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 10 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 http://www.craigslist.org and http://www.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. I hope to see your face on the cover of Fortune Magazine.
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Rise Above Your Reality
Courage is the power to face your difficulties.
It comes from the reserves of your mind that are more powerful
then any of your outside circumstances.
When you recognize that you are bigger than your problems,
you gain the courage necessary to overcome anything.
Your obstacles will look large or small to you according to
whether you are large or small.
Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
It gives you the ability to rise above reality.
You are more important than any of your problems.
Quick To The Core
how to build that beautiful bod 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.
This information and other information on this site 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.
Doing Our Best
We often come into contact with the idea that our best isn’t good enough, as if this were actually possible. If you examine this notion, you will begin to see that it doesn’t make much sense. Your best is always good enough, because it comes from you, and you are always good enough. You may not be able to deliver someone else’s idea of the best, but the good news is that’s not your burden. You only need to fulfill your own potential, and as long as you remain true to that calling, and always do your best to fulfill your purpose, you don’t need to expect anything more from yourself.
It’s easy to get tangled up with the idea of trying to be the best—the best parent, the best employee, the best child, or best friend. If we try to be the best, we run the risk of short-circuiting our originality because we are striving to fit into someone else’s vision of success. In addition, if everyone is striving for the same outcome, we lose out on creativity, diversity, and visionary alternatives to the way things are done. On another note, there is nothing wrong with wanting to improve, but examining where this feeling comes from is important because wanting to be better than others is our ego coming into play.
Letting go of the tendency to hold ourselves up to other people’s standards, and letting go of the belief that we need to compete and win, doesn’t mean we don’t believe in doing the best job we can. We always strive to do our best, because when we do we create a life free of regret, knowing we have performed to the best of our ability. This allows us to feel great personal satisfaction in all of our efforts, regardless of how others perceive the outcome.
Sugar Free Low Glycemic Coconut Macaroons
Carbs Per Serving: 4.3 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
1 cup shredded coconut - unsweetened
7 Tb sp. Steviva Brand Steviva Blend
2 egg whites
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1. Mix cream with Steviva Brand Steviva Blend or equivalent and extracts. Add coconut and mix well. Let stand for 1 hour. If mixture feels dry to the touch after 1 hour, add a little more cream.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
3. Whip egg whites until peaks form. Fold into coconut. Using a teaspoon, place a small amount of coconut mix onto a well greased cookie sheet, repeating to make approximately 16 cookies. Bake until slightly browned (usually 12-15 minutes). If tops have not browned in 15 minutes, you can place them under the broiler for a few minutes (watch them carefully!) Allow to cool before serving.
Total Calories: 1330
Calories Per Serving: 83.12
Total Fat: 120.4g
Saturated Fat: 89.2g
Total Carbohydrates: 52g
Carbohydrates Per Serving: 4.33g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0g
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