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August 28 , 2011

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? 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

  1. You almost program yourself for optimism
  2. You feel better, refreshed and ready to seize the rest of the week
  3. Side-advantage: You knock out some minor tasks you’ve been procrastinating
  4. 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:

  1. Pick audio programs where you feel you’ll learn something or reinforce behaviors you want to preserve.
  2. Make sure the day you choose is one where you can either be alone or where you can listen without people interrupting.
  3. Choose titles that can get you moving in new and better directions.
  4. Mentally approach your self-development day listening time with a sense that you will learn something.
  5. 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.
  6. Also, keep the computer and radio OFF. This is self-development day, not surf day.
  7. It’s also not audio-book day, so don’t choose novels.
  8. 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, 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.

Thank you for your patronage.

Have a sensational week

Thom King
[email protected]
Steviva Brands, Inc.

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The “Butterfly Shield” in Your Neck
things to know about your thyroid

The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine tissues in your body and its name stems from a Greek word meaning shield, to reflect its shape, similar to a butterfly as well. It sits just beneath your “Adam's Apple” and can be felt when enlarged in some people that is called a “goiter”. The National Institutes of Health endocrine division estimates that 5% of the United States population suffers from hypothyroidism, of which most our women. Interestingly, generic Synthroid, a thyroid pharmaceutical medication, is the 4 th most common prescribed drug in the US, with 70.5 million prescriptions, in 2010! Do you have symptoms of hypothyroidism?

These include:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss (thinning and/or dryness)
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Cold hands/feet
  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Puffy face
  • Depression

The American Thyroid Association recommends blood testing starting at age 35 years and continuing every 5 years, as probably goes up with age for problems. However, earlier testing should occur sooner if symptomatic or have had past thyroid disorders, have an autoimmune disease, pregnancy or delivery in past 6 months, Turner syndrome, or radiation to neck or chest.

Choosing a holistic doctor is important when testing your thyroid, because conventional medicine only recommends testing of one marker, rather than a “full panel”. Usually, mainstream doctors are only looking at TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) to determine if your thyroid is imbalance. Although, TSH is actually coming from your pituitary gland telling your thyroid to make hormones, which are T3 and T4. Hormones made in the body then get bound to protein to travel to other sites, some of the hormone stays “free” to be used by the body, and it is important to test this free fraction of T3 and T4 to get an accurate assessment. Your TSH can be in normal range, and you can still have a thyroid problem when looking at these other hormones. A wonderful book for both patients and practitioners is Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms by Dr. Datis Kharrazian. There are yet even a few other markers that your doctor may want to look at. Most importantly, to note, is that many people who suffer from hypothyroidism, actually have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, in which antibody testing is required.

This article is meant to inform, and not suggest any diagnosis. If you are concerned about your body, please find a doctor in your area to work with, often Naturopathic Doctors and Chiropractors are more educated with this information. Remember, you can change your health!


In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Soleil Medical Spa
Dr. Alisha N.D.

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treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.


Nietzsche Once Said "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger"
Max Steingart

Life is made up of a series of experiences. Each one will make you stronger, even though it may be hard for you to realize it at the time.

Life is your classroom in which you're being tested, tried, and passed.
Always try to stay in the midst of life and activity. Don't isolate yourself from the action. Your character develops itself in the stream of life.

The setbacks and hardships you endure actually help you in your march forward to success. The world was built to develop your character.

Life expects you to make progress in reasonable time. That's why those elementary school chairs are so small.

Copyright 2011 www.yourdailymotivation.com


Acceptance As Giving
Allowing Ourselves To Receive

Giving and receiving are part of the same cycle, and we each give and receive in our own ways. But we can lose our balance when we try to be too controlling on either side of the cycle. On the receiving end, we may feel that we don't deserve the effort made if what we gave was easy for us to give. But perhaps there is a different lesson there for us. We may be receiving not only gratitude, but a chance to see the world through the eyes of another. We may be learning that just because we gave easily, it doesn't diminish its value. Or perhaps the universe is giving us an example to hold close to our hearts, to encourage us on some future day when our own generous act of giving is not met with a visible act of receiving. When we can allow ourselves to receive as well as give, we do our part to keep the channels of abundance open for ourselves and others.

Sometimes we may find ourselves struggling to respond to others' gifts in the same ways—like responding to an expensive present with something equally expensive, or feeling like we have to throw a dinner party for someone who has thrown one for us. But when these are done out of a sense of obligation, their energy changes from something that shares to something that drains. If this sounds familiar, we can decide next time to allow ourselves to receive with arms, minds and hearts open and simply say thank you.

Accepting a person's gift is a gift in itself. Sincere appreciation for their acknowledgement and their effort joins our energy with theirs in the cycle of giving and receiving, and nurtures all involved. If ever we find we are still having difficulty, we can decide to allow ourselves to be conduits for gratitude and accept on behalf of a loving, giving universe.


No Added Sugar, Low Glycemic, Diabetic Safe French Dressing
Serves: 48
Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Carbs Per Serving: 1.1 g
Prep Time:<25 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

This dressing is proof that the French are better than just their Pom Frites (french fries for you Americans). Not only is the dressing awesome on fresh salad but, it makes a great base for other sauces and marinades. Try it on meat, poultry, fish and even bean salad. Get adventurous with it. Traditional French Dressing has 3 times as much sugar as ice cream, this version have less that 2 carbs per serving. And it is ridiculously easy to make.

2/3 cup Trinity Hill Farms No Added Sugar Ketchup
1/4 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder

1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 small onion, quartered
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Combine the Trinity Hill Farms No Added Sugar Ketchup, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
, vinegar, olive oil, onion, paprika and Worcestershire sauce in a blender or food processor.

Blend until the onion is well chopped.

Chill and serve.

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