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The Kind Of Movies I Prefer To Watch At Home

Comedy
I love watching comedy movies at home! Did I say I love watching comedy movies at home?! I can laugh as loud as I want to & rewind all the good parts so I can laugh all over again. There’s usually really good bonus features on the home video release so watching it at home is always the best way to go!

Sci-fi
I’m not really into this genre of film, so I can multi-task while I watch these types of movies. There usually isn’t as much in-depth dialogue in science fiction moves, so I can definitely be distracted while I watch (or just listen) to these types of films.

Romance
I can be as sad as I want to be because I can watch these films all by myself. Watching a romantic film is best done with a glass of wine with no distractions.  I can swoon or just take it all in when I’m all alone.

Drama
I get to really focus because I’m comfortable in my own home. I get to absorb every word, every line & every scene when I am on my couch & eating my favorite snacks.

Documentaries
This is the only type of film where I can actually learn something. If I’m watching from home, I can stop the film, rewind & take notes when need be.  If I didn’t get something, I can pause until I figure it out. Or, if the documentary is intense I can always stop & pick it up another time when I’ve had some time to digest the parts I’ve already seen.

The only types of movies I prefer to watch in the movie theaters are horror & action films. I love the bigger screen and the sound effects that can only be found in a movie theater. I love being around other people when the superhero kicks the villains butt so we can all cheer together. With the IMAX-sized screen, everything really comes to life and makes the whole movie-going experience even better.

What is your favorite type of movie to watch at home?

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Networking Is A Lifestyle

  1. Chase Fear. Don’t Run From It. Don’t be “afraid” to make a courage resume. This should be a document that outlines things that you’ve done that you were once afraid of but you did it anyway. Include how things turned out, what you learned from it and how it has improved you. Very similar to a real resume, it’s just a resume of life.
  2. Be Your Own Ten. Take a moment & think about who is a “10” in your book. Is it someone famous like an artist or an intellect? It may even be someone in your family or circle of friends. Or it could be someone that you don’t know but admire from afar. Either way, you should be on that list. That’s right – you should be on your own list. You shouldn’t have to sell yourself to yourself. Once you define what your standards are, you should be the first person who can meet all those standards, putting you at the top of that list.
  3. Rule Your Lane. We all have different strengths. Some of us learn that earlier in life than others, but nonetheless, it is our job to play up our strengths (and not out weaknesses). Whatever your strengths are, build on them. You may have heard the saying, “If you’re going to be a janitor, be the best janitor you can be.” Basically, don’t just stay in your lane, RULE your lane.
  4. Come to work to work. Take the initiative and have a sold work ethic. Be prepared to do the job you are getting paid for. Leave personal problems at home & don’t bring any drama into the work place. Don’t just show up, show out!

  5. Build Your Team. Know who to cut off & who to keep in your life. Some people should be kept at a distance & others should be drawn in when appropriate. Network with the right people, influential people & even people “below” you. But don’t forget about your peers – network at your own level – because those will be the people who come up with you.
  6. Execute Your Standards. What good is having standards if you don’t stick to them? Once your standards are defined, you can resolve your history and move forward. Other people will see your successful execution & know that you mean business.

 

And remember, you have everything you need to get everything you need.

Don’t Make A Mockery Of Trickery

  1. If you want to ask someone to do something for you when you know they probably don’t want to, try asking for something big first then ask for something more reasonable.
    1. “Hey man can I have $100?”
    2. “What? No!”
    3. “How about just $20?”
    4. “Oh, alright”
  2. Starting a question with “Are you willing to…?” instead of “Can you…?”, or “Would you…?” will usually give you more yes’s than no’s. You give them control in a situation and your ego an out (in case they say no).
  3. People will give clues to their attitude through their posture (i.e. folded arms means I’m guarded and don’t trust you…leaning back with hands in lap means I trust you more). Not sure if it actually changes people’s minds, but people will subconsciously mimic you. Just pay attention & it will amaze you.
  4. Saying positive things in 3rd person while using your name is way more beneficial than saying the same thing in 2nd person.
  5. When you introduce your girlfriend to your friends, the first line should be “Everybody, this is girlfriend’s name”. Don’t start with “girlfriend’s name, I’d like you to meet Josh, Daniel, Martin …”. Introducing your friends to your girlfriend first puts her in the position of power and makes her feel more special. The other way around, she’s on the back foot from the get-go, and she’s the one who has to gain your friends’ collective approval. It’s subtle but you can see how this might work.
  6. If you want someone to like you, ask them to do small favors for you. Their brain will rationalize their compliance as them liking you otherwise they wouldn’t be doing it for you. Plus they might feel flattered that you asked.
  7. Secretly create a certain level of underestimation in people. It makes it so much sweeter when you shift the paradigm.
  8. Physical contact creates trust and comfort between people. The more you do it the better. For example, if you go for an interview and shake with one hand while holding their arm with the other, it’s more likely to leave a positive impression than the interview itself.
  9. If you want someone to believe something, make them say it. Literally work to get them to the point they somehow say the words you want them to say to themselves aloud or they repeat what you say back to them. Once someone physically says something more often, they tend to believe that’s actually what they believe.
  10. Want to be a “great conversationalist”? Give others lots of opportunities to talk about themselves!

Nip Bugs In The Bud

Life is full of problems. What makes it so great is the ability to handle those problems, learn from those problems & help others avoid those same problems. Here are a few ways to ‘nip bugs in the bud’ –

Recognize hot buttons (and avoid them!) – no one wants to be in the hot seat. So if you can avoid “mess”, then you should do so at all costs. Life’s little problems will find you all on their own, but the more you can find out what bothers other people the easier it should be to avoid those topics.

Don’t let things escalate – rumors breed drama. If something is seemingly out of hand, try to cut it off at the pass. Just about anything has the potential to blow up, but it doesn’t have to. Handle it before someone else does!

Temper your tone – tone is everything. As they say, “you can catch more bees with honey than you can with vinegar”. You can say the meanest thing in the nicest way with the right tone. If you’re upset, then take a moment, take a breath & be prepared to talk about things only when you’re calm and collected.

Go to the source – get to the root of the problem & slowly deconstruct it. You already know what happened, now find out how it happened. This can help you prevent future “bugs” and work out whatever issues you may have with that source.

Breathe!

What’s your go-to solution for “nipping things in the bud”? Share your thoughts in the comments section below –

In God We Trust

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” {Matthew 7:9-11}

Even though we do not realize it as children, we all learn fundamental lessons about trust from our parents. If a person grew up with a kind, loving mom and dad, then trust seems to come more naturally later on. However, if parents are cold and distant, their grown children can find it difficult to have confidence in others.

That’s why many believers struggle with trusting God. In an age noted for broken homes and absent fathers, how is it possible to learn to trust our Father in heaven?

First, we must understand that God loves us unconditionally, just as we are. We don’t have to earn His favor; in fact, we are entirely incapable of doing so. God loves us, not because of what we can offer Him but because, as 1 John 4:16 tells us, His very nature is love. That love is the reason He provided our salvation at His own great expense—the life of His precious Son Jesus.

Second, we can trust God because He has given us exactly what we needed most: salvation. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). He did not do this because He owed us anything or because of any inherent good within us. He saved us for one reason: because of His all-surpassing love (1 John 4:9).

God knows everything about you, including the unseemly details, and loves you just the same. That alone is good reason to feel perfectly safe with Him. You can trust Him, not only with your future but also with whatever is facing you today. The Lord is worthy of your praise—and your openness with Him.