Life is hard. Watching 10 minutes of the news is all it takes to get a tiny glimpse of the monumental suffering people endure on a daily basis. Rich or poor, young or old, average citizens in communities all over the country constantly wrestle with a myriad of seemingly insurmountable problems. If it’s not crime, it’s financial adversity. If it’s not injustice it’s political discord. Society feels like it’s permanently on the brink of collapse, and if it weren’t for the bravery of heroes such as Community! Organizers, all would be lost.

You can make a Difference:
     Community Organizers are individuals who dedicate themselves to improving the communities they reside in. They do this by coordinating the efforts and resources of local people, in order to bring about desirable outcomes for their immediate surroundings. In a perfect world, all of society’s problems could be solved by government, or other prominent public institutions. But the truth is that government falls short, and institutions aren’t always in a position to help everyone proportionately. This is why Community Organizers are indispensable members of society. Where large agencies fall short, Community Organizers step in to save lives and foster constructive change. If all of this makes you feel like it takes special skills to ! be a Community Organizer, you are mistaken. The great news about community organizing is that anyone – any person – can do it. All it takes is love for your community, and willingness to step up and serve it. Here are a few tips on how to become an active Community Organizer:

     1. Look Around:
     The first thing to do when delving into community organizing is assessment. Explore your community in order to identify problems or issues of concern which need resolution. Don’t confine yourself to addressing one specific cause because there could be more complex variables to consider when trying to help people.

     2. Learn, and Learn Some More:
     On! ce you figure out specific problems you’re passionate about solving, it’s time to educate yourself civically. Do some academic research about your local government and figure out how to harmonize your intentions with their mandate. Learn about what you can and can’t do legally as a Community Organizer.

     3. Start Small:
     Before you dive into tackling controversial or ambitious projects as a Community Organizer, try volunteering on a small scale to get a feel for what it’s like to dedicate time in service of others. This will also acquaint you with local causes you may not have paid attention to during your initial brainstorming.

     4. Get in Touch! :
     When you’re ready to take things to the next level and get organized, build a team of like-minded local people who can discuss and contribute to your goals as an organizer. This is the first step in building relationships which can turn into productive coalitions in future.

     5. Be Structured:
     As you progress towards creating a movement in service of your community, remember to assemble your team in a formal way. Keep a calendar of meetings and make sure you convene in a professional manner. Give your team a name and draft a mission statement. Depending on how serious your work becomes, you might need to register as a non-profit organization over time so the more structured you are in the beginning, the easier it is to become official in future.

     6. Advertise:
     If you expect to have an impact on your community, local residents will need to recognize and endorse who you are. Raise awareness about what you are trying to do through social media, grassroots campaigns, media ads or any other methods appropriate to your situation. Win hearts and minds, and you will establish a bedrock of strong local support.

     7. Don’t Ignore the Big Fish:
     In some cases, community organizing simply cannot happen absent of coordination with the government. Depending on the problem you’re trying to solve, it might even be mandatory to liaise with t! he government. So if necessary, always be prepared to reach out and engage with government representatives.

When John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States on January 20th, 1961, he delivered a speech with one of the most infamous quotes of all time, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” If you spend every day frustrated by the problems that plague the community you call home, the last thing you should ever feel is helpless. Sometimes all it takes is for someone who cares to take a stand. Educate yourself about the problems you see, build a thought-out strategy to solve these problems, and reach out to others for help to carry out your vision. There is no problem so big that it can’t be solved by a united effort. However, an effort has to exist in the first place for anything to improve. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative! workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

Read More


There’s no turning back, life today is completely digital. If you have a task to do, or a plan to execute, chances are you’ll have to do some or all of your work on a computer. This is especially true when it comes to academic studies. More and more people pursue their education online, which translates into hours and hours on computers reading, typing, scrolling and clicking. Going to school is stressful enough as it is, if you pile on the strain of having to work on screens all the time, it’s no wonder that students feel generally overwhelmed and exhausted. Studying online is a great way to advance your knowledge and build your career profile. But if getting that degree is starting to take a physical toll on your body, it might be a good idea to take a step back and reorganize in order to stay healthy and energized. Here are four tips on how to manage stress if you’re an online student:

     1. Set Alarms:
     If you spend a lot of time on the internet, you’re probably all too familiar with how easy it is to look up at the clock after a while and gasp at how quickly the hours have elapsed. Before you ever embark on research or an assignment, schedule hourly breaks for yourself using an alarm clock. This will prevent you from neglecting rest.

     2. Work Out:
     There’s no denying that focusing on your studies is important. But it’s a lot more important to ensure that your physical health doesn’t deteriorate because of a sedentary lifestyle.! Remember to be disciplined and! dedicate some time for a quick workout – no matter how brief. Exercise is always healthy.

     3. Get Organized:
     Between studying and socializing, students are constantly busy while earning degrees online. Even though it sounds like a chore, one of the best stress-management techniques for busy students is to declutter and get organized. Working in a clean environment strengthens concentration.

     4. Keep in Touch:
     Always remember that family and loved one’s are a good source of encouragement in challenging times. This is why you should never get so absorbed in your work that they become an afterthought in your life. Give family time a! high priority in your schedule. You just might be surprised to discover how much it keeps you motivated to succeed.

The stress of pursuing any kind of higher education, online or off, can creep up on you. Trouble sleeping, a rapid heartbeat, depression, poor concentration, and many other symptoms of stress can weigh you down if you ignore them. The same way you make time for work, also make time to rejuvenate physically and mentally. Work should never do more harm than good in life. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

Read More


There’s no doubt about it. The most challenging thing about trying to eat healthy is staying away from restaurant food. Even if you have the discipline to prep your meals regularly from home, it’s basically impossible to go for long periods of time without ending up with a huge plate of fries or a nice juicy steak perched on your table. If you’re struggling to figure out how to be consistent with a healthy diet, have no fear. You might not be able to avoid restaurants altogether, but you can still make smart choices ! about what food order if, and when, you eat out. Every little effort makes a difference. Here are a few tips on how to eat healthy with restaurant food:

     1. If you Have Choice, Pick a Healthy Restaurant:
     Not all restaurants serve junk food. If you happen to know a place that serves wholesome food, then by all means, insist on eating there. There are lots of restaurants which readily cater to healthy eaters.

     2. Do Some Homework:
     If you have no choice but to eat at a place that serves junk food, google their menu before going there t! o investigate the healthiest options they have. That way you can at least strategize and reduce how many calories you end up eating.

     3. Always Get Greens:
     One of the easiest ways to develop healthy eating habits is to make sure that every meal you eat has a portion of either fruits or vegetables. The more vegetables you order, the less you have to deal with overloading on crabs or protein.

     4. Ditch the Deep Dryer:
     When it comes to healthy eating, deep fried food is the devil. Fried foods are unhealthy because saturated fats and oils amplify the volume of calories already present in uncooked food. Try opting for alternatives like steamed or! grilled food if you want to cut the fat.

    5. Eat Slowly:
     Did you know that the speed with which you eat has an impact on satiety? Allowing your body to develop a sense of satisfaction takes time, so the slower you eat, the less food you’ll end up consuming. Savor your food instead of devouring it.

Healthy eating is all about taking control of your decisions and choices. The more discipline you practice about feeding your body with good food, the more consistent you will become, even in moments of temptation. What matters the most is never giving up. Keep trying to eat healthy, even in the most trying situations, and you’ll keep growing into the healthiest version of yourself. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

Read More


Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude,” – Hilary Hinton Ziglar. This quote is one of the most infamous cliché’s of self-improvement. Everybody knows that optimism and positive-thinking play a monumental role in the pursuit of happiness. However, what happens when things go bad? After all, it isn’t always easy to see the glass as half-full when life starts raining down one devastating problem after another. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress and frustration, keep hope alive ! no matter what. Regardless of how painful your problems might feel in the moment, remember that tomorrow is a new day, and every new day is an opportunity to reverse – and erase – the tragedies of the past. Here are a few tips on how to fight off negative thoughts and maintain a positive attitude:

     1. Ditch Your Inner Critic:
     Pay attention to what you think about at all times. If your inner monologue is more of a critic than cheerleader, make an effort to start encouraging yourself with edifying thoughts.

     2. Don’t Write Yourself Off:
     Just because you’ve made a mi! stake, or you’re going through a hard time, doesn’t mean you can’t make good decisions in the future. Dedicate yourself to making your tomorrows better than your yesterdays.

     3. Remember Your Victories:
     Sometimes we get so caught up in the challenges of the day that we forget just how far we’ve come over time. Commemorate your past victories and you just might tap into newly found strength to persevere.

     4. Be Patient:
     Sometimes, life’s bitter moments can only be healed through the passage of time. Rather than exist in denial, allow yourself to grieve and move on. Catharsis can also be ! healthy.

     5. Express Yourself:
     The more negative emotions you feel, the more important it is not to bottle up your frustration. Find someone you can confide in, or engage in activities that allow you to release tension.

     6. Do Something Unselfish:
     The more your problem forces you to fixate on yourself individually, the likelier you are to overestimate your setbacks. Doing something selfless, like volunteering with a charity, can help you gain a mature perspective on whether or not you should be in a panic.

&! nbsp; Nobody can predict or control the ups and downs of life. What we can control though is how we react to life’s various surprises. When things are good, be grateful and make the most of your favorable fortune. When things go bad, stay focused on persevering until the next brighter day. In the words of Sir Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

Read More


Gracias a la intensa lucha de años por defender nuestros derechos, las mujeres estamos ganando terreno en el mundo de los negocios.

Sin embargo, nos enfrentamos a más obstáculos que los hombres a la hora de crear una empresa. No solo porque la sociedad aún no se acostumbra a vernos en esa posición, sino porque nos chocamos con muros que nosotras mismas hemos creado gracias a creencias limitantes, debido a las responsabilidades que tenemos con nuestros hijos y en el hogar, que inconscientemente restringen el alcance de nuestros sueños. Y a pesar de que la nueva era presenta un avance en la libertad de las mujeres para elegir lo que quieren ser y hacer con sus vidas, algunas ni siquiera conciben la idea de crear un negocio propio y otras limitan el crecimiento de su empresa para no cargar con la culpa de hacer a un lado su familia.

Una de las armas básicas que una mujer debe manejar para lograr el éxito es el su tiempo, equilibrando su vida personal y profesional. Por lo que hoy, en el Día Internacional de la Mujer, quiero compartir contigo 5 tips para que aprendas a tener el control de tu tiempo y logres una mejor calidad de vida siendo la mujer exitosa que sueñas ser:

  • Mantén una agenda: Programa tu tiempo laboral, familiar y si es el caso, en pareja, con anticipación. Al comienzo de cada semana, programa alguna salida familiar o actividad. No esperes hasta el final de la jornada laboral cuando estás demasiado cansada para planificar esas actividades. No dejes que tu horario de trabajo se inmiscuya en tu tiempo familiar. Tu calendario debe basarse en tus prioridades.
  • Tiempo para ti: piensa en las actividades que más te gustan, elige una y realízala durante, por lo menos 20 minutos cada día. Esto además de relajarte, te ayuda a mantener un buen estado de animo. También programa por lo menos 30 minutos al día para hacer ejercicio, que te ayudará a a liberar el estrés y mantenerte saludable.
  • Utiliza la tecnología: actualmente existen muchas y variadas aplicaciones que te mandan alertas de todo tipo, ya sea en tu celular o desde tu correo personal, cada una de ellas te permite administrar tus rutinas del día a día. En el último de los casos, ten una agenda física en donde anotes todas tus actividades por fecha y hora, para no olvidarlas, y mantenla contigo siempre.
  • Una cosa a la vez… y solo una: El término multitasking esta de moda, y se ha creado la expectativa de que las mujeres podemos hacer muchas cosas a la vez, lo cual es cierto, pero a veces con el fin de cumplir con esto, nos atoramos y no logramos concluir ninguna tarea.

Existen ciertas actividades a las que necesitamos dedicarles tiempo exclusivo de calidad, como a nuestros hijos, a nuestra pareja y a nosotras mismas.

Una vez que calendarices te percatarás de detalles que en otro momento pasarías desapercibidos, combina tus actividades de trabajo y personales tomando en cuenta que hay situaciones que demandan tu completa atención para tomar decisiones conscientes y exitosas.

  • Aprende técnicas especiales: Hoy día existen academias especializadas en diferentes temas y el manejo del tiempo es uno de ellos, ya que del buen manejo de tus actividades y la manera de organizarte depende tu productividad, y también tu calidad de vida.

Como mujer es un reto que nos desafía a dar lo mejor de nosotras pues está en riesgo el bienestar de nuestra familia y el éxito de nuestra empresa. Concéntrate en el presente. Tu tiempo es lo único valioso que tienes, no lo desperdicies, aprende a manejarlo.

Si te interesa saber más sobre técnicas especiales de manejo del tiempo y desarrollo personal o profesional, busca nuestros cursos especializados para apoyarte en en nuestro sitio web RISE Programs Academy

Recuerda que en Rise Programs contamos con las mejores herramientas para hacer realidad tus sueños.

Yo soy Adriana Gallardo, y esto es Rise Programs, la puerta al éxito.

Read More


Life isn’t always neat and predictable. At one time or another, every person has to confront circumstances which compel us to make sacrifices in order to be happy. Nobody understands this dilemma more than couples who face the struggle of trying to maintain long distance relationships. When people fall in love, we naturally expect to spend most of our time with our significant others. Unfortunately for some, this expectation doesn’t always match reality. Every day, things like career demands or ! family commitments make it physically impossible for couples to be together in the same place at the same time.

Take Hope, You can still Make it Work: 
 Long-distance relationships can be frustrating, especially when couples have gotten used to being around each other often. Having to be apart for long periods of time all of a sudden can put a strain on even the most solid of couples. Being in a long distance relationships may not be an ideal situation for you and your partner, but with a little planning and optimism, long-distance relationships can actually stand the test of time and turn into deeper commitments. Here are three tips on how to make long distance relationships work:

 1. Communicate:
Being away from your partner means that your relationship is exposed to a big probability of misunderstandings and crossed-wires. Before you part ways, make a commitment to be honest and transparent with one another. Talk about the future to see if you are both on the same page about how to make the situation work.

2. Choose a Reliable Way to Stay in Touch:
Don’t just assume that you and your partner can stay in communication through any channel that happens to be available. The farther apart you’ll be, the more necessary it is to build consensus on whether you should call each other, use social media, email and so on. Dedicate at least one medium as a primary way for you to stay connected.

3. Have Their Back:
Regardless of the circumstances, being apart from one another takes a toll on each partner in a relationship. If you want to make things work, do everything in your power to reassure your partner about how much you value your relationship. The more you can trust each other, the more absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Long distance relationships are never easy, but if both partners are willing to work and keep the sparks alive, there’s no reason why a couple can’t emerge stronger for having spent time apart. Keep trying, keep loving, and don’t give up. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you! ’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

Read More


Communication is one of life’s peculiar mysteries. Everybody understands how important it is to communicate in relationships, however, executing good communication can prove complicated if not impossible. The main reason why so many people struggle with communication is because each person experiences life from a unique perspective. It doesn’t matter how much two different people may have in common, our individual personalities and cultural backgrounds increase the odds that communication can breakdown because of misperception. The fact that we each have unique ways of interpreting life often fosters misunderstanding that interferes with interaction.

It’s all about Balance: 
As frustrating as it is to experience conflicts from breakdowns in communication, it’s still possible to master the art of communication through practice. All it takes is a willingness to be mindful of two cardinal ingredients of communication. These are: the message you intend to convey, and the manner in which you are conveying your message. If you want to become an effective communicator, paying attention to these two elements can help you figure out the best way to frame your messages and also understand what others want you to learn from a given conversation. Here are four tips on how to become an effective communicator.

1. Make Eye Contact:
Eye contact is essential for strong communication because it establishes a connection with the person you’re interacting with. Eye contact is the most direct nonverbal way to either ask for someone’s attention, or to give them yours in kind.

2. Watch Your Tone:
Voice intonation refers to the fluctuation in volume and pitch of a person’s voice. One method a speaker can use to emphasize the meaning behind their words is by modulating their tone during speech. Altering your tone of voice always sets the mood of a conversation.

3. Pay Attention to Body Language:
Whenever you interact with others, nonverbal gestures can actually counteract your intended message if they don’t match what you’re saying. Even though body language tends to be instinctive, try to modify it in a way that always matches verbal speech.

4. Listen:
People often forget that communication is a two-way street. If you expect other people to understand what you want to say, you also have to be willing to understand what other people have to say. This all starts with intentional, focused listening.

Regardless of which technique you use to enhance your communication skills, the most important component of effective communication is emotional intelligence. Being in tune with whether your listener is feeling happiness, sadness, fear, surprise, anger, or disgust should inform your approach towards behavior like changing your tone of voice, your emphasis or the pace of your speech. When you adapt to your listener’! s emotional state of mind intelligently, your communication will be received as genuine and sincere. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

Read More


Nothing in life comes easy, and if you expect your wildest dreams to ever turn into reality, there’s simply no choice but to put in the work. However, what happens when putting in the work isn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds? After all, life doesn’t always make it easy to get work done. Regardless of anyone’s best intentions, there are an infinite number of both trivial and serious distractions which can get in the way of overall productivity. If you ever find yourself struggling to perform at the top of your game, don’t despair. There are numerous ways for any person to reset their lives and improve work ethic. Here are five effective techniques:

1. Take a Breather:

If the approach you’re taking in order to pursue your goals feels redundant, pause to reevaluate your work. Instead of grasping at straws to get things done, prioritize what’s important and concentrate your energy on putting first things first.

 2. Watch the Clock:

If anything, you do in life wastes time – stop doing it. Time is the single most precious asset you will ever own. The more time you lose, the fewer options you have to accomplish meaningful goals. Scrutinize your daily routine from start to finish and eliminate every time-wasting activity.

3. Don’t Procrastinate:

Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you should do today. The more you postpone tasks that need to be resolved immediately, the likelier it is you’ll end up playing catch up with an intimidating laundry list of problems. Always fulfill your obligations as soon as possible.

4. Get Organized:

Sometimes it can make a big difference to streamline your work through planning. This can include using basic to-do lists, or more complicated resources such as technology. If you happen to have access to systems which can make your work easier, don’t hesitate to take advantage of them.

5. Stop Juggling:

Multitasking isn’t always the best way to get things done. Dividing your attention between multiple tasks can actually prevent you from being efficient if you bite off more than you can chew. The more you focus your energy on doing one thing at a time, the faster you can resolve pending duties.

It’s easy to look at people who’ve made it in life and assume that they’ve always had things figured out. But the truth is, every last one of your idols and heroes has experienced personal challenges maintaining a strong work ethic. Nobody’s perfect. The crucial difference between those who succeed and those who fail is one simple fact – successful people keep working. To quote the wise words of Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes! short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. ”

Read More


One of 2017s most heartwarming viral stories took a disappointing turn recently when it was revealed that everyone involved conspired to participate in a scam. In November of last year, New Jersey residents Katelyn McClure, and her then boyfriend Mark D’Amico, drew nationwide attention after they allegedly experienced a random act of kindness from a homeless man named Johnny Bobbit Jr. The couple recounted on social media how Bobbit came to McClure’s aid while McClure was stranded in her car on a highway. They claimed that out of sheer compassion, Bobbit sacrificed the last few dollars in his pocket to buy McClure some gas and help revive her vehicle. In gratitude for Bobbit’s unselfishness, the couple then proceeded to launch a GoFundMe campaign to raise money in kind for Bobbit himself. After a short period of ti! me, they procured around USD 400! ,000 from thousands of donors.

Cracks began to form in the trio’s narrative when Bobbit came forward in August to allege that McClure and D’Amico were refusing to give him all the money that they raised. This triggered heightened scrutiny of the facts surrounding their story, and ultimately prompted skepticism from the general public. After months of investigation into their encounter, Bobbit was arrested and the couple turned themselves in to face charges of theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Law enforcement concluded that not only had McClure and D’Amico misappropriated the money raised through their GoFundMe campaign, all three individuals had known each other prior to the incident on the highway and they deliberately concocted their story as a scheme to make money from unsuspecting people.

Bah Humbug:

As people get into the spirit of giving during the holiday season, stories like these are bound to make some hesitate about whether to be charitable. After all, what’s the sense in depriving of yourself to help others when humanity is so flawed? It’s hard to trust that your kindness will benefit people who are genuinely deserving when the world is so full of users and scam artists. Sinicism can understandably suffocate any reasonable person’s generosity in light of how often people lie, steal and swindle each other every day.

Kindness has a Higher Purpose:

Before losing all of your faith in humanity however, it’s important to remember that showing compassion is about much more than helping people in the moment. It’s about fulfilling humanity’s fundamental reason for being. Whether or not your kindness produces the outcomes you expect, you exist for one reason, and one reason only – to leave this world a better place than you found it. That basically means you can never stop trying to do the right thing no matter what happens. Every selfless act serves a purpose that is much higher, and much more important than skepticism. Kindness is the only light of hope we can shine on this cruel, dark world. Kindness is our only oasis in the harsh wilderness of reality. Kindness is the only virtue which can dismantle the pain caused by malice. For as long as unscrupulous people! won’t relent on the misery and destruction caused by their own greed, then it’s up to every single person with a conscience to fight back with kindness.

In the words of Mother Teresa: “The success of love is in the loving – it is not in the result of loving. Of course, it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not determine the value of what we have done.” If you have it in your heart to be kind, don’t hesitate. Whether or not it’s obvious in the moment, every good deed you do has the potential to live on forever. It makes a difference if you care.

Read More