Sunday, January 31, 2016
It's miraculous but it is real and that is that we have been allowed by His Grace to see the last day of January 2016.
Not all who saw the 1st of January 2016 are alive today to see the 31st; meaning that not all who saw the beginning of January are here today to see its end.
But you and I are so blessed that we are alive in the land of the living and to give Glory to God Almighty.
So whatever you do today, just be grateful to God that you are still on this side of the divide of eternity.
And having said that, as we step into February, it's time to start doing serious business to make money.
I continually stress on making money because I have noticed that not having money has been a predicament to many a man and had limited their potentials.
Just think of what to start on the sideline from the 1st of February 2016 and keep at it.
And if you wanna join me, then just indicate so and I sure would like to work with you.
Do have a great day today and enjoy
Let God reign Supreme
Dr. Jerry - the First: JP
Friday, January 29, 2016
A self-made millionaire says a seemingly innocuous daily habit could be keeping you from getting rich
Much of what separates wealthy people from average people is mental — rich people simply think, act, and make choices differently than the rest of us.
In "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind," author and self-made millionaire T. Harv Eker identifies a seemingly harmless daily habit average people engage in that the rich refuse to: complaining.
"Complaining is the absolute worst possible thing you could do for your health or your wealth," Eker writes.
When you complain, you're focusing on what is wrong with your life — and what you focus on tends to expand, Eker explains.
"Like attracts like," the self-made millionaire writes. "When you are complaining, you are actually attracting 'crap' into your life."
This leaves very little room for growth, particularly financial growth.
A fact often overlooked — or dismissed as elitist — is that your friendships and relationships could also have a major impact on your financial success. Steve Siebold, a self-made millionaire who interviewed over 1,200 rich people, found that the wealthy are deliberate about choosing their friends, and their choices have implications for their success and their net worth.
Eker makes a similar point about negativity. Separating yourself from other complainers is just as important as resisting the urge to complain personally, he emphasizes: "Negative energy is infectious. Plenty of people, however, love to hang out and listen to complainers. Why? It's simple: They're waiting for their turn!"
It's an easy cycle to fall into, but a costly one.
If you're in a financial rut, or looking to grow your wealth, stop complaining — out loud and in your head, Eker advises, and help yourself out by surrounding yourself with an upbeat, successful crowd.
"Remind yourself that you are creating your life and that at every moment you will be attracting either success or crap into your life," he writes. "It is imperative you choose your thoughts and words wisely!"
Source: Rich People Do Not Complain
I remember when I was growing up and being exposed to so many things that needed to be decided on.
I used to dither a lot on taking decisions even on things that would move me forward.
There will always be another opportunity used to be my mantra and I held unto that tightly like a mother hen would do to her eggs.
I remember that in Class 1, I was the youngest in the Class but was made the Class Prefect by the School's Senior Prefect who was then in Upper Six and who was my School Father. He tutored me on how to control noise making in the Class and also deal with unruly students; but like I said, I was the youngest in the Class and there were quite a number of older guys and even bigger and more grown up than I and so I found it difficult to control them. Instead of writing their names and submitting as instructed, I would shift it for another day after verbally warning them to no avail. Infact each time I warned any of them to keep quiet in the Class, they would threaten me and continually brought me down before the rest of the Class Members.
One good day, the Senior Prefect was passing by the Class and we had no Class so the Students were all playing and making noise, I was there and tried to control the Class to the best of my ability but again to no avail, they just were not ready to listen to me; but as soon as he walked into the Class, silence fell on the room as if the Holy Spirit had descended upon the Apostles.
He asked me why the Class was so rowdy and if I had written down the names of the Noise Makers, I answered in the negative and he decided that since I was unable to control the noise making in the Class and did not write down the names of the noise makers, that he would take me as the noise maker and punish me accordingly and he did just that; not only did he give me 6 hot strokes of the cane on my buttocks, but he also mapped out a part of the grown field for me to cut.
After the School, he called me to his cubicle and told me why he punished me and that it was because I had refused to implement the instructions he gave me when he made me Class Prefect; he then put this question to me, "If you don't write down the names of noise makers when they are making noise, is it when the Class is quiet that you would write it?"
This Steve Jobs quote perfectly sums up the difference between billionaires and the rest of us
Rich people think differently than the average person, and Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, who died with an estimated net worth of $10.2 billion, was no exception.
In a Quora thread answering the question "Do billionaires know something that normal people don't?" Patrick Methieson noted a Jobs quote that encapsulates the "billionaire mentality":
"Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use."
It's something that all wealthy people tend to internalize, explained Methieson, a venture investor who has worked with billionaires: "Billionaires realize that the world is pliable. With enough pressure applied to an endeavor, sufficiently resourceful people really can change the world. Contrast that with the rest of us who are more likely to assume the state of the world as static, or given."
Self-made millionaire Steve Siebold, who interviewed over 1,200 of the world's wealthiest people before writing "How Rich People Think," echoes this belief.
Rich people have an action mentality and are problem solvers. "While the masses are waiting to pick the right numbers and praying for prosperity, the great ones are solving problems," he writes.
This doesn't mean they're smarter than the average person, as Jobs noted. "They are just more strategic," Siebold explains. "When the rich need money, they don't wonder if it's possible, they simply begin creating new ideas that solve problems."
And "the bigger the problem you solve, the more money you make," he says.
At the end of the day, getting rich is an inside job. "Let’s set the record straight once and for all: Anyone can become wealthy," Siebold writes. "It has nothing to do with your education or where you come from. It's not what you do that guarantees wealth, it's what you are."
Source: Between Billionaires And Us
Thursday, January 28, 2016
I have one past time that I love doing whenever I am able to and that is "People Watching"
I am sure you know what People Watching is all about, but just in case it's a new phrase to you, then let me tell you.
It is an activity in which I stand by the road side and watch people as they walk along the road and what their actions are.
I have seen people boxing the air while they were walking (maybe bringing down their unseen enemies)
I have seen people talking to themselves with some form of emphasis (I guess talking to someone higher up the pedestal)
I have seen people singing wildly and loudly as they walked along the road
I have seen people smiling and sometimes laughing out loudly all by themselves (I guess they may have remembered some funny episodes)
And so many other things that people do consciously and unconsciously (most often) when they do the sole walk along the roads
But what I saw yesterday, made me write this post and give that piece of advise
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
15 ways to stay focused all day, according to scientists
What was I doing again?
We've all had days where we can't seem to focus, asking that question too many times to count. For some of us, those days are more common than we'd like.
Whether it's fatigue, distractions, lack of motivation, or something else entirely, our inability to focus digs a hole in our productivity and, therefore, can jeopardize our chances of success.
But you don't have to go to extremes, like the main character in "The Wolf of Wall Street" does, to get focused. There are better ways.
Here are 15 tips that scientists have found that enhance focus.
1. Minimize multitasking.
Multitaskers might seem superhuman, but they pay a big price, according to a 2009 Stanford study. In a sample of 100 Stanford students, about half identified themselves as media multitaskers. The other half did not.
The test examined attention spans, memory capacity, and ability to switch from one task to the next — and the multitaskers performed more poorly on each test.
"They're suckers for irrelevancy. Everything distracts them," Clifford Nass, who was a researcher for the study, said in a Stanford press release.
If the saying "practice makes perfect" is true, then meditation is a sure way to enhance focus because it takes a great deal of concentration.
Scientific experiments agree. One study at the University of North Carolina, for example, revealed that students who meditated for just 20 minutes a day for four days performed better on certain cognitive tests.
3. Exercise regularly.
Exercise isn't just good for the body. It promotes brain health, too, which is important for memory capacity and concentration, according to John Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry atHarvard Medical School.
In particular, scientists think regular exercise may help stimulate the release of a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which some research suggests helps rewire memory circuits to improve their functioning.
4. Establish a to-do list.
To-do lists not only help you prioritize what tasks you need to get done first, but they can also serve as a record of the loose ends.
Cal Newport, a computer-science professor and author of the book "Deep Work," which comes out in January, told Business Insider that having a recording of all the things you still need to do can help you stay focused on the upcoming task.
If not, he said, that incomplete work could eat away at your concentration. This stems from something called the Zeigarnik Effect, which is the tendency to remember incomplete tasks instead of completed ones.
5. Try a small amount of caffeine.
If you're feeling groggy, grab a cup of joe or other caffeinated substance. Studies suggest that caffeine may, in moderate doses, help to boost focus — particularly in those of us who are fatigued.
But don't get overzealous with the coffee, or you might get the caffeine jitters, which typically reduce your ability to concentrate.
6. Take breaks.
You might have heard that watching cat videos on YouTube can improve productivity. Well, that's true ... sort of.
Whether it's watching cat videos, taking a walk, or closing your eyes for a few minutes at a time, it is critical to take the occasional break from work. In one study, 84 subjects were asked to perform a simple computer task for one hour.
Those who were allowed two brief breaks during that hour performed consistently for the entire time whereas those who weren't offered a break performed worse over time.
7. Keep work at work.
Newport recommends completely separating yourself after leaving the office and having a "long separation" before the next work day.
Apart from just giving your brain a break, some research suggests that having downtime away from a problem could help you solve it. According to the unconscious-thought theory, stepping away from a difficult situation can help you come to a better conclusion than trying to resolve it in one sitting.
But this theory is a bit disputed. A 2015 meta-analysis of unconscious-thought advantage studies came to the conclusion that a diversion from a decision doesn't necessarily lead to a better choice than a decision made in a deliberation period.
8. Train your brain to focus.
Your brain is a mental muscle, and some studies have found that people who are easily distracted will benefit from "brain training" exercises, like those promoted byLumosity or Cogmed.
But which exercises work — and for how well or long their effects last — is unclear. Therefore, the purported benefits of brain training need further examination, Susanne Jaeggi — who studies the brain and memory at the University of California — told New Scientist.
9. Try to find a quiet place.
Ambient noise, like cars honking or kids screaming, can stimulate the release of the stress hormone cortisol, Mark A.W. Andrews, former director of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, told Scientific American.
Too much cortisol can impair function and hinder focus. And, unfortunately, the more we're exposed to ambient noise, the worse our bodies respond, according to Andrews.
10. Stare at a distant object for a few minutes.
Many of us spend most of our waking hours staring at a digital screen, which can strain our eyes and actually make it more difficult to focus on, and therefore process, what we're looking at.
To refocus the eyes, just stare at a distant object for a few minutes. One doctor suggested the "20-20-20 rule" to a journalist at LifeHacker. It goes like this: Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to stare at an object at least 20 feet away.
11. Get a good night's sleep.
One of the main symptoms of chronic sleep loss is poor concentration. Getting a solid seven to eight hours ahead of a busy work day could be the difference between being frazzled and being laser-focused.
12. Work offline.
If you can disconnect from the internet, there are fewer things to distract you from the work at hand. Experts think that every time you flip between tasks — whether it be responding to a friend on Facebook or checking your inbox — a little bit of your attention remains with the task you just left.
Sophie Leroy, a professor at the University of Washington at Bothell, coined the term "attention residue" as the reason for why it's so hard to change tasks. Eliminating those online distractions can keep you from finding tasks to flip between and help you focus.
13. Designate your perfect study spot.
Focusing requires a lot of willpower, and so does making decisions. According to a concept called ego depletion, we have a finite amount of mental energy, and both decision-making and willpower can drain it.
To save that energy for concentration, proponents of the theory suggest getting rid of excess variables that require you to make decisions, like choosing where to work. Try working from the same location whenever you need to focus, for example. That way, when it's time to get the work done, you won't have to waste time deciding where to go.
14. Embrace boredom.
If you're used to needing multiple forms of stimulation while "relaxing," it may have a negative impact on your ability to focus, says Newport. So instead of checking Facebook from your phone while watching Netflix, he suggests picking one of the two activities or taking a break from stimulation.
In small doses, Newport says boredom can be helpful, especially if it keeps you from multitasking overload.
15. Devote specific hours to tasks.
We've all been there. You show up to the coffee shop, the whole day's ahead of you, but you just can't focus for an hour or two.
Newport says giving yourself tighter parameters could help cut down the amount of decisions you have to make. Like picking a consistent focus spot, designating "focus hours" also helps fend off ego depletion.
Original Article: How To Stay Focused
Monday, January 25, 2016
All thanks be to God that we have entered the last week of the first month of the year 2016 - January
And when January ends, then the year has really become old.
So, how far have you gone with your new year resolutions?
Are you still keeping to them, or have you backslided?
Statistics have shown that only about 2% of those who make new year resolutions actually keep them, the remaining 98% break their resolutions as soon as they make them.
And that is why some persons have postulated that instead of making new year resolutions that do not go beyond 48 hours of making them, that one should rather have rules to live by and if you ask me, that is the one I subscribe to; because I am also not so good at keeping new year resolutions.
Any ways, whatever be the case, you are already in this week and no matter what, if you have not yet started, then you should be starting something by the 1st of February 2016 and by something I mean whatever you have to do to bring food to the table.
This 2016 is your year and whether you like it or yes, the Universe has already conspired to ensure that you rise above the level where you are at the present time.
But remember that heaven will NEVER come down to lift you up if you ain't raising a hand up.
So raise one hand up and see God grab you by that hand and lift you higher than you would have believed was possible.
Join me to start off again on the 1st of February 2016, it's time to begin the money making business again.
And if you don't have the faintest idea of what you want to start, then ask me, I shall gladly take you by hand and lead you on.
What do you think?
Have a very prosperous day today
Let God reign supreme
Dr. Jerry - the First: JP
You want to have a productive day? and thus be happy and proud of your achievements? then you need to master these 7 steps as they are the tonic for making anyone's day quite productive.
As you may know, a happy morning does not start in the morning, it surely starts the night before.
Here are the tips
1. Have something to look forward to
Making plans with friends the night before can boost your happiness the next day.
Happy mornings start the night before.
Make sure before you go to bed you have something to look forward to tomorrow.
Research shows anticipation is a powerful happiness booster. It’s 2 for the price of 1: You get the good thing and you get happy in anticipation of the good thing.
Got nothing you’re looking forward to? Schedule lunch with a friend or promise yourself you’ll do something you enjoy. It’s one of the secrets of the happiest people in the world.
2. Manage your mood
Do something you enjoy first thing.
Research shows your mood in the morning affects your mood for the rest of the day:
“We saw that employees could get into these negative spirals where they started the day in a bad mood and just got worse over the course of the day,” said Steffanie Wilk, associate professor of management and human resources at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.
What makes you happy early in the day? Do that.
Are you often stressed in the morning? Then ask yourself, “What gives me a feeling of control?”
Anything that increases your perception of control over a situation — whether it actually increases your control or not — can substantially decrease your stress level.
3. Eat breakfast
Savor your breakfast.
Do you skip breakfast? I recommend you skip skipping breakfast. Eat something. It puts you in a better mood and increases willpower.
Kids who skip breakfast misbehave more than kids who eat their Wheaties. After a snack, all the children are little angels again.
So eat something. (And don’t kill anybody.) Going to just scarf something down quick? Bad idea.
Savor your breakfast. Take some time to really enjoy it. Research shows savoring — appreciating the good moments — is what separates the happiest people from the average Joe.
The key component to effective savoring is focused attention. By taking the time and spending the effort to appreciate the positive, people are able to experience more well-being.
4. Do something you dread
Yeah, you heard me. This post is about how to feel happy all day. So ask yourself what that thing is that you’re avoiding.
What’s that thing you’re going to feel guilty about not having done? Going to the gym? Doing that awful chore?
I spoke to the leading expert on willpower, Roy Baumeister, and he said we have the most self-control in the morning. That makes it the best time to do that thing you’re trying to dodge.
You have more willpower in the morning so push yourself to do that thing you’ll regret not having done. Afterwards, you’ll feel good about yourself. And the rest of the day will look comparatively easy.
5. Send a “thank you” email
Every morning send a friend, family member or co-worker an email to say thanks for something.
There’s tons and tons and tons of research showing that over time, this alone – one silly email a day – can make you happier.
Or you can send a text. That’s fine too.
6. Plan how you’ll deal with challenges
Ask yourself the question “What’s the worst that could happen today?” Sound like a downer? This is how you keep the day happy. By being ready.
The Stoic philosophers would imagine the worst before any major undertaking. Why? To prepare themselves.
7. Kiss somebody you love
Smooches are good science. Men who kiss their wives before work live 5 years longer, make 20-30% more money and are far less likely to get in a car accident.
A ten-year psychology study undertaken in Germany during the 1980s found that men who kissed their wives before leaving for work lived, on average, five years longer, earning 20 to 30 percent more than peers who left without a peck good-bye.
The researchers also reported that not kissing one’s wife before leaving in the morning increased the possibility of a car accident by 50 percent.
Psychologists do not believe it’s the kiss itself that accounts for the difference but rather that kissers were likely to begin the day with a positive attitude, leading to a healthier lifestyle.
No romance in your life right now? Sorry to hear that. But there’s a substitute: Give 5 hugs today.
People assigned to give or receive hugs 5 times a day ended up happier.
Here’s the morning ritual that will make you happy all day:
Have something to look forward to: Plans with a friend are always good.
Manage your mood: Don’t check email. Do what gives you a feeling of control.
Eat breakfast: If you eat nothing and end up killing someone, well… I hope it’s not me.
Do something you dread: You’ve got the willpower. And you’ll feel so much better afterwards.
Send a “thank you” email: Yes, it’s that simple. Really.
Plan how you’ll deal with challenges: Think about the worst that could happen and it probably won’t.
Kiss somebody you love: If this makes you late for work, feel free to blame me.
Don’t wait. You’ll forget. Right now, plan something fun tomorrow.
Or send a “thank you” email.
Or just give that special someone a big kiss. Who says being happy has to be hard?
Source: Ways To Be Happy All Day Long