Category Archives: Self Improvement Tips

Improve Your Health

Staying active and eating right is important for long-term health and wellness. When you eat healthy and exercise at the proper intensity, you are informing your body that you want to burn a considerable amount of energy. This translates to burning fat more efficiently for energy. In other words, proper eating habits in addition to exercise equals fast metabolism, which, in turn gives you more energy throughout the day and allows you to do more physical work with less effort.

Engaging in habitual cardiovascular exercise four times per week for 20 to 30 minutes per session, and resistance training four times per week for 20 to 25 minutes per session is the ideal to work toward.

When starting an exercise program, it is essential to have practical expectations. Depending on your initial fitness level, you should expect the following changes early on.

From one to eight weeks — Feel better and have more energy.

From two to six months — Lose inches while becoming leaner. Clothes begin to fit more freely. You are gaining muscle and losing fat.

After six months — Start losing weight rather rapidly.

Once you make the dedication to exercise numerous times a week, don’t end there. You must also alter your diet and/or eating behavior.

Eat numerous tiny meals (optimally four) and a couple of small snacks during the day

Make sure every meal is balanced — include palm-sized portions of proteins like lean meats, fish, egg whites and dairy products, fist-sized portions of complex carbohydrates like whole-wheat bread and pasta, wild rice, multigrain cereal and potatoes, and fist-sized portions of vegetables and fruits

Limit your fat ingestion to no more than what’s essential for sufficient flavor

Drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water during the day.

Remember to check with a physician before begin an exercise regiment.

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Creative Problem Solving

First of all, in the light of creative problem solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than one solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to problems you thought were unsolvable.

Try to understand the problem and have a solid understanding of it. If you know how it works, then you have a better foundation towards solving the problem.

Try to take note of all of the constraints and assumptions you have. Sometimes it is these assumptions that impede our view of possible solutions. You have to identify which assumptions are valid, in which assumptions need to be addressed.

Keep a creative, logical voice at the back of your head. When someone comes up with a prospective solution, try to think how you might make that solution work. Try to be creative. At the same time, look for chinks in the armor of that resolution.

It pays to remember that there may be more than just one solution being developed at one time. Try to keep track of all the solutions and their developments. Remember, there may be more than just one solution to the problem.

Always be open to new ideas. It can only be to your advantage to listen to all the ideas each person has. This is particularly correct when the person you are talking to has had experience solving problems comparable to yours. You don’t have to be a gung-ho, solo hero to solve the problem. If you can arrange group reflection on the subject, it would be much better.

Be patient. As long as you keep at it, there is always a probability that a solution will present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention the first time around.

Become a Leader

Contrary to what most people believe, leadership is not about power. It is not about harassing people or driving them using fear. It is about encouraging others towards the goal of the organization. It is putting everyone on the same page and helping him or her see the big picture of the organization. You must be a leader, not a boss.

People follow others when they see a clear sense of purpose. People will only follow you if they see that you know where you are going. If you yourself do not know where you’re headed to, chances are people will not follow you.  Be precise in describing your vision and where, what the company or organization is try to achieve.

Being a leader is not about what you make others do. It’s about who you are, what you know, and what you do. You are a reflection of what you’re subordinates must be.

Studies have shown that one other bases of good leadership are the trust and confidence your subordinates have of you. Trust and confidence is built on good relationships, trustworthiness, and high ethics.

Once you have their trust and confidence, you may now proceed to communicate the goals and objectives you are to undertake.

Communication is a very important key to good leadership. The knowledge and technical expertise you have must be clearly imparted to other people. You must be able to assess situations, weigh the pros and cons of any decision, and actively seek out a solution.

Leaders are not do-it-all heroes. You should not claim to know everything, and you should not rely upon your own skills alone. You should recognize the skills and talents your subordinates have. Only when you come to this realization will you be able to work as one cohesive unit.

Remember being a leader takes a good deal of work and time. It is not learned overnight.