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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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  • 50 Easy Yet Highly Effective Ways to Motivate Yourself

    If you can't seem to find yourself motivated because of several reasons, take a deep breath and try to motivate yourself with these simple yet effective tips:

    1. Close your eyes, and visualize yourself reaching your goals.
    2. Try something new today.
    3. Take a walk in a park, and let nature reset your mind.
    4. Make a to-do list. You'll feel encouraged as you cross off items.
    5. Get more sleep. Sleep deprivation could be making you less motivated.
    6. Drink coffee for a quick jolt.
    7. Start exercising, and you'll feel like yourself
    8. Take a small step. You don't have to immediately immerse yourself in the project and see it until completion right away. Just make baby steps, and take it one day at a time.
    9. Wake yourself up from your slump with a cold shower.
    10. Have a reward system, so you'll have something to look forward to.
    11. When doing a task you don't want to do, play energizing music to help you get through it.
    12. Get the hard stuff done first thing in the morning. Once you're done with the most challenging projects, you'll be able to tackle the others with ease.
    13. Prepare early so you're not in a rush. When you're late all the time or feel rushed, this may stress you out and kill your motivation.
    14. Push yourself. Realize that getting things done means giving yourself a little push sometimes.
    15. Grow your willpower. 
    16. Make motivating yourself into a habit. 
    17. Set a deadline for a task to spur you to get it done before the time is up.
    18. Focus. Doing too many things at once can overwhelm you, so drop the multitasking and focus on one thing at a time.
    19. Get a friend to join you to make whatever you're doing more enjoyable.
    20. Clean up your home or your workspace, and you'll feel like you can get more done in a decluttered environment.
    21. Let go of your fears, and you may feel brave enough to take on challenging tasks.
    22. Eat right. Treating your body well will put you in a better place mentally.
    23. Take a break to get some rest and recharge your mind.
    24. Do something you enjoy when you first get up. Whether it be drinking hot chocolate while reading a chapter of a book you're currently glued to or taking a hot shower, start your day off on a positive note.
    25. Share your goals with others. Being public about your goals will give you a sense of accountability, which may make you more inclined to get going.
    26. Fake it till you make it. Act like you're motivated, and it'll become a reality in time.
    27. Focus on the positive instead of the negative, and you'll feel more inclined to start new projects and take risks.
    28. Bring light into your room. Open up your curtains. Let fresh air into your room by opening up windows if it's not too cold and if it's not polluted outside.
    29. Find out what it'll take to get there. When you set a goal for yourself, begin by doing some research, and you'll be done with the first step.
    30. Encourage others, and you'll automatically start seeing encouragement from them in return. It's a cycle of positivity!
    31. Don't compare yourself with others or you'll get discouraged. Compete against yourself.
    32. Have realistic expectations. Know yourself and how far you can go.
    33. Stay excited. Experiment and keep coming up with new tweaks so you won't get board.
    34. If you fail, pick yourself up and keep going. Don't let it derail you or cause you to lose confidence, which ends up affecting your motivation.
    35. Keep track with a journal. If you track your progress, you'll be able to see it, which will help motivate you to continue or try even harder.
    36. Read biographies of the people you look up to for inspiration.
    37. Listen to motivational stories from audiobooks, documentaries, and more.
    38. Place motivational quotes around your home and workspace. They can come in such forms as a sticky note on your memo board, a note taped to your mirror, or an inspiring quote on a coffee mug.
    39. Volunteer. It'll help ground you and make you realize that you're fortunate, so you should take the opportunity to make the most out of your life.
    40. Write down a few things you're grateful for. If you have a more positive mind-set, you'll find yourself more motivated and looking forward to what's in store for you.
    41. Reflect on the times when you worked hard and succeeded at your task.
    42. Remind yourself that it's better to try and fail or succeed than living with regrets.
    43. Give yourself a pep talk, and tell yourself that you are awesome.
    44. Drop the projects that you might not be totally committed to and focus on the ones you're really passionate about.
    45. Tell yourself that nothing worthwhile is ever easy.
    46. Know that only you have the power to create your dreams and generate motivation.
    47. Write down where you see yourself in five years, and stick that note in a visible place.
    48. Turn it into a challenge with a time limit. You can create your own or join an existing one. 
    49. Set your alarm clock to remind you when it's time to start on your task.
    50. Find something you truly enjoy, and do it. Pick up a hobby or start a collection, and it'll make you excited about life.

    Source: popsugar.com

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  • The world’s most welcoming countries – as voted by you

    Whether it’s a friendly face at check in or a taxi driver who’s full of useful tips, nothing beats getting a warm welcome on your travels – and our interactions with local people have a huge impact on how we view countries as a whole. This month, we asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to share where they’ve found the most hospitable places around the world. Here’s what they said.

    10. Bolivia

    This South American country has been voted among the world’s least friendly tourist destinations in the past – but we’ve always thought Bolivia has been a bit misunderstood. And it looks like our readers agree. As long as you make an effort to learn some key phrases in the local languages, you’ll find out exactly how hospitable Bolivians can be. From the otherworldly Salar de Uyuni to the vast, sapphire-blue Lake Titicaca, the country’s spectacular sights make it worth going the extra mile.

    9. Finland

    Finns are famous for being uncommonly reserved, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a welcoming bunch – all you have to do is join them in the sauna to find out. Sweating it out together has become a national obsession, and you’ll no doubt come away from the experience with plenty of new friends. Once you’ve beaten each other with a bunch of leafy twigs and plunged feet first into a pool just a shade above freezing, you’ll at least have plenty to talk about.

    8. Myanmar

    Cut off from the rest of the world for decades, Myanmar only recently began emerging from its period of isolation – and now is a fascinating time to go. Visit any one of the traditional teahouses to meet the friendly locals, who generally still view tourists as a novelty. In 2016, Myanmar was voted the world’s most generous country in the World Giving Index for the third year running. The index takes into account the kindness to strangers, so you can expect to be warmly received on your travels.

    7. Kenya

    It’s likely that the spindly acacia trees, dusty plains and ochre-hued sunsets that come to mind when you think of Africa belong to Kenya. It hosts a breathtaking range of natural habitats, from the reefs and lagoons of the Indian Ocean to the fertile plains of the Maasai Mara. And its cultural heritage – with more than 40 ethnic groups – is just as rich. It’s common for locals here to speak three languages – their own, Swahili and English – so you’ll find it easy to start up a conversation.

    6. Indonesia

    Home to everything from rumbling volcanoes to orangutan-filled rainforests, and surrounded by some of the best dive sites in the world, Indonesia’s 17,000 tropical islands are extraordinarily diverse. Meanwhile, the people that live here share around 300 ethnicities and many hundreds of languages between them. Locals are outgoing and accustomed to seeing new faces, so you shouldn’t be surprised if a complete stranger introduces themselves.

    5. Japan

    Stepping off the plane and into Japan can feel a bit like strolling onto another planet. There’s everything from ramen vending machines to futuristic capsule hotels to get your head around – and the rules of etiquette can seem just as tricky to navigate. But there’s no need to worry, as Japan is regularly heralded as one of the most welcoming and hospitable countries in the world. That means you don’t have to fret if you’ve accidentally forgotten to switch to toilet slippers or committed a chopstick-related faux pas.

    4. Colombia

    Colombia is widely regarded as one of South America’s rising stars, with the gradual decline of the drug cartels and improving security conditions finally granting access to its charming colonial cities, cloud forests and palm-fringed beaches. Locals here are famous for their hospitality, and you’ll no doubt get to experience this first-hand with a visit to the country’s underrated capital city or thriving Medellín.

    3. Uganda

    Once dubbed “the pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda still has plenty to be proud of, including a healthy population of mountain gorillas, the source of the world’s longest river and the Mountains of the Moon, the continent’s tallest range. Many years of civil strife have largely kept it under the tourist radar, though travellers have begun flocking back in recent times with the fostering of stability. Now, you’ve voted it one of the most welcoming countries on Earth, so it’s the perfect time for a trip.

    2. India

    In big Indian cities such as Delhi and Mumbai, you’re almost guaranteed to meet a new person every minute – and the welcome could initially seem a shade too warm. Everywhere you go, local people may introduce themselves, stare at you, or take photos, and you might even find yourself faced with awkward questions such as “Do you have a boyfriend?” or “How much money do you earn?” All of this is perfectly normal in India, and it’s simply a friendly way of showing interest in a new face.

    1. Ethiopia

    Top of the list sits Ethiopia, a profoundly beautiful East African country with a history that stretches back many thousands of years. It was never colonized, so the tribal customs and hospitable traditions you can see here are largely just as they’ve always been. Take the Ethiopian coffee ceremony: the women of the household meticulously roast, grind and boil the aromatic beans, before presenting three consecutive cups of exceptionally fresh coffee to their guests. The process can last for hours, but it’s considered a real mark of friendship.

    Source: roughguides.com

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  • 7 best free language learning sites

    Learning a language has a multitude of benefits including making us smarter, building our multitasking skills, improving our memory, and making us more perceptive. In order to aid the development of this important life skill we have compiled a list of top websites for language learning.

     1. Busuu

    As well as winning the the BETT Innovator Award, TechCrunch Europe Award, Busuu has also been named ‘Best Education Startup in Europe’ by EdTech Europe. It has an international community of over 50 million native speakers and is available in 12 languages. The content is curated by an in-house team of educational experts and teachers and the site provides you with personalised feedback on your exercises via an integrated chat feature.

     2.Duolingo

    Duolingo provides language lessons in 13 languages with speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges at different levels. You can instantly see which answers are correct and set new challenges to help further your progress. Duolingo helps you stay on track by recording how many days in a row you use it and allowing you to earn points from your progress. Teachers can also track students’ learning.

     3. Learn a language

    Learn a language offers interactive audio/visual Learning Lounge to assist you in learning a foreign language. There's also a Lingo Dingo game to help learn a language online. The site includes important phrases like greetings, survival expressions and slang words in 19 languages. 

    4. FSI Languages Courses

    Foreign Language Institute courses were designed by linguists and have high-quality learning materials. They were developed by the United States government and lessons are available in 48 languages.

     5. Open Culture

    Open Culture offers a repository of free resources in 48 languages. Resources are curated on a regular basis. 

     6. Erasmus Plus Online linguistic support

    There is a specific tool available for Erasmus Plus participants, the Erasmus Plus Online linguistic supportThis tool is available in six languages and it is specifically designed for participants in mobility. These courses are developed to assist beneficiaries to improve their language skills before they travel to their country of destination. Students are required to undertake a language assessment and need to have been selected by their sending institutions before they use the tool.

    7.Memrise

    This site uses ‘mems’, which are mnemonic flashcards that use your pre-existing knowledge to help remember new vocabulary. The Portuguese mem for “yo quero,” for example, showed a man in a shop saying to the helpful clerk, “you care! Ohh!”

    Happy language learning!

    Sources: https://ec.europa.eu  and http://www.telegraph.co.uk 

     

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