Power Your Life By Creating New Habits

Does it ever seem like starting bad habits is super easy? It takes no effort for a bad habit to form, but we have to constantly fight to get a good habit going. It can be daunting and frustrating. The best way to create new and better habits is to start slowly and take baby steps.

Creating New Eating Habits

Unless you have a medical condition that you need to address immediately with completely new eating habits, it’s best to create a new eating plan slowly. Start by replacing one junk food item with a health food item.

When you feel like you’ve succeeded with that, pick the next unhealthy food item and replace it with a healthier choice.

This will not cause you to drop a lot of pounds in a short period of time, but it will eventually help you to lose weight at a steady rate.

Creating New Exercise Habits

Instead of jumping into a full-blown aerobics class or other fitness class, you need to ease into it. Start by doing a five minute walk each day if you’re in really bad shape. If you’re in better shape and can do more, then do more. Start gradually and add to it each week. With a few weeks or few months you will be able to take an aerobics class if you’d like.

Creating New Organization Habits

If your home is unorganized and seems to always be a mess, you can take small steps to reclaim it and end the chaos. Instead of tackling the whole house at once, start by doing it room to room. Even one room can feel overwhelming, so in each room you want to tackle just one area of the room. Pick an area of the room to start and get it cleaned and organized. Do at least one section of the room per day until it’s done.

If you have a full time job and other duties, you may want to do one section per week. The trick is to get started and stay on top of it.

Whatever new habits you want to start, remember, you don’t have to jump in and start everything all at once. Simply determine that you want to make changes and break everything down in easy to do, manageable steps. This may not be the fast track to getting things accomplished right now, but it will gradually ease you into changes and they are more likely to stick.

Too many people have come to think that everything needs to be done immediately. This sets you up for failure if you give up within the first week. A better solution is to start off at an easy pace, make a timeline of the habits you want to create and break them down into things you can do each day that doesn’t feel so overwhelming.

As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You can’t create new habits in a day either. Another tip is to try and have fun with them. Do your new task each day and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment, no matter how small it is.


How To Produce Movie Quality Video

There are plenty of factors that influence digital video quality. For starters, tape-based tools are inferior compared to digital technology, but you can find challenges linked the usage of digital technology that simply cannot be overlooked. To begin with, even professionals cannot produced 100% flawless material; the final, ‘nearly-perfect’ look is actually the result of intense video editing. Nevertheless, there are some conditions which have to be met in order for  video material to be a close as possible to professional quality standards.

One thing you realise when you first start out professionally editing video is that in order to create the very best quality product you need to learn about all of the functions of the camcorder. Read the technical manual, analyze all of the features and know the system menus thoroughly. Activated or deactivated features influence digital video quality. Thus, you might want to disable the time/date feature, use an external microphone and be sure you don’t add special effects directly from the video camera – these should be added in during posty-production. Moreover, the camcorder ought to be used in standard play setting for optimal results.

Gentle exposure and lighting of the subjects has a major impact for electronic video quality. The subjects will be just silhouettes if the light exposure is too high. The camcorder instantly adjusts to the strongest source of light, and you may correct this by using additional illumination or saving a particular exposure setting. Your understanding of how the camera functions is definitely relevant right here.

Pay attention to how you move the camera. You need to be specific when recording a video, even if there will be plenty of action. Use a tripod with a fluid head in order to keep the camcorder constant. A monopod may be an alternative solution to the tripod since it is much simpler to carry. The footage quality should definitely enhance!

This is a lot better way to achieve great digital video quality once you know the secrets. You should try a bit of reading on the internet once you are familiar with the camcorder with regards to technical features. You will need to ‘study’ a little bit, but there’s no wasted time in such activities particularly when you get pleasure from what you’re doing. You can develop acceptable digital video high quality with just a little of personal effort.

This article has been supplied by Bertram Wilson – who runs www.aberdeenweddingvideo.com – a website which specializes in the production of high quality cinematic wedding videos. Please feel free to check out his site.

How To Achieve More in Business with Self Improvement

It is no coincidence that many of the most accomplished business men and women have been influenced by some kind of self improvement book – usually written by a guru or life coach . That is something that also distinguishes the very successful from others – they actively work to improve their minds and thinking habits. When you observe what you do from a different perspective, it can often help when you have come to a point where you are no longer moving forward. Ask yourself these questions about your business: Am I blocked because I really don’t know business essentials? and what life experiences have I had that would make it easy for me to have a successful business? If you can, examine your behaviors very closely and be as objective as you can. Don’t be surprised if what you need to know was actually there all along, but you just didn’t see it.

Perfectionist behaviors are an expression that some people bring with them to their business pursuits. There are a number of reasons why it exists, but for many it is simply anxiety associated with looking like the job is not done to absolute perfection. But perfectionism in business can lead to various kinds of problems. If your business requires you to make quick decisions, then of course your tendency to make sure everything is perfect could interfere. If you are frequently under tight schedules and deadlines, then once again there could be costly delays. This particular habit is usually not seen as an impediment by many people, even though there are often negative reasons for its existence. Do you ever experience anxiety with others whom you have hired to work for you? But what if you are really trying to use leverage by outsourcing and it is driving you crazy? What about non-work related areas, are those same anxieties present there? If you can resolve this issue, then of course the problems it causes in business will also be taken care of, too. Talk to someone about this, and it may be best to seek professional advice. There are many approaches you can take to learn how to deal with the feelings better – one that you can try is NLP. This is all about solving issues, and that is what we as business people do all the time.

The whole world is full of negative energy in just about every manifestation you can imagine. Bad news sells better than good news, and that is why you only see bad news on the TV and print media, for the most part. What’s more, the very people we spend the most time with – our families, friends, and co-workers, may bombard us with negative points of view. These kinds of comments, whatever they are, most often will be expressing a limit, or restriction, to something. For instance, another form of negativity is the “nay” sayer. This is the person who always is negative about just about everything. It’s better to eliminate these kinds of people from your life and don’t watch the news shows on TV. This is a positive step in the right direction for your mental health and the success of your business.

Your business, and your life, will both reap the rewards when you embark on the path to self-improvement. The reason is simple because many of the issues that affect your business also have the same affect in your personal life. Just make the decision to find a self-improvement program that seems to be a good fit for you and proceed little by little.

The Perils of Oil & Gas Exploration – Discovery Channel Style

I’ve always enjoyed technology and I spend more time than is healthy watching the Discovery Channel. One of the latest programs to grab my attention was Blood and Oil.

It basically follows an American family called the Cutters who drill for oil in Ohio – not Texas or Alaska like most folks would probably imagine. The show deals with the political and social ramifications of big oil moving into new grounds and the damage they cause to the environment and the people who have drilled there, in some cases for hundreds of years. The times they certainly are a changing.

As well as the human interest side, of course, the program goes on to explain a lot of the technology involved and, believe you me, its mighty impressive, especially when you get to the bigger oil installations and, even more so when things move offshore.

I used to think that offshore drilling was just a case of picking a spot, towing a drilling rig out and then sinking a hole. Oh no. Nothing like that. These days extensive sonar surveys are carried out including the use of remote sensing satellite technology and millions of dollars are invested in prospecting sites before a single test well is sunk. And with prices running at $100,000 a day for a drilling rig, it’s easy to see why so much prep work is done.

Of course, once (if) you find oil, that’s when the real challenge begins. A lot of the recoverable oil and gas is now far offshore in deeper continental waters which makes the technology required to extract it more advanced than we need to get men into space! Every aspect of offshore oil and gas exploration is fraught with difficulty and danger. First of all there’s the hostile environment to deal with. High seas, remote working locations and, of course the fact that you are dealing with highly volatile substances make the whole process fraught with danger. No way would you get me working on one of these platforms – hats off to the guys who do.

Working at depth, of course, also brings its own unique set of problems. Many offshore oil and gas installations operate at depths which far exceed the limits that human divers are able to go to, so ROV – remote operated vehicle technology is vitally important. These undersea drones are ‘flown’ by experienced ROV pilots topside and can perform a whole range of tasks from welding to routine maintenance and with the help of ancillary technology like subsea baskets it’s even possible for the whole process to be handled remotely keeping the divers out of harm’s way. As I said, that more technology than we have used to put a man on the moon for goodness sake.

The rewards may be huge, but the risks are massive as well. Exploring, drilling, extracting and then transporting oil and natural gas from remote offshore locations to population centres is a hugely complicated business these days and it’s also a bit of a risky business venture as well. With the increase in shale gas extraction through fracking and green energy such as solar and wind power becoming more popular the oil price is actually being driven down in recent years. So, is it worth the effort? Well, for families like the Cutters it seems that maybe it’s not. A growing number of small drilling operations are starting to sell up and take the money being offered by which is a bit of a shame, considering the pioneering spirit that makes America great is also being sold along with it. Progress, I guess, takes many forms.