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Power Tips #010 for a POWERFUL 2005
December 02, 2004
Power Tips newsletter, Issue #010
SEASONS GREETINGS to you and your loved ones!
This month we have
One Minute Tip:
The Best Way to Deliver Bad News
“Take good care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” Jim Rohn
“It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles.” — Claude M. Bristol
Tips for your Happiness:
The Miracle of Personal Development by Jim Rohn
One day Mr. Shoaff said, “Jim, if you want to be wealthy and happy, learn this lesson well: Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
Since that time I’ve been working on my own personal development. And I must admit that this has been the most challenging assignment of all. This business of personal development lasts a lifetime.
You see, what you become is far more important than what you get. The important question to ask on the job is not, “What am I getting?” Instead, you should ask, “What am I becoming?” Getting and becoming are like Siamese twins: What you become directly influences what you get. Think of it this way: Most of what you have today you have attracted by becoming the person you are today.
I’ve also found that income rarely exceeds personal development. Sometimes income takes a lucky jump, but unless you learn to handle the responsibilities that come with it, it will usually shrink back to the amount you can handle.
If someone hands you a million dollars, you’d better hurry up and become a millionaire. A very rich man once said, “If you took all the money in the world and divided it equally among everybody, it would soon be back in the same pockets it was before.”
It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development
So here’s the great axiom of life:
–To Have More Than You’ve Got, Become More Than You Are–
This is where you should focus most of your attention. Otherwise, you just might have to contend with the axiom of not changing, which is:
–Unless You Change How You Are, You’ll Always Have What You’ve Got–
To Your Success, Jim Rohn
Great Health, Wealth, Relationships and Overall Success!
Tips for your Health:
20 Tips to Ensure Good Sleep by Michael Smolensky, Ph.D., former director of the Chronobiology Center at the University of Texas-Houston (part of the Hermann Hospital system), and Lynne Lamberg
Getting a good night’s sleep is one key to having a productive day — so if you’re plagued by periodic or chronic insomnia, you’re bound to be compromising your ability to do your work. Here are 20 things that can help you . . .
1. Regularize your schedule. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of how much sleep you got. This is the single most effective way to keep body rhythms in tune. A consistent bedtime helps too, although it is less crucial.
2. Program yourself mentally for sleep with daily rituals. Walk the dog, watch the news, have a snack. Include tactics you can “take along” on trips.
3. Keep your bedroom dark or wear eyeshades. Darkness tells the brain it is time to sleep. Open window shades or curtains as soon as you get up in the morning, when sunlight provides an alerting signal. If you have a secluded bedroom, leave the windows uncovered and let sunlight awaken you gradually. 4. Keep your bedroom quiet. This sends another sleep signal to the brain.
5. Keep your bedroom cool. This will promote the decline in body temperature critical to restful sleep.
6. Go to bed only when sleepy. You’re already halfway there.
7. Reserve bed and bedroom for sleep and sex. If you watch TV, snack, chat on the phone, and do paperwork in bed, you create cues for wakefulness, not sleep. Some people aren’t bothered by this, but you may be.
8. If you can’t fall asleep within 30 minutes, get out of bed. When the gate to sleep is closed, you can’t force it open. You have to wait until it opens on its own. Be patient, but be ready. Don’t start baking a cake.
9. If you nap, limit time lying down to 30 minutes in mid-afternoon. A regular nap at the sleepiest time of the waking day may help you sleep better at night by easing worries about not getting enough sleep. A 20-minute nap is enough to boost alertness for several hours. If you’re really sleep-deprived and need to catch up, set an alarm to awaken you after either 90 minutes or three hours, allowing you to enjoy one or two full sleep cycles.
Caution: Avoid naps if they make your nighttime sleep worse.
10. Take a hot bath 90 minutes before bedtime. Soaking in 105 degree F water for 30 minutes raised body temperature by nearly one degree in a group of women with insomnia, Cynthia Dorsey found in a study at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. On getting out of the tub, the women’s temperatures plummeted. And they got more deep sleep afterward. The hot bath improved sleep as much as widely prescribed sleeping pills.
11. Exercise regularly. Some people have trouble falling asleep after intense and prolonged stimulating exercise. But exercise that is not too strenuous can serve as a time cue to help foster sleep several hours later, particularly if you do it outside in daylight hours. Within a few hours of bedtime, it also may promote sleep by raising body temperature temporarily, much as hot bath does.
12. Avoid caffeine within five hours of bedtime. Even if it does not keep you from falling asleep, it’s likely to make sleep more restless.
13. Don’t drink alcohol or smoke near bedtime. A so-called “nightcap” may make you sleepy, but alcohol’s rebound effect disturbs sleep. Nicotine is another stimulant that interferes with sleep.
14. If you are a bedtime worrier, find 30 minutes earlier in the day to focus on problems. Write your worries down, a tactic that often points to possible solutions. Or try Napoleon’s trick: To combat bedtime worries, he allegedly envisioned a chest with many drawers. He mentally stuffed each problem into a drawer and shut it tight. When all his problems were tucked away, he fell asleep.
15. Forget about counting sheep. It’s too slow a method of distraction, according to Richard Bootzin of the University of Arizona. “A person can count sheep and still worry,” he said, adding, “It’s better to get out of bed, jot down some notes, and think about the problem in the morning, when problems seldom loom as large.”
16. Use escapist fantasy. Robert Louis Stevenson said his father put himself to sleep every night of his life with stories of ships, roadside inns, robbers, old sailors, and commercial travelers before the era of steam. “He never finished one of these romances,” Stevenson wrote. “The lucky man did not require to!”
17. Learn relaxation techniques, such as muscle relaxation, meditation, or yoga, and use them regularly. These may help reduce stress both day and night.
18. If you awaken frequently in the night, turn your clock around so you can’t see it. This may keep you from obsessing about how much sleep you have gotten so far, how long you’ve been awake, and how badly you may feel tomorrow if you don’t get to sleep right away.
19. If you sleep poorly, use a sleep diary to help identify possible triggers. Note what helps and what harms your sleep. Sleep problems fall into four basic categories: “I can’t sleep,” “I sleep too much,” “My bed partner says strange things happen when I sleep,” And “I can’t sleep when I want to.” The first and last of these may reflect “circadian rhythm” sleep disorders.
20. If sleep problems persist, see your doctor. Medications you may be taking for other illnesses may be disturbing your sleep, or you may have a sleep disorder. If you snore loudly and are excessively sleepy in the daytime, for example, you may have sleep apnea — and you may need a sleep specialist. Find accredited sleep centers near you at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s website (www.aasmnet.org).
Learn more about sleep at websites of the National Sleep Foundation (www.sleepfoundation.org), and Sleep Research Society (www.sleephomepages.org). The American Sleep Apnea Association is at www.sleepapnea.org.
“The Body Clock Guide to Better Health: How to Use Your Body’s Natural Clock to Fight Illness and Achieve Maximum Health,” by Michael Smolensky, Ph.D., and Lynne Lamberg http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805056629/earlytorise-20)
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Tips for your Prosperity:
Multiple Skills for the 21st Century by Jim Rohn
(excerpted from The Weekend Seminar – Skills for the 21st Century 1999 Version)
I find it’s important to not walk into the 21st Century without multiple skills. But what I also find is that if you are already in sales, network marketing or have an entrepreneurial business (or plan to in the future), you can gain the needed skills for the future while you create your income now.
Here’s my short list for on-the-job training, so that you can learn while you earn.
Now, I believe that if you walk into the next century with just that little short list I’ve given you, you’ll be equipped. We’ve all watched what has happened the last 15 years. The guy had one skill – the company downsizes. His division is eliminated and since he only had one skill, now he is vulnerable. He’s wandering around saying, “Oh my, the last few years I should have taken some classes that would have taught me a couple of more things and I wouldn’t be here in this vulnerable position.”
So my admonition — learn some multiple skills, or should we say, back-up skills for the 21st Century and no better place to learn them than in what you’re already doing now.
To Your Success, Jim Rohn
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How to Squeeze the Most Out of Your Time by Brian Tracy
How do you start your day? Years ago I started planning mine by writing everything down I would have to do, the night before. I found that drawing up your list the night before prompts your subconscious to work on your plans and goals while you sleep. When you wake up, you feel ready to tackle your challenges.
When prioritizing and planning your time, consider the following points:
– Key questions. What is the highest value-added action I can do? What can I and only I do that I’ve done well before to make a difference? Why am I on the payroll? The answers to these questions help identify all that needs to be done and in what order. That, in turn, will bolster personal productivity.
– Values. Decide what’s important to you, and in what order. Make sure your values don’t conflict with work. Energy spent worrying diminishes your abilities.
– Consequences. Every action has consequences – good and bad. Consider what rewards you’d reap by completing a task. Then, compare those rewards with the consequences of putting it aside. This process makes it easier to see which goals have a higher value.
– The Pareto Principle. Vilfredo Pareto, a 19th-century engineer, argued that 20% of what you do accounts for 80% of the value. When considering the importance of a task, ask yourself whether it’s among the 20% that creates the most value.
– Urgency vs. Importance. An unexpected phone call or a drop-in visitor may be urgent, but the consequences of dealing with either may not be important in the long run. The urgent is other-oriented, it’s caused by someone else. Important things are self-directed and have the greatest value for you.
– The Limiting Step. Standing between you and what you want to achieve is the limiting step. That’s the bottleneck that determines how quickly you can reach your goal. It’s important to identify that step and focus single-mindedly on getting that one thing done.
– A Written Plan. Lists of goals, tasks and objectives are of no help unless they’re written. Putting your plans on paper makes a seemingly elusive goal more concrete. There’s a connection that takes place between the brain and the hand. When you don’t write it down, it’s fuzzy, but as you write it and revise it, it becomes clear.
– Visualization. See yourself doing what you need to get done. Visualization trains the subconscious to focus on completing tasks. Say, for example, that you want to begin each morning by exercising. Visualizing yourself doing sit-ups and push-ups the night before conditions the mind to do those the next day. When you prime your mind, it wakes you up even before the alarm clock goes off.
Remember you are a winner and preparation goes a long way in helping you achieve all your goals.
21 things to remember… think about each one SERIOUSLY… before moving on to the next one.
1. Success stops when YOU do!
2. Look for opportunities… not guarantees.
3. If you don’t start, it’s certain you won’t arrive.
4. The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.
5. We often fear the thing we want the most.
6. Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will have.
7. Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.
8. You will never “have it all together.” 9. The biggest lie on the planet: “When I get what I want, I will be happy.”
10. When your ship comes in… make sure you are willing to unload it. 11. I’ve learned that ultimately, ‘takers’ lose and ‘givers’ win.
12. Life’s precious moments don’t have value, unless they are shared.
13. Life is a journey… not a destination. Enjoy the trip!
14. Most people will be about as happy, as they decide to be.
15. He or she who laughs… lasts.
16. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.
17. No one can ruin your day without YOUR permission.
18. Life is what’s coming… not what was.
19. Success is getting up one more time.
20. When things go wrong… don’t go with the flow.
21. Now is the most interesting time of all.
SEASONS GREETINGS to you and your loved ones!
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