Should You Be Paranoid In What You Post Online?

Not long ago, I was having an interesting conversation with someone online, and the gentleman mentioned to me, that “maybe I shouldn’t be telling you any of this.” Apparently, the information was somewhat secret and might indeed, if it got out into the world that is, cause a problem for the other parties involved, not him of course, he was a neutral party, more of an observer, however he was in the flow of information you see.
Okay so, let’s talk about this, should you be as paranoid as my acquaintance is online? Well, yes, you should be somewhat paranoid in some regards. For instance, if you are in college and putting pictures of yourself online, or involved in conversations that might hurt your prospects for getting a job in the future someday – then you should be thinking here. Ask yourself, do you want your future co-workers to know this information, or the human resource department for instance at the company you may in the future work with?
You might read a couple of interesting pieces in the WSJ from November of 2010 titled; “Facebook Says User Data Sold to Broker” and “FaceBook in Privacy Breach” – because if you think your amusing pictures and comments are safe, you might want to re-think it all, seriously.
And, if you are a small business person, do you really want your competitors to know things? I can tell you that there are still scoundrels out there who will go through your trash, and would gladly search an skip-trace you online, and probably will if you become a threat to their businesses in the market place.
Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel, nice guy actually, once wrote a book titled; “Only the Paranoid Survive” and he’s basically correct. So, a little healthy paranoia, and it is probably a good thing? Okay so, Andy Grove was hardly alone in his advice. You see, Winston Churchill once said; “Loose Lips Sink Ships!” And anyone in Naval Intelligence will tell you the same. Luckily, I am quite a trustworthy individual, so no worries here with my acquaintances secret, and even though he had juicy stuff – Yeah! His secret is safe with me.
Still, when it comes to online information, do the prudent thing, and think twice – and that reminds me there was an interesting set (series) of articles in the Wall Street Journal lately called “What They Know” and some of the subtitles tell the story;
“Scrapers Dig Deeper for Data on the Web” “A Web Pioneer Profiles by Name”
“The Web’s New Gold Mine – Your Secrets””Web Privacy Inadequate – FTC Says a Do Not Track System is Needed”
Seriously, don’t do anything you are going to regret in the future some day. Please consider all this. And if you have additional comments, I surely hope you will email me your thoughts on the topic.
References:
1. “Only the Paranoid Survive – How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company and Career” by Andy Grove, President and CEO of Intel, Currency DoubleDay Publishers, New York, NY, (1996), 210 pages, ISBN: 0-385-48258-2.2. Wall Street Journal article; “Using Software to Sift Digital Records” by Nathan Koppel, November 23, 2010. 3. Wall Street Journal article; “Some Data Miners Ready to Reveal What They Know” by Emily Steel, December 3, 2010.

Keeping a Lower Back Pain Journal

Keeping a journal after incurring a back injury can be quite helpful. Sometimes even necessary. Especially as it relates to an injury that happened while at work or one that is the direct result of a motor vehicle accident.
Without keeping some detailed notes at the ready, we must rely completely on our long term memory for dates, times, places, events, and people we meet. Just to name a few! It can happen that very quickly our lives become confusing and details become blurred…
Immediately after a physician’s appointment, spend a few minutes writing down all that you can remember about the encounter. What did he say about your condition? Did he order or want to order any special testing? When is your follow up visit scheduled? Anytime you can document these details about your case, you make it easier to stay on top of your care and remain organized. This will immediately become apparent to you six months after seeing the physician and you are able to better recall you conversation with him/her than they can with you!
Keep with your journal copies of any reports you can get your hands on. This includes physical therapy or chiropractic notes. The results of any MRI, EMG, CAT scans, and x-ray reports. Even go so far as to save appointment cards and receipts for any out of pocket expenses. You may eventually get reimbursed. Make photo copies of physician referrals or prescriptions for medication he/she has prescribed.
Keep a notepad by the phone and record telephone numbers and names of people who call you. Write down as much of the conversation as you can remember. You are not allowed to record another person unless you tell them they are going to be recorded ahead of time and they in turn give you permission. Be sure to check your local or federal laws to be sure!
Bottom line is don’t rely on anyone else to remember all the things about you and your lower back condition. This applies to you whether you are building a case or not. You must be your own best advocate when it comes to managing yourself and the things that might ultimately affect you financially.
As you keep detailed records and copies in your journal, it will be less likely that you will end up in a “he said, she said” argument. Most likely they will not be as prepared to pull out a trusty journal like you and produce some hard evidence.
Good Luck,
Tommy Hoffman, P.T. “Permanent Lower Back Pain Relief”

A Gratitude Journal – How Expressing Gratitude Can Transform Your Life in Difficult Times

A gratitude journal? What if you feel like times have been tough and you don’t have much to be grateful for? What if you feel like you’ve got every right to wallow in misery? You may have the right, but is that really serving you? Read on to discover how expressing gratitude can help you turn things around.
Tough times make it hard to remember that we do have a lot to be grateful for no matter what. And at no time is it more important to make the effort.
And why? Whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, you have to admit that things always seem to come in groups. When good things happen, then they keep on happening. And when bad things happen, they keep going from bad to worse.
So why not believe? It clearly works, and it will help you focus on the things you do want — so that you can draw more of them into your life.
And that’s exactly where a gratitude journal comes in.
By focusing on and writing down all the things we’re grateful for, i.e., the good things that have been happening in our lives, we will draw more things that we’ll be grateful for.
Writing things down gives them extra power, and it also allows us to reread what we’ve written. So if we should forget our many blessings, we can always review them at any time.
So go ahead and pick up a notebook or a pretty journal. Make it something special. Keep it by your bedside or somewhere else where you’re likely to see (and use) it every day. And start recording your blessings.
And if you’re stuck for what to be grateful for, start with the simple things.
Food on the table. A roof over your head. Something to wear (even if it isn’t quite what you would like to have). Maybe a job to help you earn a living. Or friends who care about you. Family members who love you.
And don’t forget your health, your well-functioning eyes, ears, limbs, etc. Make adjustments for what works in your life.
Be grateful for any money that is coming into your life — even if it’s not as much as you’d like. It’s a start, and gratitude for it will help you draw in more. You can even express gratitude in anticipation of what you expect to get.
Don’t worry. You won’t jinx it. To the contrary, you’ll increase the chances that it will appear.

3 Steps Towards Accomplishing Your Resolutions

Have you taken the time yet to sit down and reflect upon the past year and what you would like to accomplish in the coming year? It is that time again, when many try to change old self-defeating habits, start new projects, accomplish the “undone” ones of years past, make new friends, change careers, or any of a number of things that you may want to change. Anytime of year is a great to get started, but January seems to be more suited to such pursuits. It is the beginning of another year and a good time to make a fresh start. Most of us live in areas that are colder, with the sun in the sky for a shorter period of time. We tend to stay indoors more with much more time to read, write, study, watch movies, etc. It’s a perfect time to reflect.
New Year’s Resolutions have such a bad rap. They are the things you come up with to do in the coming year that you invariably know you won’t do. What’s the use? I don’t want to bore you with a list of “to do’s,” but there are some things that are essential if you want to be successful. If you would just do these three things, you will be far more likely to change unwanted behavior for good, finish that project, or work on your character. Here are 3 steps to accomplishing your New Year’s Resolutions.
#1 Get a vision of what you want to accomplish. See yourself doing it, or being it. By asking yourself such questions as what do I want to look like? Where do I want to live? How do I want to behave in certain situations? You will be more likely to see yourself as a success in your mind’s eye. Everything that ever was or ever will be was created in someone’s mind first. So if you cannot hold the vision of what you want, you probably will not succeed. In this vision you create, see yourself in it as the participator and not as a third party. Be aware of colors, smells, textures, surroundings, and other people. It has to be real for you. Replay your vision often.
#2 Writing your goals down is the second step towards success. Often people who write their goals down don’t write accomplishable goals down. They write down ideas or wishes, but not goals. By starting with your vision, you need to state on paper what it is you want first. Recreate the vision on paper if that helps. The best place for this kind of writing is in a personal journal, or in something that you will return to throughout the year. Next, ask yourself what you need to DO in order to get there. This is the important part. You need to break down your goals into manageable realistic steps. If I want to finish reading a 1000 page book, figure out how much time you have to read each month. Divide the book up into 12 sections, and write a goal for each month. Then you can divide that down into weeks and even days. You know you need to read 84 pages a month, about 20 pages a week and around 3 pages a day. Now you know what you need to DO in order to accomplish the goal. Write that down as your short term goal. It is a doable goal, it isn’t as daunting as looking at a goal to read this huge 1000 page book. If you get behind, you know how much you need to read in order to catch up. Perhaps you want the book read in 3 months time. You still need to work backwards until you come to the daily or weekly thing you must DO. Moving ahead of the pace you’ve set is great! If you have more time, go for it!
#3 Don’t overload yourself. Another mistake we get into is trying to make too many changes at once. Make your list of goals you want to accomplish, choose 2 -3 that are high priority, and envision those. Because you wrote the others down, don’t be surprised if you actually accomplish those too. Writing down goals jumps starts the subconscious which is the real captain of our ship. We will begin doing things to accomplish those goals because our subconscious mind has been charged to do them. It’s a great thing. So don’t fret about those goals being left behind. Focus on 2-3 high priority goals and continue the process of visualization and writing until you have something concrete to DO. When you have succeeded, get out your other goals and begin the process again with them.
January is a great time to reflect, to appreciate, to resolve, to initiate change. So, take the time. Play the movies of you often. Write your own script, and become the best you can be. Live to your full potential by accomplishing your New Year’s Resolutions.