THIS BLOG HAS MOVED!

8 11 2008

Hello, thanks for visting.

This blog has now moved to a hosted server. You can access at www.lifestyleproject.net

If you recieve this post in a feedreader it means that you are subscribed to a very old version of the feed which means that I am very grateful because you one of my original subscribers. However, please could you resubscribe with the main feed – http://feeds.feedburner.com/lifestyleproject

Please head on over to the new site and let me know what you think!

Thanks again,

Chris





Blog Action Day | The Power of the Internet

15 10 2008

This post is part of the excellent Blog Action Day.

So what’s Blog Action Day?

In summary, Blog Action Day is about raising awareness on a particular topic, this year poverty. The idea of this worldwide blogging event is that each blogger participating posts about poverty within the context their own blogs topic. This way the readers of the blog will be engaged as it is a blog that they normally read and like the style of. I think that the idea and principles of Blog action day are excellent and I am glad to take part.

Poverty is an issue that has been around for a long time (forever), and despite the riches in the world it is still not going away. A significant percentage of the world’s population live below the Poverty Line (on less than $1 per day). Poverty is not something that only effects third world countries, chances are that there are a lot of people in your local community that live below the poverty line.

That leads me to my post. I signed up for Blog Action Day quite a while ago, and aside from checking back at the site a few more times I’ve not thought too much about my post topic. I thought somehow that I would find inspiration from nowhere. I have to admit that I have not found it easy to write outside of my ‘normal’ topic area and will make it a personal goal to focus on my content generating skills a lot more.

Lifestyle Projects

Charities often say that the best gift you can give is time. Whilst this isn’t always possible for a lot of people, giving your time to fundraising, community work or other charity activities could have a profound positive effect on your Life and obviously the lives of those that benefit directly from the Charity. I’ve noticed that a few people defining their Lifestyle Project want to make a difference, or leave a legacy. What better way is their of doing this than making your mark on the charity scene?

Time isn’t easy to make, so I’m looking here at a few quick ways to make a difference.

Help beat Poverty online

Something that interests me greatly is the Internet, so I’ve decided to promote a few sites that help poverty for free just by using the sites whilst sticking with the idea that we are time poor so they are quick and easy ways to make a difference. What could be easier than that? With the credit crunch so widely reported (and in my opinion exaggerated) in the media, people may not have as much money to donate to charity at the moment. Here are some ‘free’ ways to donate to charity.

As Blog Action Day shows the power of the internet to quickly spread memes, I thought I’d keep it online and suggest some other sites that can be utilised in the fight against property.

Agoodcause.com, shopping for a better world.

This site has just launched globally and is a partnership between 700 of the worlds most important NGOs. The site enables online shoppers all over the world to support their favourite charity when they shop online.

Hungersite

This site enables you to donate food to the hungry around the world simply by clicking a link each day. The site works by the sponsors paying for a small advert on the site that fund the food.

Free Rice

Quit procrastinating by reading crappy celebrity news, and expand your mind and vocabulary by using this site. For every word definition you get right you donate 6 grains of rice to charity.

Charity Search engine

This search engine supports charities by donating

There you go, some quick ways to make a difference to poverty. Giving you time to make a difference whilst stilling having time to focus on your Lifestyle Projects.

I’m very interested to hear from anyone in the comments that has a personal goals to spend more time volunteering etc.





Bloggers Launch TrainforHumanity.org Humanitarian Initiative

2 10 2008
Image by darkmatter on Flickr via Creative Commons

Image by darkmatter on Flickr via Creative Commons

Train for HumanityI know that a lot of my readers (judging by the Lifestyle Projects people have been leaving – thanks!) are interested in running and fitness. I myself enjoy am a (very) amateur triathlete, and I like to support charity. Therefore when I heard a few weeks ago about TrainforHumanity.org I thought it was a great idea. I also thought, how the hell does Leo execute so many good ideas! (I think that the point is that he does take action. It’s all very well having ideas but what makes people successful in their pursuits is taking action on those ideas).

Here’s the blurb, I hope you will support in any way you can.

Over the past five years, 200,000 civilians have died due to violence, malnutrition, and disease in Darfur and an additional 2.2 million people have been displaced. We want to do something about it.

Fed up with watching humanitarian crises on the evening news and not doing anything to help, a group of bloggers (most notably, Leo Babauta of Zen Habits) have created and founded the non-profit Train for Humanity, which is an online humanitarian awareness and fundraising organization.

Over 150,000 new blogs are added to the internet everday. Train for Humanity’s mission is to utilize the web, social media, and blogging, in tandem with athletes in training, to support organizations that help prevent suffering and alleviate the pain of children, orphans, and refugees who have been displaced due to genocide or internal strife and war within their country.

Quite simply, they believe – getting fit + social media + blogging = social good

The three pilot project athlete-bloggers, Mark Hayward, Dan Clements, and Leo Babauta are hoping to raise awareness for the current crisis in Darfur and funds for the organization Darfur Peace and Development. All three are training for endurance events of varying distances ranging from a triathlon to a marathon.

They hope to show people that with a little creativity and innovation, anyone can assist and make a difference in the world. If you would like to learn more, have a look at the Train for Humanity website and please consider sponsoring one of them or spreading the word.





Lifestyle Project | Friday Fun & Roundup | 19/09/2008

19 09 2008
Image by desevilla on Flickr via Creative Commons

Image by desevilla on Flickr via Creative Commons

Last week I received comments that readers like the Friday Fun and Roundup…so here’s another one. However, there will be none next week as I am away on holiday and as it is collection of stuff I’ve seen in the preceding week it would just be pictures of beer and tapas. There is a guest blog post coming your way next week so keep an eye out for that, it’s a good one.

This video is both nuts and cool!

Links for you:

Have a great weekend!





How to Achieve Greater Things

10 09 2008

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Image by mundocuadro on Flickr via Creative Commons

Image by mundocuadro on Flickr via Creative Commons

Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.” David Schwartz

I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between a positive and negative attitude in working towards your goals. I am the worst person for finding reasons why things can’t be done. If everyone had this attitude we would not have the many great products, achievements and events in the world. Unless you think Big and aim high you will never achieve great things.

Last night I watched Mission Everest. This is a documentary about Bear Grylls and Gilo Cardozo and their attempt to fly Paragliders over the height of the summit of Mount Everest 29,035ft (8850m).

Here’s the intro from their web site:

Reaching the ‘ceiling of the impossible’
Conventional wisdom says that technology has tamed the elements and removed risk from almost every human activity. GKN Mission Everest turns conventional wisdom on its head. Pitting a team of aviators against the forces of nature, the mission seeks to achieve a first: to a height above the summit of the world’s highest mountain using just powered paragliders – and reaching what explorers call the ‘ceiling of the impossible’.


Impossible?

Here are some things to consider, before this attempt no one had taken a paraglider above about 20,019 feet. They had to cope with temperatures of -60 °C and dangerously low oxygen levels to reach 29,500 feet, and they had to design and build specialist motors that would be capable of achieving this feat at these altitudes, as conventional paraglider motors could not cope at this altitude.

Now, how many people (including paragliding enthusiasts) would have said this couldn’t be done? Or not even tried? The answer = 99.99%.
Believe

The reason they achieved this is because they believed it could be done. Despite all the risks (including death) and reasons why it perhaps could not work out they still went for it, it is an admirable way to approach things.

Think and believe BIG and you will achieve great things. Set your sights low and small scale and you’ll achieve small things. They say ‘you are what you eat’, well you achieve what you think. This is important to remember in all areas of your life. If you think you will get ill, you probably will. If you think you can’t get fit, you probably won’t. If you think you and your new business will not work, you will fail (or worse, not even try).  Ask yourself: Do you not achieve things because you think that they can’t be done, or do you not even try because you don’t believe in yourself?
Aim Higher

There is a theory that it is easier to get $100 million than $1 million? Why is that, well the competition for $1 million is greater, there are more people trying to achieve that aim, more competition and lower odds. Less people are going for the $100 million goal because they think it can’t be done. The competition is therefore less and if you are going for it and believe in it then it is highly likely that you are the type of person who thinks big enough to achieve it.

Look at your goals and ambitions? Are they easy to achieve? Surely the hardest things to get are the best things to go for because the reward is so much greater. If you set yourself mediocre dreams then you will never be truly happy.
Start Today

Here’s a plan to get started on your road to achieving bigger and better things:

  1. Remove the word “can’t” from your vocabulary.
  2. Believe in yourself and what you can do.
  3. Set your goals high.
  4. Overcome challenges, don’t be defeated by problems.
  5. Increase your energy, eat well and be fit.
  6. Eliminate negativity (both internal and external).
  7. Talk the talk (say “we will approach it in this way”, rather than “it won’t work that way”).
  8. Smile more, look, feel and be positive.

Go for it!

“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.”

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There is a complimentary post to this on my other blog Lists for Life called ‘Principles of Thinking and Achieving Big.’

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Lists for Life

8 09 2008

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Since I started reading blogs and subsequently blogging myself, I’ve always been a fan of list posts. Why? Well lists are simple to understand, they get you straight to the point and it’s a great way of getting the core messages of the post quickly by scanning the titles. I’ll be honest, I only really scan most blog posts as I don’t have the time (and often the focus) to read each one work for word. List posts allow the reader to scan the content quickly and delve in to the points that they want more information on. However, increasingly I find myself just reading the points, understanding them instantly and moving on.

(Modifed) Original Image by Nocas on Flickr via Creative Commons

(Modifed) Original Image by Nocas on Flickr via Creative Commons

This is why I have launched a new blog “Lists for Life”. This is basically a collection of lists about anything and everything. My aim is to post one list per day. The lists will likely be a varying length and subject matter. I’ll be looking to put up “Guest Lists” from other bloggers, commenters or readers. If you are interested in a submitting a list please contact me.

Please check it out here and let me know what you think!

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Lifestyle Project | Friday Fun & Roundup | 05/09/2008

5 09 2008

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Image by WhatNot on Flickr via Creative Commons

So it’s September now and in the UK the nights are drawing in. It is noticeably cooler and raining (no change there then). Another interesting week for the blog, a lot of traffic still for my GTD post. Lots coming via Stumble Upon so thanks to the stumblers!

This week I launched a new blog. It’s called “Lists for Life” and is a simple, basic site which just feature lists. I’ll be aiming to post one per day of varying length, and will be looking to ‘Guest Listers‘ for help! Also hoping to get some big name bloggers posting lists so watch this space!

Check it out here. Find out Why Lists? here.

This week’s inspirational video:

British Paralympics Ad, great images, insiration and music! Directed by Ridley Scott’s son, music by Paul McCartney.

My image of the week:

This is Girona (Gerona) in Northern Spain. It is 100k North of Barcelona and I’m going (back) there in a few weeks. Hoping to spend some extended time living around there soon.

Image by Shht on Flickr via Creative Commons
Image by Shht on Flickr via Creative Commons

Blogs I’ve been reading

Random Stuff

  • Avoid internet procrastination, set this as your homepage so everytime you open your browser you ask yourself if it is really what you should be doing?! http://www.merlinmann.com/rightnow/

Music

What kind of music do you like, and what does it say about you?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7598549.stm

(I like anything with cool guitar in it – so blues, jazz, rock etc)

That’s all folks, have a great weekend!

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