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Five Reasons Why Every Family Needs A Dog

Five Reasons Why Every Family Needs A Dog

Dogs are not just your furry best friends – they can bring so much joy, love, and positivity to your life. They bring you comfort during hard times and provide you with unconditional affection. Not only that, but there are many other benefits to having a dog in the family, both physical and mental. Here are five reasons why every family needs a dog in their lives!

#1 Companionship

Having a dog as part of your family will provide you with some of the best companionship out there. Dogs offer unconditional love and loyalty that no other pet can quite match, making them the perfect companion for all kinds of people – young or old, single or married. They don’t judge or criticize; they simply make you feel better when you’re down or lonely. A dog is always there to share life’s adventures with you and will never leave your side, no matter what life throws at you!

Read: HOW TO HELP YOUR BABY AND YOUR DOG BOND

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#2 Exercise

Having a dog around will encourage everyone in the house to get up and get moving! If you have children, this can be an excellent opportunity for them to learn responsibility through taking care of a pet as well as gaining confidence from interacting with other dogs on walks in the park or beach! Taking your pup for regular walks is essential for their health as well as yours – a great way to get some daily exercise into your routine without feeling like it’s a chore.

#3 Protection

Of course, barking alone isn’t enough to ward off all danger; however, it can certainly be enough of a deterrent for any would-be criminals considering targeting your home. Not only that but having a large breed dog around often scares away potential burglars who won’t want to risk being attacked if they break into your property! Dogs are also fantastic protectors against unwanted visitors or intruders – another reason why having one in the home is so beneficial!

#4 Stress Reduction

Spending time with a man’s best friend has significantly reduced stress levels. This makes sense, given that dogs offer unconditional love and compassion – something that humans may not always be able to give depending on their current emotional state. An Australian Cobberdog is especially known for its calm and gentle temperament, making it an ideal breed to have around when you’re feeling overwhelmed. However, you must buy your Australian Cobberdog from a reputable breeder like Ausmate Australian Cobberdog to ensure it is the right fit for your family.

#5 Improved Mental Health

Having an animal companion can help alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and loneliness by providing you with emotional support during difficult times – something you may not receive elsewhere or even know how to ask for sometimes! Pets also promote feelings of self-worth by giving you purpose through caring for them while also providing unconditional friendship, which can help improve your mental health over time. Finally, owning a pet provides owners with an improved sense of mental well-being, which can improve mood and outlook on life.

Read: SPRING CLEANING–FOR THE DOGS

All in all, it is clear that owning a pet offers countless benefits both physically and mentally – making it easy to see why every family should consider getting one if possible! From providing companionship through thick and thin to help reduce stress levels and improve mental health outcomes, dogs really do make amazing additions to any household looking for extra love and affection in their lives!

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7 Successful Steps to Start Accomplishing Your Goals

7 Successful Steps to Start Accomplishing Your Goals

Most of this article is about understanding that there are the 3 enemies that try to stop us from achieving our goals in this world. Everyone, regardless of their level of success, will experience procrastination, stress, and self-sabotage at some point.

These feelings are a normal part of being human, but it’s important to remember that we all go through them, and it’s okay to feel them. However, the purpose is to get past these enemies so we can reach our goals. Here are 7 successful steps to start accomplishing your goals.

If you are detailed, analytical, and logical or simply sick of falling short of your goals, please read on.

1. Understanding Goals:

Hands up, if you think ‘Settings goals’ is hard.

You’re not alone.

It’s generally from a goal we set out to achieve or haven’t achieved in a while but want to. That’s when it feels challenging or downright overwhelming. So, to eliminate the hardship, it’s important to first understand Goals.

Anyone can write a few goals on paper. But the problem is, we think that the process of ‘setting goals’ is what is going to make us happy. Instead, what we are really saying to ourselves is that we won’t be happy until we have reached it.

Tripped you up, didn’t I?

Stay with me!

(Btw….there is a Downloadable Exercise Pdf at the end for those wanting to do Goals a better way – FREE!)

If you have had the same goal for years, for example, losing 10 kilos or pounds, chances are you think setting the goal to do it is the part that is going to make you happy. However, in reality, until you successfully reach the goal, they are just words on paper.

So, by definition, you are giving away your ‘happiness’ to something that may or may not happen in the future.

That’s a lot of pressure.

Therefore ‘goal setting’ is coupled with nervousness, fear, and excitement.

So, I’m not saying don’t write goals down; I’m saying write them all down when it comes to reaching professional and personal goals. And then, be satisfied with the first step because you took the time to figure out what is meaningful to you.

Next, we’ll look at the fundamental flaws trying to hold all of us back before we tackle how to overcome them.

2.    Fundamental Flaw #1:

What’s wrong with ‘I will be happy when I lose 10 kilos….’?

Because the result isn’t instant; it’s way off in the future and we are not built to have lasting discomfort/ Our mind is designed to keep us safe at all times!

Here’s the perfect example when trying to lose weight:

Instant Discomfort: eating less immediately. However, feeling better and looking slim isn’t going to show up for weeks or months.

So, we want this thing (being slim), but unless the weight is threatening our life, the mind sees it as a vague request, and in the future. So, we might say to ourselves, ‘I’ll do this later on’.

Another example: I’ll be happy when I buy a prestige car at least once in my lifetime!

We see that car everywhere initially, but after a few months, we return to the same emotional point, meaning our happiness, when tied to something external, will rarely last.

That hollowness will sooner or later demand that you understand it and is, in fact, demanding to be understood.

This is called WILLPOWER IMBALANCE….

Solution:

The realization that happiness lies within us, irrespective of where we are, and deep work is needed to uncover it. Move forward knowing that you can choose happiness, so find happiness at each step of your goal journey. Celebrate the smallest of victories and watch your goals get closer.

3.    Fundamental Flaw #2:

With the common example, ‘I will be happy when I pay my house off in the future’, what we really want to know is: Are we capable of maintaining bank payments?

And when we have enough confidence in our capability of achieving that, then not only this worry but other material insecurities will go away.

But how crazy is it that we let our current happiness affect something that will happen 20-30 years from now? We must get it through our heads that enthusiasm wears off so quickly because it is almost always tied to an external item or person.

Solution:

First off, stop connecting your happiness to objects and others. Next…

UNSTOPPABLE WILLPOWER!

In most cases, excitement or superficial willpower last 7 days, in some cases 7 weeks, and in rare cases 7 months or longer. It’s the same concept with happiness tied to an object or person.

It’s time to look within at the real feelings or emotions that makes us behave this way and make positive self-changes.

4.    Fundamental Flaw #3:

Let’s say we keep telling ourselves we need to lose weight for a party or Wedding. The reality is we want to look good in photographs or impress someone that we haven’t seen in a while.

Once the wedding is over, hands up if chocolate or every piece of bread in the house calls your name out loud.

There we are again – Up that creek, in that canoe, without a paddle yet, again!

The truth is, it’s not a highly motivating thing because it is somebody else’s wedding. And our minds know that it’s not life-threatening, so it will fail to maintain the goal.

Why? Because we are looking again externally.

Result – we end up further discouraged, putting weight back on, and we feel more unhappy than ever.

Solution:

Let’s STOP comparing our worst to other people’s best. (You should probably read that one again)

The real comparison is YOU vs. YOU and becoming better versions of ourselves.

The reality is, you won’t feel better, today, when you pay the house off because it’s 20 years in the future, and the insecurity is within you now. See, IMBALANCE!

STRESS is NOT the ‘activity around or near us’ but the attitude to ‘the reaction to activity around us’…

And the reaction is internal for us.

Bad news, if this is our current state, no matter how shiny your goals are, it will stay like this, leading to the 3 enemies: procrastination, stress, and self-sabotage …unless we do something about it.

The good news, we can change it as we created it. We only need to know the right system.

Find your ‘Why’

We live in a ‘how to’ culture. The only reason we don’t succeed is that we have not found a better method.

‘How to‘ culture ignores the fundamental truth – it ignores our ‘Why’.

‘How to’ will not work because we need to change to become someone else in the future.

Self-sabotage starts because then we feel we can’t do it. So, we forgo the goal and settle for the extra piece of chocolate.

What happens then?

Taste of chocolate lasts: 30 seconds

But the body pays for it for at least 72 hours. (sh&^*est deal on the planet)

But the urge to fail is so strong that we can rarely avoid it. The only move, in this case, would be not to keep chocolate in the pantry.

Then Stress takes over because we failed, and in this example, we worry about putting on too much weight from a single piece of chocolate.

However, the more you turn within, you will uncover the person you need to be and what is driving you. You can figure out what you are feeling so crappy about. That’s when you start to recognize internal drivers. You become empowered.

And when we can say, ‘I like who I am becoming’….and not ‘I am dieting,’ or ‘I will plan for the future, but I will not base my happiness, today, on 20 years from now,’ you already become a different person immediately and not in the future.

5. The 3 Zones

When most of us start on something new (e.g.: learn Spanish), most people start within:

1.       Excitement zone

a.       Last several days to weeks, depending on willpower

2.       Then we enter the ‘Danger Zone’:

a.       this is where the 3 enemies (nasty dream stealers) turn up when enthusiasm wears off:

                                                               i.      Procrastination

                                                             ii.      Stress

                                                           iii.      Self-sabotage

3.       ‘Easy Zone’

  1. Anything we decide to do, i.e., maintain willpower or enter the Danger Zone

Either way, it’s easy to give up and go back to old habits, or it becomes easy to continue with the newly formed habit. I prefer the latter since this is where breakthroughs and magic happen.

Most everything new you will try will lead you to the Danger Zone. What you will feel is:

1.       I am struggling

2.       Not having enough fun

Now we need strategies to keep going. So, start saying, ‘I am enjoying this because I can see who I will become,’ and not feel or say to us, ‘why is this not working?’. It is critically important that we replace ‘ugly’ feelings with ‘let’s keep moving forward’ feelings.

And remain vigilantly healthy while doing this because every mood-altering substance (alcohol, drugs) or activity (inaction) leaves a nasty track later.

Reality check:

What don’t we make into a habit is going to kill us? Brutal? Yes, I didn’t mean that literally, but what I meant was not living fully will take the joy out of our life. It takes time to create a habit. This goes for bad and good habits, so choose wisely.

6.    Understanding the 3 Enemies

And now, we are in a perfect position to understand the 3 enemies and how we can recognize them from afar.

Procrastination:

Hands up if you are a gold-level contender for ‘procrastination’ at a national level.

1.       Is your procrastination the result of bad habits or poor time management?

2.       Is your procrastination the result of emotional causes like fear of failure or pressure to succeed, causing you to feel anxious?

3.       Is your procrastination the result of being so relaxed you just live in the moment and ‘go with the flow’?

Self-sabotage:

In what way does it show up in your life?

What beliefs trigger self-sabotage?

What feeling did the self-sabotaging behaviour make go away?

How could you respond in a more appropriate way that would help you get what you want?

What would be better than what are you doing now?

What don’t you want to do?

What’s going to help you, in most cases, is doing what you most likely don’t want to do….that could be the biggest obstacle stopping you from reaching your goals. Did you know that you’d be a long way down the track in resolving the situation if you only did this one thing that you’ve been dreading?

Stress:

It’s vitally important to understand that stress is 100% self-induced, i.e., Internal.

What are the main stresses in your life right now?

What are the things that you are letting get to you?

What are you doing to make it worse?

What permanent changes are necessary if you are to reach your goals?

Maybe you think it’s a lifestyle change that is probably the only thing that will work if all else has failed over the last 5 or 10 or 15, or 20 years.

7.    Characteristics of the 3 Enemies and Solutions

Characteristics of procrastination, stress, and self-sabotage:

1.       They do not respond to logic! (100% illogical)

2.       You cannot also threaten yourself out of these 3 enemies. Threats don’t work, and neither do promises.

3.       They are compulsive and irresistible (chocolate calling from the pantry).

a.       Hands up if you ate something and if you were eating something, your mind was saying ‘don’t eat it’ but you still did….?

b.       Do urges or emotions win every single time?

Suggested Solutions:

–          For Procrastination: turn inward and continue with willpower

–          For Self-Sabotage: start a mindfulness practice

–          For Stress: start meditation

The good news, now you know what you need to do.

Bad news, it won’t work unless you make it a habit or enlist the services of a Coach to keep you accountable. (Yes, I can help, like I have helped others).

 Summary:

What is procrastination? – Fear of failure (the trigger usually from unaccomplished goals)

Self-sabotage? Fear of success (Need to replace this with something else, that’s the key)

Stress? Low emotional intelligence (taking it personally)

Hands up if YOU are Gold Medal contenders in this category. (I was!)

Willpower:

Have the power over chocolate vs. chocolate having power over you!

FACTS:

Discipline: sometimes takes 6 or 12 months or more but once done….it is set for life!

Now, you don’t need me to tell you that compulsions are running your life, and more than 40% of what we do is habits! If we don’t do something and you have been on this for years, self-loathing only increases.

The longer you take, the harder it gets. The older you get, your energy levels go down, and so on.

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4 Tips For Buying High-Quality Material For Your New House

4 Tips For Buying High-Quality Material For Your New House

Building a house is an exciting project that requires time, money, and work. As you plan out what has to be purchased, you will quickly learn that supplies consume a significant portion of the budget. Choosing quality over quantity is essential when buying materials for your new home. High-quality materials cost more upfront, but they can often save you money in the long run. So, how can you guarantee that your dream house is exactly what you want while saving money? Below are four tips for buying high-quality building materials for your new home. 

  1. Do your research

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Before you buy, research and ensure you’re getting the best quality material for your money. Whether you want to buy bricks or door fittings, hundreds of options are accessible on the market. Read reviews, compare prices, and ask around for advice. Examine the many types of materials on the market and examine the best brands. You will know what brands offer a good value and what material is best for your home if you explore it further.

  1. Invest in energy-efficient materials

Investing in energy-efficient materials like high-efficiency windows and insulation can help reduce your energy bills in the long run. You’ll also save money and energy, and your house will be more pleasant and long-lasting. During the planning phase, you should also explore a renewable energy source that may offer energy, heating systems, or space cooling and heating. It would be best if you also looked at financing possibilities for an energy-efficient house.

  1. Buy from reputable suppliers

Make sure you’re buying from a reputable supplier. Dealing with one will help ensure you get the best quality home-building material. Meanwhile, some building contractors can help you source the right materials since they work with them and separate the cheap from quality. A reputable roofing company, for instance, can assist you in acquiring the finest quality materials to ensure their roofing installation or replacement works will last a long time. They can also assist you in obtaining materials at wholesale prices.

  1. Ask for samples

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You may require large quantities of building materials to complete your new home. So it is vital to have tight control over building supplies’ quality and consistency. Ask for samples of any material you’re considering, and take the time to test them out. Check for imperfections and ensure the material is up to your standards. You can ask for samples at the start of the process to help you identify and pick the best vendor. It will allow you to see what it’s like to work with them and begin to work on strengthening your connection. You may also ask for samples during construction once you’ve chosen and begun working with a single supplier. 

Have you decided to do your own construction projects? You will enjoy using high-quality goods and materials that will set your home apart from the others. The above tips should simplify the process of selecting the right building supplies.

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Top 5 Signs Your Home Needs A Renovation

Top 5 Signs Your Home Needs A Renovation

Your home is your castle, but even castles require a little TLC from time to time. If your space is starting to feel a little old, a renovation might be in order. Styles change over time, and what was once in vogue can quickly start to look old. A home renovation can be a big undertaking, but it’s often worth the investment. If you’re unsure whether your home needs a makeover, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional. They can help you assess the condition of your home and make recommendations for improvements. However, here are five signs that your home is due for an upgrade.

  1. Your home looks outdated 

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If your home is starting to feel a little behind the times, it is an obvious sign that it needs a facelift. If you are unhappy with your home’s layout or feel it doesn’t work well for your lifestyle, a renovation can address that. You can take the opportunity to put in the modern features you want, like a home office or a mudroom. Also, if you are looking to sell your home in the future, outdated homes can be difficult to sell and may not fetch as high of a price as a more modern home. 

  1. Lack of space

As families grow and need change, a home that once felt spacious might begin to feel cramped. If you have run out of space in your home, it may be time for a renovation. This could involve remodeling existing rooms, such as turning a bedroom into a home office or adding an addition to the home.

  1. Structural issues 

Structural issues, such as cracks in the foundation or walls, uneven floors, or a sagging roof, are also signs that a renovation is required. Various factors, including age, moisture, and poor construction, can cause these problems, so keep this in mind. If left unaddressed, structural issues can lead to major problems, such as the collapse of a portion of the home, so it is important to address them as soon as possible.

  1. Poor curb appeal 

The exterior of your home is the first thing people see when they approach your property, and poor curb appeal can greatly affect your home’s general look and value. If your home’s exterior needs a makeover, it may be time to renovate. This could include hiring a professional painter to update the paint, siding, windows, doors, or landscaping. This will improve your home’s look and increase its value, so feel free to consider this.

  1. Your home feels cramped and cluttered 

Too much furniture, an overabundance of knick-knacks and decor, or simply insufficient storage space can make your space feel suffocating. A makeover can help to declutter your home and create a more open and spacious feel, giving you a greater sense of calm and well-being.
Investing in a renovation project can bring new life to an older property and make it a more enjoyable and valuable place to live.

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Four Tips for Clearing the Garage

Four Tips for Clearing the Garage

Most people clean their homes to perfection but really do forget what it means to clean the garage. When was the last time you even looked inside your garage properly other than using it for your old junk car? Your garage has to be in order and if cleaning your garage is important to you, then you need to do it with a little bit of organization. 

Read: TOP 5 GARAGE ORGANIZATION TIPS

The junk car sitting in the middle can go to one of those places that will buy junk cars for cash, and all of the equipment and old gardening furniture can be polished, sold or used. Here are some of the things you should consider when you are getting rid of all of those bits and pieces that have been thrown into the garage out of sight out of mind.

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  1. Give yourself some time to do this. The cleaning process for your garage is not going to be a quick one. It takes time and it is a time-consuming process. You have to make sure that you or even an afternoon or even a whole weekend for the cleanup process. Make sure you make it on your calendar so that you have decided on the best time to arrange the whole clearing process. If you can, get your family involved and let them suggest when the best time is, so that they can help. If your garage is rather overloaded, then you will need their input and their extra pairs of hands.
  2. Start by taking everything out. Generally, if you stand in front of something that makes you feel too overwhelmed, you will never get through it. Taking everything out of your garage and either laying it all out in the garden or laying out on the driveway is a smart way to start because then you can get on with cleaning the inside of the garage first. Pressure wash the entire thing and get rid of the cobwebs, and then pick spots for things that you want to keep, donate, or take to the dump. It’s much easier to also evaluate the type of storage your garage needs when it’s empty and you can actually see inside it.
  3. Rent a dumpster. Clean-up operation, renting a dumpster will really help. If you have a lot of junk inside your garage, you need to make sure you have somewhere for it to be disposed of efficiently and properly. A dump is also something you can rent for a couple of days so you can decide on the items you want to keep. Lastly, when you are deciding on the things you want to keep, make sure you are storing them properly as you go. There’s no use in emptying out the garage only to refill it in a haphazard way. Give yourself time without having to go through numerous plastic waste bags.
  4. Be ruthless. In the end, this garage needs a good clear out and it’s time to be ruthless and get it done!

Read: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO DEEP CLEANING YOUR HOME

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