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Be all you can be, but it’s not always in the Army. I often see myself as somewhat contented with my life the way things are, but of course it’s hard to think of anything else when where are real issues to be discussed.

Still I aspire for something deeper and more meaningful.

So we’re all pelted with problems. Honestly it shouldn’t even bother or even hinder us to becoming all we ought to be. Aspirations as kids should continue to live within us, even though it would be short-lived or as long as we could hold on to the dream. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks… or can they?

1. What do I really want?

The question of the ages. So many things you want to do with your life and so little time to even go about during the day.

Find something that you are good at can help realize that small step towards improvement. Diligence is the key to know that it is worth it.

2. Should I really change?

Today’s generation has taken another level of redefining ‘self’, or at least that’s what the kids are saying. Having an army of teenage nieces and nephews has taught me that there are far worse things that they could have had than acne or maybe even promiscuity. So how does that fit into your lifestyle?

If history has taught us one thing, it’s the life that we have gone through. Try to see if partying Seventies style wouldn’t appeal to the younger generation, but dancing is part of partying. Watch them applaud after showing them how to really dance than break their bones in break-dancing.

3. What’s the bright side in all of this?

With so much is happening around us there seem to be no room for even considering that light at the end of the tunnel. We can still see it as something positive without undergoing so much scrutiny. And if it’s a train at the end of the tunnel, take it for a ride and see what makes the world go round!

4. Am I comfortable with what I’m doing?

There’s always the easy way and the right way when it comes to deciding what goes with which shoes, or purse, shirt and whatnot. It doesn’t take a genius to see yourself as someone unique, or else we’ll all be equally the same in everything we do. Variety brings in very interesting and exciting questions to be experimented.

5. Have I done enough for myself?

Have you, or is there something more you want to do? Discontentment in every aspect can be dangerous in large doses, but in small amounts you’ll be able to see and do stuff you could never imagine doing.

6. Am I happy at where I am today?

It’s an unfair question so let it be an answer! You love being a good and loving mom or dad to your kids, then take it up a notch! Your kids will love you forever. The same goes with everyday life!

7. Am I appealing to the opposite sex?

So maybe I don’t have an answer to that, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try it, though. Whether you shape-up, change the way you wear your clothes or hair, or even your attitude towards people, you should always remember it will always be for your own benefit.

8. How much could I have?

I suppose in this case there is no such things on having things too much or too little, but it’s more on how badly you really need it. I’d like to have lots of money, no denying that, but the question is that how much are you willing to work for it?

9. What motivates me?

What motivates you? It’s an answer you have to find out for yourself. There are so many things that can make everyone happy, but to choose one of the may be the hardest part. It’s not like you can’t have one serving of your favorite food in a buffet and that’s it. Just try it piece by piece.

10. What Really Makes You Tick?

So? What really makes you tick? You can be just about anything you always wanted to be, but to realize that attaining something that may seem very difficult is already giving up before you even start that journey. Always remember, that self-improvement is not just about the physical or philosophical change you have to undergo, but it’s something that you really want.

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A lot оf teens nowadays do nоt understand thе vаluе оf earning and spending money. They wеrе nоt oriented that іnvеѕtіng is nесеѕѕаrу even if they are ѕtіll ѕtudеntѕ. Aѕ раrеntѕ, уоu play a crucial role іn thіѕ аrеа.

Yоu ѕhоuld bе аblе to tеасh уоur kids on hоw tо ѕаvе money. Thеу ѕhоuld bе able tо undеrѕtаnd thе соnсерt of mоnеу and іnvеѕtmеnt аѕ early аѕ сhіldhооd. Thіѕ will prepare thеm tо lеаrn mоnеу management, as thеу grоw оld.

Hеrе are ѕоmе tірѕ оn hоw you can tеасh уоur сhіldrеn hоw tо ѕаvе mоnеу:

1. Yоur children ѕhоuld be еduсаtеd оf the mеаnіng of mоnеу. Onсе уоur сhіldrеn hаvе lеаrnеd hоw tо соunt, thаt іѕ thе perfect tіmе for you tеасh thеm the real meaning оf mоnеу. Yоu ѕhоuld bе соnѕіѕtеnt аnd explain tо thеm in simple wауѕ аnd dо thіѕ frеԛuеntlу so that thеу mау be аblе tо rеmеmbеr whаt уоu tаught thеm.

2. Alwауѕ explain tо them thе vаluе оf saving mоnеу. Mаkе them undеrѕtаnd its importance аnd how іt will impact their lіfе. It іѕ important thаt уоu еntеrtаіn questions frоm them аbоut money and you ѕhоuld bе аblе to аnѕwеr them rіght away.

3. Whеn giving thеm thеіr аllоwаnсеѕ. Yоu nееd to gіvе thеm their allowances in dеnоmіnаtіоnѕ. Thеn you can еnсоurаgе thеm thаt they should kеер a сеrtаіn bill fоr thе futurе. Yоu can motivate them to dо thіѕ bу tеllіng thеm that the money can bе ѕаvеd аnd thеу саn buy nеw pair оf shoes оr thе tоуѕ thеу wаnt once thеу аrе able tо ѕаvе.

4. Yоu саn аlѕо tеасh thеm to wоrk for money. You can ѕtаrt thіѕ at уоur own hоmе. Yоu саn рау thеm fifty cents tо one dоllаr every tіmе thеу сlеаn their rооmѕ, dо thе dіѕhеѕ or fееd thеіr реtѕ. This соnсерt оf еаrnіng lіttlе mоnеу will mаkе thеm thіnk thаt mоnеу іѕ ѕоmеthіng they hаvе wоrkеd fоr and ѕhоuld be ѕреnt wisely.

5. You саn tеасh thеm tо ѕаvе mоnеу bу gіvіng thеm piggy bаnkѕ whеrе they саn рut coins and wаіt untіl thеу gеt full. Yоu can also ореn bаnk ассоuntѕ for them аnd lеt thеm dероѕіt mоnеу frоm thеіr allowance. Yоu ѕhоuld always ѕhоw thеm hоw muсh thеу hаvе earned to keep them mоtіvаtеd.

Mоnеу аnd saving іѕ nоt something thаt іѕ lеаrnеd bу сhіldrеn іn one ѕіttіng. Yоu should bе patient іn teaching thеm аnd rеlаtіng thе value оf mоnеу іn аll оf thеіr асtіvіtіеѕ. Children will lеаrn thіѕ еаѕіlу іf you аrе раtіеnt and consistent іn guіdіng thеm and еnсоurаgіng thеm іn this еndеаvоr.

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Time management is basically about being focused. The Pareto Principle also known as the ’80:20 Rule’ states that 80% of efforts that are not time managed or unfocused generates only 20% of the desired output. However, 80% of the desired output can be generated using only 20% of a well time managed effort. Although the ratio ’80:20′ is only arbitrary, it is used to put emphasis on how much is lost or how much can be gained with time management.

Some people view time management as a list of rules that involves scheduling of appointments, goal settings, thorough planning, creating things to do lists and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.

But there is more skills involved in time management than the core basics. Skills such as decision making, inherent abilities such as emotional intelligence and critical thinking are also essential to your personal growth.

Personal time management involves everything you do. No matter how big and no matter how small, everything counts. Each new knowledge you acquire, each new advice you consider, each new skill you develop should be taken into consideration.

Having a balanced life-style should be the key result in having personal time management. This is the main aspect that many practitioners of personal time management fail to grasp.

Time management is about getting results, not about being busy.

The six areas that personal time management seeks to improve in anyone’s life are physical, intellectual, social, career, emotional and spiritual.

The physical aspect involves having a healthy body, less stress and fatigue.

The intellectual aspect involves learning and other mental growth activities.

The social aspect involves developing personal or intimate relations and being an active contributor to society.

The career aspect involves school and work.

The emotional aspect involves appropriate feelings and desires and manifesting them.

The spiritual aspect involves a personal quest for meaning.

Thoroughly planning and having a set of things to do list for each of the key areas may not be very practical, but determining which area in your life is not being giving enough attention is part of time management. Each area creates the whole you, if you are ignoring one area then you are ignoring an important part of yourself.

Personal time management should not be so daunting a task. It is a very sensible and reasonable approach in solving problems big or small.

A great way of learning time management and improving your personal life is to follow several basic activities.

One of them is to review your goals whether it be immediate or long-term goals often.

A way to do this is to keep a list that is always accessible to you.

Always determine which task is necessary or not necessary in achieving your goals and which activities are helping you maintain a balanced life style.

Each and everyone of us has a peek time and a time when we slow down, these are our natural cycles. We should be able to tell when to do the difficult tasks when we are the sharpest.

Learning to say “No”. You actually see this advice often. Heed it even if it involves saying the word to family or friends.

Pat yourself at the back or just reward yourself in any manner for an effective time management result.

Try and get the cooperation from people around you who are actually benefiting from your efforts of time management.

Don’t procrastinate. Attend to necessary things immediately.

Have a positive attitude and set yourself up for success. But be realistic in your approach in achieving your goals.

Have a record or journal of all your activities. This will help you get things in their proper perspective.

These are the few steps you initially take in becoming a well rounded individual.

As the say personal time management is the art and science of building a better life.

From the moment you integrate into your life time management skills, you have opened several options that can provide a broad spectrum of solutions to your personal growth. It also creates more doors for opportunities to knock on.

 

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Can you still recall the cartoon series featuring Wily Coyote and the Roadrunner?

“Fast” brings back the image of the Roadrunner zooming past the obstacles laid out by Wily Coyote.

Speed may allow you to arrive at your intended destination; but along the way, were you able to take note of the things that you may have missed while speeding along the fast lane? As in driving, zooming in fast does not give enough opportunity to see and enjoy the view. The same can be said about learning.

Much of what you learn can be acquired through reading. The simple activity of getting in a comfortable position and start reading a book of your choice opens a new world for you. Reading enables you to tap into the minds of great people.

The more you read, the more you know. In the hope of reading more books, some attempt fast track reading. It is believed that the faster you read, the more you cover.

Fast track reading may involve reading by phrases and concepts compared with the word-for-word method. Fast track reading enables you to cover more pages with the same rate. However, one limitation of this method of learning is that you tend to remember only a small portion of the main idea. There is danger that you might miss the important details in the book.

There is a solution for this. Few people are aware of this seldom-talked about technique in fast learning. This is based on the principle that the mind thinks in pictures.

Learning is accelerated when you “see” the whole idea of the write-up or book. Seeing “live pictures” of ideas and thoughts of the writer makes reading experiential and unforgettable. When you see nothing while reading, you learn nothing. Fast reading becomes useless.

This technique is called visualization. Visualization is vital to quick learning. Visualization in reading is like constructing a jigsaw puzzle where pieces are put together to form the whole picture. The whole thing not only “appears,” but actually “comes alive” before you. All of these happen in the realm of the mind.

Just going through the motions of fast reading can give you a hazy picture of the subject matter. But like a mist, this picture often quickly evaporates into thin air. Fast reading without visual pictures often informs but very seldom impresses.

Impressions last while information changes with time. Past information is easily forgotten in favor of new ones. Impressions change you, and these are stored permanently in the mind.

For learning to become effective, it requires brief pauses to be able to visualize and reflect. Effective learning is not about how fast you can finish reading a book. It is more on how you effectively comprehend the ideas brought forth by the writer.

Visual pictures provide lasting impressions. Go after ideas and how it will enrich people’s existence. Go for lasting impressions and insights that will mold you into better individuals.