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The Magic 15

15 MINUTES A DAY

Our recent post, How To Change your Life in 7 Days received many eye-opening E-mail as to how much time getting up 15 minutes earlier each day can add to your life.
In case you missed it, it adds 91.25 hours to your life over a year.
How can you grow and change your life with that little amount of time?
It’s easy to think that 15 minutes can’t impact your life, so ignore it and choose do things like hit the snooze button one more time.
It’s only 15 minutes, right?
But, what if, you got up and devoted that time to change instead?
I want to show you how I have changed my life with just 15 minutes a day and how, once I got into this habit, time expanded for me.
When we don’t value time, understand our values and priorities, or believe in our power to create, we turn our back on 15 minutes a day and label it so ineffective we’d rather sleep it off.
Don’t get me wrong, sleep is very important. In fact, it is the most important thing your body needs for health and vitality. But, you don’t have to lose 15 minutes sleep by getting up 15 minutes earlier. Turn off the TV and go to bed 15 minutes earlier.
Since I started my 15 minutes a day of change, I sleep longer hours
Before you start with the myriad of excuses as to why you can’t get up 15 minutes earlier (I know because I’ve made them), I want you to stop and just believe you can...
It’s only 15 minutes. You can do it, it will change your life and expand your concept of time.

Here are my 15-minute a day tasks:

  • Exercise and wellness ME time
  • Learning
  • Playing Guitar
  • Blogging...

Turn that 15 minutes into 30

Once you’ve turned 5 minutes into 10, and 10 minutes into 15, you’ll turn that into 30 minutes (and then keep going). Then you can start finding 15 minutes in the afternoon/evening too.
Not too long ago, I kept putting off doing yoga and other forms of exercise in the afternoon because I was too busy. I was also too tired, too stressed and too lazy.
One day I decided to do just 10 minutes of yoga. Again, I didn’t think 10 minutes of yoga could really do any benefit. Thankfully, with yoga, you can quickly see some flexibility changes. I moved from barely touching my toes to now having palms face down on the floor.

Get up and do it


Schedule the change in your planner. Set your alarm. Don’t hit the snooze button. Get up and straight into it.
PS: I set my alarm 15 minutes before I intend to get up. And then have an alarm at the time I actually get up. That way I gift myself with one snooze button and an extra 15 minutes of sleep)

Conclusion : Changing Your Life,One Week at a Time

Changing Your Life,One Week at a Time


YOUR DAILY SUCCESS WORKOUT
1. Begin by taking three deep breaths. Each time you breathe in, feel any areas of tension and stress in your body. Each time you breathe out, feel yourself letting go and relaxing into a lovely, peaceful state.
2. Imagine the qualities of your authentic self. See yourself going through your day as your authentic self. Do this several times until it becomes easy to imagine.
3. Now, review your top five values. Take a moment to really feel each one, and once again guide your mind through the day ahead. Each time you do this, you are programming yourself to have a wonderful day!
4. Use the inner smile to activate your endorphin response. Smile into every area of yourself and keep feeling better and better and better.
5. Review your big dream. Ask your mind to guide you in thought, word and action to do and say exactly the right things to make your dreams come true for the highest good of all concerned.6. What are you most grateful for in your life? Spend at least one minute focused on all the good things you already have and everything that's right with your world.
7. Finish by taking three more deep breaths. This time, allow each breath in to fill you with energy, and each breath out to energize you even more. 


With practice, you will find you can complete this routine in as little as five minutes. However, I recom­mend that whenever possible, you take at least fifteen minutes to really set yourself up for the day. As Mahatma Gandhi once said in the midst of his campaign to create a free and self-governing India:
'I have so much to do today I will need to medi­tate twice as long!' 

How Good Can it Get?
Finally, as we reach the end, I'd like to talk about the future. You may remember I started this Articles by talking about how we live in a truly exciting time in our planet's history. These days there is more information to absorb, more to learn and more opportunities than ever before.
As the pace of change gets quicker and quicker, the creative technology we have now is able to constantly upgrade and improve itself. A hundred and fifty years ago the telegraph first made it possible to send messages quickly over great distances. Within thirty years, the telephone had arrived, quickly followed by voice recording, radio, television, fax, and now e-mail. 
We can now communicate across the planet in an instant. Something happens on one side of the world and we can watch it on our televisions, read about it on the web and communicate about it on the internet, all shar­ing the experience simultaneously. The eyes and ears of our telecommunications network are becoming the eyes and ears of humanity.
More than ever, the mind is now the dominant creative force on this planet. Our thoughts are more powerful than they have ever been, and with the expo­nential enhancements in technology we are likely to see some amazing changes in the near future.

Some scientists believe that within the next few years we will have a cure for cancer, drugs to permanently increase intelligence, cryogenic preservation and genetic control of ageing. Virtual reality, genetic reprogramming and developments in nanotechnology will offer benefits we cannot even imagine, as today's science fiction becomes the template for tomorrow's science fact. We stand, many of us unknowingly, on the edge of an amaz­ing leap in humanity's evolution.
To make this leap, we need a radical shift in our values. Rather than continually looking for fulfilment in the outside world, which has made us overly competitive and selfish, we need to begin to find more contentment within. I believe that a new age of 'psycho-technology' is upon us, and the kind of techniques we've been using in this book will become what more and more people turn to in order to help bring about positive changes at every level of society.

These days, a country's wealth is no longer gauged by its physical resources. Instead, it is ideas and their implementation that create wealth. The real source of wealth is in our minds, and those of us with the richest ideas will create the greatest wealth in the world. Just think for a moment - you possess one of the most valu­able and powerful pieces of equipment in the world right between your ears!

You have learned some powerful ways to run your own brain. The positive software that you have put into your mind will begin to manifest more and more benefi­cial results each day. The fact that you've chosen to invest in your own evolution sets you apart from the masses. It's a decision that will enrich the quality of your life many times over, because life is only as amazing as the way you choose to live it.
As you practise the techniques in this book, taking responsibility for programming your own mind, you are putting yourself at the forefront of our culture. You are becoming a leader, and the choices you make about where and how you lead will become increasingly signif­icant. 

As you continue on your journey to the life of your dreams, I would like to leave you with this Buddhist blessing: May you be safe and protected
May you be happy and peaceful
May you be healthy and strong
May you carry your life with ease and grace


Until next we meet,

Day Seven Happily Ever After

Day Seven 7


Happily Ever After
Live the secrets of life-long happiness!
The Last Story:
0nE day, a wealthy businessman hired a fishing boat to take him out to sea for a day of relaxation. The sun was shin­ ing, and the wealthy man took a liking to the happy young fisherman who guided the fishing boat through the waters of the harbour.
'Young man,' said the wealthy businessman. T can teach you the secrets of success, if you'll only listen carefully.'
'OK,' said the young fisherman, smiling as he cleaned the morning's catch.
Although he was a bit taken aback by the young man's casual manner, the businessman began his lesson.
'First off, double your prices. You run a good, clean boat and you know where the fish are plentiful.'
'Why would I want to do that?' replied the young fisher­ man, distracted by watching a small crab playing in the waves by the shore.
The businessman could feel the irritation rising as he replied.

'Because then you will be able to buy a second boat, and a third, and you will be able to take on more tourists and catch more fish. If you work hard, you will earn enough to buy a whole fleet of boats.'
'But why would I want to do that?' the young fisherman asked as he rolled over onto his back to soak up the last gentle rays of the afternoon sun.
By now, the businessman was furious.
'Because then you will become rich, and you can hire people to do your work for you while you spend your days fishing and relaxing in the sun!'

'Ah,' the young fisherman said, nodding sagely. 'That sounds wonderful!'
Two Kinds of Happiness
7 have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized.
I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing
where the limit lies. ’

I believe that there are two kinds of happiness in the world. The one most of us think of is simply feeling wonderful in your body. The other, more subtle form of happiness is a state of being in perfect harmony with life, the universe and everything. This is the state that psychologists call 'flow', musicians call 'the groove', and athletes call 'the zone'. Today, you will be learning how to take responsibility for your own happi­ness, and the secrets of bringing more of both kinds of happiness into your life virtually 'on demand'. For some, it's a warm, peaceful, glowing feeling. Other people describe it as a kind of delightful sense of inner satisfaction. While I don't know precisely what happiness feels like for you, I do know that if you began to have that feeling that you call happiness in your body right now, you could identify it in an instant.
When is it not OK to be happy?
Many people put obstacles in the way of feeling happi­ness. While some people are still waiting for things outside them to 'make them happy', others are concerned about feeling happiness inappropriately.
I was leading a seminar on creating happiness when a participant stood up with tears in his eyes.
'My daughter just died/ the man said. 'Are you saying I'm supposed to be happy about that?'
First I said: 'It's only right, only natural that you are sad about the death of your daughter. You feel sad because she meant so much to you, but would she want you to feel sad for ever?' As he thought about it I asked him to reflect on all the good times he had with his daughter - all the love that he shared with her and all the experiences they had enjoyed together. When I could see that he was really connected to his experi­ence, I asked him how he thought she would want him to feel.
He paused for a moment, then a smile began to shine across his face beneath the tears. When he finally spoke, we could all hear the love in his heart as he said simply, 'She would want me to be happy.'
We all have our own 'rules' for when happiness is an inappropriate response to what is going on around us. The important thing to remember is that happiness is first and foremost a choice. As Abraham Lincoln once said: 'Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.' 

The Science of Happiness
A few years ago I heard about a medical doctor in New York who helped drug addicts overcome their addictions by putting them into a trance and teaching their bodies to create the response to the drug. Once they learned the technique, they were able to get 'high' naturally. Since they now realized it was their body that was making them feel so good and not the drugs, it became progres­sively easier for them to wean themselves off their chemical dependency.
Here's how it works.
Any drug you've ever taken created a specific neuro­-chemical response in your body. This response is the source of the 'high'. In other words, it's not what the drug does that makes you feel a particular way, it's what your body does in response to the drug that gives you the feeling. 

While I was very impressed with the research behind the doctor's work, what particularly interested me was the idea of creating 'happiness on demand' - that is, the process of teaching the mind to get the body to create the chemicals inside that lead to good feelings where and when we want them.
For decades, researchers had been trying to find out what it was that allowed the drug opium to have its euphoric effects. When Dr Candace Pert was still only a graduate student, she discovered what are called the 'opiate receptors', not just in the brain, but in every single cell in the body.
She found these receptors were particularly in tune with one special kind of chemical messenger, called 'endogenous morphine', or more commonly 'endorphin'. Endorphins are your body's natural opiates, the neuro­ transmitters that control pain and create pleasure. There are happy chemicals inside you!

When I heard about the doctor who was helping drug addicts to overcome their addiction by getting naturally high using hypnosis, I started experimenting to see if I could get people to have endorphin releases using imag­ination exercises. Not only were many of them able instantly to experience those great feelings, but also it was without any formal hypnotic induction, just using a simple imagination technique.
People I tried it with suddenly found they felt fantas­tic! I would simply ask them to remember times in the past when their endorphins were flowing, then to turn up the brightness and colour of those happy memories and keep going through them again and again until some people were smiling with delight while they nearly fell off their chairs laughing.
Since then I have taught thousands of people how to give themselves an instant endorphin release. Recently a psychiatrist wrote to me and explained how he'd been using the technique with his patients who suffered from depression and how much it had helped them.
Let's get happy right now ... 

Here are two simple strategies that will help you turn your feelings of panic or being overwhelmed into the focus of flow ...
1. Lowering your sights
While conventional wisdom tells us to shoot for the stars, happiness research points out that lowering your sights and focusing on a target that you know you can hit can quickly turn even the most daunting challenge into a fun adventure. When Richard Bandler went to transform the US Army pistol-shooting programme, one of the first things he did was cut the distance to the target in half. As people's confidence and skill increased, the targets were gradually returned to the original distance. The result - a vastly increased success rate in less than half the original training time.

Example: Quadrupling my sales volume
'1 lower my sights and set myself a smaller target - doubling my sales volume. No, still too scary. What if I try to increase my volume by one in the next week? Doesn't feel within my control. I know - I'll make 20 more calls a day than I did last month! That puts me firmly into flow.'

2. Focus on past success
If you've got this far in life, chances are you've done more than a few things right. When you start to focus on what you do that's working, your perception of your ability increases, and along with it you increase the possi­bility of flow.


Example: Asking dream lover out on a date
'Hmmm ... I've actually dated before. And some of them have even gone well! And remember that time that______ said yes, which really surprised me? And that other time? And that other time? OK, my heart's still pumping, but it's turned into excitement - I'm still pumped up but it feels like a positive challenge.'
ASK YOURSELF, 'WHAT CAN I DO NOW?'...


The Problem with Pleasure
A number of people have come to me over the years suffering from what I can only describe as 'an excess of pleasure'. I like to share with them a distinction between pleasure and what I will call 'satisfaction' - i.e. between those things that feel good in the moment and those things that we feel good about afterwards.
Here's the distinction in a nutshell:
Pleasures give the body pleasant sensations; satisfactions gratify the soul. 


When seeking out worthy challenge in your own life, bear in mind that optimal experience tends to live at the balancing point at the outer edge of your abilities - when you're fully engaged but not overwhelmed by the chal­lenge. 
Here is today's key lesson:
Happiness is not a result - it's a state of mind and body.

Congratulations, you're almost done! In the conclud­ing chapter, I'll share with you some ideas on how to maintain and develop the changes that have been occur­ ring over the last seven days.
Until then,

Day Six : Creating Money - PART II

Day Six : Creating Money - PART II
Secrets of Abundance

This is the complete of Our main Article How To change your Life in 7 Days Day Six Part II
(Part I Here ) ...

The Ten Secrets of Abundance
Here are the ten best ideas I can give you on how to start increasing your 'wealth scores' today. Any one of these will make an immediate difference to your wealth conscious­ ness. As you start using more and more of them in your day-to-day life, you'll find yourself on the fast track towards a wealthier life, with the millionaire's mind ...
1. Decide right now that you are responsible for your financial abundance
Far too many people are scared to accept the responsibil­ity of huge financial wealth. While it's true that when you get more money, your financial pressures don't get smaller, they get bigger - what most people don't realize is that that’s the fun of it!
As you accept the responsibility that comes with playing the bigger money game, you become a more capable person. The more substantial the challenges, the more substantial the rewards, not only financially, but spiritually and emotionally as well. And as you take responsibility for your own financial success, getting wealthier will seem less and less overwhelming and more like the pleasure it was always meant to be.

2. Save first, then spend only what you can truly afford
In the same way as the real 'secret' of losing weight is eating less and moving more, the real 'secret' of gaining wealth is spending less and earning more. Create a plan today that will enable you to clear any outstanding debts and build your financial reser­voir ...
‘The difference between poor people and rich people is easy. The poor spend their money and
then save whats’ left over; the rich save their money and then spend whats’ left over. ’ 

3. Study wealthy people
One of the quickest ways to become wealthy is to spend time with those people who have already achieved wealth. Remember, wealth is more than financial abun­dance - many people have become millionaires only to discover that along the way they lost something far more important - their own respect and sense of self. Take some time to research and discover your own 'heroes of wealth' -
those people who've found a way to create massive financial abundance with­ out sacrificing their lives or their souls along the way. Find out what they are doing that you aren't. Seek to understand
how they think and behave towards money and wealth. If possible, contact them and ask for advice. Not only does asking make other people aware of who you are, it also lets them know that you are taking your pursuit of wealth seriously. While not everyone will offer to help, it's been my experience that as long as you are polite and respectful, many wealthy people are grate­ful for the opportunity to be of service. 

‘If you want to learn about money, learn from somebody who has a lot o f it. ’ 

4. Build your financial reservoir
The more money you have in the bank, the less frightening it is to experiment with new and different ways of making money. This is why the most powerful investment you can make is to build your financial reservoir - a savings account with between three months' and two years' salary in it.
In Dr Richard Carlson's book Don't Worry, Make Money, he tells the story of two men who were both offered the same job with a new company in the 1970s. The offer was for very low pay, but a large piece of stock. The man who was living from pay cheque to pay cheque thought it was too risky and passed; the one who had a financial reservoir took the offer. The company was Microsoft and, needless to say, within a few years the man who took the risk had amassed a huge fortune.
The moral of the story is that in most cases, creating abun­ dance usually involves some risk, and nothing makes risk more tolerable than having money in the bank. As author Stuart Wilde says, 'The trick to money is having some.'


5. The 80/20 rule
Once you figure out what is most important to you, you can prioritize your life accordingly. Nineteenth-century economist Wilfrido Pareto was the first to point out that approximately 80 per cent of the world's wealth was concentrated in the hands of only 20 per cent of the world's population. The 80/20 rule holds true in most areas of life - 80 per cent of your results will tend to come from 20 per cent of your efforts; 80 per cent of your wealth will come from 20 per cent of your clients or customers. By identi­fying and concentrating on that all-important 20 per cent, we can continually refocus our priorities with a laser-like intensity.


6. Get in touch with your passion every day
I remember that years ago, when I first got interested in hypnosis, one of the old stage performers I was learning from was also a salesman. This wasn't just his job - it was his passion. I never saw him go more than a few hours without selling something to someone. We'd be at a restaurant and he'd strike up a conversation with a person on another table. Before long, he'd find out all about their needs and offer to sell them exactly what they wanted. Most of the time, he didn't even have what he'd just sold - he'd have to go out and buy it himself in order to turn round and deliver it to the person who'd just bought it from him. He simply loved the thrill of persuading people.
When I asked him what he thought his secret was, he said:
'Excitement and passion are contagious. When you get truly passionate about what you want to do, others will find themselves drawn to you.' 


7. Charge what you are truly worth
Some people are frightened to charge what they are really worth, because they fear they will lose their clients. But in my own experience, every time I have raised my fees I've found myself attracting more and better clients and losing only those people I wasn't particularly enjoy­ ing working with anyway.
Here's a simple formula for working out what your time is worth, no matter how much or little you may earn:
  • Write down the amount of money you expect to earn this year.
  • Erase or cross out the last three numbers.
  • Divide by two. This is what an hour of your
    time is worth, based on an average working week.

Example: Annual earnings = £30,000. Less last three numbers = £30. Divided by two = £15. Your hourly 'wage' is £15.
Just for today, imagine your hourly wage has doubled. If you were being paid twice as much per hour for what you do, what would you do differently?
If you want to charge what you're truly worth, start doing it differently today! 

8. Regularly practise the Change Your Life in Seven Days techniques
For most people, opportunities to become wealthier pres­ent themselves every day without ever being noticed. By practising the techniques you are conditioning yourself to focus on wealth. Very few multi­-millionaires get to be rich by accident. Financial success is simply a matter of maintaining
your focus on wealth and consistently practising the actions that lead to abundance.
Take some time each day to walk around as if you already have everything you want. Create a sensory-rich experience of what you want so your unconscious mind gets a clear idea. Ask yourself empowering questions. Create a wealth scrapbook and imagine what it would be like living the life of your dreams. See what you'll see, hear and feel. Do it as often as you can every day.
You may not get instant results, but you will attract to you in one way or another whatever you think about most. Use your favourite techniques daily to condition yourself for success!
‘Life is so simple, really. Think through what people want, invite them to get it from you, and when they show up, bill ’em!’ 


9. Celebrate your life, starting today!
One of the single most important things you can do to cement your wealth consciousness is to make a practice of reflecting on all the good things in your life as you drift off to sleep each night. As you say thank you to life, God, the universe, or whatever you feel most comfort­ able with and connected to, you are cultivating what Americans call 'an attitude of gratitude'.
An attitude of gratitude is the exact opposite of a poverty consciousness. When you start to regularly think of all the good things you have and of how fortunate you are to have them, you are sending a strong message of abundance to your unconscious which will create a steady flow of financial abundance.
 
‘Todays gratitude buys tomorrow’s happiness. ’


10. Keep going
There is a story that in ancient Tibet, all the monks were gathered together once every hundred years and given an opportunity for guaranteed enlightenment - all they had to do was walk through the 'Room of a Thousand Demons' and come out alive. The Room of a Thousand Demons was a pitch-black room filled with a thousand demons who would appear to you in the guise of your biggest and worst fears: spiders, snakes, sheer precipices - whatever they sensed would fill your heart with terror. The only rules were that once you entered no one could come in and rescue you, and it was impossible to leave by the door you went in. For those few brave souls who dared to face their fears in pursuit of happiness, success and enlightenment, there was one crucial piece of advice:
No matter what you think you see, hear, think or feel, keep your feet moving. If you keep your feet moving, you will eventually get to where it is you want to go! 


One of My favourite quote on the power of persistence comes from American president Calvin Coolidge:
'Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unre­warded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.'
 

In Conclusion
Finally, I want you to remember that :
Real wealth is not measured by money alone. Start today. Create a plan for financial abundance and start moving forward. Make the changes you need to make, both at the level of your consciousness and in action. After you have begun to enjoy more of the success that you desire, you will look back and be thankful that you did!
Until tomorrow, 


Tomorrow is the last day of your seven-day programme, and we'll be dealing with an appropriate topic as this programme draws to a close - the secrets of living happily ever after "DAY 7"...

Day Five Healthy Foundations

Day Five :Healthy Foundations




Creating and maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit...






Before we begin let's start with a short story again:"Just kidding There's No Story in this chapter"

"Limit the amount of toxins you put into your body while simultaneously increasing your body's 'stress-hardiness'."
Most doctors now agree that the mind has a profound effect upon a person's sense of well-being - certainly nearly everyone knows you can think yourself into being ill. When I was a child, it never ceased to amaze me how many of my classmates would get sick on exam day. These are the same people who are always affected by what I call 'cultural hypnosis' - they only have to hear a few people saying, 'There's a cold going round' and they catch it.
Research has shown that optimists generally live longer, happier, healthier lives. One of the key reasons is because optimum states enhance our immune system. Studies in recent years have now irrefutably proven that we can dramatically enhance our immune systems by actively choosing our beliefs and consistently practising visualization techniques.
But if the secret of health is a positive perspective, what's causing all the illness and disease?
Let's get right to the point:
The single biggest cause of ill-health is an inappropriate response to "stress" 



Studies have shown that the major threat in modern life is being killed by our own defence system being trig­gered too often - by our response to stress.


  • What is Stress?


According to the dictionary, stress is:

a: a constraining force or influence;

b: a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part; 

c: a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation. 


However, the stress we experience in our own lives does not come from outside us - it is our body's response to life's challenges, both real and imagined. This stress response is historic, as our ancestors needed extreme physical reactions and a burst of energy to enable them to fight a wild animal or run away. Even now, a certain amount of stress in our lives helps us to function - the appropriate arousal of the autonomic nervous system actually motivates us to do things like get out of the way of an oncoming vehicle, or add energy to a presentation or workout.

For example, when the mind perceives a threat, the heartbeat immediately quickens. Pupils dilate automati­cally, muscles tighten and adrenalin is released into the blood stream. The digestive process halts, your blood pressure rises and the immune system is suppressed. This is known as the 'fight or 
flight' response. 
The continual inappropriate arousal of our mind and body can lead to illnesses.

So Should I Just Avoid Stress?
Any study into the effects of stress on well-being and human performance can usefully be broken down into three areas - stress exposure, stress response and stress capacity.
Most programmes dealing with stress management focus on a combination of the first two factors - Reducing - stress exposure ('downshifting') and developing a more efficient stress response (relaxation training, meditation, etc.). Yet of the three factors, stress capacity is the most significant in predicting long-term wellness and success.
The greater our capacity to handle stress, the more often we will perform at the peak of our abilities, partic­ularly in high-pressure situations. How do we develop our stress capacity?
Simple - we systematically increase our stress expo­ sure, while balancing our efforts with what stress and performance specialist Dr James Loehr calls 'quality recovery time'.
The formula looks like this:
Increased stress exposure + Quality recovery time = Greater stress capacity 



Let's take a common example. When you work out your body, you are deliberately putting it under stress. To maxi­mize the effectiveness of your workouts, you need to allow your body time to recover. Every time your muscles (including your heart, in the case of aerobic exercise) are put under stress and then allowed time to recover, they grow stronger. Why do marathon runners and triathletes put such a heavy emphasis on interval training? Because it follows the same pattern. By alternating between periods of ntense activity, such as sprinting or racing (stress expo­ sure), and gentle activity, such as walking or coasting (recovery time), they systematically develop their strength and stamina (stress capacity).
Oscillating between stress exposure and recovery is not just a good idea, it is an inevitability. The most extreme example of this can be found in Japan, where karoshi, or death from overworking, has at times threat­ ened to become a national epidemic. While death may be the ultimate in quality recovery time, job burnout, exhaustion and 'mysterious illnesses' that keep us from working are the more familiar ways we unconsciously fulfil our body's need for balance.
Here are some simple techniques that you can use to diminish stress and increase your stress hardiness ...
1. Power naps:


THE POWER NAP
Do this once or twice a day to give yourself recovery time and improve your well-being.
1. Begin by moving your attention down to your feet. Notice the feelings of your feet, their relative warmth or coolness, and their weight.
2. Take a deep breath in then let it out and as you do so imag­ine a pleasant, warm and relaxing feeling developing in your feet.
3. Now take another deep, gentle breath in and imagine that warm and relaxing feeling travelling up the legs to your knees. Say the number 'one' in your mind.
4. Allow that warm and relaxing feeling to penetrate your muscles and bones, gently spreading and soothing as it moves.
5. When you are ready, take another gentle deep breath and imagine that warm relaxing feeling rising up to your waist, and as it does so say 'two'.6.Breathing in, pull the feeling of ease and relaxation up to your shoulders and say 'three'.7. Let the relaxation flow up your body to your shoulders and then down along your arms to your hands.
8. Breathing in, let the feeling go all the way, right to the top of your head. Say 'four' and spread those good, relaxing feelings all over your body.
9. Now, say in your mind the number 'five' and imagine that relaxing feeling doubling, as if a new, fresh flow of relaxation was descending from above your head and joining the warm relaxing feelings already going on inside you.
10. And as you imagine this flow of relaxation spreading back down your body, imagine any and all tension being washed down along with it, draining out of your body through the bottoms of your feet, making room for you to be refilled on each breath with new, relaxing, refreshing energy. Make
sure you take a few moments to really enjoy those feelings of relaxation.
11. Pause for a little while to notice the feeling and then, if you wish, repeat the sequence. The more you practise the technique the more effective it becomes.
Stay with this feeling as long as you wish. If at this point your attention wanders or you would like to close your eyes, that's perfectly OK - you will arise refreshed and alert in just a few minutes... 


2. Essential exercise

As we have already seen, the body does not distinguish between an emotional threat and a physical one. So regardless of what happens, it prepares to protect itself by fighting or running away - but often there is no one to fight and nowhere to run to. The body gets worked up but cannot find a way to release its tension.


While much has been made in the last twenty years about the value of aerobic exercise in increasing our general fitness levels, studies have shown that it is equally important in controlling stress. Swimming, running, or any exercise that oxygenates the blood makes controlling stress easier.
So, even before you master the patterns of thinking and feeling that you have learned thus far in the programme, you can give yourself a simple, easy, posi­tive boost by simply having ten to fifteen minutes of brisk exercise each and every day.

3. Energetic eating

Literally thousands of books have been written on what constitutes a healthy diet, many of which directly contra­ dict one another. In order to more easily navigate the volumes of information and misinformation that fill bookshops, libraries and the internet, I suggest following one simple rule: 


  • Learn to listen to your body.

The fact is, some foods increase your vitality and well-being; other foods diminish it. Author and researcher Dr Gay Hendricks recommends the following exercise to determine which foods are your personal high-energy foods: 


Step one: Eat a food you like.
Step two: Notice your body sensations 45-60 minutes later. If you feel clear and energetic, you ate a high-energy food for you. If you don't, you didn't! 


4. Medicinal laughter

Recent research has shown that healthy people are usually happy people. That's why a good sense of humour is so important. Having a sense of humour is vital, not just to amuse yourself at parties but as an essential psychological resource. When you are 'light-hearted', your body manufactures different chemicals inside you to those it manufactures when you are unhappy. 
Research has shown that when we smile we release serotonin, otherwise know as 'happy chemicals', in the brain. So while 'laughing yourself healthy' is still seen as radical therapy here in the West, consider the fact that the Taoists have been using the power of the 'inner smile' as a healing tool for over 2500 years!
I first came across the practice of the inner smile I am going to share with you now in the works of modern-day Taoist master Mantak Chia, who wrote:
'Taoist Sages say that when you smile, your organs release a honey-like secretion which nour­ishes the whole body. When you are angry, fearful or under stress, they produce a poisonous secre­tion which blocks up the energy channels.'
The practice of the inner smile I share below is the way I use it to release tension and promote ease and well-being in my own body. 

THE INNER SMILE
1. Sit comfortably - ultimately, you can practise the inner smile anywhere, in any position.2.Allow a smile to dance into your eyes. If you like, raise the corners of your mouth ever so slightly, like someone who knows a really cool secret but doesn't need to tell.3. Smile into any part of your body that feels tight, or uncomfortable, until it begins to ease or relax.
4. Smile into any part of your body that feels especially good. You can increase the smile by expressing gratitude to that part of your body for helping to keep you healthy and strong.
5. Allow the inner smile to reach every corner of your body. Here are some specific suggestions:
a. Smile into the organs of your body - your heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, sex and adrenal glands. If you don't know where these organs are, it's OK to pretend - your body will redirect the energy for you.
b. Smile down through your oesophagus and into your stom­ach. Smile all the way through your large and small intestines and out of your bottom. (If anyone can think of a more deli­ cate way to put that, answers on a postcard, please!)
c. Smile up into your brain, then down through the base of your skull and all the way down to the bottom of your spine.
You can smile into your life as well as your body. Try smiling and expressing gratitude into a relationship, an environment or a project you are currently working on, and notice how the energy around that situation begins to shift! 


5. Believe yourself well
A few years ago some interesting research was conducted to try to discover why a small number of people survive cancer while the vast majority of people do not. The study interviewed a hundred people who had at one time been diagnosed as terminally ill but were still alive at least twelve years after the initial diagnosis was made. 
The intention of the study was to discover any patterns of thinking or behaviour shared by these long­ term survivors. The results were startling but conclusive. While they had all used different treatments, ranging from surgery and chemotherapy to acupuncture and natural diets, and some had even relied on purely psychological techniques or religious practices, all one hundred people shared one essential trait:
They believed that what they were doing would work for them. 
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By now, I'm sure you've begun to realize your amaz­ing potential for health, energy and well-being. Return to the ideas and exercises in this chapter as often as you like to unleash that potential and energize one of the corner­ stones of wealth - your physical body!
Until tomorrow, 

Tomorrow, we'll take a look at another cornerstone of wealth and the key to a happy, healthy life - the ability to create money from every opportunity!"DAY SIX"

Day Four :Dream setting

Day Four : Dream setting


Discover what you truly want and make your dreams come true
Before we begin let's start with a short story again it said :
A man was walking along A beach, reflecting on his life.He had always wanted to make a difference, but no matter what he tried, he wound up feeling as though he was spitting into the wind.
Suddenly, the man heard a loud 'crunch', and looked down at his feet. Right where he was standing, and for as far as the eye could see in either direction, there were thousands upon thou­ sands of tiny starfish washed up onto the shore by the ocean waves and tide.
The man continued walking, thinking to himself about the apparent cruelty of the ocean. After all, those starfish hadn't done anything wrong! Yet before the day was done, they would be dead, washed up on shore and left to die.
After a time, the man came across an old woman standing at the ocean's edge, throwing starfish that had washed up on shore back into the sea.
When he asked her what she was doing, she said she had always wanted to make a difference, and she had decided that today was a good day to begin.
The man looked from her to the thousands upon thousands of starfish that lay dying along the coastline and said, 'For every starfish you throw back into the ocean, three more wash up onto the shore! How can you possibly be making a difference? The woman looked thoughtful for a moment, then she picked up another starfish and threw it back into the sea. 'Made a difference to that one,’ she said, and she smiled the most beau­tiful smile the man had ever seen

  • The Goal of Setting Goals

I'm sure you've heard about the importance of goals before, so at first glance, some of what I'm going to share with you today may seem familiar. You may have even set goals in the past, and got all excited about achieving them, only to find your motivation wane when what you set in motion didn't come to pass. Or perhaps you got what you thought you wanted, only to discover it wasn't and were left to reflect, Is this all there is?

But don't be fooled or tempted to skip ahead - today is going to be different. The crucial difference is that this time we're going to put goals in their proper place - as servants of a better life.
Today, you're going to learn a whole new way of thinking about what it is you want in life. Goals are actually the LEAST important part of the three-step process you will learn. Using the amazing techniques in today's lesson, we're going to help you take control of your life and steer it in the direction you want.

By the time we're finished today, you'll not only be clearer than ever about what it is that you want, you'll also have begun to programme your goals and dreams directly into your unconscious mind. This will make them easier to achieve than ever before!
Three Steps to a Wonderful Life
There are essentially only three things you need to have a wonderful life:

1. A clear direction (your Dream)

2. A well-aligned compass (your Values)

3. Milestones you can visit along the way to your ultimate destination (your Goals)

For our purposes, we can think about it like this:
When you pursue your goals guided by your values in the context of your dreams, miracles happen! 


Dreamers of the Day
We all have dreams - deeply felt desires for a different, better life. Take a moment now just to "fantasize" - to let your mind wander, literally to 'daydream'.
Answer the following question:
What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? 




Only you know what you truly want out of life - what makes your heart sing. When you are answering the questions below, it's very important that you don't stop to consider whether some­ thing is possible or not. Just let the answers flow ...
  • What do you love to do so much that you'd pay to do it?
  • What do you feel really passionate about?
  • What would you choose to do if you had unlimited resources?
Who are the people or characters from history you most admire, and why?
Answering these questions will help you to get an over­ all idea of what your life's purpose is about. It takes the limitations of your present mindset off and lets you become outrageously creative.
If you feel you want additional clarity, ask yourself the following questions:
  • What did you want to do as a child?
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? 
  • What would you do if you were guaranteed success?
Write down whatever comes to mind. You're not commit­ ting to anything here, and you can organize your thoughts later. You don't need to be too specific at first, and you don't need to figure out how it's going to happen - just let the creative process continue.
Now, think about all the major areas of your life - family, relationships, career, health, community and spir­itual development.

  •  What would you really love to happen?
  •  What would you really like to learn?
  •  What skills do you want to master?
  •  How much money do you want to earn?
  •  What character traits do you want to develop? 
  •  What do you want to give back to the world?

In a few moments, I'm going to ask you to begin to formulate your 'big dream'. As you do, make sure that your dream is focused on what you do want, not on what you don't. 



  • Activate Your Resources

Now is the time to begin to explore what it's going to take to live your dream. Again and again, I see people relying on the same one or two resources to bail them out of trouble or propel them forward towards their goals and dreams. Whether it's their charm, their trust fund or their friends, they have become so habituated to using these resources that they forget what else they have available to them.
When they get stuck, it's not because they've really run out of options, but rather because their habitual 'knights in shining armour' aren't working or available to them in this particular situation.
In order to activate your resources and step outside your comfort zone, take some time now to list the myriad resources you have at your command.
Here are some categories to get you started: 


1. Your skills, qualities, gifts and talents
Examples: loving, kind, a great dancer, a good negotiator, funny, can drink a pint of beer in one go, etc.
2. Your community
Examples:
• People you work with
• People you work for
• People who work for you
• Family
• Friends
• Neighbours
• Your 'fan club'
• People you went to school with • People you used to work with • Customers/clients

3. Your available cash and credit
Examples: bank accounts, investments, home equity, business equity, etc.
4. Your possessions
Examples: house, computer, car, fax machine, photo­ copier, desk, chairs, personal and business success books, etc.


Taking Action:


Of course, if all you had to do was think about what you wanted and it magically showed up a few moments later, everyone would be driving a Ferrari, living in a mansion house, wearing expensive jewellery and sleeping with beautiful lovers. It would also be chaos! That's why the universe puts one more step in-between you thinking of what you want and actually getting it - the action step.
Some people sit around and daydream without ever doing anything. However, by creating a vivid represen­tation of how you ideally want to live your life and focusing on it every day, you will become motivated to take action and you will know where you are going.


Remember that the moment you commit to something, providence moves too, and all sorts of unforeseen incidents and assistance occur. It's as though your commitment becomes a magnet for good things to be drawn to you.
In the words of Goethe:
'Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it.'
Begin it now!' Until tomorrow, 


Tomorrow, or in the next article we'll be exploring the first cornerstone of your wonderful life - abundant health! "DAY5"

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