Learn to Think Without Limitations

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – “If you’ve ever been around someone with a no-limitation mentality, you are sure to remember them,” says Paul J. Meyer, author of “Pink Slip Proof: How to Control All Future Paychecks.” “They don’t know the word ‘can’t.’ It’s not in their vocabulary. They simply expect things to work out in the best way possible.”

Meyer emphasizes that adopting a no-limitation mentality can help you succeed in life and work. You attract what you think about. Negative thoughts bring hardships, while positive thoughts open doors.

“Positive thoughts are the basis for success attitudes and success habits, both leading to positive expectancy in everything we do,” says Meyer.

How can you adopt positive expectancy and a no-limitations mindset? Meyer suggests the following:

– Wake up every day trying to find solutions. Always assume the problems can be solved, then figure out how to get the job done.

– Concentrate on your strengths. Capitalize on what you can do, rather than your weaknesses. For example, if you struggle to speak to large groups, but are personable one-to-one, arrange private meetings rather than group presentations.

– Begin to see new potential and possibilities. Don’t restrict yourself to methods just because that’s the way “things have always been done.” Think creatively. Push the limits.

– Make plans.Working with a goal in mind can help you stay focused. Write detailed plans, outlining how you think your goals will be accomplished.

“Success is not some random event or accident,” says Meyer. “Success is the progressive realization of worthwhile, predetermined, personal goals.”

– Be willing to become a leader. You can’t realize your vision unless you take some responsibility for its accomplishment — and that means guiding others towards a common goal.

For more tips from Paul Meyer, read his book “Pink Slip Proof: How to Control All Future Paychecks” or visit www.pauljmeyer.com.

Jazz Up Your Gifts On a Dime

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Half the gift is in the packaging. Few things do more to set the atmosphere than shiny, bow-wrapped presents spilling from beneath a sparkling tree. But tight budgets leave little room for professional gift-wrapping, and not all of us can wrap gifts like Martha Stewart.

Luckily, it doesn’t take a fine arts degree to produce packages that win oohs and aahs.

– Plan Ahead. Stock up on gift wrap and other accessories. Check out discount stores, such as Dollar General, for everyday value on wrapping paper, tissue paper, bows and gift bags. Always be on the lookout for sales on these items. Post-holiday sales provide great opportunities to stock up on wrapping essentials. Pick neutral colors, and you’ll be ready for birthdays and other events as well as the winter holidays.

– Get Crafty. Make your own gift wrap from old newspapers or brown wrapping paper, and dress the gift up with colorful ribbon and bows.

– Gift Baskets. Gift baskets or care packages allow you to put an extra special touch on your gift. Ideas for creative gift packages include candy, food, free samples you’ve collected throughout the year or a gift card assortment for favorite restaurants or shops. Arrange your items in a basket, bowl or another type of container, and adorn with ribbon, ornaments or candy to create a festive gift.

– Scrapbooking. Use your knack for scrapbooking to wrap a gift, or give a scrapbook as a gift. Easily adorn a photo with scrapbooking photo corners, and paste the picture onto the package. This will create a personalized gift the recipient will always treasure.

– Theme Gifts. Create a theme for your gift. For example, give a movie lover a popcorn bucket filled with a bag of microwavable popcorn, a DVD and some candy for an easy gift under $20. Or, for the baker in the family, fill a mixing bowl with a bag of brownie mix, a can of frosting and a spatula, and you have a delicious gift for under $10.

Answering an Enduring Call, America’s Toughest and Brightest Become America’s Few

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In cities and towns across America, from major metro areas to small farming communities, young men and women are heeding their nation’s call to service and challenging themselves to see if they have what it takes to become a United States Marine. Marine Corps recruiting has recently experienced an increase in “walk-in” office traffic, as well as online requests for more information about opportunities in the Marine Corps and increased interest in their officer programs.

The increase is in response to a 2007 President-approved recommendation by the Secretary of Defense for a permanent increase to the end strength of the U.S. Marine Corps from 175,000 to 202,000 over the next five years. Currently, the Corps is set to reach this goal in fiscal year 2009, two years ahead of schedule. This outcome is a combination of recruiting efforts, high retention and re-enlistment among Marines, and low attrition among first-term enlistments.

So, what does it take to become a Marine? Answering the call to serve is just the beginning. All who respond must prove themselves in the most demanding 12 weeks of their lives. Marine Corps recruit training is an unwavering, relentless and uncompromising process of transformation. The process instills in all recruits the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Collectively, it is an epic test of mind, body and character.

“There is only one reason to put yourself through the toughest 12 weeks of your life — and that is to become a United States Marine,” said Lieutenant Corporal Oscar Franquez, Jr., of Canyon Country, Calif., one of three Marines featured in an advertisement in support of recent recruiting efforts. “Becoming a Marine has allowed me to defend my country and become part of a centuries old tradition of service and sacrifice.”

The call to become a Marine is answered by the best and the brightest of each generation. This has been the case since 1775, when the Second Continental Congress requested that the first Marine battalions be formed. For generations, the Marine Corps has taken young Americans who have answered the call and forged them into Marines through a time-tested crucible known as recruit training.

“By earning the title, Marines take their place in a 233-year old brotherhood of smart, tough, elite warriors who are ready to win our nation’s battles and serve their communities as quality citizens,” said Major General Robert E. Milstead, Jr., Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

The Corps’ rigorous training process is featured in America’s Few, a new advertising campaign launched September 19 by the Marine Corps. America’s Few demonstrates what it really takes for young men and women to earn the title of Marine and take their place in the impenetrable line of warriors stretching back 233 years. The ads can be viewed at Marines.com.

Hone Your Ability to Bounce Back

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Maybe you’ve lost your job or your home. Maybe you’re struggling to get by. But tough times are what you make of them — you can’t allow any setback, big or small, to keep you from trying again.

In his new book, “Pink Slip Proof: How to Control All Future Paychecks,” businessman and author Paul J. Meyer stresses that Americans need to cultivate negative capability, or “the ability to bounce back from failure, to overcome obstacles and to take calculated risks.”

People with negative capability do not allow bad times to get them down. They face every day as a new opportunity to succeed. Sure, it might be easier said than done, but developing negative capability is hardly impossible. Meyer offers the following advice to Americans looking to bounce back from current hardships:

– Learn to expect obstacles. While many people repeat stories about entrepreneurs who find instant success, most endeavors require persistence. You are going to face objections, hang-ups and last-minute disasters — they are parts of life. Know to expect them.

– Don’t give up. Even if you acknowledge that you’re going to face some sort of obstacle, that doesn’t mean you can anticipate every possible bad outcome. Unexpected obstacles can put a hitch in your plans — but you can’t ever give up on your goal.

“Unfortunately, when many people encounter strong unanticipated obstacles, they become frustrated and overwhelmed, begin to question the validity of their goals and often decide to quit,” says Meyer. “They just needed to dig a little and remain persistent. The fact is, 90 percent of all failure comes from quitting.”

– Learn to see obstacles as opportunities. You know to expect obstacles, so learn to see them as normal. Don’t allow negative emotions to dictate your reactions. Instead, learn to see hindrances as opportunities to learn the lessons that will take you to the next level. Rocks in the road aren’t impossible barriers, but hurdles that you, with a little creativity, can learn to leap over.

As Meyer says,”When you cease to view obstacles as threatening or even inconvenient, you become unstoppable.”

For more information about Paul J. Meyer or his new book, “Pink Slip Proof: How to Control All Future Paychecks,” visit www.pauljmeyer.com.

Tips to Safely Ship Large Items

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Transporting large, valuable items often creates anxiety. Will you open the box only to find an antique vase in shards? Will the package even reach its destination?

To ensure that items arrive safely, you have to pack them correctly. Make sure that you have a variety of packing materials on hand, including boxes, bubble wrap, loose fill and packing tape.

Bulky or irregularly shaped items, like furniture, exercise equipment, paintings and sculptures, require special consideration. The experts at Pak Mail, a shipping company with 500 plus stores in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Panama and Japan, offer the following tips:

– Wrap it. Before packing an item, you’ll need to protect it from scratching or breaking. Wrap items in bubble wrap, tissue or plastic. If shipping several items in the same box, wrap each item individually. Use non-acidic paper to protect artwork.

– Pack it. Use foam or rubber as a second layer of packaging -; this will help absorb shock and vibration during shipping. Make sure that items are packed securely in their boxes. Most damage occurs when items have room to move or shake.

– Make it secure. Choose a hard, puncture-resistant surface, like plywood, for the outer layer of your package.

– Hire a professional. For items that prove especially cumbersome, consider hiring a shipping company that specializes in custom packaging and large items. For example, Pak Mail builds custom crates for unusually awkward or large items. You don’t even need to bring the items to a Pak Mail location -; the company will pick up your item, pack it safely and then ship it. There are no size, weight or piece limits. The company has successfully shipped everything from precious art works to dinosaur fossils.

– Get a guarantee. Declare and cover the value of your items. Make sure that you have each item’s tracking numbers so you can watch their progress.

For more information or to find Pak Mail locations, call (800) 778-6665 or visit www.pakmail.com.

Do You Know Your Family History? Discover it Using These Tips

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Have you ever wondered about your heritage or ancestry? If so, you’re not alone. Research shows that 78 percent of Americans are interested in discovering their family history.

If you’re ready to uncover the hidden treasures of your family tree, there’s no time like the present to unearth the past. Ancestry.com, a Web site that specializes in aggregating historical records, offers these tips:

– Start with what you know. The best place to start your family history journey is with information you already have. Write down what you know about your ancestors, and talk to family members.

– Organize your family tree. Organizing your family tree can seem daunting, but software or the Internet can streamline the process. Programs such as Family Tree Maker make it easy to organize and update your family history.

– Decide which ancestor or branch of your tree you want to research. Once you have organized your family tree, decide what direction you would like to take your research. Which ancestor have you always wanted to know more about? Which branch of your family tree has gaps in it? Are there any family mysteries you would like to solve?

– Search family history records. Researching your family history has never been easier. With sites like Ancestry.com, which houses 8 billion historical records online, a simple online search can help you find family members in historical censuses, military and immigration records and old newspaper articles. Use these records to trace your family history.

– Connect with others researching their family history. Family history is a growing hobby, and several Web sites offer message boards where users post questions and offer advice. Lots of people with experience in family history are happy to offer free advice and help, and who knows, you might even connect with a distant cousin.

For more information to help you begin your family history, visit www.Ancestry.com.

How to Choose the Perfect Fragrance

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – From finding a scent, choosing between a perfume or an eau de toillete, to learning whether you should layer, there are many choices to consider when shopping for a fragrance.

But choosing a signature scent doesn’t have to be difficult. Jan Moran, the creator of the Sephora Fragrance Finder by Scentsa, a touch-screen technology that helps shoppers find and learn about perfume, offers the following tips:

– Know your scents. Scents are typically grouped into five categories — floral, fresh, spicy and warm, woody and earthy, and brisk aromatics. Different scent groups appeal to different personalities.

For example, fresh scents, which include citrus, aquatic and fruit aromas, speak to a sunny personality, while woody and earthy fragrances can seem soothing and calm. Sephora’s Scentsa offers a “Discover Your Signature Scent Style Quiz,” which can help you determine what scents will best appeal to you.

“With more than 500 new fragrances launched each year, you really have to be educated to find a scent that works for you,” says Moran. “Scentsa’s touch-screen application features current information on more than 6,000 fragrances, so it helps customers find confidence when shopping.”

– Try fragrance wardrobing. Once you know what scents you like, change your perfume for different occasions, moods and climates. Choose rich scents during the winter and lighter fragrances for summer. Relax with vanilla and lavender, energize with rose and tuberose.

– Choose a fragrance strength. Perfume is the most intense form of fragrance, followed by eau de parfum, eau de toilette and eau de cologne. Intensity, however, does not mean that the scent will be bold and strong, only that it will last longer on your skin.

– Apply fragrance at your pulse points. Your pulse points are behind your ears, at your throat and the nape of the neck, in the decolletage (collar), on your wrists, in the crook of your elbow, behind your knees and on your ankles. Spray fragrance for a more even application.

– Store your fragrance correctly. For maximum shelf life, store fragrances in a cool, dry place with the cap tightly secured. Keep fragrances away from direct sunlight.

Find out more about the Sephora Fragrance Finder by Scentsa by visiting your local Sephora store.

Make Your Next Million-Dollar Idea a Reality

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – How often do you have a great idea, only to leave it sitting on the back burner? Worse, how often do you see someone take an idea similar to yours, start a business and create their fortune? Well, the time has come for you to stop kicking yourself and to turn that million-dollar idea into a reality.

Most entrepreneurs follow similar paths to success. Sara Blakely, entrepreneur and founder of the multi-million dollar company Spanx, shared her keys to success in an interview with SUCCESS, a top magazine for budding entrepreneurs and established professionals. How can you turn your next idea into a million-dollar business? Follow Blakely’s advice:

Differentiate yourself from the crowd. “Whether it’s in the marketplace or in those first few seconds you meet somebody — whatever it is — if you don’t know how it has been done before, you’re almost guaranteed to do it differently,” says Blakely.

First impressions mean everything. “If you make someone laugh or smile in the first five to 10 seconds, you might get another 10 seconds,” she says.

Be persistent. Work hard to win over manufacturers and prospective buyers who may be unsure about your idea or product. If you display enthusiasm and desire for your idea, they will begin to believe, too.

Visualize your goals. “Take a mental snapshot of what success looks like for you,” she says. Keeping that vision of success in mind will help you through the tough times.

Pay attention to opportunities. “There are a million ways to improve everything around us,” says Blakely. Making just one improvement could result in your million-dollar idea.

Hire your weakness. Focus on your strengths, and hire well-qualified people to handle the rest.

For more on Blakely’s interview with SUCCESS magazine, pick up a copy at newsstands, or subscribe by visiting their Web site at www.SUCCESS.com.

Common Mistakes to Avoid On Your 2008 Tax Return

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Whether you use software, complete them yourself, or go to a professional, avoid these common mistakes on your 2008 tax return.

Recovery Rebate Credit

The IRS reports that nearly 15 percent of returns include errors in reporting 2008 federal stimulus payments. Errors result in higher taxes or a smaller refund, rejection of return or delayed refund.

Only about 3 percent of taxpayers will receive the Recovery Rebate Credit. They either did not receive a check or their family situation changed. Credits are to the refund amount or amount owed.

All taxpayers need to know their stimulus payment amount. Check your Notice 1378 or visit the Recovery Rebate Credit Information Center at www.IRS.gov.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

A quarter of those who qualify don’t claim the EITC, meaning they could miss up to $4,824. To qualify, you must have:

– A filing status of single, married filing jointly, head of household or qualifying widow.

– A Social Security Number (so must your spouse and qualifying children).

– Investment income of $2,950 or less.

– Earned income and adjusted gross income less than:

1) $38,646 ($41,646 married filing jointly) with two or more qualifying children;

2) $33,995 ($36,995 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child;

3) $12,800 ($15,880 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children.

Not E-filing

E-filing software checks for math errors and missing information, so the e-file error rate is about 1 percent versus 20 percent for paper returns. E-filing with direct deposit can also mean a refund in as few as eight days.

To e-file, you need either your 2007 adjusted gross income or 2007 self select PIN. If you can’t locate either, call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

Claiming Nontaxable Income

In addition to the economic stimulus payment, the following is nontaxable income:

– 401(k) contributions

– Pre-tax health insurance

– Pre-tax child care

– Welfare benefits

– Child support payments

– Gifts, bequests and inheritances

– Workers’ compensation benefits

More information about the aforementioned topics can be found at www.IRS.gov, and using TaxACT helps avoid all of these errors. Visit www.TaxACT.com for details.

Sell Yourself to Success In Career and Life

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – No matter your occupation, you’re going to find yourself making sales. At home, you sell healthy meals to your kids. When you participate in conference calls or talk to clients, you sell strategies and services. In fact, every time you give your opinion, you attempt to sell an idea.

In short, every conversation is a sales pitch — you want to sell yourself as a confident person. The hope is that people will place their faith in your opinions and ideas, but this can result in added pressure and stress. SUCCESS Magazine, a publication that gives it readers the information they need to achieve success in all areas of their lives, including the personal and the professional, offers these tips to Americans hoping to improve their sales pitch:

– Sell yourself first. If you have an idea, defend it to yourself before bringing it up before your intended audience. If you have no faith in your ideas, you cannot hope to inspire faith in others.

– Challenge yourself. If you’re making a proposal, you might be suggesting a tactic, developing a product or performing a task in which you have no experience. Yes, you should look before you leap, but if you never make the jump, you’ll never progress. Promise that you can do things before you know that you can, then strive to meet the challenges you set for yourself.

– Stop making excuses. Yes, the economy is poor at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that all business transactions have ground to a halt. People still need to buy goods and services, and that means that you can still sell them. Indulging in anxiety over the economy, the state of your business or your job position will only interfere with your ability to sell.

“In this economy, what people want most from you is confidence,” says CNBC contributer and radio host Mel Robbins. “So ditch the economy as your excuse. And pick up the phone. You may feel awkward at first, but trust me. The person on the other end of the line wants exactly what you’ve got: a huge jolt of confidence.”

For more tips and successful ideas, subscribe to SUCCESS Magaizine by visiting www.SUCCESS.com.