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Volume III No. 6
March 15, 2005
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In this issue:
Quote of the Week
Seeing All Your Challenges, Conquered
Three Awesome Ways to Avoid an Argument
Taking Time to Think and Plan
How to Take it to the Next Level
Unleashing The Warrior Within
Obstacles, Be Gone!
To Your Health!
Something to Do About
Tools for Your Success
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"You can do more than you think ... when you choose to believe."
Seeing All of Your Challenges Conquered
What happens when you conquer or meet a challenge? How do you feel? How do you move? You feel an incredible sense of mastery and victory, don't you? Try this. Visualize all of your forthcoming challenges, mastered. Actually see yourself conquering them, in advance. The fact is, you will never get to the next level until you first see yourself at the next level. So, if there is a quarterly report in your future, clearly see yourself writing it with ease and then presenting it to your supervisor two days early. Hear the words of praise; and see the smile on their face.
Three Awesome Ways to Avoid an Argument
Listen - Listening to your speaker during a heated argument is one of the most challenging things you'll ever do. Especially when you believe the information is inaccurate or the speaker is speaking to you in a vindictive voice tone. Clear your mind of all distractions and concentrate on information that you don't already have. Nod your head occasionally to affirm that you are listening. And, always place your need to understand, before your desire to be understood.
Avoid Adding Fuel to the Fire - Eliminate making statements such as: "I'm sorry, but what you're saying makes absolutely no sense at all." Or, "If you would just calm down for a minute, maybe I could explain..." Statements like these only intensify the core of frustration or anger. Instead, go "old school." Bite your tongue when you find yourself tempted to say anything that may be perceived to be condescending.
Flip the Script - OK. This technique requires skills. If your speaker is livid and "lashing out irrationally," he's reacting from the right side (the emotional side) of his brain. Aim to alter his emotional state and get him to the other side, as smoothly and quickly as possible. To do this successfully, you must interrupt his current focus and pattern of communication. First, say his name. Then, immediately ask for clarification. People instinctively respond from a slightly calmer emotional state when they hear their own names. Then, with composure, speak numerically. For example:
"Stephen. Let me make sure I understand. You're saying, number one; when I don't return your keys to the place where I found them, it irks you to no end. Two, it puts you in a position where you lose 10, 15, 30 minutes of your day - or even more - when I don't. And three, you're asking is it really that difficult to complete one, simple routine. Is that accurate?"
In order to follow the sequence of numbers you just laid out, Stephen has to flip his own script, to the calmer. Why? Because his brain hears numbers! That means, the right side automatically enlists the left side to take over. The left side is the rational side of our brain. It handles numbers, logic and of the like. Stephen is now in a solution-oriented, state of mind.
Taking Time to Think and Plan
To be successful in any endeavor, you must make the time to think and plan. What are your priorities? What's important now? Answer these questions on paper. Then, work consistently, confidently and competently, until you achieve all of your objectives.
How to Take It to the Next Level
If your goal is to take it to the next level, you must first see yourself at the next level. If your next level is maintaining a permanently organized office, see yourself as an organized, office manager. Raise your thoughts and expectations so they reflect what you desire. Create and affirm a powerful statement fueled with positive energy. Say it - or even sing it - hourly. This will catapult you in the direction you want to go. Then, each and every day, do what an organized office manager does. Use your vision to take you anywhere you want to be.
Unleashing the Warrior Within
Funny, the day I walked into the navy recruiter's office...
"There's no way you can be a SEAL. I know. Trust me," he said with a dismissive laugh. "You're not SEAL material. You're too small, too skinny...
"Sir, I'm going to be a SEAL."
"There's no way. Period. I bet you $100,000 dollars right now; there's no way you could be a SEAL."
"Sir. I'll take that bet, sir," I replied.
And if could find him now, I'd tell him to pay up...
-Excerpt from "Unleashing The Warrior Within," by Richard J. Machowicz
(Hyperion, Publisher). Mr. Machowicz is a 10 year veteran of the Navy SEALs - the premier special operations military unit in the United States and arguably, the world. In his book, "Unleashing The Warrior Within," Machowicz takes the winning attitude and mental skills he learned in the service, and helps you make your goals a reality.
Obstacles, Be Gone!
The obstacles which block us from what we truly desire exist only in our minds. When we remove the obstacles inside, we remove the obstacles outside. When we remove the obstacles outside, we eliminate all of the limitations in our life. Isn't that what achieving is all about?
To Your Health
Milk Does a Body Lean!
Researchers at Virginia Tech University recently discovered that drinking low-fat or no-fat milk immediately after a workout can increase lean, muscle tissue. In a ten-week study, those who drank low fat or no-fat milk after a long, sweaty workout developed twice the amount of lean muscle mass than those who drank other beverages. Study author, Janet Walberg-Rankin, Ph. D; credits the healthy blend of muscle-building protein and fat-burning calcium.
A Key Strategy for Burning Calories faster
Resistance Training! It's the "use it or lose it" principle. Muscle is one of your body's most precious resources. After your 30th birthday - and without absolutely, any interference from you - you lose 1% of your muscle mass every year. That means, if you could lift your 40 pound child at the age of 30, by the time you have grandchildren, at age 60, you will only be able to lift them if they weigh 28 pounds or less. Muscle is your body's fat burning furnace. The less muscle mass you carry now, the more fat you will accumulate over the years. Muscle helps the integrity of your joints and provides good insulation against the cold. If you increase muscle mass, even slightly, you increase caloric burn. And, not only while you exercise; but while you eat, sleep and think.
About the Author
Karin Peterson is a Wellness Coach, and is certified by The American College of Sports Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Garlic contains a concentrated amount of sulfur. It takes cutting, mashing, or bruising to convert these thiosulfonates into strong-smelling phytochemicals. Both garlic and onions have a long history of use as antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial agents. Recent scientific study, however, has concentrated on the cardiovascular benefits of garlic. According to the German Commission E therapeutic monographs, garlic supports the cardiovascular system by lowering blood lipids, preventing platelet aggregation, prolonging clotting time, lowering blood pressure and preventing age-related vascular changes.
Garlic appears effective against several forms of cancer, especially stomach cancer. Garlic kills Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that can cause stomach cancer. Researchers also suggest that garlic blocks tumor growth, boosts the immune system's resistance to cancer and deactivates chemical, bacterial and viral toxins that promote cancer.
"Garlic Cloves," Therapeutic Monographs on Medicinal Plants for Human Use (German commission E Monographs) by Mark Blumenthal, et al. ($49.95, American Botanical Council, 1999)
Something to Do About
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