Top 6 Life-Changing Music Apps

There are endless ways to kill time on the Internet, but we can all agree that discovering new music is never a waste of a time. After all, it’s music. It makes the bourgeoisie and the rebel… whatever that means. Here are the best ways to discover new music on the internet.

spotify_thought.jpg1. Spotify
If you’re anything like me (someone who has limited space on their hard drive and subsequently, a non-existent music library), Spotify is a godsend for those times when you’re in the mood for a Weekend Jam session but don’t have the patience to cherry pick YouTube videos to satiate your auditory needs. You can browse through music by theme, artist, or user — the users being anyone from your Facebook friends to DJs to celebrities like Napster founder Sean Parker (who obviously makes a killer playlist).

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2. Turntable.fm
Last June the Internet went quiet, but it wasn’t because its key players were all summering in the Hamptons — they were just completely absorbed by interactive music sharing platform Turntable.fm. Productivity plummeted to new lows as amateur DJs spent the workday battling each other in themed rooms like 1998, Hard Rock, and Chillwave(?). While I had to get back to work, the most addicting web experience of 2011 is still alive and well and continues to be one of the best ways to discover new music without lifting a finger.

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3. Pandora
Sure, Pandora is old news but if it’s not the best music website for the lazy listener, I don’t know what is. Type in a genre, artist, or song and allow the Music Genome Project to crawl the web looking for similar tunes you’ll (probably) like.

MOG_thought.jpg4. MOG
MOG is a celestial jukebox, a digital library of almost every single song and artist on the planet. For a small subscription fee, it allows you to listen to whatever, whenever, wherever (on your computer, your cell phone, even in your car). MOG also sponsors a host of awesome music blogs like Death and Taxes and AsianManDan.

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 5. SoundCloud
SoundCloud democratizes digital music sharing by making it simple — and free — for anyone to upload and share their tunes. As such, it grants the user access to smaller acts, hard-to-find mashups, and various remixes that won’t be found on bigger platforms.

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song_kick.png6. SongKick
SongKick scours your iTunes library and keeps you up to speed on which of your favorite artists are playing shows and festivals near you. It also gives you recommendations based on your tastes — like a music-savvy friend you actually want to listen to.

Top 5 Ways to Overcome Negative Mindset and Succeed In Your Online Business

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Ever since I started my affiliate business, I have seen people come and go. Most of the time, when I see people give up, it is not because they don’t have the right tools, or the right training. It is because they have a negative mindset, and they stop themselves from achieving the success that they want in their lives.

For everyone that I see give up on their dreams, I have seen others succeed with the same training, the same tools, and sometimes even less “potential” than the ones that give up. So, if it isn’t in the training, it has to be something inside.

What Separates Success From Failure

Through the last few years, I have watched the people who succeed vs. the people who fail in this business, and the one factor that I see the most is that the people who succeed don’t make excuses for failure, and don’t blame others for not achieving their desired outcome. They take responsibility for the things that they have, and the things that they don’t have in their lives.

We all have excuses in our lives. Excuses that cause us to not achieve all that we can, or that lead us to beliefs that are not absolutely true. However, if you really want to succeed with your affiliate marketing business, you have to adopt a mindset that will help you achieve all that you desire.

Recently, I went through a mindset program by Dr Wayne Dyer called “Excuses Begone!”.  In the program, he had a quote that I felt would be fitting here:

“Don’t always believe everything you think!”

Not every thought that goes through your brain is absolute truth. Through contemplation, and learning to limit the thoughts that you believe in to only ones that are self empowering, rather than self-defeating, you can honestly achieve anything that you want to in your life. But, you have to start with changing how you think, and what you choose to believe.

Today, I want to share 5 common excuses that come from a negative mindset, and show you how they stop you from achieving all that you can in your business.

“I don’t have enough money.”

This is probably one of the most common. However, when I started my online business, I didn’t even have the money to pay for my own webhosting. I couldn’t outsource anything, and in fact, I had to take freelancing jobs just to pay my basic expenses to run my business.

Letting go of the lack of money, and seeing the abundance of opportunities at your fingertips is crucial if you really want to achieve more success in your life. No matter what you are facing, you can’t get there if you limit yourself.

Find a way. You could start up a freelancing service, you could go to sites like Fivver, and offer services there, or you could strart up a service through your website or blog.

In a program called “Excuses Begone”, Dr Wayne Dyer says “Don’t ever let the lack of money stop you from realizing your dreams.”

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For everyone that I have seen say that they don’t have the money to spend on their business, I see other people find a way anyway. All you need is $30.00/month for hosting and an autoresponder. It might take a couple of months to build up something enough to start seeing a few sales, but if you can do a little work yourself, you can start making enough to at least cover your expenses pretty quickly.

“I can’t get High search rankings”

Hey, we all know that SEO is a huge traffic source, but the fact is that most of the time, SEO simply takes too long to see good results, especially if you are doing everything yourself.

Instead, quit hoping Google will love your site, and start networking with people in your niche. Get to know the bloggers, product owners, and other people who are competing with you. They can give you valuable insight into your specific niche that a general marketing forum won’t be able to share.Your competition doesn’t have to be an enemy that you fight. Often, they can become your greatest asset to help you achieve the success that you want.

You can find people here from a wide range of niche markets. You can also search for blogs, forums, and groups on social sites where your niche hangs out. Rather than hoping the crowd finds you, take a proactive approach, and get out there and find where your niche hangs out.

“I am not an expert.”

There are two sides to this argument. First of all, if you are involved in a niche that you don’t know very well, you will probably struggle to succeed unless you can outsource a lot of the work. I always recommend finding a niche that you can follow your passion in, otherwise you are just creating a job for yourself.

I just built a site on Alpha Dog Training Tips, using the Affilojetpacks. I don’t really know anything about dog training outside of what I learned through the PLR content, and some research I have done in the local library. However, I was able to outsource most of the work to rewrite the articles and all the link building for the site.

So far, I have about a dozen people on the list ( I just started the site in October, so it is still growing) but I have already made one sale from the email list.

The other side of this is that you don’t have to be an expert. When I started my fashion dresses blog and Australia laptop batteries store 1 years ago, I had been working online for about 3 weeks. I started the blog as a place to share my own experiences and to connect with other people.

Part of why I succeeded in this niche where others failed is because I have never tried to be an “expert”. Instead, I use the blog to share my experiences,  what works for me as I continue to grow my business, and refer others to the programs that I have used to learn more.

Although this site hasn’t been the highest earning site that I have, it has been the most consistent over the course of 3 years. Now, I am even beginning to create a few of my own products to target this niche, and help others with the experience that I have.

“I haven’t seen any results, and its been over a year. This is all a Scam!”

I see this one all the time, and sadly these are people who are giving up a bit too early. First of all, I can say for a fact that it isn’t a scam. Besides myself, I know many people from Affilorama who started here and are now running our own successful online businesses, most of them outside of the IM niches.

Sometimes it takes longer than others, but generally, when I see people not seeing any results, its because they have made a lot of mistakes along the way and they aren’t tracking what works and what doesn’t. They want everything handed to them on a silver platter, and they don’t take the time to test different techniques.

I track everything on my sites. Every link I build, my guest posts, forum posts, and everything else that I do, I track. I watch Google analytics, and if I don’t see any results from the work I am doing, I go on and do something else.

For example, a while back, everyone was telling me how much I needed to do on Twitter. So, I did. But, after months of testing, and engaging, and doing all the things I was told to do, I still wasn’t seeing results. Now, I still use twitter some, but I don’t put a ton of effort into it. Personally, my favorite social platform right now is Google+.

Some of you may be shocked by that, knowing my stance on relying on Google for traffic, but since I started using Google+, engagement on my sites has increased, I have built really great relationships with influential people in my niches, and I am growing my business.

I have had several of my blog posts, and youtube videos shared by some of the product owners and authority figures in the niche, just because of the time I spent networking with them.

But, it all comes down to testing different tactics, different sites, and strategies, until you find what works for you. Instead of taking failure as a personal attack, use it as data on what doesn’t work, and try something else.

Personally, I have a variety of sites in different niches, and I approach each one differently. My traffic strategy, style of site, and level of personal engagement is different in each one, based on testing what worked for me.

Until you start testing things for yourself, you will never know what works for you. I can tell you what works for me, but that is about the best that I can do for you.

“I Can’t Write Articles!”

Not everyone is a master article writer. However, you don’t have to be a prodigy in order to produce great content. First of all, I would recommend that you look at ways that creating content can be fun and more engaging for your readers.

With all the tools and information available to you, creating content for your site doesn’t have to be hard. But, you do need higher quality content than most people I see with affiliate sites are producing.

If you can talk about your niche, you can write content for it. However, most people struggling are in niches that they don’t know well enough to do that. Go to the local library and check out 2-3 books on your niche. You can find books there on just about any topic imaginable.

Also, get affiliate review copies or buy the products that you promote. They are full of information that you can use to build your websites better and easier. You can even find a ton of free content in the affiliate areas for most products. I wouldn’t use that content as is, but you can use it to brainstorm ideas and find information that you could rewrite to engage your audience.

Share your opinions and experiences with your niche. find a personal story that you can relate to your topic. Heck, I wrote a story about going to the dentist and related it to how you build an email list.  Sometimes you have to think outside the box, but doing so will help you to build up a following that wants to hear what you have to say.

Stop the Negative Mindset If you Want to Succeed!

All of these things have one thing in common. The mindset that you have will always give you the results that you are focusing on.  Whether you believe you can do something, or you believe that you can’t do something, you will always prove yourself right in the end. When you stop the negative excuses playing in your mind, and instead focus on finding a way to do what you want, you will find a way.

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Top 10 Positive Habits to Cultivate

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People often think of habits in a negative way. Ask someone to name a few of their habits, and they will probably report what they believe to be ‘bad’ habits such as smoking or eating too much. In fact, almost everything we do – the good, the bad and the ugly – is driven by habits.

Some habits are very positive and developing them will greatly benefit you. In fact, cultivating these habits will almost certainly have the effect of causing some of the more negative ones to drop away.

Here are some of the most constructive and beneficial habits you can try to develop.

1. Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes

The importance of empathy cannot be overstated. It is so easy to think we are right, and yet our own mental habits or beliefs are, just like everyone elses, provisional and do not correspond to reality. The map is not the territory. We are not ‘right’ and other people ‘wrong.’ Genuinely trying to see the other person’s perspective can be liberating and mind opening.

2. Embracing change

People sometimes say that we live in a time of unprecedented change. It is true that change is happening quickly and that the world is complex and interconnected. But it is probably true to say that this has always been the case. The future is inherently uncertain, and the ability to adapt to it by being open to new ways of doing things will keep you relevant and engaged.

3. Embracing technology

One of the obvious theatres of change is technology. It’s changing the world and, if we don’t move with it, we will become deskilled and irrelevant. Some people try to resist technology – this seems like a very unwise move to me, like king Cnut trying to hold back the tide – it cannot be done and you will only get into trouble.

4. Taking time for yourself

It’s important to spend a little time each day just for you. Spend a bit of time on your own to o what you want to do. Read, write, meditate, play music, dance, sing – do what makes you feel happy.

5. Exercising (almost) daily

The benefits of just 20 minutes of exercise per day are well documented. Even 10-15 minutes of vigorous exercise per day can be enormously beneficial. It will keep your metabolism high and build muscle tone, both helping you to burn more calories; it will help you sleep better and make you less prone to illness.

6. Eating healthily

No complicated diets or spending hours at the market or in the kitchen are required. Just make some simple changes to the way you do things – eat a piece of fruit at breakfast; buy a salad for lunch or dinner; take some nuts of fruit to work as a snack; have a couple of ‘sugar free’ days per week; stop taking sugar in your tea. Simple, little changes can have a huge impact on your health.

7. Meditating

People who meditate regularly experience tangible benefits. Studies have shown that physical and mental health improves as a result of meditation. Nothing difficult is required – no training or special equipment and no religious beliefs. Just sit quietly for 10 minutes and watch your breathing, trying to focus only on the breath and nothing else. That’s it. It is hard to focus only on one thing for any length of time but, with practice, you will get better and reap the benefits.

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8. Reading

Reading can be one of the greatest and simplest pleasures. It can open up new worlds. It can truly change your life. With the advent of kindle and iPad, you can carry a whole library around with you. Even without the technology, just slipping a book into your bag for that commute for the ‘dead time’ we inevitably experience is a simple way of building the reading habit.

9. Keeping in touch with friends and family

People with strong social networks are happier, healthier and live longer. It is so easy to stay in touch these days, even if you live a long way from home. A short phone call once a week, just to ‘touch base.’ Technology makes it easy to stay in touch – Facebook, love it or loathe it, is actually a remarkably effective way of keeping in contact.

10. Positive Thinking

And finally, the most important one … developing positive ways of thinking will make an enormous difference to your experience of life. Your mind is where everything starts. The way you think is the key to everything. What you focus on persists and grows.

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By keeping your mind on building these positive habits, the more negative ones will start to drop away. Try it and see.

7 Stars Of The New Silicon Valley Reality Show

Okay, maybe it is time to start saying we’re in another tech bubble.

Bravo announced yesterday a new reality show called “Silicon Valley.”

Randi Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, will be a producer.

The show will follow young professionals to show what it’s like to start a company.

We’ve rounded up the seven people that are going to star in the show.

Hermione Way is the video director at The Next Web and founder of Newspepper and is perfect for reality TV.

Way is a British video personality who become super connected in Silicon Valley.


She is known for her British accent and doing spontaneous things.

Ben Way is the founder of Rainmakers and is already a reality show star.

Ben Way is the founder of Rainmakers and is already a reality show star.

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He has helped launch 43 companies across three continents in consumer tech, clean tech, and medical tech.He is most known for appearing on Channel 4’s TV show Secret Millionaire.

He was the first dot.com kid in Europe, after launching companies at the age of 15.

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He moved here from England to get a taste of the startup scene. He also moved here to spend time with his sister Hermione Way. It’s the first time they’ve lived together. Their parents got divorced when they were young kids.

Kim Taylor is an account director at Ampush Media and going to be the girl from the Midwest that everyone can relate to.

Kim Taylor is an account director at Ampush Media and going to be the girl from the Midwest that everyone can relate to.

She is a founding employee at a self funded online marketing startup called Ampush Media. She is the head of sales and business development.

She left everything behind in the Midwest and moved to California to do a start up with 3 ex-Wall Streeters (also friends) who wanted out of the finance after the financial crisis and recruited her from Chicago. She told them if they hired her, they wouldn’t need outside capital.She’s the female Ari Gold.

Jay Holanda is a model, producer, and founder of a stealth startup. He splits his time between LA and San Francisco.

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Marcus Lovingood is the founder of Futureleap, a social media production company and will bridge the tech scene in SV to Hollywood.

He is a rising star in the film world. He came here from San Diego.

Dwight Crow is the founder of Carsabi and one of the only ones on the show that can code.

He runs a site that helps people save on automobile purchases.

David Murray is a founder of a startup that is still in stealth. He did computer science at Carnegie Mellon and is a fantastic programmer, according to somebody who knew him there.

According to his Google Plus bio, he was head of product of Raptr, user experience lead at Atari, and product manager at Google.

Randi Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, will be the producer. No, she won’t actually be in the show.

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Randi, who was the former marketing director at Facebook, left to start her social media firm R to Z Studios.In an interview with NBC Bay Area news, Randi said “I’m a strong believer in innovation and entrepreneurship and hope that through this series other people will be inspired to build the next break out companies and technologies.”

We wonder if her brother Mark will make an appearance.

For Better Life’s Instructions

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Life’s Instructions

  1. Have a firm handshake.
  2. Look people in the eye.
  3. Sing in the shower.
  4. Own a great stereo system.
  5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
  6. Keep secrets.
  7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
  8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
  9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  10. Whistle.
  11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
  12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
  13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
  14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
  15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
  16. When playing games with ! children, let them win.
  17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  18. Be romantic.
  19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.
  22. Be a good loser.
  23. Be a good winner.
  24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
  25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
  26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
  27. Keep it simple.
  28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
  29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
  31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the
  32. things you didn’t do more than the one’s you did.
  33. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  34. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
  35. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
  36. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
  37. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
  38. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
  39. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’
  40. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
  41. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
  42. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
  43. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
  44. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
  45. Become someone’s hero.
  46. Marry only for love.
  47. Count your blessings.
  48. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
  49. Wave at the children on a school bus.
  50. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
  51. Don’t expect life to be fair.

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Best laptop designs of 2013

There’s a lot more to the appeal of a laptop computer than just the spec sheet. The look and feel is often as important as the speed and storage, as laptop makers understand the virtue of designing desire. This year saw plenty of visually-appealing notebooks, following six standouts represent the best laptop design inspiration of 2013.

1. Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13

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From an a-frame to a virtual “downward dog,” the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 may be the most physically flexible laptop ever designed. Its screen section is attached to its base in a clever way that allows it to flip from a standard laptop to a tablet and every position in between. This makes it more than a “lap” top, as it can be used in plenty of different scenarios. Beyond the flexible display, it’s the less-is-more approach to physical styling and the warm accent color of the case that makes it a success in design. It’s as clean and refined as a laptop can be, but it’s flexibility stands above the rest.

2. Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display has long been the gold-standard of design, not just in terms of laptops but across the full spectrum of product design. It is light, thin and durable, built in a glass and metal shell that exudes elegance. Many other laptops have shaped themselves in the image of the MacBook Pro, but few ever touch its visual refinement. The 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display remains the gold standard, and the second in line isn’t even close.

3. Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook Touch

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In a market of lookalikes, Dell deserves a lot of respect for doing their own thing. The latest Dell XPS 12 Ultrabook Touch is as fast and powerful as it is sleek and unique, with an Intel Core i5 chipset, solid state storage and a special display design that can be flipped and closed to work as a tablet. Its unusual, art-in-an-easel structure is eye candy to me, one of the most bold design cues of 2013.

4. Asus Taichi 21 Dual HD Screen Notebook

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A designer at ASUS must have asked him or herself — what can we do with the empty real estate on the back of a laptop display? The result is the ASUS Taichi 21, a dual HD screen notebook with a screen on each side of the display section, Asus A42-k52 Battery. It was created to be a collaborative notebook, one to allow a few people to work together on a project, or for a single user to share their work with others. It looks like an ideal teaching tool to me, a great way to power through a tutoring session on either side of a table.

5. HP Spectre x2

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The HP Spectre x2 is as convertible as it gets. Instead of rotating the flipping the display and keeping the keyboard, it can completely detach from its base for a full tablet experience. It’s not your basic tablet, either. It’s an Intel Core i5 machine on its own, with more processing power than most tablets could ever hope for. When you need to get back to typing, just reconnect the keyboard base and you’re back to the Ultrabook experience.

6. Razer Blade Pro Gaming Laptop

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The Razer Blade Pro Gaming Laptop gaming laptop doesn’t only get points for its handy mini touchscreen next to the keyboard, it stands above its competition for what it doesn’t do. Namely, the Razer Blade Pro avoids all the extra edges and accents and unneeded design flair of your typical gaming laptop. It’s basic, black and refined, and it doesn’t look like a clamshell on steroids with wings, spoilers and bayonets. If there was a MacBook Pro for gaming, this might be it.

7 Steps for Surfing the Cycle of Growth

Have you ever noticed how your whole life expands whenever you grow and change in any one area of your life?

I do. It’s like I’m different. I act different, I think different, I respond differently, and things that didn’t used to work start working. I get functional. I get fluid. I get solid. Things I’ve been looking for can find me. Opportunities show up. Doors open. Everything clicks. Life feels easy.

It’s like catching a big wave and riding it all the way in to shore.

As sweet as that ride is, it only lasts for a time, and then its over. There is no more momentum behind me, no more force beneath me. If I want to feel that free and fast and strong again, it’s time to get back in the water and start paddling out.

Paddling isn’t effortless or easy. It’s all muscle, determination, and the perseverance of dodging wave after wave. Sometimes there is a little rip that makes the way back out a little easier, but for the most part, it’s initiation time.

This is where most folks give up. They want the thrill of the ride but don’t want to work for it. We’ve been trained to think that everything should be easy and fun and that when things get hard, something is wrong.

Nothing is wrong!

You know the whole “what’s wrong with me” hamster wheel that sucks so much energy and time? How awesome would it be to totally bypass it? You can! As soon as you get the fact that there is a cycle to growing. Winter, spring, summer, fall. Dawn, day, dusk, night. Seed, sprout, leaf, fruit. Why would we be any different? We’re a part of nature and nature moves in cycles.

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So when things don’t feel easy, remember, nothing is wrong! You’re just growing. And you’re in the part of the growth cycle that isn’t comfortable. So don’t stop. If you keep going, you will catch another mighty wave and ride it to shore.

Steps for Surfing the Cycle of Growth

  1. Clarify Your Intention. ‘I want to lose 5 pounds’ or ‘I want to be really kind to my husband/wife/kid/mom/friend’ or ‘I want to get 3 new clients’. Whatever it is, set your intention.
  2. Look at the Evidence. Are your actions lining up with what you say you want? The evidence will show you what you really want. Report accurately. Own it. Choose it. Even if it’s ugly and scary and out of integrity. Say ‘I want to eat 5 gallons of ice cream a night’ or ‘I want to blame everyone and anyone for my misery’ or ‘I want to tear everyone in my life down so I don’t have to feel my own dissatisfaction’ or ‘I don’t want to grow. I just want to complain’. Whatever it is, choose it. Once you choose it fully you will be free to fully choose something else.
  3. Access + Choose a Direction. Are you going to stay where you are, or move in the direction of your intention? There is no right answer. Look at everything you’ve got going on in your life and be honest. Can you take on this challenge right now? Do you have the energy to see it all the way through? If the answer is NO, back yourself up. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Put it away for later and do what you are already doing, and do it well. You’ll eventually be ready to take on the next challenge. If the answer is YES… read on.
  4. Paddle Hard. Work for it. Dodge the waves. Put the spoon full of ice cream down. Put your car in manual and steer yourself where you want to go. Stop the words from coming out of your mouth. It’s not supposed to be easy. You’ve got to work at it. Your automatic patterns will take you back to where you were. This part is grueling and there is no way to avoid it if you really want what you say you want. It’s hard work, but if you do it, it will pay! Nothing is wrong! You’re just growing!!!
  5. Ride + Wipeout. You might not stand. You might stand and fall right back off. It doesn’t matter. You’re putting in the effort. You’re surfing. Poorly maybe, but you’re doing it nonetheless. The truth is, you’re bound to wipe out. You’re gonna get a mouthful of sand. It’s cool. It’s supposed to happen. You’re learning. There is no way to look good and learn. It’s a messy process.
  6. Recovery Time. You might think you want something, but the real question is do you want it bad enough to do whatever it takes? You’ve got to want to surf so bad that you’re willing to go face down in the sand… a lot, because you will. How quickly do you get back on the board and into the lineup? How long do you wallow in the water? Do you give up? If so, go back to step 1. If not, get back on the board, baby. You’re getting close!
  7. Stand up + RIDE. It will just happen. One day you will respond differently. You won’t have the urge to eat the sugary thing. Or you’ll have the urge but it won’t be hard to say no. You’ll just say the kind thing, without second thought. You’ll find yourself doing the action you said you wanted to do. Congrats, baby! You caught the wave. Enjoy the thrill. Revel in the effortlessness. Enjoy the speed and the ease of you and the universe lining up. Bliss out in the slipstream.

6 Useful Apps to Improve Your Overall Health

These days, you can use technology to do more than just check your Facebook page or play Angry Birds. Apps have been developed that focus specifically on diet and exercise, two key components to keeping you healthy. With just a little bit of motivation, you can learn more about what you’re eating before you take that first bite or get in shape by tracking all of your daily activity. Not only can these apps help you lose weight or firm up, they can also help you improve your overall health, leading to a longer, more happy and productive life. (And who doesn’t want that?)

1. Fooducate

If you’ve ever stood in front of a box of cookies wondering just how bad they are for you, then you’ll want to check out Fooducate. Created by dietitians and concerned parents, this app pulls up important yet “digestible” information when you scan a product’s barcode. It won’t just give it a grade and tell you the calories per serving, it will highlight both the good and bad traits of that particular food. Best part? Fooducate will offer better options so you know that you’re making healthier choices.

2. Runkeeper

Ready to put on those running shoes and hit the pavement? Don’t forget your smartphone. Use RunKeeper to track your fitness activity including your distance, time, pace, calories and heart rate. Curious to see how you’re pacing? This app will provide audio cues of your time and distance. Because RunKeeper works with your GPS, you can even see the path you’re traveling on a map. After you’re done running, check out all your stats on RunKeeper’s website. If you’re so inclined, you can even share this info by posting these activities to Facebook and Twitter.

3. Nike Training Club

Want a trainer but don’t have the time, money or energy to devote towards one? Check out Nike Training Club, an app that’s as close as you can come to having your own personal trainer. Nike’s created over 60 custom-built workouts for you to tap into including full body 30 or 45 minute full-body workouts, for all skill levels and targeted, professional athlete workouts that last 15 minutes. All you have to do it pick one of their routines, choose your music and go. You can count on audio guidance to even keep you on track and stay motivated. If you’re so inclined, you can also access step-by-step instructions and videos to make sure you’re doing your drills right. Track your workout history and progress, and then, just like Runkeeper, you can share your workout and reward status on Facebook or Twitter.

4. Lose It!

Are you ready to lose some weight? Who doesn’t want to shed those extra 5-10 lbs we put on during the holidays? Lose It! wants to help you by getting you to set your weight loss goals and daily calorie budget. Of course, it’s up to you to record your food and exercise stats, but once you do, you’ll start to notice how much your consuming and how often you’re exercising. The app comes with a calorie-counter that has a large database of brand name and generic foods, including items you’ll find at popular restaurants. Best part? The daily budget will help you stay on track by telling you how many calories you need to burn if you want to eat that extra cookie or devour that last piece of cake.

5. Restaurant Nutrition

Going out to eat? Craving fast food? Before you order your Big Mac check out the Restaurant Nutritionapp to see the nutritional information about what you’re about to consume. With over 200 restaurants and 60,000 food items in their database, you’ll be able to learn more about what you’re putting in your mouth. Though more and more restaurants are posting some nutritional information like calories on their menus, you’ll find more information here like protein, fat and carbs. Looking for healthier alternatives before you step out? Just find the name of the restaurant with the healthiest food, look for the map button near it and tap on it to be launched into Google Maps which will show you nearby locations. Want to remember what you just ate? Click “I ate this today” and you can keep track of all that food.

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6. WebMD

Feel like you’re coming down with a cold or maybe the flu? Check out WebMD to diagnose your ailments. This powerful app isn’t a good substitute for your doctor but it will help give you an idea of what kind of sickness you could be experiencing. First, let the app know what symptoms you have by cllcking the Symptom Checker and tapping on the body part you’re having problems with. Then, choose your symptoms and learn about your conditions or issues. You can also search through WebMD’s extensive database for information on drugs and vitamins, learning about possible side effects. Got an emergency? Look to WebMD to help guide you on what to do if you have an insect sting or a broken bone.

3 positive steps to the process of discovering the purpose of your life

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In this article we will discuss the concept of life and its underlying principle. We will be going through a step by step procedure, exploring your feelings and options, and by the end of this article, you should have a fairly solid tool you could immediately employ in your life, to give it a meaningful direction.

There are three steps to discover the purpose of life:

Understanding the principle of choice
Creating your underlying principle
Aligning your life with the underlying principle

Understanding the principle of choice

Norman Vincent Peale has this to say about the power of choice. “The greatest power we have is the power of choice. It is an actual fact, that if you have been groping under unhappiness, you can choose to be joyous, instead. And, by effort, lift yourself into joy. If you tend to be fearful, you can overcome that misery by choosing to have courage. The whole trend and the quality of anyone’s life is determined by the choice that are made”.

Choosing is the most important activity of your mind, because by making a choice, you are proclaiming your desires to your subconscious mind. Once the subconscious mind get to know your desires, it is going to do anything to manifest them in your life. The choices you make in your life become your goal. And, if you are sincere in pursuing them, there is no reason why you should not accomplish them.

Indecision, on the other hand, not only creates frustration and anxiety, but can also confuse the subconscious mind about what you want. But it is important that the choices you make are made by you, in accordance with your true desires, purposes and aptitude. A lot us of let others make choices for us, or make our choices according to what we think is ‘correct’, even if that means that we go against our wishes. What is right for someone is may not be right for you, and the way to know this is listening to what your heart says.

So, begin with, make a list of things which interests you; things which you have always enjoyed, which makes you feel better, which inspires you to surge ahead, no matter what obstacles you face. Do you like doing something creative, or something artistic? Do you enjoy nature, do you like the sea? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you get pleasure out of making a difference in other people’s life?

What ever it is that interests you, go ahead and make a list under the following headlines:

Things you love to do:

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What is it that you love in this thing and why? How you could do this for money, and make a living out of it?

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Creating Your Underlying Principle:

The next step is to examine the list you just made and find out if there is any recurring them. Maybe, it is the contribution that keeps coming up, or an effect to seek or give love, or helping your parents cope with old age. Whatever it is try to identify the central them of the things you love to do, and try to put it in a short and precise statement. This will be your ‘Mission Statement’. It may even be a quote by a famous person, or a philosophy that has influenced you. Of course, as you grow up, this statement could evolve, but its soul will remain the same. Now, write down your Mission Statement.

Aligning your LIFE with the Underlying Principle:

The final step in this journey is to map your path to your ultimate purpose. Make the little changes in your lifestyle that would accommodate this principle in your life. LIVE this principle each and every day. It might take a few days, but you will certainly feel the difference in your enthusiasm for life. If you realize that you love being amidst nature, plan out your holiday. Maybe an outing with your children could be enough to recoup with your energy. On the other hand, you might even want to change your job, or start a new business, that is more in line with your mission.

Please Remember – “Do what you love, and money will follow”.

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How Technology Will Change the Way We Buy

You don’t need to hop in a time-traveling DeLorean to see how the wonders of technology will continue to reshape many aspects of our lives, such as the way we shop. They might not be widely used just yet, but several emerging technologies that are bound to change your buying habits already exist. From virtual dressing rooms to high-tech checkout counters and shopping carts, get to know what’s in store for your future weekend and holiday shopping sprees.

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Social shopping

Social media has become an enormous part of our lives in recent years, so it’s not surprising that both brick-and-mortar and online stores have started giving their businesses a social spin. Urgently looking for a gift to buy? Check out popular online pinboard Pinterest to browse items, filtered according to price.

Many traditional retail stores have Facebook Pages and Twitter accounts where they announce their newest and hottest goods, as well as the deals and discounts they’re offering. Social community The Fancy offers discounts and coupons to users based on the nature of the images they “Fancy,” which is the site’s equivalent to Facebook’s Like and Pinterest’s Pin It. Fab.com, another social shopping site, has a Live Feed similar to Facebook’s news feed that shows you what other members buy and like.

Other social shopping services include Karma, which helps you buy gifts for your Facebook friends; Sneakpeeq, which posts every item you “peeq” at on Facebook; and Kaboodle, a social bookmarking service for online shops.

Location, location, location Apps like Shopkick (download Shopkick for your iPhone or Android Tablet) give you incentives for simply walking into stores. If you use popular location-based social networking app Foursquare, chances are you can find several local establishments that offer discounts when you check in. A web portal called Poorsquare makes it easier for you by collating all the generous deals for 85 U.S. cities in one place.
Companies like Groupon, LivingSocial, and even AT&T and Google offer local deals that encourage you to support businesses in your area. Clearly, your location will play a bigger and bigger part of your shopping experience.

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Tired of jeans that don’t quite follow your curves or shirts that fit your torso but are too tight around the arms? Everyone’s body is shaped differently, and to get a perfect fit, you sometimes have to get your clothes altered. But by using 3D scanning technology, all the clothes you buy will fit the contours of your body to a T.

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Companies like Bodymetrics and Fitted Fashion scan your body in high-tech booths to get the most accurate measurements, so they can customize clothes just for you. Right now, both companies focus on making the perfect pair of jeans, but they plan to expand their offerings.

Technologies to look forward to

Try it on, virtually We bet trying on fab clothes in cramped, cubicle-like fitting rooms isn’t your idea of a good time. But unless you’re a VIP in a posh, high-fashion boutique, you don’t have much of a choice. That’s why we’re sure you’re going to love the virtual dressing rooms and augmented reality apps that put your passion for fashion dresses at your fingertips.

Want to shop online for a new pair of shades or eyeglasses? You don’t need to guess which pair looks best on you — use the eBay Fashion iPhone app to superimpose a pair of eyewear you’re checking out on a picture of your face.

But what if you want to buy something bigger than a pair of glasses?

Thanks to Microsoft Kinect’s motion tracking camera, systems like FaceCake Swivel and KinectShop can overlay clothes and accessories on your onscreen counterpart. While KinectShop is only a prototype, FaceCake Swivel has been around since 2011. With FaceCake, you can even choose the background of your virtual fitting room (try on a wedding dress against a chapel or a garden backdrop!) to enhance your shopping experience.

High-tech shopping carts and checkout counters Shopping carts given high-tech makeovers could, in time, be a common sight in malls and supermarkets. Natural and organic food retailer Whole Foods is currently testing prototypes of Microsoft Kinect-enabled carts that can follow you along the aisles, steered merely by your movement and the sound of your voice. In China, a supermarket chain introduced tablet-equipped carts that guide shoppers around the stores’ mazes of aisles.

Welcome to the future We have a long wait ahead of us before some of these technologies become so intimately intertwined with our daily lives that we can’t imagine life before them. Change may be a scary thing, but in this case, it will not only make everyday tasks more convenient but also tailors your every purchase to your wants and needs.

Now, if we could just find some way for our tech to pay for everything we want to buy…

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