Improve your confidence

I have been doing a series on the secrets to improving your confidence. This fourth article reveals the secret of speaking up.

As someone is considering working from home as one of the ways to earn extra money confidence is key. The level of your success is directly tied to your level of confidence. People naturally want to follow confident people.

In a legitimate home Internet business, you will receive training on many aspects of marketing in theory. However, there will come a time when you will have to speak to someone who wishes to join you in your business.

Most people have a level of discomfort when talking to someone interested in joining their business opportunity. This is perfectly natural. The situation is similar to attending a meeting in a ‘job’ or say a conference. The Chairperson or Speaker finishes and asks if there are any questions? In a lot of cases, there are none.

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Be Your Own Guide

Recall visits to a museum, an art gallery, a national park, or a historical site when you have been escorted through a guided tour. A guided tour presents a visitor with a knowledgeable introduction to what is being viewed.

The tour helps you focus on what is interesting or important, offers you insight into the exhibit or experience that helps you appreciate it more, and provides a framework for understanding what you encounter.

In contrast, unless you are already quite knowledgeable, you will probably miss some significant elements of the experience if you wander about by yourself.

This is also true of students struggling to make sense of textbook readings in their classes. A “chapter tour” can provide them with enough direction and background so they can learn what’s important in their reading.

Teaching/Learning Activities

A Chapter Tour is a form of study guide that “talks” the reader through a chapter, and points out elements of the text that warrant special attention. Using a Chapter Tour activity involves the following steps:

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ME (ACCORDING TO RELIABLE INTERNET SOURCES)

Capgras delusion is a disorder in which a person holds a delusion that a friend, spouse, parent, or other close family member (or pet) has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor.

I started the day off doing a favor for a complete stranger. I took a Brain Lateralization Test and then answered some questions about algebra. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

Well, it was! I LOVE taking tests about my brain, personality, or addictions. As messed up as I feel, I find it comforting to know that there’s an actual name for what’s wrong with me. It’s almost as good as finding out there’s nothing wrong with me.

So, after I completed this test and helped someone finish a research project and quite possibly graduate, I looked for more psychological tests to take. I got some VERY interesting results.

Brain Lateralization Test (Took 2 different ones to make sure) Right Brain ( 42%, 44&) Left Brain (54%, 56%)

“Left brainers” are orderly, articulate, and literal. They can understand directions or anything logical or explicit. They have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts. They doubt anything that is not stated or proven.

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Have you seen Sharkwater? It made me cry

Bring out the Charles Darwin in you – today! This isn’t the most timely post but if you give a shit about nature, which ultimately means you give a shit about yourself, you will find this very interesting.

UNC professor Pat Davison unveiled his latest multimedia project today called “Living Galapagos.” Coined as the “first in-depth multimedia project to examine the impact of humans in the Galapagos Islands,” this Flash-based project is definitely a sight to see. Davison traveled with 21 students and four coaches to document the stories, people, places and facts of the islands.

This is probably my dream project. Great sound, video, and photo, plus it’s all wrapped up in a slick map. My only complaint is in conjunction with Innovative Interactivity’s review in that it could use a navigation bar, but it’s easy enough to work around. The beauty of this piece just furthers my impatience with learning Flash better as these are the kind of projects I want to be working on but I am getting better – I think.

Have you seen Sharkwater? It made me cry more than Cinema Paradiso and that is saying a lot. The film, of course, discussed sharks but also investigated various aquatic issues. In particular, the narrative focused on the perils of longline fishing, which is illegal in certain parts of the world.

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The Good Grades Guide Review

Quite frankly, Hans Wellman M.Ed. has got a sense of humor and isn’t afraid to use it.  The Good Grades Guide had me laughing on the first page and that kept me turning the pages.

Wellman has packed the Good Grades Guide will solid, scientifically backed information that students and teachers can apply that night for more successful studying.

The Good Grades Guide helps students discover how they learn best and the most effective study strategies specifically for them.  Wellman also explains how your brain retains information and gives specific tips on how to study.

In the Good Grades Guide Wellman covers all of the ground students need to become more successful and achieve the goals they set for themselves.

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Eating Healthy Made Affordable

Community Supported Agriculture is the New way to Shop for Food

I resigned from my job to be a full-time stay-at-home mom to Miss Aubrey.  My husband and I went before the Lord to seek His blessings on this matter.

I remember telling God that in doing this I wanted to still be able to eat organically and travel. Look what God has done! I am eating organically, locally grown food more now than ever before and I am still traveling.

It wasn’t that God initially blessed us with financial increase to be able to maintain the lifestyle that we enjoyed before my resigning. To the contrary, there has been lots of sacrifices.

The Good News tells us to seek and we shall find. That is exactly what happened to me. As I searched for affordable ways to continue to eat organic and all natural foods, God gave me the wisdom to make that happen on our one income budget.

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Simplify: Why to Eliminate the Clutter

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.” Henry David Thoreau

I’m feeling the need to simplify my life. Most of my problems are due to one thing: clutter. Too many responsibilities, too many thoughts and most important of them all, too much STUFF.

Not all of this is bad, of course. Most “responsibilities” are fun and what I love to do, my mind is full of ideas (unorganized as they are) and aspirations, and my space has a lot of things that I love and are necessary. I’m sure things are similar for you.

As I’m on a never-ending mission to create peace in my mind by reducing the useless and self-limiting mind chatter, I’ve decided to focus on the physical. Is there anything in your life that weighs you down? Stresses you out? Or causes way too much anxiety?

I know I can think of a thing or two or hundred. This is why I’m going to start on a journey of eliminating a TBD amount of stuff from my life. I’d like to share it here because this is inherently and intrinsically tied to my happiness and my capability to follow my dreams. That is true health right there and you all know how I feel about that! Anyone want to join in?!

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Seven Magic Words That Will Change Your Life

Dictionary Series – Change

Were you ever told something as a kid and…suddenly…you remember it as an adult? I was recently reminded of a message I heard when I was young. It was reinforced one Sunday morning in church for me a few years ago. This message is only seven words but has the power to change your life. Normally, I don’t like making statements like that. But in this case, I’m making an exception. Here are the Seven Magic Words:

You Have Not Because You Ask Not.”

Doesn’t get much simpler. I am often asked the following:

  • Question: How were you able to get education?  Answer: I asked, I asked for help
  • Question: How were you able to raise capital for your businesses? Answer: I asked.
  • Question: How are you able to sell through the mail? Answer: I ask for the sale.

Oversimplification? Perhaps. But I don’t think so. When I first started out in business with vending machines, I would come home after going on sales calls and sulk. I did everything but ask for the sale. Presented the features and benefits. Proved beyond doubt my service was good.

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Holy Awkwardness Batman

Today was a busy day. I was on the road at 8:30 am and didn’t get home until 10:30.  I’m exhausted. First a coworker asked me to drive him down to DC to drop off a car that needed to be made accessible.  We then had to take the Amtrak back to Baltimore followed by a cab ride back to my coworker’s parking lot so I could pick up my car.  Then my coworker and his wife offered to take me to lunch.

I then had to run home and pick up D.  I then took him to Walmart to pick up a gift and went off to a (hard to explain) mini early work related Christmas party (don’t ask).

THEN, D and I had been invited to a holiday party, so off we go to Columbia (30 min away) for their party. We walk in … and the hostess says hi … the host doesn’t bother getting up.  D and I get a drink and sit down … and talk to ourselves.

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Make Friends With Fear

Last night I heard a commercial for an insurance company that said something to the affect of, “taking the ‘scared’ out of life.” I spent a lot of time ruminating about fear this weekend and had to laugh at the ridiculousness of that statement.

Life is absolutely not about eliminating your fear. It’s not about waiting until you’re no longer afraid. Or, working at getting over it.

It is about co-existing with fear and doing what you’re most afraid of anyway.

We all have fears. We all especially have fears that prevent us from doing what we want (or are called) to do. I realized on Sunday that I (and you!) will always have fear (duh).

There is no magical pill that is going to make it go away. Of course, things will get easier and maybe your fear for that particular thing will dissolve, but then there will be a new fear facing you head on.

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