Sunday, November 14th, 2004

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by: Brian Tracy

Achieving your own happiness is the best measure of how well you are living your life and enjoying your relationships. You can learn how to be happier and more fulfilled in everything you do.

Happiness in life is like a smorgasbord. If 100 people went to a smorgasbord and each put food on their plate in the quantity and mix that each felt would be most pleasing to him, every plate would be different. Even a husband and wife would go up to the smorgasbord and come back with plates that looked completely different. Happiness is the same way. Each person requires a particular combination of those ingredients to feel the very best about himself or herself.

And your mix is changing continually. If you went to the same smorgasbord every day for a year, you probably would come back with a different plateful of food each time. Each day-sometimes each hour-only you can tell what it takes to make you happy. Therefore, the only way to judge whether a job, a relationship, an investment, or any decision, is right for you is to get in touch with your feelings and listen to your heart.

You’re true to yourself only when you follow your inner light, when you listen to what Ralph Waldo Emerson called the “still, small voice within.” You’re being the very best person you can be only when you have the courage and the fortitude to allow your definition of happiness, whatever it may be, to be the guiding light of every part of your life.

A very important point on the subject of happiness is whether or not you feel that you “deserve” to be happy.

Accept the notion that you deserve all the happiness you can honestly attain through the application of your talents and abilities. The more you like and respect yourself, the more deserving you will feel of the good things in life. And the more deserving you feel, the more likely you will attain and hold on to the happiness you are working toward.

You should make happiness the organizing principle of your life. Compare every possible action and decision you make against your standard of happiness to see whether that action would make you happier or unhappier. Soon, you will discover that almost all of the problems in your life come from choices that you have made - or are currently making - that do not contribute to your happiness.

Of course, there are countless times when you will have to do little things that don’t make you happy along the way toward those larger things that make you very happy indeed. We call this paying the price of success in advance. You must pay your dues.

Sometimes these interim steps don’t make you happy directly, but the happiness you achieve from attaining your goal will be so great that it totally overwhelms the temporary inconveniences and dissatisfactions you have to endure in order to get there.

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

First, accept that you deserve all the joy and happiness you can possibly achieve through your own efforts.

Second, make your own happiness the chief organizing principle of your life and judge everything against that standard.

Third, be willing to work hard and pay the price for the satisfaction and rewards you desire. Always go the extra mile and your success will be assured.

Excellent & Easy Stretches

“Most people find it easiest to stretch when the body is toasty after an aerobic workout.”

Flexibility is probably the most overlooked part of any exercise program. When we're young, we're naturally flexible, but as we age our muscles, tendons and ligaments yield and stretch less easily. Be sure to add stretching to your exercise program.

General Guidelines for Stretching:

Warm up first. Walk or jog lightly for at least 5 minutes to get the blood flowing into your muscles before you stretch. Most people find it easiest to stretch when the body is toasty after an aerobic workout. Be sure to include stretching following your warm up and again following your cool down once your workout is complete. This practice will increase your flexibility and reduce your risk of injury.

Hit every muscle. Stretch all major muscle groups, including your back, chest, legs, and shoulders. The exercises below will show you how.

Give it five minutes minimum. Five to 20 minutes each day is recommended.

Go slow. Never bounce while stretching. Instead, hold each stretch for up to 30 seconds to let the muscles release fully. Repeat each stretch two to three times.

Get support. When holding a stretch, support your limbs at the joint. For example, when stretching your hamstring by lying on your back with one leg extended upward, hold your leg with your hands directly behind the knee joint for support.

Stretch some more. During your strength training workout, stretch after each exercise to allow more muscle fibers to pitch in for the exercise following the stretch.

Basic Stretching Routine:

Back - Extend arms straight in front of you at shoulder height. Intertwine your fingers, then turn your palms facing outward (away from your body). Press out through your arms. Let your chin fall to your chest as you exhale. You should feel the stretch in the upper back. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat.

Chest - Stand facing a wall. Reach arm out to wall at shoulder height with palm against wall and thumb up, arm extended straight. Turn your body away from your extended arm. You should feel the stretch on the front side of your armpit and across the front of your chest. Hold 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.

Shoulder - Standing or sitting, take your right arm in your left hand and bring it across the chest, supporting the joint by holding it behind the elbow. Pull lightly on the elbow. You should feel the stretch in your right shoulder. Hold 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.

Calf - Take three steps away from a wall. Turn around and face the wall. Stand straight, with toes, hips, and shoulders all facing the wall. Step with your right leg in toward the wall, bending your right knee and keeping your left leg straight. Extend arms out; with palms forward, reach out to the wall and let your body fall toward the wall, arms straight. Keep toes forward and heels down. Lean your body into the wall with your left leg straight behind your body. You should feel the stretch in the left calf. Hold 30 seconds. Switch sides.

Quadriceps - Stand straight with toes, hips and shoulders all facing forward. Lift your left foot off the ground, bending the knee as if you're trying to kick your bottom with your heel. Stand straight, do not lean forward at the hips. Grab and hold your ankle with your left hand and keep standing straight. If you cannot reach your ankle while standing, wrap a towel around your ankle and hold the top of the towel. You should feel this stretch in the left thigh. Hold 30 seconds. Switch sides.

Hamstring - Lie flat on your back, and raise your left leg straight above you at 90 degrees, keeping your right leg flat on the floor. (If it's more comfortable or if you have lower back trouble, you can bend your right knee and put your right foot on the floor.) Hold your left leg with your hands right behind the knee for support. Pull slightly with your hands toward your head to feel a stretch along the back of your thigh. Hold 30 seconds. Switch sides.

Keeping yourself hydrated before and after stretching is critical. 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 stretching.

Review and Recommit

"Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Just think: When we are driving, we know where we want to go and we plot out our route. When we plan and prepare a meal, we follow a recipe and monitor the food as it cooks.

How much attention do we give to planning the direction of our lives?

Taking the time to review our quality of life gives us a chance to re-evaluate what we are doing and where we want to go. It lets us fine-tune our direction, to ensure we are on track for what we most want.

Stop and think about your last 6 months. What did you learn? What would you like to do differently? Where do you want to recommit?

"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."

-- A. A. Milne

"Always have a plan, and believe in it. Nothing happens by accident."

-- Chuck Knox

All Natural Sugar Free Cream Cheese Pastry
(makes 5 servings)

Skill Level: Easy

3 Eggs -- Room Temp - Reserve 1/2 Yolk For Filling
¼ Tsp. Cream Of Tartar
¼ Cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
3 Tbs. Ricotta Cheese

4 Ounces Cream Cheese
½ Egg Yolk Reserved From Pastry
¼ Cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
¼ Tsp. Vanilla

Separate eggs carefully,reserving 1/2 yolk for the filling.
Whip whites till very stiff with cream of tartar.
Mix the remaining yolks, cinnamon, cheese and Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
until smooth.
Fold yolk mixture into beaten whites and portion into 6 mounds on a buttered cookie sheet, make make an indentation in the of each roll to hold filling.

Microwave cream cheese until soft enough to stir into a smooth pasty consistency.
Add remaining ingredients to cream cheese and stir until smooth.
Fill each roll on the cookie sheet with filling.

Bake 40 minutes in a 300 degree oven. Bake until golden brown

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