Sunday, November 21st, 2004

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by: Brian Tracy

Everyone wants to be physically healthy. You want to be mentally healthy as well. The true measure of “mental fitness” is how optimistic you are about yourself and your life.

In this newsletter, you learn how to control your thinking in very specific ways so that you feel terrific about yourself and your situation, no matter what happens.

There are three basic differences in the reactions of optimists and pessimists. The first difference is that the optimist sees a setback as temporary, while the pessimist sees it as permanent. The optimist sees an unfortunate event, such as an order that falls through or a sales call that fails, as a temporary event, something that is limited in time and that has no real impact on the future. The pessimist, on the other hand, sees negative events as permanent, as part of life and destiny.

The second difference between the optimist and the pessimist is that the optimist sees difficulties as specific, while the pessimist sees them as pervasive. This means that when things go wrong for the optimist, he looks at the event as an isolated incident largely disconnected from other things that are going on in his life.

For example, if something you were counting on failed to materialize and you interpreted it to yourself as being an unfortunate event, but something that happens in the course of life and business, you would be reacting like an optimist. The pessimist, on the other hand, sees disappointments as being pervasive. That is, to him they are indications of a problem or shortcoming that pervades every area of life.

The third difference between optimists and pessimists is that optimists see events as external, while pessimists interpret events as personal. When things go wrong, the optimist will tend to see the setback as resulting from external factors over which one has little control.

If the optimist is cut off in traffic, for example, instead of getting angry or upset, he will simply downgrade the importance of the event by saying something like, “Oh, well, I guess that person is just having a bad day.”

The pessimist on the other hand, has a tendency to take everything personally. If the pessimist is cut off in traffic, he will react as though the other driver has deliberately acted to upset and frustrate him.

The hallmark of the fully mature, fully functioning, self-actualizing personality is the ability to be objective and unemotional when caught up in the inevitable storms of daily life. The superior person has the ability to continue talking to himself in a positive and optimistic way, keeping his mind calm, clear and completely under control. The mature personality is more relaxed and aware and capable of interpreting events more realistically and less emotionally than is the immature personality. As a result, the mature person exerts a far greater sense of control and influence over his environment, and is far less likely to be angry, upset, or distracted.

Look upon the inevitable setbacks that you face as being temporary, specific and external. View the negative situation as a single event that is not connected to other potential events and that is caused largely by external factors over which you can have little control. Simply refuse to see the event as being in any way permanent, pervasive or indicative of personal incompetence of inability.

Resolve to think like an optimist, no matter what happens. You may not be able to control events but you can control the way you react to them.

Now, here are three actions you can take immediately to put these ideas into action.

First, remind yourself continually that setbacks are only temporary, they will soon be past and nothing is as serious as you think it is.

Second, look upon each problem as a specific event, not connected to other events and not indicative of a pattern of any kind. Deal with it and get on with your life.

Third, recognize that when things go wrong, they are usually caused by a variety of external events. Say to yourself, “What can’t be cured must be endured,” and then get back to thinking about your goals.

Six Great Ab Exercises That Will Battle The Bulge

1. Range-of-Motion Crunches
Come almost back to the starting point to complete each rep of a set of crunches, but don´t go all the way to the floor and release the tension on your abs. Hold and squeeze your abs for a second or two at the top of the movement. Use full range of motion for fewer repetitions instead of pumping hundreds that only move a few inches.

2. Vertical Leg Crunch
Want to get more out of your crunches? Do them with your legs straight up. Contract your abs to curl your torso up while you extend your arms toward your feet.

3. Vacuum
The vacuum is an old abdominal exercise where you just suck in your stomach and hold it for a couple of seconds. Some of the old time bodybuilders were very impressive with this one as a pose. You can use it for a little extra ab conditioning now and then just about wherever you are.

4. Better Crunches
For exercising abs, it is good to do crunches with your back on the ground, your thighs perpendicular to the ground, and your calves parallel to the ground. Then lift keeping your back straight, hold for a few seconds, and lower slowly. As you do this, breathe out when lifting yourself, then in when lowering back to the floor.

5. Try Bench Crunches
Try the bench crunch for a challenging ab workout. Lie on your back with your lower legs on a bench, knees bent 90 degrees. With your lower back on the floor, cross your arms over your chest and curl up slowly, raising your shoulder blades off the floor.

6. Negative Sit ups
Try negative sit ups for a good ab workout. Start in a sitting position on the floor or an ab bench, knees bent and feet on the floor. Contract your abs and keep them tight while you lower yourself slowly, curling down back first until you´re lying on the floor, or until you lose control. Push yourself back up and repeat.

Keeping yourself hydrated during your ab work out will make it even more effective. 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, starting working those abs.

Trust in Abundance

"Once, when we were discussing a world peace project with my teacher, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, somebody asked him, ‘Where is all the money going to come from?’ And he replied without hesitation, ‘From wherever it is at the moment.’"

-- Deepak Chopra

How can you open to greater trust that you’ll always have what you need?

Fear, doubt, anxiety and disbelief all serve to repel abundance from us. Faith, love and gratitude for the gifts of our lives keep energy and abundance flowing. The more we trust in our well being, the more it will be realized.

"Manifestation is an act of trust. It is the soul pouring itself out into its world, like a fisherman casting a net to gather in the fish he seeks; with each cast properly made, we will bring what we need to us, but first we must hurl ourselves into the depths without knowing just what lies beneath us."

-- David Spangler

All Natural Sugar Free Linzern Torte Bars
(makes 5 servings)

Skill Level: Easy

1 ½ Cups Almond Flour (Or Hazelnut Or Walnut)
3 Tbs. Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
½ Cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
1 Cup Bake Mix
1Tsp. Baking Powder
½ Tsp. Cinnamon
1/8 Tsp. Ground Cloves
1/8 Tsp. Salt
¾ Cup Butter -- Room Temp
¾ Tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Egg Yolks
4 Tbs. Fruit Only Preserves Apricot -- Or Raspberry Or Strawberry

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 9" square baking pan with aluminum foil. Butter the foil.

Stir together the Nut Flour and 3 Tbs Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder.
In a separate bowl, sift together bake mix, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set both mixtures aside.

Combine the butter, ½ cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and the vanilla in a large bowl. Using and electric mixer set on high speed, beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and beat until fluffy. Reduce the speed to low and add the nut and flour mixtures and mix until just blended.

Spread 1 ¾ cup of the batter into the prepared pan. Top with a thin layer of preserves, leaving a ½ inch border. Spoon the remaining batter into a pastry bag fitted with a ¼" plain tip. Pipe the batter in a lattice patter atop the preserves.

Refrigerate for 20 min.

Bake until the preserves begin to bubble and the crust is just firm to the touch, about 40 min. let cool in pan on wire rack. Using the foil, lift the sheet from the pan. Peel back the foil sides.

Cut into 20 squares.
Sprinkle a little Steviva Brand Stevia Blend on top.

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