Lots of people want to get healthy. They want to do better by their body and live longer and all those good things. But too often, they just don't know how to get started! Thankfully, I’ve put together a list of a few foods that should put you on the right track.
The first food on our list is spinach. Not only is it available pretty much everywhere and year-round but it can be a part of any meal. For breakfast, try putting it in a smoothie! For lunch, slide it on the sandwich as a lettuce replacement (nothing against lettuce). And for dinner, prepare it as a side salad! The possibilities are endless and so are the benefits. Spinach is a rich source of omega-3's and folate; folate can reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes and osteoporosis. It also protects you against age-related sexual issues, so you can enjoy your life as long as possible!
Next on our list is tomatoes! Now, this is the only fruit on our list but it's much more than a sweet treat. Red tomatoes provide the best health benefits by reducing the risk of cancer and certain coronary disease. In order to increase your intake, you don't really have to get too creative because tomato is in a lot of things we use. Just try increasing your usage of those products like tomato paste and ketchup: I know it sounds weird but it really works!
Lastly, we have carrots! Suggested intake is a ½ cup per day which is it much but you get a lot out of it. Carrots contain carotenoids which reduce the risk of cancer and other inflammatory conditions; you can eat them in a lot of ways, including raw as long as they're washed. Try them in a carrot cake!
The great thing about these healthy foods is that you can get very creative with them so look up some recipes, try them out, and let me know which ones are your favorites down below!
Nowadays, it's easier than ever to start a business but it’s very hard to keep one going. I could sit here and give you the statistics for how rare it is for a business to make it past the one-year mark, and then the five-year mark, and then to $1 million in revenue but I don't think it's worth anything to discourage you. You know how hard it is to do something you set your mind to, no matter how much you “want” it. What’s important is giving you the keys to getting from an idea to a business plan to a successful business.
Have a novel idea
First off, don't start a business if you're just going to sell T-shirts or keychains or mini fans. Basically, if you can find it in a flea market, think very hard before you start a business based on it, because chances are there's already somebody doing what you want to do at a better price price point and with more experience and know-how. You have to start with a novel idea which will add value to people's lives and that they can really fall in love with. The best way to do this is to get opinions on your idea before you start anything; and not just from your friends and family, from people who know success, business, and products. This way, you'll have your best shot at having something that will succeed with a large audience.
Create a plan of action
Next, have a real plan. You’re going to have to work hard to come up with a real business plan that you could present to investors, friends, and family given the opportunity. You have to be able to pitch this in order to make people believe in your idea, more than just enough to buy it, but to bet on it for the future. After all, no one likes feeling like you just want to make money without putting any work in: so, put the work in!
Do your research
Know about the field, about the market, about your typical customer, about how much it's going to cost to make your product, etc. You can never do enough research! Now, don't get bogged down knowing every little fact and figure but go in with knowledge about what you want to do, how you want to do it, and how you can get it done. It'll give your business the best chance to succeed and will make you more confident going forward.
Make connections in the industry
You want to make connections with people doing what you're doing, or similar to what you're doing. That means having a mentor, peers, or friends you can toss ideas around with and having people you can talk to about your product that would possibly be prospective buyers. The more people you know that know what you're doing, the less likely you'll be willing to just drop out or to give up. As crazy as it sounds, the fear of embarrassment can actually keep you going! So have some friends and consultants who are going to hold you accountable.
Be innovative and find solutions
You're really going to have to be innovative and find solutions! Like I said before, people won't want your product unless it's adding value to their lives and to add value you're going to have to look for where value is needed. Get creative, don't be afraid to fail or to have an idea that doesn't exactly work out and just get after it! After all, there's no penalty for trying and failing. You'll learn and be better for it! The only time you truly fail is when you quit, so don't quit and you truly won't ever fail.
Don’t give up!
Finally, and the most important piece of advice, don't give up! If you follow every other step and it still hasn't worked out, your breakthrough is coming! Just keep pushing and doing what you know to do, and don't be afraid to change directions but just don’t quit. It's better to have marks on your "resume" rather than having nothing at all.
Right now is your time! Stop waiting and looking for the perfect opportunity; it's not coming! You have to make it happen, so start somewhere and finish where you want to be down the road.
Pretty much everyone has heard about the Law of Attraction at this point: it’s been a craze ever since “The Secret” was published in 2006, becoming a fixation of pop culture ever since. Oprah once devoted a whole episode of her show to the concept and how it can help people improve their lives! So, what’s the big deal? Is it all about spending your days selfishly dreaming up all the things that you want? Or is there more to it? I want to explore it and share how it’s already been a part of all of our lives without us realizing it, so we might as well actively participate in it!
Most people understand that positive people attract other positive people and people with more negative bents attract--well, people of the same inclinations. But what I told you that positive people can even attract positive results in their lives? The job they’ve always wanted, the relationship you dream about, the house, the car, etc? Well, that’s exactly what the Law of Attraction states! To be clear, the Law of Attraction is much less complicated than an actual wordy, confusing law: it’s quite simple, really. The Law basically says that through positive thoughts, focus, and fixation on the things that you desire, you enlarge these positive things in your life until they become a reality. That’s right, theoretically you can imagine that brand new car right into your driveway, given the proper practice and intentions!
But of course, in a world characterized by cynicism and roadblocks to positivity, this sounds too good to be true. Many call it pseudo-science, New Age thinking created to comfort people who feel dissatisfied by their lives and would rather ask ‘the Universe’ for all the things they want. But if you think about it, most religions even preach this notion, just in different ways. Christianity is the most popular religion in the world, and the Bible confirms the law in an often-overlooked way; Proverbs 23:7 says that “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,” and it doesn’t even mention prayer or any type of religious practice associated with it. Buddhism is credited with the first real introduction of the law into religion, and since then it’s been found in many different forms in many religions. So, spiritual or not, you have to admit that there must be some validity to the Law. With that in mind, why not give it a shot?
There are plenty sources out there that will tell you to basically pray to the Universe for guidance and all the things you want in life -- I think that’s a little farfetched to work. Besides, if you’re a practical person like me, you’ll probably conclude that being more positive in your own thinking rather than trusting the whole universe is a much safer, smarter bet. The process is simple: take some time out of your day to pray, or meditate, or whatever it is you do. During that time, do your best to focus on, visualize, and truly immerse yourself in the experience of having what it is that you want. If it’s a new car (no shame), imagine yourself driving the car down your favorite road; the more realistic the scenario you’re able to visualize, the easier it will be for you to feel that it’s real and this will make it easier for you to hold onto that positive thought over time. The more you focus on this thought over time, the more real it will become to you; you’ll be open to more opportunities to receive this thing, and your positive thinking will clean out your mindset to be able to truly pursue this thing. More importantly, it’s always beneficial to focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want. It’s like walking a tightrope and thinking about falling the whole time rather than on putting one foot in front of the other and reaching your goal.
There are always obstacles to this though: when you encounter failure or disappointment, you can’t dwell on it. See it as a closed door, one among many that will be present in your life: your acquisition of the things you want is ultimately up to you so one door closing in your face doesn’t mean you can’t have it, you’ve just struck one path to success off your list. Refocus and move on.
If you’d like to learn more about the Law of Attraction, check out TheLawofAttraction.com and Business Insider’s article on it.