Recognize All Your Losses, Past and Present, to Help Deal With Grief

Causes of Grief

No matter what the source, grief is painful. Death is obviously a major cause of grief and may be the greatest contributor to our sense of loss. However, there are so many other reasons we experience grief and pain. It’s so important to realize not all losses have to do with death. The following is a list of some other losses; you may have additional experiences that have caused pain in your life so keep in mind this is not a comprehensive list.

Disability after an illness or accident
Loss of property (something important lost, destroyed, or stolen)
Loss of relationship or love
Loss of security, job, freedom, self-esteem, status, finances, trust, innocence, hopes and dreams
Recall Previous Losses

Each time we experience a new grief, the pain may be compounded as we are reminded of our previous losses. This is normal, and although it may be painful to remember, it can actually be helpful. It may seem odd and downright uncomfortable to intentionally think about past hurts, but reviewing the course your grief has taken in the past will help you with your present pain. As you reflect on past hurts, examine your reactions. How did you resolve your grief with each one? Did you resolve your grief or just “sweep it under the rug?” Sometimes we feel it necessary to ignore the hurt, or it could be just too painful to deal with the grief at hand, so we hide it for a while. We believe that once the pain is hidden, we can continue on with our lives because the grief isn’t there to cause us trouble. But it is still there! You didn’t eliminate the issue… you just moved it. Grief may be temporarily hidden, but it will always show back up until you deal with it. So as painful as it may be, you need to recall your previous losses.

Identify, Recognize, and Work Through

With all of the painful issues of your life brought into the light, you may feel that so much grief should be left in the dark. Not true! The good news is that you can overcome these painful issues and prevent them from ever becoming future stumbling blocks. You are strong enough to deal with each issue from the past. You can resolve old issues that still cause you pain and you will release them. You will now effectively deal with each grief as it comes, refusing to hide it. You will make progress in your grief journey if you just keep moving forward! Keep proclaiming those positive affirmations and follow these steps that can help.

1. Identify your losses throughout your life, all of them, not just the most recent one. Many kinds of losses can affect you deeply so think fully and completely on this. There may be devastating losses or smaller ones that still made you feel bad; identify and recognize them all.

2. Think about how you survived past disappointment and trauma. Reflect on how you dealt with the pain at the time. Be encouraged from your past recoveries and start working through any remaining hurts. Once dealt with, most hurts just become memories with no pain associated with them.

3. Working through the pain and grief can take time and can be carried out in many different ways. You may want to talk to a trusted friend or family member about the grief you have recognized. You can also journal your feelings or participate in cathartic activities such as exercise, music or other arts. You may try prayer and take your concerns to God. (He is always interested in hearing from you in your time of need.) In some cases, professional or spiritual counseling is recommended.

Working through grief takes time and energy but it’s difficult to even begin your journey toward a healthy future without first recognizing and dealing with your past.

4 Ideas For Selling Information Products

This is no different than selling any other product. In many ways it is better. Because people access the information everyday by the millions there is a built in market for you to make money off of. Here are 4 selling information products online tips that will help you make more sales.

We have all heard the famous saying by the world’s first millionaire, J. Paul Getty. He once remarked that he would rather earn 1% on the sales of 100 people than he would earn 100% on the sales of his own. Think about that as it applies to selling information products on the internet.

1. Amazon got it right in the mid 90′s when they started one of the first affiliate programs. An affiliate is someone who gets paid to sell someone else’s products. It is a mutually beneficial program for both the product owner and salesman. What works so well for information products is they can be sold on the internet by anyone who wants to work at promoting them.

Digital information products are even better because there is no shipping or collections involved. If you are the information product creator you just need to get everything set up online and then go find affiliates to make sales for you. Clickbank,, Associate Programs, and others are places affiliate go to find products to sell. If you want to get paid over and over on the efforts of others getting affiliates is a great way to do it.

2. Network marketing is another way to sell information products online. Success University is one example of a online information product that is being sold via network marketing. They have a monthly membership based product that provides personal development training and it is all internet based.

As a business person with information products to sell you could consider starting your own online network marketing business. If that does not appeal to you then you could become a distributor and build your own worldwide business selling other people’s products and make money on your distributors sales as well.

3. A third way to sell information products online is to buy products with resell rights and sell them on a blog. If you were to create an authority blog that people come back to over and over then you have a built in target market to resell products to. A blog monetized with resell products is great because you get to concentrate on blogging and not product creating.

Blogs are a great place to sell information because your visitors are coming to you to find information and they come back creating the possibility for repeat business. Resell products are perfect because you can find them all over the internet and then put them on your blog for people to pay you 100% profit on.

4. Another way to sell information is via email. Using and autoresponder you can build a mailing list and then make money selling to your list. A monthly ezine would be one way to do this. An ezine is short for electronic magazine. Today we call it an ezine when it really is your newsletter delivered to a subscribers email address.

As your subscriber base grows it is a gold mine for you and your information products. As long as you have subscribers you have potential to make money virtually anytime 24 hours a day by sending out an offer to your list. When you weave your products into your newsletter you are packaging free information with products for sale which is a less threatening way for someone to buy from you.

This is 4 ideas on selling information products. These are all proven ways to do it and when you make your products digital in nature you can do it all online.

Product Innovation Concepts

New products are being developed on a constant basis for the self defense products industry. The distributors see the new designs cross their desks, and stock the new products on store shelves. Many have websites that require updating on a regular basis with new products.

Self defense products have to keep evolving to do a better job with less effort. If an attacker targets a victim, the victim must be able to deploy the device with minimal effort and use the device effectively. Design translates into easier initial deployment and fewer errors in the act of self defense.

Although there are some genuinely novel self defense devices, most innovations are improvements on current designs. Largely, this is true of most industries. Take an already successful product and make it better. Some general observations about product innovations are valuable.

Collecting data on a successful product will typically reveal that some customers would prefer the product be made with other features. That data may indicate enough design issues to cause a radical redesign of the product. A transition of this sort may significantly add to market share.

Totally new inventions may be difficult to get off the ground financially for a successful business. This route is notoriously difficult, and perhaps only for the entrepreneurs with the most dedication and a knack for vision. Be ready to deal with patent attorneys and have many lean years of difficulty.

Many innovations may only be centered on small changes, or even just aesthetic design alterations. Making straight-forward aesthetic changes is common in self defense products. Some degree of technical innovation is often combined with aesthetic improvements to make an old product style look refreshingly new.

Some products could do better to be made with multiple color and style options. This is true for many hand-held electronics designs. Plastics manufacturers may be able to accommodate the design requirements for a successful new product launch without costing your business a fortune.

A “eureka moment” will often have to be followed by dozens if not hundreds of test trials to bring a product to a final stage. However the journey may be rewarding. Consider the possibility that you may learn many things along the way that were previously unknown, and this knowledge may become a source of new innovations.

Innovation may be a hard challenging process, but there are rewards of personal satisfaction as well as potential wealth building. Much wealth these days is built by consumers buying new products that make the old product largely obsolete. All products wear out, so new and improved designs are likely to be tried in place of old designs in any consumer market segment. Embrace your innovative capacity.