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Forest loss threatens territorial gibbons in southern Borneo

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Fires, Forest Fires, Forest People, Forestry, Forests, Green, Illegal Logging, Logging, Mammals, Primates, Rainforest Animals, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Timber, Tropical Forests, wildfires, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by John Cannoncenter_img Bornean southern gibbons have the largest territories of any species in their genus, a new study has found.These large home ranges, combined with the species’ intense territoriality, puts it at particular risk of habitat loss as a result of deforestation and fire.The findings of this research demonstrate that this endangered species needs large areas of unbroken forest. Gibbons living in southern Borneo have the largest territories of any of their close relatives, according to a new study. From a conservation perspective, those large ranges are a liability, putting them at higher risk when their habitat is wiped out by fire or deforestation.The research, published July 31 in the journal PLOS ONE, draws on nearly nine years of data on four groups of Bornean southern gibbons (Hylobates albibarbis) living in the peatlands of the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. Combining the GPS locations of the groups with exhaustive observations of the apes’ behaviors, the team found that this species defends a “core range” of 21 to 52 hectares (52 to 128 acres) where they sleep and communicate with each other and other groups through hooting “duets” or “codas.”A Borneo southern gibbon at a safari park in the Netherlands. The species is also known as the white-bearded gibbon. Image by Tim Strater via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).They also ply more expansive “home ranges” of almost 150 hectares (371 acres) in search of food. Unlike the core areas, which rarely overlap with those of other groups, gibbons are more apt to share parts of their home ranges.Still, gibbons tend to stick to the ranges they’ve secured in the forest for years at a time, Susan Cheyne, a biologist with the Borneo Nature Foundation and the paper’s lead author, said in a statement. That stalwart commitment to such large territories could be a recipe for conflict with other gibbon groups if they lose parts of their forest range and are forced into a rival group’s territory. During the study, one of the groups had to shift its range to the west when fires swept through parts of Borneo in 2015.The concern is that forest loss as a result of fire, at the hands of loggers or to make way for agriculture could push this IUCN-listed endangered species into splinters of forest too small to support it.A young gibbon in Central Kalimantan. Image by Wibowo Djatmiko via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).“Gibbons need large areas to survive and linking forests,” the authors write, “and reducing fragmentation is the key to their conservation.”Cheyne and her colleagues argue that insights into the behavior of gibbons can help conservationists and land managers come up with strategies to help these animals survive.“Understanding how Gibbons use the forest is critical to their conservation,” Cheyne said in the statement. “These data can feed into creating protected areas of suitable size and habitat quality to maintain viable populations of the singing, swinging small apes.”A white-bearded gibbon, pictured here in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Image by Wibowo Djatmiko via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).Banner image of a young male gibbon courtesy of the Borneo Nature Foundation. Citation:Cheyne, S. M., Capilla, B. R., K., A., Supiansyah, Adul, Cahyaningrum, E., & Smith, D. E. (2019). Home range variation and site fidelity of Bornean southern gibbons [Hylobates albibarbis] from 2010-2018. PLOS ONE, 14(7), e0217784. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0217784Nijman, V., Richardson, M. & Geissmann, T. (2008). Hylobates albibarbis (errata version published in 2018). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T39879A128972094. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T39879A10279127.en. Downloaded on 29 July 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Indonesia rushes to pass bill seen as pandering to mining companies

first_imgFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Indonesia’s parliament is rushing to pass a controversial mining bill by Sept. 30, when the current legislators’ term ends.President Joko Widodo had previously asked for deliberations of this bill and other contentious pieces of legislation to be suspended, following massive student-led protests that have turned deadly.Watchdogs say the bill panders to the interests of mining companies, granting them bigger concessions, longer contracts, and fewer environmental obligations.The Widodo administration has also criticized parliament’s rush to pass the bill, but legislators say they are within their rights to do so. JAKARTA — Indonesia’s parliament is rushing to pass a controversial bill on coal and mineral mining before the current legislators’ term ends on Sept. 30, defying a massive public outcry over legislation seen as favoring the extractives industry at the expense of the environment and vulnerable communities.The bill is part of a batch of highly contentious pieces of legislation that parliament has been attempting to rush through in its final days. The previous week, parliament had passed in record time an anti-corruption bill widely seen as weakening the national anti-graft commission. That, as well as attempts to similarly push through a controversial criminal code and three other pieces of legislation, including the mining bill, prompted massive protests led by university students.At least two students have been killed in the protests that have broken out in cities across Indonesia. In the face of the protests, President Joko Widodo has asked parliament to suspend deliberations of the contentious bills, including the one on mining.But the fact that parliament looks set to pass the mining bill imminently indicates an attempt to cater to the demands of the mining companies that would benefit under the provisions of the bill as it stands, said Merah Johansyah, the executive director of the NGO Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam).“More than 90 percent of [the bill] facilitates businesses and investors in the mining industry,” he said. “On the other hand, environmental protection and the public interest aren’t accommodated in the bill.”A key provision in the current 2009 mining law is that the government may not immediately extend expired mining contracts without offering the concessions to state-owned companies first. Under the new bill, however, contract holders would be allowed to automatically renew their permits two more times, for 10 years each.Several major private companies are set to see their permits expire soon, and would benefit from such a provision. They include coal miners PT Arutmin Indonesia (whose permit expires in 2020), PT Kaltim Prima Coal (2021), PT Multi Harapan Utama (2022), PT Adaro Indonesia (2022), PT Kideco Jaya Agung (2023) and PT Berau Coal (2025).Aryanto Nugroho, the Indonesia advocacy manager for Publish What You Pay (PWYP), a coalition calling for financial transparency in the extractives sector, said he was concerned that legislators were “trying to smuggle articles [into the bill] that only benefit a small number of people,” namely the companies with contracts that are about to expire.The bill also stipulates no limit on the size of mining concessions that can be granted; the current law caps the size of mining operations in a single permit to 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres).Kids in East Kalimantan play near abandoned open-pit coal mines located near their houses. Image courtesy of the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam).Incentives for minersAnother contentious article in the bill states the government will provide both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for mining companies. Those that have integrated their operations with processing and refining facilities or with coal-fired power plants will be granted a mining license for production for up to 20 years, with an automatic extension of another 20 years and the possibility to further renew for another 10 years.The bill also ensures that mining companies that develop and operate power plants themselves won’t have their mining area reduced when they extend their operations.Merah said these provisions contradicted Indonesia’s vow to combat climate change by reducing its emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Coal burning accounted for nearly 60 percent of Indonesia’s energy mix in 2018, and in July this year President Widodo reportedly expressed his intention to wean Indonesia off coal. But as the bill stands, this won’t happen, Merah said.“This bill will hold Indonesia hostage by its addiction to coal,” he said. “So it’s useless for the government to say that they want to ditch dirty energy.”The bill also contains articles under which individuals could face prosecution for defending their land rights against mining companies, Merah said. The ongoing criminalization of such land and environmental defenders is already a big problem in Indonesia, he said, with 85 people facing charges in 22 cases between 2014 and 2018.“It means that the government and parliament didn’t consider criminalization and conflicts when they discussed this bill,” he said. “That’s why I say this bill sides with investors and mining companies, not the public.”Merah also flagged the lack of provisions protecting the rights of indigenous peoples to their land. “There are no articles that talk about indigenous rights, even though we know that some mining concessions are located on indigenous peoples’ lands,” he said.Nor is there a requirement in the bill for mining companies to rehabilitate the abandoned mining pits in their concessions once they are done operating. Such a requirement exists in the 2009 law, but compliance is notoriously patchy, with children frequently drowning in these rain-filled pits. The problem will only get worse if the requirement is removed, Merah said.“The thousands of [abandoned] mining pits became an issue during the presidential debates, because they’ve claimed the lives of many children,” he said. “But Article 99 of this bill says these mining pits can be used for irrigation and as tourism sites. So 90 percent of this bill doesn’t talk about the public interest or about saving the environment.”A group of locals affected by coal-fired power plants around Indonesia stages a protest in front of the headquarters of President Joko Widodo’s campaign team in Jakarta. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay.Lack of public participationAryanto said activists and people affected by mines around the country had never been invited by parliament to discuss the bill.“Have the government and the parliament been transparent and participatory in the deliberation of this bill that’s so strategic and relevant to the lives of many people?” he said. “The ones invited [to discuss the bill] were either businesses or academics, but never from civil society, let alone the victims who live around mines. So who are [the legislators] representing?”Hendrik Siregar, a researcher with the natural-resources watchdog Auriga, also said the circumstances around parliament’s handling of the bill were suspicious.He noted that the government, when asking that the deliberations be delayed, had cited the fact that it had not yet completed and submitted an assessment of potentially problematic provisions in the bill, known as a DIM. But late at night on Sept. 25, with no observers present, officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources submitted to parliament their DIM that they acknowledged was not yet finished. He also noted that the energy minister wasn’t present during that late-night meeting, and that only eight legislators showed up.“We know people who work at night are either thieves or robbers,” Hendrik said. “[Politicians] like to complain that our natural resources are being robbed, while they’re doing the same thing.“It’s obvious that this is like a game,” he added. “When the president says [the deliberations should be] postponed, but then there’s a submission of the DIM, that means there’s [going to be] deliberations.”Suralaya coal power plants. Image by Satari/Wikimedia.‘Tomorrow it can be done’Ego Syahrial, the secretary-general of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and the official responsible for compiling and submitting the DIM, also questioned parliament’s insistence on proceeding with its deliberations on the back of that incomplete assessment.“I said the list in the DIM is incomplete,” he told local media the day after the submission. “Please take a note that we’re submitting a DIM document that’s incomplete. And in accordance with an instruction by the president, we’re not [supposed to be] deliberating [the bill] now, only postponing it until the next [parliamentary] period.”Ego said the government’s assessment, even though it was incomplete, listed 938 points of disagreement with the provisions in the bill as drafted by legislators. He said he had reminded the legislators of the president’s request and pointed out that the assessment contained an objection from the industry minister, who also had his own views on the draft.The legislators, however, say the bill is fair game for passage now that the government has submitted the DIM, and that any criticism about the bill should not be targeted at parliament.“Don’t say that parliament [is to blame],” Ridwan Hisjam, the deputy chairman of the parliamentary commission on energy policy, told local media. “Be angry at the government instead, at Jokowi. Why are [you] angry at us? Who submitted this [DIM] last night?”With the DIM submitted, legislators have decided to press ahead with passing the bill immediately, before their term ends on Sept. 30.“Do you want to have a legacy or not?” Ridwan told local media. “If you want to have a legacy, then we can just [pass the bill]. Tomorrow it can be done.” Banner image: A container for coal after it has been unloaded from the barges. Image by Ayat S Karokaro / Mongabay-Indonesia. Carbon Emissions, Climate, Climate Change, Coal, Energy, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Politics, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Law, Mining center_img Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

DD Gardening: Five Herbaceous Perennials for Summer 2019

first_imgIn this weekend’s Donegal Daily gardening column, I recommend five herbaceous perennials that you need for summer 2019.The world of plants has always fascinated me from a very young age. From knee-high, I was out working with them and since then my passion and interested has just developed.I had the wonderful opportunity last weekend to talk about one of my favourite topics ‘Native Trees and Shrubs’ at the Clare Garden Festival. Advertisement This column, I discuss some herbaceous perennials that have really caught my eye over the last year or so.Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ Pincushion blue flowers spring out of the base on lengthy stalks. A haven for wildlife especially butterflies and bumblebees. This hardy herbaceous perennial will continue throughout the summer months once deadheading is carried out. Advertisement Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’ Foliage is back on trend and this Tetrapanex certainly has it in abundance. Large lobed leaves that appear soft to the touch add volume and structure to your herbaceous border. Works very well as a backdrop for your showy herbaceous perennials. Semi-evergreen and I recommend it’s protected from any heavy frost during the winter months.Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ Hardy wallflower. This cracking wallflower produces spikes of mauve flowers, which often have a sweet fragrance, from its pale dusty green canopy. Similar to the Scabiosa, once deadheading is carried out on a regular basis throughout the summer, will help extend the flowering. A short living perennial but that will definitely add a splash of colour for a few summers.Centaurea Montana ‘Amethyst in Snow’ An unusual looking flower. You can see where it gets its name, a deep purple centre to the flower with white outer edges. A long pale dusty green lanceolate leaves contrast quite nicely with this. If you are looking for something a little different for the garden this summer, this it.  Euphorbia x martini ‘Ascot Rainbow’ Variegated foliage that tinges pink on the growth contrasts well with the long spikes that the bracts and flowers are produced. As said previously foliage is on trend and this is a real catcher. Similar to the Tetrapanex works well as a backdrop for more showy perennials or to add density to your bordersThese plants are all available at Gallinagh Finn Valley Nursery Ltd. in Stranorlar. We offer experienced, knowledgeable and qualified advice so call into us and see our wonderful stock currently available. https://www.facebook.com/Gallinagh-Finn-Valley-Nursery-LTD-366769926684423/Conor Gallinagh – Horticulture Consultant is delivering a number of talks/courses in the next few weeks: https://www.facebook.com/conorgallinaghhorticulture/ Organic Vegetable Growing Seminar at The Donegal Organic Centre in Convoy House, Convoy.This is a one day seminar covering all aspects of organic vegetable growing, further details available on my Facebook page.Hobby Gardening Course at The Ray Community CentreThis course starts on Tuesday, the 7th of May and runs for 8 weeks. Starting at 19:00 – 21:00.Other events are been added weekly so keep an eye out on Conor Gallinagh – Horticulture Consultant Facebook for more details.Happy Gardening!Conor GallinaghBAgrSc, Horticulture, Landscape, & Sportsturf ManagementMCIHort Website: https://conorgallinagh.com/Email:[email protected] Gardening: Five Herbaceous Perennials for Summer 2019 was last modified: May 4th, 2019 by Conor GallinaghShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kevin Durant found his voice, but make no mistake — he’s no victim

first_imgIf it wasn’t before, it certainly is a thing now.Durant made sure of that Wednesday night.A … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — On the ninth day, he spoke.And what was a bizarre, somewhat funny, and impossibly meta situation became a downright contentious one.What happens next with Kevin Durant is still anyone’s guess. After all, no one could have guessed that this situation would turn into the spectacle it has become.last_img read more

Declare Your Independence

first_imgWhen in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.Fear: It is necessary to separate yourself from the fear that prevents you from acting, that prevents you from living your purpose, that dissuades you from making your contribution, and that keeps you from becoming the best version of yourself. This fear has kept you from realizing your full potential.Entitlement: It is necessary that you free yourself from the sense of entitlement that would have you wait for someone to give you what you want. It is necessary that you separate yourself from the ungratefulness that has prevented you from using the gifts that you’ve been given—and from sharing those gifts with a world that needs your contribution. This sense of entitlement has prevented you from doing what you should right now be doing.Apathy: It is necessary that you stand up and walk away from the apathy that has kept you sitting on the sideline while your game is being played without you. This apathy has kept you from passionately engaging in your life’s work. Today you can separate yourself from the part of you that you’ve allowed to be pessimistic or cynical and throw yourself instead into that one thing that is your mission.Victimhood: It is necessary that you separate yourself from the belief that you are somehow a victim. A victim of the circumstances of your birth. A victim of the lack of formal education. A victim of the society in which you were born, the lack of money, or the people you mistakenly believe have power over your life. This victimhood has caused you to look outwards for excuses instead of inwards for answers.Learned Helplessness: You must separate yourself from your desire to believe that you are helpless, that you lack the power to bring your dream to life, that you lack the knowledge, that you lack the resources. Learned helplessness has provided you with excuses you have used to resist what is calling you.Judgement: You must free yourself from the fear of being judged by others. Many will oppose your freedom, believing you should know your place. Some will fear that your growth will mean that they will lose your love, your friendship. Some will take shots at you because your success can only remind them that they still haven’t separated themselves from their fear, their sense of entitlement, their apathy, the comfort of their victimhood, and the safety of their learned helplessness.Impostor Syndrome: You are not an impostor. You need to separate yourself from the idea that you aren’t big enough. This belief has prevented you from taking that first step, from making today day one.Today is day one. Declare your independence and separate yourself from the bonds you have with the beliefs that no longer serve you. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more