Monthly Archives: October 2019

Beating Bad News Blues

Damn those down days. Days when nothing seems to go right, nobody seems to care and tomorrow looks to be more of the same. Your mind gets scattered, your outlook gets dark and your body gets heavy. Know what I’m talking about? I’ve been there. I’ve had days that I didn’t want to go outside. I didn’t want to get out of bed for that matter… sure that when I did, the weight of my world would just get heavier.

Call it what you will. Call it moods, call it depression. I call it human. If you’re sensitive like me, you’re going to have days that you’re prone to feeling less positive than little Suzie Sunshine over there. But, if you can recognize it, you can change it.

Did you just roll your eyes? It’s almost annoying how simplistic that seems, isn’t it? But, hang with me here because it’s true. And I’m going to share with you how easy it is to do.

THE SIMPLE TRUTH

When you are feeling down, you’ve got two reasonable choices. (I say reasonable because if you are feeling beyond rational, I encourage you to seek help from a professional.) However, the truth is, most of us have the power to choose how we want to go through our day. Behind door #1 is a brooding, moody, dark and cloudy negative day. Behind door #2 awaits a productive, clear and optimistic day. It’s “Let’s Make A Deal” with yourself. Tell me, which do you most often choose?

I’m writing this because I woke up feeling a little jaded this morning. Yep, still human. It’s a mixture of some personal conflicts I’ve had going on… and the state of the world. Or at least, the state of the world according to CNN.com. And that’s all I know at the moment. So, I find myself in this useless mildly annoyed, slightly detached, highly emotional state. A state that’s good for one thing… beating myself up.

Cue music. Enter Monty Hall. And let’s play… “Let’s Make A Deal”!

I now know how to choose Door #2. No more #1 for me. And I want to share with you ways to choose a positive day when you find yourself having to make your own deal.

Turn off the media
No more news. No more newspapers. No more network websites. Click it all off for today. It will be there tomorrow and your state will be different. When you’re feeling blue or less than optimistic, the media is certainly not going to change your mind for the better. In fact, it’s their JOB to make you feel needy. They depend on it. So, strip them of their power over you. No more media noise. Switch it over to an all music station or just altogether “off” and feel the shift.

I feel better already.

Check your body
Take a minute and look at your own physiology. How is your posture? Are you holding negative energy? My jaw gets so tight that my tone of voice changes. Even my phone personality is different when I’m uptight. So, guess what? Because I give out tension, I get it back… whether I want it or not. What are you putting out with just your body? Sit up straight. Inhale full and deeply. Go for a walk. Get some energy in that body of yours. Changing your physiology will change your mindset.

Focus at the task at hand
Be present and give your energy and focus to one task. Do it fully and to the best of your ability. After you’ve finished one, go to the next one. Focus and give it your full attention. Even if you are doing something that seems menial, pay attention to the details. I remember hearing Dr. Wayne Dyer say once, “If you’re washing the dishes, REALLY wash the dishes.” Sounds simple… even stupid when you’re feeling cynical. Just do it. You’ll feel the shift. Your mind can’t split thoughts. If you’re focused on your task, you can’t indulge in your negativity at the same time. It’s just not possible.

Don’t give in to old negative habits
Don’t you hate when you’re doing so well at quitting something, you haven’t had a cigarette in four days, and then some seemingly bad news knocks you back into yesterday? Don’t let it. Don’t reach for that extra caffeine, go back to biting those nails or skip your workout. It’ll just make you feel worse. The effect is immediate. We all know that the guilt outweighs any instant gratification. Don’t question it. Stay true to the commitments you have made to yourself. And congratulate yourself for your willpower. That’s just positive energy attracting more positive energy.

Be grateful
Ah. When the world around you seems gloomy, there is still a light shining somewhere. Find it. What are you grateful for? If you are reading this, you have your eyesight, you have the access to modern technology, you have BREATH. Take a moment and give thanks. Turn your focus to what’s good in your life. I feel myself resist this when I’m really on a pity roll. “Yes, I have my health BUT…” Force yourself to put it in perspective. Get out a picture of the people that mean something to you. Look in the mirror until you can see the life in your own eyes. Focus on what’s good in your life and you will get more of it.

Take action for someone else
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” -Albert Schweitzer

There is no better cure for the blues than helping someone else. Get your attention off of yourself… and on to someone who is in need. This will give you a break from your own state and things will look different when you get back. It’s hard to find Door #1 when you’ve already walked through Door #2.

This is the real test of self help, actually helping yourself. It’s all well and good to be positive and grateful when you’re winning the lotto or getting a promotion. But, how about when you’ve just lost thousands in the stock market and you’re worried about the security of your job? This is when the challenge is greatest, no doubt. But if you choose to believe in your own power and your own strength to make choices, these techniques are here for you. They will guide you out of the dark and into a brighter and more optimistic world.

How To Submit Network News Video Clip Footage In 3 Steps

Has this ever happened to you? You’re standing on a busy street corner, minding your own business, when all of a sudden a masked gunman comes running out of a nearby bank with the cops in hot pursuit. Luckily, you have your video cell phone and capture the whole scene on video. But how would you submit network news video clip footage like this to ABC, CBS, NBC, or Fox?

Being in the right place at the right time armed with a video cellphone when something newsworthy occurs means you could potentially reap some financial rewards. Did you know that news organizations pay handsomely for exclusive video like this?

So what do you do now that you’ve captured some great video or picture with your cell phone? There are basically three steps to take if you want to get paid for the video footage you have shot. Edit, upload, and announce it to the media.

Most video cellphones come with movie editing software built-in (or packaged with the phone). Even if the bundled software is sub-par (which it usually is) there are many off-the-shelf software solutions that can enhance the quality and reduce the file size of the video you have captured.

Remember, you do not want to manipulate the video extensively, since this will jeopardize the ‘man on the street’ quality that the news networks are looking for. Besides, the news stations have much more sophisticated software than you could probably afford to massage your video into the desired format, length and content.

You probably don’t need to do much to your raw video footage except reduce the length of the clip to the smallest size. This is important because you don’t want to pay to upload your video and the free video hosting services only give you so much storage space that can quickly run out if you are uploading large files.

Next, you need to upload your video to an online video sharing service. There are bunch of these available, some offering a meager amount of free storage and charging extra for larger portions of space. Other services limit the amount of bandwidth your video can consume. This means the number of people that can watch your video at one time is limited.

After choosing a suitable place to host your newsworthy video, you need to tell the news broadcasters about it. In whatever city you live in, there are local news affiliates that are part of larger news organizations like Fox News or ABC. You can easily determine which news stations are in your area by turning on a TV and seeing what the call-letters are for your local broadcast news stations.

Music Sensations Combining Success As Couples

While history still holds Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tinnille, and Tina and Ike Turner as musical successes, it seems only obvious when one takes one music sensation and tosses in another that you will have a hit. Today, couples that have the ears of the world are still finding that by joining efforts, they can give their fans twice the satisfaction. Who are today’s famous musical couples?

1. Jay-Z & Beyoncé – Jay-Z and Beyoncé were married in 2008 and collaborated on the song “Bonnie and Clyde”. Jay-Z also has appeared on Beyoncé hit single “Crazy In Love” as well as “That’s How You Like It” and her album B’Day. As a couple, the two have earned a combined $162 million. Before Jay-Z and Beyoncé met, each were their own success. Jay-Z is one of the most notorious hip-hop artists holding a record for the most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200. Beyoncé Knowles is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and model. Beyoncé fame rose as lead singer of Destiny’s Child. In 2003 she released her first solo album. On January 31, 2010 Beyoncé won six Grammy Awards, breaking the record for most Grammy awards won by a female artist in one night.

2. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – This country and western duo were successes before marrying in 1996. Samuel Timothy “Tim” McGraw has had numerous albums and singles that have topped the country music charts giving in album sales of more than 40 million units. Audrey Faith Perry has sold more than 40 million records and has had eight number-one singles and three number-one albums. Hill was won awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Grammy Awards, American Music Awards and People’s Choice Awards. Hill was featured on husband McGraw’s 2007 album Let It Go and sings two duets with him, “I Need You” and “Shotgun Rider”. “I Need You” was nominated twice at the 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and Best Country Song. Hill and McGraw toured together for the Soul2Soul 2007 as well.

3. Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez- Who doesn’t know of this duo? This couple married in 2004. Anthony, born Marco Antonio Muñiz, is an American & Latin Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, actor and producer. Anthony is a five-time Grammy winner and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. Jennifer Lynn Lopez, nicknamed J.Lo, is an American actress, singer, record producer, dancer, fashion designer and television producer. She is considered the most influential Hispanic entertainer in the U.S. as well as one of the wealthiest. Lopez recently released her first full Spanish-language album Como Ama una Mujer. Anthony produced the album. It peaked at number ten on Billboard 200.

Music Helps in Hard Times – Don’t Quit Piano Lessons

Recessions force people to make difficult choices about the “extra” things they do for themselves. News reports reflect those changes in spending trends.

If you’re feeling tempted to drop your piano lessons in an effort to save a few dollars, here are five reasons to reconsider:

1. Music represents beauty, and you need beauty even more during ugly times.

Wikipedia says about the benefits of music,: “It is often thought that music has the ability to affect our emotions, intellect, and our psychology; lyrics can assuage our loneliness or incite our passions.” (January 13, 2009). Tapping in to these effects will help you transcend and rise above the less pleasant sounds, images and issues in your day-to-day life.

2. Doing something you enjoy will help you keep a positive outlook.

An important element of the Law of Attraction, made famous by the movie The Secret, is that whatever you focus your mind on is what you will create in your life. If you quit learning piano and spend all of your time worrying about your finances, your worries will get bigger and the life you enjoy will get smaller. You can look forward to feeling good about yourself, rewarding yourself with piano lessons.

3. Depriving yourself too much could result in rebellion and even a spending “binge.”

While it would be wise to cut your spending and use your resources wisely, that doesn’t mean automatically cutting out everything you enjoy. If you try to control yourself too tightly, you may end up at a breaking point, going out and blowing your money on something you don’t really want and definitely don’t need. Keep one or two so-called luxuries in your life so that you’re not tempted to binge.

4. Sometimes we can turn our hobbies into real income.

Piano lessons could lead you anywhere. With your newfound creativity and skill, you may come up with an idea for a whole new business for yourself – whether it involves music or something else you can teach! And every little bit of extra income will help!

5. During challenging times, your piano lessons are a way to relieve stress and to relax.

Stress can lead to all sorts of health problems – from muscle and back pain to digestive problems, fatigue and difficulty sleeping – and sometimes serious disease. You need all of your energy and strength to cope with the recession. Focus your practice time specifically on the types of music that you enjoy the most and that help you relax.