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3 Simple Steps to a Positive Life

As we watch the news on television everyday it is amazing just how much bad news we see. It is as if there is no good news in the world anymore. From killings, robberies, corruption and the like, we are being plagued with negativity every single day. How do we stay positive in it all? Here are three simple steps on how we can enjoy a positive life.

Watch positive television. Stop watching garbage on television. Believe it or not there are a lot of positive, safe things on television. Don’t tell yourself that everything safe is boring. That is simply not true. Some of the safest networks to watch are Discovery Channel, Travel Channel (one of my favorites), and National Geographic. There are also many films that are truly inspiring. Recently I saw the film “The Pursuit of Happiness”. Yes there were some sad scenes but in the end a truly inspiring and uplifting film.

Ride with positive people. Have you ever gotten on a bus or in car for a log trip with a real negativity junky where there is no escape? All you could do is sit back and bear it? This is probably one of the worst things that can happen on a trip. It’s like torture. It is important for your sanity and a positive life to surround yourself with positive people. On this journey called “life” it is important to ride with positive passengers. There is no acceptable place on your trip for the negative. They don’t plan to go your route anyway. They will always try to change your route and end up getting you lost.

Take your thoughts captive. The way we have been programmed to think in our world is probably the number one reason for depression and anxiety. We train ourselves though out our lives to soak in all the negative things we hear and then we meditate on them. The Bible says in Phil. 4:8 “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” Meditate on that. We need to grab hold of each and every thought and make it captive to a positive way of thinking. If this seems difficult because of distractions or other obstacles, separate yourself from others for a few minutes and take a walk with the intension of focusing on some of the positive things in your life. We all have something positive going on.

Practice these things often and watch your life transform because of the positive energy you will create in yourself and those around you. You owe it to yourself to create and generate your own happiness through a positive lifestyle. Good luck.

The Age of Zero Commission and Zero Guarantees

The “Zero Commission” ruckus has been ratcheted up another step, by the travel agents. As per various recent news reports, “in a move aimed at forcing airlines to revoke their decision to withdraw the five per cent commission, previously built-in to the ticket prices, and paid to the travel agents, over 2,500 travel companies, including IATA travel agents and online travel agencies (OTAs) like Makemytrip, Cleartrip, Yatra and Ezeego, have decided to stop selling Jet Airways and Jetlite tickets from December 4.”

The Jet decision was taken at a meeting of the six associations – Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Association of Domestic Tour Operators in India (ADTOI) and Enterprising Travel Association of India (ETAA) – which cumulatively account for nearly all of the 2,800 IATA agencies, apart from numerous OTAs.

A previous decision by the agents to boycott Kingfisher Airlines and Kingfisher Red, was withdrawn at the last minute.

The three Indian full service airlines and several international carriers stopped paying 5 per cent commission on the ticket prices to travel agents from November 1. The agencies have had around 10 meetings with airlines to make them withdraw their decision but that has not worked. The airlines, in turn, have asked the agents to levy a transaction fee of Rs 350-10,000 per ticket in lieu of the commission.

Like it or not, we are living in an age of “zero guarantees”.

Customers are increasingly demanding better value for their money spent. In these hard economic times, my customers are demanding that I cut costs, improve service, and be available to them when they need me. In return I am guaranteed nothing. Just an opportunity to do business, not even the business itself, just the opportunity.

Any entity in business, survives only due to the value they add in the supply chain. The day someone or something else can improve the value chain, existing links will be re-aligned. It applies equally to professional relationships as it does to products. An employer looses employees the moment the value chain is superseded by another, and vice-versa. I may be as bold to say, that this is extending to personal relationships as well, but that is another topic of debate.

As you recall from the news reports, The three Indian full service airlines, and several international carriers stopped paying 5 per cent commission on the ticket prices to travel agents from November 1. If anything, I am incensed at the airlines, for not lowering their fares by the 5% commission they used to pay the travel agents. In effect, a fare increase has been hoisted on us.

I also invite your attention to the fact that the boycott is only of the two private full-service carriers, Jet and Kingfisher. Air India is the “mai-baap” (God) of travel agents, and they will not risk their existence, by antagonising them. The travel agents have also brought on board various politicians to bring pressure for restoration of the 5% commission.

These actions of the travel agents are based on one flawed fundamental premise — that have the god given right to be protected from the changing business environment.

Over the years, technology has caught up with the agents. Today, customers, are perusing the internet, making phone calls, and obtaining the best value for my money, just as we do for any other product or service. During this time, many travel agents became air-ticket churning machines, falling in to complacency and sloth, showing an amazing lack of business foresight that borders on outright incompetence.

Most did not bother to live up to their name TRAVEL agents. Air passengers constitute less than 1% of the total passengers who TRAVEL everyday — in trains, buses, hotels, taxis, and yes, even planes.

During my days of super-hectic globe-trotting, I used to call my favourite airline, Singapore Airlines, directly. Choose the routing, make the booking, seating, meals, etc., myself. When all was done, my travel agent would be called in to just issue my ticket. I used to take back all, but 0.5% of the commission, my travel agent earned, as a discount, since I did all the work. In short my travel agent did not EARN the commission they were getting.

Corporate customers, are no different. In return for their large business volumes, they take discounts in the form of lines of credit, free airline tickets, and other such incentives.

In effect, travel agents were already operating in a “zero commission” regime. The recent actions of the airlines have only formalised the reality.

Despite my suggestions to the contrary, my travel agent never bothered to diversify in to other travel related services. As a passenger, I need to get visas, health and travel insurance, car transportation, hotel accommodation, foreign exchange, holidays, tours, and a whole host of other allied services. Services for which I would gladly pay for. Even today, customers will gladly pay the travel agent for services rendered, but it is incumbent on the agent to add value. Travel agents have to EARN their income, and justify their existence. As with any other business, their survival is not guaranteed.

As customers, the same travel agent will joyfully squeeze the last drop of blood, from his supplier of copier or printer paper, tea/coffee, or other office needs. Do they guarantee the business and survival of their vendor ?

My local bookstore is not insulated from competition by Amazon or Barnes and Noble online, and should Penguin, MacMillan, or any of the other publishers start selling their books online, no one has guaranteed the survival of Amazon, Premier bookstore, Gangarams, or any other sales channel. Similarly, my newspaper vendor is not guaranteed his livelihood by the numerous newspapers who now publish e-papers for all to read on the internet.

I know that the age of zero commission will hurt many travel agencies, and many of them will perish, but I remind them, the horse buggy perished in the face of the car, and we have a stronger transport system, the ocean liners perished in the face of the inter-continental airplanes, and they adapted in to holiday cruises and opened up a whole new industry.

These travel agents are smart people, and there are opportunities galore, both within and outside the air and travel sector. It does not take keen eyesight to see the daylight, nor does it take keen listening to hear the thunder, imagination and innovation coupled with swift thinking and even swifter action will differentiate the winners.

I do not know if I would call everything happening today, progress, but it is reality. As much as I do not like saying it, the faster the travel agents face the situation, the better off they will be.

Dish Network’s High Definition Programming

Dish Network digital satellite television services, in their ongoing program of customer satisfaction, offers the most diverse High Definition programming to supplement their superb High Definition equipment. Now it is easier than ever to view see the best of high definition in all your viewing selections. This article is written in an effort to provide a broad overview of currently available high definition programming. HDTV has a very high resolution that produced crystal-clear imaging and excellent Dolby surround sound.

For those who prefer HD services, Dish Network offers the HD Pak, which includes ESPN, Discovery Theater, TNT, Net, and Net Movies – all presented in High Definition format. Promotional offers are often made to attract new customers to their subscriber base of over 12 million viewers, and many times, this particular package is offered free for six months and at a minimal charge afterwards when combined with an additional package.

Dish Network also has the new VOOM Originals Pak, which includes ten VOOM HD Originals for small additional charge when subscribing to the HD Pak – making a total of 15 great channels of programming. VOOM channels may require the purchase of a second dish antenna depending on geographical area. VOOM is a company, no longer in business, which initially offered the largest variety of HD programming. Dish Network, in their efforts to expand delivery modes, purchased VOOM’s satellite giving subscribers the added enjoyment of watching additional HD channels. This newly acquired service makes Dish Network’s HD capabilities the best in the nation. Subscribers can now see so many more programs in HD format. Viewers can now see channels like RUSH, Gallery, Rave, Ultra, Equator, Monsters, Animania, Majestic, News, Weather, and Guy TV – all in HD. Also included are programs on fashion, fiction, travel, music, concerts, and more.

View the latest in advanced technology with movies, news, pay-per-view, and sports events – all shown in High Definition by subscribing to one of Dish Network’s DishHD packages. Programming packages designed to please are appropriately named Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Dish HD packages. Each one contains a diverse lineup of channels with shows sure to please as well as additional programming delivered digitally in standard television format. With the use of Dish Network’s ViP211 and ViP622 receivers, HD programming may be shown on one TV with SD being shown on another. Subscribers are given the best of both worlds – standard and high definition – both digitally delivered. Each package includes 23 to 25 channels of unique HD programming plus varying channels of standard definition shows and music – each one varying in number and cost. Packages begin with 23 channels of HD shows and 60 channels (Bronze DishHD) of SD and increase to 25 channels of HD with 180 channels of SD, including all 4-premium movie channels (Platinum DishHD) – packages varying in price. Each one includes a wide-range of interests, including news, sports, movies, and interactive gaming, with something sure to please everyone.

The addition of HD to Dish Network’s services is just another way of enhancing their overall excellent services to subscribers. Click on Dish Network HD Programming now for complete details on programming selections, pricing information, ordering, and installation. Take advantage of their offer to improve your home entertainment system – free equipment and installation. Entertainment at it’s finest – courtesy of Dish Network digital satellite television services.

Dish Network digital satellite television services, in their ongoing program of customer satisfaction, offers the most diverse High Definition programming to supplement their superb High Definition equipment. Now it is easier than ever to view see the best of high definition in all your viewing selections. This article is written in an effort to provide a broad overview of currently available high definition programming. HDTV has a very high resolution that produced crystal-clear imaging and excellent Dolby surround sound.

For those who prefer HD services, Dish Network offers the HD Pak that includes ESPN, Discovery Theater, TNT, Net, and Net Movies – all presented in High Definition format. Promotional offers are often made to attract new customers to their subscriber base of over 12 million viewers, and many times, this particular package is offered free for six months and at a minimal charge afterwards when combined with an additional package.

Dish Network also has the new VOOM Originals Pak, which includes ten VOOM HD Originals for small additional charge when subscribing to the HD Pak – making a total of 15 great channels of programming. VOOM channels may require the purchase of a second dish antenna depending on geographical area. VOOM is a company, no longer in business that initially offered the largest variety of HD programming. Dish Network, in their efforts to expand delivery modes, purchased VOOM’s satellite giving subscribers the added enjoyment of watching additional HD channels. This newly acquired service makes Dish Network’s HD capabilities the best in the nation. Subscribers can now see so many more programs in HD format. Viewers can now see channels like RUSH, Gallery, Rave, Ultra, Equator, Monsters, Animania, Majestic, News, Weather, and Guy TV – all in HD. Also included are programs on fashion, fiction, travel, music, concerts, and more.

View the latest in advanced technology with movies, news, pay-per-view, and sports events – all shown in High Definition by subscribing to one of Dish Network’s DishHD packages. Programming packages designed to please are appropriately named Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Dish HD packages. Each one contains a diverse lineup of channels with shows sure to please as well as additional programming delivered digitally in standard television format. With the use of Dish Network’s ViP211 and ViP622 receivers, HD programming may be shown on one TV with SD being shown on another. Subscribers are given the best of both worlds – standard and high definition – both digitally delivered. Each package includes 23 to 25 channels of unique HD programming plus varying channels of standard definition shows and music – each one varying in number and cost. Packages begin with 23 channels of HD shows and 60 channels (Bronze DishHD) of SD and increase to 25 channels of HD with 180 channels of SD, including all 4-premium movie channels (Platinum DishHD) – packages varying in price. Each one includes a wide-range of interests, including news, sports, movies, and interactive gaming, with something sure to please everyone.

The addition of HD to Dish Network’s services is just another way of enhancing their overall excellent services to subscribers. Click on Dish Network HD Programming [http://www.dish-network-marketing.com] now for complete details on programming selections, pricing information, ordering, and installation. Take advantage of their offer to improve your home entertainment system – free equipment and installation. Entertainment at it’s finest – courtesy of Dish Network digital satellite television services.