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Friday, 8 May 2015

If You Learn This, Your Life Will Never Be The Same (Law Of Attraction)

"We become what we think about" Earl Nightingale

Why do we become what we think about?  When you listen to this video you'll be awestruck by the simplicity and timelessness of Earl Nightingale's words and ideas.

Hope you enjoyed this video like I did.


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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Best Herbs To Eliminate Pain [Video]

Dr. Stokes explains the fastest and most effective ways to reduce pain without drugs or surgery.

1. Ginger: 5% standardized extract Gingerols Shogaols, up to 4000 mgs day with food divided equally over 3 or 4 time periods. Reduce pain, inflammation and inhibit formation of substance P and has been shown to have chemotherapeutic effect on colon cancer.

2. Turmeric: 95% standardized curcuminoids extract, up to 3000 mgs a day taken as above, Reduces NF-Kappa B, reduces pain and inflammation, inhibits cancer growth in hydrocarbon based cancers.

3. EPA/DHA, Omega 3 fatty Acids: Take 2-3 table spoons (13 grams) a day of cold pressed Flax Seed Oil (Barleans is good!) or take fish oil capsules but check the EPA/ DHA content, this is the active ingredient and needs to be high. Works along with Turmeric to produce extraordinary results.

4. Devils Claw (Harpagophytum Procumbens): Get the right stuff NOT CATS CLAW! 60-80 mgs a day, tested as good as Vioxx as a pain reliever withuot side effects. Produces a central nervous system response to control pain.

I hope you enjoy this video.


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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Superfoods: A daily bowl of quinoa to live longer?

The new apple? Quinoa.

I eat quinoa for breakfast.  I cook it in coconut milk with a chopped banana and apple with a dash of cinnamon.  It is so delicious.

Hope you enjoy the following article on the benefits of eating Quinoa reguarly/


This post appeared on Brisbane News.

The new apple? Quinoa.

An apple a day to keep the doctor away is so passe.

Now, in news that will make the superfoodies tremble in their Birkenstocks, if you want to thrive a daily bowl of quinoa (keen-wah) could keep you alive.

A new study by Harvard Public School of Health has found that eating a daily bowl of the protein-packed, gluten-free grain significantly reduces the risk of premature death from cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease and diabetes. 

The researchers followed the diets and health of 367,442 healthy adults over 14 years.

They found that those who ate 34 grams of whole grains – like quinoa – every day reduced their risk of premature death by 17 per cent.

This was even after controlling for differences in age, body mass, smoking and physical activity.

"Our study indicates that intake of whole grains and cereal fibre may reduce the risk of all-cause mortality and death from chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease," Study leader Dr Lu Qi  said.

"Our findings should motivate future studies especially clinical trials and experimental studies to further testify the beneficial effects of whole grains and potential effective components such as fibre and other nutrients, and explore mechanisms."

The germ, bran and endosperm remain intact in whole grains, unlike the refined grains that make white flour, pasta and white rice.

With 25 per cent more protein, whole grains are also a more abundant source of dietary fibre and other nutrients, like zinc, copper, manganese, iron and thiamine.

These nutrients, the authors said, have shown beneficial effects on human health including improvement of weight loss, insulin sensitivity, and lipid profile, as well as inhibition of systemic inflammation.

The study, the largest in size regarding deaths in a prospective setting, found that the most likely benefit comes from the fibre in the grain.

This makes sense.

One new study found that for weight loss, insulin resistance and blood pressure, fibre is the one thing we should all eat more of.

Most Australians adults consume less than half the recommended four to six  daily serves of wholegrain foods.


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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Walk Your Way to Good Body, Mind, and Soul

I used to do a lot of running until my knees started hurting too much.  So I had to give up running and took up walking instead which was far more gentler on my knees, my heart and body.

What I found was that by walking not only was it better for me but I actually was able to enjoy the scenery around me.  It helped me to clear my mind and I was able to practice mindfulness. 

So not only did I benefit from still being able to stay fit and slim, it also helped me to de-stress. Mindfulness is  also a great way to lower blood pressure,  other life-threatening diseases and depression.

Walking is easy to do and you can do it anywhere.

I hope you enjoy the following article by David Jackson.


Article Source: David W Jackson

Walking offers excellent benefits in various aspects-physically, mentally, and even emotionally or spiritually. It is a simple activity that offers a myriad of benefits in well-being of a person. It transcends age, gender, status in life, and race. Anyone can go for a walk. Young or old alike; men and women; poor or rich and; any nationality.

The most apparent benefit is of course, in one's health, it is after all the cheapest form of exercise. It reduces the risks of several medical conditions or disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes, bone fractures, arthritis among many more. For the weight-conscious, walking is one of the easiest ways to shed those unwanted pounds.

Through walking, you can burn more calories and have lesser body fat. 
Unknown to many, the more strenuous or high-impact exercises such as running and jogging are not as effective as walking in burning calories. In order to burn more fat, a person's body should exercise at a slower pace or lower levels of physical exertion, thus walking is the most ideal. Unlike other forms of exercise such as sports like tennis and basketball that offer high bursts but short-lived energy, walking offers a steady and consistent supply of energy.

Walking, especially long walks, clears the mind. 
Thus it is good for one's mental health as well. Brisk walk for instance eases away stress, depression and anxiety. A long leisurely walk on the other hand, is a spirit-booster especially if you have your loved one or pet as companion. It also helps to walk where there is great scenery and peaceful environment, which helps set a relaxed mood.

Walking is good spiritually also because there is now such a thing called meditation walking. 
This can be achieved easily because walking provides an opportunity for a person to commune with not only nature but with one's inner self. It clears the mind of problems and other negative emotions, thus it is good for the soul.

Walking need not be a rigid or boring fitness routine. 
It can be fun. It can be done anywhere you are-around the block in your neighborhood, in the park, in the beach, in the shopping mall, around your office building or anywhere there is something to walk on. It would not cost you a thing also. In fact, it can even save you some gasoline or fare money. During times like these when the prices of gasoline and diesel are soaring, walking to and from your school, office or other places is very practical and convenient.

Walking is truly a healthy habit to cultivate among every one. 
Even kids can benefit from it because it is an outlet for their boundless energy. Thus your precocious toddler can doze off after a short walk. It promotes good sleep and appetite to both old and young in fact. So what are you waiting for? Put on those comfortable shoes and walk your way to healthy body, mind, and spirit. There is nothing to lose and so much to gain.


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Sunday, 15 March 2015

How Do You Feel About Unstoppable Self-Confidence?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase "self-confidence"?

Is it a desirable quality, or is it some kind of ego driven, inflated assessment of one's own abilities?

Do you desire greater self-confidence, or do you harbor negative feeling toward those that seem overly confident?

Seeking balance

As with anything else, a balanced, healthy sense of self-confidence is what we should strive for. But here is a question worth considering, is it possible to have a realistic view of one's own abilities, and still have unstoppable self-confidence?

Yes it is, and that's where balance comes in. Self-confidence is an inner feeling of certainty about what we have to offer, and what we are capable of accomplishing. It is closely related to self-esteem, which is our personal estimation of our own value and worth as a person.

Without a reasonable degree of self-esteem, it is impossible to manifest extraordinary self-confidence. So, self-esteem levels are an important factor, and they need to be maintained within certain reasonable limits. Just as an unreasonable level of self-esteem creates an egomaniac, too much self-confidence can also prove to be unrealistic and counterproductive. If it's unrealistic, then it is also potentially harmful on some level, physically, emotionally, or financially. How can too much self-confidence be harmful?

Everything has its limits

While a strong sense of self-confidence will create new opportunities, it cannot change reality. For example, on a physical plain, having complete confidence that you can fly of the top of a 50-story building will not negate the force or gravity. Gravity is a force of nature, and it is not susceptible to your will, that's reality.

Here's an example from the financial world. Dumping your life savings into a falling stock market because you have are complete confidence that things are about to turn around, will not change the direction of the markets. You will either be very lucky, or very broke, that's reality.

How about emotionally? Having blind faith (unrealistic self-confidence), as in these two examples will probably have a negative impact on you self-esteem. As a result, doubt will erode your self-confidence and you will experience an emotional set back.

Extremes aside, what benefits come from self-confidence?

Self-confidence makes life much easier and much more fun.
It creates opportunities that would not exist otherwise. Self-confidence gives us the energy to pursue our dreams, and the power to overcome obstacles. It gives us a sense of certainty in our ability to bring about a favorable outcome, even when others have doubt.

Many people are afraid to go for the life they truly desire. Lacking self-confidence they fear failure, worse yet, they actually anticipate it. Their lack of confidence stifles their willingness to reach out for their dreams.

On the other hand, self-confidence opens the doors to your dreams. When you carry yourself with confidence, people will naturally be attracted to that quality. When you have confidence in yourself, others tend to have confidence in you as well. When you speak and act with conviction, it changes the way the way the world responds to you.

Developing and displaying self-confidence, will change your life on almost every level. Confidence is like a powerful magnet that will attract into your life whatever opportunities, resources, or people are needed to facilitate your ability to create the life you desire.

Where does self-confidence come from?

Self-confidence grows, or shrinks, in response to your personal beliefs about who you are, and what you are capable of. These beliefs are influenced by your self-esteem, and reinforced by the results you have produced in previous experiences.

If your self-esteem is low, your level of commitment will also be low. Lack of confidence will cause you to hold back in expectation of failure. With only a half-hearted commitment and negative expectations, results will probably be disappointing. Being unable to produce your desired result will further erode your self-esteem. It's a negative reinforcement loop.

On the other hand, if you already have a healthy level of self-esteem, you will likely have a correspondingly high level of self-confidence. When you take on a new challenge, you will anticipate a successful outcome and so your level of commitment will also be greater. These factors will combine to create another successful outcome, which will continue to fuel your level of confidence. This is a positive reinforcement loop.

How do we build more self-confidence?

We build our self-confidence by creating a positive reinforcement loop. This will allow us to bolster our self-esteem, increase our level of commitment, and produce our intended outcome. As a result, our self-confidence will grow. Each time the loop is completed successfully, we will become more and more confident in our own ability to succeed.

The key is to start small

Starting small allows us to control the outcome and generate some momentum. Here are five simple steps that will help you get started.
  1. Choose an area in your life where you know you can take control. No matter who we are, there is always some area in our life where we feel a level of competence. Start by setting a reachable goal in that direction and then take action.
  2. When you experience success, set another reachable goal in that same direction and follow through with more action.
  3. Continue this pattern until you become comfortable with your ability to produce your intended outcome. Now you have created a positive reinforcement loop.
  4. Next, choose a different area in your life where you have a degree of competence and repeat the process.
  5. As your feelings of confidence grow, allow yourself to identify with your success. Learn to view yourself as a successful person and attach feelings of approval to your positive experiences.

Get some feedback

You can also explain your challenge to a friend and ask them to provide you with some positive feedback every time you succeed in producing an intended result. Now you will have both an external, and an internal source of positive validation.

Start where you are and make progress

These steps can be followed to increase your level of self-confidence regardless of your current level. Just scale the first step according to where you are now, and build your self-confidence from there. The phrase start small is relative to where you currently are.

Often, it was circumstances beyond our control that had a decisive influence on our self-esteem and self-confidence. But that was then and this is now. Taking the time to build, or even rebuild, these are important personal assets is definitely worth the effort.

So, back to our opening question

How do you feel about Unstoppable Self-Confidence? If your answer is "I want it" then take action starting today!

Article Source: Jonathan Wells
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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Tony Robbins: Could Moving Be the Answer?

Tony Robbins: Could Moving Be the Answer?

I know it sounds crazy or impossible but what would happen, if just for a moment, you considered picking up and moving to another city?

There are tons of reasons why you might say there's no way this can happen -- from family to current work arrangements. 

This post was posted in: Entrepreneur 

But if there were a way that you could save 10 percent to 20 percent or more of your current costs and invest them to bring financial freedom a decade closer -- and perhaps have an even greater quality of life -- wouldn’t you owe it to yourself to push beyond the obvious obstacles and consider your options?

Could you be living large in a magnificent community like Boulder, Colo., for what you’re paying in rent alone in New York City or San Francisco? The cost of homes, food and taxes differs wildly depending on where you live.

Our country -- and even the world -- has boundless opportunities waiting for you to explore. So why not take off the blinders just for a moment to consider what life could be like if you lived in a new city or town?

Are you freezing your butt off during Midwest winters or battling the summer heat in Atlanta, wondering year after year why you don’t hoof it to a better climate? As a native of Southern California, I am always amazed by people who spend their lives freezing to death in the arctic tundra of Minneapolis or Chicago.

And even if you don’t care about the weather, you must be concerned about your cost of living. A million-dollar home in Washington, D.C., costs a fraction of that in Raleigh, N.C., a city considered business-friendly -- not to mention a high-tech and educational hub (with great weather).

It’s one thing to be tax efficient in your investments. It's another to be tax efficient with your life. You’re trying to save 5 percent here, 10 percent there so you can achieve financial security and eventually a great retirement.

What would moving to a less expensive city and saving 10 percent or 15 percent do to the tempo of your achieving your financial goals?

Think about the additional money you’d have to invest, share or put into a new business if it didn’t go straight to rent, food or transportation. One single move could give you a 10 percent to 30 percent increase in your income. And if you’re already saving 10 percent, you could relocate and then save 20 percent to 40 percent without spending an additional dime.

This would put some rocket fuel into your money machine and would massively improve the pace by which you’re able to pursue your entrepreneurial dreams.

I know you’re likely still thinking, Move to a new city? You’ve got to be crazy, Tony. I can’t just pick up and move! Again, I have a job, I have family, I have friends. I’ve lived my whole life in Dallas (or Seattle, Miami or Denver).

But if you saw that you could start your dream business a decade sooner, might it be worth it?

Generations of Americans have looked at retirement as a time to pick up and move to a warmer climate, a less-expensive city or a beautiful, low-key place like Boise, Idaho, or Greenville, S.C. -- to breathe clean air and enjoy the outdoors.

But why wait till then? Why not change your zip code today? Why not find a place to raise your family that lets you reduce your cost of living and elevate your quality of life at the same time, while you’re young enough for you and your children to reap the rewards?

If you’re still shaking your head and saying no, I get it. I was with you on this until recently. I grew up in California and never imagined living anywhere else. Even when I started traveling extensively and buying homes and properties all over the world, California was always my base. I never imagined leaving.

That changed in 2012 when California raised taxes on the highest-income earners more than 30 percent, to 13.3 percent. After a lifetime of paying through the nose on state income taxes (California's are among the country's most punishing), I found my tax situation had worsened.

I had played by the rules, and the rules had come to bite me. But instead of feeling sorry for myself, I voted with my conscience -- or my feet, I should say.

My wife, Sage, and I decided to take the plunge and look for a new place to live.

We turned it into a treasure hunt. We looked at places like Lake Tahoe, where we really liked the mountains, the mix of seasons and the small-town vibe; and Austin, Texas, where music, energy and high tech come together to create the fabric of an innovative and connected community.

We looked at Florida, too, but reluctantly. All I knew about Florida was alligators -- and that retirees lived there. But that’s the stereotype, not the reality. What we found instead was the paradise of Palm Beach.

After looking at 88 properties in three states in three weeks, we found a brand-new home on the water in Palm Beach. It has 2 acres, nearly 200 feet of ocean frontage on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, with a 50-foot boat dock.

Sage has everything she wants close by: world-class restaurants, shopping, easy access to the entire East Coast and all the privacy and serenity of living on an island, right here in the United States.

Of course, the price tag was way higher than I imagined I would have to pay for a home. But Florida has no state income tax.

We went from a 13.3 percent state income tax in California to nothing -- nada, zip, no state income tax in Florida. So with the taxes we’re saving every year as residents of the Sunshine State instead of the Golden State, we hope to pay off our entire new home in six years.

Now granted, Palm Beach is expensive but we’ve massively improved our quality of life in the bargain. Every day we pinch ourselves as we wake up with magnificent weather -- 78 degrees with a cool breeze off the ocean and water so warm you can melt into it.

In fact, Sage and I have become almost evangelical in our enthusiasm for our new home. We tell friends and family to think about moving and joining us. My youngest son has already moved here. Two of my dearest friends in the world are on their way down from Connecticut and New York.

So whether you decide to join us in Palm Beach, there’s a zip code out there that might be just right for you. You don’t have to wait for retirement to get there. From Portland, Ore., to Augusta, Maine, there are scores of affordable havens for young and old alike -- for young professionals aiming to jump-start or reimagine their careers  to retirees looking to stretch their savings and continue to enjoy a rich, rewarding lifestyle.

Check out the U.S. News & World Report's 2013 list of the best places to retire for as little as $75 a day. Also seriously consider the seven states with no state income tax at all: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. Or try New Hampshire and Tennessee, where only a resident's dividend and interest income are taxed at the state level: Just imagine the Memphis and Nashville music scenes and more money in your pocket. How bad does that sound?

It’s all about being more efficient and effective with your earnings and savings and speeding up your path to financial freedom. You can find a way to finally pursue your entrepreneurial dreams while simultaneously improving the quality of your life. It’s the ultimate win-win. At the end of the day, the best investment you can make is the one you make in yourself and your family's lifestyle.

This piece was adapted from Tony Robbins' new book, MoneyMaster the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. 

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Habits of the World's Wealthiest People (Infographic)

What do Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett have in common, in addition to their fairly sizable net worths? More than you might think.
This post appeared on Entrepreneur 

An infographic developed by social-media marketing company NowSourcing details some of the qualities and traits shared by the rich (we're talking those who earn more than $160,000 a year and have $3.2 million in assets). If you want to take a page out of Bill Gates' playbook, wake up early, exercise, read more (definitely cut back on your reality TV intake) and write a daily to-do list.
For more tips and statistics, including a gender breakdown and where the world's nearly 31.7 million millionaires call home, check out the infographic below.
Would be interested to know your thoughts on the above statistic regarding the habits of the wealthy entrepreneur.

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Saturday, 31 January 2015

3 Reasons You Should Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude

3 Reasons You Should Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude

By having an attitude of gratitude will definitely prepare your mind to receive new possibilities and potentials. You will receive more and therefore will be able to give more purely by being in an attitude of gratitude.  Just by saying 2 simple words "thank you" you give your thanks in return for what you have received. 


This following post appeared on Entrepreneur.

November is synonymous with Thanksgiving in America, and it’s common during this month to hear talk of gratitude and why it’s so important. Adopting a gratitude practice isn’t just something that sounds nice at Thanksgiving -- it’s a lifestyle and mindset choice that will drastically change your life and your business as an entrepreneur.

Here are the three biggest reasons why you need a gratitude practice.

1. Gratitude shifts your mindset
For something to change in your life, one of two things has to happen: your life changes, or you do. Waiting for life to change is a pretty passive solution. When you’re stuck in a problem mentality you miss out on all the opportunities for solutions that are knocking on your door every day, simply because you don’t even hear them or see them.

Open your eyes to a gratitude practice and all of a sudden things start to fall into place for you and for your business. Being an entrepreneur means being proactive, not passive, so switch your mindset and see life change.

How? Start by keeping a daily list of events that you are grateful for each night. Some call it a gratitude journal. You can call it whatever you want. But focusing on who came to your aid that day, what opportunities arose and how the day planted fruitful seeds for a better tomorrow will prove to you day after day that you are well taken care of and capable of succeeding with all the help that surrounds you.

2. Gratitude creates solutions
Adopting a gratitude practice takes you out of problem and toward a solution. It removes you from complaining mode and into a best-outcomes mindset. That’s a skill you need in your life and in your business decision-making. Whole companies and industries have been created from seeing solutions where others only saw obstacles. What will your contribution be?

How? Simply start by keeping a mental checklist of your triggers. We all have our things that set us off into complaining or annoyance. What are your complaint triggers during the day? Just observe them for a few days and keep a list as they pop up. Then try to set some time at the end of the week, 15 minutes should be enough, to look at those triggers and brainstorm solutions.

This can be part of your integrated gratitude practice because if you can see the opportunity in the challenges you face, you will probably be onto to solving a pain-point for many other people as well. Gratitude has a ripple effect that could just echo through your startup.

3. Gratitude is contagious
I can’t speak for you, but I personally don’t like being in business with jerks. I don’t like whiners, complainers or otherwise unpleasant-to-be-around people. There are too many smart, talented and pleasing-to-be-around individuals in this world for me to want to work with or hire the ones that aren’t.

When you’re grateful you tend to exude and share that contagious positive energy. People like me like that and we tend to be drawn to you. Our energy is contagious and we do good things together and are better for having come together. That’s pretty much the only contagious thing happening in the world right now that you can get excited about.

How? Watch your words. What you say is usually how you act, so be aware of complaining and replace whines with positive words. Start with you, be the change and watch as the world changes around you and your gratitude practice.
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Want to Ace Your New Year's Resolutions? Remember, Attitude Is Everything.

Are you tired of not achieving to your New Year's Resolutions? Is failure getting you down? Seems strange that in life, we must all fail before we can succeed. The fact is that every person on this planet has failed at some point in their life. That is why it is important to change your attitude in order to make all the difference in whether you ultimately succeed or not.

I hope you will find this article below helpful to achieving success in your life for 2015.


This post appeared on Entrepreneur

For doing almost anything you can envision, someone has set a precedent for achieving success. Want to run a marathon but have doubts?

Realize that more than 500,000 people did just that in U.S. marathons last year. Think you’re too old? Know that nearly 50 percent of finishers are in the masters category, meaning that they're older than 40. 

Start the new year right by following these athletes’ examples and setting goals. Build a case for why you, too, can succeed and focus squarely on sustaining that can-do attitude.

1. Change the way you think about no.
On the surface, receiving a yes often translates into a success and no means a failure. Yet a no can just become a starting point as you work your way closer to obtaining a yes.

Too often the smart and talented become so discouraged after receiving a single no that they lose all faith that their goal can be attained. Understand that any worthwhile yes will probably be preceded by a no. Consider the no part of the process as arriving one step closer to success. It’s a lot easier to keep the faith when thinking that way.

2. Stay the course.
Don’t veer from pursuing a planned goal for an easier route. Rather, change direction for a better opportunity, more satisfaction or happiness but never because it’s easier. Take an opportunity to adopt an attitude of steadfastness.

3. Emulate what the super successful do.
How do the best players in the world prepare for success? Chances are they've developed a formula or specific process to achieve what they have done.

Take top NFL quarterback Tom Brady: He goes to great lengths to prepare his mind and body for the rigors of the NFL schedule.

His carefully calculated daily schedule of workouts, food, recovery and rest is mapped out for three years. Brady’s commitment to preparation helps separate him from other quarterbacks. Take a lesson from someone like this and implement your own regimen to prepare yourself for success.

3. Don’t wait. Take action now.
Have you ever felt regret in the past about not chasing a dream when you were younger? Don’t let the thought negatively affect your pursuits now.

There's no reason to hold back or delay any longer. Listen to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s approach: “My dad says it over and over, 'Today's the youngest you’re ever going to be. You've got to live like it.'" Cuban recalled. "And that’s what I try to do."

4. Be strong 60 seconds longer.
In the movie Nobody’s Fool, Paul Newman’s character describes to his grandson his method for overcoming fears. “I’d try to be brave for exactly a minute, and the next time, I'd try to be brave for two minutes," he says.

If you find yourself wavering amid adversity, remember this practice and vow to hold on for just a minute more. Keep doing that and you’ll find more strength to succeed than you might have thought you had.

4. Adopt the right attitude.
Charles Swindoll, a renowned broadcaster and pastor said that single most significant decision he can make on a day-to-day basis is his choice of attitude.

"It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position," he has said. "I’ve discovered through the years that life is made up of about 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I respond to it."

Keep your attitude focused on pursuing the goals ahead.
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Monday, 15 December 2014

Five habits of high achievers

Susan Williams from The Finishing Touch
Susan Williams from The Finishing Touch
Vow to make 2015 the year you change from a gonna-do type to the sort of person who just gets things done?

Those who fall into the latter category can make it look easy – but inevitably their accomplishments are the result of a modus operandi that's big on self discipline and good habits that have been cultivated rigorously over years. We asked some high-achieving Aussies to share their winning ways.

This post appeared on Brisbane Times
Only when you master your to do list can you ensure you're focusing on the tasks that will drive you to achieve. 
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Invoice2go founder Chris Strode.
Invoice2go founder Chris Strode. Photo: Louise Kennerley
American inventor Thomas Edison described genius as "1 per cent inspiration  and 99 per cent perspiration". Willingness to generate plenty of the latter has helped Invoice2go founder Chris Strode turn his bright idea for a mobile invoicing product into an app now used by 100,000 businesses in 50 countries.

"The hard work was what made Invoice2go a success – because you just can't create a great product and be the first to market without putting the hours in," Strode says.

"We worked 365 days, year after year, and I really don't think we'd be at this point with Invoice2go if we'd taken our foot off the pedal at any point."

Jennen Ngiau-keng
Jennen Ngiau-keng
The sort of work ethic that enables high achievers to stay the gruelling course is best learnt in the home, Strode believes.

"There was no question for me growing up that I would work hard in life, as we watched mum and dad build a business and raise a family of eight children at the same time," he says.

"When you grow up with role models like that, it's in your blood to work hard."

Take it on the chin

Most of us accept accolades with grace and revel in a pat on the back for a job well done – but it's the ability to cop the brickbats as well as the bouquets that separates high achievers from also-rans, Liquid Infusion founder Ben Neumann believes.

Founded in 2005, his mobile cocktail bar business has become the largest of its kind in Australia and has garnered Neumann a swag of business awards.

"Those that can take constructive feedback and not make excuses will succeed at anything they do, as they will find the true source of whatever is holding them back from success and overcome it," he says.

Plenty of passion

Want to kick more goals? It's easy if you find things you're passionate about and give them your all, says Jennen Ngiau-Keng. A globe-trotting violinist who's performed with several state and national orchestras, he also runs a clutch of successful sideline ventures.

They include Taller, a business selling height-increasing shoes to men, and String Musicians Australia, a booking agency that supplies musicians to functions and corporate events nationally.

"When setting up String Musicians Australia, what kept me moving forward and to continue building the business was my passion for classical music and performing … for exposing people to classical music that wouldn't normally listen to it and to allow other musicians who felt that same passion for classical music to continue to do so as a profession and career," Ngiau-Keng says.


Not short on energy but all too often find yourself getting bogged down in trivia? The sooner you learn to prioritise – ruthlessly – the higher you'll soar, says Kristie Buchanan, whose stellar marketing career has led her to the top job at the experience gifts website RedBalloon.

"Only when you master your to do list can you ensure you're focusing on the tasks that will drive you to achieve," Buchanan says.

"Don't attend every meeting unless it's critical, learn to turn your email off for hours a day and block out time in your calendar to focus on what's important."

Look for the best in others

Notice someone doing the right thing or going above and beyond the call of duty? Making a practice of calling it out has helped Susan Williams expand her house packing and unpacking venture The Finishing Touch from a kitchen-table operation in 1994 into a national business that employs 200 staff.

"Always try to catch your people doing something right," Williams says.

"I am constantly looking for examples of great performance in our ladies, to promptly recognise and reward them for this and then widely propagate these scenarios – internally with other staff and externally with our business partners."

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

10 Banned Foods That Every American Should Stop Eating

10 Banned Foods to Avoid
Are you eating food that's already banned in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.
<img src="" alt="10 Banned Foods to Avoid" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;">Are you eating <a href=""><strong>"food that's already banned"</strong></a> in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.</p>
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

5 Tips To Help You De-Stress For The Holidays

Let's face it.  We all live pretty stressful lives. With deadlines to meet; presentations to create; exams to study for; raising kids; caring for aging parents; the leaking roof or broken dishwasher that need to be repaired; the mortgage or rent that is due next week; and then there's the technology that keeps changing faster than the speed of learning, providing us with the opportunity to constantly be on call, many of us are at the point where all it takes is one more stressor for us to collapse into a ball of emotion, or worse.

Article Source: Anne Bolender

I have had the great good fortune to work with first and second year University and College students for the past twenty years and this time of the year is always the worst for stress levels for both students and faculty. Even friends and family who do not work around students are beginning to show classic symptoms of stress as the holiday's approach - moodiness, anxiety, worry, feeling overwhelmed, fatigue, eating too much or losing their appetite. The scary thing is that the person under stress often does not even realize they are experiencing these symptoms or the extent to which they are being affected by stress.

So, before preparations for the holidays begins in earnest and stress levels begin to creep ever upward, here are 5 tips that I would like to share that can help you lower your stress levels and increase your ability to enjoy the holiday season:

1)  Practice Mindfulness

We often move through our days performing tasks and activities while being distracted by other things. We drive while reliving conversations or planning some future event; we have conversations with coworkers while trying to think through a solution to a work-related problem; we listen to our children tell us about their day while we are mentally going over our to-do list.

Mindfulness is the act of being present, in the moment.  Of focusing on what you are currently doing without being distracted by other thoughts. 

For someone under stress, mindfulness involves being aware of not only the situation you are in, but of how you are reacting to that situation. Are you experiencing stress reactions of fight, flight or freeze? If yes, then how bad are these reactions? By noticing your reactions as they are happening, you can consciously choose to alleviate the stress that you are beginning to feel so the stress doesn't continue to build.

2)  Self-Care

Anyone who has traveled on an airplane has heard the steward's speech about applying the oxygen mask to yourself first and then to your children - basically you are being instructed to take care of yourself first before you take care of others. The same instruction holds true in real life. If you do not have the energy to take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of anything or anyone else.

Self care is more than treating yourself to an occasional trip to the local spa or even spa getaways. Self Care involves eating right, getting a bit of exercise every day, spending time on activities or hobbies that bring you joy.

Practicing Self Care can involve setting a weekly date with yourself to spend an hour a week doing exactly what you want to do - learn to swim, learn to paint, wander through nature, photograph beautiful local architecture, read, listen to music... the choice is yours as long as the activity excites you and is something you look forward to doing every week. Practice mindfulness during this hour, focus on what you are doing and how you are feeling while you are doing it - and on nothing else.

3)  Identify how you want to feel and find ways to accomplish this

Identify your core desired feelings, tap into these core desired feelings and find ways and activities that honour them. Our core desired feelings are keys to understanding our true self. When we deny our core desired feelings, we are acting at odds with our true self and this can leave us feeling disconnected, frustrated, restless, stressed.

Identify how you like to feel - do you like to feel adventurous, creative, inspired, challenged, needed, etc - and then identify activities you can bring into your life right now to help you feel this way. Honouring your core desired feelings is a fun, effective way to begin to de-stress.

4)  Delegate

A fourth way to begin to de-stress is to drop the need for everything to be done by you and only you. And while you are at it, you can also drop the need for everything to be perfect. If you are a solo-preneur, there are some magnificent virtual assistants who can provide you will all the support you need, without costing a small fortune. Eliminate the unnecessary, focus on what's important, and delegate the rest.

5)  Relax and have fun

Above all else, relax, have fun and be happy!!

Take time to breathe, relax, and play. For most adults, play is something we stopped doing as part of the process of growing up. But play and fun can be awesome de-stressors. What did you enjoy doing for play when you were young - arts & crafts; riding a bicycle; video games; swimming; skating; reading; writing; drawing - whatever it was try it again. Or find a new activity that is playful and fun - kick through a pile of leaves, build a snowman, dance like no-one is looking, start that hobby you have always wanted to do. Tie play and fun to your core desired feelings and double the impact these activities can have on bringing joy to your life.

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