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  The Lottery of Life (by Adam Khoo)
  Relationship Worth Saving?
  Manage Your Time
  Choosing To Be Positive
  Secrets Of Sound Sleep
  Think And Take Action
  Manage Stress At Your Workplace
  End Procrastination
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The Lottery of Life - Would You Re-Draw? (by Adam Khoo)

Lots of people complain that they don’t have the luck to achieve the success and wealth that they want. “If only I was luckier, life would be a lot easier and I would be a lot happier”, they would say. Many people pray of the day they could draw that lucky ticket and win that million dollar lottery that would change their life.

What many people do not realize is that the fact that they are comfortably reading this means that they have been lucky enough to be one of the few winners of the biggest lottery of all….the lottery of life! They were lucky enough to draw the ‘right ticket’ and be born where they are.

Imagine that 24 hours before you were born, God gave you a bowl of 100 tickets. You had to draw one ticket that would determine your sex, country of birth, wealth, intelligence etc.. What would have been your chance to end up where you are now?

Let’s look at the odds. If you were to take the entire earth’s population and shrink it to 100 people (represented by 100 tickets), with all existing human ratios the same, it would be made up of the following:

49 would be female, 51 would be male
80 would live in substandard housing. 20 in acceptable housing.
67 would be unable to read. Only 33 would be literate
1 would have a university education. 99 would not be able to attend university
50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation
33 would be without access to a safe water supply
16 would have access to the Internet
17 would live in a developed country. 83 live in underdeveloped/developing countries

If you were given the chance to turn back time and go back to 24 hours before you were born, would you choose to return your current ticket and re-draw a new ticket from the 100 again? If not, then consider how lucky you are!

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Relationship Worth Saving?

When a relationship goes sour, we sometimes try to salvage it, or attempt to “get things back to where to used to be”. Some of our efforts may work to a degree, while others only succeed in prolonging the final throes of something that is already terminally ill.

But how do we know if a relationship is worth fighting for? Will it do both parties more harm in the long run by mounting a protracted and misguided rescue operation?

Here are a few things to consider:

Is your partner still in love or still interested in pursuing the relationship? Sometimes when we lose a love, we tend to dwell on what used to be, not on what the relationship is currently about. Of course it was good in the beginning, but that stage of the relationship is not always on accurate measure. It’s best to look at what is currently happening and evaluate how or why the situation is the way it is. Are you in love with a memory? Are you clinging to the relationship because you’re afraid of being alone?

No matter how hard it may for you initially, if you do breakup, the hurt will go away. There may be a lot of pain, resentment and jealousy right now, but if you are willing to move forward, it will pass. Ask yourself “Do I really want to be with someone who doesn’t want to be with me?”. Imagine what a mutually loving relationship with someone should feel like. It is what you have now? if not, do you really want to stay and pass up the chance to find true love?

Are you staying in this relationship for reasons other than love? Some people, knowingly or unknowingly, stay in a relationship for the wrong reasons, such as having a roof over their heads, having their bills paid, being afraid of being alone or other reasons. If this is you, you must realize that co-dependent relationships will not work. If you really want to lead a fulfilling life, take the steps to become self-sufficient; it can be very empowering, incredible reeling.

Are you assuming what your partner is or is not feeling? Sometimes our “inner voices” tell us things that are not true. If a lot of the tension in your relationship is due to suspicion, speculation and second-guessing, try talking things through openly with your partner. Open communication is the only way to resolve these issues and is a necessary part of a loving relationship.

Once you have seriously considered the above, you should have a pretty good idea where your relationship is headed. Remember, the end of a relationship is not the end of life. If you are not happy and you are quite sure things are not going to work out, its time to move forward.

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Manage Your Time

We all share the same 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week. But why do achievers seems to be able to do so much more while the others are consistently overwhelmed by the tasks facing them?

Well, successful people follow some simples but effective rules to manage time efficiently.

Clarify your goals and strategy. Be very clear about your aims and ambitions, both short and long term. Write them down. Once you know what you really want to achieve (and why) it’s easier to make decisions about what needs doing, and to plan accordingly. Focus on your top priorities. You’ll be more productive and profitable if you identify and focus on the areas most important to your business. Work on the fundamentals first.

Schedule time. Literally write an appointment in your work planner to set aside a realistic block of time for your priority actions. This reduces anxiety over not having enough time and keeps you focused.

Not enough time to fulfill certain requests? Well, learn to say “no”! Motivational speaker and author Jim Rohn once cautioned against letting our mouths overload our backs. Always check your schedule before committing to anything new. Don’t allow others to divert you from your objectives.

Create supportive systems. This includes systems for filing, management information and communication.

Take a reality check. Will your current activity have a positive outcome, or are you doing it to avoid something else? Ask yourself if doing this takes you towards your goal.

Balance your life. Formally schedule personal activities too, so you make time for family, friends, your health and fun because having a balanced life reduces stress and increases energy level. When I talk about time management, I really mean life management!

And at the end of the working day, by all means plan for tomorrow, but end the working day. If possible, don’t cultivate the habit of bringing work home. Your home should be a place of rest, of love, of fund, not the second office.

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End Procrastination

Procrastination will drive you towards anxiety and worrying.
Never under-estimate the power of putting things off.

Procrastination is a type of behavior which is characterized by deferment of actions or tasks to a later time.
Procrastination is a time bomb. It’s a snowball that will eventually turn into an avalanche and your life may be filled with anxiety.

It all seems fairly harmless –
“I’ll start my exercise routine tomorrow”,
“I’ll study later”,
“I’ll work on that project next week”,
“I’ll get my health insurance next month”,
“I’ll back-up my data later”.

But it soon becomes a habit, a lazy attitude towards improving your life.

Before you know it, you’ve become unfit and unhealthy, with several bug deadlines looming, your school exam is tomorrow and you have yet to start your tick notes to go through tonight, you’re saddled with an illness which requires expensive treatment, and your computer with all your important work has crashed.

Make no mistake, procrastination is a disease that will eat into your life, dampening your ambition and desire for success. Your dream to excel in you life can never be achieved.

End procrastination today with these simple steps…

First of all, the most crucial tip – do it now! In order to break the habit of procrastination, replace it with an attitude of urgency. Practicing working on whatever comes your way, prioritize your tasks of course, but keep ticking off your To-DO checklist one by one. Make steady progress. I promise you the sense of achievement and freedom that comes from completing your tasks will be so addictive, you won’t be able to stop.

Try it today – whatever comes your way, a project, an email, an errand, a customer request, consider whether it’s important or not, then work on them, one by one. You’ll become more efficient in no time, not to mention you’ll be relieved at the amount of work you got done. All this efficiency I’m sure will not go unnoticed by your supervisors and colleagues!

When attempting to end procrastination, it also helps to break down the bigger tasks into smaller, more manageable jobs. Don’t let big projects overwhelm you. Take it one step at a time. As long as you’re making steady progress, you shouldn’t be worried.

And ask for help! You know sometimes we make the mistake of assuming we have to do everything ourselves. Your reasons may be so save money, to be self-reliant, to make sure everything goes your way and so on, but contracting some work out would actually make more sense if the long term. Or get friends or family members to help out!

End procrastination today! Now!

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Choosing To Be Positive

How has your day been? How is it going to be? If we had the choice, we’d no doubt want each day to be phenomenal – exciting, enriching, meaningful, joyful and pleasurable. But are you exercising that choice? Do you intentionally and consciously choose your attitude each day?

Most of us tend to allow external circumstances or other people to choose your attitude for us. As in, whether our day is a good one or not is dictated by whether we get up on time, whether the kids give us any trouble, whether the traffic is agreeable, whether the boss is in a good mood, whether another big, thankless task is dumped on us, whether our spouse or partner greets us with a smile.

When you choose to live this way, you are allowing external circumstances to control your mood and disposition. This is fine as long as everything runs smoothly in your life. But that doesn’t happen often, does it? life is hardly predictable – accidents happen, machines break down, kids have their tantrums, workloads become seemingly unmanageable. And when you finally get home in anticipation of a tender hug and a sympathetic ear, you find instead another frustrated and angry person who can’t wait to dump all the day’s tribulations onto your already tired soul.

What happens then? What happens when you have a lousy day?

You see, the problem with not choosing a positive attitude everyday is that we run the risk of getting a negative one imposed on us at the whim of other people and situations. Our mood is then at the mercy of the volatile. But although we can’t dictate the weather, we certainly can choose how we react to it.

So what if we claim our right to consciously choose our attitude?

Well, we’d invite more joy into our lives. We often overestimate the influence the outside world has on our mood – like if we encounter a surly cashier at the café, we feel offended and ourselves become sullen and rude, as if to pay forward this unbearable debt of bad manners. When really, the moment’s tension can be neutralized instantly if we choose not to be affected by someone else’s thoughtlessness.

By choosing a positive attitude each day, we attract more positive experience into our life. The qualify of each experience often determines the quality of the next experience – I’m sure you’ve been in situation where your plans get thrown off completely because something when wrong. But when things go awry, you can also choose to move on without a scratch, thus affecting a better outcome or future experience.

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Secrets Of Sound Sleep

A single good night’s sleep can rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Here’s how you can get one tonight.

A regular exercise routine will help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed, but experts don’t recommend vigorous exercise fewer than three hours before bedtime. Instead, schedule your workout five to six hours before lights out. Exercise causes your core body temperature to rise, and natural sleepiness will set in when your body temperature drops again.

Find another place for stressful activities. Pay your bills in your study or dining table, not in your bedroom, and definitely not in your bed. Your bed should be your sanctuary.

Now you probable know this one – avoid nicotine and alcohol before bed. Nicotine is a potent stimulant, and the metabolism of alcohol has an alerting effect. Skip the afternoon latte, too. The stimulating effect of caffeine can remain for as long as 12 hours. Keep in mind that many teas and carbonated drinks contain high levels of caffeine as well.

Restrict your water intake just before bed and during the night. Midnight trips to the bathroom can cut into your sleep. Particularly if you have a hard time dozing off again. Six hours of continuous sleep often result in a more rested feeling than eight hours of on-again, off-again snoozing.

Check to see if any of your prescription or over-the-counter medications may be interfering with your sleep. Some diet pills, birth control pills, anti-depressants, and blood pressure medications can have a rousing effect. Sleeping pills, while tempting, are not the answer. They quickly lose their effectiveness and can be addictive.

At night, create a nest for yourself. Eliminate clutter, maintain a comfortable sleeping temperature, and keep the room dark. Nightlights and bright moonlight can interfere with quality sleep.

Practice aromatherapy. Lavender oil or a lavender sachet on your bedside table may help you feel sleepy and more relaxed.

Stock your bedside table with easy reads that are both empowering and relaxing.

Keeps a notebook and a pen near your bed, as well, to jot down any late night worries. The act of recording your anxieties will help clear them from your head so you can relax into slumber. Sweet dreams!

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Think And Take Action

Many people think they are in control of their own lives and minds when they are in fact simply reacting to what’s happening around them. For example, waking up at the same time every day and driving the same route to work knowing full well that there will usually be an excruciatingly slow jam. Or not knowing all the relevant information at the meeting but not asking for dear of appearing ignorant. What about allowing certain outcomes to determine our mood? Life if a friend turns up late, or whether or not we get that promotion.

 Many of us do not think critically enough about how to improve our lives. Sure, we may think about getting a better haircut or how to get a good deal on our flat, but what about the deeper issues? For instance, what makes us upset and how we can deal with that? Our long-term goals, perhaps? What we truly want out of life? How we can get the knowledge that will help us achieve greater happiness and success?

We may think we think, but too often we’re simply reacting to how we feel. And occasionally when we do think, weak follow-up is done or not action taken at all. Thoughts are useless until they are put into action.

Happy and successful people know how to think and take action to improve their lives. They spend a lot of time seeking understanding of their own minds. They’re keenly aware of their needs, their desires, their strengths, their weaknesses, their emotions. They are comfortable with their authentic selves and do not need to present a different version to the world. They’re honest to themselves and to others and are well-know for their integrity. They seek to make the world better but are able to distinguish between issues they should care about and that they should let go.

 Ultimately, you have to decide who controls your mind and your life. Do you want to simply allow life to happen to you? To let the words and actions of others influence your mood and behavior? Or do you want to be responsible for your own happiness?

Happen people accept and respect themselves fully. They know what they’re good at and what they’re not good at. So they don’t react angrily when someone points out their weaknesses. They also don’t collapse under self-castigation when they make mistakes.

What about consistently letting other people’s advice overrule your own? And allowing them to make you feel bad about a certain decision your made? Remember, no decision is a bad one. it merely puts in motion a chain reaction that leads to different things. So think for yourself, respect your own thoughts, contemplate how you can improve your life and take action!

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Manage Stress At Your Workplace

You are not alone if you feel stressed at work, or even at home. Thousands and millions out there are experiencing different level of stress while you are reading this article.

Everyone acknowledges the existence and inevitability of stress at the workplace, but how many of us really understand the extent of damage it's wreaking?

Employee falling sick, poor concentration at work, employee fearful of going to work, not putting in their best effort, all there cripple productivity. Some estimates put the loss of GDP due to stress in some developed nations at about 10%!

Managers (particularly human resource manager) have the duty to monitor stress levels in the workforce, identify the factors that cause stress, and take firm measures to reduce it. We can point to the following factors that consistently will increase stress at work

1. Poor working conditions (e.g. work overload, long working hours, travel, noises, or even work underload),
2. Lack of clear role in the company (e.g. expectations that were not clearly defined, conflicting priorities and responsibility for others),
3. Poor relationships at work (e.g. low levels of trust and lack of support).

In order to reduce and prevent stress at work:

1. Roles, responsibilities and expectations should be clearly defined and agreed.
2. Employees should have genuine control over their work and be allowed an appropriate degree of self-management of workload.
3. Employee should participate in planning and decision making
4. Conducive working environment.
5. Employees should be actively discouraged from working excessively long hours.

Although there are many ways of relieving stress outside the office, only a few techniques are suitable for use in the workplace. One method that can be used in a work environment is aromatherapy. Many essential oils are recognized for their stress-relieving effects, and can help aid concentration and focus, and improve productivity and mood. There are plenty of electric oil diffusers available that don't require any burning as candles are mostly not suitable to be used in workplace.

Try oil like lavender, rosemary and orange, all of them known to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue, and aid clarity, balance, relaxation and rejuvenation.

There is also an increase in popularity of stress relieve by audio therapy which one can apply during break time. It was also proven to reduce anxiety and depression, and to achieve mind relaxation.

The above mentioned methods work not only at work place; one can easily apply it at home, which is equally important

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