and what of preparation (e.g. what to study)... when you choose to stay in Pretoria, you shouldn't concern yourself with property prices in Durban.
It should be quite obvious at this stage that “DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY” (i.e. seize the moment) isn’t a fatalistic attitude BUT an emotionally mature mindset, based on unwavering faith and the power of NOW, a faith based on a firm believe that our CREATOR will provide what we need, when we need it (as promised, time and time again!).

Key Mainly deal with the reality, facts and truths of the NOW and don't let the past disturbs the enjoyment of the present! and... live in gratitude for what we have and still receive everyday.

ImportantSeize the moment or get seized-up in the moment!
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