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Personalization: The Process and its Perks

Personalization: The Process and its Perks

As the generation that experienced the evolution of social networking sites (Friendster, MySpace, and finally Facebook), we’ve had plenty of practice in the field of customization. Pairing them with our favorite colors as the background, we’ve modified our personal pages to play our favorite songs once opened by fellow netizens.

Nowadays, you can personalize even your undergarments. One bride even went as far as having a cake made into a life-sized version of her. Wax seal stamps are proof that personalizing and customization were already a trend in the Middle ages and during the reign of the pharaohs.

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According to the National Institute of Health, in a TIME magazine article, millennials are three times more likely to have narcissistic personality disorder than previous generations, hence the nickname “Me, Me, Me Generation”. This makes many of us prone to impatience and selfishness.

For example, when siblings fight over something, “Does it have your name on it?” usually becomes the problem-solver and argument ending statement. So, unless it has your initials inscribed, you have no right to call it yours. It’s become an unspoken rule between siblings and peers.

Getting custom-made luxury bags, shoes, shoes, clothes or even cars has never been easier. Customization isn’t limited to just material objects. Travel can be tailored down to the last detail if we want to. Experiences are actually more flexible, and spending money on experiences rather than goods is a more preferred way of life for some millennials.

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Making it Mine

Personalization comes in the form of engravings, stickers, labels, patches, and embossed or monogrammed anything. Old-fashioned folks probably still have handkerchiefs adorned with their initials. I own a jewelry box with my full name engraved on the cover. When it comes to gifts, there is no doubt that a stronger connection and attachment can be found between a customized object, the giver and the recipient. When they are personalized, ordinary things no longer feel “average” because of the sentimental value behind them.  Plus, it is easier to spot a customized item and confirm that it belonging to you.

Social media has its own methods and services when it comes to personalization. There’s the use of hash tags to make an event or person go viral. Aside from the built-in filters, Snapchat also allows you to design and use one of your own geofilters for your special day.

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    iPhones come in a variety of colors, sizes and capacities. We can now decide exactly what we want on our sandwiches and salads. That’s why businesses like Coldstone, Subway and Chipotle have many loyal customers. Nike, Converse and Adidas offer services in which you can design your own shoes.

    Trying to be a little frugal about your fashion staples? Sites like Etsy and Pinterest cater to individuals who would rather not buy what everyone else can easily find at malls. There are also plenty of tutorials to make your sneakers stand out.

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      We have been dubbed the “DIY Gen Y” since we are more satisfied with our purchases when we’re given the freedom to choose what to include and what to omit. “Full” or pre-made packages don’t appeal to us.

      DIY and customization isn’t just limited to artsy projects. For those who are planning on starting up their own business, one way of personalizing comes in the form of creating your own logo. How else are you going to promote yourself and your passion?

      Now we can positively set ourselves apart from everyone else without feeling the need to scream “That’s mine!”

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      Last Updated on November 20, 2018

      10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

      10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

      A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

      Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

      1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

      Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

      If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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      2. You put the cart before the horse.

      “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

      3. You don’t believe in yourself.

      A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

      4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

      The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

      5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

      If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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      6. You don’t enjoy the process.

      Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

      The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

      7. You’re trying too hard.

      Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

      8. You don’t track your progress.

      Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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      9. You have no social support.

      It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

      10. You know your what but not your why.

      The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

      Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

      Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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      Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

      Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

      Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

      • The more specific you can make your goal,
      • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
      • The more encouraged you’ll be,
      • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

      I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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