Out With The Old and In With The New
using the new year as a springboard for renewal
2010 was certainly a very intense year. It was filled with division and strife for some of the world. For others maybe 2010 was a good year but regardless of the quality of your year, we now bid a farewell to 2010 and have welcomed in a great new 2011.
What I have learned over the years is that it is nearly impossible to change the world and if that was your desire it will take every moment of your life to do. Most of us have the desire but, not the wherewithal. What has worked for me is the philosophy of “circle of influence”. Each of us has a circle of friends or acquaintance that can be influenced in a positive way. I discourage you from trying to impose your will on your circle but, instead lead by example. In essence change begins with you.
Here are a few tips on creating positive change in yourself which will ultimately affect your circle thus making the world a better place one circle at a time.
1. Attitude determines altitude. Your attitude is everything. You get what you expect. You increase the likelihood of success when you expect it. So expect good things in 2011 and focus on the good.
2. Start every day with a six-pack. Not that kind of six pack but, the kind of six pack that gets you headed in the right direction. Think of it as your daily To Do List. Highlight the six most important things and knock them out first. Don’t sweat it if you can’t get you whole list done; simply roll it into the next day.
3. Cut yourself a break. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Take time throughout the day to have a cup of tea, take a few deep breaths, get centered and reflect on what's working and what's not working in your day.
4. Make exercise a daily priority. Exercise reduces stress and builds self-esteem. It also helps you recharge so you can prepare to take on the next day. Starting your day with some kind of physical activity for at least 20 minutes will create a profound effect.
5. Work smarter not harder. Learn to let the unimportant things go. Focus on your priorities. 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.
6. Journal your ideas. Get an idea book. Go out and buy a notebook and plan to keep it in your car. Form the habit of reflecting and jotting your thoughts and ideas in your notebook. This type of reflective writing builds inner strength for the author and is an amazing tool for reviewing the year and your accomplishments.
8. Read and achieve. Invest at least 15 minutes every day reading about your interests. Books, magazine articles, and even web sites, can make a big difference over time. Listen to tapes and CD while commuting. Fill your mind with positive and motivational content. You will become what you read and hear. You will also become what you think about most. So, when you're reading make sure you're thinking positive thoughts.
In conclusion, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. If you want 2011 to be way better than 2010 you can't do in 2011 what you did in 2010.
Plan your work and work your plan and you will find 2011 to be so much better than 2010.
Here’s to a great New Year and a great new you!
Thank all of you for your patronage.
Have an excellent day.
Steviva Brands, Inc
Victory Comes To Those Who Stay In The Game
Taking a risk is often your first necessary step toward success. If you don't take some risks, you won't get the chance to succeed. While you are trying, you are winning.
The law of averages is on your side. The more you try, the greater your chance of succeeding.
Never get discouraged.
Every wrong attempt is another step forward. People that make no mistakes usually don't make anything.
Make up your mind not merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand defeats.
Your mistakes are stepping stones to success and your installment payments to victory.
You can't be a winner and be afraid to lose.
Copyright 2011 www.yourdailymotivation.com
Planning Your After The Holiday Work Out
It's easy to say that you'll exercise every day. But you'll need a plan — and no single plan is perfect for everyone. As you design your fitness program, keep these points in mind:
Consider your fitness goals. Are you starting a fitness program to help lose weight? Or do you have another motivation, such as preparing for a 5K race? Having clear goals can help you gauge your progress.
Think about your likes and dislikes. Choose activities you'll enjoy. If you have fun doing the exercises you've selected, you're more likely to keep doing them.
Plan a logical progression of activity. If you're just beginning to exercise, start cautiously and progress slowly. If you have an injury or a medical condition, consult your doctor or a physical therapist for help designing a fitness program that gradually improves your range of motion, strength and endurance.
Build activity into your daily routine. Finding time to exercise can be a challenge. To make it easier, schedule time to exercise as you would any other appointment. Plan to watch your favorite show while walking on the treadmill, or read while riding a stationary bike.
Think variety. Varying your activities (cross-training) can keep exercise boredom at bay. Cross-training also reduces the risk of injuring or overusing one specific muscle or joint. Plan to alternate among activities that emphasize different parts of your body, such as walking, swimming and strength training.
Allow time for recovery. Many people start exercising with frenzied zeal — working out too long or too intensely — and give up when their muscles and joints become sore or injured. Plan time between sessions for your body to rest and recover.
Put it on paper. A written plan may encourage you to stay on track.
This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.
Discovering the Little Things that Make Us Happy
Life is full of little wonders that can make us happy. The sound of a baby’s laughter, a good book, the comforting smell of a favorite old sweatshirt, and the warmth from a cup of hot tea are simple pleasures that can easily put smiles on our faces. These “little things” are easily accessible to us and can be sources for experiencing happiness. A key to doing so is taking the time to put those rose colored glasses from childhood back on so you can easily find the joy in all the “little things” that life has to offer.
Finding a puppy rummaging through the laundry basket, trying on that perfect shade of lipstick, or discovering the extra change you left in your back pocket can turn into moments of delight. Like kids digging in the sandbox for buried trinkets, we may even begin to experience happiness when we engage in the seemingly mundane. Figuring out a software program can feel like deciphering a treasure map, and that first sip of tea in the morning can taste like a forbidden delicacy. Swaying to music playing on the radio can turn into an interpretive jig, riding a bike can seem like flying to the moon, and getting a phone call from that special someone can feel like winning the lottery. A pickup game of basketball becomes an exciting match among champions, and observing an elderly couple walking hand in hand can turn into a meditation on peace and contentment.
When we begin rediscovering that the little things in life can make us happy, we naturally want to share this joy with others. We may gush over a friend when we run into them unexpectedly, praise a street musician for their talents, or blow bubbles for the neighborhood kids to chase. We may even start to think of the little things we can do to make other people happy, which in turn makes us happy all over again. There is an endless supply of little things and little moments that can make us happy. All we have to do is look for them, and they’ll magically start to appear.
No Added Sugar Fresh Fruit Salad with Lime
Serving Size 4 ounce servings
Carbs Per Serving: 12.5 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
There is nothing that starts your day off with a bang like fresh fruit. If you are planning on hitting the gym first thing in the morning this fresh fruit salad is a great starter. Sure... it has some carbs but, you will be burning them off at the gym right? If you want to crank up the protein sprinkle some walnuts on top. Delish!
4 cups fresh fruit (apple wedges, kiwi, grapes, strawberries, cherries, etc.)
1 cup fat free sour cream
2 tablespoons Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a tiny dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons grated lime peel
1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)
Cut up fresh fruit (apple wedges, banana slices, grapes, strawberries, cherries, etc.)
Stir together all dressing ingredients in small bowl.
Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes and serve. Sprinkle some walnuts on top if you want more protein and Omega 3.