Redefining the way the world lives one life at a time. May 2014
Living Alpha is... Living with an... Adventurous, Loving, Positive, Healthy, Attitude.

Habit of Focus – What is Your WHY?

Words From the Founder
Dear Life Enthusiasts:
Continuing along with our monthly themes on Habits of Success, this month we will be discussing the Habit of Focus, which all starts with - What is Your WHY?

We have talked in previous issues of Alpha Insights that 3% of people that succeed in achieving their goals do so because they write them down, however, it was also answered by 77% of people surveyed, that passion is an essential element in continuing until you achieve success. You will automatically create passion when you know what is your WHY.

Sometimes, the road to successful realization of your dreams will require that you take unexpected detours, overcome challenges and obstacles and take much longer than anticipated, but if you know your WHY, you will continue to be “focused” when most others will have forgotten why they started in the first place, and will eventually have given up.

Successful people in life have the ability to stay FOCUSED on their goals for longer periods of time. When you increase your focus you make more progress and you see better results.

Learning and narrowing down your WHY is something that does not necessarily need to be decided overnight. It can be something that takes a little while to figure out, but looking and creating your WHY will make you become an “Expert of You”. And, becoming that expert of you, will also allow you to take control of your life which is critical to success.

It is not easy in today’s world to stay focused and take control of your life with all kinds of external factors such as peer pressure and other circumstances. However, this is the only way to create momentum that will, in return, allow you to thrive.
Did You Know This Month…

May is National Bike Month. It was established in 1956, and sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling. Whether you bike to work or school, for your health or for the environment, National Bike Month celebrates the bicycle everywhere.
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Don’t forget about your mother this month! Celebrated the 2nd Sunday in May, Mother’s Day is May 11th this year. If you cannot spend time with her, give her a call. Flowers, cards, candy and gifts usually work just as well too.
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Memorial Day is officially celebrated on the last Monday in May. It is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and this great country. The roots of Memorial Day observance, goes back to 1865, the end of the Civil War.
Monthly Quote

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Here at Alpha, we want to create a safe and secure environment where everyone can dream as big as they want and where they can focus on becoming whatever they want. Become the “Expert of You”, stay focused and keep working on your WHY.

A great life that you are in control of will have others around you envious, and at Alpha, we are committed to helping you archive this control and want you to succeed. Please note that it is not about doing all and everything in one shot, but rather, it is about picking 1, 2 or 3 things at a time and implementing.
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Tips For Learning A New Language

There are various methods to help you learn a new language. One good trick is to simply try and learn one new phrase every day. There are around two thousand basic words and phrases that need to be learned in order to understand a new language.

The trick is to turn this into something that is enjoyable, by using just five to ten minutes of memorizing every day.

Just one new phrase per day can help you to broaden your language skills surprisingly quickly.

These days you can have language learning apps installed free on your smart phone. This helps you to keep learning a new language no matter where you are at any point in the day when you have a few minutes of spare time. Good apps to try include Busuu and Memrise, which are available on both Android and iPhone.

Practicing with a friend can also be a big help. The ultimate point of language is to be able to communicate so learning through conversation just makes sense.

A real world partner with whom you can interact will help you to develop skill and confidence and increase your motivation.
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“The successful person is the average person, but focused.” – Unknown

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” - Steve Jobs

“If you want to be truly successful invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere your success will blossom.” - Sydney Madwed

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” - Paulo Coelho

In closing, I just wanted to share how much May is important to me, and is a time when we should all be grateful for our mothers. I was brought up by my step mother since a very young age, but she has always treated me as though I was her very own. I love you Mom and Happy Mother’s Day to you and to all our other wonderful Moms out there.

After all, a Mother’s Love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. - Marion C. Garretty,

Thanks again for joining us. I look forward to seeing you all in June.

In the meantime 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

How To Cut Fat And Cholesterol

There are a number of simple ways to cut down on the amount of fat and cholesterol in your diet.

One good tip is to keep all portions of fish, meat and poultry modestly sized – smaller than a deck of playing cards. All visible fat on meat and poultry should be trimmed prior to cooking and it is a good idea to use other alternative methods of cooking rather than frying such as baking, grilling, poaching, roasting, broiling or microwaving.

When cooking ground meat, drain off the fat in a strainer before adding in any other ingredients. Fish, meat and poultry should be basted or poached in fruit juice or de-fatted broth, while the skin should also be removed from poultry prior to cooking.

Even low-fat luncheon meats should only be consumed sparingly because of their high sodium content while it is also advisable to drink fat-free or skim milk rather than whole and make use of fat-free cheese in casseroles.
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Improving Your Heart Health

Some risk factors for heart diseases are out of your control, such as health problems inherited from your parents, or simply your age, but many others relate to your lifestyle, including having an unhealthy diet, being overweight and smoking.

Your health can therefore be improved by adopting a healthier lifestyle and a heart-healthy diet.

The only really healthy solution for smoking is to quit. This can be difficult, but it is far from impossible and will eventually lead to success. It can also be a good idea to discuss with your doctor medications that actually cut down your cravings for nicotine.

Within days of stopping smoking, your blood pressure will begin to go down, the carbon monoxide and oxygen in your blood will go back to normal levels, your blood flow and breathing will improve and shortness of breath and coughing will decrease.

Losing weight, even as little as just five to ten percent of your current weight, can also cut down your risk of having heart problems.

Simple Methods To Improve Balance

While some aspects of your work and personal life may be beyond your control, it is important to maintain focus on those aspects that you do have power over. One important tip is to always make time for exercise. This may be tough to hear for people whose time is thinly stretched as it is. However, ensuring you have some exercise time in your day can affect your ability to cope with the rest of your life in a big way. It will also make you feel better.

Another good tip is to turn off all the various alarms around you such as email alerts, notifications, etc. Anything that is not absolutely vital should be turned off.

Creative work should be done at the right time. Tasks that are interrupted can often take more than twenty minutes to be resumed properly, so finding a time when there are less distractions to do creative work can pay off in terms of productivity.
Read The Manual

One of the most obvious yet seemingly overlooked tips for dealing with technology is to read the manual. These manuals usually contain an often surprising amount of information.

There are a number of people that never read the manual for the technology they have just purchased and many of them remain utterly unaware of the features that are offered with it. Knowing what the technology is actually capable of achieving is crucial, serving to not only keep you organized but also to improve your productivity. If you do not read your manual you may be wasting both time and money and failing to make the most out of the product.
Random Facts

The tidal forces of the sun and the moon do not just act on the oceans of planet Earth but the land as well.
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The land on the equator goes up and down by around twenty one inches over the course of one single day.
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Every lunar day lasts for an entire month on Earth because Earth always faces just the one side of the moon.
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The moon was originally a lot closer to Earth than it is today and seemed considerably larger in the sky.
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The moon actually moves a further four centimeters away from Earth every year.
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Lunar astronauts used seismographs on their visits to the Moon, and found that small moonquakes due to the gravitational pull of the Earth, occurred several kilometers beneath the surface, causing ruptures and cracks. Scientists think the Moon has a molten core, just like Earth.
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Human beings have as much hair on their bodies as primates, such as monkeys and chimpanzees but it is mostly very light and short.
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Humans are believed to have lost a great majority of our body hair around a million years ago thanks to evolution.
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There is a particular form of louse that lives only in clothes. DNA tests show that it has evolved from a louse that previously lived only in human hair somewhere between forty two thousand and seventy two thousand years ago.

Think about all of the electronic devices that are in your possession and how many buttons they have on them. Are you aware of what each of those buttons actually does? If you do not know everything that the technology in your home or at work is capable of, read the manual. A few minutes of your time now could save you a lot of aggravation in the future.

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Dream It… Live It… Preserve It!!! ® May 2014

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Hosting A Child’s Sleepover

The age-old child’s slumber party creates some great memories for kids, but as a parent you soon become aware that a lot of time and effort has to go into these seemingly carefree extravaganzas.

Fortunately there are some helpful tips to follow to make sure you keep your sanity while your child still has a memorable sleepover.

You need to control the numbers of kids allowed at the sleepover and make sure you have talked to all of the parents involved. Go over the house rules with all of the children and plan a menu for them. Put the phones away.

You also need to make sure they have some kind of activity to participate in to ensure they can keep themselves entertained without getting into too much mischief.

However it is also important to avoid going overboard with adult supervision. Kids need to be given their space during a sleepover so that they can create a memorable bonding experience with their friends.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

That is why at Alpha we like to say that Dreams you set… are Dreams you get.

Just Keep Kick’n It!!! - - - - - -
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