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Without Just Adding More Weight2015-Apr-8

Without Just Adding More Weight

 

When your strength routine starts to feel easy, the usual reaction is to pick up bigger free weights or to move the pin down the weight stack. And while increasing the load is certainly a sign of progress, there are other ways to up the challenge, with body benefits beyond simply being able to move more weight. All good in that regard? Then here are a couple of his favorite ways to make exercises tougher.

 

With a lot of standard exercises, you use both sides of your body at the same time think the squat, lat pulldown, and bench press. Or rather, with these moves, it appears that both sides of your body are exerting the same amount of effort. Thing is, pretty much everyone has a "strong" side and Cheap Sunglasses a "weak" side; oftentimes in these kinds of bilateral exercises, you won't notice that, say, your right is taking up a little slack for the left. Therefore, to equalize your strength, it's smart to divide the work. For example, to progress a squat, Gaddour suggests first going to a staggered stance, aligning your back toe with your front heel, shifting more of the onus on the front leg. Next, you can advance to a split squat, which uses a lunging position in which your legs form http://www.replicachristianlouboutin.com/ 90 degree angles at the bottom of the movement, further taxing the front leg. You can also switch up your lat pulldown from using one cable and bar to a machine with two separate cables and Fake Sunglasses handles, or change your bench press by going from a barbell to two individual dumbbells.

 

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Load Your Body Unevenly

 

Another way to change up an exercise is to add instability in the form of resistance on just one side of the body. When you load an exercise asymmetrically, explains Gaddour, the core has to work double time to keep you balanced even as you're specifically working other muscles. For example, in forward or reverse lunges, try holding a single dumbbell in the hand opposite the front knee. Or, try a single leg deadlift (which by itself employs the same principle as in the last section), holding one weight in the opposite arm of the standing leg and then try holding it in the same hand. You can also do those already mentioned two handle lat pulldowns and dumbbell bench presses, as well as single cable horizontal rows and dumbbell shoulder presses, with one arm at a time.

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Woman throws shoe at Hillary Clinton2015-Apr-8

Woman throws shoe at Hillary Cheap Prom Ball Gowns On Sale Clinton

 

Mark Carpenter, spokesman for The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, said the woman was not affiliated with his group and was not credentialed for the event.

 

He said she "must have slipped under the rope at the last second."

 

"I saw papers fly when the protester stood up. I saw papers flying in the air," he said.

 

Carpenter said there were about 1,000 people in attendance.

 

Clinton's appearance is the latest in a series of high profile speaking engagements for the former secretary of state since leaving the Obama administration. She is considered http://www.chiflatiron.us.com/ the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race.

 

CNN's Cheap Plus Size Wedding Dresses Dan Merica contributed to this report.

 

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worker at Christmas party2015-Apr-8

worker at Christmas party

 

By Kevin McCartyA Christmas party for a south sound construction company turned into a melee when several employees got into a fight at an Orting restaurant. One of the men faces charges for stabbing one of his co workers.The men were all at a party for Northwest Pallet Tuesday night, and had been drinking according to a probable cause affidavit, when they got into an altercation in the restaurant parking lot.According to the affidavit, one employee got into his truck to leave only to have a tire slashed by co worker Shane Vasquez. When the man rolled down his truck window Vasquez stabbed him in the neck, according to the charges. A witness told Orting police he saw Vasquez and another man stabbing and kicking the truck.The charging documents state three men in all were stabbed or received slash wounds during the brawl. One of the victims told Orting police he didn't know how he got hurt, but court documents say he suffered puncture wounds to his stomach and a significant laceration to his arm. Another man also had a wound to his arm consistent with a knife wound.Vasquez, 22, was charged Friday with first degree assault. His bail was set at $150,000. Another man was also taken into custody at Cheap Snapbacks the same time as Vasquez but was not charged. It's not clear from the affidavit what started the fight.Want to talk about the news of the day? Watch free streaming video on theKIRO 7 mobile appandiPad app, and join us here onFacebook.From Our News PartnersPhotos: 18 chihairstraightener.us.com Oreo flavors you never knew existedDisease sniffing smartphone being developedPhotos: Martin Luther King Jr's son selling $4.8M mansion4 adults jailed for 'fake' kidnapping to teach kid stranger dangerSuper Bowl spot prompts domestic violence victims to seek helpNews headlinesMan pepper sprayed over parking spotNew bill could kill red light camerasGirls, 16, believed to be trafficking victims Kent drivers could be forced to pay more on car tab feeRadioShack files bankruptcy; Washington stores may be affected MoreKIRO 7 WeatherWeatherKIRO 7 Interactive chi flat iron website Doppler Radar5 Day ForecastAdvertisers and SponsorsFree ClassifiedsCars at AutotraderLocal Services at KudzuCoupons at Valpak.

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Why the US Will Still be the Only Superpower in2015-Apr-8

Why the US Will Still be the Only Superpower in 2030

 

Version 2.0 of this article is posted here.

 

One of the most popular dinner party conversation topics is the possibility that the United States will be joined or even surpassed as a superpower by another nation, such as China. China has some very smart people, a vast land area, and over four times the population of the US, so it should catch up easily, right? Let assess the what makes a superpower, and what it would take for China to match the US on each pillar of superpowerdom.

 

A genuine superpower does not merely have military and political influence, but also must be at the top of the economic, scientific, and cultural pyramids. Thus, the Soviet Union was only a partial superpower, and the most recent genuine superpower before the United States was the British Empire.

 

To match the US by 2030, China would have to :

 

1) Have an economy near the size of the US economy. If the US grows by 3.5% a year for the next 25 years, it will be $30 trillion in 2006 dollars by then. Note that this is a modest assumption for the US, given the accelerating nature of economic growth, but also note that world GDP only grows about 4% a year, and this might at most be 5% a year by 2030. China, with an economy of $2.2 trillion in nominal (not PPP) terms, would have to grow at 12% a year for the next 25 years straight to achieve the same size, which is already faster than its current 9 10% rate, if even that can be sustained for so long (no country, let alone a large one, has grown at more than 8% over such a long period). In other words, the progress that the US economy would make from 1945 to 2030 (85 years) would have to be achieved by China in just the 25 years from 2005 to 2030. Even then, this is just the total GDP, not per capita GDP, which would still be merely a fourth of America

 

2) Create original consumer brands that are household names everywhere in the world (including in America), such as Coca Cola, Nike, McDonalds, Citigroup, Xerox, Microsoft, or Google. Europe and Japan have created a few brands in a few select industries, but China currently has none. Observing how many American brand logos have populated billboards and sporting events in developing nations over just the last 15 years, one might argue that US dominance has even increased by this measure.

 

3) Have a military capable of waging wars anywhere in the globe (even if it does not actually wage any). Part of the opposition that anti Americans have to the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is the envy arising from the US being the only country with the means to invade multiple medium size countries in other continents and still sustain very few casualties. No other country currently is even near having the ability to project military power with such force and range. Mere nuclear weapons are no substitute for this. The inability of the rest of the world to do anything to halt genocide in Darfur is evidence of how such problems can only get addressed if and when America addresses them.

 

4) Have major universities that are household names, that many of the worlds top students aspire to attend. 17 of the world top 20 universities are in the US. Until top students in Europe, India, and even the US are filling out an application for a Chinese university alongside those of Harvard, Stanford, MIT, or Cambridge, China is not going to match the US in the knowledge economy. This also represents the obstacles China has to overcome to successfully conduct impactful scientific research.

 

5) Attract the best and brightest to immigrate into China, where they can expect to live a good life in Chinese society. The US effectively receives a subsidy of $100 to $200 billion a year, as people educated at the expense of another nation immigrate here and promptly participate in the workforce. As smart as people within China are, unless they can attract non Chinese talent that is otherwise going to the US, and even talented Americans, they will not have the same intellectual and psychological cross pollination, and hence miss out on those economic benefits. The small matter of people not wanting to move into a country that is not a democracy also has to be resolved.

 

6) Become the nation that produces the new inventions and corporations that are adopted by the mass market into their daily lives. From the telephone and airplane over a century ago, America has been the engine of almost all technological progress. Despite the fears of innovation going overseas, the big new technologies and influential applications continue to emerge from companies headquartered in the United States. Just in the last two years, Google emerged as the next super lucrative company (before eBay and Yahoo slightly earlier), and the American dominated emerged as a powerful force of information and media.

 

7) Be the leader in entertainment and culture. China film industry greatly lags India let alone America We hear about piracy of American music and films in China, which tells us exactly what the world order is. When American teenagers are actively pirating music and movies made in China, only then will the US have been surpassed in this area. Take a moment to think how distant this scenario is from current reality.

 

8) Be the nation that engineers many of the greatest moments of human accomplishment. The USSR was ahead of the US in the space race at first, until President Kennedy decided in 1961 to put a man on the moon by 1969. While this mission initially seemed to be unnecessary and expensive, the optimism and pride brought to anti Communist people worldwide was so inspirational that it accelerated many other forms of technological progress wholesale nfl jerseys and brought economic growth to free market countries. This eventually led to a global exodus from socialism altogether, as the pessimism necessary for socialism to exist became harder to enforce. People from many nations still feel pride from humanity having set foot on the Moon, something which cheap nfl jerseys America made possible.

 

China currently has plans to put a man on the moon by 2024. While being only the second country to achieve this would certainly be prestigious, it would still be 55 years after the United States achieved the same thing. That is not quite the trajectory it would take to approach the superpowerdom of the US by 2030. If China puts a man on Mars before the US, I may change my opinion on this point, but the odds of that happening are not high.

 

9) Be the nation expected to thanklessly use its own resources to solve many of the world problems. If the US donates $15 billion in aid to Africa, the first reaction from critics is that the US did not donate enough. On the other hand, few even consider asking China to donate aid to Africa. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the fashionable question was why the US did not donate even more and sooner, rather than why China did not donate more, despite being geographically much closer. Ask yourself this if an asteroid were on a collision course with the Earth, which country technology would the world depend on to detect it, and then destroy or divert it? Until China is relied upon to an equal degree, it is not in the same league.

 

10) Adapt to the underappreciated burden of superpowerdom the huge double standards that a benign superpower must withstand in that role. America is still condemned for slavery that ended 140 years ago, even by nations that have done far worse things more recently than that. Is China prepared to apologize for Tianenmen Square, the genocide in Tibet, the 30 million who perished during the Great Leap Forward, and the suppression of news about SARS,every day for the next century? Is China remotely prepared for being blamed for inaction towards genocide in Darfur while simultaneously being condemned for non deadly prison abuse in a time of war against opponents who follow no rules of engagement? The amount of unfairness China would have to withstand to truly achieve political parity with America might be prohibitive given China history over the last 60 years. Furthermore, China being held to the superpower standard would simultaneously reduce the burden that the US currently bears alone, allowing the US to operate with less opposition than it experiences today.

 

Of the ten points above, Europe and Japan have tried for decades, and have only achieved parity with the US on maybe two of these dimensions at most. China will surpass Europe and Japan by 2030 by achieving perhaps two or possibly even three out of these ten points, but attaining all ten is something I am willing to confidently bet against. The dream of anti Americans who relish the prospect of any nation, even a non democratic one, surpassing the US is still a very distant one.

 

A point that many bring up is that empires have always risen and fallen throughout history. This is partly true, but note that the Roman Empire lasted for over 1000 years after its peak. Also note that the British Empire never actually collapsed since Britain is still one of the the top seven countries in the world today, and the English language is the most widely spoken in the world. Britain was merely surpassed by its descendant, with whom it shares a symbiotic relationship. The US can expect the same if it is finally surpassed, at some point much later than 2030 and probably not before the Technological Singularity, which would make the debate moot. This is one of the safest predictions The Futurist can make.

 

I think the only way you could be proven wrong is if the majority of people who support the American ideals of individual freedom and liberty, generally called right wingers, take our progress for granted and allow the country to slip into socialism.

 

We see now how the socialists, generally called left wingers, are fighting desperately to regain power through class warfare racial division. Because they control the media it is still possible for all the freedoms that so many have fought for to be lost by this generation.

 

But I ramble. Really good article.

 

One thing that will prevent socialism from ever taking hold is that tax cuts have always been proven to stimulate the economy, so much so that even cheap michael kors bags Clinton did one in 1997 (which caused its own boom). It is thus impossible for leftists to increase taxes by a lot. There will be small periods of high taxes by Democrats in congress (like 1993 94), but those will quickly get reversed when the economy immediately slows.

 

Plus, almost 50% of US households now own stocks, so that is a major voting block that opposes high taxes too.

 

Even China does not think socialism makes the economy grow (their restrictions on personal freedoms aside). Check this article out if you haven already.

 

The US is not an empire and should not be compared with other empires past and present. As Michael Mandelbaum writes in "The Case for Goliath", the world and America political and economic competitors do not and have never responded to America the way that empires have typically been responded to throughout history. For example, whether in Germany, Italy, Britain, Puerto Rico, the Koreas, Japan, Afghanistan, or even Iraq, we do not see large masses of humanity ganging up on America to destroy it or to flush out its military.

 

Also, China like most non Western societies is a closed, xenophobic culture which cannot allow large numbers of non Chinese (let alone Tibetans, Uighur Muslims, and other minorities within China) to settle and develop China for economic or other purposes. This is illustrated by China history, and especially one particular chapter.

 

From 1405 to 1421, well before Europe arrival to the New World, a massive fleet of over 40 Chinese junks sailing vessels many times larger than even the largest Spanish galleons captained by the royal eunuch Zheng Hu explored and established trade with 30 countries lining the Indian Ocean, including Malaysia, India, Arabia, and the East African Coast. After returning with a treasure trove of new goods, foods, animals and cultural knowledge, rather than build what would easily have been the largest trans oceanic trading network the world had seen until then, the Chinese imperial ministers, for fear of contaminating China with the influence of "foreign devils", BURNED Zheng Hu ships and captain logs and destroyed most of the valuable goods brought back by his expedition. No trading network was maintained, no new knowledge was gained from 16 long years of exploration, and China descended deeper into despotism and poverty.

 

That about all one needs to know to understand the Chinese mindset vis a vis "superpowerdom". Even if offered a chance to be the foremost engine of culture and commerce in the world, the Chinese will choose ethnic purity and cultural protection over progress and maturity.

 

I have to agree wtih Yo yo, having visited China in the last few years. Unlike most nations, China is not afraid of the western/American culture. Where rival nations mantra is "modernization without westernization", China seem to be "modernization and westernization with Chinese characteristics." China seems determine to learn from other countries mistakes: from why the Soviet system collasped to why western Europe is declining. From this they seem to understand that isolation and protectionism have devastating long term result and that is not the fate China is eager to share, after all they are learning from their own past mistakes.

 

Are the Han Chinese willing to allow 33% or more of their traditional territories population to become white, hispanic, Indian, other Asian, etc. (as are now 33% in the US ethnic and racial minorities)? Even 10%? No.

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Why the US Will Still be the Only Superpower in2015-Apr-8

Why the US Will Still be the Only Superpower in 2030

 

Version 2.0 of this article is posted here.

 

One of the most popular dinner party conversation topics is the possibility that the United States will be joined or even surpassed as a superpower by another nation, such as China. China has some very smart people, a vast land area, and over four times the population of the US, so it should catch up easily, right? Let assess the what makes a superpower, and what it would take for China to match the US on each pillar of superpowerdom.

 

A genuine superpower does not merely have military and political influence, but also must be at the top of the economic, scientific, and cultural pyramids. Thus, the Soviet Union was only a partial superpower, and the most recent genuine superpower before the United States was the British Empire.

 

To match the US by 2030, China would have to :

 

1) Have an economy near the size of the US economy. If the US grows by 3.5% a year for the next 25 years, it will be $30 trillion in 2006 dollars by then. Note that this is a modest assumption for the US, given the accelerating nature of economic growth, but also note that world GDP only grows about 4% a year, and this might at most be 5% a year by 2030. China, with an economy of $2.2 trillion in nominal (not PPP) terms, would have to grow at 12% a year for the next 25 years straight to achieve the same size, which is already faster than its current 9 10% rate, if even that can be sustained for so long (no country, let alone a large one, has grown at more than 8% over such a long period). In other words, the progress that the US economy would make from 1945 to 2030 (85 years) would have to be achieved by China in just the 25 years from 2005 to 2030. Even then, this is just the total GDP, not per capita GDP, which would still be merely a fourth of America

 

2) Create original consumer brands that are household names everywhere in the world (including in America), such as Coca Cola, Nike, McDonalds, Citigroup, Xerox, Microsoft, or Google. Europe and Japan have created a few brands in a few select industries, but China currently has none. Observing how many American brand logos have populated billboards and sporting events in developing nations over just the last 15 years, one might argue that US dominance has even increased by this measure.

 

3) Have a military capable of waging wars anywhere in the globe (even if it does not actually wage any). Part of the opposition that anti Americans have to the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is the envy arising from the US being the only country with the means to invade multiple medium size countries in other continents and still sustain very few casualties. No other country currently is even near having the ability to project military power with such force and range. Mere nuclear weapons are no substitute for this. The inability of the rest of the world to do anything to halt genocide in Darfur is evidence of how such problems can only get addressed if and when America addresses them.

 

4) Have major universities that are household names, that many of the worlds top students aspire to attend. 17 of the world top 20 universities are in the US. Until top students in Europe, India, and even the US are filling out an application for a Chinese university alongside those of Harvard, Stanford, MIT, or Cambridge, China is not going to match the US in the knowledge economy. This also represents the obstacles China has to overcome to successfully conduct impactful scientific research.

 

5) Attract the best and brightest to immigrate into China, where they can expect to live a good life in Chinese society. The US effectively receives a subsidy of $100 to $200 billion a year, as people educated at the expense of another nation immigrate here and promptly participate in the workforce. As smart as people within China are, unless they can attract non Chinese talent that is otherwise going to the US, and even talented Americans, they will not have the same intellectual and psychological cross pollination, and hence miss out on those economic benefits. The small matter of people not wanting to move into a country that is not a democracy also has to be resolved.

 

6) Become the nation that produces the new inventions and corporations that are adopted by the mass market into their daily lives. From the telephone and airplane over a century ago, America has been the engine of almost all technological progress. Despite the fears of innovation going overseas, the big new technologies and influential applications continue to emerge from companies headquartered in the United States. Just in the last two years, Google emerged as the next super lucrative company (before eBay and Yahoo slightly earlier), and the American dominated emerged as a powerful force of information and media.

 

7) Be the leader in entertainment and culture. China film industry greatly lags India let alone America We hear about piracy of American music and films in China, which tells us exactly what the world order is. When American teenagers are actively pirating music and movies made in China, only then will the US have been surpassed in this area. Take a moment to think how distant this scenario is from current reality.

 

8) Be the nation that engineers many of the greatest moments of human accomplishment. The USSR was ahead of the US in the space race at first, until President Kennedy decided in 1961 to put a man on the moon by 1969. While this mission initially seemed to be unnecessary and expensive, the optimism and pride brought to anti Communist people worldwide was so inspirational that it accelerated many other forms of technological progress wholesale nfl jerseys and brought economic growth to free market countries. This eventually led to a global exodus from socialism altogether, as the pessimism necessary for socialism to exist became harder to enforce. People from many nations still feel pride from humanity having set foot on the Moon, something which cheap nfl jerseys America made possible.

 

China currently has plans to put a man on the moon by 2024. While being only the second country to achieve this would certainly be prestigious, it would still be 55 years after the United States achieved the same thing. That is not quite the trajectory it would take to approach the superpowerdom of the US by 2030. If China puts a man on Mars before the US, I may change my opinion on this point, but the odds of that happening are not high.

 

9) Be the nation expected to thanklessly use its own resources to solve many of the world problems. If the US donates $15 billion in aid to Africa, the first reaction from critics is that the US did not donate enough. On the other hand, few even consider asking China to donate aid to Africa. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the fashionable question was why the US did not donate even more and sooner, rather than why China did not donate more, despite being geographically much closer. Ask yourself this if an asteroid were on a collision course with the Earth, which country technology would the world depend on to detect it, and then destroy or divert it? Until China is relied upon to an equal degree, it is not in the same league.

 

10) Adapt to the underappreciated burden of superpowerdom the huge double standards that a benign superpower must withstand in that role. America is still condemned for slavery that ended 140 years ago, even by nations that have done far worse things more recently than that. Is China prepared to apologize for Tianenmen Square, the genocide in Tibet, the 30 million who perished during the Great Leap Forward, and the suppression of news about SARS,every day for the next century? Is China remotely prepared for being blamed for inaction towards genocide in Darfur while simultaneously being condemned for non deadly prison abuse in a time of war against opponents who follow no rules of engagement? The amount of unfairness China would have to withstand to truly achieve political parity with America might be prohibitive given China history over the last 60 years. Furthermore, China being held to the superpower standard would simultaneously reduce the burden that the US currently bears alone, allowing the US to operate with less opposition than it experiences today.

 

Of the ten points above, Europe and Japan have tried for decades, and have only achieved parity with the US on maybe two of these dimensions at most. China will surpass Europe and Japan by 2030 by achieving perhaps two or possibly even three out of these ten points, but attaining all ten is something I am willing to confidently bet against. The dream of anti Americans who relish the prospect of any nation, even a non democratic one, surpassing the US is still a very distant one.

 

A point that many bring up is that empires have always risen and fallen throughout history. This is partly true, but note that the Roman Empire lasted for over 1000 years after its peak. Also note that the British Empire never actually collapsed since Britain is still one of the the top seven countries in the world today, and the English language is the most widely spoken in the world. Britain was merely surpassed by its descendant, with whom it shares a symbiotic relationship. The US can expect the same if it is finally surpassed, at some point much later than 2030 and probably not before the Technological Singularity, which would make the debate moot. This is one of the safest predictions The Futurist can make.

 

I think the only way you could be proven wrong is if the majority of people who support the American ideals of individual freedom and liberty, generally called right wingers, take our progress for granted and allow the country to slip into socialism.

 

We see now how the socialists, generally called left wingers, are fighting desperately to regain power through class warfare racial division. Because they control the media it is still possible for all the freedoms that so many have fought for to be lost by this generation.

 

But I ramble. Really good article.

 

One thing that will prevent socialism from ever taking hold is that tax cuts have always been proven to stimulate the economy, so much so that even cheap michael kors bags Clinton did one in 1997 (which caused its own boom). It is thus impossible for leftists to increase taxes by a lot. There will be small periods of high taxes by Democrats in congress (like 1993 94), but those will quickly get reversed when the economy immediately slows.

 

Plus, almost 50% of US households now own stocks, so that is a major voting block that opposes high taxes too.

 

Even China does not think socialism makes the economy grow (their restrictions on personal freedoms aside). Check this article out if you haven already.

 

The US is not an empire and should not be compared with other empires past and present. As Michael Mandelbaum writes in "The Case for Goliath", the world and America political and economic competitors do not and have never responded to America the way that empires have typically been responded to throughout history. For example, whether in Germany, Italy, Britain, Puerto Rico, the Koreas, Japan, Afghanistan, or even Iraq, we do not see large masses of humanity ganging up on America to destroy it or to flush out its military.

 

Also, China like most non Western societies is a closed, xenophobic culture which cannot allow large numbers of non Chinese (let alone Tibetans, Uighur Muslims, and other minorities within China) to settle and develop China for economic or other purposes. This is illustrated by China history, and especially one particular chapter.

 

From 1405 to 1421, well before Europe arrival to the New World, a massive fleet of over 40 Chinese junks sailing vessels many times larger than even the largest Spanish galleons captained by the royal eunuch Zheng Hu explored and established trade with 30 countries lining the Indian Ocean, including Malaysia, India, Arabia, and the East African Coast. After returning with a treasure trove of new goods, foods, animals and cultural knowledge, rather than build what would easily have been the largest trans oceanic trading network the world had seen until then, the Chinese imperial ministers, for fear of contaminating China with the influence of "foreign devils", BURNED Zheng Hu ships and captain logs and destroyed most of the valuable goods brought back by his expedition. No trading network was maintained, no new knowledge was gained from 16 long years of exploration, and China descended deeper into despotism and poverty.

 

That about all one needs to know to understand the Chinese mindset vis a vis "superpowerdom". Even if offered a chance to be the foremost engine of culture and commerce in the world, the Chinese will choose ethnic purity and cultural protection over progress and maturity.

 

I have to agree wtih Yo yo, having visited China in the last few years. Unlike most nations, China is not afraid of the western/American culture. Where rival nations mantra is "modernization without westernization", China seem to be "modernization and westernization with Chinese characteristics." China seems determine to learn from other countries mistakes: from why the Soviet system collasped to why western Europe is declining. From this they seem to understand that isolation and protectionism have devastating long term result and that is not the fate China is eager to share, after all they are learning from their own past mistakes.

 

Are the Han Chinese willing to allow 33% or more of their traditional territories population to become white, hispanic, Indian, other Asian, etc. (as are now 33% in the US ethnic and racial minorities)? Even 10%? No.

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without jeopardizing your work reputation2015-Apr-8

without jeopardizing your work reputation

 

If we took a poll, I bet saying 'no' would rank up with other least favourite things to do such as giving a speech, cleaning your office and paying taxes. You aren't alone. Many people fear saying 'no' might imply they are being unhelpful, unwilling or not a team player.

 

Let's see if we can create a shift for you because learning to say 'no' is an important skill both for work and life. Sometimes saying 'no' can help manage expectations and your work load, improve your work performance and even relationships. The consequences of saying 'yes' when you are over capacity and really unable to perform at the necessary standard of work can be worse than had you initially been honest and said 'no.'

 

In your situation, I suggest you first conduct a solid reality check. Is your plate truly maxed out or are you just feeling overwhelmed? Is there anything you can and should do differently with respect to managing your work? Are you working as efficiently as you can? Prioritizing appropriately? Delegating where possible? Is your work load reflective of others' or above and beyond?

 

I encourage you to check this rigorously because your boss might wonder the same if you push back on more work. Replica Sunglasses If you believe you are doing the best you can and that your work load is truly is at its max then I would think that this would be the right time to responsibly say 'no.'

 

You need to first affirm for yourself that this is an appropriate time to say 'no.' Your voice of doubt will make you feel guilty or wrong but if you access your voice of reason, what would it say? Would taking on more work jeopardize the quality of your performance, the goals of the team, your well being? What other potential implications are at hand?

 

Then with clarity and conviction, here are some ideas on how to say 'no':

 

1. Speak from a voice of responsibility: It is your responsibility to ensure others are aware of the assignments you are already committed to especially since you get assigned work from different people. Such as, "I'd normally be able to do this but you may not realize I've been engaged on project X and Y and I wouldn't be responsible if I took this on as well as I'd be unable to invest the attention required"

 

2. Engage your boss in prioritizing. Given he is unaware of what is on your plate, engage him in a conversation about prioritizing. For example: "I'm currently working on project X and Y, however, if you feel this new project is more important, are you comfortable with me prioritizing this over the others or prefer we consider other alternatives such as assigning this work to someone else?"

 

3. If appropriate make another feasible offer. Saying 'no' doesn't necessarily have to be a flat out 'no.' If there's a part that you can contribute then make that part of your dialogue. "While I can't take on the whole assignment given the http://www.cheapermichaelkorsoutlet.us.com/ other work you asked me to do by end of week, I'd be happy to offer some ideas or do part of it or help you find someone else who can help. How does that sound to you?"

 

4. Acknowledge and show empathy. Before rushing to the 'no' part, acknowledge the request appropriately. http://www.replicachristianlouboutin.com/ Such as, "I recognize this is an important assignment and you need it done well. I'd like to take it on but I recognize that given other deadlines I'm dealing with, I am concerned I would not be able to."

 

5. Buy time to respond versus reacting: Sometimes we say 'yes' because we are put on the spot and we react negatively to the prospect of saying 'no.' To avoid agreeing to something on the spot, try to buy a little time to gather your focus and to respond more appropriately. For example, "I would like to talk to you about this but I am on deadline with something this morning. Can I talk to you just a bit later?" Cheap Sunglasses Then later, "I've thought about this and" (see the above strategies.)

 

You might find after some practice, saying 'no' is not as unpalatable as you first thought. It may even earn you more respect and trust as others will appreciate your responsible and honest responses.

 

Eileen Chadnick is a career coach and principal of

 

Big Cheese Coaching in Toronto.

 

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