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March 16, 2008
Drawing Success into Your Life
seven easy steps that will bring you closer to success

Success is defined differently by all of us. I have seen people with a great deal of financial success while emotionally they were bankrupt. The best kind of success of all is the well rounded success of having every facet of your life covered. There is of course financial success but, there is also emotional success, family success, educational success and the list can go on and on. Whatever success you desire to draw into your life you will need a planů a road map if you will. The following seven tips are used by every successful person in the world. Now they can be used by you.

Decide What You Want
Step number one, decide exactly what it is you want in each part of your life. Become a "meaningful specific" rather than a "wandering generality."

Write it Down
Second, write it down, clearly and in detail. Always think on paper. A goal that is not in writing is not a goal at all. It is merely a wish and it has no energy behind it.

Set a Deadline
Third, set a deadline for your goal. A deadline acts as a "forcing system" in your subconscious mind. It motivates you to do the things necessary to make your goal come true. If it is a big enough goal, set sub-deadlines as well. Don't leave this to chance.

Make a List
Fourth, make a list of everything that you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal. When you think of new tasks and activities, write them on your list until your list is complete.

Organize Your List
Fifth, organize your list into a plan. Decide what you will have to do first and what you will have to do second. Decide what is more important and what is less important. And then write out your plan on paper, the same way you would develop a blueprint to build your dream house.

Take Action
The sixth step is for you to take action on your plan. Do something. Do anything. But get busy. Get going.

Do Something Every Day
Do something every single day that moves you in the direction of your most important goal at the moment. Develop the discipline of doing something 365 days each year that is moving you forward. You will be absolutely astonished at how much you accomplish when you utilize this formula in your life every single day.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
President
thom.king@steviva.com
Steviva Brands, Inc.

YOUR MIND

Desire is the Fire of Life
Max Steingart


If you want something badly enough, you're sure to get it. Your desires will in time externalize themselves into concrete fact.

Obstacles don't matter very much. Pain or other circumstances can be there. But if you want to do something bad enough, you'll find a way to get it done.

Your reality forms around your commitment to succeed. If you're willing to pay the price, your circumstances will change. You only have to love a thing greatly to get it.

YOUR BODY

Busting Fitness Myths

"Feed a cold, starve a flu and workout on an empty stomach" Wives tales, misconceptions, myths... life is full of them and so is exercise and fitness. The body is complex, knowing exactly what action caused which response is difficult at best.

To help stop the madness, Fitness Management Magazine has debunked six common health-related notions that have lead some people to eschew exercise completely. Drum roll please...

"Feed a cold, starve a flu and workout on an empty stomach..." wives tales, misconceptions and myths, life is full of them and so is exercise and fitness. The body is complex, knowing exactly what action caused which response is difficult at best.

To help stop the madness, we've debunked six common health-related notions that have lead some people to avoid exercise completely. Drum roll please...

1. increased heart rate improves fitness

If this idea were true, criminals, airline pilots, and anyone under cross-examination would rate as some of the fittest people around. In reality, heart rate is merely an indication of physical activity, nervousness, illness and state of mind. 

2. endurance athletes can't get heart disease

This quackery reached its zenith in the 1970's when the so-called "Bassler hypothesis," stated that marathon runners were immune to heart disease. The death of author and running guru Jim Fixx to a heart attack while jogging killed that theory (sorry, we had to). While highly trained endurance athletes have a lower risk for heart disease, if there is a history of heart trouble in the family and you live on a diet of cheeseburgers and fries, you're just as susceptible as the late John Candy was to a heart attack.

3. hours of exercise is better than minutes

Sustained physical efforts greatly enhance conditioning and weight loss compared to short outbursts of effort. A Stanford University study found that people who completed three 10-minute runs at a moderate pace three times per day were just as fit as those who ran 30-minutes a day, five times a week. However, endurance events (marathons, bicycle races, cross-country skiing, etc.) still require endurance training. 

4. you only have so many heart beats

 Without question, everyone has a prescribed amount of life (2 to 3 billion heartbeats) on earth. Working out, however, won't send you to an early grave. In fact, a conditioned heart will actually beat more slowly at rest - thus, saving heartbeats. Individuals shouldn't worry about wasting precious heartbeats to exercise. 

5. exercise feeds the appetite 

Who hasn't returned from a hard workout feeling hungry? It's a natural response to caloric expenditure. But, the idea that increased activity promotes glutinous behavior at the dinner table is ridiculous. In fact, just the opposite is the case in numerous athletes whose appetite suppression is believed to be caused by physiologic responses, including lactic acid, plasma catecholamines and core temperatures. 

6. spot reduction works 

Although the topic of numerous infomercials, ad campaigns and fad diets, spot reduction is pure fiction. While increased cardiovascular activity promotes the expenditure of calories, simply ridding them from the stomach, thighs, love handles, etc. just isn't possible. A study conducted by the University of Massachusetts found that subjects who did 5,000 sit-ups all lost the same amount of fat from their thighs, butts and stomach.

YOUR SPIRIT

Learning To Trust Divine Guidance

Anyone who has asked for divine guidance knows that it can be challenging to trust it when it comes. This is because divine guidance comes in many forms and it is sometimes hard to locate it. We aren’t sure if we are meant to trust our thoughts, our feelings, our dreams, or our intuitions to be the carriers of divine wisdom. We are not sure if advice from a friend is the form in which the guidance has come into the world, or if our own opinion is the source of wisdom we need to take seriously. The ability to sort all this out comes with trial and error, and the best way to learn to recognize divine guidance is to engage in the process of asking and receiving.

Sometimes when we ask for guidance, we already have a sense of what we want to hear. At such times, receiving guidance can be difficult, because we don’t want to hear anything that appears to be in opposition to our desire. Therefore, one of the most important qualities we need to cultivate if we are to receive guidance is an open mind. It helps to acknowledge what we want, and then to symbolically set it aside, making room for whatever wisdom comes through to us.

Cultivating an active relationship with the divine is the essential ingredient to being able to receive and trust guidance when it comes our way. We can make a daily practice of this by using a set of runes, a deck of cards, or a pendulum. We can also use our journals, developing a relationship with the divine through the written word. As we request and receive guidance, we might take notes on our experiences. Over time we will begin to recognize when we were able to hear correctly and when we were not. In this way, we will gradually attune ourselves to our particular relationship with the divine. Begin to trust the guidance you are receiving and soon you will find it flowing with ease.

YOUR RECIPE

Sugar Free Low Glycemic Tomato Herb Salad
Serves: 6
Carbs Per Serving: 4.3 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Ingredients:
3 cups fresh tomatoes – cut in ½” cubes (mix it up with a variety of different types of tomatoes. cherry, heirloom etc.)
¼ cup scallions or green onions– sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic or apple vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon dried or better yet fresh basil
1/8 teaspoon dried or better yet fresh oregano
½ teaspoon Steviva Blend or equivalent or a very very small dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
Combine veggies.
In small bowl mix rest of ingredients.
Add to veggies.
Toss gently till spices are evenly spread thru out.
Chill overnight.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 388
Calories Per Serving: 64.6
Total Fat: 28.8g
Saturated Fat: 3.9g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 47mg
Total Carbohydrates: 35g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 5.8g
Dietary Fiber: 7.6g
Sugars: 19g
Protein: 5g

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