Discipline Your Mind For Success

Train me, God, to walk straight; then I’ll follow your true path. Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear (Psalms 86:11 MSG).

When you want to chart a new course, create new vistas, attain a new level of prosperity, or set new goals for growth, you have to learn to use your mind. Your mind is a tool that can be disciplined. You can teach it to focus in one direction, instead of vacillating in thoughts. This way, you’ll be able to use your mind to prepare your heart to accomplish greater things.

Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because of he trusteth in thee.” By staying your mind on the Lord, you’re disciplining your mind to focus on the Word of God concerning you and what you’re doing. The result is that you’ll experience the extraordinary peace of God that gives rest and prosperity.

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Take your mind away from anything and everything that distracts, and focus your attention on God. Choose to only be around those who love the Lord, and discuss only with those who’ll inspire you. Keep away from people who’ll deflate your faith, and try to talk you out of what you want to achieve. Set time aside for study and meditation on the Word. To stay your mind on God, you have to stay your mind on His Word. Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

In addition, speak in other tongues at every opportunity you have to be alone because you’re about something; you want to birth new visions and ideas. Keep at it, and soon enough, you’d receive the note of victory in your spirit and know that everything is settled, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Pastor Chris Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

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Workplace Violence Prevention & Response Program

Work Place Violence Prevention Program

“If I ever got the chance I’d kill my boss before he knew what hit him.” Do you have a plan and policy that allows you to address this statement from an employee who receives a poor performance appraisal? The recent active attacker tragedies at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the Mandalay Bay outdoor concert venue in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL, all had at least one commonality: Each of those sites was somebody’s workplace. Does your bank have a program to recognize, report, and respond to the risk of workplace violence (WPV), and a strategy that views every employee as a part of the solution to this increased risk? The safety of your employees should be your highest priority. The startling statistics of WPV serve as a catalyst for business leaders to commit to building a program before their risk becomes a reality.

The Data Behind the Risk:

  • Nearly 2 million US workers are victims of workplace violence (WPV) each year
  • Murder is the #2 cause of workplace death for women
  • Domestic disputes that spill into the workplace are the major root cause of WPV
  • 30,000 sexual assaults per year happen at work
  • WPV lawsuits cost companies an average of $500,000 per out-of-court settlement
  • Workplace assaults cause over $120 billion in annual losses

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Experts Recognize Four Types of  Violence at Work:

Type 1: Criminal with no connection to the business enters to commit robbery or other crimes (banks were robbed over 4,000 times in 2016)

Type 2: Violence directed at employees by customer or others to whom the business provides service

Type 3: Violence against a co-worker by a present or former employee

Type 4: Violence by someone who doesn’t work there but has a personal relationship with an employee

The most common category of WPV is Type 4. While banks are anomalies because they are targeted for robbery (Type 1), bank leaders who ignore the reality of the other three types do so at their own peril.

Defining Workplace Violence

A commitment to reduce the risk to your bank, its employees and its reputation, begins with defining WPV for your business. Experience and legal precedent favor a broad definition that includes any conduct on company premises or while conducting business anywhere when such conduct is intended to cause physical harm to a person, or property. Conduct, both physical and verbal, intended to negatively impact the safety or security of your bank should be included. A broad definition allows your Legal and Human Resource units to address problem behavior early and swiftly supported by written policy. Further, an inclusive policy sends a strong message to all that the bank will not tolerate fear in the workplace.

Your bank’s WPV policy should include threatening behavior. Again, this facilitates the quick administrative resolution of unacceptable conduct with the potential of rapid escalation to violence. Communications or actions intended to arouse fear, hostility or intimidation, or the apprehension of harm in your employee or any bank “protected person”, their family, friends or co-workers, clients, or property need to be within the scope of WPV at your bank. This covers conduct such as an employee “keying” the car of a co-worker in a parking lot, a disgruntled teller stating that she knows where her manager lives and “might have to pay him a visit”, or a loan officer suggesting to an angry customer that they settle their dispute “outside, one on one.”

A WPV policy that includes threats, by definition, includes the upward trend in stalking, both the physical and the cyber varieties. Recent data shows that as many as three out of five new relationships begin online, so it stands to reason that those who meet online may also break up, fight, and threaten each other online. Since we know that domestic disputes are a major root cause of WPV, develop a strategy that encourages employees to share restraining or protective orders with HR, management or security. Too often, corporate culture views such matters as entirely personal, but when potential violence is concerned, you may be held liable for failing to secure your workplace.

Workplace Violence Training

Now that you’ve defined WPV and threats it’s important to articulate who is a “protected person” under your policy. Again, broad inclusive language lets it be known that you have zero tolerance for anyone to feel threatened while under your care, and, it facilitates rapid handling of a potentially violent scenario. Employees, visitors, customers, vendors, and contractors should all feel safe while interacting with your bank whether they are working or dealing with you on or off-site. For example, a client who calls in for customer service and is threatened by one of your employees while on the call should be treated as a protected person.

To engage all employees as stewards of your business who are equally responsible for safety and security, teach them the “Three R’s” of WPV: Recognize, Report, and React. Everyone should learn to recognize the early warning signs of violence. Reporting concerns should be easy, even anonymous, and facilitated through multiple reporting options. The ball is in your court once you receive the report and you must have a process to act credibly, professionally, and swiftly. Reacting to an actual violent incident should be trained through informal sessions where short videos such as the Department of Homeland Security “Run, Hide, Fight” concept is portrayed. In the next installment of this article, we’ll further explore the “The Three R’s” in depth. Remember, after every incident, a co-worker or manager says they knew something was wrong and they wish they had acted; Don’t you be that person.

Originally published in http://www.bankingexchange.com/news-feed/item/7442-workplace-violence-it-could-happen-here?Itemid=638 and written by Frank Figliuzzi, the Chief Operating Officer of ETS Risk Management, Inc., and consults with global clients on Workplace Violence, Insider Threat, and Investigations. Frank was the FBI’s Assistant Director for Counterintelligence and served as a Special Agent for 25 years. He then joined General Electric where he led corporate Workplace Violence Prevention and Investigations. Frank also works as a National Security Contributor for NBC News.

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Wallpaper: How To Choose The Right One

The living room is one of the most commonly used areas in any households. Varied activities are going on in this particular area where it involves water, humidity and other strong chemicals. Due to regular exposure to such elements, it expedites the deterioration of its walls’ interiors. This is the reason that you should be careful in choosing the right floral wall art for your living room.

One of the basic criteria to consider when deciding for hanging new floral wallpaper in your living room is its quality. It should be durable considering that it is regularly exposed to moisture and humidity. The material to be used must withstand such intense condition.

If you opt for regular wallpaper, it may not last long. In just a short period, it will start to peel off. As a result, it will create an unpleasant view and can sometimes lead to developing a mold condition in areas with peeling wallpaper. On worst cases, these mild conditions can be hazardous to the health.

Bearing all these factors in mind, the highly recommended material is a vinyl coated because it is moisture resistant and easy to clean. Hence, it can withstand the intense humidity condition in the living room due to the regular use of hot and cold water.

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It is important too that the vinyl is not only moisture resistant on the surface but also at the back. Using this kind of paper will eliminate the possibility of the walls to absorb the moisture and humidity which can be detrimental to your partitions.

Another factor to consider is choosing a “scrubbable” paper quality. Remember that your living room is not only exposed to strong chemical elements, humidity, and moisture. It is also prone to regular cleaning that needs heavy scrubbing. Less durable paper quality cannot stand this recurring cleaning activity. Thus, a “scrubbable” paper for your bathroom walls is highly advisable because it will hold up the scrubbings and cleanings.

The good thing about using paper materials for your living room interior is its varied designs and color. If you are planning to revamp your kids’ bathroom, then you can play around with children based on themes like illustrations of animals and fairies. While for adults, you can opt for light colors accentuated with specific dark borders to give some highlights on the floral wall art

Lastly, you must avoid using paper wall materials on a temporary basis. The reason behind this is it takes a lot of effort to remove any wallpapers. So, once you decide to revamp your floral walls with this kind of material, do it for long-term or for an extended period of time. Remember that the usual lifespan of such paper materials is 10 years.

Generally, almost everyone wants to have a clean and tidy living room. If your existing bathroom is dull and desperately needs a makeover, then do not hesitate to choose living room wallpaper. It has a wide range of designs and colors that will suit one’s desire. Aside from that, it is also more affordable and offers the possibility to customize the rooms according to your likings.

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Bluegrass Mandolin – A Style and F Style

bluegrass mandolin

Hello guys, how are you? I hope that all of you are ready to learn something new about music instruments. Well, today I am going to discuss some interesting styles of bluegrass mandolin. If anyone here is new in music and doesn’t have any knowledge about these popular types of mandolins then; don’t worry. Get ready to learn!

Mandolin – An Introduction

The mandolin is a string melodic instrument in the lute family. It is generally played with a pick or plectrum. Usually, it has four pairs of doubled metal strings tuned as one. The paired strings are ordinarily tuned in a progression of perfect fifths. It is the soprano individual from a family of mandolins. The mandolin is analogous to the violin where the mandolin is analogous to the viola.

Bluegrass Mandolin  

It is a type of mandolin playing most commonly heard in bluegrass bands. You can see mandolins in numerous shapes and sizes but all are not suitable for bluegrass playing. Usually, there are one or two styles that bluegrass mandolin players can choose. Both have flat or nearly flat backs and arched tops. There are generally a-style and f-style mandolins.

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A – Style Mandolin

This A-style mandolin has a teardrop-shaped body generally having a round hole. This type of mandolins generally has a fuller, sweeter tone. Sometimes the tone can be described as woody, depending on the type of wood used to make the instrument.

F – Style Mandolin

It is a more stylish mandolin with a spiraled wooden curl on the upper side and a couple of points on the lower side. The f-style mandolins have the brightest, most penetrating sound. The f-style mandolin is used to have a clear sound and has enough power to play in jam sessions around campfires.

The Bluegrass Mandolin-Style 

From the beginning, the mandolin has been a core instrument in Bluegrass Mandolin. It can be used with guitar, fiddle, banjo, upright bass, and sometimes dobro. Each of these instrument has a specific part to play in the performance of bluegrass music. There are three styles which commonly used :

  • Rhythm 

This type of music is poly-rhythmic in which each instrument in the band adds to the musicality of the tune in its own particular manner. This mandolin has a high toned string which makes its contribution with a technique called a “chop,” also known as chunking. Snare drum like chords is played on the second and fourth beats of each bar (or the second and third in the case of 3/4 time). By releasing the pressure of the fingers shortly after striking each chord, the chops create a driving, percussive effect.

  • Fill and Backup

Bluegrass singing normally consolidates long-held notes and sometimes pauses for extra “turnaround” notes at the end of lyrical lines. Mandolinists, play straightforward harmonies, countermelodies or delicate cleaving in behind the singing, and alternate contributing striking spontaneous creations and “licks” amid the pauses and turnarounds. 

  • Breaks, kickoffs, and endings

This American style music is determined by songs with simple, clear or straightforward verses and choruses, scattered with instrumental impromptu creations called “breaks” provided by melodic instruments, including the mandolin. Breaks are synonymous with playing a solo.  A decent mandolin break may stick reasonably to the song of the tune, or it might be all impromptu creation around the chord progression. In most of the cases, the mandolin player will include components of the song, supplemented by the act of spontaneity and chording. Kickoffs (which lead the band to a tune) and endings are like breaks, however, are typically shorter.

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Baby-Led Weaning

If your baby is coming up to the 6 month mark, you will probably be thinking about starting weaning some time soon. If so, I suggest you put your best organic baby clothes away at mealtimes as things are going to get a bit messy for you and your little one.

organic baby clothes
organic baby clothes

Baby-led weaning is very much ‘en vogue’ at the moment and it’s easy to see why. Instead of you deciding when baby should start eating solid foods, he or she decides. Breastmilk or formula will carry on being baby’s main source of nutrition until he or she is around 12 months old. But from 6 months they can start trying other foods.

In the Summer months, I used to strip my daughters down to just a nappy and sit them in a  highchair. Otherwise I’d just put on one of their baby vests and/or an organic cotton bib. I’d pop a bit of cooked pasta,  fruit or veg on the tray and let them get on with it. I recommend always having a damp flannel or some organic muslin squares to hand as Boy can babies make a mess!

The one thing with baby-led weaning is that Mum or Dad don’t ‘force’ baby to eat when he or she doesn’t want to. Babies who are feeding themselves do not overeat as there’s no-one playing aeroplanes with the spoon, forcing the last bits of food down their mouths. We’ve all seen and probably done that, haven’t we? Pretending the spoon is a plane or train and making the silly sound effects whilst encouraging baby to open their mouth and eat?  Sounds familiar?

The benefits of baby-led weaning are huge.  Not only does it help with hand-eye coordination and healthy eating habits but it also gives baby the chance to explore different tastes and textures at his own pace. Your baby must be able to sit upright before you start.  Baby should also be able to chew and ideally be showing an interest in family mealtimes.

Some parents do a mixture of spoon feeding along with the baby-led weaning and that’s fine.

As with most things, this is your baby and you do whatever works for you.  Baby-led weaning is slightly less demanding though and if you’re relaxed about the mess and understand that your baby won’t starve doing his own thing, then go for it!

There’s no right or wrong when it comes to weaning.  Some babies can cope with lumpy food earlier than others.  Be flexible though and don’t make baby do anything he or she isn’t ready for.

Start with things like batons of banana or other fruits. Organic fruit and veg is perfect but it doesn’t matter if you’re out of Fairtrade bananas!  These bamboo bowls are great but it’s fine to just lay some nibbles on the highchair tray too.

However you go about it, good luck and remember that Weetabix when it dries outperforms Superglue any day!!

Source: https://www.tillyandjasper.co.uk/blogs/news/baby-led-weaning

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