Don’t Sit on Your Anger- Let it Go

Keeping It In Can Be Very Unhealthy

Screaming man who is very stressed outAnger can make you ill.  When small children have a temper tantrum, they get it all out and are fine half and hour later.  Adults tend to not be so lucky. They site and fume and let the anger build until they explode, often at a loved one.  This is clearly not the way to build healthy relationships.

Your body reacts in all sorts of ways when you get angry:
• your muscles tense up
• your heart rate increases  (average heart rate of 80 climbs to 180 beats per minute)
• your blood pressure soars (120/80 quickly rises to 220 over 130)
• your blood sugar drops (dangerous for diabetics or hypoglycemics)

Prolonged stress and anger can lead to many health disorders: heart attacks and stroke, memory impairment, stomachaches, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.  Don't sit on your anger; defuse it.

Here are 3 ways to release it safely:
1. Write it all down and then tear up the paper into teeny pieces and flush it. Or burn it in a fireplace. This is very satisfying.

2. If you want to hit something, hit a punching bag at a gym or pound pillows.  Stand with feet hip width apart and raise your hands over your head to really put the anger into the pillows.

3. Use empathy.  Put yourself in the shoes of the other person and try to see from their viewpoint.  Have compassion and use forgiveness to process through it.  Forgiveness is always the best healing agent.

Ask yourself, what is the anger costing you?  Usually, it isn't worth it.  Let it go. You'll be healthier and happier.

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More Vacation Days = Better Productivity

More Time Off  Means Better, Happier, Healthier Workers

Did you know that if women aged 45-64 took two weeks of vacation a year, they would cut the incidence of heart attacks in half!  That’s right, the simple act of going on vacation can save your life. (Boston College study)

Exhausted woman from Stress Express!According to Expedia, 34% of employed Americans  return from vacation feeling better about their jobs and are even more productive.  53% say they come back feeling rested and rejuvenated.

At Red Frog, the CEO gives his employees unlimited time off.  That's right- unlimited time off.  And it's never abused or taken for granted.  Because more time off means greater productivity.  You have time to recharge and renew; creativity abounds and you return to work with a good attitude, ready to take on challenges.

In 2011, 70% did not take all their allotted vacation time.  Managers: take note- this is not a good idea. Encourage your people to take all their time off, and consider giving them more.  You may just find you have even greater success and better results.

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Do You Know the Poisons in Your Milk?

I am passionate about staying healthy and I know many of you are, too.  I've been growing organic vegetables on my patio for years, because of all the pesticides used on commercial vegetables. But even I was shocked to see how far Monsanto would go in the name of genetic modification.  You have to watch the video to see all the information.  It's scary and disgusting. And it has huge implications for the health of anyone drinking milk, eating US cheese. etc.

Check it out for yourself. http://ow.ly/92Qdx 

 

 

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What Lights Your Fire?

Get Fired Up! By Doing What You Love

 

When I wrote my first book, Fired Up!, in 1996, it was born from a deep seated passion. I truly believe there is a fire inside each of us that gets ignited when we do what we love.  And that fire spreads and is contagious, igniting the flames in others. That natural enthusiasm is rare. ?While Fired Up! is a practical how-to book, it is filled with stories of people who have succeeded in living their dreams. Because that is what encourages me. Every time I see someone go for it, really risk and take action on a their vision, it fires me up. Every time I hear a story of someone overcoming tremendous obstacles and thriving, I am uplifted.  Over 63,000 copies have been sold worldwide, and while that is humbling and exciting, it speaks to the power of dreams and inspiration.  What fires you up and helps take you to the next level?  Whatever it is, tap into it often to maintain your motivation in a sometimes cynical world.

If you'd like to know more about Fired Up! How To Succeed By Making Your Dreams Come True, go here

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Expect the Best of Others at Work and at Home

Are Looking for the Good or the Bad?

Remember the astonishing statistic that 88% of American workers NEVER receive thanks for the work they have done?  Some managers expect the worst of their employees.  They are constantly micromanaging them, looking for errors, hoping to catch them in a mistake.  This is one of the most destructive ways to lead.  Daniel Pink's book Drive cites studies that show employees want autonomy, competence (the ability to improve) and a sense of purpose to their work.  State very clearly in writing what you expect of your people, review it with them so they understand. Show them the purpose and meaning behind their work. Support and empower them to do their jobs and expect them to succeed.

The same is true at home.  Expect the best of your children; don't be suspicious and fearful. Let them know you believe in them, and their abilities.  Become their cheerleader in all areas.  You'll be astonished at the results.

 

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Track Your Success on Any Goal

The Key to Discipline is Tracking

Cheering womenMost of us in business know we have to track our hours, track our sales efforts and measure our achievements for superiors, clients, etc. But in your personal life, tracking can be equally effective.  Successful weight loss companies know this well.  They have their people track calories, food portions, food weight, etc.  And you can do the same thing with any goal or target by measuring your results.

I do this myself to see how many push-ups I've done, how long I meditated, which exercise I did, certain readings I do, and any other specific goals I have. It works so well- the kid in me loves seeing the checkmarks, stars or stickers I use to measure the behavior. If you'd like a blank chart (30day grid) to add your goals, email me at orders@firedupnow.com and I will send you one.  Keep me posted on your progress-
I'd love to hear from you.

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The Power of Inspiration

What or Who Inspires You?

Inspiration is an amazing thing.  It can lead terrified soldiers into battle, spur on great action in times of duress, and move mountains of prejudice and negativity.

One of the the greatest sources of inspiration in my life has been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   I had the privilege of attending an event in his honor in 1999, where a symposium on reconciliation and peace was being held in Atlanta.  There I met and was moved by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his lovely wife Leah, and John Hume of Northern Ireland.  Coretta Scott King and Andrew Young were also there.  It was one of the most powerful events of my life, because all of these people were dedicated to peace.  They had every reason to hate,  resent,  turn against, and yet they shared incredible compassion, forgiveness and love.  Dr. King would have been proud to be honored in such a way.  They all inspired me to do more to create peace and love in my world, through understanding and forgiveness.  Who and what inspires you?

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Your Competition Could Get You More Business

Know Your Competitors and Partner with Them

As Thomas Friedman wrote, the world is flat, with increasingly expanding Internet markets worldwide.  For a long time, some industries eschewed their competition and worse, bad-mouthed them.  But in the world of present and future, collaborations and partnerships can go a long way towards success and profits.


Research your top 10 competitors extensively.  Find our what makes your company unique and what they do that is unique.  Get to know them and see where you can refer business to each other or provide value to each others' clients. Have lunch with them or call them on the phone.  Share industry knowledge.   Collaboration through affinity or affiliate marketing is mushrooming; be part of the trend and do more for your customers in the process.  Your competitor may just give you your next lead.

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