Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council uses the Ohio Hog Farmers Facebook page to engage in conversations with consumers and serve as a resource for information regarding pigs, pork and farming. The page currently has an audience of more than 214,000 fans, and in the last 12 months has had a reach of more than 69.5 million people.On Friday, May 29, the Ohio Hog Farmers Facebook page fell victim to hackers. The outside group gained control to the Facebook page and disabled OHF administrators from being able to access or control the page.“It was quite the mess,” said Quinton Keeran, director of communications for the Ohio Pork Council. “OPC staff, with the help of additional Ag supporters involved in social media, quickly began posting to the page and letting OHF fans know that the page had been hacked.”After contacting Facebook Customer Service, the page was returned to its original state and access was re-granted to OPC mid-afternoon on the same day.In order to spin the situation in a positive direction, a blog post was created on posted on OhioPork.org and the Ohio Hog Farmers Facebook page. This post encourages individuals to like the OHF page and post something demonstrating their love of bacon, for the chance to win a 6-month supply of bacon. The blog post has received more than 3,200 views and is causing a huge influx of traffic to OhioPork.org. The Facebook post promoting the blog is also performing well, having received more than 2,000 likes, 660 shares and 320 comments.
If you have read this humble blog for a significant amount of time, you know I believe you can be more, do more, have more, and contribute more, mostly in that order. The starting point is becoming more than you are right now by creating a transformational breakthrough, which we might define as the point at which you stop being one thing and become another.You may, for example, decide to stop being an average salesperson and become a consultative, trusted advisor. Your transformational breakthrough might see your metamorphosis from “sales manager” to “leader,” from a title on an organizational chart to a role you play in the lives of others. Your breakthrough transformation might see you go from “couch potato” to “athlete.”Whatever you are now, and whatever you are becoming, here is how you create your transformational breakthrough:Let Go of What You AreTo become something else, you must let go of what you are now. There may not be any more powerful force than your identity, what you tell yourself and others you are.If you have ever heard someone say something like, “I am a procrastinator,” they were sharing with you one of the ways they identify themselves—to themselves and others. You might hear someone describe themselves with words like, “I am a failure,” even when there is evidence to the contrary. One may procrastinate, and one may choose to identify that as what they are, but that is a behavior. You can fail without being a failure, as any person who finds success will attest.The truth is that your identity is malleable. You have the power to change what you believe you are and become something else whenever you want. You can be one thing today and something altogether different tomorrow, should you decide to—and should you be willing to let go of what you are now.Find a ModelYou will find a lot of advice and platitudes about not comparing yourself to others, especially on the internet, where memes dominate. One of my favorite pieces of bad advice goes something like, “I don’t want to be better than anyone else; I just want to be better than I was yesterday.” As much as I appreciate the sentiment, it does set the bar pretty low. There is good reason to compare yourself to others when it comes to a transformational breakthrough.In most of the things that matter, what another person can achieve is also possible for you. Some people refuse to believe this, as it absolves them of the responsibility to change their identity and the actions that follow how they see themselves. Other people look at the success of others to find models of the beliefs and behaviors that will allow them to become something more, while also shortening the time it takes to create a breakthrough.It’s one thing to be better than you were yesterday, and it’s quite another to be the best version of yourself, to reach your full potential.Find someone who is already what you want to be, and study what they believe and what they do. It’s negative to compare yourself to others if you are trying to prove your superiority, and positive if you are comparing yourself to someone who is a model of what you aspire to become.Change What You Believe and What You DoYou have to give up what you are to become something more, and that starts with what you believe, your mindset, and what you do, your behaviors, actions, and habits.On December 27, 2009, I was not a writer, even though I had done a little writing. On December 28, 2009, I was a writer, even though it was only my first day as one, and even if I wasn’t very good at it. On one of those days, I believed writing was what one did. On the next day, I believed it was what one is. I have written every day since that day, the action following my decision to change my identity.I am not confident in which order these two things need to happen, as sometimes I have witnessed the change in belief before the change in behaviors, and other times I have seen the actions change, and the beliefs follow. That said, without both of the views and practices, you will not experience a transformational breakthrough.If you have an area of your life that you want to transform, make a list of your present beliefs and behaviors, and then write the beliefs and behaviors necessary for you to congruently occupy the space that is what you are becoming.Embrace the DiscomfortThe reason so many people struggle to become what they wish to be is because it comes with more than a little discomfort, especially when you have to explain to others that you are no longer what you once were.It isn’t easy to change your beliefs. We reject new beliefs, seeking instead to confirm our existing biases by looking for evidence that we are right—especially when powerful ideas conflict with our own. Looking at new beliefs causes a lack of comfort; you could be wrong, and you could have been mistaken for a very long time. New ideas threaten your identity, which is why you cannot have a transformational breakthrough without giving up what you believed (about yourself, about others, about how the world works, etc.).Nor is it easy to change your behaviors. Most of the habits you developed are burnt in from continually taking the same action over and over again. It took time for the habit to develop, and it is uncomfortable to break them. I used to sleep until 6:30 AM on weekdays. One day, I decided to set my alarm for 5:00 AM, giving myself time in the morning to do all the things I told myself I didn’t have time to do. The transition was painful, marked by a lack of sleep, a lack of clarity, and a general grouchiness. After a few weeks, the discomfort subsided.If you are not uncomfortable, you are not going to experience a transformational breakthrough. Discomfort is evidence you are changing.Choose Your IdentityHave you ever known anyone who can’t wait to tell others that they are a vegan? Or paleo? Or keto? Have you ever known someone who tells everyone they are a runner? When you see this behavior, a person is establishing part of their identity. They’re sharing with you a decision they have made, partly because they want you to identify them as such (along with what it means about them), and in part to burn in their identity, making it difficult for them to do things that are incongruent with who they say they are.The malleability of your identity is a very good thing. Today you may be one thing; tomorrow you may be another. Even if you haven’t ever thought about the idea in quite this way, you have likely already made several transformations in the course of your life. You called yourself one thing when you had a particular set of beliefs and behaviors and chose to call yourself something else after you changed. Essential Reading! 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Share on WhatsApp England skittled for 58 after spectacular first-day collapse against New Zealand Pinterest Share on Facebook He may even have to make a bowling change in the second innings.Like a good Kiwi, Williamson will take nothing for granted in this match. He has great respect for his opponents and he is prepared to voice his admiration in a manner that is seldom quite so prevalent on the other side of the Tasman Sea, especially in the middle of a Test. Of his opposite number, Joe Root, an occasional colleague at Yorkshire, he says: “He’s a great fella and a great player in all formats who conducts himself in a fantastic way.”So, after two contrasting days – the first was surreal, the second all too ordinary – we appear to have an unusual contest on our hands: no one seems to be slagging one another off. Facebook Williamson displayed all the virtues that had eluded England in the first hour of the match. He was patient and watchful; his footwork was precise and positive; he played the ball late in defence and punched drives to the boundary with surprising power when the opportunity arose. It helped him that no bowler could move the ball in the air like Trent Boult.It was, therefore, a surprise when Williamson was dismissed. Even the new ball had refused to deviate much until Jimmy Anderson found some surprising inswing to have him lbw for 102. Williamson described this as a “fairly good delivery”, which, given his dry, wry assessment of everything that happens around him, meant that it was an excellent ball and a fine piece of bowling by Anderson. Williamson was not going to lose any sleep over that dismissal or about New Zealand’s position in the match.The departure of New Zealand’s best batsmen did not trigger any panic in their dressing room. Henry Nicholls had been resolute in defence throughout while playing the odd pull and cut shot on the rare occasions that the bowlers pitched short, while BJ Watling had skittishly acquired 17 on his return to Tests when more rain fell.There was an inspection at 8.30pm after which the umpires decided to look again at 9pm, seldom a popular decision and one that was met with some derision from a dwindling crowd. The umpires finally abandoned play for the day at 9.10pm because they had decided that the outfield was still a bit damp and the game looked stupid once more. New Zealand were leading by 171 runs with six wickets remaining. Twitter England cricket team Reuse this content Showers halted play at Eden Park, with a forecast of more to come at the weekend. Photograph: Fiona Goodall/AFP/Getty Images Nat Sciver stars as England’s women cruise to T20 victory over Australia England had a much better second day here in Auckland. This was mainly due to the fact that they did not have to bat and they had to bowl only 23.1 overs, during which time they dismissed New Zealand’s best batsman, Kane Williamson. However, there are still some scars that need urgent attention.Their batsmen have had plenty of time to contemplate how they might atone for their pitiful display on the first day. Nothing those batsmen witnessed on Friday when showers enveloped Eden Park all too frequently would have brought them much cheer. First, there was confirmation that the surface here possesses no demons. It is not a 58 all out pitch. It is not a 258 all out pitch.For almost all of the 23 overs bowled the ball stubbornly refused to deviate in the air or off the pitch. The ball plopped gently on to the middle of straight Kiwi bats. The tourists’ pace bowling quartet was persistent but not penetrating as Williamson gave the England batsmen in the field a first-hand, five-hour tutorial on how to compile a Test century. Williamson made his 18th, which meant that the New Zealand captain has reached three figures more frequently than any other Kiwi. He had begun the match alongside Ross Taylor and Martin Crowe on this list. Topics Williamson does not seem to get too excited about anything. When asked about becoming New Zealand’s top-scorer of centuries at the tender age of 27 he gave the modern cricketer’s stock response: “I’ve never focused too much on stats. I just like to do what’s best for the team. It was a bit frustrating today [to be dismissed after adding 11].” Yet somehow he might mean all that.There is no doubting his admiration for Martin Crowe, who died two years ago. “He was a fantastic, world-class cricketer for New Zealand, the best ever”, said Williamson. There is so much respect there for Martin.”Crowe predicted that Williamson could be his country’s greatest batsman and he may well have been right, even though the aesthete would probably opt to watch a Crowe century.Williamson explained his decision to insert England even though a glimpse of the scorecard makes that unnecessary. “We felt the wicket was at its greenest and it doesn’t deteriorate much here [one of the few pieces of good news for the England camp]. We didn’t expect that outcome. So it was a perfect storm for us and we did bowl a beautiful length. It will be a lot harder second time around.” Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn New Zealand cricket team Share via Email Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL – December 5, 2017 – In another round of recognition for best infrastructure and customer service excellence, C&W Networks once again emerged with top billing, this time winning the award for Best Network and Service Innovation in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) Region. The latest recognition came at the annual MEF Excellence Awards 2017 in Orlando, Florida on November 14. The accolade comes on the heels of its recent award for Best Latin America Wholesale Carrier at the 13th Global Carrier Awards held in London in October.This latest award recognizes C&W Networks, a division of C&W Communications (C&W) and a Liberty Global company, for its leadership in the development and delivery of global, regional, retail and wholesale services as well as excellence in network and service innovation, strategy and marketing. C&W Networks was chosen by a judging panel comprised of 14 global and regional senior analysts from ACG Research, ATLANTIC-ACM, Battle Green Research, Frost & Sullivan, Global Data, IHS Markit, Metanoia, Ovum, and Vertical Systems, in addition to independent judges. This is the second year in a row the Company has won this award.“We are honored to continue to be recognized for our industry leadership in service innovation in the Caribbean and Latin America region. This award is a result of continued investment in our network and people that ensures the continued excellence of both our customer service and infrastructure. We are committed to pushing the boundaries of providing unmatched service on the best network in the region so that our customers can continue to succeed,” said Paul Scott, President of C&W Latam and Wholesale.MEF is an industry association of more than 210 member companies and manages the world’s largest awards program that is focused on emerging dynamic network services powered by Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO), Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Carrier Ethernet.“We continue to see amazing service and technology innovations year-over-year in the MEF Awards program, and are thrilled to witness the advances being made to accelerate development and delivery of agile, assured, and orchestrated services,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “We are pleased to congratulate the 2017 Award Winners, and look forward to seeing more innovation from them as we move into 2018.”For more information on the MEF Awards 2017 please visit: http://www.mef.net/2017_MEF_AwardsPress Release: Cable & Wireless Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: