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Could You Survive a Major Disaster?

Did you ever think about how you might handle an unexpected disaster?

I put together some helpful resources to help you get prepared, just in case!

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Could You Survive a Major Disaster?

Be Prepared!

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Don’t Be Afraid to Dream Big

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Dottie Mae

A Little Story About Dreams and Fear

The other day I was driving down the road thinking of one of my dreams. I started to ask God to help make it come true, and then I stopped myself. I thought, “I have everything I need already. I don’t want to ask for more.” And then it occurred to me, “Why are you thinking that way?!”

Revelation

I had myself convinced that I didn’t want to ask for more because I felt I needed to be grateful for what I have and that that should be enough. But when I pushed myself and dug down a little deeper, it became clear that the real reason I wasn’t asking was so that I wouldn’t be disappointed if I didn’t get what I wanted. Aha! Massive revelation!

Desire Creates Action

So then the smarter part of me said, “Whoa, hold on here.” I was realizing that I should ask for what I want. By asking God, the Universe, or just yourself for what you want, you put the wheels in motion for your dream to come true. When you allow yourself to swim in pleasurable thoughts of reaching your dream, you grow your desire for your dream. When you do that then you start taking actions to make things happen.

A Daydream

So I asked for my dream to come true. I delighted in the visualization of it coming true. It spurred me to take some actions that I normally wouldn’t have thought to do. And then lo and behold a step towards that dream came to fruition. The dream is not completed yet, but I’m a little bit closer and I believe it is because I allowed myself to dream big.

A Promise

Will dreaming big always make your wishes come true? No, maybe not exactly, but I can pretty much guarantee you that you’ll get a lot closer than if you squash thoughts of your dreams every time they surface. I’m also not saying you need to believe in God. Just believe in yourself. Ask. Dream. Take action. And receive.

What About You?

What dream have you been squashing lately? For today, allow yourself to enjoy a fantasy movie of your dream in your head. See where it takes you.

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How to Get Unstuck: Overcoming Writer’s Block


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Break the Procrastination Habit Today

Does this ever happen to you? You sit down to write or create something and you end up doing everything but writing and creating. And then suddenly it’s the end of the day and you think “How did the day slip away from me? Arg!” It slips away because we find ways to procrastinate, often in the name of getting things done. The truth is we need to make our writing, art, and creation time a priority before we can overcome the procrastination habit.

Why Do We Procrastinate?

The reason people procrastinate is usually because of a few reasons:

  • Seeking Pleasure. You’re looking for a little serotonin fix a la checking email, blog stats, or some other compulsive pleasure producer.
  • Avoiding Pain. You’ve got your mind thinking only about the work and not the pleasure you’ll get from completing your creation.
  • Lack of Direction. You’re not sure what the next step is in your writing or what you are trying to create.
  • Faulty Prioritization. You have other things to do and you are inadvertently prioritizing them higher than your creation work. (a.k.a. procrastination by doing things)


How to Break the Procrastination Habit and Get Back to Creating

1. Make a Mental Commitment. Commit to doing your writing/creation work first before anything else. If you are reading this then it is probably important to you. Focus on how good it will feel when you complete solid progress on your creation work each day. The other things on your list can be done later.

2. Plan Your Day. Write out what you need to accomplish today including your creation work. Then prioritize each item with creation work being #1. Then schedule each item into a time slot for the day. Be realistic about your time frames and be sure to include transition and buffer time in between activities. Keep some time open for unplanned items. When your other tasks have been scheduled then your mind will be free to focus on writing and creating.

3. Clear Your Desk. Set a timer for 3-5 minutes and get everything piled up or put away somewhere else. Leave another 5-10 minutes at the end of your creation time to organize and put everything in it’s place. Don’t get sucked into organizing the items on your desk. Just move them out of sight so they won’t be grabbing your attention while you’re trying to create.

4. Clear Your Computer. Close all windows that don’t relate to what you’re creating. If there is anything you need to look at later, write it down in your capture notebook to review and prioritize later. You’ll be amazed how much unnecessary stuff will be eliminated from your life this way.

5. Start Writing or Creating. Just write/create. Don’t stop. Don’t censor or edit. Anytime you come to a sticking point, find a way to highlight it and come back to it later. Examples:

  • Title: Just fill in a crappy working title. Once the piece is written then it will be easy to bring the title into focus.
  • Items to research: Highlight and return to it after the piece is written.
  • Items to hyperlink: Highlight and create your links after the whole piece is written.

6. Writer’s Block. If you’ve been procrastinating because you can’t find the words, don’t know where to start or what comes next then it is time to get away from your computer. Transition to the simple tools of paper and pen. If you’re still blocked, get away from paper and pen and find a place to daydream. Try both lighted and dark rooms. Try closing your eyes and ask yourself:

  • What am I trying to accomplish?
  • What do I want to create?
  • What do I want to say?
  • Who is my audience?
  • What do I need to communicate?
  • What action (if any) do I want my readers to take?
  • How do I want them to feel?

Take as much time as you can. Really daydream. Don’t censor yourself. Be wild and free and loose with your ideas. There will be plenty of time later to hone your creation later. When you’re done, say after 20 minutes, then grab a piece of paper and quickly write down the main ideas you came up with.

7. If You’re Still Stuck in the Muck. You might be trying to hard or you may need a significant break. The cure is to get away from the task altogether to allow your conscious mind to unwind from the project. Don’t worry, your subconscious mind will continue to process and solve your next steps. Try doing something completely unrelated like going to the zoo, playing a sport, or going to see a movie. When you return you should have a better perspective and a renewal of energy. You may discover that you were going down the wrong path completely and you need to start anew. Even if you are contracted to create for someone else and you’re not into it, make it a goal to find a way to get excited about the project and have fun.

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5 Simple Steps to Power Up Your Productivity

If you’re frustrated with your level of productivity, I’ve got a very simple and easy solution for you that never fails.

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5 Simple Steps to Power Up Your Productivity

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20 Fun Things You Can Do with Family on Thanksgiving

Don’t just go for the same old, same old on Thanksgiving, vegging on the couch watching football and parades all day. Instead create some treasured memories with these easy and fun things to do with your family on this special day.

Check out these great ideas over at Dumb Little Man:

20 Fun Things You Can Do with Family on Thanksgiving

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How to Crush a Losing Streak


Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Ever feel like you’ll never get out? Well, you can break out of a losing streak!

Whether it is a short-term or a long-term rut, the solution is the same. Head on over to this quick-read article at Dumb Little Man for a guide on how to turn the tables and make room for a winning streak!

How to Crush a Losing Streak

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Stop Feeding Your Gremlin

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Most of us have some type of emotional hole inside of us. Let’s call it your Gremlin. Your Gremlin could be loneliness, fear, lack of direction, regret, anger, jealousy or many others. The Gremlin cries out a lot. So what do we do? We feed it. And what do we feed it? That depends, but usually things like food, alcohol, drugs, nicotine, caffeine, T.V., uncontrolled emotional outbursts, and all other manner of pleasurable avoidance activities.

The Problem

Feeding your Gremlin is more like sweeping dust under a rug than like filling up a hole. The Gremlin can eat and eat, but it manifests in you as a dust pile under a rug that gets bigger and bigger until suddenly you have a bulging belly, an unhealthy addiction, or a wasteland of unrealized dreams. We think that by soothing ourselves with pleasure that we’ll feel better. But too much of a good thing is not good, and so we find ourselves drowning ourselves in things that used to be pleasurable. The only way that you can appreciate pleasurable things is when they are balanced out with good constructive hard work. So what’s the answer? What should you do instead of feeding your Gremlin?

The Solution

Get to know your Gremlin. Instead of feeding your Gremlin non-stop, take some time to be with and understand your Gremlin. Tame him and you won’t have to feed him anymore. This difficult time will be time well-spent. You’ll be better able to enjoy the healthy pleasures of life afterwards. Ask these questions:

  1. When do I feed my Gremlin?
  2. What do I feed it?
  3. Why do I feed it that?
  4. What is it that my Gremlin (I) really need instead?
  5. What is it that I want?
  6. How can I make that happen?
  7. What small steps can I take today?
  8. Who can I call upon to help me?
  9. What can I eliminate or cut back on that will free up some time?

Put together a plan and take action on it. Get busy doing some work that will bring you true contentment. Read this article to get more energy for tackling your plan. Once you’ve begun and put in some good work, then you can then celebrate and actually enjoy some pleasurable time.

Additional Resources:

Taming Your Gremlin (Revised Edition): A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way

Taming Your Gremlin (Revised Edition): A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way
– Great book on this topic! I highly recommend it. It will open your eyes to seeing your life like never before!

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Where to find Happiness

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This is a guest post written by Alex Ion of SocialPacks.com.

If you’re on the lookout for happiness, chances are it’s going to take awhile to find it. This isn’t because happiness is elusive, but simply because you’re not looking in the right place. This is a simple truth but too often we forget that we need to identify with our inner happiness in order for us to realize the happiness that’s around us. Looking for happiness around you will be a futile chase if you don’t learn to benefit from the little joys around you. In order to understand these little gifts, it’s important that you deal with your inner problems at first.

Don’t be the common killjoy

Killjoy is not just another word in the dictionary, it’s what all of us do most of the time. Since we are so involved with ourselves, our problems and our lives, we stop appreciating what’s around us. If you’ve had a difficult day at work, don’t take it out on your children, spouse, parents or friends. If someone talks about something joyous or simply spreads happiness after your tiring day, appreciate that rather than overlooking their attempt to spread joy. If your child makes drawing and shows it to you enthusiastically, don’t just wave it off. Instead encourage him/her because their smile should be enough to bring a smile on your face rather than turn their smiling faces into a somber look only because you weren’t careful enough to notice happiness.

Appreciate life

It’s really easy to get on with your life and find it fulfilling if you begin to appreciate what you have rather than cry about what’s not yours. Appreciate the fact that you have such a wonderful family, friends, home and be grateful about everything you’re blessed with. Be happy about the flowers that grow in your garden rather than overlook their existence and worry about the weather, or as a matter of fact anything else.

Help others

It’s very possible that you may have your own mountain of problems but that doesn’t imply that you can’t step in and help someone else. You already know how burdened you feel, so help someone else in their times of need. Step in and be that shoulder to cry on and help others get on with life.

Say “Thank You”

There’s times when someone else may bring you your file, get your cup of coffee, order lunch for you, compliment you about your clothes, and do so many other small odd jobs for you. Even if your child chooses to help clean the dry leaves from your garden, make sure you take a moment, to stop, look back, acknowledge their thoughtfulness and thank them profusely. Not only will you be acknowledging the other persons help but taking notice will certainly make the other person smile as well.

Be involved

It is really easy to live your life like a loner. Go about doing your own things and not worry about what’s happening in the world around you. You can simply go about with your daily agenda without really involving yourself in anything. But honestly that’s where you’re losing your happiness quotient. Get involved in your own life and those around you. Enjoy the moments in your life and allow yourself to reflect on them and relive them rather than let them be moments that you don’t recall. Not only do you need to give your own life a chance, but you also need to play an active part in others lives. Be there for those around you. Share their happiness and sorrow and make your life as real as possible.

Experience your life instead of just living it from the start to end. Give yourself the gift of happiness by knowing what your life really is instead of being too engaged in the normal and mundane and let each day pass by without knowing one from the other. Spend time with your loved ones, share their experiences and make it an important part of your life. Happiness is everywhere you look for it, but are your eyes open? So next time look within, then look around, find happiness and embrace it with arms wide open. It’s there in every moment and each time you look sideways, happiness will walk past without you acknowledging. So appreciate every single thing in life and feel happy because happiness doesn’t abandon you. It’s only that you tend to overlook it at times.

Written by Alex Ion of SocialPacks.com. A few of his favorite articles are Stress Season Starting, And What You Can Do About It, 6 Tips to Building a Child’s Self-Esteem, and How to Deal With Problems Coming Your Way.

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7 Tips That Will Turn You Into a Powerful Leader

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We are all called upon to be leaders in different situations whether we have express authority or not, whether it’s work or home or sports or even leading others spiritually.

Here are some concise and simple tips for becoming a leader who can make great things happen. You’ll find them in my article today over at Dumb Little Man:

7 Tips That Will Turn You Into a Powerful Leader

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