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Power Tips #021
October 05, 2005
Power Tips newsletter, Issue #021
This month we have
One Minute Tip:
If you can read this, you are alive, you have a computer, and you are free. You are one of the luckiest, most blessed people on earth. Give thanks! Enjoy life, hug your loved ones, declare victory and celebrate the joys of all you have. Then (and only then) set some interesting, challenging goals and (just for fun) go see what you are truly capable of achieving!
“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” — Albert Clarke
“Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral, and subject to change.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. “ — “Antoine de St. Exupery
“One must marry one’s feelings to one’s beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one’s life.” — Etty Hilsum
Tips for your Happiness:
Life’s Most Important Questions
Last week, I wrote about the “Four Cards of Achievement” and an unusual number of folks wrote to say how helpful that was. Many comments specifically focused on the idea of using positive questions to open doors and motivate ourselves, so I thought I’d follow-up on that idea.
You can read last week’s TIPS (and many past issues) by visiting the archive at: Archive
Some people believe that all human behavior is a response to the questions we ask ourselves either consciously or unconsciously. When we are uncomfortable or have a desire, we search our world and ask really simple questions like, ”What is there to eat?” or “How can I get more comfortable?”
In slightly more complicated situations, we ask more complex questions, like “What career would excite me?” or “How could I make more money?”
The theory is that as we answer our own questions, our attention is focused, we find answers and we take action.
Personally I am not sure that ALL human action can be explained by such a simple model, but on a practical level, it sure can be helpful.
Everyday, we ask ourselves thousands of questions. We ask ”why do I have such bad luck” or, “How could I make this sale?” As we ask and answer these questions, we make assumptions about our world that, in turn, become the basis for our actions.
So the key is to be VERY aware of questions we ask. Many of the most common questions people ask every day are terrible, debilitating questions because they have NO good answer. Think about how your mind works and the things you focus on to answer questions like:
*** Why does this always happen to me?
The devastating problem with questions like these is that the brain tries to answer them! It comes up with reasons and arguments to convince you that you can’t change, that in fact “nobody” likes you – even though, of course, LOTS of people like you just fine!
Last week I wrote that I start almost every day by sorting through a small stack of positive questions. This morning I counted them, and at the moment my stack happens to have 17 questions in it. (The number varies as I add or replace questions based on how well they seem to be “working” for me.) Here are the four that happened to be on top of my stack today:
1. What one thing, more than any other, will move me toward my goals today?
2. How can I make today a GREAT day?
3. What am I grateful for and who can I thank or acknowledge today?
4. What can I do today that will help me get what I want by helping lots of other people get more of what they want?
I do not share these because I think they are special – you might come up with far more powerful, more motivating, more interesting questions – but they DO make me smile and they DO encourage me to get moving. They DO focus me on my goals and they DO help me think of creative, positive actions.
What questions to do you use to jump-start your day? What questions do you use to open doors, make you smile, and find solutions? To a remarkable degree, the questions we ask determine the answers we find and create the life we live. To achieve more, ask more and better questions. While you’re at it, make a point to ask the world’s BEST questions!
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Tips for your Health:
To Relieve the Pain of Arthritis, Add a Little Spice to Your Life
If you have arthritis, you’ll be happy to know that you can find a bit of extra pain relief in your pantry. Ginger, turmeric, rosemary, and oregano contain anti-inflammatory compounds and Cox-2-blocking phytochemicals. They’ve reduced arthritis pain and inflammation, while increasing mobility, in study after study.
EXERCISE MAY BE THE BEST APHRODISIAC: Researchers and common sense have long held that exercise enhances health and makes people feel better about themselves and their bodies. This, in turn, makes them more sexually attractive and responsive. Now studies are suggesting that exercise is a potent stimulus to hormone production in both men and women. It may, in fact, chemically increase basic libido by stepping up the levels of such hormones as testosterone.
EASIEST WAY TO FLATTEN YOUR STOMACH: Sit or stand upright and suck in your stomach. Hold for about 20 seconds, breathing normally. Repeat about once every waking hour. You should start seeing results in four to six weeks.
FIVE WAYS TO BEAT WORRY: (1) Separate worries into those you can do something about and those you can’t. Deal with the first group, and forget the rest. (2) Distract yourself with a walk, a book or a movie. (3) Behave as though you aren’t worried. (Sometimes you can even fool yourself by blocking out worries) (4) Have long talks about your worries and anxieties with a friend (5) Use a relaxation technique such as meditation or yoga.
INSTANT LEG-CRAMP RELIEF: Leg cramps can usually be alleviated by firmly pinching your upper lip for 20 to 30 seconds.
LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL WITHOUT DRUGS: Simply cut down on fatty foods and eat more foods with potassium bananas, tangerines, and oranges. For quick results, try a diet of rice, fruit and vegetables. And if you don’t already know your cholesterol level, ask your doctor about being tested.
WAYS TO ELIMINATE CANKER SORES: Dissolve one-half teaspoon baking soda in a half cup of warm water and use as a mouthwash. Soak a cotton swab or cloth in castor oil and apply it directly to the canker sore. Apply a wet tea bag for temporary pain relieve. And once the sore has started to heal, gently apply some Vitamin E oil to the area.
PREVENTING HEARTBURN: Don’t overeat. Avoid tight clothing, especially waist-pinching belts. Stay upright for several hours after eating – don’t eat just before bedtime or lie down for a nap right after a meal. If you frequently suffer form heartburn, avoid those foods you know you have a problem with.
Limit fat intake since fat slows the emptying of the stomach. Elevate the head of your bed by six inches or more. This may be the single most important mechanical alteration heartburn sufferers can make.
Tips for your Prosperity:
Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Jim Rohn
The problem with waiting until tomorrow is that when it finally arrives, it is called today. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow. The question is what did we do with its opportunity? All too often we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday, and as we are wasting today.
All that could have been accomplished can easily elude us, despite our intentions, until we inevitably discover that the things that might have been have slipped from our embrace a single, unused day at a time.
Each of us must pause frequently to remind ourselves that the clock is ticking. The same clock that began to tick from the moment we drew our first breath will also someday cease.
Time is the great equalizer of all mankind. It has taken away the best and the worst of us without regard for either. Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of urgency.
When the game of life is finally over, there is no second chance to correct our errors. The clock that is ticking away the moments of our lives does not care about winners and losers. It does not care about who succeeds or who fails. It does not care about excuses, fairness or equality. The only essential issue is how we played the game.
Regardless of a person’s current age, there is a sense of urgency that should drive them into action now – this very moment. We should be constantly aware of the value of each and every moment of our lives – moments that seem so insignificant that their loss often goes unnoticed.
We still have all the time we need. We still have lots of chances – lots of opportunities – lots of years to show what we can do. For most of us, there will be a tomorrow, a next week, a next month, and a next year. But unless we develop a sense of urgency, those brief windows of time will be sadly wasted, as were the weeks and months and years before them. There isn’t an endless supply!
So as you think of your dreams and goals of your future tomorrow, begin today to take those very important first steps to making them all come to life.
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A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “What does love mean?”
The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over
and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it
for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis
too. That’s love.”
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is
different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on
shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.”
“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of
your French fries without making them give you any of
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she
takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you
stop opening presents and listen.”
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with
a friend who you hate,”
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he
wears it everyday.”
“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was
scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my
daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I
wasn’t scared anymore.”
“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still
says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you
left him alone all day.”
“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all
her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it.
But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People
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