Feb 26, 2010

- Inner Peace

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”
Marcus Aurelius

“Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.”
Paramahansa Yogananda

Finding peace within is a wonderful but also a difficult thing. It is easy to go looking for it in the wrong places.

So here are 5 timeless thoughts to help guide you to the places where you can actually find it.

1. Simplify.
“The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being that places harmony in one’s life.”
Peace Pilgrim

Making thing simpler has certainly brought a lot of inner peace to my life. So, a few of my favorite suggestions on how to simplify your life:
  • Use a limited to-do list. Only 2 or 3 of the most important things.
  • Set limits. Set limits for daily checking of inboxes. I do it only once a day. Set time limits for small decisions and make them within seconds after you have thought about them to avoid procrastination and overthinking. Set time limits for tasks such as 15 minutes each day for answering emails or for using Twitter. Set a limit for commitments and say no to be able to feel less stress and produce better results.
  • Remember to “keep things extremely simple”. I have written down that sentence on my white board and it is a daily and constant reminder that helps me when I lose my way.
2. Accept.
“Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, bring you an inner peace and tranquility – instead of anger and resentment.”

When you accept what is you stop feeding energy into resisting what is. You don’t make a problem more powerful and sticky in your mind. Instead, somewhat counter intuitively, when you accept what is it loses much of its power. It just is.
And you feel stillness inside. Now, accepting what is doesn’t mean to give up. It just means that you put yourself in a better position take action if necessary. Because now you can see more clearly, you can focus your energy towards what you want and take the appropriate action to change your situation.

3. Forgive.
“Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.”
Gerald Jampolsky

By accepting what is it is much easier to let go of things and to forgive what has happened.
Forgiveness is important because as long as you don’t forgive someone you are linked to that person. Your thoughts will return to the person who wronged you and what s/he did over and over again. The emotional link between the two of you is so strong and inflicts much suffering in you and – as a result of your inner turmoil – most often in other people around you too.
When you forgive you do not only release the other person. You set yourself free too from all of that agony.
One thing to keep in mind is to not just forgive others but also yourself. By forgiving yourself – instead of resenting yourself for something you did a week or 10 years ago – you make the habit of forgiveness more and more of a natural part of you. And so forgiving others becomes easier too.
Also, what you think is a question of forgiving others you may sometimes – after some time and inner struggle – discover is just as much, if not more, about forgiving yourself rather than the other person.

4. Do what you enjoy.
“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.”
Roger Caras

When you do what you enjoy there is a natural peace that arises within. You are in alignment with your outer world. This also leads to a lot more success than if you have a lot of inner turmoil and really don’t care that much for your work.
One of my favorite tips for finding things you enjoy or love doing is simply to explore life. To be curious and try things out and see what you think of them. This can bring many insights both about yourself and about how things really are when you do them rather than when they are just theories floating around in your head.
If you have read my ebook The 7 Timeless Habits of Happiness then you know that there is a whole chapter in it about finding and doing what you love with exercises and tips for further reading. So if you haven’t checked out the book yet, go to this page for instructions on how to get you own free copy.

5. Be careful with your inner peace.
“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”
St. Francis de Sales


Feb 21, 2010

- Five Rules For Life (updated again)

1.) Think big.
We are capable of far greater accomplishments than we realize. Had I known as a much younger man what I could have been or accomplished in this lifetime, I would have worked even harder and dreamed even bigger. Shoot for the stars, if you fall short you'll still finish beyond your wildest expectations!

2.) Play hard.
If it's worth doing, it's worth your best efforts. I was never the fastest, strongest, quickest, biggest, smartest or most talented. But I always made the first team in sports and succeeded in business because I played harder than those around me and put my guts into every play, every effort, and every challenge I took on.

3.) Be true to your heart.
It's a hollow victory if you know in your heart you didn't play by the rules. Winning at any cost isn't winning anything - it will come back to haunt you. Be true to your heart, play by the rules, never compromise your values or your ethics - you will not only succeed, you'll sleep at night and revel in the satisfaction and happiness of having done it the right way.

4.) Never give up.
Sumner Redstone said it best - "Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe." Nobody always gets it right the first time or succeeds immediately. Everything in the universe must balance out. There are only so many "no's" until the "yes's" start to follow. Failure is your friend because if you keep pushing, success is just around the corner. The winner in most endeavors is the person who just won't give up - no matter what!

5.) Whether you think you can or you think you can't...you're right.
Nothing in the real world materializes until you've thought about it first! You create your own reality in this existence by having seen and thought about it in your mind's eye before it ever comes into being. Negative self talk will only give you negative results. Treat that little man or woman inside as the strong, smart, kind, successful being he or she truly is. Create those positive images and positive feelings of having already achieved your goal, and it will come to pass.


Feb 20, 2010

- Acai Berry Diet Exposed: Miracle Diet or Scam?

Acai berries are the latest weight loss fad. These so called Super Foods that you take as a supplement to lose weight have been getting a lot of international attention. And like you have probably already seen; they are all over the internet in blogs and success stories of people who have apparently used the pills and lost a ton of weight. But we here at News 7 are a little skeptical and aren‘t sure that we‘ve seen any real proof that these pills work for weight loss. So we decided to put these products to the test. What better way to find out the truth than to conduct our own study?
To get started, I volunteered to be the guinea pig. I applied for a bottle of the Acai Advanced. While there are ton's of Acai berry ads online, Acai Advanced is one of the most credible and trustworthy suppliers on the market. It included the free* trial of the product and it did not try to fool me into agreeing to additional hidden offers. Another reason why I chose Acai Advanced is because it is the most concentrated and purest acai products on the market. This would give me the most accurate results for my test.

Here is what Acai Advanced claimed on their website...
  • 4 Times More Weight Loss Than Diet And Exercise
  • Boosts Energy
  • Rich in Antioxidants
  • Promotes Cardiovascular and Digestive Health
Were pretty skeptical, but wanted to find out for ourselves if this product could actually do everything that it claimed. Most of the success stories talk about combining Acai berry with colon cleansing products to achieve maximum weight loss. I decided to do the same. The idea behind combining the products is that while the Acai Berry encourages weight loss and increases energy, the colon cleanse helps rid your body of toxins and allows your body to work and burn calories more efficiently. I chose Colocerin to test.
Here is what Colocerin claimed on their website...
  • Helps Eliminate Bad Toxins that have Built Up Over the Years
  • Removes ‘Sludge‘ from the Walls of the Colon
  • Helps Get Rid of Gas and Bloating
  • Helps to Regulate the Metabolism
And the Colocerin, like the Acai Berry, had a free* trial with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and had no hidden offers.
Putting Acai to the Test
Both the Acai Advanced and Colocerin arrived within 4 days of having placed my order online for the trials.
The bottles I received held a month‘s worth of pills which worked out perfect as I was to follow the supplement routine for 4 weeks time and document my progress throughout
My Test 4 Week Acai Berry Diet: Acai Advanced + Colocerin
My Results
Week One
After one week on the diet using both products I was surprised at the dramatic results. My energy level was up, and I wasn‘t even hungry, an apparent side effect of the Acai Berry which curbs the appetite.
I honestly felt fantastic.
And I didn‘t even change anything about my daily routine. On day 7 I got on the scale and couldn‘t believe my eyes. I had lost 9 lbs. But I still wasn‘t convinced as they say you lose a lot of water at the beginning of any diet. I wanted to wait and see the results in the upcoming weeks. But it sure was looking up! I now weighed under 140 pounds for the first time in years!
Week Two
After two weeks of using both supplements, I started the week off with even more energy and was actually sleeping more soundly than before. I was no longer waking up during the night and tossing and turning because my body was actually able to relax (this is a result of getting rid of the toxins I think). Plus I still managed to lose another 3 pounds, putting me at an unbelievable 16 lbs of weight loss, in just 2 weeks.
I must admit that I‘m starting to believe that this diet is more than just a gimmick.
Week Three
After 3 weeks all my doubts and skepticism had absolutely vanished! I am down, 2 full dress sizes, after losing another 2 pounds. And I still have a ton of energy. Quite often, around the third week of other diets, you tend to run out of steam. But with the Acai Advanced and Colocerin diet my energy levels don‘t dip, but remain steady throughout the day. I no longer need that cat nap around 3pm in the afternoon! And I am even noticing that my stomach is digesting food so much better. No bloating or embarrassing gas after I eat!
Week Four
After the fourth week, my final results were shocking. I lost an unbelievable 25 lbs since starting the Acai Advanced and Colocerin diet! Actually everyone at News 7 is kicking themselves for not having volunteered to be the guinea pig. Using the Acai Advanced and Colocerin in week 4 I lost 2 more pounds. But to be honest I really didn‘t have much more than that left to lose. And I am definately going to continue taking the Acai Advanced afterwards because it has so many antioxidants and vitamins that makes my skin look unbelievable.
I couldn‘t be any happier with the results.
I Lost 12lbs in 4 Weeks, No Special Diet, No Intense Exercise
Conclusion Like us, here at News 7, you might be a little doubtful about the effects of this diet, but you need to try it for yourself; the results are real. After conducting our own personal study we are pleased to see that people really are finding success with it (myself included :) ). And you have nothing to lose. Follow the links to the free* trials I have provided and know that you are getting a quality product that works; no strings attached!
Good Luck with your weight loss


Feb 7, 2010

- The Five Rules of Effective Leadership: [The Leadership Code]

Rule 1: Shape the Future
Leaders that shape the future answer the question “where are we going?” and make sure that those around them understand the direction as well. Strategists figure out where the organization needs to go to succeed, test their ideas pragmatically against current resources (money, people and organizational capabilities) and work with others to figure out how to get to the desired future. The rules for Strategists are about creating, defining, and delivering principles of what is possible.

Rule 2: Make Things Happen
Leaders that make things happen focus on the question “how will we make sure we get there?” Executors translate strategy into action and put the systems in place for others to do the same. They understand how to make change happen, assign accountability, make key decisions and delegate others, all while ensuring teams work well together and keeping promises to multiple stakeholders. The rules for Executors revolve around the discipline for getting things done and the technical expertise for getting them done right.

Rule 3: Engage Today’s Talent 

Leaders who optimize talent answer the question “who goes with us on our business journey?” Talent Managers know how to identify, build, and engage talent to get results now. They identify the skills required, recruit talent, engage them, communicate extensively and ensure that employees give their best effort. Talent Managers generate intense personal, professional, and organizational loyalty. The rules for Talent Managers center on resolutions to help people develop professionally for the good of the organization.

Rule 4: Build the Next Generation
Leaders who mold the future talent pool answer the question, “Who stays and sustains the organization for the next generation?” Talent Managers ensure shorter-term results through people, while Human Capital Developers ensure the organization has the long-term competencies required for future strategic success; ensuring the organization outlives any single individual. Just as good parents invest in helping their children succeed, Human Capital Developers help future leaders be successful. Throughout the organization, they build a workforce plan focused on future talent, understand how to develop that talent and help employees see their future careers within the company. Human Capital Developers install rules that demonstrate a pledge to building the next generation of talent.

Rule 5: Invest in Yourself
At the heart of the Leadership Code–literally and figuratively–is Personal Proficiency. Effective leaders cannot be reduced to what they know or what they do. Leaders are learners; drawing on lessons from successes, failures, assignments, books, classes, people and life itself. Passionate about their beliefs and interests, good leaders spend enormous personal energy and attention on what matters to them. Effective leaders inspire loyalty and goodwill in others because they act with integrity and trust. Decisive and impassioned, they are capable of bold and courageous moves. Confident in their ability to deal with situations, they can tolerate ambiguity.

Through our work, we have also determined:
All leaders must excel at Rule 5. Without the foundation of trust and credibility, you cannot ask others to follow you. While individuals may have different styles (introvert/extrovert, intuitive/sensing, etc.), any individual leader must be seen as having personal proficiency to engage followers. This is probably the toughest of the five domains to train and some individuals are naturally more capable than others. All leaders must have one towering strength. Most successful leaders excel in at least one of the first four rules and are predisposed to one of the four areas. 

Effective leaders must be at least average in their “weaker” leadership domains. It is possible to train someone to improve in one area by identifying and developing behaviors and skills in each domain to be mastered. The higher a leader rises within an organization, the more he or she needs to develop excellence in more than one of the four domains.

If the government is going to bail out toxic assets, it must also encourage and assess effective leadership to ensure the long-term sustainability of an organization. Financial stress tests should be coupled with leadership audits. Leaders should be encouraged to build on the basics and held accountable to live by the Leadership Code.


Feb 5, 2010

- The Roots of Violence

Wealth without work,
Pleasure without conscience,
Knowledge without character,
Commerce without morality,
Science without humanity,
Worship without sacrifice,
Politics without principles.
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