Monthly Archives: January 2013

Now Moment

Breathe in, breathe out; you’re entering into a space called “here.” In this space you can choose to do these three steps to define and refine what motivates you to realize the Now Effect.

  1. Find it. What are you dissatisfied with? Take a moment to really consider what brought you to this book. Be specific; this is important if you have the desire to change.

  2. List it. Create a detailed list of what motivates you. Notice that “I just want more money” is unlikely to be as meaningful as choosing something intrinsic, such as “I want to be more effective in dealing with stress.” Or maybe you want to experience more ease and peace or learn how to love yourself for the first time. Write out the list and come back to it often, as it will be a continuous source of motivation.

  3. Visualize it. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Take a few seconds to sit down and scan your body, letting any tension dissolve. Then visualize the areas of your life that are sources of stress or dissatisfaction. Now imagine what life would be like if you were able to notice the space before you react and meet your challenges with greater ease? See if you can feel the feelings that are present in this space. Take a moment with this.

  4. Commit to it. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” Changing old habits can be difficult; that’s no secret. However, to realize the Now Effect, it’s important to make a commitment to engage in the practices consistently as you move through the book. The length or duration of practice is less important than doing them regularly. You can aspire to practice daily, but just take it one step at a time.

We all know that commitments can be broken, so what should you do if you break your commitment? Gently invite yourself back to the practice of being in the now. Self-blame is not going to move you closer to reengaging and experiencing the Now Effect. If it’s not possible to return to the practice right away, invite yourself to make a plan to practice soon.

Know that each time you engage in the practices in this book, you are sending the message internally that you care about yourself; this is powerful nutrition for both your mind and your body.

The ultimate social media image sizing cheat sheet | Econsultancy

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Posted 29 November 2012 13:18pm by Heather Taylor with 30 comments

With all the recent changes to our favorite (or not so favorite) social networks with Facebook covers, Twitter header images and YouTube branded channels, businesses have had to redesign their images and rethink of how they represent themselves visually online.

This gave way to a lot of new creative campaigns on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest but is has led to a lot of social media managers scrambling to get the images just right.

Earlier this month LunaMetrics released an updated version of their widely popular Social Media Sizing cheat sheet with image and video sizes for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Though I bookmarked it, I thought it was actually too valuable a resource to keep to myself.

So before you post your next picture or change up your profile image, take a look at this handy cheat sheet and bookmark it for yourself.

Heather Taylor is the Editorial Director for Econsultancy US. You can follow her on Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.

The Antidote to Sitting All Day | Men’s Health

Are you sitting down while you read this? If so, then the Crab Hip Hold is an exercise you must add into your routine. “We sit so much. We sit at breakfast, we sit while driving to work. Being in that position all day, your glutes and hamstrings are never contracted,” Jeremy Frisch, U.S.A.W., owner and director of Achieve Performance Training in Clinton, Massachusetts, and creator of the 24-Hour Arms Workout.

The Crab Hip Hold attacks all of those muscles you rarely use while chained to your chair. “You’ll get a big contraction in your hamstrings, glutes, and lower back,” Frisch says. “A lot of people are weak in those areas. But they’re the athletic power muscles that propel you forward and allow you to run and jump high.”

Watch the video below to see the Crab Hip Hold in action:

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If your shoulders are tight, the Crab Hip Hold will also pull your shoulder blades back—a lifesaver if you’re hunched over a keyboard all day. To get the most out of the move, focus on squeezing your shoulder blades together and pushing with your arms to keep your body in a straight line, Frisch says.

 

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