Becoming a Statistic

Worldometers.info is an extremely easy-to-navigate web site.

lots-of-numbers

On one page, one can watch “real time world statistics” on all classes of information. For example, as I write this at 10:12 in the morning 83,036,521,929 emails had already been sent TODAY. (Incidentally, in the time it took me to type that last sentence, the total increased by more than 210 million.)

A smattering of other attention-grabbing statistics:

  • There are 2,908,626,597 internet users in the world (growing rapidly)
  • 288,076 new books have been published so far this year (My future daughter-in-law accounts for one of those!)
  • There have been 1,683,340,798 Google searches so far today (three of which were mine)

I was fascinated to discover that are about 1.5 billion overweight and 529 million obese folks on the planet compared to 894 million undernourished. (it appears if we could move some of our food from the “haves” to the “have nots,” it would benefit all.) Relatedly, obesity has cost the United States economy over 245 million dollars today alone and approximately 86.5 million dollars have been shelled out on weight loss programs in that same period.

If you’re into stats, the site will suck you in like a vacuum cleaner on steroids.

Our planet is crowded – and growing more at a net rate of about 2.2 people per second (4.1 born and 1.9 die). As of February 12, 2014 we share our planet with 7,212,822,888 other individuals. Using those same numbers, approximately 361,000 will inhale their first breath today while sadly,173,500 will take their last.

Not one of those souls is more important than any other.

Abhaya’s family in India will grieve as deeply over her loss as will Monica’s children in California. Having said that, some names reach a stratospheric level of recognition in their time here; one of which was Phillip Seymour Hoffman, a gifted actor by any measure.

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Too Bad We Need Support, huh?

Note: We recently launched of a seminar series, “Five Things You Must Know To Make Your Life Better.”  Each week we’re taking a quick look at each of the five. This is the last one of the five.

#5: Get support

group of friends

Can we be really honest?

If you could achieve your goals on your own, you would have already done so, right? As they say, “Nothing changes if nothing changes,” and if you continue to try and muscle your way through it, you’re actually holding yourself back.

It’s important to remember that each of us is at times a teacher and other times a student. In some areas we show others the way forward. In others, we must be guided.

There is no shame in learning – and there is great courage in asking for help.

Reach out; there will always be a hand ready when you need it. (You’ll repay the favor later.)

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Close the Back Door

Note: We recently launched of a seminar series, “Five Things You Must Know To Make Your Life Better.”  Each week we’re taking a quick look at each of the five.

#4: Close the Back Door.

Табличка с надписью CLOSED висит на дверной ручке с шипамиDon’t leave yourself an escape route.

Make it as easy as possible to move forward and as difficult as possible to stop. Clean your environment of triggers and replace it with support.

Examples:

> If your goal is to lose weight, put your scale, measuring cups, and journal right in plain view.  Get rid of “red light foods.” As soon as you lose a size, get rid of your old clothes. Keeping them “just in case…” usually turns out to be “it just so happened…”

> If you’re goal is to walk more, put your walking shoes right in front of the door. Wear your pedometer wherever you go. Better yet, get a second pair and keep them in the where you can see them. Look for opportunities to walk.

Too often, because we mistakenly believe we “failed” before, we keep our goals secret.

That’s a mistake.

One of the best ways to close the back door is to tell anyone who cares about you what you’re doing and how they can help. If you decide to stop moving forward, that’s your option, but after closing the back door, it becomes a very conscious decision and you have to “own it,” rather than believing you were a victim and it “just happened.”

Remember: Don’t sneak into success; leap loudly with as much noise as you can make.

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Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays

Take a moment for you.

In case you had not noticed, it’s a very busy time of year.

woman juggling too many things

During this time of year, there’s a whole lot to do.

Maybe, you’re buying and wrapping gifts, getting them to the post office, sending out cards, preparing special foods, shopping, traveling, welcoming guests, shopping,  decorating the house, and oh yes, did we say “shopping?”

In addition there’s that “money thing.” After all, it’s not like you can drop a note in the envelope to the bank and say, “I have a lot of other expenses. I’d like to pass on paying my mortgage.”

Add to all of that that your life doesn’t stop and it can be really cold (which seems to make things worse).

The combination of everything – whether you love or hate the holiday season – can be just plain stressful.

That’s why it’s essential you put aside some time every day to take care of you. Put things in priority. Slow down. Remember what matters.

If you don’t, who will take care of everything you’re supposed to do?

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Combatting Emotional Distress is Not a Challenge Anymore

Is it worth being upset?

Emotions are an indispensable part of human life.

However, at times you might find it difficult to deal with the ones that pull your energies down. The problem begins when you carry the emotional distress for long and it begins to influence negatively your personal and professional life.

Depressive mood, irritability, self-criticism and disappointment are some of the common symptoms signaling that you are undergoing a problem. They may be attributed to an emotionally hard-hitting experience of your life.

You need to stop pitying yourself and feeling helpless for not being able to control your emotions. Hiding away or avoiding your pain is never the solution for it can put you on a self-destructive path by resorting to wrong methods such as use of drugs or alcohol. Clear your mind and think of the healthy ways to deal with the situation. [Read more...]

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