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Affirmations can play a key role in helping you to leverage daily the Law of Attraction (LOA) for your training for a marathon, half marathon, or other endurance race.
What is an affirmation?
The Law of Attraction essentially says, “We become what we think about.” And we attract more of the feelings and beliefs that we regularly affirm. This is the power behind affirmations.
Why should I use affirmations for endurance running or walking?
You should write and repeatedly read affirmations as an endurance runner or walker because they can focus the Law of Attraction on behaviors and beliefs that will support your racing goals.
Who is the subject of an affirmation?
You should be the subject of each of your affirmations, with the affirmation written in first-person, singular form (as in “I am…”). The reason that having you as the subject of the affirmation is ideal is that your unconscious mind has direct control over you but does not have direct control over anyone else.
How should I write each affirmation statement?
As a positive, not negative, statement: Your unconscious mind will ignore any “no” or “not” in a statement. For example, your unconscious mind will convert “I do not slow down as I approach the finish line.” to “I do slow down as I approach the finish line.”; so “I maintain my pace or speed up as I approach the finish line.” is the preferable way to write this affirmation. Another reason to write affirmations in the positive is that they feel better to say to yourself. And that single, good feeling that you attach to the statement as you say it gives it a stronger impact on your unconscious mind than would a mixed-emotions, negative statement. A third reason to write affirmations in the positive is a practical one: Positive statements tend to be shorter than negative statements. So you can write them more easily and read them more easily.
About the present, not the future: Your unconscious mind treats each statement about the present as something over which it has full control. In contrast, it treats each statement about the future as something over which it has no control. In other words, your unconscious mind operates in the present.
As if it were true, even if it is false today: Every time that you read an affirmation to yourself, you are incrementally strengthening in your unconscious mind the belief expressed by that affirmation. Given that your unconscious mind cannot distinguish between fact and fiction, you can read to yourself an affirmation that is not true today with the assurance that eventually your unconscious mind will align your life with that affirmation such that eventually the affirmation is true. In other words, an affirmation need not be true when written or read, but repeated reading of the affirmation increases the likelihood that eventually it will be true.
With specificity: Specific statements have a stronger impact than vague, general statements have on your unconscious mind. For example, “I am a five-hour marathoner.” is more valuable than “I am a fast marathoner.” as an affirmation.
How many affirmations should I have?
The number of affirmations that you have related to your endurance running or walking depends totally on you. Some people prefer to have just a few affirmations. Other people like to have lots of affirmations, including many that are re-worded versions of other affirmations.
Where should I be when I am composing my affirmations?
You should compose your affirmations at a computer in a quiet, private location. You may want to play some inspiring or gentle music while writing them. A few minutes of meditation before beginning could help your writing, too.
Ideally, each affirmation should feel as if it were an expression of your best self — as if your “higher self” were telling you what it believes you are capable of being, doing, or experiencing.
If you are stumped when you initially sit down to type affirmations into your computer, then give yourself a goal to carry around a pen and small notebook so that you record several affirmation ideas as you go about your daily life. You eventually should have enough ideas in your notebook to produce several affirmations when you return to your computer.
What are some examples of affirmations for endurance runners or walkers?
Here are examples of affirmations that are correctly worded for an endurance runner or walker:
“I always breathe aerobically when I run.”
“I shave at least one minute off my personal record in every marathon that I run.”
“I eat exactly what I need for each walk.”
“I give myself permission to run my own race.”
“I stop for water precisely when necessary at water stops while walking my half marathon.”
Why should I record my affirmations to a computer?
Typing your affirmations into a computer document gives you three benefits over handwriting them:
Typing them on a computer lets you craft them easily. The ease of editing text with a computer ensures that you can craft affirmations that are “just right” for you to repeat many times to yourself over the coming days, weeks, and months.
Typing them on a computer lets you update them easily. Having your affirmations in a computer document means that you can refine them easily to suit you better as your needs or goals change but without having to re-write your entire list of affirmations.
Typing them on a computer lets you print them in different sizes. This gives you the flexibility to make a single-page list for scheduled reviews, larger printouts of affirmations for in-your-face display in your bedroom, bathroom, or office, and a wallet-size, laminated list for on-the-go review whenever you have downtime.
How should I read my affirmations?
Always read them as if you believe them, even if they are not yet(!) true.
Always read them with an emotional intensity that will capture the attention and imagination of your unconscious mind.
Read them aloud if at all possible.
Even if you are only reading them silently in your mind, vary from session to session your pace (from a fast-talker to a slow-talker), your pitch or accent (your own voice, the voice of a favorite actor, etc.), and your volume (from a whisper to a gentle shout) — to avoid boredom and to stimulate your unconscious mind in multiple ways with the same affirmations.
When and how often should I read my affirmations?
Plan to read your affirmations several times a day but at least twice a day:
As part of a morning ritual in which you use several LOA methods to prepare you for the day ahead;
Later in the day — and perhaps as you retire to bed — to reinforce them.
If you work at home, reading your affirmations aloud during your workday may be no problem. If you work in an office, in a retail store, in a warehouse, in a factory, or otherwise with other people in your workplace, then consider using your automobile or a secluded outdoor area as your “sound booth” in which you read your affirmations aloud.
What else can I do with my affirmations besides reading them to myself?
Post individual affirmations throughout your home, in your car, or in your office so that you see and unconsciously absorb them even though you do not consciously and deliberately read them.
Record yourself saying your affirmations, mix that voice recording with different background, instrumental songs that are suitable for the targeted periods for playback (such as for running, for stretching, or for winding down at the end of the day), and play the appropriate mixed recordings at least twice a day — such as while training for an endurance race, while driving, while in the shower, or while completing indoor or outdoor chores.
Kirk Mahoney, Ph.D., loves to walk and run, and his SpryFeet.com website provides practical research for runners and walkers. By going to http://www.SpryFeet.com/Reports/, you can get his FREE “Pace Tables for Runners and Walkers” special report, letting you look up paces needed to complete several different race distances within given durations and for different micro-level-pacing methods.
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It Would Be Nice to Have Some Good News on Environmental Initiatives For Sustainable Farming
It can be a can be a depressing business for a writer to follow developments on tackling climate change or sustainable, environmentally friendly farming and food scarcity.
Just occasionally, however, there are signs that perhaps the message is getitng through and there are glimmers of hope. In the face of unrelenting bad news such initiatives should have wider publicity than they sometimes receive.
It tends to be taken for granted that global agribusiness and particularly the producers of the chemical-based fertilisers that contributed to the success of the Green Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s have also been major contributors to the environmental and food scarcity problems we now face.
While it may be true that improved scientific knowledge since those days has identified the downsides and longer term consequences of those agricultural techniques many of us have become very suspicious of all global enterprises involved in agriculture.
A skeptical approach to new scientific innovations from large multinational companies may be understandable but in the long run it may be counter-productive in making us too risk averse, stifling the openness to innovation we may need to tackle the huge problems facing the world.
One such problem is the FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organisation) estimate that we need to increase food production by 70% to feed the nine billion people expected to be inhabiting the planet by 2050.
How that can be done without tearing up even more forest, parkland and natural habitats for agriculture is a serious problem.
There are some suggested solutions, such as using biotechnology in plant breeding, protection of plants with integrated pest management techniques using new-generation low-chem biopesticides, biofungicides and yield enhancers. Properly used such products can potentially increase crop yields by 24% and reduce yield losses by 40-80%.
The key, however, is whether we will accept them and whether they will be used properly.
The plant science industry is committed to proper, ethical management of its products right from research and development through to disposal of waste. This includes ensuring any risks from the use of crop protection products, such as pesticides, are minimised. It is represented globally by CropLife International.
CropLife International has recently supported CropLife Asia and CropLife India to launch a project in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to train more than 100,000 farming families in proper handling and use of crop protection products. It will be delivered by local partners including an experienced local NGO, called EFFORT.
Hopefully it will result in improved profit margins for the state’s many small farmers, improve sustainable farming and farming yields, and do something to reduce the high suicide rate among farmers there that has made headlines around the world.
The Rainforest Alliance is another organisation that perhaps should receive more publicity.
It works to promote sustainable farming in 25 tropical countries around the world, with a scheme of sustainable agriculture certification that has so far benefited more than two million farm workers and their families.
It sets tough criteria to achieve the certification seal that they can then put on their products. The label is a green circle containing a green frog and one to watch out for when buying products in your local supermarket.
The aims are to show reduced water pollution and soil erosion, reduced threats to the environment and human health, protection of wildlife habitats, less waste farm by-products (by using such things as orange peel, banana leaves and other non-saleable foliage as natural fertiliser). Farmers must also demonstrate reduced water use, better conditions of working for farm workers. Local NGOs audit the farms, large and small, on these criteria before they achieve their certificate.
The certificates are also displayed by companies like Chiquita (bananas), Unilever, Kraft and Nestle Nespresso as independent, third-party endorsement of their commitment to sustainable agriculture.
In addition the journal, Nature, recently published an article suggesting that there is a need for a global network of research centres providing data on the best use of land to governments and farmers to help them take decisions towards more sustainable food production methods while preserving biodiversity.
Finally, although it is not strictly about agriculture, during the writing of this article news was announced that the Indian Government had refused the UK mining company Vedanta permission for a bauxite mine in Orissa because the site was on land sacred to two local tribes.
Jairam Ramesh, India’s Environmental Minister, said the project breached both environmental protection acts and the rights of the tribals who depend on the land and its forests for their livelihoods.
Hopefully there will be more such initiatives and decisions in enough time to repair some of the damage that human activity has done to the planet before it becomes impossible to reverse.
Copyright (c) 2010 Alison Withers
It Would Be Nice to Have Some Good News on Environmental Initiatives For Sustainable Farming
Writer Ali Withers says it is good, for once, to be able to report on positive initiatives to tackle environmental damage and sustainable farming, including projects to train farmers in ethical use of biotechnology and low-chem agricultural products from Biopesticides Developers.
What Would We Do Without Trucks?
In this day and age, truck makers realise that safety comes first – this has become their first priority. Truck makers have gone the extra mile to make sure truck owners and their employees are safe when driving behind the wheel. Advances in technology mean that truck manufacturers have been able to create machines which are not only fast and reliable, but which can cope with the most hostile of terrains remaining ultimately safe to drive. This particular sector of the automotive industry is itself a well-oiled machine worth taking the time to find out a little more about.
The World Is Changing Fast
Whether you are a produce or hi-tech goods supplier, global raw material distributor, a manufacturer of any sort or a factory owner in Naples, you will almost without doubt be reliant on the trucking industry. Your company may find itself in need of tipper trucks, curtain side, flat bed trucks, graders, diggers, tippers or perhaps even just the tractor unit on its own. The upshot of it all is that without trucks almost all global enterprise would cease to exist. As companies continue to grow, developing world countries continue to develop and the people who live in this world continue to improve the surroundings in which they live – the demand for commercial trucking will not die down. In fact, the need for trucks has been growing consistently during the past decade. Even in the recession, the economy relied on the use of trucks, despite the demand for new trucks falling through the floor. That remained a constant requirement. The growth of new markets within developing countries in Asia, Africa and South America has given truck manufacturers a great opportunity to expand their own share.
Different Size Types of Trucks Available
There are many different types of trucks and not everyone may be aware of just how many variations of truck the manufacturers have to offer, especially small or medium size business owners who rely on the global logistics market every bit as much as the international construction and mining companies do. Manufacturers of trucks categorise them by the amount of weight they are capable of carrying. Trucks in the US are categorised into eight weight classes, ranging from the lightest at class one up the scale to class eight. For example, a Dodge Ram 3500 falls into a Class 2; a class 3 vehicle would be something like a Ford F-350. A GM C4500 falls under class 4, while the Ford F-550 is categorised class 5. Trucks which are bigger than, say, a GM8500 or a Ford F750, would most likely fall into a class eight.
The tractor unit of the truck is really where all the important stuff happens. This is the bit which not only houses the engine and gearbox, but is also the cab of the truck and it has to pull the trailer as well! The trailers are usually built for purpose and ordered separately from the tractor. There are many different tractors and each has a specific purpose much the same as for trailers. Trailer manufacture is just as big an industry sector as that of the truck tractor itself. To give you an idea of the differences between types of truck the categories are as follows:
Light Duty Trucks – These trucks provide a lower capacity of storage. The light duty trucks are utility provider carriers; they transport many of the products we use in our homes on a daily basis. They also deliver the products we need to build the homes we live in. If these trucks did not exist, we would not have many of the everyday items available to us which we so take for granted!
Main Models- These trucks are service trucks, dump trucks, flatbed trucks and the pickup trucks. These medium size model trucks are usually used for the lighter capacities of carrying and quickest way of transporting. Medium duty trucks have better carrying capacities than light trucks, and are used by most large companies for transporting goods between branches or depots. Some types of commercial trucks are: medium duty box trucks, bucket trucks, reefer trucks and rollback trucks. These are the most frequently used commercial trucks, which all types of companies and businesses use.
Large commercial trucks are also sometimes called articulated trucks, or Artics for short. The trailer of these trucks is able to swivel on a hook, hinge or tow-bar, giving them articulation by design and thus name. These are the really big trucks, which get the big jobs done. Mac trucks are what we knew them as while I was growing up. This is a brand name, however, and the same as calling a vacuum cleaner a Hoover. Both the construction and transportation industries rely heavily on the use of articulated, heavy-duty dump trucks and graders. They have a justified reputation for immense power and the performance to match, moving industrial sized mounds of earth or transporting thousands of tons of heavy machinery or raw materials such as iron and steel from suppliers to construction sites around the world.
There are a handful of companies which come to mind immediately – namely Mack, JCB and Caterpillar – when thinking of any need, application or location possible for a truck. Mack have a reputation for building reliable construction trucks, reliable motorway and interstate transporters, and the most hardy of refuse trucks in the US. Mack trucks always deliver! Both Caterpillar and JCB build a huge range of ultra reliable articulated dump trucks and graders which operate under the harshest conditions imaginable from building schools to preparing runways in the harsh African sun, to operating in the world’s biggest diamond mines and coal mines in Russia or the world famous opal mines of the Australian outback. These amazing giants of the automotive world often operate night and day, thanklessly performing their important function time after time as quickly and safely as possible. The tyres alone on these monster trucks often need to be made to order and can cost around twenty thousand pounds each. They need to be flown to some of the most inhospitable places on earth at a moment’s notice as down time on these machines costs corporations hundreds of thousands a day when they are taken out of operation. Time really does equate to money in this game!
Heavy-duty cab chassis trucks, sleeper trucks and dump trucks are among the main types of these. Many land development companies use these types of trucks; they are also popular with related industries such as construction.
Commercial trucks have various uses:
1. Transport of small and medium sized goods.
2. Transportation of fuels, liquids and gases in tankers.
3. Contributing in the development of residential construction.
4. Maintaining a safe community by playing their part in road construction.
5. Waste elimination.
6. Providing services for other companies or residential.
There is more to add to the list. The list of types of operation or business in which commercial vehicles play a part is endless; trucks play an enormous part in all of our business and personal lives.
Some of the best names in the world of big trucks are Peterbilt, Mack, Kenworth, DAF, Renault, Mercedes, Freightliner trucks, Feterl Manufacturing Corporation. Some of the best looking and high functioning trucks on the market are supplied by these companies. Unique among transport vehicles and truly in a class of their own, they exhibit flair, strength and speed all in one hit. New commercial trucks on the market by these manufacturers never fail to create a buzz in the global business world.
Trucks of all sizes and shapes are being advertised and sold primarily by these big-name commercial truck makers. A massive percentage of all commercial truck supplies to both UK and US markets are made by these major companies. Over the years, they have made huge efforts to make their trucks well known worldwide, with a very successful migration to the Asian, African and South American markets. It can be said that commercial trucks have changed, and are still changing, the world as we know it.
CEO and company managers worldwide strive to help improve our societies’ infrastructure by quickly moving everyday goods and perishable resources between company depots, from cities to rural areas as well as between countries, as is the case in Europe. Our economies can only move forward with the help of big trucks. It is often neither cost effective nor logistically possible due to rail infrastructure to haul large amounts of freight across Europe and Britain.
Commercial trucks are easy to buy through expert distribution services worldwide made available by the big names in the trucking world. Franchised dealerships will often have heavy regulation from the manufacturer so as to ensure their desired level of service and supply of equipment and parts. Commercial truck providers are helping to improve communities and the hard working people who live in them. At the end of the day, commercial trucks bring results, and results go on to create jobs and more results.
A stable financial future for us and for generations to come depends on continued economic growth. The global recession has crippled truck sales across the UK, Europe and the US. Smaller dealerships acting as representatives on behalf of big manufacturers have experienced crippling blows to order books and unprecedented returns of new trucks. The reason is not as complicated as governments may like us to think either; it’s down to simple economics – high interest rates on truck loans for small businesses have continued to be offered to struggling companies even after reserve banks lowered their lending fees and the small business, still left at the mercy of the big banks, have simply had to return the trucks or risk going broke.
While some small businesses may no longer be able to consider purchasing a new truck, the flip side of the coin is that the market for used commercial vehicles in some sectors could actually see positive growth. Commercial vehicles play a part in so many types of operation. Whether you are a small enterprise starting out with a couple of Ford Transit Vans, perhaps a larger company needing to downsize to smaller vans, or maybe you are considering whether to buy a minibus to move workers between sites – the used commercial vehicle industry is yet another important facet of the truck industry as a whole.
The future of the trucking industry around the world is still bright. Trucks perform a critical job; keeping our economy moving by delivering building materials, consumer goods such as TVs and hi-fi equipment to super stores and perishable goods from our farms to the supermarket shelves. Most truck drivers spend a lot of time away from home; spare a thought for the driver who may be many miles from home and family next time you see a big truck on the road.
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What Would We Do Without Trucks?
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Why Would I Need A Long Term Care Insurance When I Have My Disability Insurance?
Quite often, people have a tendency to get confused about this subject. When people are asked how they plan to protect their assets and income in case of a long term care situation, almost every time answer is the same; “Well I have a disability insurance…”
Confusion starts with the definition of Disability Insurance where people get Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability confused with Long Term Care. There is a distinct difference between the two insurance plans and in order to have a better understanding of the difference, we need to know what each insurance vehicle offers as protection.
We’ll start explaining what Disability Insurance offers without going into too much detail as in Long Term or Short Term Disability: In a nut shell, Disability insurance provides a portion of your income for a certain period of time when you are disabled while you are employed. What this means is when you get disabled, you may receive up to 40, 60 or maybe 80 percent of your total income for a specific period of time. Further more, this also means two things:
(1) You are not going to receive any supplemental income for the cost of your care through your disability insurance; all you are going to receive is the portion of your income.
(2) You will receive a portion of your income for a specific period of time. When this period is over, your income from your disability insurance will seize.
So you can actually see that the benefits of Disability Insurance are very specific and limited. Nevertheless this simply doesn’t mean that Disability Insurance is not a valuable protection plan. When you learn the benefits of Long Term Care Insurance, you should be able to understand that the two protection plans take separate and important precedence in our lives.
Before we get into the benefits of Long Term Care Insurance, we need to clear out one misconception about this insurance plan; Long Term Care Insurance is not necessarily some insurance plan that you purchase to get care when you are older, and it is not particularly a nursing home care either. People get into Long Term Care situation in younger ages too and Long Term Care Insurance is a great protection plan that provides many valuable benefits.
Among many of these benefits, of course the most important one is to provide funds for your care when you are unable to do some of your daily activities. This is actually the main difference between this plan and the Disability Insurance; Long Term Care Insurance does not provide income or any portion of your income, it actually pays for the cost of your care up to certain amount which is determined within your policy. In other words, Disability Insurance provides you a portion of your income where Long Term Care Insurance actually pays for the cost of your care. Now you can see the importance and the complimentary nature of the two insurance plans; while you are receiving a portion of your income through your Disability Insurance – which is always less than your regular income, you will also have your Long Term Care Insurance paying for the cost of the care that you are receiving.
Considering the present high cost of care, and having to pay for it with a limited income may become an enormous financial burden. This is one of the most important reasons why these two insurance plans exist. It is also as important and highly recommended that you should consult an insurance professional who can coordinate and design these policies according to your specific personal needs for your full protection.
Remember, you must protect the most important asset in your life: Your Earning Power!
Why Would I Need A Long Term Care Insurance When I Have My Disability Insurance?
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