I hope you will receive a fortnightly dose of motivation, inspiration, laughter and thought-provoking quotes. If you find yourself bogged down in our competitive, stressful work world, take a few minutes to read and then think about the positive messages you will receive. 1. Inspirational Quotes 2. New Life Resolutions by Joe Mazzella 3. Find of the Week 4. Wild Trivia 5. Metaphor - Learn To Speak Their Language 6. Ken Warren- What Is Success? 7. Jokes 8. Motivational 9 My Personal Comments No trees were destroyed in the sending of this message. However, a large number of electrons were significantly inconvenienced 1. Inspirational Quotes "The future, higher evolution will belong to those who live in joy, who share joy, and who spread joy."- Torkom Saraydarian "Man loves because he is Love. He seeks Joy, for he is Joy. He thirsts for God for he is composed of God and he cannot exist without Him." - Sathya Sai Baba “Don't be so humble, you're not that great.” - Golda Meir „Hurt people hurt people. Whole people heal people.‟ „True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost‟ “Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.” Don't be so humble, you're not that great. - Golda Meir “Hurt people hurt people. Whole people heal people.” “True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost” “Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.” “New and improved: if it's new it's not improved; if it's improved it's not new. “ “You have three choices in any situation; the sooner you choose, the less stress you’ll feel: change, accept or leave.” “Anger is costly on the soul, be careful with what you choose to spend it on. - Bohdan Chreptak “Falling in love is awfully simple. Falling out of love is simply awful.” “I've learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, "Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?" “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you.” William Arthur Ward “A Land Rover doesn't leak oil, it marks its territory!” “Some open minds should be closed for repairs. “ «¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤» 2. NEW LIFE RESOLUTIONS by Joe Mazzella I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. It isn’t because I don’t think I can keep them, however. In fact, I think the greatest thing people can do is to see the mistakes that they have made in their lives and then choose to behave differently and overcome them. I have never believed that we are doomed and predestined to remain the same just because of our past upbringing and former way of living. I agree rather with the great psychologist William James who said: “My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will." The reason I don’t make resolutions on New Year’s Day is because I think that no one should have to wait until the start of a new year to start a new life. Instead I believe that everyday can be a new beginning, a rebirth, a fresh opportunity to start to live the way you always wanted to live. Each new day is a glorious gift from God to enjoy, to cherish, and to love. Each new day is the start of a fantastic journey in growing, learning, and becoming. Each new day is another chance to find joy, to bring joy, and to share joy. Each new day is one more time that we can help each other, give to the world, find oneness with God, and be the person that we always dreamed we could be. Whatever your resolutions are then remember that you have everyday of your life to achieve them. Don’t give up after a few days of the New Year. Use that glorious free will of yours to be the person you always wanted to be. Use that fantastic power of choice to fill your heart with love, your soul with joy, and your life with delight. Use that powerful body of yours to do countless good works that bring happiness to others. Use that wonderful mind of yours to make this world a better place with your endless thoughts of love and joy. Use that loving heart and joyous soul within you to create the beautiful life God always meant for you to live. ********************************************************************* 3. Find of the week Does Santa exist…Points to Ponder! As a result of an overwhelming lack of requests, and with research help from that renown scientific journal - I am pleased to present the annual scientific inquiry into Santa Claus. 1) No known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer, which only Santa has ever seen. 2) There are 2 billion children (persons under 18) in the world. BUT since Santa doesn't (appear) to handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to 15% of the total - 378 million according to Population Reference Bureau. At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household, that's 91.8 million homes. One presumes there's at least one good child in each. 3) Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with good children, Santa has 1/1000th of a second to park, hop out of the sleigh, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left, get back up the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move on to the next house. Assuming that each of these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false but for the purposes of our calculations we will accept), we are now talking about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75- 1/2 million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding and etc. This means that Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second - a conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles per hour. 4) The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized lego set (2 pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who is invariably described as overweight. On land, conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that "flying reindeer" (see point #1) could pull TEN TIMES the normal amount, we cannot do the job with eight, or even nine. We need 214,200 reindeer. This increases the payload - not even counting the weight of the sleigh - - to 353,430 tons. Again, for comparison - this is four times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth Ship. 5) 353,000 tons travelling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance - this will heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as spacecraft's re- entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer will absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules of energy. Per second. Each. In short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them, and create deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team will be valorised within 4.26 thousandths of a second. Santa, meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250-pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force. Mmmm... but remember kids, when you stop believing in Santa is when you start getting clothes for Christmas... ___________________________________________________________ If you were to spell out the numbers in full (one, two, three, etc.), how far would you have to go until you wrote the letter A? Hint: The word “and” doesn’t count. Assume that a number like 212 is two hundred twelve, NOT two hundred and twelve (Answer at the bottom of email) GRAMMAR TEST from FORUMEDUCATION.NET 100 questions, 20-30 minutes This test features 100 multiple-choice questions, each with one sentence and a missing word. You are required to fill in the blank with the answer that is grammatically correct. You have the option of taking the test online or printing it out. If you choose to take it online, you are allowed only 30 seconds per question. After completing the test, check out your score. To take the test right now, visit their website at http://www.forumeducation.net/servlet/pages/vi/mat/gram.htm 4. Wild Trivia Crazy people who are productive are geniuses. Crazy people who are rich are eccentric. But crazy people who are neither productive nor rich are just crazy. Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined. Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hairstyle you like. Paper is always strongest at the perforations. No one feels as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish. If nobody knows the troubles you've seen, then you don't live in a small town. To err is human, to forgive ... unlikely. Sequential Eating by Chet Day Got gas? Tummy bubbling and groaning, tumbling and moaning every time you sit down to eat? Do you pop a Rolaids or Tums after half your meals? Then you're one of millions of other Americans who aren't digesting their foods. Want a free solution that has worked for thousands? Try sequential eating. This'll sound weird, but it works for a lot of folks. Instead of eating a fork load of beans and then a fork load of potatoes and then a fork load of salmon, eat all of one food first and then go on to the next item on your plate. For this to work properly you MUST eat the least dense food first and the most dense last. For example, your dinner consists of salad, green beans, boiled red potatoes, and salmon. (We'll ignore the fact that this is a bad combination and that for best digestion starches and proteins shouldn't be eaten at the same meal at all.) Skin-Softening Milk Bath Casey Kellar, author of Natural Beauty and Bath Book (Lark Books, 1997), says the milk in this recipe moisturizes rough skin. 1 cut full-fat powdered milk 2 tablespoons almond meal 2 tablespoons barley or oat flour A few drops of rose (Rosa centifolia) essential oil Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, then add two tablespoons to a tub of water. Soak for 15 minutes. Store the remaining bath mix in a glass jar at room temperature. It should keep for two months. _______________________________________________________ Countertop and Surface Cleaner Question: What is the best non-toxic countertop/surface cleaner that is anti-bacterial, anti- viral and anti-fungal? Answer: Take one spray bottle of regular 3% hydrogen peroxide and clean your surface. Then take another spray bottle of ordinary distilled white vinegar and clean your surface. That's all there is to it and it is very effective and safe! Note: The vinegar also erases the trails that ants leave. Speaking of ants, one can use chalk that stops the ants from "crossing over." If you want to clean silver jewellery or silverware: Mix baking soda and water into a paste apply and rub to clean then rinse. Minor burn? If you have a minor burn that hurts, apply mustard directly to the burn, it relieves the pain and heals the burn overnight! How to Stay Young 1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay them. 2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. 3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. “An idle mind is the devil's workshop," And the devil's name is Alzheimer's. 4. Enjoy the simple things. 5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. 6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is yourself. Be ALIVE while you are alive. 7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. 8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. 9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to Westfield, to the next suburb, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is. 10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. «¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤ 5. Metaphor LEARN TO SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE A woman was explaining her theory of putting her children to bed: "I never tell bedtime stories that begin with 'Once upon a time,'" she said. "If I really want to put them to sleep, I start off with, 'Now, when I was your age...'" It's nice to understand people so well that we know just what to say! Here is a mother who could speak her children's language. The story is told of the most famous elephant in the world; a huge, beautiful and gentle beast named Bozo. Children extended open palms filled with peanuts for the Indian elephant, who gently plucked them from little hands and seemed to smile as he ate his treats. But one day, for some inexplicable reason, Bozo changed. He almost stampeded the man who cleaned his cage. He charged children at the circus and became incorrigible. His owner knew he would have to destroy the once-gentle giant. In order to raise money for a new elephant, the circus owner held a cruel exhibition. He sold tickets to witness Bozo's execution and, on the appointed day, his arena was packed. Three men with high-powered rifles rose to take aim at the great beast's head. Just before the signal was given to shoot, a little, stubby man in a brown hat stepped out of the crowd and said to the elephant's owner, "Sir, this is not necessary. Bozo is not a bad elephant." "But he is," the man argued. "We must kill him before he kills someone." "Sir, give me two minutes alone in his cage," the visitor pleaded, "and I'll prove to you that you are wrong. He is not a bad elephant." After a few more moments of discussion (and a written statement absolving the circus of liability if the man should be injured), the keeper finally agreed to allow the man inside Bozo's cage. The man removed his brown derby and entered the cage of the bellowing and trumpeting beast. Before the elephant could charge, the man began to speak to him. Bozo seemed to immediately quiet down upon hearing the man's words. Nearby spectators could also hear the man, but they could not understand him, for he spoke a foreign language. Soon the great animal began to tremble, whine and throw his head about. Then the stranger walked up to Bozo and stroked his trunk. The great elephant tenderly wrapped his trunk around the man, lifted him up and carried him around his cage before carefully depositing him back at the door. Everyone applauded. As the cage door closed behind him, the man said to Bozo's keeper, "You see, he is a good elephant. His problem is that he is an Indian elephant and understands one language." He explained that Bozo was frustrated and confused. He needed someone who could speak his language. "I suggest, sir that you find someone in London to come in occasionally and talk to the elephant. If you do, you'll have no problems." The man picked up his brown derby and walked away. It was at that time that the circus owner looked carefully at the signature on the paper he held in his hand, the note absolving the circus of responsibility in the case he was injured inside the elephant's cage. The statement was signed by Rudyard Kipling. People also become frustrated and angry when they are not understood. But great relationships are formed by parents who learn to speak their children's language; lovers who speak each other's language; professionals who speak the language of their staff and clients. When people understand that YOU understand, that you empathize with their heartaches and understand their problems, then you are speaking their language! It is the beginning of true communication. - Steve Goodier «¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤» 6. Ken Warren- What is success? A few years ago, I went to my twenty year school reunion. It seemed that all of us had had our fair share of trials and challenges. We had also achieved in different ways. Some had done well by advancing their careers, others by making a lot of money, a couple through achieving fame. From my senior class, there were a number who became priests and counselors, and even one who became a sex industry worker. So we were all in the human service industry one way or another. But I thought the most successful person there was a bloke who was a real computer nerd at school. He was still a computer nerd, still a bit quirky, but he was happily married and had loving relationships with his six children. What is success? There certainly are a lot of different definitions of it. Australian columnist, Philip Adams, said that a lot of successful people are risk takers. "Unless you're willing to do that, to have a go, fail miserably and have another go, success won't happen", he says. Behind every successful person, you will usually find that they have a history of failures. But success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. Novelist, Christopher Morley, defines success as more being free to do what you really want to do. "There is only one success", he said "To be able to spend your life in your own way". This thought is echoed by the songwriter, Bob Dylan, who said, "A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do". Actor, Christopher Reeve, said success is not about money and power. "Real success is about relationships", he said. "There is no point in making $50 million a year if your teenager thinks you're a jerk and you spend no time with your wife". Whether you define success by perseverance, freedom to do what you really want, through the quality of your relationships, or some other factor, the more we are aware of what defines success for us, the easier it is to make better choices for our lives. We all have different pictures of what makes a life lived well. Give some thought to how you define success and ask yourself if what you are doing and thinking is taking you in this direction. American essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, I think, gives one of the best definitions of success. He said, "To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To learn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded". Ken Warren, BA, M Soc Sc, CPC, MACA (clinical), is an experienced Counsellor, Trainer and Author in private practice. He draws on 20 years experience in counselling individuals and families, as well as in managing counselling, community education and family mediation programs. Ken is also a newspaper columnist and writes on family and relationship issues. He publishes a free weekly email newsletter for helping professionals and the general public. Ken’s workshops are interactive, enjoyable and practical. They will: get your attention, stimulate your thinking, and benefit you personally as well as professionally. Ken aims for a positive and varied learning experience through the use of colourful presentations, fun activities, interesting groupwork, demonstrations, video presentations, and comprehensive notes. Relevant books & resources are available for sale at each workshop or through his website at www.counsel.com.au Contact details: Ken Warren and Associates PO Box 54 Cotton Tree Qld Australia 4558 Level One 7 The Esplanade Corner of Third Avenue Cotton Tree Telephone: (07) 5443 7626 Facsimile: (07) 5443 7447 7. Jokes Train & Plane Jokes Andy wants a job as a signalman on the railways. He is told to meet the inspector at the signal box. The inspector puts this question to him: "What would you do if you realised that 2 trains were heading for each other on the same track?" Andy says, "I would switch the points for one of the trains." "What if the lever broke?" asked the inspector. "Then I'd dash down out of the signal box," said Andy, "and I'd use the manual lever over there." "What if that had been struck by lightning?" "Then," Andy continues, "I'd run back into the signal box and phone the next signal box." "What if the phone was engaged?" "Well in that case," persevered Andy, "I'd rush down out of the box and use the public emergency phone at the level crossing up there." "What if that was vandalised?" "Oh well then I'd run into the village and get my uncle Silas." This puzzles the inspector, so he asks, "Why would you do that?" Came the answer, "Because he's never seen a train crash." _________________________________________________________ The Train Lantern In a terrible accident at a railroad crossing, a train smashed into a car and pushed it nearly four hundred yards down the track. Though no one was killed, the driver took the train company to court. At the trial, the engineer insisted that he had given the driver ample warning by waving his lantern back and forth for nearly a minute. He even stood and convincingly demonstrated how he'd done it. The court believed his story, and the suit was dismissed. "Congratulations," the lawyer said to the engineer when it was over. "You did superbly under cross- examination." "Thanks," he said, "but he sure had me worried." "How's that?" the lawyer asked. "I was afraid he was going to ask if the damned lantern was lit!" ___________________________________________________________ A man had to attend a large convention in Chicago. On this particular trip he decided to bring his wife. When they arrived at their hotel and were shown to their room, the man said: "You rest here while I register - I'll be back within an hour." The wife lies down on the bed... just then, an elevated train passes by very close to the window and shakes the room so hard she's thrown out of the bed. Thinking this must be a freak occurrence, she lies down once more. Again a train shakes the room so violently, she's pitched to the floor. Exasperated, she calls the front desk, asks for the manager. The manager says he'll be right up. The manager (naturally) is sceptical but the wife insists the story is true. "Look,... lie here on the bed - you'll be thrown right to the floor!" So he lies down next to the wife... Just then the husband walks in. "What," he says, "are you doing here?" The manager replies: "Would you believe I'm waiting for a train?" ____________________________________________________ As a guy takes his seat on an airplane, he is surprised to find a parrot strapped in next to him. After taking off, the flight attendant comes around to serve the passengers on the plane. The guy asks the flight attendant for a coffee and the parrot squawks: "And get ME a coke...NOW!" The flight attendant, flustered by the parrot's attitude, brings back a coke for the parrot. However, she forgets the coffee for the guy. As the guy points this out, the parrot drains his glass and screams: "Get me another coke or I'll really create a scene!" Quite upset, the attendant comes back shaking, with another coke, but still no coffee. Irritated at her forgetfulness, the man decides to try the parrot's approach. "I've asked you twice for a coffee. Go and get it right now, or I'll create a scene that will make HIS look like a Victorian tea party!" The next moment, both the guy and the parrot are grabbed and thrown out of the emergency exit by two burly security guards. Hurtling towards earth, the parrot turns to him and says: "You're pretty cheeky for a guy who can't fly!" 8. Motivational Eleven Top Ways To Kick Butt This Year! Over the holiday break I was reflecting on some of the ways to kick butt (that is… achieve results) this year and created a list of business and personal ideas. This means that whether you are in your own business or work for a boss there are some action ideas here for you. Maybe there are many more and probably I’ve left out a few important ones but here’s my list to help you with your new year planning. Attitude – Zig Ziglar, the American motivational speaker, says that its your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude; as an Australian, I reckon that it’s the boomerang factor you get back what you give out. That’s why I’m always “fantastic” because my mind sets out to achieve what I feed it. Every day tell people you’re fantastic, incredible, and sensational and see the difference. Daily objectives – I have always had some “must dos” to achieve every day and they are: 1. Laugh every day because a day without laughter is a day without wine. 2. Learn every day because if I’m ripe I’m rotten whereas if I’m green I’m growing. 3. Help somebody every day because what goes around comes around (its also the hardest to achieve, you’ll often see me driving around at midnight trying to find a little old lady to force across the road so I can go to bed!). 4. Tell the people I love that I love them. Goals – Most people aim at nothing and hit it with incredible accuracy. And it’s amazing how soon you can achieve what you want to achieve if you set yourself some SMART goals. Put simply, dreams become goals when you make them Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timebound. Sixty percent of success comes from setting your goals simply because proper planning prevents pretty poor performance. I suggest that you don’t have too many goals coz you won’t achieve them. Setting 2-3 business goals and 2-3 personal goals will greatly improve your chance of success. Value – It’s important to maximise both your personal value and your business value in the eyes of other people because, at some stage, you’ll want them to buy you, your ideas or your business. Maximising the value of your business is comparatively easy because all you have to do is maximise the profits your business makes by working smarter not harder. On the other hand, most people have difficulty maximising their personal value because they are incredibly poor marketers of themselves. This stems from listening unquestioningly to your mother when she told you not to boast when you achieved something noteworthy as a kid. The problem is, if you don’t boast about yourself and tell people that you are good, who will? Leverage – There was an Italian fellow… Senor Pareto… who came up with the twenty- eighty rule… 20% of your efforts gives you 80% of your results. Now this is a natural law and applies universally, for example, 20% of drivers will have 80% of the smashes. But think about this! If 20% of your current efforts are giving you 80% of your results what would happen if you put 100% of your efforts into those things that give you results. Just doing the math shows that you would increase results by an incredible 400%. Now apply that thinking to the fact that 20% of your clients gives you 80% of your profits, 20% of your products or services give you 80% of your results and 20% of your team and the time they spend gives you 80% of results. What would happen if you put more effort and focus more closely on that 20% of clients, 20% of products or services and 20% of your time? Prospects – Most businesses need to understand the most important rule of business… be a better marketer of what you do than doer of what you do. That means every business needs an endless supply of new prospects coming through the door every day and yet, because most people believe they are poor marketers, they haven’t spent any time getting really working out how to get this to happen. You should therefore focus on for your business is creating a little black box that generates an endless supply of prospects itching to buy. It may be a great advertisement, rapturous word of mouth endorsement, a sensational promotion or combination of these that does the trick but find out what works and then keep on doing it. Conversion – Having an endless supply of prospects walking through your business door is fantastic but if they come through the door and don’t buy anything, all you have done is provide them with the information to go and buy elsewhere. The key is to measure how many prospects you convert into sales then spend time enhancing you and your team’s skills to do it better. Typically, most businesses convert about 10- 20% of the enquiries into sales. Think what it would do to the bottom line if you converted 60-80% of them. The results would be fantastic! Relationships – The name of the game in business today is to build relationships for life so that your clients, customers or patients keep on coming back bringing their friends with them. The way to do that is to build and maintain your database and be in touch with them 6-11 times a year… that’s right every month or two. What you’ve got to do is love them to death. If you do so then not only will they do business with you but they’ll refer others to you too. Develop – Its said that people who spend a thousand dollars a year or more on their own personal development will earn at least 20% more in their lifetime than those who don’t. The unfortunate fact is that most people stop learning once they leave school unless the boss pays for further training. Use your car as a mobile university and listen to tapes or CD’s to expand your mind and your skills; program in regular training experiences; avidly read books and attend seminars. The only thing different between you today and you in five years time is the people you meet and the knowledge you acquire! Think – People tell me that I’m creative but I started with all the creative talent of two thick planks, its just that I keep telling myself I am creative and do things to get my brain out of a rut. Seven ways to get your brain out of a rut (which is really a coffin with the ends cut out) are 1. Get out of bed from the other side at least once a week. 2. Once a week clean your teeth holding the toothbrush in the other hand. 3. Change your bedroom furniture around every month or two. 4. Get rid of the clothes from your closet you don’t wear. 5. Empty that drawer of things you are keeping “just in case you need them.” 6. Drive to work a different way at least once a week. 7. Switch off the radio in the car and listen to silence, symphonies or brain building information. If you do these things you’re changing what your subconscious sees and challenging the brain to think differently and that’s a great way to kick start it for creativity. Guess what? You’ll become more creative. Indulge – On average men die three years earlier than women and do you know why? Because they want to! But seriously, we all have an allotted span on this earth and I’m a firm believer that we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time. So what are you doing to indulge yourself and the people you love? Are you waiting until everything is just right, it’ll be a terrible shame if you don’t manage to make it to then! So go ahead! Drink fine wine, travel to exotic places, make love in the surf and share magical experiences… but do it now. You don’t know how much sand you have in the hourglass of your life so the time to do the things you dream about is now. Please feel free to share this NewsBrief with your friends and colleagues by sending it to them in its entirety. If you'd like to republish the information contained in it feel free to do so but please don't make any changes to it without our permission. Credit should be given to the author, Winston Marsh, Australia's marketing guru and incredibly motivational business speaker. Reference to this NewsBrief would also be appreciated.Visit our web site at http://www.bgrowth.com.au. Browse around for ideas to turn your business into a money-making machine. Enjoy! ___________________________________________________ 9. My personal comments Hi Everyone I hope the New Year has started off well for you. I have been rather busy this week as I have had quite a few clients all wanting help with their New Year Resolutions, by stopping smoking, losing weight and generally improving how they feel. Just before Christmas I mentioned to Barry that I like sitting ourtside to eat breakfast but it is too hot in the sun and maybe we could put up one of those sail things I have seen at the local hardware shop. He thought it was a good idea and then went on to suggest we cover the concrete in a decking as well. Said it wouldn’t take too much to do (FLW) and he would do it in a herring bone style (500 ml X 500ml) – sounded great. So for the last 2 weeks Barry, Paul, a great friend, Patriciah, who gave up two days of her holidays, and myself have been sawing, hammering, chiselling and painting – I am not sure who we resemble the most Abbot & Costello or the 3 Stooges! This DIY stuff is not as easy as it looks on those TV shows; it took twice as long and cost twice as much! But, haven’t we had fun? Laughing at our mistakes and proud of our successes. It reminds me a bit of all self improvement processes, sometime it does take a bit longer and is a bit harder but it is really worth it in the end– you just need to take each day as it comes, chunk down into manageable bits and go for it! Well it’s back to it, just a bit more to go, and remember “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. -Frederick Douglass” Take care, Lyndall Website Managers is a web hosting company that can get your website designed and on the web looking exactly the way you want it without the technical talk. 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