Your Power Tips – for confidence & self esteem

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Your Power Tips – for confidence & self esteem
September 26, 2006
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Happiness INDEX:
One Minute Tip
Power Quotes
Tips for your Happiness
Tips for your Health
Tips for your Prosperity
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Editor’s Note / Humour / new free books

One Minute Tip:


Consider the most important things you need to accomplish. These are high priorities. Then think about those things that seem to take up a lot of time and get you nowhere. Those are the low priorities.

Understand what’s important to achieve and do those things first. Let go of all the busywork for paperwork that piles up. It’s better for you to stack those low priorities somewhere else and finish the important material than to spend time clearing your desk to get down to the essential things.

You’ll be noticed more quickly for the big things you achieve than for keeping paper flowing. Don’t let co-workers waste your time with chitchat if you’ve got things to accomplish. Save that for lunch hours or for after work social activities.

Handle paper once; decide the action and finish with it. Keep interruptions to a minimum and delegate responsibilities.

Although you’d like to believe you’re indispensable to the job and you are the only one to take care of many things, you can teach someone else and move on to your own goal achievements.

Power Quotes:

“The sound of failure is such a familiar sound… it can be found in the center of excuses.”
— Doug Firebaugh

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

”Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”
– William Durant

If you love what you do, you will never work another day in your life.”

Tips for your Happiness:


When it comes to dating, confidence is the underlying biggest ‘turn-on’ for people.

There is no denying that confidence is sexy and people are attracted to it. Not only that, but it will also help you ask for a date. But there is good news for those who lack confidence – Confidence is a skill people learn. It is not part of the gene pool, so no one is born with it. Confidence is also tricky. Too much confidence can come across as arrogance, but if you don’t have enough confidence people may treat you like a doormat.

What is unusual about confidence is that you can fake it until you make it. In other words, if you put on a confident front it can help make you feel confident on the inside and when you start to feel confident on the inside it is obvious on the outside.


• Consider your posture

• Smile

• Have a firm handshake – When you meet someone for the first time in a new situation, confidently hold out hand and give a firm handshake. This applies to both men and women.

• Use positive eye contact – When you look someone in the eye you are telling him or her you are strong and confident. Note: Don’t turn it into a war of wills, or a staring contest, and remember to look away occasionally.

• Use a strong voice – The sound we produce with our vocal chords can be strong, powerful, smooth, sexy, etc. It is a great instrument. It also says a lot about who we are; that is, speak too softly and people may assume you are afraid to speak up. A simple guide for speaking is breathe, speak slowly and speak up.


Confidence is ultimately an expression of self-esteem.

Self-esteem is definitely something you can work on.

Try these suggestions to boost your self-esteem:

• Do something challenging – Do something you would normally think you couldn’t do. That might be as small as reading Romeo and Juliet or as extreme as doing a sky-dive. Whatever it is, push your boundaries and when you succeed at it you will like yourself more.

• Do some volunteer work – Besides being a great way to help others and meet potential dates, you will garner appreciation for your work and who you are. This is certain to boost your self-esteem.

• Practise positive self talk – Every day we look in the mirror at least once and some of us forty times or more. Each time we look in the mirror we tell ourselves things. The self-talk can be positive or negative.

People tend to be negative in their self-talk, but we do have a choice. Make an effort to say positive things about yourself when you look in the mirror.

• Every day we all look in the mirror at least once and some of us forty times or more. Each time we mirror-look we also do a self-talk.

The self-talk can be positive or negative. People tend to be negative in their self-talk but we have a choice.

Tips for your Health:

Preventing Backache.

Lower back pain is a common complaint. Four out of five adults have it at one time or another. While only a few cases are serious enough to require hospitalization, and possibly surgery, backaches are a leading cause of absenteeism – second only to colds and flu as a cause of lost work days.

Most backaches are due to weakened and inflexible muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue in the back, hips, thighs, and abdomen – primarily caused by a sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise. Over time, poor posture such as slouching, incorrect ways of sitting, standing and lifting, as well as excess weight, and the resulting stress, are all things that set the stage for painful episodes of back strain.

Most back pain is treatable with improved body mechanics and simple exercises that strengthen muscles and foster flexibility in the affected areas. This can also serve as prevention. As a start, take the time to do routine everyday activities in the right way.

– When sitting, keep your back straight, shoulders relaxed, and head up. Feet should be flat on the floor, which may mean adjusting the chair height or using a small footstool. Knees should be slightly lower than hips, to take pressure away from the back.

A support pad or small pillow between the chair and the lower back can also relieve pressure. When you are working at a computer, the screen should be at eye level. Try not to sit for prolonged periods. If possible, get up and walk around periodically, every half-hour or so.

– When you are driving, move the seat close enough so that you can reach the steering wheel and foot pedals without undue stretching and straining. You may want to use a lower ack support pad while driving. On long trips, plan to stop, get out and stretch from time to time.

– When standing for any length of time, alternate resting each foot on a small stool about six inches high. Or you can improvise with a block of wood or phone books. Change your posture and walk around periodically.

– Whenever you are standing, avoid locking your knees and try to pull up with your abdominal muscles. This will keep your pelvis in a more natural position. Ideally, women should wear shoes with low heels no higher than one inch. High heels tend to force the back out of alignment.

– When sleeping, use a firm mattress or a plywood panel under a less firm mattress. If recovering from a back injury, you may even wish to sleep on a mat on the floor. Lying on your side with knees bent, a pillow between them, is the best sleeping position. It protects both curvature of the spine and hip alignment. If you prefer to lie on your back, place a pillow under your knees for proper circulation.

– Remember that improper bending and lifting are the most common causes of immediate back pain. Always bend from the knees, keeping the back straight, instead of bending at the waist. If you have a history of serious back problems, or if you need the services of a specialist, consult your physician for referrals.

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Tips for your Prosperity:


What are you waiting for? Few opportunities are thrown at you; you have to create the right positions and situations to move up. Make lists of things you want to accomplish and do them.

If you’re busy in an office situation, make daily lists and reward yourself with praise upon completion. Catch yourself achieving.

Concentrate on what you’re doing and do one thing at a time. But do it quickly and handle the next thing. Be efficient in telephone calls, maybe taking them at appointed times or calling back at your convenience.

Don’t generate copies or correspondence that make you look like you are doing things. Your superiors will know what you accomplish. Be busy doing important things rather than writing about what you’ve done.

And take the time for physical exercise. It will energize you – not take away from your effectiveness. It relaxes your mind and stimulates your capacity to achieve.

“Tips on planning your retirement”

Do you want to start planning your retirement? Are you unsure on how to proceed? Then these tips will be helpful to you when setting up your retirement plan.

Have the proper mindset

It is crucial that you have set your mind to set aside a part of your salary for your retirement. This can be in the form of a bank savings account, a 401k plan, etc. It does not matter how small or how large an amount you will save as long as you set it aside. You can eventually increase the amount that you save whenever you have extra money, you get a salary raise, or you have finished your payments.

Know what you will need

Retirement will be expensive. According to estimates done by experts, you will need 70% of your income before retirement to sustain your standard of living after you have stopped working. You should look into the benefits that you will receive from Social Security. About 40% of your pre-retirement earnings are to be paid back by Social Security.

Your employer’s pension or retirement plan

If the company that you work for offers a retirement plan, you should determine what your benefits will be and what it is worth. Before you think of going into another company, you should find out what will happen to your benefits after you leave your current company.

Don’t use what you have set aside

Never touch what you have saved for your retirement. Dipping into it will mean a loss in principal as well as interest and this may also cause you to lose tax benefits.

On savings and investments

The kinds of investments as well as inflation are key factors on how much you will be able to save and use after you retire. It is vital that you know how your savings is invested since your financial security is what’s at stake. Remember, the way you save is as important as how much you set aside.

Know all facts

Always keep in mind, knowledge is power. With information from your employer, the union, the bank, or financial advisor, you will be able to make a decision that you will not regret making. Always ask questions and make it a point that you understand the answers.

It is never too early to plan your retirement. Prudence on your part will ensure that you live your retirement days in ease and comfort. Your financial security will require your time, commitment, and of course, money. Learn all you can and act on it immediately.

Planning can be a tedious activity especially if you are planning for retirement. Many people realize how advantageous financial planning for retirement can be while others find it mysterious.

In fact, most experts say that for people who are only making enough money to make due payments in each month, then it means that they should start contemplating on how they can still make money even if they are already retired.

Surveys show that almost 75% of the American population is earning enough money to pay their monthly bills. This means that they do not have any extra money to put in a bank or in any financial institution that could provide them enough profit after their retirement.

What’s more Social Security is not enough guaranteed income for retired people to live on. Actually, it is still a big question if one’s Social Security will still exist when the retirement day comes.

Hence, it is extremely important to generate some methods that will provide an individual a reasonable amount of money in the future. This should be done regardless of how much an individual earns, the important thing is to start saving today.

1. Visualize and calculate

It is important for a person to visualize his or her own situation after retirement. Then, you can calculate how much money is needed to live on after retirement. Furthermore, people need earnings that compensate 75% of the present amount that he or she is expected to take home.

2. It is important to seek the help of a financial planner or any person competent in financial planning.

By asking for advice from the experts, you will be able to gain more knowledge know how to proceed for you situation. These people are proficient and knowledgeable in all kinds of financial planning and they can provide the most feasible and workable approach for your individual needs.

3. Get rid of loans, debts, and other financial obligations in as little time as possible.

By simply paying off all debts, loans, and other financial obligations in a shorter period of time, you can realize a substantial amount to invest for that retirement. A good financial planner will know exactly how to direct you so you can meet your retirement goals.

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Editor’s notes: color=red> size=4>

Dear Beloved Pets:

The proper order is kiss me, THEN go smell the other dog or cat’s butt. I cannot stress this enough!

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairs were not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king-sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort.

Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but a scam.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom . If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, bark, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered.

Also, I have been using the bathroom for years — canine or feline attendance is not mandatory.

To return the kindness of your obedience, my dear pets, I have posted the following on our front door so visitors to our home know what the rules are here:

Rules for Non-Pet Owners Who Visit and Like to Complain About Our Pets

1. They live here. You don’t.

2. If you don’t want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That’s why they call it “fur”niture.

3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

4 To you, they are animals. To me, they are adopted children who are short, hairy and walk on all fours. Although they don’t speak clearly, they communicate extremely well.

5. Dogs and cats are better than kids. They eat less, don’t ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called (this does not apply to cats), NEVER drive your car, don’t hang out with drug-using friends, don’t smoke or drink, don’t worry about having to buy the latest fashions, don’t wear your clothes, and don’t need a gazillion dollars for college.

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Your Editor,
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