|Sunday, April 18th 2004|
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You become what you think about most of the time. And the most important part of each day is what you think about at the beginning of that day. Take 30 minutes each morning to sit quietly and to reflect on your goals. You'll find when you read the biographies and autobiographies of successful men and women that almost everyone of them began their upward trajectory to success when they begin getting up early in the morning and spending time with themselves.
This is called the Golden Hour. The first hour sets the tone for the day. The things that you do in the first hour prepare your mind and set you up for the entire day. During the first thirty to sixty minutes, take time to think and review your plans for the future.
Here are four things that you can do during that quiet time in the morning. Number one is to review your plans for accomplishing your goals and change your plans if necessary. Number two is think of better ways to accomplish your goals. As an exercise, assume that the way you're going about it is totally wrong and imagine going about it totally differently. What would you do different from what you're doing right now?
Number three, reflect on the valuable lessons that you have learned and are learning as you move toward your goals. Number four, calmly visualize your goal as a reality. Close your eyes, relax, smile, and see your goal as though it were already a reality. Rewrite your major goals everyday in the present tense. Rewrite them as though they already existed. Write “I earn X dollars.” “I have a net worth of X.” “I weigh a certain number of pounds.” This exercise of writing and rewriting your goals everyday is one of the most powerful you will ever learn.
Your life will start to take off at such a speed that you'll have to put on your seatbelt. Remember, the starting point for achieving financial success is the development of an attitude of unshakable confidence in yourself and in your ability to reach your goals. Everything we've talked about is a way of building up and developing your belief system until you finally reach the point where you are absolutely convinced that nothing can stop you from achieving what you set out to achieve.
No one starts out with this kind of an attitude, but you can develop it using the law of accumulation. Everything counts. No efforts are ever lost. Every extraordinary accomplishment in the result of thousands of ordinary accomplishments that no one recognizes or appreciates. The greatest challenge of all is for you to concentrate your thinking single-mindedly on your goal and by the law of attraction, you will, you must inevitably draw into your life the people, circumstances and opportunities you need to achieve your goals.
Once you've mastered yourself and your thinking, you will become a living magnet for ideas and opportunities to become wealthy. It's worked for me and for every successful person I know. It will work for you if you'll begin today, now, this very minute, to think and talk about your dreams and goals as though they were already a reality. When you change your thinking, you will change your life. You will put yourself firmly on the road to financial independence.
Now, here are two things you can do every single day to keep your mind focused on your financial goals:
First, get up every morning a little bit earlier and plan your day in advance. Take some time to think about your goals and how you can best achieve them. This sets the tone for the whole day.
Second, reflect on the valuable lessons you are learning each day as you work toward your goals. Be prepared to correct your course and adjust your actions. Be absolutely convinced that you are moving rapidly toward your goals, no matter what happens temporarily on the outside. Just hang in there!
patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground.
There is no greater investment.”
You’re sick of it aren’t you? You know what I’m talking about -- the long winter and the resulting weight gain and lack of motivation that comes from it. Spring is just around the corner and you’re deathly afraid of trying on some of your spring and summer clothes, aren’t you?
I’m here to tell you that it’s OK. There’s time to make changes and reap the rewards that come from a balanced fitness and nutrition program. However, it won’t happen overnight.
The human body can comfortably lose up to two pounds per week without losing muscle. In six weeks, you can lose approximately ten to twelve pounds of pure body fat.
This alone will get you propelling into spring and set you up for a marvelous summer.
I’ve made no secret as to what I believe the key components to losing fat are: maintaining consistency with one of the many eDiets nutrition programs, weight training to stimulate the metabolism and cardiovascular exercise to burn additional calories. Combine this strategy with reasonable consistency and you will get to your goal.
The problem is some of you have been sitting around and not really doing much of anything all winter. So, how can I expect most of you to implement my prescription?
I’ve always said that motivation needs to be coaxed, not forced. When you gently coax motivation it eventually grows stronger and becomes habit.
For those who need to get a jumpstart, I decided to think about ways you can add some elements of fitness and smart nutrition into your daily activity. Just some simple elements to get you on the right track.
The goal is to get you moving and having some fun without placing excessive pressure on you. The result will be YOU wanting more -- that’s when the motivational forest fire begins.
The following 10 tips are simple and effective methods to jumpstart your fitness program:
1. Three 10-minute workouts spread through the day can be just as effective as one 30-minute session. Try to do three 10-minute bursts of activity such as 10 minutes of housework, a 10-minute walk at lunch and another 10-minute walk with your spouse or a friend in the evening.
2. Eliminate one portion of food from one daily meal. If you usually have a sandwich with cheese for lunch, just eliminate the cheese. If you have a salad for lunch, but it’s smothered with croutons, just eliminate the croutons. I once trained a client who asked me to help him change his daily lunch of a cheeseburger and French fries. I told him to simply eliminate the cheese from the burger for two weeks and then we would review again. He thought I was going to suggest broiled chicken and vegetables. However, remember what I said about habits and motivation being coaxed -- not forced.
3. At work, don't e-mail or use the phone if you’re in the same building as the person you wish to speak with, get off your butt and walk over to the person.
4. Make all family events involve physical activity, including birthdays and holidays. Go for a big group walk after dinner. Make family outings include physical activities such as volleyball on the beach, hiking through the forest or playing Frisbee at a family picnic.
5. Turn on the music and do aerobic housecleaning. C’mon, make it fun!
6. Perform calf lifts (toe raises) while cooking dinner.
7. If you have kids, teach them how to perform jumping jacks and then help them "practice" each day (very entertaining as well as good exercise).
8. Pack your lunch three days per week. I know you love going out to lunch every day. However, if you make a healthy lunch just three days per week, you’ll be coaxing a realistic habit. This will make you look forward to your lunches out and appreciate your newfound discipline at the same time. I guarantee it will empower you.
9. Take your kids to the park and then walk or jog around the playground area. This is how one eDiets member performs her cardio in the spring and summer.
10. Work on your posture. It’s amazing to see the number of people who slouch. If you stand up straight you’ll look leaner, younger and healthier. This is a real easy one, but you’ll be surprised how years of slouching will make this the most challenging of all the tips.
Hey, I know this won’t make you an Olympic athlete or give you six-pack abs, but that’s not the goal. I just want to see you making an effort to improve. If you take two to three of your favorite tips above -- that will be the beginning of something great.
"If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you."
-- Louise Hay
Pick one aspect of your life, e.g. your health, your competence, your prosperity or relationships, and think back to when you were a child. What messages about this subject did you hear from adults at that time that are still playing on your subconscious tape recorder? Messages like: "Men can't be trusted." "Money doesn't grow on trees." "You're not smart enough to succeed in business."
How is your world reflecting your beliefs back to you, today?
"There are no limitations to the self except those you believe in."
This is one of my favorite things to drink in the morning hot or in the afternoon over ice.
4 cups water
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and toss in teabags then all other ingredients except Steviva Blend or Steviva Stevia Powder. Reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn heat off an let steep for 30 minutes. Stir in Steviva Blend or Steviva Stevia Powder to dissolve.
Drink hot or cold - mix 50/50 with unsweetened soy milk cream or half-and-half splashed in. Refrigerate leftover concentrate.
Carbohydrates per Serving: 1.5 (with out Milk or Cream)