Bringing Enthusiasm To Life
“enthuse yourself and enthuse those around you”
"If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind."
~ Norman Vincent Peale
"The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm."
~ Thomas J. Watson
Enthusiasm first appeared in English in 1603 with the meaning "possession by a god." The source of the word is the Greek enthousiasmos, which ultimately comes from the adjective entheos, "having the god within". Enthusiasm clearly has every day connotations of being "inspired" or "excited". Enthusiasm is a good feeling! I would be willing to bet that most people if required to do a particular task, would (if they knew that they could) choose to it with enthusiasm.
Read this paragraph and then try the following. Close your eyes, go inside and just pay attention. Think of a task that has neutral connotations. Something you probably should do, but you can't honestly say you are fired up by it. If you are anything like me, that shouldn't be too hard! Now, draw your attention to the quality of enthusiasm, and notice how you would feel having introduced the quality of enthusiasm to this task.
Doesn't that feel better! People like enthusiasm. They like feeling enthusiastic, and they like people to feel enthusiastic around them.
"Enthusiasm glows, radiates, permeates and immediately captures everyone's interest." ~ Paul J. Meyer
Enthusiasm affects and infects communication in all directions. If you are explaining something to someone and they start to get enthusiastic about your ideas, then wow don't you start to feel good! Hey, you probably even decide that you really like that person. Here is a person who understands the important things, just like you!
"Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come from miles to watch you burn."
~ John Wesley
Conversely, your enthusiasm is infectious. People want to be around people who make them feel good. We recognize, at a deep level, that we perform better and appreciate life more fully when we feel enthusiastic (just look back at the origins of the word).
Have an excellent week.
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Your Trials and Tribulations Grow You
Trouble is the common denominator of living.
It's the great equalizer of life.
Whatever good or bad fortune comes your way,
give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
Personal growth is the process of responding positively to change.
All growth means change and change always involves risks,
stepping from the known to the unknown.
All of your growth depends on activity.
It only comes from continuous effort and struggle.
Life chips and pounds you to bring out your possibilities.
She will strip you of wealth, humble your pride,
humiliate your ambition, let you down from the ladder of fame,
and discipline you in a thousand different ways,
if she can develop a little character - everything gives way to that.
Wealth is nothing, position is nothing, fame is nothing.
Who you become inside is everything.
What happens to you is not as important as how you react
to what happens.
25 Ways to Get Back in the Groove
“Your body isn't going to change overnight. Adjusting your expectations will save you a lot of frustration.”
Remember that great fitness routine you were so into just before you started eating all that barbeque this summer and going to all those backyard parties? Well, if the passage of a few festive weeks has weakened your routine, you're not alone. Here are some tips for getting started (again), no matter what kind of fitness activity you participate in:
1. Hire a personal trainer for one hour and discuss short-term and long-term goals. It'll give you a good place to start, it'll give you a plan, and it'll motivate you to get moving again.
2. Sign up for an exercise class that you've never tried before. First, you might surprise yourself and find something you like, and second, exercising with other people is usually more fun than trying to get back into a routine by yourself.
3. Spice up your workout. During your first week back at your fitness facility, don't do the same workout twice. If you exercise three days a week, ride the bike on day one, do weight training on day two, and go for a swim on day three.
4. Avoid burn out (and injury.) Don't try to make up all your missed workouts all at once - work up to a regular regime.
5. Get the most out of your fitness investment. 30%-35% of people who join fitness facilities don't actually go - calculate what that costs and remind yourself of the value of your investment in fitness.
6. Give yourself a realistic pep talk. If you've been off the exercise wagon for the holidays, your body isn't going to change overnight. Adjusting your expectations will save you a lot of frustration.
7. Ignore the scale. Is dropping those extra holiday pounds your exercise incentive? Do yourself a favor and stay off the scale for three weeks to give yourself time to actually lose a pound or two.
8. Enjoy an outdoor workout. At least once a week, go outside to exercise (walking, running, cycling, blading, anything...). The varied terrain will challenge your body in ways that a treadmill (or other indoor machines) can't; the fresh air will feel good in your lungs; and if you live in a cold climate, your body will probably burn extra calories just trying to keep warm.
9. Keep an exercise journal so you can reflect on what you've accomplished and write down your new exercise resolutions (goals).
10. Make one appointment with a registered dietitian so you can get your eating habits back in check.
11. Exercise with a friend - a partner will keep you company and keep you motivated.
12. Start a "family workout" tradition. Make exercising with your mate or family a once-a-week affair. It's a good way to get everyone into exercise, it'll mix up your workouts, and if you've got kids, you may find yourself experimenting with exercise options you never thought of (the playground comes to mind).
13. Target your best time. Find the time of day when exercising feels best for you - it's a key component in making any exercise routine work. If you're not an early morning riser, then don't force yourself into becoming an early morning exerciser.
14. Schedule time to exercise in your date book like you would any other important appointment and give it the priority it deserves.
15. Break it up. If you don't have time in the day for an hour of exercise then break it up into two half-hour sessions. For example, do a half hour of aerobic exercise at lunch and schedule a half-hour after work to do weight training.
16. Focus on what's working now. It's true, there are lots of changes that happen to your body when you work out, but many of them won't happen right away. Look for the changes that you will notice immediately: more energy, a better ability to handle stress, more willpower, and the ability to get a better night's sleep.
17. Get aerobic fitness up to speed. Even if your exercise hiatus was a relatively short one (2 or 3 weeks), you've lost a lot of your cardiovascular fitness ability. But fear not, it'll come back.
18. Stay in your target heart rate zone while you're exercising so you know you're getting an effective workout (try using a heart rate monitor!).
19. Getting back to weight training? Whatever you used to do, cut the amount of weight by a third and the number of reps in half and then build up to your pre-holiday routine over the next three weeks.
20. Take care of your lower back - Without exercise, your lower back strength decreases, so risk of injury should be a concern. Think about good form and posture no matter what activity you're doing, and get some instruction on how to properly stretch after exercise.
21. Try swimming if you have the opportunity - it's a great gentle way to get an excellent cardiovascular workout.
22. Focus on short term goals when you're beginning again - like just getting to your exercise facility, for instance - they'll bolster your spirits big time.
23. If you don't like it, then don't do it! Too many of us suffer through exercise. There is too much to choose from to continue something you dislike, so try anything and everything until you find an activity you enjoy.
24. Eat well. You may be anxious to lose those extra holiday pounds pronto, but good food will give your body the nutrients and energy it needs.
25. Get a physical. Call your doctor and schedule a check-up. (Think - how long has it been since your last one?) Embarking on a New Year's exercise program is a great plan, but making sure your body can handle it is always a good idea.
Don't forget to pound the water. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon or 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.
Recognizing Our Own Abundance
Planting The Seeds Of Generosity
The most difficult time to be generous is when we ourselves are feeling poor. While some of us have experienced actually being in the red financially, there are those of us who would feel broke even if we had a million dollars in the bank. Either way, as the old adage goes, it is always in giving that we receive. Meaning that when we are living in a state of lack, the very gesture we may least want to give is the very act that could help us create the abundance that we seek. One way to practice generosity is to give energy where it is needed. Giving money to a cause or person in need is one way to give energy. Giving attention, love, or a smile to another person are other acts of giving that we can offer. After all, there are people all over the world that are hungry for love.
Sometimes when we practice generosity, we practice it conditionally. We might be expecting to “receive back” from the person to whom we gave. We might even become angry or resentful if that person doesn’t reciprocate. However, trust in the natural flow of energy, and you will find yourself practicing generosity with no strings attached. This is the purest form of giving. Remember that what you send out will always come back you. Selflessly help a friend in need without expecting them to return the same favor in the same way, and know that you, too, will receive that support from the universe when you need it. Besides, while giving conditionally creates stress (because we are waiting with an invisible balance sheet to receive our due), giving unconditionally creates and generates abundance. We give freely, because we trust that there is always an unlimited supply.
Being aware of how much we are always supported by the universe is one of the keys to abundance and generosity. Consciously remember the times you’ve received support from expected and unexpected sources. Remember anyone who has helped you when you’ve needed it most, and bless all situations that come into your life for the lessons and gifts they bring you. Remember that all things given and received emanate from generosity. Giving is an act of gratitude. Plant the seeds of generosity through your acts of giving, and you will grow the fruits of abundance for yourself and those around you.
Sugar Free Low Glycemic Low Carb Blackberry Cream Pie
Carbs Per Serving: 7.25 g
Prep Time:<35 minutes
4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 tablespoons Fructevia or All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very tiny dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 small pkg. sugar-free gelatin (strawberry, raspberry or un-flavored)
1 pint half and half
1 (8oz.) pkg. low fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Fructevia or All Natural Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very tiny dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 quart Blackberries cleaned
Preheat oven to 275F. Grease one Pyrex pie plate and set aside.
Beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar then beat until whites stand in peaks. Add Fructevia or Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and beat for an additional minute or two.
Spread the meringue evenly in the bottom of the plate and up the sides.
Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes in a 275 F oven, then raise the temperature to 300 and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool while you make filling.
Dissolve gelatin with 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir in 1/3 cup cold water. Place in freezer for approximately 15-20
minutes (just until it begins to gel.) When the gelatin is ready, whip the heavy cream until stiff (but not dry). Fold in cream cheese
and Fructevia or Steviva Brand Stevia Blend. Fold in gelatin.
Stir in Blackberries (reserving a few for garnish if you like.) Pour over meringue shell in pie plate and let chill until firm -- about 2
Total Calories: 826
Calories Per Serving: 68.83
Total Fat: 37.1g
Saturated Fat: 21.8g
Total Carbohydrates: 87g
Carbohydrates Per Serving: 7.25g
Dietary Fiber: 26.6g