Porn Addiction – a growing phenomenon.

Over the last few years I have noticed a huge increase in the number of clients coming to see me for pornography addiction. With the easy access of porn on line, and on tablets and phones, many men are having trouble resisting the urge to view porn more and more often, and it can be scary how quickly this can turn to an addiction.

Some of the key elements in the development of a porn addiction are starting to watch porn at a young age, controlling or uninvolved parents, loneliness and isolation, seeing a model of unhealthy relationships and early sexual abuse.

Once you have realized that you are addicted, your path to freedom starts with the realization that you’ve lost control around sex. You begin to acknowledge that you’re acting regressively and that you are probably a mature man in many ways, but you don’t understand intimacy and have confused intimacy with sexual activity.

Another thing that can be a he realisation is that you can’t get enough of what won’t satisfy you. Objectifying and sexualizing people is an never ending, negative process that yields a few minutes of excitement, a brief orgasm, then hours, days, weeks, months and years of fear, pain, shame, self doubt, self criticism, judgement and anger.

Doing this work will free you from the shackles of your negative sexual story.

Many men who have done so look back and see this as their rite of passage into true manhood, free of old compulsive sexuality. You can then take the energy you are expending on addictive behavior and channel it into a more satisfying career, intimacy and better relationships with a partner and with your family and friends. You’ll really get a life in the full sense.

Counselling for Porn addiction with qualified and experience Psychologists is available in 60 locations Australia wide at the Hart Centre. Call 1300 830 552 to find out more.

How Dating Sites are gaining success within a niche market

There are 7 billion people populating Earth. With all of this variety available it makes you deliberate as to why there are so many singletons out there.

Perhaps it’s because we live in a fast paced world where people are too caught up to partner up or acknowledge it as a priority in their lives. Technology aligned with evolution has generated a unique breed of people and we do not all share the same ideals like the good old days.

Today’s Online Dating has comprised itself into an easy access platform for a person to fall in love with the click of a button. It is currently a $2 billion dollar per year industry, with over 1500 dating sites globally and brags to been liable for around 280,000 marriages as a result of people meeting up. In Australia, statistically 1 in 10 has found love online and 1 in 6 of those people was between the ages 35-44.

There is no doubt the popularity of the ‘General’ online dating websites out there have had enormous success with the following of members on their sites. Some international sites proudly promote unbelieveable numbers of 30 million plus. As majority of sites offer a free sign up it is not quite clear on how many of those 30 million are paying subscriptions, never the less these enterprises are uniting a lot of people with each other.

Over time in this industry I think people have gotten bored and lost in the ‘General’ online dating websites. Wasting time on useless dialogue and meaningless banter only to find out there is not much in sync with the other party. Some might say you have to kiss a lot of frogs to discover your prince.

Niche online dating websites have launched on to the scene thick and strong. Obviously someone discovered a need and leaped at the opportunity to join people within a specific market. To tighten the playing field, so to speak. People bond best when they have something alike. Beliefs, hobbies, race, sexual preference or lifestyle choice can class people to meet other [compatible~accordant} singles.

Scientists have performed studies to determine if in fact like-minded people or constrasting people make the more suitable couple. It was found that people with corresponding temperaments and world views were more likely to appreciate success and have conflict free marriages than the opposite couples. It is also suggested that people with similar interests were
more likely to meet up in person off the sites.

The niche dating sites available are limitless, probably if you can think it, there has been one formed. From Gay to Pet lovers, Christian groups and other religious followings, Asian, Interracial, Vegetarians, Farmers, Cheaters, Beautiful people (ugly people need not apply), Punks, Seniors, Cougars, Sugar Daddies, Military, Single parents, Tall people, big people and even small people. I even managed to come upon a site for inmates, geeks and people who like to dance.

There is no doubt catering to a specific audience could be a very lucrative market. It sounds like a fun experience to set foot in a world where everyone shares the same interest. Everybody deserves love, why not have it with someone you like?

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Social Media for Brisbane Businesses Explained

Online social media has utterly revolutionized not just the way people interact, but more importantly the way that clients deal with businesses.

With more than 800 million users worldwide, Facebook on its own is a gargantuan marketing body, not to mention other social media powerhouses like Youtube, Twitter, Google Plus and Linkedin. Although we are subject to much media hype and hysteria, social media sites have -in the most basic sense- changed the way that any type of company that has a public presence will operate, and are now as essential to a business as an email address and a homepage.

But along with all of the obvious differences that social media has made to the marketing environment, it is essential to gain a realistic perspective of its capabilities and results.

Sadly, with any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes innumerable dishonest or clueless firms and “social media experts” which prey on naïve businesses by over-hyping the potential and being unable to deliver.

Many millions of dollars and an immeasurable amount of time is utterly wasted on useless social media ventures every day. But social media is not magic. Without proper marketing and business basics behind it, an online social media presence will fail and -depressingly- be a waste of time and money.

Despite hyping the impression of ’no-cost’ advertising with its lack of start-up and/or hosting fees, social media requires a continual presence, fresh content and site maintenance to show good results, and that means valuable time that most companies can’t afford to spare. That’s why Social Media Brisbane does the work for you, while allowing room for oversight and approval by their clients.

Examples of how people commonly do the wrong thing with social media include:

• Bad Content
Dull or plagiarised articles, out-dated advice, and terrible attempts to be current are all too common when it comes to content published online. People who do business on the internet are quite shrewd, and can recognise insincerity and condescension from miles away.

• Impatience
Building a strong online social network takes time and persistence. A successful network won’t just sprout in a jiffy, it takes time and content to see results. Often a business will create a social media profile, watch their results for a short period of time and then quit with frustration when they don’t see the unrealistic results they wanted.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing out your content regularly across a number of platforms is a lot more effective than using all of your content up at once or especially not updating at all. Nobody likes a spammer, but with the overload of information that we receive every day, without a consistent reminder of your brand’s presence you will be quickly forgotten. Just a weekly update can be beneficial for maintaining and increasing relationships with customers.

The team here at Social Media Brisbane know exactly how social media operates, and deal with it as a interrelated part of a company’s marketing strategy rather than the only important thing.

We also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimisation methods into our work, which is something that no other social media group offers.

Choosing consultants who concentrate on gimmicks over content and that throw around buzzwords like “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of giving strategy and goals will simply result in it having been an exercise in frustration.

If you are looking for a social media consultancy based in Brisbane, contact the Brisbane SEO Company today on 3166 9622.

Why upgrade to enterprise risk management?

The Global Financial Crisis taught us the importance of robust risk management practices in identifying and addressing issues that have the potential to impact on overall business objectives. Many organisations have implemented risk management programs, however a significant proportion of these have yet to realise the benefits of upgrading their programs to best-practice Enterprise Risk Management.

What’s the problem with traditional risk management programs?

Historically, risk management has tended to focus only on the negative – how do we identify what might go wrong? How bad will things get if it does? How can we stop it?

Another feature of old-fashioned risk management has been the tendency for it to be “siloed”, with each section of an organisation having its own approach to managing risk.

Modern, best practice Enterprise Risk Management has moved contemporary risk management programs and thinking beyond these limitations.

Why is Enterprise Risk Management better?

Enterprise Risk Management (also known as ERM) has a range of benefits for contemporary businesses:

  • ERM achieves efficiencies across the whole of the organisation by integrating a common approach throughout all functional areas.
  • ERM avoids the pitfall of concentrating on minor risks (such as slip hazards) at the expense of big picture risks (such as failure of critical infrastructure).
  • ERM captures the positive side of risk management, by also considering opportunities for new services, process efficiencies, improved methods of service delivery etc.

What strategies assist adoption of Enterprise Risk Management?

 

QRMC frequently assists organisations to develop or expand their risk management programs to embrace Enterprise Risk Management. Our experience suggests that useful strategies to successfully move to Enterprise Risk Management include:

  • Strong committed, visible leadership.
  • Recognising that risk management is an ongoing (not once-off) process.
  • Treating risk management as a tool to achieve business objectives, not as a compliance exercise.
  • Extensive consultation with, and training of, personnel (at all levels).
  • Consistently integrating ERM across all systems and functional areas within the organisation.

Special considerations for business or department amalgamation

 

A regular feature of contemporary business is the process of amalgamation, either of existing segments of an organisation, or of one business with a completely independent second business (M&A).

Determining the business objectives of a new organisation formed in this way is not always a straightforward exercise. The clarity provided by the risk management process greatly assists this determination.

However, amalgamation poses particular difficulties when it comes to the risk management program:

  1. There are often difficulties involved in assimilating risk-related information from different sources, produced using different methods.
  2. Amalgamation poses the threat of extending the commonly experienced problem of risk management “silos” (as mentioned above) even further by creating silos based on the original business or department entities.

On the positive side, these difficulties present an opportunity to reach solutions by upgrading existing risk management systems to Enterprise Risk Management. Moving the new entity to Enterprise Risk Management provides opportunities to:

  1. Clearly identify the objectives of the new entity, and what risks and opportunities exist in achieving these objectives.
  2. Break down barriers and foster a new organisation-wide approach to risk management and the determination of uniform risk appetite.

Next steps

 

Risk management as a discipline has proven its value over time. Now businesses can extend this value even further by upgrading to Enterprise Risk Management.

For more information on Enterprise Risk Management, safety management, business continuity management and management systems, contact us. We are experts in providing independent and objective facilitation of the process of upgrading or developing new Enterprise Risk Management programs. You can also access other informative articles on our News page dealing with Enterprise Risk Management, as well as newsletters downloadable from our Publications page covering Enterprise Risk Management issues.

Can I really save fuel with a Truck Wheel Alignment?

Most heavy vehicle owners in the transport industry are asking themselves – How can I save money on my running costs? How can I save on fuel consumption? Will a truck wheel alignment help?

Research & studies conducted around the world show that around 80 percent of medium to heavy vehicles are incorrectly aligned, or have a mis-alignment. If your truck, trailer or bus has incorrectly aligned wheels & axles, you have what we call increased rolling resistance when travelling on the road. This means the engine is working harder than required to push the truck along the road, and the end result is an increase in fuel consumption. Given that fuel can account for up to 50% of the operating costs of a truck or fleet, smart operators must explore all avenues to reduce fuel consumption.
Generally speaking, correcting even slight alignment issues have been shown to result in a saving of 3 – 10 percent on fuel.

3% doesn’t sound too significant does it? Lets take a closer look – One truck runs Brisbane to Sydney (return) 3 times a week (6,000 kms). That’s 312,000 kms a year. Fuel consumption average is 1.85 litres/km. That’s 577,200 litres, current local prices are around $1.49 per litre. Fuel cost for the year – $860,028.00. If you reduced fuel consumption by 3%, you would save $25,800.84!!
Your scenario may be different, but you can see that small changes can make a big difference to the bottom line of your business. There are other areas where you can save on running costs, which will be covered in another article.

If you own one truck or one hundred, and you are not having a regular truck wheel alignment performed as part of your maintenance schedule, you really need to contact your local truck wheel alignment specialist for a chat.

Truckologist is a mobile truck wheel alignment business based in Brisbane, Australia.