Are you in the 3% or 97%? - Alpha Insights Newsletter - Jan/2014
Redefining the way the world lives one life at a time. January 2014
Living Alpha is... Living with an... Adventurous, Loving, Positive, Healthy, Attitude.

Words From the Founder

Dear Fellow Life Enthusiasts:

We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, but now that 2014 is here, we would like for all of us to get this New Year off to a fast and furious start. We look forward to helping you all achieve your dreams and become a success story in 2014!

The law of expectation says that whatever
we expect to happen, will happen. So, when we expect to see major progress and achievements in our lives, we are likely to see just that. In order for this to materialize, however, it is imperative that you have taken the time to go over, and revise your Dream List for 2014 and beyond. It is only once you have taken the time to set clear written goals to achieve your dreams that you will be able to expect positive outcomes.

Studies have proven that only 3% of people get to achieve their dreams and the main reason they did is the simple fact that they actually took the time to write their dreams down, and further back them up with steps they would start taking towards their achievement.

Take a look around you and see how many people have made (as they always do every year on January 1st), a list of utterly useless New Year’s resolutions. The truth is that most are empty of resolve all year long! In fact, I believe many people don’t even know the meaning of the words resolution and/or resolve: “a firm decision to do something” or “firmness of mind or purpose through determination”.

Bottom line is that most people carry the same UN-resolved problems over year after year. By starting this habit of reviewing your dreams and to constantly be working on them and tweaking them you will become part of the 3%. As Jim Rohn said “Motivation is what gets you started. - Habit is what keeps you going.”

We can all do something to improve our Success Mindset no matter where and at what stage we are in our lives, and since it takes 28 days to form new habits, I will be sharing a new Habit of Excellence to further develop every month. Since it is the start of a new year, and we all want to keep going towards the achievement of our dreams during the year, I can only see fitting that we start with the Habit of Persistence.

Habit of Persistence:
Persistence is what Breaks Down Resistance!
Persistence keeps me focused on my goals and gets me ready to overcome all obstacles that I may encounter.
As an old Ancient Japanese Proverb says, Persistence means that if I Fall down seven times... I will get up eight!
Persistence means that I have… "Stick-to-it-iveness!"
Persistence leads to the art of seeing things through to the finish line, and it will have me developing the Habit of Completion.
Every Day - In Every Way, I am becoming more and more Persistent! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
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Did You Know

Auld Lang Syne was written by Robert Burns only after he had overheard someone else singing the tune.
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The modern tradition of singing the song at the dawn of the new year began in 1929 when Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadian Band happened to be playing the tune as a transition between radio broadcast.
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Wearing red underwear on New Year's Eve in Spain, means that you will have prosperity and good luck in the upcoming year.
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Also in Spain and many Latin American countries, eating 12 grapes at midnight ensures good luck and health in every month of the new year. (The trick is to stuff in one grape for each strike the clock makes, so grab the smallest ones you can find!)
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In order to chase out the bad luck of the New Year, the Irish bang white bread against the walls.
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Many believe eating leafy greens like collards, kale, or cabbage will bring paper money and more prosperity in the new year.

Monthly Quote

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. “

— Martin Luther King Jr.
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How to Use Twitter

To start making use of Twitter, the first thing you need to do is create an account, which is free of charge. Pick a handle, or username, preferably something personal or unique. Once you have set up your account, all you need to do to start making use of Twitter is to click that box marked “Compose New Tweet” and you can type whatever you are thinking, within the 140 character limit.

Twitter also helps you to learn what other people are up to, including celebrities or news sites. Use the “find friends” feature to start following people. It is not necessary to know people first before you begin following them – all you have to do is click “Follow.”

It is important to remember that there is no privacy on Twitter, so discretion is advised as to the content of your posts as absolutely everybody on Twitter will be able to read it.

Political Trivia

The country with the highest turnover of governments is Bolivia. Following their declaration of independence from Spain back in 1825, Bolivia has had nearly two hundred governments. Italy seems to be trying to catch up, however. Since 1945 they have more than fifty governments and over twenty different Prime Ministers.

Athens, Greece was the first place to ever introduce the system of democracy, 2500 years ago.

Althing in Iceland has the oldest existing government body. It has been in operation since the year 930 AD.
How to Choose Walking Shoes

Choosing appropriate walking shoes is very important, particularly for older people, as feet tend to change with age. There are some helpful tips to follow when it comes to choosing walking shoes.

Feet have a tendency to become wider as people age due to the fact that tendons, muscles and ligaments stretch while the fatty pads on the feet thin out. You should make certain that your shoes are wide enough and provide enough cushioning.

You also need to work out the kind of feet that you have – such as high arches of flat feet – by wetting them and then standing on top of a sheet of paper and examining the outline.

It would be a good idea to choose shoes that are best suited to the area where you live and work, such as shoes that have good traction for a snowy climate or shoes that are waterproof for a rainy climate.

It can also be helpful to make a point of shopping somewhere where the salespeople will be able to offer you some guidance on the most appropriate footwear for you.

How to Work at Home With Your Spouse
Working at home with your partner can be both a blessing and a curse but there are ways to make sure that both your working and your personal relationship can survive unscathed!

One good tip is to schedule meetings with one another. This may sound odd at first, but it is a good idea to set aside a specific time where you can talk about something besides your immediate to-do list. Having a weekly meeting allows you to keep goals alive and fresh and
provides the chance for you to be able to review your progress together.

Another good tip is to create separate work spaces for yourself and your partner. You may prefer to be shut off in a bedroom in order to avoid all distractions while working. If your partner feels isolated by such an environment, they may prefer to be in the living room or one closer to where there is more action.

Make Food Your Friend

Although salad has always been seen as a healthy source of food, this is not often the case when it comes to the dressing that a lot of people use to cover their lettuce.

Creamy dressings are low on nutrients and high on fat, so the better option would be healthy vinaigrette or to make your own with the use of high quality vinegar and olive oil. It is also a very good idea to add nuts or cranberries to your salad. Avoid highly processed foods as these tend to contain trans-fats and foods that have these are the ones that put people at risk for heart disease. The consumption of trans fats has an adverse effect on the levels of good and bad cholesterol in your system.

Be sure to eat lots of whole grains, as they pack a much greater nutritional punch than is the case with processed grains where most of the nutrients have been refined out of them.
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Add Style and Color To Your Home

You can give the interior of your home an instant makeover just by taking heed of a few simple tips to gain inspiration and ideas. If you want to give your home an update, the addition of a bit of color can be a good help.

You need to start thinking about the kind of colors that you want to add, whereabouts color will have the greatest impact and where a fresh look is needed for your home.

You should pick the looks that you are drawn to the most or the kind of colors which evoke a feeling of happiness and calmness. Colors are a reflection of your own personal style and what will make you feel the most comfortable within your home.

It is also a good idea to start small. Pick out a color palette and just alter your throws, lampshades, accessories or pillows at first rather repainting your entire home, as even this can have a big impact.

Make certain the colors flow well throughout your home, particularly if your home has an open layout floor plan.

Staying Healthy While Travelling

Travelling can result in some of the best experiences of our entire lives, so the last thing we want is to have our travels ruined by poor health. The good news is that there are a number of health tips for travelers to make sure you stay protected.

Vaccinations may be needed in order to travel to certain regions; for example, typhoid and Hepatitis A vaccinations are essential if you intend to travel
to Asia, while yellow fever is a big problem in Southern and Central America as well as in certain areas of Africa. Talk to your doctor or travel health clinic about the various vaccinations that are available.

Another disease that should be taken into consideration is malaria, a parasite which is spread by mosquitoes with one bite, and can sometimes be fatal. Africa, Latin America and some parts of southern Asia are high risk areas for malaria, so think about anti-malaria drugs that you can have prescribed by a doctor and should be taken before, during and after visits to any of these danger zones.

Energy Boosters for Young Athletes

Millions of girls and boys participate in sporting activities every year, and the downside to that is that injuries are inevitably a part of that. One mistake made is the overlooking of proper nutrition as a prevention measure for sports injuries. Making sure that a young athlete is given a balanced diet as fuel is every bit as important as the wearing of protective gear.

While many people focus on the meals eaten before a sporting activity, equally important is post-game food, where protein and muscle recovery are key. Sources suggest that up to eighty percent of the performance given by an athlete is down to nutrition. Avoid pre-game meals packed with carbohydrates, as this causes tiredness and sluggishness. Include items that are low in fat and fiber, such as low-fat yogurt with fruit and grilled chicken.

Tips for Job Seekers

Job seekers can make use of social media to have a terrific online presence and gain an advantage over other job seekers. Your skill sets can be learned about by potential employers via sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, and they may find that you match their needs. There are, however, some things that you should not do on social media sites when looking for work.

When choosing a username and profile picture, it is important that you put some thought into it. Remember, this could be the first insight to you your potential employer will see.

Not posting inappropriate comments may seem obvious but take a look at social media sites and you will find endless examples of people doing just that. Off-color jokes or negative comments about former employers should never be posted.

All job hunters should have a profile on LinkedIn as this is the site to which businesses head to when trying to fill up jobs. Users are also able to build vast professional networks on this site and networking is very important in today’s market. Employers that feel they know you are much more likely to hire you.
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Dream It… Live It… Preserve It!!!® January 2014

If you would like to receive a hard copy of this newsletter, you can do so by joining us at, emailing Quien at or calling her weekdays 7am - 4pm EST at 1.888.96ALPHA…NOW!

At you will find a wealth of inspirational journals that, we hope, will help ignite your inner ALPHA spirit and lead to the creation of a fuller Dream List!!

Other great sources of inspiration can also be found on our Kick’n Pages listed at the bottom of this page.

Life is what you make it...We just provide the tool box that helps you create it!!!

We all have two choices.
We can make living or we can design a life.

Just Keep Kick’n It!!!

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It is highly recommended that you cut this part out and put it in a prominent place where you can see and read this as often as possible throughout the day. It is also a great idea if you can read these words aloud to yourself every morning when you get up and then again every night before you go to bed.

See you all in February, and remember to always Dream Big and Dream Often.


Alan McBrearty

P.S. I would love to hear any comments or suggestions and can be contacted via email at - - - - - -
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