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March 16, 2014

Creating Your Action Plan
five easy steps to plan your work and work your plan

They say “the fish rots from the head down ” so, when I run into a situation where I have one of my team members not live up to their best, I take it very hard. I take it as a personal failure. When they fail, I fail. The one factor I have seen lead to almost every failure, both mine and theirs is poor planning. That is why I try very hard to empower myself and those around me to have a solid action plan
I openly share my action plans. By sharing an action plan you not only have witnesses that will hold you accountable but, would have the collective energy and imaginations of others working towards manifestation. Here are ten steps in creating an extremely effective action plan that will help you achieve any goal you set out to accomplish.

Set a destination: Knowing where you’re going is paramount. Successful people embrace the simple core concept of “if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re likely to wind up anywhere”. Don’t let this happen to you. Know where you want to end up.

Let the devil be in the details: Not only must your goal be specific, but you must also create a specific intention as well as very detailed tasks or steps that will move you toward your destination.

Create quantifiable milestones: Once you have a clear and concise idea of where you want to end up, as well as what action items you will need to execute throughout the time span of the project or goal, you are not ready to create measurable milestones or mile markers. Think of this as your road map.
Make a list: Create a list and time line of specific action items or tasks to complete in order to hit those milestones. For instance let’s say you wanted to learn French. Your two month milestone might be to learn at least forty new words or phrases. You action items might be getting a book on French and another may be downloading an app that teaches French phrases.

Take little bites: Your goal may appear insurmountable and some tasks or milestones may appear daunting. That’s when it makes sense to cut some task into little bites size chunks, making them easier to swallow. A journey of a thousand miles takes a series of steps and once broken down into the small steps you will gracefully move towards your destination.

Quantify each step and action with a timeline: Without specific time frames and deadlines, work will definitely expand to fill the time allotted, and some tasks may never get completed. Create a deadline and make it happen.
Make it visual: Once you’ve created your action items and set a specific timeline, the next step is to create some type of visual representation of your plan. You might use a flowchart, a vision board, a collage of accomplishment, a spreadsheet, a hand drawing or some other type of visual tool to accomplish this. Get engaged!

Work your plan: Don’t give up or stop until each step, milestone and action item is complete. Once your plan is established, and accomplishments are scheduled, the next step is simple but extremely critical. Take daily action and hold yourself accountable: Every night before retiring ask yourself “what did I do to take my plan forward”. In the morning look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself “what will I do today to get myself closer to my destination”. This will get you juiced!

Reset but never retreat: Change dates if you must, but never give up on the goal. Occasionally, circumstances or unforeseen events can arise that throw a monkey wrench in your ability to meet deadlines, complete tasks and achieve your goal. If this happens, don’t beat yourself up– revise your plan and continue working to meet targets and move forward.

Celebrate your success: Mission accomplished. You reach your destination. Give yourself credit. Go back over your written road map and really take in all you did to get where you are. You made it and this should be acknowledge and celebrated. This will motivate you on your next journey ahead.

You can use this action plan for anything you want to achieve whether it is personal or professional. As you feel yourself becoming empowered by it, it will become contagious. Share it!

Have an excellent day!

Thom King
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Steviva Brands, Inc.

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Living The Dream
Max Steingart

The beginning of your success lies in your imagination. Visualize all the things you want in your life. Then make your mental blue print and begin to build.

You can make your dreams work and produce for you. You can make every thought, every fact, that comes into your mind pay you a dividend.

Your imagination will show you how to turn your possibilities into reality. The will to succeed springs from the knowledge that you can succeed.

Think of things not as they are, but as they might be. Don't merely dream, create. You owe it to yourself to live your dreams.

copyright 2014 www.yourdailymotivation.com


Should We Fear Artificial Sweeteners
our love hate relationship with sugar and artificial sweeteners

We have a sugar crisis of sorts going on; Americans are consuming sweets in giant proportions whether it's granulated sugar or artificial varieties.

We eat it like it's going out of style, but when polled, "sugar and added-sugar" topped the list of ingredients Americans want to avoid—sounds like a real conundrum doesn't it? According to the New York Times, 1/5th of all of the beverages we drink are sweetened and carbonated—that's an impressive statistic.

With one-of-three Americans headed for diabetes by 2030, what are our best choices? Artificial sweeteners have recently been taking heat for causing the issues they were built to solve—it's a confusing marketplace for consumers.

Care providers warn: "that cans of soda put fat into your liver, weaken your response to insulin and increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes."

Really, are we drinking calorie-free products or filling our body with toxins? The message seems loud and clear: if you're looking for a natural alternative to soda (both regular and diet), try drinking water or making your own with Stevia. Either way it’s calorie-free and there's no garbage in the end.

Herein lies the problem—as afraid as we are of sugar, we're equally afraid of artificial sweeteners that are crafted in labs. Perhaps this is why: "Sweet’N Low comes from a derivative of coal; Equal is made from methanol and converts to formaldehyde when digested; Splenda is a chlorinated sugar."

Stevia anyone?

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Returning Home
Open Heart
by Madisyn Taylor

Approaching life with an open heart means that we have opened the door to a greater consciousness.

Spiritual teachers have always pointed to the heart as the seat of consciousness, and recently Western science has found evidence to support this realization. It turns out that the heart has its own central nervous system and is not simply under the rule of the brain as formerly believed. Anyone who has taken the time to explore the heart knows this and, more important, has realized that the heart is the source of our connection to a consciousness greater than the ego. Approaching life with an open heart means that we have opened the door to this greater consciousness, taking up residence alongside it in the seat of our soul. Fortunately, at this time there is a lot of support for this shift energetically as well as practically. To some degree, approaching life with an open heart is as simple as shifting your attention onto your heart.

Eventually you will be able do this any time, any place, but at first it may help to try it in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Simply sit with your eyes closed and draw your breath into your heart. As your breath expands your chest cavity, your heart expands and opens. You may feel tenderness or sadness in your heart, and you may also feel relief. Any emotions that arise can be effectively witnessed and healed through the meditation process, which benefits both your physical heart and your energetic heart. The more you practice, the more you will find your heart opening to your own presence and to all the situations your life brings.

When we open our hearts, they may feel tender and vulnerable, which simply means that they need our loving attention as we cleanse and heal them of past hurts and blockages. This process asks us to practice some of the heart’s greatest lessons—patience, compassion, and unconditional love. On the other hand, we may take up residence as effortlessly as a bird returns to its nest. Either way, approaching life with an open heart simply means returning to our true home.


Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Stuffed Strawberries
(makes 6 servings)
Serving Size: About 4 strawberries
Carbs Per Serving: 6.5 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Oh yeah!!! It's that time of the year again. Fresh strawberries are starting to show up at the farmers market and produce section. Here's a super easy recipe for fresh strawberries filled with an orange-flavored cream cheese. These strawberries are delicious and nutritious. And the best part is that they are low in sugar and not bad on carbs.

1 pint fresh strawberries
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder, or to taste
2 tablespoons orange flavored liqueur, or orange zest

Cut the tops off of the strawberries and stand upright on the cut side. Make a cut 3/4 of the way down from the tip of the strawberry towards the bottom.

Beat together the cream cheese, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder, and liqueur or orange zest until smooth in a mixer or a food processor. Place into a piping bag with a star tip. Pipe cream cheese mixture into each strawberry and arrange on a serving platter.

Refrigerate until ready to use.

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