Expert Author Susan Leigh
It can happen all too often that we start our days with good intentions, with perhaps a schedule of our plans and what we intend to achieve, all the very best of intentions. At the end of the day often those plans have gone awry, lost amidst unexpected eventualities and lack of time. Perhaps it's time to consider better ways of organising our time and ourselves.
- Perfectionists often struggle to let a piece of work go. They often want to check it just one more time and fear the consequences of letting something leave their control. Sometimes change can be prompted by them asking themselves several questions which they, in truth, already know the answers to. Questions like, how likely are they to have made a mistake, given how experienced, knowledgeable and conscientious they are? Will someone else be looking over and checking what they have done prior to it being finalised? Would it be more beneficial to submit a greater volume of work with the possibility of an occasional mistake or instead submit less or even no work with no mistakes at all? On reflection it may be time to take a few more chances and be a little more confident.
- Delegating some work to others helps those people learn more about a wider variety of tasks, improves their confidence and skill sets and enables more junior staff to become proficient and competent in their roles. Their interest and enthusiasm levels are enhanced as they become more involved in their work. By passing on some time-consuming tasks senior people free themselves for higher level roles, like managing the business, training and overseeing staff and becoming more involved in decision-making.
- Cluttered people often have stacks of part-finished work around them. They will regularly start one job, become distracted and start something else. The problem with dipping in and out of different jobs is that nothing gets finished and it can be time-consuming to pick up a part-finished job and work out what had been done before it was abandoned. Learning to stay working on something until fruition is important and requires discipline. Also organising a system so that a summary sheet is kept at the front of each file can be helpful. This way notes can be made as a reference point when a job has to be left unfinished. It may take a few minutes to make an informative summary but it can save a lot of time later on when a piece of work is picked up and needs to be continued from where it was left off.
- Brinksmanship is an effective way for some people to work, but it is stressful for them and for others waiting for them. Leaving things until the very last-minute can mean that adrenalin is working and all ones senses are on full alert, but it leaves no time for unexpected problems that may require additional help.
- Time management involves planning, scheduling, using a diary or calendar and seeing the most efficient and effective way of facilitating as much as possible to be achieved in the time available. It is certainly a healthier, happier and less stressful way to live and work. And it allows for time off too.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
When we are very busy allowing the time to be early for an appointment or a meeting can seem like an unnecessary pressure. It is almost a luxury, we could do something else more useful with the time. But sometimes it is worth the extra effort of organising ourselves in order to enjoy the benefits of arriving early.
When we are on the last-minute it is often stressful. Worries about traffic hold-ups, finding somewhere to park, locating the venue, arriving just in time in a rushed dishevelled way can all impact on our sense of calm composure. This can have us feeling at a disadvantage from the start.
Important meetings can often be stressful enough in their own right, without any other concerns. We have the considerations of needing to make a good impression, appear professional and proficient and then the final hurdle of coming away with the desired result. Arriving early can give us an advantage in several ways;
- We can clear our head. Arriving early allows us the opportunity to sit in our car and play a CD for ten minutes or stop and have a cup of coffee. It allows us time to put the stresses and other distractions of the day to the side for a while. We can take the time to focus on what we need to do next.
- We can compose ourselves, take time to check that we look the part, that everything is in order and we feel good about the image that we are presenting. Having time to relax and reduce our stress levels can be important in presenting a calm and professional impression. The first impression is often the most important is terms of setting the scene and conveying a lot about ourselves to the other person.
- We can choose to sit where we feel at an advantage. Maybe face the door so that we can gain the extra confidence of waiting and seeing them arrive, being able to prepare our greeting and feel in control. We can almost set out the scene to suit ourselves. And it avoids an uncomfortable arrival, having to look around, discover where the other person is sitting, and then having to set up our laptop computer so that it's ready.
- We can prepare our notes and any presentation in our mind. Being early provides the opportunity to read through our points, prepare questions and answers, clear away any other issues that we may have been dealing with before the meeting. We can use the time constructively to focus on this being a very important meeting, give it our full attention and commit to doing a good job.
Being early can seem an unnecessary waste of our time, but it can be a very valuable investment to make, especially when we have an important meeting or arrangement. It can enable us to appear calm, composed and professional. This allows the other person to feel that we value the appointment, have prepared for it and are able to give it our full attention. That in itself is an important benefit of being early.
Expert Author Rizvana Manzoor
In today's fast-paced world, Anime stickers or emoji's have engraved its mark by making it possible to send messages swiftly and with lot more fun. With a wide variety of these electronic stickers, it has come to a point where there is no need for texting. Using anime stickers while posting stories on Instagram and Facebook are trending these days. Anime stickers are like social media superstars. We can't even think of texting anything without an emoji. Well, for some, emoji's are very important, very essential 'whatchamacallit' thing. We can also say that we are living through an "EMOJICANS ERA."
We use emoji for expressing emotion to our text. For example, if someone texts us "Are you okay?" we prefer to use a "Heart or Thumbs up emoji" instead of texting back. Emoji are of various types. Smilies are the most popular ones. After that, comes the heart emoji. There are even emoji's of food!! Manga toons also inspired the designers of the anime stickers. Nowadays, emoji themed games and puzzles are very popular among kids and teens.
The word emoji means "image character." It was Shigetaka Kurita who worked out the idea of emoji. He worked for the company DoCoMo. He became inspired by the weather forecast symbols, manga toons and Chinese characters. DoCoMo already had a heart tab designed for their pagers. Then the next step was to create emoji. Kurita designed about 180 emojis at first based on his observations about the expressions of the people. When they saw that they eventually decided to outsource the creation of emoji's to larger companies like Panasonic, but then decided that they would design it themselves.
What are Stickers?
Large scale printing of stickers is mostly seen and the trendy ones are that of anime characters. The icons are commonly used during chats or instant messaging services. People prefer to send across anime stickers as they feel it conveys a lot of emotions and the right message when they are not sitting face to face. Most of the stickers are available in bunches or sets wherein it is free to download and use. There are some premium packs where they charge a few Dollars. These are called premium ones as they pertain to specific brands, items or even limited editions.
There are also vinyl anime stickers that can be bought to decorate your day to day possessions and surroundings including walls, bumper, car, doors, motorcycle, toys, desks and lot more. Each of us have our emotions or messages to be conveyed and this can be passed on to the outside world through these Anime stickers.
Expert Author Vicky Walmsley
A summer fair is a wonderful thing for a school to hold. As well as building cohesion amongst different families and making sure everyone has a fabulous day out, it's also a brilliant opportunity to raise some much-needed money. This cash - whether it's to go back into the budget or even to a charity - can be raised by offering prizes to people who pay to take part in games and raffles. If you're trying to find worthy treats for the winners, here are four ways that toys make for great prizes during summer fairs.
1. Convenience
There are many fantastic wholesale toys that are easy to get your hands on. The fact that you can buy the prizes in bulk couldn't be more convenient to you and the other organisers, as you can quickly tick this task off your to-do list and move onto more pressing matters in the knowledge that the prizes are sorted.
2. Universality
Toys have a universal appeal. This guarantees that no one will be disappointed when they're handed the prize they've won. Children will be smiling from ear to ear with the excitement of bagging themselves a toy, whereas the parents will get plenty of satisfaction out of handing the goodies to their kids to enjoy.
3. Atmosphere
Toys - what with their bright colours and fun features - are perfect for maintaining a positive atmosphere. In turn, this should ensure that people stick around for longer and enjoy the fair more than they otherwise would. For instance, awarding something as bland as a voucher as a prize simply wouldn't have the same effect.
4. Durability
Many toys are famously durable, which is one reason families get years of fun out of them. In terms of the fair, this should make them easy to store and transport before the event. They can also be used in lucky dips, a game that's a staple of summer fairs.
5. Profit Margin
To maximise the profit you can make from a game at a school summer fair you need to be able to buy the best qulity prizes for the lowest price possible. This is were buying from a reputable Toy Wholesaler comes in handy. Bypass the inflated retail prices and buy from the source to really maximse your profits. After all the main reason to hold a summer fair is to help raise much needed funds for your school.
Take your pick!
Expert Author Susan Leigh
How often do you relax and take a break? Statistics reveal that increasing numbers of us are loathe to take time away from work, with some 19 million days of UK holiday entitlement remaining untaken in one year alone. One in five of us work seven extra hours each week of unpaid overtime. And these figures only record those in salaried employment.
Business owners and sole traders rarely think about set hours or what time they should be clocking off from work. It may be only when their health starts to suffer, relationships with family and friends are affected or they start to feel resentful and jaded that there's any motivation to change things.
Allowing time to relax and take a break is important on many levels. A recent Labour Force Survey discovered that 45% of all working days, 11.7 million last year in total, were lost to stress-related issues. The impact of not relaxing and taking a break can be hugely significant in every area of life.
- One reason why so many of us work so hard is to provide a good living for our family and make them proud of us. But spending less and less time together, giving increasing importance to clients or customers, or being constantly irritable or distracted may be impacting on the quality of those relationships. Equally, we need to take some time for ourselves, have a break, pursue our hobbies and interests or simply relax and do nothing at all. Taking time to nurture the creative and non-work side of ourselves brings another dimension of satisfaction and fulfillment.
- It's been found that when we do take a break, even for short periods, perhaps for a short stroll or a drink of water, we often return with fresh ideas and insights into problem areas that may have been troubling us. People often say, don't make a hasty decision, sleep on it and see how you feel in the morning. Equally, detaching and taking a break can be beneficial. It allows time for our minds to still, new thoughts and ideas to surface, and for us to take a little time away from the 'coal face'.
- Chasing our dreams, challenging ourselves and being successful are all well and good. It's important to say 'yes' and step outside our comfort zone sometimes but it's also relevant to say 'no', and claim time and energy for ourselves too. Including every area of life in our focus matters. Let's consider some helpful ways to relax and take a break.
- If work is usually a mental, cerebral activity a break can provide the opportunity for alternative activity like physical exercise and time to work and tire those muscles. Sleep-related issues and our quality of sleep can be affected when we're tired mentally, but not physically, or vice versa. If work is largely mental introduce sport, walks, a round of golf, visit to the gym and maybe add a social element by sharing those times with friends or family.
If you work in mainly a physical capacity join a quiz night, locate your board games, start doing the crossword or join a book club and find sociable ways to have a break and spend time exercising mentally.
- Sometimes we need to learn to relax gradually, maybe by feeling there's a purpose to it. Volunteering, perhaps for a charity, youth group or community project can introduce something different but also add value to life. We move our focus away from work targets, profit, earning, and, as such, redirect our energy into something with a less business-focused angle. Doing this provides space to explore new skills, work with a different agenda and meet new people, those with similar interests to ourselves.
- Relax and take a break with family. Learn to have proper conversations, keep up-to-date with each other's news, opinions and stories. Share your challenges with them, they're the people closest to you, and let them help. They may be able to ease the pressure in different areas of your life, resulting in better communications and an improved bond.
- Consider outsourcing some of your commitments. You may be able to buy yourself a break by hiring help with domestic chores, like cleaning, ironing or gardening, or by paying someone to do those work-related tasks that are not your forte. Paying the best person to do the job can be money well spent, resulting in a more professional approach which may even generate new business. Then use your free time well by having an afternoon pleasing yourself.
- In the evenings switch off technology and determine not to turn it back on unless there's an emergency situation which needs monitoring. Do relaxing things, like taking a walk, listening to music, reading a book, spending time with those you care about; all investments in those other important areas of your life. Sometimes even decline invitations and occasionally have a night off if you've been over-committed with social engagements. Then use the time to indulge, eat your favourite foods, have a relaxing bath and an early night.
Taking personal responsibility for your health and wellbeing, both mental and physical, gives you back control. After all, even airlines say in times of turbulence first put the oxygen mask on your own face. Then you're in a better position to help others.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
The ending of a relationship often comes as a slow burn, frequently reflecting issues that have been bubbling beneath the surface for some time.
No one gets married expecting to divorce and the gradual breakdown of a relationship can slowly erode one's confidence and self-esteem as well as bringing many practical matters into consideration; the impact on children, how to manage future domestic and financial arrangements, what to do next.
Starting again after divorce often prompts reflection upon several areas of life.
Take some time to grieve for your 'old' life. There may be much advice and well-intentioned suggestions coming your way, especially if children's lives have to be included in any decision-making. But take time to heal and determine your next step rather than rush into something too hastily. It may be that you slow things down by initially choosing to rent rather than buy your next home.
Doing that could give you time to find your feet and decide what's best for everyone involved. Some people opt to move to a shared house, which means you have company close by. Do what's best for you, even if it's going home to mum and dad for a while so that you're looked after while you sort out your next step.
Possessions and personal touches can make a big difference, especially if you're living in temporary accommodation for a while. You may have kept some special items from the marriage. Or conversely you may have chosen to have a clear out, not wanting any mementoes. Whatever your decision, make your mark on your new home, even if you're staying in a small, short-term let. Source an inexpensive print or two, some lovely cushions, scented candles and turn your personal space into a welcoming haven.
Children may be shared between both parents and it can help them settle by giving them the freedom to decorate their own bedrooms. It allows them to invest in the new arrangements and feel included and important, helping them to move on. Keep channels of communication open for children so they feel able to discuss their feelings. Sometimes a supportive grandparent, family friend or teacher may be able to provide an outlet for children to talk through their concerns. Be accepting and supportive of that arrangement and understand that they may prefer to talk to a third-party rather than have concerns about worrying you and causing further distress.
Social groups can change significantly post-divorce. Mutual friends may have divided loyalties, feel the new situation is too complicated or be wary of your recent single status highlighting any issues they may have in their own relationships. Plus money and time are often tighter after a divorce, with less disposable income available for socialising, perhaps the need to work longer hours or free time being more constrained because of issues with childcare.
Work can be very important after a divorce. Earning money may mean that any convenient job has to be taken initially. But many people use their divorce as a time to start again. Think about training for something you've always wanted to do, or make time for a hobby or interest that you previously felt unable to pursue. When life is already unsettled it can be a good time to go with the flow and introduce something you really want to focus on and develop.
How do you feel about yourself? Divorce can make us feel unloved, unlovable, a failure, guilty at letting others and ourselves down. But the loneliness of a loveless marriage takes its toll and starting again can be a good time for an overhaul to prove to ourselves that we're fully invested in our future life. Therapy could play a role in helping you deal with your negative feelings or patterns.
Could it be time to start eating healthier and lose a few pounds, maybe exercise and start walking, running or going to fitness classes? What about grooming? Going to a different hairdresser may mean you come away with a new look rather than your old familiar style. Makeup counters are often happy to revamp your image and could be a way to get some great new ideas. Be receptive to opportunities for improving your confidence and self-esteem.
Starting again after divorce can be both scary and exciting. Remember, you're not on your own, so check out local groups that offer things you're interested in. Amateur dramatics, walking, animal welfare, volunteering, night school classes can all connect you to people with similar interests to yourself. At work offer to find out what's happening locally and organise a social event or two. Be interesting and interested by keeping up-to-date with national and local news, popular TV, and ensure you're ready to contribute to conversations. That way you'll connect and improve your relationships with others.

Hypertension commonly referred to as high blood pressure, can be seen more and more often in people as they grow older. People who suffer from borderline Hypertension are often advised to lead a healthier life while those who have major problems are treated with medication. It is important to keep a check on your pressure so that you can catch any problem quickly and get it treated.

Causes and Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

Most of the time, hypertension is caused due to bad lifestyle habits. These include smoking, drinking alcohol, a high intake of salt, lack of exercise, etc. Hypertension also occurs more in people as they get older. In some cases, it may also run in the family. These account for around 90% of hypertension cases.

If the Hypertension is not caused by these factors, the other factors are called secondary hypertension. These include problems like diabetes, hormonal conditions, consumption of contraceptive pills, kidney diseases, lupus, painkillers, recreational drugs, etc.

Even though it is difficult to catch the signs of Hypertension, these are some of the common symptoms that can be seen in people:

• Vision problems 
• Bad headaches 
• Bleeding from the nose 
• Nausea 
• Confusion

If you start to experience one or more of these symptoms frequently, it is advised to visit a doctor and get your blood pressure level checked.

Treating High Blood Pressure

Hypertension is usually kept under control with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication. Those who have borderline Hypertension are often told to change certain lifestyle habits in order to keep the blood pressure normal. Regular check-ups are also necessary so that the doctor can keep a track of the blood pressure levels and change the dosage of medicine if and when necessary. 
It is also very important to change your lifestyle habits in order to control blood pressure levels. Here are some important changes in lifestyle that should be made by people suffering from Hypertension:

• Decrease the amount of salt that you consume in your food. It is advisable to reduce the junk food and switch to a lot of vegetables and fibrous foods. 
• Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. It is important to keep your weight in check and lose those extra pounds so that you are healthy 
• Reduce the amount of stress. Stress can be a major factor that can contribute to high blood pressure. 
• Stop smoking and reduce your consumption of alcohol to not more than one glass a day. Both these habits can cause a number of other problems besides hypertension. 
• Drink a lot of water daily

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Expert Author Harshad Jethra
With a rapid change in lifestyles, work pressures, a fast paced life or even personal habits, hypertension has come across as a medical issue of significant magnitude and serious concern.
The condition is vastly prevalent in both, developing and developed countries. In United States, 67 million people are afflicted by hypertension, which is nearly one in every three adults, and only half of these people (47%) have the condition under control. Some other medical disorders which are equally risky are also attributed to the condition. Around 7 in 10 people who have their first heart attack are afflicted by hypertension. And the same stands true for stroke as well. Around 8 in 10 people who suffer from their first stroke have high blood pressure. Moreover, hypertension is very often linked with kidney ailments, and if one is suffering from a kidney disease, his chances of contracting hypertension are higher.
What is hypertension?
When our heart beats, it pumps blood through the entire body by means of arteries, and blood pressure is defined as the force of blood on the vessel walls. Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure.
When one's blood pressure is higher, the heart is required to pump harder, and the condition is called hypertension. This is a condition that has many effects on our body. It could cause damage to organs and many illnesses as well, such as kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke or aneurysm, which is swelling of arteries or cardiac chambers.
Normal levels of blood pressure should be below 120/80, wherein 120 is the peak blood pressure in arteries and 80 is the minimum blood pressure in arteries. When blood pressure reaches the limit of 140/90, the condition is known as hypertension.
If one suffers from high blood pressure due to unknown causes, it is known as essential blood pressure. But hypertension may be caused due to secondary causes, such as kidney disorders or tumors, and the same is known as secondary hypertension.
The condition is more prevalent in adults and seniors, but even those younger, teens and children could be at risk. About two million teens and children in United States are afflicted by hypertension.
What causes hypertension?
There are some factors which are known to enhance the risk of occurrence of hypertension. These include smoking, being obese or overweight, not getting regular exercise in everyday life, or even high levels of salt intake.
Similarly, insufficient consumption of calcium, magnesium or potassium from our diets, a deficiency of Vitamin D or higher alcohol consumption increase the chances of prevalence of hypertension. Stress makes one more vulnerable to hypertension, and even genetics, or a prior family history of hypertension makes one more likely to contract the condition. Kidney ailments, some thyroid problems or tumors also make one more vulnerable to hypertension.
How can one find out if he has hypertension?
Some symptoms of hypertension include severe headaches, chest pain, dizziness, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, nausea, problems with breathing, or blood in the urine. However, it very often happens that a person suffering from hypertension does not have any of these symptoms. This is common, and one in three people who are afflicted by hypertension do exhibit any of the symptoms of hypertension. So one must try and make sure that he goes for periodic blood screening tests, even if no symptoms of high blood pressure are prevalent.
Expert Author Harshad Jethra
A large percentage of us are afflicted by hypertension, and it is a condition which calls for attention. Even while one has no symptom of hypertension, if one is ailing from the condition, it can lead to or aggravate secondary disorders, like heart attack and stroke. Some other health conditions which can be attributed to hypertension include aneurysms and kidney failure.
Nearly 3 in 10 Americans suffer from hypertension, but do not know about it. So it's always recommendable to have your blood pressure checked, at least once every two years.
Many people take medications for hypertension, but one must try out some basic lifestyle changes that really work, and can help you go a long way in keeping a check on high blood pressure. Some of these ways include making sure that one eats healthy, keeping one's weight at healthy levels, getting some regular exercise and limiting consumption of alcohol.
1. Go For A Healthier Diet
One could make a start by going for some very simple changes in one's everyday diet. Since salt increases blood pressure, one must try and make sure that consumption of salt is in controlled limits. One must use less salt while cooking, and maybe reduce consumption of chips and fries.
Then, one must consume a diet that is low fat and is high on fibers. A diet high in fruits and vegetables also helps keep the blood pressure under check, because fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers.
In particular, one must try and go for fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium. One must ideally have 2000 - 4000 mg of potassium daily in his diet. Some of the foods high in potassium are potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, peas, kidney beans and honeydew melons.
2. Keep Alcohol Consumption In A Check
If one consumes alcohol, one must make sure that the consumption is within the recommendable limits, and this would greatly reduce chances of developing hypertension. Preferably, men must not have more than three to four units of alcohol a day, and women must not have more than two to three units a day. Another reason why it is recommendable to avoid alcohol is because alcohol is high in calories, so one could gain weight, and correspondingly, that could work towards increasing blood pressure.
3. Maintain A Healthy Weight
For keeping blood pressure under check or for avoiding hypertension altogether, one of the best ways to go about the same is to avoid being overweight and maintaining a healthy weight. When one is a little overweight, the heart is required to work harder, and that can increase your blood pressure.
But for a healthier heart, one does not need to lose a lot of weight; even a slight weight loss can work wonders for not just one's cardiovascular heath, but also one's everyday health and well being. This could start with something as simple as avoiding fizzy drinks and sodas, making sure you have a healthy breakfast everyday and replacing your favorite snack for something healthier.
4. Be Active And Get Some Regular Exercise
For regulating hypertension, regular exercise and some everyday activity are equally important. Regular workouts or just being active keeps the heart and blood vessels in a good condition, and so it allows one to keep a check on hypertension. Moreover, regular exercise also helps one lose weight, and the same can work very effectively for anyone who may be suffering from hypertension.
As a rule, adults must try and make sure that they get around 150 minutes of physical activity every week, and the workout should be of a moderate intensity, such as fast walking or cycling. If the workout makes you feel slightly out of breath, it is a more effective exercise, but one must check the feasibility for a strenuous workout for himself with a medical professional before taking up any intense activity.
5. Switchover To Decaffeinated Coffee
To reduce the risk of hypertension or any of the related disorders, one must try and make sure that he keeps his caffeine intake in check. Like if one likes to have four cups of coffee a day, it's a great idea to reduce the intake or make a switchover to decaffeinated coffee.
6. Go For Green Tea, A Great Choice For An Improved Cardiovascular Health
Or as an alternative, one may choose to take up green tea, which works very effectively towards normalizing blood pressure. When one has green tea for three months, the blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic are reduced by a little more than 2 mmHg for anyone suffering from hypertension. This can reduce chances of occurrence of stroke by as much as 5%. And green tea also helps prevent hypotension. Medical professionals often recommend having 3-4 cups of green tea a day, for the numerous health benefits it offers.
Expert Author Katheryn Hoban
For some would-be-entrepreneurs who dream of becoming the CEO or world-class small business owners, the truth is many times, we have to work in the employ of another. How you act as an employee will determine how you act as your own boss. To gripe and complain about the system or favoritism at your place of business does nothing to create a favorable atmosphere in your work place. To overlook the very basic customer service areas of a business that is customer service orientated doesn't make any good reflection on your boss's office. Let's examine some worker driven behavior and that of the owner. If you were the business owner, you would see the paper on the floor of the public bathroom and pick it up because you know that the cleanliness of your bathroom reflects on how the customers respond to you. If you have a worker mentality, you see the same piece of paper, and say "so what? Let someone else do it." A worker can walk by that same piece of paper on the bathroom floor 15 times, before the manager comes along and instructs him or her to pick it up and mop the bathroom.
Unfortunately, many managers act the same way as the lowest paid worker. They just walk on by or delegate it to a junior person and don't come back any time soon to check that it was done. This type of manager is just counting his hours until his shift ends. A worker doesn't see the cost that may be wasted by excessive copies, excessive time off, excessive fiddling around. An owner sees the clock ticking down and designs his or her day to get the maximum amount done in the shortest time possible, many days without any money coming in for days.
The owner is the one who gets to the office or workspace early and stays later. An owner dons all the hats and the aprons and does everything needed. Being a small business owner, for many years, I was the one who made the phone calls, updated the database, worked with the mailing lists, created ad copy, made copies at Staples, and distributed my flyers. I taught the classes, created the videos, wrote articles, provided content, blogged for traffic, wrote funding letters, called up investors, and did whatever else that needed doing. When a customer entered my business, I gave them devoted attention and tried to provide the best possible customer service I could. I asked questions trying to determine my customers need, answered questions, and made concessions every day. I swept the floors, and cleaned the toilet and used the squeegee on the store windows.
As an owner, I expect from my employees the same attention to detail that I have. In the moments that I have been an employee, I work like the owner. I see something that needs doing, and I make the extra effort to get it done. What I found out is that the insecure managers and owners don't always appreciate that you act like the owner, and don't want to admit that your ideas and suggestions may be of merit. The reason is the higher-ups are fearful that you are out for their jobs. Workers who step up and do the right thing, are not always rewarded, other times not even complimented on a job well done. However, listen up; your reward will come when you are your own boss. You will have gained skills in every department if you are curious, responsive, and adaptable, to the tasks assigned by the manager or boss. Observe how a boss or manager responds to his customer and how they manage the staff, and their business. How they respond will be indicative of how they conduct business. If you see neglect, put that in your memory and say that is not the way "I'm going to conduct my business." Being an owner can be very hard work. Some decide that they would rather be employees, others decide, and that they will be the next CEO or start their own business and one day if you are diligent, you can too. So which mentality do you have? A worker mentality or that of an owner?
Expert Author Katheryn Hoban
If I were to say to a group of you readers "Hey meet me in Greenland the continent next week, arrive on your own, and I'll see you there." With that specific destination in mind there would be only a few specific ways you could actually get to Greenland to meet us. Some ways are very efficient, and others not so much. If you walked, probably at some point you would have to get on a boat but it would also take you a long time.
Probably most of you would eventually come to the conclusion to travel efficiently you would have to book a flight. With your search I'm sure that you would discover flights to Greenland are limited and only certain airlines would actually be able to fly you in.
The point of this exercise is to encourage you to get specific when aiming to complete your spiritual, emotional, and physical goals. To arrive at your destination the first point you would have to address is what is your starting point? From that point you could also determine your destination route, and plot a specific plan of action to get there.
For the point of this exercise the starting point is YOU! Some great first questions to ask yourself are "Who am I now? Where do I want to get to? At what time do I need to arrive?
To ask these questions takes into account your personal likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies, dreams and or fantasies of where you see yourself somewhere in the future. It's okay to be exactly who you are right now. Let's use the example of a forty five year old woman who is very out of shape, a beginner to fitness, and has an extra twenty five pounds packed on. The first goal she may have is that she wants to wear a size 10 pant, and to walk up and down the stairs without getting out of breath.
As the fitness newbie moves forward in her fitness goals, and trims her body; she begins to discover that she really enjoys working out and meeting her fitness goals. Because she took action towards her initial goals, a new dream of being a personal trainer pops into her mind and heart. So the question of "Where am I now?" is now answered, "I'm a person who enjoys working out and meeting my fitness goals." Where do I want to go? She answers "I want to get paid as a personal trainer."
To become a personal trainer requires specific action. It requires her to take a certification course in that field. The second part is to overcome her fear to get and then train her first client.
Everyone is in a different place in life with different goals. The destinations are colored by the "Who" you are in the moment and that place is varied for all of us.
You have to objectively observe and make note of the exact spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial state you are in. Don't judge any part of your journey. Based on that information to get to a new destination in your life, there can only be a few chosen paths for you to walk on, just like our trip to Greenland.
Who you are, where you want to get to, and the how is mostly up to you. If you have a specific destination, there are specific plans and then milestones that you will pass.
Anyone who wants a college education has to enroll in college first, take the required courses, and graduate three to four years later. However if that same person wanted to be self employed and earn a million dollars doing so, the plan may or may not include college.
When I was a young child I always dreamed of being an illustrator, as I got older I took every kind of drawing, painting, perspective classes, and composition classes I could. I attended an art college with that focus. But something happened that threw me off course and I lost my way. After a few years of floundering I redirected my vision to become an actress. I attended a drama college, auditioned for plays, films, and learned as much as I could about the film industry, and the tools of the trade. But still with everything I attempted nothing would sooth the turmoil I felt inside, or bring me any peace.
When I asked "Who am I?" I had a very different answer. "I'm an emotional mess, a lost soul, at rock bottom." "Where do I have to get to? My answer was "I want to like myself, and I want genuine peace inside."
For me to reach that destination was actually a long journey within. The how to get inside was the path of yoga, an intense self awareness, observation, self forgiveness, and acceptance of myself and others exactly as we were then. It was after I started down that path that I said to myself, "I can teach this." The thought of becoming a yoga teacher, counselor, and guide opened up to me, after I completed this intense soul searching, and self help period. I didn't know that it would become my life's work. Now I can really say that I'm peaceful. I like me, and I enjoy what I'm doing each moment of the day.
The study and knowledge that I acquired both in the art field and the film field hasn't been wasted either. With the art background, I'm equipped to design brochures, flyers, and marketing material that I need for business. The film background has given me the skills and confidence to be comfortable being in front of the camera, and behind the lens as I write, film and edit and my small video lessons of encouragement, and post them.
The life lessons you have previously learned will also help you redefine yourself and focus your skills on the uniqueness of what you have to offer. There is more than enough to go around. You just have to have the courage to do what you love.
Let's revisit our newly certified personal trainer. She is getting clients doing what she loves. She is now open, confident, friendly, and strong. If she was open to a relationship, a person involved in fitness or personal training, might also find her strength attractive. Together they would morph into a strong relationship or business alliance that takes them higher still. But if she didn't take the initial steps towards her fitness goals, the two would never have met. To take that first step towards a specific destination is needed and then more of your life plan opens up for you.
To sum up this discussion then specific questions and answers bring specific results and based on that information there really are only a few efficient ways to get to Greenland. Where is your Greenland? Perhaps I'll see you there.

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