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100 Easy Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly

1. Mobile Phone Accessories – we carry them with us every day. What better way to consistently remind yourself of your commitment to the environment than by outfitting your phone with a fully compostable case. Because they won’t just sit in a landfill for decades after you’ve upgraded your phone model, a Pela case will protect your phone and the environment too!

 

2. Write down what is inside of your fridge before you go grocery shopping! Plan meals around the food that needs to be eaten first.

 

3. E-books and Audio Books! Reduce paper, shipping and water waste by using E-books and Audio books. You can rent new and favourite books for free on apps such as Libby or support the author by buying the downloadable copy.

 

4. Say no to plastic straws. Instead, opt for a reusable glass or metal straw that you can use over and over again! You can even try using a collapsible straw for when you’re on the go.

 

5. Opt for looseleaf tea (tea bags are made with plastic!)

 

Some of these tips you might have already mastered, but hopefully you’ll pick up a few new ones along the way too.

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How to develop a winning mindset

Imagine that you are at the starting line on an Olympic track, the culmination of many years’ hard work and sacrifice, preparing for the biggest race of your life in a stadium filled with 80,000 spectators, floodlights blazing, television cameras trained on you, and the expectations of an entire nation on your shoulders. How would you perform under that kind of pressure?

A winning mindset can make the difference between achieving our goals or falling short and is as important for professionals striving to achieve their career objectives as it is for elite athletes, said Sally Gunnell.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Gunnell was able to not only maintain her focus on the 400-metre hurdles race in front of her, but also win gold for Great Britain. At the same games, she captained the 4×400-metre relay team to a bronze medal. She remains the only woman to hold the Olympic, World, European, and Commonwealth track titles concurrently.

Gunnell is a believer in the power of the mind, and she said that the majority of us don’t tap in to it enough. At the more difficult times in her racing career, when nursing an injury for example, she credited that power with getting her around the track.

Cultivating a winning mindset involves goal setting, planning, and visualisation. The groundwork that Gunnell had put in place over the months leading up to a competition enabled her to block out doubts that can bubble up under intense pressure. Instead, she was able to focus on positive thoughts, such as being in the best shape of her life or simply striving to do her best, or reminding herself that this was not a matter of life or death.

Preparing for any high-pressure scenario involves visualising what it would be like and how it would feel. It also involves taking into account any problems that might come up, thinking about how you would overcome that problem, and visualising your success in spite of that obstacle. On the track, that might involve planning for bad weather, a poor start, or a late arrival.

“That’s the only way you’re going to be able to get through those difficult situations on the start line,” Gunnell said. Lack of mental preparation is often a problem for athletes who fail to live up to their potential.

Goal setting. Goal setting is key to drive and focus, Gunnell said, so a clear picture of your objective is essential. “Spend time visualising what it is you are trying to achieve and how you are going to achieve it, rather than just expecting things to happen, and put timescales around it,” she said.

Gunnell advised starting with the bigger picture and working backwards from there. “Fix the end goal and think big, out of the box, and then move back down to ‘How am I going to get there?’, ‘What have I got to put in place?’ ” she explained.

Challenge yourself. Many professionals hold themselves back and don’t move on to the next stage of their career or take their business to the next level because they don’t actually believe in themselves, Gunnell said. If we are not challenged, we don’t grow and can become complacent in what we are doing.

In Gunnell’s case, that challenge involved changing events, even after winning gold in the 1986 Commonwealth Games. “I look back, and I so easily could have stayed doing 100-metre hurdles because I was best in the country and in the Commonwealth. Why wouldn’t you just settle for that?”

However, realising she lacked the speed to be world class at that distance, in 1987 Gunnell set her sights on the 400-metre, where her stamina would give her the edge. It proved to be a winning decision.

Learn from setbacks. Seeing setbacks as an opportunity to learn and grow is an essential part of a winning mindset.

Dwelling on past disappointments stops you from moving on. “There are always things that go wrong, but what I’ve learnt from my running is that’s all part and parcel of what helps you get there in the end—it makes you love what you do and get a better understanding of what you do.”

“When you have disappointments or setbacks, try to find a positive out of every situation,” she advised. Ask: What am I going to learn to stop this from happening again? How can I improve on this the next time around? Identify what was missing and what you need to put that in place. “Once you have found that positive, it’s easier to move forward.”

Wellbeing and performance. Just as nutrition and hydration are essential to an athlete’s achievements, wellbeing is key to performance and success in business. Since her retirement from athletics, Gunnell has been working with companies to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace and encourages participants to consider these factors on a day-to-day basis. Eating the right foods at the right time of day provides a steady supply of energy for concentration and focus, can prevent an afternoon dip, or help you get over jetlag. Hydration is another critical factor in our ability to concentrate. Recognising sources and levels of stress and thinking about the way you relax also has an effect on performance.

Ask for help. Gunnell urges all professionals to seek a mentor, which she sees as an essential development tool. “We often think we should know it all,” she said. “But don’t be afraid to ask for help. You’ve got to realise you’re better off having people to give advice, and then be open to looking at that advice and learning from it.”

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Developing a Conscience: Knowing the Difference Between Right and Wrong

“Moral development is the process through which children develop proper attitudes and behaviors toward other people in society, based on social and cultural norms, rules, and laws,” according to the Encyclopedia of Children’s Health.

I was raised by parents with strong moral values who were neither rigid, nor laissez faire. They seemed to walk the talk and be in integrity. One way to consider it, is that they most often said what they meant and meant what they said. They set a solid standard for healthy relationships since they put love above all else. What remains with me to this day are the verbal and non-verbal messages about:

  • Cleaning up after myself — physically and emotionally, (littering was a big no-no).
  • Being kind. My mom would echo the words of Thumper’s mother, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” I must admit that it didn’t always serve me, since it became the soil from which some of my codependent attitudes blossomed. These days, I adapt it so that I run what I am about to say through the three gates: Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?
  • Thinking through to outcome. Is what I’m doing going to benefit others as well as myself? My parents were avid volunteers and I became one as well. My son has also done his share of service.
  • Talking to strangers. I inherited the gift of gab from my father who could strike up a conversation with nearly anyone about almost any topic. He was not a highly educated man but had extreme emotional intelligence. Throughout my son’s childhood, he would ask why I was saying hello to people in supermarkets. I reminded him that everyone we now know, and love were once strangers.
  • Being responsible. They taught us to do our chores because it is what made life at home easier for everyone. If we whined and complained about cleaning, she would remind us with the words, “It’s the maid’s day off.” She and my father modeled that for us by doing their household chores in addition to working out in the world.
  • Don’t take what isn’t yours. My parents were clear that stealing was wrong, no ifs, ands or buts. We knew to ask before we reached for anything in a store or in people’s homes.
  • Non-violence. No one laid a hand on each other in anger in my home. We came to understand that people are not to be hit or intentionally hurt.
  • Charity. In our home, we had a little box where we put coins to donate to various organizations.
  • Respecting our elders. The corollary was that they respected us as well. We did not grow up in a ‘children should be seen and not heard,’ culture.

When my mother was on hospice back in 2010, we had a conversation that clarified an attitude that I had carried throughout my life. I told her that I recalled them reminding me not to do anything they would be ashamed of. She smiled and shook her head as she said, “We told you not to do anything YOU would be ashamed of.” All along, I had made their opinions the barometer by which I judged my own morality, rather than my own. As an adult in recovery from codependence, I have learned to source my values-based actions from the inside.

These pro-social attitudes are at the core of conscience. When people see each other as being like them, they are far less likely to exhibit harmful behaviors. Conversely, when they view others as alien and foreign, the increase in assaultive words and actions rise proportionally. There are various developmental theories that go into the tool kit that parents and educators utilize to help mold caring and ethically intact people, including those of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget and American psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg.

The word “conscience” harkens from the Latin word “conscientia,” a direct translation of the Greek “syneidesis.” It is defined as:

  • the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good.
  • a faculty, power, or principle enjoining good acts the part of the superego in psychoanalysis that transmits commands and admonitions to the ego.

Sigmund Freud theorized that within each human being are three psychological constructs known as the id, ego and superego.

  • The id is part of the survival mechanism of the new born. Its needs get met by crying for the physical comfort of food, dry diapers, temperature modulation and comfort via touch. There are those adults I have encountered over the years, I would refer to as ‘all id,’ who want what they want when they want it, regardless of the impact on themselves or others. The infant has no capacity to comprehend that dynamic as an evolved adult would.
  • The superego is the part of a developing human that expresses understanding of morality; discernment of right and wrong.
  • The ego (which gets a bad rap) is there to moderate between the aforementioned functions. With the inclination to either be completely hedonistic or rigidly oriented, the ego has a necessary job to do to help create a healthy human being.
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The formula for winning at life is actually incredibly simple

Welcome, Player One, to a strategy guide for the game known as life.

As you’ve undoubtedly discovered, the game of life is often quite difficult. You will face unexpected challenges and long periods of frustration. You will often struggle with self-doubt, feel overwhelmed by helplessness and loss, and sometimes take a shit when you’re out of toilet paper.

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Fluffy Homemade Pancakes

A stack of pancakes with a wedge taken out, topped with berries.

Wondering how to make pancakes from scratch? This easy Homemade Pancakes Recipe makes fluffy old-fashioned pancakes! Get ready to dig into a stack of the best pancakes you’ve ever had with this simple recipe.

When you have a little time on a weekend morning for a fun breakfast, pancakes are perfect! They are easy to throw together and are made with ingredients you typically already have. Plus, they are easy to change up with different mix-ins and toppings. Pancakes are a simple, versatile breakfast sure to satisfy all!

And to make things even better, this recipe yields the most fluffy pancakes! No thin, tough pancakes here.

I’ve actually been giving these to the twins a fair amount lately. Their swimming lessons are early in the morning and they’re only allowed to eat carbs before the lesson, so pancakes have been a hit. They are loving these and I love how easy they are to make.

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Powerful Tips To Win At Life

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One thing that we all want is to win at life and to become successful. Billions of humans all over the globe want victory in all they do. But the very interesting and amazing thing with life is that not everyone becomes a winner at the end of it all.

There are others that have to cope with losses upon losses. But the smart ones are able to also become winners by studying other winners and replicating their strategies so they too can become winners in their different capacities in life. We are all human beings and sometimes we make poor choices. We need to learn from these mistakes and know that setbacks are a part of life, most of the time they are temporary and we need to deal with them in a positive way.

What Does It Take to Win at Life?

The following sections of this article will shed more light on this very important question.

To become a winner, it is not an easy task, but it is by no means impossible. The first thing you need to do is start developing a clear vision of what you want to accomplish and forming a winning habit of expecting to win. Winners expect to win in advance and winning can become a habit. Winners set a target and execute towards reaching that target.

For example, if you want to save a certain amount at a specific period, you should stay focused on your goal and compete with yourself. Commit and be accountable by practicing self-discipline and doing whatever it takes to reach your goal.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential. These are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. – Confucius

Please pay attention to some of the features that I will discuss in the sections outlined below.

5 Powerful Tips to Win at Life:

Resilience

To be resilient is to remain unshaken even in the face of the most difficult challenges and obstacles in life.

All winners are very resilient spirits.

There are various reasons why one has to be resilient if one is to become a winner and the most prominent of these reasons is that on your path to victory, there will be many setbacks. These setbacks will come in the form of mistakes, flaws, obstacles, struggles, and all sorts of problems.

If one is not resilient, it will be very easy to just give up even at the slightest challenge. Resilience gives inherent strength to you as you combat all the numerous challenges of life and also assists you as you navigate the maze associated with success.

The first step towards winning at life is to have a resilient mind and spirit.


Focus

Apart from being resilient, as stated above, the next thing one must possess is the power of focus.

Without focus, one can never become a winner.

The same way that the concentrated rays of the sunlight can set fire on paper in seconds is the same way a man or woman with focus will be able to achieve the success that will appear instantaneous to others. But many will not even know that it was because of the great level of focus that produced the very spectacular results. So, to be a winner, you cannot afford to be distracted by everything and anything.

Nothing good comes easy, so you really must be focused in all you do. With focus, you can achieve practically anything you set your mind at but you must also know that this is not just about focus but sustained and consistent focus.

It makes no sense to be focused for one day and then distracted for another. Winners do not work like that; they have trained themselves to become so sophisticated that they maintain their focus from the very beginning to the end of whatever projects they are working on.


Determination

This is related to the resilience that was discussed earlier. A determined mind is a mind that is prepared to face anything that life throws at him or her. By being determined, you are able to have a very sharp goal and provide you with a very beneficial purpose. If you are determined, you are able to develop a much stronger psychological stamina and this is very much needed especially when the challenges start rolling in.

Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep. – Denis Waitley

There is no winner anywhere on the planet who has not been a determined fighter or struggler, so this is a trait that you must have if you want to be a winner in all you do. Winners are determined to live the best life possible for them.

Resourcefulness

To win at life, one must be resourceful. To be resourceful means to be creative, intelligent, and possess the ability to work out solutions even in the most difficult circumstances.

Once you are able to master this feature, you will be better equipped mentally to confront all kinds of challenges.

Being a winner actually is more of being able to confront challenges and face obstacles and emerge triumphant and victorious at the end of it all.

You have to be resourceful in a way that you think for yourself and even if you are left alone in the middle of a desert, you are able to think your way out of such problems.

Winners are thinkers and creative geniuses so if you are to become one of them, then you have to have the same mental profile with them. One of the best ways to do this is to become resourceful. You can start this by practicing how to create solutions at all times to all challenges that come your way – remember that practice makes perfect.


Take Responsibility

Taking responsibility for your actions could be as simple as not blaming others and making excuses for your mishaps. Know what you really want in life, take action, and learn from your mistakes. Winners treat mistakes as nothing but temporary setbacks and they know that all they have to do is change their perspective. They simply learn from them and move forward towards accomplishing their goals.

In all aspects of your life, whether in your relationships, finances, and business decisions, taking responsibility and ownership for your actions, builds your confidence, respect, and trust from people around you.

Failing to accept responsibility, has its own consequences. It will slowly bother you emotionally, with feelings of guilt and worry. Accepting responsibility is a positive thing to do and will eventually help you become the person you always aspire to become.

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14 Steps to Develop a Winning Attitude

Attitude. It’s a common word. I love its mystique. It should be an all-the-time thing, but people who think they have a good one often slip at the first hint of trouble. The others, who maintain a good one with regularity, are likely getting help from attitude’s brethren of the faith variety. All will always turn out well.

Attitude is also similar in nature to self-esteem. Someone can’t give it to you. You have to build it on your own. It’s lonely and self-taught.

How can you teach yourself to develop a winning attitude?

How you think and what you think about…

Focus on your passions. Give yourself a leg up by focusing on the things you love. It’s much easier to develop a great attitude when you’re doing something you love. Not sure what you’re passionate about? Check out How to Determine Your Purpose in Life in Fewer Than 600 Words.

Think positively. This might be easier for me to type than for you to do. Start small. Repeat. Think back on your life. Have you, for the most part, been successful? If so, why would you allow the thought of some fictitious improbable future prevent you from thinking positively at this moment? It’s actually more likely that all will turn out well. Try it. It works.

Slow down the speed of your emotions. When you catch yourself thinking negatively, take a deep breath. You need to practice becoming mindful of your racing thoughts because your automatic thinking and behaviors have unfortunately become automatic.

The environment you build for yourself…

Set goals high and monitor progress instead of specific results. Being realistic never changed anything. Being “unrealistic” does. Set goals for yourself that are higher than you can imagine. This might sound contrary to breeding positivity and it will be if all you focus on are the outcomes of your attempts. Enjoy the journey along the way and pay attention to what you’re accomplishing as opposed to the target goal you set for yourself. It’s the one time I suggest you look back in proportion to looking forward. Get into process and out of outcome. Read Out of Reach But in Sight: Using Goals to Achieve Your Impossible.

Make sure you can commit. Setting high goals is ridiculous if you can’t commit to working toward and achieving them. This exercise also involves determining the things in your life you will need to sacrifice to achieve what you want.

Behavior plays a key part…

Don’t ever give up—being true to yourself. Let’s get something straight. Winners quit. They quit the right things at the right times. They also choose the right things to start and focus only on those things. That’s why you wouldn’t consider thinking of them as quitters. If you’ve entangled yourself in something that isn’t your passion, be true to yourself and find something else that is. It’s your life. You’re only lying to yourself if you continue doing something you don’t want to.

Make no excuses. You are a victim of your own vibration. You are accountable for everything you do and everything that happens to you. Accept it. Own it. If you ignored the other thirteen items in this post, this one alone will carry you to the right place.

Relationships make the world go ‘round…

Surround yourself with the right people. You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Do the math. Relationships are meant to empower you and should never victimize you. If any relationship isn’t helping you become who you want to be, walk away. Speaking of…

Avoid the wrong people. I call this addition by subtraction. It’s different than surrounding yourself with the right people and a little more painful.

A healthy mindset gives you stylish rose-colored glasses…

Be grateful. It’s impossible to have a bad attitude when you have gratitude. Be grateful for everything you have because there are people who will never have what you have today.

Believe. Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right. Whether you think you will or won’t, you’re right. I’ve never met a person I didn’t believe in and I know more people than anyone I know. If I believe in you, you should too.

Have faith. Pair faith with belief and all will turn out well. I pinky swear.

Plan, do, learn, fix, and repeat…

Prepare for the best, worst, and everything in between. You’ll sleep better at night knowing you have all contingencies covered.

Learn. Your life will never get easier, but I assure you, you will get wiser. You might as well enjoy the getting wiser part.

As always, I’d love to hear from you: What are your techniques to building a winning attitude?

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How Jackie Chan Really Met Bruce Lee: True Story Explained

It was during the filming of Enter the Dragon that Bruce Lee had an interesting meeting with Jackie Chan, who had yet to become a star but had worked as a stuntman on Bruce Lee’s second movie, Fist of Fury. Jackie Chan was one of several nameless opponents that Bruce Lee’s character had to fight at once in a particular scene. Jackie Chan, who recounted this experience in a video, says that when he attacked Bruce Lee, Lee hit him across the face with one of his sticks [via YouTube]. The blow was an accident, but Lee continued with the scene until it was over. As soon as there was a break, Lee rushed over to Chan and apologized.

As Chan tells in the story, he pretended that he was hurt more than he actually was, simply because he enjoyed the attention he was receiving from Lee, whom he idolized. After this encounter, Lee remembered Chan’s name whenever he would see him on set and would even talk with him on occasion. This incident also led to Lee selecting him for even more stunt work in Enter the Dragon.

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