Archive for February, 2010

Kick Stress to the Curb (Part One)

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Stress can have an enormous impact on your health!

Learning to manage stress is one of the greatest ways to improve your health and to supercharge your energy level. It is also one of the most difficult things for most people to do.

The truth is that if you didn’t have any stress in your life you probably wouldn’t get a whole lot done. Pressures and looming deadlines can be highly effective motivators to get people moving. Without deadlines, most projects would never get started…and certainly not finished.

But like most things, too much of a good thing can quickly turn bad. And too much stress is a recipe for disaster!

I am not going to spend page after page telling you why having too much stress is bad for you. You already know this.

The reality is that you can never eliminate stress from your life. You will always have deadlines and obligations in one form or another. The trick is to not let the pressure of stress get to you. The key is to realize the stressors are there, but to not let them affect you.

It may seem like wishful thinking or simply impossible, but once you learn how to neutralize the effects of stress caused by life’s obligations, you will never be a victim of them again.

Having said that, here is a tool you can use to manage stress.

The Mayo Clinic has a program you can use to manage stress called the 4 A’s.

Here’s how it works…

The first A is to AVOID. It may seem like common sense, but if something is stressing you, try to avoid it. If at all possible, get yourself out of the situation.

Since avoiding the things that cause you stress may not always be an option, the second A is to ALTER.

For example, if your car is making a funny noise and it is driving you crazy (no pun intended) get the car fixed. If somebody is bothering you or making noise in your office, ask them to stop.

Sometimes altering may not be a reality either, so the third A is to ACCEPT.

By accepting, you recognize the situation “is what it is” and you agree you will not let it have power over you.

I learned an incredibly simple, yet powerful concept many years ago that has really helped me in life.

I learned that you cannot control other people (or circumstances)… BUT you can control how you react to them. While the stressor may still be there, you don’t need to let it have control over you.

This is often very useful when dealing with personal conflicts with overbearing co-workers or family members.

The fourth A is to ADAPT. So for example, if your office environment is noisy and it bothers you, get a set of noise-canceling headphones and listen to some music to drown out the noise. Or get a sound machine or desktop fountain to create a more soothing noise instead.

Again, those are the 4 A’s. They can be an effective technique to help you to avoid stressors before they take control of your life.

I bet I know what you are thinking…”Those sound great, but they won’t work for me.”

I know that these things may seem easier said than done, but realize this. All of the anxiety or stress we feel from a situation or event is actually created in our mind, not by the event itself.

If you had a fight with a coworker or boss, if you crashed your car, if you [enter any event here], the event may have happened, but the stress, anxiety or other feelings you are experiencing are not being created by the event…they are created by the meaning you have in your mind ABOUT the event.

Once you understand this, stress won’t be able to stop you from achieving anything.

Achieving Your Health Goals Takes Small Steps…Not Leaps!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

In my last post (My Friend Hoover) I told you about a friend of mine who ate his food like a Hoover vacuum.

I am happy to report that it has been a week now (as of this writing) and Hoover is feeling great.

He is starting to lose weight and feel healthier, simply by chewing his food when he eats. He is now reviewing a copy of our Super Immunity report, and is excited about implementing so many new strategies to feel and look even better.

And this got me to thinking…

In my last email I promised to share the secret with you that can help you achieve any goal you want – including losing weight, improving your health, becoming more successful (in your work or your business) and more.

The secret is simple to implement, and as long as you follow through with it you WILL be successful.

My friend, Hoover, used this technique to implement the simple strategy of chewing and it is working like gang-busters for him. I am positive that this strategy can help you too.

But before I share it with you I’d like to ask you a question.

What is the difference between a pot of cold water and a pot of boiling water?

If you said that one is boiling, and one is not, you are correct.

If you said that one is cold and one is hot, you are correct.

If you said that the boiling water has movement (because it is boiling) and the other water is not moving, you are correct.

So why is one pot of water so dramatically different than the other one?

When you take a pot of water and heat it to approximately 212°F (100°C) the water begins to boil (or vaporize)…changing from a liquid to gas.

But the thing to remember is that in order for the water to reach the boiling point, it has to go from cold to hot. It has to be constantly heated until the water temperature raises enough for the boiling process to occur.

Your health, your happiness, your success in business…all of these things also take constant and regular action to achieve.

You don’t just work out for 2 weeks and turn from a scrawny wimp into Mr. Olympia, regardless of how much you might wish you could.

If you asked anyone who you consider to be in excellent physical condition how they got that way, most of them will tell you that they work out regularly, eat right and do other things to maintain and improve their health and fitness.

The key to success in anything, including losing weight, gaining muscle, being successful in business, being a better parent, friend, spouse, or lover, etc. is to take small steps daily to achieve your goal.

Don’t try to cram 3 years of weight loss into 2 weeks and then get frustrated when it doesn’t work. Chances are that it took you years to add the weight, so be patient in the process of taking it off.

My friend, personal development expert, Darshan Shanti, said it best recently. He said that if he wanted to lose weight he would make sure that everything he did helped move him toward that goal.

He said that no one would probably notice if he drank several glasses of soda each day, or if he ate fistfuls of junk food whenever he wanted…but they WOULD notice when he put on the extra pounds.

The point is that once you know what your goal is, take action regularly by create “rituals” in your life that get you closer to your goal.

Then stick with those rituals, regardless of what else is going on.

Here’s what I mean…

If you want to lose weight and you decide that you need to work out 3 times a week to achieve that goal, then work out 3 times each week.

Don’t complain that you are tired and skip your workouts. Doing this won’t help you achieve your goal.

Saying that you need to work out at least 3 times per week (and then actually doing it) is the only way you will get what you want.

So once you have decided on your goal, decide on what actions you will need to take to get there.

Then be accountable to one person…you!!!

If you find yourself trying to skip your workouts, bring yourself back in check by saying something like, “I know that skipping my workout seems easy, but I really want to get to my goal of _______.

If I skip my workout, how can I expect to achieve my goal?”

Then remind yourself WHY you chose that goal in the first place.

Realizing (and reminding yourself regularly) WHY you want something is the most powerful way to keep yourself on track.

Remember…if you don’t do the things you need to do to get the things you want, you won’t get them…and then there will be no one to blame but yourself.

Give this strategy a try and achieving your goals will be much easier.