Break the worry habit by putting things in perspective and laughing over small setbacks.
Repeat to yourself that “this will soon pass”.
Then take a sheet of paper, write out the worry on your mind.
Allot a certain period of time to think on it. isolate the precise problem and formulate a powerful line of attack.
By this practical technique, your negative, energy sapping habit will soon be a faint memory of the past.
Get deep into the habit of personal introspection.
Ben Franklin called this one of the most important strategies for personal effectiveness.
Spend ten minutes every night before you go to bed in self-examination.
Think about the good things you did during the day and the bad actions you may have taken which you must change in order to excel and grow.
Successful people are simply more thoughtful than others.
Daily reflection will soon allow for the eradication of your negative qualities (ranging from procrastination to gossiping to insulting others) and will sharpen the mind.
After steady practice, a time will eventually arrive when the mistakes you makes are few indeed and your personal power will move to the highest level.
How to improve as a public speaker, how to improve your relations with others,
how to become fitter or develop a better memory – all aspects of personal development are dealt with in books.
Therefore, in order to achieve your maximum potential, you must read daily.
But, in this age of information, you must be ruthless in what you consume.
Focus on your goals and read only those materials that will be asset to you.
Do not attempt to read everything for you are busy and have other tasks at hand.
Choose what is important and filter out what is of no value.
Begin with a solid newspaper every morning for an excellent summary of the key events of the day.
Also ensure that your readings are broadly based.
For example, perhaps you may wish to read history, business, Eastern philosophy, health books etc.
Then go to the library and develop the habit of making regular visits.
Read the classics from Hemingway to Bram Stoker.
Read history, with all its lessons on life and read biology for a new perspective.
Look under the heading of ” Success” at the library and you will be amazed at the literature you will find:
inspirational stories of people who developed greatness in the face of adversity, strategies for improving yourself physically,
mentally and spiritually and texts to tap the unlimited power for success that certainly exists within us.
Drink deeply from such books.
Surround yourself with them and read them constantly whether on the bus each day or before you go to bed.
Let them inspire and motivate you.
Keep germs off these objects of daily use by following this guide
From your toilet to the contents of your make-up bag, you’ll be shocked by how often these should be given a once-over to avoid nasty germs wreaking havoc on our health. While there are hundreds of tips out there on how often you should be cleaning these everyday household objects, we’ve asked experts for their top tips on how regularly you should change your sheets, clear out fridge and even wash your bra. Here’s what they recommend:
Toilets come with dirty reputations – but the average loo seat only has around 50 bacteria per square inch, which is less than most chopping boards. Aim to clean around the toilet bowl every day, and give your bathroom a proper clean once a week.
It’s a good idea to wash them every one to two weeks. “We shed a million skin cells (accompanied by oil and sweat) each night, and this attracts dust miles.”
The average fridge has around 750 times the level of safe bacteria that it should have. Cover all uncooked food, and throw out anything past its expiry date. As for cleaning it, wipe down the inside of your fridge every three to six months, or your food could become contaminated with nasty salmonella bacteria.
Mattresses are great breeding grounds for dust mites and bacteria because they hold so many dead skin cells. No matter how good the quality of your mattress, you shouldn’t keep it for longer than nine years.
Kitchen clothes and Sponges
These cleaning tools hoard between one million and 10 million bacteria per square inch. The Hygiene Council says they should be cleaned frequently. Pop them in a 60 degree C wash weekly and replace them often.
Studies have shown that your phone carries 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Regularly clean it with an antibacterial wet wipe to avoid picking up bugs.
We all know we should be changing our knickers every day, but what about our bras? As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to wash your bras after three to four wears.
Make-up has a shelf life, and it might be shorter than you think.
Foundation: Liquids and cream foundations only last between six and 12 months, because bacteria can grow more easily in the water and oils that these contain. Powders can last up to two years.
Lipstick: These should be okay to keep for up to two years. But occasionally, clean the top layer of lipstick with a wipe to remove any bacteria.
Mascara: You should chuck your mascara three months after opening it to prevent bacteria from causing eye irritations or infections.
Sponges: Replace these every month and wash them with cleanser routinely.
Internal motivation comes from within, such as pride, a sense of achievement, responsibility and belief.
There was a young boy who used to come for regular practice but always played in the reserves and never made it to the soccer eleven. While he was practicing, his father used to sit at the far end, waiting for him. The matches had started and for four days, he didn’t show up for practice or the quarter or semifinals. All of a sudden he showed up for the finals, went to the coach and said, “Coach, you have always kept me in the reserves and never let me play in the finals. But today, please let me play.” The coach said, “Son, I’m sorry, I can’t let you. There are
better players than you and besides, it is the finals, the reputation of the school is at stake and I cannot take a chance.” The boy pleaded, “Coach, I promise I will not let you down. I beg of you, please let me play.” The coach had never seen the boy plead like this before. He said, “OK, son, go, play. But remember, I am going against my better judgment and the reputation of the school is at stake. Don’t let me down.”
When the game finished, the coach went up to him and said, “Son, how could I have been so wrong in my life. I have never seen you play like this before. What happened? How did you play so well?” The boy replied, “Coach, my father is watching me today.” The coach turned around and looked at the place where the boy’s father used to sit. There was no one there. He said, “Son, your father used to sit there when you came for practice, but I don’t see anyone there today.” The boy replied, “Coach, there is something I never told you. My father was blind. Just four days ago, he died. Today is the first day he is watching me from above.”