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March 9, 2008
Approaching Life With Enthusiasm
easy tips on
making enthusiasm infectious

"If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind."
Norman Vincent Peale

"The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm."
~ Thomas J. Watson

Enthusiasm first appeared in English in 1603 with the meaning "possession by a god." The source of the word is the Greek enthousiasmos, which ultimately comes from the adjective entheos, "having the god within". Enthusiasm clearly has every day connotations of being "inspired" or "excited". Enthusiasm is a good feeling! I would be willing to bet that most people if required to do a particular task, would (if they knew that they could) choose to it with enthusiasm.

Read this paragraph and then try the following. Close your eyes, go inside and just pay attention. Think of a task that has neutral connotations. Something you probably should do, but you can't honestly say you are fired up by it. If you are anything like me, that shouldn't be too hard! Now, draw your attention to the quality of enthusiasm, and notice how you would feel having introduced the quality of enthusiasm to this task.

Doesn't that feel better! People like enthusiasm. They like feeling enthusiastic, and they like people to feel enthusiastic around them.

"Enthusiasm glows, radiates, permeates and immediately captures everyone's interest." ~ Paul J. Meyer

Enthusiasm affects and infects communication in all directions. If you are explaining something to someone and they start to get enthusiastic about your ideas, then wow don't you start to feel good! Hey, you probably even decide that you really like that person. Here is a person who understands the important things, just like you!

"Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come from miles to watch you burn."
John Wesley

Conversely, your enthusiasm is infectious. People want to be around people who make them feel good. We recognize, at a deep level, that we perform better and appreciate life more fully when we feel enthusiastic (just look back at the origins of the word).

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
Steviva Brands, Inc.


Happiness Thrives In Activity
Max Steingart

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.

Happiness does not come from doing easy work. but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demands your best.

Your personal growth itself contains the seed of happiness. You cannot pursue happiness by itself. There is no happiness except in the realization that you have accomplished something.

Happiness thrives in activity.


Make Fitness A Habit
10 tips to keep you on track

After many years watching certain people consistently exercising day after day I took a poll and asked them what fitness habits keep them motivated to continue. I'll share the top ten so that you can learn from their success.

1. Plan it into your schedule . Knowing when you will be exercising helps you to prepare: what to eat beforehand, what clothes to wear, and what to take along. Many work out very early in the morning and find that their day doesn't feel interrupted. Some snack midmorning to prepare for a walk during their lunch break.

2. Enjoy what you choose . It's hard to maintain a long-term routine when you don't like it. If you're dreading your workout, it's time to try something different. Don't feel guilty if you are not interested in something your friends enjoy-each of us has a different personality and there are plenty of options to fit each one.

3. Write it down . Many consistent exercisers write in an exercise log or journal every day. This has several advantages. For example, when you feel extra tired or sluggish you can look back to see if you overdid an activity or if it's something else, such as not enough sleep. Journaling also allows you to see progress over time, which you may not realize otherwise. Journals also keep you accountable-an empty journal means nothing gained.

4. Pick a partner . If you have someone who exercises with you, you have an accountability partner and someone to keep you motivated. If you can't think of anyone to exercise with, exercise at a gym and you'll soon get to know the regulars. Once they're used to seeing you, they'll keep you accountable and motivated.

5. Take advantage of hidden opportunities . Many times convenience wins in our hectic world, but our fitness loses. Try making every day tasks harder by taking stairs or parking in a faraway spot. Carry your groceries in a basket instead of a cart or wash the car by hand. These little activities can add up to big fitness. Those who exercise regularly look for opportunities to get stronger.

6. Be realistic . If you know you're not able to exercise a full workout one day, don't stress about it. Try to aim for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. If you know you'll miss a day of exercise, exercise a little more the day before and/or catch up the following day. A good rule to remember is "Something is always better than nothing."

7. Be around people you want to be like . If you're like me you feed off other's energy. If I'm around people who don't exercise, they influence me, and it's the other way around, too. Join a health club, cycling club or exercise class in your area. You'll be driven by their enthusiasm and they'll be driven by yours.

8. Listen to your body . Consistent exercisers are rarely injured because they are in-tune with their bodies. If your body is telling you to take a day off, do it and you may be surprised at how much better you feel the next day. Don't forget to let your body recover from hard exercise, and if you have pain anywhere you may need to lay off the exercise for a while until you heal. It takes much longer to recover from an injury than to prevent one so if you feel any hint of possible injury take some time off.

9. Think variety . There are so many activities to choose from, why limit yourself to just one or two? Keep trying something entirely new every few weeks, or do your favorite activity in a different place. Even if you're in great shape you may discover muscles you didn't know you had before!

10. Consider a Personal Trainer . If you feel you can't stay consistent with an exercise program, no matter what you do, try a Personal Trainer. Look for a motivational, reputable one in your area. You may only need a few sessions to get going, or you may want to meet with them once a month to keep you accountable. Their knowledge and ideas may give you just the enthusiasm and accountability you need to get started and stay on track.


Intuitive Guidance From Within
Using Yourself As A Pendulum

Learning to trust our intuition is something that can connect us with our higher selves. Sometimes it might not seem easy to do this. Our thoughts and minds often get in the way. But by accessing our innermost self, we will find that the information we receive is usually what we truly need at that moment. One of the techniques that allows us to really get in touch with our deepest font of wisdom is using our body as a pendulum. The simple act of letting our physical being lead us in a certain direction can offer us extremely deep insights and help us find the answers we seek.

Many of us may have tried using a pendulum or crystal on a chain as a dousing tool to acquire the information we need to make decisions or even find lost objects. Using our bodies puts us much more closely in tune with our being. The process of using your body as a pendulum is to ask your higher self a question and wait for your body to respond in either a forward-tilting or backward-tilting motion. The first step is to really understand how our higher self communicates with us by centering our bodies, asking ourselves the directions for "yes" and "no," and noting which way our body moves. For a lot of people a forward motion is "yes," and your body tilting backward is a "no" answer. It is easier to start with simple questions at first to understand how our higher self communicates with us. As we become more used to the messages we receive and how we process them, we can start asking for more specific things such as what dosage of herbs to take or which foods would best nour! ish our bodies. Using this technique in the grocery store or when shopping for vitamins and remedies can be extremely helpful.

Since we are always present in our bodies, understanding how we can use our bodies as pendulums is a tool we can use at any given moment in our lives. Letting our bodies tell us what is happening inside of us will in turn help to guide us through not just daily but also major life decisions. The more we allow our bodies to open up and share with us the connection it has with our deeper self, the better able we will be to truly access the knowledge we hold so deeply within.


Super Easy Sugar Free Low Carb Peanut Butter Fudge
Serves: 12
Carbs Per Serving: 6.58 g
Prep Time:<25 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
10 tablespoons half and half
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce and 1/16 teaspoon of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts

In heavy saucepan, melt chocolate and half and half. Stir in peanut butter. Remove from heat and add vanilla and Steviva Brand Stevia Blend. Fold nuts into fudge. Spread on sprayed plate. Chill and cut into 16 pieces.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 1877
Calories Per Serving: 156.4
Total Fat: 163.1g
Saturated Fat: 44.7g
Cholesterol: 34mg
Sodium: 160mg
Total Carbohydrates: 79g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 6.58g
Dietary Fiber: 26.8g
Sugars: 27g
Protein: 66g

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