New Year, New Goals: Breaking the Cycle of Failed Resolutions

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New Year celebrations are filled with excitement and anticipation. For most people, it is also about making resolutions or setting new goals for the year. Some people succeed while others fail at following through with the promises they make at the beginning of the year. Making resolutions stick to the very end may seem like a daunting project once enthusiasm wanes. But there are ways to get them done. Here are some ideas on how to stay on track with whatever goal for a brand new year.

Mind your pace

“Slow and steady wins the race”

Everything seems possible and doable at once at the height of excitement. But there may be days when enthusiasm is at its low. One of the timeless and simple approaches to working on your goals is to take small steps instead of making huge leaps that you cannot sustain. The trouble with starting with big goals is that it can put needless pressure that may lead to a lot of stress. The last thing you want is to stress yourself out in pursuit of your goals. Start slow and focus on making steady progress by taking the small steps that support your end-goal.

Make a plan that works for you

“The devil is in the detail”

Making New Year resolutions is the easy part. The real challenge is on how you can stay on track once the initial enthusiasm fades. Use goal setting principles like SMART to set clear, measurable, and time-bound goals. Make a plan around your objectives for the year that works for you. Incorporate mini-goals into your daily activities to help you take small and sustained steps that bring you closer to the end-results you have in mind.

Take time to evaluate

“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal.”

Keep track of your progress. Start a journal where you can write down anything related to your goals. Reviewing your notes can help you reflect on what works and what you may need to adjust to accomplish what you set out to do. It’s also important to make period self-assessments using your journal as guide. Make sure that you remain realistic with your expectations. It’s easy to get caught up with the desire to succeed that you may inadvertently start pushing yourself harder. Avoid overwhelming yourself by setting unrealistic expectations on your mini-goals hoping that it would speed up your success.

Believe and focus on the goal

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Visualize the outcomes and the steps needed to make them happen. You have to create clear mental images of the results you’re aiming for. But more importantly, you have to strongly believe that you can make it happen so much so that you could actually experience the feelings of already having succeeded with your goals.


Staying Safe During Exercise

We all want to do some physical activity now and then to stay active. For kids, playing outdoors—riding a bike, running, sliding, etc.—is an excellent way to keep them in shape. For adults, swimming, climbing, working out in the gym can be great choices. Whatever the form of exercise is one should remember to stay safe.

Here are some safety tips to remember to avoid injuries while working out:

Start from and end with level 1.


You don’t have to be aggressive right away. Start your exercise program by stretching out. Warming up should not be missed. It’s best to begin with low-intensity workouts as well so as not to strain your muscles. Also, remember that speed isn’t everything. Build up your speed slowly whether you’re brisk walking, cycling, swimming, or doing any other physical activity. After working out, don’t forget to cool down too.

Consult your doctor.

If you have health conditions, don’t hesitate to ask questions to your doctor or health care provider. It’s better for you to discuss with them what is safe for you instead of you coming to them in the future because of an exercise-related injury.

Wear the appropriate outfit.


Will you be cycling? Wear a helmet. Will you be lifting heavy weights? Wear gloves and non-slippery shoes. Always wear the right clothing and shoes for your activities. If you’ll be exercising outdoors, remember to check the weather and dress appropriately according to the temperature.

Pay attention to surroundings.

Whether you’re working out indoors or outdoors, make sure you’re in a safe environment. And as you go on with your program, make sure you stay in a safe environment. Pay close attention to the people and stuff around you. If you’re in your garage, make sure no tools are left turned on whether that’s as small as an electric screwdriver or as bulky as a circular saw. Keep away from handyman tools as much as possible

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Bend from your hips.

When bending, don’t do it from your waist. To know that you’re bending correctly, check your back. If it’s straight while you bend, then you’re on the right track. If your back isn’t, then you’re doing your bending wrong.

Stay hydrated.


Drink lots of water. Make sure you drink before, during, and after exercising, even if you think you don’t need it.

Listen to your body.

No matter how enthusiastic your mind is about working out, you should still listen to your body. If you’re running out of breath, if your head’s feeling dizzy, if you’re in pain, or if you feel nauseated, stop. If your chest feels tight or if you feel you’re about to faint, then stop. Call for help. Don’t wait for your body to totally breakdown before you listen to its needs. Your safety should be prioritized over beating your record or someone else’s.


How to Stay Healthy as a Welder

Welding isn’t an easy-peasy job. It could be rewarding, but it’s also a physically and mentally draining career. It requires you to be physically fit so you can perform your duties correctly.

So how can you stay healthy if you’re a welder?

There are three tips for you.

Have a balanced diet


As a welder, you need to have a nutritious diet. After all, welding is a physically demanding job. You should be serious about what you eat.

Being a welder means your body requires a lot of energy to perform physical activities. This means you’ll need to consume a significant amount of calories to keep you energized. If you’re an active welder (that means you exercise regularly or can still perform sports) under 50 years old, then you need up to 3,000 calories every single day to meet the energy levels your body demands. And that’s according to the United States Department of Agriculture. If you’re older, you’ll need more calories.

Go to work with the proper outfit.

welding-outfit-cartoon-femaleAnother way to stay healthy is to avoid harmful chemicals, flames, fumes, and electrical arcs while working. How will you do that? Sport the proper welding attire before showing up to work.

Each time you don’t wear the proper outfit (safety glasses, earplugs, long sleeves, welding gloves, close-toed shoes, welding helm), you put your health at stake. You allow yourself to get exposed to fire, UV radiation, bright light, and powerful, heavy equipment. Take note that welding machines like MIG welders (more info on this) may release sparks that can be harmful to your face and skin. To be safe and to stay healthy, follow all safety guidelines and recommendations. Remember, you’d want to avoid injuries as much as possible.

Being a successful welder isn’t just about knowing how to operating welding machines, it’s also not just about being skilled; it’s also about staying safe from welding accidents if you can.

Don’t ignore the correct protective attire you have to wear. The welding helmet can keep your eyes protected from retinal and cataracts burning. The gloves can help protect your hands from flashes and burns. The ear muffs or plugs can keep your ears safe from sparks. The flame-resistant apron can also keep your chest safe from fire and radiation. In short, there are a ton of reasons why they are supposed to be worn while welding, so wear them for your safety.

Work out regularly

running-runner-exerciseLastly, to stay fit as a welder, you must exercise. Using electrical tools and staying unmovable in awkward body positions while welding can be dangerous for your health. In fact, the use of handheld tools no matter how small can elevate your chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Some welding tasks are also repetitive, so be sure you spend some time working out. Head to the gym before or after work to stay healthy. Combine that with a balanced diet, and you’ll be a happier welder.

You could try cardiovascular exercises such as cycling, running, or swimming. These physical workouts can help lengthen your endurance by keeping your heart and lungs healthy. It’s not enough to exercise once a week. If you’re a welder, it’s best to go to the gym every other day or at least twice a week to help keep your body in shape.


Garage Heater Hacks

Did you think you can only use a garage heater in the garage? Well, this article will prove you wrong! If you haven’t used one in the following places, then you haven’t maximized your garage heater.

These are the other places where you can use your efficient, portable, and safe garage heater:



Just because the weather is cold doesn’t mean you have to take the time off from your hobbies or special projects. With a garage heater installed in the workshop, you can be productive even in winter. This machine comes with powerful fans coupled with stainless steel heating components that make it possible for them to provide enough heat to keep a whole room warm and comfortable. You can even fix a small heater to the wall and use its swivel feature to aim the heat right to where you’re working in the workshop.



Need additional heating in cold rooms or in places that have high ceilings and poor insulation? Use a garage heater to solve the problem! You can install it in your media or theater room, basement, pool house, etc. Places like these can get chilly during the cold season, which is why a garage heater would be useful. Before installing one, however, measure the size of the room first. This will allow you to identify the size of the garage heater you should get to supply sufficient heat in the room.

Note: Make sure you install the necessary pipes to release the waste fumes they generate if you’re not going to use a natural gas or propane garage heater.


garage-heater-redGarage heaters are a cheap alternative to oil furnace that is expensive. Heaters can provide heat in the farmhouse, which can get really wintry during cold days. Installing one is easy, which means it won’t require a lot of your time. Now, you don’t have to worry about not being able to visit the farmhouse during winter!

Construction site

Sometimes, construction workers are required to work on projects even in winter. To help fight the freezing wind, use a garage heater. This thing can help you perform your job efficiently and finish quickly so that you can drink a nice cup of hot coffee at home sooner. All you have to do is invest in a garage heater that has an exceptional heating capacity like the ones in Your heater should be of high-quality to deal with the harsh winter.


CSGO and Float Value

Definition and Use of Float Value

The float value system in CS:GO is what the game utilizes to identify how much value does your skin or weapon have.

factory-new-weapon-csgoWhen you open a case and find a weapon, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s brand new or field-tested. One thing’s for sure, though; it will come with a percentage or a number which goes from 0 to 100 percent or 0 to 1.

Take note that every skin or weapon has a minimum and a maximum float value.

The smaller the number, the higher the value is. The bigger the percentage, the higher its worth. Decimals will basically tell you how much is missing from your skin or how much of weapon is covered. Of course, you’d want to receive a gun or skin with a smaller number or higher percentage because that would mean it’s more valuable.

If you want to know the float value of a weapon or skin, use CSGO totem’s tool to check float value.


Below is a useful reference for you.

0.44 – 1.00 Battle-Scarred
0.37 – 0.44 Well-Worn
0.15 – 0.37 Field Tested
0.07 – 0.15 Minimal Wear
0.00 – 0.07 Factory New

The minimum, as well as the maximum, is 0-1 or 0% to 100% most of the time. However, there are a few exceptions.

The Only Exceptions

For instance, AWP / Asimov could have a minimum wear of 0.18. This weapon and skin aren’t offered in minimal wear or factory new condition because the minimal wear begins at 0.15. This is the reason why other skins have smaller wear range or lower maximum / higher minimum.

The Desert Eagle / Crimson Web and all crimson web knives have a minimum wear of 0.06, and the factory new begins at 0.07, so obviously there’s only a 0.01 gap between the start and the minimum. Because of this small difference, these skins are considered way too valuable and rare, causing them to become so costly as well.

Final Words


  • Always use the easy-to-use generator provided above to check the skin’s minimum and maximum wear. You just have to select a weapon, pick the skin, and that’s it.
  • Note that the float value won’t ever increase or decrease when you use the weapon.
  • The condition (factory new, well-worn) doesn’t change as well.



Breaking Away From Your Old Habits

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I know.

If there’s one thing that most people have in common nowadays, it’s having the struggle to break away from old habits. While some people get to do it successfully over time, other people get to do it unsuccessfully even over time.

Now, you might ask: Why is that so?

If some people can do it successfully, why can’t other people?

And therein lays the problem…

You see, other people struggle to break away from old habits due to lack of positive mindset. Instead of thinking about being able to do it like some people did, they think about not being able to do it exactly like how some people did. And therein lays another problem: comparing to some people.

You also see, some people struggle to break away from old habits due to lack of self-confidence. Instead of doing things that works great for them, they do things that work great for others. And therein lays the same problem: comparing to other people.

Ultimately, it all comes down to comparing.

But you know what? Doing so will not make you break away from your old habits as you planned to. Doing so will not make you break away from your old habits as you wanted to.

That being said, here are some useful tips to break away from your old habits:

Think about what you can only do.

Always remember, to each his own. There are things you can only do to be successful in whatever goal you are looking to achieve, while there are things some can only do to be successful in whatever goal they are looking to achieve. Accepting this fact will not just allow you to stop comparing yourself to some people, but also allow you to be more positive about what you think you can only do.

Do what only works great for you.

Also remember, just be yourself. There are things that might work great for you but not for others, while there are things that might work great for others but not for you. Accepting this fact will not just allow you to avoid comparing yourself to other people, but also allow you to gain more confidence about what only works great for you.

And oh, did I mention there are also Amazon funny mugs that you can use as you break away from your old habits?


Making Room For Positive Changes In Your Life


Ever felt like something inside you wants to come out? It can be the kind of feeling you get whenever you see people having the time of their lives. It can also be the kind of feeling you get whenever you see people struggling so much with their lives. Regardless, you know that something needs to change – not just for your own sake, but also for your loved ones’ sake and for other people’s sake.

That being said, why not start making room for positive changes in your life? This way, you would be able to get through life with a huge smile – no matter what you’ve gone through, no matter what you’re going through, no matter what you’ll go through.

Here are some ways:

Acknowledge your mistakes in life.

No matter how people want to change, if they can’t change what’s inside of them, everything will all be in vain. One great way to avoid the latter from happening is acknowledging your mistakes in life. From here, you will learn how to accept the consequences that go with each mistake. And from here, you will learn how to handle the consequences that go with each mistake.

In turn, it will make room for changes in your life that you never thought are possible – changes that will make you more inspired to become a better person for your own sake, changes that will make you more motivated to become a better person for your loved ones’ sake, changes that will make you more determined to become a better person for other people’s sake.

More importantly, learn to forgive.

This doesn’t only apply for those people who hurt you. This also applies for the people who you’ve hurt. Most of all, this applies to yourself – for all the choices you’ve made, for all the consequences you’ve endured, and for all the changes you’ve noticed.

Another tip? Start off by meditating. Learn more about nature’s role in every change that will happen in your life soon. Find a quiet place to meditate, sit on a tribal yoga mat, and just let yourself go someplace you’ve never seen and do something you’ve never experienced – into the depths of your mind, into the deepest parts of your heart.


How to Build Habits that You Can Stick To

habitsIf you feel like you are trapped in a cycle of thoughts and behaviors that hold you back from living the life you want, it may be time for some positive changes. Breaking habits take time. It may involve unhooking yourself from beliefs and practices that no longer serve you. There is no shortcut habit-building. But here are some ideas on how to create ones that you can stick to.

Scale it down – Big goals are challenging and exciting when motivation is at all time high. There is nothing wrong in aiming high. But you have to be realistic about the journey and the process. Big aspirations often call for long-term and sustained actions. If you want to build habits that will help you achieve what you set out to do, you have to start small. Create mini-goals that you can focus on one step at a time.

Keep a strategic mindset – Setting goals is easy. It is the follow-through part that becomes tricky. Create SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely) goals if you want to be more strategic in accomplishing the things you want to do.

Prepare to let go – Make space for new things in your life – physically and mentally. Positive transformations only happen if you make room for the unfamiliar. Clinging to old habits is instinctive, especially when faced with the unknown. But the more you hold on to physical or mental clutter, the more you prolong the process of ushering meaningful change in your life.

Declare your intentions – Make a commitment that will leave you no room to wiggle out. You can share it to as many people as you want if you are comfortable about going public with your goals. Or you can choose to declare your intentions to a tight circle of family and closest friends.

Tap into your support group – Building positive habits comes with its share of challenges. But going through all the ups and downs of the process is easier with supportive people around you. Make sure that you have a group of people like family and friends who can provide you with the encouragement, inspiration, and help you need at various points in your path towards hacking the habits you are aiming for.

Follow through with daily small steps – Small steps may not look like much. But following through with the little things every single day is one of the surest ways to creating the habits you want. Keep going regardless of how slow or small the effort may be. Great things are often accomplished by people who commit to the positive little things every day.