Take A Day To Make A Better You
self improvement is the catalyst for greater happiness and success
Do you ever feel like you need a kick in the seat-of-the-pants [FIRST_NAME]? A push in the right direction? Perhaps you need a boost in morale or need some attitude adjustment. Try giving yourself a self-development day.
Benefits of a self-development day
- You almost program yourself for optimism
- You feel better, refreshed and ready to seize the rest of the week
- Side-advantage: You knock out some minor tasks you’ve been procrastinating
- You’ll be more organized for the days and weeks to come.
The way I’ve done this in the past is I’ve picked one or two self-development/motivational audio programs that I would listen to nonstop for a whole day. I put on some headphones and do some long-delayed cleaning and filing. At the end of a day like this, I am feeling much more positive, more organized and a lot more energized about how I am going to deal the rest of the week.
So why does this work so well? The simple reason is constant exposure. If you have ever attended an all-day program sponsored by Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy or similar speaker, you probably felt pretty good about yourself and your future after the day was complete. Constant exposure to new motivational ideas prevent the little negative thoughts (gremlins) from taking hold so easily. For lack of a better word, it’s healthy brainwashing.
Best of all, this method is simple to do. Just pick a day, and choose a few self-development audio programs. Prepare some repetitive or routine work and get to listening. Don’t stop until the end of the day!
Here are some tips:
- Pick audio programs where you feel you’ll learn something or reinforce behaviors you want to preserve.
- Make sure the day you choose is one where you can either be alone or where you can listen without people interrupting.
- Choose titles that can get you moving in new and better directions.
- Mentally approach your self-development day listening time with a sense that you will learn something.
- Set aside a full day, where you can do stuff like clear your desk, your office closet, dust, file…choose simple tasks such as organizing so you can focus on the audio messages.
- Also, keep the computer and radio OFF. This is self-development day, not surf day.
- It’s also not audio-book day, so don’t choose novels.
- If you find yourself bored with the message, keep the tapes or CDs rolling. If your mind drifts, let it drift. Just keep it rolling. It’s likely the next chapter will snag you. If not, you are still getting something.
Some ideas for what to do while you listen can include filing and tossing out old papers. Remove all the books from your bookcase, dust them and put them back. Clean and arrange your desk drawers. If you typically take a break, this time take a break and go for a walk.
A self-development day is an Investment in you.
This is self indulgent YOU time [FIRST_NAME], this is for your health and mental well-being. You will surely get many ideas during this day and will probably feel a great sense of motivation and drive when the day is over.
Have a sensational week!
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Keeping Energy Level High
avoiding energy zappers
Each and every one of us could use a little more energy. Here are 4 valuable tips to keep your energy levels tip top.
Cut the Sugar:
Sugar has a tendency to be a craving and a curse all at once. It tastes good going down and keeps you from feeling ‘up’. When you crave something sweet, its important to have something else ready and available to eat instead. Try to choose snacks that have a small amount of carbohydrates to give you a measurable amount of energy for your day like whole grain crackers and low-fat cheese, fresh fruit or a small box of raisins and low-fat cheese or plain, nonfat yogurt blended with fruit.
Watch The Coffee:
Caffeine is another substance that will give us the wake up call that we need, but leave us hanging later on. Try to choose the decaffeinated version of your favorite beverage like coffee, tea or cola and avoid using caffeine to help you stay awake; this will only throw off your natural sleep cycle and promote your low energy levels.
With our busy lifestyles, it is easy to forget to drink water throughout the day. We need water to flush out toxins, keep our energy levels elevated and to keep our tissues hydrated. It contains no calories, so you can drink as much of it as you want to, and if you need some variety, add a lemon or lime slice to it. You can also make homemade lemonade with lemon, water and Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder. Stevia anyone?
Whether or not you exercise consistently, the amount of exercise that you get (or don’t get) could be contributing to your lack of energy. While exercise energizes us physically, mentally and emotionally, we feel more sluggish without it. On the other hand, when we do exercise, it enhances our mood by releasing endorphins, a ‘feel good’ chemical that increases energy levels. Hopefully it will encourage us to exercise more…. but not too much. Over training will deplete your energy reserves, break down muscle and make you feel weaker instead of stronger. Exercising too much could suppress your immune system, which could increase your chances of a bacterial or viral invasion, making you more vulnerable to illness. So make sure that you stay in control of your workout sessions and the frequency of them.
This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.
Promoting the Positive
by Madisyn Taylor
We always have the option to not participate in negativity or to find a way to create a positive direction instead.
Sometimes we start out with the best intentions to think and speak only positive thoughts, but the people around us throw us off course. Not everyone fully understands the power our thoughts and words have, or even if they do, they may be stuck in old patterns of negativity. Much of our habitual communication takes the form of complaining and criticizing, and it can be hard to find a way into certain conversations without lapsing into those old habits. However, we always have the option not to participate in negativity or to find a way to influence the situation in a positive direction. In the right company, you may even be able to directly acknowledge the fact that things have taken a negative turn, thus freeing yourself and others from the negative pull.
Not everyone will respond to your cues, and there’s no need to become overly attached to the idea of changing other people, because people have to choose for themselves how they will be in the world. Many people choose negativity because it is familiar to them and feels safe. It is important to give people the space to find their own way, but you can always set an example, subtly representing the power of being positive. At times you may interject an affirmative statement into the conversation, and at others you may simply change the subject. You may also simply withdraw your energy and presence, which also makes a subtle statement. If you feel comfortable enough with somebody that is always negative, perhaps you can have an honest conversation with them; after all, awareness is the first step to change.
A powerful way to free yourself from the negative pull is to enlist allies who are similarly minded. You and a friend, coworker, or family member may agree to work together to continually shift the energy in a situation in a positive direction. The power of two people working to promote the positive is exponentially greater than one person working on their own. As you and your allies work together to lift the energy around you, you will be amazed to see how quickly the positive pull begins to draw people into its orbit, freeing one mind after another from negativity into light.
Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Strawberry Jam
(makes 96 servings)
Carbs Per Serving: .8 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
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4 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
2 tablespoon lemon juice
2 envelopes (1 1/2 tb sp.) unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
In medium saucepan, combine berries, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder and lemon juice. Heat 5 minutes, crushing berries. Bring to boil; boil rapidly, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.
In a small bowl, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water. Let stand 1 minute. Add to berry mixture and heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes.
Let jam stand 5 minutes, skimming off any foam. Ladle into jars. Cover with top of paraffin and cool slightly before refrigerating and it will keep a month in the refrigerator or a year in the freezer.
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