Can You Make Money with an Ad Blocker?

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I have a love/hate relationship with advertising on the Internet. On the one hand, it is thanks to the very existence of online advertising that I was able to pursue my career as a freelance writer and Internet entrepreneur. If there were no ads on the Internet, I would not be able to do what I do. On the other hand, truth be told, ads can be annoying. Banner ads, pop-ups, flyovers and interstitials can get in the way of perfectly good content.

It shouldn’t surprise too many people, then, that ad blockers are steadily increasing in popularity. People want a clean Internet experience that’s free of intrusive advertising and you can’t really blame them. From the perspective of a content creator, professional blogger or site owner, though, this represents a direct loss in revenue. There has to be a better way.

And apparently, there might be. Adblock Plus is easily one of the best-known ad blockers on the Internet and it has partnered up with a company called Flattr to develop a new platform called Flattr Plus.

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The basic premise is that Adblock Plus users can continue to have ads blocked on the Internet, but they are provided a channel through which they can directly support the content creators and websites they enjoy. The idea is that these website owners get a “new” revenue stream to help replace the lost income from the blocked ads, while the site visitors still get the ad-free experience they desire.

This is both similar and different from platforms like Patreon that are used to support YouTube channels and podcasts. The similarity is that the end consumer is helping to fund the content creation more directly. The difference is that the end user doesn’t need to send money directly to each individual site.

Instead, the Flattr Plus add-on will monitor the sites where the user is “engaging” the most and distribute the funds accordingly. Let’s say that the user says he wants to donate $10 a month to his favorite websites. If he spends 30% of his time on site A, then the owner of site A will get $3 every month.

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Well, that’s only partly true. The first stipulation is that Flattr and Adblock Plus will take a total of 10% off the top, so the $10 monthly donation becomes a $9 net donation to the site owners. Second, the site owners do need to register with Flattr Plus in order to gain that revenue. If you’re not there, then the money will just get distributed to publishers who are on the platform.

It could be a good idea in theory and the whole system should be completely up and running by the end of 2016. They say that this could represent the future of monetization on the Internet, building on the growing success of crowdfunding platforms like Patreon and Kickstarter. It’s based on the principle that people are willing to pay for the content they enjoy.

Except, as we all know all too well, that’s not always the case. People like YouTube because it’s free. People like Facebook because it’s free. People read blogs because they’re free. There is certainly a passionate subset that’s willing to open their collective wallets, but they are the exception rather than the rule. Users may not be all that open to allowing Adblock Plus to monitor their browsing habits either. It’s a privacy concern.

From a publisher’s point of view, you really don’t have much to lose. If someone was already using an ad blocker, the advertising on your website is already blocked and you weren’t going to get that ad revenue anyway. Of course, you can continue to monetize in other ways, like sponsored content or affiliate links, but Flattr Plus could be a viable addition to the mix.

What do you think? Will you be signing up or is this another slap in the face of publishers and content creators?

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5 Simple Ways You Can Boost Your Happiness, Health and Success Through Gratitude

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In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the noise around you. When it seems like your to-do list keeps getting longer and longer and you can’t find the time to do the things you love, it is easy to get trapped into thinking that your life sucks. Sometimes, all it needs is one small argument with a friend or a little challenge at work, and we start pitying ourselves for how bad life is.

But the truth is, life is exactly what you make of it. The questions you ask yourself throughout the day and the things you focus on will make or break your life. When you ask yourself why your life is crappy and you can´t seem to do anything right, that´s exactly what your brain will show you: A life that sucks!

But the opposite holds true as well: Ask yourself what’s great about your life, and suddenly you will feel completely different emotions. One of these emotions is gratitude, and it has been shown by research to be one of the most effective ways to boost emotional well-being, health, happiness, self-esteem, and even success at work!

In addition, people that practice gratitude on a consistent basis tend to live several years longer, exercise more, improves your marriage, and makes you feel better about yourself and life.

Here are 5 simple ways to feel more gratitude in your life every day:

1. Journaling

One of the most commonly practiced methods, journaling allows us to focus our minds on all the great things in our life by putting it on paper. You can either do this in the morning by counting everything that you are grateful to be and have in your life, such as your family and friends, health, a job, anything that you are happy about.

You can also use it in the evening to recount your day and look back at specific conversations or events that you are grateful for. The great thing about journaling is, you can always go back and see how many great things have happened in your life in the past.

Whenever we get overwhelmed, it is easy to think that all of the sudden, our lives suck and we will never be happy again. But if you have a gratitude journal, you can go back and read about all the great things in your life. Just by doing that, you will be able to get in a more resourceful state.

“May I suggest that you write, that you keep journals, that you express your thoughts on paper…You will bless the lives of many—your families and others—now and in the years to come.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

2. Count all your blessings

Writing down everything you are grateful for is great, but it doesn’t even need to be that fancy. Oftentimes, I prefer to simply think of as many things as possible that I love about my life right after waking up. Whether you do that in the form of meditation, prayer, or simply counting your blessings doesn’t matter. What is important is that you start your day focusing on all the good things in your life.

3. What do you get to do?

When waking up, most people focus on what they have to do. When your to-do list is growing larger every day and you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, it is easy to feel like a hamster in a wheel, constantly hustling but getting nowhere.

In those moments, ask yourself: “What do I get to do today?What can I do today that was once just a dream, and how lucky am I to live with the people I love? Whatever you are doing today, chances are, at some point in the past, it was just a goal. Before you had that job or married your spouse, you would have given everything to be in the position you are in right now. Remind yourself of that each day!

4. Spread appreciation

The great thing about gratitude is, it’s contagious. Once you start spreading good vibes, everyone else will join you. When you share with other people what you are grateful for, not only will it make you happier, but also them.

One of the most powerful ways to spread gratitude is by telling the people closest to you how much you love them. When was the last time you actually took time to tell your spouse or your kids how much you appreciate them? If it has been a while, maybe it’s time to spread some gratitude. Tell them how much they mean to you and how happy you are to have them in your life. I bet you won’t regret it!

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” – Gerald Good

5. The gratitude challenge

This challenge is a fun way to hold yourself accountable for creating more gratitude in your life. Find a partner and every morning, share three things that you are grateful for in your life. The challenge is, every day, you have to find three new things, whether big or small. This can range from a beautiful sunset over a great conversation you had to simply being alive.

How has showing more gratitude changed your life? Please leave your thoughts below!


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50 Inspirational Myles Munroe Quotes to Fire You Up

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Myles Munroe was a Bahamian Christian evangelist, ordained a Pentecostal minister, public speaker, and author who was the founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International.

Born April 20, 1954 and dying in November of 2014 at age 60 from a private plane crash with 8 others as well as his wife on the way to a leadership conference.

Munroe became a Christian at the age of 14. Graduating from Oral Roberts University receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Education and Theology back in 1978. And receiving a Masters in Administration at University of Tulsa in 1980. He also received honorary doctoral degrees at various higher educational schools, and served as a complementary professor of the Graduate School of Theology at ORU.

Myles Munroe was a highly inspirational speaker and was loved all over the world for his positive attitude toward and service and success, and because of this his name and motivational quotes will live on.

Inspirational Myles Munroe Quotes

1. “Your job is your skill that they can fire you from at any time. But your work is your gift. No one can take that from you. – Myles Munroe

2. “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” – Myles Munroe

3. “When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable.” – Myles Munroe

4. “Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.” – Myles Munroe

5. “Healthy relationships should always begin at the spiritual and intellectual levels: the levels
of purpose, motivation, interests, dreams,and personality.” – Myles Munroe

6. “Your purpose can be fulfilled only during the time you are given on earth to accomplish it.” – Myles Munroe

7. “Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to
hide behind deceptive words and actions.” – Myles Munroe

8. “You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent,
untapped resources locked away within you.” – Myles Munroe

9. “Being open to correction means making ourselves vulnerable, and many people are not willing to do that.” – Myles Munroe

10. “Friendship is not a gift, but is the result of hard work.” – Myles Munroe

11. “Leaders don’t seek followers. Followers are attracted to leaders.” – Myles Munroe

12. “A woman may be beautiful but have poor character. A man may be a business genius, making money left and right, but lack common courtesy, sensitivity, and compassion.” – Myles Munro

13. “…success is not a comparison of what we have done with what others have done.” – Myles Munroe

14. “We are a sum total of what we have learned from all who have taught us, both great and small.” – Myles Munroe

15. “Don’t ever make the mistake of telling God that you have nothing to offer. That simply is not true. God does not create any junk.” – Myles Munroe

16. “A person’s readiness to date is largely a matter of maturity and environment.” – Myles Munroe

17. “Desire is craving enough to sacrifice for” – Myles Munroe

18. “The picture that we have of ourselves — our self-concept — will always determine how we respond to life.” – Myles Munroe

19. “Your Job is where you get compensation for your activity. Your work is where you get fulfillment, because you love it so much.” – Myles Munroe

20. “Communication is the ability to ensure that people understand not only what you say but also what you mean. – Myles Munroe

21. “It is also the ability to listen to and understand others. Developing both of these aspects of communication takes a lot of time, patience, and hard work.” – Myles Munroe

22. “God never demands anything that He does not provide for. Whatever God commands us to do,
He equips us to do.” – Myles Munroe

23. “The best thing in life to do is not to regret and try to change what happened, but to interpret it properly, maxmize and use it to serve other people. That’s what I want to do with my past.” – Myles Munroe

24. “Submission is the willingness to give up our right to ourselves, to freely surrender our insistence on having our own way all the time.” – Myles Munroe

25. “The greatest act of leadership is mentoring. No matter how much you may learn, achieve, accumulate, or accomplish, if it all dies with you, then you are a generational failure.” – Myles Munroe

 

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26. “Humility is simply believing and accepting what God says about us, and God says that we are anything but worthless.” – Myles Munroe

27. “The past is the past. Who or what we used to be doesn’t matter anymore. What matters is who and what we are now and who and what we can become in the future.” – Myles Munroe

28. “Don’t judge your success by the masses, and what they think of you. Judge yourself by what God told you to do.” – Myles Munroe

29. “Life outside your ideal environment will destroy your potential because a wrong environment
always means death.” – Myles Munroe

30. “We should always keep our behaviour or performance separate from our sense of self-worth.” – Myles Munroe

31. “when we share our sorrow, our sorrow is halved, and when we share our joy, our joy is doubled.” – Myles Munroe

32. “Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” In other words, if we do not control our own lives from the inside, somebody else will control them from the outside.” – Myles Munroe

33. “No matter what type of leader you are or how widespread your influence, you face personal temptations, challenges, and stresses. And only a foundation of character will sustain you and your leadership.” – Myles Munroe

34. “We are not to be so concerned about who approves or disapproves of us, but remember that God’s approval is what counts. Those whom God approves are approved indeed.” – Myles Munroe

35. “when experience is your best teacher, then progress is imprisoned” – Myles Munroe

36. “Poor people talk about money all the time, rich people talk about things, wealthy people talk about ideas.” – Myles Munroe

37. “Instead of waiting for someone to give you a job, create your own work.” – Myles Munroe

38. “Change is inevitable. Change is also the principle of life. – Myles Munroe

39. “Ecclesiastes 3:1-2: ‘To everything there is a season, …A time for every purpose under heaven.’…If you’re having a bad time right now, it cannot last. If you cannot find a job right now – That is only a season. If your business is going in the wrong direction – it’s a seasonal slide.” – Myles Munroe

40. “Never make a permanent decision in a temporary problem.” – Myles Munroe

41. “We should not persue money. We should persue vision, we should persue purpose; for ourselves, for our country, and for our communities.” – Myles Munroe

42. “Leaders are persuing a passion toward a purpose that gives them a sense of destiny.” – Myles Munroe

43. “consult your experience, but never let it rule you.” – Myles Munroe

44. “When facing severe challenges, your mind is normally at its sharpest.” – Myles Munroe

45. “We shouldn’t persue things, we should persue ideas.” – Myles Munroe

46. “You job is what they trained you to do, your work is what you were born to do.” – Myles Munroe

47. “If you become valuable to the world, the world will pay you to be yourself.” – Myles Munroe

48. “(The story of David and Goliath) The giant is trained – experienced with a sword – so he expected an experienced swordsman to come and fight him. But here comes a little boy, with equipment he’s never seen before (A sling and rock). We need people like that in the 21st century.” – Myles Munroe

49. “The greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats the little man. Compassion for the weak is a sign of greatness.” – Myles Munroe

50. When you believe in your dream and your vision, then it begins to attract its own resources. No one was born to be a failure.” – Myles Munroe

 

Here’s an inspirational speech from Myles Munroe

What was your favorite Myles Munroe quote? Leave your quote in the comments section below to share the inspiration.


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A System for Easily Publishing Consistently Great Content – A Pamela Wilson Series

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This five-part series is a guest contribution from Pamela Wilson of Big Brand System.

Content marketing works — you know that. It’s one big reason you read ProBlogger! You like the content here and you want to learn more about how to create it yourself.

It’s all well and good to talk about how to write content effectively, of course.

But at some point, you’ve got to actually do it. Regularly.

Content marketing works best when it’s done consistently over time.

One single piece of well-written content won’t turn your business around. It’s the act of creating and publishing useful content over time that creates business results. Prospects and customers begin to trust you when you show up and are helpful week after week. You become like a wise friend who’s always there to lend a hand.

Which, of course, can seem like an incredibly daunting task and an overwhelming commitment. But it doesn’t have to be.

In this post, I’m going to make the case for creating less content, but better content. And I’ll begin to share my system for publishing high-quality content consistently. It’s a system I’ve used for years, and it made content creation faster, easier, and more fun.

This is the first of a five post series! It’s has been customized for ProBlogger readers and is an excerpt from my new book, Master Content Marketing: A Simple Way to Cure the Blank Page Blues and Attract a Profitable Audience.

Why Creating Your Content Over Several Days is a Genius Move

Some people reading this post will be part of a team that creates content, and that team may include an editor. Lucky you.

Most of us, though, create our content without the benefit of input from an editor or other team members. For most of us, content creation is a solo act.

That’s how it is for me with my content on Big Brand System. I write it myself without any feedback from an editor. And early on, I discovered a way to create that content that allowed my “inner editor” to come to the forefront and improve the articles I was writing.

It all starts by spreading the content creation process out over several days. Doing this gives you a chance to:

  • Think about your content even when you’re not actively writing it. You’ll find yourself coming up with a new idea or a different angle when you’re working on something unrelated, or even when you’re doing something during your off time: watching a television show; washing dishes; taking a walk.
  • See your content with fresh eyes. Creative “blindness” happens when you’ve been staring at the same project for too long. It doesn’t allow you to see what a piece needs, or notice the errors you’ve made. Spreading out your content creation process allows you to develop “fresh eyes” again — eyes that can see mistakes. After you’ve stepped away and done something else, you’ll return to your article and notice what’s missing or what needs to be changed.
  • Create content in a stress-free manner. Looming deadlines can be incredibly stressful, and that stress doesn’t allow us to do our best work. By starting on the content creation process well in advance and doing it one small step at a time, you give yourself a stress-free environment in which to create. This will support your work and help your ideas to flourish.

The process I’ll outline here can be adapted to whatever publishing schedule you use. You may find it interesting to know that even though on Copyblogger we publish a new piece of content four to five days a week, no single author writes more than once a week.

So when I recommend one strong piece of content per week (as I will below), this advice can apply even to sites that publish more frequently than that.

Why You Should Focus on Creating Less Content — But Better Content

It’s true — there’s a lot of content on the web already. More is added each day. You may wonder how yours will ever get found and consumed.

How can you make your content stand out from the rest?

The answer is to focus on creating content that gets noticed because it’s written with the highest standards of quality.

There’s already plenty of badly-written, clumsy content out there.

But high-quality content that’s written thoughtfully and presented in a way that makes it easy to read and consume? It’s rare. Quality content stands out.

Great content — well-planned, masterfully written, easy-to-read content — always rises to the top.

High-quality content works, too. It gets read and acted on. It gets passed around and bookmarked. It gets reader comments and people actually remember it — sometimes for years to come.

If you are working alone and you’re creating several pieces of content each week, consider putting all that effort into creating one ultra-high-quality piece of content that’s published on the same day each week. The rest of the week can be spent promoting that piece of content and driving people to read it. And once your content is published, you can re-start the system and begin creating the high-quality content you’ll publish the next week.

Introducing the 4-Day Content Creation System

When I first started my Big Brand System website, I was running my marketing and design business full time, plus I had two children in high school who were still living at home, and I was keeping a household running. I didn’t have a lot of time to spare for content creation, and I certainly didn’t have a five-hour (or more) block free to use to create content every week.

At the same time, I knew that publishing content on a consistent basis was the most effective way to get both people and search engines to notice my site. It was how I’d build the audience I wanted to develop for my business.

So I made a commitment to publish one new piece of content once a week. I knew this was a sustainable schedule that I could stick to consistently. And I suspected that fresh content once a week would be enough.

It was. Over the years, my audience grew, slowly but surely. When I first drew back the curtains on my website, there weren’t many people out there watching. But that changed quickly as I began consistently publishing helpful, useful, easy-to-read content.

Because I didn’t have big chunks of time available to write content, I developed a system that entailed spreading the content creation process over a period of days rather than creating content from start to finish in one sitting.

It turns out, this adaptive behavior was a highly efficient way to create quality content week after week.

In this series, I’m going to present my system for creating content over a period of four days:

Day 1: Build Your Article Backbone.
Day 2: Fill in the Details.
Day 3: Polish and Prepare to Publish.
Day 4: Publish, Promote, and Propagate.

Out of sheer necessity, I developed my strange system for getting content created.

And, as often happens when inventions are born from necessity, I hit on something that worked even better than sitting down and trying to write an epic piece of content in one single session.

In May 2012, a little over two years after I started my online business, I wrote about my weird little content creation system in what has turned into one of the more popular posts on Copyblogger: A Simple Plan for Writing One Powerful Piece of Online Content per Week.

The positive response that post received is one of the reasons I wrote my book, Master Content Marketing. It gave me the confidence to think that maybe I could actually teach people how to write content — even though I had just learned myself.

I’m going to share it with you here with some additional details that will help you put it into practice. It all starts with deciding which day you want to publish, and working backward from there.

What Day Should You Publish Your Weekly Post?

This system starts with finding a consistent day every week when you’ll publish your content. A few considerations for choosing your publishing day:

Think about a convenient day for your reader, not for you. It’s tempting to say, “I want to publish on ___day, because that day works best with my schedule. But it’s not about you, is it? You’re publishing content because you want to reach an audience. Think about what will work best for them, and work your schedule around that. Read on for more about this.

If your content is time-sensitive, publish it on the day it will be most useful. Let’s say your website features information about the latest happenings for antiques lovers in your region. You talk about sales, events, workshops, and new stores that have opened up in your area. You know that your readers do most of their antiquing on the weekend. When are they making their weekend plans? Probably on Thursday — or Friday morning at the latest.

Publish your content on the day it’s most likely to be useful to your readers. Think about how they’ll apply the information you’re sharing and when during the week they most need it.

Look for a traffic pattern in your site analytics. If your publishing schedule has been willy-nilly or non-existent, take a look at your site analytics. Is there a consistent spike in visits to your site on a specific day of the week? If so, make the most of existing traffic patterns by publishing a new piece of content that day.

In the end, you may find that none of the guidance above helps you choose a publishing day. In that case, it’s time to make an educated guess. Think about your audience first, and choose a day you expect will work for them. Plan to review your traffic after a few months to see if it spikes on the day you publish (that’s a good sign). You can even do a short audience survey to ask your readers what day they prefer to see new content from you and then look for a pattern in their answers.

With your publishing day chosen, work backward three business days. If you’re publishing on Friday, you’ll start your four-day process on Tuesday. If you’re publishing on Tuesday, you’ll start your four-day process on Thursday of the week before (take the weekend off!).

In the rest of this series, we’ll talk about what to do on each of your three publishing days. For now, choose the day you want to publish. In the next article, we’ll talk about what to do on Day 1.

Pamela Wilson is a 30-year marketing veteran and is the author of Master Content Marketing: A Simple Strategy to Cure the Blank Page Blues and Attract a Profitable Audience. Find more from Pamela at Big Brand System.

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You’re Invited To The IM Freedom Workshop Los Angeles

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Do you want to learn how to create a full-time income in your spare time and gain freedom from the rat race? Do you want to learn how I make 6 figure monthly income while traveling the world with my family? Then you need to join me at the IM Freedom Workshop in Los Angeles!

The IM Freedom Workshop is lead by my good friend, Russell Whitney. He’s one of the best Internet marketing trainers in the business.

The IM Freedom Workshop Los Angeles

The IM Freedom Workshop is a FREE 2-Hour Live Events that are held in cities around the world, and it’s coming to Los Angeles this Tuesday Jan. 31 to Thursday Feb. 2.

Each workshop will have both an afternoon session and an evening session. Find the workshop that’s most convenient to you, and register now. Space is limited. Tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis. You must be pre-registered to attend. There is no on-site registration.

What You Will Learn In Only 2 Hours

  • The revolutionary “system” that has paid out over $70 million in commissions to people in 38 countries around the world
  • How to gain freedom through the power of this System, even if you have no computer skills and have never made a single sale online before
  • How you can make high ticket commissions of $1,250, $3,300, and $5,500 just for bringing in leads
  • Be given the System ABSOLUTELY FREE if you show up

Isn’t learning how to create a better financial future for yourself and your love ones worth two hours of your time? I know it is for me. Space fills up fast, so go register now. I’ll see you there!

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10 Steps to Creating the Life You Actually Want

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Too many people are living in circumstances that they are not happy with. They do not know that they can actually have the life they want. Some have not even taken any time to think about what it is that they actually want. Having an idea of the life you want means you can create your reality and live a life that makes you happy.

Follow these 10 steps below to walk towards living the life that you want:

1. Ask yourself what you want in all aspects of life

If you do not know what you are looking for in each area of your life you will wake up one day and wonder why you didn’t get what you wanted out of life. Before you can really be happy and get what you want from this life, you must ask yourself what you really want.

Many people believe that it is impossible to have their dream life, but it is possible. You just have to decide what you want first. Take the time to sit down and write this out. What do you want your life to look like? Visualise it. Visualise your ideal world and get it down on paper.

2. Get clear on your goals

Once you know what you want in all areas of your life then you need to get specific and clear about your goals. Take those ideal visions and get specific about when you want to achieve, when you want to achieve it by and how you will know you have achieved it.

“Set your goals high and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson

3. Make a plan & take action

This is where many people get stuck and never actualise their visions and their goals. Once you have figured out what you want you need to create a path to get there and actually do the work. This can be tricky for people because this is where it can get hard but taking massive action separates those who will make changes and live the life that they dream of and those who will just always be dreaming and wishing forever.

4. Don’t settle

When creating the life that you want it is easy to get a life that you do not want and it can be difficult to work on yourself and your goals to ensure you get the life that you want. When it gets hard many people end up settling for what they have and push themselves for what they want. Don’t be someone who has settled for second best. Remember that this is your life and you can have whatever you want from this life as long as you work and don’t settle.

5. Stay focused

Creating the life you want requires you to stick to your goals. It is easy to get side tracked with so many distractions in this world. Social media, nights out drinking, spending money on meaningless items to keep up with the jones’.

We spend so much time tending to the needs of others through emails, social media, adverts constantly asking you to buy products and family or friends organising big boozy nights out. If you can take back your agenda and focus on the things that you want to do rather than answer to the needs of others, you will be on track to reach your goal.

6. Remember you deserve it

Sometimes people get scared and worry that they are not good enough or that it is only other people that achieve their dreams and goals. You need to remember that you were put on this earth and you have the skills and abilities that are unique to you. Nobody can do anything the way you do it, because you are unique. Be yourself and remember you are worth it.

7. Work hard

Goals don’t work unless you do. Having the life that you want will not happen overnight and it certainly won’t happen if you do not put the work into it. So many people set goals, make a plan and then expect things to change and improve but the reality is it takes time, work and effort to make the changes towards living the life of your dreams. So start today.

8. Stay positive

It can be difficult to stay in a positive mindset when things get hard or setbacks occur, but cultivating a happy outlook can be the difference in staying on track towards your goal and never reaching it.

“Positive better is nothing than negative nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

9. Take time alone

We all love our family and friends, however, when you are pursuing a goal it is important that you take time to be by yourself. This will give you the opportunity to reflect on your life, what is going well, what part of the plan needs to be adapted or just to relax by meditating or reading.

I find taking time alone to be the most important part in reaching any goal, and have even found a name for it, ‘touching base’. The reason it is so important is because it gives me the chance to reconnect with myself, reconnect with what I want and ask myself if I am on the right path. It is difficult to do that when surrounded by people all the time.

10. Learn and adapt

The road to achieving your goals will not be a smooth road, but if it was easy then everyone would be doing it. During the process of working towards your goals you will experience failure and setbacks but this is where the growth and development happens. Your growth and development is necessary for you to achieve your goals so you must keep moving moving forward.

Finally, a person living the life that they want is no accident. They went out and actually created it using these 10 steps. Get started NOW and create the life you want.

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Twelve Natural Ways to Enhance Brain Power

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Are you trying hard to boost your chances for a job interview, a test at school or just a desire to see your brain function at optimum capacity? There are natural ways to enhance your brain to ensure brilliance and increase in your productivity. In this article, we bring twelve natural ways to enhance your brain power:

Sleep

Getting enough sleep is important for your brain to work optimally. When you are deprived of sleep, your brain lags; this may affect your creativity, thinking, cognitive functioning, problem solving capacity and memory. At least eight hours of sleep is recommended every day for adults to boost brain power. Turn off any electronics at least thirty minutes before settling in bed to avoid stimulation of your brain before bed time. You can also take short power naps during the day if you feel like you did not get enough sleep.

Regular Physical Exercise

Physical exercise can help with the flow of oxygen to your brain, which will then help it function better. Physical exercises also help to improve your overall mood as well as protect your brain cells. Dance, martial arts, brisk walking, weight lifting, simple aerobic exercises will increase your heart rate, which gets blood flowing to your brain, thus keeping your memory sharp.

Eat

Not just any food, but nutritious food to enhance your brain power. Leafy green vegetables, fish, whole grain, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, eggs, antioxidant rich berries, avocado and tomatoes are some of the brain boosting food you can indulge in. Also ensure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and complex carbohydrates help boost brain power.

Meditation

One of the many benefits of meditation  is its impact on brain function. Meditation can help to retrain the brain to work better. It increases mindfulness and concentration. You can find a place to sit quietly in the mornings. And even if it’s just for fifteen minutes, focus on breathing in and breathing out, making sure your thoughts are gently being directed by you. Meditation reduces stress and anxiety levels. Mindful meditation can delay cognitive decline and prevent diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Reduce Stress

Remember to relax. Stress contributes to memory loss and the destruction of brain cells. To relax, have a time out with friends, declutter your mind, visit relatives, read a book. Just generally find a way to let down your hair and keep out distractions.

Learn a New Craft / Hobby

You could take an interest in photography, sewing or coding. Taking out time to learn a new interest or hobby can be a powerful way to enhance your brain power. Learning to play a musical instrument, a second or third language might be the boost your brain needs to enhance motor control, hearing and critical thinking skills.

Listen

Any time you find yourself involved in activities that require communication, practice your deep listening skills by focusing your mind and thoughts on what is being said. Take a pause, deep breaths, allow the words you hear settle into your mind, listen with your heart; notice how the words make you feel before you give a response.

Take Deep Breaths Regularly

Deep breathing helps to increase blood flow and oxygen levels, which in turn help your brain to function better. Take deep breaths into the bottom of your lungs, feel the air expanding your belly, then your chest and your lungs before breathing out.

Herbs and Aromatherapy

Consider applying the oils directly onto your skin or use diffusers to aerate the oil. You can try rosemary oils for mental clarity and alertness, peppermint and basil oil to increase focus. Periwinkle and ginseng herbs may also improve cognitive functions. Gotu kola herb as well is considered to be an adaptogen, which means it can lower stress and boost brain power

Quit Multi-Tasking

Focus and concentrate on a single task at a time. Some people feel multi-tasking can make them get more work done in a short time. While this maybe true, multi-tasking also has the negative effect of confusing your brain. The brain needs about eight seconds to process a piece of information to your memory. So if you are talking on the phone, trying to take the trash out while also trying to cook dinner, chances are you may forget to complete one or more of these tasks. Make it a point of duty to concentrate on one task at a time.

Organize Your Space

If your living area is a mess, you are more likely to forget where you keep some of your things. It might be a good idea to declutter. Have a yard sale if you need to do so. All that mess sends the wrong signal to your brain and may make your brain lag.

Think and Speak Positively

Speak positive ideas about yourself. It may look and sound strange at first but continuous practice will make it part of your lifestyle. Believe in your brain, believe in yourself, affirm yourself in positive ways frequently. Engage in some or all of these exercises and your brain will thank you for it.

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The Introvert’s Weekend: 6 Tips for Enjoying It Your Way

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“When you honor your body, mind and spirit you are saying to the universe, ‘I love you’” Panache Desai Most of us look forward to the weekend. Whether it’s for sleeping in late, catching up with friends, spending time with family or enjoying the occasional getaway, the weekend breaks up the routine of the work week and reminds us that life is more than just toil. For those of us who are introverts, the weekend is especially valuable as a time for reclaiming the space and solitude we need to refill our energy tanks. Getting adequate rest is important for everyone, but as an introvert, I am biologically and physiologically wired to need not just lots of downtime, but lots of “me time.” Any introvert will tell you that scheduling “alone time” to replenish our energy after the rigors of the work week is not a luxury. If I don’t regularly return to my natural element of stillness, silence and solitude, I stop feeling like myself and literally cannot function.

Weekend guilt: Why introverts can have it bad

So many people complain that the weekend is too short, and many of us struggle with the pesky feeling that we’re wasting our weekends. Whenever I feel like the weekend has flown by before I could really enjoy it, it’s usually because I allowed the nagging impulse to do more and be more distract from my enjoyment of the present moment. Also, as an ambitious introvert, I can feel guilty and lost if I’m not in the process of pursuing some goal or the other, particularly when I finally have the solitude to do so. Yet doing nothing is a worthy goal in and of itself. Another reason weekends can feel inadequate is because, in a fast-paced world, resting isn’t valued as much as it should be, so when we rest we don’t feel the same sense of accomplishment or satisfaction as when we work. Introverts, who have a pronounced need for silence, stillness and reflection, can feel odd, embarrassed and out of place when, all around us, society expects and praises busyness. In fact, we’re often guilt-tripped by our more extroverted friends and family who are stimulated and socialize differently from us. Here are five tips for owning your weekends and feeling good about it.

1. Unplug

The weekend is the perfect time to make yourself unavailable to all but a few choice people. There is such a thing as being over-connected, a state in which we’re always “switched on” for the benefit of others, with a myriad of ever-shifting demands placed upon us. Switching off the television, radio, computer, and cell phone allows us to recoup from our lives of chronic engagement, multitasking and information overload, and get back to the calmer pace of pre-technology life. As an introvert, I use the Internet and text messaging to interact with the world with minimal drain on my energy. To avoid dependency and overuse, I have chosen to not join any social media platforms and I use a free time management app that limits my screen time. Research shows that too much technology use has adverse, wearying effects on the mind and body. Studies have documented the health benefits of unplugging for even a few hours, everything from better sleep and reduced muscle pain, to improved mood and concentration.

2. Under-schedule

For some of us, the weekend is the only time we have to do brunch with a friend, attend church, complete chores or volunteer. If you’re a non-social introvert who is actively trying to be more social, it can be tempting to fill up your weekends with extroverted activities and social engagements. While it’s practical and healthy to use the weekend to get things done and connect with people other than our co-workers, it’s also important to make sure our weekends aren’t hectic and over-scheduled. Most introverts prefer weekends to be low-key and leisurely, yet we still have a deep need to meaningfully connect with others. We can find ourselves struggling against societal norms that pressure us to approach weekend activities the way extroverts do. For example, I prefer to attend social events with a set beginning and ending time, but my more extroverted family and friends plan social events that are often improvised and can seemingly go on forever. I regularly have to remind myself that it’s okay to leave an event “early” even if I’m the only one doing so. The key is to remember that because of the way we’re wired, we have an extra need for solitude and require longer periods of mental and physical recuperation. Trust your body; it’s a better gauge for ensuring your health and sanity than social norms. Let go of the idea that you’re boring for not wanting to spend the entire night at a dance club, or that you’re somehow missing out on something if you accept your introverted preferences. Free time is anything but a waste of time; it’s actually an investment in our relationships since we’re best able to give to others, contribute to our communities and enjoy experiences when we’re energized. Remember, quality not quantity is what counts.

3. Meditate

Meditation is a gentle but powerful way to release tension and stress accumulated during the work week. I have discovered that getting in touch with and nurturing a connection with the present moment is key for accessing healing, self-acceptance and joy. We all have the capacity to experience this powerful awareness of “being-ness”, but this requires that we slow down and focus inward, something that us introverts know how to do very well. Mediating doesn’t have to mean sitting crossed-legged on a yoga mat with your eyes closed. You can meditate by listening to guided meditation audio while driving, doing meditative physical exercises like tai chi and qigong, or actively staying aware of your body and non-judgmentally observing your thoughts as you stroll through the park. What is most important is to find the form of meditation that feels freeing and comfortable for you.

4. Master self-care

The weekend is the perfect time to refocus on our bodies and shower our introverted souls with attention. The exertion required to interact with extroverted co-workers and function in overstimulating work environments can leave us tense, numb and physically drained. Also, many of us work in mentally demanding professions that keep us locked into the sphere of the mind and disconnected with the wisdom of our bodies. Introverts, who spend most of our time in our heads to begin with, can experience this mind-body disconnect more acutely. Taking long, hot showers, or relaxing in a mineral bath soak are great, effective ways to get back in touch with your body and reward yourself for challenging yourself all week. You can also try progressive muscle relaxation or treat yourself to a massage. Aromatherapy oils like lavender and juniper, and soft, soothing music also have positive, calming effects on the autonomic nervous system. I drink soothing herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm and kava teas that have been proven to aid physical relaxation. I own a bubble foot spa massager that I use ritualistically on weekends, and I make sure a significant part of my weekend is spent outside in nature, even if it just means sunbathing in my yard. Remember, self-care means different things to different people. An extrovert might care for herself by shopping in a busy mall, while an introvert who likes to shop might care for himself by shopping online. The key is to nurture your soul by doing something enjoyable that makes you feel healthy and happy, and that connects you to your authentic, sensual self. For introverts, activities like gardening, painting, crafts, baking, journaling, people-watching, yoga, swimming, cycling and dancing have relaxing effects and can be done alone or with just one other person.

5. Rest intentionally

It’s perfectly okay to keep your weekends sacred for solitude and rest. Rest as a spiritual principle is an age-old tradition evident in the existence of customs such as the Sabbath and the Spanish siesta. Rest doesn’t necessarily mean inactivity or sleeping; rather, rest is the mental and spiritual state of being in harmony with ourselves, the world and the divine. In this state, the soul is untethered from the pressures of life regardless of what we are doing. I’ve found that the more I embrace this spiritual heritage of rest, the more I open up to an authentic experience of life as an introvert deeply attuned to my true desires, natural habits and what I have to offer the world. If you’re an introvert, know that your need to rest and withdraw regularly is not a weakness. Rather, it’s a call to intentional living and an invitation to return to a wise equilibrium. It’s a chance to come home to yourself, and to find joy in the wonders of life that are often missed in a world of distraction.

6. Embrace your own path

Frank Sinatra famously sang “I did it my way.” So do it your way. Trust in the divine wisdom that made you exactly as you are for a reason. There really are no rules, so own your introverted weekends. Know that you are free to use this time on earth as you wish. As you veer off the beaten track of conventional weekend expectations, you’ll discover a vast freedom to experience life at your own pace, in your own beautiful way, in your own comfortable skin.
Summer Edward is a writer, poet, educator, children's literature specialist and wellness advocate from Trinidad. She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and an M.S.Ed. degree in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of a Roothbert Fellowship awarded to people motivated in their life's work by spiritual values. She uses the expressive arts to advocate for mental health wellness, personal growth and a culture of healing. You can connect with her at her personal website: www.summeredward.com.

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9 Baby Steps To Happiness For The Naturally Gloomy

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Consider yourself to be a bit of a Debbie Downer? A gloomy type predisposed to unhappiness, and there’s nothing you can do about it?

Good news: you may be only half right!

Psychologists agree that just 50% of our happiness is due to our genetic disposition. The rest is made up mostly by how we spend our daily lives, with a final 10% accounted for by the circumstances in which we live.

As the new year dawns, you can capitalize on that ‘blank slate’ feeling by making a few little changes to your day-to-day activities.

So roll up your sleeves, visualize your good intentions, and try tackling these nine scientifically-verified tweaks to shift your perspective 180 degrees.

Get fruity

get fruity

Building up to your five-a-day last year was a great achievement for your body. But cranking it up to eight-a-day this year will be excellent for your soul.

Researchers at the University of Warwick discovered that within two years of making this change, your feeling of well-being can soar. Indeed, those who shifted from zero to eight fruits a day experienced an increase in life satisfaction equivalent to getting a new job.

Added bonus: your long-term health and happiness will also benefit. Chop it, squeeze it, blend it – just make sure you get to eight-a-day.

Take a trip to the real world

I don’t need to tell you about the pleasures of Facebook. But those dopamine hits that come with the little red dots do not last long: researchers at the Happiness Research Institute (well, who you gonna trust?) report that taking even a week off of social media can improve your happiness rating.

And those folk are based in Denmark, where they’re serious about fighting unhappiness.

See Also: Follow Your Bliss

Use your feet

Analysis of data from almost 18,000 18-65-year-old commuters over an eighteen year period showed that those who made the switch from driving to walking enjoyed improvements in health, happiness and concentration levels.

Even using public transport – with all its associated crowds and delays – will make you happier than taking the car. This is probably because you get to concentrate on your tunes, your book, or the folk around you, rather than gear-switching and road rage. Also, you have to walk a bit further to get to the bus stop or rail station in the first place.

If you travel too far to make ditching the car feasible, at least consider parking a little further away from your destination than usual and walking the last 10-15 minutes to work.

Staring at photos of cute animals is officially a good thing

M ± SE = 43.9±10.3%.

Got it?

It doesn’t matter: that equation is just the long-winded way of describing how much more effective at work looking at pictures of kittens and puppies can make you.

Researchers in Japan were fascinated by the power of kawaii – that specifically Japanese form of exaggerated cuteness – so they decided to mount a trial to measure just what a difference the kawaii experience can make to your day.

The feelings of happiness and excitement that cute pictures evoke are apparently connected to the levels of what we can achieve at work. So next time you’re feeling unproductive, try typing ‘happiest puppy in the world’ into Google to feed a bit more energy into the system.

Stay in bed

Recommended sleeping times are frustratingly arbitrary. One man’s refreshing seven hours is another’s rude awakening.

Wake up before you’ve got your fill of REM sleep – the type that comes late in the cycle – and you are actually interrupting the way your brain and hormones deal with the stress and anxiety of the previous day.

Scientists at the University of Surrey’s Sleep Research Centre agree: one extra hour each night can help you feel healthier and happier.

Plan a trip

Vacations are a bit like Christmas: often, it turns out the anticipation was the most exciting part of the whole thing.

Science can now back this up. It turns out that the optimism and pro-active research involved in planning a vacation can actually be the most stimulating period of the process. Often, the homesickness, stress and false expectations of actually making the trip can make you quite unhappy. And as for returning to work at the end of it…

So even if you have no actual intention of travelling in the near future, don’t forget to dream. Keep a Pinterest board or scrapbook of places you’d like to visit, and talk with your partner about your big ideas for the future. And if it never comes off, well – maybe you already did the best bit.

See Also: 10 Wonderful Benefits of Traveling

Give hugs more often

give hugs

You don’t need science to tell you that hugs feel good.

But lest you relegate your need for physical contact to the realm of ‘guilty pleasures’, here’s neurologist Shekar Raman, MD to tell you it’s okay:

“A hug, pat on the back, and even a friendly handshake are processed by the reward center in the central nervous system, which is why they can have a powerful impact on the human psyche, making us feel happiness and joy… The more you connect with others — on even the smallest physical level — the happier you’ll be.”

Hang out with happy people

Happiness is tribal. It may be stating the obvious to say that spending time with a happy chum is likely to make you more happy: but the effect is bigger, and less intuitive than this. In fact, happiness travels along networks, so if the people you hang out with hang out with happy people too, you’re likely to feel the knock-on effects.

Try arranging a dinner party with your closest friends, and create a happy theme. Technically, this may make you a happiness vampire, but so what – you’re going to feed back into the system, right?

Turn that music up

Music makes you happy. Pick a tune you like, and crank it up as loud as the neighbors can bear it in the morning – your dopamine levels will soar, and you’re off to a good start for the whole day.

Being happy ain’t easy, and during the cold, dark winter days making an effort to exercise or socialize can be an intimidating prospect. With these bitesize cures, though, you can start to improve your general outlook – and prove to yourself that your natural gloominess is only half the story.

 

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Titanium Mastermind Montego Bay Opening Night Party

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The MOBE Titanium Mastermind opened in Montego Bay, Jamaica with a opening night gala dinner, live entertainment, and fireworks! It was a great way to start the mastermind. Many attendees got to meet each other for the first time. Before then, it was online only.

The opening night party also offered me an opportunity to test the low-light performance of the Sony RX100 V. I was worried it wouldn’t be near the level of my full-frame Sony A7R-II, but it proved to be an amazing night time performer. Enjoy the video and photos.

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