January 30, 2005

Good day to all of you!

I hope our newsletter finds you and your family well.

If you feel tired and jaded and have little enthusiasm for life, it is possible that you aren't making time for fun. We all get into a grinding routine of getting up, going to work, coming home, doing more work, going to bed.

Leisure time is vital in order to keep enthusiasm for the other aspects of our lives. We have a right to this free time but often feel guilty about taking it. Work off tensions by gardening, pursuing a hobby, or joining a club.

Take time to be alone and doing nothing but breath.

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Using Stumbling Blocks As Stepping Stones
by: Brian Tracy

Everyone makes mistakes and the busier you are, the more mistakes you will make. The only question is “How well and how effectively do you deal with the inevitable ups and downs of life?”

In this newsletter, you learn the difference between a positive and negative worldview. You learn how to benefit from your mistakes and how to remain positive in the face of adversity.

Using Stumbling Blocks As Stepping Stones
There are two ways to look at the world: the benevolent way or the malevolent way. People with a malevolent or negative worldview take a victim stance, seeing life as a continuous succession of problems and a process of unfairness and oppression. They don’t expect a lot and they don’t get much. When things go wrong, they shrug their shoulders and passively accept that this is the way life is and there isn’t anything they can do to make it better.

On the other hand, people with a benevolent or positive worldview see the world around them as filled with opportunities and possibilities. They believe that everything happens as part of a great process designed to make them successful and happy. They approach their lives, their work, and their relationships with optimism, cheerfulness, and a general attitude of positive expectations. They expect a lot and they are seldom disappointed.
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Flex Your Mental Muscles
When you develop the skill of learning from your mistakes, you become the kind of person who welcomes obstacles and setbacks as opportunities to flex your mental muscles and move ahead. You look at problems as rungs on the ladder of success that you grab onto as you pull your way higher.

Two of the most common ways to deal with mistakes are invariably fatal to high achievement. The first common but misguided way to handle a mistake is the failure to accept it when it occurs. According to statistics, 70 percent of all decisions we make will be wrong. That’s an average. This means that some people will fail more than 70 percent of the time, and some people will fail less. It is hard to believe that most of the decisions we make could turn out to be wrong in some way. In fact, if this is the case, how can our society continue to function at all?

Cut Your Losses
The fact is that our society, our families, our companies, and our relationships continue to survive and thrive because intelligent people tend to cut their losses and minimize their mistakes. It is only when people refuse to accept that they have made a bad choice or decision—and prolong the consequences by sticking to that bad choice or decision—that mistakes become extremely expensive and hurtful.

Learn From Your Mistakes
The second common approach that people take with regard to their mistakes, one that hurts innumerable lives and careers, is the failure to use your mistakes to better yourself and to improve the quality of your mind and your thinking.
Learning from your mistakes is an essential skill that enables you to develop the resilience to be a master of change rather than a victim of change. The person who recognizes that he has made a mistake and changes direction the fastest is the one who will win in an age of increasing information, technology and competition.

By remaining fast on your feet, you will be able to out-play and out-position your competition. You will become a creator of circumstances rather than a creature of circumstances.

Action Exercises
Now, here are three steps you can take immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, imagine that your biggest problem or challenge in life has been sent to you at this moment to help you, to teach you something valuable. What could it be?

Second, be willing to cut your losses and walk away if you have made a mistake or a bad choice. Accept that you are not perfect, you can’t be right all the time, and then get on with your life.

Third, learn from every mistake you make. Write down every lesson it contains. Use your mistakes in the present as stepping stones to great success in the future.

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Lift Weights, Lose Stress

Work out hard. The harder you work, the more endorphins you release into your system. You might want to schedule your hardest workouts for the most stressful days of your week. If going through an emotionally trying time, consider it an excellent opportunity to up the intensity of your normal routine. Naturally, we must remind you not to substantially increase the amount of weight you're lifting or the intensity of your exercise without consulting your physician.

Work out early. Exercise has a well-known residual feel-good effect, probably due to endorphins that may linger in the system. The duration will differ for each person and each workout, although you can generally count on four to six hours of leftover effect, after which the endorphins will taper off. During unusually stressful times, an early morning workout might help get you through the tough day. But don't push it if you're not a morning person. A lunchtime workout would be fine.

Hit the big muscle groups. The bigger the muscle group you're working, the greater the effort, the greater the release of endorphins, and the more oxygen flow to your brain. On days of high stress, consider spending more time with your squats and bench presses than on your wrist curls and toe raises.

Shed some light on the subject. Scads of research show that sunlight has a positive effect on mood. (Just ask anyone afflicted in mid-winter with seasonal affective disorder.) So open the blinds to your gym. Or, if sunlight isn't readily available, flick on the overheads.

Make some noise. Music you enjoy, whether Beethoven, The Beatles or punk rock, can make your workout more enjoyable and stress-alleviating. So might having a workout partner with whom you can share the excitement of the sport.

Shake it up. The last thing you want to do is add to your stress with boring workouts. Keep things interesting with varying exercises, sets and reps. And if one day you want to skip the gym altogether and do something else, that's fine.

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"When humans find themselves surrounded by nothing but objects, the response is always one of loneliness."

-- Brian Swimme

Soul lives through relationship and it is in soul that we find meaning. We can have meaningful relationships with people, animals and other beings, projects, ideas and ideals.

How much time do you devote to building relationships with things?

"Loneliness is caused by an alienation from life. It is a loneliness from your real self."

-- Maxwell Maltz

"No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence."

-- George Eliot

All Natural Sugar Free Hibiscus Tea
(makes 8 servings)
Skill Level: Easy

1 cup (1 1/2 ounce, 45 g) dried hibiscus blossoms
1 1-inch cinnamon stick
ice cubes
1/3 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend

In a large pot, bring 3 quarts water to a boil. Add the hibiscus blossoms and cinnamon stick. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Let cool about 1 hour.
Line a strainer with a double thickness of cheesecloth. Pour tea through prepared strainer into a large thermos or pitcher. Discard solids in the strainer. Pour tea, hot or cold, into ice-filled glasses. Pass Steviva Brand Stevia Blend separately to add to taste.


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