Sunday, October 24th 2004

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The Choice is Yours
by: Brian Tracy

There is a simple and proven way to get along with everyone. Whenever I go into a busy restaurant, I always ask the waiter for his or her name. Then I address them by name while observing sympathetically, “You seem to be working hard today.”

From that moment on, the waiter always gives me special attention. Why? Because I took the time to empathize with his or her situation rather than looking for sympathy for mine.

Think About Others
Try this approach with all the people at your workplace. Observe their situation and empathize with how hard they are working, how many difficulties they have, how overloaded they are, and so on. It is absolutely amazing how much better people feel about you when you take a special interest in them, rather than just thinking about yourself.

You Have a Choice
In life, you always have a choice. You can either do everything yourself or you can get others to help you do some of the work. Our entire economic structure is built on the principle of specialization. Specialization means that some people become very good at doing certain tasks while other people become very good at doing other tasks.

Concentrate Your Energy
For you to achieve your full potential, you must contribute the greatest amount of value possible. You must concentrate all your energies on doing certain specialized tasks in an excellent fashion so that you can be paid the amount you want to earn and you can move ahead at the rate you want to move ahead. But in order for you to specialize and do what you are best at, and more of it, you must delegate, relegate and outsource virtually everything else.

Continuous Delegation
Some non-managers feel that the subject of delegation does not apply to them. But even when you ask your child to bring you the newspaper, you are delegating a task. When you go out to lunch rather than making it yourself, you are delegating. When you go into a full service gas station rather than filling your own tank, again, you are delegating. You are in a process of continuous delegation from the time you get up in the morning until the time you go to sleep at night. The only question is how good you are at it.

Your Ability to Empower Others
Your ability to delegate effectively, which requires that you inspire and empower others to help you willingly, will determine how fast you move ahead. It will determine how much you earn in your job. It will determine the quality and quantity of your productivity. It will determine your ultimate financial success in life. And the key to all of this is your ability to empower others.

Action Exercises
Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, take the time to empathize with others. Everyone is carrying a heavy load. Be nice to them and they’ll be nice to you.

Second, delegate everything you can so that you can free up more time to do your most important jobs. Always work on your highest value tasks.

Turn Back the Clock
how exercise keeps you young

“Exercise can prevent osteoporosis, cut your risk of heart disease, combat diabetes and ease arthritis pain.”

By age 65, nearly half of all Americans lack the brawn needed to lift even a 10-pound weight. But research on the elderly reveals that significant gains in strength and muscle mass are possible in only a few weeks of exercise. In one Tufts University study, a group of frail elderly nursing-home residents, aged 86 to 96, were recruited into a carefully supervised weight lifting program of three sessions a week. Over eight weeks, the participants increased their strength by an average 175 percent and walking speed by 48 percent. A regular program of aerobic exercise and strength training not only allows you to be more active and more mobile, it also reduces the risk of many, if not most, of the diseases associated with old age. Exercise can:

Prevent osteoporosis by building bone mass. Bones can weaken with age, becoming thinner, more porous and prone to fracture. Osteoporosis affects 38 percent of people over age 75, and 57 percent over age 80. Each year, more than 1.5 million elderly Americans take a fall and wind up with painful cracks (most often in the hip). Many never walk again. But like muscle strength, bone strength can be preserved - and osteoporosis prevented - by lifting weights. Bones respond to the stress of exercise by adding hard calcium. At least two-dozen studies show that weight lifters break fewer bones. The younger you are when you start lifting, the denser and tougher your bones will tend to be. But even someone introduced to lifting iron in the golden years can benefit. Several studies on formerly inactive elderly (up to age 70) demonstrate that starting a lifting program can halt bone loss and even result in bone gain. See also these: Diet and exercise tips to beat osteoporosis.

Cut your risk of heart disease. It's the most common cause of death in America - and one of the most preventable. Regular aerobic exercise conditions the heart and can help keep you from becoming a statistic. Weight lifting also seems to multiply the positive effects of aerobic exercise. In one study at Tufts, beginning walkers who didn't lift weights were compared to beginning walkers who did. Both groups logged the same number of miles, but after 12 weeks of monitoring, the weight lifters showed much greater improvement in strength and heart-protective aerobic capacity. See also these diet and exercise tips to beat heart disease.

Combat diabetes. "Among those 65 to 75 years old, 30 percent are estimated to be diabetic, and diabetes can lead to heart disease, cataracts, kidney failure and nerve damage. The most effective way to combat [adult-onset] diabetes is to lose weight," says William Evans, Ph.D., of the department of geriatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. A combined program of strength training and regular aerobic exercise will help you shed those crucial pounds. Exercise also increases the body's sensitivity to insulin. Insulin is the hormone that allows glucose (blood sugar) to get into your cells, and it is the body's inefficient use (or lack of production) of insulin that gives diabetics their woes. See also these diet and exercise tips to beat diabetes.

Ease arthritis pain. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, hits some harder than others, but it attacks nearly everyone over age 65 to some degree. Exercisers, however, take the lightest hits. The American Medical Association affirms that those with osteoarthritis can and should work out. Numerous studies show that those who do strengthening exercises, along with aerobic exercise, can say goodbye to much of their joint pain. And that holds true for those who have rheumatoid arthritis, the second-most common form of the disease. In one study published in the medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, elderly men and women afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis were introduced to high-intensity lifting. After 12 weeks, they were asked to describe their levels of joint pain. The lifters reported an impressive 21 percent drop in pain and 38 percent less fatigue.

Your body is made up of 70% water. Drinking plenty of water help fend off the effects of aging 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 walking.


"There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else."

-- Cyrus H. Curtis

How do you relate to people in authority? Depending on your character and upbringing, you may react defensively or meekly to those you perceive to hold more power than you do.

Hierarchical power dissolves in the presence of authentic power. Your true personal power has nothing to do with status. It is determined by how attuned you are to all aspects of yourself and to the needs of others.

In any exchange with a person ‘in power,’ focus your attention on meeting your mutual needs and the relationship will be both equitable and fruitful.

"Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and abilities are the gateways to power."

-- Jamie Sams

All Natural Sugar Free Chocolate Nut Bars
(makes 8 servings)

Skill Level: Easy

4 Ounces Unsweetened Baking Chocolate Squares
8 Tbs. Butter
4 Tbs. Heavy Cream
½ Cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend Or A Tiny Dash Of Stevia Powder
4 Ounces Nuts -- Crushed (I Used Macadamias And Walnuts)

Melt butter and chocolate in microwave or on low heat on stove. Stir in cream. Add vanilla flavoring. Stir in Steviva Brand Stevia Blend. Add nuts (crushed). Drop by Tsp. onto foil or wax paper, or you could pour and cut to divide into servings.

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