January 1 , 2005

Good day and Happy New Year To You!

I hope our newsletter finds you and your family well. The New Year is all about resolutions. I have one of my own I plan on working on. I am looking for freedom in my life. And I know that I can only find it through detachment.

Every morning as I am preparing to begin my day I ask for a direction which will ultimately shape my life. During my day little signs will come to me that give me guidance toward my lesson. These come to me in a very profound manner and truly deepen my spiritual connection to all things. It has taken me a long time to learn how to hear this guidance. What I have come to know is that nature’s messages do not come in form of a bolt of lightening as much as they come as a subtle breeze or light fragrance. And I find that unless I listen very carefully they go overlooked.

The other day I had asked for guidance and wisdom for this New Year. As I journeyed on my daily hike I passed my neighbors house. He had borrowed my ladder a few weeks ago and failed to return it. I saw it in his front yard. I was more amused than I was irritated. But, it lead me to think about him. He has not worked in nearly 3 years. He took a second out on his home some time ago and has been living off of his equity in the hopes that work will come to him. He has almost depleted his equity and has become very over leveraged. If the real estate market ever pulls back he will be in financial ruin.

An old sage had once told me how they use small wooden boxes to capture monkeys in Southeast Asia. There is a small whole cut in the top just big enough for the monkey’s hand. Peanuts are left in the bottom of the box. The monkeys descend upon the boxes and reach inside for the peanuts. However, with a fist full of peanuts the monkey is unable to get his fist free from the box. His attachment to the peanuts has lead to his capture.

The world is my mirror and my neighbor’s dilemma was a mirror of my dilemma, thus my lesson for the day. How am I the monkey? What are my attachments? How do my attachments keep me captive and impugn my freedom? How can I transcend my attachments and dependency that I hold so dearly and transform them into love and admiration? I know if I listen very carefully the answers will come to me. All I have to do is ask.

These were all great questions for me and maybe for you as well. It has started me on my journey for this New Year. And the Journey is where the answers are as opposed to the destination.

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Have an excellent New Year.

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by: Brian Tracy

1. Your attitude is everything. You get what you expect. Are you looking forward to a prosperous 2005? You increase your probability of success when you expect it. For example, I'm looking to get our products into my retail stores. I've set a personal goal to get into at least 500 more stores before year end. I EXPECT to do it. It's that simple.

2. Start every day with a six-pack. No, not that kind of a six-pack.
Few of us get everything done on our daily To Do Lists. If you can't get it all done, it's wise to at least take care of the most important items.

Begin every day with a list. Using a yellow highlighter, highlight six things you want to get done today. Once highlighted, prioritize the six items and you have your six-pack. You'll avoid distractions and interruptions when you stay focused on your six-pack.

3. Take periodic mental breaks. Take time throughout your hectic day to reflect on what's working and what's not working. Got a favorite soundtrack - play it. Have a favorite poem or Psalm - read it. Got a favorite family photo- look at it. Buy a book of inspirational quotes and read one a day during the middle of the day. Dull blades need to be sharpened and so do overloaded minds.

4. Make exercise a part of your daily routine. Before you start thinking you don't have any time, consider this for a moment. Your family doctor calls you tomorrow morning and says if you don't exercise for at least 30 minutes that day you'll be dead by 8PM that night. What would you do? You'd find a way. Too much stress isn't good. Not enough exercise isn't good either. You can kill two birds with one stone. Exercise reduces stress and builds self-esteem. Why wait until after the heart to begin an exercise program?

5. Do less to get more done. Learn to let the unimportant things go. Focus on your priorities. You don't have to get a million things done every day to be successful. To be successful, however, you'd better be getting the most important things done. If it doesn't need to be done today - it shouldn't even be on your list. It's easy to start something. The challenge is in completing it. If you can't complete it, why start it. Focus on the priorities and concentrate on getting them done. To get more done, you may have to do less. Think about it.

6. Get an idea book. Go out and buy a composition notebook and plan to keep it in your car. Tape your business card inside with a note offering a reward in case you lose it. Form the habit of reflecting and writing your thoughts and ideas in your notebook. Evaluate your sales calls and write your observations in this book. This type of reflective writing builds inner strength for the author.

Writing reduces stress. Writing becomes your personal repository for your thoughts, words, and ideas. This is a rock-solid idea for you. Just because you've never done it before, don't be too quick to label it as goofy.

7. Make your calendar the centerpiece for your life. Make sure all personal and professional priorities are noted in your calendar. Plan and calendarize all vacations at least six months in advance. The next time you attend a training program or selling skills workshop, put everything you intend to do (Good intentions) on your calendar. When it hits your calendar it gets done. When it misses your calendar it gets vaporized.

One final note:
When possible group like activities together on your calendar - you'll be more efficient. Also, build slack time into every day. Don't schedule every minute of every day.

8. To achieve more, read more. Invest at least 15 minutes everyday reading about your profession. Books, magazine articles, and even web sites, can make a big difference over time.

Here it is plain and simple - you will become what you read. You will also become what you think about most. So, when you're reading make sure you're thinking positive thoughts.

If you want 2005 to be better than 2004 you can't do in 2005 what you did in 2004. Remember, it's insanity to do the same things over and over and expect different results. These are exciting times. Are you an exciting person? To get more excited, experiment and do things differently.

As you approach the New Year, make a list of all the changes you're planning to make in 2005. If you expect 2005 to be a great year, you'd better have a long list.

You can be a "C" person or a "D" person. C = Change and D = Dinosaur.

It's your choice.

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Achy New Year? 10 Hangover Cures!

It’s New Year’s Eve and you’re living it up. From oversized glasses of red wine to pints of imported beer to tumblers of mixed drinks, you gulp whatever the host or hostess gives you.

Sure you may start out slow. But as the hours roll by, you pick up the pace and begin to throw caution to the wind. By the time the crowd counts down to midnight, the Times Square ball ain't the only thing ready to drop.

Yes, you've had a blast. Unfortunately, there's got to be a morning after...

For many of us, partying too hard can lead to the dreaded hangover. If you’ve ever suffered a hangover, you know the symptoms far too well: dry mouth... pounding head... upset stomach. Hangovers are so common you’ll find a shelf of "remedies" at most supermarkets, pharmacies and convenience stores.

But what really works when it comes to head-pounding, stomach-churning hangovers? The old wives’ tales have been around since the beginning of time. We've heard about everything from drinking "the hair of the dog" to eating gobs of butter. Some drinkers swear by prevention, while others count on the cures.

Dr. Joe may hold a Ph.D in psychology, but it’s research and firsthand experience that taught him everything he ever wanted to know about hangovers. Now, he’s put together a guide to get you on the road to recovery after a long night of imbibing. While there are many factors that lead to a hangover (dehydration, over-stimulation of the nervous system, dilation of the blood vessels, etc.), one of the leading determiners is how much you drink and how fast you drink it.

What you drink also plays a role. Traditionally, the darker and sweeter drinks (rum, red wine) are notorious for causing wicked hangovers. But sticking to beer or vodka doesn’t guarantee you’ll be hangover-free either.

“The main factor is how much you drink the night before,” “But there may be factors from the night before too. Everybody has been in the situation where they had a certain amount to drink one night and felt fine the next day and then had the same amount to drink another night but woke up feeling lousy.

“It may have to do with how fast you drink or how much you eat or the types of food you eat. For example, high-fat foods are said to absorb alcohol better.”

Hangover prevention and cures are hardly down to a science, but Dr. Joe points out that there’s nothing wrong with trying. Over the years, he’s learned that moderation is your best ally when it comes to warding off hangovers.

“You want to get into the zone," he says. "A good pace is probably two drinks the first hour and one drink every hour after that. Once you get past the zone, the negatives associated with alcohol start to mount up. After two drinks, you might be feeling fine and you figure two more drinks will make you feel twice as fine, but it doesn’t work that way. After two to three drinks, the negative effects start to creep in.”

Here are some popular ways used to prevent the “cocktail flu.”

1. The most common sense answer to preventing a hangover is to drink moderately. Also, alternate alcohol with non-alcoholic beverages. This will help you stay hydrated.

2. Eat. Put something in your stomach to absorb the alcohol.

3. Avoid mixing drinks.

4. Taking evening primrose oil the night before.

5. Taking vitamins B and C the night before.

6. Eat honey.

7. Beware of aspirin. It may be helpful for the headache, but it may further irritate your stomach.

8. Avoid Tylenol. When mixed with alcohol, Tylenol can cause some potentially serious liver problems.

9. Drink plenty of fluids. Gatorade is a wise choice, since it can help in replacing electrolytes that are depleted when drinking.

10. Know when to say when. That last drink could be the one to push you over the edge. If you still feel like drinking, opt for a club soda or another non-alcoholic beverage.

Maybe the preventative measures you took weren’t exactly fail-proof. There is still hope. Here are some of the most common ways used to cure the hangover blues.

1. DO NOT rely on the hair of the dog. Dr. Joe points out that drinking more alcohol to nurse a hangover is a bad idea. While it may ease symptoms due to the rebound effect that brings the nervous system back down, the problems associated with it far outweigh the benefits. Drinking in the morning is a warning sign that you are developing a serious problem with alcohol.

2. Time is the only surefire cure.

3. Hydration. Water, seltzer and sports drinks will help replenish bodily fluids.

4. Try caffeine the morning after. This may help with the headache. On the downside, it can irritate the stomach.

5. Take a shower. This will get rid of that grungy feeling that lingers after a night of drinking.

6. Eat something light. Fruit, toast and cereal are a good idea. There are also people, who swear by tomato-based products, like spaghetti and tomato sauce or V8.

7. Take B complex vitamins.

8. Try Alka-Seltzer, Hangover Helper or Professor Seltzer.

9. Cut down light and noise to ease light sensitivity and head pain.

10. Sleep it off. If someone has a hangover, there’s a good chance they didn’t sleep well the night before. Sleep is also a good way to pass the time while your hangover wears off.

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What If... ?

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

-- Eden Phillpotts

What if you were to pretend that you were healthy, wealthy and wise? What if you were to decide to be happy, no matter what else was happening?

Take the power of ‘what if...’ seriously, and you will grasp the power to create a world of your own design. Everything, EVERYTHING begins in the imagination. Put it to work constructively for you.

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes."

-- William James

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

-- Lewis Carroll

All Natural Sugar Free All American Apple Pie
(makes 12 servings)

Skill Level: Easy

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cold milk
A very small dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 Fuji apples, cored and sliced
3/4 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
1/2 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

To Make Crust:

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, oil, milk, A very small dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and salt until evenly blended. Pat mixture into a 9 inch pie pan, spreading the dough evenly over the bottom and up sides.
Crimp edges of the dough around the perimeter.

To Make Filling:

Mix together 3/4 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend , 3 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle over apples and toss to coat. Spread evenly in unbaked pie shell.

To Make Topping:

Using a pastry cutter, mix together 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and butter until evenly distributed and crumbly in texture. Sprinkle over apples.

Put pie in the oven on a cookie sheet to catch the juices that may spill over. Bake 45 minutes.

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