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  • 7 Scientifically Proven Ways to Enhance Your Chances of Success

    01 February 2017 (Welkessa.com)-The definition of success will vary from person-to-person. From some, being successful is having family. For others, success means starting and maintaining their business.

    I’m an entrepreneur just like you, working my tail off daily. Failure isn’t an option. We all want success and over the past year I’ve been fortunate enough to work with, interview and get to know many successful people.

    I’ve learned from almost every successful person that I’ve me that regardless of what your specific definition of success is, you can become more successful in your life by taking into account the seven scientifically proven techniques.

    1. Get up early.

    According to biologist Christoph Randler in an interview with the Harvard Business Review, “When it comes to business success, morning people hold the important cards. My earlier research showed that they tend to get better grades in school, which get them into better colleges, which then lead to better job opportunities. Morning people also anticipate problems and try to minimize them, my survey showed.” Randler also found that morning people are more proactive.

    While night owls have unique traits of their own, if you want to achieve a high-level of success like Jack Dorsey, Richard Branson, Tim Cook and Michelle Obama, go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake-up before everyone else.

    2. Boost your confidence by taking action.

    After investigating multiple studies that discussed the confidence gap between the sexes, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of The Confidence Code, concluded in The Atlantic that “[T]aking action bolsters one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed.” They also said, “So confidence accumulates–through hard work, through success, and even through failure.”

    When you have low self-confidence, you’re less likely to action and accomplish the goals that you have set.

    3. Be specific.

    Speaking of achieving goals, it’s been found through a 2011 meta-analysis that when it comes to goal setting, successful individuals are specific. Instead of saying “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to get more clients,” successful people would say “I’m going to lose 10 pounds” or “I’m going to land three new clients within the next month.” This is something that I’ve been working on in my life and you can easily do as well. Try right now. Set a specific goal that you’re going to achieve by the end of this week.

    4. Be smart and socially adept.

    This wasn’t always the case. In 1980, for example, success didn’t correlate with cognitive ability and social skills. University of California Santa Barbara economist Catherine Weinberger, however, examined data that linked 1972 and 1992 adolescent skill endowments to adult outcomes. She compared her data to a 1999 study and discovered that “The people who are both smart and socially adept earn more in today’s workforce than similarly endowed workers in 1980.”

    5. Think positively.

    According to an article by James Clear in The Huffington Post, Barbara Fredrickson, a positive psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina, discovered that “when you are experiencing positive emotions like joy, contentment, and love, you will see more possibilities in your life. These findings were among the first that suggested positive emotions broaden your sense of possibility and open your mind up to more options.”

    But, that’s only the beginning. Positive thinking can also help you develop essential skills that you can use to improve your life to become more successful. To become more positive emotionally consider meditating, writing, and doing the things that make you happy.

    6. Develop a ‘growth mindset.’

    According to research conducted by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, successful individuals possess a “growth mindset” that allows them to learn from their mistakes and realize that they have the potential to achieve whatever goals they’ve set. Those with a “fixed mindset” believe that intelligence, creativity and talent can not be changed.

    You can develop a ‘growth mindset’ by working on the following steps:

    Listen to your “fixed mindset.”
    Recognize that you actually have a choice.
    Talk back to your “fixed mindset” with your “growth mindset.”
    Take the “growth mindset” and put it into action.

    7. Embrace meaningful relationships.

    The famous Harvard Grant Study followed 268 Harvard graduates from the classes of 1938-1940 for 75 years to discover the secret of leading a happy and meaningful life. George Vaillant, the Harvard psychiatrist who directed the study from 1972 to 2004, informed The Huffington Post that there are two pillars of happiness, “One is love,” and “The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away.”

    But, the most important finding of the study was that the only thing that truly matters in life is relationships.

    Source: www.briantracy.com

     

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  • Saddique Amba Monastery -Ethiopia’s ancient reserves

    Ethiopian ancient monasteries are usually located in remote places far from the easily accessible locations. Most are located up in the mountains. It takes determination and love of adventure to go and explore these magnificent ancient creations. The constructions are intentionally made far out from central and main cities so that it can create peace and solitude to the priests. 

    If you wish to explore these places it requires courage to climb through ropeways and climbing challenging rocks. Despite the hardship to climb up the ancient treasures you will see the churches paintings and treasures which makes it all well worth it.

    One destination which is a must go is Saddique Amba Monastery. It’s located in between the massive Simien Mountains. The all-inclusive monastery is far away from everything allowing travelers to enjoy a refreshing air, surrounding attractions and of course the wild lives up-close.

    It requires two hours of trekking from the famous land mark at the mountain, Simien Lodge. To date only few travelers have made it to the monastery due to fear of sheer drop rocks and challenging trekking to reach to the monastery.

    The monastery was erected back in 1640 by the monk named Welde Saddique who wanted to create solitude and peaceful prayer place. Legend has it that during the communist regime of Ethiopia most of the church precious treasures were stolen and never recovered. However it did not make the church any less important. The lifestyle of the Moncks, the church paintings and the surround attractions are breathtaking.   

    The inner temple is very restrictive the only one who has access to it is the highest priest.  But do not get disappointed because you have made it through to one of the temples which rarely host visitors. The priests are hospitable and charming telling you everything about the temple and its magnificent history. The mountain park is full of animals creating access to the wild lives who roam around freely at their natural habitat. The park is preserved as one of the national parks lodging several endemic wild lives that are only found in Ethiopia.

    If you just love to admire ancient architectures and churches there are several places to explore from near the mountain and it’s allowed to go inside. The ancient architectures of the country portrayed at Lalibela and Gondar churches hewn from gigantic rocks within the earth are few of globally registered heritages that will take your exploration to the next level. The best part is this one allows you to get inside and explore the UNESCO registered global treasures. 

    This spectacular region has been inhibited by farmer villagers since 2,000 years ago. They live near the spiky mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices. Travel to this historical place offers a rare opportunity to climb some of Africa’s highest peaks including at Ras Dashen (4620m), Buyit Ras (3250m), Bwahit (4430m) as well as explore the ground churches.  

    Source: fanabc.com 

     

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  • 15 Health Benefits of Eating Apples

    Many of us forget that sometimes, the simplest answers are the best. Better health could be as easy as reaching for the fruit bowl for some apples next time you need a snack.

    What makes apples so great?

    In 2004, USDA scientists investigated over 100 foods to measure their antioxidant concentration per serving size. Two apples’Red Delicious and Granny Smith Ranked 12th and 13th respectively. Antioxidants are disease-fighting compounds. Scientists believe these compounds help prevent and repair oxidation damage that happens during normal cell activity. Apples are also full of a fibre called pectin – a medium-sized apple contains about 4 grams of fibre. Pectin is classed as a soluble, fermentable and viscous fibre, a combination that gives it a huge list of health benefits.

    1. Get whiter, healthier teeth

    An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.

    2. Avoid Alzheimer’s

    A new study performed on mice shows that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Mice in the study that were fed an apple-enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.

    3. Protect against Parkinson’s

    Research has shown that people who eat fruits and other high-fibre foods gain a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells. Scientists have linked this to the free radical-fighting power of the antioxidants contained therein.

    4. Curb all sorts of cancers

    Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, agree that the consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 per cent. Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds – triterpenoids – in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. Their earlier research found that extracts from whole apples can reduce the number and size of mammary tumours in rats. Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. has recommended a high fibre intake to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

    5. Decrease your risk of diabetes

    Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fibre, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.

    6. Reduce cholesterol

    The soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.

    7. Get a healthier heart

    An extensive body of research has linked high soluble fibre intake with a slower buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries. The phenolic compound found in apple skins also prevents the cholesterol that gets into your system from solidifying on your artery walls. When plaque builds inside your arteries, it reduces blood flow to your heart, leading to coronary artery disease.

    8. Prevent gallstones

    Gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to remain as a liquid, so it solidifies. They are particularly prevalent in the obese. To prevent gallstones, doctors recommend a diet high in fibre to help you control your weight and cholesterol levels.

    9. Beat diarrhea and constipation

    Whether you can’t go to the bathroom or you just can’t stop, fibre found in apples can help. Fibre can either pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up, or absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down.

    10. Neutralize irritable bowel syndrome

    Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain and bloating. To control these symptoms doctors recommend staying away from dairy and fatty foods while including a high intake of fibre in your diet.

    11. Avert hemorrhoids

    Hemorrhoids are a swollen vein in the anal canal and while not life threatening, these veins can be very painful. They are caused by too much pressure in the pelvic and rectal areas. Part and parcel with controlling constipation, fibre can prevent you from straining too much when going to the bathroom and thereby help alleviate hemorrhoids.

    12. Control your weight

    Many health problems are associated with being overweight, among them heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. To manage your weight and improve your overall health, doctors recommend a diet rich in fibre. Foods high in fibre will fill you up without costing you too many calories.

    13. Detoxify your liver

    We’re constantly consuming toxins, whether it is from drinks or food, and your liver is responsible for clearing these toxins out of your body. Many doctors are skeptical of fad detox diets, saying they have the potential to do more harm than good. Luckily, one of the best – and easiest – things you can eat to help detoxify your liver is fruits – like apples.

    14. Boost your immune system

    Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.

    15. Prevent cataracts

    Though past studies have been divided on the issue, recent long-term studies suggest that people who have a diet rich in fruits that contain antioxidants – like apples – are 10 to 15 per cent less likely to develop cataracts.

    Source: besthealthmag.ca

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  • 20 Tips to have an Amazing Sleep

    1. Take a warm bath before bedtime.
    2. Don’t drink alcohol at night.
    3. Keep your bedroom a cool 60 to 67 degrees F.
    4. Take afternoon naps under 20 minutes.
    5. Keep a regular bedtime and wake-up schedule.
    6. Nix caffeine after noon.
    7. Keep your television out of your bedroom.
    8. Turn off the TV at least an hour before bedtime.
    9. Avoid harsh light.
    10. Don’t use your bed for anything other than sleep and sex.
    11. Kick your pets and children out of your bed.
    12. Dim your home’s lights about 3 hours before bedtime.
    13. Get up and read if you can’t fall asleep after 15 minutes in bed.
    14. Exercise daily, but finish well before bedtime.
    15. Eat foods with tryptophan- like beans, peanut butter and nuts- about 2-3 hours before bedtime.
    16. Lay off the late-night heavy meals.
    17. Block out the led lights from electronics in your bedroom.
    18. Use low lights for nighttime reading.
    19. Do exercises to reduce stress for a surge of restful feeling.
    20. Try a few simple yoga stretches just before bedtime.

    Source: lifehack.org

     

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