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Successful people have been studied in depth for more than 100 years. They have been interviewed extensively to determine what it is they do and how they think that enables them to accomplish so much more than the average person.
In this Newsletter, you learn the most important single factor of long-term success and how you can build it into your personality and your attitude. You learn how to virtually guarantee yourself a great future.
Harvard Discovery on Success
Banfield's goal was to find out how and why some people became financially independent during the course of their working lifetimes. He started off convinced that the answer to this question would be found in factors such as family background, education, intelligence, influential contacts, or some other concrete factor. What he finally discovered was that the major reason for success in life was a particular attitude of mind.
Long Time Perspective
For example, one of the reasons your family doctor is among the most respected people in America is because he or she has invested many years of hard work and study to finally earn the right to practice medicine. After university courses, internship, residency and practical training, a doctor may be more than 30 years old before he or she is capable of earning a good living. But from that point onward, these men and women are some of the most respected and most successful professional people in any society. They had long time perspectives.
the Potential Future Impact
For example, if you come home from work at night and choose to play with your children or spend time with your spouse, rather than watch TV or read the paper, you have a long time perspective. You know that investing time in the health and happiness of your children and your spouse is a very valuable, high-priority use of time. The potential future impact of quality time with your family is very high.
If you take additional courses in the evening to upgrade your skills and make yourself more valuable to your employer, you're acting with a long time perspective. Learning something practical and useful can have a long-term effect on your career.
The long term comes soon enough, and every sacrifice that you make today will be rewarded with compound interest in the great future that lies ahead for you.
First, think long-term. Sit down today and write out a description of your ideal life ten and twenty years into the future. This automatically develops longer-time perspective.
Second, look at everything you do in terms of its long-term potential impact on your life. Do more things that have greater long-term value to you.
Third, develop the habit of delaying gratification in small things, small expenditures, small pleasures, so that you can enjoy greater rewards and greater satisfaction in the future.
“Better sources of calcium include low-fat milk and other dairy products, canned salmon and sardines, dried figs, broccoli and tofu.”
Have you been food shopping lately? It's getting hard to tell the supermarket from the pharmacy these days. Everywhere you turn, products are boasting of added health benefits. Orange juice and waffles with added calcium. Spreads, salad dressings and candy bars billed as cholesterol fighters. Corn chips and fruit drinks promising relaxation and greater energy. While some of these products will live up to their promise and offer real health benefits, others won't.
Separating Fact From Fiction
Consider the source. Do most people need more calcium? Absolutely. Osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones and leaves them vulnerable to fracture, runs rampant among the elderly. To prevent osteoporosis, adults should be consuming 1000 to 1500 milligrams of calcium a day. Most Americans take in only about 500 milligrams. But should your preferred source of calcium be chocolate-chip frozen waffles, ice cream or potato chips? Those products have all been made available with added calcium, but are they healthy? "Certainly not," says Randi Konikoff, M.S., R.D., dietitian with Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy. "Adding a single nutrient to a product that is devoid of other nutrients or has lots of fats and little fiber does not make for a healthy food." Better sources of calcium include low-fat milk and other dairy products, canned salmon and sardines, dried figs, broccoli and tofu. As far as foods that have calcium added to them, orange juice may be your best bet. Pure OJ offers a bevy of nutrients, many of which have been linked to lowered risk of heart disease and cancer.
Question the advertised ingredient. "Get ready to sail into a meditative state of relaxation with our delicious herbal blend of kava kava root, chamomile and passion flower," boasts the label on bottles of Smoothie Boost's Mango Island Calm. Robert's American Gourmet kava kava corn chips promise to "promote relaxation." The market shelves in recent months also have stocked soups, sodas and chips with added St. John's Wort (an herb that may fight depression), ice cream with added ginseng (often touted as an energizer) and beverages with various and sundry herbs such as echinacea (thought to improve immune function) and yohimbe (said to improve virility). "These are nothing but marketing gimmicks," says Paul Lachance, Ph.D., professor of food science and nutrition at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. "While some studies show that certain herbs can be therapeutic, those studies typically show that the herbs must be taken in specified doses, often over several days or weeks. The amount of herb you're going to get in a snack food or soft drink is almost certainly going to be too small to be effective."
Weigh the risks. The irony with some of the new fortified foods is that if they do contain what the manufacturers say they contain, they might do harm. Consider those herbal corn chips. "We're not so clear on the risks of herbal supplements such as kava kava, especially how they react with pharmaceuticals," says Konikoff. "If those corn chips really do contain appreciable amounts of the herb, that could present a potential health hazard." And if you think you're going to safely improve your libido guzzling Sobe's Energy drink including yohimbe, think again. Yohimbe's known unsexy side effects include agitation, tremors, insomnia and irregular heartbeat.
Make substitutions wisely. Perhaps the most promising new medicinal foods on the market are McNeil's Benecol and Lipton's Take Control product lines, including buttery spreads, salad dressings and snack bars. Studies show that the spreads can take a bite out of LDL "bad" cholesterol. People who slather on about 1-1/2 teaspoons three times a day of Take Control, a product made with a soybean extract called sterols, can expect drops in their LDL cholesterol of 7 to 10 percent. Eating similar amounts of Benecol, a product derived from pine wood pulp, result in an average drop in LDL cholesterol of 10 to 14 percent. "If you have high cholesterol, this is one very good way to help bring it under control," says Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., a dietary expert at Pennsylvania State University and a member of the American Heart Association's Nutrition Committee.
But Kris-Etherton cautions that none of the products are free of calories. For example, eating the recommended three daily servings of either brand's regular-fat spread would add approximately 150 calories to your daily diet.
Drinking 64 ounces of water everyday can be good medicine as well. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon 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. Now, start splashing.
"Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment."
Today, we invite you to do the Take-Your-Time Tango. In his book ‘Games for the Soul,’ Drew Leder challenges us to dance through our days with the graceful, slow elegance of a tango dancer.
Slow down a notch," Leder counsels. "Do whatever you do in a calm and leisurely fashion. ... As much as possible, don’t be driven by inner fear, external deadlines, or rushed companions to stumble through a speeded-up dance. Act as if you have all the time in the world. Come to think of it, you do: No one else has any more hours."
So stand (or sit) tall. Raise your chin as you gather your full concentration, dignity and self confidence to glide smoothly and beautifully through the day.
"We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life."
-- Martha Graham
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