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By: Oke Ezeh

NEARLY A MILLION YOUTHS ARE UNEMPLOYED IN IMO STATE

A management consultant, Mr. Okey Ezeh, says there is need for a leadership that will immediately re-order priorities to face the existential threat of festering unemployment in Imo State. The chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in a chat with journalists in Owerri, weekend, maintained that the state requires a leadership that will funnel resources away from non-regenerative, cosmetic schemes to agro-based industrialization drive using the industrial cluster model that will be spread across the three zones of the state. He emphasized the up-skilling and building of human capacity and improvement of all aspects of financing and access to finance by SMEs through deliberative actions and interventions. A key priority, he said, will be to unleash the energy and entrepreneurial spirit of Imo people who are known to be great innovators.

“The National Employment Survey currently estimates that Imo has 800,000.00 unemployed youths. This is completely unacceptable. It is not the vision of our great forebears and so it must be reversed with the urgency that it requires. Imo is not beyond salvation. We have another opportunity to reinvent the state and harness our vast natural and human resources to the benefit of all.

“We desperately need a leader that will run a transparent and accountable, value-for-money administration with zero tolerance for corruption, ineptitude and cronyism. This alone will free up huge resources that will be applied to harnessing our virtually limitless agricultural potentials. We need a visionary  leader that will invest in high-yield fertilizers and introduce organic, high-yield seedling varieties to not only shore up food security in the state but to create the capacity required for the agro-industrial transformation of the state. We need an achiever that will bring back the Farm Settlements of the Michael Okpara era. We need another Alvan Ikoku that will revamp our near-comatose educational system with improved funding, better learning tools and training and re-training of teachers. Such a man will additionally attract grants for our tertiary institutions and enroll them in offshore support programmes, exchanges and linkages that will promote skills and knowledge transfer with institutions of international repute,” Mr. Ezeh averred.

He said one of the ways the state can banish unemployment and revolutionize agriculture is by training young school leavers as ‘agripreneurs’ to take advantage of the opportunities in the entire agricultural value chain, setting up processing facilities, tractors, in-farm housing units in each of the three senatorial zones, establishing seed multiplication farms – livestock and fish breeding centers – to facilitate access to high-yielding and disease-resistant inputs (livestock and fingerlings), and creating special units for packaging for export in order to earn foreign exchange.

By: Evangelist Theophilus Izobofolo – 

The earth is a place for ‘Soul Game.’ Souls are sent to earth from the spirit realm to play the game of earthly success and to decide their eternal aboard while the game last. Every soul player must live in a body and have a spirit; the soul keeps playing the game called life till death terminates the game via the body.

These games are played with the “Spiritual Law’s of Time” (the Bible), and the physical laws of time (earthly laws). The laws are in levels and are applied according to the stage of the soul in knowledge and experience.

The achievement of earthly success with obedience to the “Spiritual Law’s of Time” (the Bibles), culminates into heavenly boom. Inversely, the achievement of earthly success with disobedience to the “Spiritual Law’s of Time” accord’s hell doom reward.

The fundamental secrets of life to fulfilling credible success on earth and gain eternal life in heaven are derived from the “Spiritual Law’s of Time” (the Bible).

The first fundamental secret to win the ‘Game of Soul’ on earth and make heaven is to;

(1) Acknowledge the existence and supremacy of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

(2) Accept His redemption, believe He died for the remission of your sins and grant you grace, truth and love; and

(3) Use His divine gifts and skills to play the game while it last and wait for his reward…the first purpose of the game (life) is to; fear God and obey his commandments, this is the whole duty of man; Ecclesiastics 12:13 (ESV).

To remain in the faith keep updating and nourishing your mind with the word, honor Him with your praise, listen to divine messages, read spiritual articles, pray without season and use your testimonies to encourage, motivate and revive other saints,  as you continue to play the “Game of Soul.”

The Game Coach (God) is coming quickly. The time keeper (death) is already waiting…repent now, start obeying the “Spiritual Laws of Time” (the Bible)…Manaratha.

 By: mytopbusinessideas.com

What secrets or entrepreneurial skills are needed to build a successful business from scratch? Have you ever compared yourself with entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs or Larry Page? What entrepreneurial skills do these great entrepreneurs possess that you don’t?

How did Mark Zuckerberg attain a net worth of $6billion in 2010 while commanding a network of over 100 million users on Facebook? How did Aliko Dangote emerge the richest black man in the world? If the answers to these questions interest you, please read on.

I wanted to be an editor or journalist. I wasn’t really interested in becoming an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.” – Richard Branson

I hope you know that to be a successful footballer, you must possess the necessary skills of a footballer. The same goes for every other profession including entrepreneurship. In this article, I will be tearing apart, the important entrepreneurial skills that set apart; the great entrepreneurs from others. If building a business is your concern, then you should make the acquisition of these entrepreneurial skills a priority.

Skills make you rich, not theories.” Rich Dad

Without beating about the bush, below are five important entrepreneurial skills you must develop to build a successful business from scratch.

List of Entrepreneurial Skills You Need for Fast Business Success

1. Personal Skills: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and only five Minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.” – Warren Buffett

The first skill you must develop as an entrepreneur is your personal skill. Now what do I mean by personal skills? Personal skills are simply those skills that are attached to your personality, more like habits. They are the characters possessed by successful entrepreneurs. For instance; if you are a professional proofreader, then it’s important you develop a keen eye for spotting errors.

“Great men are ordinary men with extra ordinary determination.” – Abraham Lincoln

When I talk about developing your personal skill with respect to building a business, I am talking about developing your entrepreneurial mindset. You have to be in the right mindset before ever starting a business. Being in the right mindset entails you have abandoned the get rich quick mentality and above all, you must have integrity.

“The most important thing in your business relationships is your reputation for honesty. If you can genuinely and sincerely fake honesty, you will be a success. Never doubt it.” – The Mafia Manager

If you carefully study the lives of successful entrepreneurs, you will observe they are courageous, passionate about their entrepreneurial calling and most of all, they think outside the box.

“Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared, but only men of character are trusted.” – Arthur Friedman

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

2. Communication skill: “The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.” – George Jean Natha

The next important entrepreneurial skill you need to develop is communication skill. A famous speaker once said that “the fact that you are talking doesn’t mean someone is listening.” I don’t know who made this statement but I know there is an atom of truth in it.

“Your words have the power to start or quench passion. – John Mason

To be a successful business owner, you must be a powerful communicator. Look at Bill Gates; whenever he speaks, people listen with rapt attention. Steve Jobs successfully launched the iPod and iPad because he was a powerful communicator. Whenever Warren Buffett gives a directive or recommendation, people act.

If the customer says they are not interested, it means you are not interesting.” – Jeffrey Citomer

Investors scramble for Buffett’s annual letter to his CEOs. Why? They do so because Warren Buffet has taken time to perfect his communication skill. Now how do you develop this communication skill? Warren Buffett; the billionaire investor once confessed in an interview that he took a public speaking course at Dale Carnegie’s academy to improve his communication skill.

“The more I risk being rejected, the better my chances are of being accepted.” – Rich Dad

3. Negotiation skill : In the course of building a business, you are bound to negotiate deals. You negotiate with customers and suppliers over goods and services offered. You negotiate with bankers over bank loans terms and conditions, just as you negotiate with investors over equity and stakes.

“If you cannot negotiate, you will end up getting good deals at exorbitant prices or worse still, you will get nothing.” – Ajaero Tony Martins

Bill Gates became the richest man in the world in his thirties because he strategically negotiated a deal with IBM in his early 20s. If Bill Gates lacked persuasion skills, his name may not have been imprinted in the sands of time. So if you cannot negotiate, if you lack persuasion skills; building a business may just be a dream to you. Negotiation or persuasion is an art that can be learned, all you have to do is to devote your time to learning it and you will become a master at it.

4. Leadership skill: In business, leadership skill is not an option. It’s a necessity.” – Rich Dad

Business is all about your relationship with people. It entails uniting people with different backgrounds, beliefs and skills to a common cause. It entails forging people with different skills and ideologies into a business team.

“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John D. Rockefeller

I have never seen a great business without a great leader at the helm of affairs. Building a successful business therefore requires you become an excellent business leader. Take a look at Bill Gates, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Aliko Dangote, Steve Jobs and so many others. These men are great leaders in their respective businesses.

Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationship.” – Henry Ross Perot

Successful entrepreneurs were not born business leaders; they were made. They became business great leaders because they desired it; they humbled themselves and learned the art and science of leadership. Today, they are leaders in their game with a huge number of followers.

Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people.” – Mary Kay Ash

It’s within you reach to become a good corporate leader or but you must first develop the first three entrepreneurial skills listed above which are: personal skill, communication skill and negotiation skill. This is necessary because these three skills are vital components of effective corporate leaders.

“The ability to deal with people is as purchasable as a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other thing under the sun.” – John D. Rockefeller

5. Sales skill: “If you cannot sell, you will be sold.” – Ajaero Tony Martins

This is perhaps, the most important entrepreneurial skill of all. I decided to list it last so that I can explain its details in full. The reason I regard this as the most important is because I have never seen a business that doesn’t sell one thing or the other. If you are not selling tangible items, then you are probably selling intangible items such as services.

“A man’s success in business today turns upon his power of getting people to believe he has something they want.” – Gerland Stanley

I regard sales skill as the most important because life is all about selling. To get a good job, you must sell yourself to your employers. Even before you get married, you must sell yourself to your spouse, convincing him/her that you are the best partner. Success in business is also all about selling; you must first sell yourself to your investors, next to your suppliers, your business team and employees and then to your customers.

“The best way to turn a woman’s head is to tell her she has a beautiful profile.” – Sacha Guitry

Many people shy away from selling because they are afraid of rejection. Bill Gates sold himself to IBM before he became a billionaire. Steve Jobs personally sold his products such as the iPad in the media. Thomas Edison and Ray Kroc started as salesmen; I am also in the business of selling. The moment I stop selling; I will cease to be an entrepreneur. So my last note to you today is this “start selling something.

“The ability to sell is the number one skill in business. If you cannot sell, don’t bother thinking about becoming a business owner.” – Rich Dad

In conclusion, I want you to go over the five entrepreneurial skills again and decide which one is missing in your life. As a last note, I leave you with this quote;

Skills make you rich, not theories.” – Rich Dad

101 Ways To Live Your Life To The Fullest

Republished by: Theophilus Izobofolo-


“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

How do you feel about your life today? Are you living every day in excitement? Do you love what you’re doing? Are you excited every single moment? Are you looking forward to what’s coming up next? Are you living your best life?

If your answer to any of the above is a no, maybe, or not sure, that means you’re not living your life to the fullest. Which really shouldn’t be the case, because your life experience is yours to create. Why settle for anything less than what you can get? You deserve nothing but the best. In the past years of my life, especially since I started pursuing my passion in 2008, I’ve been living every day to the fullest, filled with joy, passion, and rigor. It’s an amazing experience that I want you to experience too.

Here is a list of 101 timeless tips I use to live my best life, and I hope they’ll help you to do the same too. As you work on these tips, you’ll find yourself becoming more conscious, more alive, and more importantly, experiencing life on a whole new level. Be sure to bookmark or print out this page and refer to it daily.

Here are 101 ways to live your life to the fullest:
1.Live every day on a fresh new start. Don’t be held back by what happened yesterday, the day before, the week before, the year before, or even decades ago. Life is short, so live in the present moment.
White flowers basking in light

2.Be true to who you are. Stop trying to please other people or to be someone else. It’s better to be an original version of yourself rather than be an exact duplicate of someone else.
3.Quit complaining. Don’t be like the howling dog, always howling and never doing anything. Stop complaining about your problems and work on them instead.
4.Be proactive. Stop waiting for others around you to do something and take action yourself instead.
5.Rather than think “what if,” think “next time”. Don’t think about the things you can’t change (namely what has happened and other people’s thoughts) or unhappy things, because these are disempowering. Instead focus on the things you can action on. That’s the most constructive thing you can do in any situation.
6.Focus on WHAT vs. How. Focus on WHAT you want first, before you think about HOW to do it. Anything is possible as long as you set your mind, heart, and soul to it.
7.Create your own opportunities. You can wait for opportunities. Or you can go out there and create your own opportunities. The latter is definite and much more empowering.
8.Live more consciously each day. Stop sleepwalking through life. Your life is something to be experienced, not coasted through.
9.Be committed to your growth. In the Map of Consciousness, there are 17 levels of consciousness — from Shame to Enlightenment. The higher your consciousness level, the richer your life experience. Achieving a higher consciousness comes from your commitment to your growth.
Consciousness

10.Know your inner self. This means knowing who you are and what you represent. Be clear of your personal identity. Read: Finding Your Inner Self
11.Discover your life purpose. Set the mission statement for your life, one that will drive you to live your life to the fullest. Read: How to Discover Your Life Purpose (series)
12.Live in alignment with your purpose. What can you start doing immediately that will let you live 100% in alignment with your purpose? How can you live true to your purpose within every situation you are in, every second of the day?
13.Set your life commandments. Define your personal commandments to live your best life. What adages and principles do you want to follow in your life?
14.Discover your values. Values are the essence of what makes you, you.
15.Hold yourself to the highest conduct. Every one of us have our own set of ethics and principles. Live true to them every day. Also, live in full alignment with your purpose (#12), commandments (#13) and values (#14).
16.Stop putting life on hold. Are you putting any parts of your life on hold? What is one area of your life you have been putting off, avoiding or denying? Uncover that and start working on it.
17.Create your life handbook. Your life handbook is your personal manual to live your best life, containing your mission statement, values, goals, personal strengths, blind spots, and action plans. Start off with a few basic pages, and then build on it.
18.Design your ideal life. What is your ideal life? Design it. Firstly, assess your life via the life wheel. Then, ask yourself what it takes to live a 10/10 life. What is the life that will make you shout for joy? There are no limits in life — only those you set for yourself!
19.Set your goals. After you design your ideal life, set your 5-year, 3-year, and 1-year goals. The more specific they are, the better!
Goals

20.Take action on your goals and dreams. Create an action plan for your goals. My ESPER: 7-part Goal Achievement series is a great tool to get you started.
21.Create your bucket list, which is a list of things to do before you die. Then, get out there to achieve them.
22.Don’t do things for the sake of doing them. Always evaluate what you’re doing and only do it if there is meaning behind them. Don’t be afraid to quit the things that don’t serve your path.
23.Do the things you love because life is too precious to be doing anything else. If you don’t enjoy something, then don’t do it. Spend your time and energy on things that bring you fulfillment and happiness.
24.Discover your passion in life. What sets you on fire? Go out there to discover what you love to do. Read: How to Know What You Want To Do In Life
25.Make your passion a full-fledged career. Then, start pursuing it. Stop working in a job you feel passionless about. Quit your job when you are ready to do it full-time. Read: How to Pursue Your Passion (series)
26.Turn your passion into a huge success. Turn your passion into a multi-million dollar business. Better yet, make it a multi-billion dollar one.
27.Learn from criticism. Be open to criticism but don’t be affected by it. Criticism is meant to help you be a better person. Learn from it. Watch: 5 Tips to Deal with Negative Criticism [Video]
28.Be positive. Is the glass half empty or half full? What if I say it’s neither? It’s actually all-full – the bottom half is water, the top half is air. It’s all a matter of perception. Take on perceptions that empower you, not those that bind you. If you can see the positive side of everything, you’ll be able to live a much richer life than others.
Glass of water — Half empty or Half full?

29.Don’t badmouth other people. If there’s something you don’t like about someone, say it to his/her face — otherwise, don’t say it at all. It’s not nice to badmouth others, and it also reflects a small mind.
30.Be empathetic. If everyone only sees life from his/her own perspective, we’ll forever be close-minded and insular. See things from others’ shoes.
31.Be compassionate. Show compassion and kindness to everyone around you.
32.Develop 100% self-belief. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Remove your limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering ones (In Days 26-27 of Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program, you identify your limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering ones). If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect others to believe in you? Read: How to Be The Most Confident Person In The World
33.Let go of unhappy past. This means past grievances, heartbreaks, sadness, disappointments, and anger.
34.Forgive those who have done you wrong in the past. This includes backstabbers, those who took credit for your achievements, and those who have done you wrong. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and realize it was you.” — Lewis B. Smedes
35.Let go of attachments. Don’t get fixated with achieving a certain status, fame, wealth or material possessions. These are impermanent and will ultimately disappear one day when you die. Focus on growing and living life to the fullest instead.
36.Let go of relationships that do not serve you. That means negative people, dishonest people, people who don’t respect you, people who are overly critical, and relationships that prevent you from growing.
37.Spend more time with people who enable you. Hang out with people whom you compatible with: like-minded people and people who are positive, successful, and positive for your growth. You are after all the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
Average of 5 people

38.Build genuine, authentic connections with people around you — friends, family, colleagues, business partners, customers/clients, and acquaintances. Spend time to know them better and foster stronger connections.
39.Connect with an old friend. There is no end to the number of friends you can have. Reach out to people from the past.
40.Do a kind deed a day. What is something you can do today that will make the world a better place? Go and do it.
41.Help other people who are in need. Volunteering is one outlet. You can also start with your friends and family.
42.Help people when they least expect it, without reason. You don’t need any reason to help others. Do it because you want to. Share the love with everyone.
43.Go dating (if you’re single).
Couple in love

44.Fall in love. ♥ 🙂 Read: How to Find Your Soulmate (series)
45.Review your life. Set a weekly review to assess how you are doing for your goals. Review your purpose once every 3-6 months so that you know you’re on the right path.
46.Overcome procrastination. Procrastination is a huge waste of your time (and your life). Get rid of it once and for all. Read: How to Overcome Procrastination (series)
47.30 minutes a day. Set aside at least 30 minutes every day to work on a Quadrant 2 goal that, when you achieve it, will bring about the biggest fulfillment and happiness in your life.
48.Get out there and make new friends — whether at your workplace, online, with friends’ friends, or in social groups. Read: 10 Tips To Make New Friends and Cooped Up Indoors? Get a Life with These 7 Tips
49.Make deeper connections. Beyond making new friends, aim to make deeper connections. Read: How to Have More Best Friends in Life
50.Be your advisor (from the future). Imagine you’re the future you from 5 years later. How would you advise yourself? Write this advice down. Now, apply them.
51.Write a letter to your future self. Envision how you’ll be like in the future, one year from now. Write as long as you like. Now, seal it and put it in a safe place. Set a calendar appointment one year from now, so you’ll know to open when it’s time. Watch: Write a Letter to Your Future Self [Video]
Letter

52.Declutter. Start from your computer, then proceed to your workdesk, your bedroom, and your home. When you throw unwanted stuff away, you make room for new things and new energy to enter your life.
53.Keep learning. There is something to learn from everything you see, hear and experience. This includes your mistakes and past misshaps (if any). Learn to interpret each event objectively. Focus on what you can learn from it so that you can apply the lessons moving forward.
54.Keep developing yourself. Equip yourself with a huge breadth of knowledge. Learn different skills, pick up different hobbies, study different fields.
55.Keep upgrading yourself. Equip yourself with a huge depth of knowledge. While you can usually only reach level 99 in video games, in real life you can level up to infinity. Go for further studies if need be. Develop your skills. Level up. Invest your >10,000 hours in each skill.
56.Try new things. What is something you would normally not do? Get out of your comfort zone to try something different. It can be something simple like taking a new bus route, trying a new food item, picking up a new hobby, or something bigger like studying in a different field, learning a new skill, and traveling to a country you’ll never visit. There are no limits (except whatever is illegal and morally wrong of course)!
57.Get yourself out there. (a) Get out there geographically. Go out, travel, and explore the world. Set sail into the sea. Go backpacking by yourself and visit as many countries as possible. Get on a road trip and visit all the places that come up in your trip. (B) Get out there situationally. Stop sticking to routines and comfort zones. Try something different. (c) Get out there in life. Stop watching TV and living vicariously through the TV characters. Go and live the life of your dreams.
58.Be the absolute best in what you do. Go for the #1 position in what you do. If you want to spend your time doing something, you might as well be the best in it!
59.Don’t settle. In the same vein as #58, don’t settle for less. Don’t settle for someone you don’t like as your partner. Don’t settle for a job you don’t like. Don’t settle for friends who make you feel like a lesser person. Don’t settle for a weight you are unhappy with. Go for what you really want.
60.Stretch yourself. What are you doing now? How can you achieve more? Set bigger goals. Explore your limits and break them.
61.Embrace new ideas. Don’t mentally limit yourself. Let your mind be a breeding ground for new ideas. Read: 25 Brainstorming Techniques
Brainstorming Techniques

62.Create your inspirational haven. Turn your room into a place you love. Do the same for your work desk. Get rid of things that make you unproductive. Surround it with things that inspire you and trigger you into action. Read more: How to Create An Inspiring Room
63.Behave as your ideal self will. All of us have an ideal vision of who we want to be. What is your ideal self like? How can you start to be your ideal self now?
64.Set your role models in life. With role models, you become much better than you can be by yourself. I am personally inspired by Oprah (for how she has impacted millions of lives), Lady Gaga (for her talent and not being afraid to be different), Ellen DeGeneres (for her kind heart and humor) and many more. Seeing them and what they do reminds me of what I can be and what I can do, so they drive me to greater heights.
65.Get mentors/coaches. There’s no faster way to improve than to have someone work with you on your goals. Not only will they drive you to achieve more, but they’ll also share important advice which you can use to create even more success for yourself. Many of my clients approach me to coach them and the net result is this: they achieve significantly more progress and results than if they had worked alone.
66.Uncover your blind spots. The more you uncover, the more you grow, the better you become. Read: Blind Spots In Personal Growth
67.Increase your consciousness. The more conscious you are, the more evolved you become. Read: Map of Consciousness
68.Ask for feedback. As much as we can try to uncover our blind spots (#66), there will be blind spots that we cannot identify. Asking for feedback gives us an added perspective about ourselves. Some people to approach are friends, family, colleagues, boss, or even acquaintances, since they have no preset bias and can give their feedback objectively. Day 17 of the Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program is about getting feedback from others so as to uncover our blind spots.
69.Generate passive income. Create passive income streams so that your income is not tied to the time you spend on work. Of course you’ll still continue to work, but only because you want to and not because you have to.
70.Help others live their best lives. There is no better way to grow than to help others grow. Ultimately, the world is one. We are all in this journey of life together.
71.Get married / Start your family / Have kids!
72.Improve the world. There are many things in the world that need your help and attention. Poverty. Disaster recovery. Illiteracy. Children in need. Depleting rainforests. Animal rescue. Endangered species. How can you do your part?
World in your hands

73.Spearhead a humanitarian cause or organization that you are passionate about.
74.Give more value than you receive. There is so much unspeakable joy that comes from giving. And when you give, you’ll find that you actually receive a lot more in return, in spades.
75.Be big-picture focused. You can either set your eyes on the big things or get hung up by the nitty gritty details. The former will help you get a lot more out of life than the latter. Focus on your big rocks and put first things first.
76.Be clear of your end objective. What is the end goal you seek? Is the task that you’re working on bringing you there? If not, put it aside. As long as you keep working on tasks that match your end goal, you’ll eventually reach there.
77.Go the 80/20 route. For every goal you have, there are different paths to achieve it. Pick the 80/20 path, i.e., the most effective path that brings you to your goal with the least amount of effort. Read: How to Achieve More With Less Using The 80/20 Principle (series)
78.Work on the 80/20 actions (Prioritize). As you embark on the 80/20 path for your goals, focus on the important tasks and cut out the less important ones. Work on the 20% actions that give you the 80% results.
79.Live in the moment. Do you often have a very busy mind? Calm your mind down. Be present. The only time you’re ever living is in this moment. Meditation helps remove mental clutter. Read: How to Meditate in 5 Simple Steps
80.Relish in the little moments. Snuggling under warm covers on a rainy day. Having ice cream on a hot day. A kiss with your loved one. Being with your best friend. A walk by the park. The breeze on your face. Quiet, alone time. Watching the sunrise/set. Soak in all these little moments of life. They are what make up your life.
81.Take a break. Being the best also requires you to take breaks when needed. Make sure you rest when needed. Doing so lets you walk the longer road ahead.
82.Stop wanting things a certain way. I have a 3-part series on the downsides of perfectionism and how to overcome them. Be firm on your end goals and ideals, but let go of the obsession to have things done a certain way. You’ll realize that when you do so, you achieve what you want. Read: How to Overcome Perfectionism (series)
White flower

83.Focus on creation. Think about what you can bring to the world and create that.
84.Don’t criticize or judge others. Respect others for who they are.
85.The only person you can change is yourself. Stop expecting others to behave in a certain way. Rather than demand that others around you change, focus on changing yourself. You’ll be happier and live a more fulfilling life this way.
86.Practice gratitude. Be grateful for everything you have today, and everything you will get in the future.
87.Express gratitude. Let the people who’ve touched you know about your gratitude toward them. You’ll be surprised what a little act like this can do. If you don’t tell them, they’ll never know.
88.Let loose and have fun. Sing at the top of your lungs. Dance in the rain. 😀 Run barefoot and feel the ground underneath your feet. Hug everyone you know. Release yourself of your self-imposed shackles and be free! 😀
89.Get into nature. Many of us live in concrete jungles. Get out of the urban city environment and soak in the beauty of nature.
90.You have a choice. Recognize you always have a choice in how to live your life.
91.Laugh more. 😀 Are you reading this with a straight face? Smile and have fun. 😀
92.Embrace change. The only thing that’s constant is change. Change means growth. Rather than resist change, learn to be versatile such that you can make the best out of the changes that come. In fact, become an agent of change.
93.Be more risk-inclined. Don’t be afraid to take risks. The bigger your risks, the bigger your return.
94.Embrace mistakes. The more mistakes you make, the more experience you have, the higher your chances of success. Make sure to identify lessons from each experience so that you can build on them.
95.Embrace disappointments. Many people try to avoid feeling disappointed. They develop a negative relationship with disappointment. However, disappointment is part and parcel of being human — it reflects your real emotions. Don’t resist it — instead, embrace it. Learn to channel into your disappointment, emotions, to create more in life. Read: How to Overcome Disappointment (series)
Girl free on the field

96.Challenge your fears. All of us have fears. Fear of uncertainty, fear of public speaking, fear of risk… all these fears keep us in the same position and prevent us from growing. Rather than avoid your fears, recognize that they are the compass for growth. Address and overcome them. Read: 4 Reasons We Should Overcome Fear
97.Maximize your mind, body, heart and soul. Living your best life requires you to maximize yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If you are highly successful, have lots of money, have a big circle of friends, and are very spiritually aware but you neglect your physical health, that’s not living your life to the fullest. The same for other scenarios where you block off a part of you. Maximize all 4 aspects of you.
98.Be your best self. Essentially all the articles here at Personal Excellence are about being your best self and achieving your highest potential. It’s by being our best self that we can live our life to the fullest.
99.Love yourself. You are the one constant in your life. Remember to always treasure and love yourself. ♥ You deserve nothing less. Read: How to Develop a Positive Body Image
100.Love others. Be grateful to all the people around you because they help you grow. They enrich your life experience. Without them, your life would not be the same.
101.Last but not least: Love life. I find living to be a fascinating experience. How we’re all on earth with millions of species, 30,000 different life forms, and over 7 billion people, and everyone is thriving in their own way, existing, co-existing, and co-creating. There’s so much we don’t know out there and so much to be experienced that it’s just wonderful. As you live on earth, remember to love life. It’s the only way we have to live

10 IRRESISTIBLE WAYS TO MANAGE AND PREVENT STRESS (FOR STUDENTS)

Written by: Theophilus Izobofolo

23rd May 2017

Being a student was a stressful time for me; I know it is the same with many students today. Some stress is positive and negative, the positive stress motivates you to reach your targets and focus on your goal by studying more and working harder. The accelerating events, expectations or experiences stimulate positive stress that helps you work tirelessly. The positive stress is called ‘U-stress’, it is stimulated during exciting moments;a moderate level of adrenaline is secreted when happy and it enables the body to meet the goals set up by the mind in positive mood.

The negative stress is the opposite of U-stress, when it reaches an unhealthy level, it prevents you from functioning well and meeting your goals…this is called Distress. Your health, school performance and social life can all suffer when stress becomes too much to handle. That’s because stress can affect your mood and ability to think clearly. It can also weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to getting sick.

CHRONIC STRESS:

Stress are named according to the experience and need of man, but the Chronic Stress is adverse and detrimental to the health, cause high blood pressure, autoimmune illnesses, Anxiety, digestive issues and depression. It is actually very important to manage stress, prevent negative stress levels and listen to your self to know when you are feeling negatively overwhelmed. Here are some guidelines for managing and preventing stress as a student;

GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING AND PREVENTING STRESS

NASA Study: Stress Management and Resilience Training for Optimal Performance (SMART-OP)Researchers in the UCLA Anxiety and Depression Research Center (ADRC) have incorporated the use of technology in managing and treating stress and anxiety problems. The CALM Study utilized a computer-based CBT treatment for anxiety in primary care. Another completed study, funded by National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) through a cooperative agreement with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), developed and evaluated a self-guided multimedia computer program to train users in stress management and resilience skills. But the following are some major tips to control your stress level;

  1. Watch out for signs of stress overload: Symptoms of too much stress can be physical, emotional, mental and behavioral. While everyone is different, some common signs are: memory problems, trouble concentrating, racing thoughts, irritability, anger, sadness, headaches, frequent colds and changes in sleep or appetite.
  2. Know what triggers your stress: Stress and its triggers are different for everyone. Certain people, places or situations might produce high levels of stress for you. Think about what causes you stress, and brainstorm solutions. If public speaking or presentations make you stressed, start researching early and practice several times. If there are friends or social situations that cause extreme stress, you may want to avoid them when you are already feeling tense or overwhelmed.
  3. Don’t be over ambitions: Pulling yourself in different directions will only stress you out, so try not to over-commit yourself or do extracurricular activities when you’re super busy with school.
  4. Take time to relax: While it’s impossible to eliminate all negative stress from your life, you can control the way you react to stress. Your body’s natural fight-or-flight response can take its toll. When you’re faced with a stressful situation that your mind perceives as a threat, it sends various chemicals, like adrenaline and cortisol, throughout your body. As a result, heart rate and breathing speeds up and your digestion slows down. This tires out the body. Relaxation techniques are a huge help in calming you down, boosting mood and fighting illness. Try a variety of techniques — like yoga, breathing exercises, meditation and visualization — to see what works for you, and schedule a relaxation break every day.
  5. Exercise Regularly: All forms of exercise reduce stress hormones, flood the body with feel-good endorphin, improve mood, boost energy and provide a healthy distraction from your dilemmas. Plus, exercise may make you less susceptible to stress in the long run. Find physical activities that you enjoy and try to devote about 30 minutes to them each day.
  6. Manage your time well: Time can seem like a luxury in college, but there are various ways to manage it effectively. First, focus on one task at a time. Multitasking rarely works. Jot down everything you need to do in a calendar or a task management app/program, prioritize your list and break projects into single steps or actions.
  7. Reduce or stop caffeine: Caffeine might help you study in the short term, but it interrupts sleep and makes you more anxious, tense and jittery. This obviously ups your stress level. Try and drink no more than one caffeinated beverage a day.
  8. Avoid self-medication: Some students drink, take drugs, smoke and use other unhealthy behaviors to cope with stress. However, these behaviors can exacerbate stress by negatively affecting your mood and health.
  9. Control your temperament: Most students suffer from bad temperament, as a result seek solace in isolation. Life is relational not a transaction, when you are too emotional you stand the chance of being stressed during anger.
  10. Associate and socialize: If you’re stressed out, talk to your friends and family. If you feel like you can’t handle the stress on your own, schedule an appointment with a counselor on campus.

 

 

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