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Developing a Clear Vision for Your Future
by: Brian Tracy

What Only Leaders Can Do
The one quality that all leaders have in common is that they have a clear and exciting vision for the future. This is something that only the leader can do. Only the leader can think about the future and plan for the future each day.

Develop A Clear Vision
Excellent leaders take the time to think through and develop a clear picture of where they want the organization to be in one, three and five years. Leaders have the ability to communicate this vision in such a way that others "buy in" and eventually see the vision as belonging to them.

How To Motivate People
It is the vision of the future possibilities, of what can be, that arouses emotion and motivates people to give of their best. The most powerful vision is always qualitative, aimed at and described in terms of values and mission rather than quantitative, described in terms of money. Of course, money is important, but the decision and commitment to "be the best you can be" is far more exciting.

Be A Great Team Player
A study at Stanford Business School examined the qualities that companies look for in promoting person to the position of Chief Executive Officer. The study concluded that there were two important qualities required for great success in leadership. The first is the ability to put together a team and function as a good team player. Since all work is ultimately done by teams, and the managers' output is the output of the team, the ability to select team members, set objectives, delegate responsibility and finally, get the job done, was central to success.

Keep Your Cool
The second quality required for rapid promotion was found to be the ability to function well under pressure, and especially in a crisis. Keeping your cool in a crisis means to practice patience and self-control under difficult or disappointing circumstances.

Everyone Is Watching
The character and quality of a leader is often demonstrated in these critical moments under fire, when everyone is watching, observing and privately taking notes. As Rudyard Kipling once said, "If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, then the world is yours and all that's in it".
Your duty as a leader is to have a clear vision of where you want to go and then to keep your cool when things go wrong, as they surely will.

Action Exercises
Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, project forward 3-5 years and imagine your ideal future vision. What does it look like? What steps can you take immediately to begin turning your future vision into your current reality?

Second, resolve in advance that, no matter what happens, you will remain calm and cool. You will not become upset or angry. You will take a deep breath and focus on the solution rather than on the problem.

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Growing Good Exercise Habits
By Siona LaFrance

( gyms and countless hours on a treadmill may be one way to exercise, but wouldn't enjoying sunshine and fresh air while spending time with your family be more fun? Well, here's a little insider tip gardening enthusiasts have known for ages-gardening is great exercise.

"All the digging, lifting, pulling and twisting that happens as you garden in your backyard or even in smaller container gardens uses major muscle groups and helps you stay in shape," stated Charlie Nardozzi, chief gardening officer consultant for Hilton Garden Inn hotels. "It makes perfect sense. Turning compost is a great alternative to weight lifting. Raking simulates the exact motions of a rowing machine. Mowing the lawn is comparable to walking or jogging on the treadmill. And, digging and shoveling are both aerobic and muscle building."

Studies performed at Stanford University Center for Research in Disease Prevention show that gardening provides light to moderate exercise. Depending on the activity, 30 minutes in the garden can burn the equivalent amount of calories as 30 minutes of light jogging. By exercising, you lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which may help prevent diabetes and heart disease and slow osteoporosis.

The health benefits of gardening are not limited to adults-for children, gardening offers more than a reason to play in the dirt and some exercise. While gardening, school subjects, such as science, history, economics and language arts, come to life.

Teaching children the positive power of gardening, Nardozzi heads up the "Grow A School Garden" program developed jointly by the Hilton Garden Inn and National Garden Association. "The 'Grow A School Garden' project both incorporates academic subjects as well as teaches vital life lessons to children including cooperation, patience, persistence and responsibility. It is also a great way to get them to eat fruits and vegetables."

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Believe in your own success

"What you believe yourself to be, you are."

-- Claude M. Bristol

Do you believe, deep down inside of you, that you can succeed in what you want to do?

Beliefs are strong, and they have the power to attract what is believed to us. If we doubt our ability to succeed, if we in fact believe we WON'T succeed, then sure enough, that’s what will happen.

What do you believe about yourself? You have the power to change your beliefs, and that will change your outcome. Set goals you believe you can accomplish. Your beliefs will shape your actions. As you achieve these goals, you'll begin to believe you are capable of succeeding and of doing even more.

"It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility."

-- Albert Einstein

"Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution."

-- Dr. David Schwartz

Low Carb - Sugar Free Curried Red Pepper Soup
Makes 6 servings

1 ½ pounds red, yellow, or orange sweet peppers (about 5-6)
½ cup chopped red onion
1 cup water
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1 ½ tsp. curry powder or, to taste
½ tsp. dried thyme, crushed
½ tsp. dried marjoram, crushed
1 tsp. garlic powder
3 ounces cream cheese
1 2/3 cups whipping cream
Sour cream (optional)

Halve peppers, seed, and remove internal membranes. Place on aluminium-foil covered cookie sheet and roast at 450 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes, until skins start to turn black and bubble. Place in paper bag to steam and cool. When the peppers can be handled, remove skins and slice peppers into strips and place in a pan with onion, water, bouillon granules, curry powder, thyme, marjoram and garlic. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add cream cheese cut into chunks. Puree mixture in blender or food processor until smooth. Stir in cream. To serve, swirl a teaspoon of sour cream on the top of each bowl.

Total calories – 1,351 Total grams carbohydrate – 46.1

Per serving – 226 calories 7.7 grams carbohydrate