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CONTENTS LIFESTYLE & LEISURE

06 | 7 Essential Tips to Make 2013 Your BeST YEAR EVER 14 | The Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Starting A Small Online Business

TECHNOLOGY

18 | DID YOU KNOW? 22 | The Willingness to Think Differently 24 | 10 Benefits of Rising Early, And How to Do It 26 | House Cleaning: A Simple System 28 | Medicinal Herbs BITTER LEAF

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Essential Tips to Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever

1 One goal

2 Create new habit

This will sound crazy to many of you who have so

Goals are achieved by habits. What habit can you

many goals you’d like to accomplish. And trust me, I

develop this month to help achieve your One Goal

know how that feels. I started out 2012 with a whole

for this year?

bunch of goals, but I only accomplished about half of them. I didn’t realize how things would change

Once you’ve identified that goal, you’ll need to

for me during the year, and anyway, 9 goals is too

commit yourself, hold yourself accountable to a

many. I’ve said this before, but it’s so important I’m

group of people, and focus completely on that

going to repeat it: you’re at your most powerful

habit for a month.

if you focus on one thing at a time. If you have 10 goals, you’ll spread your focus thinly. But if you have one goal, you’ll be able to focus you energy and attention completely on that one goal. And that’s one of the secrets of success. You might have 10 goals to achieve for your lifetime. If so, choose just one to accomplish this year. And focus completely on that this year. You might have shorter-term sub-goals to achieve in a month or two, but those should lead to your One Goal for 2013. Put your goal on your wall, on you computer desktop. Make it your mantra. Keep it your focus for 2013, and you’ll not only achieve it, but you’ll feel great for doing so.

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4 Simplify But if you take the time to simplify your life, in some way, this month, your year will be much better. When we have too much going on in our lives, it overwhelms us. It spreads us thin. It makes us ineffective. Simplifying things helps keep us sane, and makes us more powerful. Take some time to identify the 4-5 things that are most important in your life, then simplify your commitments so that they fall in line with those 4-5 priorities.

5 Schedule time for you and your loved one

7 Learn to focus To make this your best year

Spending time with yourself,

ever, learn to focus. Make it

doing something you love to do,

one of your monthly habits.

will give you time for reflection.

Start by identifying your One

It will make you happier, and

Goal and your 4-5 priorities.

give you time to decompress. Don’t have time? Make time.

Then, every day, focus

Spending time with loved ones,

yourself on those things.

connecting with them, is in my

Each morning (or the night

opinion absolutely essential to

before), make a list of the

happiness. Make it a priority.

3 Most Important Things

6 Focus on happiness

(MITs) that you want to accomplish today. Then start on the first one, first thing, instead of getting distracted

If you make your happiness

by email or any of the other

become your focus, you’ll be

things that take away your

happier. It’s really that simple.

attention. Shut everything

What makes you happy? That

off except what you need

should be the focus of your life.

for that task. Clear your desk

This year, make happiness be

and turn off the phone and

your priority.

any notifications on your computer. Then focus on that one thing, trying your utmost to complete the task. When you’re done, take a break and reward yourself. Then focus on the next task. Working like this, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.

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The Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Starting A Small Online Business

If your goal is to

1. Focus On What’s Important

start a small online

What’s important? Action.

business that replaces

In the beginning, just get started.

and exceeds your

business in your own name with very minimal paperwork (a simple Doing Business As form) and cost. Consult a tax advisor for specific insights.

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current income, this

details that don’t matter. Dealing

2. Invest In Education

may be the most

with the paperwork, business

Whatever business you want to

cards, and other ancillaries isn’t

start, be it blogging, eBay sales,

absolutely necessary.

information product selling,

important article you read this year.

It’s an online business for a

Here’s the deal: I’ve been working online full time for almost 10 years, since age 19. I’ve had a lot of failures and a lot of successes. There is no better way to learn how to

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succeed than to learn

lot of people get caught up in

from someone who

is registering a corporation or

has already done it.

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As a general rule, the most

accessible some people I was

These days, whichever

important skill you can learn,

initially afraid to contact are.

community you should

no matter what business

Bonus hint: I’ve had greater

be a part of is larger and

you’re starting, is marketing.

success connecting with ultra

more easily accessible. Take

I don’t make a distinction

successful people than those

advantage of that.

between online and offline

who are just ultra successful

marketing. Once you learn

in their heads. :)

marketing you can use it anywhere, with a few tweaks

The key to getting a

of course.

response is to send very

I liken it to learning computer programming. The language you learn isn’t as important as the logic behind it. You can adapt to any language.

3. Ask For Help If you’re a bit introverted like me you might be shy about asking for help. Don’t let that

short, very succinct e-mails. Practice the http://five.

5. Don’t Quit Your Day Job Your ultimate goal may be to quit your job, but don’t jump the gun.

sentenc.es rule. Keep your

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e-mail to five sentences and

of people who quit their

make it clear what you’re

jobs before they had their

asking.

businesses going, but there’s

4. Participate In The Community

a reason for that.

Whatever niche you’re in there is a community.

People who failed furiously because they didn’t have an income to support themselves in the lean

be a barrier to your success.

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business startup phase don’t

In other words, feel the fear

days when I used to sell

usually write about it. And

and do it anyway.

on eBay, I hung out on a

because they don’t write

few eBay message boards.

about their failures, you

I helped people where I

never hear about them.

You will deal with rejection. Many people won’t respond to your e-mails, phone calls, or tweets. But you know

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I decided to start selling

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The Willingness to Think Differently

I’ve ever - the willingness to challenge mainstream ideas. most of the successful people known possess one trait

When you hear an idea that’s

When you are told that this is the

doesn’t mean it’s wrong. They

different than what you’re used

way to do things, take a second

might all be wrong, and this might

to, pause. Instead of rejecting

look. Is this really the best way?

be better. No better way to find

it outright, consider it — is

Are there other possibilities? If no

out than to test it. If it’s not a

there some merit? What are the

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good idea, drop it and move on.

arguments, the evidence?

Just because an idea is different, don’t just accept it. Look at the

Learn to be proud of your

Let go of the emotions that come

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ability to test things that people

up, the defensiveness. When I

to spot flaws in reasoning. For

traditionally believe in, and not to

mention the cruelty in meat and

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fat) is good for you, we should all

to forge new ground, to challenge

people become defensive and

drink raw milk, slather butter on

ideas, to express your individual

angry. They cover their eyes and

everything (the Weston A. Price

voice rather than blending in.

ears, so they can go on doing

Foundation). This is different than

what feels comfortable. They lash

mainstream science, but it’s wrong.

out and attack. And yet, if you set

The bulk of the evidence is against

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is wrong.

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1. Greet the day.

3 Quietude.

I love being able to get up, and greet a wonderful

No other noises. The early morning hours are so peaceful,

new day. I’m inspired by the Dalai Lama, who said,

so quiet. It’s my favorite time of day. I truly enjoy that

” Everyday, think as you wake up, ‘today I am

time of peace, that time to myself, when I can think, when

fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a

I can read, when I can breathe.

precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself,

4 Sunrise.

to expand my heart out to others, to achieve

I love how the day slowly gets brighter, when the

enlightenment for the benefit of all beings, I am

midnight blue turns to lighter blue, when the brilliant

going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am

colors start to seep into the sky, when nature is painted

not going to get angry or think badly about others,

in incredible colors.

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5 Breakfast.

2 Amazing start.

Rise early and you actually have time for breakfast. I’m

I have a renewing morning ritual, I’ve gotten so much done before 8 a.m., my kids are early and so am I, and by the time everyone else gets in to work, I’ve already gotten a head start. There is no better way to start off your day than to wake early, in my experience.

told it’s one of the most important meals of the day. Eating breakfast while reading my book and drinking my coffee in the quiet of the morning is eminently more enjoyable than scarfing something down on the way to

work, or at your desk.

6 Exercise. There are other times to exercise besides the early morning, of course, but I’ve found that while exercising right after work is also very enjoyable, it’s also liable to be

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8 Goal time. You should have one goal that you want to accomplish this week. And every morning, you should decide what one thing you can do today to move yourself further towards that goal. And then, if possible, do that first thing in the morning.

9 Commute. No one likes rush-hour traffic, except for Big Oil. Commute early, and the traffic is much lighter, and you get to work faster, and thus save yourself more time.

10 Appointments. It’s much easier to make those early appointments on time if you get up early.

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Here’s a sample system for house cleaning:

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First, have a big weekend dedicated to cleaning, so you can start your system

3

Also have a daily routine: Every morning, make your bed, take out the trash, and do a quick pick-up. In the

with a clean slate. Get the whole family

evening, sweep the kitchen/dining room, clean up

involved (if you have one), and clean

after dinner, and do a quick pick-up before bed.

one room at a time, from top to bottom, clockwise, until you’re done. It also helps to get rid of tclutter. You might need two big weekends if there’s a lot

4

Have a weekly routine: either designate one day for a quick 1-hour clean (it shouldn’t be that dirty if you’ve been cleaning as you go), or have different days

of cleaning to do.

designated for different things — vacuum the living room, for example, or wash the linens, etc.

2

From now on, have a clean-as-you-go routine: when you’re getting ready in the morning, do a quick wipe of the sink and toilet and bathtub. Put things away

5

Every few months, do a deep clean: clean out the refrigerator and oven, clear out the cabinets and clean them, etc.

as you go through the day, wash dishes when you’re done using them, wipe the counters and table when you’re done cooking or eating.

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11 Berries instead of candy.

If you normally snack on

I used to snack on chocolate

If you don’t already, have some

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candy all the time, but now I

steamed greens with dinner. Cut

raw almonds.

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out a less healthy side dish if you usually eat something else.

8 Soymilk instead of whole milk.

5 Cut out red meat.

Whole milk is fatty. Soymilk is

12 Try some great veggie dinners.

You can still eat poultry and

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problem at least drink 1% milk.

6 Make pizza instead of ordering.

9 Whole grain cereal.

Homemade pizza is the best.

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whole-grain cereal instead.

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