Thursday, December 17, 2009

7 Super Saver Ideas

By Joy Howe

I wanted to call this blog GO COUPONS because these 7 ideas are so basic I consider them to be a General Overview. Also I like the positive energy of the word GO! So for all you experts, please indulge those of us catching up.

1. First and foremost, only buy items you normally eat or use. It's not a bargain if you or your family won't eat it.

2. Keep an open mind. When the store brand name is considerably cheaper, try it to see if you like it before you commit to it. If you are purchasing higher priced items with a coupon because of a long term habit, but not seeing significant savings, you may want to reassess and try the generic brand. (However, don't forget rule #1. If you really prefer the taste or quality, stick with it.)

3. The unit price is an important number. This is when you will be glad you learned math in school. (You never thought you'd use it, right?) Divide the price by the weight if it isn't posted, then look at all the other items and compare. Size is not always a factor. Recently, I compared the large bag of tortilla chips with the $2 bag, thinking bigger was better value. But in this one instance, the smaller bag was actually cheaper. I was surprised!

4. Watch for those coupons that pair up. Especially with items that rarely get couponed. Meaning fruit, dairy and meat. For instance: if you have a free or discount coupon for crackers with the purchase of milk you already planned to buy, you are getting more value with that milk purchase. Better yet if it's for fruit or meat.

5. Ask if you're uncertain about any advertised special. The cashiers can tell you if you must purchase a certain amount or number of items on special. Are two loaves of bread advertised as 2 for $4 going to ring up as $2 each. If you can't use 2, don't buy 2. The same is true for those 10 for $10 items. Do you really want 10 Symphony bars, or do you just want one for $1? Be smart and don't get caught in that trap.

6. Don't use the Sunday ad immediately unless the store is running a special. Often the store will wait to discount their price a week or two later. Wait for the price drop.

7. Plan your meals around the store specials and buy in volume when the prices are good. That way you won't have to pay full price because you ran out. You can afford to wait for the low price.

Well, there are many more tips, but I promised I'd stick to seven. Have fun shopping and saving!

Joy Howe,,

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Two Easy Ways to Boost Your Self Confidence

By Pat Burnett

There are many ways to boost your self confidence and regain your self esteem. When you lack self confidence it can affect every aspect of your life. Everyone has the ability to improve their self confidence and begin enjoying life again. Follow the confidence boosting techniques outlined below to help you. The main cause of low self confidence is our negative perception of ourselves. Perceived failures, lack of support from other people, rejection or unkind words from others can lower our self confidence and damage our self esteem.

Many people with low self confidence avoid social situations. Because of this, they become lonely which can lead to depression. It is quite common for people with low self confidence to be scared of socializing with others because they think that they might say the wrong thing.

The first step to boosting your self confidence is to change the way you think about yourself. There should be no more negative self talk. No more putting yourself down. The biggest thing that can help your self confidence is positive thinking. Take some time and think about the person that you would like to be. Visualize how you would like to act and feel in your new role as a self confident person. Your goal is to strive to become that person. Keep that vision in your mind all day long. Remember it in every situation during the day.

You will be pleasantly surprised when you change the way you think about yourself that people around you will notice this change. When you are more confident and sure of yourself, other people will respect you and want to be around you. You should begin to get back into society by socializing more. Spend time with people such as family and friends that love you and care about you. They will boost your self confidence. When you feel more confident, start adding more social activities.

The sooner you get out and realize that your fear of rejection is unfounded, the more self confident you will become. Think about joining a group that has the same interests as you do. Take a class and meet some new people. Remember if you do nothing to change your situation, everything will stay the same.

Another good way to boost your self confidence is by using positive affirmations to help you get rid of negative thoughts about yourself. When you discover yourself thinking negative thoughts, repeat a positive affirmation over and over in your mind. Eventually when you repeat it enough, your subconscious mind will start to believe that it is true. This is how you can turn negative thinking around and is one of the best ways to boost your self confidence.

Visit Overcoming Low Self Esteem for additional FREE help. You may also find Overcoming Shyness helpful.

Author - Pat Burnett

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Bank Account for West Sumatra Earthquake Aid

Indonesia Ministry of Finance has just opened an account at Bank Indonesia to provide an opportunity for the Nationwide and International donors to provide funds for earthquake victims in West Sumatra.

As a report from Harry Z. Soeratin, the Head of Public Relations Bureau, Indonesia Ministry of Finance, the Minister of Finance accounts for Sumatra Natural Disaster Aid are listed as below:

- Account No.519.000124 –> for Rupiah (Rp) currency and for currencies other than USD, EUR, and JPY.
- Account No.609.022411 –> for USD currency
- Account No.609.000991 –> for EUR currency
- Account No.609.007111 –> for JPY currency

All assistance will be disbursed by the Government to the disaster areas. The government ensures the accountability of transaction records. For more information, you can open

Well, this is quite a new action from Indonesian government and I appreciate it very much. As I recall, previously the foreign aids for natural disaster always come in the form of goods. By receiving the aid in the form of money, the aid can be used by the needed people in other important sectors other than food or clothes, such as an asset for them to rebuilt their home or their business. I just hope that the money from this aid can really help the needy in those disaster area.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Recipe For Becoming A Faster, More Creative Problem Solver

By Regina Pacelli

Life comes at you pretty quickly and can sometimes leave you feeling like a deer caught in the headlights. But that doesn't need to be how it goes. You can nurture your ability to think on your feet and develop the ability solve problems more quickly and creatively. Below is a recipe for achieving that goal without causing you any indigestion.

Ingredient #1: Build Your Mental Muscle
Every day you make lots of decisions, large and small, and everywhere in-between. Take some of the less critical problems, decisions, or situations that need resolving that come up during the day and as quickly as you can, come up with as many possible choices/solutions as you can. Push your speed limit. Don't edit yourself. The goal is to come up with as many as possible as quickly as possible. This will help you build up your mental problem solving muscle. It's a muscle like any other and the same principle of 'use it or lose it' applies. Kind of like wind sprints for the brain.

Ingredient #2: Slow Down To Go Fast
Sometimes going too fast can actually slow you down. You can end up in blind alleys and make lots of false starts. Practice making your problem solving thought process more deliberate and relaxed, less scattered and hurried. When you slow down a bit, you allow your 'gut' (sub-conscious brain) to help you out. It's where your creativity lives. Give it some breathing room. This doesn't mean becoming a slow poke, just not giving your best imitation of a ricochet bullet.

Ingredient #3: Solve it Ahead of Time
When embarking on something new, whether it's buying a car, going to a party, going on a job interview, hiring someone to paint your house, or anything else, visualize potential scenarios that could possibly happen. Play them out in your mind, kind of like a movie, thinking through what you'd say or do. This way when that or a similar scenario possibly happens, you won't be taken completely by surprise. It may not be exactly what you had envisioned, but you've given yourself at least a jump start in figuring out how to handle it.

Ingredient #4: Be fearlessly Creative Daydreamer
Daydreaming is one way to help you become more creative. Go on an adventure of your choosing. Swashbuckler, mad scientist, avenger, pioneer. Take some time to let your mind wander and take you where it will. Be fearless. Be your most creative self and even more imaginative than that. Don't hold back. It's one fun way to give your creativity a little stretch and keep it flexible.

Mix these creative problem solving ingredients together, in amounts according to taste, and bake until done.

Regina Pacelli is the author of "Outsmart the Unexpected: Grow Your Creativity the Edge-of-your -seat Way". You can learn about it on her website:

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

64th anniversary of Indonesia Independence

Happy Independence Day

On 17 August 1945 Indonesians proclaimed its Independence from Dutch colonial rule. Today we Indonesians are celebrating the 64 anniversary of its Independence. There are so many way to do ceremony and celebrate the Independence Day.

Below are some of ceremonies that have been held on 64th Anniversary:

First Picture (Left) is about Underwater ceremony: Divers wave a red and white flag in an underwater ceremony to celebrate the country’s 64th Independence Day at Malalayang beach, Manado on Monday. The event is the first of its kind and will be included in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Second Picture (Right) is about Celebrate it in the old way: Dozens of old bicycle lovers took part in a ceremony to commemorate the country’s 64th Independence Day in front of the Lawang Sewu building in Semarang on Monday.
The common way that usually do by the Indonesian people is to held some games such “makan kerupuk”, “balap karung”, and many more.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sail Bunaken 2009: August 12 - 20, 2009

World Ocean Conference and Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Summit are over. The success of both events gave the North Sulawesi Government the initiative to host an International event called "SAIL BUNAKEN 2009" which will be August, 12th-18th 2009 in Manado, North Sulawesi. A lot of programs will be a part of the SAIL BUNAKEN's agenda which will attract a lot of foreign and domestic tourists.

Sail Bunaken 2009 is one of the largest events of the year 2009 and will offer strategic business opportunities for various products and services.

North Sulawesi is one of the provinces in Indonesia that has great tourism potential and there by one of the reasons it was chosen to host the international event SAIL BUNAKEN 2009. The Sail Bunaken event is expected to help to promote Manado and North Sulawesi as one of the rising tourism destinations in South East Asia.

Sail Bunaken 2009 will involve 24 warships and 150 sail boats and cruise ships from 26 countries.

Sail Bunaken 2009 is actually a part of World Ocean Conference's activities (that was held in May 2009 in Manado) which had a theme of "Protect Our Oceans for the Future Generation".

Sail Bunaken 2009 offers various marine activities, including Indonesian Fleet Review, Yacht Rally, Bunaken Expo & Festival, International Big Game Fishing "KASAL CUP", Diving Competition & Festival, International Seafood Festival, and Bunaken Trans Equatouring Celebes 2009.

Sail Bunaken 2009 is jointly organized by the Ministry of Marine and Fishery Affairs, Provincial Administration of North Sulawesi, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and Navy Force of Indonesia, supported by the Directorate General of Immigration and other government institutions.

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Hackers attack on Twitter and Facebook

A hacker attack Thursday shut down the fast-growing messaging service Twitter for hours, while Facebook experienced intermittent access problems.

Twitter said it suffered a denial-of-service attack, in which hackers command scores of computers toward a single site at the same time, preventing legitimate traffic from getting through.

When people clicked on the links, they were taken to legitimate Web pages, but the traffic overwhelmed some servers and disrupted service, Woodcock said. For Twitter users, the outage meant no tweeting about lunch plans, the weather or the fact that Twitter is down.

The Twitter outage began at about 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) and lasted a few hours. Facebook, whose users encountered intermittent problems Thursday morning, was also the subject of a denial-of-service attack, though it was not known whether the same hackers were involved. Unlike Twitter, Facebook never became completely inaccessible. Facebook said no user information was at risk.

By early afternoon both Twitter and Facebook seemed to be functioning, giving cubicle-bound social media addicts a collective sigh of relief. Twitter warned, though, that as it recovers, "users will experience some longer load times and slowness."

Technology business analyst Shelly Palmer told AP Radio that denial-of-service attacks are a reality of the information age.

Earlier this week, Gawker Media, which owns the eponymous media commentary blog and other sites, was also attacked. In a blog post, Gawker said Tuesday it was attacked by "dastardly hackers," leading to server problems that caused network-wide outages Sunday and Monday. It was not immediately clear whether those attacks were related to Twitter's.

Thursday's was not the first - and likely not the last - outage for Twitter.

Besides planned maintenance outages, overcapacity can cripple Web sites, especially such fast-growing ones as Twitter and Facebook.

In fact, service outages on Twitter once were so common that management began posting a "Fail Whale" logo on the Web site to signal when the service was down. Denial-of-service attacks are typically carried out by "botnets" - armies of infected computers formed by spreading a computer virus that orders compromised machines to phone home for further instructions. Successful attacks on popular Web sites were common earlier this decade. Sites such as eBay, and CNN were overwhelmed by such attacks, sometimes for days, in 2000.

But Thursday's attack underscores the fact that no one is immune.

Last month, dozens of U.S. and South Korean sites, including those of the White House and South Korea's presidential Blue House, were targeted in denial-of-service attacks.

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Ten Tools For Creative Thinking

Creative thinking is a skill we can learn and practice as we go through our daily routines. Every problem, stress, or conflict is an opportunity to experiment with a new approach or attitude. Here are some tips for tapping that internal resource:

1. Improv-It: Improvisation is the art of making things up on the spot, but making them up within the form of a game or specific instruction, such as "tell us about your day as if you are the world's most depressing newscaster." Improv games stimulate creative energy by engaging the right-brain's orientation to novelty within a set of rules that supply the left brain's search for order and organization. Some ways to do this in daily life include: have a conversation with your kids in which each person's sentence has to start with the next letter of the alphabet, e.g. "All of us can play this game," "But what if I can't think that fast?" "Come on, just try," etc. At the next work team meeting, have a conversation using only questions, or one where the next person has to use the last word of the person who just spoke.

2. Do the opposite. When Seinfeld's iconic loser George Costanza attributes his misery to having followed his instincts and decides to do the opposite of his own best judgment, he meets previously unattainable women and lands a job with the New York Yankees. When we choose to approach a situation from a completely different direction than what is ingrained and habitual we experience a degree of uncertainty that triggers the right-brain to search for a new and previously untried response. While we may not realize sitcom-perfect reversals of fortune through use of this technique, we will be gaining a psychological strength that increases our ability to size up unfamiliar situations quickly and respond effectively.

3. Feel the love. Creativity is positively associated with joy and love and negatively associated with anger, fear, and anxiety. A 2006 study[i] showed that positive emotions literally expand our field of attention so that we perceive a greater range of choices and are less inhibited about trying them out, part of a growing body of knowledge about the ways that positive emotions promote a creative perspective on the problems of life.

4. Observe synchronicities. True story: In 1981 I spent several months in Australia, where for awhile I had no job, little money and few friends so spent a great deal of time reading and writing at the library (because it was free). The journals of New Zealand short story writer Katherine Mansfield became a source of strength at that time of great uncertainty, after I stumbled upon a quote attributed to her that spoke to my immediate situation: "Risk! Risk anything!" she wrote. "Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth." Fast forward to 2001. I write a one-woman show titled Whistling In The Dark about that experience of stepping into uncertainty, and while the show is running at a club in Manhattan I open the Sunday New York Times Book Review section and find a review of a Katherine Mansfield biography that had just come out. The article's title? "Whistling In The Dark." Synchronicities are these kinds of events, co-occuring in ways that have meaning to us but are not causally related. They connect us to intuition, the internal GPS that guides to choose rightly even when the world around us does not approve or understand.

5. Go Within. Maintaining radio silence with the world around us for a period of time makes us more attuned to our inner world where insights, observations and ideas form. No texts, no twitters, no exceptions. Our field of awareness - generally crowded with the pressures and stresses of getting things done - needs a chance to disconnect from incoming messages and pressures so that the less structured, seemingly random inspirations and intuitions can bubble up. A busy schedule may take precedence over carving out a piece of quiet, but even a drive to pick up the kids at soccer can be an opportunity if we turn off the radio, breathe slowly at the red lights, and listen.

6. Act as if. Changing a role changes the frame through which we view a situation and opens up a range of new possible responses. New ways of acting follow new ways of thinking, but mental habits take time to change, and as the pace of life escalates we are likely to encounter situations in which we need to take action quickly. We can "rehearse" for this very real possibility in the course of daiy life by choosing a different role than we usually take in a familiar situation. Talkative and outgoing in a group situation? Practice being the quiet listener or appreciative audience. If the kids' fighting tends to trigger a desire to referee or add to the tension with more yelling, view it through the lense of a sportscaster observing the action but detached from it.

7. Go With The Resistance. Some people complain about things they will do nothing whatsoever to change, and yet we give them our heartfelt attention and counsel. Some people constantly, often insistently, offer advice we neither asked for nor need. Add to those any other of the ingrained personality quirks, the kind that make us feel resentful and drained, and think about this: resistance is futile. We waste precious emotional energy and space in our head trying to change other peoples' behavior, energy we should instead dedicate to creating our lives and engaging with our passions. Give a superficial "thanks, I'll think about that" to the advice-giver, a surface empathy to the complainer, and get on with something real.

8. Daydream. When stressful problems need to be addressed, it may seem natural to force ourselves to concentrate and focus on them until we work them out. But new research shows that possible solutions to the more complex problems we are dealing with are more likely to emerge into consciousness when we let our minds wander. [ii]

9. Reframe negativity. Creativity is a kind of psychological "muscle" that, like physical muscles, becomes more reliable and ready to take things on through training and repetition. We develop it by relating to adversity the way a body-builder relates to weights, as providing the resistance necessary to tone and strengthen a specific set of muscles, i.e., a dominant co-worker likely to grab credit for the team's hard work can be viewed as a much-needed catalyst for growing our own self-assertion, a draining relationship the stimulus for locating and expressing stronger personal boundaries. By reframing our response to the negative people and situations that are beyond our control to change, we remove their power to control us and become more resilient to the harmful effects of stress.

10. Get Discontented. A common theme that comes up in my training seminars and networking workshops is the disconnect so many talented, successful people feel from their own passions, especially when their work life has no avenue for their expression. One way to re-discover our internal drives is to notice what news articles and stories elicit a strong emotional reaction within us, and follow those feelings. Ask "what is it about this that gets me fired up? What part of me is activated by knowing this is going on?" Our abandoned passions and gifts are right next to our discontents, so follow the feelings until inertia is no longer an option.


[i] G. Rowe, et al, "Positive Affect Increases The Breadth of Attentional Selection" Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2007 104:383-388; published online before print December 20, 2006, doi:10.1073/pnas.0605198104

[ii] K. Christoff, et al "Experience Sampling During fMRI Reveals Default Network Amd Executive System Contributions To Mind Wandering" Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, May 26, 2009 vol. 106 no. 21 8719-8724

By Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, RMT, CGP

Jude Treder-Wolff, author of Possible Futures: Creative Thinking For The Speed of Life, (Lifestage Publications, 2009, is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, Registered Music Therapist, and Certified Group Psychotherapist in full-time private practice providing individual and group psychotherapy and addiction treatment, and President of Lifestage, Inc. a consulting company providing training seminars for professional and personal growth, health education, and stress-resilience. As Director of Clinical Services at the YMCA Family Services, she supervised professional and support staff at an community-based agency providing addiction prevention and treatment services, and as a consultant has designed and implemented training seminars for mental health agencies - including Pederson-Krag, Options for Community Living, YMCA Family Services, Suffolk County Dept. of Mental Health, among others - and organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Therapeutic Recreation Association, National Association of Social Workers, American Music Therapy Association, and American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, as well as courses for the State University at Buffalo Summer Institute Continuing Education Courses for addiction treatment professionals. She has been published in The International Journal of Arts and Psychotherapy Special Issue on Addiction and Special Issue on HIV/AIDS, Music Therapy Perspectives, Clinical Social Work, and Recovery Press and has been interviewed for articles about creativity and stress-resilience that appeared in New York Newsday, Woman's Day, L.A. Times, and The Three Village Times. She served as editor of The Psychodrama Network News, the official newsletter of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama from 2001-2007, and currently writes an e-newsletter titled Lives In Progress which is archived online at

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Friday, July 31, 2009

East Kalimantan allocates Rp 6.3b to provide laptops for teachers

The East Kalimantan Education Agency is allocating Rp 6.3 billion (US$636,300) to provide laptops for 1,000 teachers in the province.

This news is good news for our education in Indonesia. We hope with this action can improve our Indonesian man resources. But we should audit the expenses and also is it true the teachers using these laptops to educational purpose and boost they knowledge so it can share updated knowledge to their students.

Musyahrim, secretary of the agency, said Friday that the funds would be allocated in the revision of the province's 2009 budget.

He said the teachers who would receive the laptops are teachers of international standard schools (SBI), international standard pilot-project schools (RSBI). RSBI refers to state schools that are in the process of becoming SBIs.

“Currently, there are around 4,000 teachers in those schools, but we will provide them all with laptops eventually,” he said.

The province has 31 SBIs and RSBIs, ranging from elementary schools to high schools and vocational schools.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Free Backlink

Do you want to have backlink to your blog free? If yes, just continue read this posting. This trick is using the MLM system but free no need to pay or buy anything and anyone can do this just like a snapping the fingers.

(See complete posting for Bahasa Indonesia)

These are the step that you have to follow:
1. Copy the all ten links below but you have to delete the link in the position number 1.
2. Then add your own link after the last link that makes your link in the 10th position.
3. You have to be honest.
1. Uang otomatis
2. Seti@wan Dirgant@Ra
3. Arumsekartaji
4. ANTaPhoenixers
5. Padhang Bulan
6. Blog Sederhana
7. Sahabat Pena
8. Harri Adventure
9. Seputar Obat
10. WHAYS Corners

If you have 5 persons that also do the same thing using your start position in number 10, here are the calculation of number backlink that you can receive:

When you in the position 10, number of backlink = 1
Position 9, Number of backlink = 5
Position 8, Number of backlink = 25
Position 7, Number of backlink = 125
Position 6, Number of backlink = 625
Position 5, Number of backlink = 3.125
Position 4, Number of backlink = 15.625
Position 3, Number of backlink = 78.125
Position 2, Number of backlink = 390.625
Position 1, Number of backlink = 1,953,125

All of links are using keywords that you prefer. From the SEO side you can get 1,953,125 backlink and potential to have the visitor to click your link and get the additional traffic to your site.

So just copy paste this posting, then delete the link in position number 1 and add your link at position 10th. For the first time you must put your link in 10th position to get maximum result.

Good luck and have a nice try :-D and let we see the result. BOOM!

Bahasa Indonesia version:

Hai teman semua maukah blog anda dapat backlink gratis? kalau ya terusin baca info ini, saya dapat tips jitu nih dari sahabat blogger untuk meningkatkan traffic blog kita kali ini sistem yang dipake adalah sistem MLM. Tapi kita ga jualan lo, cuma trik biar link kita banyak dikunjungi. Caranya gampang dan syaratnya gampang bgt. Temen2 cuma tinggal copy link yang ada di bawah ini dengan catatan teman-teman harus menghapus peserta nomor 1 dari daftar. Sehingga semua peserta naik 1 level. Yang tadi nomor 2 jadi nomor 1, nomor 3 jadi 2, dst. Kemudian masukkan link anda sendiri di bagian paling bawah (nomor 10). Syaratnya juga gampang banget...Temen-temen cuma dituntut berbuat JUJUR.

1. Uang otomatis
2. Seti@wan Dirgant@Ra
3. Arumsekartaji
4. ANTaPhoenixers
5. Padhang Bulan
6. Blog Sederhana
7. Sahabat Pena
8. Harri Adventure
9. Seputar Obat
10. WHAYS Corners

Jika temen-temen mampu mengajak 5 orang saja, maka jumlah backlink yang akan didapat adalah:

Ketika posisi anda 10, jumlah backlink = 1
Posisi 9, jml backlink = 5
Posisi 8, jml backlink = 25
Posisi 7, jml backlink = 125
Posisi 6, jml backlink = 625
Posisi 5, jml backlink = 3,125
Posisi 4, jml backlink = 15,625
Posisi 3, jml backlink = 78,125
Posisi 2, jml backlink = 390,625
Posisi 1, jml backlink = 1,953,125
Dan semuanya menggunakan kata kunci yang anda inginkan. Dari sisi SEO anda sudah mendapatkan 1,953,125 backlink dan efek sampingnya jika pengunjung downline lalu mengklik link Anda itu, maka anda juga akan mendapatkan traffic tambahan.

Nah, silahkan copy paste artikel ini, dan hilangkan peserta nomor 1 lalu tambahkan link web anda di posisi 10. Ingat, Anda harus mulai dari posisi 10 agar hasilnya maksimal. Karena jika anda tiba2 di posisi 1, maka link anda akan hilang begitu ada yang masuk ke posisi 10. Nggak ada salahnya khan mencoba? Mari kita lihat bagaimana efeknya. BOOM!

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Friday, July 24, 2009

How to Be More Effective - Go Slower and Get There Faster

By Dr. Raymond Comeau

It's not the number of units of work that is done in a day that counts. What really counts is the value and effect of each of those units. One person may read one hundred page of a book in a twenty-four hour period and get less out of it than someone who spent one tenth of the time on a single page.

The man who holds the most important job in the world, Barack Obama, will spend five minutes just clearing his throat before uttering a single word. A bit of an exaggeration here but it gets the point across. The point is that important and effective people are more deliberate and poised in most of their actions than the average person.

There are many reasons for that. The first is that rapid execution depend more on innate reflexes than on deliberate rational thinking. By constantly using innate reflexes, little personal growth and little new expertise can be expected. That way, the subject's effectiveness remains roughly the same.

On the other hand, if the subject is in the habit of using deliberate rational thinking, that faculty is bound to increase in effectiveness. Increase in effectiveness will result in increase in personal power and with more personal power comes the ability to do more in less time.

The brain is like a muscle. It increases in strength while working against resistance but will not improve if left unchallenged. Most people will simply rush through life, automatically reacting to events without ever taking the time to analyze whatever it is that they are involved in or monitoring the effectiveness of their interventions. No wonder that little progress is acquired in personal effectiveness or personal power.

We live in a hectic world where activity is often mistaken for productivity. This is especially true where people have little or no control over their lives; where people are struggling just to say afloat. When it seems as if they are caught in the whirlwind of existence and cannot seem to get a grip on life.

When that happens, a "time out" has to be called. It's time to reorganize and regroup. Time for a change in strategies and time to revaluate one's values. Rushing through life is not only ineffective; it's missing life altogether. A reality check has to be undertaken and a more effective strategy has to be implemented.

The brain is most effective when it's in a relaxed and serene mode. When under pressure or stress, the creativity and reasoning faculties become affected by interference from the limbic or reptilian mind. That primitive part of the brain whose main function is survival.

When not in relative control of a situation or pushed, whether voluntary or not, to unduly accelerate the rhythm of the work at hand, the primitive brain senses danger and sets in the fight or flight response. When that happens, some of the mental resources become monopolized by the fight or flight mechanism and are no longer available to the rational thinking process. Not an ideal mindset for productivity.

To be truly constructive, effective and in a time saving mode, the mind needs peace and serenity. A condition that a hurried peace renders next to impossible. So, to be as effective as possible and to achieve the most in the least amount of time, a tranquil and deliberate pace is the order of the day. Rushing and pressing is an invitation to delay rather than accelerate productivity.

We have but one life to live. To live it to the fullest, time must be taken to bathe in the experience of the moment. Something that simply cannot be done when febrillity reigns and speed is the essence. Relax and take it one step at the time. That's the recipe for effectiveness and productivity.

Dr. Raymond Comeau aka Shamou is the Author of ShamouBlog and Owner Administrator of Personal Development for Personal Success Forums

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009


We all have a capacity for reading much faster than we typically do. Our reading speed changes as we go through life. When we are in high school, we go through about two hundred words a minute. We get to college and, because we have to read faster due to more time constraints and a much greater amount to read, we read faster. Most people in college average about 400 words per minute. Then we get out of college, and now we don't have to read so fast. There are no longer time constraints, and we can read slow and easy. We find ourselves dropping back down to about 200 words per minute.

Think of reading like you do a muscle, the more you read, the better you get at it, the faster you're going to read. And we have a great capacity for reading faster. We aren't even scraping the surface of how fast we can read. You see, we have 1,000,000,000,000 brain cells. In fact, the inner connections, the synapses, in our mind are virtually infinite. It has been estimated by a Russian scientist that the number of synapses we have would be one followed by 10 million kilometers of zeros. Our physical capacity for reading is beyond our comprehension. Our visual unit has the capability to take in a full page of text in 1/20 of a second. If we could turn the pages fast enough, our brain could process it faster than our eyes can see it. If we could turn those pages fast enough, our eyes have the capacity to read a standard book in six to twenty-five seconds depending on the length of the book. We could take in the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in one hour. So reading 700 - 1,000 words a minute is easily within our reach.

The key to improving our speed is to SIGHT READ, and that's what we are going to show you how to do. We are going to start being pure sight readers. Obstacles get in our way, however. What do we mean by obstacles? Well, these are things that impede us from reading faster.

REGRESSIONS are the most wasteful. Regressions are going back over words. You can call it back-skipping if you want. You go back over words you previously read. People do it for two reasons. Initially we read it to clarify the meaning of what we're reading. We want to be sure of the words we read as we go along. In our early years in school, when we were first taught - incorrectly - to "read slowly and carefully," it became easy to go back over words.

Well, this not only slows you down, it causes you comprehension problems. For instance, lets say you have a sentence, "The man jumped over the log." Well, if you back-skip, you read that passage like this: "The man jumped," "the man . . . jumped. . . over the log," "jumped over the log." So, what your brain is processing, "The man jumped," "the man jumped," "jumped over the log." Our brain is used to processing our flaws, so the brain thinks, "OK, I know what this clown is saying, "The man jumped over the log." But this takes time to sort out. And it's confusing. Think how much easier it would be if you simply took the sentence in in one sight, "The man jumped over the log." There's no confusion there. Then you move on to the next phrase. Regressing or back-skipping is the most harmful thing we do to slow our reading speed.

Our second obstacle is that we have BAD HABITS that we pick up. Bad habits manifest themselves in a number of ways. For one, you've got people who have MOTOR habits as they read. These are the people who are tapping a pencil when they read, tapping a foot when they read, moving a book, flicking their hand, etc. If they're sitting next to you, they drive you nuts. But they are the people who have to be moving while they read.

Some may even move their lips. If they do that, they're kind of edging over into another bad habit where we find AUDITORY readers. This is the bad habit that we have that is the hardest to drop. Auditory reading is difficult to beat because we are used to reading and hearing the words in our minds. Some people even go so far as to mumble the words. You can see their lips moving sometimes, or you can even hear a guttural growl as they go through the words.

The other obstacle are the FIXATIONS. Fixations are the actual stops or pauses between eye-spans when the eye is moving to its next fixation point. We can't see while the eye moves so you do need the fixation points to see. The problem is, most people fixate word by word by word. They stop their eyes on each separate word. The fixations slow you down because you are stopping on each word.

The problem that comes up here is this that, like the other obstacles, it impedes concentration and comprehension as well. The paradox with reading slowly is that it really hurts your concentration.

Research has shown a close relation between speed and understanding. In checking progress charts of thousands of individuals taking reading training, its been found that in the vast majority of cases, that an increase in speed reading rate has also been paralleled by an increase in comprehension. The plodding word by word analyzation actually reduces comprehension.

In this day and age, our brains are used to constant stimulation. Television, radio, even people talking to you, provide constant stimulation. So when we are reading along slowly and carefully, it's kind of like watching a movie and we encounter a slow motion scene. The slow motion scene is kind of interesting at first because the movie has been moving along at a rapid clip and now we have a change of pace. We've got the slow motion scene of the guy getting shot or the couple running across to each other across a field, and the mind initially says, "Oh, this is cool. This is something different." After a while we get a little impatient and we're ready for the guy who got shot to hit the ground, or the couple who are running across the field to finally get to each other. We start thinking about other things..weve lost our focus on the movie.

The brain does the same thing when we read. The brain is getting all the stimulation it normally gets, then we hit this patch where you're reading slowly. And boom, the brain says, "I don't like this. I think I'm going to start thinking about something else." And the reader starts thinking about the date they had Saturday night or the date they hope to have Saturday night. And therefore, you've got another impediment to comprehending the reading correctly.

OK, what do we do? Well, there are several things we are going to do to increase reading speed. First of all. we are going to increase the EYE SPAN. Eye span is the number of words that you take in as you look at the words. In other words, if my eye span is just one word, I am going to move from word to word to word. If my eye span is two words, I am going to move along twice as fast. If my eye span is three words, three times as fast. If I am moving along in phrases, I'm flying along pretty good.

That's where you increase the rate of eye span. You also want to learn to work in THOUGHT UNITS. Thought units help you move faster. This is where you group the words according to context. For instance, lets say you have, "He said something." It's easy to put that in a phrase, then you move to the next phrase. If I had this sentence, "It's safe to say that almost anyone can double his speed of reading while maintaining equal or higher comprehension." If I want to read that in phrases, "It's safe to say that almost anyone.......can double his speed........of reading while maintaining.......equal or even higher comprehension." You move much faster that way.

So, we are going to increase the number of words we see and we are going to group them according to context. One of the key things that we are also going to work on is RETURN EYE SWEEP. When you get to the end of the sentence or the end of the line on the written page, if your eye meanders back to the other side, you have a chance to pick up words. If you're picking up words and you're sight reading, that can be confusing. So you want to dramatically, quickly, forcefully, go from the end of one line to the beginning of the next one. Using a fingertip or pen as a pointer is a great way to quickly and directly to the next line.

The other thing that helps us increase our speed is CONFIGUATION. As you read faster and faster, you've got to learn to rely on your increased recognition of how words are configured, how they look, as you do it. In other words, "material" looks different than "response". "Recognition" looks different than "perceptual". The words have visual configurations. As you learn to read faster and faster you learn to pick up on the configurations and, as you do better and better, your skills at this improve with practice.

So, we are going to have no REGRESSIONS, no VOCALIZATIONS, and increased EYE SPAN. That's the way to true sight reading. How do we do this?

First, we avoid the problem areas. We avoid the limited eye-span by expanding the number of words that we take in. We get rid of regressions and we get rid of the return eye sweep problem by using a pointer. You can use a pen, a pencil, even your finger. That gives you a point of focus for your eyes. It helps you focus on the page, and you move faster because you can dictate how fast you are moving across the page. Your eye will follow your finger, or pen, or pencil.

Absolutely stay away from the vocalizations. You have got to be a sight reader. You have got to read fast enough so that you don't have time to hear the words. This way you are comprehending simply with your eyes.

You also need to keep in mind that you don't always read at the same speed. If you've got a car that will go 120 miles per hour, you're not going to drive that care 120 miles per hour in a shopping center. You'd get killed and get a heck of a ticket. But you may, on a highway when you are passing a car, get it up to a high speed. When you are in that shopping center, you are going to be driving about 30 miles per hour.

It's the same thing with reading. This is specifically addressed in our Better Reading section. But you must learn that you speed read in certain areas and there are other areas that may be particularly dense, that may have something that's particularly confusing to you, when you will need to slow down and read in shorter phrases, smaller groupings of words so that you can comprehend it clearly. It may be a particularly dense passage where each word has great deal of meaning. It may be even an unusual or specific word.

Let's look at what we've got to do to practice it. The big step here is to simply read faster. It sounds like such a simple statement, it almost sounds stupid. But it's what you have to do. You have to focus on "I'm going to read faster," first.

Comprehension comes later. Practice reading without a great concern for comprehension. In clinical terms, we call this the comprehension lag. It takes the mind as many as ten to fifteen days to adapt to the new reading rate.

You are going to go through periods, practice periods, you can't use on school books, but it's a practice period where you are simply adapting to reading that much faster. Comprehension lags for a while but when it catches up it makes a stunning difference.

A good place to practice this is magazines or newspapers. They have narrow columns that almost make a perfect thought unit. You can almost go straight down the column, taking that finger and puttting it in the middle of the column and moving it straight down the page. You will be stunned how soon you will be able to improve and comprehend what you are reading that way. You find that it's quick. It's easy reading.


Read 2 chptrs ---------------------------- 3 Min -------------------------2 Min
no regressions -----------------------no vocalization ---------------Maximum Speed







Following this plan you will move from being a say reader, to a hear reader to a sight reader.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

SPEED READING: 10 Tips to Improve Reading Speed & Reading Comprehension

by Speed Reading Expert, Richard Feldman, Ph.D. (Columbia University)

10 Read Early in the Day
Many people can double their reading speed and improve their concentration by reading the material that's important to them early in the day.

9 Prioritize Your Reading
Create three piles for your reading materials - important, moderately important, and least important. Then read the material in their order of importance. You'll improve your reading speed by doing this, and improve your reading comprehension by getting to the important material first, when your mind is clear and sharp.

8 Skim Material First for Main Ideas
Speed read for main ideas in nonfiction works like how-to books and educational texts. Scan the table of contents and first and last sentences of each paragraph. You'll improve your reading speed and comprehension if you understand a book's structure first. This will help you know which parts of the book to skim and which parts to read more carefully.

7 Form a Question
Improve your reading comprehension, reading speed, and concentration by turning headings and subheadings in textbooks and other nonfiction books into questions. Then scan the text for the answers. Your reading speed improves by doing this, and you become focused on your material.

6 Read in the Proper Environment
Prop your book or magazine using a bookstand - angling your reading material at 45 degrees improves your reading speed and reduces eyestrain. Avoid reading difficult or important material in bed, where your mind and body tend to relax. You'll stay alert if you sit at a desk instead.

5 Write a Course of Action on Correspondence
Improve your reading speed and avoid re-reading correspondence by jotting brief notes immediately after reading each piece of correspondence. Simply refer to your notes on each piece when you're reading to respond some time later.

4 Avoid Highlighting
Although readers believe that highlighting in yellow (or any other color, for that matter) improves their reading speed and comprehension, the reverse is actually true. Highlighting simply means they don't want to bother learning the material right now. The result: They end up reading the material twice, and possibly not understanding or remembering it either time!

3 Preview Before Reading
Look through material first to get a sense of what's interesting and important to you, and what you might be able to skip. Then focus on the sections that you need to understand and remember, and skim or skip the rest.

2 Use a Flexible Reading Speed
Some reading material must be read slowly and carefully: legal contracts, mathematical equations, and poetry are a few examples. Other reading material can be read at much faster speeds: newspapers, magazines, and novels. Adjust your reading speed to the type of reading material and your reading purpose.

1 Enroll in a Speed Reading Class
Avoid on-line speed reading courses and do-it-yourself speed reading software. They don't work. Speed reading is best learned in a speed reading class taught by a knowledgeable, experienced, speed reading expert.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Relax . . . Stress Can Be Good For You!

by DesireeJumchai

Stress, or ‘the consequence of the failure to adapt to change’ [Wikipedia], is the body’s way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina and heightened awareness. Stress can help us become more productive and less destructive, if it is transformed to be useful in the right way.

In the networking business, we may face stress in terms of rejection from prospects, financial pressures, weekly cut-offs, delayed delivery orders, etc. But without facing some minor stress, we will not be prepared and stronger for heavier challenges -- and life IS all about challenges, isn’t it?

Think of your daily life. When do you get things done? Do you find yourself being lazy and unproductive if you had no imposed deadline? They say ‘necessity is the mother of invention'. Without some provocation of stress, there would be no need to find or create solutions, and therefore we would not be witness to all the great things achieved in life by people!

What can you do to deal with stress overload or, better yet, to avoid it in the first place? The most helpful method is stress management, or learning how to deal with the stress that comes along with any new challenge -- good AND bad. Here are some helpful hints on how to "de-stress" and keep it under control:

• Take a stand against over-scheduling. Prioritise on activities that are most important to you

• Be realistic. Don't try to be perfect - nobody is. Ask for help if you need it

• Get a good night's sleep

• Learn to relax. Set aside time in your schedule activities like reading a good book, making time for a hobby, spending time with your pet, or just taking a relaxing bath

• Treat your body well. Regular exercise and eating the right food helps your body function at its best

• Watch what you're thinking. A healthy dose of optimism can help you make the best out of stressful circumstances

• Solve the little problems. Learning to solve everyday problems can give you a sense of control. Develop skills to calmly look at a problem, figure out options, and take some action toward a solution. Feeling capable of solving little problems builds the inner confidence to move on to life's bigger ones

"Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself." Olga Korbut, Gymnast - Four Time Olympic Gold Medalist

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

10 Top Tips to Make You Feel Great About Yourself

By Adrianne Morris

Here are my top 10 tips for you to feel great about yourself.

1. Be nice to yourself! Stop giving yourself a hard time and start appreciating "you" as a unique individual. Never compare yourself to others as this is a thankless task and you are a truly unique individual. Sure, many people have similarities but no-one is exactly the same as any other being on the planet. Ask your friends and family to list a few things that they love about you and then what they see as your weaknesses. You might be very pleasantly surprised or even astonished when they name things that would never have occurred to you!

2. Treat yourself as your own best friend. You would never talk to your best friend the way that you talk to yourself, for example, "I'm so stupid! How could I have said/done what I just did? Why am I always doing such silly things" - so why talk to yourself that way? We all do it to a certain extent but try to become aware of when you're talking to yourself like this and stop it in its tracks. Yes, you may have made a mistake but you're human, aren't you? It's ok to make mistakes, the clever thing is to think then about what you could have done differently and remember that next time you're in a similar situation.

3. Set yourself some small goals and take baby steps to achieve them. Think about how you would like things to be in each area of your life, for example, romantic relationship, work, finances, personal development, hobbies and recreations, physical health and wellbeing, spiritual growth. Identify one thing at a time and focus on that. Don't set yourself up for failure, though, by taking on too much at any one time. Take your time on each goal and move at a steady pace towards it. Set yourself small targets but ones that will require some effort from you.

4. Try new skills - anything from being more assertive to learning to dance the tango!. Challenge yourself and see what works for you and what doesn't. Don't forget that if you join a class or group learning a new skill, everyone will be focussing on themselves and not looking at you! Celebrate your success as you make progress, again setting yourself small goals and revising them as you achieve each one. Write yourself a Wish List - have 3 separate columns for "things I want to do" "things I want to be" and "things I want t have". Look for what you're doing RIGHT, not for what you're doing WRONG.

5. Write a list of your past achievements. Things like passing your driving test or writing a thesis for your degree course, or even much more basic, being able to successfully make and serve up a three course meal - to get the timing right on that is no mean feat! When you've made a list, leaving plenty of space after each item, list the skills and characteristics it took for you to complete them: for example, making that meal: it took planning, management, resourcefulness, great attention to detail - all useful skills for many other things in life. Keep this list somewhere you can look at it often to remind yourself that you are actually a very unique and skilled individual. The point of this exercise is to acknowledge your own strengths.

6. Have a look at your limiting beliefs - things you've always told yourself you're no good at, for example "I'm hopeless at maths" "I never win anything" "no-one can ever love me". Ask yourself what is that based on? What evidence has there been in your life to support this assumpotion or belief? Try to get to the origin of that thought - did someone tell you as a child that you're no good at maths? Look at the reality of that belief - is it true that you never win anything - ever, ever? Or just that you don't win things regularly or the things you want. Get REAL!

7. Givers gain - do some charitable work, help out at fund-raisers, become a mentor to someone who is learning something that comes naturally to you - it will give you a great feeling of belonging to a group, as well as personal satisfaction - it is so rewarding to do things for others. Try it, you might become addicted! We often don't appreciate that just because we find something easy, others struggle with that same job.

8. Do more of the things you love doing - see no. 4! This summer there are loads of free event based around the South Bank in London, for example. Look at your local paper or library for things going on near where you live.

9. Don't take people for granted - tell your nearest and dearest how much you appreciate them and what a difference they make to your life. We all want to be appreciated because it means people are giving us attention and that in turn will make you feel good about yourself. Be more vocal - don't think just because you "know" how you feel about someone, that they know for sure how you feel - tell them! How does it make you feel when someone gives you a compliment? So, imagine how the people you pay compliments to will feel in return towards you.

10. Get to know yourself inside out - what's important to you (your values) and live according to those values - the things you must have in your life that make you happy. When you live honouring those values, you will feel much more contented with yourself.

Be passionate about life and people will be passionate about you!

Adrianne Morris, a Success Coach, has more articles like this on her website and works with individuals to build their self-esteem and confidence in a relaxed and friendly way. Look at or call Adrianne on 07956 514714 for a "coffee" over the phone and a free chat about how she can help you.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Let's Get Motivated!

By Kevin J Houston

What's your motivation? What's keeps you going when you sometimes do not feeling like continuing on? Do you have a goal you want to accomplish? Are you trying to impress a love one? Are you motivated for health reasons? Well, whatever your motivation is, let's get motivated and let stay motivated.

Motivated people get things done. Motivated people do not procrastinate or hesitate when it comes time to do something. Motivated people are successful people and successful people are motivated people. You will never achieve success if you are not motivated. A person's desire to be successful is their motivation. Money could be your motivation, fame could be your motivation or even wanting to help other people could be a motivation for you.

I believe that there is something that motivates everyone to do something whether it is a negative or a positive motivator. Positive motivation is what yields positive results and a positive lifestyle.

Self motivation is your ability to satisfy your desires or goals without having to be influence by someone else. Self motivation to me is the key to a healthy and successful life. Self motivation puts you in control. You do not have to wait on someone to get moving or get going. You encourage and motivate yourself. Self-motivation along with self-esteem is what leads to self-improvement. Self motivation helps you build your confidence in yourself. Self motivated people are the leaders of the pack. Self motivated people run and own the companies your work for and buy from. Self motivated people do not make excuses they make the rules you live by.

Now whether you need a little push to get going or not, that does not matter. What matters is that you get moving and doing something productive in life. Motivated people live longer, healthier and successful lives than procrastinators and complainers. "So let's get motivated and stop complaining!"

Kevin J Houston
"Motivating and Encouraging People For Life"

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

How Can I Save Money on Airfare and Expenses - Top 3 Coolest Ways to Travel Cheap

By Terrie Bryan

Well, the vacation season is fast approaching and even though the economy is not great we all need a holiday every now and then! But it sure would be nice to save money on airfare and other vacation expenses, wouldn't it?

Here are 3 excellent ways for you to travel cheap:

1. Attend a time share presentation. Yes, I can hear your gasp of dismay as you read this and wonder if I've gone 'round the bend. Nope! This is a tried and true method for obtaining cheap or free theme park tickets, airline fares, hotels, vacation packages, cruises, and all sorts of things. Many of my family members use this method several times a year, and so I have become a believer in it. It works! Here's the secret though, you MUST set a time limit when you arrive. Tell them how long you will stay to listen, and then politely listen to their spiel. Also make it very clear up front what you will receive at the end of the presentation. At the end, very courteously and very firmly tell them no thank you, and collect your free tickets.

2. Sign up for all of the frequent flyer/sleeper/cruiser deals you can find. Most people sign up for one and then either forget about it or just never bother to use it. Airlines hand out frequent flyer miles willy nilly, and most people don't realize hotels and cruise lines also reward their frequent customers. In fact they love them! So drop your name in the hat for every one of these programs you can find, and you'll find you can save a lot of money on airfare, cruises, and hotel. It is a super method to travel cheap every time.

3. Pay attention to sales ads you receive in the regular mail and in email. Most of them are junk, so toss them out, but once in a while you'll receive a real legitimate offer of a discount or freebie for a cruise or flight. Sure, there might be a catch (usually is) but it's normally just that they want you to try a product or listen to a presentation. If it's another spiel, just use the tips you employed for the time share up above, and you'll walk away with some great savings.

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