1 Simple Method To Conquer Your Fears

What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of flying, people, heights, clowns, prospecting, etc…? It doesn’t matter what your fears are, the good news is you can conquer your fears!

I am going to share one personal story with you of how I learned to conquer my fears at a very early age.

My father was involved with a civic group in our community. The civic group used to maintain the community pool. I would go to the pool in the evenings, with my father. While he would do daily maintenance on the pool I would use the time to swim and have the pool to myself. Those were great summers growing up. Well anyway I became quite good at performing ones and one and a halves off the low boards. I practiced every night, so I could show off to my friends during the day.

My dad would watch me and asked one night why I don’t do my dives off of the high dive. I told him I was afraid of the high dive. He asked me, “What are you afraid of”? I told him it was too high. He asked, “Can you jump off of the high dive”? I told him I didn’t want to.

My dad started to climb the high dive and told me, “Follow me up and I will show you how to do it”. We get to the top of the high dive and my chest felt tight and my mouth went dry. He talked me out to the end of the board and I remember shaking and trying not to show any fear. He told me to just stand at the end of the board, take some deep breaths and look out at the horizon. I did what he said and began to calm down. He started talking to me as I was staring out over the pool. He said, “John, this is just another diving board, it is no different than the one down below.” “When you are ready I want you to step off the end of the board.” I told him that I was not ready. He said, “I’m going to count to three and you will step off.” He began to count one; two…and then he pushed me off the end. I hit the water and quickly came to the surface and realized that nothing bad happened to me.

Dad hollered for me to come up again. I was a little shaken but went up the ladder and out to the end of the board. Dad asked if I was ready to jump again. I told him I was not sure. He told me to go to the end of the board and take another deep breath and relax. He then began to count, one, two, three…I didn’t jump. He then pushed me off the board again. Once again I came to the surface but this time I felt exhilarated! I quickly went back up the ladder went to the end of the board and jumped! It felt great!

On the ride home I thanked Dad for helping me jump off the high dive. He told me, “John you just learned a fear conquering secret.” I was only in second grade so I did not understand what I had learned. So I asked him what I had learned. He told me, “If you are afraid to do something, just do it three times in a row as fast as you can.” That lesson has stuck with me and I will never forget it. I have used this technique in everything I was afraid of doing. Let me tell you it works!

Within two weeks I was doing my ones and one and a halves from the high dive. I will never forget that summer.

What ever your fear may be, Like the Nike commercials, Just Do It! Do it three times in a row as fast as you can.

 

This will apply to almost any fear you have, whether it is public speaking, flying, prospecting, cold calling, heights, and clowns, whatever it is this will work for you!

John Stone

What is Your Fear?

Cheaters Make Liars of Us All

Here is a PSA: If you decide to cheat on your significant other, please keep it to yourself.

I have an acquaintance, Liz, with whom I share a good friend, Michelle. I see Liz occasionally at weddings and other social functions that cause a big group of us to travel and get together. So although she isn’t one of my close friends and we don’t keep in touch aside from the get-togethers, we are friendly and have known each other for close to 10 years now. Liz is incredibly sweet and I really like her a lot. The only reason we aren’t closer is because we always ran in slightly different circles and didn’t spend much time together in college.

A few years ago I was spending time with Michelle who had just come back from Liz’s wedding. She had been a bridesmaid and was telling me how uncomfortable the entire weekend was for her. She disclosed that since college, the groom, Brian, had been cheating on Liz. The worst part is the person he cheated with was another one of the bridesmaids named Jenny. I swear, it’s like an awful soap opera. They had been cheating together since college, so for at least 4 years when I heard this story. I should also mention that Jenny, who had been cheating with Brian, was also recently married at the time I heard this story. Michelle came by the information because she is also close friends with Jenny who had confided in her.

I do not know if the affair continued on past either marriage, but it doesn’t matter. Every time I see Liz, usually with her husband in tow, I feel incredibly guilty because I know the dirty secret, and it seems like she is completely oblivious. She is still close friends with Jenny and she appears to be incredibly happy in her marriage, so I assume she doesn’t know. Although, you never know what is going on behind closed doors.

I was around both couples a few years later at a wedding and the entire time I was cringing watching them all spend time together and dancing on the dance floor. I just pasted a smile on my face and tried to act normal but internally I was disgusted that Brian and Jenny could act so normal around one another and keep the wife in the dark. It just felt so dishonest.

I realize the affair may all be a rumor, but Michelle is not the type to spread gossip. She was venting to me about how uncomfortable she had been at the wedding, knowing what she knew. And I couldn’t blame her. It’s not our place to spill the beans, so we have to just sit back and watch. It makes me feel like a terrible and dishonest person.

I think perhaps if Liz were a closer friend, and if I had heard the information first hand from Brian or Jenny, I would consider letting her know. But I’m not entirely sure I would actually tell one of my best friends if I had this kind of information. If it was me, I’d want to know. But what if the friend already knew, and they had worked past the issue in their relationship? Then there I am, drumming it all up, rehashing an old issue, and I am sure making her feel embarrassed that others know her private business. As a distant friend of Liz, I certainly do not feel like it is my place to step in and get involved, especially when all I have to work with is hearsay. Regardless, every time I see her post a picture of herself and her husband saying how happy she is and how much she loves him, I cringe with disgust for him, and feel guilty myself. I feel like I am somehow being dishonest and deceitful.

Knowing this kind of information is not fun. I know many might think it is juicy gossip, but this is the kind of gossip I would rather not know. So before you spread these kinds of details about someone else’s life, please think twice. Not only because you are burdening the person you are telling, but because it could really ruin someone else’s life or relationships, and it would all likely be based on a rumor or hearsay. We don’t know the truth behind other relationships, nor should we. It is not our business.

Marvel Heroes [Review]

Holy Crap….Did Marvel Heroes ever catch me off guard. When I first saw this game about a year ago, I had the same thought as everyone else, “Oh sweet, a Diablo 2 clone. This is gonna suck.” WHAT A FOOL I WAS! Marvel Heroes may be a Diablo 2 clone, but there is a VERY GOOD reason for that. David Brevik, the visionary behind Diablo and Diablo II (President and COO of Gazillion Entertainment to boot), helped mold this game into what I wish Diablo 3 would have been. Teaming up with Marvel super-scribe Brian Michael Bendis, they’ve crafted a plot where you must stop a cosmic cube wielding Doctor Doom.

The kicker is Marvel Heroes is a free-to-play game. There is a hard currency system for buying in game items, boosts, and additional characters. Additional costumes are also available so you don’t have to be boring ol’ derp eye’d Spider-Man like everyone else. Additional costumes can be found ONLY as rare drops, like the Colossonaut skin, so its not all pay-to-win.

 

Did I mention its a Diablo clone? If your familiar with the play style, not much has changed. Use the mouse to move around and aim your attacks. Skills are bound to 6 keys, giving you 8 active skills including the left and right mouse buttons.

Each Hero has 3 skill trees with certain skills in each that synergize with each other and 1 ultimate ability. Every Hero has their own unique power bar, i.e Colossus has an Armor life bar that regenerates or Jean Grey gains Phoenix power to transform into something similar to D3′s Wizard’s Archon Form.

Sporting 9 chapters, you’ll hit about 30 by the time you finish the game. Using the classic way point system, travel to different locales on various missions. Enter unique dungeon instances and get grouped in the auto-party system, no need to LFG.

The game offers a NPC donation system. The player can instead of selling their trash items, donates them for XP to level up the vendors for better items and crafting options. A high level crafting vendor allows the player to turn blues (Rares) into purples (Epics) and add offensive and defensive effects to their costumes.

One of my favorite aspects Marvel Heroes gets right is Boss runs. The introduction of event (world) boss’s lets everyone get a piece of the action. Watch your screen lag (only occasionally) as 100 players take down villians like Venom, Rhino, or Blob and Toad. Once defeated, bosses drop medallions that bind on equip. These medallion each have a unique boost and differing stats, meaning you can keep coming back for it til you get the perfect one.

The graphics are on par with Diablo 3, nothing machine breaking. All your favorite Marvel characters look just as you remember them from the comics. Great visual effects when you use yours skills, lots of attention to detail. The environments look amazing, taking the player to all sorts of iconic places like the Avengers’ Tower, Xavier’s Mansion, The Savage Land, and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier.

The loading screens feature some sweet character and scenery art. Hopefully they add more though, currently I’m staring at the same handful of screen. Its not like Marvel has countless Artists to make more.

The cutscenes are done as motion comics, which is a BRILLIANT IDEA! These fully dubbed clips are sprinkled throughout the chapters and help the story unfold. Though not at impressive as Blizzard’s CGI cutscenes, the style Gazillion chose feels right.

 

The music sounds just like the themes in the Marvel Studios movies. I swear I’ve heard that tune from the Avengers when they are all kicking ass with team-up moves. It all feels really Heroic. Sadly, the Xmen animated series theme is no where to be found…

The voice talent in this game also really help bring it to life. Most of the voices are close to their cartoon series counterparts. Steve Blum, Nolan North, Tara Strong, and Keith David to name a few. All of the cutscenes are fully voiced, as well as most of the quest dialog. Characters throw out little quips as they pass friends, enemies, pick up items, talk to vendors, etc.

 

Did I mention its a Diablo 2 clone? LOTS PEOPLE STILL PLAY THAT GAME!!! Dailies, PvP and End-Game Content, loot/level grinding, and the introduction of new Marvel characters and costumes should keep this game fresh for years to come. This free-to-play game, like League of Legends, will actually make you spend your money on it happily. But honestly it isn’t required to have fun in this game, since there are rare drop chances of picking up the items and characters you can pay for. In my opinion, spending money in Marvel Heroes is supporting a great game and ensuring there’s more content to come. For less than the usual $60 of any new title, you could buy 1 or 2 of your favorite characters for $20 and start leveling.

 

WILL YOU JUST PLAY IT ALREADY!!! Is FREE too much for you? Scared you might spend money on it? Just give it a try and get through the boring prologue (its probably the worst part of the game and its 5 mins long). Once you’ve reached the actual game and start running around with other players, it’ll start to sink in how much this game got it right. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 and 2 were a success in their own right, but I didn’t imagine this game would hit me in the nostalgia so hard. Still kicking myself for not buying in sooner and getting some of the exclusive content in the founders pack.

Overall, I think some of the price points might scare people away from this game outright. I agree that the costumes are overpriced, but I’m sure there will be sales. I’m optimistic that the game will be around long enough to go through one or two expansions with TONS of new characters being added periodically. There’s a quality free game to play here and its possible to get by without spending anything. If you enjoy Diablo 2 or Torchlight and you care somewhat about Marvel lore, you’re gonna wanna download this game off Steam ASAP. Then, judge if its worth dropping some dough to enhance the experience. Marvel Heroes is currently in development for Mac, so soon enough everyone can play. Join ‘PhatTyla’ as I strive to create the tankiest Colossus you ever did see and whoop some fools in PvP.

UPDATE: I’ll have a follow up review to cover the End-Game Content and PvP just as soon as I reach it. Tune in next time!LATED POSTS FOUND!

Maverick Business Builders

Tell me, how long have you been in the MLM industry? Did you start your profession in this industry? Or, were you like most of the other MLMers, who came from Corporate America and couldn’t take it any more that they wanted a change?

Either way, I believe you understand what I am about to say. When you first joined network marketing, did you think you had the right skills that you can use to become successful in this industry?

Like myself, your answer was probably an absolute YES. But, what you soon will find out after being in the industry for about 3-6 months is what you thought you knew would be helpful for building your MLM business was rather useless. If these aren’t the rules by which we should be following, then what should we do?

I once heard a successful MLMer say (you may have heard this too), “It’s funny, in this industry you are faced with whatever you are not good at.” Could you imagine if we knew that before we got started? We probably wouldn’t have decided to embark on this journey of true financial success using MLM as the vehicle. Well, some of us may have, depending on how much we like challenges. But, some probably would have not.

Never less, once you realize this, you will be extremely grateful, because if you can overcome whatever weakness you currently have, that’s when you will become a very good network marketer in this industry and probably a leader too. These are the rules by which we should be playing the MLM game by.

Think back to after you joined, did your mentor or leader originally tell you this? They probably did, but not in so many words, I’m sure. At the least, they probably dropped some hints. They didn’t want to put it on a silver platter for you. No, they wanted you to come to realize it for yourself.

Because when you do come to realize it on your own, only then is when you’re ready to take it to the next level. This will be the first time when you feel you’re definitely ready for the challenge. At this moment, there’s no stopping your burning desire.

If you didn’t have a mentor or leader to guide you through the business, I’m sorry. Because having a leader or mentor to be there along your side is the difference between continuing on to MLM success or quitting.

Really, no need to fear because it’s your time to rise above and become that mentor, that leader for your team. It’s never too late to rise to the challenge. As the saying goes, “Better late than never.”

You see, leaders are the core to your business building experience. They will take you through proper training. They will show you what’s worked for them and what hasn’t. They will guide you through building your business so you can create a duplicable system that anyone of your team members can easily pick-up on.

Take my business for example. I am constantly working on improving myself and my team where we are the most weak at. Why? Because when we can overcome those weaknesses, everything else is a no-brainer. Nothing a little formal training and time can’t cure.

Isn’t it about time that you become a leader to provide your team with the necessary skills and techniques to build your business? Who cares if they are not in your local town. Who cares if you are afraid. Just be confident and start building your business.

Start creating your duplicable system. Teach your team members all about it, and have their team members teach their team members. And, before you know it, your entire downline will be using the system you developed. So, who will benefit from such a system?

Uh, you and everyone!

So remember, what you think will work for you in your MLM business probably will most likely not. Those rules are different then the rules of your network marketing business. The rules as a network marketer are, face what you are not good at and overcome them. Then, learn and implement them into your business. Train your downline no differently then the way you learned. Don’t wait to share this vital rule of MLM, because your success and your team’s success is dependent on it.

Dedicated to your success,

Worldwide Gaming

All gamers know that moment when you play a new game and you’re absolutely blown away by the graphics. Occasionally the game will be good too and you’ll be sucked into it. It’s one of those times when you marvel at the age we live in, that such a realistic looking game exists. ‘What next, virtual reality? How could anything get more realistic–?’

I’ve lost track of the times I’ve felt that. The first time was when I sat down to play a PSX game; Tekken II. I remember thinking it was ‘too mind blowing’ and ‘scarily realistic’.

These precious shards of memory take the form of disks, placed away in your collection for a later date. They seem to be timeless classics. But nothing is timeless. These games always come with an expiration date; a moment when the curtain is pulled. You sit down and play the game only to notice small holes you didn’t notice before.

You start to see the game not as a world but a collection of graphics – the clipping and poorly rendered textures are painfully apparent. How could you have not noticed these before?

That’s the graphical expiration date. Everyone’s expiration date is different – after all, it’s not the game that’s changed. You’ve tasted something better, more refined and now you struggle to go back. That sense of wonderment will never return no matter how badly you want it to. It’s still a good game, but it’s not as magical as it once was. What was once sparkle is now to your eyes a blocky particle effect.

It would be a sweet world without the expiration date- we’d all relish in low resolution graphics, never needing the graphical ambience of games like Skyrim and Assassins Creed 4. Developers would have an easier time of it too; imagine if they only had to work with 8-bit graphics instead of designing new cutting edge game engines every year. The rise in HD editions and console generation ports are pretty much proof of people’s need to have better graphics – it’s supply and demand.

Humanity used to be happy just having a steady food supply, fire and water. Our ‘needs’ escalate and we find ourselves not being able to cope without that little bit more. Is it our fault, or are we just built that way?

I picked up Vampire: The Masquerade for the PC last week and tried to play it. It had seemed so cutting edge, so brilliantly designed. Now there are indie games on the market that can achieve a higher level of graphic design. I found myself struggling to connect with it as I used to. I’d waited too late to pick it up and play it through again, I’d gone over the ‘expiration date’.

Some will claim there’s no expiration date on a truly timeless game, that even saying so is being ‘shallow’ and interested in graphics more than quality. I’m not speaking about good game play like Minecraft, a game that is wholly unrealistic yet still wholly addictive to play.

I’m talking about that moment of marvel when you pick up a game and you feel your avatar and the world on the screen are truly realistic. For those who truly have no graphical expiration date, I envy you – what I wouldn’t give to once again approach an 8 bit game with awe.

There may never be a point in which things stop having a graphical expiration date – the Matrix game may never come to pass. But if we could convince people to be satisfied with the games we’ve got, we could probably solve a lot bigger issues.

Me? I’m going to mod out Oblivion to try give it a graphics boost.

By Adam Ipsen

The vending machine theory

The vending machine theory
There are two plumbers in my basement, clanking away as they install a new hot water heater. Our old one decided on Sunday that its service life was over.

I remember when I was in the thick of my last round of chemo, back in Maryland during the lost summer of ’05, we had a toilet overflow and flood out the room below it. I was sick and weak, Pete was already overwhelmed trying to pick up the pieces of the household that I’d been steadily dropping, the kids were young, we lived in a place with few friends and family, and the ceiling was literally falling in. It felt like the end of the world.

One of the valuable lessons I learned the first time around is that the amount of shit we are dealt in life is not metered, at least not in any way I can make sense of.

I will give you another example from ’05. Months before my initial diagnosis we’d booked a 2-week vacation at a beach house in RI. The trip was to be a two-fer, allowing us to visit with family but also have our own time and space for vacation. We timed the trip so that we could attend my cousin’s wedding. As it turned out, I had my final chemo the day before we had planned to leave for that trip. We proceeded as planned anyway. The thing about the last chemo treatment is that even though it leaves you feeling your weakling sickest, it is the last one and therefore even though your body is crumbling, your spirit soars because you are done, and you are maybe done forever.

So we set out for the 8-hour drive north, and realize about 2 hours into it that we’d forgotten to take all of the hanger clothes (Pete’s suit, my dress, you get the idea). OK, no problem, Pete would skip the ceremony and I would borrow or buy a dress (we hadn’t planned to attend the reception, because contrary to popular belief, I do understand the concept of limits). We get to RI, set up temporary quarters at my dad’s house for the night (Emma is 4, Fia 18 months), and next morning as I am getting ready to drag myself to see my sweet little cuz tie the knot, we hear a spl-crash. It is the sound of a pill bottle falling to the floor, contents scattering. And as we all rush to the guest bedroom, there is Sofia collecting little pink pills (benadryl) and doing what 18 months old do with colorful found bite-size objects.

We call poison control, and then while I head to the wedding, Pete heads to the ER. Where Sofia eats a big bowl of charcoal ice cream and tragedy is averted. And then the ER doctor feels the need to give Pete a long lecture on keeping medications safe from kids. And to this day, I do not understand why Pete did not strangle that asshole. Because at that point in time, there were 4 of us sleeping in makeshift quarters, I was the functional equivalent of the walking dead, and oh by the way, of the half dozen bottles of pills I had taken with me, benadryl was the most benign option by an order of magnitude. All Pete had to say was “sorry, my wife is half dead from chemo and we are sleeping on air mattresses at my in-laws for one night until we can get into our vacation rental and we didn’t even remember our wedding clothes but you’re right, we really should have toted along those child safety locks.” I am certain any jury would have let him off for whatever he might have done to Dr. Judgy McKnow-it-All.

So these two little tales from 7 years ago bring me to why I didn’t even flinch at the hot water heater.

Because I know that life is not a vending machine.

Sure, you can put in your $1.25 and hit B7, but if you think you’re going to get a Mello Yello every time, joke’s on you.

A common refrain that I heard then and I hear now is “you don’t deserve this.” And that is a 100% true statement. But it is predicated on the belief that there is some algorithm for how and why life doles out shit. In my experience, there isn’t.

People often say “you are strong, you are brave.” I am not. I am plodding through this because that is what we all try to do when we hit B7 and get a big ol’ shit sandwich.

If I were to draw a circle and stand in the middle and place every person near and dear to me around the perimeter, I could look in any direction and find somebody who got screwed by the vending machine. Loss of loved ones. Debilitating diseases. Loss of children. Violent crimes. Did any one of them ask for or deserve what they got? I know they did not.

I think that we have a basic human need to understand why things happen. And I think we feel some basic entitlement to fairness. When things happen that seem unfair, we can’t find the answer to the why. And we end up chasing our tails into sadness, or despair, or anger.

(Don’t get me wrong, I feel sad and desperate and angry quite often, sometimes all at once. I’m just saying that if we approach life expecting an Even Steven tally at the end, we are guaranteed to feel a disproportionate amount of sad et. al.)

For me, to maintain forward momentum (whether it be through major disease or minor household inconvenience), it is essential to not get lost in the why me, to accept the fact that sometimes life kicks you when you’re down, to let go of the expectation that if I just press the right buttons, I will get exactly what I want or expect.

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Postscript: There is corollary to the vending machine theory, and lest you think I am a total fatalist, I promise to revisit this at some future date. The working title is “how to turn your shit sandwich into shit-ade.” I admit it needs some work.

 

X-Men Apocalypse (2016) Review

With Logan coming out soon, I decided to rent X-Men Apocalypse from RedBox and check it out. X-Men Apocalypse has a 48% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so critics were split on the movie. Just from browsing around the internet, my impression was that it wasn’t as good as Days of Future Past. Therefore, I was a little skeptical going in.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT X-MEN APOCALYPSE

Going into the movie, I thought that Sophie Turner’s performance was going to be terrible. I used to watch Game of Thrones, and I always found her acting to be very wooden. She didn’t really emote a lot in the show. I should note that I haven’t watched Game of Thrones since season 3. But, I liked her acting in X-Men. Her acting didn’t distract from the movie like I expected it to. It was also cool to get a little tease of the dark phoenix character during the third act. I bet this will be the basis for the next movie.

As always, Professor X and Magneto are the stars in the movie for me. I always liked their interactions because, while having completely different mentalities, they remain friends. Even though Magneto kills people all the time. It was interesting to see that Professor X restored the memory of Moira. That’s something I wasn’t expecting, and I wonder if their relationship will play a major part in future films.

I thought that Apocalypse was a menacing villain although his character wasn’t as fleshed out as I would have liked. His strength was on a whole other level compared to the X-Men, and a lot of the other Marvel movies don’t really show the power of their villains. Usually Marvel movies have a lot of minions instead of one powerful villain to fight. I mean it took all of Jean Gray’s power to kill him. We all know that Jean is one of the most powerful X-Men out there.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT X-MEN APOCALYPSE

Jennifer Lawrence really phoned this one in. I don’t understand why the movie focused so much on the character of Mystique. Mystique doesn’t really strike me as a leader for the new generation of X-Men. She only seems to care about Magneto and her own interests. I also don’t really like Lawrence as an actress, so I’m a bit biased in that regard.

Cyclops wasn’t anything special in this movie. I know that he is young and discovering his powers, but I didn’t really like the actor’s performance. He seemed a little awkward.

The four horsemen seemed like a cool idea, but they are taken out pretty easily by a bunch of kids. Angel really wasn’t a threat. Psylocke had some cool weapons, but she fought to a stand still with Beast. Storm was really the only character that I liked. She had a back story and you could understand her motivations for joining Apocalypse. She was rescued from stealing money on the streets to allying herself with Apocalypse, then realizing that Apocalypse was insane and just wanted to kill everyone. Storm was a leader in the original trilogy, so I wonder if she’ll take on that role in future movies.

Some parts had really bad and obvious CGI.

Havok and Cyclops’ relationship could have been developed over the course of the movie, but Havok was killed too early on. I think that is a missed opportunity. We didn’t see his body, so maybe he survived.

No Jubilee during the battles? Maybe she’ll get more of a role in the sequel.

FINAL THOUG

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TS AND GRADE

Overall, I liked the movie. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. There were some things that I didn’t agree with, but it was still an enjoyable movie.

Final Grade: C

10 Simple Ways To Motivate Yourself

As we get older we tend to get more and more set in our ways. Being younger is all about living life to the full, but eventually we reach a point where we prefer thing to be more organized and slower. So many of us end up doing the same thing, at the same time each and every day. Then one day we may suddenly wake up and think that there must be more to life  than what you are doing.

Well there is, and there are plenty of things that you could be doing regardless of your age or health. The problem is getting motivated , well fear not, read through the rest of this article, and put some or all of the advice into motion, to motivate yourself.

10 SIMPLE WAYS TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF

1. The first thing that you have to do is believe that you want things to change. If you can’t do that then you will not get far. So lie down in a silent room, close your eyes, and concentrate on all the things you would like to do. Set goals in your mind, and believe that they can be achieved regardless of how far fetched they may seem.

2. Make a physical list on paper of what your goals are. Put the easiest at the top of the list. This way you can aim to accomplish them in order of difficulty. You will then find that as you start to cross some off, you will start to motivate yourself.

3. When setting goals, make the first ones easy. Things like tidying up the house, going for a 10 minute walk every day are quick and easy to do. If you have higher goals such as a visit to Las Vegas, then you can set lower goals to get there, such as to save a fixed amount each month.

4. As more and more goals vanish off your list, and they become part of your new life’s routine, then add more. Never let the list shorten, always ensure you have plenty of goals to motivate yourself.

5. Keep another list of your achievements, and if you feel your motivation slacking, read through it to remind you of what can be done.

6. Make as many of your goals fun. If you are going for a walk, listen to some music you like, or better still, put on a comedy sketch, then you will be walking around with a big smile on your face.

7. Sit in the sun whenever you can. This helps you feel better, and can put you in a more positive frame of mind. Remember to use sunscreen though.

8. Fix the number of hours a day the TV will be on and stick to it.

9. Make sure that you do at least one goal a day, even if it is something as simple as cutting the dead flowers off the plants.

10. When you complete a goal, sit down and think of the achievement you have done.

It is not difficult to motivate yourself once you have started, and you will find that the sense of achievement gives you a positive buzz. The hardest part is motivating your mind  for the first goal, but once that is done, there should be no stopping you.

Vega Francesca is a psychology graduate from Cal State Los Angeles. She writes for different blogs about mental and self improvement. She is currently working closely with ConsciousInk, a company with the goal to spread positivity through encouragement temporary tattoos.

10 Reasons Why You Should Make a Blog

So, you don’t have a blog yet and thinking whether making one is worth your time and effort or not. Whether you even need one or not. Right? You do. If you have reached this article and reading it, you do need a blog. I am going to give you 10 compelling reasons why you should make a blog and start blogging. Let’s start.

#1 To Share

We all read in social science books that man is a social animal. It’s human nature to want to share the happiness and sorrow, the things one likes, the thoughts that comes to one’s mind. Your blog can be an awesome place to share anything and everything about you, your work, our friends and family and last but not the least, your business. You can share everything from the last night party pics to your New Year resolutions or your new product. And you get wonderful comments, suggestions from beautiful and intelligent people all around the world. Isn’t that cool?

# 2 To Improve your Online Branding

You know that Internet has become an integral part of our daily life. When was it the last time when you went to a library and referred to some heavy books to find information about some person, product or anything? You google; don’t you? So do the companies and businesses to find/check new employees, clients and partners. Your online presence through your blog will improve your personal and professional brand. I know many people who have got good jobs or big projects because of their blogs. Even if you are not a businessman or professional, won’t you like to see your blog with a cool pic of you coming on the google when someone search for your name?

#3 To Meet New People

Believe me your blog can get you some really amazing friends. Through your blog you become the part of an online community of people around the world whose interests are same as you, who think like you. You visit their blogs, they visit yours; conversations build up and so do the relationships.

#4 To Improve your Thinking/Writing

Don’t you think people are forgetting to write in a creative and organized way. Remember old school days when we wrote so many essays and other writing assignments that made us think and thus sharpened our brain. Everyday we get so many thoughts about our life, society, politics etc. Why not give them a proper shape and put them on your blog. Once you start doing it, you will love it.

#5 To make a Wonderful diary

Have you ever experienced the amazing feeling that you get when you suddenly find a middle school notebook of yours somewhere and start reading the things you wrote back then? The little things you will write on your blog everyday will look like gems to you after 10 or 15 years. You would love to read them again and again. Your blog will be a journal of your life, the changes in your personality, thinking and philosophy over time.

#6 To improve your Business

If you have a business you can use your blog to boost it. Who doesn’t use internet these? You can use your blog to reach potential clients and improve your business significantly. You can also use your blog to connect to your clients and customers by providing them information and answering their queries. This will not only improve your credibility among your existing customers and clients but can also bring you many new ones. You can even sell your products and services online through your blog.

#7 To Bring traffic to your Main Website

If you already have a professional or business website you can use your blog as a complimentary platform to connect with more people through personalized write-ups and thus redirecting that traffic to your main website. Search engines index blogs much faster than static websites. So if Your business website does not have a blog, you are lagging behind in the competitive market.

#8 To Make Money Online through Ads

Blogging can be a full time job or business in itself if you have expertise in something and a passion for writing and helping others. Many bloggers are earning in 6-figures through a single blog. There are so many easy ways to make money online that you can make a few hundred bucks every month after the investment of a few weeks. I will cover that in a separate post. For now, just keep it in mind that your blog can also make you dollars.

#9 To Make World a Better place

The world is a good place to live because still there are people who love to help others without any reason or profit. Every one of us know something that so many other people don’t and we can share that knowledge through our blog and help others. You can write DIY tutorials, Mathematics/Science/English lessons or anything else that you think may be useful to someone. It feels really good when someone learns something from your blog and sends a Thank You.

#10 To not feel left behind

Last but not the least you should have a blog because everyone has. It doesn’t cost you big money (you can make one free), you don’t need any technical knowledge to make or run a blog, it does not take too much time and effort either. So why not have it. Even if you don’t find it worth doing after sometime, you can always go back. Every blog has a delete button. You don’t have anything to lose. So why not make a blog right now. And don’t forget to let me know about it. J

Make Profit With Website

Coming up with a good web design is a difficult exercise among inexperienced web developers. Fast web site design is the solution faced by these web developers and designers. Apart from it offering assistance to quick web development, it is associated with other benefits. Many people prefer its use since it helps in increasing profits. This web site design is helpful to both web designers and individuals who want to create there own sites. Apart from using templates, other options are easy methods are applicable to help you come up with better sites.

One of the things you should put into consideration when coming up with a website design is visual space. The font format you use to display information on your site matters. Readers are interested in having easy time while reading content in your site. Remember that not every one is patient enough to strain their eyes for them to be able to read. It is not necessarily, to have sophisticated wordings on your site to attract more readers.

Simple word order and clarity is the key to winning many readers. The pattern you use on the headings should be different from the rest of the information. Another key issue you should put into consideration when coming up with a web design is graphics and photos. The graphics you use should give the right meaning and should not contradict your information. The first thing that will attract readers to a certain site is photos. Lot of site artwork makes it filthy rather than attractive. The size of the photo also depends.

Remember many advertisers need to have there products displayed in form of a photo. Big size graphics takes big space, therefore there is need to compress them to create more space. To avoid miss understanding among your clients, get in touch and give them the size of the photo or graphics you need to post on their behalf. Simplicity is another factor that determines a good website design.

With fast web design, animations should not be encouraged. Some of these programs take time to load especially if it is long. Do not taste the patience of readers since you are competing with other sites. Browsing should be fast and efficient on your site. If readers take a long time when accessing your page they will easily give up. When browsing through your site it should be easy. Use simple language to write your content.

The other factor that you should consider in developing a web design is being appropriate. The information you give about your product should be relevant. Know what to advertise depending of the nature of your business. Advertising is the only means of communication to attract more customers. Do not restrict your adverts on one site. Post different links to other sites. Different readers believe have favorite links. The more you advertise the higher the chance of making more profits. Be careful on where to advertise since good sites attract more readers. If you rely on these tips then rest assured that your profits are definitely going to improve.