Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How To Be Successful - 4 Habits For Success

Everyone only has 24 hours in a day, and what seems to be the greatest difference between those who have achieve success and haven't are their habits. Habits can be extremely useful and it would be impossible to run our lives without them. They automate many of the routine activities in our lives and free up our minds so that we are capable of concentrating on higher level activities.

Good habits serve to create routine, order and efficiency. Unfortunately bad habits have the opposite effect and can lock us into negative or rigid patterns of behavior. If you are looking for ways on how to be successful inlife, you may want to develop these habits below:

1. Adopt the habit of responsibility. 


Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses. If you want to be successful, you have to take 100% responsibility for everything in your life--the level of your achievements, the quality of your relationships, the state of your health as well as your mistakes. Taking 100% responsibility for your life means giving up all your excuses, all the reasons why you can't or why you haven't up until now. Only by realizing that you have created the situations that you are currently in you be able to do something about them--create and uncreate experiences at will.

2. Be inquisitive.


One great thing I have observed from successful people is their strong desire for learning. Great minds do not cease from learning and improving, if you want to succeed, you should do the same thing. Continuous learning is vital to making the most of what the world has to offer—the moment you stop learning, you stop growing. If you look at Bill Gates, you would probably think that his high level of intelligence is what made him successful. But as for him, he attributes his success to his insatiable desire for learning and improvement.

3. Practice the habit of putting in 100% commitment in everything you do in your life.  

Successful people have made superiority their trademark. Their constant effort to be first-class in everything they do has lead them to conquer the heights of excellence. As one quote says it, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Never waste your talent, time and energy by doing anything mediocre. Develop a habit of excellence and in all things and you are likely to meet success.

4. Visualize your goals everyday. 

Visualization is the key to harnessing and programming our subconscious mind to assist us in getting what we want. It is through visualization that we condition our minds with the things that we want to achieve. Sadly, visualization is one of the most unused, underrated success strategies. If you want an easy way to achieve success, learn to visualize. As you routinely and intentionally visualize your goals, your belief in the possibility of achieving them increases and so does your motivation to make it happen. 

As the wise Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Habits are tough things to establish – or change. It takes repetitive and intentional action. Experts say that it takes about 21 days to form a new habit. After that, if done consistently, the new habit will be essentially integrated and doing it will feel more natural than not doing it. So start working on forming the success-propelling habits mentioned above.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Questions To Ask When Searching For An Effective Weight Loss Program

It is no secret that the key to weight loss is to expend more calories than you take in. Basically, this can be achieved by eating a healthy diet and increasing the level of your physical activity.  Although it is possible to lose weight on their own, most people believe that they will be more successful if they take the aid of a weight-loss program.

Yes, weight loss programs can help you lose weight but only if you choose the right one. If you want to find an effective weight loss program that will provide you with all the right support, information and guidelines on how to lose weight, you need to be cautious and gather as much information as you can before deciding to start a program. Check whether a weight loss program is really worth your time, effort and money by seeking answers to the following questions:

What do you get from the program?

It is important that you know what the program has to offer before enrolling in it. Effective weight loss programs usually include healthy meal and exercise plans, support from the program maker(s) and as well as a comprehensive weight maintenance guide.

Experts often advice against the use of programs that require special food, drugs or supplements and as well as those programs that are too restrictive. As a general rule, the best programs are those that help you make healthful behavioral changes that you can adopt and practice for the rest of your life.

What are the risks of getting into the program?

A lot of programs do not have a clear public disclosure about the risks it carries. So if you want to make sure that you won't suffer from anything bad during the course of the program, try to get a more detailed explanation of the possible health risks associated with it. Aside from talking to the makers or staff of the weight loss program, it would also help to look into what other people have to say about it--especially those people who have used the program in the past.

It is especially important that you investigate about the risks of a program if you have a medical condition or if you are taking some medications.

What are the qualifications of the program maker?

You surely wouldn't want to entrust your health to someone who is not capable of taking good care of it. Moreover, you certainly don't want your money, time and effort to go waste by investing it in a weight loss program that was created by someone whose knowledge on weight loss is no better than yours.

Before you spend money on a program make sure to look into the training, experience, education and certifications of the people behind the program. This way you will be certain that your putting your weight loss aspirations in the hands of experts.

How much weight can you expect to lose?

Of course, you should ask about the results you can expect to get from the program. Ask the program staff how much weight you can expect to lose and how long. Doing this will help set your expectations right and as well as give you a way to track the effectiveness of the program on you when you start on it.

How much does the entire program cost?

To avoid going over your budget, make sure that you are clear about the total cost of the program before signing up for it. Ask whether there are other fees you have to pay other than the upfront payment required. Some programs require separate payments for weekly sessions, consultations, supplements, equipment and etc.