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Zig Ziglar ~ What It’s Like at the Top ~

At the Top

At the Top

Hi Folks,

Recently recalled what had heard about Zig Ziglar describing what it’s like to be at the top.

I remember his powerful words as he spoke his “Words of Wisdom”.

His words still echo in my mind.

Ziglar had a way with words, as he painted a very vivid picture of what life can be like when you focus on success from the inside out.

As the story goes, Zig Ziglar was visiting his wife’s sister who had MS.  he likes to fix problems, but this was a problem that simply could not be fixed, and he struggled with that.

On this particular visit, Ziglar was really feeling down and out.  Then, in a moment of inspiration, one that Ziglar described as one of his most creative moments, he wrote what it’s like to be at the top.

And, he wrote his words on the back of a motel bill, which was the only paper he had available at the time.

You are at the Top When …

Here is how Zig Ziglar described what it’s like at the top …

You are at the top when:

You clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday ended last night, and today is a brand-new day.

You have made friends with your past, are focused on the present and areoptimistic about your future.

You know that success doesn’t make you, and failure doesn’t break you.

You are filled with faith, hope and love; and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy or thoughts of revenge.

You are mature enough to delay gratification and shift your focus from your rights to your responsibilities.

You know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to being the victim of what is criminally wrong.

You are secure in who you are, so you are at peace with God and in fellowship with man.

You have made friends of your adversaries, and have gained the love and respect of those who know you best.

You understand that others can give you pleasure, but genuine happiness comes when you do things for others.

You are pleasant to the grouch, courteous to the rude and generous to the needy.

You love the unlovable, and give hope to the helpless, friendship to the friendless and encouragement to the discouraged.

You can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion and up with gratitude.

You know that “he who would be the greatest among you must become the servant of all.”

You recognize, confess, develop and use your God-given physical, mental and spiritual abilities to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind.

You stand in front of the Creator of the universe, and He says to you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

By painting a picture of what life is like when you are at the top, Zig Ziglar also painted a picture of what life is like when you are at the bottom.

Here’s to Living your BEST Boundryless LIfe !!

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Do yoU drink THIS First each day ? !

Fresh lemon juice

Fresh lemon juice

Hi Folks,

Got a great and easy way to help you detoxify your body, improve digestion AND…. Boost your metabolism as well.

My Tai Chi friend mentioned this to me and wanted to share with all of you.

We’re constantly being bombarded with toxins in our daily lives – from polluted air, water, shampoos and other cosmetics that lather our body with chemicals, and of course, all of the chemical additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful compounds in the food that we eat.

All of these TOXINS can have harmful effects on your body, harming your metabolism and hormones, impairing your digestive system, and zapping your energy levels.

If I could tell you ONE thing that you could do each morning right as you wake up to help your body eliminate some of these toxins, improve your digestion, stimulate your metabolism, and BOOST your energy, would you do it?

Of course you would… and it takes less than 1 minute!

Here’s the not so Secret secret …

Soon after awakening squeeze about 1/2 to 1 full lemon (depending on size of the lemon) into an 8 oz glass of warm or room temperature purified water.  This is gentler on your body first thing in the morning compared to ice cold water.  I’ve found that slicing the lemon into quarters before squeezing by hand is easier than squeezing halves.

Drink this at least 10 minutes before eating any food for the day.

Make sure to use fresh organic lemons to make this drink, and not bottled lemon juice.  You want to use organic lemons to avoid the pesticides that can accumulate.
3 Major benefits of this morning drink to your body, health, and energy:

According to a leading health publication, TheAlternativeDaily.com:

“The health promoting benefits of lemons are powerful. For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. We know that lemons are a great digestive aid and liver cleanser. 

Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection.

Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in the body, lemons are alkaline; the citric acid does not create acidity once it has been metabolized. The minerals in lemons are actually what helps to alkalize the blood.  Most people are too acidic (from eating too much sugar and grains), and drinking warm lemon water helps reduce overall acidity, drawing uric acid from the joints.

This reduces the pain and inflammation which many people feel. And the American Cancer Society recommends warm lemon water to encourage regular bowel movements.”
Other great benefits:

1. Improves digestion:

Lemon juice helps your body improve digestion and stimulates bile production. Lemon juice can even be an aid for heartburn and indigestion.
2. Boosts energy:

Even just the scent of lemon juice has been shown to improve your mood and energy levels, and reduce anxiety.  Plus the detoxifying effect and alkalizing effect of fresh organic lemon juice can improve your energy through the removal of toxins from your body.
3. REALLY like this one ~ Helps one lose fat:

Since lemon juice helps to improve your digestive system, aids in removal of toxins, and increases your energy levels, this all combines together to help you to lose body fat as well through improving your hormonal balance… Yet another reason to add warm lemon water to your daily morning routine!

Here’s to waking up to a Happy ~ Healthier 2015 !!

Lemon Water

Lemon Water

Success through your Habits – Goals – Dreams ~

Goals are Dreams with Deadlines

Goals are Dreams with Deadlines

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re off to a roaring start for 2015.

Here’re some helpful tips to align your habits, goals, even dreams, to accomplish what you seek.

It’s 2015, and it’s a fresh start.

As we wipe the slate clean, we look back at last year.  Maybe we had goals, maybe we didn’t. Maybe we hit our goals, maybe we didn’t.   Some of us made new good habits, and some of us made some new bad habits.

A few of us achieved our New Year’s Resolutions, and most us didn’t.  And some of us, gave up on trying to bother with goals and New Year’s Resolutions.

After all, the stats are stacked against us.

But they don’t need to be.  I think the solution is to think a little bit differently about how goals, dreams, habits, and inspiration work together.

In fact, it’s time to put it all together.

What You Need to Know About Dreams, Goals, and Habits

Before you set goals, you need to have dreams.  Without a compelling dream that inspires you with purpose and passion, your goals will fall flat.  They will have nothing that helps them hang together into a bigger story for you. The goals are just the stepping stones to your dreams.

To support your goals, you need a habits that work with you, or at least that don’t work against you.

You can think in terms of three types of actions:  daily habits, goals, and inspired actions.  If you just have a habits, you’ll never wake up one day on top of Mt. Everest.   That’s the stuff dreams and goals are made of.  Doing some of these amazing things in your life takes deliberate action and intentional goals.   But if you don’t have habits that support t you, you’ll most likely miss your  goals.  And, if you don’t have big dream to keep pulling you through all the thick, and thin, you’ll also have a tough time with your habits, your goals, and any New Year’s Resolutions.  And, at the same time, you need a way to act on inspiration, without relying all the time for lightening to strike.

So to recap, your big, bold dreams with passion and purpose pull you where you want to be, and what you want to look back on.  Your goals help you chunk up your changes into meaningful milestones.  Your  daily habits help you invest in the right direction, while learning and improving.  And when inspiration strikes, you want to have a simple way to turn it into results, or use it to leap frog your goals, or innovate in your habits.

How Habits Fit In

Some people don’t reach their goals or New Year’s Resolutions, because they didn’t build any habits.  They don’t have any habits to support them, and they take on too much change, all at once.

I had some extreme fitness goals last year.  What made any of my goals possible, was that I had started a few simple habits.  One of them was to wake up 30 minutes earlier, and do a 30 minute workout.   If I didn’t wake up earlier, then I wouldn’t be able to do my workout.  And, if I didn’t do my workout, then I wouldn’t reach my fitness goals.  I made working out in the morning a habit, where it was something I just did, like brushing my teeth.

I didn’t over-complicate it.  I kept it simple.  Over time, I found ways to make it easier and easier to just wake up and workout.

Another habit I added was adding green vegetable juice to my day.   Me and vegetables don’t get along, but I needed to add more vegetables to my diet to reach my fitness goals.    I turned it into a mini-habit, where in the afternoon I would hit the juice bar to get some think time, and to have a large spinach + ginger + pineapple juice.   I’m not sure how much spinach it is, but I see a lot of handfuls go into the making.  Related, I swap fries for salads, and I’m gradually adding more green goodness to my daily diet.

Because these aren’t really goals, and simply my habits, I focus on learning and adapting, and getting a little better each time.  It’s an investment that adds up in my favor, and it makes it easier for me to add goals to my life, because I have a baseline of successful habits supporting me underneath.

Remember ~ Habits are good – Dreams are the Spark to Make them

Habits are great.  They help us move in the direction we want to go.    But sometimes we have a dream.  A dream that’s worth fighting for.   We have an outcome that we want, and we want it this year (or this quarter, or this month, or this week.)

Sometimes we have a dream that takes concentrated effort, and we need to go above and beyond the call of duty of our everyday habits.

With the right habits, we can move in the right direction.  But without an inspiring dream, and without goals, we may not achieve the crescendos in our life.

Wish it ~ Dream it ~ Do it

Wish it ~ Dream it ~ Do it

How Dreams and Goals Fit In

A good way to think about dreams, goals, habits, and inspired action is “better together.”  The dream is the vision that inspires you.  It needs to reflect your passion and your purpose, and it needs to be actionable and believable.

You can have a dream for your career, a dream for your health, a dream for your relationships, etc.

Once you have a dream that you believe in and that can inspires you and pulls you forward, you can chunk it down into goals.  The goals are simply your meaningful milestones, or the stepping stones or the mile markers on your journey.  They are a way to see and feel your progress, and to funnel your focus along the way.

And, of course, when you have a meaningful dream, you can add habits that help support you.  After all, trying to achieve a goal, where there are no habits supporting you, is a setup for failure.  And, having habits without any goals or any dreams to inspire or pull you forward, may get lost along the road to good intentions.

In my experience, the habits that I stick with and invest with the best, and the ones where my big dream is pulling me forward.  I know that I can invest and learn in my habits while moving toward the end in mind.

Putting It All Together

Dream big so that you have a vision to hold on to and scenes in your mind that pull you forward.

Have a dream for the big areas in your life that you want to change, whether it’s your career, health, finances, etc., and make sure it reflects your passion and your purpose.  Also, make sure that it’s consistent with living your values and living the life-style you want to lead.

Have goals that help you chunk up your dreams into achievable chunks of change.  For example, if you know your dream for a year from now, then what might it look like at 6 months?  What might it look like at 3 months? What would a simple start be to make progress this month?

If you want to skip goals, then by all means do so, but at the end of the year, you may very well be disappointed if you try to look back on meaningful milestones or meaningful results.  Goals help you put a bow on things, and they help you appreciate and acknowledge your efforts.

Habits are a great way to move toward your ultimate goal, and to chip away at your dreams, by building your capabilities and confidence.  They also help you turn behaviors into automatic things that you don’t have to think about (you don’t worry about brushing your teeth, taking a shower, etc.)   They also are a powerful tool that support goals, and dreams.

As awesome as habits are, maybe the real thing to keep in mind is that you won’t learn the violin or become a doctor or find yourself on the top of Mt. Everest with habits alone.   And, by the same token, you won’t learn the violin, become a doctor, or make it up Mt. Everest, if you don’t have the habits that support you on your journey.

So once again, dreams –> goals –> habits.

You are free to skip any part of the approach, but now you know what you’ll be missing.

And, you can also use the right tool for the job.

Dream big for 2015 and Live Boundrylessly !!

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year 2015