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May 25, 2014

Chart a New Course For Your Life
ten easy steps to change the direction of your life

In a past life I was an executive at a Fortune 100 company. While the pay was excellent and the stock options and benefits were outstanding, there was still something missing. I was completely thankful for the opportunity and to this day I am still amazed that they gave a thirty-something kid a chance at the brass ring. Nevertheless, everyday I would go into work I knew I was not living through complete truth. I was not fulfilling my destiny and the shackles of an 8-5 were preventing me from reaching my highest calling.

I knew I needed to make a change. It was very terrifying because I was being brought out of my comfort zone and I was letting go of an enormous amount of security. The time had come for me to change directions and chart a new path for my future. I charted a new path and now 15 years later I have found myself embracing the freedom, joy and satisfaction that only being an entrepreneur can bring you. If I did it, I am certain you can as well.

Here are a few tips that might help you reach your highest calling.

1.) Plan your attack and attack your plan. I have always subscribed to the “think it then ink it” theory. A goal not written down is simply a good intention. Sit down with a pen and paper and start creating your plan. Be specific and visualize each step in your mind.

2.) Embrace your failures. Your previous failures have simply been lessons for you to guide you to success in the future. It took Thomas Edison over 500 failures before he was able to successfully invent a working light bulb. Abraham Lincoln was on the brink of financial disaster just before he was elected president of the United States. There will be failures in your life. It is inevitable for people who try. Persons who don't try rarely fail.

3.) Create a support group. You don't need to go it alone. Ask for moral support from friends and family. Be careful because some of them may not be a supportive as you need and they can be counter productive. You can also find networking groups on LinkedIn, FaceBook and MeetUp.com.

4.) Fake it til' you make it. If the truth must be told, nobody really knows what they are doing in the beginning and frankly there are times in my life when I am not sure I really know what I am doing. Act “as if”… as if you are already successful, as if you are all ready doing what you want to do, as if you are on top of the world and eventually you will find yourself there.

5.) Pass it Forward. Quality success is a give and take proposition. You must give back what you are given. Find yourself a good mentor; somebody who has done it before with style and grace. Read their books and articles, ask them for there mentorship but, when you get to where you want to be don't forget to mentor somebody else.

6.) Be patient. All good things take time especially success. Be patient, drill in and commit to the long hall. Success is a journey not a destination, so enjoy the trip and smell the flowers along the way.

7.) Celebrate Benchmarks. When you follow your plan and you start knocking out pieces of it give yourself credit for getting these pieces done; calibrate and then celebrate. You are on your way and these little successes are your mile markers.

8.) Soar with other eagles. Eagles soar alone and buzzards flock together. When you are successful you will be in the top 5% of people in the world. It is lonely on top but, you are an eagle and eagles are held in the highest esteem of all birds.

9.) Live in the moment. Don't allow yourself to get dragged down by the past and don't let yourself get paralyzed by fear about the future. Be in the present, work you're plan and live completely in the moment.

10.) Don't look back. There will be days that you will question everything you have done. You will question if what you are doing is the right think. Once you have made the leap there is no turning back. Looking back during challenging days will only stifle you. You are exactly where you need to be in this very moment and with patience and courage you will see these days through. See tip nine and three for help.

Now that you are armed with the same arsenal that I had when I started, shake your tail tiger and reach for your brass ring. You will work hard but it is even more important to work smart.

Who knows, perhaps entrepreneurship is in your future as well [FIRST_NAME]. I hope to see your face on the cover of Fortune Magazine.

Have a sensational week!


Thom King
President
thom.king@steviva.com
Steviva Brands, Inc.

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YOUR MIND

Opportunity Knocks All The Time
Max Steingart

The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, for time and chance happen to everyone. Take a second look at what appears to be someone’s “good luck.”

You’ll find not luck but preparation, planning and success-producing thinking. Opportunity is around you all the time, but you have to be ready for it. When your chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it.

When you’re prepared for opportunity, your chance for success is sure to come. The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.

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YOUR BODY

Creating a Killer Core
how to build your body from the core up

When someone says that they want to flatten their belly or reduce the fat in their lower stomach area (pouch), they will often make the mistake of only working their front ab muscle group. Although this will help to tone and tighten the ab area it put the body out of balance, which can cause problems later on in life. However, if when you are working your front abs you also do stretches and muscle strengthening exercises that work your side and back muscles you will see an all around flattening and shaping.

This will not only give you more of a V shape (which everyone envy's) but it will also help strengthen your back muscles which also help to hold your stomach flat.

Stability Ball Sit-down   Where you can, swap your desk chair for a stability ball—you'll force yourself to activate and hold your core muscles while at the keyboard. Start with 30 minutes, and stretch it out to an hour or more as you feel more comfortable.

Windmill Toe Touches   Stand with your feet a little more than shoulder width apart, draw in your belly button, bend your knees, and touch one foot with the opposite hand. Rise to standing, and repeat with the other hand. Start with three sets of 12 reps.

Leg Balancing   Standing on one foot with hands at your sides, draw in your belly button to activate your core muscles, and lean to the side of the planted foot. Hold the lean for 15 seconds, then switch to the other foot. Repeat four to six times.

On the Mat
Floor-based routines perfect for getting your blood pumping before hopping in the shower at home or at the gym.

Quadruped Position With your hands and knees on the floor (on all fours), draw in your belly button, holding your core muscles up against gravity for 15 seconds. Start with three sets of 12 reps.

The Prone Cobra With your stomach on the ground, your feet together and legs straight, and your arms at your sides, draw in your abs, squeeze your butt, and pinch together your shoulder blades to lift your chest, legs, and arms an inch or two off the ground. Hold for 15 seconds, and repeat 10 times.

Floor Bridge Lying on your back with your knees bent and arms flat on the floor (palms flat), press your torso off the ground, using your core muscles to balance for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

NOTE: 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?

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.

YOUR SPIRIT

Regret
the weight of the past
by Madisyn Taylor

Holding onto regret is like dragging the weight of the past with us everywhere we go. It drains our energy, leaving less available for life in the present because we are constantly feeding an old issue. This attachment can cause illness the same way watering a dead plant creates decay. We know that something new and beautiful can grow in its place if we only prepare the soil and plant the right seeds. We also know that we create our lives from our thoughts, so dwelling on the past may actually recreate a situation in our lives where we are forced to make the choice again and again. We can choose to move on right now by applying what we have learned to the present and perhaps even sharing with others, transforming the energy into something that is constructive and creative for ourselves and others.

Forgiveness is the soothing balm that can heal regret. In meditation, we can imagine discussing the issue with the self of our past and offering our forgiveness for the choice. In return, we can ask for our selves’ forgiveness for keeping them locked in that space of judgment for so long. We may also want to ask forgiveness from anyone else who may have been affected and perhaps offer our forgiveness. By replaying the event in our minds, we can choose a new ending using all that we now know. Imagine that you have actually gone back into the past and made this change, and then say goodbye to it. Release your former self with a hug and bring the forgiveness and love back with you to the present. Since we are usually our harshest critics, it is amazing how powerfully healing it can be to offer ourselves love.

Keeping our minds and our energy fully in the present allows us to fuel our physical and emotional healing and well-being today. This action frees our energy to create the dreams we dream for the future. By taking responsibility and action in the present, we can release our hold on the past.

YOUR RECIPE

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. If you have never had a Mt. Hood Strawberry... you have no idea what you are missing. They by far the best darn strawberries you can find.

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.

Ingredients:
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

Instructions:
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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