Friday, August 31, 2012

10 Effective Ways to Keep Your Job

10 Effective Ways to Keep Your Job

Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed - there's so little competition.
~ Elbert Hubbard

According to a recent news item, recession, unemployment led to 1000 suicides in the UK. It is reported that much of men’s identity and sense of purpose is tied up with a job. It brings income, status and importance. How do you hold on to your job when the time is getting harder?

1.      Engaged: You like the job because your abilities match the job description. You are enthusiastic and excited about your work. It gives you personal satisfaction and a sense of achievement.

2.      Competent: You possess the relevant skills and capabilities to do the job. You work confidently and others look for you for solutions to their problems.

3.      Reputation and trust: What do you think others will talk about you when you are not around? Do you want them to say positive words about you? Build your reputation by keeping your promises and be punctual for appointments and meetings. Impress others by getting your work done impeccably.  

People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it.

~Howard Newton

4.      Showing up: The worst thing to happen to you is to be late for work and missing in action every now and then. It gives your boss the impression that you do not care much about your work and you are not taking your job seriously. Go to work earlier and get the most important task done without disturbances. Show the boss that you are committed,

5.      Problem solving: One hallmark of a valued staff is the ability to solve problems creatively. Always take the challenge and think of a workable solution when you encounter a problem, it is an opportunity to show your worth as an employee.   

6.      Productive: You are judged by what you can do. It is your performance and contribution which provide value that counts. Simplify your work by doing more in less time. Contribute by reducing expenses or increasing revenue.  

7.      A learning attitude: Find out what other relevant skills you can acquire, go ahead and learn. You have to be prepared. During a retrenchment, if you can do more because of your additional skills, you will be retained. It is also important to update your existing skills to stay ahead.   

8.      Work smart: It is necessary to work hard but it is also important to work smart. Promoting yourself and getting noticed by your boss are the ways to sustain a good relationship. Don’t work quietly. You want your boss to think about you and consider you when he is looking for someone to move up the ladder.

9.      Be happy at work: Happiness is a choice.  When you are paid to work, be cheerful, smile and acknowledge others. You perform better at work when you are happy. Your boss would not like to see a grumpy face.   

10.  Positive attitude: Work with an open mind. Be flexible and ready to accept changes. Be responsible and willing to accept mistakes made. Be brave to tell the truth because a lie will be discovered sooner or later.  

The time may be tough, but you can be smart to hold on to your job and move forward.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

30 Preventive Healthy Habits – A Checklist

30 Preventive Healthy Habits – A Checklist

When you have to visit your family physician it is usually a sign that you have not had enough preventive healthy habits. Stay away from your doctor by adopting these preventive healthy habits:  As a baby boomer I sustain my well-being by following these healthy habits too. 

1.      Early to bed, early to rise and sleep well.

2.      Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated.

3.      Do Tai Chi in the morning to start a new day fresh and calm to fortify your sanity.

4.      Look after your heart.

5.      Daily  physical exercise such as jogging

6.      Annual  physical examinations

7.      Do not  smoke and avoid excessive alcohol consumption

8.      Choose happiness and be cheerful.

9.      Think positive thoughts

11.  Stress management: Live an orderly life, plan and organize your work in advance. Learn to relax like listening to classical music. 

12.  Connect with people you care about for mutual support.

13.  Drink green tea daily.

14.  Habit of writing dairy/journal: Express your thoughts; capture the daily goodness in writing.  

15.  Active lifestyle: Do not retire; let it be something to do and something to look forward to in life.

16.  Eat embryo rice instead of white rice especially for Asian people.

17.  Go for the great outdoors: Get fresh air and sunshine for vitamin D.

18.  Take a nap.

20.  Goals, direction and productivity: Goals are your purpose in life and a direction to go forward. Doing the right things gets you  satisfaction and fulfillment in life

21.  The learning habit: Maintain your alertness, keep your mind working and open yourself to changes.

22.  Financial freedom; Get peace of mind living within your means without getting into debt. 

23.  Harmony at home: Family comes first. Let happiness at home spread to other areas of your life.

24.  Problem solving: Get into the habit of looking for solutions instead of just dwelling on it 

25.  Attitude of gratitude: The keywords are forgiveness, kindness and love.

26.  Dental hygiene: Do daily brushing and flossing.

27.  Walk daily: Take the stairs instead of the lift. Park your car far away and walk more often.

28.  Get motivated: Read wise words of famous people in the morning.

You are welcome to add more ideas to expand the list.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

20 Effective Ways to Live Your Life Successfully

20 Effective Ways to Live Your Life Successfully

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. 
~Maya Angelou

According to Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, success is the fact that you have achieved something that you want and have been trying to do or get.   Here are the ways to live a satisfying and successful life:   

1.      Write your own script: You decide how you want to live your life by being passionate about your dreams and pursuing your goals fervently. You sincerely believe in what you want to do with your life because it gives you the meaning. 

2.      Compete with yourself: You want your life better than ever before.  Setting and meeting challenging goals are the ways to improve yourself.

3.      Be positive: You are more likely to achieve success when you think you can do it because you will try harder and don’t give up easily. Be optimistic and expect to see light at the end of the tunnel when you are working on your goals.

4.      Be happy: Happiness is a wise choice.  It is not affected by external influences. You fill your heart with love. Just smile and be cheerful. Happiness is one true measurement of success in life.

5.      Be here and now: Happiness is also about living in the moment. Don’t get discouraged by your past failures or the uncertainty of the future to deter you from taking action and doing the right things now.

6.      An attitude of gratitude: Examining your life from a positive perspective is the way to feel good about yourself. Thinking more of what you have and  enjoying it  is the way to abundant living    

7.      Connect with people who care about you: Be close to people who support you and care about you. They encourage and motivate you to do more and achieve more.

8.      Be productive: Plan and organize your life. Get the most important things done first. Focus on the task at hand and avoid distractions. 

9.      Self-care: Exercise daily to be fit, alert and calm.  Taking breaks while at work and sleep well at night are the ways to sustain your energy. Go to bed early and get up early. Drink plenty of water every day. Eat food that grows naturally and not manufactured artificially. Eat less at fast food outlets and more at home.

10.  Welcome problems in life: Overcoming problems creatively is the hallmark of successful people. Look for solutions when you encounter difficulties. Solving problems successfully stretches your capabilities and boosts your confidence.

11.  Keep learning: Continuous learning is the path to personal growth and development. Learning new things, doing things differently and gaining experience are the ways to be knowledgeable and wise.

12.  Be motivated:  Get inspired by reading wise sayings and quotes and stay upbeat every day. The best time to do it is in the morning.

13.  Spend wisely: Free from all financial worries by spending less than what you get and avoid getting into debt. Think less of getting more wants and appreciate what you have.

14.  Be simple: Avoid activities that are no longer productive.  Avoid getting stressful by committing less. Work on a shorter to-do list. Bring your life into focus by doing only those things that are important to you. 

15.  Do things that Impact others positively: Are you doing things that benefit mankind? You can provide solutions to problems, release songs to delight and entertain, make a breakthrough in cancer cure or write an inspiring article.     

16.  Be kind: Be polite, acknowledge others and do random acts of kindness. Make others happy and you will be happy too.

17.  Celebrate life: Don’t wait for a special day to celebrate. Every day is special.  Go slow have fun and enjoy what you do.

18.  Making choices: Go ahead, make a choice and go for it. If it does not work out. Do it another way. The worst thing is to regret in life for not doing it and missing an opportunity. 

19.  Be responsible: Don’t look for excuses, don’t blame others.  Instead of feeling frustrated when things do not work out, accept it and start afresh.

20.   Perseverance: Be persistent and resilient when you encounter obstacles and defeats. Success is never easy and it belongs to those who are determined to go all the way.      

Are you living a successful life?

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Be Productive – Daily Check List

Be Productive – Daily Check List

Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
~Og Mandino

Getting productive is doing what is important to you and bringing you nearer to your goals. A productive day is starting a new day organized and you are mentally and physically alert and fresh.

1.      Start a new day early: It indicates that there is something to look forward to and you also avoid rushing about to get things done.

2.      Exercise or meditate: To positively tune your mind and body so that you feel good about yourself and start a new day with enthusiasm and excitement

3.      Have a nutritious breakfast: It gives you the energy you need to meet the demand of a challenging day.

4.      The right frame of mind: Get motivated by reading inspirational quotes instead of reading the daily news which is filled with despair and hopelessness.   

5.      Be ready with your to-do list: Do  what is important first thing in the morning when your energy is at it speak

6.      Focus on one task at a time and avoid multitasking and distractions.

7.      Take a break before moving on to a new task. Drink water throughout the day

8.      Delegate whenever possible: You can’t do everything by yourself.

9.      Get away from your work and enjoy your lunch outside: It is not healthy to eat and work and it is counterproductive.

10.   Downtime: Do other tasks like checking emails, filing and looking for information on the Net at the end of the day because the jobs are time-consuming and you can kill time productively.

11.  Get ready the tasks for the following day and tidy up your workplace.

12.  Get physical in the great outdoors to get fresh air like jogging to release stress and regain your composure after a hard day’s work.

13.  Family time: Don’t bring work home, leave work at work. It is family time at home. Have dinner together, help with household chores, check your children’s homework and do a reading for self-development.

14.  Write gratitude journal to focus on positive things for the day.

15.  Get ready a to-do list for the following day. It is a daily productive habit.

16.  Sleep early so that you can get up early. You can’t burn the candle at both ends.

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Please provide your input to improve this list.     

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Strengths and Weaknesses of Small Business Owners

Strengths and Weaknesses of Small Business Owners


According to Wikipedia a small business varies widely around the world. Small businesses are normally privately owned corporations, partnerships, or sole proprietorships. What constitutes "small" in terms of government support and tax policy varies by country and by industry, ranging from fewer than 15 employees under the Australian Fair Work Act 2009, 50 employees in the European Union, and fewer than 500 employees to qualify for many U.S. Small Business Administration programs,

Externally (strengths)

Small businesses are more or less the same within the same industry when you look from the outside because they employ a similar way to operate a business.  

·         Business model: There are able to copy and imitate how other successful entities operate a business in a particular industry. They sell more or less the same products, using the same channel to reach consumers. They advertise where others do.  They have their own logo, a registered trademark, a website and Facebook present. For those workers that are in contact with customers, they wear a smart uniform.  Smart business owners choose cash term to do business transactions. 

Internally (weaknesses)

However, the weaknesses of small business owners cannot be noticed by an outsider.
Here are some of the shortfalls:
·         Hire their own people: Usually, it is family-owned. They hire their family members and relatives to work for them. They may not get the best people to run the business and their growth is restricted.  Worse still they may not be able to manage the business properly. 

·         No clear vision: They usually jump on the bandwagon and follow the current business trend. There is no creativity to differentiate their brand from others. Usually, there is no long-range planning.

·         No system in place: They do not do a budget or cash flow projection. There is no internal control such as stock. There are few written rules and regulations for staff to follow or operating procedures.

·         Not valuing the people who work for them: Staff get the minimum benefits from their owners. There is not much training or development, but they are the ones who are in close contact with customers. There is no clear career path and you don’t expect the owners to raise your pay without you asking for it because there is no staff evaluation or performance assessment.

Conclusion (the way to go forward)

If the owners are able to hire people more capable than themselves, they will prosper. They will definitely grow much faster with a proper management system. They will build a better brand in the marketplace if they care more about their workers.   

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Top 3 Posts in July 2012

Top 3 Posts in July 2012

1. 5 Secrets for a Healthy Heart

According to a popular local health magazine, there are five simple and easy ways to protect your heart:

2. Quick, Easy and Effective Way to Relieve Tired Eyes and Body

Are you staring at the computer screen all day long? Your eyes are tired, your neck is stiff and your back is aching.

When you are at the PC, Just spend 3 to 5 minutes every hour to do it and you will feel better:

3. 7 Effective Money Tips for Young Workers

   According to the latest survey of Financial Behaviors and Financial Habits of Young Workers by The Consumer Research and Resource Centre47% of the young adults were seriously in debt because their monthly debt payments were 30% or more of their gross income. 37% lived beyond their means and 15% were without savings. Most of them were lacking in financial knowledge. On a score of 1 to 6 (1 – strong financial knowledge and 6 having no financial knowledge), 43% scored 4 and above. That is why they felt that they had poor financial knowledge.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Quick and Easy Way to Detect Spam Comments

Stop spam

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Recently I received this comment:
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Be smart. Be aware of spam comments.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

10 Ways to Avoid Negativity

10 Ways to Avoid Negativity

Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.
~Shirley MacLaine

You are bombarded by negativity everywhere, On the Net, in the news and people around you. How do you get yourself immune to such negative effects? Here are several ways to keep your sanity:

1.      Change your thoughts: The easiest way is to change your thinking when you are caught with negative thoughts. Another effective way is to choose to look at things with a bright perspective. Being gloomy will dampen your fighting spirit. Instead of half full, you look at a glass as half empty.

2.      Avoid negative people and influences:  One simple way is to get away from people who discourage you and tell you why things cannot be worked out. Stop reading things with a pessimistic view. Hang around with people who are determined to get impossible things done and be inspired. 

3.      Keeping fit: You will be energetic when you are fit and healthy. You will feel fresh and calm every day to face challenges head-on. A weak body is more likely to succumb to defeat.

4.      Be here and now: Thinking too much of the wrong things will rob you of your ability to live in the moment. Now is the time to take action and focus on what you do and do the best you can.   

5.      Look for solutions: An outstanding problem will always nag you. Do not dwell on it, be creative and look for a way to overcome the problem. A problem-solving attitude will transform your outlook from negative to positive. Solving a problem will also boost your confidence to deal with obstacles in the future. 

6.      Be motivated daily: Read motivational quotes in the morning instead of all the bad news in the papers to feel good and dispel negative thoughts. Act cheerfully, smile and dress smartly to start every new day with a bright note.

7.      Be goal-driven: A goal is an effective way to look forward in life positively. There is something to do and hope for. Life has its meaning and you will not go through every single day with emptiness. Have you got your goals in writing so that you can look at it every day?  Create a positive vision.

8.      An attitude of gratitude: Don’t grumble that you have been treated unfairly in life. Take a positive approach. You will get a feeling of well-being when you are appreciative of your life and the people around. Focus on the good to feel good.

9.      Avoid previous mistakes to haunt you: Don’t allow your shortcomings in the past to weaken your resolve to get things done. Learn valuable lessons from what you have done wrong in the past and move on in a different way. Now is the time to act and do it right.

10.  Don’t get stuck in a rut: Be bold, do something different and change your life.  You can’t expect changes if you are doing the same old thing every day and keep complaining about it.     

Face the sun and the shadow will fall behind you.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

10 Powerful Words that Spell Success

10 Powerful Words that Spell Success

Be inspired by these motivational words. These powerful words contain the essential elements of lasting success:

1.      Dream

            A dream is the starting point of your passion and success. It sets your heart on fire because the vision of your dream inspires and excites you. Do you have a  dream?

            You've got to have a dream, if you want to have a dream come true.
            ~Dennis Waitley


2.      Prepared

A dream is only an image in your mind. To set your dream in motion, write down your goals, plan for it and organize your daily task to realize your dream.

Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.
Lester Robert Bittel

3.      Act

Your plan is useless if you do not act. Do it now and work on it every day. It is your daily effort that counts and not just doing it once in a while.

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing.  Action always generates inspiration.  Inspiration seldom generates action.
~Frank Tibolt


4.      Persistent

The road to success is full of obstacles, problems and setbacks.  You must persist and persevere and be resilient when you fall down. If your goals are not challenging it is not worthwhile and you will not be satisfied.  Resistance strengthens your resolve and boosts your determination to reach your objectives.

They key of persistence opens all door closed by resistance
~ John Di Lemme

5.      Focused

When you know what you do is right, do not get distracted. Work with focus and concentrate on the task at hand. Do one thing at a time and do it well. The most important thing is to enjoy the process.

Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
~Anthony Robbins

6.      Confident

Believing in what you do will bring your success. Put a smile on your face and face the world with a bright perspective.

You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can't have it.
~Dr. Robert Anthony

7.      Enthusiastic

Are you motivated by your dream? Do you get excited to get things done? Are you enthusiastic to start a new day early? If you are, you will achieve your dream.

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


8.      Learn

      Continuous learning is the way to be knowledgeable.  When you learn by actually doing it you gain experience and wisdom. To be successful is to open your mind to new ideas.

You cannot open a book without learning something.
~ Confucius


9.      Creative

            It is an idea, an original and unique one that differentiates you from others. Be resourceful to work differently by using the knowledge that you have gained.

      Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.
      ~ Theodore Levitt

10.  Change

If at first, you do not succeed, try another way. If you are doing the same old way day in day out, make changes and seek progress. You may be doing right, but there is always room for improvement. Most importantly change with technological advancements.

Resolve to be a master of change rather than a victim of change.
~Brian Tracy

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

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