Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Change Your Life.

 Things You Can Do To Change Your Life

    You are constantly changing, but it’s hard to notice.

    It’s not even a question of if you’re changing. It’s a question of in which direction are you changing.

    Below are things you can do to change your life:

    Take small steps. Enjoy the process. Have fun.

    Know your Current Situation and where you want to go from there.  
    It helps to break big goals down into manageable steps.

    Be Patient 

    Be determined to succeed.

    Face Your Fears

    No Excuses

    Take Responsibility

    Narrow Focus


    Change is inevitable. It’s all about in what direction you’re changing.

    Risk Failure.  You will make mistakes.

    And you won’t even know if they are mistakes when you make them, because mistakes and failures are skipping stones to success.


How to quit your life (and reboot): Priya Parker at TEDxUHasselt

Published on Dec 29, 2012
people are doing jobs in fear; fear that they might not make the best
out of their lives. Priya Parker provides seven techniques to help you
quit your life and reboot.
She invites you to use these techniques to
explore the biggest needs in the world that you might have the passion
and the capacity to address.

Priya is an advisor to leaders and
organizations on strategy, vision and purpose. Her company, Thrive Labs,
works with individuals and teams to help them identify what they care
about most and align it with market realities. Her research includes
identifying what are the driving factors that lead people to thriving
and what blocks them from it. She helps organizations keep and grow
their culture and values as they scale. Drawing on 10 years of conflict
resolution facilitation in the United States, India and the Middle East,
Priya designs visioning and innovation labs that help organizations
grow from the root.

She has run her signature Labs for leading
global firms as well as startups from a variety of disciplines. Her
clients include disruptors from the fields of fashion, technology,
design, development, film, comedy and government. Priya is an expert in
innovative facilitation and process design and incorporates creative
visioning and movement techniques into her work. Her goal is to help
people spend more of their time building things that make them and
others come alive.

Priya received her B.A. in Political and
Social Thought at the University of Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa, and an
M.B.A. from MIT Sloan and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School,
where she received the Public Service Fellowship.

Tips to Stay Smart, Sharp, and Focused

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Tips to Stay Smart, Sharp, and Focused

Your daily habits can have a big impact on your memory, focus, and mood. Here's what to do to help keep your mind sharp.


Mix Things Up

Remember trying to talk backwards as a child? Researchers at Duke University created exercises they call "neurobics," which challenge your brain to think in new ways. Since your five senses are key to learning, use them to exercise your mind. If you're right-handed, try using your left hand. Drive to work by another route. Close your eyes and see if you can recognize food by taste.

Work Out to Stay Sharp

Exercise, especially the kind that gets your heart rate up like walking or swimming, has mental pluses, too. Although experts aren't sure why, physical activity might increase the blood supply to the brain and improve links between brain cells. Staying active can help memory, imagination, and even your ability to plan tasks.

A Healthy Diet Builds Brainpower

Do your brain a favor and choose foods that are good for your heart and waistline. Being obese in middle age makes you twice as likely to have dementia later on. High cholesterol and high blood pressure raise your chances, too. Try these easy tips:
  • Bake or grill foods instead of frying.
  • Cook with "good" fats like oils from nuts, seeds, and olives instead of cream, butter, and fats from meat.
  • Eat colorful fruits and veggies.

Watch What You Drink

You know that too many drinks can affect your judgment, speech, movement, and memory. But did you know alcohol can have long-term effects? Too much drinking over a long period of time can shrink the frontal lobes of your brain. And that damage can last forever, even if you quit drinking. A healthy amount is considered one drink a day for women and two for men.


Music Helps Your Brain

Thank your mom for making you practice the piano. Playing an instrument early in life pays off in clearer thinking when you're older. Musical experience boosts mental functions that have nothing to do with music, such as memory and ability to plan. It also helps with greater hand coordination. Plus, it's fun -- and it's never too late to start.

Make Friends for Your Mind

Be a people person! Talking with others actually sharpens your brain, whether at work, at home, or out in your community. Studies show social activities improve your mind. So volunteer, sign up for a class, or call a friend.

Stay Calm

Too much stress can hurt your gray matter, which contains cells that store and process information. Here are some ways to chill:
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Find something that makes you laugh.
  • Listen to music.
  • Try yoga or meditation.
  • Find someone to talk to.

Sleep and the Brain

Get enough sleep before and after you learn something new. You need sleep on both ends. When you start out tired, it's hard to focus on things. And when you sleep afterward, your brain files away the new info so you can recall it later. A long night's rest is best for memory and your mood. Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

Memory Helpers

Everybody spaces out now and then. As you get older, you may not remember things as easily as you used to. That's a normal part of aging. Some helpful hints:
  • Write things down.
  • Use the calendar and reminder functions in your phone, even for simple things (Call Dad!).
  • Focus on one task at a time.
  • Learn new things one step at a time.

The Name Game

Have trouble recalling names? Always repeat a person's name while you're talking to them -- at least in your head, if not out loud. Or invent a funny image or rhyme that you link with their name. For example, think of Bob bobbing out in the ocean.