5 simple actions that will make your day more positive

We all know that it is better to be positive if we want to succeed.

Some days,we may wake up and not feel very positive. 
This could be for a number of reasons :

We didn’t sleep very well
We have had some bad news
Physically,we are not very well
The weather is not very good

Or a host of other reasons
Equally there may be times when we cannot explain why we don’t feel bad

It is very easy to mope around and feel down all day.
However,that will not do us much good at all.

I have found it is quite easy to turn things round and become positive.
None of these things take very long.
They may seem simple and you may doubt them.

However,I have found that cumulatively they make a big difference.

Here are the actions I take

1 First thing in the morning I say to myself things like :

“I feel great today” 
“This is going to be a fantastic day”
“I am going to achieve so much today”

2 The first person I see to have a conversation with, when asked how I am,I reply :

“Today I feel absolutely fantastic,I am so looking forward to today.”
Very often the other person looks surprised,but after a while they
admit they are feeling a lot better.
This good feeling becomes contagious

3 Drink plenty of water  
This really is very important
A lack of water can really make you feel sluggish.
It accounts for 50-70% of our body weight and is crucial for most bodily functions.
In addition,up to 75% of the brain is made up of water.
It should be water and not hot drinks or fruit juices.

4 Walk for 20-30 minutes per day. 
This is one of my favourite past times.
I see people with their phones and music while out walking.
Personally, I leave my phone at home and just enjoy the fresh air.
This simple activity can re-invigorate you.
Also,if I have been doing some work that is quite intense, I find I relax on the walk
and mange to solve some issues I have been grappling with.
Frequently,I also come up with some new ideas.

5 Set 3 targets for the day. 
Personally, I am very target driven and I find my day is judged by what I have achieved.
If I need to be energised, I set 3 simple tasks that I need to achieve in the day.
I try to do these early in the day, as it sets me up for the rest of the day.

These 5 actions seem very simple,but they work for me.
Another thing to remember is that research shows that if you do the same thing for 21 days,it becomes a habit.
So try this for 3 weeks, and you may find that you automtically do them every day.

I would be interested in any feedback,once you have tried this.

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How to add menus in WordPress

A number of people have asked me how to manage menus in WordPress.
This is relatively easy to do, and in order to show you how to do it,I have made a short video.

Personally,I like the horizontal menu across the top of the screen.
I then like sub-menus so that people can see, at a glance,what is on my site.

Your theme and menu location may be different.
However,you can still use the same method.

If you have any questions,please let me know.

 

How to add hashtags in Instagram

In Instagram,hashtags are very important. 
In the same way that keywords and keyword phrases are how your site is found in the search engines, hashtags are how your posts are found in Instagram.

The explore page is where you want your posts to appear.
On this page,there are 9 posts for each hashtag.

In the video,I outline the best hashtags to use.
For example, if you are involved in the motivation niche there are over
132 million posts. If you have a new account,there is very little chance of appearing on the
Explore page. As you have up to 30 hashtags,that is a waste of one hashtag.

Please watch the video on how I suggest you use hashtags.
if you have any questions,please let me know.

Why Instagram ?

For some time, I have been using Instagram and I would like to outline the reasons for using Instagram. 

Although Instagram was only formed in 2010, it has created quite an impact, so much so that it was acquired in 2012 by Facebook for 1 billion dollars. Here are 7 reasons why you should consider using Instagram:

 

1 Popularity– if you are going to invest time you want to make sure that the platform is popular. This is certainly true of Instagram which has 500 million active daily users and 700 million active monthly users.

2 Visual-you have heard the term “A picture paints a thousand words”. As that is the case Instagram does well because it is all about photos and videos.

3 Easy to use-whenever you are out I’m sure you have seen the number of people using their mobile phones. Instagram takes advantage of this trend as it was developed as a mobile application. It is so easy to take a photo or video and post it onto Instagram instantly.

4 Social-you can display your photos, and you can like a photo as well as make a comment. You can follow other accounts so you can keep up to date on their activities, and other accounts can follow you.

5 Engaging platform-according to Forrester Research, Instagram generates 120 times more followers than twitter. This is important as your followers are your potential customers.

6 Average selling price- according to an e-commerce report, the average selling price on Instagram is $64, compared to $55 on Facebook and $46 on twitter.

7 Potential to make money-56% of Instagram users make $50,000 or more per annum. As you can see, there is good money-making potential.

Hopefully, you can see the potential of Instagram.

I will be making more posts on Instagram,due to the interest.

 

 

 

 

 

How to add a thumbnail on your YouTube video

It is predicted that by 2019 , as much as 80% of the traffic on the Internet will be video.
If this is true,it is important to make use of videos now.
There are a number of video sites,but the largest is YouTube.  

When you’re making a YouTube video the thumbnail is very important .
Basically this is the first opportunity that people will see your video, so you need to make it quite appealing in order for them to click on it now as opposed to the thousands of others.

If you leave it to YouTube, the site will pick an image from your video which may not be very appealing.

What I do is a use a number of different sites to basically have a custom thumbnail.
I personally use pixabay ( http://www.pixabay.com ) where I find an appealing image .
These are free and of a very high quality.
I will download this image to my disk.

Then I upload this image into canva ( http://www.canva.com )where I can basically define it as a YouTube thumbnail which makes it the right size.
I then add any appropriate text and download it to my disk.

I then go to YouTube where I upload the image as a custom thumbnail.

All of this is explained in the video below.

I hope you find it useful.

 

Nothing is impossible

At times we will be tasked with doing something which doesn’t look possible.

Whenever I feel like this, I take inspiration from people who have achieved remarkable things and have overcome all the odds.

Thomas Edison  Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison was an American inventor, and many people believe he is America’s greatest inventor.

He is best known for inventing the electric light bulb but he was such a prolific inventor that he held over 1,000 patents in the USA in his name.

He also had patents in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

In addition to his inventions he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and he is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

He spent a lot of time concentrating on his goal of inventing the light bulb and, at one stage, he was asked how he felt about failing 10,000 times.

He famously replied:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

This has to be one of the greatest examples of persistence that we have ever witnessed.

Roger Bannister

Sir Roger is a former middle-distant runner who ran in the 1952 Olympics but was disappointed to finish 4th in the 1500 metre final. For a while after this he contemplated his future, but eventually he set himself a new goal:

To become the first athlete to run the mile in under 4 minutes.

This was hugely controversial at the time as many doctors suggested it was impossible, and some went as far to suggest that anybody attempting this would possibly die.

He had set out his goal, was undeterred by those who suggested it was not possible and intensified his training.

Eventually the day arrived and on 6th May 1954, Roger Bannister ran the first sub 4-minute mile in a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.

Interestingly, in the year after that record-breaking day, 24 athletes went onto record the mile in under 4 minutes. Nowadays, that goal that was considered impossible has been shattered as the world record for the mile is 3 minutes 43.13 seconds.

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens was a remarkable athlete who completed in the 1936 Olympics in Germany.

Along with his teammates they sailed on the SS Manhattan.

In addition, Adolf Hitler and other government officials had high hopes that German athletes would dominate the games with victories.

After such a long journey and faced with such adversity, it is remarkable that he won 4 Olympic gold medals in the 100 metres,200 metres, long jump and 4 x 100 metres relay.

Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis was an outstanding athlete.

Not only did he plan winning 4 Olympic gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles games, but in total he won 9 Olympic gold medals and 1 silver medal.

No other athlete has retained the Olympic long jump title, but Lewis went on to win 4 consecutive Olympic long jump medals from 1984 until 1996, which is a remarkable achievement.

His accomplishments have led to numerous accolades, including being voted

“World Athlete of the Century” by the IAAF

“Sportsman of the Century” by the International Olympic Committee,

“Olympian of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Athlete of the Year” by Track & Field News in 1982, 1983, and 1984.

A remarkable athlete who spent time planning his success.

Billy Joel

For many people this may seem a strange addition as Billy Joel is a very successful singer. However, that was not always the case.

He dropped out of high school because he had a dream of becoming a famous musician. However, it did not go to plan and at the age of 22 he was flat broke and he no longer had a home.

His girlfriend left him, which tipped him over the edge, and he decided to take his own life. Before taking that drastic action, he decided to check into a mental institution. It was here that he realised what real problems were.

Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man” in 1973, he has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States.

This shows that with the right determination, success can follow.

 

If I feel, at any time, that things are difficult I take inspiration from such individuals.

 

 

fiverr- a site worth looking at

This site may be worth a look
http://www.fiverr.com

It is called fiverr because originally all the gigs could be bought for five dollars.
It is a useful site for tasks that you may not be able to do (or you may not want to do).

I have used this site for a number of years for such tasks as :

logos
Facebook Page covers
Instagram posts
as well as video production

I have made a video showing some of the uses.