Sunday, May 9th 2004

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Seven Steps to Success
by: Brian Tracy

Discipline yourself to do what you know you need to do to be the very best in your field. Perhaps the best definition of self discipline is this: "Self discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not." It is easy to do something when you feel like it. It's when you don't feel like it and you force yourself to do it anyway that you move your life and career onto the fast track.

What decisions do you need to make today in order to start moving toward the top of your field?

Whatever it is, either to get in or get out, make a decision today and then get started. This single act alone can change the whole direction of your life.

Seven Steps to Success
There is a powerful seven step formula that you can use to set and achieve your goals for the rest of your life. Every single successful person uses this formula or some variation of this formula to achieve vastly more than the average person. And so can you. Here it is:

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.

Action Exercises
1. Decide exactly what you want, write it down with a deadline, make a plan and take action - on at least one goal - today!
2. Determine the price you will have to pay to achieve this goal and then get busy paying that price - whatever it is.

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Spring Into Physical Activities Gradually
By Siona LaFrance

Ready, set, go? Well, perhaps not so fast. After a long winter hiatus with little or no physical activity and, perhaps, even putting on a few pounds, it could be a mistake for weekend warriors to plunge back in and expect to pick up the pace of outdoor activity they left in the fall.

Too much physical activity too fast could result in injury - anything from muscle strains to heart attacks.

Many times over the winter, people pack on the pounds because they become somewhat inactive. Once the weather turns colder, many people are like bears going into hibernation. Then when spring fever rolls around, they want to get out there and pick up right where they left off.

The problem is that our bodies may have become deconditioned over the winter, and thinking you can do the same things you've done in the past is wrong. You could become injured.

Common injuries include muscle strains and pulls, but it's not uncommon for a deconditioned person who may have put on few extra pounds to have more serious complications. Many times, especially in an older population, you get people cooped up in their houses and as soon as spring rolls around, they hop right in to getting their lawn or garden ready. They could experience a problem, even one as serious as a heart attack.

It's important to build up the level of physical activity - slowly. If you haven't done anything, take baby steps. You have to retrain your body. The amazing thing about the body is once you start taking baby steps you'll quickly get back to where you left off. Gradual progression is key.

A jogger, for example, might start off walking. Start at a slow pace. Focus on time. Think about being active for, maybe, 15 minutes Monday, Wednesday and Friday - maybe a combination of a walk and slow jog. Then start increasing your time. As you build up time, you can begin to build up days.

If you haven't been active, be sure to check with your doctor before starting any workout program. And then start slowly. There has to be a gradual progression. Even if it's something simple like gardening or mowing the lawn, don't go out and try to do it all in one weekend.

As the weather turns warmer, be aware of the temperature and your body's need for fluid. Gradually acclimate to the higher temperatures and put yourself on a fluid schedule. For an athlete, that might involve drinking 20 ounces of water or a sports drink that is low in sugar two hours before engaging in strenuous outdoor activity. Fifteen minutes before starting, the athlete should drink another 8 to 16 ounces, as well as another 8 ounces or so every 10 to 15 minutes while engaged in physical activity.

The average person may require a little less.

It's also important to prepare the skin for sun exposure. Wear the proper clothing with light, breathable fabrics. Cover up. It's fine to have that golden bronze look, but it's more important to avoid sunburn and skin cancer. Be sure to use a sun block with an SPF rating of 15 or higher and then re-apply frequently during the course of activity.

There's no reason to become physically inactive during winter. A little indoor effort could go a long way toward enjoying the warmer months outdoors. There are things you could do in the house if you don't want to go to the gym. Do a push up. If you can't do one on the floor, do one against the wall. Use household items. Pick up a jug of water that's around 8 pounds and mimic the exercises done in a gym. Walk up and down stairs. Take caution, though, against doing too much too fast. No pain, no gain is the worst advice you could follow. Pain is your body's way of telling you that something's wrong. Back off, take a break. Listen to your body. And enjoy the warmer weather.

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Define 'rich'

"It ain't so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich."

-- Josh Billings

How do you define ‘rich’?

If you want greater wealth, what does that mean for you? A large annual income? If so, how large? A beautiful home? Health? Security? Happiness? To be in service?

Get really specific about what would bring you a rich life. There are no right and wrong answers here. Don’t judge your desires. Just dig deep to discover what it is that you really want. If you want things, explore what qualities of life those things represent to you.

"No one can tell whether they are richer or poor by turning to their ledger. It is the heart that makes a person rich. One is rich according to what one is, not according to what one has."

-- Henry Ward Beecher

"If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed."

-- Edmund Burke

Low Carb - Sugar Free Cauliflower Salad
Makes 18 servings

1 head iceberg lettuce
2 heads cauliflower
48 oz. Sugar Free Mayonaise
1/2 cup Steviva Blend or Equivalent
1 pound of bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
Pepper to taste
Onion salt to taste

Cut up the lettuce and cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Toss it into a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate covered overnight. It needs the overnight marinating in order to get all the flavors blended nicely. You can vary the recipe by adding a cup (or more) of grated Parmesan. This makes quite a large amount of salad, great for parties and gatherings.

Total calories – 3,351 Total grams carbohydrate – 146.1

Per serving – 226 calories 7.7 grams carbohydrate