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Your Health is Your Wealth

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

“Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness, to riches and poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these, and not another” – Richard Bach. “It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest” – Greek Proverb.

Most of us are living life good or bad without paying much attention to our health and well being. We mostly do not pay attention to it because we think it is a given, that everyone is enjoying good health. During the earlier years of my life I did not pay so much attention to what I ate neither did I pay attention to many little things that affected my health and well-being. This was because my immunity could handle many ailments without much difficulties.

Now that am in my mid forties and even though am still at the peak with my well being, I have noticed a lot of changes with my body. One particular observation I have made is the slow digestion of food. What has really helped me is the regime of exercising on a regular basis. I encourage you to take exercising seriously and recommend at least twice a week as a minimum.

Now, am not an expert on health issues but I only write my personal experiences. You may not realise or agree with me that maintaining a good healthy and balanced body is very key to your personal growth and success. I believe it is very difficult to achieve success when you have to worry so much about the state of your health. Therefore, I encourage you to maintain a healthy and balanced behaviour. I know for a fact that most of the common illnesses are as a result of personal neglect and not just taking good care of our bodies. If you are blessed with good health please ensure that you develop a deliberate personal habit to prolong your good health. I also know that it is never too late to change and develop good healthy habits.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

As I mentioned before that in my earlier stages of my life I did not care so much about my health habits. I ate what ever came my way and fortunately my body was doing quite well and did not put on so much weight. But I have problems with my teeth. Now in my mid forties I have to watch what I eat. This is because at this stage in my life my digestion system is beginning to slow down. Some of the habits that I have totally discontinued is the consumption of alcoholic beverages. I have also greatly reduced on the intake of carbonated drinks. “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not” – Mark Twain.

I may not recommend exactly what you should eat but I believe that we must all ensure to eat a good healthy and balanced diet, full of natural foods and less processed foods. Try as much as possible to incorporate a lot of green vegetables and fruits in your daily diet. Remember to also drink lots of water. The recommended is six glasses of water per day. Reduce on the intake of red meat and processed sugar. Especially if you are hitting your forties, red meat takes a long time to digest.

Physical Exercising is Very Important

I know that we human beings do not like making our bodies sweat. Eating a good diet alone will not necessarily help you achieve optimum good health. Coupled with your good eating habits should be a good exercising regime. To keep the body in good health is a duty otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

I personally have a routine for exercising on a regular basis. The thing with exercising is that the first few days when you embark on it, its quiet daunting and tiring. But after a few times you get used and it becomes interesting. Do not punish yourself but start slowly. Do what suits you. Your body was meant to work. I go for road run three times a week. When not running I try by all means to walk as much as I can. It is very refreshing for me. Over time I have discovered that exercising in the morning works well for me. It keeps my mind alert and my body is full of energy the whole day.

Physical exercising helps me to increase my water consumption. It also helps me unwind my mind. Ever since I embarked on regular jogging my digestion system has greatly improved. I have also learned over the years not to take my good health for granted. That is why I try by all means to do the right things. “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship” – Buddha.

Conclusion

There are many ways to keep our bodies in good health and shape. Remember that the longer you enjoy good health the more you will concentrate on enjoying your life. They say your health is your wealth. “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver” – Mohandas Gandhi.

Good health does not stay for ever you need to ensure that you prolong it as much as possible. Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. I believe that life is worth living healthily. If you do not have a healthy living habit I encourage you to develop one that works for you. Bye and remember to stay safe and healthy. For further reading on health issues please visit Health Tips for healthy Living.

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My thoughts on the virus that has ravaged the world COVID 19

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My Thoughts on the Virus that has Ravaged the World – COVID 19

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

Today the world is fighting an invisible enemy. An enemy that has the capacity to inflict serious scars on the population of the world within a short period of time, a virus called COVID 19. This virus is almost bringing the world to a halt. There is very little human traffic across the globe, especially in the hard hit areas like the USA and Europe. As most countries have implemented stringent measures to help mitigate the spread of the deadly COVID 19 virus. Some countries around the world are in lock down. The challenge being faced by most governments is enforcing the lock down measures.

My thoughts however, go out to the families that have been directly infected and affected by the pandemic. It is my prayer that God will strengthen you and give you comfort at this very trying moment. I know its not an easy period and I never thought I would live to see and experience such uncertainty in the future of the world. I have been reading on social media on the many conspiracy theories about the virus and its origins.

My take for now is that the current conspiracy theories being thrown around are not helping matters. Pointing accusing fingers on who caused it and how it came to be in existence is a waste of time and is actually giving more ammunition to the enemy. I believe that we should be channeling our energies, efforts and ideas on how best we can help stop and prevent the further spread of the COVID 19 virus.

How to stay safe

In addition to the following recommended preventive measures:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.

I encourage you to memorise and recite what the bible says in Psalm 91:

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

What are some of the symptoms

According to the World Health Organisation the COVID 19 virus has more devastating effects on people who have an underlying medical condition and those who are over the age of 60 years. However, this does not mean that the rest of the group are exempt. We are all at risk of being infected, if we do not take precautions and become exposed to the virus. The underlined common symptoms are:

  • fever; tiredness; dry cough.

Other symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath; aches and pains; sore throat and very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.

Do not hesitate to self isolate and seek medical help of you present yourself with the above mentioned symptoms. Seeking early treatment is key to saving your life.

Conclusion

We have been told that the best way to stop the virus from spreading further is to stay at home and maintain high levels of personal hygiene. The virus does not move on its own. If you move you increase the risk of contracting it and passing it on to other people. This calls for concerted efforts across  the whole world. Its time for countries to unite with a purpose and that begins with you and I. Its time for those charged with leadership positions to show leadership. Lets put aside our ethnic, cultural, economic, racial, tribal and political differences and unite with one common go. That go is to eradicate the deadly COVID 19 virus. Lets all standout and be counted in this fight.

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First update on web improvement

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

In the last article I promised to improve visitor experience, well I have just started doing that. I have been going through many SEO tools to help me determine visitor experience on my site. Well one thing I noticed is that my site is a little on the slower side according to Google’s PageSpeed Insights. The current speed as can be seen from the picture above is 88%. Before my tweaking it was 73% not a significant jump but there is movement. Yet, the only thing I did was to optimise my site by adding a few lines in my .htaccess file. My target is to reach the 90% – 100% bracket. Google PageSpeed Insights is a fantastic tool and best of all its free. It is also a product of Google. I guess the best things in life are free. I highly recommend it if you are a web developer. I have decided that I will have to forgo some of the web monitoring tools and stick with the good old faithful google and bing tools. I think these tools are good enough for web performance monitoring.

In the coming weeks there will be more improvement in terms of speed. For now I really have no issue with my hosting company with regard to services, most of the issues I have are self made. I think for a long time I have not paid particular attention to improving visitor experience on my site. This challenge is already an eye opener because am already spending more time on the sight and noticing a lot of things that need my attention. This is exciting and can only help me improve even more. Since I use word press I will also remove all unnecessary plugins and unused themes. Apparently I thought the size of my pictures were to big but they are one of the few items that passed the site audit. So I will not be touching this aspect of the site. However, I will be removing pictures that are redundant. Pictures that are not needed. I will also constantly check for broken links. Thanks to wordpress you can find some plugins for site improvements.

Some improvements will take a little longer as I need to research and ensure that am doing the right thing. Those things that need to be changed right away will be done immediately after this post. I hope to share with you most of the changes that I will undertake. I will also be grateful if you could send me suggestions on what you would want changed or improved on this site. You can leave a message using the contact me form. This site is meant to help you and I achieve our personal development goals. I write these articles to help you get motivated and encouraged to live your life to the fullest. You will be amazed that these articles, also help me improve my self. When I sit down and read through the site am impressed with the amount of articles already hosted on this site. I hope am not blowing my own trumpet but, hey so far am proud of my self. I thank God for the grace and wisdom.

There will be more updates coming in the next few weeks or months regarding the status of this website. For now back to work and learn more web improvement technics.

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This is a milestone reached

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

This website has just hit a hundred articles. In essence this translates to more than 100,000 words at an average rate of 1,000 words per article. This is a personal achievement for me. Thank God for the grace and inspiration to write. I can only ask for more grace and inspiration to write even much much better articles. Thank you also for following me on my journey this far we are in it together.  I have never written this many articles in my life.  This is truly a milestone to be celebrated. I also pray and hope that these articles have been and continue to be of great help to you the readers. I believe that we can help change the world for the better. A journey of one thousand miles starts with one step in the right direction. I have personally endeavoured to take that step and I know that it is the right one.

My pledge is to have this site grow to be one of the most preferred destination for people seeking personal growth, personal development, spiritual growth and encouragement. There are others areas that I will be writing about in due course as outlined in the home page. I just thought of sharing this happy moment with my readers.

What’s coming in the next few weeks?

I have been doing some work in the background on how best to host podcasts. I am in the process of introducing a podcast section for some of the articles. I hope that this will also open up the possibility to record podcasts with different personalities. Am always looking for ways to improve both the quality of the articles and the general outlook of the website. I want to make it as user friendly as possible. I also want it to be a very simple website. You will notice that there are are few tweaks here and there, this is just to correct some errors and improve on the general outlook. If you feel that there is anything that needs my attention please feel free to contact me in the about section.

I have noticed that ever since the blog carnival website was pulled down there has not been any platform that hosts personal development carnivals. I intend to start hosting one in the coming weeks. The submission requests page will be uploaded soon. I will be asking for only a link back to successfully hosted sites. I hope this services will be greatly appreciated by the community. These are some of the major changes that will take place on this sites. Thank you again for your continued readership and support.

Bye and remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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My Top 50 personal development website for July 2014

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

I have a very huge passion for personal development and Self growth so this month I thought to list my fifty personal development sites. The methods used are subjective but they are currently the most reliable and widely acceptable. I used the alexa traffic rank system and the google page rank system. I have arranged the sites according to the alexa ranking. It was actually very difficult for me to come up with the list so I used the following combination of keywords; Motivation, Positive Thinking, Self Help, Self-Improvement, Self-Development, Personal Development, Self-Growth, Personal Growth, Personal Development and success, Personal Growth and Success. I hope you find it useful.

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Conclusion
It is an honor for me to produce such useful information for my readers. If you are like me and enjoy the subject of personal development am sure you have found this list very useful. I will endeavour to produce another such list at the end of the year. I believe that this is one way of giving. I would also appreciate a link back from the webmasters of the above listed sites. I have also been trying to host a monthly carnival but have had challenges receiving submissions ever since blogcarnival.com went down. I will in the near future announce how to submit your carnivals for inclusion in the upcoming ones. Bye for now and remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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5 Tips to increase your sales

One of the best uses of your time is to increase your competence in your key result areas” ~ Brian Tracy. At the very core of every business is a sale. Many of the strategies to increase sales offline are also applicable online, but not all of them are well adapted for online sales. On the Internet, everybody can afford to fail fast and learn from it. Better still, after years of testing and tracking what works online, people can just learn from other people’s experience and cut the learning curve tremendously. The Internet has changed how people do their business. Even small business owners are able to reach global markets inexpensively nowadays, selling anything from apparel, collectibles, to computer software, services and coaching.

The best thing the internet has done is to have your business exposed to millions if not billions of would be customers. If you have an internet business you will agree with me that your website has the potential to reach millions of people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The biggest challenge faced by most of us is getting and letting those would be customers know about your products/services and convert them to customers. It does not matter what sort of business you are promoting the need to have loyal satisfied customers is the key to life time earnings. Imagine how much a loyal and satisfied customer will give you if they keep coming and buying from you? Increasing your sales revenue cannot be done in isolation without promoting your site. In other words the more traffic your site has the more chances of increased sales. In this article I will restrict myself to increasing sales only. I will endeavour to write about how to increase traffic.

Establish a sound product/service
First things first you need to have a product/service that you are selling or marketing. If you are an affiliate program marketer like me you need to find or create a good one. Find something that flows naturally from you. Sell or promote something you enjoy doing. If it is just another affiliate program, then don’t expect to have different results. Focus on building a sound affiliate program, with the tools and materials to support affiliates to promote a program easily. After all, affiliates work like clockwork and should be seen as a team. Provide them with the right promotion tools and they will more likely promote the program. Click here learn about qualities of a good affiliate marketing program.

Give the customers an option to join the affiliate program after purchase. Satisfied customers are one of the best marketing for any business. Spread the good words through word of mouth. Best of all, they are paid just for doing that. Having a good affiliate program is the key to enhancing your sales. There are many people and businesses selling stuff out there. The best affiliate marketers are those who have their customers at heart. Offer such incentives as 30/60/90 days guarantees for an unsatisfied customers and honour your promises. A good affiliate program or product/services will ensure that you build loyal customers who can extend to buying other products that you are promoting.

After sale follow up
The hardest task in any business is acquiring the first sale. Make sure that capturing customers’ name and email addresses are the least information gathered from a sale. You need this information for future interaction with the customer. As a way of keeping in touch with my customers I have created a mailing list and send out a newsletter once every month. This helps me promote other products and services that my affiliate program offers. Most experienced marketers will agree with me that creating a mailing list one sure best way of increasing your sales. The trick however, is not to spam your mailing list. You will also need to respect people’s privacy and learn not to share private information with third parties.

This effort has been proven to decrease refund on products and increase customers’ satisfaction. Every once in a while, mention a related product that might be of interest to the customers. Write a review and provide real results. Such promotion is extremely inexpensive, but very effective in practice. The product can be anything, including an affiliate program. I know that creating a mailing list can be very hard but it is worthwhile when you have a responsive one. There are many ways you can use to create one others prefer the cheap way that is buying one rather than the hard route of creating one from scratch. I have a problem though with going the easy way when it comes to mailing lists. The chances that you will buy a non-responsive list are very high. You may end up having people unsubscribing from your list as they may feel cheated.

Apart from sending newsletters to your mailing list engage them. Especially those that have just bought something from you, find out if they are satisfied with the quality of the product; has the mode of delivery been meet; is it what they expected and many other questions that can help you improve in future. By doing so you are telling your customers that it is not just the money you are interested in but to meet and satisfy their needs. People want to be appreciated when they spend money add some freebies to their purchases. This will surely guarantee you loyal customers which will lead to an increase in your sales.

Up-sell technique
One up-sell technique that I find very effective is just before a customer check out to the payment gateway, I prompt for optional upgrade to the better, bigger, or nicer product for a fairly steep discount, do not over do this though as some people will just want to get on with what they are buying. I recommend just having one optional upgrade and nothing more. It can be very irritating and confusing when you are just about to buy something and you are receiving a lot other offers. If you have more than one optional upgrade offer you have to find a better way of promoting the other offers. Preferably, sometime after the first offer has been purchased. You risk losing your first sale if you have to subject your would be customer to a lot of offers at the same time.

I would like to mention here that we all have different abilities and techniques what may work for me might not necessarily produce the desired results for some. It is there very important that you monitor and possibly document the methods you are imploring so as to make better judgment and concentrate on the methods that produce your desired results. In affiliate marketing patience and perseverance are key to increase your sales. You should learn to treat your online business just the same way as you would treat an offline business. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to think that online businesses are different from offline businesses. For any business to succeed you need to learn the tricks of the trade.

Provide discount coupons
Don’t we all love quality and inexpensive things? Coupons urge customers to come back and shop. Promotional coupons work for both advertising and some forms of joint venture. Customers love to know that they get lower price for what they buy. Coupons make it so real and tangible. This brings me back to the earlier point I made about offering guarantees. If you know you are selling a superior and quality product you will put your head on the chopping board by offering money back guarantees. Believe me I would rather buy from someone who offers to pay me back if I feel their product is of inferior quality or does not do what they claim it should do.

Discount coupons can be provided for bulk buying or whatever, marketing reason you can give. But always remember that discounts should not eat into your profits. Only give discounts where you can afford and give them sensibly. Remember that discounts are a cost to your business that should be handled carefully. People love discounts as this provides some form of servings. Giving discounts can significantly increase your sales as people will be lured by them.

Promote with related products
There is no limit as to how this could be accomplished. Joint venture with other business or even competitors is feasible as long as it brings a win-win situation. One example would be to give away sample of other product or service as part of the whole package. As long as the sample is relevant to the customer, this promotion could only be seen as an added value instead of pure advertising. Packaging your products with many related others gives you the added advantage and spoils the customer for choice. That is why it is very important that you join an affiliate program that has multiple products/services to offer. There is no harm in enticing your customers with different other products to choose from provided they are well documented and explained. You should try to help the customer by mentioning the major differences and advantages where possible.

Always remember that you are there to offer the customer a solution to his needs. Most people will make purchases if they feel that they are being offered a solution ate the right price. Before I forget let me mention here that costing of your products is also another important aspect of your business. Do not over price your products/services. It would be wise to have a little business knowledge before you venture out in to business be it online of offline. Some people think that high prices mean more money and forget that money is made at the rate of turnover. When deciding on a price, take all other aspects in to consideration and come up with a fairly reasonable price.

Conclusion
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” ~ Robert Collier. There are many other tactics to increase your sales but the above tips have been proven to work again and again. Choose one at a time and take action. Success in business is not instant but a gradual process. Affiliate marketing programs can be a source of serious income if managed and nurtured well. I have below some recommended products to get you started. These are products that have been proved by me and are giving me results. Please bear in mind that levels of success depend largely on self-commitment and methods implored. Good luck and remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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Personal success and development carnival – First edition

Welcome to the First edition of Personal success and development carnival. I hope to create this as a source for linking you to some great articles across the blog-sphere. Personal development is essential for us all to help change the world for the better. It is my prayer and hope that you will find these listings helpful, uplifting and motivating. Do not just stop at reading them share them and act on them. Hope to see you soon. If you are interested in having your post included in an upcoming edition of the carnival, please follow this link.

Patricia Pugliese presents Are you a Caregiving Couple? posted at The Caregiving Cornerstone, saying, “As a couple, who may be in the midst of caring for parents or other loved ones, please don’t forget to take care of yourselves. Think of the reasons you want to keep your love alive, the little things you did for each other when you were in Amorata. Loosely, amorata, refers to the birth of romance and love.”

Personal development
Tim presents How to Overcome Email Addiction posted at Fitness for Professionals, saying, “Email addiction is a problem a lot of people struggle with. Use these tips to help you overcome your email addiction.”

Sebastian presents What is Self-Confidence? posted at Seduction Blog, saying, “You need it to put the art of seduction into practice and to become successful with women. This is a fact you just can’t ignore. Fair enough, but how do you get this crucial ability, how do you reach this state? How do you become a self-confident man?”

Erik Matlock presents Missed opportunities posted at Becoming a better man, saying “Start watching for opportunities to be a good man. Listen and hear. Make them know you are all there. Love them”.

Positive thinking and Success
MandyKloppers presents Learned Optimism  posted at Thoughts on Life and Love, saying “Learned optimism is the idea in positive psychology that a penchant for joy and optimism can be cultivated. It is contrasted with learned helplessness. Learning optimism is done by consciously challenging any negative self-talk”.

Jon Rhodes presents How to Beat Your Winter Blues posted at HypnoBusters, saying, “The winter period, particularly after Christmas, can see many people feeling sad and lethargic. Here’s some practical tips to energise and make you feel happy once more.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog articles to the next edition of personal success and development carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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5 Tools for a successful business

We all want to have a successful business do we? But, what tools do you need to have for a successful business? Many of us focus too much on the money part and neglect other important ingredients of a successful business. Yes I know and understand that money is important so are the tools you use to generate it. Any business cannot generate enough revenue without tools. In this article I discuss a list of key ingredients for business to succeed. These I have proven and think they will be helpful to you, especially if you are just starting out.

1)  Time
You must understand that time is money and it is of essence. Time is an important tool in anything we do. In business, your objective is to make money period. How do you make money? You utilize time accordingly. But the question is how productively you convert your time into money. Are you making full use of your time or you just let the time pass by you? Time once lost cannot be recovered.

How much you make depends on how good you are at converting time to money. If you are already productive, then you may want to ask; what are the things you can do to improve further. Remember time is the most valuable asset and once it’s gone, it’s gone. Also time is also the fairest distribution of resources every human being receives. If there is anything God has given us all in equal proportion it is time. Everybody on earth experiences the same hours of day and night. I have never heard of anyone saying that he enjoys more time than 24 hrs per day.

2)  People
The second tool for me is people. To be successful in business, you must have people connections. I mean the right people. People consist of customers, suppliers, partners, staff, and associates. I cannot imagine a business that is successful without people. If there are no people connected to your business I can guarantee you that you are wasting your time.

One thing that you must not leave out is your mentor or coach. Having genuine mentors or coaches is very important and it can make a very big difference in your business. What a mentor does is that they will help you grow through your business. You will gain valuable knowledge if you have a good mentor. You should also have a mentor not just for your business also for your personal growth.

To make sure that you have more profits, you must serve people well. Organize your database of people connections. By simply knowing who does what, who supplies what, who needs what, where to get what make your miles ahead of other people. Even if you are doing affiliate marketing you need to know the needs of your affiliates.

3)  Knowledge and Skills
The third tools you need are a combination of set of knowledge and skills. When I talk about knowledge and skills, I am not referring to academic knowledge that you find in schools or colleges including universities. What’s more important to you is knowledge and skills that can bring you the kind of results you want and usually these are not found in schools.

How many MBA holders that you know of have become business owners and have made tones of money or are running successful businesses? That shows you that getting the right knowledge and skills is important. Don’t blindly go after knowledge that could drown you. Go for knowledge and skills that are universally tested and proven. Get knowledge that is relevant to your business. Study what other related businesses are doing and do it better.

Examples of right knowledge and skills are where to get what from who, money making trends, marketing strategies, art of dealing with people, negotiation skills, selling skills, skills of managing and growing money, investment skills, universal laws of success, and more. Don’t waste time on unnecessary knowledge. There’s only so much that you need to know and learn. Be sharp and focus when you acquire knowledge and skills. Don’t follow what normal people do. Above all put your knowledge and skill set to practice.

4)  Personal Health
You cannot make money when you are in bad health. My number 4 tool is good personal health. In fact, this is the most important tool of all. How can you run a business without a healthy body? In order to maintain an optimum health, you have to provide your body with proper nutrients and sufficient exercise. And also don’t forget about your emotional well being  Don’t let anger and other negative emotions control you.

This is where positive and empowering attitudes come into play. Maintaining your body is just like maintaining your car. If you send your car to a workshop for regular service and pump petrol regularly, why don’t you do the same for your body? It’s something for you to think about. Don’t be stingy over spending money for your own health because physical and mental health can cost you a lot of money in the long run if your body is not taken care of properly.

5)  Resources
Let’s face it. It takes money to make money even you need a little. But you might not need a lot of money to start a business because there are many ways to start one with low capital especially affiliate marketing programs.

I meet a lot of people who want to be rich but are not willing to invest the money. You must invest in something in order for you to get something. The law of sowing and reaping is at work. Don’t expect something without investing anything. Money is one of the investments you need to make.

Even though you don’t need to have a capital for your business, but at least you must be able to cover your expenses while building your business. You also need resources to buy products to stock up and other stuff. So, you must at least come up with whatever amount that you have to start a business.

Conclusion
These are the five basic tools of business success. I call them tools because you need to use them in order for your business to succeed. Do your best to acquire or grow or invest in these personal tools. These tools have worked for me even in the area of personal development. But the good thing is you don’t need to have a perfect combination of tools to get started. You can still perfect the tools along the way. Somehow, get it started with what you’ve got. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted

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Communication is key to success

In any relationship be it business or intimate communication is very cardinal to making the relationship a success. You will agree with me that many relationships especially intimate ones break up mostly due to a luck of communication. I am not sure of the statistics but I am very certain that most relationships lack proper and good communication. Many a times our messages are misinterpreted or misunderstood. I have been in situations where I had to apologise because my message was miss understood either because of the words I used or maybe the tone of my voice.

I must admit that I do admire people who do know how to put across what they want. In my years of trying to improve my life I have learned to use simple and straight forward words when communicating and especially when it comes to giving instructions. If you are an ardent follower or regular reader of this blog you will agree with me that you there are no jaw breaking words. I try as much as possible to use everyday words that are straight forward. I also want to believe that most of these world conflicts are due to a lack of proper communication. In a work or business environment it is very important to have a precise and clear cut communication strategy to avoid conflicts.

If you are in leadership the following tips may help you pass on what ever it is you want achieved.

  • Desired outcome

As a leader you need to decide what the desired outcome should be. Have a vision and ensure that you put yourself in the shoes of your subordinates when giving instructions. You may need to repeat and structure your words in simple everyday language for all your subordinates to understand.

Sometimes it helps to explain what your vision is to a smaller group or better still on individual basis to your desired target group. Some people may not be free to ask as many questions as needed when in a large group. If you are to succeed at anything your desired outcome should be understood and taken seriously.

  • Goals and expectations

When setting the stage for discussing what is currently happening it is always a good idea to start the conversation with your goals and expectations. It is very important that each and very member of your group know what is expected of them and the overall goals to be achieved by them. Again I would emphasis on a one to one briefing as this tends to bring out even the most pertinent issues.

I have learned that one to one discussions  are more fruitful than group ones. Most of us are not very comfortable with large group discussions. There is a tendency of feeling intimidated there by inhibiting good communication. As a leader you should also take time to know the strengths and weaknesses of your group at an individual level

  • Current happenings

The next important tip is to explain what is and is not currently happening. This will help send a message to the group about what you think is currently obtaining on the ground. If your communication levels are at the right pace your group will let you know exactly what is on the ground if they feel you are misinformed.

You as the leader should spell out in detail what you think is happening and not happening. Remember the backstops at you. Your  responsibility is to provide guidance  and this can only be achieved by proper and good communication.

  • The input

The next and final tip is what I call the input. You can have all the brilliant ideas in the world but without the final act of implementation nothing can be achieved. After all the hard work and brain storming. A proper, concise and clear communication strategy has to be implored.

As a leader it is very important that you devise a simple and clear communication strategy outlining what input is expected from each and every member of your team.  This way all the members will have a clear understanding and deliver accordingly.

Conclusion

Communication is perhaps the key to success. There are many more tips and methods that can be used for effective communication than the above. The ones mentioned here are ones that I frequently use and have been of help to me this far. I always encourage my readers to research more and to always “standout tall and be counted“.

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Six reasons why you should start an internet business

As you read these words, there are millions of people making a living out of the internet. Some of them part time and still many of them on a full time basis. Whoever is earning an income on the internet sets out their own working hours. I have an internet business that I have been running for over 1 year on a part time basis and the results are fairly good.

Here are six reasons why I think you have an internet business.

It is relatively cheap

Un like business in the real world start up costs on the internet are very low. I joined my SFI affiliate marketing program for free and spent less than us$35 to get started. This included web hosting fees and domain registration. Believe me I could not have managed to do any meaningful business with the same kind of money.

The monthly expenses are also very minimal. I currently spend about US$30 per month as running costs. This amount also includes monthly hosting fees. Compare this to a real world business say a marketing business.

You set your own working hours

The beauty with an internet business is the flexibility it offers. With the internet business you do not have to wake up early in the morning to prepare and get to work at 8am or 9am if you are full time. I set my working time for my internet business in the evening. I intend to quit my regular job when my earnings from the internet business can fully sustain my living at the moment I work on a part time basis.

I cannot imagine and wait to start running my internet business on a full time scale. I currently run my business from home and during lunch time when am free.

You work from home

Running an internet business gives you the luxury of working from the comfort of your living room. Imagine how much time you can save by avoiding being in traffic for say two hours a day to get to and from your office for 30 days. That’s an incredible 60hrs saved and can be used to improve your internet business wow.

I know that there are pro and cons for working from home but I think the pros outweigh the cons. Working from home is far cheaper and saves time. Remember where you put your computer is where your office is.

The world is your market

There is no any other business that offers you the world for your market. With internet business you have the world as your market. By sitting in from of your computer you have the world market within three feet 24/7. You leverage on your free or low cost software and hardware and internet infrastructure, all of which when combined will give you leveraging power that far exceeds any conventional business, allowing you to achieve more and more with less and less work.

Let’s face it the only major work you do is at the beginning of your business or during the setup process. Once you are done with the initial setup the rest is more or less easy and can be automated.

Spend more time with family

If you are a parent you will agree with me that you spend less time with your siblings and spouse because of your work. Owning an internet business gives you the privilege to spend more time with your family and watch them grow. I have known that the most regret people have is spending less time with the people the love most.

You can have more than one business

Since the cost of setting up and running an internet business are so low and most operations can be automated, it gives you the advantage of owning more than one business. The more time you have at your disposal the more you can spend it on setting and running another enterprise. This will mean off course added income. There is so much wealth to be accumulated in this world that no one should be poor.

I currently run more than one online business. Like I said before my intention is to increase my revenue base and ensure that the online businesses can fully support my day to day needs. I foresee, myself quitting my regular job in the nearest future.

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Conclusion

I thank God for the internet. It has really changed the way things are done and if fully utilized, can benefit and can lift you to greater heights. For more on what products or businesses I run check out my recommended products for more information. You can also check my product reviews for even more insight. Like wise always remember to “standout tall and be counted”.

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