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by: Brian Tracy

It is not what happens to you that counts. It is how you react to what happens to you, especially when you have unexpected problems of any kind.

Here are four things you can do to assure that your attitude is the very best it can be, under all circumstances.

First, whatever challenges you face, focus on the future rather than on the past. Instead of worrying about who did what and who is to blame, focus on where you want to be and what you want to do. Get a clear mental image of your ideal successful future, and then take whatever action you can to begin moving in that direction. Get your mind, your thoughts, and your mental images on the future.

Second, whenever you’re faced with a difficulty, focus on the solution rather than on the problem. Think and talk about the ideal solution to the obstacle or setback, rather than wasting time rehashing and reflecting on the problem. Solutions are inherently positive, whereas problems are inherently negative. The instant that you begin thinking in terms of solutions, you become a positive and constructive human being.

Third, assume that something good is hidden within each difficulty or challenge. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a major proponent of positive thinking, once said, “Whenever God wants to give us a gift, he wraps it up in a problem.” The bigger the gift you have coming, the bigger the problem you will receive. But the wonderful thing is that if you look for the gift, you will always find it.

Fourth, assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment is exactly the right situation you need to ultimately be successful. This situation has been sent to you to help you learn something, to help you become better, to help you expand and grow.

A Positive Mental Attitude is indispensable to your success. You can be as positive as you want to be if you will simply think about the future, focus on the solution and look for the good. If you do what other successful people do, if you use your mind to exert mental control over the situation, you will be positive and cheerful most of the time. And you will reap the benefits enjoyed by all successful people.

Here are three steps you can take immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, become solution-oriented with every difficulty you face. Make a habit of looking for the answers to your questions, the solutions to your problems.

Second, seek for the valuable lesson in every adversity. Make a list of every idea or insight you can gain from every setback or difficulty.

Third, think on paper. Take some time to write out every detail of the problem, and then take the most logical next step to solve it.

Perfecting The Home Work Out

Although some people thrive on a lively aerobics class or the camaraderie of strength training at the end of a day, others just want a little comfort and privacy. For many people, working out at home is the perfect solution. But even if you're the kind of person who prefers an at-home workout, experts agree that you can maximize it by belonging to a fitness facility — or at least visiting one occasionally. Here's why:

You'll get a boost. "While working out at home is convenient, it's really hard to stay motivated," says Steve Petruzzello, Ph.D., associate professor of exercise physiology at the University of Illinois. "Nobody cares whether you're working out. And you don't have the facility membership fees on your conscience if you don't go." Also, that living room treadmill may soon lose its novelty, and sessions may start to feel so much like drudgery that you stop using it. But even if you stay fairly motivated to exercise at home, you're likely to be distracted by the doorbell, the telephone or chores that need to be done.

You'll get a planned, progressive program. Fitness professionals will set you up on a regimen that's right for your age, condition, and goals, and that will continually challenge you and prevent boredom. They'll also be around to answer questions and update your program.

A personal trainer will teach you correct form. "A lot of people try to go fast too soon or try to lift what they did in high school, and they end up hurting themselves," says Carla Sottovia, assistant fitness director at the Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas. "Knowing the proper technique will prevent injury and optimize results." Beginners should work with a facility trainer two to three times a week for a month, and check back every four to five weeks to change their workout. More experienced exercisers can just do periodic check-ups.

Trainers can help set up your home gym. Douglas Brooks, a northern California exercise physiologist/trainer and author of Your Personal Trainer (1999, Human Kinetics), says, "A trainer will select equipment, balancing what you already have with what you need, and taking into consideration your overall fitness interests — cardio, strength training, flexibility — budget, space, even geography. For example, if you have a limited budget but live in California and can run outdoors, I'd hold off on buying cardio machines and prioritize strength." Some trainers can even get you equipment at wholesale prices, adds Brooks.

Fitness facilities offer a greater variety of exercise options. Sottovia claims that "From a physiological standpoint, muscles adapt to resistance. After you do a routine for a while, you'll plateau and stop making progress." A facility that's fully stocked with the latest equipment will offer you many opportunities to challenge those muscles in new ways. Plus, it's a lot cheaper than buying it all yourself.

While working out don't forget to drink plenty of water! 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 sweating.

Intuit And Do It

"If doubt is challenging you and you do not act, doubts will grow. Challenge the doubts with action and you will grow. Doubt and action are incompatible."

-- John Kanary

To reap the greatest benefits from intuition, we need ACTION. Be in motion. Act as if your highest expectations have already happened. Be in front of more opportunities and people. Let go of any blocks or attachments. Create mental space and physical space. Plan your work and work your plan.

Miracles rarely happen by doing nothing. Most miracles happen through other people.

What actions can you take that will move you towards your goals?

"Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle."

-- Annie Besant

All Natural Sugar Free Coconut Pie
(makes 10 servings)

Skill Level: Easy

4 Large Eggs
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Cup Water
3 Tsp. Vanilla
4 Tbs. Butter
½ Cups Almond Flour
¾ Cups Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
1 Cups Coconut (Unsweetened)

Place all ingredients into a large bowl. Blend until well combined. Pour into a greased (I used Pam), 9" pie dish and bake at 350 degrees for approx. 1 hour or until set well.

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