Wednesday, February 29, 2012


If setting goals is important in life, here are steps in setting SMART Goals...


SMART Goals is an easy way to remember the steps to setting goals.

'S' stands for 'Specific'
'M' stands for 'Measurable'
'A' stands for 'Achievable'
'R' stands for 'Relevant'
'T' stands for 'Time Bounded'

These are the components that make up a SMART Goal.


Your goals must be clear enough so that a 7 year old child will know exactly what you want.

By answering the following questions you will have more clarity as to what you really want to accomplish and why.

What is it that I want to accomplish?

What do I want to be, do and/or have once I have accomplished my goal.

Why do I want to accomplish this goal?

Or a better question would be:

What is the motivating factor behind wanting to achieve my goal?
(Be specific and it must be personal. It is a lot harder to motivate yourself if you are trying to accomplish somebody else's goal, unless it becomes your goal too.)

Who needs to help me in pursuit of my goal?

Write down the people, groups, companies, organizations, etc. you need to allign yourself with in order to achieve your goal.


All goals should be measurable.

For example, if you want to lose weight, you should know how many pounds you need to lose in order to reach your goal, and how much you want to weigh.

If you want to take it to the next level, you would know exactly how much body fat (BF) you want to lose and how many pounds of lean body mass (LBM) you want to gain.


In order for you to feel your goal is achievable, you must have a 50% chance of reaching it.

If you are new to goal setting, you may want to start with a goal that is at least 70% achievable, and then increase the difficulty level from there.

If you have been achieving goals for a while you may want to take on a goal that has only a 30% chance of success.

The bottom line is that if you, in your heart, feel that you can achieve it (through focus, hard work and discipline) then you increase your chance of being victorious.


Your goals should be relevant to you. You can't enthusiastically achieve somebody else's goal. But you can enthusiastically achieve a goal that inspires you and motivates you in to action.

When you think about relevance, think about your motive for achieving the goal. Be like a lawyer and grill yourself to see if there is a motive for achieving what you think you want.

If you can't come up with a good enough reason to achieve your goal, then find a new one that motivates you in to action.

Time Bounded

Your goal should have a time for completion. If your goal is to lose weight and you haven't given it a deadline for completion, then it is merely a wish.

On the other hand, if you say by December 31 of this year, I will lose 10 pounds of body fat and gain 5 pounds of lean body mass. Now you have a clear time line for your goal.

I hope this SMART Goal Method helps you in achieving all of your life's dreams.

Remember, it is Smart to use SMART Goals.

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Monday, February 27, 2012


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." ~ Thomas A. Edison

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"Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones."~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Confidence thrives on honesty, honor, sacredness of obligations, faithful protection & on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live

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"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." ~ #MartinLutherKing Jr.

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"Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again."~ Ovid

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"Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are." -- Muhammad Ali

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Avoid curry, hurry and worry by Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya
(Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees .
The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?

1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?

Ans: No

Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy persongets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?

Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?

Ans: Yes

Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?

Ans: Change your attitude towards lif e. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints

Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?

Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient

Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

Ans: Extremely rare

Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age
(I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?

Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?

Ans: Yoga helps.

Qn: Which is the best and wo rst food for the heart?

Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?

Ans: All oils are bad .

Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?

Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position , place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?

Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.

Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, s edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Eur opeans and Americans.

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?

Ans: Yes.

Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?

Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child
Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?

Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?

Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?

Ans : No.

Qn: How would you define junk food?

Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?

Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?

Ans : No.

Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?

Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and l ow hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?

Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?

Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the ac t of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?

Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control chol esterol, BP, weight.

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?

Ans : No.

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?

Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pr essure by walk, diet to
reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?

Ans : No.

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?

Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45.(Present Global census show that the Percentage of heart di sease in women has increased than in men )
Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?

Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food and non-veg, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) ....

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Add a little spice to your life and take risk... by Bob Proctor

When you were growing up, how often did you hear the words, "It's better to be safe than sorry"? Probably too often, especially when you became aware that most people who played it safe ended up sorry. It is the risk takers who generally end up winners!

How many people do you know who have passed up a magnificent opportunity because they might have had to mortgage their house or quit the job they had held for a number of years. Rather than step out boldly, they stepped back into safety.

Abraham Maslow said you will either step forward into growth or step back into safety. He also advised us if you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.

I am not suggesting that you become irresponsible, which is quite different from taking risks, although I will agree it is a fine line that separates the two.

The opposite of taking a risk is, of course, playing it safe. The latter would probably be a reasonable way of life for seventy or eighty years if you had a contract to live for a thousand years. Playing it safe is a pretty dull way to live and you end up looking back on your life wondering what would have happened if you had done this or tried that.

People who play it safe are generally not very exciting. In fact, they would probably border on being very boring. On a scale of one to ten as a risk taker, where do you stand?

Add a little spice to your life today and take a risk. Remember, if you play it safe you may end up sorry.

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"Die to Live" but not "Live to Die"; "Eat to Live" but not "Live to Eat"; "Live to Love" but not "Love to Live" and say some more.... #quote

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Saturday, February 25, 2012


Cancer treatment is about making money...provoking thoughts by Rick Cantrell

Cancer treatment is about making money...provoking thoughts

I posted this article, which may have some provoking thoughts:

The below is absolutely 100% true and as a doctor I have been telling people this for 15 years now. No one wants to listen. Folks need to wake up. Cancer treatment is about making money. It is a 120 billion dollar a year industry in the United States alone and estimated to be a 600 billion dollar a year industry worldwide.

A successful cancer case according to the American Cancer Society and the American College of Oncology and Hematology means that the person survives for 5 years. Both the American Cancer Society and the American College of Oncology and Hematology admit that a person is likely to survive cancer for 7 to 10 years even if they do absolutely NOTHING. Of course, only the doctors get those magazines - not you, the cancer patient.

Alternative medicine's track record of curing cancer is 10 times higher than that of conventional medicine. Note that I say CURE.

Remember another thing. A TUMOR is just a symptom. It is not the cause of cancer.

Science is cause and effect. Remove the cause and the effect disappears.

I am in my third battle with cancer right now. I have not done any chemotherapy or radiation or surgery for any of my bouts with cancer. I survived leukemia, I survived Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and now I have Glioblastoma which is supposedly an incurable form of brain cancer. I was given two months to live 5 months ago.

I have been using Chinese herbs, high doses of vitamin C, acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and nutritional changes. Yes, at first it got worse. It had metastasized to my lymph nodes, my lungs and my bones. As of this week, I am happy to say that there is no evidence now of any cancer in my lymph system or my bones. I had 6 tumors in my lungs, now there are only two. The tumors in my brain have shrunken tremendously. I never did any of their chemo, radiation or surgery.

Here is a very interesting statistic that you can only have access to by being a doctor. Every year more than 1,000 doctors oncologists (cancer doctors) are diagnosed with cancer. Less than 10% of them choose to do the treatment that they have been giving to their patients. Sort of like the fact that less than 25% of all pediatricians vaccinate their own children because of the fact that the risk of sudden death or serious side effects from the vaccination is higher than the risk of catching the disease one is being vaccinated for. This is not bullshit people - it is truth.

Medicine is about money, not about your health and the system traps people, especially the elderly, disabled and poor into a deadly treatment regime that puts them in an early grave. Meanwhile, all the jet set billionaires are flying off to Europe and paying big bucks for alternative treatments and getting cured.

Does alternative medicine work all the time? No. Of course not. Nothing works all the time. But there is a reason for that. You don't die until it's your time to die. Nothing can make you live longer than that time.

However quality of life comes into play. Those cancer patients who use alternative therapies for their cancer, yet still die from the illness, suffer a much higher quality of life. They die able to spend time with their families and even recognize their family members. They don't become emaciated like those who do chemotherapy or radiation do and rarely is a person who goes under the treatment of chemotherapy able to recognize anyone for the last few days of their lives. Their bodies become ravaged to the point that you can't even recognize them either. They suffer at a much much higher rate and they have one let down after another as doctors tell them, ahhh - it's looking good, only to tell them on the next visit it's looking worse, you need more chemo and radiation.

What is criminal about this is that YOUR DOCTORS KNOW THIS SHIT.

I took an oath as a physician. I have always followed it. That has certainly not made me successful financially as a doctor because I have consistently refused to go along with conventional medicine's bullshit.

Read the below carefully. It may indeed make a difference in your life.

Rick Cantrell, PhD, MD, PsyD


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins :

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer
cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have
multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients
that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after
treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the
cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a
person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer
cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and
forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing
diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day
and by including supplements will strengthen the immune

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing
cancer cells and alsodestroys rapidly-growing healthy cells
in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can
cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7.. Radiation whiledestroying cancer cells also burns, scars
and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of
chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from
chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either
compromised or destroyed, hence the person cansuccumb
to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to
mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy.
Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer
cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are
made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural
substitute would beManuka honey or molasses , but only in
very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make
it white in color Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea

B. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting
off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer
cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in anacid environment. A meat-based
diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other
meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock
antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all
harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole
grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into
an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked
food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live
enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to
cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building
healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most
vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw
vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at
temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high
caffeine Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer
fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or
filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap
water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the
intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By
refraining from or eating less meat it frees more
enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and
allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system
(IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals,
EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy
cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known
to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's
normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit.
A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior
be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put
the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to
have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated
environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to
get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen
therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave..

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.

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Friday, February 24, 2012


There is a #treasure in each and every one of us.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us.

A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the
caves, he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay
balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left
them out in the sun to bake.

They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so
he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled
along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time
out into the ocean as far as he could.

He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay
balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful,
precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay
balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands
of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had

Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He
had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls, with their
hidden treasure, into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands
of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of
thousands but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even
ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't
look like much from the outside. It isn't always beautiful
or sparkling, so we discount it.

We see that person as less important than someone more
beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have
not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that
person. There is a treasure in each and every one of us.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012


The Six Principles of Performance by Zig Ziglar

The Six Principles of Performance by Zig Ziglar

1. We generally get from ourselves and others what we expect. It is a huge fact that you will either live up or down to your own expectations. If you expect to lose, you will. If you expect to be average, you will be average. If you expect to feel bad, you probably will. If you expect to feel great, nothing will slow you down. And what is true for you is true for others. Your expectations for others will become what they deliver and achieve. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

2. The difference between good and excellent companies is training. The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is to not train them and keep them! A football team would not be very successful if they did not train, practice, and prepare for their opponents. When you think of training as practice and preparation, it makes you wonder how businesses survive that do not make significant training investments in their people.

3. Actually, companies that do not train their people and invest in their ability don’t last. They operate from a competitive disadvantage and are eventually gobbled up and defeated in the marketplace. If you want to improve and move from good to excellent, a good training strategy will be the key to success.

4. You find what you look for in life. If you look for the good things in life, you will find them. If you look for opportunities to grow and prosper, you will find them. If you look for positive, enthusiastic friends and associates who will support you, you will find them. On the other hand, if you look for ways to cheat, you will cheat. If you look for ways to justify leaving your spouse, you will find them. If you look for justifiable reasons to hold a grudge against another person, you will find those, too. It is a natural tendency of us all to look for things that will justify what we think we need or want. If you are not living by the foundation stones of honesty, character, integrity, faith, love, and loyalty, you will be drawn to seeking selfish gratification, and that leads to misery and unfulfilled dreams. Whatever you have will never be enough. Always look for the good and for ways to help others.

5. Never make a promise without a plan. Far too many people make promises they can never keep. They may have the best intentions in the world to keep their promise, but if they have not made a plan to keep it, they will not be able to do it. Business leaders who make promises to their employees will not honor them if they do not create a plan on how the promises will be kept. If you make a future commitment, you must understand and be willing to do whatever it takes to complete that commitment. One of the reasons marriage commitments fail so frequently is because the husband and wife do not understand what it takes to have a great marriage. They do not plan for or understand the sacrifices each must make for the other to enable a long-lasting relationship.

6. Happiness, joy, and gratitude are universal if we know what to look for. I believe you can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. All people want happiness and joy in their life, but you have to know what produces real happiness and how to do the things that produce it. The moment you begin to worry about the things you want and the things you don’t have in life is the moment you will lose your gratitude for what you actually have. If you are ungrateful, you will never be satisfied or content or joyful about your life. The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times.

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Words Can Make a Difference by Zig Ziglar

Words Can Make a Difference by Zig Ziglar

As a youngster I heard a little rhyme which said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." That's untrue. Words can give us hope and encouragement, or they can break our spirits and dash our hopes.

It has been said that one picture is worth ten thousand words, but the person who said that had obviously never read the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence or the 23rd Psalm. They'd never read Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," or the impassioned pleas of Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill or Patrick Henry. Those words changed the course of history and gave individuals and nations hope for a better future.

Charles Osgood said, "Compared to the spoken word, a picture is a pitiful thing indeed." For example, a father who was attending a three-day seminar with his teenage son stood up and, for the first time in the boy's memory, said, "I love you, Son, and I'm proud of you." A joyous, tear-filled coming together was the result of that father uttering those words. Yes, our words have awesome power.

In the business community, a service representative could respond to a question by saying, "I'll have to get back to you with the answer," or "I'll be happy to get back to you with the answer." In describing a friend someone could say, "She is a bright, attractive, ambitious, hard-working woman, but she wears glasses." The connotation is obviously negative. They could say, "She is a bright, attractive, ambitious, hard-working woman and she wears glasses." What a difference one word can make!

Yes, the changing of words changes the thought. Thought leads us into either positive or negative action. Needless to say, the right words produce the right thoughts, which produce the right action which produce good results. Think about it. Use the right words.

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Memory Tips by Ron White

Memory Tips by Ron White

Some of the memory training tips that I can give you are very simple and others are a little bit more involved. Let’s start off with the basics.

1. Sleep is critical for your memory. When I competed in the World Memory Championships in 2009, I was incredibly sleep deprived. The event was in London and I was fighting jet lag in a serious way. I can memorize a deck of cards in about 1 minutes and 30 seconds fairly routinely. However, in the event for ‘How many cards can you recall in one hour?’ I didn’t get one pack! I was so tired; I got very sleepy and made a series of mistakes that cost me any decent score at all. Sleep, sleep and sleep!

2. Good nutrition and exercise are keys to a top-performing memory. There are specific foods that will help your memory, such as spinach and blueberries because of their antioxidants. Omega-3 fish oil pills are also helpful to your memory.

3. Trust your memory! One of the best tips I received from World Memory Champion Ben Pridmore was to trust my memory. I would tell him that I could memorize a deck of cards in about 2 minutes and I wanted to get faster. His advice to me was to trust my memory more. He said, ‘Go faster and just trust that your memory will remember it.’ That was precious advice to me as I became the national memory champion.

4. Stop negative self-talk! I hear so many people say, ‘I am terrible with names,’ ’I am a bad test taker,’ ’My memory is terrible.’ STOP THAT! STOP THAT! What you tell yourself about your memory will make a difference! Instead, say, ‘I find it easy to remember names and faces,’ ‘I have a good memory,’ ‘I am a good test taker.’ Yes, I know, it sounds as corny as all get-out, but it works. Are you more concerned about sounding corny or getting results?

5. Learn the memory method of loci, also known as the journey method. My memory system, Memory in a Month, explains this in a very straightforward way and, in my humble opinion, is one of the best memory training products on the market.

So there you have it—a few memory training tips that should help you to improve your memory. My goal is that you see dramatic improvement in your memory power and in turn I know it will impact your self-confidence and every area of your life

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Become a Good Observer by Jim Rohn

Become a Good Observer by Jim Rohn

We must never allow a day to pass without finding the answers to a list of important questions such as: What is going on in our industry? What new challenges are currently facing our government? Our community? Our neighborhood? What are the new breakthroughs, the new opportunities, the new tools and techniques that have recently come to light? Who are the new personalities that are influencing world and local opinion?
We must become good observers and astute evaluators of all that is going on around us. All events affect us, and what affects us leaves an imprint on what we will one day be and how we will one day live.

One of the major reasons why people are not doing well is because they keep trying to get through the day. A more worthy challenge is to try to get from the day. We must become sensitive enough to observe and ponder what is happening around us. Be alert. Be awake. Let life and all of its subtle messages touch us. Often, the most extraordinary opportunities are hidden among the seemingly insignificant events of life. If we do not pay attention to these events, we can easily miss the opportunities.

So be a good observer of both life and the world around you.

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Lead Your Life by Example By Colin Powell

Lead Your Life by Example By Colin Powell

One way to improve yourself is to learn from someone who already is living an extraordinary life.

Inspire others. "I do try to inspire," and inspiring goes beyond motivating. People must feel that their efforts matter.

Don't be afraid. "We all make mistakes. What you do with a failure is study it and see what you did wrong, what you did to fail in the situation. Once you've analyzed it and learned from it, roll that mistake up and throw it over your shoulder [and move on]."

Be honest. Colin Powell demanded honesty from his subordinates and encouraged their opinions whether they agreed or dissented, according to Soldier, Karen DeYoung's biography. But when the decision was made, he expected his team members to embrace it as if it had been their own.

Exercise empathy. "I try to be empathetic, trying to see the other person's point of view. In the military, I tried to understand soldiers. In diplomatic life, when I was trying to work on a problem with a foreign minister, I would try to see what he wanted, not just what I wanted. I tried to see what we both would need" to make progress to benefit both sides.

Go with your gut. "We do not have the luxury of collecting information indefinitely. At some point, before we can have every possible fact in hand, we have to decide," Powell writes, saying that he goes with his gut feeling when he has acquired 40 to 70 percent of the information about a situation.

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I Can't Hide My Feelings by Shawnecia Boe

I just want to be with you,
baby no one else will do.
I know I say I love you often,
but every word I say is true.
You made me realize
that every boy is not always the same.
I wrote your name in my heart,
and forever it will stay.
I know we have are ups and downs,
but no relationship is perfect.
And by the end of the argument
the confrontation wasn't even worth it.
People try to break us every day,
over and over again.
I don't let it get to me
because I know who has won in the end.
I love your smile,
your intelligence,
and everything you do.
I thank god faithfully
that he sent you.
 - Shawnecia Boe
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Monday, February 13, 2012


The Story of Paul, Philemon & Onesimus - Tom Irvine

The New Testament contains a short book called Philemon.

Here is a summary:

Paul introduces himself as a prisoner of Jesus Christ. Paul was under
house arrest in Rome at this time.

Paul and Timothy greet Philemon as a dearly beloved fellow-laborer.

Philemon lived in Colossae.

Onesimus had been Philemon's slave. Onesimus had run away and may
have stolen some money from his master.

He then met Paul. Paul taught the gospel Onesimus, who then became a
Christian as well as a servant to Paul.

Paul regards Onesimus as his son (verse 10).

Paul asks Philemon in a letter to forgive Onesimus and to accept him
as a fellow Christian and as a beloved brother (verses 15-16)

Paul then sent Onesimus back to Philemon. Paul offered to pay Philemon
for any debts that Onesimus owed to Philemon. (verses 18-19).

Paul expresses his desire to visit Philemon after his imprisonment (verse 22).

Paul closes

[25] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen

* * *

There are several important lessons in this epistle.

Onesimus represents each of us in this story. This story symbolizes
the great atoning sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us.

We are all rather unprofitable servants as was Onesimus. We are
slaves of sin when we do wrong (John 8:34). We may also be slaves to

We may all at one time run away from the Lord as Onesimus fled from
Philemon. But we can still repent and turn our hearts to Jesus Christ
even when we are far away from him.

Paul regarded Onesimus as his son. We become sons and daughters of
Jesus Christ when we are spiritually reborn.

Paul offered to pay for the debts of Onesimus. Jesus Christ has paid
for our eternal debts through his great atoning sacrifice in the
Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross at Calvary.

The story also teaches us the importance of brotherhood in Christ and

* * *

Here is a poem by Rosamond E. Herklots.

"Forgive our sins as we forgive,"
You taught us, Lord, to pray;
But You alone can grant us grace
To live the words we say.

How can Your pardon reach and bless
The unforgiving heart
That broods on wrongs and will not let
Old bitterness depart?

In blazing light your cross reveals
The truth we dimly knew:
How trifling others' debts to us;
How great our debt to You!

Lord, cleanse the depths within our souls
And bid resentment cease;
Then, by your mercy reconciled,
Our lives will spread your peace.

* * *

May the Lord bless you,
Tom Irvine

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