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December 28, 2018

How what you eat can make you standout in a crowd — guest post

Peaceful

Essentially, we are all special but have a hard time expressing our uniqueness.

That is why many people, no matter how talented they are, simply fall into the crowd and become average. The battle to be different is a constant one and the best weapon for self-awareness is being in a good mood.

This sounds simple enough but it is really hard to be in the radiant mood all the time. This takes a lot of time and effort that would be unimaginable without some extra help.
The support from your friends and family is welcoming but there are more physical, or physiological ways you can boost your mood and really stand out from the crowd.

“We are what we eat” is an adage that could not be truer in the case of our daily mood. It is true that there are certain types of food that influence our mood.
By consuming them regularly we can actively influence the way we feel.
The right diet could help us smile more, lead a better life, and stay healthy, so there is no reason not to discover the wonderful world of mood-boosting foods.

Oats

Cereals are an important part of any diet and they are something that children love to eat for breakfast with milk.
This should not come as a surprise as oats and other cereals constitute a healthy and organic breakfast option.

When it comes to making us smile more, oats, in particular, contain the right ingredients. They have a low glycemic index which means that they release energy slowly, keeping blood sugar levels stable at all times.

Since sugar intake is to be blamed for hyperactive behavior, this means that our mood will gradually become better in a matter of seconds.

Anyone who gets a rush from a chocolate candy bar might want to consider switching to sweets with oats in them.

To top it all, oats are rich in selenium as well. If you dislike the taste cereals have, besides milk, you can always add honey, nuts, yogurt or fruits to add to the flavor and further boost the protein intake.

Spinach

The popular myth that spinach is rich in iron has been proven false but does not mean that spinach isn’t nutritious — quite the contrary.

It is rich in vitamin B, the deficiency of which has been linked to depression.
Since vitamin B3, B6, and B12 can be found in spinach, its regular consumption has the potential to slow the development of depression and in combination with other foods listed here, it can even stop it altogether.

Spinach

The best thing about spinach is that there are several ways to eat it since it is not the main course. It can be a salad if eaten raw and seasoned with olive oil and garlic. However, most frequently it is served as a side dish to meat.

Regardless of how you decide to consume it, spinach, alongside its counterpart broccoli, can have a tangible effect on your mood, so don’t skip it next time it is on the table, literally.

Whey protein

Staying hydrated is an important aspect of working out.

We see bodybuilders constantly carrying bottles around the gym but they are not always filled with water.
In many cases, they contain whey protein, which is a mixture of 80% casein and 20% whey. Essentially, whey is the results of dairy processing that is grinded into a powder low in lactose that contains nine amino acids.
It is not just a great source of protein ideal for athletes but it is rich in minerals like calcium and vitamins such as B12.
As mentioned earlier, this vitamin, in particular, is effective in fighting depression, so all gym-goers can use whey protein to feel more relaxed while exercising.

Unfortunately, many beginners are put off by the fact that they do not know how to properly introduce whey protein to their diet, despite numerous online guides providing information on how to get True Protein the right way.
In fact, this is true for many food types listed here, so you must inform yourself well before you include oats or spinach in your diet as well.

Water

This life-giving liquid on our list is perhaps the most unexpected item. You are probably wondering: how can plain water contribute to my radiant smile?

Well, the answer is quite simple. Staying hydrated all the time is essential for our health. Once even the mildest form of dehydration sets in, there can be no talk of a good mood or any other mood for that matter. That is why it is important to stick to the recommended daily water intake amount of some two liters, which sums up to some eight glasses a day.

This may seem excessive, but this is the amount that we need to function properly, both physically and mentally.  Remember, even the fruit you eat is rich in water, so this counts in our daily goal.

Hydrate

If you are finding it difficult to hydrate sufficiently, try getting a recyclable water bottle and carrying it at your person everywhere you go. This way, you could take a sip every time you have nothing better to do, like waiting at the dentist’s office.

Needless to say, don’t take too much water at once, like gulping down an entire liter. Like with many things in life, overkilling it is not the answer.

Finally, never let it slip your mind that positive mood should be consistent. This is why any change in your diet, regardless of which item or items from this list you decide to include, should essentially be a long-term change.
The radiant mood you are aiming for can only come as the result of a painstaking process that will have to include a lot of self-discipline.

However, do not fall into despair, because persistence is exactly what the crowd lacks. And plus, you’ve got a secret weapon up your sleeve to help you succeed: mood-boosting food.

Mia Johnson is a freelance writer with a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourn, she now lives in Sidney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.

Mia Johnson

  • Posted 12.28.18 at 05:00 am by Roy Osing
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December 21, 2018

How to use power words to stand out from the crowd — guest post

Power words
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Word are persuasive. They can cajole, convince, and compel people to act.

They are the backbone of successful marketing. Selecting the right words that resonate with your audience can be an arcane art — but it doesn’t have to be.

By choosing power words that impact your customers’ emotions, you can lift your copy to dizzy new heights. Here’s how.

Recommended reading: If you can’t reason with people attack their heart

The psychology behind words

As humans, we are unconsciously predisposed to act on words that convey emotions: fear, uncertainty, pleasure, desire, and so on. The words you use tap into unconscious emotions (https://moosend.com/blog/powerful-words/), which in turn compel your audience to act.

For instance, if you ask your friend to call you, you could expect a call tomorrow, the day after, or in a week’s time. But ask your friend to call you now, and you can expect a call instantly.

These words are known as power words, words that elicit a strong emotional response. This could be a positive one, such as happiness or excitement. But it could equally be a negative response, such as fear or anger.

Emotional states can be leveraged to compel people to act, with each emotion driving your own desired outcome.

Take your blog, for example. Your headline is the most crucial element in urging readers to click through and read.

And when readers see dozens of headlines everyday as they trawl the web, power words make yours stand out. “7 Tips For Writing Better Blog Posts” is fine. But “7 Secret Tips For Writing Inspiring Blog Posts” has that little extra pizzazz that makes it shine.

Different power words will evoke different emotional states that will compel the audience not just to click on your blog post, but to dig deeper into what the blog says.

But it’s not just clicks and views that you can get with power words. Ecommerce stores too can benefit from power word-laden product description that drive sales and boost profits.

Consider chocolate stores for example. Confectionery especially lends itself to sensual, powerful words such as “gooey” or “gourmet”, which evokes the senses and makes the customer’s mouth water.

So using power words in your product descriptions don’t just help you sell products — they even help you sell your business itself, giving it deeper intrinsic value.

Exclusivity is everything

I don’t need to tell you that temptation is a powerful thing. Power words that tease with the promise of value or reward are irresistible to your audience.

Some examples include:

Banned
Secret
Elite
What They Don’t Want You to Know
Controversial
Behind the Scenes
Insider
Forbidden
Confidential

Each of the above evokes feelings of intrigue and desire in the reader.

“Controversial”in particular is used regularly by gossip magazines to compel the reader to read on. It promises scandal and shock, urging people to buy their publications for more of the same.

Look at the example from Vogue below:

Vogue
Image Vogue

The use of “controversy” and “reveal” tantalize the reader, offering a glimpse into something no-one else has seen. Of course, this isn’t the case, but by using these power words, Vogue urges the reader to click through and read each piece.

Takeaway tip: your makeup tutorial isn’t just a makeup tutorial. It’s an “elite makeup tutorial from industry insiders”. Add value to your content by giving it exclusivity and tempting your audience into reading on.

The art of anticipation

Inspiring words can be that one thing that drives someone to do something to better themselves or lend a helping hand.

There will always be difficulties in life, but those problems are not what controls us as individuals or the world. These words can make your readers feel the same way.

Some examples of words that inspire and encourage include:

Hope
Passionate
Sensational
Courage
Bravery
Caring
Sacrifice (in the proper context)
Triumph

These words speak to our desire to better ourselves, to lift ourselves out of our current situation and into something better. By articulating these words, you stir these same emotions in your reader.

Takeaway tip: rather than selecting “useful writing quotes”, provide “inspiring writing quotes that will galvanize your writing today”.

The power of “free”

Nothing compels action more than the offer of something for nothing. Whether it’s a free product or a discount code, we can’t get enough of freebies.

Everyone could use a little more money, and even those rare few who don’t feel that way still take their finances seriously.

Giving people easy ways to earn or save money is a great way to build a readership. And it’s perfect for sales too. Adding a freebie or discount to a purchase will drive sales and engagement with ease.

Add these words to your website, online store, or blog:

Free
Savings
Jackpot
Rewards
Dollars
Sell
Sale
Discount
Fortune
Double
Triple
Gift
Increase
Gains
More

Takeaway tip: the words above are perfect for building email lists or boosting clicks. Offer a free downloadable ebook (in return for signing up) or the promise of increasing their sales (when they read your guide) to enhance your blog.

Fear is a powerful thing

Making people afraid will get their attention. We see this in the news all the time, as stories get conflated to apocalyptic proportions on a daily basis.

Sometimes, like with severe weather, this sort of fear-mongering is necessary to get people to listen and possibly save their own lives. Other times, it’s used to trick us into buying unnecessary amounts antibacterial soap.

Still, if you’re going to do it, here are some scary words.

Abuse
Prison
Debt
Terrorist
Risky
Assault
Crime
Victim
Toxic
Infectious
Nightmare
Lawsuit

Takeaway tip: while fear power words have their place, use them sparingly. Excessive usage will ultimately repel your readers rather than compel.

Your blog’s audience are people, and while people in any given demographic can have similarities, they are individuals. Words used in one way will have a different effect on different audiences.

Pay attention to which words and phrases get the most engagement and reaction from your readers, and use them accordingly.

Victoria Greene is a freelance writer and brand consultant. She writes over at VictoriaEcommerce. Here, she likes to share tips for wannabe thought leaders looking to make an impact online.

Victoria Greene

  • Posted 12.21.18 at 03:14 am by Roy Osing
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December 10, 2018

Pick one thing to make your day awesome

“Have a great day” is an expression we here every day. It’s an expression of genuine hope that someone will more than fulfill themselves in the hours ahead of them.

It’s an aspirational declaration in the sense that the purveyor of the thought throws the statement at someone, spraying it out with the intent of conveying their good wishes.

Awesome day

There are, however, two missing elements to this laudable intention.

First, with all the chaos and dynamics in today’s world, wishing someone “a great day” doesn’t go far enough.

We need to cheer them on to having “an awesome day”; an unmatched day that blows away their imagination.

If you can’t reach the awesome state, chances are you will fall short of satisfying your expectations.

Second, there should be advice available to help people achieve awesomeness; a template of sorts people can follow to at least have a fighting chance of experiencing a daily high.

In my life and career, I’ve wrestled many days to try and grind out a favourable outcome; I hope one or more of my personal learnings work for you.

Get up early

The day has time limitations so you have to get moving. Awesomeness demands you extract the maximum value of the day; you can’t do that if you’re supine.

Getting up early means you can nap in the afternoon without feeling guilty. If you can’t nap because of what you do and where you are, at least take a moment and breathe…

Nap

Follow your instincts

Leave your plan for the day behind, or at least don’t have your agenda for the day consume all of your day.

Let your day flow. Focus on doing stuff without an agenda because it allows you to discover things; experiencing stuff that is completely new.

Full disclosure: I have difficulty with this and have not mastered my own words.

Write

To give your day closure, write about it — about anything you witnessed that strikes you; an event that is memorable or interesting.

You are an expert on something — your own views and thoughts — so express them. To yourself if necessary, or share them with others.

It’s amazing how people respond to the honest thoughts which are always unique in some compelling way.

I have recently started following the blog of Gabe Anderson, a musician who expresses himself daily. His posts wreak with simplicity and honesty; check him out.

Do something different

Force yourself outside your comfort zone; amazing days aren’t achieved by staying to the script you’ve always followed.

We are all creatures of habit, but habits are boring and are definitely not a source of awesomeness.

Change your routine; do lunch at a different time and with someone you don’t know much about. Make a call — NO! don’t use social media — to someone on your contact list you find potentially interesting.

Cast off the cloak of compliance and do something outrageous. It’s good for your soul and it will serve as a self injected adrenalin rush.

Outrageous

Stay connected

Check in with a friend or family member; all it takes is 15 minutes — you can afford this slice of time, right?

We all need grounding during each day; personal engagement gives us the confidence to march on into the potential abyss that awaits.

We need people who have our back so send a text to “your person” — yup a text to a special person in your life is ok; a personal call is not necessary.

It doesn’t have to be a complicated contact; reach out with emotion and tell them you are thinking of them and ask them how they’re doing.

Solve a problem

Being able to solve a problem and see the result is an incredible day booster; it’s genesis is our education system and what has been drilled into our heads for years — achievers solve problems.

Make sure your day has a problem to solve. It could be a personal dilemma — you annoyed one of your favourite people — or an issue at work — the sales guys aren’t following the marketing strategy.

It really doesn’t matter what the nature of the problem is, what’s important is that today you deliver a solution to something that matters to you.

At the end of the day awesomeness is achieved when we can reflect back on what we’ve delivered to make life easier for something or someone; problem solving makes us feel useful.

Sweat

A body in action is exhilarating; endorphins are released and a high is produced.

Find a way to work your body during your waking hours; force it to do what it was made to do. We were not put here to be sedentary; unfortunately we are the recipients of technologies that allow us to escape arduous activity.

Find a moment or two during your day to push your body to perspire.

Perspiration begets awesomeness.

Feed your mind

Pick an issue of the day that causes you to stir emotionally.

Dive deep to understand the various points of view surrounding it as intimately as you can. One awesome day must be a leading indicator of others to come; your intellect has a major role to play to ensure a continuum plays out.

Exercise your left brain capabilities to augment a strong feeling component of your persona. When your passion is coupled with strong reasoning on your topic of choice, awesomeness happens.

There may not be a formula for achieving total awesomeness for your day, but there are some practical and proven actions you can take to realize portions of it.

Have a go.

Cheers,
Roy

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  • Posted 12.10.18 at 04:37 am by Roy Osing
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November 30, 2018

7 healthy habits of successful people you need to adopt — guest post

Fitness 1

If there’s one thing that all successful people have in common, it’s good habits.

Rather than leaving things to chance, most of them know that triumph comes from self-reliance and being able to tackle problems that come their way, and they always make room for self-growth.

If you want to lead an impressive life full of achievements, it’s crucial to take a look at how these powerful people hone their skills and what they do every day to stay at the very top of the social ladder.

Eager to tap into your potential and discover the secrets of prosperity? Then adopt these seven habits.

Become an early riser

You’ll simply get more done. If your mornings are productive you’ll immediately feel like you’re using your day well, and you’ll get the added benefit of finishing things when everything is quiet and there are no distractions.

This also means that you should go to bed early because getting enough sleep is very important if you want to be awake and energetic during the day. To make it easier, try to establish a pattern that you’ll stick to even on weekends—while it might be tempting to sleep in on Saturday, it can actually mess up your routine and make you feel constantly tired.

Fitness 2

Use fitness to grow confident

Successful people put their wellbeing first, and one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle is exercise. If you work out regularly you’ll become fit and have a ton more energy, and you can tone your body and make it look really good.

All of these things are an immense boost to confidence, so pick an activity you can enjoy and try to stay consistent. Swimming, running, doing sports, or doing short home workouts are all great ways to exercise, and you can also go to the gym and see about hiring a personal trainer if you need more help.

Eat for health

If you want to feel good in your own body you’ll need to have a decent meal plan.

Start by cutting down on sugar and junk food because this will reduce the levels of inflammation in your body, and then introduce more veggies, fruit, and lean meats into your diet.

You should also consider stocking up on some useful supplements like CoQ10, vitamin E, and glutathione because all of these have antioxidant properties that can benefit your cardiovascular health and keep you safe from infections and diseases.

Eating well means you’re ready to invest in yourself, and there’s nothing more important than taking care of your own needs.

Fitness 3

Have a planner

It can be in form of an app on your phone, or it can be a small notebook. Pick whatever you prefer, and make sure to really use it every day.

A planner will help you manage your time well and remind you of any important meetings and events, and writing things down will mean you get to have all your thoughts in order.

Bullet journal is also an option, so pick whatever suits your lifestyle better.

Cancel distractions

The best way to maximize productivity is to minimize distractions. If you know you have to get something done, get down to it and stop checking your Instagram every few minutes.

Forget about social media, forget about poking at your phone, and just stop finding things to pull your focus away from the task at hand.

Make no excuses

We all have dreams and we all have ideas. The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t, is whether they know how to make those ideas into reality.

Stop finding excuses about why something can’t be done and start finding solutions—adopting a go-getter mindset makes a world of difference because it forces you to become crafty, to fight for things that you’re passionate about. Sitting around and despairing over dreams that are out of your reach never got anyone anywhere.

However, getting up and becoming active, getting stubborn and pursuing your interests—that’s the key to making it in the world.

Surround yourself by positive people

Negativity has a big impact on us whether we like it or not, and being surrounded by petty, jealous people who do nothing but whine can seriously degrade your confidence.

Instead of staying close to people who seem to complain for a living, find a crowd of positive, successful people. Find those who are eager and who don’t mind hard work, and soak up their good energy.
They’ll inspire you to act in a similar manner, and the world will be a much brighter place once you get out from under that rainy cloud of cynicism.

All of these habits are really useful, but bear in mind that you don’t have to adopt them all at the same time. Take small steps and work towards a goal, and success will soon come.

Luke Douglas is a fitness and health blogger at Ripped.me and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.

Luke Douglas

  • Posted 11.30.18 at 04:42 am by Roy Osing
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