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The Miracles of Gratitude

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Many of us are looking for our pot of gold. Others are just envious of our neighbors’ wealth and happiness. We go to work every day trying to make ends meet, and we seem to always just get by, by the skin of our teeth. We wonder what we are doing wrong. We do what we are told follow the speed limit, punch the time clock, eat our fruits and vegetables, mind our p’s and q’s, and still we don’t feel happy. Something is missing. How can we find our illusive dream: Is it in the genie’s bottle, the Cracker Jack box, or is it true that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence?

We tell ourselves if we only had that new dress, that second car/home, some new toy or that special relationship our life would be complete. Have you ever found that once you’ve obtained your “dream” you’re still not satisfied? So what do we do? We go look for a “better dream”, or we submit to the mind numbing routine of everyday life. There are others among us who choose to whine, moan, and complain about their life. Somehow, this way of life seems profoundly unsatisfying and unhealthy. Sometimes, unfortunately, this existence causes us to have a “dis-ease” or a block to your prosperity.

There was a time in my life when I was a whiner and a victim of circumstance. I suffered from many ailments from kidney disease to pneumonia. I was always complaining, I was never satisfied, and I was a stranger to joy, enthusiasm and prosperity. During my search for a more meaningful life (I knew there had to be something better than continual suffering) I discovered the attitude of gratitude. It started one Thanksgiving when a mentor of mine gave me an assignment, “Write 1,000 things that you are grateful for “she said, immediately my mind freaked out! How could anyone think of 1,000 things to be grateful for? I was insulted and confronted by such an assignment. However, I was committed to having a breakthrough so I started thinking about what I was grateful for. Once I got started I was taken aback by all the things I took for granted, and was not grateful for.

Are you grateful for your eyesight that is enabling you to read this article or do you take your eyes for granted? What about your hearing or your fingers that enable you to write and eat? The list of just what we are capable of is extensive. Have you recently taken the time to be grateful for all the things you’re capable of doing? Such as: eating, sleeping (in a warm comfortable home), running, jumping, driving, having hair, and being able to walk or talk? A small challenge, can you can think of at least 500 things you are grateful for?

Did you know that the miracle of prosperity is released through thanksgiving”? It happens because the deliberate act of giving thanks frees certain potent energies of the mind and body that are not otherwise released. Through the act of praising and thanksgiving, you can activate the dynamic powers of the subconscious part of the mind, which then acts rapidly on your behalf! It is possible through the deliberate act of thanksgiving to completely transform your life. Yes, thanksgiving can cause miracles of abundance in the areas of wealth, health and happiness. The attitude of gratitude brings prosperity.

The trick is to be grateful first, before there seems to be anything to be thankful for. Always look at your cup half full not half empty, be a Pollyanna if you dare! When you dare to do this your mental acceptance is accelerated. Your good is stepped up, and it manifests quickly. Many times people forget to be thankful for a long time, and very often things begin to get difficult for them. Could it be that we have hardships because we have neglected to be grateful?

There was a time in my life when it was difficult for me to pay my monthly bills on time. I was always angry and frustrated. I worked hard, but my cash flow and prosperity was somehow blocked. My new awareness of how ungrateful I was created a paradigm shift for me. From that moment on I realized that my “dis-ease” and blocked prosperity was caused by my ungrateful attitude. At that moment I decided to develop an attitude of gratitude in my daily living. Now every day I devote a given amount of time (usually as soon as I awaken) to my gratitude practice. I begin by calming my thoughts and getting quiet. Then I give thanks for all I have now and then I give thanks for all the good I am entitled to as a spiritual being. An affirmation you may want to use is “I have thanks that Divine Substance is at work for me now. I give thanks that the perfect results of Divine Substance now quickly appear in my financial affairs.” (Catherine Ponder) Try it! You’ll be amazed by the results.

Another method that I have found very powerful is the “Thank You Box”. Find a beautiful box or basket and write down the blessings that you wish to receive and place them in the ‘Thank You Box”. Once a week go through your requests and note how many of your requests have been fulfilled. One time I wanted a new sports car but I knew I couldn’t afford it, so I gave thanks for my new sports car and put a picture of it is my “Thank You Box”. Within a week I was the proud owner of a red sports car, a car I had always dreamed of owning. It was true that I couldn’t afford a new car, but this used car was only 2 years old with only 30,000 miles, and it was in mint condition. I am pleased to say I owned that car for 9 years (the longest I have ever owned a car), and I am extremely grateful for it to this day. Remember the ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE BRINGS PROSPERITY!

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How to Start a Blog Fast – Expert Guidance to Successfully Start a Blog

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Are you looking for information on How To Start A Blog? Well here are a few tips to get your new blog venture as quick and easy as possible.

1. Get it right. That means doing things like a professional from the beginning. Find an effective domain name, pay for a reliable hosting company with packages to host WordPress blogs. Also be prepared to pay an experienced WordPress expert to set up your blog exactly the way Google likes it only if you can’t do it yourself. Always avoid cutting corners – getting professional help will get you start off on the right foot.

2. Decide your niche. There are a hundreds of weblogs about all type of topics. Few are so boring that you will never read any of them. The fewer blogs that do get the readers attentions always have something special in them. I would suggest is to use your creative writing skills for writing great SEO optimized articles.

3. Blog regularly. Google likes blogs which are updated regularly and most often. As such, it also works best if you can turn blogging into a regular habit.

4. Don’t lose patience. It will take a while before you gain your identity in the blogging world. You need to experiment with various little things like plugins and widgets. You might get things wrong sometimes but that is the way people learn, and you are no exception. But these experiments become really painless with an expert help who may fix things that you may mess up from time to time. Don’t forget to find a Blogging Guru before you start blogging, trust me it helps a lot or else you will feel alone and give up at some point of time which is not something you started for, did you!

5. Center on your content. New web blogs should center on attracting readers and the best way to do it is by a steady flow of quality content. All the distracting widgets, cool tweaks and revenue-generating advertisements can come later.One should avoid getting into those for the first couple of months.

Lots of people make pretty big mistakes when they setting up their blogs. If you are one of those, then my friend you have come to the right place. You can get my assistance to kick start your new blog.

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The Essential Tools for Self-Publishing

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There are numerous tools designed for Kindle e-book writers. Unfortunately, many of these tools are just a waste of time and money. In this article, you will find the most effective online publishing tools available to you.

Identifying the Best Category and Keyword/s

Being a self-publishing writer in Kindle requires more than just excellent writing skills. You also need to know how to find the right category and keywords for your work. If you succeed in this aspect of publishing, you can get a lot of visitors and (hopefully) sales. The tools given below can be of great help here:

· Kindle Spy – This tool costs $47. You can install it on Google Chrome to collect information from the Amazon.com website. To use this tool, you need to visit a webpage that lists Kindle e-books. Used this way, Kindle Spy will help you find the ideal category for your e-books.

· KDP Rocket – This tool, which costs $67, will give you the best keywords and categories to target. The information you will get from this tool can help you generate new e-book ideas or validating new ones. Using this tool, you can determine how many people search for specific keywords, how competitive the keywords are, and how much money similar books are earning.

Writing your E-book

Word processors (e.g. Microsoft Word) are designed for different types of documents. However, they are not ideal for writing novels and other types of books. Fortunately, some computer programs are created specifically for authors.

One of the best tools is Scrivener. This program is compatible with Windows and Mac computers. It offers cool features such as the “corkboard” and the multi-tab structure. It can also generate names for your fictional characters. Lastly, it can help you prepare the table of contents and bibliography of your e-books in just a few mouse clicks.

Getting Great Reviews

If you want to sell a lot of e-books, you need to get great reviews from your customers. Positive reviews boost your rankings and your conversion rates. Readers will be more encouraged to purchase your books if you have good reviews.

Currently, the best tool for obtaining reviews is Book Review Targeter. It helps you find excellent book reviewers without violating Amazon’s rules. You just have to run the tool, specify the book to analyze and wait for the results. The program will give you the names and email addresses of people who are likely to give positive reviews. You may then contact these people and make arrangements on how they can check the published e-books.

Formatting your Books

As an independent writer, you have to handle all the aspects of publishing books and formatting is certainly one of the most complex parts of being a self-publisher. If you want to add pictures to your work and/or format your books properly, you need to use Jutoh. This tool is created to format all types of e-books. It can do excellent formatting tricks that most self-publishers do not even know about.

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Captchas Considered Harmful – Why Captchas Are Bad And How You Can Do Better

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What Is A Captcha?

If you’ve ever joined a large website, then you’ve seen a captcha. Twitter uses it, Facebook uses it, and WordPress uses it. Captchas are small test that you must complete in order to prove that you are human. Usually, the test involves looking at some text and typing that text into a near-by box.

What Are Captchas Meant To Do?

The simple answer is keep your website spam free. That is the purpose of a captcha. More generally, it aims to stop automated spamming, by assuming that every single user of the site is a robot until they prove otherwise.

Why Captchas Are Bad

On the surface, captchas look easy to use and interact with. Well, they only look that way to people who have perfect vision and an elastic mind. If you have these qualities, congratulations. If you don’t, here’s how captchas will be difficult for you and your users:

  • Warped letters are hard for users to read. Combine that with a strike-through, and you have a bad idea.
  • Users can’t tell the difference between 0 and o; and I, l, and 1, in certain fonts.
  • Blind people can’t use them. Even colour-blind people find some captcha implementations difficult to use.

Worst of all, even people with super sight and brilliant spatial awareness find captchas plain annoying. This drives away users, which drives down revenue.

How Can You Do Captchas Better?

The best way to do captchas better is to turn the concept on its head. Instead of asking every user to prove that he is human, you can trick every robot into telling you he’s an automated spamming machine. The easiest way to do this is to lay some traps.

Traps And Why They Work

In order to explain what a trap is, and how it’s going to stop your site from filling with spam, you first need to know how a spam-bot works. If you don’t know what you’re up against, then you will never defeat it.

The Two Kinds Of Robots

There are two kinds of spam-bots. The first kind is a replay-robot. This type of spam-bot records a form verbatim, and then posts the form with the fields filled in at a later date. It’s like a spam version of TiVo. Usually, the bot will do this again and again, literally replaying the recording it has made of the form.

The second kind of spam-bot is the form-filler. Form fillers crawl the web, find a form, insert the spam, and submit. Some form-fillers are dumb, and will put the same information everywhere. Others recognize common field names like username, email. A robot like that will place the spam in a text area, as this is usually where your users’ content goes in each post.

Traps For Form Fillers

The simplest way to trap a form-filling robot is to create a field which a human won’t (ideally can’t) fill in. You can do this by warning users not to fill in a certain field, but that’s just as bad as asking users to complete a captcha. Much better is to make your trap hidden. A form-filling robot doesn’t see the form, it reads it and parses it. You can make a field which is invisible to humans, but which is parsed by the robot. You can hide a field using CSS, or by changing the style of a field directly using JavaScript. As long as the visibility of the field is set in separately from the form, the robot will fill always in the field, and your users will not even know of its existence.

Catching Repeats

With replay robots you should capitalize on the fact that forms are collected once ahead of time. The forms are collected, and then, sometime later, they are replayed. You can record when a form was produced by including a date and time stamp with each form served. By comparing that date and time with the current date and time, your site can deduce whether or not an unreasonable amount of time has passed between form generation and form submission.

When The Robots Get Smarter

The obvious problem with adding a time stamp to your form is that once it becomes widely known as a tool for stopping spam, the people who program replay robots will generate good time stamps at the moment the form is replayed. The way around this is to encode the time stamp using a secret key. The data is decoded when the form is sent and then evaluated. It is highly unlikely that a replay-robot will be able to guess both your secret key and your encoding algorithm, providing you with security against spam, no matter how smart the robot gets.

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