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Power Tips, Issue #001
August 28, 2004
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“Ask yourself whether you are Happy, and you cease to be so.” John Stuart Mill
“To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.” Oscar Wilde
“If you can actually count your money, then you are not really a rich man.” J. Paul Getty
Tips for your Happiness:
Attitude is Everything by Jim Rohn.
The process of human change begins within us. We all have tremendous potential. We all desire good results from our efforts. Most of us are willing to work hard and to pay the price that success and happiness demand.
Each of us has the ability to put our unique human potential into action and to acquire a desired result. But the one thing that determines the level of our potential, that produces the intensity of our activity, and that predicts the quality of the result we receive is our attitude.
Attitude determines how much of the future we are allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and influences our determination when we are faced with new challenges. No other person on earth has dominion over our attitude. People can affect our attitude by teaching us poor thinking habits or unintentionally misinforming us or providing us with negative sources of influence, but no one can control our attitude unless we voluntarily surrender that control.
No one else “makes us angry.” We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude. What someone else may have done is irrelevant. We choose, not they. They merely put our attitude to a test. If we select a volatile attitude by becoming hostile, angry, jealous or suspicious, then we have failed the test. If we condemn ourselves by believing that we are unworthy, then again, we have failed the test.
If we care at all about ourselves, then we must accept full responsibility for our own feelings. We must learn to guard against those feelings that have the capacity to lead our attitude down the wrong path and to strengthen those feelings that can lead us confidently into a better future.
If we want to receive the rewards the future holds in trust for us, then we must exercise the most important choice given to us as members of the human race by maintaining total dominion over our attitude.
Our attitude is an asset, a treasure of great value, which must be protected accordingly. Beware of the vandals and thieves among us who would injure our positive attitude or seek to steal it away.
Having the right attitude is one of the basics that success requires.
The combination of a sound personal philosophy and a positive attitude about ourselves and the world around us gives us an inner strength and a firm resolve that influences all the other areas of our existence.
To Your Success, Jim Rohn
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Tips for your Health:
Top Ten Foods to Your Day-to-Day Diet by Jay Lemke
Health and wellbeing self help article:
Oats, Soybeans, Tomatoes Lead the Nutritional Top Ten Food List
Cut Cholesterol, Reduce Heart Disease and Cancer Risks by Eating These Foods (ARA)
Do you feel tired all the time?
Do you need a candy bar each afternoon to help you make it through the rest of the day?
Is your cholesterol too high? Do you cringe when you look at yourself in the mirror?
If you truly desire to look and feel more healthy and crave the energy to live a more fully engaged day-to-day life, the best place to start is with what you’re eating, says Pamela Smith, R.D., a nationally known nutritionist, energy coach, culinary expert and author of the recently released “Energy Edge,” and the bestseller “Eat Well, Live Well.”
According to Smith, a balanced diet is critical to reclaiming a healthy lifestyle. But within the framework of a sound diet, Smith says there are some foods that are better than others — what she calls her Nutritional Top Ten. What’s more, she adds, the mere mention of such foods as oatmeal, broccoli or soy, does not necessarily have to elicit an automatic “turn off” response.
Today, many of these wholesome, healthy foods are being marketed in forms that taste great and are easy to prepare.
Nutritional Top Ten Within the past couple years, most Americans have learned that incorporating oats into one’s diet can significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugars.
Smith and many other nutritionists and doctors say it’s a great food to include in your diet. But, it’s not the only one.
According to Smith, there are nine other essential foods that can enhance one’s energy and reduce one’s risk to a number of leading diseases and ailments.
Smith’s Nutritional Top Ten, in order, includes:
4) coldwater seafood, such as salmon or cod;
7) hot peppers;
8) sweet potatoes;
9) grapes; and
10) cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
“Studies have shown that certain foods pack a more powerful punch than others when it comes to wellness,” Smith says.
“If you’re just eating to lose weight, gain weight or because it’s dinnertime, you’re missing an important element of eating.
Some foods are loaded with nutritional components. In other words, food can be medicine, assisting your body with its natural healing process, enhancing your moods and boosting your energy levels.”
For example, tomatoes, Smith points out, which many North Americans consume on a daily basis through salads, spaghetti, pizza sauce and ketchup, are an excellent source oflycopene.
Tips for your Prosperity:
Going Back to the Future with Bartering by Michael L. Stahl
You can boost your cash flow, market your business and tap into an amazing network of quality products and services through the use of barter.
The concept of barter is thousands of years old and was the primary way goods and services were exchanged before currency was ever invented.
Yet today there are still thousands of small business owners who take advantage of the many benefits of bartering. Business 98 magazine reports on how you can actually significantly grow your business by bartering.
Joe Ryan, the owner of the Milwaukee-based restaurant Bangkok-Orchid, tripled the size of his business through the use of barter. Ryan increased his building from 1,200 to 4,000 square feet, doubled the number of tables and added a bar, lounge and dance floor.
By using barter he acquired electrical work, tables, chairs, menus and a state-of-the-art telephone system. Ryan says, I use cash for perishables, liquor, wages, rent and taxes. Everything else is up for grabs. We dont spend cash unless something is unavailable through barter.
You can barter individually or through a barter exchange group. Regardless of how you choose to barter, there are some fundamental rules that you must follow in order to be successful:
Work on deadlines for completion – Let it be known what the specific date is that you need goods or services. On the other side of the coin, make sure you meet the other partys deadlines as well. Being honest and straightforward will help your business barter effectively.
Put agreements in writing – Remember that bartering is still doing business even though it is less formal than traditional modern business methods. A written contract makes sure that both sides understand what is expected, what is being exchanged and what is required to fulfill the agreement.
Barter for equal value – Everyone wants to be treated fairly. Always go for an equal exchange, not an unfair and/or unethical advantage. Also, look out for dishonest people so you are not shortchanged yourself.
Approach barter like you market your business - You are really selling the idea of accepting your business in exchange for theirs. Keep this in mind when you introduce people to the barter concept or bring in your business to a new barter exchange.
Understand that you and your barter associates are customers – If your barter associates were paying you cash, you certainly would not cheat them, be rude or cut corners on quality. You should expect the same thing from your barter associates – to be treated with respect and fairness.
If you want to go through an established organization, there are many local, state and national trade associations you can use to take advantage of the many benefits of barter. The concept is that members of these trade associations sell their products and services at their prevailing prices for 100% trade dollars.
For example, if you own a wallpaper company you can offer $1,000 worth of your products to obtain $1,000 worth of trade dollars good for any product or service in the network. You can use your trade dollars to obtain office equipment, cleaning services, printing or whatever your business needs.
You get exposure to all of the other businesses in the network, have the opportunity for great word-of-mouth advertising and receive quality goods and/or services in return for your time and investment in the association.
The International Reciprocal Trade Association reports that there are nearly 700 retail trade exchanges in the United States with a combined membership of more than 400,000.
When you join a barter exchange you can expect to pay an initiation fee of $100 to $500, annual dues (typically under $200 in cash and an equal amount in trade dollars) and a 10-15 percent commission on each trade.
For your investment of money, time and trade dollars you receive ongoing account maintenance, a monthly statement, checks or debit cards and a membership directory.
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