Top 10 Mp3 Players – Christmas Gifts Guide For 2008 – Get the Best Xmas Presents Now

As the music industry never leaves the limelight not even a second, no wonder people are more into electronic music gadgets this coming Christmas. Anywhere you look at today, you will notice that something’s plugged on almost everybody’s ears. So if you are looking for something that suits everybody’s dream this holiday, go and grab one of these cool gadgets. As a first step to guide you, below is a list of Top 10 MP3 Players as Christmas gifts for 2008:

1. Apple iPod touch 8 GB (2nd Generation). Elegant, hip, and extraordinary, this 8 GB iPod touch is capable of storing 1,750 songs, 10,000 photos, or 10 hours of video that can lasts up to 36 hours when fully charged. This is an iPod touch and not to be confused with an Apple iPhone. It has a 3.5-inch widescreen multi-touch display with 480-by-320 pixel resolution to give you the only best photos you have only dreamed of before.

2. Apple iPod classic 120 GB Black (6th Generation). Can’t believe this 6th generation Apple iPod classic? Well, you better start believing because this gadget can make you go crazy with 30,000 songs, 25,000 photos, or 150 hours of video with its 2.5-inch color LCD widescreen with LED backlight and 320-by-240-pixel resolution.

3. Apple iPod touch 16 GB (2nd Generation). This classic and modish digital player with a 3.5-inch screen multi-touch display gives you 3,500 songs, 10,000 photos, or 20 unbelievable hours of video to enjoy. It supports an array of audio formats from AAC to MP to WAV and video formats too like MPEG-4 and H.264.

4. Apple iPod nano 4 GB Silver (3rd Generation). Voted as the world’s most popular music player, this Apple iPod nano 4 GB silver from the 3rd generation gives you 5 hours of extreme satisfaction through TV shows, movies, and video podcasts among others. No wonder it’s hard to find one because everybody’s looking for this!

5. Apple iPod nano 8 GB Black (4th Generation). Leading the 4th generation of Apple iPod nano is the 8GB Black iPod which boasts of its 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos, or 8 hours of video. It supports various forms of audio, video, and even image file types giving you the time of your life!

6. Apple iPod nano 8 GB Black (3rd Generation). Made even better and larger, this iPod nano 8 GB Black from the 3rd generation gives you the chance to leaf through your music and video playlists even when you are already listening to your favorite music.

7. Apple iPod touch 32 GB (2nd Generation). Regarded as an almost perfect music device, it mixes top of the line video and audio, leading UI, amazing games, hundreds of cool applications, and an unbelievable access to the internet into this 32 GB iPod touch. Simply irresistible!

8. Apple iPod nano 8 GB Purple (4th Generation). Spoiling you with its royalty purple color, a modern curved design, and awesome features, this iPod nano from the 4th generation truly mark its spot in all the princesses and princes out there!

9. Apple iPod nano 8 GB Blue (4th Generation). For those smart alecks, self-reliant, and amazingly responsible, this blue iPod nano from the 4th generation acknowledges your amazing character with thousands of fun music, photos, and videos throughout the day!

10. Apple iPod nano 8 GB Green (4th Generation). Service-oriented, naturally benevolent, and innovative, the Green 8 GB iPod nano as one of the best MP3 players as Christmas gift that awaits to reward you for all your remarkable acts with 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos, or a marvelous 8 hours of video!

This is the Top 10 MP3 Players as Christmas Gifts for 2008 which is fit for music lovers and cool tech stuffs. This is a perfect present this yuletide season.

Bringing Desires to Present Means

The best way to keep anything in framework, no matter who you are, is to pen whatever it is you plan to do on paper. In fact, let me put it this way! All that you wish to ever achieve, which you can consciously envisage at this present moment should be written down on paper, diary or goals’ book. The process should be dynamic and not static, as new wishes develop, add them to your ever soaring dream list. Experts call this list the 101 goals list.

Make frequent visit to your dream list and ensure you’re organising and reorganizing priorities in order to reflect the status quo. The 101 dream list is your desire; and the reason you need to organise and reorganise is to ensure that you do not remain a dreamer, as it’d leave you frustrated as a result of the unrealistic 101 dream list created.

This list as earlier mentioned puts you in a perspective, as it allows one to know just what they are about, and just what they wish and expect to obtain. By understanding this perspective, half of the battle is gained.

You must constantly take inventory of yourself. By understanding and analysing what your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats are (SWOT). Strengths and weaknesses are attributes of an individual; opportunities and threats are attributes of the environment. Hence, you must use your internal strengths to;

1. take advantage of external opportunities
2. to avoid or reduce impact of external threats.
3. turn your weaknesses into strengths
4. to improve your internal weaknesses by taking advantage of external opportunities.

Otherwise, lacking this knowledge, you’ll waste energy and effort, and do much that had better be left undone, while leaving undone much that should be done, thus, creating unrealistic and unachievable objectives.

As we leave in a dynamic world, your strength and opportunities will also be forever dynamic, as a result, priorities on the dream list will change. This allows you to follow through what Aristotle once said… “Bring your desires down to your present means; increase them when only your increased means permit.” In this instance, your increased means are your strengths & opportunities and your desires are your wishes or dreams.

Once the above is followed; this gives you an opportunity to knock on the door of success and not to enter!
Following on, on your prioritised wish list, add deadlines to them, by so doing, there is a transition from wishes to goals, as a result of the added deadlines. Success emanates from this act and nothing else. If you have no goals, then you’ll have no success, as Brian Tracy said, “Success equals goals… all else is commentary.”

i) Always begin with the end in mind on the goal you want to attain, as would have been pictured before they became goals through the wish list.

ii) Attack the process in two ways (1) Top Down and (2) Bottom up

Bottom up ensures you have your eyes set on the goal and working towards an envisaged ultimate goal. It also prevents you from becoming overwhelmed by allowing you to take those small steps… remember the saying ‘By the yard it’s hard, but inch by inch it’s a cinch!’ and also Peter Cohen advice that “There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps.”

Please do not go all the way by being lop-sided using this method, as you’d lack clarity and trajectory towards your goal.

Top down ensures you are kept in focus when the tough gets going. You have to ensure that you know and understand the steps just before completion of the goal, and the steps before that, that will ultimately link with the bottom up approach.

Plans always change, so your goals will always be revised accordingly to preserve the link between top down and bottom up.

The ultimate goal is also achieved by the choices we decide to take. Remember the saying “many roads lead to Rome.” So do not hesitate or dither by waiting for conditions to be perfect before you can act. Choices are like branches on trees, one branch splits into another and so on and so forth until the final leaf. So do not fear, begin and bear in mind that you’ll arrive at your desired leaf. Goethe advised that “what you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” Do not fear to begin, fear is removed by action, Napoleon Hill said ‘Fear is the great destroyer. Banish fear from your life. It does not serve you in any way. Go forward in faith; faith that you have destiny to fulfil. Fear not. There is, after all, nothing to fear but fear itself. And it is a mere phantom…a ghost that disappears in the light of awareness.’

Norman Vincent Pearl categorically explained to us how fear could be subjugated and it is up to us to take up his advice. He says ‘Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.’

So go on; Become the Best You Can Be… start acting now and take inventory of yourself, pen down your 101 wish list and put deadlines on them. Follow through your goals!

Nyangu Simpungwe is a professional accountant, a fully qualified chartered certified accountant and holds a Masters Degree from The University of Glamorgan in Wales. He currently is Director of a company called Falcon (GB) Limited based in England United Kingdom, a newly formed company composed wholly of chartered certified accountants. He has tremendous experience in Business Process Improvements and has expertise in life coach and leadership coach.

Ecological Negotiation

Negotiation is a process of trying to arrive at a mutually agreeable conclusion about something. It could be a sales situation; it could be a behavioral contract; it could be a cease fire. Negotiation is basically an agreement. What makes negotiation’s time consuming is that each party involved often has numerous needs that require some kind of guarantee of satisfaction. Until those needs are at least addressed in some way, there will be objections.

Objections are critically important in successful negotiations and taking into account all objections is ecological. That is, it takes into account varying components of the system. Negotiations often prove a failure after the fact because one or more of the parties does not express their objections to the proposed settlement. Then, after the negotiation is over, they start to feel shortchanged and don’t abide by the agreement.

In every successful negotiation it is critically important that objections be addressed. Some people involved in the negotiation may be shy or reserved about voicing objections. The facilitator or leader must draw out objections from participants so they can be discussed. Once out in the open, objections can be analyised and the need or concern they represent satisfied. For example, let’s say a couple is in marital counseling negotiating a behavioral contract. The husband wants the wife to contribute her paycheck into the joint checking account but she wants to open her own checking account. She objects to putting her money into the joint checking account. A good question to ask to understand the reason for the objection is “what would happen if you did put your money in the joint checking account?” This requires the wife to verbalize her concerns. She might say “I wouldn’t feel as though I had some of my own money to spend in my own way whenever I wanted to for whatever reason.” The negotiator might then say “If you knew you could spend your money any way you wanted whenever you wanted for whatever you wanted even with the money in a joint checking account, would you then be OK with the joint checking account?” The wife might ponder this and if she says yes the condition upon which the negotiation would be successful is clarified. But, if she says no that indicates there is yet another objection which has not yet been verbalized. At that point, the negotiator needs to uncover a deeper layer of objection. This is accomplished largely through asking specific questions.

This process of uncovering layers of objection is the ecological part of negotiation. It ensures that all parties involved or all parts of a single person’s mind have addressed every single objection. Ecological negotiation is one of the most effective means of behavior change because although we may say we want to change behaviors, for example, to quit smoking, we find it difficult or fail because there is also a part of us that does not want to change. A person who says they want to lose weight might be surprised to find there is a part of them that objects to that goal. Ecological negotiation attempts to find the reason behind not wanting to lose weight and try and satisfy that need in some other way. For example, being overweight can serve a need. In some it might be power, in others it might be protection. Without discovering the need that being overweight serves and finding other ways to meet that need, there will be an objection to losing weight.

Everyone has needs and most all behavior is designed to meet those needs. Ecological negotiation takes this into account and recognizes that all objections are a way of saying “hey, if that happens my needs won’t be met so I’m going to object.” By accepting the objection in that light and helping that need be met in other ways, the negotiator removes obstacles to a truly successful negotiation.